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London Fire Brigade: Man dies in house blaze

A man has died following a house fire in the early hours of this morning, the London Fire Brigade has confirmed.

Firefighters got the man out of the first floor of the property, in Ripplevale Road, Islington.

Sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene. Part of the first floor was damaged by fire.

Ripplevale Road, Islington. Credit: Google Street View

Fire crews from Euston, Holloway, Islington and Shoreditch fire stations attended the incident.

The Brigade was called just after midnight and the fire was under control by 1.50am.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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.

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