MEET TOP BLACK BRITISH TV PRESENTERS

It is excruciatingly difficult to find a comprehensive compilation of Black British TV presenters anywhere on the Internet so I decided to come up with one of my own. This wasn’t easy because unless you are a tv junkie like me, you would never have heard of some of the names. And some of them have painfully little information about them. 

What did surprise me however was just how many of them are actually out there with a great number of them presenting major British TV programmes and shows:


CHARLENE WHITE

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White was a presenter and senior broadcast journalist at BBC before she joined ITN in 2008 – as a newscaster for the ITV News at 5:30 on ITV a role she continued until 10 October 2012, months before the shows ending. During her time on the ITV News at 5:30, she became a regular presenter of ITV London News across a wide range of the news output. Later she also started presenting the ITV News Weekend Daytime bulletins on a rotation basis. 

On 9 April 2014, Charlene White became the first black woman to present ITV News at Ten. She  can be regularly seen hosting weekend evening ITV News programmes, the weekday ITV Lunchtime News, ITV Evening News and ITV News London evening programme.


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Oduba presents sport bulletins for BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 5 Live. He has also presented and reported on British Olympic Dreams.

Oduba began a debut presenting solo on the morning slot for the Commonwealth Games 2014 on BBC One and BBC Sport. Since 2015, he has been a presenter on The National Lottery Draws on Saturday evenings and he presented the 2015 New Year Live programme on BBC One.

Oduba joined the BBC presenting Newsround in August 2008. His first role on the programme was as a reporter and breakfast bulletin presenter. He was quickly promoted to deputy presenter in 2009, filling in for main presenter.

In 2010 he co-presented the main Newsround bulletin. This continued until 2011 when he became the main presenter till he left in 2014.


RONKE PHILLIPS

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Ronke has been a journalist for more than 20 years and has been fortunate enough to enjoy a varied career in print, radio and television. She has worked both as a Presenter and Reporter – for national and regional television, both in the UK and abroad.

Ronke secured a major exclusive when she found out the real identity of ‘Torso in the Thames’ child known as ‘Adam’. The resulting film recently won an Amnesty International Award, was shortlisted for a Royal Television Society award and won 3 different ITV Regions and Nations awards. In 2002 she won a Royal Television Society award for her coverage of the verdicts in the Damilola Taylor trial.

She is of Nigerian heritage, and began her broadcast career working as a Radio Reporter for a host of local BBC Radio stations including BBC Radio London, Nottingham, Leicester and Derby.
The breakthrough into television journalism came through a place on the ITN’s News Trainee Scheme through Central TV in Nottingham. Ronke has also worked for BBC Daytime, BBC Features, BBC New York and GMTV.

Since 1999 she has been a Correspondent at ITV’s London Tonight, working on a number of special investigations including coverage of the release of the M25 three, the murder of Victoria Climbie and the July 7th bombings in London in 2005.

Ronke is also an accomplished conference facilitator and event host. She is also a freelance writer. Her articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines including the Independent, the Daily Mail, The Voice and Pride Magazine.

She is a Patron of the Ebony Horse Club and a supporter of charities; the Vitiligo Society, the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust and the Deaf Society.


CLIVE MYRIE

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Clive Myrie is an English television news journalist, who works for BBC News as London World Affairs Correspondent and Presenter. He is the main evening presenter on the BBC News Channel Monday-Wednesday and alternate Thursdays and he presents BBC News at Ten on alternate Sundays.

Myrie joined the BBC on the corporation’s graduate journalism programme. His first assignment was as a reporter for Radio Bristol in 1988, returning to the BBC after a year with Independent Radio News. He then reported for Points West, and latterly BBC Television and Radio News.

In 1996, he became a BBC foreign correspondent, and has since reported from more than 80 countries including the US, Japan, Feance and Asia

His career has encompassed major stories such as the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton, and wars in Kosovo,Afghanistan and Iraq.

Myrie has won several nominations for his work, most significantly for his role in the Bafta-nominated team behind coverage of the Mozambique floods. .

After latterly serving as Europe correspondent based in Brussels, he was appointed a presenter on the BBC News Channel in April 2009, replacing the retired Chris Lowe. Since joining BBC News, Myrie has presented the BBC Weekend News and weekend editions of BBC News at Ten and BBC Breakfast, both on BBC One. In June 2014, he began presenting weekday bulletins on BBC One.

He currently presents the 18:30 – 00:00 slot, Monday to Thursday, on the BBC News Channel. During the2015 General Election, he was the main presenter of Election Tonight at 19:30 and 21:30.


SEAN FLETCHER

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Sean Fletcher is an American-British journalist and radio broadcast personality, best known for his work with ITV and BBC.

After training as a music producer, Fletcher began his journalism career in Cardiff, producing packages for BBC Radio Wales. He then moved to London to work behind the scenes at Radio 5 Live.

From 2005 until 2011, Fletcher presented sports bulletins on the rolling news channel BBC News, and has also presented sport on the BBC Weekend News and BBC Breakfast on BBC One as well as BBC World News. In March 2010, Fletcher began reporting on news stories for BBC Breakfast.

In October 2011, Fletcher left the BBC to join Sky Sports News, where he worked until his departure in early 2014.

On 3 March 2014, it was announced Fletcher would become a sports newsreader on the new ITV Breakfast programme Good Morning Britain. He first appeared on the programme on its opening day, 28 April 2014.

In 2015, Fletcher presented Rebound, a ten-part daytime game show for ITV, airing in the 5pm slot. A second series of the show was produced and aired in 2016.

Since October 2015, Fletcher has been an occasional reporter for Countryfile on BBC One. He also co-presents the BBC Two series Food Detective.


 

REGGIE YATES

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Reggie Yates is a British actor, television presenter and radio DJ, best known from his roles as Rastamouse, Leo Jones in Doctor Who, and for his work at the BBC in radio and television – presenting various shows for BBC Radio 1 with Fearne Cotton – as well as hosting the ITV2 reality show Release the Hounds since 2013.

In 2012 and 2013, Yates co-hosted the first two series of BBC One singing show The Voice UK.

Since 2015, he has co-presented the primetime BBC One game show Prized Apart, alongside Emma Willis. He is also the presenter of the BBC Three showReggie Yates’ Extreme Russia, Extreme South Africa and Extreme UK.

Yates made his first television appearance in Desmond’s at the age of eight. He also appeared in Disney Club, as Robbie. In 1998, Yates appeared as a guest presenter on Diggit on CITV also under the name Robbie. In 2002, he played Carl Fenton in the popular children’s series Grange Hill. From 2002 to 2004, he presented the Sunday morning programme Smile, and then went on to present Top of the Popswith former Smile co-host Fearne Cotton before the final episode broadcast on BBC Two on 30 July 2006. He also created and starred in the series The Crustand presented Dance Factory and his own radio show on BBC Radio 1.

In 2005, Yates appeared in the BBC singing contest Comic Relief Does Fame Academy in aid of Comic Relief, finishing in fourth place


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Lizo Mzimba is an English journalist and television presenter, currently the Entertainment Correspondent for BBC News.

Following this, Mzimba was one of the longest-serving presenters, a reporter and an assistant producer for CBBC’s Newsround between 1998 and May 2008.

He attended the independent Solihull School (during which time he was also leader of the Birmingham Schools’ Symphony Orchestra) and The University of Birmingham. Whilst at Birmingham he was a member of the student TV station, winning awards at NaSTA (National Student Television Association). By 1991 he was contributing to Sounds magazine,  a long-term UK weekly pop/rock music newspaper, published from 10 October 1970 to 6 April 1991.


BRENDA EMANUS

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Brenda Emmanus is a broadcaster journalist who works in TV, radio, and print journalism. She is currently BBC London News’ art, culture and entertainment correspondent.

Brenda’s profile rose as one of the co-presenters on BBC One’s The Clothes Show, which she contributed to for five years. She has since fronted BBC One shows including the interior design programme The Terrace, The Midweek National Lottery and features for Holiday.

As a regular face on ITV’s This Morning, Brenda teamed up with Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan as their fashion and entertainment expert. She is no stranger to radio, having presented for many shows like  The Early Show live on BBC Radio Two and  Radio 4’s Women’s Hour. As a freelance writer Brenda has contributed feature articles to Luxure, Pride, Cosmopolitan and Caribbean Eye magazines, as well as The Observer and New Nation.


TOLU ADEOYE

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Tolu is a senior broadcast journalist and reporter with the BBC who currently graces our screens on the BBC London news bulletins.

The University of Sheffield Media Law graduate started out as a trainee reporter attached to various regional BBC news studios before becoming a senior BBC journalist in 2016


LATE KUMLA DUMOR

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Komla Afeke Dumor (3 October 1972 – 18 January 2014) was a Ghanaian journalist who worked for BBC World News and was the main presenter of its programme Focus on Africa.

Dumor started as the morning show host for Joy FM in Accra, Ghana, and was the 2003 winner of Journalist of the Year award given by the Ghana Journalists Association.

In 2006 Dumor joined the BBC African Service in London as host of the radio programme Network Africa. From 2008 to 2012 he presented The World Today on the BBC World Service. In 2011 Dumor began presenting the World News and Africa Business Report on BBC World News and early mornings on BBC One and the BBC News Channel. When the latter was relaunched in 2013; fellow BBC correspondent Lerato Mbele was chosen as host.

In December 2013, he was named as one of the 100 most influential Africans of 2013 by New African magazine, with the citation: “It has been a coming of age for Kumla Dumor this year. The presenter of Focus on Africa, the BBC’s flagship and first-ever dedicated daily TV news programme in English for African audiences, broadcast on BBC World News, has established himself as one of the emerging African faces of global broadcasting. As a lead presenter for BBC World, Dumor has considerable influence on how the continent is covered.”

At the time of his death, Dumor was the only West African newsreader on BBC World News


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Sir Trevor McDonald, OBE (born George McDonald; 16 August 1939) is a Trinidadian-British news readerand journalist, best known for his career as a news presenter with ITN.

McDonald was knighted in 1999 for his services to journalism.

After working as a print and broadcast journalist in Trinidad during the 1960s, in 1969 McDonald was employed by BBC Radio as a producer, based in London but still broadcasting to the Caribbean. In 1973 he began his long association with Independent Television News, first as a general reporter, later as a sports correspondent, but ultimately concentrating on international politics. In the 1980s he spent some time with the ITN-produced Channel 4 News, but returned to ITV in 1989, presenting the early-evening news.

McDonald was promoted in 1992 as the sole presenter of News at Ten and became a well-known face on British television screens. McDonald stayed with ITN when News at Ten was axed in 1999, moving to present the new ITV Evening News. News at Ten was briefly relaunched on 22 January 2001, to which McDonald returned as a presenter. He presented theITV News at 10.30 following News at Tens second axing.

From 1999 to 2005 McDonald hosted ITV’s flagship current affairs programme Tonight with Trevor McDonald. The show was revived in 2010 with presenter Julie Etchingham.

On 29 November 2005, speculation that McDonald was about to leave ITV to work elsewhere ended when he signed a further two-year contract involving producing both a documentary show and a new series of interviews which will be of a wider general interest.

McDonald presented his last ITV News bulletin on 15 December 2005. The veteran newsreader stepped down from his role as anchor after more than 30 years at ITN, but said he had no plans to retire completely from television. At the end of the final programme, he signed off with the words: That brings to an end my association with the news at 10.30. Thank you for watching. Over the closing titles of the last bulletin that McDonald presented, the November 1992 to March 1999 ITV News at Ten theme was played as a tribute to McDonald

On 31 October 2007, ITV announced that, early in 2008, McDonald would come out of retirement to present the relaunched News at Ten together withJulie Etchingham.  He told a newspaper: “I couldn’t turn down the move back to that iconic time slot.”  News at Ten began broadcasting once again on 14 January 2008.

It was announced on 30 October 2008 that McDonald would step down from News at Ten once the US 2008 Presidential elections were over, to be replaced by Mark Austin.  His last bulletin was on 20 November 2008. It was reported at the time that he would continue to present links for The Tonight Programme.

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In 2009, McDonald travelled to the Caribbean and hosted the three part series The Secret Caribbean with Trevor McDonald.

In 2011, he travelled around the Mediterranean and hosted the fiur part series The Secret Mediterranean with Trevor McDonald and in 2012, he travelled along the route of the Mississippi River and hosted the  three part series The Mighty Mississippi with Trevor McDonald.

In 2013, McDonald visited death row inmates and hosted the series Inside Death Row.  In early 2015, he hosted the 2 part series The Mafia with Trevor McDonald from New York. 

In late 2015, McDonald presented Las Vegas with Trevor McDonald, a two-part series for ITV an in September 2016, McDonald presented a two-part series called Inside Scotland Yard With Trevor McDonald for ITV.


HUGH WOOZENCROFT

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Hugh presents the sports segment of the Victoria Derbyshire programme on the BBC News Channel.

Hr started his career  on BBC Radio 5 live’s “Sportsweek after a degree in philosophy and politics and a masters in sports journalism and soon moved to work on “5 live Sport” with a focus on rugby union and boxing.

He produced live sport on radio at the London 2012 Olympics which is one of the highlights of his career thus far. Since working in sport news at the BBC Sport centre, he has worked mainly on BBC  radio output, and he’s the news on BBC Radio 5 live.


DES COLEMAN

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Des is a British actor and TV presenter.

In 1996 he was cast as wideboy Lenny Wallace in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, his first television job.  Coleman remained with the soap until 1999. His television work post EastEnders has included: Is Harry on the Boat? (2001); Casualty (2003); The Bill(2004), and Doctors (2004; 2006). He also appeared in the 2001 film Submerged with Sam Neill. On stage he has appeared in London’s West End’s Rent, Simply Heavenly, and understudied the lead in Trevor Nunn’s musical opera Porgy and Bess. Currently, Des works on The One Show as a reporter.

Coleman has worked for BBC Radio Derby, where he was asked to do the weather report at the Broadcast Centre in Nottingham. This led to a career change. He trained as a weather presenter and in 2007 he began presenting for BBC’s East Midlands Todaytelevision.  The BBC terminated his contract in 2011 after Coleman used a live weather report to protest his innocence over firearm charges; he deliberately put the wrong temperature on the weather map and told viewers they should not believe everything said by the media.

He has reported for Inside Out (UK TV series) and Politics Show for BBC East Midlands. In March 2016 he presented for BBC Radio Nottingham.

In 2016 he joined ITV Central’s ITV News Central as the weather presenter.


ANGIE LAMAR

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Angie Le Mar (born 27 October 1965) is a British comedian, actor, writer, director, presenter and producer.

She was the first Black British performer to appear atHarlem’s Apollo Theatre and had the first ever sell-out show by a female black comedian in London’s West End.  Her TV appearances include the BBC’s The Real McCoy and Channel 4’s Get Up, Stand Up, and presented The Saturday Morning Show on Choice FM.

 Le Mar appeared as a panelist on the comedy review show Blouse & Skirt, BBC. A commentator in the BBC series Grumpy Old Women, and a cameo role in the BBC’s Holby City.

Le Mar made her first appearance as a panelist on ITV’S popular lunchtime programme Loose Women aired on 2 February 2011. Through her own production company, Straight To Audience Productions, Le Mar has commissioned three projects that are in development for internet streaming. The Living Room will be an intimate setting in which Le Mar interviews personalities from the world of business, entertainment, politics, sport and lifestyle. Angie’s Round The Table is a debate show presented by Le Mar, with six invited guests debating on social issues and topics that affect ordinary people, literally around a table set in a casual environment. The third project is called Women at the Top of Their Game, an interview programme with a small live audience, focusing on women who have reached the top of their chosen profession. Le Mar worked on a new TV sitcom called The Ryan Sisters, that was scheduled for production in 2012.


TRISH ADUDU

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Patricia “Trish” Adudu is a British-Nigerian freelance journalist, television presenter and DJ.

Adudu began working in television as an assistant producer of BBC’s sport show Grandstand and the BBC’s football show Match of the Day. She then presented on Janet Street Porter’s series Reportage. From 1997 she worked as Channel 5’s main sports presenter for six years. Five News was based in the ITN Building in London’s Grays Inn Road, Adudu was known for her singing in the lifts of the building with “Soap Expert” Chris Stacey, who also worked in the building. This raised eyebrows from senior ITN staff most notably Sir Trevor McDonald. She appeared on the daytime shows Loose Women between 1999-2002 and Inside Out.

Adudu spent much of 2013 and 2014 working with OH TV on Real Talk and other programmes. In May 2014, she presented a report for The One Show. In August of the same year, she returned to The One Show and also presented a segment of Inside Out.

From 2 March 2013, Adudu also worked as a Saturday breakfast presenter for the BBC local radio station BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. Since 1 December 2014, she has presented weekday afternoons 13:00-16:00 and has spent time covering breakfast on the station.

In October 2010, Adudu appeared on theBBC Two programme, The Big Silence.

Since June 2014, Adudu has been presenting some weekend editions of Midlands Today.


ADE ADEPITAN

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Adeptitan is an accomplished wheelchair basketball player, for his club Milton Keynes Aces and as a member of Great Britain team that won the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens and the gold medal at the 2005 Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Adepitan has featured on many television programmes and series as an actor, presenter or guest, particularly for the BBC. He often uses television as a platform to campaign against racism and disability discrimination. He was one of three wheelchair basketball players featured in the 2002 BBC One ident Hip-Hop. He was one of the main presenters of the children’s programme Xchange produced for CBBC and has appeared in the soap opera EastEnders. He starred as wheelchair basketball coach, “Baggy Awolowo”, in the TV series Despekrados.

Adepitan also participated in Beyond Bopundaries which was a four-part documentary in which Adepitan trekked through rainforests, deserts, rivers and mountains in Nicaragua and made his own video diary filmed in London and Spain, talking about his sporting aspirations and how he coped as a London boy living in Zaragoza unable to speak any Spanish.

Adepitan was appointed as one of the main presenters on Channel 4 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and co-presents That Paralympic Show with Rick Edwards.

In 2013, he presented a Channel 4 Dispatches programme, ‘Britain on Benefits’, and also presented a documentary for Channel 4’s ‘Unreported World’ about Cuban basketball players, ‘Cuba, Basketball and Betrayal’. Adepitan has become increasingly involved in making documentaries for Channel 4.

In 2014, he became one of the presenters of the new BBC travel series The Travel Show. He also anchored the Winter Paralympic Games for Channel 4 and Invictus Games for the BBC. In July 2016, he guest presented an episode of The One Show. In 2016, Ade co-presented three-part BBC Two series New York: America’s Busiest City.  He was part of the Channel 4 Rio 2016 Paralympics presenting team.

 


CLAUDIA LIZA ARMAGH

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Claudia-Liza Armah is a presenter on Sky News.

The talented reporter, who grew up in west London, presented BBC Three’s news segment 60 Seconds and BBC News Interactive, before joining London Live for its launch last year.


ANDI PETERS

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Andi Eleazu Peters is an English television presenter, producer, journalist, voice-over artist, and voice actor currently employed by ITV.

Peters initially obtained national television exposure as a presenter within Children’s BBC playing alongside Edd the Duck, and subsequently acquired technical experience.

He is mostly associated with shows for young people. Initially he presented Freetime, on ITV, but reached a much wider audience with Edd the Duck and Wilson (an arm purporting to be part of a butler) in “The Broom Cupboard” slot on Children’s BBC, which he presented from May 1989 to September 1993. He eventually left the Broom Cupboard and went on to co present Live & Kicking, from 1993 to 1996. After leaving Children’s BBC, he began some work on CITV, including The Noise and appearing as a guest on Scratchy & Co.

In January 2006, Peters took part in ITV 1’s reality ice-skating show Dancing on Ice. Along with fellow ex-contestant Andrea McLean, he presented fan showDancing on Ice Extra every weekday on ITV for the rest of the show’s run.

Peters returned to ITV in June 2006 to co-host the new Sunday morning cookery show, Sunday Feast. In September–October 2006, he co-presented Channel 5’s The All Star Talent Show.

On 16 December 2006, Peters made an appearance on ITV’s X Factor. As in the previous year, Peters was stationed as a reporter behind the scenes at the location of a CD factory, ready to launch production of the winner’s single.

Peters has hosted the Dancing on Ice Tour since 2007.

Peters owns a modelling agency, which caters for fitness models. This came about after he became a cover star for UK fitness magazine Men’s Health in September 2007. He was runner-up in the third series of Celebrity MasterChef, which aired in July 2008.

Since 2013, Peters has been narrating the ITV2 reality series The Big Reunion, which shows the reunions of pop groups.

He appeared in the ITV daytime show Show Me the Telly a number of times towards the end of 2013. Since 28 April 2014, Peters has hosted a live, competition segment called the “Wheel of Cash” on the breakfast news programme Good Morning Britain.’m, and also the ITV daytime game show Ejector Seat, which airs each weekday at 4 pm.

He occasionally presents “The Hub” on This Morning.


JESSICA CREIGHTON

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Beginning her career as a BBC trainee, Jessica was soon promoted to Olympic Sports Reporter where she produced films on British and international athletes and their journeys to the 2012 Games.

She was one of the BBC’s leading voices at the London Olympics, broadcasting to an audience of millions on national platforms such as BBC Radio 4, BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

As a freelancer, Jessica has presented BT Sport’s Women’s Super League Review Show and reported for Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) at the Youth Olympic Games in China. Such is her growing reputation as a charismatic reporter and presenter, she’s also featured on popular BBC programmes The One Show, Final Score, BBC Breakfast and the Women’s Football Show.

Jessica currently presents sports bulletins on BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire Show and the BBC News Channel.

 

References: Wikipedia; TVNews.com; Womanoftheyear.com

16 And 22 Years In Jail For Duo Who Killed Defenceless Man In Greenwich

Two men who killed a defenceless man in a Greenwich street have been jailed at the Old Bailey today (Wednesday, 12 December).

Andrew Adekoya, 22 (03.09.96) of Greenwich was jailed for 16 years.

His accomplice Ibrahim James, 21 of Woolwich was jailed for 22 years.

Both were found guilty of the manslaughter of Jozef Boci at the same court on 18 October.

The court heard how 30-year-old Jozef was targeted by a group of men following an incident at the South Pole nightclub in Greenwich in the early hours of Saturday, 17 February.

Jozef was part of a group that had become involved in a minor dispute inside the nightclub at around 01:00hrs that morning with another group including James and Adekoya.

Security staff at the club intervened. Jozef’s group were allowed to remain in the club while the other group were ejected.

After remonstrating with security staff, the group got into two cars and drove away, returning to nearby Norman Road around five minutes later.

CCTV footage captured members of the group getting out of the cars.

Adekoya had a metal object, perhaps a wrench, while James appeared to have a weapon concealed down his trouser leg.

The group approached the front of the club but were ushered away by door staff; however they continued to hang around in the vicinity of the club for the next hour or so, obviously waiting for someone to come out.

At around 02:10hrs, Jozef left the South Pole club and as soon as he stepped outside he was chased by the group, including James and Adekoya.

Jozef fled down Greenwich High Road but tripped over and was immediately set upon by his pursuers. Witnesses described how Jozef was attacked, including being struck with a baseball bat, as he lay prone and defenceless on the pavement.

Jozef was taken to hospital but never regained consciousness – he died six days after the attack on 23 February.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command launched an investigation and quickly identified the suspects from CCTV and forensic analysis.

James was arrested on 23 February and following a search of his address, a baseball bat was found hidden in his garden. Although no forensic link could be made to the bat used in the attack on Jozef, it was similar to remnants found at the scene of the attack.

On 25 February, Adekoya was arrested. He admitted being at the scene and in possession of a wrench but claimed he was trying to calm the situation.

Five men were subsequently charged for their involvement in Jozef’s killing, two of whom were convicted as above.

Detective Chief Inspector John Massey of the Homicide and Major Crime Command led the investigation. He said: “The length of these sentences illustrate the savage nature of this attack.

“What started as essentially a trivial incident ended in the murder of an innocent man.

“Jozef Boci was pursued and subjected to a brutal assault as he lay defenceless in a Greenwich street.

“The ferocity of the attack was shocking and left Jozef with no chance of survival.”

9 Year-old Black Girl Commits Suicide After ‘Racist’ Schoolmates Taunted Her For Being Friends With A White Boy

An Alabama family is mourning the loss of a 9-year-old girl who took her own life Monday night.

McKenzie Adams’ family members said the fourth-grader had been bullied by a group of classmates since the beginning of the school year. Her grandmother found her in their home in Linden on Monday. She had hanged herself.

Instead of planning where to hide Christmas presents for the girl who loved playing with dolls and riding her bike, her family is now planning a funeral.

“It’s an emotional roller-coaster,” said Edwinna Harris, McKenzie’s aunt. Harris, who is a television host in Atlanta, said she wants to use her platform to spread an anti-bullying message to prevent other families from experiencing the same tragedy.

McKenzie attended U.S. Jones Elementary School approximately 15 miles away in Demopolis, where her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 15. She transferred to the school after her mother and grandmother complained to the State Board of Education that she was being bullied at her elementary school in Linden, Harris said.

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A lot of the bullying centered on her friendship with a boy, Harris said.

“She was being bullied the entire school year, with words such as ‘kill yourself,’ ‘you think you’re white because you ride with that white boy,’ ‘you ugly,’ ‘black b-tch,’ ‘just die’,” she said.

Harris said she intends to speak out against bullying and hopes her efforts can save the lives of other children who feel hopeless.

“God has blessed me to help others with my platform, and now it’s time to help. There are so many voiceless kids,” she said. “God is opening great doors for justice for my niece.”

www.dispatch.com

Man Convicted Of Grenfell Tower Fraud Faces Jail Term

A fraudster who claimed he saw terrified Grenfell Tower victims burning to death when he was 12 miles away is facing years behind bars. Abolaji Onafuye, 54, claimed £32,000 in donations and housing support after lying to authorities that he lived in the doomed tower and that his sister and nephew were both killed. But a jury convicted him of fraud after hearing he was not related to Zainab Deen and her two-year-old son Jeremiah.

Isleworth Crown Court in West London heard that Onafuye claimed thousands and racked up a hotel bill of £35,000 after Kensington Council initially accepted his claim that he had lived in the tower.

The Nigerian-born property consultant was given emergency accommodation in the four-star Grosvenor Hotel in Belgravia, Central London. Theresa May to fight leadership battle ‘with everything I’ve got’ He later claimed he had suffered ‘mental trauma’ from seeing people screaming for help inside the tower, but analysis of his mobile phone found he was 12 miles away from the site on the day of the fire.

After his arrest, the father-of-five from Hammersmith in West London attempted to blame his fraudulent claims on low blood sugar, saying he was ‘hallucinating’ and ‘temporarily insane’ because he had been fasting. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Metro.co.uk


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12 Years In Jail For Man Caught With £800k Drugs After Routine Police Stop

A man who was caught with £800,000 worth of cocaine in the boot of his car after he was stopped by officers from the Met’s Violent Crime Taskforce has been sentenced to 12 years in jail.

William Dunford 24 (24.08.94) of York Way, Islington, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday, 6 December, after he pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of a class A drug.

Officers from the Violent Crime Taskforce in two unmarked police vehicles, were carrying out a routine stop and search patrol in East London, when they stopped a car being driven by Dunford.

On searching the vehicle, officers discovered 26kg of cocaine hidden in the boot.

Inspector Peter Moxham, of the Violent Crime Taskforce said: “This sentencing is the result of a routine stop and search carried out by officers on patrol. These take place every day, across London.

“A result like this demonstrates how effective the tactic can be when preventing criminals involved in drug dealing and other criminality, including carrying offensive weapons. A 12-year sentence has now been handed out to an individual who clearly thought he would not be caught by police.

“I would like this case to act as a warning to anyone who thinks they can get away with drug dealing.”

MetPolice Newsdesk


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South Ruislip Knife Stabbing Victim, 20, Was Killed By His 16 Year Old Drug Dealer With A Knife He Was Carrying

South Ruislip knife stabbing victim Osman Shidane was killed by a knife that he had been carrying himself, it was revealed at the trial of his killer.

A 17-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons stood trial at The Old Bailey and was convicted of the manslaughter of Osman, who was stabbed outside St Gregory the Great Church, in Victoria Road.

The court heard from one of Osman’s closest friends, Mohammed Abshir, who told the jury he had worked with Osman, 20, for the last few years.

Call logs and text messages showed that Osman, who was also known as “Bounty” and “Scrambles”, spent much of his last three days “chilling” with Mohammed. On one of these occasions, just a day before he was seriously stabbed, a “long knife slid down his trouser leg” while celebrating a goal scored on the video game FIFA.

Osman came around 4ish and we were sitting on the sofa playing FIFA”, Mohammed recalled.

“Someone scored and we all over-exaggerated our celebrations, but when he stood up a knife fell from him and came down his trousers.”

Later, Andrew Hall QC for the defence showed the court a picture of the knife found at the scene of Osman’s murder, and Mohamed confirmed this was the knife that fell from his friend’s trousers the day before he was stabbed.

After the knife fell, Mohammed and Kane Augustine, the other friend present at the time, confronted Osman about the knife, the court heard.

The previous day, Osman had been in an argument with a drug dealer called Sticker, Mohamed told jurors, suggesting this was why the young salesman had taken to carrying around a knife.

Kane provided him with “the ugliest bag in the world to conceal the knife in and Osman left it with Mohamed, who was staying at his sister’s home.

The Old Bailey was shown Osman’s text messages with Mohamed the following day, May 15, just hours before Osman would be stabbed.

In the texts, Osman wrote “bruv should I come down and pick up the ting”, which both prosecution and defence agree is a reference to the knife.

“Need it G it’s bait as well” Osman added, meaning that he needed the knife and that it was in an obvious location, in Mohamed’s sister’s kitchen.

“Before your sister clocks” he concluded, suggesting Mohamed’s sister could easily come across the knife.

“Bell me when you’re going yard, I need the ting” he later texted Kane.

Osman met Kane and Mohamed at the home, picked up his knife and they all boarded a train for Eastcote, the closest station to Osman’s home, Mohammed told the jury.”

“We were sitting on the wall outside his house and he went in to put the knife back”, said Mohammed.

However the witness was cross-examined by the defence, where he conceded that he had just assumed Osman has returned the knife to his kitchen, however he was still wearing the bag when he came out.

A plan was made for Osman to buy cannabis from the defendant, whom it was heard earlier from PC Solanki of South Ruislip ward, is well known to police for allegedly dealing drugs from his bicycle.

Mohamed said that he and cane could “not be a****” to meet the dealer with Osman as their meeting point had changed from near Osman’s house to the BP petrol station in Victoria Road, just a few metres from where Osman was stabbed, near the Old Dairy Cineworld and Asda development.

“After half an hour we kept texting him saying we’re at your home, we decided to follow the helicopters and sirens” said Mohammed.

Tracing the path to their friend’s seriously injured body, Mohamed said that all he could see were his friend’s shoes, which he recognised but said he “couldn’t be sure” it was him as there was “lots of police surrounding him”.

Osman Shidane passed away in hospital three days later, on May 18.

The 17-year-old defendant who was 16 at the time of the stabbing was sentenced to six years in jail.

Detective Inspector Jamie Stevenson, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “Osman was a young man who was pursued and viciously stabbed to death in the street. It was a needless killing and the devastating effects will be felt by his family forever.

“Those who witnessed this crime will also have to come to terms with the aftermath, but I would like to personally thank all those members of the public who came to Osman’s aid that night and tried to save him.

“The fact that his killer was only aged 16 at the time he carried out this terrible act makes this crime seem even more awful. As a result of carrying knives a young man has lost his life.”


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Man Rubs Chilli On Girlfriend’s Tampon Then Videos Her Reaction And Uploads It On Social Media For “Likes”

IT seems like an unspeakably cruel thing to do: inflicting severe pain on your girlfriend by rubbing chilli on a tampon they are about to use.

However YouTuber Brad Holmes did this, filming his partner Jenny screaming in agony and uploading so it could be viewed by two million people online.

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At the time, it was seen as a funny prank, but it is an example of a new trend known as ‘cloutlighting’ – where men perform extreme pranks on their other halves then film their upset reactions in order to gain large numbers of likes on social media.

The phrase is a combination of ‘gaslighting’ – where an abuser manipulates factual information so the victim doubts themselves – and ‘clout’, a type of social media fame.

The more extreme the videos are, the more likes and views they can receive, meaning they increase the poster’s clout score: a measurement of how famous they are on the internet.

Recent high profile clips include a woman being told her cat has died, another being called ugly by her boyfriend and faking affairs.

While many of the social media stars known for posting these videos say they are set up stunts done with their partners’ consent, experts from relationship charities have expressed concern that abuse could be going on when the camera stops rolling.

The, Sun Online takes a closer look at the growing trend and those on the receiving end of these often cruel pranks.


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15 Years Jail Sentence For Sexual Predator Who Used Fake Social Media Profile To Seduce And Then Blackmail His Victims

A man who used fake social media profiles to convince young women to send compromising images of themselves before blackmailing and raping one of them has been jailed.

Rhys Miller-Offiong, 24 (17.05.94) of Muirkirk Road, SE6 was jailed for 15 years with an four-year extended licence at Woolwich Crown Court on Thursday, 6 December.

On his release, he will be made to sign the Sex Offenders Register for an indefinite period and will be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Miller-Offiong had pleaded guilty at the same court on 5 November to one count of rape, one count of blackmail, four counts of distributing indecent images of a child, three counts of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress, and one count of committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence.

A further count of rape and attempted rape were ordered to lie on file.

An investigation was launched after Miller-Offiong raped a 19-year-old woman at an address in Catford on 24 August 2017.

Miller-Offiong had met the woman online using a fake profile. He had initially persuaded her to send intimate images to him and then set up a meeting with her. When the victim attended and realised Miller-Offiong was not the person she thought she had been engaging with online, he threatened to send the images to her friends and family if she refused to go with him. Under duress, the woman went with Miller-Offiong to an address in Catford where she was raped.

The offence was reported to police who managed to identify Miller-Offiong through his social media profiles. Further investigations established two other young women who had been snared online by Miller-Offiong and tricked into sending compromising images and videos of themselves to him.

He was arrested and subsequently charged.

Detective Constable Paul Harakis of the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command said:

“Miller-Offiong is a predatory sex offender who has drawn unsuspecting girls into his sexual trap via social media. The victims in this case have shown real strength of character and fortitude by both assisting our investigation and providing evidence to the court which left Miller-Offiong with little option than to plead guilty.

“I would like to praise their bravery and courage in coming forward and I hope it gives them some form of closure now that Miller-Offiong is behind bars.”

= Miller-Offiong was sentenced as follows:

– rape; 15 years’ imprisonment plus a four-year extended licence;
– blackmail; four years’ imprisonment to run concurrently;
– four counts of distributing indecent images of a child; ten months’ imprisonment for each offence to run concurrently;
– three counts of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress; ten months’ imprisonment for each offence to run concurrently;
– commit an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence; two year’s imprisonment to run concurrently.

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