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London teenager was 'chased and stabbed to death'

A teenager stabbed to death in north London has been named as David Alexander Headlam.

David Alexander Headlam Credit: Metropolitan Police

Scotland Yard says the 18-year-old is believed to have been walking home from a friend's house when he was chased and stabbed in Willesden early on Sunday morning. In a statement police said:

"He was approached in Park Parade by two black males wearing hoodies and armed with knives. They chased him down Sellons Avenue and into Drayton Road where he was stabbed. The suspects made off in a vehicle."

Anyone with information can contact the police on 020 8785 8963 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Falling tree 'only just missed boy by inches'

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Jacki Park, who lives nearby said:

I heard a crash and thought it was a car. The sound was terrifying. My heart stopped when I looked out. The tree was lying across the road and the woman’s legs were sticking out from underneath.

There was a little boy sitting on the wall and the branch was almost on top of him, just inches from his legs. I don’t know how it missed him. It’s a miracle.

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Mother escapes burning home with her two children

A mother and two children managed to escape the flames of their burning home in north London after being alerted by their smoke alarm. The property in Alric Avenue in Willesden was destroyed the the fire last night.

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The family escaped serious injury and treated in hospital for smoke inhalation. London Fire Brigade said:

"The smoke alarm has without doubt helped saved the life of the woman and her two children. It is vitally important that everyone has at least one smoke alarm on every level of their home and test it regularly as it gives you early warning of a fire in your home."

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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Spanish student slashed with a knife after refusing to give his rucksack to muggers

A Spanish student has been slashed with a knife after refusing to give his rucksack to muggers. The 30-year-old was approached by two men in Willesden Lane in north west London in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Willesden Lane in north west London Credit: Google Street View

The student who has not been named was left with serious injuries. He was taken to hospital where he is now in a stable condition.

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