Daily news digest: the five biggest news stories from the last 24 hours from London and around the world

Sean Morrison
New York crash: Teenager killed as car ploughs into pedestrians in Times Square: @pinkcamry

These are the five biggest stories from the last 24 hours in the capital and across the globe.

18-year-old killed as car 'intentionally' ploughs into pedestrians in New York crash

A teenager was killed after a former US naval officer allegedly ploughed his car into pedestrians on a pavement in New York City's Times Square.

At least 22 other people are thought to have been injured in the incident, which happened at the Midtown Manhattan tourist site on Thursday lunchtime.

Times Square crash: a teenager died (Daniel J. Bases/Reuters)

One injured pedestrian said the collision appeared to be "intentional" and the New York Police Department has closed off the area.

Theresa May unveils Conservative party manifesto

The Prime Minister set out to scoop up Labour voters with promises of a Brexit bonus for poorer regions, more money for the NHS and more homes. Her first manifesto, called Forward Together, spoke of a “Great Meritocracy”.

Manifesto launch: Prime Minister Theresa May (PA)

It distanced her from Margaret Thatcher with regulation for business, more borrowing and workers on boards.

“It is time to put the old tribal politics behind us and come together in the national interest,” she declared at a launch in Halifax, a traditional Labour stronghold, on Thursday.

Murder probe launched after man knifed to death in busy car park

Police have launched a murder investigation after a 20-year-old man was stabbed to death in a busy shopping centre car park in Romford.

Passers-by rushed to administer first aid before the man died (Nigel Howard)

Officers were called on Thursday afternoon, at around 4.30pm, to Brewery Shopping Centre car park in Waterloo Road after a man was found with a stab wound.

The victim was rushed to an east London hospital but was pronounced dead by 5.30pm.

Four men were arrested close to the car park, which services the shopping centre, cinema and restaurants. They are being held on suspicion of murder.

Gang of moped thieves attack rider with fire extinguisher and knock him to the floor

A gang of moped thieves attacked a rider with a fire extinguisher and knocked him to the ground in the latest in a swathe of moped-related attacks in the capital.

The victim, 58, was riding his motorcycle in east London before he was surrounded by seven thugs on four mopeds.

Shocking footage shows the man being attacked with a fire extinguisher before falling to the floor as they attempt to steal his bike.

But the brazen attack, in Roden Street, Ilford, was unsuccessful and the thugs fled the scene at about 5.15pm on Tuesday, April 18.

ITV Leaders' Debate

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Ukip leader Paul Nuttall, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon during The ITV Leaders' Debate (PA)

Theresa May was accused of running scared after refusing to take part in a live prime time TV General Election debate with the leaders of rival parties.

Both the Prime Minister and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn turned down the invitation to take part in the ITV Leaders' Debate in Salford broadcast on Thursday night.

Scottish First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Liberal Democrat chief Tim Farron, Ukip's Paul Nuttall, Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood and Green co-leader Caroline Lucas all took part.

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