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Second boy charged over Boxing Day shopping centre attack

A second boy has been charged over an alleged fight between a number of youths at a shopping centre in Bromley on Boxing Day.

A 16-year-old boy was charged with violent disorder, possession of an offensive weapon and common assault by beating.

The teenager will appear in custody at Bromley Magistrates' court on Tuesday, 29 December.

Teenager who admits possessing machete is bailed

A teenage boy who was charged with involvement in a Boxing Day row that sent shoppers running for their lives has admitted possessing a machete - and been given bail.

The 16-year-old was arrested at the Intu shopping centre, formerly The Glades, in Bromley, south-east London, after the fight sparked rumours that a gunman was on the loose.

Teenager admits possessing machete and is bailed. Credit: Google Street View

Armed police arrived at the scene about 3.45pm on Saturday and found the boy with a head injury. Two knives were also discovered in the area.

The boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared at Bromley Youth Court on Monday and admitted possessing an offensive weapon, namely a machete, at Intu on Saturday.

Detectives are seeking to trace a number of youths who ran off from the scene shortly after the incident.

– A Metropolitan Police spokesman said earlier

He also faces accusations of common assault and violent disorder but these have not yet been put to him.

District Judge Dennis Lynch said he felt able to grant bail with stringent conditions.


Teenager charged over shopping centre 'machete' fight

A 16-year old boy has been charged over an alleged 'machete' fight attack at the Intu Bromley centre in Bromley on Boxing Day.

Teenager charged over shopping centre 'knife fight'. Credit: Google Street View

Panicked shoppers were seen fleeing the area after it is alleged the attack took place.

The boy was remanded in custody and will appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court this morning.

A second 16-year old boy was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of figthing with a gang of youths over the Boxing Day fight.

Armed police arrived at the scene about 3.45pm on Saturday and found the boy with a head injury. Two knives were also found in the area.

CCTV appeal after 13-year-old girl 'sexually assaulted on bus'

Police are trying to track down a passenger seen on CCTV after a 13-year-old girl reported being sexually assaulted on a bus in south London.

Know him? Police need to find him after an alleged attack on a bus Credit: Met Police

The girl was travelling between Bromley Town Hall and Ashgrove Road on Monday, 26 January at about 4:10pm. Police describe the suspect as:

  • Approximately 25-years-old and of medium build
  • Wearing a black padded gilet over a blue long sleeve top
  • Black beanie style hat with large white logo and grey/white trousers

Anyone with information can contact police on 101.


Bromley council workers to strike

Unite members of Bromley council will strike Credit: PA

Members of the Unite union who are employed by Bromley council have begun a strike over what they call 'mass privatisation'. They have accused the council of wanting 'to privatise everything it does not have a legal duty to provide directly'. But the council says it needs to make £50 million in savings over four years from a net budget of around £200 million.

This, according to Unite, has led to a reduced workforce of directly employed staff; from 3,000 to 300.

Of those who voted in the ballot, eighty seven per cent opted for strike action. Disruption will continue into the 8th of April, with services affected including libraries and parks.

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