Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found at her east London home.
Police said the body of Sandra Samuels, 45, was found in her flat in Herrick House, Hackney, following a welfare check on 31 August.
A post-mortem examination proved inconclusive, though police are treating the death as suspicious.
A 40-year-old-man, arrested on Tuesday, remains in custody. A second man, 47, has been released under investigation.
The number of seals in the Thames Estuary has doubled to 3,500 since the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) carried out its first annual survey in 2013.
Thea Cox, from the ZSL, flew above the estuary with naturalist Mike Dilger to find out where the seals tend to concentrate.
She hailed the increase as a “positive sign of the health of the ecosystem”.
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England one-day captain Eoin Morgan scored 83 not out off 29 balls to help Middlesex to a record T20 Blast run-chase and seal a quarter-final spot.
Somerset set Middlesex a target of 227 to win at Taunton, with Tom Abell finishing 101 not out for the hosts.
Coming in during the ninth over with his side 111-3, Morgan’s superb knock helped Middlesex to victory with three overs to spare.
Middlesex’s successful chase was also the fourth-highest in T20 history.
Meanwhile, Essex Eagles beat Kent Spitfires by 10 runs to secure the final place in the last eight as the group stage reached its conclusion on Friday.
Five teams had gone into the final round of South Group fixtures with hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.
- Wednesday, 4 September: Lancashire Lightning v Essex Eagles
- Thursday, 5 September: Notts Outlaws v Middlesex
- Friday, 6 September: Sussex Sharks v Worcestershire Rapids
- Saturday, 7 September: Gloucestershire v Derbyshire Falcons
Lancashire’s quarter-final will be held at Emirates Riverside, with Emirates Old Trafford hosting the fourth Ashes Test between England and Australia from Wednesday.
Morgan tees off
Despite losing Babar Azam for a duck in the first over, Somerset would have been confident of making the quarter-finals after posting 226-5 from their 20 overs.
Tom Banton’s 62 got the hosts off to a good start, and Abell hit 13 fours and three sixes as he scored his maiden T20 century.
But Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling helped Middlesex to 94-2 by the end of the powerplay to get Middlesex ahead of the required run-rate.
Sharp fielding from Roelof van der Merwe saw Mohammad Hafeez run out and Max Waller took a brilliant catch to dismiss danger man AB de Villiers.
But Morgan crashed five fours and eight sixes to lead Middlesex to victory with plenty of breathing space.
Their run-chase surpasses the 226 Sussex scored to beat Essex at Chelmsford in July 2014.
“Somerset played extremely well, especially not knowing what a good score is,” Morgan told BBC Radio London.
“Going into the second half of the innings, we knew we’d have to be positive and play extremely well, but the way the guys started was outstanding.
“With Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling at the top of order it allows us to go harder earlier because we have strength in depth throughout the batting line-up.”
Eagles take final spot
Essex had started the evening in seventh place in the group table, knowing they had to beat Kent and hope for a Hampshire defeat to qualify.
Cameron Delport top-scored for the Eagles with 64, while an unbeaten 47 from Ravi Bopara helped them to 189-6.
Kent got off to a good start in their chase and were 102-1 in the 11th over but, after Zak Crawley went for 89, the Spitfires lost their final six wickets for just 17 runs.
Essex leapfrogged Hampshire, who lost by 28 runs at Glamorgan as the Cardiff-based side recorded their first win of the campaign.
Chasing 217 for victory, James Vince made a rapid 43 and Sam Northeast top-scored with 60 but three wickets from Roman Walker and two from Marchant de Lange allowed the hosts to end a miserable campaign on a high.
As you were in the North
In the North Group qualification was settled heading into the final round of fixtures.
Notts Outlaws secured a home quarter-final despite losing by 47 runs at home to Durham because holders Worcestershire Rapids fell to a seven-wicket defeat at Northamptonshire Steelbacks and missed the chance to move above the Trent Bridge outfit.
Worcestershire face a trip to Sussex in the last eight in a repeat of last season’s final, while Lancashire Lightning secured top spot in the group by beating Leicestershire Foxes by five wickets.
In a dead rubber, Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s unbeaten 94 from 63 balls helped Yorkshire Vikings to a 19-run win at Birmingham Bears.
Goals from John Marquis and Marcus Harness gave League One side Portsmouth victory at QPR in the Carabao Cup.
Championship side Rangers had most of the possession and created a number of chances in the second-round clash.
But Marquis’ 76th-minute penalty put Pompey ahead and Harness sealed their win five minutes later.
Marquis tucked away the spot-kick after being brought down by defender Toni Leistner.
And worse followed for the hosts when Ross McCrorie sprinted past Leistner on the left and laid the ball across to Harness, who applied the finish.
Marc Pugh had missed a great chance for QPR early in the second half, heading straight at Craig MacGillivray from Ryan Manning’s cross.
QPR dominated large spells of the first half and almost scored a brilliant early goal.
A lovely team move started by keeper Liam Kelly – left out of the Scotland squad in favour of MacGillivray – led to Ilias Chair playing in Jan Mlakar, whose ball across the face of goal just evaded Bright Osayi-Samuel at the far post.
However, for all their neat approach play, Rangers were unable to break the deadlock and Pompey took full advantage after Leistner’s rash challenge.
QPR’s miserable night was summed up when a goal was initially given after Ebere Eze fired into the net in injury time.
But the effort was disallowed for offside after referee Ross Joyce consulted his assistant.
Portsmouth assistant boss Joe Gallen: “It is great. I really love derby games and I think it’s brilliant that we’re now going to play Southampton.
“We felt that if we could see the opening 20 minutes out we could then get our football going and create some chances.
“I think in the second half we did do that and pushed QPR back quite a bit. The second half was even and at that stage it’s first goal wins really. You start to think that whoever gets the first goal is probably going to win.
“Luckily for us we got the penalty and it’s gone our way. Then after the first goal you could see the confidence. Overall, do I think we deserved it? Yes. I think we edged it.”
QPR manager Mark Warburton: “Not good enough, simple as that. No excuses. We didn’t deserve to go through.
“In the first 20-25 minutes we were very comfortable – probably too comfortable. We looked very good and then in truth we got complacent and sloppy.
“Portsmouth grew into the game and in the second half we flattered to deceive. We had lots of possession but that’s irrelevant because we never really troubled them. They then got the penalty and that changed it.”
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A teenager has been stabbed to death in Newham, east London.
The Metropolitan Police said the man, believed to be 18, was found critically injured with stab wounds at 15:30 BST in Chadd Green.
Officers and London Ambulance Service attended. The teenager was pronounced dead an hour later.
The Met said the next of kin had been informed. A post-mortem examination and formal identification are being arranged.
An investigation is under way, but there have not yet been any arrests.
A man in his 60s has been stabbed to death in west London.
Emergency services were called to St Mary’s Avenue in Southall at about 18:40 BST where they found the man suffering from a stab wound.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and his next of kin have been informed, the Met Police said.
A man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in hospital under police guard being treated for minor injuries.
A crime scene and multiple road closures are in place in the area, Scotland Yard said.
Brentford have signed Greece international striker Nikos Karelis on a one-year deal.
The 27-year-old was a free agent after leaving Belgian side Genk earlier in the summer.
“Nikos is a player that will reinforce our options in attacking areas,” boss Thomas Frank told the club website.
“He is fit now and while he may take a while to be 100% ready to start in the Championship, I know he will have an impact.”
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A man who used a Rambo-style knife with a 10-inch blade to stab a stranger to death following a row over a cigarette has been jailed.
Jahmel Riley, 25, was convicted of murdering Dennis Anderson, 39, in the early hours of 10 February.
Riley attacked Mr Anderson at an off-licence on Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, after he had been refused a cigarette.
He was sentenced to a minimum of 23-and-a-half years at the Old Bailey.
Judge Nicholas Hilliard said the killing showed the dangers of carrying knives.
“What might otherwise have been just a verbal disagreement becomes a murder case because the defendant was carrying that terrible weapon,” he said.
Jurors heard how Riley had been “hustling” customers at the Pay Less shop for a cigarette, when Mr Anderson responded: “Why are you asking for cigarettes? Why don’t you get a job like the rest of us?”
Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC said a confrontation then began, where the defendant produced and unsheathed the large Rambo-style knife he was carrying.
Mr Anderson tried to disarm Riley and, as they both fell to the ground outside the store, CCTV showed Riley making a stabbing motion towards Mr Anderson’s neck.
The double-edged knife used in the attack was abandoned at the scene.
Riley claimed Mr Anderson was the aggressor and the stabbing was accidental.
However, prosecutors argued Mr Anderson’s injuries “told a very different story”, showing a series of deliberate blows to the upper body.
Mr Anderson’s partner, Leeane Manzi, said: “On the night that he was so brutally attacked, Dennis showed the heroic qualities that we all knew him for by trying to protect other members of the public and stop the situation escalating.
“This did not surprise us when we found out, as looking out for others summed up Dennis’ character.”
She added the attack had left their “hearts shattered and our lives turned upside down”.