This week saw some huge stories coming the west London area with crime and international politics making the headlines.
From the tragic stabbing of a teen in Hayes to a major fire breaking out in an apartment block in Shepherd's Bush, here are the most read stories from the last seven days.
“He was covered in blood" - 18-year-old stabbed to death in Hayes
The 18-year-old victim, later named as Lance Walker, died at the scene just before 4pm despite the efforts of the emergency services.
The witness, who asked not to be named, said: “The boy (who had been stabbed) had his shirt off and he was covered in blood.”
She said the street had been completely empty at the time but her screams brought residents out of their houses.
Idris Hassan, an 18-year-old who lives in Gledwood Gardens appeared in court last week charged with the murder of Mr Walker.
Will Abramovich greenlight £140million Chelsea spending spree?
With a couple of weeks remaining before the transfer window slams shuts on the Premiership teams, Chelsea could be eyeing up some big buys if rumours are to be believed.
The Blues could be sanctioned to spend up to £140million on new signings as club owner Roman Abramovich is ready to splash out on recruitment at Stamford Bridge.
Manager Antonio Conte has made only two summer signings so far in Michy Batshuayi and N'Golo Kante.
Conte said: “The market is very crazy, the club know my ideas and its important to find the right solution to improve this team, not to buy for the sake if it.”
'Scared to death' - Ruislip mum stumbles on giant tarantula
A South Ruislip mum was given the fright of her life when she found a seven-inch tarantula while she was cleaning her hour.
Lindsay Herlihy, 32, phoned the RSPCA after spotting the massive spider but they refused to come out unless she could actually see the spider, reported The Sun .
The spider is believed to be a Poecilotheria tarantula from India and may be an escaped pet.
The spider has now been re-homed with expert Belinda Guildford-Payn in Iver near Uxbridge
North Korean diplomat defects from Ealing embassy
Thae Yong Ho was named as the man who escaped the Gunnersbury Avenue building and defected with his wife and child.
Mr Thae had been employed at the embassy to track down other North Korean defectors arriving in Britain.
It is believe he made the move out of disgusts at North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's regime.
A friend also recalled playing tennis with Mr Thae at St Columba's Lawn Tennis Club.
120 firefighters tackle Shepherd's Bush tower block blaze
A huge fire broke out in Shepherd's Bush on Friday afternoon (August 20) that damaged five floors of the building and took 120 firefighters to bring it under control.
Crews were called to the scene at around 3.45pm to multiple reports of a fire as smoke could be seen billowing from the 18-storey block.
The nearby tube station was closed due to the fire and roads were also closed off.
No one was seriously injured in the blaze and two people were treated on the scene by London Ambulance Service but were not taken to hospital.
The fire was brought under control at around 5.32pm.