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Boy in critical condition after serious collision

A 16-year-old by is critically ill in hospital after a collision with a car in Hemel Hempstead.

Officers are trying to trace a blue car which may have substantial front-end damage after it left the scene of the incident last night.

The collision occurred in Jupiter Driver at around 8.25pm. A boy aged 16 was struck by a blue car which failed to stop.

We are actively seeking the driver of the blue car and we would ask that they make contact with police as a matter of urgency.

The vehicle is likely to have a broken windscreen, as well as other damage so I’d like to ask for the public’s help in locating the vehicle, I would urge anyone who sees a vehicle with similar damage apparently parked up or abandoned to call us. I would also appeal to any mechanics, who may encounter a blue vehicle presented for repairs to get in contact before undertaking such work.”

If anyone has seen this vehicle, or has a relative who drives a blue car and may have come home in a distressed state, I would urge that they contact police immediately.

– Sergeant Sam Cordingly, Roads Policing Unit

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RSPCA try to trace owner of injured cat

RSPCA inspectors are urging witnesses to come forward after a cat was thrown from the window of a fifth storey flat in Croydon.

The male tabby cat was found on the pavement on Elmwood Road with a collapsed lung, broken femur, and shattered rear legs at around 5.30pm last Sunday.

He was found by a passer-by on the ground outside Dartmouth House with severe injuries and taken to RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital.

Inspectors are now trying to trace the owner of the poorly cat as he has no microchip or name tag.

Cat that was left seriously injured after it was thrown from an apartment building
The injured cat rescued by the RSPCA Credit: RPSCA

Understandably this poor cat is in a really bad way and we would really like to trace the owner as soon as possible. It is amazing he has survived but he has broken legs and is in a bad way.

He is in such a sorry state we feared the worst for him. He must be someone’s pet and they may be wondering where he is. When he was found he had no microchip or tag, just a blue flea collar.

We would also like anyone with information about this incident to come forward. This would’ve been an extremely distressing incident for the cat and he has been left in a lot of pain with very serious injuries.

– RSPCA inspector Nick Wheelhouse

Tributes paid to 21-year-old Aqeel Khan

Flowers laid on the street in Watford following the death of Aqeel Khan
Flowers laid on the street in Watford following the death of Aqeel Khan Credit: James Banks/ITV News

Tributes have been posted online following the death of a 21-year-old man in Watford. Aqeel Khan was taken to hospital after he was found in the street with suspected stab wounds. He died a short time later.

Aqeel Khan
Aqeel Khan Credit: Hertfordshire Police
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Hurts to see another young mans life ended so early. RIP Aqeel Khan ?

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Rip Aqeel Khan, I can't believe it! So much shock ????

Stilt walkers strut their stuff

Stilt walkers practicing ahead of the Notting Hill Carnival
Credit: Laura Lean/PA Wire

The Taboo Group practice walking on stilts ahead of their performance at the Notting Hill Carnival tomorrow. The carnival is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The police have been working closely with the Carnival organisers, the local authorities of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council and Westminster City Council to ensure a safe and enjoyable weekend for those visiting the celebration.

Assault happened just after midnight

A man died after being assaulted in Hertford in the early hours of this morning.

The incident happened just after midnight at the entrance to the Stone House bar in Bull Plain.

It is believed the victim, a man in his 50s from Edmonton, was struck to the face causing him to fall to the ground. He was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

We are investigating this man’s death thoroughly to establish exactly what happened and the cause of his tragic death, which we are treating as suspicious.

We are currently questioning a 26-year-old man from Buntingford, who has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody at this time.

The events yesterday evening were seen by a number of people who were in the bar at the time. We are speaking to a number of witnesses, although I would urge anyone who saw what happened and has not yet been in contact with my officers, to please contact us.

– Detective Chief Inspector Jerome Kent from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit

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Second man remanded in custody after court appearance

Two lorry drivers have been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged in connection with the death of a man found in a container at Tilbury Docks.

Stephen McLaughlin, 34, and Timothy Murphy, 33, are accused of conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK.

The men, both from Londonderry, Northern Ireland, spoke only to confirm their names and personal details when they appeared during separate hearings at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court in Essex.

They are charged with conspiring with each other and "with other persons unknown" to "clandestinely convey 35 Afghan nationals by sea in to an English port which facilitated the commission of a breach of immigration law".

They were each remanded in custody until a hearing at Basildon Crown Court on a date to be set during the week beginning 17th November.

Meet Singh Kapoor, 40, from Afghanistan, was found dead inside the container at Tilbury Docks on 16th August.

Local police seek to re-assure residents

This is an isolated incident for Watford, and it is not a common occurrence in the town and I’m sure the community of Watford will have concerns about what happened.

We will have additional officers carrying out extra patrols in the area to provide reassurance to local people. If you do have any concerns or information you would like to share, please do speak to these officers.

– Safer Neighbourhood Inspector for Watford, Nick Lillitou

Police appeal for witnesses after man dies in hospital

Our investigations into this incident are continuing and further arrests have now been made.

Aqeel’s family are being supported by specialist family liaison officers at this difficult time and I extend my condolences to them.

I would to like renew my appeal for information. If you believe you witnessed the events yesterday afternoon, or have information which could assist the investigation, please contact police.

– Detective Inspector Jon McAdam from the Beds, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit
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