Around 100 firefighters battled a blaze on the top floor of a block of flats in north-west London early on Thursday.Fifty people were evacuated from the block, while firefighters helped bring out two people on the first floor of the building.The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said 15 engines attended the scene in Inglewood Road, West Hampstead, after being called at just after 1am.About four-and-a-half hours later, the LFB said the fire was under control and no one was taken to hospital.The fire, which was visible for miles, was on the fifth, and top, floor of the building and the cause was not yet known, LFB added. Just spoke to @bbc5live about the fire in #westhampstead – we can see flames billowing into the sky & heat glass breaking from the windows blowing out. pic.twitter.com/4EFdKcLlOA— Angelica Malin (@jellymalin) July 26, 2018 Clainton Murray, station manager, said: “The fire is believed to have started in a flat on the fourth floor.”The flat was severely damaged by fire and a large part of the roof was also destroyed. In the early stages the fire was very visible and could be seen for miles around.” “It’s so scary – my flat is filled with the smell of smoke. The firemen have been amazing and I feel comforted by the incredible response.” The nearby Black Lion pub, on West End Lane, opened its doors to people affected by the blaze.A tweet read: “Please anyone near stay safe. We will be here all night.”Angelica Malin described watching the blaze from her bedroom window. Firefighters tackle a blaze in a block of flats on fire in West Hampstead, LondonCredit:Reuters “I can see firefighters inside as the roof is on fire and there’s two men on cranes working on putting the roof fire out,” she told the BBC. Unbelievable to see this [email protected] back garden. Hoping no casualties but fire under control now. #WestHampstead @LondonFire pic.twitter.com/pQBWZlZOvE— matt (@matt4lis) July 26, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The founder of the English Defence League has been found in contempt of court for broadcasting on Facebook outside an Asian grooming gang trial while reporting restrictions were imposed.Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who uses the pseudonym Tommy Robinson, made a video lasting an hour-and-a-half which was viewed live by 10,000 people, before notching up 250,000 views over the three days.He filmed defendants accused of the sexual exploitation of young girls in breach of a reporting ban outside Leeds Crown Court in May 2018.The footage was broadcast while the jury in the grooming trial was considering its verdict.A restriction was in place which postponed the publication of any details of the case until the end of a series of linked trials involving 29 people, in a bid to ensure all defendants received a fair trial. Dame Victoria Sharp and Mr Justice Warby, sitting at the Old Bailey, said Yaxley-Lennon would be sentenced at a later date. The full details of their rulings would also be released in the coming weeks. Yaxley-Lennon showed no reaction as the judges delivered their judgment.The 36-year-old, from Luton, Bedfordshire, was jailed for 13 months last year after being found in contempt of court on the day of the broadcast. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. He served two months in jail before being freed after that finding of contempt was overturned by the Court of Appeal in August 2018.But the case was then referred back to the Attorney General, who announced in March that it was in the public interest to bring fresh proceedings against Robinson.Dame Victoria and Mr Justice Warby gave permission for the Attorney General to bring a new case against Robinson at a hearing in May.Outside the court, ripples of anger turned into howls of fury and disbelief as the verdict filtered through.A small number of his supporters marched purposefully towards the front of the court entrance, to barriers sectioning off police from the public, to make their feelings known.The crowd, as one, then began chanting “shame on you” and pointed at the court. Supporters of Tommy Robinson clash with police outside the Old Bailey in LondonCredit: Aaron Chown/ PA