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Cyclist 'hit on pedestrian crossing' outside Tube station

Police say the victim was cycling across the pedestrian crossing outside Brixton Tube station when he was hit by a dark or black car.

We need to locate the car involved and speak to the driver as soon as possible. The victim was left lying in the road having suffered very serious injuries.

I would urge anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information, regarding the identity of the driver or whereabouts of the car to contact the Hampton Traffic Unit on 020 8941 9011 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Detective Sergeant John Hartfree, Senior Investigating Officer


Cyclist left lying in the road with two broken legs after south London hit-and-run

Police are trying to track down a motorist seen on CCTV after a cyclist had both his legs broken in a hit-and-run in south London. The 44-year-old victim was left lying on Brixton Road on Saturday. He was also left with a fractured neck, and taken to hospital with life threatening injuries.

CCTV images of a car police are trying to trace Credit: Metropolitan Police

Prison restaurant 'will help inmates'

The chief executive of the charity behind the new Brixton Prison restaurant says it will give inmates the skills to help them get back into society.

"Everyone that works in The Clink has been through the prison service's security procedures and these men are nearing the end of their sentence.

The sole aim of the charity is to reduce reoffending and we recruit prisoners throughout the prison and train them up over a period of six to 18 months to gain their City and Guilds qualifications in food service and food preparation."

– Chris Moore, chief executive of The Clink Charity

A three-course meal with coffee will cost around £21 a head.

Inmate run restaurant opens at Brixton Prison

A restaurant staffed by inmates at Brixton Prison has opened to the public today.

Brixton Prison
Brixton Prison Credit: PA

The Clink - run by The Clink Charity, which also has restaurants at HMP High Down in Surrey and HMP Cardiff - aims to train prisoners nearing the end of their sentences.

The serving of alcohol is forbidden on the premises.

A security application form needs to be filled in by diners in advance due to the restaurant being located in the heart of the prison.

Prisoners are not allowed to dine.

In 2012, more than 15,000 people visited The Clink Cymru and The Clink HMP High Down.

Custody death probe reopened

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".


Young knife crime victims remembered

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.

Third prison restaurant to open in Brixton

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,.

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