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90-year-old woman's bag stolen as she prayed in church

A 90-year-old woman's bag was stolen as she prayed in church in West London. The victim left her handbag behind as she went to the altar during an Ash Wednesday service in St Nicholas' Church in Hounslow. When she returned, the bag was gone.

CCTV image of a man police are looking for Credit: Metropolitan Police

The victim and others from the church searched the local area and found the bag and the woman's personal belongings on the street.

A quantity of cash had been taken from her purse.

The suspect was caught on CCTV entering the church and sitting at the back, before taking the victim’s bag and leaving.

The suspect is described as a black man, approximately 30-years of age and 6ft tall. He was wearing blue jeans, white trainers and was carrying a bag.

– Met Police

Anyone with information can call police on 101, or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

14-year-old boy with learning difficulties goes missing

A 14-year-old boy has gone missing from hospital in Wandsworth. Joshua Mould was last seen at Springfield Hospital around 4:50pm yesterday.

Joshua Mould Credit: Metropolitan Police

Joshua is described as white, about 6ft 1in tall of a slim build. He has black hair with a long fringe covering his eyes. He also wears thick black rimmed glasses. The teenager has learning difficulties and may struggle to communicate.

Police say they are 'extremely concerned', and anyone with information should call 999.

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Man 'engulfed in a ball of fire' while trying to control mice

A man trying to stop mice getting into his flat was 'engulfed in a ball of fire' when expanding aerosol foam suddenly ignited.

Credit: PA

The shocked resident in Acton, West London was trying to block holes in the wall. But he ended up getting badly burnt and was taken to hospital.

The victim used eight cans of foam but failed to make sure the room was properly ventilated.

Always read safety warnings on the side of aerosol cans and observe the safety advice closely. Areas where expanding foam is drying out should always be very well ventilated.

– London Fire Brigade

The foam contained a propellant gas, methylene-diphenyl-diisocyanate 4,4’ which is highly inflammable.

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