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Teenage girl, who calls herself 'Matthew', goes missing

A 16-year-old girl - who sometimes refers to herself as 'Matthew' - has gone missing in South London. Aphrael Heightley was last seen on Tuesday morning leaving her home in Plumstead.

Aphrael Heightley, who sometimes calls herself 'Matthew' Credit: Metropolitan Police

Aphrael has short black hair and has two piercings on her lips. She may also be wearing her black thick rimmed glasses. Police say she is known to travel across the country and has she has previously been to Derbyshire, Kent and Leicestershire as well as a number of locations across London.

Any information to the Missing Person Unit at Greenwich on 101.

Man jailed for raping 17 year old girl who befriended him

A man has been jailed for raping a seventeen year old girl after tricking her into befriending him.

Opeoluwa David met his victim in Thamesmead in July, telling her he hadn't been in the UK for long and was looking to make new friends.

Opeoluwa David attacked his victim after gaining her trust Credit: Metropolitan Police

After the victim agreed to swap numbers with him he messaged her a number of times - both as himself and as a made-up friend called 'Becky', who he created to gain his victim's trust.

When she agreed to meet up he took her back to his bedsit in Plumstead and attacked her.

David was convicted of rape and sentenced to seven years in prison.


Concern for missing man last seen Friday

Kevin Strickett
Kevin Strickett who was last seen on Friday, August 9 Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police are appealing for information to find a 65-year-old man who is missing from his home in Corelli Road, SE3.

Kevin Strickett left home at around 11:30am on Friday, August 9 and has not been seen since. Mr Strickett left his wallet at home and has no cash. Anyone with information is urged to call police at Plumstead on 020 8284 9430.


Police name murder victim

Detectives are continuing their investigating into a murder in Plumstead. Police were called in the early hours of Tuesday 29 January to reports of a man assaulted. Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found a man suffering stab injuries. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was Rolandos Jakubonskis, who was 36 and originally from Lithuania.A post-mortem examination will be held on Wednesday. Anyone with information that may assist is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4805. Police are questioning a 44-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

Bronze Age artefacts unearthed

The Crossrail archaeology programme has also unearthed its first Bronze Age finds - although these won't form part of the exhibition.

Two wooden stakes, cut by early London hunters with an axe, and a hammer stone have been discovered at excavations at Plumstead.

Historians believe these may have been used to build a large network of timber pathways across east London, which may have made it easier for hunters to catch animals living in the lush wetlands some 3,500 years ago.

An archaeologist unearths a Bronze Age wooden stake.
An archaeologist unearths a Bronze Age wooden stake. Credit: Crossrail.
A hammer stone, which would have been used as a tool.
A hammer stone, which would have been used as a tool. Credit: Crossrail.
A Bronze Age wooden stake.
A wooden stake. Credit: Crossrail.
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