Promising Young Footballer In Court Over New Year’s Day Assault

A 23 year old has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm by detectives investigating an assault on a woman in Clapham High Street on New Year’s Day at

Andrew Akingbaje, 23 (02.03.1995) of Poplar Road, Brixton, has also been charged with two counts of assault by beating against two other women alleged to have taken place during the same incident.

He will appear in custody at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on 3 January.

The vicious and shocking New Year’s day attack happened outside the club, which had hosted an event called ‘Galaxy Gala 2019 – New Year’s Eve at Lotus’, with tickets costing up to £40.

Akingbaje repeatedly punched and threw his victim, Krystal Mission to the ground in
the violence which was one of several separate incidents in London on New Year’s Day, which also saw a bouncer for a party at a Mayfair townhouse stabbed to death.

In a night of bloodshed, a woman in her early thirties was also killed at a home in Camberwell, south London, in an unrelated stabbing.

The two unrelated murders followed London’s deadliest year in a decade, which saw 134 killings recorded by Scotland Yard, including 24 victims aged up to 19

Past History

Akingbaje was a PROMISING young footballer whose career was cut short after he was jailed for selling drugs as a 19 year old teenager in 2014. He would take the train down from London and peddle crack cocaine and heroin to users on the streets of Southsea.

He set up shop at the home of ‘vulnerable’ local Martin Beech in Harrow Road and would advertise his drugs on a BlackBerry on his journey down. He was jailed for two years and six months in a young offenders’ institution.

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WATCH FOOTAGE OF THE ATTACK HERE

Promising football career (2016)

Former Tottenham Hotspur prospect Andrew Akingbaje, 21, is set to join Accrington Stanley for pre-season when they return from their summer break.

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Andrew, who plays left or right wing, caught the eye of PFSA Founder David Hobson at our trials last year, who has since been able to arrange various opportunites for him.

After joining Peckham Town in February, he went on to score 10 goals in less than four months with the Kent County League side, in a bid to keep his fitness up ahead of trials next season.

“I’m thankful to everyone at Peckham for giving me the chance and taking me in,” said Andrew, “It was a great opportunity for me to keep match fit and score some goals.”

Despite now doing well for himself, Andrew hasn’t always been the model footballer and was released from Spurs after two seasons due to his code of conduct.

“I was young and had a poor attitude,” he said, “I used to turn up late to matches and to training, I thought I’d made it already. If I could go back and have my time again I’d definitely do things differently.”

But since attending UK Football Trials, he’s managed to turn his football career around, with the support of his family and David Hobson.

He said: “David has been amazing for me. He has been a mentor, a coach and has made an impact on my football in a massive way and I’m grateful for that.

“Obviously the support from my family has been huge as well, their support is massive and they have been a big influence on me.”

He added, “You know, sometimes you wake up in the morning and you don’t feel like training or you don’t feel like playing, but they don’t let you forget that they are there and I have to go and do it for them.”

Andrew has also received interest from Charlton Athletic, who will monitor the situation with Accrington before deciding on their next move.

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Looks like all those huge opportunities are just gone to waste.

WATCH FOOTAGE OF THE ATTACK HERE 


 

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.


ORE ODUBA

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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


LIZ MZIMBA
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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


SIR TREVOR MACDONALDtrevmcdonald10

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.

Since  he has gone on to produce and present documentary programmesand series for.

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

70 Nigerian Healthworkers In The UK NHS Honoured At Posh Gala Award Night

All roads led to the Grange City Hotel London last Saturday, as 70 most outstanding Nigerian healthcare professionals in the United Kingdom were recognised and celebrated for their contributions to the National Health Service (NHS).

Saturday’s event was the first time Nigerian healthcare professionals were presented under one roof celebrating each other.

According to one of the events organisers, Dr Abbey Akinoshun, “The event was awesome”!

Awards were presented to deserving professionals in Consultants, nursing. Midwifery, mental nursing, surgery, General Practitioners, dentistry, carers, medical technicians, trauma care, and several other fields.

The occasion was graced by all the Who’s Who in the Nigerian UK Diaspora including Lord Victor Adebowale, CEO, Turning Point, Nero Ughwujabo, Special Advisor to the British Prime Minister, Theresa May on social justice & young people, Yvonne Coghill, Director of Race Equality, NHS, Dr Dapo Williams, Philanthropist & Community Leader, Dr Alistair Soyode, Founder & CEO of BEN Television and Ayan De First, Cultural Ambassador.

Also present at the occassion were His excellency, Ambassador Oguntade, the Nigerian High Commissioner, Honourable Abike Dabiri, Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs and Professor Adewole, Minister of Health, Nigeria who both flew in from Abuja, Nigeria specially for the event.

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Comedian Akpos Makes History With 75 Mins Straight Stand-Up Comedy Show In London

It was great night for lovers of comedy and entertainment when UK based Nigerian comedian Akpos Ogagbe, stagged his first “one man show” tagged An hour with Akpos in London.

The multi award winning funnyman regalled his guests with hilarious and eye watering tales about his life experiences including, growing up in Nigeria and being an immigrant in the UK; religion, trending news and much more topical issues.

The evening hosted by London Events Host, Mc Cole, also featured other stand up comedians such as Njambi: British Kenyan, President Obonjo, ADE and Instagram sensation Klinton cod.

Musical entertainment was provided by Deoba Authentic and Bayo Bayz.

Dj Mind the gap was the Man on d wheels of steel, dishing out and keeping the guests on thrilled with various tracks.

Over 200 guests attended what has been described as a Night of laughter, music and dance.

The event which held at Alpha Lounge, Lewisham south east London, makes Akpos the first UK Nigerian Comedian to perform an uninterrupted stand-up comedy set for a straight 75 mins – an extra 15 minutes on top of that the advertised 60 minutes schedule!

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Police Launch Murder Investigation Following Fatal Stabbing In Posh North London Surburb

A murder investigation is underway after a man was stabbed to death in a leafy affluent surburb of North London.

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following a fatal stabbing in Pinner.

Officers were called at approximately 06:00hrs on Sunday, 24 March to reports of a man found suffering stab injuries inside a newsagent in Marsh Lane.

London Ambulance Service also attended the scene but the adult male, was pronounced dead at the scene at 06:46hrs.

It is believed the 54-year-old was attacked while opening Marsh Food and Wine in Pinner at about 06:00 GMT, the Met Police said.

Enquiries continue to establish the man’s identity and inform his next of kin.

A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command investigate – Detective Chief Inspector Simon Stancombe said:

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area around Marsh Lane this morning and saw anything of interest to contact police.

“This was a violent robbery that has escalated, resulting in the murder of a man. It appears the till was stolen from the shop during this robbery and this may have been discarded by the suspect. If you have come across this, we want to hear from you.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw a black Vauxhall Astra that was driven away at speed, south down Cecil Park immediately after the attack.

“We think that car was parked in Cecil Park prior to the murder – if you saw this, or have any other information that could help us progress this investigation, I would urge you to get in contact.”

A crime scene remains in place at Marsh Lane. Local officers are in the area and available should residents have concerns or information they wish to pass on.

Anyone with information can also contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD1653/24Mar.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

There have been no arrests; enquiries continue.

MetPolice Newsdesk

Murdered 41 Year Old Drug Dealer Was Set Up By His Teenage Clients

Three teenagers have been convicted in relation to the fatal stabbing of drug dealer Mark Fontaine in Kensington and Chelsea in May 2018.

A 15-year-old boy from Putney was found guilty on Tuesday, 19 March, of manslaughter and conspiracy to rob, following a trial at the Old Bailey.

Adesina Fashina, 18 (27.09.00) of Hendon Lane, N3, was convicted of conspiracy to rob; he was acquitted of robbery and murder.

Christian Murphy, 18 (22.11.00) of Avonmore Road, W14, was convicted of conspiracy to rob; he was acquitted of murder.

All three will be sentenced at the same court on a date to be confirmed.

The court heard how Fashina had contacted the victim, 41-year-old Mark Fontaine on 27 May 2018 to buy cannabis from him.

Mark agreed to meet Fashina at a location in Finchley and drove there with a friend. On their arrival, Fashina got into the car and then after a short discussion he and Mark exited and began to walk towards an address Fashina said he lived at nearby to weigh the drugs.

Later that evening an argument occurred when it was discovered that Fashina had left his phone on the passenger seat. Shortly afterwards Fashina rang the phone and Mark answered; Fashina asked for the phone to be returned but Mark refused. Several more calls were made to Mark that evening, including one threatening his welfare, but Mark still refused to return the phone. This set the chain of events in motion that would lead to Mark’s murder three days later.

On 30 May Mark received a call from an unknown male enquiring about buying cannabis. After arranging a price and a venue for the transaction, Mark drove to Finborough Road, SW10 to meet the buyer shortly before 22:00hrs.

However, Mark was completely unaware that the call had been set up by Fashina who, along with Murphy and the 15-year-old male, were lying in wait for him.

As Mark sat in his car in Finborough Road, he was attacked by the 15-year-old male, sustaining seven separate stab injuries in the process.

Mark managed to stagger from his car but collapsed a short distance away in Cathcart Road, SW10.

Police and London Ambulance Service were called but Mark could not be saved – he died in the street at approximately 23:00hrs.

Following the attack the three assailants fled the scene.

The 15-year-old male had sustained a stab injury to his right arm during the attack and a blood trail from the scene towards Tregunter Road forensically linked him to the scene.

He subsequently attended hospital for treatment to his injury; police were called and he was arrested.

Detectives began to investigate the background to Mark’s murder and the story about the failed robbery and the phone being left in Mark’s car came to light.

Analysis of Mark’s phone established the contact between him and Fashina on 27 May – including Fashina’s subsequent attempts using a different number to convince Mark to return his phone.

This subsequent phone attributed to Fashina was also in use on 30 May – the day of the murder.

Further analysis confirmed that on that day, Fashina, Murphy and the 15-year-old boy were all together in the area of Finborough Road, SW10 at the time of Mark’s murder.

Witnesses and CCTV analysis also placed two males, fitting the description of Fashina and Murphy, leaving the scene following the attack.

Murphy is also known to have made calls to two mini-cab firms to try and book a cab from West Brompton to the Putney area – phone analysis links both Murphy and Fashina to travelling in a cab from the scene to southwest London.

Both Fashina and Murphy were subsequently arrested and charged in May 2018.

Detective Inspector James Howarth of the Homicide and Major Crime Command said:

“The nature of this calculated, pre-meditated attack is truly shocking and vastly out of proportion to the relatively trivial event that sparked it.

“Fashina involved Murphy and a teenage associate to lure Mark to the location with the sole intention of robbing him that resulted in Mark receiving his fatal injuries.

“Mark could not survive the attack and the three fled the scene leaving a man to die in the street.

“I would like these convictions to bring some form of closure to the family who have supported the police throughout this investigation.

“Also the valiant efforts that members of the public made to help Mark following the attack should not be forgotten. Their efforts will always be appreciated and though the impact on them has been traumatic, I hope these convictions go some way to assuage that.”

MetPolice NewsDesk

14 Year Old Schoolboy Arrested After Trying To Slash Another Pupil With A Meat Cleaver – In School!!!

A teenage schoolboy has been arrested after trying to slash another pupil’s face with a meat cleaver.

The 14-year-old was taken into custody after a brawl, which took place yesterday in a school in Harrow.


He is now on bail but will appear at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 18 April.

At least 40 people have been stabbed to death in the UK since the start of the year, with several of the victims being teenagers, uk.news.yahoo.com reports.

The rise in knife crime has coincided with falling funds and numbers of officers, which have decreased by almost 20,000 since 2010.

The Ministry of Justice announced that knife and weapon offences are at a nine-year high, with nearly 21,500 crimes being dealt with by the criminal justice system in 2018.

Last week, after coming under intense pressure to boost police resources, the chancellor announced an extra £100m emergency funding package to allow police to mount more operations against violent crime.

However, John Apter, chairman of the Police Federation, told Sky News that this amount was ‘nowhere near enough’ to end the crisis.

He said: “This is a drop in the ocean when it comes to money that’s not only been stripped from policing, but other budgets, the social services budget, the education budget, and this is dealing with a crisis so yes, it’s going to help a little bit, but it’s not enough.”

Recently a Tory MP was ridiculed after suggesting that all knives in the UK should be fitted with GPS trackers.

Police Release Images Of Suspect Of Deptford Arson That Killed 7 Year Old Joel Urhie

The Met team investigating the fatal arson case that resulted in a seven-year-old boy losing his life at his family home last year have released new images of a man they want to speak to as part of a fresh appeal for public information.

The set of CCTV stills were taken from cameras at a petrol station three miles away from the Deptford property where a fatal fire on Tuesday 7 August, 2018, resulted in the death of Joel Urhie. Joel’s mother and older sister Sarah, who were also upstairs at the property, managed to escape by jumping from first floor windows, injuiring themselves in the process.

The man shown in the images arrived at the Shell garage in Shooters Hill Road, SE3, Blackheath, at around 02:20hrs in the morning of 7 August, just over an hour before the attack at around 03:30hrs on house in Adolphus Street is known to have taken place.

He is caught on camera with a petrol can, that he fills with fuel he buys at the garage with a £20 note. The man is described as white, aged 30s-40s, approximately 5ft 10ins tall wiht medium build. He was dressed in blue jeans, blue deck shoes and a blue tee-shirt on the front of which is a two word motif – the second of which reads ‘removals.’ The man is known to have arrived and left the garage on a push bike.

Detective Inspector Alison Cole, from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC), is leading the investigation. She said:

“The petrol station where these images were taken from is just a few miles from the Uhrie family home in Adolphus Street, the location of the devastating attack which led to Joel losing his life.

“We are asking for help to identify this individual as we would like to speak to him as part of our ongoing work – if only to eliminate him from our enquiries. If you are this man, or you know him, please contact us as soon as possible.

“These images were shown alongside a special reconstruction aired on BBC1 Crimewatch Roadshow programme today [Friday 22 March], which also featured an emotive appeal from Joel’s mother Efe, who spent many weeks in hospital recovering from the injuries she sustained.

“We are hoping that it will help jog the public’s memories of that night in August last year. If you can think of any information that might assist us in progressing our investigation, however small or trivial it may appear, please come forward. If you do not feel comfortable talking to police you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

“This terrible arson – one of the most horrific crimes I have seen in over 25 years of policing – claimed the life of an innocent child, a tragic loss his family will never get over, and we desperately need the help of the public to bring justice for Joel’s family.”

Joel’s body was found by emergency services who attended the scene in the upstairs bedroom he shared with his mother. A post mortem conducted at St Thomas’ hospital on Wednesday, 8 August, 2018, found his injuries to have been consistent with fire and smoke inhalation.

Police are still investigating the exact method that was used to commit the crime; they believe it involved a burning item being pushed through the letterbox.

Last September, the family of Joel paid public tribute to him for the first time as they joined with police in a previous appeal for public information in a bid to find those responsible for setting fire to the family home.

Joel’s cousin Tega Majoroh, 18, who spent a lot of time with the little boy and frequently stayed with the family at the house targeted, pleaded for the public to come forward as she recalled the boy she viewed as a ‘little brother.’

Tega said at the time: “Joel has been gone for a while now, but it seems like just yesterday he was taken from us. He brought so much light to the family without even knowing it. His death has been a tragedy to us all. His absence has caused a huge sense of loss. As young as he was, he meant so much too so many.”

The economics student said that she was ‘blessed’ to have spent so much time with Joel and remembered how his ‘sunshine’ spirit had a positive effect on all those around him.

“I would come to the house and he’d run to me with so much happiness. Joel was like the sunshine after rain. Coming home to him was like a breath of fresh air. He was always happy and always made others around him happy. There are so many memories that I will always treasure – and there will always be a hole in our hearts.”

Joel’s mother Efe, 50, joined Tega last September in paying tribute to her son, saying: “Joel was the sweetest most caring little boy you could ever meet. He was so intelligent and always curious to learn new things. He never complained about anything. He loved going to church, and led the Praise and Worship at the weekly bible study group.

“Joel always wanted people around him – that was why we used to go to the park a lot so that he could make new friends. His smile and laugh would light up a room and he was so full of life and energy.”

This morning [Friday 22 March] in her new appeal on Crimewatch Roadshow, Efe Uhrie urged people to examine their consciences and contact police with any information in order to help bring to account whoever murdered her son.

She recalled for the first time in public the last words she had exchanged with her beloved son, Joel, as she explained how, trapped in a bedroom, she had planned to jump out ahead of him to cushion his fall. He told me ‘I love you Mummy’, and ‘we’re going to make it together’.

Anyone with information can contact the dedicated incident room on 020 8345 3715 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You’ve Just Got To Admire Theresa May

For 2 years, we’ve seen MPs bully, abuse, insult, humiliate & push around the PM like a lap dog while she’s unbelievably kept her cool and maintained her composed dignity.

But there’s only so far you can push and goad someone before the turn around and say “STOP”. “ENOUGH IS “ENOUGH!”

Vote upon vote, attempt after attempt, Theresa May has been humiliated by fellow MPs who have enjoyed doing so and not held back from boasting about their actions.

MPs on both sude of the House have behaved like spoilt brats and worked against every single move Mrs May has proposed in their brazen attempt to deny the people their vote and sabotage the BREXIT!

I could not help but feel sorry for her each time I saw grown men & women in a so called “civilised” democracy bay and yell at her like beasts in the jungle each time she opened her mouth and I think “How does she do it”?
I wonder if she cries behing closed doors. Because in my case, I would have thrown everything out of the window and quit! And then have a good cry in my bedroom out of anger and frustration. I get fed up and frustrated easily…especially when dealing with unreasonable childish twats!

The people who call Theresa May a “control freak” have got her all wrong. Such a person would have stamped her feet, spat out her dummy and flung her toys out of her pram long before now – simply because she was not getting her way..

But not TM.

I am not a big TM fan and I am not a member of the Conservative party. Hell, NO! I would rather pluck out one of my myopic eyes and stick needles in it!

But I have grown to admire the woman with her steely resillience, her classy composure and herculean ability to remain calm in the face of brat like provocation!

Jeeesus! Those MPs are worse than teenagers! And that is an insult to teenagers!!

Before you ask – I did not vote in the referendum.

I did not see the point.

But BREXIT is not even TMs idea!
The person we should be throwing stones and rotten tomatoes at is somewhere in Spain, enjoying his Panama Millions while the rest of us are losing sleep, fretting, wondering:
Are we leaving or not?
When?
How? Softly or Hardly?
Are we going to run out of tomatoes and banana?
Are they going to be any more nurses or builders? Is my bank going to close? Will we still be able to visit Disneyland?

And our dishonourable MPs should be ashamed of themselves!

TM finally decided to fight back and they’ve been all over the telly crying and moaning about how horrible she’s been😭😭😭

SUCH A BELLIGERENT, CHILDISH, SELFISH, SELF SERVING, SPOILT, ENTITLED LOT!

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