Amazon fires cause: What caused the Amazon fires? How did rainforest fires start?

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is the largest of its kind on earth. It covers 40 percent of South America, is home to more than 30 million people and countless mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, most of them unique to the jungle. The Amazon is often referred to as the ‘lungs of the planet’ due to its vital role in oxygen production, which is carried around the world in weather systems. Now, however, the fires are pumping out alarming quantities of carbon into the world’s atmosphere.

The Amazon rainforest does have a man-made fire season, and each year sees an uptick in blazes around this time as farmers and cattle ranchers have long used fire to clear land and make it ready for use.

However, this year has seen a drastic increase in the volume of fires.

In the worst-affected Brazilian state of Amazonas, the peak day this month was 700 percent higher than the average for the same date over the past 15 years.

So what caused these intense fires?

The root of the fires is manmade and deliberate.

Most of the blazes are agricultural, either smallholders burning stubble after harvest, or farmers clearing forest for cropland.

Illegal land-grabbers also destroy trees so they can raise the value of the property they seize, already cleared to be used for farmland.

Most of the agricultural burn-offs are in deforested areas, but there are also fires in protected reserves, the number of which has increased drastically this year.

Blame is largely being placed at the foot of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro.

Deforestation has rapidly accelerated during the first eight months of his rule, thanks to his policies weakening the environment agency, undermining conservation NGOs and promoting the opening of the Amazon to mining, farming and logging.

He recently fired the head of Brazil’s space research centre Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) after data was published showing 72,843 fires in the Amazon this year alone, marking an 83 percent increase over the same period of 2018 and is the highest since records began in 2013.

However, the situation cannot be blamed solely on the right-wing Bolsonaro.

The agricultural lobby is powerful in Brazil and it has steadily eroded the protection system that was so successful from 2005-2014.

Deforestation crept up in the past five years under the previous presidents Dilma Rousseff and Michel Temer.

And some of it is beyond the reach of politics at all – there are also huge fires in Bolivia, which has a leftwing populist president.

Scientists say the Amazon is approaching a tipping point, after which it will irreversibly degrade into a dry savannah.

At a time when the world needs billions more trees to absorb carbon and stabilise the climate, the planet is losing its biggest rainforest.

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South Korean military drills around disputed island draw Japanese protest

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s military on Sunday began two days of drills around a tiny island also claimed by Japan, prompting a protest from Tokyo just days after Seoul decided to scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with its neighbor amid worsening relations.

Tokyo and Seoul have long been at loggerheads over the sovereignty of the group of islets called Takeshima in Japanese and Dokdo in Korean, which lie about halfway between the East Asian neighbors in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.

The military drills were scheduled to begin on Sunday, and will include naval, air, and army forces, a South Korean ministry of defense official said.

The Japanese foreign ministry called the drills unacceptable and said it had lodged a protest with South Korea calling for them to end.

The island is “obviously an inherent part of the territory of Japan”, Kenji Kanasugi, the director general at the ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, told the South Korean Embassy in Tokyo in a statement.

Tensions in the region have spiked amid a worsening political and economic spat between South Korea and Japan, a string of missile launches by North Korea, and increasingly assertive military patrols by China and Russia.

South Korea announced the scrapping of an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan on Thursday, drawing a swift protest from Tokyo and deepening a decades-old dispute over history that has hit trade and undercut security cooperation over North Korea.

Relations between South Korea and Japan began to deteriorate late last year following a diplomatic row over compensation for wartime forced laborers during Japan’s occupation of Korea.

They soured further when Japan tightened its curbs on exports of high-tech materials needed by South Korea’s chip industry, and again this month when Tokyo said it would remove South Korea’s fast-track export status.

The disputed islands have long been one of the most sensitive areas of contention for South Korea and Japan.

The defense drills around the islands have typically been conducted twice a year, but the current exercises had been delayed as relations deteriorated, Yonhap news agency reported.

In July South Korea and Japan responded to what they saw as a violation of their air space near the islands by a Russian military plane.

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Bake Off’s Prue Leith, 79, fears breaking leg after nasty fall at train station

She successfully stepped into Mary Berry’s shoes on The Great British Bake Off and, as the mega hit series returns this week, Prue Leith admits she still keeps pinching herself that she has landed such an incredible TV role.

‘When I got the job on Bake Off, I thought I was so lucky to be asked,’ says Prue as she chats to us about life on one of Britain’s best-loved shows.

‘I’d had a perfectly good life in every way and then it got even better.

‘As long as I continue to enjoy it and have the energy and health to do it, I would like to work for as long as I can.’

She clearly has no plans to retire, despite turning 80 next year (yes, you read that right).

‘Paul Hollywood is such a great person to work alongside and he’s been so supportive.

‘He has become a good friend of mine.’

With three books published since she took over from Mary, her own glasses range and a judging role on the new spin-off junior version (coming soon), Prue has never been so busy.

‘Women sometimes say to me, “You are so energetic, you wear bright colours, how do you do it?”’ she reveals.

‘The truth is I am just very energetic. I enjoy it.’

Prue is always cheerful and gregarious on screen, and she has good reason to be – she admits she feels incredibly fortunate to have met and married two wonderful men.

Prue was married to Rayne Kruger for 28 years until he sadly passed away in 2002.

Then eight years ago, she met her second husband, John, who is a retired clothes designer.

They tied the knot three years ago.

‘I feel very lucky to have had two amazing marriages,’ she admits.

‘But I have not just had two happy marriages, I have also known some wonderful people.

‘Most families have some tragedy but I have managed to escape them all.’

She paints an idyllic picture of life at home in the Cotswolds with every spare moment spent with John, her two children, Li-Da and Danny, and four grandchildren.

‘John is amazing and, before I met him, he spent most of his time walking with friends and going off looking at antiques,’ she says.

‘He still does that but he also acts as my project manager and driver!

‘We are building a house at the moment and he oversees that too.’

She roars with laughter when asked how her children feel about her newfound Bake Off fame.

‘Children are always slightly embarrassed and rather puzzled that their parents should be well known,’ she replies.

‘But the grandchildren love it and they are very impressed with my street cred!’

She predicts this year’s Bake Off will be a very closely fought one with plenty of twists and turns.

All the bakers, she says, forged a close bond during the series, which also features three special new themes – festivals, 1920s and a celebration of dairy products.

‘In one episode, someone won Star Baker, but they were crying because their friend was going,’ she chuckles.

‘They were blubbing about a person losing instead of celebrating the fact they had been crowned Star Baker!

‘What is lovely about Bake Off is everyone knows it is a kind show.

‘We are generally kind and the whole atmosphere in the tent is to try and make it as easy as we can for the bakers to do their best.’

When Prue judges, she has a cheery trademark smile as she delivers her critique.

She readily admits that both she and Paul can sometimes disagree – particularly when it comes to strong flavours – she insists they do, however, always reach the right decision, and the right person is sent home.

‘What is very interesting is I’ll say something like, “I don’t think it’s over-spiced” and Paul will say, “Too much clove” or something and we’ll argue about it, but when we look at the numbers we write down (for judging), we’re nearly always the same,’ muses Prue.

‘I might be a touch more generous than him when I’m marking something but when you actually look at the order that they’re in, we’re never not the same.

‘I never think somebody’s won without him thinking the same.’

A keen advocate for cooking from scratch, Prue – who says she has never visited McDonald’s and has only very occasionally ordered a takeaway – says working on Bake Off has inspired her to experiment more with different recipes and flavours.

‘I love cooking,’ she explains.

‘My husband and I grow a lot of our own vegetables at home and I enjoy it.

‘Food is so interesting now, so easy and I enjoy teaching my grandchildren to cook too.

‘I am very interested in the science of cooking and how and why things happen the way they do.’

Looking far younger than 79, Prue says she tries to eat as healthily as she can.

‘I have porridge for breakfast or a yoghurt, salad for lunch and then whatever for supper with a couple of glasses of wine,’ she adds.

‘And all my life I have wanted to lose a stone but I could never lose it!

‘But I do exercise. I have a personal trainer who comes once or twice a week.

‘If I have an excuse to cancel then I do because I don’t enjoy it.

‘But I do it because I am 79 and my main worry is falling over.

‘A couple of years ago I fell at our train station and it’s taken me two years to recover.

‘You don’t want to break a leg or hip at my age.

‘I think if I can keep everything working, I will be OK.’

She is planning to celebrate her 80th birthday next year in Scotland with John and some friends.

‘We are going on a little puffer boat,’ she says.

‘It’s on my bucket list of things I would like to do.

‘I also want to do more travelling as I love it so much.’

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Son’s fight to keep his parents’ killer in the US — and in prison

Jamie Heron was just 10 when he saw his grandmother’s boyfriend shoot his father dead and fire a bullet into his mother’s skull.

He heard his grandma scream that night in 1983 as her lover, Luis Sanchez, pulled out a pistol at their Brooklyn home after a fistfight with Heron’s dad, James.

“No, Louie, no!” she yelled, but Sanchez took aim. The boy heard gunshots.

Heron, who had been standing outside the house holding his Wiffle ball, rushed in to see his mother, Sonia, lying on the staircase, shot in the head. Sanchez was coming down the steps, the gun still in his hand.

He blasted Sonia again, then fired at James, hitting his chest.

“My dad fell right at my feet. He literally almost fell on me,” Heron recalled. “When I lifted him, that’s when the blood came rushing out.”

Heron’s grandma, Petra Fonseca, stood by Sanchez even after he was convicted of murdering her son-in-law, and she went on to marry him in a 1990 wedding at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Dutchess County.

Last week, 36 years after the bloodbath, Sanchez was released from prison and deported to his native Dominican Republic.

Now Heron is terrified for his life — even as Sanchez, 66, remains married to his 92-year-old grandmother.

“I’m scared, simply based on what he did and based on his justification of his crimes,” Heron said, referring to Sanchez’s claim to a parole board that the shooting was “self-defense.”

“I have a teenage son who is asking me, ‘Are we safe?’ ” he said. “I have to explain to him that somehow, somewhere there are people who think he should be free.”

“If this guy does something to somebody else, I’m going to feel responsible,” he added.

He called Sanchez “a double murderer who destroyed our family.”

Although Sanchez has served more than 34 years in prison, Heron is now seeking justice for Sonia, who was left paralyzed by the shooting and died in 2016.

A Colorado coroner ruled her death a “homicide” due to complications from “multiple gunshot wounds.” Now Heron is pressing the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office to file murder charges against Sanchez.

“I’m devastated, and I hope the district attorney charges him and puts him in prison where he belongs,” Heron told The Post.

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Sanchez came to the Heron family in early 1983, when he was homeless and broke, according to Heron.

He had moved to New York after a stint as a security guard in Puerto Rico, according to transcripts from Sanchez’s 2018 parole hearing.

Heron said his grandmother was recently divorced and had moved into the Herons’ attic apartment a few months before meeting the 31-year-old Sanchez.

He was 26 years her junior, but Fonseca fell for him.

“My grandmother is like 30 years older, and he’s this homeless guy who just came to the country, and he’s telling her he loves her, and she bites on it,” Heron said.

Sonia, then 35, and James, 27, were livid that Sonia’s mother had allowed a stranger who seemed to do nothing but cause problems into their lives.

“In a short period, tensions started to build. He was living there for free, and it was pretty obvious what his intentions were, because he was so young, and my grandmother was so old,” Heron said. “It got to the point where my parents called the police on him, because he said he was going to burn the house down.”

Before Sanchez, the Herons were a “normal” middle-class family, according to Jamie Heron.

James, a lifelong New Yorker, worked in construction and coached Heron’s Little League team, Heron recalled. Sonia, born in Puerto Rico, was a crossing guard at James’ nearby elementary school, St. Sylvester.

“It was a good life,” said Heron, who lived with his parents and older half-sister, Sonia’s daughter, Nellie Navarro. “They didn’t have a lot, but they had enough to rehab the house. They were trying to make a better life for us . . . fix up the house and rent it out.”

Sanchez put an end to all that.

“Overnight, everything was gone. They were both gone, and New York was gone,” Heron said.

After police whisked him from the scene of his father’s murder, Heron never returned to the Lincoln Avenue home.

While his mother recovered from the shooting in a coma at a Manhattan hospital, Heron was shipped to Florida to live with Sonia’s brother. A year later, he returned to face Sanchez at trial.

His testimony helped sentence Sanchez to 33 years plus four months to life in prison.

While Sanchez rotted in various state prisons, Heron sought some semblance of the normalcy he lost on that May day in 1983.

He spent the rest of his childhood living in Colorado under the care of his father’s sister, Mary. His dad’s killing was seldom discussed.

“Once I was taken away, my aunt sheltered me from everything,” Heron said. “She was trying to create a stable life for me.”

Heron said he went years without seeing his mother, who lived at Gouverneur Hospital for a decade before being moved into a Bronx apartment. She was paralyzed in all but one limb from the shooting and required full-time assistance from health aides throughout her life. In 2007, she moved to a Colorado facility to be closer to Heron.

Heron said he cut off all communication with his grandmother.

“I never spoke to her. I hated her. I couldn’t deal with it. I wasn’t forgiving. I didn’t want to hear the explanations,” he said.

Heron saw Fonseca in passing at his mom’s bedside in the early 2000s, and she attempted to justify her marriage to her son-in-law’s killer, he said. The two are still husband and wife, he told the parole board in July last year.

“Her position was about forgiveness, and it was infuriating, because she referred to [the murder] as an accident,” Heron said. “It made me really, really angry.”

Heron said he was shocked to learn in January that Sanchez was slated for release, since he had been pressing the Brooklyn district attorney to issue a new murder charge after his mother’s death.

“I was under the impression they were moving forward [with a new murder case] and to just spring this on me that he’s getting out?” Heron said. “In January, my life stopped because of this.”

Asked about the case, the DA’s office indicated it would not pursue a new murder charge.

“The elderly defendant in this case already spent 34 years in prison for fatally shooting a man and wounding his wife,” a spokesman wrote.

“The tragic death as well as the severity of the woman’s injuries were considered when he received the lengthy sentence. He will now be deported, and a new conviction would not have resulted in any meaningful addition to the time he had already served.”

The January notice of Sanchez’s release came to Heron with an apology letter in which his father’s killer claimed the shooting was self-defense.

“They got angry and attacked me and I had to defend myself,” Sanchez wrote in the 2016 letter obtained by The Post.

He also claimed he found God in prison.

“I am not trying to say that I am the victim, no, because what I did was against God’s Law and against men’s Law,” he wrote. “For my redemption I am working by the grace of God as a Deacon in the Protestant Church in Otisville, New York.”

Denied parole that year, he came before the board again in July 2018, when members grilled him about his relationship with Fonseca.

“The file indicates that she may have been suffering from some type of dementia . . . Is that your recollection, as well?” the board asked, according to transcripts.

“I don’t believe so. We fall in love, since the day we met. Even today, we are still married,” Sanchez answered.

The board replied: “The record indicates you were trying to convince her to give you the house; is that correct?”

“Never,” he said.

Despite his claims of finding God, Sanchez had numerous infractions in prison, including one for harassment.

The board denied Sanchez parole in the US but granted him “conditional parole for deportation only,” a program that allows US immigration officials to release offenders who have served their minimum sentences back to their home countries. Federal authorities deported Sanchez on Tuesday to the Dominican Republic.

Heron, now divorced with three sons and living in the Midwest, wants to see Sanchez locked up for life.

“I would rather him be paroled in the United States, because he would be supervised,” Heron said. “Somehow, somewhere, there are people who think he should be free and he’s not a danger.

“I’m sure the conditions in the Dominican Republic are fantastic for him compared to prison.”

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The top factors in drafting fantasy football wide receivers

Wide receivers are the Crazy Uncle of fantasy football’s family reunion. You often don’t know what you’re going to get.

He might be in a jolly-good mood, and score a bunch of points. Or he could be hungover, sitting in the corner alone and scoring nothing. Sometimes he might even be a belligerent drunk, barking loudly while dropping everything he touches.

Yet, they are fun to draft, because they can score a ton of points. And because you often are required to start three or four, and because you need several available on your bench, you need to draft several. But none of that does you any good unless you get the jolly-good ones.

Based on the Madman’s ratings, dependable WRs run about 25 deep — think DeAndre Hopkins at the top down to D.J. Moore at No. 25. There likely will be some available from that list into the seventh round. Ideally, you can grab three within that time — along with at least three running backs, if not four.

At that point, you can begin to target value picks later, while sharing attention with some other positions, like tight end and quarterback, and continuing to build RB depth as well.

We like to hone in on players with safe roles in their offenses who have some upside. In the eighth- and ninth-round range, we target Sterling Shepard and Dede Westbrook. Both are expected to be their team’s top WR target. Because the Giants’ and Jaguars’ passing games are not projected to flourish, their draft value sags. But if Nick Foles can put a spark in the Jags’ attack, and if a rebuilt offensive line can help Eli Manning recapture his youth, both Westbrook and Shepard then come at a discount.

Someone we love even more is Tyrell Williams a round or two later. The Raiders have a, let’s call him quirky, new lead receiver in Antonio Brown, who has been largely absent from camp dealing with an issue with his feet and busy pitching a temper tantrum over new helmet regulations. So when he does take the field, he will have some catch-up work ahead of him to learn the offense. Plus, the Raiders have a history of loving deep-ball targets, and that arrow lands squarely on Williams.

You’re getting into the later rounds at this point, so no option comes without significant warts. The Jets’ Jamison Crowder has never started 16 games. Actually, he never has started more than nine, in 2016. But he has missed significant time just once, which happened to be last season. The best quarterback he has played with is Kirk Cousins. A new environment with a new coach and a young QB full of potential in Sam Darnold, we think Crowder can be a factor, making him a great value in the later rounds.

Others often available in the final rounds whose upside is interesting include new Colt Devin Funchess, Texans youngster Keke Coutee, Dolphins playmaker Albert Wilson, the Steelers’ tandem of Donte Moncrief and James Washington, the Packers’ duo of Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling and 49ers home-run hitter Marquise Goodwin.

So go out and catch some quality pass catchers. Just make sure you don’t drop the ball by picking the wrong ones.

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John McDonnell calls for Brexit to be cancelled

John McDonnell calls for Brexit to be cancelled leaving northern Labour MPs fearing they could lose their seats

  • The Shadow Chancellor as been accused of urging Labour colleagues to back the complete revocation of Article 50
  • This is thought to have occurred in meetings with Shadow Cabinet colleagues
  • Mr McDonnell denied the ‘revoke’ claim last night

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has been accused of privately urging Labour colleagues to back the complete  revocation of Article 50

The move is being furiously opposed by leader Jeremy Corbyn who has only recently been persuaded by Mr McDonnell to back a second referendum on a Tory Brexit deal and then campaign for Remain.

And Northern Labour MPs, who fear they could lose their seats in Brexit-supporting constituencies if Labour defies the 2016 Leave vote, have reacted in fury.

Mr McDonnell denied the ‘revoke’ claim last night.

But party sources insist the Shadow Chancellor now believes Labour must vote to halt the Brexit process all together if that was the only way to stop a ‘disastrous’ No Deal exit on October 31. 

Mr McDonnell is understood to have made his views clear during meetings with Shadow Cabinet colleagues.

A source said: ‘John is a far savvier political operator than Jeremy and he believes the party has to scoop up Remain votes if it is to stand any chance in a General Election.’

However, critics insisted any vote to stop the Brexit process would never get through even if ‘approaching 200 Labour MPs’ backed it. 

One senior Labour MP said: ‘Lots of my colleagues might go for it but others wouldn’t and it would get voted down by the Tories. 

And then if there was a General Election, we’d be wiped out in Brexit-backing constituencies.’

However, the Labour leadership is coming under pressure from party activists to cancel the Brexit process.

In motions submitted to Labour’s annual conference next month, nearly 30 local parties are demanding Labour ‘support revoking Article 50 if necessary to prevent no deal’. 

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Top diplomat called in to help rescue Harry and Meghan’s reputation

Top diplomat parachuted in to help rescue Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s reputation is described as ‘the safest pair of hands you’ll get’

  • Fiona Mcilwham was the ‘obvious choice’ to help rescue their reputation 
  • The hunt for a private secretary to the couple was led by group of senior officials
  • She clinched the role after impressing them with her achievements as one of Britain’s youngest-ever ambassadors

High-flying diplomat Fiona Mcilwham was the ‘obvious choice’ to help rescue Harry and Meghan’s reputation after a string of gaffes and controversies

High-flying diplomat Fiona Mcilwham was the ‘obvious choice’ to help rescue Harry and Meghan’s reputation after a string of gaffes and controversies, Royal sources claimed last night.

Ms Mcilwham clinched her new job as the couple’s private secretary after impressing them with her achievements as one of Britain’s youngest-ever ambassadors.

She was appointed the UK’s Ambassador to Albania in 2009, aged just 35, at a time of mounting political crisis and amid the threat posed by organised crime.

Sources say she made an instant impression by shunning chauffeur-driven limousines and bodyguards and instead walking to meetings in the capital Tirana and speaking to the country’s leaders in their own language. 

Before taking up her position, she spent a month living with a family in the north of the country. 

Muhamed Veliu, a political correspondent with Albanian broadcaster Top-Channel, said: ‘She quickly gained huge respect.’

The hunt for a private secretary to the couple was led by group of senior officials. She clinched the role after impressing them with her achievements as one of Britain’s youngest-ever ambassadors

The hunt for a private secretary for Harry and Meghan was led by a group of senior officials including Sara Latham, the couple’s US-born PR chief, who helped draw up a shortlist. It is understood the Duke and Duchess were present during Ms Mcilwham’s final interview.

A Royal source said the diplomat ‘is the safest pair of hands you can get and that is what the couple really need right now’.

Ms Mcilwham, who has just completed a strategic leadership course at the Royal College of Defence Studies, lives in a £1 million house in North London with husband Daniel Korski, a former senior aide to David Cameron, and their son. 

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Woman kidnapped aged three reunited with parents 30 years later

A woman who was kidnapped as a toddler 30 years ago has been reunited with her parents.

Jin Ting, known by her parents as Ting Ting, was abducted on August 28, 1986, in China, while she went out on her own to buy fruit for her mother.

Her parents, Jin Guosheng and Chen Meilian, searched for their child across China's major cities for decades but could not find her.

Mr Jin, from Dengbu in Yingtan City, said: “My wife and I worked wherever we went, travelling to most of the country’s major cities."

In March last year, Chinese missing persons organisation Baobei Huijia (Baby Back Home) got in touch with the parents in a bid to reunite missing Jin Ting with her parents.

The organisation has successfully reunited more than 2,000 lost or trafficked children with their biological parents since 2007.

They invited Mr Jin to register on Baobei Huijia’s forum and volunteers soon tracked down a woman with a similar age and description as Ting Ting, living in the city of Futian in East China’s Fujian Province.

The woman, who is now a mother-of-three, had also registered to the forum in a bid to locate her parents.

Volunteers contacted the lady, known as Ping Ping, and asked her to take a DNA test.

Mr Jin and his wife had already given their DNA to police in 2016, and the young woman was a match.

The family reunited on August 13 in a heartwarming moment.

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Halal cart operator stabbed, robbed in Midtown

An assailant knifed a midtown halal cart operator and swiped a box of cash from him early Saturday, police and a witness said.

The man approached the operator — who another vendor would only identify as Mohammed — at the corner of 47th Street and Eighth Avenue around 7:55 a.m., and lured him outside by pulling on the truck’s generator, police said.

When Mohammed stepped outside the food truck to check the generator, the thief darted inside to grab the cashbox, said Sharif Ismail, 55.

“[Mohammed] got him, he was on the floor, the guy was attacking him, with his legs and arms,” Ismail said. “Mohammed was holding the box, and [the thief] was hitting him to get him off the box.”

Mohammed, who was bleeding from his arm, started screaming, “Somebody call the police,” Ismail said.

“I called the police,” he said. “Everybody was watching, nobody do nothing.”

The suspect took off, heading east on Broadway. Cops only describe him as wearing a blue shirt and blue pants.

Ismail said his cart was robbed two weeks ago but claims cops aren’t taking the robberies seriously.

“They should catch the guy,” he said. “Somebody is gonna get killed.”

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Man stabbed to death in West London as suspect arrested on suspicion of murder – The Sun

A MAN in his 60s was stabbed to death in West London this evening.

It is the latest stabbing as the capital is in the grips of a knife crime epidemic, claiming 88 lives so far this year.

A man in his 60s was pronounced dead at the scene this evening

Police have arrested a man in his 30s on suspicion of murder after they received calls to St Mary's Avenue in Southall at 6.41pm.

The London Ambulance Service and Air Ambulance Service raced to the scene after the man was found with a stab wound, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road remains closed as enquiries continue.

Witnesses say the stabbing happened in near the The Plough Inn Pub on Tentelow Lane.

A Met Police spokesperson: "Police were called to St. Mary’s Avenue in Southall at 18:41hrs on Saturday, 24 August after a report of a man being stabbed.

"Officers, London Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance Service attended and treated a man in his 60s suffering with a stab wound.

"He was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

"One man aged in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in hospital under police guard being treated for minor injuries.

"A crime scene and multiple road closures are in place while enquiries continue."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last week he was determined to tackle rising levels of knife crime amid the impression of a growing "culture of insolence" among "thugs" who believed they could act with impunity.

Mr Johnson pledged to extended police stop and search powers and also said the government would be investing £2.5 billion in creating 10,000 new prison places.


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