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Notorious gang targeted in a series of police raids

A notorious gang has been targeted in a series of early morning raids across the UK. Classed as one of the most high harm criminal networks in London, the Guns and Shanks group is involved in drug dealing and serious violence including attempted murder.

This morning's police raid in south London Credit: ITV News

Police carried out a series of early morning raids today, including 12 warrants in London and another 11 elsewhere - including two in the Thames Valley, one in Essex, one in Bedfordshire and two in Scotland.

Missing man from Lambeth has dementia

James Fuller has dementia and is described as "frail" Credit: Metropolitan Police

The family of a 78 year old with dementia are appealing to the public for the help in tracing him. James Fuller left his home shortly after midnight last night.

He does not have his medication and was last seen wearing navy blue pyjamas, black slip-on shoes, a brown knee length coat and a grey tweet flat cap and glasses. He is described as black, five feet ten inches tall and frail.

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'Shocking attack' on a young woman on London bus

This was a shocking attack on a young woman, prompted by nothing more than a brief exchange of words.

It is vital we track down this man and hold him to account for his behaviour.

I am also keen to speak with other members of the group, who would be able to assist the investigation.

– Detective Constable Kyla Mulley, Lambeth CID

Police say anyone with information should call DC Mulley on 020 8649 2196. Alternatively you can report information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

CCTV appeal to hunt man who attacked woman on bus

Police have released CCTV footage of the moment a woman was knocked unconscious after a violent attack on a bus in Lambeth. The 22-year-old was heading towards Clapham Junction when a man got on, and headed towards the back of the bus where the victim was sitting.

A can of drink was poured over the woman who was then kicked in the stomach before falling unconscious.

A warning that this video contains graphic images:

Police are trying to find a man seen on CCTV around the time of the attack om Thursday 29 August, at around 1:15am.

Woman knocked unconscious on bus

CCTV image of man police want to speak to. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police are appealing for information after a young woman was knocked unconscious during a violent attack on a Route 344 bus.

The 22-year old was assaulted as the bus headed towards Clapham Junction in the early hours of Thursday, 29th August.

The main suspect is described as a light-skinned black man of slim build. He's approximately 20 years old and was wearing a black T-shirt with a patterned pocket on the chest, dark trousers and a baseball cap worn back to front.

Detectives also want to speak to four other men he was travelling with. After the assault, the group of men got off the bus and headed in the direction of Lambeth Walk, SE1.

The victim was taken hospital with a head injury and was treated and released later that day.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call DC Mulley on 020 8649 2196. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Police will formally interview 'slaves' for first time

Police will formally interview three women allegedly held as slaves for the first time today.

Aravindan Balakrishnan, left, and his wife Chanda, in the wheelchair, are accused of keeping the women as slaves. Credit: ITV News

See images of women allegedly kept as slaves

The trio have had indirect contact with officers but police have had to wait until trauma experts gave them the go-ahead to take their accounts in person.

Commander Steve Rodhouse said: "We have not yet been able to formally interview the victims in this case so we don't fully understand the nature of the allegations. We are moving to a point where we will be able to interview the victims and our plan is actually to do so today.

"The victims are in the care of specialists who have got great experience of dealing with people who have been subject to trauma.

"We're working to that advice of those experts as to how best to handle those victims, to support them and of course to draw out the evidence we would need to substantiate any prosecution."

Slavery suspects and 'victims' in 1997 ITV documentary

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Malaysian 'slavery victim' pictured in 1997 documentary

ITV News believes this woman to be Aishah, the 69-year-old Malaysian woman rescued from the alleged 'slavery' house in south London. Credit: ITV News

ITV News believes this woman to be Aishah, the 69-year-old Malaysian woman rescued from the alleged 'slavery' house in south London.

She is pictured in a 1997 documentary about the death of Sian Davies, who died following a fall from a window of a house used by the group.

According the press reports from 1978, a 34-year-old woman called Aishe Waham was arrested following a police raid on the group's headquarters.

Press reports from 1997 quote an Aisha Wahab giving evidence at a coroners' inquest into Sian Davies' death.

A Telegraph report today says the woman was originally known as Aishah Mautum, who moved to Britain in 1968 from Malaysia before becoming involved with the Maoist group.

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'Slavery' victims speak in 1997 documentary

ITV News has uncovered documentary footage of members of the alleged 'slavery' commune in south London.

These pictures from 1997 show members of the group responding to questions about the death of group member Sian Davies, who died following a fall from a window of a house used by the group.

Members are also seen attending an inquest into the death of Sian Davies, who was paralysed following the fall.

Miss Davies' family criticised the group at the inquest and in an interview today for not telling them for several months that she was paralysed in hospital.

The family only learned of the fall when Miss Davies died in hospital.

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Alleged slavery victim pictured in 1997 documentary

ITV News understands that this women is Josephine, 57. Credit: ITV News

ITV News understands that one of the alleged victims is this woman, Josephine, who is now believed to be 57 years old.

She is pictured here as part of an ITV documentary in 1997 about the death of Sian Davies, who died after a fall from the window of a house used by the group.

Press reports from 1978 say a then 22-year-old commune member, Josephine Herival, was arrested during a police raid on the group's headquarters in Brixton. Sian Davies was also arrested at the same time, according to the reports.

Josephine, pictured here, is believed to be the Irish woman mentioned in recent police reports.

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