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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

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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
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

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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."

Deptford residents claim building work ruined Christmas

by Simon Harris
Temporary wooden footbridge has been built at St Johns in Deptford.
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.

Thousands for Deptford locals for engineering work disruption

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.

Woman held in 'bleach' bottle probe

A woman has been arrested after an 11-month-old boy was given a bottle feared to contain bleach as he sat in a fast food restaurant. The toddler swallowed some of the contents and immediately vomited, Scotland Yard said. He was taken to hospital for observation and his condition is stable.

The toddler was with his mother and grandmother in McDonald's, Eltham High Street, south-east London, when the incident occurred at around 12.40pm on Thursday. Detectives arrested a 53-year-old woman in Deptford. She was being questioned at a south London police station.

Officers have recovered the bottle and tests are being carried out to find out what it contained.

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