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Raids illustrate 'scale of the illegal sex industry'

We believe we have uncovered a major wholesale supply ring distributing unclassified material to shops in Westminster.

The disturbing issue is that a child going into a newsagents for a comic or some sweets could now come across some very unpleasant hard core material.

Westminster Council has already had its ability to fight the illegal porn trade undermined by a court ruling that stops us using license fees from legal sex shops to fund that activity.

The operation uncovered (yesterday) illustrates the scale of the illegal sex industry in London. My fear is that corner shops in Westminster and elsewhere in the capital are now the new frontier for the illegal porn industry in London.

– Cllr Nickie Aiken, Westminster City Council

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Three men jailed for firearm offences

Firearms recovered by police
Police seized 6 firearms, 47 rounds of ammunition, 100 shell casings Credit: Metropolitan Police

Three men have been jailed for a combined 33 years for being involved in the supply of firearms to gangs in south London.

Hume Bent, 47, Carlos Moncrieffe, 47, and Christopher McKenzie, 26, were sentenced at Croydon Crown Court for conspiracy to supply firearms and ammunition.

NHS trust put into special measures

A hospital trust that has been losing £1 million a week is to be put into special measures in order to turn around it's finances.

South London Healthcare NHS Trust will be the first in the country to be put under the control of a special administrator tasked with putting it on a viable footing.

The trust, which runs three hospitals, has been criticised over standards of care and has run up deficits of more than £150 million in the last 3 years.

The trust was told tonight that it is likely to be put into the "unsustainable providers regime" which was introduced by the last government.

The trust runs Queen Mary's in Sidcup, the Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich and the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley. It released a statement this evening reassuring patients that services would continue as normal.

"I recognise that South London Healthcare NHS Trust faces deep and long-standing challenges, some of which are not of its own making.

"Nonetheless, there must be a point when these problems, however they have arisen, are tackled. I believe we are almost at this point.

– Andrew Lansley MP, Health Secretary

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10 arrested over metal thefts

Ten people have been arrested after a series of raids at scrap metal yards across London.

More than one hundred memorial plaques, stolen from churches and crematoriums, were seized in the raids.

Around forty of them were discovered in a yard in South West London.

The owner of that yard, and an employee, have been charged.

Police say there are around one hundred metal thefts in the capital every week.

Police appeal following serious assault

Police have released CCTV to trace a cyclist they want to speak to in connection with a serious assault on a woman in south London.

The incident happened near Costcutters on Norwood Road in Herne Hill (SE24) at around 22.50 hrs on Wednesday 29 February.

A 34-year-old woman was walking home alone when she was hit in the head. She is in a serious but stable condition in hospital. A 46-year-old man was also punched further along the street but did not require hospital treatment.

The suspect is described as black, wearing a long dark coat and riding a mountain bike.

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