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Woman detained over bleach fed to baby

A woman from south-east London who gave the baby of a complete stranger a feeding bottle containing bleach has been given a hospital order.

The 11-month-old boy drank some of the liquid and vomited after being handed the bottle in a branch of McDonald's, Woolwich Crown Court was told.

Elaine Joyner, 53, of Vaughan Williams Close, Deptford, was found to have administered a poison or noxious substance so as to endanger life by a jury last month.

Elderly woman dies in fire in 'vile attack'

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.


Murder investigation launched after fatal Deptford fire

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.

Elder woman rescued from a fire in her flat on Deptford High Street during the early hours of yesterday morning has died. Credit: ITV London

Driver who killed cyclist jailed for four years

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.


Organised criminal networks dismantled in Lewisham

Imitation firearm seized in Operation Nona Credit: Metropolitan Police

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.

Cash recovered in Operation Nona Credit: Metropolitan Police

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. .

Cash seized in Operation Nona Credit: Metropolitan Police

Deptford resident angry about local building works

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."

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Deptford residents claim building work ruined Christmas

Temporary wooden footbridge has been built at St Johns in Deptford. Credit: London Tonight

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.

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