Man jailed after fatal collision in Hendon Lane Finchley N3 – Latest from New Scotland Yard

A Hendon driver has been jailed after admitting causing the death of a pedestrian in north London last year.

A friend – who drove him away after the incident in Finchley – will be sentenced later this month.

Both men appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Monday 4th July.

Arman Kassra (22.6.89 – 22 ys ) of Barford Close NW4 pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving whilst over the alcohol limit, and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for causing death by careless driving whilst over the alcohol limit. There was no separate penalty for the offence of failing to stop at the scene of a collision, over and above having his licence endorsed. He was also disqualified from driving for five years.

Two other charges were left to lie on file: causing death by dangerous driving, and driving while over the proscribed alcohol limit.

Mohammed Aghaie (b. 5th January 1991 – 21 years) of Weld Place, New Southgate N11 pleaded guilty to four counts:

Perverting the cause of justice (i.e. driving Kassra from the scene); Fraud by false representation (i.e. giving false details to obtain insurance); Making a false statement to obtain insurance; Driving without insurance.

He was remanded in custody for sentencing at Wood Green Crown Court on 29th July.
Police were called to the incident in Hendon Lane, Finchley N3 at approximately 2:00am on Sunday 6 June 2010.

A VW Golf had left the road and was in collision with two male pedestrians. The car was then in collision with a wall and caught fire.

Kassra had been driving the Golf, with Aghaie driving a BMW. Aghaie picked up Kassra and drove him away prior to police arrival.

One of the pedestrians was pronounced dead at the scene. He was Libor Kuchar (b. 18th December 1974 – 35 years – a Slovakian national] of the Hendon area. A post-mortem gave cause of death as multiple injuries.

The second man suffered minor injuries and was discharged after treatment at hospital.

Officers from the Road Death Investigation Unit at Alperton led the inquiry, and arrested Kassra later on 6 June 2010. Aghaie was arrested on 10 June 2010.

They were bailed to return pending further inquiries, and were subsequently charged in December 2010.

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This press release from Barnet Council explains a lot

Finchley Carnival goes with a bang

Barnet Council is all set to help Finchley Carnival go with a bang this weekend.

The popular carnival, which has been running for more than 100 years, will feature a funfair and run from Thursday 7th July to Sunday 10th July at Victoria Park, Finchley.

The Carnival’s highlight will come on Saturday night with a spectacular free firework display for residents paid for by the Council with proceeds from the funfair.

The Worshipful the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Lisa Rutter, will set off the first firework for the display from 9.30pm.

Councillor Brian Coleman, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “I am delighted that Barnet Council has been able to keep the traditions of the Carnival going and include a firework display which so many people have enjoyed over the years.

“I hope that next year we can restore many of the other traditional features of the Carnival which our residents have looked forward to so much in the past.”

The editor comments

The Finchley Festival committee were trying to turn the festival away from the idea of a carnival which tended to attract the wrong sort of people to the festivities, but a certain member of the council – no names-no pack drill as they say – told me that he didn’t approve of dispensing with the carnival. I understand that the owners of the fun-fair pay many thousands of pounds to hold their fair in Victoria Park so I guess, sadly, it was really all about money.

I did feel the council was very mean to wait until the Festival Committee had put in hours and hours of their time and probably a lot of money as well, before putting up the rent for Victorial Park from around £145 to many thousands of pounds.

I do understand the need to make the best of the Council’s resources but can’t help feeling that a little forethought and a little compassion wouldn’t have gone amiss.

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Good news, TfL staff have received 10,000 NVQs to date…

…although by the way they treat us, we’d be excused if we found this a little difficult to be believed. Puff, of course removed.

Transport for London’s training tops 10,000

On National Vocational Qualification Day (VQ Day), Transport for London (TfL) has announced that over 10,000 NVQs have now been awarded to staff throughout the organisation, improving skills and boosting morale.

NVQs build on the already substantial training TfL staff receive allowing them to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to improve in their role and achieve a recognised qualification.

Since 2001, NVQs have been awarded to a wide range of employees at London Underground including station staff, train drivers, signallers and the engineering workforce.  Following the launch of TfL’s Skills and Employment Strategy in December 2008 the opportunity to complete an NVQ expanded further to cover other roles across TfL including administration, customer service and management employees, and are also now being offered as part of adult apprentice programmes.

Staff can gain NVQs in Rail Operations, Rail Engineering, Customer Services, Administration and Management, and programmes last between one to two years. The courses are integrated as much as possible with the staff member’s day job to avoid unnecessary repetition and also capture real evidence of performance.

Iain Smith, Head of Skills, Transport for London, said: “This is such a significant milestone for us to reach, 10,000 NVQs awarded in ten years. These values ensure staff can contribute towards the running of a safe, efficient and customer focussed transport service.”

Last month Boris Johnson announced that 2000 job opportunities had been created in the GLA group in the past two years.

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Serious accident blocks off Argyle Road, N12

Argyle Road accident

Argyle Road accident

Returning home we were blocked off at Sussex Ring from continuing up Argyle Road towards Nether street.

ON making a detour and approaching Argyle Road from Westbury Road we could see, lower down Argyle Road first aid being given to a middle aged woman who we were informed was unconscious.

Argyle Road accident

Argyle Road accident

We took some photographs for the Arrow but were careful not to use too much zoom so as not to identify the victim.

The only reassuring point about the whole sad episode, is that we have so many police available to attend an incident in Finchley at a moment’s notice!

Latest News on Rosemary Avenue N3 murder, man now charged.

Farrukh Pervez Malik, 65 (6.3.46), of Rosemary Avenue, Finchley, was yesterday, Tuesday 21 June, charged with the murder of a 60-year-old woman on Monday 20 June.

He will appear in custody at Hendon Magistrates’ court today,  Wednesday 22 June.

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A murder investigation is under way following yesterday’s death of a woman in Finchley.

A murder investigation is under way following the death of a woman in Finchley.

Police were called to an address in Rosemary Avenue N3 shortly before 11.25am yesterdayday, 20 June, following reports of a female assaulted. On arrival officers found a woman, aged 60, suffering multiple stab wounds.

LAS and HEMS also attended and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene at 12.25pm.

A man, aged 65, was arrested at the scene and is currently in custody.

An incident room has opened under DCI Steven Lawrence of the Metropolitan Police Service, Homicide and Serious Crime Command.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the incident room on 0207 321 9290 or if you wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Enquiries continue.

Serious knife attack on the Grange Estate, N2 last Saturday night.

Police are appealing for witnesses to an attack which occurred on the Grange Estate in East Finchley, N2 at 10:30pm on Saturday, June 18.

Police attended the estate in response to calls of ten males attacking one other male, and information from London Ambulance Services indicated they were on scene treating a stabbing victim.

Upon arrival the victim was found on the junction of Leopold Road and High Road with numerous stab wounds to the buttock and kidney area.

It was then established that there was another victim of the same incident nearby who was found at St Pancras Court with a stab wound to the left leg and his buttock.

The victims were both taken to hospital:

-Victim 1 had eight stab wounds to his buttocks and back area and at first LAS thought that his liver may have been penetrated but it was later deemed not to be the case and he was deemed as not life threatening or changing.

-Victim 2 had a stab wound to his buttock and his left leg but neither of these were deemed as life threatening or life changing and has since been discharged from hospital.

Three persons were present together prior to the attack, however, only two sustained injuries.

Four male suspects aged 14(x1) and 15(x3) have been arrested and are currently in custody.

Police are still searching for the weapon and believe there may be more suspects involved in the attack.

DC Charlie Pulling, the officer in charge of the case said: “Due to the distressing nature of the attack, the details provided by the victims are not sufficient for us to identify further suspects at this moment, so we are appealing for any members of the public who know about the incident to come forward.

“If anyone knows any of the suspects or has seen the incident we would ask that they call police or CrimeStoppers immediately to help us find these violent youths.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0300 123 1212 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 2414943/11.

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