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40 people evacuated after fire rips through flats in north London

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Forty people are being housed in a community centre after fire ripped through their apartment building in north London.

Almost 60 firefighters tackled the fire in York Rise, Kentish Town before it was brought under control at about 12.30am.

Part of the fourth floor and the roof were on fire when the fire brigade was called just before 10.30pm.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

40 residents left the building before the Brigade arrived and they were temporarily housed in a local community centre.

The fire spread quickly but swift action from crews limited the damage to the flats.

– Peter Dean, London Fire Brigade

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Case against three men, accused of taking tomatoes and Mr Kipling cakes from a skip, is dropped

This case has been reviewed by a senior lawyer and it has been decided that a prosecution is not required in the public interest.

While the decision to charge was taken by the Metropolitan Police Service, a subsequent review of the case by the CPS did not give due weight to the public interest factors tending against prosecution.

We have notified the legal representatives of the defendants that the proceedings will be discontinued.

This decision has been taken on public interest grounds alone.

There was sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction when the Metropolitan Police decided to charge the defendants and that remains the case.

– Crown Prosecution Service


Trio facing charges under the 1824 Vagrancy Act

  • The case highlights the the practice of "skipping", where people take goods such as food and clothes from bins
  • Paul May, 35, along with Jason Chan and William James, who all live in a squat in north London, are facing prosecution
  • The stolen items are though tto be worth £33, and the chages were brought under the 1824 Vagrancy Act

Men charged with taking food from an Iceland skip

Three men have been charged with taking food - including tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese and Mr Kipling cakes - from a skip behind a branch of Iceland in Kentish Town.

The case highlights the the practice of "skipping" Credit: Press Association

In a statement, Iceland said:

"The store in question is next door to a police station. Iceland staff did not call the police, who attended on their own initiative. Nor did we instigate the resulting prosecution, of which we had no knowledge until the media reports of it appeared yesterday evening.

"We are currently trying to find out from the Crown Prosecution Service why they believe that it is in the public interest to pursue a case against these three individuals, and will comment further when we are more fully informed."

Neighbours contained wallaby until RSPCA arrived

The stray wallaby has been named Jean Credit: Caro Shrives
It was seen by residents on York Rise Estate in Dartmouth Park early this morning Credit: Caro Shrives
Neighbours managed to keep it safe behind bars until the RSPCA arrived Credit: Caro Shrives
RSPCA officer Leigh Summers gets Jean safely into the van Credit: Caro Shrives
The animal was apparently 'perfectly healthy' Credit: Caro Shrives
Jean will be held at an exotic animal holding centre at Heathrow Airport until his future is decided Credit: Caro Shrives

Woman fights for life after falling from back of bus

A woman has been left seriously injured after falling off the back of one of London's new Routemaster buses. The passenger fell from the platform of the double decker in Kentish Town this morning on the No24 route near Malden Crescent.

One of the main reasons why hop-on hop-off buses were phased out of London's transport system years ago was that they are not appropriate for a modern, accessible public transport system.

The second staff member whose job it is to guard the back platform comes at a cost of £62,000 per bus per year - £37m in total across the 600 buses in operation - but even with this extra staff member, a passenger fell onto the road and suffered serious injuries.

– Darren Johnson AM, Transport Committee Member