UK News

DISARMING BRITAIN SEASON: SHOULD THIS BILLBOARD BE REMOVED?

The Billboard below, promoting Channel 4’s Disarming Britain season, which takes a look at the current rise in violence on Britain’s streets, was brought to my attention today by photographer Lloyd Best. Best (a black man) say’s he walks past this Billboard on a daily basis and finds it offensive. He is currently in the process of getting the authorities to remove the billboard from the public’s view. I am interested to know what your thoughts are on this matter? Is the billboard offensive? should it be removed ASAP?

UK NEWS: SHAKILUS MURDER ACCUSED IN COURT

Murdered: Shakilus Townsend Four teenagers, including a girl of 15, have appeared in court accused of murdering 16-year-old Shakilus Townsend in south London. Shakilus, from Deptford, was beaten with a baseball bat and repeatedly stabbed in Thornton Heath on 3 July. Tyrell Ellis, 18, of Thornton Heath, two youths, aged 17 and 16, and the girl, were remanded in custody by Sutton Magistrates. One man, 22, has been bailed while a fifth youth was arrested on Thursday. The defendants will next appear []

UK NEWS: EX-BOXING CHAMPION CHRIS EUBANK (AND FORMER WIFE) GIVE UP TEENAGE SONS FOR ADOPTION

Chris Eubank poses with family for 2003 reality show. (Chris Junior and Sebastian are standing at the back). Chris Eubank has secretly given up his two teenage sons for adoption in America, it was claimed yesterday. The bankrupt ex-boxing champion is said to have handed over the boys to a Las Vegas woman after a chance meeting in Paris. Chris Junior, 18, and 16-year-old Sebastian are living in the Nevada gambling mecca with single mother Irene Hutton, 51. Eubank, 41, was accused of visiting his sons []

UK NEWS: FIVE PEOPLE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE MURDER OF 16 YEAR OLD SHAKILUS TOWNSEND

Murdered: Shakilus Townsend Five people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Shakilus Townsend, police said today. Officers arrested one person around 9pm yesterday and the others this morning, Scotland Yard said. Shakilus, 16, was stabbed and beaten with a baseball bat in an attack in Thorton Heath, south London, on Thursday. He died from his injuries the following day. Two men aged 22 and 18, and two teenage boys aged 16 and 17, and a 16-year-old girl have been []

LONDON’S 18TH STAB VICTIM THIS YEAR: VICTIM’S PARENTS THANK WOMAN

Beaten and stabbed to death: 16 year old Shakilus Townsend The parents of a 16-year-old knife victim have paid an emotional thank you to a woman who scared off his attackers and desperately tried to save him. Shakilus Townsend’s mother Nicola Dyer and father Derek visited the scene of their son’s death in Thornton Heath, south London, on Friday night. They and other relatives thanked Sharon Simpson, 47, for her brave actions. Shakilus was repeatedly stabbed and beaten with a baseball bat []

UK NEWS: DEPUTY MAYOR RESIGNS

Former Deputy Mayor Ray Lewis London’s deputy mayor has resigned two months into his post amid claims of financial irregularities. Ray Lewis faced allegations relating to his time as a vicar in east London in the late 1990s and head of a youth academy scheme in 2003. He was placed under Church of England disciplinary measures in 1999. London Mayor Boris Johnson said he was sad at the resignation – but insisted he would re-appoint Mr Lewis if he cleared his name. []

UK NEWS: WOMAN STABBED TO DEATH

A woman has died after being stabbed in a late night incident. Dee Willis, 28, received a wound to her upper body during the attack at around 11pm on Tuesday in Bellenden Road, close to Peckham High Street in south east London. Ms Willis was taken to Kings College Hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after midnight. Neighbours said that Ms Willis recently miscarried twins. Detectives said they were looking for a female suspect, believed to have acted alone. The incident comes []

UK NEWS: PAIR BAILED AFTER STREET STABBING

Murdered: 16 year old Ben Kinsella  Two youths arrested over the murder of Ben Kinsella, who was stabbed to death in a London street, have been released on police bail. Ben, 16, was attacked during a row with youths in York Way, Holloway, north London, at about 0200 BST on Sunday. The youngster, the 17th teenager killed in London this year, died in hospital a few hours later. His sister, Brooke Kinsella, who played Kelly Taylor in the BBC One soap EastEnders, said []

UK NEWS: MAN JAILED OVER CROSS FIRE DEATH

Armel Gnango sentenced today Victim: Magda Pniewska A man has been jailed for at least 20 years for the murder of a woman caught in a “Wild West” style shoot-out. Magda Pniewska, 26, was shot in the head in New Cross, south London, in October last year. The care assistant was talking on her mobile when she was shot. Her sister in Poland told the Old Bailey she heard Ms Pniewska’s last breath down the phone. Armel Gnango, 18, was jailed for []

AMY WINEHOUSE HAS LUNG DISEASE

Singer Amy Winehouse has “traces” of the lung disease emphysema but is “responding brilliantly to treatment”, her father has said. Mitch Winehouse told BBC Radio 1 his daughter would recover “completely” as long as she stopped smoking. The star has now been in hospital for a week, but her father said she would perform at the Glastonbury Festival and Nelson Mandela concert this weekend. “With patience, her lungs will recover completely and she’s responding brilliantly to treatment – she’s actually flourishing,” Mr []