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Police warning on gold thefts ahead of Diwali

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The Metropolitan Police is warning Londoners to guard against gangs of thieves targeting gold jewellery during Diwali celebrations - the five day festival of light festival that begins later this week.

It says intelligence analysis has shown organised criminal networks are increasingly involved in lucrative 'family gold theft' which disproportionately affects Asian families across various hotspots across the capital.

The festival period tends to see a spike in this type of crime largely due to more gold and jewellery being worn as the local community travel across London to different venues - whether temples, streets or other people's homes.

It says that combined with the annual rise generally in burglary and robbery at this time of year as the nights draw in, it means Asian communities are particularly vulnerable to thieves keen to cash in on the buoyant market for gold being sold through second hand outlets.

Terror suspects remanded in custody after hearing

Four men charged with terror offences and a fifth man facing a firearms charge have been remanded in custody to appear the Old Bailey later this month.

Tarik Hassane, 21, Suhaib Majeed, 20, Nyall Hamlett, 24, and Momen Motasim, 21, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with intending to commit acts of terrorism.

Nathan Cuffy, 25, also appeared in court charged with firearms offences.

Dressed in prison-issue grey sweatshirts and trousers, they all confirmed their names and addresses. They were flanked in the dock by 10 plain-clothes police officers, some of whom were wearing white stabproof vests, and four uniformed dock officers.

They arrived at court under heavy police protection including a helicopter, two vans and several marked cars.


Court hears claims men swore allegiance oath to IS

Four men have appeared in court accused of plotting a terror attack on police officers or soldiers on the streets of London.

Tarik Hassane, 21, Suhaib Majeed, 20, Nyall Hamlett, 24, and Momen Motasim, 21, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with intending to commit acts of terrorism.

Members of the gang allegedly swore allegiance to extremist group Islamic State (IS) and scouted out Shepherd's Bush police station and White City Territorial Army Barracks.

Hassane and Majeed laughed as details of the alleged plot were read to the court.

They allegedly kept Instagram images of two Scotland Yard police officers and two Metropolitan Police community support officers, as well as a trove of jihadist material including videos of beheadings.

In addition, they are accused of having a Baikal handgun, silencer and six rounds of ammunition.

A fifth man, Nathan Cuffy, 25, also appeared in court charged with firearms offences.

The five men, dressed in prison-issue grey sweatshirts and trousers, confirmed their names and addresses. All men live at addresses across London.

Police officer named in Azelle Rodney murder trial

The police marksman who is charged with the murder of robbery suspect Azelle Rodney can be named for the first time today.

Azelle Rodney was shot by officers in 2005

Anthony Long, previously referred to as E7, will go on trial on June 8th next year.

The ex-specialist firearms officer with the Metropolitan Police CO19 section is accused of killing Mr Rodney, who was shot by police in Edgware in April 2005.

The 24 year old died after officers stopped the car he was travelling in with two other men, fearing that they were armed and on their way to rob Colombian drug dealers.

He was hit six times, once each in the arm and back, and fatally four times in the head.

The CPS announced it planned to charge the officer in July following a public inquiry.

Men dressed as police officers handcuff and gag a woman to burgle her house

Detectives in Barnet have released an e-fit of a man they want to speak to after a woman was handcuffed and gagged and her house burgled by men pretending to be police officers.

Police want to speak to the man shown in this e-fit

In August this year the men knocked on the victim's door on Eagle Drive, shouting that they were police officers. They were dressed in fake police uniforms and produced a fake search warrant.

But when the victim let them in, they handcuffed her and gagged her with a piece of tape, threatened her with a knife and demanded money.

This was a horrendous attack on a female in her own home, which has left her extremely traumatised. I am appealing to anyone with information to come forward and assist in anyway they can.

– Detective Constable Andy Deamer, Metropolitan Police

Police want to trace the man shown in the e-fit above, who is thought to be around 25 years old, as well as an accomplice who is around 28 years old, tall and stocky with short, light brown hair.


Police appeal to trace man after brutal attack on pensioner

Detectives are asking for the public's help to trace a man seen in CCTV footage after a brutal attack on a pensioner in his own car which could leave him blinded.

The 64 year old victim was attacked in July this year on Fermoy Road in West London as he made his way to Regent Park Mosque to pray.

He stopped at a give way line in the road and saw the suspect arguing with a woman in the street. The suspect then shouted "what are you looking at?" before rushing to the victim's car and punching him repeatedly in the face.

The victim was left with serious injuries and could lose his sight

The victim was treated at a North London hospital for a fractured eye socket. He has been told by doctors he needs an operation and is at a high risk of losing his eyesight.

Police want to trace the man and the woman shown in the video as well as a witness seen walking past during the footage.

Police prepare for counter protests at EDL march

Police say they are expecting "one or more counter protests" as supporters of the English Defence League prepare to march through London today.

The group plans to stage a demonstration at Richmond Terrace, opposite Downing Street, between 2pm and 3.30pm.

Demonstrators are set to meet at Trafalgar Square before marching along Whitehall.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said officers would have an "appropriate and proportional" policing team to respond to the event.

He added that the force was expecting at least one counter protest and police were already in contact with demonstrators.

Police appeal to trace man over alleged assault

Police want to speak to Alex Odonkor in connection with an alleged assault. Credit: Metropolitan Police.

Police have made an appeal to trace a man after an alleged assault on a woman in Watford at the weekend.

Alex Odonkor is being sought after the victim suffered serious facial injuries.

She was allegedly attacked at an address in the north of the town and then prevented from leaving following an argument with a man shortly after midnight on Sunday.

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