Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of an elderly woman in a flat fire in south London, which has been described as a "vile attack" by police. Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons said:
As a result of this vile attack an elderly lady has died and a further fatality was only prevented by the heroic work of the London Fire Brigade.
We know one premises is a Vietnamese restaurant and the other a converted cafe that has been turned into residential accommodation.
Giuseppina is of Italian descent and is not connected with the Vietnamese restaurant and it is not clear at this early stage of the inquiry why these premises were targeted.
This attack has left the local community shell-shocked and a family devastated at the loss of their loved one.
A murder investigation has been launched after a fire killed an elderly woman in her flat on Deptford High Street yesterday.
82-year-old Giuseppina Fazzani died at the scene.
A 55-year-old woman was rescued from the upper floor by the London Fire Brigade and treated for smoke inhalation. She has since been discharged from hospital.
An elderly woman who died after being rescued from a fire in a flat on Deptford High Street has been named as 82-year-old Giuseppina Fazzani.
A murder investigation has been launched and a post-mortem has begun. Her next of kin has been informed.
An elderly woman who was rescued from a fire in a flat on Deptford High Street during the early hours of this morning has died.
Emergency services were called to the shop conversion just after 1:30am.
A second woman was also rescued and taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
A driver who killed a teenage cyclist and callously droveaway from the scene of the collision has been jailed for fouryears.
Barry Normah, 28, from Deptford was found guilty at the Old Bailey of causing death bydangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident following atrial.
After sentencing today Normah was disqualified from driving for 5 years. 17 year old Olatunji Johnson Adeyanju - known as 'TJ' - was taken to Kings College Hospital after the collision in March last year on Deptford Church Street and died later the same evening.
Following the collision Normah drove away before turning round at traffic lights and returning to the scene, stopping opposite where TJ was lying before driving away once again.
He was arrested and later charged with causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.
Thirty eight people have been jailed for a total of 70 years after a police crackdown on organised gang crime in Deptford.
The sentencing is the culmination Operation Nona which involved undercover officers buying drugs on the streets of South East London.
Police officers were working as part of Operation Trilogy Unit - a unit set up to tackle gang-related crime in Lewisham
They seized large amounts of cash and an imitation fire arm.
Police say as a result of Operation Nona they have broken up four organised criminal networks. .
Rail bosses have been forced to apologise after people living in a part of south London complained of a Christmas ruined by engineering work.
Residents in Deptford were told by Network Rail that work to replace a bridge would be finished by the new year, but that hasn't been the case, as Simon Harris reports.
Deptford resident Laura Ballard said: "All the lorries have been turning here. Coming on and off site.
"We've had men parking here, who are not supposed to be parking here all through the night, coming back to their vehicles, laughing, shouting, joking, slamming their doors, changing their outfits before going home. It's not acceptable.
"They were told they were not supposed to park here. This has been going on since July or August."
A temporary wooden footbridge has been built at St Johns in Deptford, where residents claim they endured four days of Christmas misery. Network Rail admits work to replace the original bridge has been delayed by "unforeseen complications" and high winds.
Deptford residents have been offered thousands of pounds to put up with round-the-clock engineering work.
People living near St Johns station are facing months of noise and disruption while essential maintenance work is carried out.
And it will be so bad over the Christmas break, that Network Rail is offering families living nearby £5,500 to provide some sort of festive cheer.
Marcus Powell reports on how the deal is going down.