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Teenage girl, who calls herself 'Matthew', goes missing

A 16-year-old girl - who sometimes refers to herself as 'Matthew' - has gone missing in South London. Aphrael Heightley was last seen on Tuesday morning leaving her home in Plumstead.

Aphrael Heightley, who sometimes calls herself 'Matthew' Credit: Metropolitan Police

Aphrael has short black hair and has two piercings on her lips. She may also be wearing her black thick rimmed glasses. Police say she is known to travel across the country and has she has previously been to Derbyshire, Kent and Leicestershire as well as a number of locations across London.

Any information to the Missing Person Unit at Greenwich on 101.

Is this the worst place in London to have a picnic?

As you'll know by now, London is set to be hotter than Ibiza this weekend. But the sun has already started shining and Londoners are making the most of it - including this group in Greenwich. They had a picnic this lunchtime in a parking space in Greenwich.

They even used a traffic cone to help keep cars out. Is this the worst place to have a picnic?

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Couple to be sentenced for running prostitution ring

A couple who sexually exploited Polish women at brothels run from a Greenwich call centre will be sentenced tomorrow. Kamil Niewiadomski and Ewa Nosal posted adverts for escorts on a Polish website. When applicants came to work for the pair, their photos were posted on adult services websites here.

Niewiadomski also fined victims £10 if they were late or a client walked out. Officers investigated the pair after several victims rang their hotline.

Detectives recovered almost 50 identity cards for Polish men and women at their house, suggesting all had been exploited or worked for the pair.

Police believe there may be many more victims.

Nosal and Niewiadomski both pleaded guilty to controlling prostitution for gain at Southwark Crown Court on 11 October . Niewiadomski also pleaded guilty to doing an act tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice.

Greenwich teenager missing since October

Police are appealing for information to help find missing teenager from south east London. Shauna McCrory, 18, from St Johns Park has not been seen since October 5, the Metropolitan Police said today.

Shauna McCrory, 18. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police said McCrory is known to frequent Greenwich, and although has been in contact with her family, she remains missing.

She is described as white, 5ft 4ins tall with long dark hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call officers on 020 8284 7713.

Turner exhibition opens in Greenwich

A unique exhibition showcasing the works of one London's greatest artists opens today in Greenwich.

A staff member inspects one of Turner's works Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

The 'Turner and the Sea' exhibition opens at the National Maritime Museum, displaying works from JMW Turner on one of his favourite subjects - the ocean.

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New Crossrail station announced

Crossrail are building a new station at Abbey Wood Credit: Reuters

Plans for a new Crossrail station at Abbey Wood in south London have just been approved.

Bexley and Greenwich councils gave the go-ahead for the new, two-level station which opens in 2017. The station will be built above two new dedicated Crossrail tracks and those used by North Kent services.

The existing station will be demolished, with a temporary station opened to cover services in the meantime.

Crossrail claim that when the new station opens, the journey from Abbey Wood to Canary Wharf and to Bond Street should be around 20 minutes quicker. Passengers travelling to Heathrow airport should be able to cut about 40 minutes off their journey.

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