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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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Man found dead in Kentish Town was killed in drive-by shooting

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CCTV reveals two people on a moped fired a shot at the 24-year-old victim at close range, Police said.

A man found dead in north-west London was killed in a drive-by shooting, police said.

The 24-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound in Malden Road, Kentish Town, late on Sunday.

CCTV revealed two people on a moped had pulled up to the victim, pulled out a gun and fired at close range. The man died at the scene.

An eyewitness described how he tried to perform CPR on the man with the help of a 999 operator.

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A witness told the BBC how he tried to perform CPR on the victim

Will, who did not want to give his full name, said: “There were a number of people around him when I got down there, but nobody was doing anything.

“With the aid of the operator on the phone, I performed CPR. But I think he was already dead then.”

Officers said they were keen to trace people who had been in a Toyota Prius, a Ford Focus and a motorbike in the area at the time.

The man’s next of kin have been informed and post-mortem tests are due to be held on Tuesday, police said.

Det Ch Insp Simon Stancombe, from the Met Police, said: “Everything we have found out so far points to this being a drive-by shooting.”

He urged eyewitnesses or anyone with dashcam footage to contact the force.

The killing was the second fatal shooting in less than 12 hours in London.

A man in his 20s was shot dead in Sydenham, south-east London, on Sunday afternoon.

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Leyton Orient 1-3 Swindon Town

Swindon moved up to fourth in League Two following a well-deserved victory over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road.

Keshi Anderson put the visitors ahead in the 23rd minute. The 24-year-old was fouled and sent his free-kick into the wall but reacted quickest to pounce on the loose ball and curl into the far corner past Dean Brill.

Richie Wellens’ men continued to maraud forward and their attacking intent paid dividends again two minutes before the break, with Rob Hunt’s audacious side-foot from the corner of the box taking a telling deflection off Orient left-back Joe Widdowson and flying past a surprised Brill.

The game was then over in first-half stoppage time when Lloyd Isgrove provided his sixth assist of the league season.

The former Southampton winger darted through the centre of the pitch before laying off to Jerry Yates, who cut onto his right foot before finishing with aplomb.

Jordan Maguire-Drew curled home brilliantly from 20 yards to give Orient hope with 16 minutes of normal time left but Swindon held on to send their fans home happy.

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London minister Nick Hurd will not stand in next election

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Nick Hurd was first elected as MP for Ruislip-Northwood in 2005

Government minister Nick Hurd has announced that he will stand down at the next election, saying he wanted “a new challenge”.

In a statement, the minister of state for Northern Ireland said his decision was “personal not political”, adding that “much had changed” in his life.

Mr Hurd was first elected as MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner in 2005.

His decision follows Jo Johnson’s announcement that he was resigning as an MP and minister.

In a tweet, Mr Hurd confirmed he was “not resigning” and would continue as minister of state for Northern Ireland, minister for London and minister for Grenfell until the next election.

Speaking about his time in government, the 57-year-old said he had planned to continue “for as long as my constituents continued to elect me” but “much had changed”.

“Politics is now dominated by the ongoing division over Brexit. More happily, my private life has been changed profoundly by the birth of my two youngest children,” he said.

The Conservative MP added that he felt it was the time to “embrace a new challenge”.



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Two men arrested after body found in Hackney flat

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Sandra Samuels, 45, was found dead in her flat in Herrick House, Hackney,

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.

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Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Aubameyang helps Gunners claim derby draw

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in each of his last seven starts at Emirates Stadium

Arsenal staged a stirring comeback to earn a point in a chaotic, thrilling north London derby against Tottenham at Emirates Stadium.

Spurs looked to be in complete control when Christian Eriksen pounced to put them ahead in the 10th minute after Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno pushed out Erik Lamela’s shot.

Leno then saved superbly from Son Heung-min before the South Korean was senselessly hacked down in the area by Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka to allow Harry Kane to score his 10th goal in 11 derby games.

Arsenal started the revival when Alexandre Lacazette pulled one back on the stroke of half-time before they laid siege to Spurs’ goal after the break.

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris saved superbly from Matteo Guendozi’s low shot and from substitute Dani Ceballos before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang showed the poacher’s instinct to turn home the equaliser with 19 minutes remaining.

Kane struck the inside of the post and Sokratis had a goal ruled out for offside but neither side could make the decisive breakthrough and this entertaining encounter ended with honours even.

The result lifts Arsenal to fifth in the Premier League with seven points from four games, while Tottenham head into September’s international break four places behind their rivals in ninth on five points.

Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Emery ‘proud’ of Gunners comeback

Arsenal show fighting spirit

Arsenal showed real character amid the mood swings of this north London derby to fight back from a precarious position to earn a point.

Unai Emery’s side found themselves in big trouble at two goals down but never felt sorry for themselves, fighting their way back to parity and pinning Spurs back for most of the second half.

The Gunners were guilty of poor defending and moments of carelessness but no-one could question their heart.

Lacazette’s goal with seconds left of the first half was vital, lifting the spirits of Arsenal’s players and supporters and setting the perfect platform for a second half that was low on moments of high class but full of fervour and entertainment.

The action swung from end-to-end but Arsenal looked stronger after the break with 20-year-old Guendouzi performing with great maturity in midfield.

Guendouzi certainly showed greater composure than his captain Xhaka, who was guilty of a moment of crass stupidity when diving into a sliding challenge on Son to concede a penalty.

The young Frenchman almost scored only for Lloris to make a brilliant save and it was his intelligent, probing ball into the box that was diverted in by Aubameyang.

It is already becoming clear the title is a two-horse race between Liverpool and Manchester City but Arsenal will feel they can make a serious top-four challenge – although once again questions must be asked about their defending.

Spurs still looking short

Kane is level with Bobby Smith and Emmanuel Adebayor as the joint-leading goalscorer in north London derbies in all competitions

Spurs will be disappointed at only getting a draw after establishing such a position of strength at 2-0 but in the end there was almost a sense they should be grateful for a point.

It continues an indifferent start to the season as they have five points from their first four games, with just one win at home to Aston Villa.

Spurs, to give perspective, have also had tough away assignments at Manchester City and Arsenal and come away with points but they are not yet back to their best.

The experiment of using Davinson Sanchez at right-back was not an unqualified success and on several occasions manager Mauricio Pochettino could be seen showing his exasperation, both at moments of poor defending and also when Spurs were wasteful in attack.

Spurs were grateful for a superb display of shot-stopping by Lloris but Pochettino will be frustrated that his side looked to have Arsenal where they wanted them before the break, then ended hanging on for long periods in the second half.

Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Mauricio Pochettino pleased with ‘amazing’ derby draw

‘A great job’ – what they said

Arsenal manager Unai Emery, speaking to BBC Sport: “It was an amazing match. We are proud of our work and our supporters. The result isn’t the best for us.

“The key was the first goal to give us confidence and give us more chances in the second half. We deserved it. We did a lot of good things. We made some mistakes in the first half and they have good players.

“Before their first goal we were playing well. Sometimes our heart is more strong than our head.”

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, speaking to BBC Sport: “I feel like were coming off disappointed. We expect to see the game out. The goal hurt us with momentum just before the break. It was an end-to-end game, especially last 10-15 minutes but the players left everything on the pitch.

On his late penalty shout: “As a striker, if it is on halfway it is a definite foul. In the box you don’t always get them. He’s come through the back of me but it is 50/50. VAR would probably have backed the ref in this.”

Man of the match – Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal)

As well as setting up Arsenal’s equaliser, Guendouzi was a key figure in midfield, recovering possession for his side seven times

Spurs continue to stutter on the road – stats

  • Tottenham have dropped 42 points from winning positions in the Premier League against Arsenal – 11 more than against any other side in the competition.
  • Spurs are winless in their last eight away league games, drawing two and losing six. They last endured such a run on the road in their eight games between December 2011 and April 2012.
  • Arsenal have lost just one of their last 27 Premier League home games against Tottenham, a 2-3 defeat in November 2010 after being two goals ahead.
  • Since his Premier League debut in August 2016, no player has conceded more penalties in the competition than the five by Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka.
  • Arsenal have recorded 13 errors leading to goals in the Premier League since the start of last season – the most of any club in the competition. Goalkeeper Bernd Leno is responsible for six of those errors.
  • Spurs’ Christian Eriksen has now scored 50 Premier League goals – the first Danish player to reach this landmark – whilst also becoming the first Spurs player to register both 50-plus goals and assists for the club in the competition.

What’s next?

After the international break, Tottenham resume their Premier League season with a home match against Crystal Palace on Saturday, 14 September (15:00 BST).

A day later, Arsenal travel to Watford in the late Sunday kick-off (16:30 BST).



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Mauricio Pochettino dismisses rumours of him leaving Tottenham as ‘stupid’

‘You bet, you lose!’ – Pochettino on quit rumours

Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed speculation he will leave Tottenham after Sunday’s north London derby with Arsenal as “stupid”.

Some bookmakers stopped taking bets