A bright teenager will be swapping Canning Town for a sleepy village in Surrey after winning a £76,000 scholarship to a top fee-paying sixth form, east London newspaper, NewhamRecorder reports.
Sukai Secka, 15, takes up her places at Cranleigh School to study A-levels in English literature, politics and history next September.
Notable alumni at the independent school include film director Patrick Marber, former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and Conservative MP Adam Holloway.
Sukai who completed her year 10 work experience at top London law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner,was supported through the application process with writing personal statements, applications, preparing for entrance exams and selection interview by the Eastside Young Leaders’ Academy (EYLA).
Sukai, who wants be a politician, was offered a place after coming through a gruelling series of assessments and interviews.
She said: “I can’t wait to get to my new school and start shaking things up a little bit. It is a very white and middle/upper-class environment.
“I got on very well with the students on my assessment day because they are all very motivated to do well, I am like that too.
“I am also different to them because I grew up in east London which is quite a tough place and has lots of diversity.
“The reason I think they accepted me was because I offer a very different perspective on life to their current students.
“Everyone should know how to mix with a diverse range of people.”
Sukai follows in the footsteps of former pupils Iyanuoluwa Agbedejobi and Teniola Akinola who have won places at fee paying schools.
Iyanuoluwa took up a £76,000 a year place at Wellington College in 2017 while Teniola joined City of London Freemen’s School last September on a £30,000 scholarship.
Iyanuoluwa Agbedejobi, studied A Levels in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry at Wellington College and planned to go on to read chemical engineering at Oxford University.
Teniola Akinola, is studying A-levels in history, physics and chemistry.
She was awarded the scholarship having been recommended for a place by youth charity Eastside Young Leader Academy.
Headteacher Stephen Gillatt said: “Like Iyanuoluwa and Teniola before her, Sukai has set the bar for other students to follow.
“As headteacher at this school I can tell you there is no shortage of intelligence or ambition. What we are instilling in our students is the confidence and belief that they can achieve.
“This is now the third year in a row the school have sent students to top fee-paying schools. We want our students to see the success of their peers and be inspired.”
A 62-year-old man from Abbey Wood has been prosecuted by the Royal Borough of Greenwich after fraudulently receiving over £24,000 in Direct Payments, for supposedly acting as a carer to a man claiming to be disabled and in need of care.
Charles Dickson, of Bastion Road, SE2, was sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, for having fraudulently received money totalling £24,118.00.
Direct Payments are payments for people who have been assessed by the Council as needing assistance with their daily care needs, and provides them with a personal budget to employ their own carers.
From 4 January 2012 to 23 July 2015 Mr Dickson received regular payments into his bank account which he knew had been fraudulently claimed by a Direct Payments recipient, Mr Z, who had falsely provided Mr Dickson as his carer.
Evidence obtained by the Council’s Internal Audit and Anti-Fraud team identified that Mr Z had been out of the United Kingdom for a total of 37 months in the last five years but had continued to claim Direct Payments, stating that he had been receiving care at his home address in Nuthatch Gardens, Thamesmead, SE28. Throughout this period Mr Dickson submitted regular timesheets to the Council claiming that he had been providing care to Mr Z.
In June 2016 Mr Dickson was interviewed but provided a “no comment” response to the questions put to him. Council investigators and the Metropolitan Police attempted to interview Mr Z, however they learned that he had returned to his home country of Ghana and refused to return to the United Kingdom to answer questions.
In December 2017 Mr Dickson was summonsed to appear at Bexley Magistrates Court to face four charges under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 relating to the £24,118.00 fraudulently obtained. On 11 December 2017 at Bexley Magistrates Court Mr Dickson pleaded guilty to all four charges and the matter was passed to Woolwich Crown Court for sentencing. On 16 April 2018 at Woolwich Crown Court Mr Dickson repeated his guilty pleas – His Honour Judge Raynor gave Mr Dickson three months to repay the money that he had fraudulently obtained.
On 6 August 2018 at Woolwich Crown Court, His Honour Judge Raynor heard that Mr Dickson had repaid the Royal Borough of Greenwich the full amount of money. His Honour Judge Raynor made it clear that he considered Mr Dickson to be a thoroughly dishonest man and that “he was a wolf in sheep’s clothing and has always been dishonest.”
As well as being sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment (suspended for two years), Mr Dickson was ordered to undertake 220 hours of unpaid work in the community and was given a three-month curfew to remain at his home address from 8pm to 6am each day. His Honour Judge Raynor took into consideration the affect the curfew would have on Mr Dickson’s railway job and indicated he may well have to lose his job. Mr Dickson was also order to pay the Royal Borough of Greenwich legal costs of £2,887.52 and a victim surcharge of £150.00.
‘Learned a valuable lesson’
Councillor Christine Grice, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said: “It is essential that only people with a genuine need for assistance receive monies, so it was satisfying to hear that the fraudulent Direct Payments claim made by Mr Z has been stopped and that his co-conspirator has been brought to justice, and that the amount defrauded has been repaid. I hope Mr Dickson has learned a valuable lesson and that this case will serve as a deterrent for anyone who may wish to consider a similar criminal path.”
A 31-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a drill rapper in Camberwell.
Sidique Kamara, 23, known as Incognito and part of the Moscow17 crew who posted rap videos on YouTube, was stabbed to death last week
The 23-year-old was repeatedly stabbed just after 7pm last Wednesday.
Kenneth Umezie, from Southwark, South London, was charged with murder and appeared in custody at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
The bearded and heavy-set defendant, wearing a grey custody tracksuit and thick-rimmed black glasses, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.
Three other teenage boys, aged 16, 18 and 19, who were arrested as part of this inquiry have been released under investigation.
The attack happened in the same street where 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton – also a member of the collective – was found with a fatal gunshot wound in May. The group’s tracks have received hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
Drill music link
The group’s tracks have received hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
Some featured references to other groups in the capital, including long-running rivals Zone 2 from Peckham.
In one track, Moscow17 told Zone 2 to “check the scoreboard”, while another asked “How you gonna make it even?”.
A Zone 2 lyric in response told their rivals they would “roll up and burst them”
Earlier this year, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick called on social media platforms such as YouTube to take down videos that glamorised violence, and, in an interview with Link Up TV earlier this year, Incognito spoke about the effect of drill music on crime in the capital.
“You see with the crime that’s happening right now, music does influence it. You’ve got to put your hands up and say drill music does influence it,” he said.
In response, the publisher removed hundreds of drill music videos fall their platform including Moscow17’s videos.
Umezie was the boyfriend of a Nigerian woman, a London Underground worker Comfort Yinusa who was jailed for falsely accusing another Nigerian of rape in 2013.
The unnamed man had faced numerous police questioning and was on bail for 5 weeks before Yinusa recanted her statement and admitted her story was false.
Please keep close checks on your teenage and young kids and regularly enquire after their states of mind – especially those far away in college or Uni.
Depression & suicidal tendencies are quite rampant among our youth….and could be closer to home than you think.
A case that has just been brought to my attention has shaken me to my very core and is giving me great cause for concern.
Many UK citizens particularly diasporans residing in the UK need to be aware of this mostly unknown HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) tax on offshore income.
Under this, as stated on the HMRC website gov.uk, the focus is on taxpayers who own property abroad and the government is about to commence a crackdown on defaulters and offenders.
If you’re a UK resident, you’re breaking the law if you fail to tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about your taxable offshore income. HMRC is getting tougher on those who try to evade tax by hiding their assets or income offshore. We are increasing the size and range of penalties charged, and increasing the number of prosecutions of serious evaders.
Income is considered ‘offshore income’ if it comes from a territory outside the United Kingdom. It includes:
interest from overseas bank or building society accounts
dividends and interest from overseas companies
rent from overseas properties
wages, benefits or royalties earned outside the UK
Foreign income is anything from outside England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are classed as foreign.
This means that Africans with landed properties on which they charge and collect rent, bank accounts and businesses back home but are residents of the United Kingdom are liable to these taxes
Specifically, the HMRC statement, states: Wealthy tax cheats with overseas property are now being targeted by a new 200-strong team of investigators and specialists?.
Provided you have been correctly following the tax rules of both the UK and the country where the property is located you should not have any problems. However, there are people who do not declare their overseas property and income to HMRC, so it is understandable why the authorities have decided to start this investigation.
Whether you need to pay depends on if you’re classed as ‘resident’ in the UK for tax.
If you’re not UK resident, you won’t have to pay UK tax on your foreign income.
If you’re UK resident, you’ll normally pay tax on your foreign income. But you may not have to if your permanent home (‘domicile’) is abroad.
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 the23 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 Trumpused a world-exclusive interview with The Sun to say he is responsible for the terror attacks in London.
Mr Khan defended allowing ablimp of the American leader as a baby to fly over the cityduring 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 alsosaid 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 thesharp 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 andclaim 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.”
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.
Therenowned 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 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.
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.