News in brief: Teen dies after being stabbed in chest

A TEENAGER has died after he was stabbed in the chest in west London yesterday. Police were called to Uxbridge High Street at 4.40pm and the 18-year-old victim was taken to hospital but he died at 5.25pm. A 17-year-old boy was arrested last night on suspicion of murder.

Det Ch Insp Noel McHugh said: ‘This is a tragic loss of life. We need to hear from those in and around the area. Do the right thing and call police with what you heard and saw.’ Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

All 39 bodies found in Essex lorry identified

THE 39 people found dead in the back of a lorry in Essex last month have now been formally identified, police said.

All of the deceased were Vietnamese nationals and their families have been informed. Asst Ch Con Tim Smith, who is leading the investigation, said it was an ‘important step’ in the inquiry, adding officers are working with Vietnamese police to support families. In Vietnam, 11 people have been arrested on suspicion of people smuggling.

Two men, including the lorry driver, have been charged in the UK with manslaughter and trafficking.

More exercise after 60 ‘will reduce heart risk’

OVER 60s should exercise more to help cut their heart attack and stroke risk, a study shows. Those who started exercising after being continuously inactive reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease by 11 per cent. People who eased off as they got older were up to 27 per cent more likely to develop heart and blood vessel problems, says the South Korean study published in the European Heart Journal.

On the second day of Xmas… no turtle doves

THEY are immortalised in the carol The 12 Days Of Christmas but turtle doves are at serious risk of dying out in the UK.Their numbers halved between 2012 and 2017, new Defra figures show — and they have declined by 98 per cent since 1970.

The grey partridge is also under threat as farming changes that began in the 1970s, including more pesticide use, continue to take a toll.

NEWS BITES

? FRIDAYS in November are a prime time for burglaries, Co-op Insurance has found. It advises leaving a light on or using a timer, having security lights and installing CCTV if possible.

? REPORTS of quad bikers tearing up a cemetery brought families rushing to check on their loved ones. But Ottery St Mary council in Devon was forced to apologise when it turned out the ruts were made by a gravedigger’s truck.

? SEX TOYS worth GBP1million were stolen from a lorry parked overnight in a lay-by on the A43 near Broughton, Northamptonshire. The truck’s load was destined for Rocks Off Ltd in Kettering.

WORLD BRIEFS

Twitter workers ‘recruited to spy on Saudi critics’

TWO former Twitter employees in the US have been charged with spying for Saudi Arabia.

Ahmad Abouammo and Ali Alzabarah are said to have been recruited to look up the private data of prominent opponents of the kingdom in exchange for thousands of dollars and a designer watch. Accounts targeted are said to have included a critic with more than a million followers and a news personality. A third man who ran a digital marketing company is also charged.

WORLD BITES

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AN ESCAPE tunnel dug under the Berlin Wall has been opened to the public for the first time. The 300ft shaft, built in 1970 but sealed before it was completed, has gone on show for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the border wall. ?

NINE fentanyl traffickers were caught after Chinese and US law enforcement agencies joined forces to crack down on global networks distributing synthetic opioids. Their sentences in China ranged from six months to death. ?

POLICE dismantled migrant camps in Paris yesterday, moving on 1,606 people and threatening to put any who return in detention centres. The operation came a day after a government pledge to ‘take back control’ of immigration. ?

IRAN has begun work to enrich uranium at its Fordo plant, defying commitments made under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Tehran also confirmed it had blocked an International Atomic Energy Agency official from visiting its Natanz nuclear site last week. ?

OIL company Total has agreed to donate GBP85million towards the reconstruction costs of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Work to rebuild the centuries-old Paris landmark, which was destroyed by fire in April, will take up to five years.

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