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Police called to Arsenal game after flares thrown onto the pitch

A police operation is in place for the Arsenal v Galatasary Champions League match tonight.

Officer said flares were lit and thrown onto the pitch during the match and seven arrests have been made. Two men were arrested before the game for attempting to enter the ground with flares, with five others were arrested for criminal damage, being wanted on warrant, public order offences and throwing a flare onto the pitch.

Flares were also thrown near to the Tollington pub in Hornsey Road, N7 before the game, but no arrests were made.

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Brentside High: 'Our thoughts are with Alice's family'

The School that Alice Gross attended has issued a statement, saying the whole community will miss an "outstanding and talented student.

Our thoughts and sympathy are with Alice’s family at this time.

Alice was an outstanding and talented student who will be sorely missed from our school community. This is a very sad day for our school and we are devastated by this tragic loss. We are doing everything we can to support each other and will continue to do so in the days and weeks ahead.

We would like to thank the MPS for their efforts in finding Alice and hope that the perpetrator of this awful crime is brought to justice very soon.

If anyone has any information that may be of use to the police’s murder inquiry please do come forward.

To conclude, may I now ask you to respect the privacy of Alice’s family and our school community as we come to terms with this sad news.

– Statement on behalf of Brentside High


Police confirm body recovered from River Brent is Alice Gross

The Metropolitan Police have just confirmed that a body recovered from the River Brent near Hanwell is that of missing teenager Alice Gross.

A post mortem has begun today and will continue tomorrow.

Alice's family said they have been left 'devasted' by the news:

We have been left completely devastated by the recent developments and it is difficult to comprehend that our sweet and beautiful daughter was the victim of a terrible crime.

Why anyone would want to hurt her is something that we are struggling to come to terms with.

We still don't know who is responsible for this crime and we ask that people continue to help the police by giving them information that could help bring the perpetrator to justice.

We would like to thank all those that have supported us in our efforts to find Alice, especially the local community; it is comforting to know that so many people care.

– Rosalind Hodgkiss and Jose Gross - Parents of Alice Gross

Couple denied a house share because they're gay

A couple trying to find a place to live in London say they were turned away from one property because they're gay.

George Poole, a marketing consultant from Kent, was looking to move to the capital with his boyfriend Matthew Greenaway.

George Poole and boyfriend Matthew Greenaway Credit: George Poole

But after enquiring about a house share, they were told they couldn't move in because the tenants were looking for a 'regular couple'. Here's the text George received, together with his response.

Speaking to ITV News, George Poole said:

The message arrived early in the morning and it did take me back slightly, to the point I didn't really no how to respond.

It took me a while and so I penned the response in the tweet. I thought I would post it online just to show the idiocy of some people and to try and tackle this type of ignorance. Regardless if they meant it in that way or not, they still viewed is an 'irregular couple'. Consciously or not!

I did get a response saying they were busy and that they were not thinking and hoped no offence was taken.

Regardless of the arena whether it's public or private - this 'mistake' should not occur.

I know they didn't mean it in a homophobic way, but their wording had homophobic repercussions, regardless of how subtle they are. It can be those subtleties that can be most dangerous to a society!

– George Poole

George Poole is also a friend of 2012 Olympic Champion Greg Rutherford, who described the response of the tenants as 'disgraceful'.

Mother enjoying a drink in the pub almost loses her leg after being bitten by a spider

A mother enjoying an afternoon out at pub in north London almost lost her leg after being bitten by a spider.

False Widow Spider Credit: PA

The Evening Standard says Shireen Larsen's leg went numb after she was bitten at the Crown and Horseshoe pub in Enfield. She can now barely walk after her leg turned black and yellow. The bite may have come from a false widow spider.

We have had no complaints from customers about spiders in the garden.

– Crown and Horseshoe pub

Giant pint of beer spotted walking down a street

You see a lot strange things in London. Who could forget the lorry carrying an octopus breaking down at Oxford Circus. Or the giant duck on the Thames. Well add to that a giant pint of beer walking down a street in east London. Tower Gateway to be precise. Tweet us if you know why it's there.


Man who filmed himself raping his wife, using her phone, is jailed

A man who filmed himself raping his wife has been jailed for 13 years.

The 26-year-old from Tower Hamlets in east London was so confident he would never get caught, he recorded the rape on his wife's mobile phone, and gave it back to her.

Credit: PA

The victim was attacked repeatedly and sometimes her hands were bound with cable ties. But she refused to stay silent.

These crimes often go unreported and we applaud the bravery of the victim for speaking out. Such was her determination that the suspect had no choice but to plead guilty. I hope the sentence handed down will not only encourage other victims to come forward; but also act as a deterrent to those who believe it is acceptable to commit these crimes within a marriage.

– DS Jane Topping, Metropolitan Police

The victim, who remains anonymous, said:

I would encourage anyone in my position to come forward and tell the police or others.

You will be supported.

I hope to start to move on and rebuild my life.

– Victim, speaking anonymously
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