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Police search for witness to Wood Green assault

The Met Police want to trace a woman who may have witnessed a brutal attack in Wood Green that the left the victim in a coma. Omen Mugaviri was taken to hospital after being found by police officers in Pellatt Grove seven weeks ago. A 43 year-old man has been arrested but police are trying to find a woman who may have seen what happened. She is believed to be between 35 and 45 years old with brown hair and had a sling on her arm.

A CCTV picture of the woman who may have witnessed the attack.
A CCTV picture of the woman who may have witnessed the attack. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Mr Mugaviri is still in a coma in hospital and his aunt Priscilla Nyana said: "My family is absolutely devastated by what happened that night and these last few months have been extremely difficult for us. Omen is a good man, and does not deserve what happened to him."

Omen Mugaviri is still in a coma seven weeks after the attack.
Omen Mugaviri is still in a coma seven weeks after the attack. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Anyone with information about the attack or who can identify the woman is asked to call Wood Green CID on 020 3276 3078 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Murder investigation in Wood Green

A murder investigation has been lauched in Wood Green.

43 year old Dora Matthews was found dead in her flat in Elizabeth Blackwell House, Wood Green on the morning of Thursday December 19th.

The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

A 43 year old man attended Tottenham Police Station later that day where he was arrested on suspicion of murder. He was released on bail until February 2014.Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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The cat abandoned on a cold doorstep

This is the five-month-old Blue Korat cross found dumped on the doorstep of the animal rescue centre.

Milo was found cold and shivering in the corner of his carrier by staff arriving for work in the morning.

Milo was found huddled in his carrier, after being dumped by his owner. Credit: ITN

London Centre Manager Katie Wickins said: “We understand that giving up a pet is a hard decision to make but our doors are open daily and there is no excuse for dumping a cat on our doorstep in freezing cold temperatures.

“We now live in a society where pets are not only too accessible to everyone but also too disposable. Anyone thinking of taking on a pet should consider the long term implications and responsibility that comes with owning any animal.

“Milo has been checked over by a vet and is in good health. He is incredibly sociable, very playful and affectionate.”

Milo has been checked over by a vet and is said to be in good health. Credit: ITN

30% increase in abandoned pets

An animal charity based in north London says its seen a massive increase in the number of pets being abandoned.

Wood Green says it is now looking after 30 percent more stray and abandoned animals than a year ago.

The latest pet to be dumped at the centre is five-month-old cat Milo.

CCTV released by the charity shows the moment he was left on their doorstep, early in the morning last week, by a woman wearing a hooded coat.

Centre staff arrived an hour later to find the cat huddled in the corner of his carrier, cold and frightened.

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'Banksy' auctioneer: Brits think they own this artwork

Auctioneer Frederic Thut, who will auction the 'Banksy' on Saturday (February 23) insists that the artwork was acquired legally from the owner of the wall - but that local laws prevent him from revealing their identity.

He has accused local people of assuming moral ownership of something that is not theirs.

The owner of the wall, on which the artwork was stenciled, remains a mystery to local people in Wood Green.

Retailer Poundland, which occupies the building, is only a leaseholder. They say they do not condone the removal of the painting.

Councillor Alan Strickland says that locals see it as an act of theft:

"The feeling in the community here very strongly is that this is piece of art given freely by Banksy to our community. It belongs to our community, and we've really enjoyed having it here.

"It seems quite wrong to take that out secretively and sell it at auction in Miami for half a million dollars. That seems completely counter to the spirit with which Banksy gave it to us," he said.

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