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Homeowners whose properties were devastated by the Christmas flooding of 2013 may feel a little safer at the news their town is set for a new £15 million barrier thanks to the latest round of funding. Flood defences for Tonbridge and the surrounding area are to be improved following a decision to award more than £2 million of government cash. It will go towards improvements to the Leigh Flood Storage area and local embankments in the Hildenborough area. Th...
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The Government is to crack down on people smugglers advertising their services to people in developing countries via Facebook in a bid to stem the flow of undocumented migrants to the UK at its source. The UK has identified 539 social media pages – the vast majority on Facebook – which it says are used by people illegally offering others transit to Europe - writes independent.co.uk “We must now match our pursuit of people smugglers and traffickers with a r...
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Around 120 people were affected by a flood in West Drayton when a burst water main filled a residential street. The road, Falling Lane, was covered in a metre of water in an incident which prompted six fire engines and 40 firefighters into action on Sunday. Some 80 properties were impacted, some of which were evacuated . In an update, a spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade , which was called at 8.39pm, said: “Firefighters used sand bags and pumped wate...
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Council sidestepped a loaded decision about ending city hall regulation of the number of taxi licences in London, punting the controversial proposal back to staff on Tuesday night. The direction to city staff? Talk to the taxi industry. Again. It’s the latest chapter in the never-ending saga over London’s bylaw governing taxis, limousines and private ride-hailing companies like Uber. VEHICLE FOR HIRE BYLAW Staff will bring a bylaw back to the community and...
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A teenage girl was raped in broad daylight in an east London park, police have said. The Met's child abuse and sexual offences command is investigating the attack, which happened in West Ham Park on Tuesday. The female victim was attacked by a man close to the entrance opposite FairlandRoad, Scotland Yard said. It happened at about 4pm. No arrests have yet been made. West Ham Park, which dates back to the 16th century,is run by the City of London Corporati...
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Armed police would have needed “luck” to be in the right place to tackle an intruder at Parliament, the Westminster terror attack inquest heard today. Khalid Masood, 52, rushed into the Parliamentary grounds and stabbed Pc Keith Palmer to death having mown down and killed four pedestrians with his car on Westminster Bridge. The inquest has heard armed police patrolling Parliament had been in-structed to prioritise the safety of ministers and MPs over polic...
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A car thief who was filmed deliberately driving at a group of cyclists has admitted a string of offences. Shane Seymour, 25, of Southwark, south London, drove at the cyclists on Clapham Road, Clapham, during the morning rush hour of 1 August. Footage on social media showed a black Audi with fake number plates repeatedly accelerating towards the cyclists. Seymour pleaded guilty to the theft of a car, driving while disqualified and dangerous driving. He appe...
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London saw a massive spike in drug overdoses this summer, with its overdose-prevention site saving the lives of three times as many people last month as in the six months previous, says the executive director of the organization that hosts the site. With only two of the four front-running London mayoral candidates supporting a permanent downtown supervised drug consumption site, the need for intervention was driven home when 23 users were “reversed” from d...
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The PM will announce £2bn to build new homes in England, in a attempt to remove the "stigma" of social housing. Under the plan, housing associations, councils and other organisations will be able to bid for the money to spend on new projects, starting from 2022. Labour said the announcement fell "far short" of what was needed for the social housing sector. BBC home editor Mark Easton said the government hopes the money will allow local authorities and hous...
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Tackling serious violence in London is to be treated as a public health issue, the city's mayor has said. Sadiq Khan has set up a Violence Reduction Unit to include public health staff, police and local government, with £500,000 in initial funding. He said it "will not deliver results overnight", but focus on diverting young people away from crime. There have been 100 homicides in the city this year, with another man stabbed to death on Tuesday night . A t...
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A London council has been criticised for spending thousands of pounds on a performance art festival featuring sex toys and someone going to the toilet. Croydon allocated £10,000 for the event, which included one artist’s effort to “demystify the anus”. Called the Biennial of International Performance Art and Noise, the event was produced by an organisation called Tempting Failure. Arts Council England contributed £38,000. It included the work of Joseph Rav...
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The long-running row over the £1.2 billion redevelopment of the Mount Pleasant mail sorting office has burst back into life after flats went on sale with starting prices from £670,000 for a studio. The 681-apartment scheme in Clerkenwell , where fewer than a quarter of the homes are designated “affordable”, was given the go-ahead in 2014 by then mayor Boris Johnson, who overruled the objections of “bourgeois nimby” councillors. Campaigners against the deve...
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A vulnerable woman who was found starving, beatenand forced to work as a slave was returned to her suspected trafficker in a major blunder by council officials, the Standard has learned. The woman, who had learning disabilities, was discovered by chance, filthy and freezing and apparently living in a garden shed, when bailiffs raided a house in east London. Neighbours later said they had seen her showering naked in the garden and being forced to unload scr...
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Three men were hurt when a car struck several people outside a north London mosque, police said. Eyewitnesses described hearing the driver "shouting anti-Islamic taunts" in the incident at the Islamic centre in Cricklewood. The Metropolitan Police said it was not being treated as terrorist-related, but could have been a hate crime. Two men were taken to hospital following the incident at about 00:35 BST. The driver failed to stop. It happened at the Al-maj...
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A school in central London has resorted to usingair purifiers inside all of its classrooms after pollution levels were found to be at a hazardous level. Christopher Hatton Primary School in Holborn is located close to several major roads and construction sitesleaving children exposed to diesel fumes and dust. The dust contains harmful PM 2.5 particles that can trigger or worsen respiratory problems such asasthma and bronchitis. In the school's nursery, lev...
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Around 120 people were affected by a flood in West Drayton when a burst water main filled a residential street. The road, Falling Lane, was covered in a metre of water in an incident which prompted six fire engines and 40 firefighters into action on Sunday - writes standard.co.uk Some 80 properties were impacted, some of which were evacuated . In an update, a spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade , which was called at 8.39pm, said: “Firefighters used sa...
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Motorists across the capital are being urged to ditch their vehicles for a day and reclaim the streets from traffic when nearly 50 roads close for World Car Free Day . Greenwich Town Centre and Bermondsey Street are among 49 streets across London set to be car-free on Saturday in a bid to tackle poor air quality and encourage stronger communities. By supporting London Play , a charity working to give children the freedom to play by shutting roads to traffi...
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A Thames Water engineer has been hailed a hero after saving a choking baby who had stopped breathing and was turning blue. Jack Gale was carrying out maintenance work in a churchyard with a colleague when they heard the eight-month-old baby’s mother crying for help and came to the rescue. The woman had rushed out of her Earl’s Court home carrying the little boy, who had suddenly stopped breathing and was changing colour from lack of oxygen. Falling back on...
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London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for a second EU referendum, criticising the government's handling of Brexit negotiations with the EU. Writing in the Observer, the Labour politician said that with the UK due to leave the EU in six months, it now faced either a "bad deal" or "no deal"- writes bbc.com The debate had also become "more about Boris Johnson's political ambitions" than what was good for the UK, he said. Tory minister Michael Gove said Mr Khan w...
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Progress is being made to help deaf and hearing-impaired people enjoy live music. Kate Samuelson explores provision for those who – literally – feel the beat. From wedding first dances to familiar songs your grandparents used to hum, many of our most treasured experiences are connected to music. Music can heighten everyday experiences, trigger emotions and even help to heal pain. But its power is not limited to those with perfect hearing. Deaf people do no...
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The 2018 Great British Beach Clean expects a bumper year after the Blue Planet television series prompted a surge of interest in ocean plastic pollution The organisers of the annual Great British Beach Clean say they expect to see record numbers of volunteers at more beaches than ever before at this weekend’s UK-wide event. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has been running the four-day beach cleaning event for the last 24 years. In 2017, 6,944 volunte...
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More than £8,000 has been raised for the family of a young father who died in a motorbike accident in north London. Restaurant manager Adrian Cheung , 25, was killed in Kentish Town after colliding with a metal stand as he rode to work last Friday. A Gofundme page has since been launched to help support the fiancée and daughter of Mr Cheung, who worked at popular Japanese restaurant Kami. Friends and will-wishers have flocked to the page, set up by his bro...
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Relatives of a “delightful” seven-year-old boy who died after falling from a wall in a pub garden today told of their heartbreak. Witnesses said football-loving Harvey Tyrrell climbed over the wall to retrieve a ball when he tripped and hit his head. His father battled to save his life before paramedics arrived. Harvey died in hospital after the accident in the back garden of the King Harold pub in Harold Wood, near Romford , on Tuesday. The pub remained s...
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Guerilla artists replaced road signs with notices marked “drug dealers only” to highlight the impact of crime in an east London neighbourhood. The artists, calling themselves the Columbia Road Cartel, installed six signs on lampposts around Columbia Road near Shoreditch. Despite appearing to be normal road signs, the notices carried messages such as “Give way to oncoming drug dealers” and “Crack pickup point”. The group also marked out a parking space for...
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The Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) is used by the NHS to test for genetic conditions, but people can pay for it privately to discover a baby's gender. Labour MP Naz Shah said it was morally wrong for people to use the test to abort pregnancies based on the outcome. The Department of Health said it would continue to review the evidence. An investigation by the Victoria Derbyshire programme has found thousands of British women discussing using NIPT to det...
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Not because the photographers and journalists are spending the weekend barking at their smart speakers, but because of a certain newcomer to this season's schedule. Appearing alongside the likes of Jasper Conran, Victoria Beckham, Burberry and Pam Hogg is former TV presenter and model Alexa Chung. She may have been a familiar face in fashion for more than a decade, but Alexa's LFW debut this weekend comes just one year after launching her eponymous clothin...
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Two private landlords have been convicted of managing houses in dangerous and sub-standard conditionsafter a north London council found 35 people living in one "appalling" house. Islington Council officers found the tenants living in four “sub-standard” two-bedroom flats in the semi-detached Victorian property in Grosvenor Avenue, Highbury . Up to six people were sleeping in each bedroom, while the property, in aleafysuburb, had numerous fire safety hazard...
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Ambulances transporting cancer patients for treatment at a central London hospital are having fixed penalty notices placed upon them for parking illegally in the streets nearby. The Evening Standard quotes a driver calling the situation "ridiculous", but Camden Council - which issues parking penalties in the area around University College Hospital's Macmillan Cancer Centre - says it is within its rights to impose the fines. So, what is the law? The 2002 Tr...
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Officers with the Metropolitan Police are to be quizzed on whether they want to carry a spit guard. A survey by the Metropolitan Police Federation will ask members whether they have ever been spat at or bitten while on duty over the last two years – and whether they would want to have a guard at their disposal for protection. Scotland Yard boss Cressida Dick has previously said using spit guards on the streets could make police officers more likely to get...
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London mayor Sadiq Khan’s transport ambitions today suffered a further blow when the High Court blocked a new bike lane. The future of Cycle Superhighway 11 is now unclear after Westminster City Council accused Transport for London of failing to carry out a proper consultation process. London Mayor, Sadiq Khan Work on CS11 linking Swiss Cottage, Regents Park and the West End was due to start in July but is now on hold indefinitely. The setback for City Hal...
News from Brent
Eight years of austerity have put local councils like Brent under enormous financial pressure. We’ve seen our funding slashed, and have been forced to make cut after cut to the services that residents depend on and value. We’re now heading into a ninth year and, regrettably, are faced with some of the toughest ‘choices’ yet - writes brent.gov.uk A big part of setting a budget involves talking to the people who live and work in this borough about their view...
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London Fashion Week is about to kick off. Here is a look at the biannual event and the industry it promotes in numbers. – The 68th London Fashion Week will feature more than 80 designers and 100 brands and will welcome guests from more than 50 countries and all five continents. – The fashion industry directly contributed £32.3 billion to the UK economy in 2017 – a 5.4% increase on 2016, according to data from Oxford Economics. Models on the catwalk during...
News from Tower Hamlets
Grade II listed former Royal London Hospital building being brought back into community use Tower Hamlets Council has signed an £8m contract with Bouygues UK to carry out preparatory work on its new town hall ahead of the main construction taking place. The grade II listed former Royal London Hospital building in Whitechapel is one of London’s most famous landmarks and has been at the heart of the borough’s history since it was opened to patients in 1757....
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Former JLS member Oritse Williams has been charged with rape over an alleged attack on a fan in a hotel room after a concert. The 31-year-old singer from Croydon, London, was arrested on 2 December 2016, the morning after performing at the Gorgeous club in Wolverhampton. A second man, Jamien Nagadhana, 31, of Hounslow, London, has also been charged in connection with the incident. Both men are due to appear before magistrates on 11 October. At the time of...
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In August the Department for Transport launched a consultation looking at whether new offences such as "death by dangerous cycling" should be introduced. The proposed changes followed the conviction of cyclist Charlie Alliston who was jailed for 18 months for killing mother-of-two Kim Briggs while riding an illegal racing bike which had no front brakes. Alliston was cleared of manslaughter but found guilty of causing bodily harm by "wanton and furious driv...
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Met Police officers are to be quizzed about whether they should have a spit guard at their disposal. Commissioner Cressida Dick has previously said front-line officers would not be given the mesh guards. Members of the Met Police Federation (MPF) will also be asked if they have been spat at or bitten on duty in the past two years as part of the survey. Chairman Ken Marsh said the survey was being conducted to provide evidence for Ms Dick. Civil liberties g...
News from Bexley
Volunteers attending a ‘botany for beginners’ training day at Lesnes Abbey Woods got more than they bargained for when they discovered a plant which was previously thought to be extinct in Kent! The Turritis glabra, or Tower Mustard plant, is listed on the Plantlife website as endangered and is on the ‘Probably Extinct’ list for Kent. It was last recorded in Kent at Leybourne Wood in 1964. The ‘Botany for Beginners’ event at Lesnes is a free training class...
News from Tower Hamlets
Consultation aims to bring together Tower Hamlets to improve our environment and change the way we view and treat waste A major consultation has been launched in Tower Hamlets to help reduce waste, increase recycling and improve air quality – from the manufacturer through to the end user - writes towerhamlets From single use plastics poisoning our oceans, to air pollution damaging cognitive health; we collectively share responsibility to arrest the decline...
News from Brent
Hundreds of people turned out over a two day culture summit to start shaping Brent's year as London Borough of Culture 2020 last Friday and Saturday. Brent won the bid to be named London Borough of Culture 2020 earlier this year, beating stiff competition from 22 other London boroughs, and now Brent is giving it back to the people. The two day get together at South Kilburn's Granville Centre brought together cultural organisations, artists and residents wh...
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A group of teenagers "celebrated" after carrying out a fatal knife attack on a man who gatecrashed a girl's 16th birthday party, a court has heard. Lewis Blackman, 19, was stabbed 14 times after being chased from the rented flat in Earl's Court, west London, on 18 February - writes bbc.com Six boys, including four 17-year-olds and two 16-year-olds, are on trial at the Old Bailey accused of his murder and causing violent disorder. They deny all charges. The...
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A group of teenagers "celebrated" after carrying out a fatal knife attack on a man who gatecrashed a girl's 16th birthday party, a court has heard. Lewis Blackman, 19, was stabbed 14 times after being chased from the rented flat in Earl's Court, west London, on 18 February. Six boys, including four 17-year-olds and two 16-year-olds, are on trial at the Old Bailey accused of his murder and causing violent disorder. They deny all charges. The court heard the...
News from Tower Hamlets
A commission tasked with examining the likely impact of Brexit on Tower Hamlets was officially launched on Thursday. Mayor John Biggs first announced plans for a Tower Hamlets Brexit Commission at a meeting of his cabinet in August. It follows on from the detailed work that the council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee has been undertaking since last year to prepare for Brexit. This morning he unveiled the line-up of commissioners and issued the first call...
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A 12-year-old boy who was banned from a west London school because of his dreadlocks has been told he can return without having to cut his hair. Former Fulham Boys School pupil Chikayzea Flanders was told he would have to cut off his dreadlocks or face suspension last year. His mother, Tuesday Flanders, took the school to court, calling the demand an attack on her Rastafarian religion. The family have now reached an agreement with Fulham Boys School. Chika...
News from Bexley
‘Rent it Right’ is Bexley working in partnership with landlords and tenants to meet growing housing needs for local people. To encourage landlords of properties in the borough to find out more about ‘Rent it Right’ the Council has organised a free ‘marketplace’ event next month (2 October).At the event landlords can find out how ‘Rent it Right’ will help ensure their properties meet an approved set of conditions as well as more about how the Council’s thre...
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Complex heart operations at a London hospital will be moved elsewhere for "improvements to be made", bosses say. About 100 people will be affected by the plan to transfer complex procedures from St George's Hospital in Tooting to other hospitals in the capital. In August a leaked report suggested a "toxic" row between surgeons at the cardiac unit contributed to a higher mortality rate. Managers said the plan would "give us the space to make the improvement...
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Selfridges and Balenciaga have apologised following a backlash overa window display for designer clothes that critics branded "homeless chic". The department store and luxury fashion brandwere accused of "trivialising" rough sleeping withthe window display which included hooded mannequins in slumped positions. The displayat the Oxford Street store was designed to advertise a new range of Balenciaga trainers and hoodies worth hundreds of pounds. But critics...
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A 56-year-old woman who collided with a bicycle as she crossed a road has died. The woman, named as Sakine Cihan, was fighting for her life following the crash in Kingsland High Street on Tuesday, August 28. She lived in Dalston , where the accident took place, shortly after 5pm. A spokesperson for the Met Police said: “The woman was taken to hospital where she sadly died.” When asked by the Standard the force was unable to state exactly when she died but...
News from Tower Hamlets
Tower Hamlets Council has teamed up with Tesco and the Community Alcohol Partnership to give “responsible retail” training to all off-licenses and independent retailers in the borough in a bid to tackle alcohol fuelled anti-social behaviour. The national training, usually reserved for chain retailers, supports the council’s work to create a responsible drinking borough and upholds the Mayor’s commitment to reduce anti-social behaviour. It will ensure retai...
News from Bexley
A recent Ofsted inspection of services for children, young people, families and carers in Bexley has judged the borough’s provision to be ‘Outstanding’! Inspectors found that services for children, young people, families and carers had significantly improved since the previous inspection in 2014. They commented in particular on the ambitious and effective work to protect children and to help families stay together where it is safe enough for this to be pos...
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Bucking national and Ontario employment trends, the London-St. Thomas area ended the summer with its lowest jobless rate in 14 years and one that’s flirting with its lowest rate ever. Figures released by Statistics Canada show the number of people working in the area market last month rose by 600 from July to August, while the number of people in the labour force — those who are working or looking for jobs — fell by 100 in the region, which also includes S...
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Kurt Cochran, one of the victims of the Westminster Bridge terror attack, walking on to the bridge with his wife Melissa (Metropolitan Police/PA)Photo: PA Wire/PA Images The widow of the first man to die in the Westminster terror attack has told how their whistlestop tour of Europe ended in tragedyafter just two and half hours in London. American Melissa Cochran and her husband Kurt had been sightseeing in the capital before Khalid Masood ploughed into the...
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The group, which owns well-known brands including Marmite and Dove soap, said it will put the plans to vote at general meetings on October 25 and 26, with aims to complete the changes on Christmas Eve - writes itv.com But reports have suggested Unilever is still working to convince investors of the merits of the change and is at risk of a shareholder revolt over the proposals. Unilever announced in March that it planned to “simplify” from two legal entitie...
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Politicians and taxi drivers are bracing for a showdown over a controversial proposal to lift the cap that controls the number of taxis in London — a major revision to the city's taxibylaw that comesshortly after a long and bitter feud to regulate Uber. Politicians and taxi drivers are bracing for a showdown over a controversial proposal to lift the cap that controls the number of taxis in London — a major revision to the city’s taxibylaw that comesshortly...
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Two schoolgirls, aged nine and six, have been “grabbed by a masked unknown suspect” while they were playing outside together in east London , police said. The two children were led to a secluded are a short distance away from Coronation Avenue, in Stoke Newington , according to police - writes standard.co.uk Both girls were playing outside together at about 7pm on Saturday night before they were allegedly approached by an unknown suspect. Police said after...
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Network Rail is selling its commercial property portfolio in a deal that will raise £1.46bn and shore up the railway operator's finances. It said the proceeds of the sale to Blackstone Group and Telereal Trillium would help fund railway upgrades. But tenants of the 5,200 properties being sold, predominantly converted railway arches, have expressed concern. Campaign group Guardians of the Arches , said they feared the sale would lead to higher rents for ten...
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It’s a birthday Adison Peacock will remember. Celebrating her sixth birthday at the Western Fair that opened Friday afternoon, she was looking forward to cotton candy, her first ever taste, the swing ride and roller coaster, she said, between bites of the sticky stuff. “I used to come here as a kid with my parents and now it is our daughter’s birthday today,” said dad Thomas Peacock. “It’s a lot of fun, we are all looking forward to going on the rides. Tha...
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SHEDDEN – Ken Howe and David Cooper Jr. have a connection rooted in tragedy. Cooper’s father David was captain of American Airlines Flight 1 AM-7, the Flagship Erie, that crashed Oct. 30, 1941, on a farm field in Lawrence Station near Shedden where Howe lived. Seventeen passengers and three crew members died in the crash, making it the worst aviation disaster in Canadian history at the time- writes lfpress.com. Howe and Cooper, who first met nearly 30 year...
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A mother who was forced to stand while breastfeeding on a crowded train, has urged people to show "common courtesy". But often it's not selfishness that stops us from making a kind gesture, it's a fear of the consequences - writes bbc.com We've all been on a crowded bus, a rush-hour train or Tube carriage with people packed like sardines - when someone gets on and looks around for a seat. Maybe you haven't noticed them - headphones clamped to your ears, at...
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New trains planned for the East Coast mainline do not work properly with track-side equipment, it has emerged. The Azuma trains cause electromagnetic interference to older signals and points in the north of England. This means the electro-diesel trains can only run on diesel, travelling much more slowly than their promised speed. Network Rail said it was working with Japanese train manufacturer Hitachi to fix the problem but it was too early to identify a...
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Crowds of people have enjoyed the final day of Dippy the dinosaur's time in Birmingham. Over 250,000 people have visited the exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, making it the museum's most successful temporary exhibition - writes bbc The replica diplodocus skeleton used to stand in the entrance hall to London's Natural History Museum but has been in Birmingham since the end of May. The replica is 70ft (21m) long and has 292 bones. The museum's...
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Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan have reunited at last... performing Especially For You on stage in London. Kylie, who was headlining Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, teased the audience by starting the duet on her own, with a gospel choir singing Donovan's lines. After the second chorus she sighed, "I need a dance partner," at which point Donovan emerged from the wings. He took Kylie in his arms, spinning her around the stage before joining her on the mic for th...
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Customers from nearby office buildings are paying £18 an hour to take refuge in tiny rooms designed for relaxation and sleep. Pop & Rest opened as a pop-up in Monument last year, then set up a permanent base near Old Street in June due to a surge in demand for its rooms. Its customers, who often work nearby, can have a short rest in one of the four 7ft by 6ft rooms, which hold a single bed, desk and some plants. The minimum booking time is half an hour but...
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London Underground workers have been praised after they wrote a moving poem paying tribute to terminally ill newsreader Rachael Bland. The BBC Radio 5 Live presenter, who has days to live due to incurable breast cancer , has inspired many in recent months with her You, Me and the Big C podcast - writes standard.co.uk After her diagnosis in November 2016, she has also been documenting her journey on her blog Big C Little Me. The poem was written on a notice...
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An inquest into the deaths of the five people killed in the Westminster terror attack is due to start later. Kurt Cochran, Leslie Rhodes, Aysha Frade, and Andreea Cristea were run down and killed by Khalid Masood on Westminster Bridge on 21 March 2017. Masood also stabbed and killed PC Keith Palmer in the forecourt of the Palace of Westminster, before being shot dead by armed police officers. The inquest at the Old Bailey is expected to last up to five wee...
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The father of a teenager who went missing 30 years ago has pleaded with the public to end his "limbo" and help reveal if the boy was murdered or is still living. It was feared Lee Boxell, 15, may have been killed after witnessing child abuse at a teenagers' hangout near his home in Sutton, south-west London. Monday marks 30 years since he went missing on 10 September 1988. Lee's father Peter has issued a fresh appeal through charity Missing People. "I have...
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An architectwhose self-built “dream home” was nominated one of Britain’s ugliest buildings said it should not be listed among the worst eyesores. Chris Moore, 39, was shocked to learn his three-bedroom Streatham eco-home had been shortlisted for the Carbuncle Cup , an annual wooden spoon for architecture . Staff at Building Design magazine described the orange, three-storey property as an “alien blot on the streetscape” that looks “more like an electricity...
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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION day three: 21m fewer trips on the tube and a likely £1bnrevenue black hole. A week ago Sadiq Khan was formally told that Crossrail ​, the most prestigious transport scheme of his generation, was running late on his watch. The 11th-hour postponement of the royal opening, until 2019, was a shock to commuters, companies and homeowners who were banking on the scheme arriving on schedule this year . A “national embarrassment” was the verdi...
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A mural celebrating the life of Billy Fury has been painted over just days after it was restored. The painting of the singer, who was one of the English rock n'roll stars to emerge as a homegrown rival to Elvis Presley, is in Billy Fury Way in West Hampstead close to where he recorded his first hits - writes standard.co.uk It was restored on August 22, months after it was initially painted over by vandals, only to be damaged again two days later. The singe...
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Police are investigating after posters describing Israel as a “racist endeavour” sprung up at bus stops across the capital. The posters are believed to have been installed in response to the Labour party’s decision to finally accept the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism on Tuesday night. The large signs have appeared in at least four locations, including bus stops in Westminster, Waterloo and Bloomsbury. They...
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Footage has emerged of a London Underground train travelling between stations with some of its doors wide open. The Jubilee Line service had passengers on board as it travelled for one stop between Finchley Road and West Hampstead on Saturday morning. Transport for London (TfL) said the train was "immediately taken out of service at West Hampstead and a full investigation is under way". Read more news of London on our site.
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"Vital" plans showing the layout of Grenfell Tower could not be found on the morning of the deadly fire, a station manager has told the inquiry. Peter Johnson said firefighters were unable to find documents detailing the location of utilities such as gas pipes, fire vents and dry-rise points. The plans should have been kept in a fireproof box in the building's lobby. Mr Johnson said the lack of any plans endangered firefighters and residents. "I do remembe...
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A man in his 20s has died in a horror crash between an Audi and a Range Roveron the A12in Wanstead onThursday morning. Officers from Metropolitan Police were called to reports of the collision underneath Waltham Forest ’s Green Man Roundabout on the A12 eastbound at around 2.13am -writes standard.co.uk Two cars, an Audi and a Range Rover, were found “severely damaged” in the tunnel by police and paramedics after the early morning horror collision . A man i...
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London's red phone boxes may be falling out of fashion, but some still regard them as landmarks. Some of the disused structures have been converted into libraries and mobile phone repair shops. But one Chiswick trader is fighting to keep his phone box coffee shop open. Hounslow council says it is considering a third licensing application.
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A mother says was forced to stand while breastfeeding her son on a train because no one offered her a seat. Kate Hitchens, 32, was travelling home to Wickford from London during the rush hour on Tuesday. Commuters saw she was nursing six-month-old Charlie but failed to offer assistance until the very end of her 35-minute journey, she said. The blogger, who is also mum to three-year-old Oliver, urged people to "be kinder" if they saw others struggling. In a...
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A Tube driver whose train dragged an elderly woman into a tunnel may have failed to adequately check a CCTV monitor, an accident investigation has found. Analysis of the incident at Notting Hill Gate station, west London, suggests the driver could have been paying "little conscious attention" to platform footage, a report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said. The 78-year-old passenger was hospitalised for over a month after suffering multi...