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Two cyclists fighting for life after separate crashes

Two cyclists have been seriously injured after being knocked off their bikes in two separate crashes. A man in his 60s was taken to hospital in a critical condition after colliding with a car in Regent Street on Tuesday evening.


An eerily quiet Regent Street tonight after a #cyclist is critically injured outside the University of Westminster


Just hours earlier, a cyclist in his 20s was hit by a bus in Battersea. Speaking to the Evening Standard, eyewitness Franco Romeo said:

"He was on the stretcher. They kept him there for a long time. I felt very bad because he was not moving at all. He looked in very bad shape. It was very serious."

Police say the drivers in both incidents stopped at the scene, and no one has been arrested.



'Brazen' crack-dealing pensioner wore flamboyant hats

Police say Alvin Ricketts was "truly brazen", wearing a variety of flamboyant hats and dinner scarves around Soho.

Alvin Ricketts caught on CCTV in Soho
Alvin Ricketts caught on CCTV in Soho Credit: Metropolitan Police

The senior officer leading the operation, Detective Chief Superintendent Kevin Southworth said:

"Alvin Ricketts was one of a group of drug dealers arrested as part of Operation Rense who congregated in Soho. Ricketts was truly brazen in his offending, wearing a variety of quite flamboyant hats, dinner scarves and other outfits that made him stand out.

"The 74-year-old would regularly travel from his sheltered housing accommodation to sell class A drugs in the heart of the West End."

Alvin Ricketts seen in a distinctive hat in Soho while dealing crack
Alvin Ricketts seen in a distinctive hat in Soho while dealing crack Credit: Metropolitan Police

Pensioner jailed and given an ASBO for dealing crack

A pensioner who left his sheltered housing to deal crack on the streets of Soho has been jailed for two years. 74-year-old Alvin Ricketts from north London pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying crack cocaine. He was also handed a five year ASBO.

Alvin Ricketts
Alvin Ricketts Credit: Metropolitan Police

Alvin Ricketts was one of 38 drug dealers convicted and jailed for more than 70 years in total under a major crackdown on drugs around Soho.

Candy Crush could float in ambitious expansion plan

The Soho-based makers of Candy Crush appear to have ambitious plans for expansion with an expected floatation on the Nasdaq exchange. The Daily Telegraph reports the game's creator, King, could be valued at more than £3 billion.

Candy Crush Saga is still the most played game on Facebook
Candy Crush Saga is still the most played game on Facebook Credit: Facebook/Candy Crush Sage/King

If the floatation goes ahead, it will be one of the biggest of any British technology company.

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