One of Jodie Chesney’s alleged killers has been accused of throwing his business partner “under the bus” over the teenager’s death.
Drug dealer Manuel Petrovic drove Svenson Ong-a-Kwie and two youths to the park where Jodie was fatally stabbed on 1 March.
Mr Petrovic denied he was trying to “rewrite the truth”.
He, along with Mr Ong-a-Kwie and two youths, aged 16 and 17, deny murder and are on trial at the Old Bailey.
Cross-examining Mr Petrovic, Mr Ong-a-Kwie’s lawyer accused him of distancing himself from his co-accused.
Charles Sherrard QC said: “What I suggest is that you have, from the minute you were arrested, decided your best tactic is to present yourself as a particular type of person – somebody who is too nice, the older brother type, and wherever possible, distanced yourself from Svenson.”
Mr Petrovic replied: “That’s not correct.”
Mr Sherrard continued: “And in distancing yourself you have chosen to rewrite the truth and metaphorically throw him under the bus.”
The 20-year-old repeated: “That’s not correct.”
Mr Sherrard asserted that it was Mr Petrovic that 19-year-old Mr Ong-a-Kwie turned to when he needed a lift to Harold Hill on the night of 1 March.
He turned to him again when he needed fresh clothes and trusted him with a “drug line”, it was claimed.
But Mr Petrovic told jurors: “It was more business associates than friends but I would not not class him as a friend.”
Asked why he picked up Ong-a-Kwie on 1 March, leaving customers waiting, he said: “It’s not out of the blue, he would help me out on occasions so I would try to help him out too.”
The Old Bailey trial continues.
Climate change protesters occupied part of London’s Smithfield Market, calling for the UK to transition to a vegan diet.
One man was arrested as up to 400 protesters from Animal Rebellion, an off-shoot of Extinction Rebellion, set up camp in the centre of the 800-year-old Farringdon meat market.
There were also stalls filled with “food that will make up our future food system” during the 18-hour protest, which began on Monday night.
“If the government were to take the climate change seriously, one of the biggest things they can do is look at the food systems,” said Alex Lockwood, a spokesman for Animal Rebellion.
Agriculture is currently responsible for about 9% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from methane.
The group claims animal farming uses 70% of agricultural land, and is the leading cause of deforestation, biodiversity loss, and water pollution.
Mr Lockwood said: “The meat industry is on its knees, but there are still no subsidies to help farmers who want to transition to a plant-based food system.
“We’re not at Smithfield to disrupt ordinary people from their work.
“We’re here to send a message to the Government: this industry at the heart of the climate emergency has to be helped transition to a plant-based food system, with just processes in place to ensure workers can still feed their families, while properly tackling the climate catastrophe.”
A Citizen’s Assembly, with speakers including TV presenter Chris Packham, was held as activist camped out overnight on Monday.
Protesters also held a candlelit vigil “in memory of all the animals who lost their lives”.
The activists left the market by noon on Tuesday.
The group is demanding “an end to the industries of animal agriculture and fishing” and to transition the UK to “a sustainable and just plant-based food system by 2025”.
A Government spokesperson said: “The UK is already taking world-leading action to combat climate change as the first major economy to legislate to end our contribution to global warming entirely by 2050.
“While we share people’s concerns about global warming, and respect the right to peaceful protest, it should not disrupt people’s day-to-day lives.”
Smithfield Market is the largest wholesale meat market in the UK, and is usually open from 02:00 until 08:00, supplying restaurants and butchers across London.
The protest was organised with the consent of the City of London Corporation, which owns the Smithfield Market building.
Activists were allowed to occupy the central passage of the market, blocking two main entrances into the market, but leaving loading bays free.
Traders were also warned of the protest and plans were put in place to minimise any loss of sales.
James Tumbridge, chairman of the corporation’s markets committee, said: “We have worked positively with Animal Rebellion and other stakeholders to facilitate a peaceful demonstration that does not prevent the safe operation of Smithfield Market.
“The City of London Corporation is already taking bold and radical steps to ensure that the Square Mile is leading the way when it comes to reducing emissions, improving air quality and tackling climate change.”
One protester, a retired lorry driver who gave his name as Brian, said: “People tell me to get a life, but I’ve got a really really good life.
“I never imagined I’d be doing this but it was a matter of conscience.
“If all these things are happening, when my time comes I don’t want to think I didn’t do anything to stop it.”
Dave Boddy, who has worked in Smithfield for 58 years, said he would like to see the protest “banned”.
“It has disrupt the whole meat trade, it’s going to disrupt everywhere. Let’s hope it doesn’t carry on too long
Mr Boddy, who started meat trading at 16, said: “It won’t get them anywhere. Around 90% of the people in this country eat meat and I can’t see them all going vegetarian.”
Nehal Patel said the protest “had made getting home extremely hard which was frustrating as I’m pregnant”.
“The protest is affecting the wrong people,” the Merrill Lynch audit manager added.
Sebastian Constantine, a banking analyst who commutes through the market, said he “fully supports” the protest.
“As a vegan I hate walking through the market each morning, with the smell of meat and blood on the floor.
“The market is outdated and deserves to end.”
Elusive artist Banksy has set up a shop in south London featuring the stab vest he designed for Stormzy’s headline act at the Glastonbury Festival.
A Tony the Tiger rug and a cradle surrounded by CCTV cameras are also on show as part of the venture, at a disused retail outlet in Croydon.
The shop appeared overnight on Church Street.
“I’m opening a shop today,” the artist said on Instagram. “Although the doors don’t actually open.”
Banksy said he was going to sell products online and people could visit the shop for the next two weeks.
He added he was being “forced” to launch the online shop – called Gross Domestic Product – because a greeting cards company was attempting to legally trade off of his name.
The artist is being advised that opening a shop which sold his merchandise would help him protect the trademark on his art.
In a statement, Banksy said: “A greetings cards company is contesting the trademark I hold to my art, and attempting to take custody of my name so they can sell their fake Banksy merchandise legally.
“I think they’re banking on the idea I won’t show up in court to defend myself.”
Items being sold in the shop include welcome mats made from life vests salvaged from the shores of the Mediterranean, which have been hand-stitched by women in detainment camps in Greece.
There are also disco balls made from police riot helmets and a toddler’s counting toy where children are encouraged to load wooden migrant figures inside a haulage truck.
Banksy said proceeds would go towards buying a new migrant rescue boat to replace one allegedly confiscated by Italian authorities.
He said despite trying to defend his artistic rights in this particular case, he had not changed his position on copyright.
“I still encourage anyone to copy, borrow, steal and amend my art for amusement, academic research or activism. I just don’t want them to get sole custody of my name.”
It comes as one of Banksy’s paintings which shows the House of Commons packed with chimpanzees is set to be auctioned at Sotheby’s on Thursday.
Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison, owner of street art gallery Rise, said: “It’s incredible that we have this work, very clearly the work of a very famous artist who we all kind of love. It couldn’t be any more authentic.”
A Banksy collector who came to see the display, said: “It’s brilliant. So good that it’s happening.
“I doubt he (Banksy) will turn up and go ‘hello lads, how are ya?’ But he’s obviously around.”
John, another Banksy enthusiast, who is on holiday in the UK from the United States, said: “It has all the earmarks of Banksy’s work.
“It’s graphic, it’s cheeky, it’s intelligent.”
Two men have been charged following an attempted robbery of two Arsenal footballers.
Sead Kolašinac and Mesut Ozil were targeted by armed men in Platts Lane, near Golders Green, north-west London, on Thursday 25 July.
Ashley Smith, 30, of Cardinals Way, north London, is charged with attempted robbery and threatening a person with an offensive weapon on 5 September.
Jordan Northover, 26, of West Yorkshire, faces the same two charges.
Mr Smith, who faces an additional charge of possession of cannabis was remanded in custody and will appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday.
Kolašinac and Ozil have both returned to playing for the Premier League side after missing several matches following concerns about their security at the start of the season.
Unai Emery praised Arsenal’s “amazing” team spirit but admits his side have to improve defensively after twice coming from behind to beat Aston Villa in a pulsating encounter at Emirates Stadium.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s stunning free-kick with six minutes remaining completed an unlikely turnaround for the Gunners, who had Ainsley Maitland-Niles sent off in the first half and were still trailing going into the final 10 minutes.
“The team spirit was amazing, we need to continue working and improving things,” said the Arsenal boss.
“Aston Villa is a good team and an organised team. After this I hope we can improve and be strong. Together with the supporters we will be strong for the matches and hopefully improve.
“It is our challenge to improve defensively. They didn’t have a lot of chances to score.”
John McGinn flicked home Anwar El Ghazi’s cross to put Villa ahead in the first half before Maitland-Niles was shown a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Neil Taylor four minutes before the break.
Arsenal levelled early in the second period thanks to Nicolas Pepe’s first goal for the club from the penalty spot only for Wesley to restore Villa’s lead from Jack Grealish’s low cross less than two minutes later.
But in a thrilling conclusion, substitute Calum Chambers’ close-range finish brought the Gunners level on 81 minutes before Aubameyang’s late strike secured their third Premier League win of the season to lift Emery’s side back into the top four.
The result was harsh on Villa, who impressed for long periods but paid the price for dropping far too deep in the closing stages and inviting Arsenal pressure. A fourth defeat from six league games means they remain in the bottom three.
Thrilling finish masks Arsenal’s defensive shortcomings
After opting for a mix of youth and experience for Thursday’s Europa League win at Eintracht Frankfurt, Emery recalled the bulk of his senior stars for the meeting with Villa.
That meant the Spaniard went with the same back four that lost a two-goal lead at Watford last weekend, and another shaky performance here means they have still not kept a clean sheet in the league since the opening day of the season, conceding 10 goals in five games.
The defensive problems ultimately did not cost them the result against Villa, but Emery cannot rely on his attacking players to bail out his team all the time if they are to make a sustained challenge for the top four.
A lack of urgency and desire to close the Villa players down led to the opening goal, with El Ghazi given plenty of time to cross for McGinn, who found himself completely unmarked after ghosting ahead of Matteo Guendouzi.
Guendouzi summed up Arsenal’s performance, he was often sloppy in possession and his failure to track McGinn led to the first goal, but he led by example in the closing stages with a series of driving runs into the penalty area.
One of those runs resulted in a sloppy tackle from Bjorn Engels, allowing Pepe to equalise from the spot early in the second half.
After Arsenal went behind again Guendouzi drew a fine save from Tom Heaton, who pushed his low drive from the edge of the box on to the post.
With Villa seemingly unable to get out of their final third, Arsenal’s pressure finally told.
A mistake by Tyone Mings allowed Chambers, brought on in response to Maitland-Niles’ dismissal, to stab a looping effort beyond Heaton.
Then, after Aubameyang was brought down just outside the area, the Gabon striker curled beyond an unmoved Heaton to send the Emirates crowd, who were frustrated for much of the afternoon, into raptures.
Emery also defended midfielder Granit Xhaka, who was jeered by some sections of the home support when he was substituted after 72 minutes.
“My opinion is we need our supporters and we need our supporters helping each player,” added the Gunners boss. “Today I changed him because he played 90 minutes on Thursday. I preferred a fresh player. But for me he is a very important player for us.
“He has a big commitment here. I am sure he is going to achieve the best things. We are professional. He is an experienced player.
“He knows sometimes we are criticised. We need to be mature and continue working. I am going to support him. He’s a good player.”
Villa left to rue late collapse
While Arsenal went into the game with concerns about their defence, Aston Villa had worries about their attack after failing to score in each of their last two matches.
They looked much more potent here, but were left to rue defensive mistakes that led to all three Arsenal goals.
“I am bitterly disappointed,” said Villa boss Dean Smith. “We lost our structure for periods in the second half. First half we were on the front foot and looked solid. It is always going to be a tough game but we will never get a better chance to win.”
Anwar El Ghazi and Trezeguet, playing either side of striker Wesley, found plenty of space on the flanks, with Arsenal full-backs Maitland-Niles and Saed Kolasinac regularly exposed.
Egypt international winger Trezeguet, back in the side after a one-match ban, set up McGinn for an early effort on target while it was El Ghazi’s delivery from the other flank that led the opening goal.
After Pepe’s penalty brought Arsenal level, Villa showed great spirit to immediately go up the other end to re-take the lead thanks to some fine work by Grealish down the left and a smart finish by Wesley, his second goal for Villa since joining from Club Brugge in the summer.
With Arsenal pushing forward, Villa nearly caught them on the counter when Trezeguet was played in the right-hand side of the area, but he could only fire straight at Leno.
Four minutes later, Smith replaced Trezeguet with the more defensively minded Ahmed El Mohamady in an attempt to shore things up, but that only served to invite Arsenal pressure.
Mings, whose form this season saw him called up to the England squad, was punished for a poor header on the edge of his six yard box for Chambers’ equaliser.
His defensive partner Engels, whose foul also led to Arsenal’s penalty, then hacked down Aubameyang right on the edge of the penalty area, with the Gunners forward converting the free-kick to condemn Villa to defeat.
“The game became too open with them at 10 men,” added Smith. “We lost our fearlessness but for some reason we retracted second half and put us under pressure. We scored again and had a good five minute spell but retracted again.
“The players lost a bit of belief and that is what disappointed me the most.”
Man of the match – Matteo Guendouzi
We have had a real good go – what they said
Arsenal boss Unai Emery, speaking to BBC MOTD: “In 90 minutes a lot of things happened. When it was 11 v 11 we didn’t control the match how we wanted because we lost a lot of balls in the middle and gave them chances in the transition. When we could attack and get the ball in the box we weren’t bad really and we were also creating chances to score.
“After the goal we could be calm and improve and the red card changed the idea. For the second half we needed to play first with the head but also with our heart. We needed supporters pushing us and us to take some risks.
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith, speaking to BBC MOTD: “You look at the goals we conceded and they are sloppy. We concede a penalty and give a free-kick away. Second goal, Tyrone Mings has cushioned a header to Neil Taylor and should have put it out for a corner.
“I thought it was penalty [for handball against Sokratis]. He leant towards the ball, which was going towards the goal. It has hit his arm so I don’t know why it wasn’t. But if you’re asking about handballs in the box these days, I don’t know and I don’t think anyone knows. We have seen some subjective ones. If they get a good view on the TV screens they need to overrule the on-field referee.”
On his side’s form: “There is no big concern. We have had a real good go. Apart from Man City and Liverpool I don’t fear anyone in this league.”
Villa score first but lose again – best of the stats
- Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa was only the ninth occasion in Premier League history a team has won a match after receiving a red card while losing – three of those wins have been by Arsenal (also v Derby in 1997 and Bolton in 2008).
- Arsenal won a Premier League game they were trailing in at half time for the first time since December 2018 (4-2 v Spurs at the Emirates).
- Aston Villa haven’t won any of their last five Premier League away games when scoring first (D1 L4), suffering defeats in each of their two such games in 2019-20 (1-3 v Spurs and 2-3 v Arsenal).
- Arsenal have only kept one clean sheet in their last 10 games against newly-promoted teams in the Premier League (1-0 v Huddersfield in May 2018), including none in their seven such games under Unai Emery.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 16 goals in his last 16 games across all competitions for Arsenal, including in each of the last four games in a row (five goals).
- Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe has converted 10 penalties since the start of last season within the top five European leagues; the joint-most of any player in this period, along with Luka Milivojevic and Fabio Quagliarella.
- Since making his debut for Aston Villa in August 2018, John McGinn has scored nine goals in league competition – no other current player at the club has netted more (Jonathan Kodjia also with nine).
- Bukayo Saka became the third-youngest player on the day of his first Premier League start for Arsenal, with only Cesc Fábregas (17y 104d) and Theo Walcott (17y 212d) doing so at a younger age.
- Ainsley Maitland-Niles has now been sent off twice in the Premier League in 2019; the first Arsenal player to receive multiple red cards in the competition in the same year since Laurent Koscielny in 2013 (also two).
Arsenal host Nottingham Forest in Carabao Cup third round on Tuesday with Aston Villa travelling to Brighton the following day (both 19:45 BST kick-offs).
Villa then return to Premier League action at home to Burnley next Saturday (15:00 BST) with Arsenal taking on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday 30 September. (20:00 BST).
Thousands of people around the UK have joined a global climate change protest, with pupils walking out of schools and workers downing tools to demand action.
Millions around the world are taking part in the “climate strike” day, with rallies in British cities including Glasgow, Manchester and London.
Anna Taylor, a co-founder of UK Student Climate Network, said it was “very easy” to persuade people to show up.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said “every child” should be in school.
He added: “They should be learning, they shouldn’t be bunking off and it’s very irresponsible for people to encourage children to do so.”
Student Jessica Ahmed, 16, emailed her school to warn that she would be joining the protests instead of being in class.
Speaking at a protest in Westminster, she said: “School is important but so is my future.
“If politicians were taking the appropriate action we need – and had been taking this action a long time ago when it was recognised the world was changing in a negative way – then I would not have to be skipping school.”
Organisers estimated that around 100,000 people attended a rally in central London, while more than 20,000 were thought to have marched in Edinburgh and 10,000 in Brighton.
In Belfast, organisers put the turnout at between 3,000 and 4,000, with young people taking over the Cornmarket area of the city centre and staging a “mass die-in”.
And in Birmingham, around 3,000 protesters, including hundreds of children, gathered in the city’s Victoria Square before marching through nearby streets.
UK Student Climate Network said more than 200 events had been organised across the country.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told young people at the Westminster rally: “You and a whole generation have brought [climate change] centre stage and I am absolutely delighted about that.
“If we’re going to sustain this planet we need to get to net zero emissions a lot, lot quicker than 2050 [the government’s target],” he said.
He wants every country to sign up to the Paris Agreement, which commits signatory nations to keeping global temperatures “well below” 2.0C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times.
Referring to President Donald Trump, Mr Corbyn said it was “disgraceful when you get a president of a major country like the US” who says they will walk away.
The global protests come ahead of a summit at the UN next week that will urge countries to do more to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
Dozens of pupils from John Stainer Community Primary school in Brockley, south-east London, were among those taking part in protests in London.
Head teacher Sue Harte said “children need to know that they have a right to democratic protest”.
Sebastian, a pupil at the school, said he joined the protests to help fight global warming.
“They, the government, don’t understand that we’re going to go through it and they are not,” he said.
Eight-year-old Sohan and Nayan, five, also from south-east London, joined protesters with their mother, Celine.
Sohan said: “We want to save our planet and we hope that marching will help.”
At the Belfast protest, Extinction Rebellion activist Lorraine Montague, from County Tyrone, was dressed as a swan to highlight the threat of climate change to wildlife.
“Our climate is at crisis point and the government is not doing anything about it,” she said.
“We are grieving for our future. I don’t feel happy about having children, the way our climate is going.”
In Edinburgh, demonstrators – the majority of them young people – chanted and sang as they marched from the Meadows to Holyrood Park near the Scottish Parliament.
They carried placards reading “Scotland, you’re not too wee to change the world” and “If you were smarter, I would be in school”.
Extinction Rebellion, which organised its own climate and environment protests in the UK earlier this year, said it stood “in solidarity” with those taking part.
It added that its members were joining the strikes and holding their own events, including a choir and “kids’ space” in Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, and outside King’s College London.
Some trade unions, including the TUC, the University and College Union and Unite, are supporting members who take part in the “strikes”.
Co-operative Bank said it supported workers who want to join the action, while US clothing brand Patagonia closed all of its stores and took out adverts to back the protesters.
But in Norwich, protester Tiffany Wallace said her employer declined to give her time off work to join demonstrators “because they didn’t think it was important”.
“The worst thing they can do is fire me,” said the 33-year-old.
“I don’t feel I should compromise my own values and integrity and what’s important, so I can make money for a business.”
Energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng said he could not “endorse children leaving school” to take part in the protests.
But he said he did support “their energy, their creativity, and the fact that they have completely mastered these issues and take them very seriously”.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson all supported the walkout for the Youth Strike 4 Climate campaign.
The Metropolitan Police said seven people were arrested for public order offences, but overall the day ran “smoothly”.
Commander Dave Musker said a “tiny minority of protesters” tried to block Lambeth Bridge, a key route for emergency services to St Thomas’ Hospital. One other man was arrested on the bridge on suspicion of discharging a flare in a public place.
The global action follows a long-running series of school strikes initially inspired by activist Greta Thunberg.
The teenager, from Sweden, is also playing a role in the day’s events and is set to join a rally planned in New York, where world leaders will meet at the UN next week.
Tottenham threw away a two-goal lead as they were forced to settle for a point in their Champions League Group B opener against Olympiakos in Greece.
Two goals in four first-half minutes put Spurs in control, with Harry Kane opening the scoring from the penalty spot before Lucas Moura’s scorching 20-yard finish.
Yet Mauricio Pochettino’s side conceded shortly before half-time through impressive Portuguese winger Daniel Podence’s quality finish.
That lifted the passionate home crowd and Olympiakos equalised from the game’s second penalty, former France forward Mathieu Valbuena beating Hugo Lloris, the current Les Bleus captain, from the spot.
Tottenham’s result means both of last season’s Champions League finalists have failed to win their opening group games, after holders Liverpool were beaten 2-0 by Napoli in Italy on Tuesday.
Sloppy Spurs fail to hang on again
Pochettino’s side showed Herculean spirit to go all the way to the final last season yet were far from their best as they made a shaky return to the competition in the port city of Piraeus.
Having allowed a 2-0 lead to slip against Arsenal in the Premier League on 1 September – again after conceding late at the end of the first half – this is the second time in three games they been left to reflect on what might have been.
With Bayern Munich and the unpredictable Red Star Belgrade also in Group B, Pochettino will hope this result does not come back to haunt his side.
Kane won the penalty which led to him breaking the deadlock, the Spurs striker clearly tripped by Tunisia defender Yassine Meriah. Then Moura produced an emphatic finish after Ben Davies marked his return by winning back possession and laying on the pass for the Brazil winger.
On a night of missed opportunities, Kane could have had a hat-trick.
Yet, on two separate occasions, Dele Alli – making his first start of the season – and substitute Erik Lamela decided to go for glory instead of choosing the easier option of squaring to Kane to score.
Away way trouble for Spurs
Having failed to win any of their first three group games last season, Tottenham know a point in Greece could yet prove critical.
Yet they have won just five of their 17 away games in all competitions this calendar year, including an FA Cup tie at then-League Two club Tranmere Rovers.
Since winning 2-1 at Fulham in the league on 20 January, Spurs have managed just two victories on the road – both in Europe, against Borussia Dortmund and Ajax.
It is something of a worry for Pochettino, who heads straight back to England with his squad to prepare for a Saturday lunchtime game at Leicester City.
It could have been worse.
When the game was goalless and during a slow start by the visitors, Olympiakos hit the post through Miguel Angel Guerrero.
That prompted Pochettino to leap out of his seat and make it known from the sidelines that he was not happy by his side’s performance.
His actions had some impact as Spurs raced into a 2-0 lead before being pegged back on a deeply frustrating night.
Man of the match – Daniel Podence (Olympiakos)
Letting it slip – the stats
- This was the second time that Tottenham have failed to win a Champions League game having been two goals ahead – and the first since drawing 2-2 with Werder Bremen in September 2010.
- Since the start of last season, Spurs have conceded more goals than any other side in the Champions League (21).
- Olympiakos are without a win in nine Champions League matches, their longest winless run in the competition.
- Only Ruud van Nistelrooy (19) and Roberto Soldado (19) scored their first 15 Champions League goals in fewer games than Harry Kane (20).
- Lucas Moura scored just his second goal from outside the box for Tottenham in all competitions – and his first since August 2018 against Fulham.
Tottenham are back in Premier League action at 12:30 BST on Saturday when they are at Leicester City, while their next Champions League Group B game is at home to Bayern Munich on 1 October.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino described his side’s breathtaking performance in Saturday’s emphatic victory over Crystal Palace as “amazing”.
All four goals came before the interval, with Son Heung-min the shining light in a scintillating attacking display.
The victory – Tottenham’s first since the opening weekend of the season – lifts Pochettino’s charges back into the top four of the Premier league.
“The attitude was amazing, and the performance,” said Pochettino. “We were very concentrated and had tremendous quality.
“I’m so happy for the team. I think it’s important for their confidence.”
South Korea forward Son capitalised on a defensive lapse from returning Palace defender Mamadou Sakho to fire the hosts into an early lead, before visiting left-back Patrick van Aanholt inadvertently directed a cross from right-back Serge Aurier into his own net.
Son connected beautifully with another Aurier cross to make it 3-0, and Erik Lamela finished off another flowing move involving Son and Harry Kane to complete the scoring.
Spurs have also endured a trying summer off the pitch, with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld – whose contracts are all due to expire next summer – linked with moves away from the club before the end of the European transfer window.
“[Today’s performance] showed when you focus and concentrate and you are on the same page, working to the same objective, the quality is there,” added Pochettino.
“This is the first step. We need to improve a lot, we need to be consistent.
“The first half was like a recovery to make our fans feel proud of us.”
Spurs hit their stride
Pochettino revealed he held an hour-long meeting with his squad this week in order to “refocus” his players’ minds following an indifferent start to the campaign.
Spurs had won only once in the league this season before today – at home to Aston Villa in their opening game of the campaign.
Whatever Pochettino told his players in the meeting, it worked.
The hosts roared out of the traps at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, overwhelming a Palace side who had conceded only two league goals before the game.
Son, who scored Spurs’ first goal at their new stadium against Palace in April, opened the scoring with a crisp finish after Sakho misjudged Toby Alderweireld’s raking cross-field pass.
Spurs, who had fallen behind in both their home games so far this season, continued to apply pressure on the Palace rearguard and doubled their lead when Aurier’s cross from the right was directed past Guaita by the unfortunate Van Aanholt.
Aurier, making his first start since February, was left in far too much space as he set up the hosts’ second goal, and Palace failed to learn their lesson as the Ivory Coast defender produced another teasing ball which Son volleyed brilliantly past Guaita at the far post.
Son was at the forefront of all that was good about Spurs’ performance, starting the move that led to Lamela prodding Kane’s low cross beyond the Palace goalkeeper three minutes before the interval.
A day to forget for Palace
Prior to the game, only Manchester City (52) and Liverpool (51) had collected more Premier League points than Roy Hodgson’s side since 2 February, when the Eagles started a good run of form with a 2-0 win at home to Fulham.
They have taken significant scalps away from Selhurst Park in that period, including a backs-to-the-wall 2-1 victory at Manchester United last month – their eighth win in 12 Premier League away matches.
However, Saturday’s defeat extends their winless league run against Spurs to nine matches.
Hodgson’s side were second best from start to finish as the defensive organisation that earned them that impressive victory at Old Trafford appeared to desert them.
France defender Sakho – making his first appearance since having knee surgery – had a poor game and was at fault for Spurs’ opening goal.
There may have been an element of fortune about the hosts’ second, but Spurs cut through their opponents with embarrassing ease in the build-up to their third and fourth goals, with Son and Lamela both left unmarked at the far post.
Palace rarely threatened at the other end as Lloris made routine saves from Cahill and Kouyate in the first half, before thwarting Wilfried Zaha in the second.
Man of the match – Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
Joint-biggest victory in a London derby – the stats
- Spurs recorded their biggest league victory over Palace, as well as their joint-biggest against the Eagles across all competitions (also 4-0 in January 1987 in the FA Cup fourth round).
- This was Spurs’ joint-biggest victory in a London derby in the Premier League (seventh win by four goals), having last won one by four goals in what was Pochettino’s first home game in charge of Spurs (4-0 v QPR in August 2014).
- Palace’s defeat was their heaviest in the Premier League since September 2017 (0-4 v Manchester United), while only once previously has Hodgson lost by a bigger margin in the competition (Crystal Palace 0-5 Manchester City in September 2017).
- Spurs have won each of their last nine Premier League games against Palace – only against Birmingham (10 in September 1964) have they had a longer winning run in top-flight history.
- Spurs scored three goals in the opening half hour of a Premier League home game for the first time since February 2012, when they beat Newcastle 5-0 at White Hart Lane.
- Son has scored in all four of his Premier League home games against Crystal Palace (five goals), with Spurs going on to win on all four occasions.
- Son is Spurs’ top scorer across all competitions at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, netting four goals in seven home appearances there.
- Palace winger Zaha won eight fouls against Spurs; the most by a player in a Premier League game since November 2018 (eight for Harry Kane v Chelsea).
‘The first half was like a recovery’ – what the managers said
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, speaking to BBC Sport: “”The performance showed we are a good team.”
“I’m so happy for the team and happy to build for a really good 21 days, with six games ahead.
“We need to improve a lot and be consistent. There’s a lot of work to do.”
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, speaking to BBC Sport: “It’s one of those games that we will just have to write off and learn from and hold our hands up and admit we were beaten by a better team.
“We came here hoping to play as well as they played and we weren’t capable of that. We found ourselves staring down the barrel of a gun at half time but fortunately the scoreline wasn’t aggravated in the second half and we have been beaten 4-0.
“The fact is we mustn’t get carried away with results. For us, it’s going to be a very long, hard fight to stay in this league and there will be plenty of games like this where we play teams with power and intensity.”
Spurs travel to Olympiakos in their Champions League Group B opener on Wednesday 18 September (kick-off 17:55 BST) before visiting Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday, 21 September (12:30 BST).
Crystal Palace return to action at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, 22 September (14:00 BST).
A man who was killed in a drive-by shooting in north London has been named by police.
Wilson Alexandre Garcia Varela was shot dead in Malden Road, Kentish Town, shortly before midnight on Sunday.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Mr Varela’s family said the 24-year-old “will remain a legend for us all”.
No arrests have been made and police say the motive for the killing “remains unclear”. A post-mortem found Mr Varela died from a shotgun wound to the chest.
“It is hard to understand what could have led to this murder, and we need someone to tell us why this happened,” Det Ch Insp Simon Stancombe said.