Archive for the ‘London’ Category

Wolf whistling and sexist remarks could become hate crimes in London

Wolf whistling or making sexist remarks on London’s streets could become a hate crime.

The Metropolitan Police revealed it is speaking with other UK forces to assess whether it is worth cracking down on gender-based hate crimes after a pilot scheme was launched in the East Midlands last year.

The trial, led by Nottinghamshire Police, saw sexist incidents like street harassment, verbal abuse and taking photos without consent recorded as hate crimes, carrying tougher penalties for offenders.

 Police chiefs are now considering rolling out the idea elsewhere in the UK, suggesting a harsher stance on everyday sexism could stop it escalating into sexual harassment or assault.

Italian man stabbed to death in London-Bangladeshi woman arrested

Pietro Sanna

LONDON – Pietro Sanna, a young Sardinian man, was recently stabbed to death in his home in Ravenscroft Close, Canning Town, on the west London periphery. He was discovered at 11.40am and pronounced dead at the scene. According to Scotland Yard’s twitter, police have arrested Hasna Begum, 25, from Millwall, Greater London, with Bangladeshi origins, for the murder. She is due to appear in custody at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Thursday after being charged.

Begum is reported to be Sanna’s flatmate, and according to the investigators’ reconstruction of events, it was she who reported the stabbing on Monday, before Giomaria, Sanna’s brother who also lives in London, arrived at his home.

Inspector General Gary Holmes, who is leading the investigation, commented: “This was a brutal and vicious attack on a young man in his home.” It is thought to have caught the victim off guard, and involved a series of knives.

The motive of the stabbing remains unclear. Despite having made an arrest, Holmes stated on Wednesday that ”We are keeping an open mind as to the motive of this attack. At this early stage of the investigation, I would appeal for all witnesses and those with information concerning this fatal attack to contact the incident room as soon as possible.”

The consulate general of Italy in London is remaining in “close contact” with the family members of the victim and in particular with his parents, who arrived in England on Tuesday.

This is the third stabbing in the capital in 24 hours, with other deaths in Baxter Road in Islington and in White Horse Road. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged an extra £625,000 to fund knife and gang crime projects in the city after the number of offences in London involving knives rose by 11% in 2016.

London Bridge: Van mows down pedestrians, witness says

Steve Almasy and Natalie Gallon write:

(CNN) A van mowed down pedestrians as it sped down London Bridge on Saturday night, leaving bodies lying in the roadway, a witness to the incident told CNN.

Mark Roberts said the van was traveling south across the River Thames at a high rate of speed and was swerving as it struck several people, knocking one person “about 20 feet into the air.”
The van swerved into oncoming lanes before hitting a bus stop and coming to a stop, Roberts said.
“Within my line of sight, there were five or six people on the ground that were not moving,” he said. “It looked to me that the van was aiming at the people.”
Roberts said he heard what sounded like gunshots about 10 minutes later. He estimated 100 people were on the bridge at the time, fewer than earlier in the night because it was getting late.
“I froze, to be honest,” Roberts said. “As I was thinking … which direction should I run, the van swerved across the other side of the bridge from me.”
London’s Metropolitan Police have not issued a report, saying only that an “incident” occurred on the bridge.

Leytonstone High Road: Man ‘beaten to death’ in east London high street

The incident happened in Leytonstone High Road Google Streetview

The incident happened in Leytonstone High Road Google Streetview

A man is believed to have been beaten to death in a busy east London high street today.

Police have launched an investigation after a 52-year-old died following a suspected assault in the early hours of this morning.

He was rushed to an east London hospital with a serious head injury shortly after 2am and pronounced dead just before 9.30am.

Police were called to the hospital by staff at about 6.15am. They are treating the death as suspcious.

The London Ambulance Service had earlier been called to Leytonstone High Road, near the junction with Lancaster Road.

A crime scene remains in place and Leytonstone High Road is currently partly closed.

Police launch hate crime crackdown on London’s public transport network

Crackdown: Officers will be giving advice on reporting hate crime Lucy Young

Crackdown: Officers will be giving advice on reporting hate crime Photo by Lucy Young

Jamie Micklethwaite writes:

Commuters were today being taught how to spot hate crime on London’s Tubes and buses.

Police officers were holding a series of events to raise awareness after figures showed hate crime was an element in five per cent of all crimes reported on London’s transport network.

More than 50 events are taking place across London stations,

Police were on duty informing members of the public that anyone who reports a hate crime will be taken seriously.

In the last three months, BTP officers have spoken to more than 5,000 people about whether they’ve seen or experienced any form of hate crime.