Ebola Royal Free patient “critical” and 2 murder inquiries launched

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News stories Sunday 4th January 2015.

  • Ebola patient Pauline Cafferkey remains “critical” at the Royal Free Hospital
  • Met Police arrest woman after bodies of 2 men found in suspicious fire in King’s Cross
  • Man charged with murder after fatal assault at bus stop outside Waterloo station
  • Crystal Palace’s new manager Alan Pardew celebrates 4 nil away win in FA Cup at non-league Dover
  • West End power cut halts two shows- now everything back to normal

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The condition of Royal Free Ebola patient Pauline Cafferkey has deteriorated with the hospital saying she is “critical.”

The hospital emphasizes she is being treated in a high level isolation unit and ‘There is no danger to patients or staff during this time.’

This was three days after it was reported she was sitting up in bed, talking and reading.

Pauline agreed to have blood plasma treatment and take an experimental anti-viral drug. On Sunday the Prime Minister David Cameron told the BBC  ‘all of us are thinking of her and her family.’

He paid tribute to health workers volunteering to combat the spread and impact of the virus:

…how incredibly brave these people are, not only doctors and nurses from our NHS but also people from our armed forces who have been working in west Africa in very difficult conditions.

Arrest in double murder inquiry

A 42 year old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after two men were found dead in a fire at a block of flats in King’s Cross.

The London Fire Brigade said they were called to Stelfox House, Penton Rise on Friday night to find part of a flat on the third floor alight.

Two men were pronounced dead at the scene and have been described by the police as being in their forties and fifties.

DCI Glen Lloyd of the Met Police Homicide and Major Crime Command said:

I would like to appeal to anyone in the Penton Rise area who has seen or heard anything unusual between 5-8pm to contact police immediately. Two men have died and my team are eager to hear from anyone who was in the area or passing by before or just after this fire started.

If you were in the area at the time, you may well have witnessed what occurred or seen something that could assist our investigation. I would urge anyone with information to contact the incident room on the Incident Room no 0208-345-3985 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Murder charge after death outside Waterloo station

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30 year old Mark Dwayne Patten from Galpins Rd, Thornton Heath has been charged with the murder of a 43 year old man after a fatal assault outside Waterloo station in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The incident took place at a bus stop on the Waterloo Road.

The alleged victim has not yet been formally identified,  but detectives are satisfied he was Menelaos Aligizakis who died from serious head injuries.

DCI Diane Tudway from the Homicide and Major Crime Command said:

This is a very busy part of London frequented by both commuters and those on a night out. My team is keen to hear from anyone who was in the area or passing by at the time of this incident and may have witnessed what occurred or seen something that could assist the investigation. I would urge all witnesses and anyone with information to contact the incident room on 0208-721-4005 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Winning start for new Palace manager in FA Cup

New Crystal Palace Manager Alan Pardew watched his team overpower their non-league opponents Dover Athletic on the Kent coast.

The eagles kept a clean sheet winning 4 nil.

Earlier, in an interview for the Palace website, Pardew said he found a great attitude on his return to the club.

Temporary Stage blackout

The show is back on the road in London’s West End after a power cut led to the evacuation of over 1,000 theatre-goers Saturday afternoon.

The outage interrupted Les Miserables and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time at the Queen’s and Gielgud theatres in Shaftesbury Avenue.

One of those affected was BBC television presenter Sophie Raworth 25 minutes into watching Les Miserables.

Everything was back to normal for the evening performances.

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