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Taxi driver in hospital with life threatening injuries after crashing into cyclist and pedestrian

A taxi driver is in hospital with life-threatening injuries tonight after crashing into a cyclist and a pedestrian outside the Old Bailey.

The taxi brought down a set of traffic lights in the collision Credit: ITV News

The driver is believed to have fallen ill at the wheel before the collision which happened at 7.15pm this evening.

The cyclist and pedestrian were also hospitalised but their injuries are believed to be less serious. City of London police are investigating what happened.



Council worker faces terrorism charges

The Old Bailey heard that Khalid Baqa had 300 computer discs of terrorist material Credit: Clara Molden/PA.

A council worker today admitted having 300 computer discs of terrorist material in his car and home.

London Borough of Hackney revenue officer Khalid Baqa, 48, had one of the discs in his office computer, the Old Bailey heard.

Baqa, of Priory Road, Barking, pleaded guilty to two offences of disseminating terrorist publications. A further seven offences of having material likely to be useful in terrorism were ordered to lie on file.Baqa was remanded in custody for sentencing on April 26.

The court heard the discs included al Qaida's Inspire magazine, 39 Ways to Support and Participate in Jihad and 42 Ways to Support Jihad by Anwar al-Awlaki.

The charges related to between April and July last year when Baqa was arrested in a sweep of suspects before the Olympics in east London.

Andrew Hall QC, defending, said Baqa was storing the material for someone else but was reckless as to whether it would then be distributed.

Cleaner murder verdict: sister and wife's statements

Piotr Mikiewicz's sister Anna told the court in a statement that her brother had been living in London for nine years and considered it his home.

"He was a wonderful man, full of compassion for others. He did not tolerate lies and theft. He was a believer and lived according to these principles."

– Anna Mikiewicz Olszewska, Piotr's sister

"He was someone who represented everything that is good about decent people and was prepared to fight for what was right.

Anyone who knew Piotr knew he was a truly good and honest person. He had a strong sense of what was right and wrong.He wasn't just a road sweeper, he was part of the community that genuinely cared for him.

Piotr was a truly good person who was immensely proud of the job he did.

A cruel and thoughtless act can take away his life, but not the inspiration that he brought to so many people."

– Busie Mikiewicz, Piotr's wife

Cleaner murderer jailed for 27 years

Roger Buckingham was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 27 years Credit: Metropolitan Police

A man has been convicted of the murder of a street cleaner who was stabbed to death for trying to prevent a burglar from escaping.

The court heard how the Polish cleaner, employed by Serco on behalf of Hammersmith and Fulham Council, saw Buckingham fleeing a nearby address clutching a stolen laptop computer.

Mr Mikewicz tried to apprehend Buckingham and used his broom to defend himself as Buckingham was armed with a knife. Buckingham stabbed Mr Mikewicz through the heart.

Despite attempts to revive him Mr Mikewicz died at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington on 30 August 2012.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 27 years for the murder and nine months for burglary and theft of a motor vehicle.

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