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Police Hold Meeting With Public Following Wood Green Shooting

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The Met Police have held a community meeting after a man was shot dead and a Police Officer arrested following a fatal shooting in Wood Green.

Statement by Haringey Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Victor Olisa following the community meeting:

“We are doing everything we can to listen and understand the concerns raised by the local community following the fatal shooting of Jermaine Baker in Wood Green last week. I have personally attended a meeting this evening, Thursday 17 December together with Assistant Commissioner Helen King, at Tottenham Town Hall to hear how local people and representatives are feeling and to address their concerns as best I can.

“This is a very difficult time for everyone affected by the death of Jermaine. I am grateful that we can have this open meeting which provides a forum for people to air their strong views, which should be heard and understood. It is only by working together that we can move forward as a community.

“Concerning the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation, we are all keen that they establish the full facts, as quickly as possible. I have reminded those attending the meeting tonight that this is why the IPCC will be diligently and independently examining the exact circumstances that led to Jermaine’s death.

“It is only right and proper that any officer who has made the decision to use lethal force fully accounts for their actions. Every officer who takes on the responsibility of this specialist role understands this. To this end it is only through a transparent and meticulous investigation that the best interests of justice and of all those affected can be served.

“As Londoners, who depend on the professionalism of our officers to keep us safe in a job that is difficulty and often dangerous, we must wait for the IPCC’s findings before drawing any conclusions or speculating on what has taken place. Equally, it is unhelpful in our work to build trust and respect with all sections of the community to describe the victim as a ‘gangster’ and I have made that
clear tonight.

“I am grateful for all members of the community who attended this evenings’ meeting; the Metropolitan Police Service will continue to work with all community groups and respond to their needs and concerns over the coming weeks.”

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Two police officers in critical condition after being hit by a car

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Two Met Police Officers are in a critical condition after being struck by a car as they returned to their vehicle.

The police constables are based at Brent Borough in North West London were returning to their marked police car on the A406 North Circular Road near Brent Park, Neasden, at around 3.40am on Sunday, when the collision occurred.

Police have arrested three people including the driver.

Sadly the officers one male and one female are in a critical condition in hospital with loved ones by their beds.

The male officer suffered serious injuries, while female officer sustained a number of fractures. Her condition is described as serious but stable.

Officers have arrested a man in his 50s on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

He has been taken to a north London police station where he remains in custody.

Police placed a cordon at the scene which has now been lifted.

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Six dead after six-vehicle crash in Birmingham

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Six people have been killed in a horrific crash in Birmingham just one week before Christmas.

Another person is fighting for their life the crash involving three cars including a taxi in Edgbaston, Birmingham occurred in the early hours of this morning.

Witnesses have described how they saw a number of people ejected from their vehicles during the incident resulting in utter devastation and carnage.

The crash happened at about 1.10am at the entrance to the underpass on Lee Bank Middleway, near Edgbaston, at the junction of Bristol Road.

The driver of a black cab died at the scene along with a female passenger, a male passenger died later in hospital.

Four men in a car were all thrown from their vehicle and three of them died at the scene of the crash. The fourth is in a critical condition.

Any witnesses to the crash have been asked to contact West Midlands Police on 101.

Our thoughts are with all of those emergency workers who responded to this truly traumatic incident and the family and the friends those who have sadly died in this incident.

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Nine-year-old boy locked in safe during game of hide and seek

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A Nine-year-old boy became trapped in a safe during a game of hide and seek at his grandfathers home in Berlin.

He had to be rescued by firefighters after he hid inside the sade. He was playing with his little brother at home in Lichterfelde, Berlin.

Believing he has found the perfect hiding place the boy went inside the unused safe and closed the door locking himself in.

The boy was playing with his little brother at the home in Lichterfelde, Berlin, when he found the ultimate hiding place.

His hiding place was eventually found but his grandfather was the only person who knew the code for the safe and he was away.

They could not get in contact with him and called for help from the local fire brigade.

They tested family birthdays for three hours in the hope they’d crack the code while pumping oxygen into the safe via a tiny crack.

As a specialist team arrived who was able to cut the safe open they managed to enter a successful six-digit code.

Firefighters say the child remained calm throughout the ordeal and was shocked but unharmed.

Berlin firefighter Thomas Kirstein said it was a happy ending and super early Christmas present.

Hopefully, he won’t be hiding in there again and in future, they’ll be keeping the door shut because this incident could have been very different.

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