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Police offer £20k reward in murder case

Joy Hewer was killed at her home in Walthamstow in 1995 Credit: Metropolitan Police

The Metropolitan Police are offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the person or people responsible for the murder of Joy Hewer in 1995.

Joy's sister Penny Barnes, and her two nieces will appear on Crimewatch on Monday night along with detectives investigating the case. Penny spoke of the family's long struggle, saying: "We've waited so long for answers, but we'll never give up hope. Someone has evaded us for two decades but this latest appeal with the £20,000 reward could finally help us secure justice for Joy."

Joy, a primary school teacher, was 52-years-old when she was murdered at her home in Walthamstow, north east London. Police were originally called to the address by the London Fire Brigade on 17 October 1995, after reports of a blaze at a sixth floor flat.

Two fires had been started deliberately in her bedroom and lounge. A post mortem examination revealed the cause of death to be multiple injuries, including a number of stab wounds.

Detective Inspector Susan Stanfield, who is leading the investigation, said: "Joy was a much-loved daughter and sister and lived a quiet peaceful life. She must have suffered greatly at the hands of her attacker and we hope this latest appeal, coupled with the significant police reward of £20,000, will urge anyone who can help to contact us."

Crime up in half of boroughs

Metropolitan Police motorcycle Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Crime has risen in almost half of London's 32 boroughs in the past year.

The latest Metropolitan Police figures shows the borough of Hillingdon featured the highest crime rise with a 14% year on year hike.

Whilst crime across the capital is still marginally down on the previous year, violent crime has risen 27% over the past year leading to concerns that the most serious crimes are on the rise.

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Gun amnesty launched

A selection of firearms and imitation weapons Credit: PA

The Metropolitan police have launched a London wide gun amnesty. They are urging firearm owners to hand them over to prevent them falling into the wrong hands.

The amnesty will run for two weeks and will allow owners of illegal guns to hand them in anonymously, without fear of prosecution.In particular, the force says it is looking to stop antique guns falling into the hands of gang members, who have previously exploited a loophole in the law.

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New £1.4 million FGM Prevention Programme announced

Parents will face prosecution if they fail to stop their daughter becoming a victim of female genital mutilation under new legislation to be unveiled by the Government at a summit in London.

A £1.4 million FGM Prevention Programme for survivors and those at risk of the practice are among a raft of plans to be announced by Prime Minister David Cameron at the Girl Summit, which is being co-hosted by the Government and Unicef.

Police warned over Taser use

Police have been warned over the use of Tasers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said they should not be used as a first response. Figures show Tasers were used more than 2,000 times in London last year. The IPCC urged forces across the UK not to use Tasers as a default if other options are available.

Police warned over Taser use. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Number of police cautions in the capital rises to 30,000

Despite crime falling in the capital last year new figures show that more cautions were handed out. More than 30,000 criminals were given cautions for offences including robbery, drug trafficking and arsonists.

  • 1,356 were cautioned for wounding/GBH
  • 301 were for drug trafficking
  • 246 cautions handed out for burglary
  • 107 were for robbery
  • 23 cautions were handed out for arson

The figures were released as part of a Freedom of Information request obtained by GLA Conservative MP Tony Arbour.

Another arrest in relation to Dagenham murder

25-year-old Ashley Latty was killed in Dagenham on May 18 Credit: Met Police

Police investigating the murder of 25-year-old Ashley Latty on May 18 have made a further arrest. A 22-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. He's since been bailed until late June.

Two men, 33-year-old Nana Oppong and 23-year-old Adam Penny, have been charged with murder and have been remanded in custody while awaiting their next court appearance.

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