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Woman sexually assaulted behind hedge in cemetery

A 54-year-old woman has been sexually assaulted in a cemetery in south London. The victim was grabbed and pulled behind a hedge at All Saints Church cemetery in Orpington. Police have issued an e-fit image of a man they want to trace following the attack on June 30.

E-fit of a man police are trying to trace Credit: Metropolitan Police
  • Police are looking for a man described as of eastern European or tanned white appearance
  • He is in his mid-30s or younger and he speaks with a local accent
  • He was scruffy with greasy brown lank hair just below the ears
  • He smelt of alcohol and was wearing an olive-coloured baggy t-shirt and dark baggy jogging bottoms

Anyone with information can contact Lewisham Police Station on 020 8721 4607 or, to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man arrested over CBBC actor stabbing

Carl Beatson Asiedu Credit: Met Police

Police have arrested a man who is suspected of murdering a CBBC actor five years ago. The suspect, Jeffrey Okafor, 23, fled to Nigeria shortly after the incident occurred.

Carl Beatson Asiedu, 19 was stabbed in the heart near a nightclub in Vauxhall, South London in 2009.

Police launched a Facebook appeal to try and find Okafor, offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and prosecution.

Okafor was detained by the Nigerian authorities on Tuesday and is expected to be extradited back to Britain shortly.

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Police: We support the jury's findings today

We support the jury's findings today and our thoughts remain with Arsema's family for their loss.

On Wednesday, 4 June 2008, two days after Arsema's death, a referral was made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Officers had been made aware of the previous police contact and referred to the IPCC to investigate. However, due to criminal proceedings the IPCC investigation into police action was delayed until the matter had concluded at court.

The IPCC then took the decision to independently investigate the complaint.

The Met carried out two internal critical incident reviews of the case which were completed in August 2008 and the findings and recommendations shared with the IPCC.

The IPCC investigation made eight recommendations which have all been acted upon.

Commander Simon Bray said: "Arsema's murder was a tragic event and our condolences and sympathies remain, as always, with her family.

"We carried out our own reviews into the circumstances surrounding the murder. Work continues with an ongoing programme looking at the issues raised by this and other domestic abuse cases to ensure learning opportunities are identified and acted upon."

"My daughter's life could have been saved if the police had acted"

Arsema Dawit was stabbed more than 60 times days after her 15th birthday Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police were criticised today for failing to act fast enough to save the life of a teenager stabbed more than 60 times by her jealous ex-boyfriend.

Arsema Dawit was just 15-years-old when she was killed by Thomas Nugusse at a block of flats in Waterloo in 2008.

Her family reported him to police weeks before she died saying he threatened to kill her.

Today Arsema's mother says she feels "vindicated" after an inquest heavily criticised the police for its handling of the case.

A jury at Southwark Coroner's Court condemned the police investigation into the family's concerns, saying her complaints were not treated with sufficient urgency because they were inadequately recorded.

Flowers outside the flat where Arsema was killed Credit: ITN

Arsema's mother Tsehaynesh Medihani said outside court today, "The police did nothing to stop Thomas Nugusse from carrying out his threats to kill Arsema just three days after her 15th birthday.

"I have had an agonising four weeks reliving the nightmare of those last few weeks of my daughter's life.

"While the pain and loss of my daughter will never go away, I can take some comfort from the fact that the public now know the truth that Arsema's death was avoidable and that her life could have been saved if the police had acted."

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