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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

Met Police helmet. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/

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.

Police warned over Taser use. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Number of police cautions in the capital rises to 30,000

Despite crime falling in the capital last year new figures show that more cautions were handed out. More than 30,000 criminals were given cautions for offences including robbery, drug trafficking and arsonists.

  • 1,356 were cautioned for wounding/GBH
  • 301 were for drug trafficking
  • 246 cautions handed out for burglary
  • 107 were for robbery
  • 23 cautions were handed out for arson

The figures were released as part of a Freedom of Information request obtained by GLA Conservative MP Tony Arbour.

Man jailed for life for killing sex worker

Farooq Shah sentenced to life in prison Credit: Metropolitan Police

A man has been jailed for life for killing a sex worker last year. Farooq Shah was found guilty of stabbing Mariana Popa to death in Ilford Lane, Redbridge on 28 October. He was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of 29 years, at Woolwich Crown Court yesterday.

24-year-old Mariana Popa killed on 28 October 2013 Credit: Metropolitan Police

Shah was also sentenced to six years jail for carrying out a knife-point robbery less than an hour before committing the murder.

Police found Ms Popa suffering a stab wound in Ilford Lane near the juction with Loxford Lane. She was taken to an East London hospital where she died from shock and stab wounds to the chest. She was pregnant at the time, and also had a six-year-old daughter.

CCTV footage showed Ms Popa walking beside a man on a bicycle, who took a knife from his back pocket and stabbed her twice in the chest. Shah was arrested in a flat on November 6 after CCTV footage led police to an area around St Francis Way.

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