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Jaden Moodie murder: Man guilty of killing boy in gang knife attack

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Jaden Moodie was the youngest murder victim in London this year

A man has been found guilty of murdering a 14-year-old boy in a “violent and frenzied” knife attack.

Jaden Moodie was knocked off a moped and repeatedly stabbed in Bickley Road, Leyton, in January.

Ayoub Majdouline, 19, from Wembley, north London, was convicted following a trial at the Old Bailey.

Jurors heard both his DNA and Jaden’s were found on a knife and yellow washing up gloves which had been thrown into a drain.

A jury of eight men and four women also found Majdouline guilty of having an offensive weapon.

Jaden was the youngest murder victim in London this year.

Majdouline was one of five men linked to the stabbing who drove around east London in a stolen Mercedes looking for members of a rival gang to attack on the night of 8 January, the court heard.

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Ayoub Majdouline was found guilty of Jaden’s murder by majority of 11 to one

The group, linked to drug gang the Mali Boys, had covered their faces and two of them, including Majdouline, wore yellow rubber gloves to avoid being identified, the jury was told.

Once they spotted Jaden, the Mercedes rammed into the teenager and knocked him off his moped before some of the gang members got out of the car and stabbed him while he lay on the ground.

Jaden, who was dealing drugs for rival gang the Beaumont Crew, suffered nine stab wounds and bled to death in the road as the attackers ran back to the car and sped off, the court heard.

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CCTV of the moment Jaden was knocked off a moped and stabbed to death was shown to jurors

Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC said: “Fourteen seconds was all it took – Jaden did not stand a chance.”

He told jurors the “cowardly” attack was part of a “shocking wave of gang crime” across London that attracted ever younger people.

Jurors heard the day before the murder, Majdouline was caught on CCTV at a Travelodge hotel in Walthamstow, wearing the same distinctive Nike Air Max trainers he had on during the knife attack on Jaden.

Burnt clothes, including the trainers, were later found in a churchyard not far from the murder scene.

Majdouline admitted dealing drugs for the Mali Boys but denied being present during the fatal attack.

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Majdouline captured on CCTV with a purple JD Sports bag found amongst the burnt piles of clothing

After a troubled up-bringing, the defendant turned to county lines dealing “to survive”, the court was told.

He had been caught with drugs and carrying knives, but despite serving time behind bars, went straight back to dealing.

The jury heard he was identified by the National Crime Agency in 2018 as a victim of “modern slavery”, amid concerns of exploitation by older youths.

Jaden had also been in trouble with police since he was 13.

He was handed a youth conditional caution in March last year after police seized an air-powered pistol, Rambo knife and cannabis during an altercation in Nottingham.

According to agreed facts read to the court, his mother moved her family to east London due to “ongoing issues” with youths.

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Jaden’s attackers burnt the clothes they wore during the stabbing in a churchyard not far from the murder scene

Jaden’s family said “yes” and appeared emotional in court as Majdouline was convicted.

Following the verdict, Det Ch Insp Dave Hillier, of the Met Police, described it as a “cold-blooded” murder.

He said Majdouline and the other attackers went out with “the clear intention of causing, at the very least, serious harm to someone as they prowled the streets of Leyton looking for their target”.

Jaden’s attackers “tried to destroy any evidence, but they failed, and officers were soon able to link Majdouline to Jaden’s murder”, he said.

He added: “However, our work is not over yet. We know that there were five people in that black Mercedes and we will continue to work until all those responsible for Jaden’s murder are brought to justice.”

Majdouline is due to be sentenced on 18 December.

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Jaden Moodie: Accused killer ‘carried knife for safety’

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Jaden Moodie was allegedly dealing drugs for a gang when he was targeted by a group of men

A man accused of murdering a 14-year-old boy sold drugs for a London gang so he could “survive”, and would carry a knife for “safety”, a court has heard.

Jaden Moodie was knocked off a moped and stabbed to death in Leyton, north-east London, on 8 January.

Ayoub Majdouline, who is accused of being one of five men who carried out the attack, told the Old Bailey he had sold drugs since he was 16 years old.

The 19-year-old, from Wembley, denies murder and possession of a knife.

The court has been told Jaden was selling drugs for the Beaumont Crew, also known as Let’s Get Rich, when he was attacked by a group of men who were looking for a rival gang member to attack.

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Ayoub Majdouline was captured on CCTV in a hotel in Walthamstow, the day before the murder

Jurors heard Mr Majdouline had a troubled upbringing in Leyton and his parents had split up when he was seven.

While living with his mother, he was abused by his stepfather so went to live with his aunt, the court was told.

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Blood-stained rubber gloves allegedly worn by Mr Majdouline were found near the crime scene

However, that relationship broke down and he ended up in foster care. His father also died in 2015.

The court was told he had been identified as a victim of modern slavery by the National Crime Agency (NCA) over concerns he was being exploited by older youths.

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The jury has been told five men took part in the attack on Jaden Moodie

Giving evidence, Mr Majdouline said he sold drugs “for and with” the Mali Boys gang, including as part of county lines dealing in Basingstoke, Ipswich and Andover.

He told jurors he was previously jailed for drug and knife offences but went straight back to dealing “to survive”

“At the time I did not feel like I was being supported by social services and I never lived by myself before,” he said.

He added that he got “confused” sorting out jobseekers’ allowance when he turned 18 and dealing had been “the only way I knew how to make money”.

Explaining why he carried a knife, Mr Majdouline said he had been “sliced” on one occasion in Basingstoke so carried a blade “for my own safety”.

The trial continues.

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Mujeeb Ur Rahman: Middlesex re-sign Afghanistan spinner for T20 Blast

Mujeeb Ur Rahman has taken 20 wickets in 16 T20 games for Afghanistan

Middlesex have re-signed Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman for next season’s Twenty20 Blast campaign.

The 18-year-old took seven wickets in 10 games last season and will be available for all 14 of their group stage matches in 2020.

Mujeeb made his debut for his country at the age of 16 and featured in this year’s World Cup.

“I enjoyed my time at Middlesex so much, so I am very pleased to be coming back,” he said.

Meanwhile, the club have awarded England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan a testimonial year in 2020.

The 33-year-old made his debut for the county’s first XI in 2005.

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Tottenham: Jose Mourinho appointed after Mauricio Pochettino sacked

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Jose Mourinho has been appointed Tottenham manager after the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday.

Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho has signed a contract until the end of the 2022-23 season.

“The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me,” said the 56-year-old Portuguese. “Working with these players is what has attracted me.”

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: “In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football.”

Mourinho will hold his first news conference as Tottenham boss at 14:00 GMT on Thursday.

Lille coaches Joao Sacramento and Nuno Santos will join his backroom team, the French club have confirmed.

Tottenham will be the third Premier League club managed by Jose Mourinho

Tottenham reached the Champions League final last season under Pochettino, but lost 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid.

The Argentine, who was appointed in May 2014, did not win a trophy in his time in charge of the north London club, with Spurs’ last silverware being the League Cup in 2008.

Levy said Mourinho has “a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician”.

“He has won honours at every club he has coached,” he added. “We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.”

Mourinho still has a home in London and won three Premier League titles – in 2005, 2006 and 2015 – as well as one FA Cup in two spells at Chelsea.

Having taken over at Manchester United in May 2016, he won the Europa League and Carabao Cup with them in 2017.

Mourinho was sacked by the Old Trafford club in December 2018, with the club 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool, and had not managed another side before joining Spurs.

He has also previously managed Portuguese side Porto, where he won the Champions League in 2004.

At Italian club Inter Milan, Mourinho won a league, cup and Champions League treble in 2010 and was named Fifa’s world coach of the year, while he led Spanish team Real Madrid to the La Liga title in 2012.

He takes over a Spurs side that are without a win in their past five games and have slipped to 14th in the Premier League, 20 points behind leaders Liverpool after just 12 matches.

Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust had said “many fans thought Poch had earned the right” to try to turn around the side’s form and that “there are questions that must be asked of the board”.

Following Mourinho’s appointment, it said it had “concerns about how Jose and our club’s executive board will work together”.

It added: “The club must ensure it does not find itself in the same position in two or three years’ time, and we need to hear from the executive board what the long-term thinking behind this appointment is.”

Mourinho’s first match in charge is a trip to West Ham United on Saturday (12:30 GMT kick-off).

Spurs go to Manchester United on 4 December, and host another of Mourinho’s former teams – Chelsea – on 22 December.

Mourinho has turned down a number of managerial opportunities, including in China, Spain and Portugal, since leaving Old Trafford.

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Spurs have never hired a manager as expensive or demanding as Mourinho, nor spent the kind of money on players that he became accustomed to at clubs such as Real Madrid and Manchester United.

But Spurs have come a long way in recent years under Pochettino. They have a new £1bn stadium and training ground, and spent four successive seasons in the Champions League.

They now have a European pedigree, and a hugely talented squad.

Mourinho has been out of the game for almost a year but retained a home in London.

His tribulations at Manchester United saw him lose his ‘Special One’ status, but his many achievements in the game still command widespread respect.



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‘Free Tommy Robinson’ march violence images released

Images of nine people wanted by police

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Images of 10 people the Met want to find after violence broke out at a “Free Tommy Robinson” demonstration in central London have been released.

More than 20 officers and members of the public were injured as protesters blocked roads and threw missiles during the march in Whitehall on 9 June, 2018.

Detectives had to trawl through hundreds of hours of CCTV and videos to identify those involved.

Fourteen people have already been jailed over the violent disorder.

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Police are appealing for the public’s help in identifying 10 people

Referring to the incident where scaffolding and glass bottles were thrown at police, Det Sgt Matt Hearing said: “We are extremely keen to identify these individuals, who were involved in serious disorder which resulted in a number of police officers getting injured.

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Protesters gathered in large numbers outside the Old Bailey in 2018

“Whilst we will always facilitate lawful protest, the actions of some individuals on that day showed a total disregard for the law and it is important that all those involved are brought to justice.”

Former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson in currently serving a nine month sentence after being found guilty of interfering with the trial of a sexual grooming gang at Leeds Crown Court in May 2018.

The nine month sentence includes six months for the Leeds Crown Court offence last year and another three months for contempt of court, following a suspended sentence given at Canterbury Crown Court in May 2017.

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Man admits to trying to rob Arsenal stars Mesut Özil and Sead Kolasinac

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A second man has admitted trying to rob Arsenal footballers Mesut Özil and Sead Kolasinac in a moped ambush.

Jordan Northover, 26, pleaded guilty at Harrow Crown Court to attempting to steal watches from the pair in Hampstead, north-west London.

His co-accused Ashley Smith, 30, of Archway in North London, admitted his role in the crime in October.

CCTV footage showed Bosnian defender Kolasinac chasing off the two masked attackers on 25 July

In the video, that circulated on social media, 26-year-old Kolasinac is seen fighting off two men who are wielding knives.

He can be seen jumping out of a vehicle to confront the masked men who had pulled alongside the car on mopeds.

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Arsenal Football Club said both Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Özil were fine after the incident

In the footage, both carjackers were seen to be armed and were filmed brandishing knives at full-back Kolasinac.

World Cup winner Özil can also be seen in his black Mercedes G class jeep before he reportedly took refuge in a Turkish restaurant.

Kolasinac and Germany midfielder Özil were left out of the Arsenal side ahead of the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign after the incident.

Judge Rosa Dean said Smith would be sentenced at Harrow Crown Court on Friday.

Northover will be sentenced at a later date.

Özil told the Athletic sports site that he was scared for his wife Amine as the attackers pursued his car.

“Sead’s reaction was really, really brave because he attacked one of the attackers,” he said.

“I tried to move the car, block them, escape, but each time they would be there. My wife was extremely scared.”

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Grenfell Tower fire: Response must be ‘national emergency’, say survivors

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A survivors’ group has welcomed a report on the Grenfell Tower fire, calling for the government to treat its response as “a national emergency”.

The report, published on Wednesday, followed the first phase of an inquiry, looking at what happened on the night of 14 June 2017, when 72 people died.

It was critical of the London Fire Brigade’s response and said the tower did not meet building regulations.

The LFB said it was “disappointed” by some of the criticism of individuals.

Campaign group Grenfell United said the report showed “the immediate and real dangers” of “highly combustible cladding and insulation”.

“Lives are at risk and the government need to treat this as a national emergency,” the group said.

The report made 46 recommendations, including improvements in training for fire brigade staff and the development of national guidelines for evacuating high-rise buildings.

Grenfell United called for the recommendations to be implemented in full, saying they would save lives.

The report condemned the LFB for “serious shortcomings” and systemic failures in its response to the fire.

Inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick said the absence of a plan to evacuate the tower was a “major omission” by the LFB and more lives could have been saved had the “stay-put” policy been abandoned sooner.

Grenfell United responded: “It is heartbreaking to read that more of our loved ones could have been saved that night if the building was evacuated earlier.”

At an emotional press conference, relatives of 20 victims of the fire called for an overhaul of the LFB, saying its leadership should resign and even face prosecution.

Nazanin Aghlani, who lost two family members in the fire, said some firefighters displayed a “serious lack of common sense” and failed to see “what was so vivid in front of them”.

“If a fire happened tonight the same thing would happen again,” she said.

‘Too little too late’

The report said evidence from London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton that she would not have changed anything about the brigade’s response was “insensitive”.

Ms Cotton said many of the recommendations were welcome and would be “carefully considered”.

She expressed her “deepest sorrow at not being able to save all those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire”.

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She added: “We welcome the chairman’s recognition of the courage, commitment and bravery of firefighters on the night, but we are disappointed at some of the criticism of individual staff members who were placed in completely unprecedented circumstances and faced the most unimaginable conditions while trying to save the lives of others.”

However, Natasha Elcock, chairwoman of Grenfell United who was rescued with her six-year-old daughter from the 11th floor, said Dany Cotton’s statement was “too little too late”.

“She stood up in the inquiry, in a room full of bereaved and survivors and said there’s nothing she would do to change that night,” she told the BBC.

“If she’d expressed that sorrow that day in that room, that potentially would have washed with us today.”

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White doves were released at a memorial service earlier this year to mark two years since the tragedy

Grenfell United expressed concern at the report’s finding that the LFB were “at risk of not learning the lessons from Grenfell”, adding that firefighters were “let down by their training, procedures, equipment and leadership”.

Other issues highlighted in the report included:

  • A lack of training in how to “recognise the need for an evacuation or how to organise one”
  • Incident commanders “of relatively junior rank” being unable to change strategy
  • Control room officers lacking training on when to advise callers to evacuate
  • An assumption that crews would reach callers, resulting in “assurances which were not well founded”
  • Communication between the control room and those on the ground being “improvised, uncertain and prone to error”
  • A lack of an organised way to share information within the control room, meaning officers had “no overall picture of the speed or pattern of fire spread”

In the House of Commons, MPs held a minutes’ silence to remember victims of the fire, before a debate on the inquiry.

Boris Johnson told MPs that survivors and the bereaved had been “overlooked and ignored” before the fire and “shamefully failed” afterwards.

The second phase of the inquiry will focus on wider circumstances of the fire, including the design of the building.

While this was not the focus of the first phase, the report found there was “compelling evidence” external walls of the building failed to comply with building regulations and “actively promoted” the spread of fire.

It said the principal reason the flames shot up the building so fiercely was the combustible aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding with polyethylene cores which acted as a “source of fuel”.

Grenfell United said the second phase of the inquiry “must now focus on where responsibility for the devastating refurbishment [of the building] lies”, with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the tenant management organisation and the companies involved facing “serious questions”.

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Glyn Hodges: AFC Wimbledon appoint caretaker boss as permanent manager

League One side AFC Wimbledon have appointed caretaker boss Glyn Hodges as their new permanent manager.

The ex-Wales midfielder, 56, has been in charge since Wally Downes was suspended by the club last month, after being charged by the Football Association over bets placed on games.

Downes left Wimbledon on Sunday, two days after being given a four-week FA suspension for admitting the charge.

Former Wimbledon player Hodges had been assistant to Downes at Kingsmeadow.

More to follow.

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Jodie Chesney murder accused denies ‘throwing friend under bus’

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Jodie Chesney was killed a few weeks before completing her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

One of Jodie Chesney’s alleged killers has been accused of throwing his business partner “under the bus” over the teenager’s death.

Drug dealer Manuel Petrovic drove Svenson Ong-a-Kwie and two youths to the park where Jodie was fatally stabbed on 1 March.

Mr Petrovic denied he was trying to “rewrite the truth”.

He, along with Mr Ong-a-Kwie and two youths, aged 16 and 17, deny murder and are on trial at the Old Bailey.

Cross-examining Mr Petrovic, Mr Ong-a-Kwie’s lawyer accused him of distancing himself from his co-accused.

Charles Sherrard QC said: “What I suggest is that you have, from the minute you were arrested, decided your best tactic is to present yourself as a particular type of person – somebody who is too nice, the older brother type, and wherever possible, distanced yourself from Svenson.”

Mr Petrovic replied: “That’s not correct.”

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Manuel Petrovic (left) described Svenson Ong-a-Kwie (far right) as “business associates”

Mr Sherrard continued: “And in distancing yourself you have chosen to rewrite the truth and metaphorically throw him under the bus.”

The 20-year-old repeated: “That’s not correct.”

Mr Sherrard asserted that it was Mr Petrovic that 19-year-old Mr Ong-a-Kwie turned to when he needed a lift to Harold Hill on the night of 1 March.

He turned to him again when he needed fresh clothes and trusted him with a “drug line”, it was claimed.

But Mr Petrovic told jurors: “It was more business associates than friends but I would not not class him as a friend.”

Asked why he picked up Ong-a-Kwie on 1 March, leaving customers waiting, he said: “It’s not out of the blue, he would help me out on occasions so I would try to help him out too.”

The Old Bailey trial continues.

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Boris Johnson set to give details of Jennifer Arcuri links

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Boris Johnson spoke at four of Jennifer Arcuri’s events in London when he was mayor

Boris Johnson is expected to comply with a London Assembly order to explain his links to a US businesswoman.

Len Duvall, chairman of City Hall’s oversight committee, said: “We are going to have something this evening from Downing Street.”

The PM is facing questions about his friendship with Jennifer Arcuri when he was London mayor.

He has been accused of failing to declare a conflict of interest, but has said he acted properly at all times.

Mr Johnson had been given until Tuesday to provide details of contacts with Ms Arcuri.

Mr Duvall said: “We have had some fun and games today arguing about when is the deadline, but we finally have an announcement that they are going to comply, and we are going to get something this evening from Downing Street. I hope it is comprehensive and I hope it provides answers.

“The allegations are serious, I hope the prime minister is treating them seriously.”

He said the assembly’s powers to take action against Mr Johnson, if he was found to have breached its code of conduct, were limited because he was no longer mayor of London.

But it could still summon the prime minister to appear before the oversight committee to answer further questions about his contacts with Ms Arcuri.

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