The "devastated" family of a 12-year-old boy killed after he was hit by a car outside a school in Loughton have spoken for the first time since his tragic death. The grieving family of Harley Watson, who died on Monday, have released a statement calling him “a good, kind, helpful and lovely boy.” Harley, 12, was a pupil at Debden Park High School. He was in a crowd of people hit yesterday. In a short statement Harley’s family said: “We are so devastated by what has happened. “Harley was a good, kind, helpful and lovely boy. “We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and concern. However as a family we would like people to respect our privacy and allow us to grieve in peace.” A car ploughed into a group of pupils and caregivers outside Harley's school yesterday afternoon in a suspected murder. A fundraising page set up for Harley's family had already reached more than £20,000 in donations by early Tuesday evening. Essex Police … [Read more...] about Devastated family pay tribute to ‘lovely’ boy, 12, killed when car ploughed into pupils
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It was once the heart of Mercia, the Anglo-Saxon kingdom that ruled large swathes of the Midlands, growing over the centuries into a bustling market town. Until 2001, it was home to Reliant Motors – the company behind the much-loved three-wheeler Reliant Robin car – while its credentials as a place to visit were boosted in 1994 by the opening of the Snowdome, the UK’s first indoor real snow ski slope. But in recent times Tamworth, like so many towns, has suffered a flurry of high-street shop closures as traditional retailers succumb to the rise of multi-billion pound internet giants. More than 4,400 stores, restaurants and pubs disappeared across the UK in the first half of this year, according to analysis of 3,000 towns and cities by the Local Data Company, the worst result since it began compiling the data in 2014. Along the high street in Tamworth, Staffordshire, a dozen shops pulled down their shutters for good, while just three opened. On Thursday, locals in the … [Read more...] about ‘More charity shops than anything else’: Tamworth typifies UK’s high street woes
LONDON is experiencing a rise in violent crime, with 100 suspected murders in the capital since the start of the year. It meant, for the first time, that London's homicide rate momentarily overtook that of New York which has the virtually same population numbers. What is London's murder rate and when did it overtake New York? The London murder rate has hit 131 in 2018 so far. The latest killing was a man who was shot dead in Enfield on December 18. There were 116 murders in the capital during the whole of 2017. In that year New York had 286 - but that was its lowest since the 1950s.In 2018, NYC celebrated its first weekend without a murder or shooting in decades. Shootings are down two per cent on 2017. The city recorded 147 murders between January 1 and June 30, police data shows. During the same period London had 70 - less than half.This means that the NYC figures are higher than London. However, at the beginning of 2018 it was reported that the crimewave in the UK capital was … [Read more...] about London murder rate 2018 – how many murders have there been so far & which city has the world’s highest murder rate?
The dinner party guests were enjoying a balmy summer evening in Andrew Dutton-Parish's garden when their convivial chatter was silenced by a crash at the front door. Using a battering ram, it took a matter of seconds for the intruders, armed with machetes and iron bars, to gain entry. By the time Mr Dutton-Parish, an historian, put his glass down and ran inside to investigate, they were already moving between rooms like a SWAT team. Unlucky for them that Mr Dutton-Parish was entertaining guests? Not at all. In all likelihood the gang knew exactly who was inside as they had watched them arrive. Burglars usually operate by stealth, ideally when their targets are away. But striking terror into swathes of suburbia, this gang, and others like it, actually want to confront homeowners. Only then are they able, through intimidation and violence, to force them to open safes or hand over expensive watches and jewellery. Burglars usually operate by stealth, ideally when their targets are … [Read more...] about How an affluent suburb is being terrorised by brazen robbers who WANT owners to be at home: Violent thieves wield machetes to smash down front doors before demanding victim’s hand over their valuables