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Man in critical condition after falling from taxi

A 26-year-old man has been critically injured after falling from the back of a moving taxi.

The driver travelled a short distance on Alexandra Avenue in Harrow, north west London, when he realised the rear tailgate was open and a man was rolling on the road behind the vehicle.

Police were called shortly after 1am as paramedics treated the man, who suffered life-threatening head injuries. He was taken to a central London hospital where his condition is critical.

Officers believe he was part of a group of men and women who were close to a Renault Traffic taxi parked outside Domino's Pizza on Alexandra Avenue.

Police say they do not know how the man came to be in the taxi and want to speak with members of the man's group who left the scene by the time officers arrived.

Detective Sergeant Chris Osborne said:

We know this man was with a group of what appeared to be friends or colleagues moments before he was injured.

He is now in hospital in a critical condition and I would urge anyone with information to come forward so that we can establish the precise events.

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Mayor to join Operation Secure Streets

London Mayor Boris Johnson will join police officers in Harrow today as they give out advice to local residents on how to prevent their homes from being burgled.

The visit forms part of Operation Secure Streets, an initiative designed to cut down on crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough.

Tactics to tackle the issue of theft in the area include the distribution of 'traceable liquid', a substance which can be put on personal property to make it easier to track stolen goods.

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Man guilty of attempted murder of girlfriend

Donovan Golding from Wembley attacked his girlfriend with a kitchen knife Credit: Metropolitan Police

A man from Wembley has been found guilty of attempted murder after attacking his girlfriend with a kitchen knife. Donovan Golding stabbed Nicolita Ghete during an argument at her home in Harrow. The court heard she almost died of her injuries, and only the quick response of the police saved her.

Ms Ghete received multiple knife wounds to the hands, torso and neck - the most serious injuries being the ones to the back. She is now paralysed for life from the chest down. Golding will be sentenced on 26 February at Harrow Crown Court.

Sgt Ruby Kadiri of Harrow police, who led the investigation, said:

“I am pleased with the verdict today but my first thought is for the victim in this case who now faces a life with a disability caused by a violent ex-partner who could not accept that his controlling relationship was over.

"He brutally attempted to kill Nicolita and then tried to claim a case of self-defence. I am happy for Nicolita that Golding has been found guilty and I would encourage anybody suffering from domestic violence to have confidence in police and come forward to report it.”

Council: Nobody entitled to pick 'n' mix approach to law

The leader of Harrow Council has condemned travellers who have set up camp illegally in the ground of the old Kodak factory in north west London.

Harrow Council: Illegal travellers 'must abide by law'

Harrow Council are to "back the police" after it was reported that around 15 caravans and up to 50 people set up an illegal traveller site in the grounds of the former Kodak factory in the area.

Leader of Harrow Council, Cllr Susan Hall said in a statement:

These people have no right to simply set up home anywhere they like in Harrow. This is nothing to do with ethnicity or lifestyle choice; the fact is being a traveller does not mean you can take a pick and mix approach to the law, you have to abide by the same laws about where you can live as everyone else does.

We will watch the situation carefully and if an eviction proves necessary, we entirely back the police in that.

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