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Mahad Ali: Teenager stabbed to death by gang of armed attackers at warehouse party was talented boxer

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DANIEL O’MAHONY, JUSTIN DAVENPORT

A teenager stabbed to death at a warehouse party in west London was a talented boxer, it emerged today.

Mahad Ali, 18, was set upon by a gang of armed attackers as more than 200 people spilled out of the event on an industrial estate in Park Royal at 2.30am yesterday.

The student was rushed to hospital with multiple stab wounds but was pronounced dead soon afterwards.

Mr Ali is the 13th teenager to be murdered in London this year and the tenth young person to die of knife wounds. He is also the tenth fatality from knife crime so far this month.

His parents are said to be inconsolable with grief, with a relative saying: “They are crying and crying for their child”.

Friends today paid tribute to Mr Ali, who was a former pupil of Highbury Grove School and member of the Islington Boxing Club.
A picture of the teenager with British world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua Joshua was shared on social media.

School friend Claudio Bellezza, 18, said: “Mahad was unique. He never spoke ill of anyone behind their backs, always kept his promises and was never deceitful, which makes it even harder to believe he’s gone.

“He had ambition, he was a hard worker and a great boxer, he showed empathy to those in difficult positions.”

A fellow classmate at Highbury Grove who lived on the same road as Mr Ali in Islington, said: “Mahad was the kindest person you will ever meet in your life. He was always smiling and wouldn’t hurt a fly.

Another friend said: “He was a loving person. I met him and we were instantly family. He was just an innocent person in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“I’m sorry for his poor mother and family. She loves him to bits, he was a great son to her.”

Islington Boxing Club paid tribute online saying they were saddened to hear of his death. The teenager had been a member for a few years and had progressed through through the junior academy to compete for the club.

The statement said : “Mahad has become another victim to knife crime that is plaguing the streets of London and affecting so many. It is sad that young people are losing they lives so frequently for no reason. Too many young people are caught up in this and it really needs to stop.

“Thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. “

The warehouse party was “hijacked” by violent gangs towards the end of the night, according to one of the promoters.

He said: “Around 250 people attended the event yesterday around 2.50am (the event would have finished at 3am) numerous fights started happening, loads of people hijacked the event from outside.

Tribute: victim Mahad Ali pictured when he met boxing champion Anthony Joshua

“Whilst the brawl occurred I was stabbed in the face whilst helping someone who was heavily outnumbered getting attacked.”

It is understood to have been held in the premises of the Wanasah Lounge, which closed in April 2016 following a planning dispute with Ealing Council.

Former owner Amira Al-Shamaa said: “When we were there, there were none of these problems.”

Mr Ali’s killing came two days after Sadiq Khan announced new measures to combat London’s knife crime epidemic, including a £625,000 funding boost for projects to tackle gang activity.

Detective Chief Inspector Luke Marks, who is leading the investigation, said: “At some point an altercation began inside, and then may have spilled outside, which resulted in the victim being stabbed.

“Another man was treated at the scene for a head injury and it may be that others were injured too – we would appeal for those people to come forward.”
There have been no arrests.

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0300 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Teen knife victim Harun Jama was an ‘angel now in a better place’

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Devastated friends and family have launched fundraising appeals in memory of a Birmingham teenager found stabbed to death near a children’s playground .

Harun Jama, who was 16 and from Sparkhill , was knifed in the stomach, leg and chest in Oxford on January 3.

His childhood friend and neighbour, Jamal Madar, described Harun as a “teenager with the biggest, whitest smile”.

Jamal, who is studying a Masters in Pharmacy at Keele University, is behind a fundraising drive to build two wells in Ghana in his memory.

More than £500 has been donated so far.

Posting on his JustGiving page, he said: “At such an innocent and tender age he had his life snatched away from him.

“He’s a local lad who lived in Sparkhill, the people who know him only speak highly of him.

“Our community lost an angel. An angel by the name of Harun Jama.

“A 16-year-old Somali teenager with the biggest, whitest smile unjustly taken away from us.

“Our little bro is in no doubt in a better place.

“We are raising money to build wells in Ghana in a community that is suffering from water poverty.”

Jamal said his friend was a “kind, respectful and humble teenager who was loved among the whole community”.

He said: “He would always help his mother with whatever she asked of him and he had the best of characters towards his friends and especially elders. Harun Jama was unjustly killed at such a tender age.”

Further tributes were paid by Harun’s friend Amelia Coates who urged well-wishers to help pay for his funeral.

The heartbroken teen took to Facebook to ask friends and relatives to donate to a GoFundMe appeal.

More than £1,000 has been raised to date.

Amelia said: “I’m aware a lot of my friends and family took him in as part of their family too and loved him as much as I did.

“It’s so horrific and everyone who knew him knew he didn’t deserve this in the slightest.”

Harun had previously helped with a golf charity fundraising day and Amelia praised his generosity.

“He helped caddie during the Macmillan Golf Day and also came to the auction where he dressed up as a Ninja Turtle and ran around handing out prizes.

“Not knowing the people we were doing this for, he still wanted to help and shortly after he quickly became a part of the family.

“Anyone who meet him smiled or laughed after having a conversation with him because thats the way he was.

“He was a clean-hearted, bubbly young boy who had his whole life ahead of him.”

A host of further tributes posted on social media were paid to the much-loved teenager.

Mark Coates said: “Such a kind-mannered and intelligent youngster, with a promising life ahead, taken way too soon.

“Can’t believe there is such hatred and cruelty in the world. The last time I saw him, he was playing football with my brothers, cousins, and nephews. Rest in peace Harun.”

Louise Waldron added: “He was such a lovely natured boy. Rest in peace Harun x.”

And Chan Morris posted: “Nice lad. So polite. Gone way too soon.”

Craig Ford, 33, of Luther Street, Oxford, has been charged with murder and has been remanded in custody.

He is also accused of robbery, possession of a bladed article and two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Alice Ashcroft, 25, also of Luther Street, has been charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Both defendants will appear in court on February 9.

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VIDEO: Somali British in a new Channel 4 show ‘Hunted’

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Channel 4 show Hunted returns for a brand new series which sees ordinary people turn fugitives, with a £100,000 prize up for grabs if they manage to evade the hunters for 25 days. They will be hounded by a team of experts, led by Scotland Yard detective, Chief Peter Bleksley, while trying their best to evade capture.

Popping into a high street shop surrounded by CCTV is probably not the best way to go about it, but it’s exactly what Magid Mah does to try and outsmart the hunters.

Somali refugee Magid Magid is now a Green Party councillor and deputy Lord Mayor of Sheffield. He had a cunning strategy: to wear a bright blue poncho that would attract attention, then swap it to a decoy. However, Magid didn’t account for the jobsworth nature of staff at a Subway sandwich shop, who refused to let him use their branch’s back door. Health and safety, guv. Rules are rules.

 

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Somali refugee family given £2m council house in exclusive London neighbourhood

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Muriidi Abati, 57, and his wife Maryan Mohamed, 44, have lived in the Georgian townhouse with their seven children, aged between eight and 23, for 15 years.

The four-storey townhouse could be rented out privately for £900 a week but cleaner Mr Abati, who earns £7 an hour, pays just £90 to Islington Council in north London.

Mrs Mohamed said: “We’re very lucky and grateful to have this house. It’s sad there are not enough houses for everyone.”

But critics said it was “ridiculous” the refugees were given “a home for millionaires” while many families are forced to live in squalor.
John Bickley, Ukip immigration spokesman, said: “Councils have a duty to optimise their tax-payer-funded assets for the benefit of all residents. Letting out multimillion pound houses or flats for peppercorn rent is a poor return on such assets.

“They should be sold and the returns invested in affordable social housing that benefits a larger number of residents.”

The property includes a basement games room with a state-of-the-art 50-inch flat screen TV, while the living room has two large leather sofas and a massive leather chair.

It is situated in Islington’s Clerkenwell district – a sought-after area boasting Michelin-starred restaurants and trendy bars and home to the world-famous Sadler’s Wells theatre and Smithfield Market.
X Files actress Gillian Anderson, 49, sold a six-bedroom home there for £3.6million earlier this year.

Average property prices in the borough stood at £774,923 last year, with terraced houses selling for around £1.3million.
Last year Islington Council let just 1,250 properties, housing about seven per cent of the 18,000 families on its waiting list.

On its website, the council says: “Regrettably, even people in the greatest need often face a delay of several years before they get housed.”
And it warns: “It is very unlikely that you will be offered a council home as there is far more demand than supply.”

Despite the huge backlog, the council says it aims to build just 500 new homes over the next four years.

Refugees can qualify as a priority for housing if a local council deems them to be “vulnerable” under the Housing Act 1996.

Although refugee status is not listed as a specific vulnerability, officials can include this under the “special reason” category.

For several years London councils – including Islington – have been offering homeless families accommodation hundreds of miles out of the capital, where rents are cheaper and there is more availability.

A neighbour of the Abati family said he was also a council tenant, as were many others in the street.

The man, who did not want to be named, said his home was worth up to £3million.

A similar double-fronted property to the Abati’s on the street recently sold for £2.18million.

Another local, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years, said: “It really is ridiculous that the council are putting families into homes that only multimillionaires can afford to live in.

“Most people I know who work are mired in debt and can barely pay their bills.”

Other councils and housing associations have been selling off houses which have rocketed in value to help tackle the housing crisis.

In September, a former council house with one of the finest views in Cornwall sold for £1.44million.

The three-bed property overlooking Porthmeor Beach at St Ives went under the hammer at auction in London.

Its former owners, a housing association, said the proceeds would be ploughed into affordable housing.

In 2013, a 200-year-old Grade II-listed property close to Borough Market in south London was sold at auction for £2.96million.

The house was auctioned by Southwark Council to raise money for social housing in the area.

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