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London teenager charged with terrorism offences

A London teenager has been charged with terrorism offences after returning to the UK on a flight from Istanbul.

The Met Police say 19 year old Yahya Rashid, from Willesden in north-west London, was arrested by counter terrorism police at Luton Airport yesterday.

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He's been charged with preparing to carry out an act of terrorism as well as preparing to help others to do so.

Police say the alleged offences took place between November 2014 and March 2015

Rashid was due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court today.


Peace march in Shoreditch to stamp out violence

A march for peace is being held in Shoreditch this afternoon to stamp out knife and gun crime in London. Youth Against Crime not Crime Against You and Oh Mothers, are working together to raise awareness of gang crime. The march aims to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying weapons. The groups hope to speak to both parents and youths about how to keep away from gangs, or how to leave one.

Today's march follows the stabbing death of 15-year-old Joel Adesina. The teenager was stabbed on Bethnal Green Road, following a late night row on December 5.

16-year-old Hackney girl still missing

Police in Hackney Borough are continuing to appeal for the public's help in locating a missing teenage girl from Hackney. Detective Sergeant Paul Ridley, from Hackney Borough CID, said:

"Houceline has not been seen now for several days. The weather is becoming much colder. I am extremely concerned regarding her welfare. Her disappearance is out of character. Her family are very worried."

Houceline Nzumba, 16, was last seen at around 16:30hrs on 13 November leaving the BSix Sixth Form College, Kenninghall Road, E5. She is described as a light skinned black girl of Congolese origin. She is tall with a slim build, and has short black hair.

She was last seen wearing black jeans, a black jumper with the word ‘Geek’ written in white writing across the front, light brown Timberland boots, a green waist length puffer style jacket and was carrying a black handbag with a gold crown on it.

Houceline regularly uses the public transport network and has links to Tottenham area.

Anyone who has seen Houceline or who knows of her whereabouts are asked to call the CID on Hackney Borough via 101.


Police officer guilty of common assault

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A 30-year-old Sergeant attached to Hackney Borough was found guilty of two counts of common assault yesterday.

PS Charles Pilbeam who is currently suspended, assaulted a 27-year-old man by twisting his ear and standing on his foot on 2 March 2013.

The man had just been searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Afterwards Pilbeam asked him to pick up some paper he had discarded. However, the man declined then the assault took place.

One of the officers on duty at the time reported the assault to the MPS Directorate of Professionals Standards (DPS). The incident was investigated and the officer was summonsed for the offence in November 2013.

PS Pilbeam will be sentenced on 7 August at St Albans Crown Court

Police warned over Taser use

Police have been warned over the use of Tasers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said they should not be used as a first response. Figures show Tasers were used more than 2,000 times in London last year. The IPCC urged forces across the UK not to use Tasers as a default if other options are available.

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