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MP: Information about convicted killer should have been shared sooner

Alice Gross has been missing for nearly four weeks.

As police continue to search for missing teenager Alice Gross, the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee said information about suspect and convicted killer Arnis Zalkalns should have been shared sooner.

Keith Vaz said improvements needed to be made to the way police in the UK and overseas communicated.

He said he would have liked to have seen calls made to Interpol earlier and faster communication between the Metropolitan Police and the Latvian authorities.

"The issue of foreign nationals coming into our country who have got previous convictions that the authorities here don't know about is extremely serious.

"We need a modern approach to this so our colleagues in the EU tell us if someone has been convicted of a crime as serious as murder."

– Keith Vaz MP, Chairman, Home Affairs Select Committee.

Two London boroughs top for child development

Greenwich and Lewisham have been named as the best places in England for child development.

A report by University College London's Institute of Health Equity found just half of the country's five-year-olds had reached a "good" level of development by the time they started school.

In Grenwich and Lewisham, it is almost 70 per cent.

Hounslow was among the local authorities with the worst records for child development, according to the report.

Just 40.3% reach a "good" level by the age of five.


Billy Connolly at Leicester Square for premiere

Billy Connolly - tonight he joined other stars on the red carpet in Leicester Square Credit: PA

Billy Connolly and Rosamund Pike stepped into London's Leicester Square tonight for the premiere of What We Did On Our Holiday.

They were joined by co-stars David Tennant, Ben Miller and Amelia Bullmore to launch the family comedy from the writers and directors of Outnumbered - Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin.

The film follows a family in disarray as they travel to Scotland to celebrate their grandfather's birthday, but soon find the three young children are better equipped to deal with their grandfather's bad health than their parents.

YouTube star Alfie Deyes describes 'insane' real life success

Video blogging star Alfie Deyes says it is "insane" that 8,000 people turned up on Saturday for his 'The Pointless Book' signing event in London.

Deyes was besieged by fans as he launched the book to accompany his YouTube channel where he posts videos about every day issues.

Speaking to ITV London the 21-year-old vlogger who has over three million subscribers to his Pointless blog and 1.2 million Twitter followers says he thinks his success is down to the fact that he is just "normal".

Dogs trained to fight in Enfield children's playground

Dogs are being trained to fight in a children's playground in Enfield, according to council officials.

The council said the situation at Forty Hall is now so serious that they are looking to install CCTV cameras and increase park police patrols in the area in an effort to catch the people responsible

Dogs are being trained to fight in a children's playground, according to Enfield Council

I find it absolutely astonishing that anyone is stupid enough train fighting dogs, but to do so in a children’s playground shows quite remarkable levels of idiocy and selfishness.

There have been too many reports of young children being attacked by dogs in recent years, so to actually train a fighting dog in a playground and condition it to behave violently around play equipment which is routinely used by toddlers is one of the most despicable things I’ve heard in a long time.

These people are a menace to society and should be utterly ashamed of themselves.

– Councillor Chris Bond, Enfield Council

Enfield Council claims the playground is being used by the owners of fighting dogs who are training their animal by making them hang off the equipment by their jaws. The playground was completed in mid August, but has already been repaired three times due to vandalism.


Men dressed as police officers handcuff and gag a woman to burgle her house

Detectives in Barnet have released an e-fit of a man they want to speak to after a woman was handcuffed and gagged and her house burgled by men pretending to be police officers.

Police want to speak to the man shown in this e-fit

In August this year the men knocked on the victim's door on Eagle Drive, shouting that they were police officers. They were dressed in fake police uniforms and produced a fake search warrant.

But when the victim let them in, they handcuffed her and gagged her with a piece of tape, threatened her with a knife and demanded money.

This was a horrendous attack on a female in her own home, which has left her extremely traumatised. I am appealing to anyone with information to come forward and assist in anyway they can.

– Detective Constable Andy Deamer, Metropolitan Police

Police want to trace the man shown in the e-fit above, who is thought to be around 25 years old, as well as an accomplice who is around 28 years old, tall and stocky with short, light brown hair.

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