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The Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square is hiring dwarfs to work as bouncers. An advert appeared in today's Metro newspaper to create "a team of Britain's smallest bouncers" for its new entrance. The Hippodrome Casino says it is looking for applicants under 4ft 10 inches.
Police say Alvin Ricketts was "truly brazen", wearing a variety of flamboyant hats and dinner scarves around Soho.
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."
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 was one of 38 drug dealers convicted and jailed for more than 70 years in total under a major crackdown on drugs around Soho.
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.
If the floatation goes ahead, it will be one of the biggest of any British technology company.
A group of dealers who plagued the streets of Soho with drugs have been jailed for more than 60 years. Their trials came after a major investigation by Metropolitan Police who caught the gang in action on CCTV.
Ronke Phillips reports:
Four men have been jailed for a total of 62 years after dealing heroine and crack cocaine in Soho, central London as part of a major sustained crackdown on drug and associated crime in the area.
A total of 32 defendants have previously been jailed as part of the second stage of Operation Rense by Westminster officers.
The latest convictions represent several months of intensive targeting of Class A and B dealers in Soho and the West End with 43 suspects arrested in May 2013.
An unlicensed minicab driver has been jailed for more than seven years, for raping a woman after driving her home.
Mohamed Hacene Chaouch aged 46, had been touting for passengers in Soho, when he picked up his victim, who had been on a night out with friends.
He attacked her outside her home address after she fell asleep in the car.
Police say they are working to crack-down on illegal minicabs and are warning people to stay clear of unlicensed operators.
Police have now arrested 28 suspected heroin and cocaine dealers who operate in Soho as part of a major sustained crackdown on street crime in the area.
Last week Officers made a series of arrests during raids on dealers' home addresses in dawn swoops.
Now a further three people have been arrested for breaching the terms of their ASBOs and one arrest was made in relation to an assault in Soho.
Officers have now arrested 25 suspected heroin and cocainedealers in their crackdown on drug dealing in Soho.
A further three people were arrested for breaching theterms of their ASBOs and one arrest was made in relation to an assault in Soho.