Happy birthday, youíre dead. This was the sad tale of one 16 year old in the London Borough of Bromley this month. Sadly, it doesnít get much better.
The front cover story of the News Shopper, Bromley edition, this week is BIRTHDAY BOY KILLED. Nathaniel Brown was stabbed at a party on August 1; he died at 5.11am. August 2 is the birthday of Ted Turner, formerly lead guitarist with Wishbone Ash. It is also mine. I wonít feel quite so sorry for myself in future. Two youths aged 18 and 16, one of whom cannot be named, have been charged with murder and will appear at the Central Criminal Court on November 9.
Nathaniel was stabbed in the chest. What a total waste, and on a landmark day that should have been happy, to say the least.
By a remarkable and extremely unpleasant coincidence, a 27 year old man named Nathaniel Brown was convicted at the same court earlier this year of murdering his ex-wife.
Other reports from my local press include that of a carer who stole from an Alzheimerís sufferer, an elderly woman; an eight strong gang gaoled for a string of organised thefts; and a shopkeeper who was stabbed during a robbery in Beckenham High Street.
The big story in South East London this week though is the disappearance of 12 year old Tia Sharp, pictured below.
Tia Sharp, 12, has been missing after leaving her grandmotherís house in New Addington, Surrey.
[The above article was first published August 10, 2012; the original wasnít archived. Coverage of the Tia Sharpe murder trial can be found here.]
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