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15 YEAR OLD WOOLWICH (SE LONDON) BOY STABBED IN THE STOMACH

A 15-year-old boy is in hospital fighting for his life after being stabbed in the stomach in an estate in Woolwich.

Police were called to the scene at 9.30pm in Maud Cashmore Way on August 15.

A witness saw the scene unfold from the balcony of his apartment that evening.

Speaking to News Shopper, he said: “I think he was fishing nearby. I was out on my balcony drinking tea when I heard screaming and saw him running. I thought what’s wrong with him?

“He was shouting and running and screaming and the whole estate came out into the road.”

At that point the 15-year-old disappeared from view but Mr Edwards said he could still hear the screaming.

He said: “He was laying out on the walkway; he was bleeding out and people were there screaming and shouting.

“They had so many coppers there with sniffer dogs and plain clothes cops. I want to know if he survived because he didn’t seem to be in a good way at all.

“You could see the bloodstained clothing that must have been there all day and all night.”

Police arrived shortly afterwards but the suspects had fled the scene.

A crime scene is in place and Greenwich Police are investigating.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information is asked to contact Greenwich Police by dialling 101 or via @MetCC. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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ADEKUNLE GOLD, OC UKEJE & TERRY PHETO CONFIRM ATTENDANCE AT IARA AWARDS

Finishing touches are being applied to the upcoming International Achievement Recognition Awards (IARA) holding in London on the 2nd September

And already several of the personalities up for awards have confirmed their attendance at the show that in the past has seen top profile personalities from Film, Television and Sporting fields pick up awards.

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Founder Helen Bola Imuaphe said in a chat “we are all excited at the IARA team for this year’s event. We have confirmation from Adekunle Gold and Nollywood actor OC Ukeje who will be jetting in for the event.

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Also confirmed to attend is South African Oscar winning Actress Terry Pheto and Nollywood actress Nse Etim Ikpe’

According to Mrs Imuaphe, “The IARA this year is going to be a mind blowing night of fun. We have been planning for this year’s event for the past year and a lot of hard work has gone in to ensure that we top the great success of last year’s show”

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UNA ORGANISERS FINALISE LIST OF 57 WINNERS FOR 2017 AWARDS

Organisers of the Nigerian Uncelebrated Awards (UNA) UK have finalised the list of the 57 awardees who will be honoured in the 2017 event due to take place at the Mayfair Banqueting Suite in Chadwell Heath on September 30.

Now in its second year, the event will be a classy gala dinner that will attract community leaders, guests from Nigeria and high commission officials, where ordinary Nigerians in the UK who are excelling in numerous fields but have generally been overlooked in the past, will be honoured

Among the 57 who  will be honoured at the event are community leaders, faith workers, those who run charities, teachers, councillors, fashion designers, printers, entertainers, doctors, pharmacists and disc jockeys.

The awardees will all be presented with plaques and certificates on the night.

Ronke Udofia, the chair of the UNA awards sub-committee, said: “It was a very painstaking process chosing 57 individuals from the hundreds of nominations that were submitted but we wanted the process to be transparent, so went the extra mile. We scored each nomination individually and picked the top 57 with the highest scores based on our criteria.”

“Unlike other awards ceremonies, with the exception of industry events such as the Nigerian Events Awards UK, that only celebrates practitioners within the Events Industry,   UNA recognises ordinary working Nigerians in the UK like bus drivers, teachers, care workers, train conductors, etc and not just public figures and VIPs. Our first criteria is that to win a UNA award, you must not have been awarded elsewhere, so we had to check each of our 171 nominees individually to make sure they had not got an award elsewhere.”

Bola Ganiyu, the chair of UNA’s events management sub-committee added: “We want to assure all awardees and their guests that UNA 2017 will be unbelievable as we have secured the hall until 4am in the morning. The night will be a mixture of awards, entertainment and fun and the cuisine will be unique as we will have a variety of Nigerian dishes that have not been served at other events before.

“For just £50 for standard tickets and £75 for VIP tickets, guests will be treated to an evening they will never forget. We have got a lot of high profile VIP guests such as the acting Nigerian High Commissioner in the UK, Mr Simon Ogah, chair of the House of Representatives Committee on the Diaspora Rita Orji, the special adviser to the president on diaspora affairs Abike Dabiri-Erewa and the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, coming over from Nigeria and we are looking at a mixture of entertainers from Nigeria and the UK diaspora.”

Members of the public who want to book tickets to attend the event are urged to visit the website http://www.uncelebratednigeriansawardsuk.org

 

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TRAGEDY AS MAN PLUNGES TO DEATH FROM STOCK EXCHANGE BUILDING SEVENTH FLOOR

A man has died after plunging from the seventh floor of the London Stock Exchange.

Police and ambulance crews were called to Paternoster Square after the man was said to have fallen from a glass walkway barrier inside the building.

Stock Exchange workers said they were shocked by what had happened.

A broker said: “I came in this morning and there was a screen up in the reception lobby area and ambulances and police.

“There was an internal memo saying there had been an incident.”

One broker said: “It’s horrifying, that’s all I can say.”

A student, who had been waiting to gain entry to the building, said: “My friends inside told me they heard a lot of shouting and then they heard a thud. It’s awful.”

Police presence: Officers at the scene in the City (John Dunne/Evening Standard)

Police said the unnamed man was pronounced dead shortly after 10am by ambulance staff .

He had fallen from “an upper floor” to the ground.

Police declined to give the man’s age or say whether he worked at the Stock Exchange but said that the incident was being treated as “non-suspicious”.

A City of London Police spokesman said: “We were called to the London Stock Exchange in Paternoster Square at 9.58am to a report of a man who had fallen from an upper floor in the building to the ground.

“London Ambulance Service attended and the man was pronounced dead at 10.10am.

“The City of London Police is currently investigating the circumstances around the death and the incident is being treated as non-suspicious.  We are now working to inform the man’s next of kin.”

A London Stock Exchange Group spokesman said: “We can confirm an incident this morning where a London Stock Exchange Group colleague fell from an upper floor balcony and died.

“The emergency services were called immediately and are dealing with the incident. We will continue to offer them every support and cooperation possible.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of our dear colleague. We would ask that the privacy of the family of the deceased be respected at this time.”

The Paternoster Square entrance to the Stock Exchange was closed this morning and staff were told to use the entrance on Newgate Street.

BOLT ENDS GLITTERING CAREER IN DISASTER AT LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Usain Bolt’s glittering career swansong came crashing to an end when he pulled up on the anchor leg of the world 4x100m relay won by Britain on Saturday.

Bolt received the baton with Jamaica in third, but halfway down his leg the towering sprinter pulled up clutching his left thigh, eventually doing a forward roll to the ground, to gasps from the 60 000 sell-out London Stadium.

The British quartet of Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Daniel Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake claimed gold in 37.47 seconds, with the Justin Gatlin-led US four taking silver at 0.05sec and Japan a surprise bronze (38.04).

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Bolt missed out on his bid to retain his 100m title earlier in the week, losing out to Gatlin and silver medallist Christian Coleman, who ran relay anchor for the Americans on Saturday.

But hopes were high for Bolt’s final competitive race, with Jamaica also boasting newly-crowned 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod, Julian Forte and Yohan Blake in their line-up.

Jamaica were afforded a rousing welcome from the crowd, Bolt applauding the stands, with pictures of him constantly shown on the stadium’s big screens.

Gatlin and the US team also including another convicted doping cheat, Mike Rodgers, and Jaylen Bacon were booed when introduced although the jeering was less than for the individual 100m event.

A close first three legs saw Britain, the United States and Jamaica level-pegged for the final leg.

But there was to be drama as a visibly swearing Bolt pulled up, allowing the Japanese quartet to nip in for third.

The result means Bolt, 100 and 200m world record holder, finishes his career with 14 world medals to go with eight Olympic golds.

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OKEY BAKASSI HITS LONDON STAGE IN FIRST HEADLINE COMEDY SHOW

Comedian and Actor Okey Bakassi hits London for his first headline show.

He is bringing the whole lot and doing something he has never done on stage here in London before. So expect the Unexpected on the night.

Bakassi  is quite good at his craft.

He wants the world to see him on a different scale and he is ready to raise the bar in both comedy and acting. On the night Okey Bakassi has promised to trill his UK fans with his new skits, stage play and 2 hours of Okey Bakassi like never seen before.

 

Okey Bakassi will be supported on the night by his colleagues such as Basketmouth,
Accapela Comedian and Kennyblaq who will be performing along side him.

A surprise musical artist will be announced before the day

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Date:  August 27th
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: Lighthouse, Camberwell.
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BUS CRASHES INTO KITCHEN STORE IN SOUTH LONDON

Two women have had to be cut free from a London bus after it crashed into a shop on Lavender Hill early this morning.

Several people were injured when the number 77 bus smashed into the shop close to Clapham Junction train station at around 7am.

Six people were treated by London Ambulance Service including the driver of the bus who was taken to hospital.

A nurse on the scene said that the driver had told her that he had blacked and did not remember hitting anything.

Firefighters had to cut at least one woman out of the side of the bus and a crane was used in the evacuation of the top deck.

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Andrew Matthews, 34, of Wandsworth Town, said he was one of around a dozen passengers on the bus.

He told the Press Association: ‘I was on the top floor at the back, fortunately. I noticed the bus drifting. I heard a smash and saw the roof of the shop going through (the bus) from the front left. It went to the fourth or fifth row.

‘I wedged myself in, bracing myself. As soon as the bus came to a stop there was yelling, screaming.

‘I noticed a lady wedged in the front right-hand side. She was screaming for help. There was a lot of blood.’

Nurse Amy Mullineux, 40, of Wandsworth Common, was also on the bus and said the driver told her he had lost consciousness before the crash.

Several injured after bus crashes into South London shop

Two women had to be cut free from the top deck of the bus (Picture: PA)

Several injured after bus crashes into South London shop

Emergency workers can be seen on the top deck of the bus (Picture: PA)

Several injured after bus crashes into South London shop

One passenger said he noticed the bus swerving and managed to brace himself for impact (Picture: PA)

Several injured after bus crashes into South London shop

Firefighters have been using a crane to help get evacuate people from the top deck of the bus (Picture: PA)

‘I spoke to him. He said he blacked out before the bus hit the shop. He doesn’t remember hitting anything. The paramedic told me they think he had some kind of fit.’

Witnesses reported seeing smoke coming from under the bus

Solange Morin, 33, lives close to the scene and was hoping to catch the bus before she saw it crash.

She said: ‘I saw this woman (in the bus) shouting and banging on the glass. Everybody shouted “fire, fire”.

‘I went on to the bus. I talked to her and was holding her hands. She was pinned. I wouldn’t have been able to get her out.

‘She was so scared because people were shouting fire. There was a lot of smoke.’

Transport for London spokeswoman said a route 77 double-decker bus was involved in the incident in Wandsworth.

Photos on social media show the vehicle on the pavement and smashed into the front of the Poggen Pohl Kitchen Design Centre.

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Glass lies shattered across the ground and paramedics can be seen tending to people on the top deck.

Local resident Brendan Pfahlert said the smash ‘sounded like a large amount of glass being dropped’.

Wandsworth Police tweeted: ‘Road will be closed for sometime, we have reports of casualties unable to confirm severity at this time.’

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