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Huge Kurdish protest blocks streets in North London

Tonight a protest by Kurds in London accusing the Turkish government of supporting IS has closed roads and caused massive delays to traffic between Hackney and Haringey.

Organisers on Twitter claim between 3,000 and 4,000 people are taking part - but police would not give an official estimate.

The Met say officers from the two boroughs are attending the protest but no arrests have been made.

Ceremonial garments stolen in Haringey

Haringey police are appealing for witnesses and any information concerning the burglary of a military supplier in N15 yesterday at 17:50.

An assortment of nine ceremonial garments and two silver Household Cavalry helmets were stolen.

The combined value of these stolen items is in excess of £60,000. Credit: Metropolitan Police

The combined value of these items is in excess of £60,000.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who is offered these items for sale or who has information concerning the theft.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who is offered these items for sale or who has information concerning the theft. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Haringey Police Burglary Unit on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111


Concern for missing 66-year-old from Haringey

Brian Playforth hasn't been seen for two days. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police say they are concerned for the welfare of Brian Playforth, a 66-year-old man, who has gone missing from Haringey.

He was last seen on Wednesday, 9 July. Scotland Yard says he likes to walk in parks and open spaces and can easily become confused and disorientated.

Haringey is London's best performer

Price growth is no longer driven by prime central boroughs like Kensington and Chelsea Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Rightmove is also seeing evidence that house price growth in London is no longer being driven by the wealthy "prime central" boroughs.

London's worst-performing borough in March was named as Kensington and Chelsea, where asking prices had dropped by 2.4% on the previous month.

But the average price tag for a home in the borough was still £2.1 million.

The English capital's best-performing borough was found to be Haringey, where prices had surged by 9.5% month-on-month to reach £597,634 typically.

Westminster and Camden, where average asking prices were above £1 million, were also among Rightmove's worst-performing areas in London in March, while Barnet and Hounslow, where prices were around £600,000-plus, were among the best.

London councils spending millions on emergency housing

More than half a billion pounds has been spent by London local authorities on emergency housing since the last general election.

Councils have had to place people in hotels and B&Bs, after they presented themselves as homeless.

  • Haringey Council had the biggest bill of £197 million,
  • Westminster spent £111 million
  • Enfield spent £59 million
  • Kensington and Chelsea spent £53 million
  • Newham spent £35 million
  • and Islington spent £33 million

The total spend in London amounts to £630 million since 2010.

The Labour party has criticised the revelation saying the number of families with children living in such accommodation was at a 10-year high.

Housing charity Shelter also condemned the figures, saying cuts to the housing safety net were a false economy.


Haringey Council: Statement on latest review

"We are committed to a culture of continued partnership working, learning and improvement and safeguarding remains a priority for the council.

In November, the council will be agreeing further substantial investment in a children’s services programme to consolidate and build further on the improvements already made.

We have made a number of improvements to children’s services in the past few years, which have been recognised by Ofsted and led to the service being removed from government oversight in April 2012.

We would not comment on serious case reviews that may be under way in Haringey.”

– Haringey Council statement

Reports: Haringey Council in fresh serious case review

The Independent on Sunday has reported that the north London council at the centre of recent tragedies has launched yet another serious case review involving child abuse.

It comes after the council promised to protect children after the deaths of Baby Peter and Victoria Climbe.

Victoria Climbié was tortured and murdered by her guardians after Haringey Social Services failed to act. Credit: ITN

The latest investigation is the council's sixth known investigation into serious incidents of child abuse since the report into Baby Peter's death was published in 2009.

A spokeswoman for Haringey Council said: "We have made a number of improvements to children's services in the past few years. We would not comment on serious case reviews that may be under way in Haringey."

The paper says two adults have been arrested and charged with child abuse, whilst the child alleged to be the victim of abuse has been taken into care.

The news comes after it was revealed on Tuesday that Haringey's former head of children's care services had agreed a compensation pay-out after being unfairly dismissed in the wake of the Baby P tragedy.

The new investigation has reportedly started only a month after the publication of Haringey's last serious case review into Child T, a three-year-old who was beaten so badly with a belt, stick and cable that he was hospitalised yet was still returned to the family home, where the abuse continued.

Anger over Baby Peter payout

There's been widespread anger over the decision to award a six-figure pay off to the former head of Harginey's Children's Services, who was in charge when Baby Peter Connelly died.

In 2008 the then Children's Secretary Ed Balls removed Sharon Shoesmith from her job because of failings in her department. It was later ruled that decision amounted to unfair dismissal and led to her seeking compensation. Dan Hewitt reports.

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