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The rapper Wiley has been charged with assault and burglary, Scotland Yard has said.

Wiley – real name Richard Kylea Cowie Jr – is alleged to have broken into the home of friend and kickboxer Ali Jacko in east London on 28 August, according to reports.

Cowie, 42, who has been called the “godfather of grime”, will appear at Thames magistrates court on 13 September.

He was charged with assault by beating and burglary of a dwelling with intent to cause damage, the Metropolitan police said.

The force said: “At around 2200hrs on Saturday 28 August police were called to a flat in Forest Gate.

“Officers attended the location. It was alleged that a man had entered the flat, assaulted the occupant and caused criminal damage to property. The man was arrested and taken into custody.

“The occupant, an adult male, sustained a minor injury. London ambulance service were not required.”

Wylie was honoured with an MBE in the 2018 new year honours for services to music.

He is credited with being one of the leading forces behind grime music, and went on to have a solo No 1 single and two other No 1s with the group Roll Deep.

He announced his retirement from grime with his album Godfather 3, though he has continued to release new music.

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