News in Brief

Strike called off at housing association after pay terms are met 

Union members striking for fair pay. Pic: Flickr

A strike over “broken pay promises” has been called off at Peter Bedford Housing Association (PBHA), after employees were granted their terms.

Unite the Union had backed 25 employees who planned to strike for 5 days from December 3.

In April, the government increased the London Living Wage. PBHA agreed to raise their pay wage by 2% to compliment this.

A day after the strike was publicised by the union, PBHA agreed to terms for a pay deal which had previously not been implemented.

Arrest made for the murder of 15-year old Bellingham boy

Jay Hughes  Pic: Metropolitan Police

A 21-year-old woman was arrested on Wednesday, on suspicion of the murder of Jay Hughes; she has been bailed pending further enquiries until mid-December.

Hughes was fatally stabbed outside Morley’s chicken shop on Randlesdown Road, Bellingham, at around 5pm on November 1.

Croydon teenager with “zombie knife” receives suspended sentence

18-year-old Josh Gardner received a suspended sentence. Pic: Metropolitan Police

 A teenager who threatened a driver with a foot-long zombie knife has been given a two year suspended sentence at the Old Bailey.

Eighteen-year-old Joshua Gardner, from Croydon, who was charged in May, was told by Judge Anuja Dhir yesterday that he will face up to two years in jail if he commits another crime during his suspended sentence. Gardner will also serve 150 hours of unpaid work and a curfew for nine months.

Upon hearing Gardner’s sentence, The Mayor of London sent a letter to the Attorney General to ask if the case and sentence could be reviewed. The Attorney General’s office has said they will give a formal answer to Sadiq Khan’s request in the next 28 days.

Croydon teenager given 18 month prison sentence for double stabbing 

18-year-old Jordan Nsumba was sentenced for stabbing two men. Pic: Metropolitan Police

A teenager from Croydon has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after attacking and stabbing two males at the Old Bailey after pleading guilty to two counts of GBH.

Jordan Nsumba, 18, of Handcroft Road stabbed two 16-year-old males, who are reported to be his gang rivals, outside a betting shop on Croydon High Street on June 25 at 4pm.

One of the victims was treated for two stab injuries, one to his chest and one to his arm, at a south London hospital. The second suffered a stab wound to his shoulder and was treated at a separate hospital.


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