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'Affordable' rents in new development up to £2,800 per month

A leaked report on the redevelopment of the Royal Mail site at Mount Pleasant in Clerkenwell reveals that the Mayor plans to charge up to £2,800 per month for 'affordable' flats.

An artist's impression of the potential development on the Mount Pleasant site Credit: Royal Mail Group

Boris Johnson is expected to grant consent for the development today.

The new site would contain 98 'affordable' rent apartments - with the report suggesting tenants could be charged £1,170 per month for a one bedroom flat, up to £1,690 for a two bedroom and up to £2,800 per month for a four bedroom family home.

The Guardian estimates that a family living in one of the four bedroom flats would need an income of £100,000 to make it affordable.

It's making a complete mockery of the term 'affordable'.

Boris Johnson doesn't really understand social housing in London - or he doesn't care - either way, Londoners are missing out on a great opportunity here for more affordable housing in the middle of London.

– James Murray, Islington Council

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Boris to make final decision on Royal Mail flats

Royal Mail's Mount Pleasant site in North London. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire.

Boris Johnson is today expected to approve controversial plans to redevelop land at Royal Mail's Mount Pleasant sorting office in North London.

The proposals include hundreds of flats but have been criticised for their low proportion of affordable homes.

The mayor chose to take the final decision away from Islington and Camden councils after a request by Royal Mail.

Man shot dead by armed police in Islington

A 40 year-old man has been shot dead by armed police at a home in Islington. The Met said that officers were called to the house in Shepperton Road last night after reports that a man had broken into a house. A police negotiator was also called to the scene.

Police said that the man was threatening a woman with a knife. Shots were fired by armed officers. The man was pronounced dead on the way to hospital.

I was woken up to shouts and immediately afterwards to what sounded like four or five bangs. They were gunshots. We saw the ambulance and police. There were eight police vehicles I could see from my window, and I saw five armed officers.

– Lyssa Barber, local resident

The Met said the incident had been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission:

As in any shooting, officers from the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards have been informed and this incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

– Metropolitan Police statement
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Neighbours heard volley of gunshots 'like fireworks'

A volley of gunshots "like fireworks" were heard by neighbours as police shot dead a man who was threatening a woman with a knife in north London.

Police at the scene in Shepperton Road, Islington, London. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Pictures taken by eyewitnesses showed a middle-aged woman in a pink blanket being comforted by a police officer as she was led away from the house in Shepperton Road in Islington.

I was woken up to shouts and immediately afterwards to what sounded like four or five bangs. They were gunshots.

I think I heard five gunshots, but a gunshot in real life doesn't sound like it does on TV. It sounded like loud bangs on a door. Bang, bang, bang. Then I realised, if it's somebody banging on the door, why can I hear it?

– Lyssa Barber, neighbour

I thought I heard fireworks, that's what it sounded like to me. It was around 1am. The shots didn't last long at all, but it wasn't a standard type of firework sound. It sounded different.

– Daniel Keane, neighbour

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Police appeal for help to find missing 83 year-old man

George Michael was last seen on Wednesday afternoon. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police in Islington have asked the public to look out for 83 year-old George Michael who was last seen on Wednesday afternoon in the Angel area. They are concerned because he has severe dementia.

When he was last seen, he was wearing a black hat and a black jacket. Anyone with information should call 101 or the Missing People charity on 116000.

15-year-old boy found hiding a knife in his underpants

A 15-year-old boy was arrested today after police found a knife hidden in his pants. The teenager was held by officers as part of a co-ordinated day of action targeting knife crime across the capital.

He was detained by police in Islington during 'Operation Big Wing' involving more than 5,800 officers from London’s 32 boroughs.

Tackling weapon-related violence is a priority for the Met. Operations continually take place throughout the Met - focusing on key times and places where intelligence points to the highest risk.

We proactively target known violent offenders, stopping and searching people to detect and deter the carrying of weapons and to deploy screening arches in locations such as transport hubs.

However we cannot rely on enforcement as the only tool. We work with schools and this engagement forms a very important part of our prevention work. We work closely with some fantastic programmes and groups such as Growing Against Gangs and Violence and speak to children of all ages.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Gordon Allison, Head of Trident
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