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Two men charged over Boxing Day nightclub shooting

Police have charged two men after a nightclub reveller was shot dead on Boxing Day.

Unemployed Danny Walker, 32, is due to appear in court tomorrow, charged with the murder of Hassan Mohammed Omer Isman.

Dean Robinson, a 32-year-old barber, is charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs and concealing criminal property.

Both are due to appear at Thames Magistrates' Court, Met Police said.

Mr Isman, 31 from Poplar in east London, died in hospital after suffering multiple gunshot wounds at around 3am on Boxing Day during a private function in the Avalon club on Shaftesbury Avenue, in London's West End. He was 31.

New home on Shaftesbury Avenue after ceiling collapse

We are grateful to Delfont Mackintosh Theatres for providing us with another home on Shaftesbury Avenue for the show, which has played to full houses at the Apollo since it transferred there last March.

It will be a real wrench to leave that beautiful theatre, but sadly the closure of the gallery to enable its restoration means that the show no longer works economically there. We look forward to renewing our relationship with Nimax Theatres on another show in the future.

– Nick Starr, National Theatre Executive Director

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West End show to move venue after ceiling collapse

West End play The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time is moving to a new venue after the ceiling collapse at the Apollo Theatre that injured members of the audience.

The play will resume its run at the Gielgud Theatre, just up the road from the Apollo on Shaftesbury Avenue, from June 24.

A firefighter speaking to police at the Apollo Theatre after the collapse Credit: PA Wire

Tickets go on sale on Friday January 17 and priority will be given to people who had bookings at the Apollo.

Victim of nightclub shooting named

31 year old Hassan Isman Omer died from gunshot wounds Credit: Metropolitan Police

The victim of a fatal nightclub shooting in London's West End has been named as Hassan Isman Omer. The 31 year old man from Poplar was shot at a private function inside the Avalon nightclub on Shaftesbury Avenue in the early hours of Thursday morning.

He was rushed to hospital but died from the gunshot wounds. A formal identification is yet to be made but police have released the victim's name and his next of kin have been notified.

Two men, aged 31 and 34, arrested on suspicion of murder have been bailed until February, as inquiries continue. Police are urging any witnesses to come forward.

London stores braced for Boxing Day chaos

Stores in the capital are braced for chaos today as the Boxing Day sales begin.

Harrods is just one of the stores expecting to be overwhelmed with Boxing Day shoppers Credit: Credit: Reuters

Harrods is expecting so many shoppers to turn up that it is providing hot chocolate and entertainment outside to queueing customers from 9am, an hour before it opens its doors. In previous years shoppers have queued from 5am to try and get their hands on cut price designer goods.

The West End is expected to be one of the busiest shopping destinations in the country - with around 800,000 shoppers hitting the area on Boxing Day last year.

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Late Christmas shopping: Hotels report high occupancy rates

“The rain may have deterred some shoppers on Saturday, but retailers across the West End reported queues forming as early as 9am on Sunday as eager shoppers gathered to snap up the hundreds of promotions on offer.

Best sellers so far include treats for pets, interactive toys and novelty foods.

With reports of a cold blast due and a possible white Christmas, sales for winter warmers from jumpers to ‘ultra-down’ jackets are doing particularly well.

West End hotels are reporting strong occupancy rates with both international and domestic visitors making a weekend of their shopping trip.”

– Sally Eden, Head of Communications at New West End Company

Shopping influx expected in the West End

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Thousands of shoppers in London's West End braved the rainy weather on Oxford Street this Saturday. Credit: Reuters

The West End is set to see an influx of shoppers eager to do some last minute shopping today.

Last year around 400,000 customers hit the area's shops in the last few days before Christmas, but businesses expect more this year due to the weekend's poor weather.

West End stars come together for festive charity concert

Stars of the London stage will come together this afternoon for carol singing and festive merry-making in support of this year's Lord Mayor of Westminster's charity, the Sir Simon Milton Foundation.

The carol singing will be led by the West End Gospel Choir, a collective of musical theatre singers who will perform a selection of festive songs.

There will be a live performance from the cast of hit musical Let It Be as well as special appearances from family shows The Snowman and Dinosaur Zoo.

The show kicks off in Leicester Square at 4pm.

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