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CCTV appeal as autistic teenager is robbed in underpass

An autistic teenager has been robbed in an east London underpass while on her way to visit her grandmother. The attack happened on Saturday as the 18-year-old woman was walking beneath the Billet Roundabout in Walthamstow.

A man on a bike approached the victim, and as she tried to ignore him she was punched repeatedly in the head. Detectives have released a CCTV footage of the attack as part of their appeal to identify the man responsible.

Cycling Legend turns 100

Percy Wilding turns 100 today with a large family party being held in east London to celebrate the occasion.

Percy is a local legend who was known for his enjoyment of cycling, long before it became fashionable in London.

Percy has never owned a car but covered thousands of miles across the UK, from John o' Groats to Lands End, on his bike embracing his real passion for cycling.

He rode to work every day for nearly 60 years as he worked well into his eighties.


Police shoot man in Walthamstow

A man's being treated in hospital, after being shot by police in Walthamstow.

Officers were called out to Hale End Road, at around 8:15pm, following reports that a man had been seen carrying a handgun.

Shots were fired at the man by police officers. First aid was provided at the scene before the London Ambulance Service arrived.

The Met's Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and the IPCC will also be notified as a matter of course.

Police appeal for information after 'nasty attack'

Police are appealing for more information over the rape of a 12-year-old girl on Saturday in Walthamstow. A teenager has been arrested in connection with the attack.

Detective Inspector Simon Ellershaw, leading the investigation, said:

This was a very nasty attack on a vulnerable girl just 12 years old by a group of older males who engaged her in conversation before leading her to a secluded area. She was pinned down and two of the males then brutally raped her.

Despite this arrest we are still appealing for anyone with information or any witnesses to please contact police as soon as possible.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command on 0208 217 7408 or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Teenager arrested in connection with rape of girl

Police investigating the rape of a girl in Walthamstow have arrested a 17-year-old boy. The girl, aged 12, was assaulted on Saturday just after midnight by two men.

The teenage boy remains in custody at an east London police station.

The girl saw three men in the area before she was pinned down and raped by two of the men. The victim managed to call a friend who came to the scene and they left together. The suspects then left the area.

The men are described as aged between 17 and 19.


Police hunting 3 teenagers

Police are hunting two teenagers after a 12-year-old girl was raped in East London. She was attacked in Hibbert Road in Walthamstow.

It happened just after midnight on Saturday when she met three men. The trio are aged between 17 and 19.

The first was mixed race, with a diamond stud in his left ear and a London accent. He told the girl his name was Mo and that he was 17.

He had short hair, was very skinny and wore a black puffa-style jacket with a hood, black chinos, black trainers and a grey/black T-shirt.

The second was described as black and very tall. His hair was partly shaven and he wore black trousers and a red and blue shirt.

The third, who did not rape the girl, was black and had a moustache. He wore a blue-coloured hooded top and a red and blue cap, and told her his name was Miles.

MP fights Twitter troll

Labour's MP for Walthamstow has become the latest victim of abuse on Twitter.

Stella Creasy was targeted after after defending feminist campaigner Caroline Criado Perez and her campaign to have a woman's picture placed on a new bank note.

Stella Creasy fought back on the site by retweeting the threatening messages. She has also called in the police.

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