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82-year-old pensioner pinned down and robbed on his own doorstep in Friday the 13th attack

An 82-year-old pensioner was pinned down and robbed on his own doorstep after walking back from the supermarket in north London. The attack happened on Friday, 13 February at a block of flats on Kilburn High Road.

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to trace.

CCTV image of a man police want to trace Credit: Met Police

The victim was followed back from the supermarket and pushed to the floor as he reached his front door. He was robbed of £100 cash and his bank cards.

The elderly victim was left on the floor for several minutes, unable to get to his feet until neighbours found him.

This was a pernicious and sickening attack on a vulnerable member of the community. The callous attack has had a devastating impact on the victim. We need the public’s help to apprehend this suspect before further crimes are committed on elderly members of the community.

– Investigating Officer Detective Constable Brett Jones, Met Police

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is urged to call DC Brett Jones on 0208 733 5997 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.

Cancer sufferer 'runs for her life' as sewage gushes through her home

A cancer sufferer says she had to 'run for her life' after sewage started gushing through her home in north London.

Speaking to the Kilburn Times, 72-year-old Maura Moloney accused her landlord of failing to tackle the problem:

The seal is broken and they said a plumber will come on this Friday but I threatened to call 999 and so he will come within 24 hours.

My friends will come and we’ll go to the pub at the end of the road to use the toilet. I laugh and I cry all the time but what can I do?

It was meant to be a lovely day but wee and poo were coming out the door and people were running for their lives.

– Maura Moloney, speaking to the Kilburn Times

Genesis [the landlord] is working closely with Brent Council, who installed the wet room, to agree a way forward for ensuring there are no further drainage problems at this property.

– Genesis statement


Family of murdered teacher cheer in court at sentencing

Sabrina Moss murderers sentenced to at least 37 years Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA

The family of a nursery school teacher murdered as she celebrated her birthday cheered in court as three gang members were jailed for killing her. Sabrina Moss was caught in the crossfire of a turf war in Kilburn in August last year. Today the three drug dealers who murdered her were sentenced to at least 37 years each.

London theatre refuses to host Jewish Film Festival

The Tricycle has offered to use its own resources to replace funding from the Israeli Embassy Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A theatre has refused to host the UK Jewish Film Festival while it is sponsored by the Israeli Embassy amid the ongoing crisis in Gaza. The Tricycle Theatre in London, which has hosted the festival for the past eight years, had been due to screen at least 26 films as part of the event in November.

But Indhu Rubasingham, artistic director of the Tricycle, said the festival should not accept funding from "any party to the current conflict" between Israel and Palestinians. She said the theatre offered to use funding from its own resources to replace the festival's sponsorship from the Israeli Embassy in London. But the UK Jewish Film Festival (UKJFF) said the Tricycle's demands were "entirely unacceptable" and it was taking its screenings elsewhere.

"The Jewish community as a whole has enjoyed a successful relationship with the Tricycle and it is extremely saddening that they should look to politicise this festival by making demands that the UKJFF could never accept."

– Stephen Margolis, chairman of the UKJFF

"We have always sought to convey a wide perspective on the conflicts in the Middle East and initiate open dialogue with our audiences and guest speakers, and the Israeli Embassy have always supported us in this. The Tricycle have refused to take this into account in their decision."

– Judy Ironside, executive director of the UKJFF

"The Tricycle has always welcomed the festival and wants it to go ahead. We have proudly hosted the UK Jewish Film Festival for many years. We asked the UK Jewish Film Festival to reconsider its sponsorship by the Israeli Embassy. We also offered to replace that funding with money from our own resources. We regret that, following discussions, the chair of the UKJFF told us that he wished to withdraw the festival from the Tricycle. To be clear, at this moment, the Tricycle would not accept sponsorship from any government agency involved in the conflict. We hope to find a way to work with the UK Jewish Film Festival to allow the festival to go ahead at the Tricycle as it has done so successfully for the past eight years."

– Indhu Rubasingham, artistic director of the Tricycle

£20 Million Active Queen's Park proposal approved

Westminster Council have given the go ahead for a £20 million pound leisure complex in queens Park. The Moberly Centre in Kilburn Lane will be rebuilt with two new swimming pools, a sports hall, exercise and dance studios and spa.

Work on the centre will begin in Autumn this year and is due to be complete in 2016.

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