Six men arrested after knife brawl in the street outside City bar in Bishopsgate
A man is treated by medics after the stabbing near Liverpool St
Published: 24 February 2014
Updated: 14:37, 25 February 2014
Six men have been arrested following a knife fight which brought the City to a standstill.
Three men were taken to hospital after a bloody brawl outside All Bar One next to Liverpool Street Station in Bishopsgate at 2pm yesterday. City workers were prevented from leaving their offices as police carried out forensic searches at the scene.
The busy road was closed for half a mile between Primrose Street amd Brushfield Street until the cordons were eventually lifted at 6pm causing rush hour gridlock across the Square Mile.
Crime scene: police close off the area around Bishopsgate (Twitter/@jillian_moore) Shocked City workers watched as police swarmed the usually busy street.
One eyewitness said there was “blood everywhere”.
He added: “One of the victims was on the floor and didn’t look too good. He was holding the left side of his stomach.”
Empty: Bishopsgate this afternoon as police investigate
“The blade must have been large, the cut was around three inches long.”
Ben Carmichael, from Hull, described seeing the three men “laid out” on the road after the fight.
He said: “There were three males all with wounds to the stomach area. Two seemed okay, but one was more serious.”
Another witness, who works at Royal Bank of Scotland’s headquarters opposite, said: “I looked out my window and it was really eerie - just loads of police but the rest of the road quiet.
“There’s loads of rumours, including that the men worked at RBS, but I think it’s a case of putting two and two together to get 43.
City of London stabbings
“It’s really shocking because it’s always such a busy area and you wouldn’t expect it.”
Jillian Moore tweeted: “We’re on the Spitalfields side. We can’t even walk down Bishopsgate though and looks like offices on other side are keeping people in.”
A member of staff at All Bar One denied rumours the fight had broken out in the pub, saying: “Nothing happened inside our building, it was all outside but we can’t comment any further.”
A spokeswoman for the London Ambulance Service said: "We were called at 2pm this afternoon to reports of a stabbing. We sent three of our ambulance crews, four cars and the London Air Ambulance in a car.
"We took three patients, who were all men, to hospital."
A City of London Police spokesman said: “We are investigating a stabbing, which took place on Bishopsgate junction with Primrose Street at 2pm yesterday.
“It is believed that a group of men were involved in a fight, which resulted in three men suffering minor stab wounds.
“The injured men, aged in their early twenties, were taken to hospital and following inquiries have subsequently been arrested for their involvement in the assault.
“Three further men also in their twenties have been arrested in connection with this incident.”
Eighty businesses victim to shoplifting and robbery every day in London
Shop owners say police aren't taking their claims seriously, a study found
Pippa Crerar, City Hall Editor
Published: 25 February 2014
Updated: 09:33, 25 February 2014
The majority of shops hit by crime in London found the police unhelpful when they filed a report, it was claimed today.
London Assembly Tories said a study showed that 64 per cent of shop owners felt the police had not taken their claim seriously and in future would not bother reporting crimes. Researchers found there was a “lack of faith” across the capital in the Met’s ability to deliver justice for small businesses.
The report, High Street Blues, revealed there were 28,889 reported robberies and thefts, including shoplifting, against London’s businesses last year — the equivalent of 80 every day.
Westminster topped the list of incidents with 3,044, followed by Croydon on 1,247 and Hammersmith and Fulham, with 1,236. The boroughs with the lowest retail crime levels were Richmond on 488, Harrow with 501 and Barking and Dagenham on 573 last year. The Tory research, involving in-depth interviews with 32 small businesses across the capital as well as Met police data, found that 94 per cent of shop owners had been affected by crime in the past year.
BREAKING NEWS: Two men found dead inside car in North London as police launch murder investigation
Investigation launched following deaths in Leytonstone, north east London
Two men were found 'suffering from injuries' in a vehicle
999 was called at 12.45am, and they sent two ambulances
Ambulance service attempted resuscitation at the scene
'Despite best efforts' doctors pronounced both men dead at the scene
Post-mortem examinations to take place today
Mourners have been seen leaving flowers at the scene
One note reads: 'R.I.P aaron, always in our hearts, miss you. From jordan and mum xxx'
By Luke Garratt
PUBLISHED: 13:22, 1 March 2014 | UPDATED: 15:34, 1 March 2014
Forensics at the scene of a double murder in Leytonstone, east London
A double murder investigation has been launched following the deaths of two men.
Police were called by London Ambulance Service just before 1am to Montague Road, Leytonstone, north east London, following reports of two injured men.
According to the Metropolitan Police, the men, believed to be aged in their 20s, were found in a vehicle suffering from injuries.
Ambulance services who were called to area found that the two men were seriously wounded, and alerted the police.
Retired magistrate swindled more than £23,000 in benefits by lying about his savings - but is spared jail
Rahmat Ali Raja, 75, dishonestly claimed benefits for 10 years
The ex-local councillor was awarded an MBE in 2005 for services to the community in Pendle, Lancashire
At one point, the former magistrate had savings worth £102,000 across nine bank accounts
But he claimed he had just £5,601 in order to claim the extra cash
Raja pleaded guilty to two counts of dishonestly failing to disclose information and said: 'I made a mistake'
By Mail Online Reporter
PUBLISHED: 10:31, 5 March 2014 | UPDATED: 13:32, 5 March 2014
A community stalwart with an MBE has been spared jail after claiming more than £23,000 of taxpayers' money by lying about his savings.
Former magistrate Rahmat Ali Raja, 75, dishonestly claimed pension credits and council tax reductions for 10 years - despite, at one point, having more than £102,000 across nine bank accounts.
But the retired charity director, who was also a local councillor in Pendle, Lancashire, was yesterday spared jail for his crimes.
Guilty: Rahmat Ali Raja, 75, was yesterday spared jail for falsely claiming more than £23,000 in benefits. The former magistrate and local councillor was awarded an MBE in 2005
Speaking after the hearing, Raja, originally from Gujarat, Pakistan, said: 'I am very sorry. I made a mistake.'
Raja, who has already paid the amounts back in full, was handed a 24-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.
London gang members commit 6600 crimes including 24 murders in three years.
Published: 12 March 2014
Updated: 12:18, 12 March 2014
The full impact of gang crime in London is revealed today by new Met figures showing 6,600 violent offences were committed by gang members in just three years.
The crimes include 24 murders, 28 attempted killings, 170 firearms offences, as well as stabbings and kidnappings. Other offences include grievous bodily harm with a weapon and also robbery. Each of the violent crimes was carried out by one of 3,484 gang members logged on an official Met database. It includes two 13-year-old gang members, another 24 aged 14 and nearly 550 older juveniles.
The average age of gang members is 21. Virtually all are male, although 38 females are on the database.
The figures, which show 2,154 violent crimes were committed in the 12 months up to February this year, come despite significant Met successes.
More than 1,000 of the capital’s gang members have been jailed and a multi-million pound anti-gangs campaign was launched by the Home Office after the London riots.
Detective Chief Superintendent Dean Haydon said: “This is crime at a high level of seriousness. We are talking about young people being shot and stabbed.
“That is bound to have a significant impact, not just on police officers, but also on communities.” The head of the Met’s Trident anti-gangs unit said the figures highlighted why the fight against gangs was a priority.
He added “If we can stop just one young person being shot or stabbed then it is worthwhile. That’s why Trident is here.”
The figures cover offenders recorded on the Met’s gangs matrix. It uses criminal records and intelligence from police, probation, prisons and other experts to identify Londoners who are gang members. A scoring system ranks each person according to the violent “risk, threat or harm” that they present, grading the worst as category red and the others as amber or green.
Police “enforcement” efforts such as arrests and surveillance focus most heavily on the red group — which numbers around 300. Attempts are made to divert those given a “green” classification away from gangs. They get assistance such as the offer of safe housing in a new area or help in finding work, education or training opportunities.
Most gang offenders are aged under 25 and today’s statistics show that those currently logged on the Met’s database include 570 juveniles aged 17 or under. They include 73 teenagers aged 15, another 159 aged 16 and 312 aged 17.
Mr Haydon said the presence of two 13-year-olds and 24 children aged 14 on the gangs matrix was even more concerning and warned that young children were being exploited.
“It is disturbing,” he said. “You are generally talking about estates where there are elders using youngsters to supply drugs on their behalf. The younger ones tend to start running drugs for older teenagers, but then get sucked into gang crime. So we try to stop them going in at the young end by offering diversion and other intervention to try to keep them out of gangs.”
Today’s figures were obtained by the Standard using the Freedom of Information Act. As well as the 52 murders and attempted murders and the 170 firearms offences, they include 738 crimes involving a knife or other weapon. There were 472 assaults causing GBH.
London, which had 681 cases of MDR-TB recorded in 2012, and nearly 3,500 cases of TB overall, is regarded as the 'TB capital of Western Europe'
Charlie Cooper Author Biography
Monday 17 March 2014
The rise of new strains of tuberculosis resistant to drug treatment represents “one of the gravest public health threats facing the world today”, the medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières has warned.
In an a stark message to world leaders, the group said that efforts to combat multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) have been “inadequate” and called for an “immediate international response” to find new treatments to improve the chances of survival for the eight million people who contract TB each year.
Despite decades of international efforts to combat TB, 1.3 million people still die from it every year. Forms of the disease resistant to antibiotics are much harder to treat. Nearly half a million cases of MDR-TB now occur each year, and have been detected in every country in the world, including the UK.
London, with 681 cases of MDR-TB recorded in 2012, and nearly 3,500 cases of TB overall, is regarded as the “TB capital of Western Europe”. Globally, only half of MDR-TB’s victims survive.
MSF said the numbers of MDR-TB cases were “staggering”, with even more dangerous, drug-resistant strains of TB out there. There are fears that the resurgence of TB, a currently curable disease, could be among the first signs that we are now living in the post-antibiotic era.
Harold Hill Ambitions. (I guess we can't blame the council for this)
Kids reduced to tears after new play area in Central Park, Harold Hill, destroyed by arsonists
The newly revamped children's play area was badly arson-damaged. Picture: Marc Ayres
Jane Ball, News editor Monday, March 17, 2014 (Romford Recorder)
Children have been reduced to tears and residents left “shocked and upset” after arsonists caused severe fire damage to a new play area in Harold Hill.
The play area has only been open for a couple of weeks.
The vandals struck at Central Park on Friday night, setting ablaze the climbing frame and slide, and causing scorch damage to the specialist soft ground.
The revamped play area had only opened two weeks ago and had been well-received by youngsters, parents said.
It formed part of Havering’s Council’s £1.5m investment into the park and followed consultation with 1,500 residents.
Resident Marc Ayres, whose daughter used the site, said: “For this to happen has shocked and upset many people round here. This play area is fantastic for the kids and my daughter loved it. Such a shame.”
Children have been left in tears by the damage.
Others have been voicing their anger on Twitter.
Emma Tate wrote: “Absolutely gutted, Central Park [play area] has been burnt down. Kids loved it. Any chance they would rebuild it?”
Andrew Jeffrey added: “Kids crying regarding the fire in the park’s new play site, poor kids, the police need to find [the perpetrators].”
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Connie this is just ghastly news. I imagine it is insured. However that doesn't help the distress caused to the children and parents. Marc, who lives with us, says children queue to get in to that play area. I do hope that the perpetrators are caught and punished.
Also, I hope something can be done to replace everything. I'm sure our Parks people will do their level best to help.
Names of suspected arsonists involved in Harold Hill play area fire handed to police.
The play area was badly damaged in the fire on Friday night.
Jane Ball, News editor Monday, March 17, 2014
4:30 PM (Romford Recorder)
Names and addresses of “a number of young people” thought to be involved in starting a fire which destroyed much of a new children’s play area have been handed to police by Havering Council following tip-offs from the public.
Arsonists caused an estimated £40,000-worth of damage to the recently-installed equipment in Central Park, Harold Hill, after deliberately setting alight to the safety surface on Friday night.
Havering Council’s cabinet member for towns, communities and culture, Cllr Andrew Curtin, said: “It is sad that such vandalism has happened just two weeks after the new play area was completed. I hope that those that decided to cause this awful incident will be quickly caught and punished.
“The public response to the damage has been supportive of the council and has helped identify those believed to be responsible.
“We hope to be able to replace the equipment quickly, but need to wait for the damage assessment. The fire has also highlighted the need for us to gate the park at night and we are working hard to make this happen.”
The council has said it has “taken steps” to secure the area.
The manufacturers will visit this week to assess the damage and cost of repair.
Installation of gates at Central Park is planned as part of the consultation plan for refurbishment work in the park.
Video: Masked robbers drag woman in her 60s by hair during Brentwood attack.
Police want to trace these six men in connection with the aggravated burglary. Picture: BBC/Crimewatch
Sam Blewett, Reporter Thursday, March 20, 2014
10:33 AM (Romford Recorder)
Police have launched a fresh appeal to find the six masked men who assaulted a woman and robbed her jewellery at her Brentwood home.
The horrendous CCTV footage of the aggravated burglary was aired on last night's Crimewatch.
Six men exited a grey-silver Audi which pulled onto the driveway of the house in Hook End Road, Brentwood, on November 22 last year.
At approximately 3.25pm they approached the house some of them carrying metal poles.
Five of them barged their way into the house to confront the terrified woman, who is in her 60s, while one stood guard outside.
They demanded jewellery and when she refused they ripped her necklace and bracelets from her.
Two of the assailants then rushed over to the external garage after the victim lied and informed them her valuables were kept in there.
When they failed to find what they are looking for, one of the gang forced her to the garage by her hair.
After she started to scream they dragged her back towards the house but on the way she fell over and appears to have hit her head on the front door frame.
The men ignored her and fled to the car before speeding off.
Presenter Martin Bayfield said: "These men attacked a lone woman in her own home in the middle of the afternoon, they may be masked but someone knows who they are. Names please."
The women did not need hospital treatment following the attack but a police spokesman said she was left badly shaken.
Anyone who knows who the six men may be are urged to contact Crimewatch on 0500 600 600 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
That's strange Connie. The article doesn't say if she was walking a dog. There should have been a few people about at that time of day. We regularly walk Bentley up there. Hopefully the Police will catch the