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Police renew appeal 6 years after Brixton murder

Davion Watt was shot dead in Brixton in 2008. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Detectives are appealing for information on the sixth anniversary of the murder of Davion Watt.

The 26-year-old was shot dead in Brixton in 2008. No murder weapon has ever been recovered.

No one has been prosecuted for the crime and police are renewing a plea for witnesses to come forward.

"Without anyone coming forward we fear that Davion's family may never get the justice they so desperately want. With our anniversary appeal, we hope that the intervening years since Davion's murder have seen the allegiances change of those that may have kept silent. And that those people can now re-examine their consciences and consider doing the right thing and help us prosecute those responsible, bringing closure to the case for Davion's family."

– Acting Detective Inspector Peter Hine, from the Trident Gang Crime Command's Legacy Team

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Floyd Mayweather Jr argues with woman at Brixton barbers because she 'didn't know who he was'

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr has been filmed at a Brixton barbers shop arguing with a woman because she didn't recognise him.

In the video, posted on Youtube, the boxer - who is the currently the highest paid athlete in the world - is heard asking the woman 'Have you got Google?' and 'Do you know what Forbes magazine is?', while she retorts 'I only watch big fights - I know Mike Tyson'.

The video has since clocked up over 1.2 million views.

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 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 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 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."

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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