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One minute he was a humble punter trying to peek up Debbie Harry's skirt at a Hammersmith Odeon gig, the next he was the owner of the venue which was to steal the Odeon's crown. If Simon Parkes' autobiography – full of raucous tales and Geezer-speak – is ever made into a film, it will be fun trying to find an actor who can do him justice. When he wants to sound hard, he can sometimes come across like Ray Winstone. But would Ray Winstone ever have banked at Coutts?

Brixton axes dividend and posts loss

Brixton remains in talks to raise additional capital to bolster its balance sheet, Britain's largest owner of warehouses said yesterday, as it axed its final dividend and posted a huge loss from tumbling property values.

Segro issues £500m rights issue to pay down debt after unveiling near-£1bn loss

Segro unveiled a hugely discounted £500m rights issue yesterday to strengthen its balance sheet, as the industrial property company was forced to trim its final dividend after posting tumbling losses of just under £1bn.

Jeremy Warner: Wheeler gets the bullet at Brixton

Outlook: Personally, I rather liked Tim Wheeler, the now ex-chief executive of Brixton Estates, but he was not well liked in the City. Among property analysts, he was thought smug and uncommunicative, and though the strategy of concentrating on industrial space, much of it within the M25, seemed fair enough, few believed Mr Wheeler's insistence that Brixton was better placed than other property companies to weather the storm.

Wheeler departs Brixton unexpectedly

Former investment chief Richard Dawson takes over

Brixton and Segro mull rights issues to shore up capital

Segro and Brixton, the commercial property companies, revealed yesterday that they were considering rights issues to strengthen balance sheets battered by the UK’s dire real estate market.

Market Report: Brixton slides on fresh fund-raising chatter

Brixton slumped to its lowest level since the early 1980s last night, shedding 19p, or more than 28 per cent of its value, to 48p amid renewed speculation about the need for capital in the commercial property sector.

Brian Paddick: 'I've done my public service. Now it's time to have some fun'

What possessed the high-ranking former Metropolitan Police chief to enter TV's most notorious jungle? And what's he planning for his next trick? Deborah Orr steps into the contradictory world of Brian Paddick

Family hit out at IPCC over death in custody

The police complaints commission is accused of failing to conduct an open investigation. Nina Lakhani reports

Observations: Brixton goes hunting

"Shoot" and "Brixton" aren't usually words that bode well when together, but here, happily they do. The third Shoot Brixton is a photographic treasure hunt around the south London neighbourhood's streets which takes place tomorrow. Teams will be armed with cameras and given cryptic clues related to this year's "Going Places" theme.

Man, 34, found stabbed to death in flat

A 34-year-old man has been stabbed to death in south London, police said today.

De Menezes 'had no reason to fear police'

A close relative of Jean Charles de Menezes told the inquest into his death today the Brazilian had no reason to fear the police.

Brixton turns to Dylan in search for some way out of property apocalypse

Brixton Estates was in lyrical mood yesterday as it revealed the credit crunch had forced it into a loss for the first half of the year and complained of "confusion" in the market... by quoting apocalyptic lyrics from Bob Dylan.

Teenager jailed for life for killing youth worker

A teenager was given a life sentence today for shooting dead a young youth worker he blamed for his gold chain being taken.

Politicians balance work and play

Ministers Ed Balls, right, and Andy Burnham, far right, playing on the swings at Slade Gardens adventure playground in Brixton, London, yesterday to launch a consultation document on Play Strategy.

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