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Woman murdered on Ilford Street

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A woman in her twenties was stabbed on Valentines Road in Ilford on Friday evening. She was taken to hospital, but died soon afterwards.

A few hours later, police were called to Auckland Road in Ilford after a man in his twenties collapsed in the street. He was also taken to hospital, but passed away shortly after his arrival.

The man and the woman both knew each other, but were not related. At this stage, only the death of the woman is being treated as murder. There is no evidence to suggest the death of the man is suspicious.

Anyone who witnessed anything or has information that may assist the investigation can ring 020 345 1570 . To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Fraudster confesses she faked cancer to pay for her own wedding

Danielle Watson arriving at court today. The court was told she is expecting her second child. Credit: ITV News

A 24 year-old woman from Essex has pleaded guilty to six charges of fraud at Southend Crown Court after raising thousands of pounds in donations by falsely claiming she had stage four cervical cancer.

Danielle Watson had minor surgery for a gynaecological condition but then told people she had only a 15-20% chance of surviving the cancer and needed extra money to pay for "vitamin C treatment". She used her story to launch a fundraising campaign and was also given free use of a wedding venue when she married her fiance Chris in Billericay in 2012. It's estimated her fraud made her almost £10,000.

Donors helped raise money by setting up events including an auction and cake sales. She then claimed in 2012 that she had been cured and was now pregnant. Eventually, Watson aroused suspicions by failing to provide proof that she had cancer and demanding that the donations should go into her account.

Danielle Watson acted in a cold and calculated manner. She befriended and abused the trust of kind and generous people who wanted to help a person they thought was dying. Watson's actions attracted national media coverage and sadly the greatest impact a case of this nature will have is that it could undermine future public fundraising efforts for genuine causes.

– Detective Constable Rob Lewis, Essex Police

One of Watson's victims was event organiser Leigh Stewart who helped her with the fundraising. The money she raised has now been donated to a cancer foundation in Cornwall.

It's appalling, she affected my family, my life, my work. Not just me, lots of people. I think she needs help. It is not a logical mind that does that.

– Leigh Stewart


Woman alleged to have raised money for wedding by claiming she had cancer

Danielle Watson arriving at court today. Credit: ITV News

An Essex woman has gone on trial at Southend Crown Court charged with defrauding donors who raised money for her after she pretended she had been diagnosed with Stage 4 cervical cancer.

24 year-old Danielle Watson is alleged to have raised about £6,000 which she spent on her wedding to her husband Chris in Billericay in 2012. The court heard she had organised a charity ball, a cake sale and an online auction.

She denies six counts of fraud.

Another two men charged in murder investigation

Hassan Mohammed was found with stab wounds in York Road, Southend Credit: Essex Police

Detectives investigating the murder of a man from London who was found with stab wounds in a Southend street have now charged a total of six men with his murder.

Four men have already been charged with murdering the 24-year-old in Southend in July and now a further two men have also been charged.

Hassan Mohammed, of Camberwell in London, died in Southend Hospital on Tuesday, 8th July 2014 after he was stabbed in York Road at around 7pm the previous evening.

Darren Quainoo, 19, from Holbrook Close, Enfield, appeared before Magistrates in Southend on the morning of Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

A 17-year-old boy from north London has also been charged with murder. They have both also been charged with conspiracy to commit GBH with intent.

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