Court hears an innocent teenage boy was stabbed to death when two youths involved in a gang war mistook him for one of their enemies
A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a promising teenage footballer.
A promising teenage footballer described as a "role model" for his community has been stabbed to death in Brixton.
The police watchdog has reopened its investigation into the death of a musician who died in custody in London.
Schizophrenic Sean Rigg, 40, died in August 2008 whilst being held at Brixton police station following his arrest for attacking passers-by and police officers in Balham.
Last year the inquest into his death found that officers had used "unsuitable force", and earlier this year a review set up by the IPCC to re-examine its own investigation into Mr Rigg's death said the watchdog should look again at whether police officers should face misconduct proceedings.
The IPCC's original investigation was slammed by Mr Rigg's family as "extremely poor and ineffective".
This part of the prison report highlights the use of cannabis at Brixton. Section 5.43 below says IMB [Independent Monitoring Board] members' clothes smelt of the drug.
The report added that there had been a 'significant failure' in cracking down on the supply of cannabis coming into the prison.
A report into conditions at Brixton Prison found that inmates were smoking so much cannabis that even the inspectors' clothes started smelling of it.
The report also concluded that the availability of illegal drugs was fueling much of the bullying at the prison.
A memorial service is being held in Brixton today to celebrate the lives of young knife crime victims.
The Love2Remember memorial will celebrate the lives of four young South London boys all of whom were victims of knife crime on the capital's streets in the last ten tears.
Junior Nkwelle, Damilola Taylor, Edvin Johnson and Zac Olumegbon, all lost their lives in street attacks. Damilola was just ten years old. The oldest, Edvin, was nineteen.
The aim of the memorial is to remember their lives, not the way they died.
The mothers of three of the victims will be there and the congregation will hear from former footballer Fabrice Muamba alongside actor and director Noel Clarke.
Arnold Oceng - the Brixton-raised actor who's now making his way in Hollywood will also be attending.
A new restaurant is to open in Brixton prison with the aim of educating prisoners and equipping them with the skills and tools to secure employment upon their release.
The Clink Charity have been granted planning permission to proceed with transforming the old Governors house that has been used recently as administration offices within the grounds of the prison into a three-story restaurant and meetings venue due to open in early 2014.
The restaurant will follow The Clink’s Five Step Programme that has been successfully implemented at the award winning and successful Clink restaurant at HMP High Down in Surrey,.
A flat in Brixton could well be the last one ever to sell in central London for under £100,000 - but even the agents themselves describe it as "horrendous"
The studio apartment in Brixton Hill is in desperate need of modernisation, and comes complete with broken electrical appliances and crumbling plaster in every room.
Helping to push the price down is the fact it's only available to cash buyers, with the lease expiring in just 56 years - and it would cost over £20,000 to extend it.
Leigh Munday from agents Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, who are handling the sale, said: ”It’s horrendous, it’s not very nice at all, it needs complete refurbishment and a hefty lease extension".
Nevertheless, they still say it could be a "fantastic investment opportunity" for the right buyer.
Indeed, at under £100,000 the property is priced even lower than many parking spaces in the capital - with one spot in Hyde Park selling for more than three times the asking price of the flat last month.
House prices in Brixton have been rocketing due to improvements in the area and great transport links - it's now not unusual to fork out over £500,000 for a two bedroom house.
The agents are convinced that with a bit of work, even this flat could pull in £1000 a month in rent.
Detectives in Lambeth are appealing for information and witnesses to a serious assault last weekend.
The incident happened on Sunday, 4 August at around 7.30pm on Gresham Road at the junction with Coldharbour Lane in Brixton.
An 18-year-old male was attacked and stabbed in the chest. The victim is still in hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries.
Following the attack, a group of males left the scene on foot towards Brixton Station.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Redmond, of Lambeth CID, said:
"We are keen to trace anyone who may have seen or heard something on Sunday, 4 August. There were a large number of people in the area at the time"Anyone with information should call Lambeth CID on 020 8649 2189."
Police and bailiffs clashed with protesters in Rushcroft Road, Brixton as the eviction at one of the properties got underway.