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The Day Ahead: Man due in court over Christmas Eve park murder

A MAN is due in court over the murder of a Russian barmaid on Christmas Eve last year. Karim Lewis, 31, from Barnet, will appear at the Old Bailey charged with murdering Iuliana Tudos and leaving her body in Finsbury Park. Iuliana (pictured), 22, was due to meet friends in Enfield, north-east London, before spending Christmas Day there, but never arrived. Her body was found in a disused building close to a baseball pitch. Iuliana, who also called herself ‘Julie’, was from Moscow and worked at the World’s End pub in Camden. A provisional date for trial has been set for next month.

Three more to watch

■ The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will attend a dedication service, led by Archbishop of Canterbury, for ‘Still Water’, a national memorial dedicated to all British victims of overseas terrorism designed by Alison Wilding and Adam Kershaw. Following the ceremony in Alrewas, Staffordshire, the royal couple will meet families affected by overseas terrorism. Foreign secretary Boris Johnson and home secretary Sajid Javid will also attend the service.

Accused Hatton Garden raider Michael Seed, 57, from Islington, will appear at Woolwich Crown Court charged with conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to launder money over the 2015 Easter weekend raid. A trial date has been set for September 24.

■ Dan Snow will host a gala evening at the Royal Albert Hall to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Royal Air Force’s Second World War ‘Dam Busters’ raid on Germany’s Ruhr Valley. The event includes a screening of the classic British film, newly restored in 4K for the anniversary. Snow will be joined on stage by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, veterans and family members of those involved in the 1943 raid.


Actress and author Jane Asher (pictured), 72, tells us about the importance of lycra-free undies and why #TimesUp needs celebrities. Plus, we give some sound advice to someone who is getting married this Saturday but is feeling the strain as their big day finds itself competing with both the royal wedding and the FA Cup final for guests’ attention.