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Police name man pulled from Canal

Detectives investigating the death of a man pulled from Regent's Canal have identified him as Sebastiano Magnanini. The 46-year-old was originally from Italy but was living and working in south London. Police were called by a member of the public on Thursday, 24 September, to reports of a body submerged in the canal, close to the entrance of Islington Tunnel. His death is being treated as suspicious.

Sebastiano Magnanini Credit: Metropolitan Police

Samurai sword among cache of weapons left outside charity shop

A Samurai sword was among a cache of weapons left outside a charity shop in north London.

Staff discovered the Japanese sword along with a bo staff and a six-inch blade in a bag outside their store. Met Police officers collected the weapons from the store in Islington, north London, after volunteers bought them inside along with donated clothes and bric-a-brac.

Swords with blades longer than 50cm cannot be sold or traded.


Five people arrested in murder investigation

Stefan Appleton died on 10th June Credit: PA

Detectives investigating the murder of 18-year-old Stefan Appleton have arrested five people as part of their investigation.

On Saturday, 13th June, officers arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of murder. He currently remains in custody at a north London police station.

Today, detectives executed a warrant at an address in Holloway and arrested a second 16-year-old boy on suspicion of murder. He is also currently in custody.

Three 16-year-old boys were arrested at the same address on suspicion of robbery and attempting to pervert the course of justice. They currently remain in custody at a police station in east London

Police were called shortly after 6pm on 10th June to reports of a man stabbed in Caldy Walk.

Police and paramedics attended and found Stefan Appleton. He was taken to a north London hospital where he later died later that evening.

A post-mortem examination took place on 12th June at Poplar Mortuary and gave the cause of death as shock and haemorrhage, and a stab wound to the chest.

Detectives say Stefan was in Nightingale Park with friends when two youths pulled up on a moped.

The pillion passenger on the moped attacked Stefan - stabbing him a number of times before heading off on the moped along Nightingale Road.

Police appeal for moped pair after teen murder

Police investigating the murder of 18-year-old Stefan Appleton in Islington have released CCTV images of two young people they want to speak to.

The pair are seen leaving the scene on a moped, with a learner plate underneath the license plate.

The moped is small and dark with a learner plate located under the registration plate. Credit: Met.

In a statement, the Metropolitan police said:

Stefan was in Nightingale Park with friends, when two youths pulled up on a moped.

The pillion passenger on the moped attacked him - stabbing him a number of times with a large bladed knife before making off on the moped Nightingale Road.

After leaving Nightingale Road the moped turned left into Ashby Grove and then out on to Essex Road, Islington.

– Met Police.


Sports car crushed by a tree in the windy weather

There were gusts of up to 30 miles an hour in the capital today - and nowhere more obvious than in Islington, where the wind brought a huge tree down into the middle of the street.... and onto an Aston Martin.

The tree crushed an Aston Martin parked on the street Credit: Roger Conway

The police were called just after 3pm when the tree was blown over on Elia Street - crushing a number of parked cars. It also damaged a lamp post and scaffolding outside a house.

The tree blocked the pavement and damaged cars and a lamp post Credit: Roger Conway

Islington Council had to bring in tree surgeons to get rid of it, but thankfully no one was hurt.

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