Fatal shooting in Thamesmead, Visit my Mosque Day and Arsenal win 5-0

London News Stories 1st February 2015 

  • Fatal shooting near Belmarsh prison – 11 detained then released
  • Weekend march on City Hall for more affordable homes
  • Murder victim in Hillingdon named
  • #VisitMyMosque day initiative – London’s largest mosque opens its doors to visitors
  • Arsenal put five past Villa at the Emerites
  • Andy Murray loses in Australian Open for fourth time

Fatal shooting near Belmarsh Prison

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Eleven people have been detained and then released after gunshots and a fatal shooting near Belmarsh prision.

A man in his early 20s was found suffering from gunshot wounds in a car early Sunday morning on Erebus drive.

Police responding to the emergency call found two cars stopped in Western Way, Thamesmead.

He was taken to hospital but died two hours later of his injuries.

The Met Police say next of kin have been informed, with formal identification to take place.

Of the 11 arrested, six have been bailed and five released with no further action.

Road closures and diversions around the crime scene were reported throughout the day.

Saturday’s more affordable homes march 

Thousands gathered outside City Hall demanding action to tackle the lack of available affordable housing in the capital.

They called for the building of more council homes and the introduction of rent controls.

Stories from those at the march were across social media using the hashtag #MarchforHomes:

The march was covered by reporters on our sister community news site

Hillingdon Murder Victim named

The victim of a murder in Hillingdon has been named as Emily Munemo of Collingwood Road, Hillingdon.

Police were called on Friday to a residential address where a woman was found to have suffered stab wounds.

A man was arrested a short time after the incident on suspicion of murder.

He’s been bailed pending further enquiries.

The investigation continues.

The East London Mosque opens its door to visitors to help community relations

East London Mosque takes part in the British Muslim Council's intiative. Photo: Google maps

East London Mosque takes part in the The Muslim Council of Britain’s intiative. Image: Google Street View

The East London Mosque opened its doors to the public for the #VisitMyMosque scheme- an attempt to ease religious tensions.

20 other mosques across the country also held open days.

This is a small number of the 1,750 mosques across the UK, although the Muslim Council of Britain noted this figure also included small prayer spaces in places such as schools and airports.

The MCB said they hope the event will show unity and solidarity between different faith communities after the Paris terror attacks.

Channel 4 news presenter Cathy Newman reported she was turned away at her first attempt to visit a mosque in Streatham, but then welcomed by another place of worship nearby.

The twitter hashtag #VisitMyMosque was used by mosques and visitors alike.

Update 8/2/2015

Cathy Newman has subsequently apologized for any misunderstanding when she visited a mosque in Streatham that was not taking part in the ‘Visit My Mosque’ scheme. In a statement she said: ‘I was horrified to hear the mosque I visited in error has had death threats. I’m sorry for any misunderstanding there has been.’

Update 12/2/2015

Cathy Newman issued a further apology on her Twitter account in a series of four messages:


Arsenal thump Aston Villa 5-0 to move up to fifth in the Premiership.

Giroud, Ozil, Walcott, Cazorla, and Bellerin all got goals on the score sheet in a match dominated by the Gunners.


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London Scottish Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray lost his fourth Australian Open final in Melbourne.

He was defeated by his friend Novak Djokovic.

With the score at one set each, the Briton, 27, led 2-0 in the third before losing 12 of the next 13 games.

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