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London City Airport is going to fine airlines for breaching noise limits after a surge in complaints from residents.  The airport, based in the Royal Docks, has launched a “penalty and incentive” scheme for planes breaching its rules, and will name and shame them online. Bosses revealed the airport had seen a spike in complaints since launching concentrated flight paths in February 2016. The paths were changed after new air traffic control technology was b...
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The Crossrail delay will cost Transport for London almost £200 million next year in lost revenue, the Standard has learned. Latest calculations suggest the expected nine-month delay to the completion of the Elizabeth Line, first revealed in August, will cost the cash-strapped body almost £550,000-a-day.  TfL, which has a deficit of around £1bn, has told the London Assembly it will miss out on £170million income from passenger fares and up to £20million in...
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Motorists who park in cycle lanes in one of London’s “Mini Holland” boroughs could have their residents’ parking permits revoked, council chiefs warned today. A crackdown on illegal parking has been launched by Waltham Forest council amid growing anger at the way some drivers are blocking the new routes.  They are being introduced under a £30 million initiative to encourage walking and cycling by building Dutch-style segregated routes, including a three-mi...
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‘Only a bloody stark raving alcoholic is bloody drunk at 1.30pm in the afternoon,’ says Air India pilot. A senior Air India pilot was grounded after he failed breathalyser tests shortly before a flight from New Delhi to London on Sunday. Arvind Kathpalia, who is responsible for safety at the airline as operations director, denied drinking on the job and said he would contest the results of the alcohol checks. “It was 1.30pm in the afternoon, only a bloody...
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‘It was painful for me – it made me feel like I shouldn’t really be living’. Nearly half of school pupils have heard friends use language that is discriminatory or negative towards LGBT+ students, research finds.   More than one in three (35 per cent) young people have been called gay or lesbian as an insult, according to the new survey from The Diana Award charity. The poll, of children aged between 11 and 16, found that nearly half of young people (43 pe...
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A 15-year-old girl has been critically injured and 19 other people hurt as a double-decker London bus collided with two vehicles and hit a bus shelter. The bus collided with a car, a single-decker bus and hit a shelter at West Croydon bus station at about 12:20 GMT. The driver of the 198 Arriva double-decker bus was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. London Ambulance Service said 18 people were taken to hospital. A Metropolitan...
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Britain fell silent at 11am on Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War One. The Prince of Wales lead the tributes, laying a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of his mother for the second year in a row, while an equerry laid a wreath on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh. Ten thousand people took part in a procession past the Cenotaph following the wreath laying. Events took place across the UK and Europe to mark the centenary of the Armistice, when...
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A couple are using the money they earn selling Christmas trees to celebrities to fund their humanitarian work abroad. Eilidh McRae and Séan Mclaughlin, both 38, work at Pines & Needles, the favoured Christmas tree shop of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle , football manager José Mourinho, actor Russell Tovey and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson . The couple are back working in London this week after volunteering in Indonesia following the Sulawesi tsunami whic...
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A planned 24-hour strike on London Underground's Piccadilly Line on Wednesday has been called off. But Tube passengers will still suffer disruption because of a walkout on the Central Line. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union on the Piccadilly Line, which links central London to Heathrow Airport, were due to strike from noon on Wednesday. The union said it was suspending the action after progress was made in talks in a dispute over indu...
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None of the mounting toll of shootings in London this year is linked, but at least one was connected to gang activity, one of the city’s deputy police chiefs says. Three more cases of gunfire last month brought this year’s tally to 10 – up from seven last year – as the debate over banning handguns continues across the country. Investigators have made arrests in all 10 cases, including the death of a man who was gunned down in broad daylight at an east-end...
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A mother whose son took his own life has revealed her plan to offer a “lifeline” to other young people in distress. Jo Marsden’s son Ned Harris died aged 20 when he was hit by a train on the Waterloo to Portsmouth mainline on July 17 last year. The third of her four children, he had become estranged from his family after being excluded from school.  Ned had threatened suicide at school aged 16 but no one thought he was suffering from mental ill health and...
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A trio has been charged with manslaughter after 49-year-old Sheiku Adams died when he fell from a third-floor flat in north London. Mr Adams was found on the ground outside the Denyer House flat in Kentish Town on October 25, after police responded to reports of a forced entry. He was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11.56pm.  On Wednesday Neil Allen, 25, Nicola Green, 32, and Stephanie Haughton, 34, who are all from the Wolverhampton ar...
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A plan to split protected cycling lanes between two streets in London’s Old East Village isn’t sitting well with cyclists – or a Dundas Street business owner who hoped to benefit from the bike traffic. The proposal for an east-west bike corridor, unveiled by city staff at a public meeting, includes a protected lane for eastbound cyclists on Dundas Street through Old East Village, with the westbound lane a block north on Queens Avenue - writes lfpress.com I...
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A penguin that hatched prematurely after her parents stepped on her egg is now standing on her own feet at London Zoo. The penguin, named Rainbow because she was born at the time of London Pride in the summer, spent 10 weeks in an incubator before being moved to a specially designed “penguin nursery”.  Adrian Walls, London Zoo’s head bird keeper, said: “Rainbow has gone from strength to strength. In September she moved into the main pool for good and hasn’...
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London has been revealed to be the supercar capital of the world after it was found to have more flash cars lining its streets than Moscow, Los Angeles and New York.  Recent data taken from Instagram shows that, out of the 148.1 million images of supercars which have been shared in the last three years, 6.1 million were taken in London.  More than 4 per cent of the pictures of flash cars were shared in London, beating Moscow, Los Angeles and New York – wit...
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A teenager who "hunted" for an 18-year-old man before stabbing him to death in east London has been jailed for 17 years. Israel Ogunsola was found wounded in Link Street, Hackney, on 4 April. He later died from his injuries. Jonathan Abora, 18, was sentenced at the Old Bailey to life imprisonment with a minimum of 17 years and 152 days for the murder. Police said "Abora did not act alone" and continue to investigate. A witness told investigators that Mr Og...
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But Canadian farmers face hurdle to carve out market share. But unlike most entrepreneurs flocking to cash in on Canada’s recreational marijuana market, Hodgson is going down a different path. The Londoner is opening a plant in St. Thomas to extract cannabidiol (CBD), a component that doesn’t get you high, from hemp plants. Hodgson, president of GreenLeaf Productions, sees massive potential in CBD, a compound being touted for its potential to treat everyth...
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Look out of your living room window. Is your car parked in the street, or on your drive? If so, you are probably paying to insure your car, even though you are not driving it. In fact, many cars spend more than 90% of their time entirely static. In times gone by that was tough luck for policy holders. But now there are providers who can save you money if you don't drive every day. Indeed new technology - "insuretech" as it is called - is starting to make i...
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The UK's aviation regulator says concerns over the cost and schedule of a new Heathrow Airport runway must be answered "urgently and decisively". In a letter to the Department for Transport, the Civil Aviation Authority says it has concerns over Heathrow Airport Limited's "information flow". Airlines have tried and failed to get answers to their concerns, CAA chief executive Richard Moriarty writes. Answers are needed to retain confidence in the third runw...
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Around 10,000 flames have been lit at the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the end of World War I. The tribute, called Beyond The Deepening Shadow, was designed by Tom Piper, the artist behind the poppy installation in 2014. It will run each night until Armistice day 2018.
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Two men have been arrested over a fatal stabbing in south-east London. The victim, believed to be 22, was found in Samos Road, Anerley, Bromley, at 12:30 GMT on Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Enquiries are being made to establish his identity and to inform his next of kin. A post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course. Two men - aged 19 and 21 - have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody. Image captionMore than...
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The fresh search for clues behind the murder of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh has entered a second week. Ms Lamplugh, from London, was 25 when she disappeared in 1986 and declared dead, presumed murdered, in 1994, although a body has never been found. Met Police confirmed it would on Monday resume its search in the back garden of the former home of the prime suspect's mother in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. Killer John Cannan hopes it will "end speculation ab...
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A 13-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a spate of sexual assaults in east London. Nine women were subjected to unwanted sexual touching during a five-week period, the Metropolitan Police force said. The attacks took place at night near Blackwall Way in Poplar between 6 September and 11 October. The boy attended a police station on Thursday and has been bailed until late November while investigations continue. Officers have urged anyone in t...
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A family “lost everything” when a firework flew through an open window and started a blaze that destroyed their flat. Jonathan Kabesha, 41, was at home in Brixton with his wife and three of their children — including a baby daughter — when the rocket came through the fourth-storey window. It set fire to curtains and spread quickly, forcing the family to flee.  However, Mr Kabesha made a split-second decision to run back inside to turn off the gas cooker an...
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Six teenage girls have been arrested after a fight reportedly broke out at a bus station in north-east London. Police raced to Walthamstow bus station at about 5.45pm on Tuesday following reports of a fight “involving a number of youths” - writes standard.co.uk. Six “female youths” were arrested at the scene, five on suspicion of affray and one on suspicion of common assault, police said. A Met Police spokesman added: “They have been taken to east London p...
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Water bosses have drawn up detailed plans to turn sewage into drinking water as one of a series of measures to prevent London’s taps from running dry, the Standard has learned. In a doomsday prediction, Thames Water today said the Capital is facing a £330 million-a-day loss to the economy if dramatic changes are not made to secure the city’s supply. The company warned that in a little over 25 years a projected population growth of more than two million peo...
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A Labour councillor convicted of trying to smuggle drugs into a music festival is facing calls to resign. Ishmael Osamor - son of Shadow International Development Secretary Kate Osamor - pleaded guilty to having £2,500-worth of drugs at last year's Bestival event. The Haringey councillor was sentenced to a two-year community order and 20 days rehabilitation. Osamor, 29, has resigned from his cabinet post, but remains a councillor. He was caught trying to t...
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Scores of people braved near-freezing temperatures to queue up for a limited edition pair of adidas trainers which are inspired by the London Underground. The rare trainers have been released by adidas as part of their collaboration with Transport for London to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Oyster card.  A limited amount of trainers from the “Oyster Club pack” went on sale on Saturday, with each of the three types costing £80 and being based on an...
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A garage linked to the murder of Suzy Lamplugh, who was last seen alive more than 30 years ago, is set to be dug up. Estate agent Suzy, 25, from London, disappeared in July 1986 and was declared dead, presumed murdered, in 1994. A body has never been found. Police are searching at a house in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, once owned by the mother of John Cannan - the prime suspect in Suzy's killing. The Met Police refused to comment on "speculation surround...
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Four players from the Jacksonville Jaguars team were arrested by police after allegedly trying to leave a London nightclub without pay their bill. Club security stopped them leaving the London Reign Showclub in Piccadilly after they failed to settle their £50,000 tab, the Sun reported. Scotland Yard said Met Police were called to the nightclub shortly before 4am. The players, who are in London to play NFL champions the Philadelphia Eagles at Wembley on Sun...
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Homeless young people sleeping on public transport are being offered barista jobs in disused Tube station kiosks. Social enterprise Change Please is to open small coffee shops in seven Tube stations across the capital over the next six months. Launched in Peckham in 2015, it operates coffee carts part-staffed by homeless people training to be baristas, who are paid the London Living Wage and supported with finding housing, bank accounts and therapy. When t...
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Rail passengers have faced disruption due to damage to overhead power cables near one of London's busiest stations. Trains between Paddington, Heathrow, Oxford and Maidenhead were severely disrupted due to wires collapsing between Paddington and Hayes and Harlington. Some people got off stranded trains and on to the tracks. British Transport Police advised people not to leave trapped trains if stranded as train tracks are "very dangerous". Earlier this mon...
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You might be able to claim compensation if the electricity or gas supply to your home goes off. Whether you can claim will depend on: how long the power was cut for if the power cut was planned Your supplier won’t be responsible for power cuts - it’s your local electricity distributor that maintains the electricity supply to your home. If you use a prepayment meter and you’re cut off because the meter is faulty your supplier will be responsible. They have...
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Three men will appear in court after a number of pedestrians were hit by a car outside a mosque. Three people were struck by the vehicle outside the Al-Majlis Al-Hussaini Islamic Centre in Cricklewood, north-west London, last month. Two men in their 20s suffered minor injuries, and a man in his 50s was taken to hospital with a serious leg injury. He has since been discharged, Scotland Yard said. The car failed to stop at the scene on Oxgate Lane, by Edgwar...
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A young girl has been gored by a stag in one of London's Royal Parks. The girl, thought be aged seven, was attacked in Bushy Park at the height of the rutting season. She was treated by an air ambulance crew and transferred to hospital. Park rangers in London have previously warned people not to get too close stags. In rutting season some of the deer can get very aggressive but some visitors still get dangerously close. We’re very sorry to hear that a girl...
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A tiny gecko has spent the last three months living in London after stowing away in luggage on a flight from Ibiza. The lizard, the size of a 50p coin, sneaked into the country by hiding in a holidaymakers' luggage when she was leaving the party island. The gecko, nicknamed Gavalaar, was found scurrying around a flat in Enfield, north London, on Monday. The gecko can't go home, due to quarantine laws, and now needs to find a specialist home. The woman cont...
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A victim of modern slavery in London has revealed how producing her own artwork with the help of a charity has helped her turn her life around. The woman, known as Rashida, arrived in the UK from the Gambiain her early 30s and was taken to different houses, forced to sleep with different men and threatened with violence if she refused. With the help of charity Hestia, she has been able to get the help she needs and is now looking to support others who have...
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Two people have been prosecuted for running an illegal school in a legal first. The landmark case was the first prosecution against an unregistered independent school in England and Wales. Head teacher Beatrix Bernhardt, 38, and director Nacerdine Talbi, 47, were convicted of running the Al-Istiqamah Learning Centre in Southall, west London. They were given a three-month curfew between 9pm and 6am, according to the Crown Prosecution Service. Bernhardt was...
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A busker criticised for repeatedly playing the theme tune from Titanic refused to be silenced today, vowing: “My harp will go on.” Peter Murphy is a familiar sight — and sound — at South Kensington Tube station, but was singled out during a consultation by Kensington and Chelsea council over “irresponsible” busking. Strict new rules due to come into force early next year could include bans on busking in certain areas of the borough, with transgressors faci...
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A 38-year-old single mum who was left with horrific injuries after being struck by a Tesco lorry in south-west London has spoken about the moment she thought she was going to die.  Magdalena Tym was cycling home from work to her 13-year-old son Syzmon in Colliers Wood when she was struck by a lorry during a horror collision in Clapham South earlier this month.  The 38-year-old designer and architect was left with horrific injuries to her arm and hand, whic...
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A village famous for its new year tradition of men prancing around with flaming barrels of tar on their heads has added another unusual string to its bow, by becoming home to a museum of science fiction props - which has opened in the cellar of the curator's house. Adventures in Science Fiction is the latest historical depository to join the 2,500 museums already in the UK. And with so many to choose from, there must be a museum to please pretty much every...
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An “influential" black firefighter from London who experienced racial abuse at work today calls for others  to “step up and champion equality” as he retires after nearly 30 years.  Michael Nicholas MBE, who this week retired from London Fire Brigade, campaigned for equal rights in the workforce after experiencing “widespread” racism during his career. Hailing Mr Nicholas as the “UK’s most influential black firefighter” in a statement following his retireme...
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Would you trust a taxi with no driver? Taxi firm Addison Lee is betting its customers will be ready to, in London at least, in just three years' time. It has joined forces with self-driving software specialist Oxbotica, and says the tie-up means it will offer self-driving taxis in the capital by 2021. The move will pit it against rival ride-hailing app Uber, which is also planning to roll out driverless cars on its network in the future, pending regulatory...
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A woman has died in a suspected gas explosion in north-west London. Her body was found in a first-floor flat destroyed in the blast in Fulbeck Way, Harrow, just before 01:00 BST Sunday. Another woman, a man and a baby were rescued from a second-floor flat, with the woman and child taken to hospital. About 70 firefighters tackled the flames and 40 neighbours were evacuated from their homes. The Met is investigating. The victim, believed to be in her 80s, ha...
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About 13 million adults in the UK live in areas where at least half of the local banks and building societies have closed, analysis by the BBC reveals. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show nearly 6,000 local branches have shut since 2010, a fall of a third. The consumer group Which? called the number of closures "alarming". Trade association UK Finance said closing a branch was a last resort when usage falls. Banks and building societ...
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A ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars should be brought forward by eight years to 2032, MPs have said. The government's current plans to ensure all new cars are "effectively zero emission" by 2040 were "vague and unambitious", a report by Parliament's business select committee said. It also criticised cuts to subsidies and the lack of charging points. The government said it aimed to make the UK "the best place in the world" to own an electric vehicl...
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London area home sales fell 15.9 per cent in September from August because of a shortage of homes to sell, and that shortage of inventory helped push up prices by 20 per cent from a year ago, the head of the London St. Thomas Association of Realtors (LSTAR) said. In September, LSTAR reported 776 homes changed hands in London and St. Thomas, compared to a near-record August, when 923 homes were sold. By the numbers Homes sold in September: 776 (a drop of 6....
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Radical preacher Anjem Choudary, jailed for inviting support for the Islamic State group, has been released. The cleric was sentenced in 2016 to five-and-a-half years in prison. He led an extremist network linked to violent jihadists, including one of the killers of soldier Lee Rigby in 2013. Choudary, 51, has now served half of his sentence and will complete the rest under strict supervision. Police are preparing up to 25 measures to control him, the BBC...
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One of London's front-running mayoral candidates has already put 40 per cent more of his own money into his campaign than the $25,000 limit allowed by law, a move that could put him in jeopardy if he wins the top job, provincial and civic election officials say. One of London’s front-running mayoral candidates has already put 40 per cent more of his own money into his campaign than the $25,000 limit allowed by law, a move that could put him in jeopardy if...
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Nearly 150 County of Lambton paramedics are no longer responding to non-emergency calls amid ongoing negotiations for a new contract. Job action as of last Saturday means Lambton County paramedics won’t be doing non-urgent transfers between hospitals for the next while, or keeping ambulance stations as neat and tidy, a union spokesperson says. Nearly 150 Lambton Emergency Medical Services (EMS) paramedics represented by SEIU Healthcare Local 1 stopped resp...
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Clapham Junction has been named London’s worst mainline train station for disruption in a survey by leading consumer title Which? Fifty-seven per cent of trains have been late or cancelled at the south London interchange since the beginning of the year, their research found. Their study found King’s Cross was the second worst, with 51 per cent of trains delayed or cancelled, followed by Victoria (47 per cent), Stratford (44 per cent) and London Bridge (44...
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Tube drivers on the Piccadilly Line are set to hold fresh 24-hour strike action in a row over staffing and working conditions. The RMT Union has urged members to walk out at 12:00 BST on 7 November until noon the following day - writes bbc.com The union's general secretary Mick Cash said it had become "frustrated" with Tube bosses' handling of a "full raft of issues". Transport for London (TfL) said it was "disappointed" with the new strike. Drivers on the...
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The Tate and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) are calling for a premium to fund arts classes in England's schools. The major arts institutions say league tables and pressures on time and budgets are squeezing out important creative subjects - writes bbc.com Six thousand 11 to 18-year-olds have described how the subjects help build their confidence, in new research. The government says it is investing almost £500m in arts and music. Creative subjects hav...
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Work at a building site near London's Olympic Park has stopped after complaints about "horrendous" smells. Nearby Mossbourne Academy said its students felt sick and local residents spoke of headaches because of smells coming from the site in Hackney Wick. The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) told Telford Homes to stop work last month until a new plan to "manage the site" was approved. The LLDC and Telford Homes claimed there was no health risk....
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Ten of Britain's busiest railway stations have seen over half of all train services delayed by a minute or more this year, research has revealed - writes bbc.com Manchester Oxford Road had the least punctual services, with 68% delayed. Data analysis by consumer group Which? found York, Gatwick Airport and Birmingham New Street also saw less than 40% of trains arrive on time. The group said even small delays could have "a knock-on effect" on passengers' abi...
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Two more east London schools have closed because of an infestation of false widow spiders. John F Kennedy Special School, which has campuses in Stratford and Beckton, and Godwin Junior School, in Forest Gate, announced they would close. False widows are about the size of a 50p coin and are the most dangerous spider species in the UK. Four secondary schools and four primary schools, all in Newham, have closed for various amounts of time. Thousands of childr...
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London Abused Women’s Centre says an anti-sex-trafficking online ad campaign that drew scores of calls for help from women and girls was so successful, it's already planning another. London Abused Women’s Centre says an anti-sex-trafficking online ad campaign that drew scores of calls for help from women and girls was so successful, it’s already planning another. The online ads, targeting both possible trafficking victims and sex buyers, appeared or were v...
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Women have been warned not to use headphones or mobile phones while walking alone after a series of sex assaults near a Tube station. Ten separate assaults on lone women in Cricklewood are thought to be linked, police said. Most of the attacks have taken place near Willesden Green Tube station, where the latest victim was assaulted early on Sunday. The Met urged women to "take care" when walking alone. Sunday's attack, on Walm Lane, happened when a woman w...
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Former JLS member Oritse Williams has appeared in court accused of raping a fan in a hotel room after a concert. The 31-year-old was arrested in December 2016 in connection with an incident in a hotel in Wolverhampton. The singer, who first appeared on X Factor in 2008, was given unconditional bail by magistrates in Walsall. Mr Williams, from Croydon, south London, is due to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on 8 November. Co-defendant Jamien Nagadhana,...
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A murder investigation has begun after the death of a man who was found in a car with a gunshot wound. The man, in his 20s, was a passenger in a Mercedes that reportedly hit pedestrians and parked vehicles in Uxbridge Road, Hillingdon, west London, at about 14:45 BST on Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. None of the pedestrians are believed to have suffered serious injuries. The driver of the car has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driv...
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Tourism bosses in Cambridge are to encourage Chinese tourists to visit in smaller groups. Dozens of visitors from the country regularly gather for organised tours around the university city's narrow streets, making some "impassable". Emma Thornton, of Visit Cambridge and Beyond, said groups of 50 standing in front of landmarks such as King's College were a "problem". The city council said it was also working to tackle coach congestion. Councillor Rosy Moor...
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A new road linking Kent and Essex would almost double capacity across the River Thames, Highways England has said. The route of the new road tunnel under the river would also almost halve the northbound crossing times at the Dartford Crossing, the agency said. It is claimed the scheme will be the largest road upgrade project since the building of the M25. Friends of the Earth said the crossing would lead to increased traffic and more air pollution. Jenny B...
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A west London council has requested new powers to take over so-called 'ghost homes' and use them for council tenants when they are left unoccupied for long periods of time. Kensington and Chelsea council's deputy leader Kim Taylor-Smith has written to the housing minister to call for an overhaul of its powers to acquire unused houses. Mr Smith said growing demands for social housing in the west London borough had been "framed by the Grenfell tragedy", whic...
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Thefts and cannabis offences make up 70 per cent of crimes in London's Royal Parks , official figures show. Overall, the number of crimes in the eight parks have remained consistent, with signs of a drop in numbers this year. But there are hundreds of thefts every year, partly due to high tourist football, as well as hundreds of instances of cannabis possession. Of the 6,067 crimes recorded between January 1, 2013 and August 31 this year, 2,313 (38 per cen...
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It was a first glimpse at a major high-density development that could one-day include 504 residential units on 5.8 hactares of land bordered by Southdale Road and Bostwick Road. On Tuesday, city council’s planning and environment committee received a draft plan for the major new development located within the Bostwick neighborhood, planned by York Developments Inc. “This is a landmark project for our community for decades to come,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “...
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A dog on the track reportedly sparked delays on two London Underground lines. Tube services were temporarily halted in the Notting Hill Gate and High Street Kensington areaswhile staff rescued the animal on Monday morning. Passengers near the station weretold in an announcementthat a dog was being rescued fromthe tracks. There are minor delays on both the Circle and District lines due to an “obstruction on the track” in the High Street Kensington area, Tra...
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A food poverty charity crossed the Channel to help feed hundreds of refugees sleeping rough in Calais. The Felix Project , at the heart of the Evening Standard’s Food for London Campaign, took a van packed with fresh food and supplies to people living near the former “Jungle Camp”, which was cleared and demolished by the French authorities two years ago. The London-charity — set up by the family of Felix Byam Shaw, who died aged 14 from meningitis in 2014...
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Lovely jubbly! The heroes of Only Fools and Horses are making a comeback - in a musical version of the classic sitcom. Co-written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, son of the sitcom's creator John, it will open at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London in February. Whitehouse, of The Fast Show fame, will play Grandad opposite Tom Bennett's Del Boy and Ryan Hutton's Rodney. The late Chas Hodges, of Chas and Dave fame, helped compose the show's 20 new tune...
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Chinese tech giant Tencent and London medical firm Medopad have teamed up to use artificial intelligence in the diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease. A camera captures the way patients move their hands to determine the severity of their symptoms. The research team has trained the system with existing videos of patients who have been assessed by doctors, working with King's College Hospital in London. "We use the AI to measure the deterioration of Parkinson's d...
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London’s councils make a “profit” of almost £1 million a day from parking charges and fines handed out to the capital’s motorists, figures reveal. Town halls collected £589 million from parking fees, meters and tickets in the last financial year, and spent £233.8 million on maintaining spaces, paying warden wages and other costs. That left a surplus of £361.6 million, just under £1 million for every 24 hours in the 2016/17 year, according to a study commis...
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A coroner today hailed the brave actions of London's doctors and nurses for saving lives in the aftermath of the Westminster terror attack. Coroner Mark Lucraft QC has begun delivering his verdict in the inquest of the five people who died in the attack by praising the efforts of those who rushed to help the injured and dying. "I'm sure many more people didn't die from their injuries because of the capabilities and quite overwhelming acts of those who resp...
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Liam Gallagher has been interviewed under caution over what police have called "an incident consistent with assault" at a London venue. Police said they had been made aware of footage, published by the Sun, which appeared to show the former Oasis singer with his girlfriend Debbie Gwyther. Mr Gallagher denied assaulting her in a post on social media. The Metropolitan Police confirmed a man was questioned on 25 September. The newspaper previously reported th...
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A 60-year-old cyclist has been killed in a hit-and-run crash. The man was pronounced dead at the scene on Bronze Age Way in Erith, south-east London, at about 05:30 BST. Officers were called by London Ambulance Ambulance Service at 04:35 and the vehicle did not stop at the scene, the Met Police said. Police are trying to trace the victim's next-of-kin. The road is closed in both directions and motorists are advised to avoid the area. It is not yet clear wh...
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The widow of the police officer killed during the Westminster attack says her husband was left "in a vulnerable location, with no protection, to die". It comes after the coroner said Keith Palmer's death on 22 March last year could "possibly" have been prevented if armed officers had been nearby. "Shortcomings in the security system" meant they were unaware they should have been on guard near his position. All five victims of the terror attack were "unlawf...
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Transport bosses and London's mayor have been accused of being misleading over a delay to the Crossrail project. London Assembly's transport committee said it had "identified grave discrepancies" in evidence it was given by Crossrail chiefs and Sadiq Khan. Committee chair Caroline Pidgeon said it was "highly likely" Mr Khan had been told a delay was probable in July. A spokesperson for the mayor said he had only found out about the revised schedule on 29 A...
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London Underground passengers face more disruption after fresh industrial action was announced by train drivers. Transport for London (TfL) confirmed it was aware of the planned 24-hour strike by the drivers' union Aslef on Friday, with another strike scheduled for 7 November. It means there would be no Central Line service throughout Friday. Aslef's Finn Brennan said the strike action was over a number of issues including "unsafe" working practices. Londo...
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ensington and Chelsea council is calling on all embassies in the borough to go green by using lower-emission vehicles and electric cars . The move comes after the council announced that it would convert all of its own fleet to low-emission vehicles. Last week, it began putting postcards with information about the importance of going green on the doorsteps of embassies. The cards urge embassy staff to contact the council’s environment team for help making t...
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A man has been stabbed on a busy London Overground train just before it pulled into an east London station. The victim was attacked as the train travelled to Hackney Central station shortly before 18:00 BST. Hazel Orton, who was on the train, told the BBC she saw a man on the floor "breathing heavily and... holding his chest where there was a dark patch". British Transport Police (BTP) said the victim's injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. One...
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An angry commuter punched a pregnant woman in the stomach and grabbed her by the hair on a busy Tube station platform, police said. The woman was making her way through a crowd on the Victoria line southbound platform at Finsbury Park station when she was attacked. British Transport Police said she may have accidentally made contact with the man as she passed through the crowd. He then approached her from behind and struck her in the abdomen, police said....
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Four east London schools have been shut for up to a month after being infested with venomousfalse widow spiders. Pest controllers were called in after the pests were reported at two primary and two secondary schools in Newham - writes standard.co.uk. Pupils now face weeks without classroom lessons. One school, Rokeby secondary in Canning Town, is due to remain closed until October 29. False widow spiders are about the size of a 50p coin and are the most da...
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Photographersencircle a stag in Richmond Park , apparently unaware of the dangers they are facing — in an image released today. It is part of an effort to persuade visitors not to approach the animals during rutting season, which comes to an end next month - writes standard.co.uk Pumped full of testosterone, red stags and fallow buck roar, bark and clash antlers as they fight rivals for females. Clashes can be so violent that the deer can die from their in...
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On 27 September 1968 the curtain fell on centuries of theatre censorship. Hours later, a cast of long-haired young actors took to the stage in a show depicting drug-taking, anti-war protests and shocking nudity. London's West End was never the same again. Hair was a musical that placed the 1960s counterculture on stage. It thrust bisexuality, interracial relationships and the rejection of monogamy in front of audiences who had previously been "protected" f...
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About 24,000 commercial properties in London that could be turned into temporary housing or workspaces are lying empty, a report has found. Research from Centre for London discovered the floor space of unused buildings amounted to about 1.8 million sq m (2,700 hectares) of land. The think tank said temporary schemes like Boxparks and gardens had proven popular but there was space for more. It has called for more flexibility to set up "meanwhile projects."...
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Alan Titchmarsh drove a flock of sheep across London Bridge as part of a centuries-old tradition. The TV gardener was joined by more than 600 Freemen of the City of London as they exercised their "right" to herd the animals into the ancient heart of the capital. Freemen were historically allowed to bring livestock and tools into the City without paying tax. The stunt is expected to raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity. A flock of 30 sheep from Bed...
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Made in Chelsea star Ollie Locke has said he and fiance Gareth Locke will join their matching surnames when they get married. Ollie, who has known his fiance for 10 years, said: "We are going to be Locke-Locke. I like the idea that his family and my family will be joined together." The couple announced their engagement in the Times on Tuesday. Ollie took part in Celebs Go Dating this year before realising Gareth was the one. The 30-year-old reality star al...
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Thousands of plastic bottles have been fished out of the Thames after the summer heatwave caused huge numbers of single-use water containers to be thrown away. Volunteers collected nearly 3,300 bottles in just two hours last week from 18 sites along the river, bringing the total recovered this year to more than 36,500 — the highest annual number ever collected from the Thames. For the first time during these collections, more water bottles were found than...
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Detectivesinvestigating the murder of a “hugely popular” personal trainer are facing “total silence” with even his friends failing to speak to police. Abraham Badru, 26, was shot dead on March 25 near his home in Hackney as he went to get a drink from the boot of his AMG Mercedes - writes standard.co.uk Six months on and despite a £20,000 reward, no arrests have been made and “there are big gaps in his life”, Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh said. Mr...
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A secondary school in south London is banning children from cycling unless they display number plates on their bikes. Stanley Park High in Carshalton is introducing the scheme so that members of the public can report irresponsible cycling. The move is in response to incidents where students have been cycling in a way that “endangers themselves and others”, according to head teacher Amit Amin. From October 1, students wishing to cycle to school will be hand...
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Combustible cladding is to be banned for all new schools, hospitals, care homes, student accommodation and residential buildings in England above 18m (60ft). Housing Secretary James Brokenshire will make the announcement on Monday at the Conservative Party conference. Mr Brokenshire is expected to say he wants to bring about a "change in culture on building safety". The move comes 15 months after the Grenfell Tower fire. In a keynote speech to the conferen...
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Hundreds of head teachers from England and Wales are due to attend a rally in central London later, to demand extra funding for schools. They will meet in Parliament Square before delivering a letter to No 11 Downing Street, amid concerns over work conditions and overcrowded classrooms. The heads quote the Institute of Fiscal Studies' claim that per pupil funding has fallen 8% in real terms since 2010. The government says school funds will rise to a record...