Day: March 2, 2019

17 Year Old Girl Stabbed To Death In East London Last Night

Detectives are investigating the fatal stabbing of a girl in Havering.
Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 21:25hrs on Friday, 1 March, to reports of a stabbing in a park close to St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill.
Officers attended and found a girl, believed to be aged 17, suffering from a stab injury. She was pronounced dead at 22:26hrs.
Next of kin have been informed but officers await formal identification. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.
An investigation has been launched by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC).
At this early stage, there have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

Acting Detective Chief Superintendent John Ross of the East Area Command Unit said:
“Yesterday a 17-year-old girl lost her life, and I want to express my deepest sympathies to this girl’s family and friends. Her death is a tragedy. I can reassure them and the whole community that we are doing everything possible to identify and bring to justice the person or persons responsible.
“It is days like these that really do highlight how we must continue to work tirelessly with our partners and the public to tackle knife crime.
“The victim was fatally stabbed at 9.25pm last night – Friday, 1 March – in a park off St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill.
“I am urging any witnesses, anyone who saw anything suspicious or anyone with information about the incident to contact police and share what they know.
“There will be additional police patrols in and around the Harold Hill area in the coming days, and anyone with any information should please speak with those officers.
“Since the middle of last year, we have seen some reductions in knife crime – particularly in relation to people under the age of 25. However we are NOT complacent.
“Bearing down on violent crime on the streets of London is a top priority for the Met, and I am clear that the people of Havering and communities across London have an absolutely vital role to play.
“We need to hear from anyone who has information that could detect or prevent crime. Your information could take a knife off our streets or save a life.”

Radio presenter Claudz Thornton said “Shocking news to wake up to !! The fact that it’s a girl may make people stand up a bit more , but just for a couple of days perhaps…. It’s all so common but we must never become desensitised, particularly when we read this happening to our male children , their lives are just as valuable, this is so painfully confusing”.
An investigation has been launched by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC).
At this early stage, there have been no arrests and enquiries continue.
Anyone with information should call the HMCC Incident Room on 020 8345 3775, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Tinubu Worried About S’West …Moves To Reposition APC In The zone

In the aftermath of last week’s presidential and National Assembly elections, in which the All Progressives Congress (APC) narrowly won in the South-West, there had been palpable fears among the party’s leadership on expectations from the governorship elections billed for next Saturday.

And the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is said to be understandably concerned about the development

This is why he is setting in motion, steps to pacify aggrieved members and reposition the party in the region.

Close aides of the APC leader disclosed to Saturday Telegraph that Tinubu was not pleased with the result and he is poised to change the outcone of next week’s polls.

One aide who had been with Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State for many years, explained that, aside the ruling party’s poor showing in the entire zone, the Asiwaju was particularly angered by the outcome of Lagos results.

A meeting with major opinion leaders, students, youth leaders and political associates as well as other persons of influence that could make things happen within the South-West is being planned.

“Oga is not happy, that is a fact,” the aide said. “And that is why he is moving powerfully after the election, to rejig things, in order to ensure that the South West remains in the APC fold. You can imagine us losing Ondo and Oyo states. It was a big blow”.

“The entire result was a shame indeed. In Lagos, we won by just 130,000 votes, imagine that, in our stronghold. How could that have happened? It means many people are not happy with the leadership,” the aide revealed.

Another aide of the former governor explained that the APC leader is already in talks with some power brokers in the South-West and about to reach out to those, who are proving to be tough within the APC and other parties.

He said that in no distant time, many people, including big names within the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), would be seen defecting to the APC. “That is why Oga is meeting all groups and notable individuals. That will happen soon, probably immediately after the election, in order to ensure that we retain our hold on the region.

“Though there is 90 per cent assurance that we are winning the governorship elections in the region, it is still not out of place to reach out to those that are aggrieved. “You will soon see them moving into the APC family, the talks have begun and it will take full blast after the governorship elections. The South West remains our zone, there is no way we will let it go”, the aide said.

Otunba Sesan Rufai