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Teenage boy chased and stabbed to death in Hackney

A BOY in his "mid-teens" has become the first teenage stabbing victim of the year after he was chased by three youths and fatally wounded in east London last night (Jan 6).

The unnamed victim, who police described as black, is believed to have been involved in some sort of altercation after leaving a shop on Homerton High Street before he was pursued on foot by "three or four male youths."

He was found on nearby Ponsford Street, but pronounced dead a short time later.

Next of kin are in the process of being informed. A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.

Man who raped a sex worker in Hackney garden jailed

A MAN who violently raped a sex worker in an east London garden in June has been jailed for eight years.

Dwayne Johnson, 28, approached the 41-year-old woman on a motorbike and they agreed a price for sex.

Johnson took the victim to a garden at the back of Somerford Grove where he turned violent.

He threatened to harm the victim and intimated he had a knife before anally raping her.

Johnson was identified through DNA recovered from the scene and arrested on Friday, 4 July.

He claimed the anal sex was consensual but was convicted following a six-day trial.

Jamaicans facing UK visa clampdown

DESPITE A series of interventions by local authorities, Jamaicans, including students, applying for visas to enter the United Kingdom are likely to be barred by a Home Office visa clampdown in the United Kingdom.

"The UK have been making changes to their immigration rules," said Jamaica's high commissioner to London, Aloun Assamba. "We have been meeting with the UK authorities on this matter."

Home Secretary Theresa May said changes to the immigration rules would arrest visa abuse.

Ghanaian socialite guilty of smuggling coke into Britain

A GHANAIAN socialite has today been jailed for smuggling £2 million worth of cocaine into Britain.

Nayele Ametefe, 32, is believed to have used an exclusive lounge of Kotoka International Airport, in Accra, to conceal approximately 13kg of the Class A drug.

The VIP area is reserved for high-profile government figures.

It caused a national scandal in the West African country and outcry from critics forced the Ghanaian President John Mahama to deny he had any links to the defendant.

Adam Deacon arrested after failing to appear at court

KIDULTHOOD actor Adam Deacon has been arrested after not turning up at court to hear a charge of harassing fellow actor Noel Clarke.

Police confirmed that he was arrested earlier today (Jan 6) and later appeared at Hammersmith Magistrates Court to answer to one count of harassment without violence.

The arrest warrant was issued yesterday after the 31-year-old missed his scheduled hearing at the same court.

Deacon, who stands accused of harassing Clarke on social media, has been bailed and ordered to appear at court on January 16.

Kidulthood actor Adam Deacon wanted by police

POLICE HAVE issued an arrest warrant for Kidulthood actor Adam Deacon after he failed to show up for a court hearing.

The 31-year-old performer was due to appear at Hammersmith Magistrates Court to hear charges against him of harassing actor and director Noel Clarke, who also starred in Kidulthood.

Deacon is accused of using social media to send threatening messages that relate to Clarke.

He was due in court today (Jan 5) at 10:45am but failed to turn up, which resulted in the arrest warrant being issued.

Manchester Uni maps inequalities across England and Wales

THE LIVES of ethnic minorities across the country have been mapped by experts at Manchester University with a new excel-based profiler that allows users to explore standards of living in each area of England and Wales.

Academics and researchers at the University’s Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) have joined forces with race equality think tank the Runnymede Trust to produce the Local Ethnic Inequalities Area Profiler. The tool drills down into Census data to rank districts by inequality, comparing the experience of minority groups to White British residents living side by side.

‘Society should be shocked by rates of domestic violence'

TENSIONS OVER money, unrealistic expectations of the “perfect” Christmas combined with excessive alcohol consumed in enclosed spaces, are some of the reasons domestic violence spikes over the festive season.

This means a greater demand for police officers to attend to incidents, backed up by specialist domestic violence investigators. Ten per cent of all emergency calls annually are domestic violence-related, according to the Police Federation, making it a high priority area.

Caribbean migrants have a duty to help their countries

UK-BASED migrants have a duty to support vulnerable Caribbean states struggling to recover from the onslaught of violent storms, the head of a new volunteer group said.

Clintel Rose, co-founder of the Caribbean People’s Foundation (CPF), a Caribbean-wide initiative on climate change which is backed by many of the region’s High Commissions, was speaking at a prestigious black-tie fund-raising dinner last week.

Hannah Defoe swimming pool death ruled as manslaughter

HANNAH DEFOE’S death caused by electrocution in a swimming pool was manslaughter, an inquest jury in St Lucia has ruled.

This week’s verdict comes two-and-a-half years after the 20-year-old aspiring dancer, who was footballer Jermain Defoe’s cousin, died when she swimming at the Caribbean island’s luxury resort of Juliette’s Lodge in Vieux Fort.

The St Lucian inquest took almost a year to conclude and its ruling means British authorities are now able to launch their own investigation into her death.