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Stay vigilant this weekend, warn police

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The Metropolitan Police Service is reminding the public to stay safe ahead of a busy weekend of events across the capital.

London is host to several major football matches, memorial services to remember the Centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign (Anzac Day) and the London Marathon. In light of recent alleged plans to attack Anzac Day events and police officers overseas the police are reminding the public to be vigilant.

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While there is no information to suggest a specific threat to these events in the UK - and the current national threat level remains unchanged - we would like to reiterate our long-standing advice to remain vigilant and alert. As ever we would urge the public to get in touch to report anything suspicious by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency by calling 999.

We would like to reassure the public that police forces have reviewed security plans for this weekend's events to ensure they are safe and secure for all those attending or involved, and that the public are encouraged to continue with their plans to attend or take part in these great events."

– Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu

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Murder inquiry launched after man dies in fight

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A man has died following a fight at a house in East Ham. Another man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death.

Police were called by London Ambulance Service at around 7.20pm yesterday to a house in Compton Avenue.

A man, believed to be aged in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are still working to find out who he was.

A post-mortem examination will be held tomorrow at East Ham Mortuary.

Detectives believe the man died following a fight at the house that evening.

A man, aged in his 20s, was arrested at the scene. He has been taken to an east London police station where he remains in custody.

Both the deceased and the man arrested are understood to be Eastern European and are known to each other.

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Crime up in half of boroughs

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Crime has risen in almost half of London's 32 boroughs in the past year.

The latest Metropolitan Police figures shows the borough of Hillingdon featured the highest crime rise with a 14% year on year hike.

Whilst crime across the capital is still marginally down on the previous year, violent crime has risen 27% over the past year leading to concerns that the most serious crimes are on the rise.

Police commissioner appeals for abuse victims to come forward

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The Metropolitan Police has repeated its appeal for anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, or has information about related improper behaviour by the police, to report it.

It follows the announcement earlier this week that the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, will investigate how the force dealt with allegations of child sex abuse between 1970 and 2005.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse repeated the appeal during a recent radio interview.

We understand that it is difficult, but these cases can only really progress if victims and witnesses do come forward with confidence.

We do think we are getting somewhere with these wider enquiries and we are seeing people coming forward. We have seen lots of coverage this week around allegations of cover-ups, and I think it's helpful that this is being spoken about and people are coming forward.

We will go where the evidence takes us, without fear or favour, I think that is what the public expect and that is what the investigators are doing and are keen to continue to do.

– DAC Steve Rodhouse

Anyone with information that may assist police investigations into sexual assaults or related impropriety by police officers should call police on 101.

Man in critical condition after cab collision

A man is in a critical condition in hospital following a collision with a black cab in South Kensingston.

Police have appealed for information following the incident at 8.40pm yesterday.

The collision happened on Cromwell Road, at the junction with Thurloe Place, SW7.

The man, aged in his mid-60s, was taken to a central London hospital for treatment. Detectives from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating. No one has been arrested.

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