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Grieving parents heard that new medical practices could have saved their baby, who died in their arms at just four days old from preventable brain damage caused during labour. Sebastian Clark was born at Kingston Hospital on March 8 2017,  with devastating injuries from which he would never recover. Failure by midwives to escalate the case and subsequent failure by doctors to expedite the pregnancy, despite knowing that Sebastian’s mother Alison had develo...
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A Londoner who used to contemplate suicide on his morning commute is now running the length of every Tube line to raise money for a mental health charity. Daniel Sherry, 29, quit his sports PR job in April 2018 and set about completing “30 challenges before 30”, including running his first marathon and cycling from London to Paris. His latest exploit is seeing him traverse all 11 lines of the capital’s 249 mile-long underground network above ground, on foo...
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More than 100,000 spectators will descend on central London to watch the Mayor’s firework display tonight as the capital gears up for New Year’s Eve. Barriers have been put in place lining the streets ahead of the display, which has sold out. Fences have also been erected around fountains at Trafalgar Square ahead of Tuesday’s New Year’s Day parade. Tickets are no longer available but the display is visible from Greenwich Park, Hampstead Heath, Vauxhall Br...
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A council has launched a major crackdown on litter louts in a bid to become London’s “cleanliness capital”. Barking and Dagenham has created a 10-strong team of officers to patrol the streets and issue £75 on-the-spot fines to offenders.  The borough has also launched a “grime crime” YouTube series, aimed at identifying fly-tippers caught on CCTV. In the first week of the operation, which launched in the last week of November, the enforcement team issued 4...
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Hundreds of people have lost belongings after a self-storage warehouse was destroyed in a large fire. Dozens of firefighters are continuing to tackle the fire at the south London building, which has 1,198 rented units. At height of the blaze on New Year's Eve, the whole of the four-storey Shurgard store in Purley Way, Croydon, was alight, with up to 120 firefighters tackling it. Customers were told it was "highly unlikely" any items would be salvaged. Abou...
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Two people have been stabbed to death and four others hurt in separate attacks in the early hours of the morning in London. A man died after being stabbed outside a private party in Park Lane, in the West End, at about 05:30 GMT. Two men, aged 37 and 29, and a woman, aged 29, were also stabbed. About an hour earlier, a woman was fatally stabbed in Southwark and at around the same time a woman was shot at a nightclub in Hackney. 'Security staff' Police said...
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Rail fares have increased by an average of 3.1% in England and Wales - and almost 3% in Scotland - despite a raft of issues on the network in 2018. The rail industry says 98p of every pound spent on a ticket is invested back into the network. But Wednesday's price hike was called "yet another kick in the wallet" by campaign group Railfuture. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the government had made a "record investment" in rail. He also announced tha...
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Given the right training, doctors at fracture clinics can do more than treat broken bones in suspected domestic abuse cases but aren’t always confident how to handle the job, an abuse-prevention study finds. With as many as one in six women patients at fracture clinics experiencing some form of intimate partner abuse within the previous year, researchers educated orthopedic surgeons and hospital clinic staff – including 10 at the London Health Sciences Cen...
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Industry insiders are giving the thumbs-up to Canada’s new draft regulations on marijuana-infused food items, still not legal but expected to become so next fall. Recently released, the much-anticipated rules on three new classes of cannabis – edibles, concentrates and topicals – impose restrictions on packaging, require strict controls on manufacturing and limit the amount of THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, allowed in each dose. A two-month...
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Politicians will be asked in the new year to kick start a plan to guide development in a growing area of north London expected to become a “transit village.” But some of that expected growth, and the way it shapes the area, is inextricably tied to bus rapid transit (BRT) – with its L- and 7-shaped corridors, including a northern route that extends from the downtown to Masonville Place – a plan that may yet be scrapped or altered by the new city council. “W...
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The family of a man shot dead in north London have said they do not want vengeance, but just "want the violence to end". Richard Odunze-Dim, 20, was shot last Tuesday at about 21:15 GMT in St Joseph's Road, Edmonton. His death was the 131st homicide in London this year. Two men, aged 19 and 23, were arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday and remain in custody. Three others arrested at the scene have been released without charge. "Whoever knows anything...
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Two 15-year-old boys have been charged with stabbing a keen boxer to death in north London. Wilham Mendes, a Portuguese national, was found injured after a suspected robbery in Albert Place, Tottenham, at about 01:20 GMT on Saturday. He died shortly afterwards. The 25-year-old athlete had been in the UK since 2015 and was living in Tottenham, police previously said. Two teenagers arrested on Sunday have been charged with murder. They are also charged with...
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The group of around 500 dogs, also known as Dachshunds, came in outfits including Father Christmas jackets, festive jumpers and tinsel. Several owners were wearing jumpers with 'Dachshund through the snow' stitched on the front. The pets and their owners defied the brisk December chill over the weekend in London's Hyde Park. Details of the walk previously published online were pulled from the internet in advance of the event by listings website Secret Lond...
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Crisis talks are to take place to try to avert Central line strikes on the last shopping weekend before Christmas. Business leaders warned the strikes will damage London’s economy as shoppers flock to the West End. The Central line is the key Tube route to the area, with stations at Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus, Bond Street and Marble Arch. RMT leaders have ordered the walkout by train drivers over issues including demands for reinstatement of a dri...
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Former glamour model Katie Price has been charged with being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle. Ms Price, 40, from Horsham, Sussex, will appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court on 7 January. She was charged by postal requisition last week, after her arrest on suspicion of drink-driving in south-east London two months ago. The Met Police said officers had come across a damaged car on Shooters Hill Road in Woolwich on 10 October.
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Safety campaigners say cuts to the number of lollipop men and women near schools are "jeopardising lives". The number of them funded by councils in Great Britain has fallen by 1,500, almost a quarter, in five years, figures obtained by the BBC show. Some councils are consulting on removing funding for crossing wardens entirely due to budget pressures. The Local Government Association said councils were trying to maintain crossing patrols wherever possible....
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The Metropolitan Police is to test live facial recognition in Westminster on December 17 and 18 as part of an ongoing trial of the technology. A mobile deployment of the controversial surveillance software will include covering areas in Soho, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square and will be used "overtly", the Met said, with a uniformed presence and information leaflets available to the public. But privacy campaigners have labelled the technology authori...
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A family of slum landlords who crammed 31 tenants into a four-bedroom house has been ordered to pay back almost £250,000. Harsha Shah, her daughter Chandni and brother Sanjay were bringing in around £112,000 a year by "stuffing 31 people into appalling conditions", the authority said. The tenants were forced into "sleeping shifts" as night workers would swap with those who had daytime working hours at the property in Napier Road, Wembley, council officers...
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A flashmob choir delighted London Bridge commuters by bursting into a heartwarming rendition of Lean on Me. The charity ensemble, made of station staff and rail employees, performed a version of Billy Withers' classic song during the afternoon rush hour this week. Footage shows commuters stopping to watch the choir as the voices bounce around the busy interchange -writes standard.co.uk. Stephen Fry was among those to express his joy at the "wonderful" musi...
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London will account for 25 per cent of the UK's homeless population this Christmas, according to new figures. Research published on Friday by homeless charity Crisis found 6,180 people in the capital were either on the streets or sleeping in tents and public transport. It came as temperatures plummeted below zero in London this week, with mayor Sadiq Khan announcing the opening of emergency cold weather shelters across the city on Thursday. In Britain as a...
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Supermarket chain Marks and Spencer has clashed with police over plans to sell alcohol from 7am in a London branch. Police claimed M&S bosses suggested the booze they sell is too expensive "to attract people that are alcohol dependent", in papers submitted ahead of an Islington Council licensing hearing - writes standard.co.uk Police also condemned the high street giant for saying that there was "very little evidence to suggest that selling alcohol one hou...
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Researchers have identified the London Tube routes where passengers are most likely to catch the so-called "commuter cold." The widely accepted concept that cramped, busy tubes and stations are a hotbed for spreading flu-like symptoms has never been officially scientifically proven - writes standard.co.uk But, a new study undertaken by the University of Bristol has now shown Tube travel is linked to the spread of infectious diseases. By comparing Oyster ca...
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To help tackle London’s gun and knife crime epidemic, Henry Smith is going to extremes. The property developer, whose brother-in-law was stabbed to death, is heading far south, to Antarctica, to climb the continent’s highest peak. For 10 days in January, the 56-year-old will climb Mount Vinson, which is as tall as Kilimanjaro - 5,000 metres - in 24-hour daylight, minus 45 degree temperatures and high speed winds, all while carrying 30-40 kilograms worth of...
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The cost of plans to transform the former Royal London Hospitalinto a town hall have ballooned by £15 million after the building was found to contain “phenomenal” amounts of asbestos.  Preliminary work on the new civic centre for Tower Hamlets in Whitechapel Road revealed “unprecedented” amounts of the dangerous material, according to mayor John Biggs.  The project aims to transform what was once the largest hospital in the country into offices for council...
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Newborn girls in Camden have the highest life expectancy out of any area in the country. Females from the north London borough are expected to live for 86.5 years, according to new figures released on Wednesday. Two other London boroughs – Kensington and Chelsea (86.2) and Westminster (86.0) – also made the top three of the list for female life expectancy. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said it was "noticeable" how Camden was top after it had bee...
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Southwestern Ontario looms large in Canada's opioid drug crisis, a new national report suggests, with Brantford running the second-highest rate of hospitalization for opioid use in the country last year and London the sixth-highest. Southwestern Ontario looms large in Canada’s opioid drug crisis, a new national report suggests, with Brantford running the second-highest rate of hospitalization for opioid use in the country last year and London the sixth-hig...
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A tense debate over a supervised drug use site that garnered unanimous backing from city politicians Monday night saw neighbours pitted against one another in what one councillor called a disappointing exchange. A tense debate over a supervised drug use site that garnered unanimous backing from city politicians Monday night saw neighbours pitted against one another in what one councillor called a disappointing exchange. At issue was a zoning change that wo...
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Josh Kirkpatrick moved home, married his high school sweetheart in September and stepped away from the demanding sport to hit a personal reset button. Curtis Thorner performs squats under the guidance of Olympic bobsledder and trainer Josh Kirkpatrick at Total Package Hockey on Wednesday.  Josh Kirkpatrick will always own one of the best discovery stories in sports history. He was playing in a rec league slo-pitch game when he met a Bobsleigh Canada coach,...
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Temperatures are plummeting in Sweden, making life harder than ever for homeless people. Stockholm is trying to help by swapping commercial adverts with billboards that signpost nearby shelters. In Stockholm, winter has struck, and temperatures are dropping rapidly. Amid near-freezing conditions, a new emergency system is being displayed in the city’s digital billboards. Its purpose is to guide homeless people to the nearest shelter. Behind the initiative...
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A man who survived 12 years in a children's home blighted by a "paedophile ring" told a public inquiry how he cowered under his bed most nights as he called on the council who ran it to apologise to him directly. Paul Connolly, 56, spent 12 years living at St Leonard's Children's Home in Hornchurch while staff routinely attacked boys in their care. Mr Connolly this week told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse how he arrived just before his eig...
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U.S. lawmakers have reached an agreement on the Farm Bill that drops a proposal to tighten food stamps restrictions backed by President Donald Trump, and are looking to vote on it this week, according to congressional staffers. Attendees wait in line to enter the 2018 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, U.S., August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Jordan Gale The agreement between Republicans and Democrats on the crucial piece of legislation caps a months-long bitter deb...
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Historic black and white images give a glimpse inside London's abandoned central London Tube stations which still survive to this day. Londoners are being given the chance to explore inside sealed-off stations including Aldwych and the Jubilee line branch of Charing Cross this winter. Though all tickets for these stations were snapped up within hours of being released, additional tours are expected next year. Remarkable photographs show the escalators lead...
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Protesters will march through central London for a pro-Brexit rally backed by English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson and Ukip's leader. Several thousand people are expected to descend on the streets of the capital this Sunday to demand that there is no “betrayal” over Britain’s exit from the European Union. The rally will take place just three days before parliament’s crucial vote on Theresa May's deal. Almost 4,000 people have said they are going o...
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Westminster council has launched an inquiry into discrimination and “body-shaming” at nightclubs in the heart of the capital. Officials have revealed a “task group” has been created to look into the problem following recent reports of discriminatory door policies, including at exclusive clubs in areas such as Mayfair. Body image and anti-discrimination campaigners today welcomed the move after a series of cases of alleged racism and “fat-shaming” were high...
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A teenager has been stabbed to death in south-east London. Police were called at about 21:40 GMT to Topham House in Prior Street, Greenwich, following reports a man was unresponsive after being stabbed. The 18-year-old died at the scene. A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the death and taken to a police station for questioning. More than 120 murder investigations have been launched across London this year. Image captionPolice have cordo...
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Thames Water said the Beast from the East and summer heatwave had an impact on its ability to meet leakage targets as it reported interim pre-tax profits crashing to £67.7 million from £218.5 million a year ago. The water company also revealed the extreme weather sent complaints soaring as it battled supply interruptions, with written customer complaints jumping to 11,083 in the half-year to September 30 from 8,242 a year earlier. Thames Water was ordered...
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A British tourist has gone missing in New Zealand, sparking an international appeal for help from her family. Grace Millane was last seen in Auckland on Saturday night (Dec 1), and has not been in contact with her family since - despite her 22nd birthday being on Sunday. Her family, from Basildon in Essex, have alerted the British Embassy in New Zealand and reported her missing to police in Auckland, as well as sharing 'missing' posters on social media. De...
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The main reason for sickness absence in the London Fire Brigade is now stress, anxiety and depression, Commissioner Dany Cotton has said. LFB has seen a "small increase" in the number of days taken off as sick leave over the last three years, Ms Cotton, the brigade's most senior firefighter, said. It is the first time mental health has been the leading cause of the absences, she told the London Assembly on Thursday. LFB employed four extra counsellors foll...
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A medieval skeleton wearing a pair of thigh-high leather boots has been found during excavations for London's new sewer. The skeleton was discovered face down in mud at the Chambers Wharf site in Bermondsey during work to create the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Archaeologists believe the man may have died during the late 15th Century while carrying out work near the river. MOLA Headland Infrastructure said it was a "rare" and "fascinating" find. The consortium i...
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Christmas lights in an upmarket shopping street were taken down after just three days by council inspectors who branded them a “death trap”. The decorations were put up in Primrose Hill by Jonny Bucknell, the son of the UK’s first DIY television star Barry Bucknell, with a switch-on ceremony on Sunday by model Jo Wood, ex-wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie, and singer-songwriter Collette Cooper. But on Wednesday, Camden council bosses removed and impo...
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More than 130,000 children across Great Britain will spend Christmas in temporary accommodation, official figures suggest. One in every 103 under-18s is officially homeless, a 59% rise in five years, housing charity Shelter said. One mother-of-three said her children were preparing for Christmas in a one-room bed and breakfast for the second year running. Councils said a lack of housing had left them "struggling to cope". Using government statistics, Shelt...
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A treetop adventure course popular with Cara Delevingne and Mo Farah has extended its after-dark sessions after a surge in demand.  Go Ape in Battersea has opened up one of its high-rope challenges from 5pm until 6.30pm so daredevils can test their climbing skills in darkness. Olympic legend Farah scaled the 50ft-high course with his family this month. Other celebrity adventurers have included grime star Stormzy and actors Will Ferrell, David Schwimmer and...
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A music fan has died after collapsing at a gig by alternative metal band Bring Me the Horizon. Police and paramedics dashed to the scene at Alexandra Palace on Friday at around 10pm, but the man could not be saved. BMTH said on Saturday that it was "horrified" by the news of "the death of a young man at our concert last night". "Our hearts and deepest condolences go out to his family and loved ones at this terrible time. We will comment further in due cour...
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A homeless man who slept on London's night buses to stay warm is rebuilding his life as a barista at a Tube station kiosk in south west London. Hassanein Mohamed, of Shepherds Bush, battled homelessness for two months last year during one of London’s coldest winters. He told the Standard today how his life "completely changed" when charity Change Please gave him the opportunity to work in the first London Underground station kiosk staffed entirely by ex-ho...
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Two friends have launched a crowdfunding campaign to fulfil their mission of turning the capital’s wasted apples and pears into handmade cider. Self-proclaimed “food waste geeks” Lizzie Pegler, 27, and Rosa Fletcher, 28, have spent two years creating Local Fox after teaching themselves how to press cider by watching YouTube videos. They have since led more than 700 volunteers — including City bankers on company away days and schoolchildren — in harvesting...
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It was a rocky year for London’s fugitive slave chapel – considered by some to be the birthplace of the American Civil War – whose preservation project once was viewed as a divinely inspired symbol of community collaboration. Delays, worries over finances, perceived isolationism and seeming indifference tainted the fugitive slave chapel and put a question mark on its future. “When I came into it, it was a mess,” said Beth Emanuel church senior pastor Dan M...
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A mansion in Knightsbridge at the centre of one of London’s most bitter and long-running “basement wars” has been sold for £50 million. The purchase of the seven-bedroom Victorian former school near Harrods, previously owned by Canadian cable TV mogul David Graham, has sparked fears a new planning row could be ignited. Land Registry documents reveal the property changed hands in August almost a year after Mr Graham’s death from a stroke at the age of 80. H...
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Scotland Yard is considering the deployment of armed foot patrols in London’s most notorious crime hotspots to curb gang violence.  Met Commissioner Cressida Dick today said that armed officers could take a “short foot patrol” in “extreme circumstances” in response to serious outbreaks of violence. She told members of the London Assembly’s police and crime committee that armed officers were already getting out of their vehicles to support unarmed colleague...
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Bungling thieves were caught on CCTV making off with an unopened till from an east London bar — not realising it was completely empty.  Three hooded people targeted the 5b Urban Bar in Limehouse, in Three Colt Street, shortly after 12am on Sunday.  After struggling for several minutes to get the drawer open, they left with the entire cash register. The pub’s owner, Mark Slankard, 55, a former police officer in Chicago, US, who has run the venue for almost...
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Serial returners, people who buy items and then return them, are on the rise, putting already struggling shops under pressure. But why do people do it and how should shops handle them? Harriet Gordon, a recruitment consultant in London, reckons she only keeps around half of the clothes she buys online. She spends about £400 each month, but then returns £200 worth of items. Mainly it's because the clothes don't fit in the way she expected, but often the col...
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A teenager seen brandishing a zombie knife as he tried to attack a driver has avoided jail. Joshua Gardner was handed a suspended sentence because, the judge said, he was kidnapped just weeks before. The frightening video was filmed on a busy street in Croydon as people went about their day. In the few weeks before you committed this offence, you were bungled into a car, threatened with a gun, because of a drug debt your friend had run up. – ANUJA DHIR QC,...
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London's "oldest football club" has been given the go-ahead to build a new stadium after 45 years without a home. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has backed Cray Wanderers' scheme to build a ground at Flamingo Park, near the Sidcup Bypass. Bromley councillors voted 11-3 in favour of the project earlier this year, which includes demolishing a nightclub and building new 3G football pitches and homes. The new stadium will have a capacity of 1,300, and feature additio...
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Businesses in east London are losing £5.3m a year due to traffic delays because of a cycling superhighway, a report has found. As part of the East West Cycle Superhighway, an eastbound lane of traffic was removed to make way for a segregated two-way cycle track between Tower Hill and Lancaster Gate. Some 400 working hours are being lost a day, the transport report claims. The mayor's office said the route was a success and would not be changed. The report...
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The fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower probably started due to overheated wiring in a fridge-freezer, according to one expert. John Glover told the inquiry into the blaze that a connector in a Hotpoint FF175BP in flat 16 of the block had a "poor crimp connection". That meant the wires were not gripped as tightly as they should be and the connector overheated, he said. A total of 72 people died as the result of the west London fire in June 2017. The public i...
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A former Royal Navy serviceman who defrauded a veterans' charity has been jailed for assaulting his partner. Andrew Gallie, 39, admitted causing actual bodily harm when he attacked the woman in a jealous rage at her home in Falmouth, Cornwall, in November. At Truro Crown Court, he was jailed for a total of 31 months for the assault and activating suspended sentences for the fraud and another assault. Gallie defrauded the Not Forgotten Association of £46,00...
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An academic has uncovered medieval London's violent hotspots by cataloguing 14th Century killings. A bow and arrow wielding servant and a vengeful backgammon player were among the City of London's killers between 1300 and 1340, according to the University of Cambridge. A road leading to St Paul's Cathedral was identified as a "homicide hotspot". Prof Manuel Eisner said the murder rate in London then was up to 20 times worse than in similarly sized UK towns...
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A woman who stalked her personal trainer and bombarded him with hundreds of messages and gifts of chocolate and flowers walked free from court today.  Binti Patel, who pleaded guilty to harassing her personal trainer who she met at the Gym Group in Wembley, was sentenced at Harrow Crown Court to 11 months in prison suspended for two years.   Patel, 34, became besotted with her personal trainer and turned up outside his house and even his children’s school,...
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A nurse from London who helped remove patients from nursing homes in Paradise, Calif., as a deadly wildfire closed in said staff scrambled to put patients in their own vehicles and weren't sure they could escape. A nurse from London who helped remove patients from nursing homes in Paradise, Calif., as a deadly wildfire closed in said staff scrambled to put patients in their own vehicles and weren’t sure they could escape - writes lfpress.com “With this fir...
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A man has been charged with the attempted murder of a police officer over an alleged knife attack at an east London station. Daniel Adeyemi is accused of trying to kill the officer at Ilfordrailway station on Friday night. The 24-year-old, of Bedford Road, Ilford, has also been charged with possession of a bladed article and common assault against another police officer. He will appear before Highbury Magistrates Court on Monday, British Transport Police s...
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More than 1,000 protesters have descended on central London for a huge demonstration by climate group Extinction Rebellion. The activists blocked all of the roads around Parliament Square as they planned to bury a coffin which they said represented the future of life on the planet. Images showed the coffin being marched to Downing Street and the gates of Buckingham Palace during Saturday's rally. Photos also showed police and protesters clashing. The Met P...
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Rail passengers who are unhappy about how their complaints have been handled will be able to appeal via a service launched on Monday. The Dispute Resolution Ombudsman is an independent body designed to hold train companies to account. Figures show 28% of people who made a complaint to a rail company in 2017/18 were satisfied with the outcome. It follows widespread disruption on the railways this year which has angered many passengers. This included the bot...
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Scotland Yard has cancelled nearly 330,000 officer rest days in nine months as it battles a surge in violent crime and falling police numbers, figures show.  The total cancellations for 2018 is set to exceed last year’s 375,012, despite major events in 2017 such as terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower blaze.  By September, 328,010 days of holiday had been cancelled since the start of January, according to the figures obtained from the Mayor. Separate data...
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At four o'clock in the afternoon a voice crackles across the police radio: "School fight... punch-up" and officers in the Violent Crime Task Force swing into action. They switch on the siren and blue lights of their unmarked Vauxhall Insignia and start speeding across Croydon towards the incident at Norwood Junction station. When they arrive, other police are already on the scene, talking to witnesses about what happened. For every officer in this huge sou...
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This year, 320,000 people were recorded as homeless in Britain, analysis from housing charity Shelter suggests. It is a rise of 13,000, or 4%, on last year's figures and equivalent to 36 new people becoming homeless every day. London has the highest rate of homelessness, but it is growing fastest in the Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, and north-west England, the analysis says. The government says it is investing £1.2bn to tackle homelessness. 'Family a...
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Furious commuters have slammed the London Underground for failing to “come clean” about days of disruption on the Piccadilly line. Commuters say that despite frequent problems over the last two weeks, in particular suspensions between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge, the Transport for London (TfL) website has continued to claim there is a “good service”. Issues with trains have resulted from leaves on the line causing rolling stock wheels to slip, the RMT union...
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Police have launched a manhunt after religious idols and Diwali donations were stolen from two north London temples in early morning raids. The Met said the early morning burglaries were being treated as linked and released a CCTV image of a hooded suspect on Saturday. Officers also urged faith leaders to be vigilant against future incidents. The first happened at the Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Willesden Lane, Brent, on November 9. While the priests were...
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Rail commuters have been told not to attempt to travel into London Waterloo after engineering works overran. South Western Railway (SWR) passengers using the route into London Waterloo from Surbiton were warned not to travel on Monday morning. Disruption is expected to last for the entire day and the Network Rail engineering works will not be finished until 8.39am at the earliest.  The rail operator said Woking, Surbiton, Raynes Park and Earlsfield station...
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Some 82 people have been arrested after hundreds of protesters gathered in central London in attempts to block five bridges on Saturday, as they demanded the Government take greater action on climate change. The group Extinction Rebellion encouraged people to perform a sit-in across Southwark, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth bridges on following a co-ordinated week of action around the UK. Following their closures, all bridges have now reope...
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Almost one million crimes of fly-tipping were reported by councils across England during 2017-18, the first fall in five years. Councils recorded 997,553 incidents of illegal dumping, an average of more than 2,700 a day. It was a slight decrease on the 1,011,000 in 2016-17 and is the first time the figure has dropped since 2013. The government said two-thirds of fly-tipping involved household waste. It did not reveal the total cost to taxpayers of clearing...
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Children living in London boroughs with high diesel pollution suffer from stunted lung capacity, putting them at risk of early death, a study has said. Pupils living in areas that failed to meet EU nitrogen dioxide limits were at increased risk of lung disease, researchers found. The research studied 2,000 London school children over five years. "We are raising a generation of children reaching adulthood with stunted lungs," researchers said. Academics fro...
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Discarded syringes have been left in play areas and car parks as a BBC investigation found councils were being called 50 times a day to remove them. Figures obtained by the BBC showed councils handled 18,496 cases in 2017-18, a rise of 7% in two years. A volunteer pricked by a discarded needle has told how he faces a wait for HIV and hepatitis test results. The Department for Communities and Local Government said it was "committed to doing more to reduce d...
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The German Zeppelin bombing campaign of London during WWI has been brought to the fore again days before the centenary of the war in a film made by schoolchildren. The first ever example of strategic bombing in history - a tactic used in total war with the goal of defeating the enemy by destroying their morale or economy - was during the First World War Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II initially banned attacks on the capital because of his close connection to the...
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London’s busiest train station has recruited a hawk to scare off pigeons following a spate of complaints from angry passengers. Aria, a five-year-old harris hawk, has begun patrolling Waterloostation in a bid to stop people having to “fight" off pigeons while eating. There are 27 food and drink retailers at the Network Rail-managed station, and many customers have complained about pigeons pecking at food and leaving a mess. The birds have been pictured sit...
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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...