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Love Island and Strictly Come Dancing stars have been left "shaken up" after leaving celebrity nightclub Tape just MINUTES before a triple stabbing.

Familiar faces such as Oti Mabuse, Katya Jones and Megan Barton Hanson were among those who narrowly missed the horrific attack in London’s Oxford Street in the early hours of Sunday.

It was Love Island alumni Ellie Brown's 21st birthday, which was why a host of reality TV celebrities were in attendance.


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Strictly stars Oti Mabuse, Katya Jones and her husband Neil were there in order to celebrate Aljaz Skorjanec’s 28th birthday.

A Love Island source told The Sun: “They have been really shaken up and can’t help but think ‘what if’ had they left a bit later."

“Their night could have ended very differently if they had stayed at the nightclub. It has definitely prompted questions about security for some of the group.”


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Oti, who is also a captain on BBC1’s The Greatest Dancer, brought Graziano Di Prima, Pasha Kovalev and Nadiya Bychkovaening to Tape following their dance performance that night.

Fellow captain Cheryl Tweedy went straight home after filming, but her dancer co-stars left Tape between 2am and 2.50am.

ITV2’s Love Island celebrities exited later, just a few minutes before the street stabbing took place at 3.40am. Laura Anderson left 15 minutes earlier while Megan Barton Hanson and Charlie Brake left at around 3.30am.


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Love Island stars Zara McDermott and Ellie Brown, who celebrated her 21st birthday, exited the nightspot at roughly he same time.

Three men suffered stab and slash wounds in the chaotic attack; blood could be seen at the scene outside the pavement yesterday.

The Met Police said that all three 24-year-old men are now recovering in hospital, and their injuries are not lif-threatening. A spokesman added: “Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service.

“Two males have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon."


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The statement continued,"They are currently in custody at central London police stations.”

The near-miss for the reality TV stars comes only two months after Strictly professional dancer AJ Pritchard and his dancer brother Curtis were beaten up by eight men at a Cheshire nightclub.

The ballroom dancer later hired personal security.


It has been confirmed that professional dancers AJ and Curtis Pritchard were attacked by a gang of eight men on a night out in Cheshire.

The incident took place in a nightclub on the night of December 27.

According to The Sun, the eight men looked like they were ‘possessed’ and started to kick and punch both brothers in the face.


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A source told the publication: “The brothers were having a relaxed evening with friends and AJ was posing for selfies with a few fans.

“But the eight lads took a disliking to the brothers and pushed Curtis hard. Then they started punching them, like they were possessed.

“Curtis had fallen to his knees and was being punched in the face and body. They were also punching AJ in his face, in his ribs and legs. AJ dragged Curtis out of the circle and pulled him to another part of the club,” they added.

AJ is currently recovering from severe cuts and bruises at his home. However, his brother, who is a professional dancer on Ireland’s Dancing With The Stars will need emergency surgery on his knee.


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Curtis will no longer be able to take part in this year’s Dancing With The Stars. “As a result of the injuries sustained, he will not have recovered in time for the launch of the new series, which will air 6 January 2019. Dancing with the Stars wish Curtis a speedy recovery,” the show confirmed.

Fans and fellow dancers have been wishing both brothers well following the unprovoked attack.


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Strictly Come Dancing pro-dancer Aljaz wrote: “So upset by the news about @Aj11Ace and @CurtisPritchard!! Two lovely guys that mean no harm to anyone ever!! I can not believe it. To the thugs that did that.. shall we dance???? #fuming”

One fan said: “Absolutely sick and disgusting. Hope @Aj11Ace and Curtis are okay. Hope these animals get caught.”

Police confirmed that an investigation is underway.



Advocate, model and TV  presenter Katie Piper has released an emotional statement following the news that the man who attacked her ten years ago is to be released on parole, after serving only nine years of a life sentence. 

Katie, who is currently preparing to appear in Strictly Come Dancing, was victim to a horrific crime after her boyfriend ordered a man to throw acid at her as she was leaving her home in London. She was left permanently scared as a result of the life-altering attack. 

Stefan Sylvestre was given a life sentence in 2009 – her then-boyfriend Daniel Lynch was also jailed for the attack as well as assaulting Piper – but is to be released after serving less than ten years of his sentence.

Katie took to Instagram to thank her fans, and well-wishers for their support, during what she says is "a really difficult time" as she adjusts to the devastating news.

"It was important to put my message out to my friends, supporters and followers. This is a really difficult time for me," she wrote. "I am trying to come to terms with this decision, and this is something I need to deal with."

As she is currently rehearsing for her appearance in Strictly, the 34-year-old said it was a welcome distraction, despite the news.    


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The Parole Board confirmed Sylvestre was being released after an oral hearing, adding that Piper also read statements in person to the panel.

“Decisions are solely focused on whether a prisoner would represent a significant risk to the public after release,” a spokesperson said.

“The panel will have carefully looked at a whole range of evidence, including details of the original evidence and any evidence of behaviour change.”

In her autobiography, Katie previously revealed her fears that her attacker could be released from prison early after he applied for parole – he was denied the first time this happened as he was still deemed a threat to society. 

"The two of them had taken so much from me, and now this man’s punishment might soon be over. I thought, ‘I’m the one with the life sentence, not him. He can change his identity, change his name, get a new job, a partner, move on, but I can’t. I can’t pretend it didn’t happen because it’s all over my face.’"

Despite enduring such a traumatic event, Piper, also a mum-of-two, has become an incredible advocate, lending her support in numerous causes and even setting up the Katie Piper Foundation to aid other burn victims. 

She is nothing short of inspirational. One year on from the attack she also starred in a documentary called ‘Katie: My Beautiful Face’, to document her journey and it received over 3.3 million viewers.



Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to an assault which occurred in Longford yesterday morning. 

The incident occurred on Main Street, Ballymahon, at 7am on January 30. 

One man in his 40s received what appears to be stab wounds during the course of an incident. 

A large number of men are believed to be involved.  

The man is in serious condition in hospital.

 Gardaí are asking anyone with information or anyone who travelled through Ballymahon yesterday morning between 6.30 am and 8.00 am to contact them at Longford Garda Station.



An investigation has been launched following an alleged assault in Co Longford.

One man is said to be in a serious condition and is being treated at the intensive care unit of Mullingar's Midland Regional Hospital.

It's understood that the victim sustained a stab wound in Ballymahon, Co Longford shortly after a memorial ceremony had been held in Longford town’s St Mel’s Cathedral.

The service was held to mark the anniversary of John 'Dodie' Stokes was passed away last year, and it's believed that Gardaí were aware of the tensions that existed between those in attendance.

Detectives believe the assault took place following a road traffic collision Ballymahon where at least two vehicles were rammed.

It's thought the victim may have been dragged from one of the vehicles and stabbed.

Gardai have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed anything untoward in the Ballymahon area between 6:30am and 8am this morning to contact them at Longford Garda Station at (043) 3350570.



Gardaí in Dublin have launched an investigation after a mother claimed her son was attacked in the new Scientology HQ in Firhouse.

She told officers in Rathfarnham Garda Station her son, 14, had suffered a fractured wrist, cuts and bruising following an assault that took place at the site at around 6pm on Saturday.

A source told The Irish Sun: “This is a very serious accusation involving a child and will be thoroughly investigated. The child has suffered a serious injury and has been left in a distressed state.

“Gardai will also hope to have the full co-operation of the Church of Scientology on this matter.”

The centre has faced huge opposition from local residents and ex-members since its opening last October.

Local Sinn Fein TD Sean Crowe said: “I would have huge concerns about the ­allegation a minor has been assaulted at this facility.

“A lot of paranoia surrounds this group and there are also a lot of concerns in the local community about what their aims and objectives are.

“I’ve huge concerns in relation to the group itself. It is a cult. I wouldn’t be encouraging anybody to be using the facilities.”

The woman and son are said to be not connected to the facility.



 According to emerging reports, a teenage boy, who was arrested yesterday in connection with an assault on a 25-year-old woman in Dun Laoghaire, remains in custody.

The victim, who is of Irish and Malaysian heritage, was found on Queen's Road on Saturday afternoon December 23 after sustaining serious injuries to her neck and arms.

A youth was arrested on Christmas morning and is currently detained at Dun Laoghaire Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

The victim was transferred to St Vincent's Hospital where she is understood to be in a serious condition.


Gardaí in Co Wexford are currently investigating a vicious assault on a young woman which left her with extensive injuries, including broken bones.

The assault occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning when 27-year-old Amy Hayes was making her way home from her work Christmas party.

It is understood that Amy was approached from behind by a man on George’s Street who then violently assaulted her.

Confirming the incident, a Garda spokesperson said: “The young woman was attacked from behind by a male who proceeded to punch and kick her. He was disturbed by a resident who heard her screams.”

Speaking to The Wexford People, Amy’s sister elaborated on the ferocity of the attack, saying: “He kicked the living daylights out of her.”

“This was an unprovoked attack with excessive violence. No personal belongings were taken,” Gillian confirmed. “She is bruised from head to toe and she has broken bones under her nose. It’s the brutality of it

Amy was taken to Wexford General Hospital before being taken to Waterford University Hospital.



A passenger on New York's subway claims that she was attacked by a man after she asked him to stop manspreading. 

Manspreading – when a man takes up as much room as humanly possible by spreading their legs wide open – is generally now considered to be a public transport faux pas if it encroaches on another passengers space. 

Sam Saia said that she was attacked by a man on the underground train when she asked him to move over. 

'He proceeded to press me against the wall and manspread excessively,' she told her Twitter followers, after detailing how the stranger had sat beside her on the tram. 

When she asked him to move over, he began to verbally assault her, 

'When I asked him to give me room, he yelled "b**** you aint nothing! I've raped white b****** like you, you f****** c***,' she alleges. 

She then put her earphones in to ignore his tirade, which made the man more aggressive and launch a physical attack. 

Saia was punched by them man and had her head bashed into the wall. She uploaded photos of her injuries to Twitter. 

A male passenger on the train leapt to her defence, and made the attacker get off the train at the next stop. 

Part of the incident was caught on camera by another commuter.

Initially, Saia told The Sun that she was given the runaround by the authorities when she attempted to report the incident. 

However, since her story has gone viral, she has been contacted by the police who want to investigate the assault. 


An Garda investigation has been launched following a violent incident in Co Meath on Sunday evening.

Two 17-year-old boys were brought to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda after they were allegedly assaulted by a large group of males near Gormanstown railway station.

According to a Garda spokesperson, the victims described their attackers as “both black and white youths” who were said to have been “accompanied by females who witnessed the assault”.

It is not yet know how many people were involved in the attack.

It's understood that both the teenage victims and the alleged attackers boarded a train in Balbriggan before alighting at the County Meath station.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with any information, or indeed anyone who may have seen the attack, to contact them on 041 9813320 or 01 8010600 or the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.



Two tourists, who were visiting the Irish capital from the UK over the weekend, were hospitalised after falling victim to an unprovoked attack in the city centre.

According to reports, the two individuals, who are aged 36 and 38, were walking on Blessington Street in Dublin 7 at approximately 1am yesterday when the incident occurred.

The men, who were visiting Dublin on a stag weekend, fell into conversation with a man in his 30s who then carried out the unprovoked attack.

Both men suffered stab wounds to their stomachs and were transferred to  the nearby Mater Hospital where their injuries are said to be not life-threatening.

A motive for the attack has yet to be established as neither victim was robbed by their assailant.

Commenting on the attack, Dublin Lord Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha, said "It was an appalling attack and of grave concern that something like this could happen."

A Garda investigation into the incident is still ongoing.



231 people have died and a further 275 are said to be injured after a truck bomb exploded in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

In what is understood to be the deadliest attack ever witnessed in the African nation, a bomb detonated outside the Safari Hotel at the K5 intersection – an area home to government buildings as well as a number of restaurants and kiosks.

According to reports, a separate blast struck the Medina district just two hours later.

Officials fear the death toll will continue to rise, with many civilians and volunteers still missing.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has declared three days of mourning and is urging people to donate blood for the wounded victims. "I am appealing all Somali people to come forward and donate," he said.

Somalia's government blamed the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab extremist group for the attack, though it has yet to claim the responsibility.

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