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Brent youth stays in jail rather than take early exit

Brent Magistrates Court in Willesden, North West London

Brent Magistrates Court in Neasden, North West London

By Andria Greaves

A 21 year-old Somalian from Alperton has been remanded in custody after his plea for bail was refused.

Brent Magistrates heard how on the 21st October this year, two cars had been broken into around 4.30am on St John’s Road, off Wembley High Road.

When the second vehicle was robbed of its Satellite Navigation – commonly known as Sat Navs – its owner was woken by the noise of the car alarm and saw Sayeed Ismail next to the vehicle. Police arrested him when he was boarding the number N18 bus outside Primark, Wembley. When searched, police found two Sat Nav devices identical to the ones reported missing.

Mr Ismail, of no fixed abode, has constantly declined to have a legal representative to stand for him. He’s adamant he was given the Sat Navs that he was caught with by a friend called Z, saying: “I don’t know his address or where he lives. Anyway he won’t turn up.”

When told that Z could be summoned to testify, Mr Ismail said: “ I know he’s a thief, so there’s no point in trying to get him here!”

When Mr Ismail denied the allegation, he was give the chance to have the case heard in a Crown Court but decided he would prefer to have the case held in the same magistrates court, adding: “Yeah boss, I’d rather have it heard here, get it over and done with boss.”

During his application of bail, Mr Ismail, who wore a dark blue t-shirt with a white and red logo on front with white collars around the arms and grey jogging trousers, kept saying: “I ain’t done nuttin wrong boss.”

The CPS stated there were grounds to reject bail for Mr Ismail, which was upheld by the court.

Mr Ismail, who denies the charges, is remanded in custody. The case is suspended until 9.30am the 22nd December 2008.

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November 14, 2008 Posted by | Andria - Home Current Affairs | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Snow Trick, or is it a Treat?

London’s October Snow.

As a blanket of snow covered London last night, it’s hard to believe that Halloween is just around the corner. The unusually cold weather for this time of year saw the first October snowfall in London since 1934.

Last Nights snowfall

Last Nights snowfall

According to John Hammond, from the Met Office, “since Monday, increasingly colder weather has been spreading south across the UK, with winds from the Arctic. Yesterday the very coldest air arrived in Southern England, with a mix of rain, sleet and snow falling in many areas”.

Students from The University of Westminster have mixed views on the usually joyous occasion of snowfall. Travelling to the Harrow Campus from outside the city saw vehicles covered with snow driving into the city. The icy roads have already caused accidents on the M40, resulting in the tragic death of one driver.

A number of students found that tube links to Northwick Park tube station were unusually slow this morning, although it is not certain whether last night’s snowfall was the cause. Dani, 20 from Neasden said “it took me 45 minutes to complete a journey that usually takes 15 minutes”.

Nicola, 24, from Harrow said “the snow was really thick late last night”, but Jo, 18, who lives on the Harrow campus said “most of it had melted by the time I’d got up this morning”.



Climate change
This unusual weather is especially shocking, as October began as the country was bathed in warm sunshine, with temperatures up to the mid twenties. Any hopes for an Indian summer have been well and truly dashed.

John Hammond said, “temperatures in the London area reached 22.9 c on 11th October this year. This highlights the wide variations in weather we can get in October – after all – it’s a time of the year when we expect seasonal transitions taking place”.

The cold spell looks brief, which is good news for Friday’s trick or treaters. The rest of the week shouldn’t be quite as chilly, but as John Hammond said, it could still “feel cold and raw up to and including the weekend”.

The Met Office insists that this early snowfall does not necessarily mean that we will see a white Christmas this year after all.

Carrian Jones

Photos courtesy of Carrian Jones

October 29, 2008 Posted by | Live News | , , , , | Leave a comment