A man who murdered his estranged partner hours after carrying out a brutal stranger rape has been jailed for 33 years.
31 year old Marvin Samuels from Stonebridge in north west London was given a life sentence at the Old Bailey for murdering Sharlana Diedrick, in Harlesden.
He had previously pleaded guilty to raping a 42 year old woman.
Detective Inspector Simon Pickford said "Samuels has proven himself a violent predatory rapist and a murderer. He targeted a woman simply walking her dog, dragged her into woods, stripped her naked and then raped and savagely beat her.
...She was so traumatised she has never been able to give us a full account of what happened.
Samuels then returned to his estranged partner, the mother of his child, and just hours later had stabbed her to death, inflicting 14 separate wounds."
The new, hundred-million pound Civic Centre in Brent was officially opened today. Amid the celebrations, the Council is claiming the money was well spent, as the new, environmentally friendly building puts it's staff and services together under one roof.
But the project has not been without controversy - as Robyn Dwyer reports.
Brent's new £90 million civic centre officially opens to the public today.
The council claim it is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in Britain, and will contribute to savings of £2.5 million a year by bringing many services under one roof. 2,500 staff and the operations from 13 different buildings will be relocated here.
However, Brent council has come under fire in the past for its spending on official buildings - it drew criticism earlier this year for spending £100 million on a new town hall at the same time as shutting six of the twelve libraries in the borough.
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A new analysis of the highest diabetes rates in England has revealed that there is now an area, Brent in London, where over 10 per cent of people aged over 16 have diabetes.
According to the list of the 10 areas in England with the highest rates of the condition, published by Diabetes UK, 10.5 per cent of people in Brent have the condition. It is almost double the rate in the City of London which has England's lowest rate despite being just three miles from Brent.
As well as Brent, the other areas with the highest rates in England are: Newham in London (9.9 per cent); Wolverhampton (9.6 per cent); Harrow in London (9.4 per cent); Sandwell (9.4 per cent); Leicester (9.3 per cent); Redbridge in London (8.7 per cent); and Birmingham (8.7 per cent).
The first ever hologram or 'Virtual Assistant' will take over the role of receptionist at a London council.
So far, holograms like Shanice have only been installed in the UK at airports and exhibition halls.
Brent is the first council to 'employ' an assistant, making an annual saving of £17,000 in the process. She is due to be in place on August 21.
Brent's Lead Member for Customers and Citizens, Councillor James Denselow said: "This is the sort of space age technology you hear about but never really expect to see, especially in council buildings. The best thing is it's going to save us lots of money, without compromising our service.
"I hope people come down and visit her the next time they're in the Civic Centre, she looks great and she's always very friendly."
A new centre of excellence for children and young people with disabilities will open in Brent today. Named after Paralympian Ade Adepitan, the short stay centre will enable people aged between five and 18 to enjoy a wide range of experiences whilst giving their families and carers a short break.
One lane closed and slow traffic due to accident on A406 North Circular Road Eastbound after A4088 Neasden Lane North, congestion on A406 North Circular Road to A4005 Hanger Lane (North Circular Road) Hanger Lane Gyratory System.