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Poker player killed for winnings in Islington

A professional poker player from Islington was killed for his stash of winnings after being lured into a honey trap by a young woman, a court has heard.

Mehmet Hassan, who was 56, was kicked to death in his flat in March last year.

Jurors were told the attackers were let in by 25-year-old Leonie Granger, who Mr Hassan had met at a Mayfair casino the month before.

Mr Hassan was sometimes won as much as £15,000 at a time and would keep the cash at home.

The trial continues.


Police call for suspect who beat commuter with a belt

Police have released CCTV showing a man pulling someone off a bus in Haringey and beating him around the head with a belt.

The 33-year-old victim was left needing hospital treatment for a head injury. 

The assault happened on November 21 2014 last year, at around 5.30pm in Middle Lane on the W3 bus. 

Police want to speak to a man named Garvey Gordon in relation to the attack.


Pregnant women in Ealing at risk due to maternity unit closures

Midwives are warning that pregnant women are at risk because of the imminent closure of the maternity unit at Ealing Hospital.

Midwives warned that the hospital was “rotting away in front of our eyes.”

A decision is expected to be made in March regarding the timing with closure of the unit expected later in the year. This leaves a predicted 150 women a month are unsure where they will give birth. 

The closure of the hospital's maternity unit is part of an NHS scheme called Shaping A Healthier Future to centralise A&E and maternity services in west London.

A spokesperson for the scheme said 91 per cent of Ealing midwives received their first-choice transfer to another hospital.


Tech City broadband speed so slow can “barley send an email”

A Tech City boss has said how Silicon Roundabout's slow internet speeds meant at one point his company could "barely send an email" at peak times.

Mark McDermott, from digital agency Codegent, had moved the company from Clapham to Old Street to be in the tech hub of London. But he found it difficult to send emails from around 3pm.

The firm had to pay thousands to have fibre broadband to be routed up from the City.


Long-term customers at energy firms have been rewarded with…higher costs

Long-term customers who have been with their energy suppliers for years are being charged higher prices, an inquiry has found.

The Competition and Markets Authority found that 95 per cent of dual fuel customers, those who receive all their energy from one supplier, could have saved as much as £234 a year if they had changed provider between 2011 and 2014.


The US has accuses Russia of breaking Ukraine ceasefire terms.

The agreement was reached in Minsk last week, but there's been heavy fighting in the strategic town of Debaltseve.

American Ambassador Samantha Power said Russia had to commit to the deal and stop arming the separatist rebels.

Russia called the comments "offensive".


Chelsea draw with Paris Saint Germain

Chelsea will take an away goal back to Stamford Bridge after their one all draw with Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg.

Branislav Ivanovic's header gave the blues the lead in the French capital, before Edinson Cavani equalised for the hosts.

The second leg is played in three weeks time. 


Stars flock to Leicester Square for Marigold Hotel Premiere

 The stars were out in force last night for the premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Judi Dench was among the cast members who came along to the red carpet in Leicester Square.

She said the fact that the story features older characters should be an inspiration.



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