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Basketball star launches academy in Brixton

NBA All Star and former Croydon resident basketball player Luol Deng launching the Luol Deng Academy in Brixton today
NBA All Star and former Croydon resident basketball player Luol Deng launching the Luol Deng Academy in Brixton today Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

NBA All Star and former Croydon resident basketball player Luol Deng was in the capital today to launch the Luol Deng Academy, based at the Evelyn Grace Secondary school in Brixton.

Luol, who captained the Team GB squad at the 2012 Olympics and who has just signed for the Miami Heat in the US, was born in South Sudan which his family fled, settling in South London.

The Academy has been set up in reaction to the British government cutting all funding to the game in the UK. Deng wants to give talented young kids a proper path way into the professional game by offering professional training and for some of the most promising kids, scholarships into the US high school system.

Luol Deng in action against Russia's Victor Khryapa in the Basketball Arena in London in 2012
Luol Deng in action against Russia's Victor Khryapa in the Basketball Arena in London in 2012 Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

In 2013 Luol sent an open letter to David Cameron asking him to reconsider pulling all funding, the letter got a large amount of media coverage but alas funding was completely cut.

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Police seek help to find missing girl

Missing girl Nelly Muhigirwa
Missing girl Nelly Muhigirwa Credit: Met police

Police are appealing for help to find a 14-year-old girl who has been missing since Saturday morning. Nelly Muhigirwa was last seen at 7am in the Middlesbrough area, but police say she has links to Brixton and may have travelled to London. Officers say it is out of character for Nelly to go missing. Anyone with information is being urged to contact Cleveland Police.

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Police apology over 'inexcusable' Cherry Groce failings

The country's most senior police chief has apologised 'unreservedly' and said it was 'inexcusable' that it had taken until now to say sorry for police failings which contributed to the death of Cherry Groce, whose shooting by an officer triggered the 1985 Brixton riots.

Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "I apologise unreservedly for our failings.

"I also apologise for the inexcusable fact that it has taken until now for the Met to make that public apology. Sadly this means that the person that most deserved to hear that apology, those words that we are sorry, is no longer here.

"Mrs Groce bore her suffering with dignity, and her story is a powerful reminder to all our officers of our responsibilities where we use force or plan for its possible use."

Read: 'Police failures' contributed to death of Cherry Groce

Groce jury returns verdict on day 3 of deliberations

The jury returned their verdict on the third day of deliberations.

  • The mother-of-eight died 26 years after the shooting in 2011, aged 63, from kidney failure, which a pathologist directly linked to the gunshot injury
  • Mrs Groce's shooting by Metropolitan Police Inspector Douglas Lovelock sparked two days of unrest during which shops were looted and petrol bombs thrown in Brixton
  • Lovelock, who admitted being responsible for the wound, told the inquest he had apprehensions about going on the job

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Police 'failed to communicate' in hunt for Michael Groce

  • Dorothy Groce, known as Cherry, was wounded and paralysed by armed police who were searching for her son in a planned raid at her home in south London
  • A jury at at Southwark Coroner's Court found that police failed to communicate properly during the hunt for Michael Groce and to adequately check who was living at the address before the raid

Boy arrested over Brixton murder

A 16-year old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder in south London.

The arrest was made by detectives investigating the death of a 17-year-old at a property in Brixton yesterday.

He has been taken to a south London police station for questioning.

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