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Prince Charles get his nose tweaked by toddler

The Prince of Wales's nose proved an irresistible attraction to a toddler whose parents endured watching their home burn to the ground during the Tottenham riots.

Charles returned to the scene of the major disturbance to learn how the area is recovering.

The Prince of Wales meets husband and wife Mehmet and Burcin Akbasak and their twin daughters Kayla and Lara, aged 12 months. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The heir to the throne shared a lighter moment with husband and wife Mehmet and Burcin Akbasak - who lost their home when rioters set fire to the Carpetright building and flats above.

The dramatic pictures of the Tottenham landmark glowing red hot became a iconic image of the August 2011 riots.

Prince Charles visited Tottenham today to see how the area was recovering from the London riots. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In the shadow of the rebuilt building, Charles sympathised with Mr Akbasak and his wife - who are originally from Turkey - as the couple held their twin daughters Kayla and Lara aged 12 months.

Kayla reached out and made a grab for the prince's nose and he leant forward and happily let the toddler play with his face.Mr Akbasak, 33, said: "Both my daughters are friendly but Kayla was quite interested in the prince and they shared a nice moment."

Police appeal for missing 12-year-old girls

Police are searching for two 12-year-old girls reported missing after a walk to a local bus stop, Scotland Yard said.

Friends Wiktoria Popiel, from Wood Green, and Vitalija Sidlauskaite, from Tottenham, were last seen together on Morley Avenue in Wood Green around 5pm yesterday.

Wiktoria Popiel Credit: Metropolitan Police

The Metropolitan Police said they may have got on a bus towards Tottenham or have gone to the ice rink at Alexandra Palace.

Vitalija Sidlauskaite Credit: Metropolitan Police

Wiktoria Popiel is 12 years old and was wearing glasses a brown jacket with fur around the hood, blue jeans and blue Adidas trainers. Wiktoria speaks English and Polish.

Vitalija Sidlauskaite is also 12 years old and was wearing blue jeans and a black jacket. Vitalija speaks English and Russian.

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Gareth Bale 'fails to report for training' with Tottenham

Tottenham star Gareth Bale has failed to report for training for a second consecutive day, with the 24-year-old reportedly pushing for a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, Press Association Sport understands.

Gareth Bale pictured in Marbella three days ago where he said he was "100% Madrid". Credit: ITV News

The Welsh forward skipped training on Tuesday and did not turn up to the north London club's Enfield complex today, the news agency reports.

Meanwhile, Wales manager Chris Coleman has included Bale in his 23-man squad for next month's World Cup qualifying double-header against Macedonia and Serbia.

Gareth Bale world record transfer 'put on hold'

Gareth Bale's proposed world-record transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid has been temporarily put on hold, Press Association Sport reports.

Gareth Bale. Credit: Press Assocation

Reports suggested the Welshman would finalise his £93million transfer to the Spanish capital this afternoon.

But it is believed that Spurs are unwilling to sanction the move until they have signed at least one new player.

Tottenham had looked favourites to sign Brazilian player Willian but Chelsea have now entered the race for the midfielder.

Mayor sorry for 'best thing' riots comment

Police survey the aftermath of riots in Tottenham in 2011 Credit: Reuters

A mayor has apologised after she said 2011's riots were "the best thing that's happened" in her community for a while.

Sheila Peacock's comments about Tottenham - dubbed the "epicentre" of the riots two years ago - have upset residents who were forced to flee as homes and businesses burnt.

In an interview for a documentary, the mayor of Haringey - which includes Tottenham - said: "The second riots that we've just had was the best thing that's happened in Tottenham for a while.

"My reason for saying that is all of a sudden the government is now starting to pump money into Tottenham.

"Because Haringey is an out-of-London borough, so we don't get as much money as Islington or Hackney."

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Two men in hospital following London shooting

Two men have been taken to hospital suffering from gunshot injuries following an incident on the Broadwater Farm Estate in Tottenham, north London.

A police cordon is in place on the north London estate. Credit: ITV News

Police were called to the scene at 11.42pm on Sunday following reports of gunshots. The injured men were taken to a north London hospital, where their conditions were described as "stable".

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said inquiries were continuing and there had been no arrests at this stage.

The Broadwater Farm estate was the scene of rioting in 1985, in which Pc Keith Blakelock died.

IPCC investigating police chase deaths

Scotland Yard has confirmed that the Independent Police Complaints Commission is to investigate the circumstances of a crash in London which resulted in the death of two men.

The men who were aged 33 and 38 were passengers in a car which collided with a van and a bridge in Haringey, London after it was pursued by police officers.

The driver of the Audi is been questioned on suspicion of possessing with intent to supply class A drugs.

Police statement on North London car chase deaths

The Metropolitan Police have issued a statement after two men died in a collision early this morning on the Seven Sisters road in North London.

Shortly before 0200hrs on Friday, 29 March, Islington officers on routine patrol in a police vehicle became suspicious of a car that appeared to make off at speed when passed in the opposite direction by police.

After several minutes searching for the Audi, the officers sighted it several hundred metres away and they sought to catch up.

The Audi was driven through a red light and a short time later it clipped a white van and subsequently collided with a bridge on Seven Sisters Road near to the junction with St Ann's Road in Haringey.

Two male passengers in the Audi, both believed to be aged in their late 20s or early 30s, were seriously injured.

Officers gave CPR prior to the arrival of ambulances, but both were pronounced dead at the scene. Enquiries continue to establish the identity of the two men.

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