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Man who attacked a defenseless girl with a samurai sword guilty of attempted murder

A stranger who attacked a defenseless girl with a samurai sword in Holloway has been found guilty of attempted murder.

Ahla Timofei Credit: Metropolitan Police

26-year-old Ahla Timofei from north west London was absent from Woolwich Crown Court after the judge imposed an order which means he will spend the rest of his life in a secure mental unit.

On Christmas Eve last year, police were called to Holloway Road where a woman was being attacked. A large bag containing a crossbow, samurai swords, hunting knives and gas masks was seized by police.

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Mob launch attack on restaurant

A restaurant favoured by Arsenal football fans has said to have been attacked by rival Italian supporters before this evening's Champions League clash.

Piebury Corner near the Emirates Stadium in north London has had to close after dozens of thugs tore through the building smashing windows, breaking chairs and swinging belts.

Witness Emily Gould, who works at the eatery, said around 50 customers were inside the premises, on Holloway Road, when a 30-strong mob of rival supporters stormed the building prior to kick-off.

I think they were Italian men with Napoli colours and scarves tied around their faces.

They were shouting something in Italian, chanting and causing trouble down the street.

Then then came in to the shop. I was terrified. They started swinging belts around.

The customers were very frightened.

Victim's family appeal for information

Andrew Jaipaul was knifed to death by a mob of youths Credit: Metropolitan Police

The family of a young man who was knifed to death by a mob of youths in north London have urged the parents of his killers to contact police a year on from his murder.

Police believe Andrew Jaipaul was set upon by between 12 and 20 young men in Holloway, on the evening of June 26 last year.

Paramedics were called to the vicinity of Andover House in Andover Road where the 21-year-old was found but pronounced him dead at the scene. A post mortem examination concluded he died from multiple stab wounds.

A total of 18 suspects arrested on suspicion of murder are due to answer bail next month. Police are yet to charge anyone in connection with the incident.

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