London Fire Brigade chief Dany Cotton has welcomed a critical report on the Grenfell tower fire, but said that the building “failed spectacularly”.
Inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick said the absence of a plan to evacuate the tower was a “major omission” by the LFB and more lives could have been saved had the “stay-put” policy been abandoned sooner.
A killer once dubbed one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives has been jailed for at least 26 years.
Shane O’Brien, 31, evaded police for three-and-a-half years after he slashed Josh Hanson’s neck in Hillingdon, west London, on 11 October 2015.
He fled the UK, changed his appearance and moved around Europe before his extradition from Romania in April.
O’Brien, who jurors found guilty of murder last month, was given a life sentence at the Old Bailey.
CCTV released during the trial showed 21-year-old Mr Hanson clutching his neck and stumbling as blood poured out of a 37cm (14.5in) wound.
‘Abrupt, vicious, violent’
After the killing, jurors heard, O’Brien was seen “calmly” walking out of the bar.
He made his way to Ashford, Kent, where a contact had chartered a private four-seater plane to take him to the Netherlands.
The killer grew a beard and long hair and changed his tattoos as he travelled through countries including Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic, the court was told.
In 2017, the father-of-two was arrested over a dispute in a Prague nightclub but gave police a false name and fled while on bail.
The trial heard the 31-year-old was added to Europol and Interpol’s most wanted lists but still managed to lay low.
However, he was eventually caught by Romanian authorities after he contacted Scotland Yard to arrange a possible meeting, the jury heard.
Sentencing the father-of-two, Judge Nigel Lickley QC called it “a grotesque, violent and totally unnecessary attack on an innocent man”.
“The reason why you behaved in such a way may never be fully explained. You, however, know the reason,” he said.
In a victim impact statement, Mr Hanson’s mother Tracey described her son as being “considerate, kind and generous”.
“He was taken from us in the most horrific way possible – suddenly, abruptly, viciously and violently,” she said.
The victim’s sister, Brooke, said the 21-year-old “was not just my brother, he was my best friend”, and described his “infectious smile” and “magical presence”.
She told the court she had suffered from anxiety and post-traumatic stress since the killing and found herself always wondering if she could have protected him from the “evil” that took him away.
During the trial, O’Brien had claimed he felt threatened by Mr Hanson’s “very aggressive body language” and had only meant to scare his victim.
There were angry shouts of “coward” from the public gallery as he was led away from the dock.
A 15-year-old has been charged with conspiring to murder a schoolboy who was stabbed to death in the street.
Baptista Adjei, also 15, from North Woolwich, was attacked on Stratford Broadway, east London, on 10 October.
Police have charged another 15-year-old boy with murder, GBH and two counts of possessing an offensive weapon.
The latest suspect will appear at Stratford Youth Court later, Scotland Yard said.
Some 50 households had to stay in emergency accommodation overnight after a burst water main flooded homes in north London.
About 250 properties including two schools were affected after a 36-inch (91cm) water pipe fractured in Finsbury Park before 08:00 BST on Tuesday.
One man was rescued from a basement while others had to be led to safety.
Thames Water said a temporary fix had been put in place and all flood water had been pumped away.
The water main burst at the junction of Queens Drive and Princess Crescent causing an area measuring about 600m x 200m (1,900ft x 650ft) to be flooded to a depth of about 1m (3ft).
About 12 fire engines and 80 firefighters were deployed to help rescue people and pump water away, while postcode areas N1, N4, N5, N7 and N19 were left with no water or low water pressure.
Tanja Schnitzer, who lives in a basement flat on Queens Drive, said rooms in the property had filled up with water “within half an hour from floor to ceiling”.
“It’s devastating. We’ve pretty much lost everything,” she said.
Water supplies for most properties in the area have been restored but Thames Water said air locks in the system meant some residents were still experiencing problems.
A spokesman for the firm said bottled water and plumbers were on standby in case of issues while engineers would finish fixing the mains during the day.
Woodberry Down Primary School remains shut but Parkwood Primary School has reopened.
Queens Drive, between Brownswood Road and Seven Sisters Road, has been closed to traffic.
Banksy has opened a “pop-up” shop in south London featuring the stab vest he designed for Stormzy’s headline act at the Glastonbury Festival.
A Tony the Tiger rug and a cradle surrounded by CCTV cameras are also on show as part of the venture, at a disused retail outlet in Croydon.
“I’m opening a shop today,” the artist said on Instagram. “Although the doors don’t actually open.”
A man stabbed to death at a London Underground station was an Arsenal fan on his way to a match, the BBC has been told.
Tashan Daniel, 20, was was killed in an “unprovoked attack” on the platform at Hillingdon station on Tuesday.
He had been heading to the Emirates Stadium to see the Gunners face Nottingham Forest in the third round of the Carabao Cup, a source said.
It is the third murder investigation on the Tube network this year.
No arrests have been made over the attack, which Det Supt Gary Richardson described as “a shocking act of violence”.
He said the British Transport Police (BTP) investigation was in its “early stages”.
“We believe a group of young men were involved in an altercation on the platform before one of the men received a fatal stab wound,” he said.
Police and paramedics were called to the station in west London at 15:57 BST.
An air ambulance was also sent to Hillingdon, but Mr Daniel was pronounced dead at the scene.
Danielle Foster, who was driving past Hillingdon station at the time of the stabbing, said upon “hearing so many sirens, I knew something terrible had happened”.
“Lots of people were being turned away from the station as it had been closed,” she said, adding: “Then the police helicopter began circling the scene.”
Hillingdon station was closed by Transport for London (TfL) while police searched the area.
The station was closed for the rest of Tuesday evening and reopened at 05:45 this morning.
So far in 2019 more than 100 murder investigations have been launched across London by the Metropolitan Police and BTP.
Heavy rain is causing travel problems and flash flooding across England.
Twelve flood warnings and 39 flood alerts have been put in place by the Environment Agency.
The Met Office has a yellow rain warning covering most of the country in force until 23:00 BST.
Floods have been reported on roads in Southampton, Birmingham and Liverpool, while Transport for London (TfL) said a number of roads across the capital were also affected by flooding.
A flood warning is in place in Crawley for the Ifield Brook and River Mole at Ifield and the River Mole at Lowfield Heath.
Flooding is also expected on the upper Frome, between Maiden Newton and Dorchester, in Dorset and on the Grace Dieu Brook, between Whitwick and Thringstone, in Leicestershire.
Edwinstone and Ollerton in Nottinghamshire are also at risk of flooding from the River Maun, as are areas around the Whinney Brook at Maghull in Sefton, Merseyside, and Wash Dike in Pontefract, West Yorkshire.
Warnings are also in place for the River Tame at Hams Hall, Water Orton, Whitacre and Nether Whitacre in Warwickshire, and the Blackburn and Charlton Brooks, between Chapeltown and North Ecclesfield, near Sheffield.
National Rail warned of major disruption between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stourbridge earlier due to a tree blocking the line.
Southampton City Centre has seen problems with several cars having broken down in water on Millbrook Road West.
Motorists have also been advised to avoid the road between Waterhouse Lane and Paynes Road.
Roads have flooded in the Longbridge area of Birmingham, while Mersey Fire and Rescue Service reported vehicles trapped in floodwater in the Queens Drive and West Derby areas of Liverpool.
A service spokesman urged drivers to “please take extra care”, adding: “Slow down, increase your distances, switch your lights on and please don’t drive into floodwater.”
About 2in (49.6mm) of rain fell in the six hours before 09:00 at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire, according to the Met Office.
Spokesman Grahame Madge said it was a “significant” amount of rain.
He said the band of rain was “transient” and, having started in the South West, has moved to the Midlands before hitting the North later in the day.
He said some other areas could expect to see the same amount of rain as Boscombe Down.
In Harrogate, the fan zone for the UCI Road World Championships has been closed due to the “heavy rain”.
The cycling action can still be seen on West Park and Parliament Street, organisers said.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
@TonyHusband: Europe is dominating the news headlines at the moment and it will be a subject of much debate if you’re a Wolves fan too. Thursday’s opening Europa League group stage match was their 12th game of what is feeling like a long season already at Molineux.
Europe has been both a blessing and a curse so far for Nuno Espirito Santo’s team. They’ve won six games in the early rounds, including an impressive victory at Serie A side Torino, which somewhat masks their failure to win in the top flight.
At Crystal Palace they’ll find a home team who will be eager to erase memories of their walloping last week. Goals have been in short supply at Selhurst Park this season and I expect it may only take the odd goal to decide this one.
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: “They (Wolves) have had a few disappointing results, and they will be upset about the cruelty of fate. I watched their Europa League game and if a team was going to win, I thought it would be them, so to lose will be a bitter blow.
“I think they have been a bit unlucky. I would base my judgement more on the football they play, rather than the results.”
Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: “We face the reality and the reality says we not performing well, so we have to analyse it and find solutions in the team to improve. This is what we have to do, we have to come strong on Sunday, we must react immediately.“
Crystal Palace got taken apart at Tottenham last time out but I am expecting to see a reaction from them here. Wolves will just have to ride this rough patch out.
- Crystal Palace have won three of their past four league matches against Wolves.
- Wolves have scored in each of their last 14 away league games at Palace.
- The away side has won six of the last eight league meetings.
- Victory would ensure Palace equal their highest Premier League tally of 10 points after six matches.
- The Eagles are unbeaten in their last four home league games, keeping three clean sheets.
- They are in danger of losing successive league fixtures for the first time since January.
- Only one goal has been scored at Selhurst Park so far this season.
- Luka Milivojevic has been booked a league-high four times.
- Wolves are winless in six Premier League matches (D3, L3).
- This is the sixth time they have failed to win any of their opening five top-flight fixtures – they were relegated on the five previous occasions.
- They have conceded eight goals in their past two league fixtures.
- Wolves have won only one of their last nine away league matches (D3, L5).
- Based solely on second-half performances, Wolves would be fourth in the table with nine points (W2, D3).
- Raul Jimenez has scored six goals in Wolves’ most recent five away fixtures in all competitions.
Sead Kolasinac was substituted in Thursday’s Europa League win because of a minor problem but Arsenal are hopeful he will be fit.
Rob Holding may be in contention and academy graduates Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka will hope to feature after both scored versus Eintracht Frankfurt.
Aston Villa winger Trezeguet returns after a one-game ban and Matt Targett has overcome a hamstring injury.
Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester remain sidelined.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
Martin Fisher: One team can’t stop conceding, the other have stopped scoring… something has to give at the Emirates.
Arsenal’s sloppy second-half display at Watford was alarming and unless they cut out basic errors they have little chance of finishing in the top four.
After successive blanks, Villa will be hoping Gunners generosity will last a little longer. Dean Smith’s net spend was greater than any other Premier League manager over the summer and overall he’ll be encouraged by the way his new side is gelling, with lack of goals the only cause for concern.
I expect Villa’s drought to end but I think Arsenal will outscore them.
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery: “I think every player can be important for us.
“Sometimes we are going to have one plan and we’ll need to change that to use different players in each match.
“We have some new players and players who we need to work with for their adaptation in the next matches. Progressively, they’re getting better.”
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith: “Any team is beatable, we saw that with Norwich’s result against Manchester City.
“When you go head-to-head against anybody you’ve got to have that belief but we know how tough it is at the Emirates.
“We’ve got great belief in what our players are about and we saw with that trip to Tottenham that we can go toe-to-toe with these teams.”
It was a case of ‘same old Arsenal’ with their defensive collapse against Watford on Sunday.
The Gunners still have a weakness at the back but, from what I’ve seen of them so far this season, I don’t think Aston Villa have got the attacking power to take advantage.
- Arsenal have won six consecutive league and cup games against Aston Villa, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last five.
- Villa have won three Premier League away games at Arsenal, a tally exceeded only by Manchester United and Chelsea (both have four victories).
- Arsenal have lost just one of their last 20 Premier League home games (W15, D4), with the solitary defeat coming against Crystal Palace in April.
- They have recorded one clean sheet in their last 10 league matches, conceding two goals or more in six of those games.
- The Gunners have made 14 errors leading directly to Premier League goals since August 2018, more than any other side.
- They have also conceded a joint-league high 10 penalties since the start of last season, including three in the current campaign.
- Since Unai Emery took charge, Arsenal have faced an unrivalled 47 Premier League shots after losing possession within 40m of their own goal.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in the last seven league games he has started at the Emirates Stadium.
- Villa have lost nine straight away matches in the top flight, one shy of their club record, set from 1924 to 1925.
- They are also winless in 20 Premier League away games (D3, L17), with their most recent victory coming at Bournemouth on the opening day of the 2015-16 season.
- The Villans have lost 13 of their previous 14 league fixtures against sides from the established top six, earning their only point in a goalless draw with Manchester City in November 2015.
- Jack Grealish has been fouled 179 times in league football (including play-offs) since the start of last season, more than any other player in the top four tiers.
The prime minister was visiting the maternity ward at Whipps Cross Hospital when he was approached by a father.
The man, who is also a Labour activist, told Boris Johnson that the ward was understaffed and the NHS was being destroyed.
A spokesman for the prime minister later said Mr Johnson was visiting public services to see for himself the reality of the situation.
They added the prime minister was “not going to hide away from those circumstances when he goes on these visits, and so obviously is keen to talk to people and empathise and see what he can do to help.
“It’s also a reminder of why exactly he is so keen to make the NHS a priority.”