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Man in court over firearms stash

A man is due in court today charged with firearms offences after a stash of guns were seized in east London.

Police seized thirty guns in one stash Credit: Metropolitan Police

Thirty guns including assault rifles, sawn-off shotguns and a machine gun, were seized in one of Scotland Yard's biggest firearms hauls.

Police said the seizure, by the Waltham Forest Gangs Task Force, was 'exceptional'.

50-year-old Dean Stokes from Leyton in East London will appear at Thames Magistrates' Court later this morning charged with possessing guns and ammunition without legal certificates.


"Her mother always knew where she was"

A police officer lays flowers handed to him at the scene in Eastway, Hackney, where Shereka died Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

MP Meg Hillier, the schoolgirl's family said:

"Shereka Marsh was a lovely typical, bubbly outgoing teenager with lots of friends.

"She was not involved in gangs or violence. She did not drink or take drugs. Her mother always knew where she was.

"Shereka was a responsible, hard working young woman with so much to look forward to."

15 year old appears in court

A 15 year old boy accused of shooting dead teenage schoolgirl Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh in London has appeared in court.

Shereka died at a house in Eastway, in Hackney on Saturday afternoon after being shot in the neck.

The boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared at Stratford Youth Court charged with murder. He wore a grey fleece and tracksuit bottoms and spoke only to confirm his personal details during the short hearing.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday, March 26.

Two 16-year-olds who were also arrested in connection with the shooting have been released without charge, police said.

Death has sent shockwaves through community

The death of a young person is always devastating, and our sympathies are very much with Shereka's friends and family. This incident has sent shockwaves through the community in Hackney and we are working to support pupils and staff at Urswick, where Shereka was a much valued member of the school. This has highlighted once again the danger that firearms pose to society; put simply, guns ruin lives.

– Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney


Hackney and Tower Hamlets residents most at risk

London basks in the sun in July last year Credit: Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

Scientists from Imperial College London say that in the most vulnerable districts, in London and the southeast, the odds of dying from heart or lung causes increased by more than 10 per cent for every 1C rise in temperature.

Those most at risk areas include more deprived districts of London such as Hackney and Tower Hamlets, with the odds of dying more than doubling on very hot days.

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