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Earls Court redevelopment could be at risk

An £8m project to redevelop the Earls Court Exhibition Centre could be in jeopardy, after Labour's shock victory in the Hammersmith and Fulham Council election.

Labour pledged in its manifesto to stop project which involves bulldozing 760 homes, and building 7.500 new ones. But experts say doing so could bring the council to its knees.

Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris explains.


CCTV released in hunt for Robert Richard Fraser, after prostitute is found dead

Police investigating the murder of a prostitute in West London have released CCTV footage of a man they are trying to track down. The body of Maria Duque-Tunjano was discovered at a flat in Earls Court on Friday.

Police also want to speak to Robert Richard Fraser an attack on another sex worker in Paddington. Fraser is also known as Robert Aleem and Shia Robert Jackson, and Scotland Yard says that anyone who sees him should call 999 immediately.

The CCTV footage was taken in central London on Sunday 2 February, and detectives believe that he may still be in central or north west London.

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Police: Man wanted over two attacks on sex workers

Detectives hunting a man wanted in connection with a sex worker killing said that it is "imperative" they trace him "as soon as possible".

Robert Richard Fraser is wanted in connection with the death of prostitute Maria Duque-Tunjano and an attack on another woman in Paddington, London.

We have established that Maria was last seen alive on Tuesday, 28 January. We also understand she was in the company of a man and our primary focus is to trace him as part of this investigation.

It is now our belief that this man was also responsible for an attack on another female sex worker in Paddington. It is imperative that we trace him as soon as possible.

We have spoken to organisations with links to those who work in the sex industry to make them aware of this incident and pass on the message that personal safety of sex workers is of paramount importance.

– Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command
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Manhunt under way after sex worker killed in London

Detectives are hunting for a man suspected of murdering a sex worker in west London.

Robert Richard Fraser (left) and Maria Duque-Tunjano (right). Credit: Met Police

Maria Duque-Tunjano, 48, who was a British national originally from Colombia, was found dead on Friday in a flat in Earls Court.

She had died after being hit over the head with a blunt object, a post mortem examination found.

Robert Richard Fraser, also known as Robert Aleem and Shia Robert Jackson, is wanted in connection with the murder and police also want to question him about another attack that took place in Paddington.

Police enquiries found that Ms Duque-Tunjano was a sex worker and it is believed she was robbed of a quantity of money during the attack.

Anyone who has information on Robert Richard Fraser's whereabouts is asked to contact 020 8785 8244.


Calls for Earls Court redevelopment rethink

There are calls for a rethink over plans to redevelop Earls Court. Credit: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment

There are calls for an urgent rethink of plans to redevelop Earls Court.

There are proposals to knock down the exhibition centre to make way for houses.

Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter will table an adjournment debate at Westminster later, arguing for an alternative plan.

Pensioner slashed in the face while trying to stop assault

A pensioner has been slashed in the face with a knife in west London while trying to stop a woman being assaulted. The 66-year-old was attacked last Saturday on West Cromwell Road.

Google Street View image close to the scene of the attack Credit: Google Street View

Just before 7pm, the pensioner noticed two men kicking a woman on the floor. As he tried to stop them, the he punched one of the suspects in the face - but was then attacked and slashed with the knife.

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