Symeon Brown , Reporter

  • 5 Apr 2018

    Last night there were two more deaths on the streets of the capital. That took the total number of killings this year to fifty five.  Almost half of the victims were aged under twenty five. The latest to die was 18-year-old Israel Ogunsola. He was stabbed at 8pm last night. He had asked for help from…

  • 4 Apr 2018

    A 16-year-old boy who died after he was shot in the face has been named locally as Amaan Shakoor – the youngest murder victim in London this year. The teenager was attacked in east London on Monday night – just minutes after a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed a few miles away while she…

  • 3 Apr 2018

    The statistics are grim – two teenagers shot and a third teenager stabbed in London in the space of an hour. The reality seems worse – with the local MP stating that although there’s no single cause there has been a big spike in gun and knife crime across the capital and local residents are…

  • 31 Mar 2018

    Britain’s top police officer has blamed social media for helping to fuel knife crime, especially among teenagers. 13 people were knifed to death in London in just two weeks this month – with fatal stabbings across England and Wales at their highest level for seven years. The Met commissoner Cressida Dick said drug dealing and…

  • 30 Mar 2018

    The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the party needs to “do better” in the fight against anti-Semitism – as 49 Labour MPs and peers signed an open letter urging him to suspend a leading Momentum supporter from the ruling NEC. Christine Shawcroft – who was forced to resign after opposing the suspension of a…

  • 8 Mar 2018

    Footage of the horrifying moment when a fireball ripped through a London Underground carriage last September has been shown to jurors at the Old Bailey. Iraqi asylum seeker Ahmed Hassan is accused of leaving an improvised bomb on a train which then partially exploded at a station in the west of the capital. Today his…

  • 5 Mar 2018

    Last night’s Oscars set out to celebrate and champion diversity, so is this a moment which really could mark a sea change, reflecting true multiculturalism in film? The all-black superhero movie Black Panther has just been breaking box office records, and it has drawn attention to Afrofuturism, which merges science fiction with African identity and…

  • 21 Feb 2018

    While America grapples with gun violence, here it is knife crime which is snatching too many young lives, too soon. On another night of knife violence in London, a teenager and another young man were killed less than a mile from each other. It means 16 people have been stabbed to death across the capital…

  • 11 Feb 2018

    Charities that receive government funding have been warned they must be accountable and report any allegations of abuse if they want to continue receiving taxpayers’ money. Penny Mordaunt, the Secretary of State for International Development, also accused Oxfam of a failure of ‘moral leadership’. Oxfam has faced criticism for the way it handled allegations that…

  • 8 Feb 2018

    It was a particularly violent night in London on New Year’s Eve, four young men were stabbed to death within just a few hours. One of them was  20 year old Taofeek Lamidi – who died that night  in East London, after being stabbed repeatedly. With no parents at his funeral, his friends are determined…

  • 5 Feb 2018

    A neo-Nazi has been convicted of a terror offence after plotting to carry out a machete attack on a gay pride event at a pub. Twenty-year-old Ethan Stables was picked up by officers in Cumbria after police received a tip-off he had made threats against the event. During the trial, Stables, who has an autism…

  • 2 Feb 2018

    The number of council houses which have been sold into private hands has shot up five fold over the last six years, according to new figures, thanks to £3.5bn in public money to help tenants buy their homes at a discount. Councils warned that the government’s right to buy scheme has become unsustainable, without more…

  • 14 Jan 2018

    Tenants could be given stronger legal powers to force landlords to ensure their properties are safe, after the Government announced it is to back new laws proposed by a Labour MP. Labour’s Karen Buck wants to bring in rules which will make it easier for tenants in the social and private rented sectors to take…

  • 13 Jan 2018

    For many, the post-Christmas period is a time of rethinking what we eat and drink. Some try a dry January while others start the year with the good intentions of eating more healthily. But what about eating more sustainably? This week the government published a 25-year plan for the environment and targeted excess packaging, while…

  • 5 Jan 2018

    Confused messages about diesel and tax increases have sent new car sales plummeting for the first time in six years, with diesel car purchases slumping by 17% last year compared to 2016. And the market hasn’t been helped by Brexit uncertainty either.