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Drug dealers sentenced after residents took action

East London 'drug dealers only' parking space

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Residents had commissioned artists to create “drug dealers only” parking spaces to highlight the crime problem in the area

Drug dealers who were exposed when disgruntled residents put up fake street signs have been jailed.

The east London residents commissioned artists to create “drug dealers only” parking spaces and “crack pickup” points last September, sparking a police investigation.

A total of 23 men have now been prosecuted over the drugs trade.

Three were sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday and four on Friday.

Judge Gerard Pounder told the court on Friday: “All this came to light because of residents in Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

“They were finding life very difficult. They had a number of people coming into their area who were taking drugs, leaving needles, threatening other people including those taking their children to school.”

‘Dealing near children’

Jonathan Shepherd, from the CPS, said on Monday: “Dealing drugs such as heroin can have devastating consequences for vulnerable people and communities.

“These defendants showed little consideration for those around them – often openly dealing drugs in the day in front of young children and encouraging aggressive drug users to loiter in the area.

“The different phone lines represented a co-ordinated effort between various drugs operations to work together to deal dangerous drugs, in effect blighting the local community to such an extent that they felt they had to take action.”

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Another fake sign read: “Needle free zone”

The Weavers Community Action Group, which was created to tackle the problem of drug dealing in the area, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “The immediate response we saw from the police and council following our effective street art campaign was very impressive.”

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Kevin Tighe (left), Kenneth Gratton and Craig Furlong (right) were sentenced on Monday

Monday saw the sentencing of Dilraj Miah, 29, from Spitalfields, who was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs; as well as Kevin Tighe, 49, from Bethnal Green, and Kenneth Gratton, 56, from Bow, who were both sentenced to two years in prison suspended for two years, for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs; and Craig Furlong, 31, from Bethnal Green, who had his sentencing deferred for six months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

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Rukon Ahmed (left) was sentenced on Friday and Dilraj Miah on Monday

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Julian Haynes (left), Luke Gratton and Brendan Vickers (right) were sentenced on Friday

On Friday, Julian Haynes, 33, and Luke Gratton, 30, both from Bethnal Green, were jailed for four years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Brendan Vickers, 26, also from Bethnal Green, and Rukon Ahmed, 29, from Forest Gate, were both sentenced to three years in prison, having both admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and two counts of possessing a controlled Class A drug with intent.

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General election 2019: Greens supporting Labour in Chingford

Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith

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Iain Duncan Smith has been MP for the area since 1992, when the constituency was known as Chingford

The Green Party has stood down its candidate to help Labour try to unseat former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith.

Mr Duncan Smith has been MP for Chingford and Woodford Green since 1997, and has a majority of 2,348.

The Green Party, Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru formed an electoral pact earlier this month. Supporting Labour in Chingford does not form part of that pact, the Greens said.

The Conservatives have been contacted for comment.

In a statement the local Green Party said the decision for John Tyne not to contest the election was made with the “ultimate hope of favouring the campaign of the Labour candidate” Faiza Shaheen.

A Green Party spokesperson it “was a decision taken by the local party”.

However, they added: “If Labour were serious in their concern for the environment they should reconsider their isolationist position on arrangements.”

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Faiza Shaheen will contest the constituency for Labour

Ms Shaheen, head of the Centre for Labour and Social Studies, said she was “so grateful” for the decision.

She said: “I will continue to fight hard for climate policy and democratic reform.”

The Liberal Democrats have selected Dr Geoffrey Seeff as their prospective parliamentary candidate for the constituency.

Mr Duncan Smith has been MP for the area since 1992, representing Chingford until 1997 when the boundaries were re-drawn to include Woodford Green.

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N’Golo Kante in Chelsea squad to face Ajax in Champions League

Kante has made just six appearances this season, including five starts

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is back in the squad for Tuesday’s Champions League Group H game with Ajax.

Kante, 28, has made just five starts in an injury-hit season, most recently suffering a groin problem.

“We’ve been able to get some work into him, he’s in the squad and he’s available,” said manager Frank Lampard.

Midfielder Ross Barkley (ankle) and defender Andreas Christensen (thigh) are also in training after injury lay-offs last month.

Victory at Stamford Bridge would see Chelsea go three points clear of Ajax in Group H and put them in a strong position to progress to the quarter-finals, with games against Valencia and Lille remaining.

“I said at the start that this group would be tight because all the teams could take points off each other. That has been proved to be correct,” said Lampard.

“After losing the opening game against Valencia, which was disappointing, we have shown a great reaction from that.

“I have to accept it’s expected of Chelsea to go through and that is no disrespect to any other teams. I have said already how hard the group is but it is more about our own expectations.

“That is maybe why we had that reaction. We wanted to prove ourselves, we wanted to go to Ajax and Lille and get results, and we did.

“But we won’t get carried away with ourselves in this group.”

Can Chelsea maintain 100% record against Dutch sides? – the stats

  • Ajax have never lost an away Champions League match in England (W1 D3 L0), winning most recently away at Spurs in April 2019. Their last away European Cup defeat on English soil was in April 1980, a 2-0 semi-final defeat against Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest side.
  • Chelsea have a 100%-win record in Champions League matches against Dutch opponents, beating Feyenoord twice in the 1999-2000 season and Ajax this season.
  • Ajax have won their last five away Champions League matches – prior to this run, the Dutch side had won just four of their previous 38 away games in the competition (W4 D13 L21).
  • Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has managed more away UEFA Champions League games without losing than any other manager (seven games), winning five and drawing two. Only two managers have lost none of their first eight away games in the competition – Louis van Gaal (first 14 games) and Pep Guardiola (first 11 games).
  • Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has scored one goal every 47 minutes for the Blues in the Champions League (3 goals in 141 minutes) – the best minutes per goal ratio of any Chelsea player in the competition.
  • Dusan Tadic has been directly involved in eight of Ajax’s last 14 goals scored in the group stage of the Champions League (five goals, three assists), including six of their last seven away from home (three goals, three assists).



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Ealing Common: Man stabbed to death in fight

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More than 100 murder investigations have been launched across London this year

A man in his 20s has died after being stabbed in a fight near Ealing Common, west London.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police were called to reports of a fight close shortly after 18:00 BST and discovered the man suffering from stab injuries.

Members of the London Ambulance Service and the air ambulance also attended, however the man was pronounced dead at the scene at 18:48.

His next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem will be held.

A man was arrested on suspicion of affray and was taken to a west London police station where he remains in custody.

Inquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call officers on 101.

A section 60 order is now in place for the Hillingdon and Ealing areas until 07:00 on Wednesday, allowing the police greater search powers for a limited period.

This order comes after a murder investigation was launched when a man was stabbed to death on a train at Hillingdon station shortly before 16:00 on Tuesday.

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Nine London Waterloo platforms closed by lineside fire

Nine London Waterloo platforms closed by lineside fire

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The fire has caused “significant damage” to cabling outside the station

Commuters have been told not to travel from London Waterloo during the rush hour after a fire closed nine platforms.

The lineside blaze damaged cabling outside the station, meaning trains cannot use platforms 16-24.

Network Rail said “significant damage” had been caused to equipment, meaning trains will be delayed or cancelled.

Disruption is expected for the rest of the day while the Thursday morning rush hour may also be affected.

Network Rail said its engineers would be working through the night to fix the damage.

Waterloo is the busiest and largest railway station in the UK.

The platforms which are closed are normally used by trains serving Windsor, Reading, Hounslow, Richmond and Kingston.

However, services from other platforms are also being affected because trains have to be diverted or revised.

  • Circular services via Hounslow, Richmond, Strawberry Hill and Kingston have been cancelled
  • Trains between Waterloo and Windsor & Eton Riverside are diverted via Kingston
  • Trains between Waterloo and Exeter/Salisbury are terminated and will restart from Basingstoke

Passengers were warned that services on other routes may also be subject to short-notice cancellations or delays.

In a joint statement, Network Rail and South Western Railway said commuters were “strongly advised to use alternative routes where possible and check their journeys before travelling at southwesternrailway.com for ticket acceptance and service details”.

Some passengers took to social media to express their frustration at the travel disruption.

One Twitter user described the situation as an “absolute shambles”, while others complained about being given the wrong or no information at all by train station staff.



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County Championship: Roland-Jones gives Middlesex control against Glamorgan

County Championship: Roland-Jones gives Middlesex control against Glamorgan

Toby Roland-Jones celebrates after David Lloyd is caught
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (day two):
Middlesex 384 Malan 166; Carey 4-54 & 189-5 Robson 73*, Simpson 56
Glamorgan 171 Lloyd 67; Helm 5-53, Roland-Jones 4-45
Middlesex (7 pts) lead Glamorgan (3 pts) by 402 runs
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Middlesex have a formidable lead of 402 over Glamorgan at 189-5 in their second innings, going into day three in Cardiff.

Sam Robson (73*) and John Simpson (56) have strengthened the visitors’ grip.

Toby Roland-Jones (4-45) made the most of a helpful pitch as Glamorgan were hustled out for an inadequate 171.

David Lloyd’s 67 was the top home score, while Tom Helm (5-53) wrapped up the innings with his fifth wicket after his first-evening purple patch.

Lloyd shared half-century stands with Billy Root and Chris Cooke before the visitors’ seamers re-established control, as Glamorgan’s last five wickets mustered just 28 runs.

A lead of 213 runs was not enough to persuade Dawid Malan to enforce the follow-on, wanting to avoid batting last on the most bowler-friendly Championship pitch of the season in Cardiff.

Although Middlesex slumped to 85-4, they were never under pressure thanks to their first-innings lead, and the Robson-Simpson century partnership blossomed in the evening sunshine to grind down Glamorgan hopes of avoiding a first defeat of the campaign.

Glamorgan vice-captain David Lloyd told BBC Sport Wales:

“A very difficult day, they hit their lengths more regularly than we did, then we started well with the ball in the second dig but it’s always tough when you’re chasing the game.

“It’s a wicket where you have to be positive and get forward because it’s starting to go more up and down- it’s about looking to score rather than sit there and wait for things to happen.

“We’ve showed in previous games that we can battle draws out so you never know, we’ll have to try to bat the rest of the game and we can do it if we get our mindsets right.”

Middlesex bowler Tom Helm told BBC Radio London:

“It took a bit longer to get the fifth one than I had in my head last night, but Toby had four and I’m very happy with it.

“If you get the ball in the right area, the odd one zips through and it changed a bit from day one.

“There’s so long left in this game, we can bat for as long as we want and it’ll be interesting to see how the morning goes, they’ll come out fired up but we’ll see how we go.”

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Electric scooter rider killed in Battersea lorry crash

Electric scooter rider killed in Battersea lorry crash

Queen Circus roundabout, Battersea

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Police said no arrests had been made following the crash on Friday morning

A woman riding an electric scooter has been killed in a crash with a lorry in south-west London.

The 35-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene at the Queen Circus roundabout, Battersea following the crash at about 08:30 BST.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said her next of kin had yet to be informed and no arrests had been made.

In July last year a cyclist was killed at the roundabout after being hit by a bin lorry.

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We sent an advanced paramedic, two ambulance crews, an incident response officer and two medics in cars to the scene, with the first of our medics arriving in under four minutes.

“Sadly, despite the extensive efforts of medics, a woman died at the scene.”

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Electric scooters are illegal to ride on public roads

Transport for London and Wandsworth Council redesigned the roundabout in 2015, which trialled the use of raised kerbs and separate traffic lights to keep cyclists and vehicles segregated at junctions.

Concerns had been raised that the new layout was too complicated.

While the cause of the crash is unknown, e-scooters are illegal to ride on public roads, including in cycle lanes or on the pavement.

A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: “We extend our deepest sympathies to all those involved in this tragic incident, and fully support the police as they carry out their investigations.

“Safety is at the heart of all our road laws and it is important that retailers continue to remind people at the point of sale that it is illegal to ride e-scooters on public roads.”

An electric scooter, or e-scooter, is similar to a traditional children’s scooter but has a motorised engine attached.

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London Victoria derailment hits Gatwick Express and Southern trains

London Victoria derailment hits Gatwick Express and Southern trains

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No Gatwick Express trains are running while Southern has warned of a “severely reduced” service

An engineering train has derailed in south London causing the closure of the Gatwick Express service.

The train partly left the tracks at low speed outside Victoria station at about 03:00 BST.

No Gatwick Express trains are running, while Southern warned its services would be “severely reduced”.

The train has moved and the track will now be “assessed for damage” and repaired if necessary through the night, according to Southern.

Disruption is expected to last throughout Tuesday but Gatwick Express and Southern said a normal service was expected on Wednesday.

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The 50-tonne train has been cut from its two wagons and been lifted back on the track

The train was stuck across a number of tracks meaning platforms nine to 13 at Victoria were blocked, while services were not able to use the “slow/stopping” lines to and from Clapham Junction.

Some trains were also unable to leave the Battersea depot – further reducing the number of services that could run.

Recovery teams cut the 50-tonne train from its two wagons and lifted it back on to the track using hydraulic jacks.

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Engineers managed to remove the train from the tracks by 18:05

Trains running through Gatwick Airport were also disrupted by a separate signalling fault and a passenger who was injured as they left a carriage, which led to one platform becoming blocked.

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Southern said the train was “obstructing a complex section of track on one of the busiest routes”

Some commuters took to social media as they found their trains had been cancelled.

Other stations, including London Bridge, also became congested as people tried to find alternative routes.

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A Network Rail spokesperson said passengers should travel “via London Bridge or London Blackfriars as trains will be delayed, diverted or cancelled”.

Train tickets for Southern and Gatwick Express services have been accepted for reasonable routes on other services.

Train services affected:

  • Gatwick Express services are completely suspended
  • Services to Sutton, Epsom Downs and Epsom to and from London Victoria are reduced
  • Some mainline services will be diverted to London Bridge instead of London Victoria
  • Southern services between London Victoria and Reigate are cancelled and passengers are advised to use Thameslink to and from Redhill and then Great Western Railway between Reigate and Redhill
  • Services between London Victoria and East Grinstead will call additionally at Selhurst and Streatham Common
  • Services between Milton Keynes and East Croydon will call additionally at Wandsworth Common when not already booked to do so
  • Services between London Victoria and Horsham via Sutton will call additionally at Ewell East
  • Southern trains from Sutton to London Bridge via Wimbledon will be cancelled. Thameslink will be running as normal

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County Championship: Shaw and Higgins put Gloucestershire on top against Middlesex

County Championship: Shaw and Higgins put Gloucestershire on top against Middlesex

Josh Shaw has now taken 20 wickets in his last four Championship matches.
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood (day one):
Middlesex 172: Malan 28; Shaw 4-33, Higgins 3-52
Gloucestershire 59-2: Dent 27*; Roland-Jones 2-15
Middlesex 0 pts, Gloucestershire 3 pts
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Josh Shaw took three prize scalps as Gloucestershire triggered a Middlesex collapse which put Division Two’s bottom club in trouble at Northwood.

Shaw removed Sam Robson (23), Dawid Malan (28) and Nick Gubbins (26) in his 4-33, and Ryan Higgins took 3-52 as his old club slipped from 98-2 to 139-8.

They were eventually bowled out for 172 before two Toby Roland-Jones wickets in reply lifted their spirits.

But Gloucestershire steadied the ship to reach 59-2 and trail by just 113.

Seamer Shaw’s performance built on his six wickets against Glamorgan in their previous game, as he claimed three of Middlesex’s top four.

His victims included Malan, whose hopes of an Ashes call-up were boosted by a career-best 199 at Derby last week.

However, he top-edged a short of a length ball and Graeme van Buuren ran in to take a fine catch.

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Tesfa Campbell: Battersea murder victim ‘killed by man he was walking with’

Tesfa Campbell: Battersea murder victim 'killed by man he was walking with'

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Police found Tesfa Campbell injured at about 14:45 on Wednesday

A man was stabbed to death in a south-west London street by the person he had been walking with, police have said.

Tesfa Campbell, 40, was found by police responding to reports of a fight on Latchmere Road in Battersea on Wednesday. He died in hospital.

Det Ch Insp Simon Harding, from The Met, said it is believed Mr Campbell was walking on Burns Road with another man who stabbed him and fled on foot.

No arrests have been made in connection with his death.

Police found Mr Campbell injured at about 14:45 BST and have appealed for witnesses who were in the area at the time, “particularly” around the nearby Latchmere Leisure Centre.

Det Ch Insp Harding said: “This stabbing happened in broad daylight and we believe there are people out there who can help us establish the facts of the incident.”

A post-mortem examination of Mr Campbell, who was from Croydon, will happen in due course.

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Police were called to reports of a fight

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