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Woman attacked with knife while tackling prostitution

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after attacking a woman in the street while she worked on an initiative to tackle prostitution.

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Police were called to Ilford in east London, at around 10.45pm last night. They found a man armed with a knife. An officer fired a Taser before he was detained. A bag of weapons was recovered nearby.

The victim, 45, suffered knife wounds to her head and back. Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

She was in the area as part of an ongoing joint partnership initiative to tackle on-street prostitution that involves the police, local authority and the charities who work with sex workers.

– Met Police

No one else was hurt. A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Man jailed for life for killing sex worker

Farooq Shah sentenced to life in prison Credit: Metropolitan Police

A man has been jailed for life for killing a sex worker last year. Farooq Shah was found guilty of stabbing Mariana Popa to death in Ilford Lane, Redbridge on 28 October. He was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of 29 years, at Woolwich Crown Court yesterday.

24-year-old Mariana Popa killed on 28 October 2013 Credit: Metropolitan Police

Shah was also sentenced to six years jail for carrying out a knife-point robbery less than an hour before committing the murder.

Police found Ms Popa suffering a stab wound in Ilford Lane near the juction with Loxford Lane. She was taken to an East London hospital where she died from shock and stab wounds to the chest. She was pregnant at the time, and also had a six-year-old daughter.

CCTV footage showed Ms Popa walking beside a man on a bicycle, who took a knife from his back pocket and stabbed her twice in the chest. Shah was arrested in a flat on November 6 after CCTV footage led police to an area around St Francis Way.


Man refused entry to shop with guide dog

A man from Ilford has criticised the supermarket Sainsbury's for refusing to allow him into his local shop with his guide dog.

Gary Mazin, who is partially sighted, has been stopped three times from getting into the Ilford branch - once following a special diversity training session he'd given to workers there. Ria Chatterjee went to hear his story.

Woman's body found in London river

The body of an adult woman was recovered from the River Roding in east London this morning.

Police were called to a spot opposite the Ilford Golf Course just after 9 o'clock this morning, where the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The circumstances of her death are not believed to be suspicious at this stage. Her body has yet to be formally identified.


Case of missing teen 'serious' and 'out of character'

Alison and Tim Hysom joined Detective Inspector John Delaney at Ilford police station to appeal for the public's help in finding their 15-year-old daughter.

Ian and Ali Hysom, the parents of 15 year old Ella Hysom Credit: Press Association

DI Delaney added: "We are taking this matter seriously and a lot of resources, including search teams, have been deployed. We are concerned for her welfare because she is vulnerable, she is suffering from depression and she is just 15.

"It is out of character and there has been no contact from her since the day she went missing."

Parents of missing teen 'trying to stay strong'

The parents of a 15-year-old girl missing in east London appealed to the public today to help find her. Ella Hysom from Colchester in Essex had been staying at a residential unit in Goodmayes while being treated for depression. She was last seen on Monday.

Ella Hysom Credit: Met Police

Her mother, Alison said: "Ella, darling, please get in touch. We love you so much. You are so loved by so many friends and family and we just want you back."

Her father Tim said: "We really just want to know that Ella is safe, we want her back, but we want to know she is safe. We're trying to stay as strong as possible. Our focus is on finding her. It is very difficult."

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