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Saturday, May 29, 1999 Published at 03:14 GMT 04:14 UK


Police probe drug link to murders

Police in London are investigating links between four murders in four days, amid fears of a war between rival drug dealers, often labelled "yardies".

On Tuesday Laverne Forbes, 28, and her partner Patrick Smith, 33, were shot dead at their flat in Tottenham, in the north of the capital, in an attack described by police as organised.

The couple's seven-year-old daughter, who saw the murder, was treated for shock and is now being looked after by relatives.

Police are examining links between the double murder and an attack on two men in their car in Acton, west London.

Nightclub shooting

Nine shots were fired, killing one man and seriously injuring the other.

It came hours after the murder of a 23-year-old man in nearby Harlesden in what seems to have been a gangland hit.

Three weeks ago seven people were wounded at a nightclub in east London when two men fired at each other.

Scotland Yard said they were keeping an open mind about the cause of the violence but rivalry between dealers in crack cocaine, some of them Jamaican-based, could be to blame.

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