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Man dies after falling from window

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died after he fell from a window from a block of flats in North Kensington on Saturday morning. 39 year-old Shaka Wilmot suffered a head injury and died later in hospital.

Police are treating the death as suspicious and want to trace two women and a man who are believed to have been in the flat when he fell.

Travel: Addison Road, Kensington

A3220 Addison Road (one way) Southbound closed traffic congestion, long delays due to building fire at a penthouse between Melbury Road and A315 Kensington High Street.

Congestion on A3220 Holland Road to A402 (Holland Park Roundabout), on West Cross Route to A40 Westway (Northern Roundabout) and on A4020 Shepherds Bush Green to A219 Wood Lane.

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Fire in Kensington

The blaze started on the eighth floor of the building. Credit: ITN

20 residents had to be evacuated from a block of flats in Kensington this evening after a fire broke out. The blaze started in the eighth floor of the building in St. Mary Abbot's Terrace near Kensington High Street. 60 firefighters were called to the scene which started in a penthouse.

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Met carries out dawn burglary raids in Kensington

Early on Wednesday morning the Met carried out raids at eight addresses across Kensington, at which five men aged between 18-22, were arrested on conspiracy to commit burglary. They are currently in custody pending further enquiries.

Items seized at the addresses include watches, designer clothes and cash. The raids, which were part of the intelligence-led operation Decker, identified a gang responsible for around 12 burglaries in Kensington, Brent, Ealing and Fulham. Valuable vehicles were stolen from these locations.

This morning’s operation is a clear warning to all burglars that we will do everything in our power to catch and convict them. Operation Decker is a Kensington and Chelsea Borough local initiative to drive down burglary offences and take the fight to the criminals. It illustrates that we will utilise all types of technology available to use in order to identify the activities of criminal gangs.

There is a distinct link between this gang and highly organised criminality.

– Detective Chief Inspector Rhys Willis of the Kensington and Chelsea Crime Squad

Kensington and Chelsea determined to protect streetscapes in broadband row

Kensington and Chelsea Council have hit back after BT pulled out of installing a new broadband network in the borough because of a planning row. The firm wanted to install cabinets in the borough's streets but the council wanted them underground or in sites where BT already had equipment.

A council spokesman said: "We regret that BT are not proceeding with superfast broadband in the Royal Borough but we expect other providers will want to offer superfast broadband to our residents, in a very valuable market, without ruining our historic streetscape."

“We can confirm we have ceased deployment of fibre broadband in Kensington and Chelsea. This is unfortunate but we were left with no option after having the vast majority of our applications rejected by the council. Other councils, including those of neighboring boroughs, have shown a greater eagerness to enjoy the benefits of fibre broadband. We will therefore re-focus our engineers' efforts in other areas where planning authorities have taken a positive approach and are keen to ensure their residents and businesses can benefit from this technology."

– Jon Carter, Senior Media Relations Manager BT

"Whilst I'm sure the residents of Kensington and Chelsea appreciate the historic streetscape, we don't believe this should have to mean that homes and businesses in the borough have to put up with historic broadband speeds."

"We have installed more than 4,000 fibre cabinets across London, including borough's like Greenwich - a world heritage site. We have successfully worked with 31 London Boroughs to provide fibre broadband speeds to their residents whilst minimising the visual impact of the necessary infrastructure. However, this does require co-operation on both sides."

– Jon Carter, Senior Media Relations Manager BT
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