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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

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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

Nightclub assault leaves woman blind in one eye

Police are appealing for a witness to contact them over a serious nightclub assault that left a woman blind in one eye.

During the assault by four women in the Amika Nightclub in Kensington, the 27-year-old victim from Westminster was hurt so badly she was left blinded.

It happened eight months ago, in the early hours of Sunday, 14 August 2011. The victim had gone to the nightclub to meet her boyfriend. Just before going to the club she met a woman at a cash point machine in Kensington High Street. It's this woman that police now want to trace.

Detective Constable Leanne Alleyne, from Notting Hill CID, said:

"She was near the victim in the club when she was assaulted and we urgently need to speak to her to help us with our enquiries. It is possible her name maybe Terri or Toni but that is still unclear."

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