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LAB Gain Ealing Central & Acton

Simon Harris instant analysis: Labour successfully captures Ealing Central & Acton but the margin is much tighter than expected. Labour's majority in Ealing Central & Acton - Seat No:7 on Labour's London target list - was just 274.


Man 'engulfed in a ball of fire' while trying to control mice

A man trying to stop mice getting into his flat was 'engulfed in a ball of fire' when expanding aerosol foam suddenly ignited.

Credit: PA

The shocked resident in Acton, West London was trying to block holes in the wall. But he ended up getting badly burnt and was taken to hospital.

The victim used eight cans of foam but failed to make sure the room was properly ventilated.

Always read safety warnings on the side of aerosol cans and observe the safety advice closely. Areas where expanding foam is drying out should always be very well ventilated.

– London Fire Brigade

The foam contained a propellant gas, methylene-diphenyl-diisocyanate 4,4’ which is highly inflammable.

Appeal to trace dementia sufferer

Yvonne George was last heard from on Friday afternoon Credit: Metropolitan Police

A 72-year-old woman who suffers from dementia has been reported missing from Acton.

Police are appealing for help to find Yvonne George, 72, was last heard from at 3pm on Friday, 28th November when she spoke with a friend by telephone from her home address in W3.

As well as dementia, she is also affected by sporadic memory loss. She is known to travel by bus.

She is believed to be wearing a red and black jacket, black trousers, black shoes and a green hat. She is likely to be carrying a black or dark brown bag.


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Escaped terror suspect 'involved in attack planning'

A Commons committee has heard that Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, who escaped from a mosque in West London, was involved in fighting, attack planning and recruiting for Al Shabab in Somalia.

The Home Affairs Committee is hearing evidence from David Anderson, the independent reviewer of terror laws. Anderson says Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures are not a foolproof way of keeping the population safe, adding:

"I'm troubled by the fact that there are cases which can't be prosecuted at all."

Fugitive terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed Credit: Met Police

Man jailed for string of burglaries on the elderly

John Connors, 41, was sentenced for eleven offences Credit: Met Police

A man has been jailed for a string of burglaries targeting elderly and disabled victims, some as old as 92.

John Connors was sentenced to eight years in prison at Isleworth Crown Court. He was found guilty of eleven offences in total across the East Acton and Hammersmith areas.

Mr Connors would trick his way into his victims' homes pretending to be from the 'water board', then distract them while he stole valuables and cash. Many of his victims were pensioners aged over 75 suffering from physical disabilities, including blindness.

Detective Constable Andy Griffin said Connors was a "career criminal" who "preyed" on vulnerable victims.

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