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LONDON: POLICE RELEASE EFIT OF MAN WHO DIED AFTER FALLING FROM HOTEL’S 28TH FLOOR 3 YEARS AGO

Detectives are appealing for help to identify a man who died after falling from a hotel more than three years ago.

Police were called at approximately 12:15hrs on 20 March 2014 to the Hilton on Park Lane to reports of an injured man on the fourth floor roof.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended but sadly the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was established that the man had fallen from the 28th floor. His death is being treated as non-suspicious.

Despite extensive enquiries, officers have been unable to identify the man and have today released an efit of him in the hope that a family member or friend recognises him.

A check of the man’s Oyster card – which was not registered with Transport for London – revealed that he regularly travelled around the south London area, specifically Norwood, Crystal Palace and Streatham.

The man is described as black and aged between 40 and 50 years old. He had a medium build and cropped black hair.

At the time of his death, he was wearing a black Lonsdale fleece jacket, a white shirt with light pink and blue large checks, a white vest, grey/brown suit trousers with a black belt, grey socks and black loafers.

PC Gemma Scott, from Westminster Borough, said: “This is a very sad case in which not only has a man lost his life, but it is still possible that his family do not know that he has died.

“I would urge anyone who recognises the man from the efit to come forward and speak with us so that we can finally put a name to him.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 07917 517799 or via 101.

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LONDON: PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM BURGLARS THIS WINTER – MET POLICE WARNS PUBLIC

As the clocks go back and the nights draw in, the Met has intensified its efforts to crack down on burglary and those who handle stolen goods. But they are also alerting the public to activities of burglars that tend to be on the increase during the winter months when it is darker for longer hours even when it is still daytime.

Homes remaining in darkness for longer in the evenings highlight the fact they may be empty, making them more attractive to burglars at this time of year.

Specialist teams will be deployed to track down wanted burglary suspects, whilst high visibility patrols will take place in burglary hotspot areas.

Officers will also be targeting organised criminal groups who continue to prey on the elderly and vulnerable by pretending to be officials to gain access to their homes.

Superintendent Sean Wilson, the Met’s operational lead for burglary said: “Burglary remains an important issue for the Met due to its devastating impact on victims.

“All burglaries will have an initial investigation and the level of further investigation will depend upon the realistic chances of identifying a suspect.

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“I would ask Londoners to take simple measures to protect their homes. Follow our three Step Protect advice by protecting your property both inside and out.

“Forensic officers are sent to burglary scenes where there are forensic opportunities so it’s important for victims to take steps to preserve evidence by calling police as soon as possible and ensuring that until officers arrive, the scene is – where possible – left undisturbed. This will improve our chances of identifying suspects.

“We have enhanced our service in many ways, including through ‘super cocooning’ to support victims, using key messages through local communication networks to alert residents to potential offenders in their neighbourhoods. Officers are also continuing to distribute MetTrace property marking kits in burglary hotspot areas and they are working in partnership with the local authorities to prevent habitual known offenders from reoffending.

“We are also working with other forces from across the country in a coordinated effort so that burglars will have nowhere to hide. By also targeting people who handle stolen goods, we are sending a clear message that anyone who benefits from burglary is implicated in a serious crime.”

Over the past 32 months, the Met has been rolling out MetTrace kits to residents to help make their homes more secure.

The kits contain crime prevention advice and free SmartWater forensic marking equipment. Since the roll-out there has been a 25.3 per cent reduction in burglaries in MetTrace areas compared to 2.5 per cent in non-MetTrace areas – equating to 3,957 few burglaries in these areas.

The kits have been delivered to over 287,000 residents and 14,000 MetTrace signs have been put up across London.

A further 108,750 MetTrace kits will be delivered to residents over the next ten months.

In the current rolling 12 month period, there have been 73,851 burglary offences compared to 69,204 offences in the previous year, representing a 6.7 per cent increase.

Londoners are also encouraged to protect themselves and their homes particularly during the winter months.

The Met’s Be Safe crime prevention campaign aims to motivate, empower and mobilise Londoners to take simple crime prevention steps to reduce their vulnerability to crime, whilst officers continue to disrupt and arrest criminals.


The Met suggests the following 3 Step Protect to keep your home safe :

Protect: Valuables, Building, Outside.

Consider all three areas to protect your home from burglary.

1. Protect your valuables

– Don’t advertise your goods. Always keep valuables like tablets and laptops out of sight from windows and store keys away from the letterbox.

– Help police identify your property if stolen by using a property marking kit and taking photos. The MPS is currently providing SmartWater kits as part of the MetTrace operation visit www.met.police.uk/mettrace for more information.

– Consider buying a safe or using other safe storage providers.

2. Safeguard your building

– Lock all windows and double lock doors when you go out, even if it’s only for a few minutes.

– Make your home look occupied: use timer lights when the nights get longer, and cancel deliveries if you’re going away.

– Make sure your locks are strong enough to keep burglars out.

3. Secure your outside

– Keep gates, sheds and garages locked and don’t leave tools lying around as they can be used to break in.

– Keep hedges at the front low and install outdoor lighting, so burglars have nowhere to hide.

– Install trellises and spiky plants to stop burglars from climbing over fences.

For more advice on how to keep your home safe, visit www.met.police.uk/burglary.

+ Super cocooning works by encouraging residents to be extra vigilant and security conscious. Safer Neighbourhoods teams pay a home visit to victims and their neighbours as soon as possible after an offence is reported, to give crime prevention advice and gather local intelligence, whilst patrols are stepped up in the area.


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POOR AND CANNOT AFFORD A NEW CAR? YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY £21.50 TO DRIVE INTO LONDON

DRIVERS with dirty, old cars who want to come into central London will have to pay an extra TENNER from tomorrow.

The T-charge will come into force on Monday to try and clean up filthy air in the capital.

From tomorrow drivers with older cars will have to pay more to come into London

Motorists will have to pay the congestion charge of £11.50 and another £10 on top in a bid to cut down on pollution in the capital.

On the first day of the half-term holidays, the extra toxin tax will come into force – and will be payable Mondays to Fridays from 7am until 6pm.

Cars, vans, minibuses, coaches and other goods vehicles which don’t meet clean air standards will be forced to cough up the extra cash.

The move is part of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plans to try and clean up the city’s air.

He said: “It’s staggering that we live in a city where the air is so toxic that many of our children are growing up with lung problems.

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“I will continue to do everything in my power to help protect the health of Londoners and clean our filthy air.”

Mr Khan said it would be the “toughest emission standards of any major city in the world” in order to reduce the 9,500 premature deaths a year linked to poor air quality in London.

Fuel campaigners, motoring chiefs and MPs are outraged by plans for a ‘Toxin Tax’ to extend the zones to other dirty roads – slapping yet more taxes on working Brits.

Some have said it will hit the poorest the hardest.

Howard Cox, FairFuel UK co-founder, said: “He promised to be a Mayor for all Londoners, except if you drive a car. His toxic tax is morally wrong.”

10,000 cars are expected to be hit with the extra charge.

Motorists can check if their vehicle will face the new T-Charge here.

Taxi-drivers and motorbikes are exempt from the new tax.

People who could be eligible for a discount include:

  • Residents within the zone
  • Blue Badge holders
  • Breakdown vehicles
  • Ultra-low emission vehicles under 3.5 tonnes that produce under 75g/km of CO2
  • Motor tricycles that are one metre or less wide
  • Roadside recovery vehicles

Failure to avoid the T-charge will result in a £130 fine, which is reduced to £65 if it’s paid within 14 days

NIGERIAN MALE, 29 ALLEGEDLY KILLED BY GIRLFRIEND IN WEST LONDON STABBING

Police were called to an address on Lakeside Drive, near Hanger Lane station, at 2am on Friday (October 20) where they found a 29 year old man with stab injuries.

The London ambulance service worked to save the man’s life but he was pronounced dead shortly before 3am.

The man was identified by neighbours as a Nigerian named “Johnny” but police are yet to formally identify him.

Meanwhile, the victim’s next of kin are being informed and  post-mortem examination results are being awaited

A 21 year old woman, reported to be the man’s girlfriend who was at the scene of the stabbing, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to a police station.

The man’s death is currently being treated as unexplained.

Officers from Brent CID and detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating the stabbing and enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

SOUTH EAST LONDON: PAEDOPHILE JAILED FOR RAPING 13 YEAR OLD GIRL ON WAY HOME FROM SCHOOL

A South London peadophile rapist who lured a schoolgirl back to his flat and sexually attacked her has been jailed for 8 years.

Fortune Aragua, 25 was caught after the victim’s mother performed a citizen’s arrest on the paedophile who raped her 13-year-old daughter.

The south Londoner approached his victim while she was playing with a friend after school on 10 February this year. The girls, still in their uniforms, were on the way to the shops when Aragua approached and started chatting.

When the friend left, Aragua persuaded the girl, who told him she was only 13, to head back to his Stockwell flat.

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Aragua lured the 13 year old victim to his flat in Stockwell

He started kissing her but then his landlady suddenly returned so he locked the child inside his room and waited for the homeowner to leave.

Once the coast was clear, he sexually assaulted the girl, who was pleading with him to stop, and then raped her. She left shortly after the attack, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Police.

But the girl told her mother as soon as she got home who, without a second thought, marched straight up to Aragua’s front door and made a citizen’s arrest on him before calling the police.

The attacker denied raping and sexually assaulting the child, saying he found her on the street looking unwell, offered her assistance then headed home without her.

But the Met’s forensics team discovered her DNA on his boxer shorts. This evidence helped convict him of rape, attempted rape and the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl, at a trial earlier in the year.

Aragua – who also uses the name Izevbigie Sylvester – received an eight year prison sentence and will have to sign onto the Sex Offenders Register for life.

DC Gregg Nicol, the investigating officer from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, said: “I am pleased with this sentence which reflects the seriousness of Aragua’s crimes.

“Aragua is a dangerous sexual predator who targeted and took advantage of a vulnerable young girl for his own satisfaction,” DC Gregg Nicol, a Met child abuse investigator, said.

“I would like to praise the victim for her bravery and courage in reporting this heinous crime to the police and for giving evidence at court which ensured Aragua was brought to justice. I hope this sentence will give her some measure of comfort and closure.”

 


 

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RICHARD OBAHOR CHANGING THE NARRATIVE AT “WHO WANTS TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR” SEMINAR

The highly anticipated “Who wants to be an Entrepreneur” event held on Saturday 14th October at the prestigious Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge, London and has since been the talk of town.

The seminar was  attended by around 100 guests made up of both budding and established Entrepreneurs.

Organised by serial entrepreneur Dr Richard Obahor, the event attracted an impressive  line up of high profile speakers, including:

Emma Jones MBE of Enterprise Nation appointed by UK PM as a Business Ambassador. Emma is also a regular feature on the Clive Bull LBC radio show, where she answers questions on entrepreneurship.

American serial entrepreneur Paul Oberschneider, who gave the keynote speech. Oberschneider is the American tycoon who built a $200 million dollar fortune from hotels and other interests. Paul boasts of a wealth of unique insights which he happily shared with the insatiable audience.

Udo Maryanne Okonjo, CEO of Fine & Country West Africa lit up the room and turned up the heat by challenging the audience who could not get enough to dream big, think Big and never ever give up.

Also speaking at the event were:

Marian Mola who has an incredible story about her life struggles and overcoming them.
Sheun David Onamusi, the brains behind Still Dapper, Solemate and the first TM Lewin franchisee in Abuja.

Wale Oladunjoye a successful speaker on leadership and lifestyle.

Ire Hassan-Odukale, the 31 year old behind the Ikoyi Restaurant in the heart of London.

Keye Oduneye of the bespoke suit brand Keye of London.

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Dr Obahor (middle) with some of the speakers at the seminar
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A cross section of guests at the seminar

The host Dr Obahor is a successful entrepreneur and property developer with interests both in the UK and in Nigeria. He shared his vision of creating the “Who Wants To be An Entrepreneur” platform as a ladder to hold up for others especially millennials to climb up.

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Dr Richard Obahor – Host, “Who Wants To Be An Entrepreneur”

Richard said Popular opinion is that people strive to get to the top, and upon arrival they remove the ladder thus denying access to those coming up behind them. They do this because they would rather enjoy the adulation of being the only successful individual in their clan, and we start to hear things like he/she is the only ‘black person’ to have ever achieved a certain status.

“We, however”, Richard added, “seek to change this narrative, and this has been the core objective in putting together the “Who wants to be an Entrepreneur” event. Rather than remove the ladder we seek to strengthen it so that as many people who want to, can gain access with as much support as possible”.

Richard gave a hint that the “Who wants to be an Entrepreneur” event would hold again in 2018.

 

*Pictures supplied by Dr Richard Obahor


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THREE EXTRA YEARS ADDED TO SENTENCE OF MAN WHO BEAT CHILD TO DEATH OVER LOST SHOE

A thug who beat his girlfriend’s five-year-old son to death in a park after the boy lost a trainer has had three years added to his 18-year sentence, the Daily mail reports.

Marvyn Iheanacho, 39, watched proceedings via videolink from prison as  Court of Appeal judges in London increased his life sentence for the murder of Alex Malcolm.

Lord Justice Treacy, Mr Justice Jay and Mr Justice Warby agreed with Solicitor General Robert Buckland that 18 years was ‘unduly lenient’, and did not adequately reflect the ‘serious aggravating features’ of the case.

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Iheanacho, from Hounslow, west London, had denied murdering Alex, the son of his then partner Liliya Breha, but was convicted in July after a trial at Woolwich Crown Court and jailed for life.

Witnesses heard a child’s fearful voice saying ‘sorry’, loud banging and a man screaming about the loss of a shoe during the attack in Mountsfield Park in Catford, south-east London, the trial heard.

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Alex Malcolm suffered head and stomach injuries

Alex suffered head and stomach injuries and died in hospital two days after the attack in November last year. One of his trainers was later found in the play area by police.

Iheanacho has a string of previous convictions for violent offences, including attacks on ex-partners and robbery.

Increasing the minimum term to 21 years, Lord Justice Treacy said: ‘In our judgment the minimum term of 18 years did not adequately reflect the serious aggravating features of this case, which relate not only to the offence itself but also to the offender’s past violent criminal conduct.’