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Re: London becoming a WAR ZONE as BLACK deaths increase

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:20 am

Three injured in two attacks
over 24 hours in Streatham


An air ambulance was dispatched to Sunnyhill Road, Streatham, following an assault just before 3pm

One person was taken to hospital with head injuries and the public were advised to avoid the area.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said their first responder arrived at the scene in under two minutes.

“We were called at 2.42pm today to reports of an assault on Sunnyhill Road, Streatham", they said.

“We dispatched two ambulance crews, an incident response officer, and a medic in a car, with the first of our medics arriving in under two minutes. We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance.

“A person was assessed for head injuries at the scene and taken to a major trauma centre.”

It comes after a double stabbing incident on Streatham High Road on Monday evening.

A 16-year-old and 17-year-old were found with stab wounds outside Streatham station at 6.10pm.

The 16-year-old is still fighting for his life after receiving multiple stab wounds. The 17-year-old had a single stab wound to the arm.

Local Councillor Malcolm Clark said that police are stepping up patrols in the area in reponse to the incident.

There is no indication that the two incidents are connected.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:32 am

Hitman guilty of double murder

A hitman who shot dead an innocent mother-of-nine and her sleeping nephew is facing life in prison after it took five trials to convict him of the double murder

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Obina Ezeoke, 28, snuck into the East Finchley home of Annie Ekofo, 53, in the early hours of the morning and shot dead student Bervil Kalikaka-Ekofo, 21, as he slept.

Ezeoke then turned the gun on Mrs Efoko when she rushed out of her bedroom to investigate the disturbance.

The drug dealer was first put on trial over the September 2016 double murder in 2017, but the case had to be aborted due to the judge being struck down with chronic back pain.

Juries in the re-trial and a third trial were deadlocked on their verdicts and a fourth trial was ordered, but that was then abandoned when the coronavirus crisis struck.

At the Old Bailey this morning, a fifth jury finally delivered guilty verdicts against Ozeoke, condemning him to two mandatory life sentence.

The court has heard that the shooting may have been a revenge hit after footage of Ezeoke was shared on social media, but the intended target is believed to have been Ms Ekofo's son Ryan Efey. Ezeoke insisted in his defence case that he was not the gunman.

Mark Heywood QC described how “an assassin crept noiselessly into a second-floor family home” as six occupants slept.

He said: “The killer moved to his left and into a bedroom. There ahead of him was a young man, sleeping on a thin mattress on the floor under a duvet.

“For the killer this was as good a target as he could expect – a young man of the house of just the right age.

“He crept forward, gun in hand. He raised the muzzle and placed it almost against the back of the sleeping, dreadlocked head.

“And then, with a deliberation and purpose that was as much cowardly as it was murderous, he pulled the trigger.”

After Ezeoke had unleashed “hell”, Mrs Ekofo went into the hall, dressed only in her underwear, jurors were told. Instead of waving his revolver to scare her off, the killer pulled the trigger for a second time, the court heard.

Mr Heywood told jurors that “cowardly” Ezeoke had gone to the flat deliberately to kill one of the teenage boys in the family as “part of a vendetta of violence”.

He said: “His hate was such that he did not falter when confronted by a second person – he simply took her life as well.

“In fact both lives were innocent. The young man he killed was a cousin, visiting at short notice, for one night only.”

Ezeoke had admitted dealing in Class A drugs, and said he was the victim of a serious assault in 2014, after which he switched to dealing cannabis instead.

The key evidence against him centred around firearms residue found in Ezeoke’s car, which was used in the getaway, and on his top recovered from a female friend’s home.

Ezeoke told successive juries that he had an alibi for time of the shootings.

He claimed his Vauxhall Meriva had been leased from a man who took it back the day before the murder.

He attempted to explain the presence of the gunshot residue saying the vehicle, which was registered under false details, must have been used in a previous shooting.

The fifth jury to try the case deliberated for 41 hours over eight days to find Ezeoke of Cambridge Heath, east London, guilty of two counts of murder.

Mrs Justice Cutts remanded him in custody until sentencing on October 1.

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Re: London becoming a WAR ZONE as BLACK deaths increase

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:55 am

Islington stabbing

Teenager' dies after being knifed in north London

A male, believed to be a teenager, has been knifed to death in north London.

Emergency services were scrambled to North Road in Islington at 8pm on Monday.

The victim was found suffering from stab injuries. Despite the best efforts of paramedics he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police were working to establish the identify the male, who officers believed to be a teenager.

There have been no arrests.

A crime scene was in place and an investigation has been launched.

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Re: London becoming a WAR ZONE as BLACK deaths increase

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:02 am

Stockwell stabbing

A 20-year-old man has been stabbed to death in south London

Emergency services were called shortly before 3pm on Tuesday to Stockwell after a man was found with stab injuries.

He was pronounced dead at the scene in Stockwell Road, the Metropolitan Police said.

Police said his next of kin has been informed.

"At this very early stage there have been no arrests," the Met said in a statement.

"A crime scene is in place and an investigation is underway. A Section 60 has been authorised for the SW9 area."

The order came into force at 3.45pm on Tuesday and will remain in place until 6am on Wednesday.

"The aim of this is to help prevent further violence," the Met said.

Any witnesses or those with information are asked to call 101 ref CAD 4289/15 Sept.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:24 am

Double stabbing near
Wandle Park Croydon


Police have arrested five men on suspicion of attempted murder after a fight in Croydon led to a double stabbing

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The fight was spotted in the Wandle Park area at about 9.15pm on Saturday (September 12) when police were called.

When they arrived they found a man thought to be in his 20s with stab wounds on Waddon New Road, near one of the entrances to the park. He was rushed to hospital and his condition is now said to be stable.

Four men were arrested nearby, all on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police continued to search the area and stopped a vehicle on nearby Duppas Hill Lane in which another man in his 20s was found with a stab wound.

He was taken to hospital though has since been discharged.

The driver of that vehicle was also arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The five arrested men all remain in custody, police said.

The full statement from Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called at around 21:15hrs on Saturday, 12 September to reports of an altercation in the area of Wandle Park, Croydon.

"Officers attended and found a male, believed to be aged in his 20s, suffering from stab injuries on Waddon New Road, CR0.

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"He was taken to hospital where his condition was assessed as stable.

"Four men – all in their 20s - were arrested nearby on suspicion of attempted murder. All remain in custody.

"Officers continued to search the area and following a vehicle stop on Duppas Hill Lane, another man in his 20s was found with a stab injury.

"The driver of the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody.

"The victim, aged in his 20s,was taken to hospital and has since been discharged.

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Re: London becoming a WAR ZONE as BLACK deaths increase

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:54 pm

Sgt Ratana's murder

Four crime scenes being 'painstakingly' searched over Sgt Ratana's murder

Police are "painstakingly" searching four crime scenes in connection with the killing of an police officer in Croydon on Friday (September 25).

Sergeant Matiu Ratana died after a 23-year-old gunman opened fire inside the Croydon Custody Centre in the early hours of Friday, while the suspect - who was handcuffed at the time of the shooting - remains in a critical condition.

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Giving an update on Saturday evening, deputy assistant commissioner Stuart Cundy said investigators have CCTV from the custody suite and body-worn video from the officers.

The suspect has not been spoken to yet due to his condition, he added.

The four locations where detailed searches are taking place are:

    Croydon Custody Centre, where the shooting occurred

    An area of London Road, Pollards Hill where the suspect was initially arrested by officers

    An address on Southbrook Road, Norbury

    A second address on Park Road, Banstead, Surrey, where local police officers from Surrey Police are assisting.
Enquiries at these locations include "rigorous forensic searches" which are expected to take days to complete.

Speaking outside New Scotland Yard, Cundy said the four crime scenes which were being "painstakingly" searched, adding: "We have recovered the gun from the custody suite where Matt was shot and that gun is being forensically examined.

Investigations are continuing into how the suspect, who had been detained in an area of London Road, Pollards Hill for possession of ammunition and possession of class B drugs, was able to access the weapon.

Deputy Assistant Commander Cundy, who is leading the investigation, said Friday was a "dark and sad day for the police family" and offered his thoughts to Sgt Ratana's partner, family and colleagues.

He added: "Everyone working on this investigation, from the forensic specialists to the local officers holding the cordons, does so with a heavy heart but a determination to find justice for our colleague and his family."

Tributes have poured in for the popular officer, who was also head coach at East Grinstead Rugby Club.

Sgt Ratana, known as Matt to family and friends, thought working in the custody suite was his "safest option" as he neared the end of his lengthy police career, friend Neil Donohue said.

He told BBC Breakfast: "He thought it was his safest option just to see him through to his retirement and no-one expected this to happen - certainly not within the police cells."

He described the officer as "the most nicest, generous man you could meet", and said he was "just a really genuinely nice guy".

Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick described Sgt Ratana as a "talented police officer" and said he was "big in stature, big in heart, friendly, capable, a lovely man and highly respected by his colleagues".

The suspect also shot himself during the incident at about 2.15am on Friday and is in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

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No police firearms were fired and the case is not being treated as terror-related.

He was not regarded a subject of interest by security services, the PA news agency understands, but reports suggest he may have previously been referred to the anti-extremism Prevent programme.

Following the shooting investigators from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) watchdog attended the scene.
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