A 17-year-old boy who was stabbed to death on a street in central London, has been named as Josiph Beker.
The teenager, also known as Yousef, was with friends outside a KFC on Edgware Road when a fight broke out between two groups on Tuesday, police said.
He was stabbed during the confrontation and died in hospital later.
Police said they were keeping an “open mind concerning motive” and urged any witnesses to come forward. No arrests have been made.
A post-mortem examination concluded Josiph died from a stab wound to the chest.
Det Ch Insp Andy Partridge said: “Lots of people were in the area at the time and may well have seen what unfolded.
“We need them to do the right thing and get in touch with what they saw along with any images or moving footage captured before, during or after the attack.”
Jason Roy and Craig Overton have been dropped from the England team for the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval, with Sam Curran and Chris Woakes coming in.
Ben Stokes, unfit to bowl because of a shoulder injury, will play as a specialist batsman.
Batsman Roy has been omitted after scoring only 110 runs in eight Ashes innings, with a highest score of 31.
Australia have retained the Ashes after victory at Old Trafford gave them an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series.
Seamer Overton was recalled to the England side for the Old Trafford Test but finished with match figures of 2-107.
Surrey all-rounder Curran has impressed with the bat in his previous 10 Tests for England.
The 21-year-old also offers a different option for England’s bowling attack with his left-arm medium pace.
Root said Stokes’ injury had prompted Roy’s omissions because the “balance” of the side needed to change.
“Jason’s the unfortunate one to miss out,” said Root. “He’s had an opportunity to come in and play Test cricket, get a feel for it, and it’s not quite gone how he would have liked.”
Of Stokes, he said: “He might be able to bowl a couple of overs here and there, but his batting, as this series has shown, is a massive part of our side and he rightly deserves to be in this team as just a batter, and a top-four batter.
“So he will I’m sure want to find different ways of getting himself into the game, even if it’s not with the ball.”
Australia, searching for a first series win in England since 2001, have dropped middle-order batsman Travis Head for all-rounder Mitchell Marsh.
Marsh scored two centuries in the Ashes series in Australia in 2017-18.
England team for fifth Ashes Test: Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes
Australia: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Mitch Marsh, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (c, wk), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
A coroner has ruled the death of CBBC actress Mya-Lecia Naylor at the age of 16 was caused by misadventure.
Naylor, who appeared in CBBC shows Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, died on Sunday 7 April.
CBBC said she was a “much-loved part of the BBC Children’s family and a hugely talented actress, singer and dancer”.
South London assistant coroner Toby Watkin said the actress was found dead in a marquee at her family home in South Norwood.
Emergency services were called to an address on reports of a teenage girl in cardiac arrest.
She was pronounced dead at Croydon University Hospital shortly afterwards.
The inquest heard she was found hanged. She had spent the evening before her death watching a film with her family and had been planning for the future.
Her family said she had been grounded and stopped from going to a party and had some worries about her GCSE results being worse than expected but added nothing had suggested she wanted to take her own life.
The coroner said Naylor had no alcohol or drugs in her system and her father Martin Naylor added he had seen her two hours before she was found, and felt it was “a spur of the moment” act and she had not intended to kill herself.
He told South London Coroners Court: “I honestly believe she was just making some sort of point.
“I genuinely believe she did not mean to do it.”
Searches of her phones, laptop, and social media accounts did not present anything suspicious.
Following her death in April, A&J Management said they would “miss her greatly”.
CBBC announced the news of her death on its website, where young fans shared their memories of the actress.
Tributes have been paid to the teenager, who starred as Fran in two series of Millie Inbetween, about two sisters whose parents have split up, and Mya in Almost Never, about a fictional boyband and rival girl group Girls Here First.
Naylor played the lead singer of the girl band, and said in a recent interview that she’d always wanted to sing as well as act. She also said she had some “amazing projects” coming up soon, including another series of Almost Never.
Naylor’s screen debut came as a toddler when she appeared in Absolutely Fabulous as Saffy’s daughter Jane. She also had the title role in ITV series Tati’s Hotel.
Her film roles included Miro in Cloud Atlas, alongside Halle Berry and Tom Hanks.
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A 14-year-old boy accused of a stabbing murder has been remanded to a secure unit.
The teenager, from Barking, appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning over the killing of Santino Angelo Dymiter, from Plaistow.
Eighteen-year-old Mr Dymiter was found injured on the afternoon of 26 August by emergency services at Chadd Green, east London.
The judge remanded the 14-year-old to appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is also accused of having a knife in a public place.
A man has been charged with murder after the body of a woman was found in her east London home.
The body of Sandra Samuels, 44, was found in her flat in Herrick House, Hackney, following a welfare check on Saturday, police said.
A post-mortem examination proved inconclusive but her death is being treated as suspicious.
Gavin Shane Carl Lewis, 40, of no fixed abode, will appear at the Old Bailey on 9 September charged with murder.
A 47-year-old man also arrested on suspicion of murder was released under investigation.
A man has been charged with murdering a 39-year-old who was stabbed to death in south London.
Lee Casey was found with a stab wound on Brixton Hill at 12:07 BST on Thursday and died in hospital two hours later.
Levi Paschal, 33, of Brixton, is due to appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court later.
Mr Paschal has also been charged with attempted wounding with intent and conspiracy to rob.
Clementine Jones, 30, of Brixton, is also charged with conspiracy to rob and will appear at court later.
Some flights to and from the UK are facing delays because of problems affecting French air traffic control.
British Airways said an “outage” had affected flights travelling through French and Spanish airspace.
Easyjet said it was experiencing disruption due to a “partial failure of French air traffic control systems”.
Paris Airport tweeted that a “national computer failure related to the centralisation of flight plans” on Sunday morning was now resolved.
But it warned that delays are still expected.
National Air Traffic Services (NATS) said it does not know how many flights have been affected but said it is working with airlines in the UK to try to minimise disruption.
Gatwick Airport said passengers should check with airlines on the status of their flights before heading to the airport.
Easyjet said it has been forced to cancel 120 flights out of just under 2,000 scheduled to take off on Sunday.
Affected passengers were contacted directly and given the option of transferring their flight for free or receiving a refund, it said.
The airline added it was seeing significant delays and recommended all its passengers, regardless of their destination, check the status of their flight at www.easyjet.com/en/flight-tracker for real time information before going to the airport.
British Airways also urged customers to check the status of their flights online.
The airline tweeted that it expects disruption to services to France and Spain, as well as those which fly over these countries on the way to other destinations.
It said it would offer flexible rebooking options for passengers who want to change their dates of travel as a result of the disruption.
Travel expert Simon Calder said: “France is absolutely at the heart of European air traffic control – some 60% of all Easyjet flights to anywhere go over French territory.
“This appears to be some kind of malfunction which has greatly reduced the flow rate [of flights] so there’s reports of pilots in Lisbon, for example, trying to get to the UK telling passengers we could be five hours late.”
He said affected passengers will not be eligible for compensation, explaining: “It’s not the airlines’ fault.”
But he said the airlines have a strict duty of care, which means they must provide meals and if necessary accommodation to passengers.
He added: “They also have to rebook you on the first available flight, ideally on the same day, even if it means paying money to a rival to get you home.”
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Leaflets claiming that new relationship education lessons will encourage primary school children to masturbate have been handed out in east London, the BBC has learned.
It comes after protests in Birmingham against LGBT teaching made headlines.
Other leaflets said parents “will be questioned on the day of judgement” if they do not challenge the lessons.
Labour councillor Rohit Dasgupta said local officials had a “duty” to counter the “misinformation”.
The School Gate Campaign – which distributed the leaflets – has now removed the specific accusation that infants would be “encouraged to masturbate” in its literature, but Mr Dasgupta argued the damage had already been done.
The new flyers say some teaching resources will introduce words like masturbation to juniors. This is written in draft teaching guidance for at least one local authority in England.
The campaign said it stood by the leaflets’ other claims – including that relationships education lessons would promote “transgenderism and homosexual lifestyles”.
From September next year it will be compulsory to teach relationships education in primary schools in England, and relationships and sex education (RSE) in secondary schools.
The government wants primary schools to include teaching about things like single parents, adoption and same-sex relationships – but said it will be for individual schools to decide what is “age appropriate”.
The proposal has led to leafleting campaigns and hundreds of mainly Muslim campaigners protesting at the gates of some primary schools, most notably in Birmingham.
There were fears the row was “being exploited” by Islamist and far-right activists.
Some parents there objected to a set of teaching resources called No Outsiders, which includes stories about a boy who wants to dress as a mermaid, and a penguin who has two fathers.
With the new school term approaching, Mr Dasgupta described the leaflets being handed out in his area in Newham, east London, as a form of “intimidation” and containing “untruths”.
He showed the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme an example that claimed RSE would promote “transgenderism and homosexual lifestyles” and “pervert the course of natural child development”.
It added that “children in infant school will be encouraged to masturbate. First sexual experiences will be encouraged by the age of 12.”
Mr Dasgupta said parents had also been targeted through messaging apps, with many being told there would be “consequences” if they did not attend an upcoming parents’ meeting about RSE.
Asked why it was not legitimate for parents to want a say in their child’s education, he said while they should be “told exactly what their children are taught”, head teachers should ultimately decide, as the experts. He added the government should have the “backbone” to support them.
“This is about making sure we teach our children about equality,” he said.
The School Gate Campaign said “the majority of parents do not agree with the current approach to sex education, which demands ever more explicit sex education at ever younger ages”.
Antonia Tully from the Safe at School campaign said the new legislation involved the government taking from parents “the role that is rightfully theirs”.
“Parents are the primary educators of their children and they should be the ones talking to them about the intimate details of sex and about different sorts of relationships when they feel they are ready,” she said.
Javid Iqbal, whose children and grandchildren have both attended Parkfield School – the centre of the Birmingham protests – is now calling for the protests to stop.
He used to speak on behalf of the Parkfield Parents Group, but said the demonstrations were “not helpful at all”.
“We’re adults – we’re educated enough to sit round a table to resolve these issues instead of standing outside a school shouting and screaming.”
Mr Iqbal also criticised those from outside the local community who had become involved in the local dispute, saying they were “just here for publicity”.
Earlier this month the BBC reported that a “homophobic” video and far-right material linked to protests against LGBT relationship lessons were being investigated by police.
Mr Iqbal said “a lot of parents” had removed their children from the school to look for alternatives in the area, unhappy at how it had managed the situation.
Yehudis Fletcher, founder of Nahamu, a think tank addressing extremism in the Jewish community, has spoken out publicly in favour of the lessons, and said others had contacted her to say they supported her viewpoint but did not wish to voice it openly.
She said this was because there was “such a loud opposition… and fear of putting your head above the parapet”.
Ms Fletcher, an orthodox Jew who has three young children, said some of those running orthodox schools in the area did not want to teach RSE.
“There are people who want children to remain largely ignorant about sex and relationships because they want them to carry on with the traditional way, in which they’re married at a very early age without much knowledge of what they’re getting into,” she said.
The Department for Education has said RSE is a “vital” subject and schools would be supported to deliver lessons “to a high standard”.
It said it was working closely with schools which had volunteered to introduce the subject next month, and was setting up a working group including parents, young people and representatives of faith and minority groups to consider the delivery of the lessons.
Parents with concerns were urged to “talk to their child’s school in a calm and constructive way”.
In a quiet corner of London, one of India’s most venerated “founding fathers” continues to leave his mark.
The city’s affluent Primrose Hill neighbourhood has been home to generations of celebrities, from model Kate Moss to actor Daniel Craig.
But hundreds of visitors – including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi – have flocked from around the world to one particular townhouse.
“Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, Indian Crusader of Social Justice lived here 1921-22,” proclaims a blue plaque outside the house.
Step through its doors, past a bust of Dr Ambedkar draped in garlands, and guests can see rooms reconstructed in his memory, with legal documents strewn across a dining room table. His glasses lie next to dog-eared books on the bedside table.
But there’s a problem: two neighbouring residents are opposed to the museum which, according to the local council, should not exist.
Next month, the fate of the house will be decided at a council hearing. Its owners could be forced to convert it back into a residential property and close its doors to visitors, diluting the legacy of a man whose influence still reverberates in India to this day.
Known as Ambedkar House, the building was bought by the government of Maharashtra, a state in western India, for more than £3m ($3.65m) in 2015.
Since its inauguration by Prime Minister Modi in 2015, it has operated as a free-to-visit attraction, dedicated to Dr Ambedkar, who is known as the architect of India’s constitution.
The home has attracted hundreds of guests, and three neighbours told the BBC that, during this time, visitors came and went without any disturbances. One resident, who lived across the road, said they did not even know it existed.
But in January 2018, Ambedkar House was reported to Camden Council for a planning breach, and the council found that the building did not have permission to operate as a museum.
In February 2018, the property’s owners retrospectively applied for permission to use the building as a museum. But in October 2018, the council rejected the claim, arguing that it would amount to an “unacceptable loss” of residential space.
Two residents have also complained to the council, in north-west London, about alleged disturbances caused by “coach loads” of visitors making “noise day and night”.
The government of Maharashtra has appealed the decision and a public inquiry is scheduled for 24 September.
Maharashtra’s government refused to comment on the case. But in a statement to the BBC, India’s High Commission – its embassy in the UK – said the property “holds a special significance for a huge section of Indians”. It said a planning application was submitted to Camden Council to convert the house into a memorial.
Dr Ambedkar – a Maharashtra native who died in 1956 – was a legal scholar, a passionate civil rights activist and the man tasked with drafting the country’s constitution after its independence in 1947. He was also India’s first law minister.
He was born a Dalit – the so-called “untouchables” of India’s caste system – and became the most important and revered political leader for the community, which has faced social and economic discrimination for centuries.
He fought for women’s rights, an end to caste discrimination, and reserving jobs in government and schools for disadvantaged groups. He is widely regarded as one of India’s greatest political leaders.
Before his his political career, Dr Ambedkar briefly lived in Primrose Hill, from 1921-22, while studying for a doctorate degree in economics at the London School of Economics.
That’s why, at the suggestion of a UK-based charity – the Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations (ABO) – the government of Maharashtra bought the property in 2015.
When the house came up for sale, local resident and former UK civil servant Santosh Dass convinced the state to buy it.
She told the BBC that the property was in a dilapidated state at the time, and said the renovation work had given the home, and the community, a new lease of life.
“We’ve done the neighbourhood a favour,” said Ms Dass, president of the FABO.
She said that discussions had been held about getting permission to turn the house into a formal museum, but organisers “underestimated how much time the whole thing would take”.
“We really want it to be a proper memorial so people can come and visit,” said Ms Dass. “Some people see it as a pilgrimage.”
About 50 people are estimated to visit Ambedkar House every week, including enthusiasts who travel from far away. Outside the building, one family told the BBC they had travelled from India to visit the home, which was top of their sight-seeing agenda in London.
Goutam Chakraborty, a FABO committee member, was sanguine about the future of the property as a museum because “eminent people support us”.
A letter in support of the museum has been written to the borough council by Lord Richard Harries, a former bishop of Oxford. Some neighbouring residents, however, do not share his enthusiasm.
One local resident, who did not wish to be named, told the BBC: “It’s supposed to be residential, not a museum.”
The resident claimed that Ambedkar House “went ahead with the renovations without permission”, adding that “crowds of people come here now”.
During Camden’s public consultation, one resident also complained that visitors “arrive in coach loads taking photos and making noise”.
Bonnie Dobson, who lives on King Henry’s Road, told the BBC she considered the objections “puzzling and upsetting”. The 78-year-old Canadian folk singer said she had lived in Primrose Hill since 1969 and made a concerted effort to know her neighbours.
“To the best of my knowledge, no one has ever been disturbed by the fact that the house is now a little museum,” she said.
Ms Dobson said she liked the idea that tourists were coming to see Ambedkar House but disputed ever seeing “coach loads” of visitors. “If there were coaches coming up and down my road I’d know it,” she added.
Regardless of what residents think, it is Camden Council’s Planning Inspectorate that will have the final say.
If Ambedkar House lost the appeal, its owners “would be required to return the property to its lawful use as residential”, a council spokeswoman told the BBC.
In a report on the planning application, the council said the conversion of the building into a museum was, in theory, permissible. However, it was the loss of residential space that breached policy and led to the rejection, the council said.
“In terms of balancing the loss of residential floor space against the cultural benefits, there is nothing to suggest that an alternative site could not be found,” the council said.
Mr Chakraborty insisted that most neighbours had been supportive of Ambedkar House.
“They tell us that some of their relatives remember when Ambedkar lived there 100 years ago,” he told the BBC. “So they seem really happy that a unique thing is happening here.”
Inside the building, a quote from Dr Ambedkar is printed on one of the walls. “Democracy is essentially an attitude of reverence towards our fellow men,” the quote reads.
The council’s reverence for Ambedkar House, it seems, remains an open question.