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My Response To London Stabbings Not Good Enough – Sadiq Khan

SADIQ Khan has admitted his response to the wave of stabbings in London was “not good enough” as he re-opened his war of words with Donald Trump.

The capital’s Mayor once again blamed budget cuts for the 23 per cent increase in knife crime this year – saying he was “not excusing criminality” but said the Government needs to “to step up and help us”.

Speaking to the BBC, he also attacked the US President after Mr Trump used a world-exclusive interview with The Sun to say he is responsible for the terror attacks in London.

Mr Khan defended allowing a blimp of the American leader as a baby to fly over the city during this week’s visit by him to the UK.

He told The Andrew Marr Show “it’s not my job as the mayor to censor the views of Londoners and others”.

The Labour politician also said he understands why critics call Mr Trump racist, and again hinted that the reason he is criticised by him is because he is a Muslim.

But he was also taken to task over the sharp rise in violence in the city he presides over, with host Mr Marr telling him: “When you were elected as Mayor you said you were going to bring down violent crime.

“Since then violent crime and stabbings have soared.”

After trying to dodge the question and claim things were not that bad, he finally admitted: “It is not good enough, we have got to make sure we take action.”

However he once again tried to deflect blame away from City Hall to Whitehall, saying: “But I will tell you this, what doesn’t help is over the last eight years we have lost over £700 million.

“Police officer numbers have gone down and we need the government to help us in this regard because I am doing my bit in London.

“We have invested from City Hall £140 million in police, in a new violent crime taskforce, which is getting knifes off our streets and making sure we arrest those carrying knifes.

“The context is though, £140 million versus £1 billion worth of cuts and police and crime commissioners, police constables, Home Office civil servants all accept there is a link between a cut in police forces and an increase in crime.

“I am not excusing criminality but we need the government to step up and help us.”

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Harry Uzoka Was Killed By A Jealous Rival Over A Girl, Court Told

Brit-Nigerian model Harry Uzoka was stabbed to death by a less successful rival in a row over a girl which intensified on Instagram, a court has heard.

The renowned male model, 25, died on the pavement outside his home in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, after he was knifed in the heart.

The Old Bailey was told that he called George Koh, 24, “a fake” on Instagram and arranged a fight after finding out he claimed to have had sex with Mr Uzoka’s model girlfriend, Ruby Campbell.

Their relationship deteriorated after a French model, who had previously been in contact with both men on Instagram, arrived in London in late December last year, the jury was told.

The court was told that to her surprise she learnt that Mr Koh “had something of an obsession” with Mr Uzoka, with whom he apparently no longer spoke to because he had sex with his girlfriend.

Koh: jealous, less successful and obsessed

“Koh then added that Uzoka was a bad man and a liar. And so it seemed that admiration for another model and his success had turned to contempt,” the prosecutor said.

The jury was told a “confrontation” was arranged in Ollgar Road in Shepherd’s Bush following a series of phone calls and messages on WhatsApp and Instagram after Annecetta Lafon told Mr Uzoka of Mr Koh’s claims.

Prosecutor Richard Horwell QC said Mr Koh, along with Merse Dikanda and Jonathan Okigbo, both 24, were in possession of at least three knives, including a machete on January 11.

Mr Uzoka and his flatmate, Adrian Harper, were armed with dumbbell bars, but they fled when they were confronted with knives.

Mr Harper got away, but Mr Uzoka collapsed on the pavement outside his home after being stabbed in the heart.

“It is not difficult to work out which side won. Uzoka and Harper were outnumbered and bars stand little chance against knives,” he said.

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Man In His 40s Fighting For Life Following Broad Daylight Stabbing In Peckham

A man, believed to be aged in his late 40s, was found at a Peckham, South London bus stop at about 6.30 Saturday morning with multiple stab injuries and was rushed to a south London hospital.

He remains in critical condition, according to the Met.

A witness, a 37-year-old man from Peckham Rye, said: “I saw it on my way to work. I can’t believe this sort of thing is happening in broad daylight on a Saturday morning on a high street. It’s so shocking.

“It was at a bus stop and there were lots of people gathered around. It was quite early but there were still people going off to work. They looked really worried.

“The man was on the ground being treated, I think by police. There was already a police car there and another pulled up with its light on, parking on the pavement.

“He looked in a bad way. A few moments later I saw a ambulance car rushing up Peckham High Street.”

Cops confirmed the man was in a critical condition in hospital after suffering a number of stab wounds.

Another witness to the shocking morning attack said they say police and paramedics gathered around the person lying on the floor on their way to work.

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They told the Sun Online: “The scene was something out of the saw horror movie blood everywhere and loads of people trying CPR.

“They have placed blue and red tape and have blocked the road and surrounding areas

“It is touch and go at the moment.”

This morning in a separate case a 21-year-old man was charged with manslaughter after a girl, 17, was knifed to death in South London on Thursday.

At least 51 people have been fatally stabbed in London since the beginning of the year.

So far in 2018 there have been 1,296 stabbings in London up to the end of April, according to official statistics from the Met Police.

Family Business: The Brit-Yoruba Siblings Making Waves in UK’s Entertainment Industry

I was reading the credits of Anti Social, a movie I saw on Netflix which starred the artist Skepta and I saw to my shock and amazement that he had a Yoruba name Joseph Junior Adenuga.

How did I miss this?

Again, a fact that for some reason, I didn’t know or had somehow never come across.

And for someone who is always fishing out Brits of Nigerian descent actively involved in mainstream British activities, this came as a low blow to me. Nevertheless, I decided to google the artist to find out more about him – only to find out that he has a brother Jamie or JME,who is also a recording artist and not only that, the brothers have a sister Julie who is a top DJ and radio presenter!

This juicy information filled me with excitement as it is not often that you find multiple children of immigrants who are celebs in the entertainment industry. The only other set of Nigerian-Brit celebs are Burna Boy Damini Ogulu and his sister Nisi who is also a recording artist but the Adenuga siblings have 1 sibling over the Ogulus.

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Burna Boy Dami Ogulu and his sister Nisi

Joseph Junior Adenuga (Skepta)

Skepta was born Joseph Junior Adenuga on September 19, 1982 in Tottenham, North London, United Kingdom to immigrant parents from Ijebu Ode, Nigeria. The eldest of four siblings, the family grew up on Meridian Walk Estate, a council estate in Tottenham, North London.

Skepta was originally a DJ from Tottenham-based grime crew Meridian Crew. Early in his career, Skepta released a number of instrumentals, the most notable being “DTI (Pirate Station Anthem)” and “Private Caller”, the latter of which was released as a single and vocaled by various other members of Meridian Crew.

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Skepta began emceeing shortly before Meridian Crew disbanded in 2005, after which Skepta, alongside his brother Jme, joined Roll Deep for a short period of time before becoming founding members of Boy Better Know in 2006. Skepta publicly released his debut album Greatest Hits on 17 September 2007, on his label Boy Better Know.

His first single “Rolex Sweep” in September 2008 reached number 89 on the UK Singles Chart followed by the album Microphone Champion on 1 June 2009.

 

He has since released four albums and several singles that have kept him on top of the UK rap and Grime music scene.

In March 2014, Skepta provided a verse for the remix of “German Whip” by Meridian Dan, and in the same month, he released his new single, “That’s Not Me”, featuring his brother Jme, which peaked at number 21 on the UK charts.  The single’s music video won the award for Best Video at the 2014 MOBO Awards. Upon receiving the award, Skepta stated that the video cost him £80.  In late 2014, Skepta released another single titled “It Ain’t Safe” featuring A$AP Bari. This was followed in early 2015 with “Shutdown”, and the remix of “Ojuelegba” by Wizkid,  featuring Drake. Skepta and others joined Kanye West at a surprise show in London, performing numerous songs together during a shared set.0 He was also named one of GQs 50 best dressed British men in 2015.

Skepta’s made his acting debut in 2015 film Anti-Social.

On 6 May 2016. Konnichiwa was released to critical acclaim and became Grime’s highest charting album, peaking at number 2 in the UK music charts. The release of Konnichiwa was celebrated with a launch party on 5 May 2016 held in Tokyo and live streamed on Boiler Room, featuring a live performance of the entire album by Skepta.

Skepta began his “Banned From America” two-part, 14-show tour on April 16, 2017 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which covered cities throughout the United States and Europe. The tour was named as such in reference to Skepta’s forced cancellation of his 2016 “No Fear” American tour in support of Konnichiwa, when his application for a visa to enter the United States was denied.

 

Skepta who is currently dating supermodel and fashion icon Naomi Campbell, was honoured with the chieftaincy title of Amuludun of Ojo Ade in April 2018.

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Jamie Adenuga

Jamie, born 4 May 1985, better known by his stage name Jme, is also a grime MC. He co-founded the crew and label Boy Better Know. Jamie was previously part of the grime crew Meridian along with his older brother, Skepta.

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He attended St. Paul’s School and then Winchmore School in Winchmore Hill, Enfield along with his elder brother Skepta. Adenuga subsequently graduated from the University of Greenwich receiving first class honours in 3D Digital Design.

He started out producing by making mobile phone ringtones.  Jamie also co-owns his own T-shirt chain, bearing the labels of himself, his record label Boy Better Know, and his dormant nightclub Straight Outta Bethnal. He released his debut album Famous? and an album through a major label with the whole of Boy Better Know.

In October 2008, he became one of a small number of unsigned artists to headline at the London Astoria. As his fanbase has grown, Jme has travelled throughout Europe and North America with Tim Westwood to perform.

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Julie Adenuga

Julie is the younger sister of JME and Skepta.

She made her debut in the music industry in 2010, when she joined London community radio station Rinse FM and then went on to present the drive time show.

In 2014, she created and hosted a music television show on Channel AKA and Daily Motion called Play It, which serves as a platform for UK rap and grime artists as well as singers and poets. Adenuga recently started a YouTube interview series, featuring artists such UK grime and rap artist Stormzy. As well as this, she hosted Vice Magazine’s online offshoot, Noisey’s, Grime Karaoke.

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As part of the 2015 Apple WWDC keynote, Adenuga was introduced as the London headline host of Beats 1 radio. Beats 1 is the global radio service from Apple Music.

To add to her presenting accolades, Adenuga wrote and presented Skepta’s ‘Greatness Only’ documentary for Noisey.  Her talents have been noted and recognised with mentions in Forbes 30 under 30, NME’s 500 Most Influential People in Britain and in Debrett’s 500 List: Music, with a feature in Fader quoting Apple dubbing Adenuga as one of London’s most vital tastemakers

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Foreign Office Issues Urgent Warning To Holiday Makers Travelling To Turkey

An urgent warning has been issued to holidaymakers travelling from the UK to Turkey this summer.

The UK Foreign Office updated tourists today about heading to the country in light of the upcoming elections.

A statement was sent out today by a Government spokesperson, warning Britons to stay away from large crowds.

The statement said: “Presidential and parliamentary elections will take place on 24 June 2018; this may result in rallies and demonstrations around the country; you should avoid large gatherings and follow the advice of the local authorities.”

Turkey’s snap election was called by the president of 15 years, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in April, amid rising opposition to his rule and concerns about the economy.

The UK Government already warns against all travel to within 10km of the border with Syria and to the city of Diyarbakir, while additional security measures may apply on any flights to Turkey.

Terrorists are said to be very likely to try to carry out attacks in Turkey, with the majority of attacks occurring in the south and east of the country and in Ankara and Istanbul.

However, some attacks may target western interests and tourists from western countries, particularly in the major cities.

The Foreign Office says: “You should be vigilant, follow the advice of local security authorities, monitor media reports and keep up to date with this travel advice.”

Nevertheless, parts of Turkey are popular tourist destinations, with flights from Newcastle Airport to the likes of Dalaman, Antalya and Bodrum and Istanbul.

Man Charged With Smuggling After Boy 16, Was Found In A Suitcase At Dover Port

A man has been charged with smuggling after a Vietnamese child was found inside a suitcase at the Port of Dover.

The boy, believed to be aged 16, was taken to hospital in a life threatening condition following his discovery by UK Border Force officials at about 20:30 BST on Wednesday.

Andrei Iancu, 20, from Buzau in Romania, was charged with attempting to smuggle a person into the UK.

He remains in custody and is due to appear before Medway magistrates later.

The suitcase was found in the boot of a silver Skoda Octavia stopped at a search area for vehicles arriving in the UK from France.

Kent Police said the boy’s condition has since improved.

 

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Apple To Pay £50 To UK Customers For Iphone Battery Replacement Costs

Apple has offered a one-off payment of £54 to British people who forked out for an ‘out of warranty’ battery replacement.

Anyone who paid to get their iPhone 6 battery fixed between 1 January, 2017 and 28 December, 2017 is eligible for the payout.

But you won’t get the dosh if you got your phone repaired at a dodgy shop. Only people who brought their iPhone into an Apple Store, Apple Repair Center or Apple Authorized Service Provider will be given the money.

Anyone that’s eligible for the credit will be contacted before 27 July.

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Apple recently admitted slowing down iPhones with ageing batteries to make sure they don’t suffer performance problems. It wrote: ‘We began to receive feedback from some users who were seeing slower performance in certain situations.

Based on our experience, we initially thought this was due to a combination of two factors: a normal, temporary performance impact when upgrading the operating system as iPhone installs new software and updates apps, and minor bugs in the initial release which have since been fixed.

‘We now believe that another contributor to these user experiences is the continued chemical ageing of the batteries in older iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s devices, many of which are still running on their original batteries.’

It then dropped the price of replacing an iPhone 6 battery to just £25 before offering the credit. Click here if you want to try and claim some of Apple’s cash.

MORE: If Apple is slowing down your old iPhone, here’s what you can do

Metro.co.uk


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