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Essex Police release e-fit over distraction burglary in Basildon

The man in the e-fit is described is aged 26 to 27 and around 5ft 8in tall Credit: Essex Police

Detectives investigating a distraction burglary at a flat in Basildon want to hear from anyone who recognises an e-fit of this suspect.

Two men tricked their way into the home of a 58-year-old victim after calling at the flat on Tuesday 12th August.

The suspects told the resident they were investigating a leak from the flat above and needed to check his flat for leaks and his water pressure.

Both men then entered the flat and the first man took the victim into the kitchen to check the taps while the second man searched the bedrooms.

On this occasion it appears that nothing was stolen but we have established that these men were not legitimate tradesmen and I would urge all householders to be wary of letting anyone into their homes who cannot provide bona fide identification

– DC Nick May, Essex Police

The man in the e-fit is described as a white man, aged 26 to 27, around 5ft 8in to 5ft 9in tall, with short dark, straight, tidy brown hair. He was wearing a black jacket and brown trousers.

The second suspect is described as a white man, with a tanned complexion, aged in his early 30s, and of medium build. He had dark, spiked up hair and was wearing a pink shirt, a light coloured tie, grey trousers, and black shoes.


Heathrow Boss wants Boris Johnson's backing

Bosses at Heathrow want to build a third runway Credit: PA

Heathrow's chief executive has urged Boris Johnson to back expansion at London's biggest airport should plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary be scrapped.

Airports Commission could exclude plans for the so-called "Boris Island" from its list of options for new runways in the South East.

The Mayor of London has announced he's seeking the Conservative candidacy at Uxbridge and South Ruislip at next year's general election.

John Holland-Kaye has published an open letter he has written to Mr Johnson quoting the mayor's former thoughts on airport capacity. Boris Johnson is opposed to expansion at Heathrow.

John Holland-Kaye
John Holland-Kaye has written an open letter to Boris Johnson Credit: PA

Mr Holland-Kaye said Heathrow would be "the only option left in the race" should the estuary plan be ditched.

Uxbridge and South Ruislip borders Heathrow, with many people in the constituency depending on the airport for employment.

Boris Johnson and David Cameron
Boris Johnson hopes to be the new MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip Credit: PA

Appeal following rape in Harlesden

Harlesden Rape
Police are looking for this man over an alleged rape Credit: Metropolitan Police

Brent Police are investigating an allegation of rape which took place on Wednesday 15th January. Officers have released a photograph of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the assault.

A 38-year-old woman was allegedly raped at an address in Harlesden after meeting with the suspect.

He's described as Arabic in appearance with shaved eyebrows and a short beard. He's approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and was wearing brown khaki trousers, a grey or red shirt and brown leather shoes.

The victim says he spoke with a soft voice and had a broken front tooth and brown teeth.

Harlesden Rape
He's described as Arabic and around 5 feet 8 inches tall Credit: Metropolitan Police

Have-a-go hero foils attempted robbery

A delivery driver has been hailed a hero for jumping on a suspected thief during an attempted robbery on armoured security van in Whitechapel.

The have-a-go hero witnessed two robbers on a moped punching a security guard and grabbing a cash box near Algate East station.


just watched an attempted armed robbery thwarted by passers by in aldgate east. guy got a right kicking #ldn

As the robbers tried to getaway, the courier and a colleague jumped out of their van and tackled one of the suspects.

Bystanders watched as the delivery driver pinned him to the floor until police arrived.

The have-a-go hero is described as an Asian man in his twenties. He stayed at the scene where he was congratulated by the watching crowds.


needless to say he's rather incapacitated. police now asking people to stop recording. yeah good luck with that guys


Man arrested over hit and run in Hemel Hempstead

Police have arrested a man over a fatal hit and run in Hemel Hempstead.

Sixteen year-old Fazan Ahmed was knocked down in the collision on Friday 22nd August. He died two days later in hospital from his injuries.

A 20-year-old man from Berkhamstead has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He's currently in police custody and is being questioned about the collision.

Fazan Ahmed was the victim of a hit and run Credit: Hertfordshire Police


Appeal following rape in Harrow

Police are appealing for information after a 30-year-old woman was raped in Harrow. She was walking in the Landsdowne Road area on Wednesday when she was approached by a man who threatened her with a bottle who then assaulted her. The suspect is described as black, aged between 27 and 32 years old, around 5ft 9in and 5ft 10ins tall. He was wearing a dark blue jacket and carrying a bag on his back.

Endurance swimmer completes Seven Seas challenge

Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh will swim up the Thames today as he completes his challenge swimming in seven seas to highlight the importance of protecting the ocean. He is backing a campaign by the United Nations for 10% of the world's oceans to become Marine Protected Areas by 2020. In the last four weeks he has completed swims in each of the Seven Seas, the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean, Black, Red, Arabian and the North Sea.

You can find out more about Lewis' challenge here.

Housing market in London shows signs of cooling

Houses for sale in London
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The housing market in London is showing signs of cooling as the gap widens between asking prices and the amount buyers are prepared to pay. Figures from property analysts show just 11% of London postcodes recorded increases in values in August, compared with 19% of areas outside the capital. The typical time it takes to sell a London property has almost doubled since February, from just over two and-a-half weeks to nearly five weeks. However, this is still around a week less than the average across England and Wales, where the time it takes to sell a home has edged up to just over six weeks.

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