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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.

Drivers could be fined for leaving car running

Councils could fine drivers from today

From today, motorists in the boroughs of Westminster and Islington who leave their engines idling could be fined. Traffic marshals will be able to hand out £20 fines to drivers who leave the engine running while stuck in traffic.

The policy aims to cut air pollution, which London Mayor Boris Johnson claims is linked to the deaths of thousands of Londoners each year. Traffic marshals will firstly ask drivers to switch their engines off, with fines issued as a last resort.

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