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'Senseless, selfish' vandals torch children's play area

A group of vandals torched a children's play area in south London on Tuesday night.

Credit: MPS Thamesmead

Flames began leaping from the the climbing frame at Abbey Play Park in Bexley at around 7:30pm.

Credit: MPS Thamesmead

People living nearby condemned the actions of the 'mindless parasites', saying their actions would leave hundreds of children heartbroken.

This is a senseless and selfish act that will affect the local community. Do not protect those involved in this. Tell us.

– PC Molnar

Anyone with information can contact PC Molnar on 0208 721 2049 or email or call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Firemen rescue horse stuck in the mud the day before the Grand National

London Fire Brigade pulled out all the stops to rescue a horse that fell into a ditch a day before the Grand National.

Cody the horse got stuck in the mud in Belvedere this afternoon Credit: London Fire Brigade
He was quite distressed by the incident but thankfully not injured Credit: London Fire Brigade

Firefighters said the horse, called Cody, was distressed by the accident but didn't seem to have any injuries.

They were called just before 1.30pm this afternoon to Anderson Way in Belvedere, and it took an hour and a half to pull Cody out, who by then was covered head to hoof in mud.

Cody was finally pulled out safe and sound around 3pm Credit: London Fire Brigade

Cody is now back with his owners and being checked over by a vet - but definitely won't be joining in the race tomorrow.

Body found in River Cray

Police are at the River Cray in Crayford after a man's body was found floating in the river.

Officers were called just before 11am after a passer by spotted the body. Fire and ambulance crews were also dispatched to the scene. The man is believed to be in his 70s.

Police are still investigating the cause of death but the incident is not currently being treated as suspicious.


Fatal stabbing in Bexley

A man's been stabbed to death in Bexley.

Police say they were called at 14:12 to "reports of a large group of males congregating in Wolvercote Road".

When they arrived, they found a 25-year-old man suffering from a stab wound.

London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance were called but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police believe they know the identity of the victim although formal identification has not yet taken place.

New Crossrail station announced

Crossrail are building a new station at Abbey Wood Credit: Reuters

Plans for a new Crossrail station at Abbey Wood in south London have just been approved.

Bexley and Greenwich councils gave the go-ahead for the new, two-level station which opens in 2017. The station will be built above two new dedicated Crossrail tracks and those used by North Kent services.

The existing station will be demolished, with a temporary station opened to cover services in the meantime.

Crossrail claim that when the new station opens, the journey from Abbey Wood to Canary Wharf and to Bond Street should be around 20 minutes quicker. Passengers travelling to Heathrow airport should be able to cut about 40 minutes off their journey.

Police renew appeal for missing 15-year-old girl

Police say they are growing increasingly concerned for a 15-year-old girl from Bexley who has not been seen since Friday 4 October. 15-year-old Melissa Attard was last seen shortly before 5pm in the High Holborn area.

Melissa Attard Credit: Metropolitan Police

Melissa is approximately 5' 4" tall and of medium build. She has brown eyes and long dark brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black jacket with fur around the collar, dark leggings and black boots. She is known to visit the Plumsted, Brixton, Croydon, Charlton and Lewisham areas.

Anyone with information should call on Melissa's whereabouts is asked to call Bexley Police's Missing Persons Unit on 101.

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