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Brit winner Finley Quaye sentenced for bar manager attack

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Finley Quaye was named Best British Male Solo Artist at the 1998 Brit Awards

A Brit Award-winning musician has been ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work for punching a bar manager and threatening to stab him during an unprovoked drunken attack.

Finley Quaye, 45, assaulted Robert Jenei outside Troubadour on the Old Brompton Road, west London, in the early hours of September 8.

Scotland-born Quaye, 45, of Earls Court, London had been performing at the bar and drinking there all night.

The court heard he had offended before.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told Quaye had asked bar manager Mr Jenei to search for a female companion’s handbag after the pair left the venue at around 01:30 BST.

But after looking for the bag Mr Jenei returned to find Quaye visibly angry and making threats to security staff, before punching the victim in the face.

He then kicked a BMW belonging to security staff and shouted abuse saying “I will stab you lot in the kidney” and “I will stab you in the windpipe”.

Quaye pleaded guilty to a charge of assault at a hearing on 7 October.

‘Very sorry’

His solicitor, Shahnaz Sargent, said Quaye had been given a supply of free alcohol as one of the perks of performing at the bar.

The court heard he had a string of convictions for offences including battery and public disorder dating back to 2012.

Ms Sargent said he had been attending addiction services for alcohol and drugs, adding: “He’s very sorry for the way he behaved towards Mr Jenei.”

As well as the community order, he was also ordered to pay costs and a fine totalling £525.

The singer, who was born in Edinburgh, was best known for his album Maverick A Strike in the late 1990s.

He told the judge he was not working and would be paying his fine from benefits at £15 per week.

Judge Michael Snow said: “If you go around thumping managers in the face, I don’t suppose you are going to get much work.”

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Windrush: Migrant Dexter Bristol died from natural causes

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Dexter Bristol died after suffering heart failure and collapsing in the street

A Windrush migrant who was trying to prove his British citizenship died of natural causes, an inquest has found.

Dexter Bristol, who was born on the Caribbean island of Grenada, collapsed near his north London home last year.

At the time, he was caught up in the immigration scandal which saw children of Commonwealth citizens threatened with deportation.

The inquest, the second held into his death, considered the impact the Home Office had on his death.

The initial hearing, held last year, was quashed following a judicial review by Mr Bristol’s family who contested the ruling that the government should not be an interested party in the inquest.

On Monday, coroner Mary Hassell said although his immigration status may have caused stress, heart disease was the underlying cause of death.

At St Pancras Coroner’s Court, Ms Hassell said the 58-year-old had other stresses in his life, including being anxious about the relationship with his mother.

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The generation was named Windrush after the boat they travelled on from the Caribbean Islands as a response to post-war labour shortages in the UK

The court heard Mr Bristol, of Mount Pleasant, Camden, had become unemployed in 2016 just as he was being questioned about his right to work in the UK.

He arrived with his mother, Sentina D’Artanyan-Bristol, in 1968, when he was eight after travelling on her passport. He did not have a passport or travel documents of his own.

‘Justice not done’

Professor Jaswinder Gill, consultant cardiologist at Guy and St Thomas’ Hospital, told the court the prospect of Mr Bristol losing his income and home as he struggled to prove his citizenship “would have contributed towards his demise”.

His immigration lawyer Jacqueline McKenzie said a letter with an update to his case arrived shortly after his death.

Following the coroner’s ruling, Mrs D’Artanyan-Bristol said: “I don’t think justice was done.

“The stress from the Home Office brought on the heart attack, he was going through a lot of stress because of the Home Office.”

The government had been heavily criticised over the treatment of the Windrush generation, which saw long-term UK residents denied access to services, held in detention or removed despite living legally in the country for decades.

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Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal: Aubameyang earns Gunners a point

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang became the first Arsenal player to score seven or more goals in the first seven Premier League games of a season since Dennis Bergkamp in 1997-98

Manchester United and Arsenal played out a grim stalemate at Old Trafford that provided compelling evidence to illustrate just how far away from a Premier League challenge both clubs are.

In a disappointing encounter that was a pale shadow of their mighty clashes of years gone by, Scott McTominay gave Manchester United the lead at the end of an attritional first-half with a rising drive from the edge of the area.

Arsenal equalised just before the hour courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cool finish. It was originally ruled out for offside but the video assistant referee confirmed the striker had been played onside by Harry Maguire.

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno excelled for Arsenal with fine saves from Maguire and Marcus Rashford’s late free-kick, while Bukayo Saka’s goalbound shot crucially struck Victor Lindelof and flew over the top.

McTominay also headed a great chance well over from Ashley Young’s corner but neither side could force a winner.

The result takes Arsenal into the top four but Manchester United are now down in 10th after an outcome that means they have made their worst start after seven games in 30 years, failing to reach double figures for the first time since 1989-90, a season in which they finished 13th.

More to follow.



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Engineer killed at Waterloo station was ‘loving father’

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Christian Tuvi, 44, was also a member of the Army Reserve

The family of an engineer killed while working on a moving walkway at Waterloo station have paid tribute to “a hardworking, loving father”.

Christian Tuvi, 44, died in the early hours of Wednesday while repairing a walkway at the London Underground interchange.

Emergency services were called to the station shortly after 02:20 BST but he died at the scene.

Mr Tuvi, from Cambridgeshire, had a partner and three young children.

The engineer was also a member of the Army Reserve based at City of London Field Hospital.

‘Horrific incident’

Speaking on behalf of the family, solicitor Charlotte Rankin said: “The family have been left devastated by the death of Christian.

“He was a hardworking, loving father, and the last thing they expected when he went to work last Wednesday was that they would have a knock on the door from the police to tell them that he had been involved in such a horrific incident, with such tragic consequences.

“The family have welcomed calls from the mayor for a full investigation to take place, and it is their hope that any lessons learnt from what occurred are acted upon with urgency to ensure nothing like this happens again moving forward.

“They would like to express their gratitude to everyone who has demonstrated their support to date, and to those who are keeping them in their prayers at this difficult time.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said an urgent inquiry was “vital” to ensure such an incident did not happen again.

Managing director of London Underground Vernon Everitt said transport bosses were “fully supporting the urgent investigations being carried out by the Office of Rail and Road and the British Transport Police”.

“It is absolutely vital that we understand how this happened and ensure that it never happens again,” he said.

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Leicester 2-1 Tottenham: James Maddison fires Foxes past Spurs

James Maddison’s long-range finish helped Leicester come from behind and extend Spurs’ miserable record away from home

James Maddison’s first league goal of the season helped Leicester come from behind to beat Tottenham in an absorbing encounter at the King Power Stadium.

Maddison drilled a superb low effort into the far corner from distance to lift Brendan Rodgers’ side back into the top four of the Premier League at the visitors’ expense.

Ricardo Pereira had put the Foxes back on level terms, moments after Spurs had been denied a second goal when Serge Aurier’s low drive was disallowed for a marginal offside call against Son Heung-min.

Harry Kane’s fourth league goal of the campaign had given Spurs the lead in the first half, the England striker slotting Son’s clever flick beyond Kasper Schmeichel despite being knocked off balance by Foxes defender Caglar Soyuncu.

Leicester thought they had opened the scoring themselves when Wilfred Ndidi scored on the rebound after Paulo Gazzaniga spilled Youri Tielemans’ effort, but the goal was ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee.

Tightest of VAR calls denies Spurs

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino accused his players of “lacking fight” after they surrendered a two-goal lead to draw with Olympiakos in the Champions League midweek.

The result mirrored their 2-2 draw with north London rivals Arsenal in their previous away league game, with Kane admitting after Wednesday’s Group B opener that Spurs had failed to learn from recent mistakes.

Pochettino made six changes to the team that started in Greece, with Hugo Lloris unavailable due to his wife giving birth and Dele Alli left out of the squad altogether. Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura and Eric Dier all had to settle for places on the bench.

Perhaps as a result, the visitors looked disjointed in the early stages and were fortunate not to fall behind when Ndidi’s effort was chalked off.

There was nothing fortunate about Kane’s opener 13 minutes later, however.

The England striker managed to latch on to Son’s back-heel and despite losing his balance under Soyuncu’s challenge, he somehow managed to knock the ball past Jonny Evans before lifting it over Schmeichel into the far corner.

Spurs thought they had doubled their lead when Aurier drilled a powerful drive into the far corner, but Son was adjudged to have been marginally offside in the build-up and the goal was chalked off.

Buoyed by that narrow decision, Leicester threw bodies forward and restored parity through Pereira, before Maddison struck with five minutes remaining to extend Spurs’ winless league run away from home to nine games.

Leicester prove top-six credentials

After watching the Foxes slip to their first defeat of the campaign at Old Trafford last weekend, Leicester fans were hopeful that their team could continue their impressive home form against a Spurs side who have looked vulnerable on their travels of late.

They had lost their last three meetings with Tottenham in the Premier League prior to today’s game, but this latest performance provided further compelling evidence that Rodgers’ team can mount a serious challenge for a top-six finish this season.

Maddison was heavily involved early on, the 22-year-old curling an effort narrowly off target from the edge of the box before firing straight at Gazzaniga from a tight angle after twisting and turning to find room for the shot.

Rodgers’ side did not let their heads drop after falling behind, with Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy both going close to equalising before Pereira’s strike midway through the second half.

Just as the game appeared destined to end in a draw, Maddison collected Hamza Choudhury’s pass before firing low into the bottom corner from a central position – all in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate.

The result was no less than Maddison and his team-mates deserve and lifts the Foxes – temporarily at least – to second in the Premier League.

Man of the match – James Maddison (Leicester)

As well as his goal, Maddison also attempted more shots (four) and played more key passes (two) than any of his Leicester team-mates

VAR takes centre stage – the stats

  • There were two goals disallowed by VAR in this match, while no other game in the Premier League in 2019-20 has had more than one chalked off.
  • Tottenham have failed to win three consecutive away Premier League games when they were leading at half-time for the first time since March 2008.
  • Leicester have suffered just one defeat in their last nine Premier League home games (W6 D2), after losing four in a row directly before that.
  • Tottenham are without a win in their last nine away games in the Premier League (W0 D2 L7) – they last had a longer winless away run between April and December 2006 (10).
  • Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira scored his third goal in 41 Premier League appearances – all three have come at the King Power Stadium.
  • Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored 14 goals in 13 games in all competitions against Leicester, four more than he has versus any other side in his professional career.
  • Since the start of last season, Kane has scored 13 Premier League away goals, more than any other player in this period.
  • Leicester’s James Maddison ended a run of 31 shots in the Premier League without a goal, since netting versus Huddersfield in April.
  • Spurs’ Son Heung-min has been directly involved in seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances versus Leicester (4 goals, 3 assists).

‘A wonderful performance’ – what the managers said

Leicester 2-1 Tottenham: Brendan Rodgers praises ‘outstanding’ Foxes

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers on BBC Sport: “It was a wonderful performance. I thought the players were outstanding. We started the game with a great tempo, which sets the emotion in the stadium.

“It was just a case of preparing the players mentally for the second half. We had to adapt the system at half-time. The players deserve huge credit. The quality we showed was top-class against an outstanding team.”

“Some of the offside decisions – it’s fine margins. Whatever the decision, you have to adapt and keep your focus on the game. The players did that very well.”

Leicester 2-1 Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino refuses to criticise VAR after defeat

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on BBC Sport: “We dominated the game and we deserved more but that’s football. It can change quickly. We need to keep working. We have a lot of games coming and we need to be ready.

“I’m always saying that sometimes it (VAR) benefits you and sometimes it goes against you. You can’t complain afterwards. You have to accept it.

“Today, we were the better side but I hope they (Leicester) have a very good season. I admire Brendan Rodgers and wish them the best.”

What’s next?

Leicester travel to Luton Town in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, 24 September (19:45 BST), while Spurs visit Colchester United at the same time.



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Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3 Arsenal: Gunners begin Europa League with win in Germany

Arsenal lost against Chelsea in last year’s Europa League final

Goals from academy gradates Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka helped Arsenal overcome a difficult test against Eintracht Frankfurt and begin their Europa League campaign with a victory.

Willock put the Gunners in front with a deflected shot in the first half before Saka smashed in his first senior goal for the club in the 85th minute.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added a third two minutes later as Arsenal ended their three-game winless run.

The Gunners had created further chances but also relied on goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to come to the aid of their fragile defence.

The Argentine produced excellent low saves to deny Filip Kostic and Andre Silva in the first half.

The second period was frantic in front of a vociferous home crowd with Arsenal’s late goals only coming after Dominik Kohr was shown a second yellow card for a cynical foul.

The Gunners, beaten finalists in last year’s Europa League, are top of the early Group F table on goal difference after Standard Liege beat Vitoria in the night’s other game.

Youngsters star in attack

Bukayo Saka (right) was one of three Arsenal academy products in the starting line-up, along with Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe

Manager Unai Emery opted for a mix of youth and experience for the game in Germany, despite it arguably being Arsenal’s toughest test in Group F, and it was their young players who stood out.

Eighteen-year-old Saka, playing for the first team for the first time this season and fifth time in total, was excellent on the left flank, scoring once and setting up the other two goals.

He created Willock’s goal by beating his marker with fine skill in midfield and was the main threat for the Gunners in the first half.

The only criticism was he spurned a number of chances to increase Arsenal’s lead but he silenced those doubts with an emphatic finish from the edge of the area late on.

Willock played as the Gunners most advanced central midfielder and offered a goal threat but also linked play well, notably with a fine driving run in the second half which ended with Martin Hinteregger excellently blocking an Aubameyang shot.

The scoreline flattered Arsenal in the end but the game will be most memorable for the performance of their youngsters.

Defensive issues remain

The Gunners came into the game on the back of their disappointing 2-2 draw against Watford, after which their defensive display was heavily criticised as they spurned a two-goal lead.

Although Arsenal kept a second clean sheet of the season, they still looked uncertain at the back and allowed Eintracht 24 shots on goal – seven fewer than the Hornets’ 31 on Sunday.

Arsenal’s deeper midfielders Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira failed to control proceedings with the second half end-to-end until Kohr was dismissed.

Eintracht, who reached the semi-finals of the Europa League last season before losing on penalties to Chelsea, lost strikers Sebastien Haller and Luka Jovic to West Ham and Real Madrid respectively in the summer and had either been in their line-up on Thursday, Arsenal’s slack defence may have been punished.

Kostic caused right-back Calum Chambers significant problems but was wasteful, as was AC Milan loanee Silva, who shot well wide in the second half when given another good opportunity.

That said, Martinez, brought in for first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno, impressed with key saves in the first half and assured handling when called upon.

Man of the match – Bukayo Saka

Saka’s goal was his first in senior football

‘A dream come true’ – reaction

Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka: “I’m so happy to score for Arsenal, it’s a dream come true – I have been dreaming of this moment since I was a kid.

“I just want to keep working hard to make sure I can feel this feeling again.”

Arsenal manager Unai Emery: “We knew tonight was going to be difficult, they fell back very deep and caused us problems early on.

“We recovered the ball well and the young players showed the confidence to take their chances.

“Everybody can be happy and continuing in this competition is important, so it was good to get a good win, especially away from home.”

Eintracht coach Adi Hutter: “It’s a bitter defeat for us, because the performance does not reflect that result.

“When it was still 1-0 for Arsenal, we tried to score the equaliser but then conceded another one.

“The important thing is for us to create chances, I have seen enough of those. A goal can help open some doors, give you a boost, that did not happen today.”

Aubameyang’s goal-scoring run – the best stats

  • Arsenal have only lost one of their 13 group stage games in the Europa League (W10 D2), while this was their sixth consecutive clean sheet in the group stage of the competition.
  • Arsenal picked up their first European away win against German opposition since November 2013 (1-0 v Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League), having failed to win on any of their previous five trips (D1 L4).
  • Eintracht Frankfurt suffered their heaviest home defeat across European competitions – in what was their 74th such game on home soil.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has netted seven goals in his last seven Europa League appearances for Arsenal, with four of those coming away from home.
  • Bukayo Saka is the youngest player to score for Arsenal in the Europa League/Champions League since October 2008, when Aaron Ramsey (17y 300d) netted against Fenerbahce.



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County Championship: Dan Lawrence hits century as Essex lead against Surrey

Dan Lawrence has passed 50 on five previous occasions this season but his best score was 93
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Cloudfm County Ground (day two):
Surrey 174: Smith 34, Foakes 34; Porter 5-62, S Cook (5-53)
Essex 302-6: Lawrence 147, ten Doeschate 78*; Clarke 3-52
Essex (6 pts) lead Surrey (1 pt) by 128 with six wickets standing
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Dan Lawrence made a timely first Championship century of the season as Essex built a first-innings lead on day two against Surrey at Chelmsford.

Jamie Porter (5-62) and Sam Cook (5-53) collected Surrey’s last six wickets for 37 runs as they were all out for 174.

But title-chasing Essex ran into trouble on 53-3 before Lawrence and Ravi Bopara (34) put on 72.

Ryan ten Doeschate (78 not out) added 173 with Lawrence, who finally fell for 147 as Essex reached 302-6, 128 ahead.

With leaders Somerset bowled out for just 142 against Hampshire and therefore able to take no more than 19 points from the game should they win it, every point is crucial for Essex, who began the match against Surrey just eight behind.

Porter and Cook wasted no time in securing all three bowling points after the latter began the day by knocking out Ben Foakes’ (34) off stump.

Jordan Clark (3-52) claimed the first three wickets when Essex began their reply, including that of Alastair Cook, who was lbw for 24.

But Lawrence grew in confidence as the ball became soft and reached three figures off 182 balls by sweeping spinner Scott Borthwick for four.

Ten Doeschate was typically assertive in the supporting role, collecting nine boundaries before Lawrence was caught at slip from a delivery by Morne Morkel that appeared to bounce a little more than he expected and Jamie Porter was lbw to Rikki Clarke for a duck in the penultimate over.

Essex already had a third batting point, though, and another two are available on the third morning if they can add a further 98 to their total in 23 overs.

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Lewisham chicken shop fight victim named as Omar Smith

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The fight happened in Downham Way in the Grove Park area of Lewisham

A man who died after a knife fight at a chicken shop in south-east London has been named as Omar Smith.

Two men were found with head and stab wounds in Downham Way, Lewisham, at about 23:55 BST on Friday.

A murder investigation was launched after Mr Smith, 34, died in hospital on Saturday.

Police said a second man, 51, was arrested on suspicion of GBH on his release from hospital but has since been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Two other men, aged 40 and 46, who were detained at the chicken shop on suspicion of GBH have also been further arrested on suspicion of murder.

All three were taken to south London police stations before one was released under investigation and another two released on bail until mid-October, Scotland Yard said.

Police said the victim’s next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination is due to take place.

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Boy, 12, critically ill after Wembley hit-and-run

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The boy was struck by a vehicle on Forty Avenue, Wembley, at about 16:00 BST on Friday

A 12-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after a hit-and-run in north-west London.

The boy was struck by a white Nissan SUV on Forty Avenue, Wembley, at about 16:00 BST on Friday.

He was taken to a north London hospital where he remains, according to Scotland Yard.

No-one has been arrested and police are appealing for information about the Nissan, with a broken headlight, which drove off from the scene.

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Laureline Garcia-Bertaux death: Friends were ‘alarmed’ by texts

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Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was found buried in a shallow grave in her garden

A friend of a French film producer who was found buried in a shallow grave in her garden became suspicious after she received “strange” messages from her phone, a court has heard.

Kirill Belorusov, 32, is accused of killing Laureline Garcia-Bertaux at her London home and then sending texts from her mobile to cover his tracks.

Beth Penman told the Old Bailey she became “confused” by the messages about a shopping spree and a “fit” vet.

Mr Belorusov denies murder.

On 5 March, the 34-year-old was found naked, bound, wrapped in bin bags and buried in a flower bed in the back garden of her flat in Kew.

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The jury was shown CCTV of Kirill Belorusov at Luton airport where he caught a flight to Estonia

The jury was told Ms Penman became concerned after receiving “confusing” messages from her close friend’s phone days before she was found.

One described Ms Garcia-Bertaux going on a shopping spree in Oxford Street, which Ms Penman said was “completely” surprising because her friend preferred shopping online.

Further texts mentioned how she wanted to be “young and hot again”, while another on 3 March spoke about meeting a “fit” vet.

When asked by prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC whether it was “the kind of thing Laureline might do?”, Ms Penman replied: “No. It seemed far-fetched to me.”

She also told Mr Glasgow that she was alarmed by the messages.

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The court heard Mr Belorusov bought supplies in Homebase before the killing

Prosecutors have told the court Mr Belorusov owed the victim thousands of pounds, and he had tricked his way into her home where he strangled her.

The jury has also heard the 32-year-old was captured on CCTV buying an axe, rubble sacks and plastic clogs in Homebase, which he used to dispose of her body.

Following the murder, Mr Belorusov fled to Estonia, his home country, but was brought back to Britain to face trial, prosecutors have said.

The trial continues.

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