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Life Jail Sentences For Teenagers Who Murdered Lewis Blackman Following Confrontation At Birthday Party

Four teenager have been jailed for the murder of Lewis Blackman in February 2017 after a confrontation at a 16th birthday party in Kensington spiralled into a fatal street brawl.

Reporting restrictions were lifted today at court. Those jailed are:

Lawrence Nkunku, 17of Ward Lane, E9 was sentenced to life for murder with a minimum term of 18 years.

Thierry Edusei, 16 of Cannon Road, N17 was found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for 11 years.

Paul Glasgow, 17 of Warwick Grove, E5 was sentenced to life for murder with a minimum term of 18 years.

Demario Williams, 17, of Bath Road, Enfield N9 was sentenced to life for murder with a minimum term of 20 years.

Nkunku, Edusei, and Glasgow were convicted in October 2018. Their sentencings were timed to coincide with the sentencing of Williams.

Two other 18-year-old males [B] and [H] were found not guilty of murder.

The court heard that 19-year-old Lewis, of York Way in Camden, was fatally injured after he and a number of his associates attempted to gain access to a party that they had not been invited to in Kensington.

In the ensuing chaos Lewis, who was known to his friends as ‘Dotty’, was fatally stabbed when he was chased down in the street by a mob armed with weapons.

At around 03:20hrs on Sunday, 18 February two Met officers on patrol were responding to reports of a large number of vehicles in Logan Place, W8, following a nearby party, when they discovered a male suffering from stab injuries laying in the street.

The officers immediately administered first aid to Lewis prior to the arrival of the London Ambulance Service (LAS).

Despite the extensive efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 03:46hrs.

A post-mortem examination held on Monday, 19 February discovered that Lewis had suffered 13 stab wounds from various knives. Cause of death was recorded as stab wounds to the chest.

Detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command immediately began an investigation.

It was established that on the evening prior to Lewis’ death, a girl had rented out a property in Earls Court Road as the venue for her 16th birthday party.

She had drawn up a guest list of around 50 people, careful to invite people she knew from the Hackney area as she was aware of tensions between some of those invited and other males from Camden. The invite however was posted on social media.


The teenager and the majority of her guests were at the party from around 00:40hrs, at which point there were no issues.

Between 02:00hrs and 03:00hrs however, a group of uninvited men, including Lewis, arrived at the property and began trying to get in.

They were refused entry and the front door was closed; one of the guests was heard to say ‘there’s boys outside causing trouble’, at which point the door was forced open and Lewis’ group gained access.

A panic ensued in which many attendees fled the apartment via front door and bedroom in a bid to escape an altercation between Lewis’ group and a number of attendees which then spilled outside onto the street.

Witnesses described seeing a group of around 10 men being chased by a larger group of around 20; members of both parties were reported to have been wearing hooded clothing and to have been armed with weapons, including poles and knives.

Lewis was one of the 111 young people fatally shot or stabbed to death in London in 2018

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23 Year old Dies In Plumstead After Being Stabbed In The Neck

A man has died shortly after being stabbed in Plumstead on Saturday night.

Police were called just after 8.30pm to a south-east London hospital after the victim was driven there by a friend.

The victim was suffering a stab wound to the neck and despite the efforts of medical staff the 23-year-old man died from his injuries later that evening.

Police believe the victim was attacked in the Plumstead area, possibly near the railway station and was able to call a friend who was able to then drive him to hospital.

He was able to call the friend who collected him in his car and took him to hospital.

The victim’s next of kin has been informed.

A post-mortem has not yet taken place.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, who is leading the murder investigation said: “This investigation is in its very early stages and we are still piecing together exactly where and how the victim was attacked.


“Were you in the Plumstead area last night? Did you witness a commotion or altercation, or see anything that seemed unusual, like a person or group of people running in the area? Any fragment of information is useful to our investigation and I would urge you to call police immediately.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 0208 721 4805, or call police on 101 quoting ref 7434/29 March.

Alternatively information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111.

There have been no arrests.





20 Year Old Nigerian Brit, 1 Other Bag 13 Years Each for Serious Knife Attacks In London

Two men have been jailed at the Old Bailey following two serious knife attacks that were committed within the space of an hour

Collins Adesoji, 20, (26.01.98) of Listowel Close, SW9 was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment on Tuesday, 27 March having been convicted of conspiracy to commit assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Bujwawne Brooks, 19 (08.04.98) of Lakeview Road, SE27 was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment at the same hearing having been convicted of the same offences.

They had previously been found guilty on 8 December 2017.

The two incidents happened on the afternoon of 27 December 2016.

In the first attack, a boy – aged 16 at the time – was stabbed near to Oval Underground Station at around 17:00hrs. He was taken to hospital for treatment to his injury.

It has never been established who inflicted the stab injury or the exact location of the incident. However, a police investigation found that both Adesoji and Brooks had been among a group of males who had been involved in an altercation with the victim and three of his associates during which the teenager was stabbed.

It is believed that this attack was associated with the defendants’ gang activities.

Adesoji drove away from the scene in a Ford Focus, which also contained Brooks and at least one other passenger.

Around 45 minutes later, Adesoji and Brooks were in the same Ford Focus on Coldharbour Lane in Brixton when they confronted two boys who had been with the victim of the earlier stabbing.

They followed the boys in the Ford Focus to Windrush Square, where a funfair, busy with families and children, was operating.

The Ford Focus mounted the pavement and collided with an 18-year-old man sitting on his bicycle who had not been involved in the earlier incidents.

The man was knocked off his bicycle before being attacked by one of the occupants of the Ford Focus, who stabbed him in the thigh whilst he was on the ground trying to fend off the blows. The identity of the man who carried out the stabbing has not been established; however the court heard that Adesoji and Brooks were two of the three occupants of the car.

They attempted to make off in the vehicle by reversing down Rushcroft Road, but due to the damage sustained in the collision, they abandoned it and made off on foot.

The victim’s femoral artery was severed – an injury which is often fatal – but a doctor passing by the scene administered life-saving first aid by using her scarf as a tourniquet to stem the flow of blood. She was also helped by members of the public until police and an ambulance arrived at the scene.

The Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command launched an investigation, and linked the two incidents.

The abandoned vehicle was linked to Adesoji, and forensic evidence from the car and phone evidence linked Brooks to the offences.

Adesoji was arrested on 30 December 2016. Brooks was arrested on 6 June 2017.

These men went out that day intent on committing serious violence on, possibly rival gang members, the reasons for which are still unclear.

Detective Constable Patrick White who led the investigation said: “The actions of Adesoji and Brooks resulted in a young teenager being stabbed in Kennington and a violent attack on a young man in Brixton at a funfair.

“They used an extreme level of violence and showed a total disregard for families and children who were at the funfair.

“We will not allow these kind of community events to be used by gangs for criminal purposes.

“This type of violence will not be tolerated on the streets of London, and we have worked tirelessly to bring these types of violent offenders to justice.

“Anyone with information about those involved in gang activity and violence can call police via 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their website.”


Pedestrian Mowed Down After Car Mounts Kerb And Ploughs Into Shop In North London

A pedestrian was “trapped underneath a car” which mounted the kerb and ploughed into a shop front in north London.

The car is believed to have careered off Golders Green Road and mounted the busy pavement before smashing into a shop.

Pictures from the scene show bystanders rushing to help people said to have been trapped as the shop front crumpled onto the bonnet.

They were seen holding up what looked like a beam from the shop façade to stop it from crushing the front of the car.

Police said two people were injured and one man has been rushed to hospital with “possible life-threatening injuries.”



Neighbourhood patrol group Shomrim tweeted that the road was closed in both directions and video footage showed an Air Ambulance landing close to the scene of the collision.

The fire service and multiple ambulance were also pictured on the busy road.

Police at the scene in Golders Green (PA)

Eyewitnesses said the crash looked like an “accident”.

A police spokesman said: “Police were called at 11.46am on Wednesday, 28 March to reports of a road traffic collision in Golders Green Road, NW11.

“Officers, the London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended and found a car in collision with a pedestrian and a shop.

“It is believed two people have been injured. A man has been taken to a central London hospital with possible life-threatening injuries.

The scene in Golders Green in north London where a car crashed into a pharmacy (PA)

“We await an update on the other injured person’s condition.

“Road closures are in place while emergency services deal with the incident.

“No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.”



Home Office Launches Anti Knife Crime Campaign

The Home Office has today launched a new advertising campaign to reduce knife crime among young people.

By using real-life stories of young people who made the decision not to carry knives, the #knifefree campaign aims to highlight the consequences of carrying a knife and to inspire young people to pursue positive alternatives.

Serious Violence Strategy

The campaign forms part of the government’s forthcoming Serious Violence Strategy, which will set out action to tackle serious violence by placing new emphasis on steering young people away from crime while continuing to promote the strongest possible law enforcement approach.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:

The emotional stories at the heart of the new Knife Free campaign bring home in powerful fashion just what a far-reaching impact it can have on a young person’s life if they make the misguided decision to carry a knife.

I hope any young person who is seriously thinking about carrying a knife listens to what the implications can be and realises what options are available if they choose to live knife free.

Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Victoria Atkins said:

This powerful new campaign will highlight the tragic consequences of carrying a knife and challenge the idea that young people are safer if they carry one.

The £1.35 million campaign will use advertising on social media (Snapchat, Twitter) and digital channels (TV on demand, Spotify) to target 10 to 21 year olds who use these platforms. A poster campaign will also be displayed in English cities where knife crime is more prevalent.

Real-life stories

The adverts feature real-life case studies who have turned their lives around after deciding to go knife free. They are based on new research commissioned for the campaign which found that showing real-life stories of young people talking about their experiences with knives resonated with the target audience.

The adverts point young people to a dedicated #knifefree website which provides advice, signposts support services and highlights activities to empower young people to change their behaviour.


When developing the campaign, the Home Office worked closely with a range of charities and knife crime victims’ families to ensure their insights and expertise were reflected.

John Poyton, chief executive of Redthread, said:

It’s incredibly important to make sure young people understand that violence and knife crime should not be normal.

I’m really pleased that the new campaign puts young people and their stories at the forefront of its message, and highlights the positive choices they can make to live knife free.

We know that policing is only one part of the solution and tackling this issue requires a public health approach and everyone in our communities working together.

Patrick Green, chief executive of the Ben Kinsella Trust, said:

It is vitally important that we help young people understand the dangers associated with carrying a knife. A knife won’t protect you, it doesn’t give you status; harming or stabbing someone isn’t a trivial act.

We need to do more to help young people understand that carrying a knife doesn’t solve anything, in fact all it does is increase the likelihood that you will be imprisoned, seriously injured or murdered.

Introducing young people to the life stories of others who have faced the same challenges but have chosen to live knife free is a powerful way to help them make more positive choices. That is why the Ben Kinsella Trust fully supports the live knife free campaign.

Evan Jones, Head of Community Services at St Giles Trust, said:

St Giles Trust wholeheartedly backs this campaign. Our staff see the effects of knife crime every day – from convictions for carrying a knife that can blight a career all the way through to meeting a young person who has suffered life-changing injuries as a result of an assault by a rival gang.

Our staff work tirelessly to persuade young people there are safe alternatives to carrying a knife and that there are positive alternatives to gangs and criminality. They work on the streets, in gangs units, in schools, in regional towns and in hospitals, using their life experience to engage and support young people to make the changes that will keep them safe.

The knife crime media campaign forms part of a wide range of measures underway to tackle knife crime. In February the Home Office announced a new round of the knife crime community fund and increased the money available to charities to £1million.

The government has also consulted on new laws on offensive and dangerous weapons, including banning online stores from delivering knives to residential addresses and making it an offence to possess certain weapons in private.

The advertising campaign is planned to run for 6 weeks.

14 Year Old South London Youth Charged With Knife Stabbing Murder

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a young man who died in a knife attack outside a children’s nursery.

The teenager, who cannot be named for or identified legal reasons, is the second person to be charged after Tyrone Farquharson, 19, was charged on Wednesday (March 7) with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Stab victim Kelva SMith

Kelva Smith was found collapsed in a south London street with multiple stab wounds at around 5pm on Monday.

Police officers and paramedics battled to save the 20-year-old, who had been walking with his cousin, but he was pronounced dead at the scene in Albert Road, South Norwood.

Scotland Yard said a 14-year-old boy has been charged with murder, possession of an offensive weapon and attempted wounding.

Police and forensic officers at the scene in South Norwood (Nigel Howard)

He will appear at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Farquharson of Archer Road, South Norwood, had also appeared in court charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

A third youth, 15-year-old boy, was arrested and bailed.

Mr Smith is the 12th victim under the age of 25 to be murdered in the capital in 2018.


Transport for London (TfL) has this Friday (22 September) informed Uber London Limited of its intention not to renew its operating licence when it expires at the end of this month after concluding the firm is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence.

TfL say it reached the decision for a variety of reasons including the companies approach to reporting serious criminal offences, how medical certificates are obtained and how Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are made. They also said they were concerned about the use of software called Greyball which they claim can be used to block regulatory bodies from gaining full access to the app and prevent officials from undertaking regulatory or law enforcement duties.

The Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 includes provision to appeal a licensing decision within 21 days. Uber can continue to operate until any appeal processes have been exhausted which it is believed will mean the service will continue to run after the licence expires.


TfL granted a 4-month PH Operator Licence in May of this year whilst it concluded its consideration of a five year licence.

TfL said in their statement on the decision, “TfL’s regulation of London’s taxi and private hire trades is designed to ensure passenger safety. Private hire operators must meet rigorous regulations, and demonstrate to TfL that they do so, in order to operate. TfL must also be satisfied that an operator is fit and proper to hold a licence.

“TfL considers that Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications. “

Uber London Limited was licenced as a Private Hire (PH) Operator in 2012 and says that it has 3.5million users in London and 40,000 drivers. The arrival of the firm brought about an angry response from black cab drivers who claimed it represented unfair competition and the company has attracted criticism over its treatment of drivers. Supporters of the service believe it contributes to passenger safety as a photo with the name of the driver is provided at the time of booking. It is feared that many of the drivers formerly employed by Uber will return to touting for trade on a freelance basis with no record being made of fares they take.

TfL have declined any comments on the issue until any appeal has been concluded.