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Chaos in Oxford Street after ‘gunman’ reports

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Armed police were called to the busy shopping street after sightings of a reported gunman.

Officers closed part of the road around 9.30pm last Saturday but were unable to find a gunman.

Crowds became disorderly at the scene and, according to The Sun, eyewitnesses report that gangs attempted to break into a sweet shop.

Multiple people were arrested on suspicion of affray and taken into custody.

In a statement released on Twitter, The Metropolitan Police said: “Police called 21:30hrs to report of a man with a firearm in Oxford Street, Westminster.

“Specialist firearms officers deployed immediately & conducted extensive area searches. No suspects located. No reports of any injuries.

“A large crowd gathered at the scene, resulting in some small outbreaks of disorder. A number of people were arrested on suspicion of affray and taken into custody.

“Officers remain on the scene.” Paul Brown, @PaulBrown_UK on Twitter, was at the scene and posted numerous videos to social media.

Videos showed a large number of individuals and officials among the chaos on the popular street.

Shortly after 22:00hrs he posted a video captioned: “Reports of looting outside a sweet shop on Oxford Street, multiple arrests, road closed off, over 50 police on the scene and police helicopter above.”

The report comes after several other attacks at the popular tourist destination in recent previous years. Stephen Dempsey, from Belfast was killed in a ‘random attack’ at Oxford Circus earlier this year. In July, the 60 year old man was admitted to hospital but could not be saved after being attacked in central London.

His post-mortem examination confirmed his death was the result of a stab wound to the heart and 25 year old Tedi Fanta Hagos was charged with murder and possession of a knife.

In 2020, Jeremy Menesses, 17, was also a victim of a fatal knife attack on Oxford Street. The teen was stabbed in broad daylight after ‘a fight between a number of males’ witnessed by shoppers.

As a result, three men, all aged 18, were arrested on suspicion of murder

Story: Brooke Murphy: 26th September 2021

 

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Deborah James Awarded Damehood After Raising Over £3,000,000 for Charity

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Deborah James has said she is ‘blown away’ after being made a Dame for her tireless campaigning for cancer charities.

The inspirational broadcaster and author announced earlier this week that she is receiving hospice care at home after stopping her cancer treatment, and has said she ‘could have weeks to live at most’.

In recent days, the You, Me & The Big C host has raised over £3million for charities that have helped her over the past five years, through her Bowelbabe Fund.

After calls for her to receive the Royal honour, it has been revealed that Deborah is now officially Dame Deborah James.

‘I don’t know what to say. I’m blown away and feel incredibly honoured,’ she said reacting to the news.

She added ‘I don’t feel like I deserve this. I can’t tell you what this means to my family, it’s so much to take in.’

Her husband Sebastien Bowen, said the public support of the fundraiser has ‘brought a piercing ray of light and hope into this, the darkest of times’, adding that the Damehood is ‘so truly deserved’.

Downing Street said the Queen was ‘pleased to approve the honour of damehood’ be bestowed upon Deborah James.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed Dame Deborah as an figure of inspiration to the country.

‘If ever an honour was richly deserved, this is it,’ the leader said.

‘Deborah has been an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage has been a source of strength to so many people.’

Thank you for all your incredible work.

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EuroMillions: UK ticket holder claims £184m jackpot

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One lucky ticket-holder’s life has changed forever after winning the £184million EuroMillions jackpot. It means they have become the biggest ever National Lottery winner, operator Camelot has said.

Whoever they are, they have knocked the anonymous winner of £170million in October 2019 off the top spot. They have also become the National Lottery’s 14th winner of more than £100million.

The winner, who is yet to be named, is also the second person in the UK to win the EuroMillions jackpot this year, after someone bagged £109million in February.

The winning numbers were 3, 25, 27, 28 and 29 – plus the Lucky Star numbers 4 and 9. One ticket matched all seven numbers to win £184,262,899.10.

Senior winners’ adviser for the National Lottery, Andy Carter said: “What an amazing night for one UK ticket-holder who has scooped the incredible £184million EuroMillions jackpot – they have become the UK’s biggest ever National Lottery winner.”

The claim will now go through a validation process to ensure terms and conditions are met and once the ticket has been validated the winner can choose whether or not to remain anonymous.

What would you do with all that money?

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Baby P’s Killer Mum Tracey Connelly Set for Prison Release after Judge Gives Green Light

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Tracey Connelly, the mother of Baby P, who died after months of abuse, will be released from prison after the Parole Board rejected a Government challenge against its ruling.

The decision comes after Justice Secretary Dominic Raab appealed against the recommendation to free Tracey Connelly from prison.

Connelly was jailed at the Old Bailey in 2009 for causing or allowing the death of her 17-month-old son Peter at their home in Tottenham, north London, on August 3 2007.

Dominic Raab said the decision demonstrated why the system “needs a fundamental overhaul – including a ministerial check for the most serious offenders”.

Now 40, this was Connelly’s fourth parole review after she was released on licence in 2013 but recalled to prison in 2015 for breaching her parole conditions by “developing intimate personal relationships” online and inciting another resident at her accommodation to engage in “inappropriate sexualised behaviour”.

In a statement, the Parole Board said: “In summary, the judge has concluded that the panel did take into consideration all evidence mentioned by the application and made rational conclusions.

“The reconsideration decision clarifies that the weight given to the evidence given by the Secretary of States witnesses, who supported release, and the proposed external controls, was proportionate and the reasons were clearly outlined in the decision letter.

“The final ground on the rationality of the outcome was also rejected on the grounds of not reaching the threshold, as defined by law, for becoming unreasonable.”

The Parole Board, which is independent of government, received a formal request to review the decision to free Connelly last week.

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