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Crime
A man has been tasered and arrested by police at a train station in south London. The 59-year old is currently being questioned on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon after being detained at Tulse Hill. British Transport Police officers were called to the station just after 6:30pm to reports of someone carrying a knife. Nobody was injured and the arrest is not believed to be terror related. Witnesses are being urged to conta...
Crime
A mother has died and her eight-month-old boy is in hospital after being hit by a car as they crossed a road. The woman, believed to be in her 20s, was pushing a pram when they were hit in Anerley, south London, last night. The boy is in a serious condition after suffering from life-threatening injuries. The driver of the car that is believed to have hit them was also taken to hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and is helping police with their inqu...
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Breaking up with your partner is always a disastrous event. However, if your partner decides to break up with you, it isn’t necessarily the end. Statistically 66% of exes want to get back together again. 50% of separated couples reunite. Here we will show you tips on how to fix a broken relationship. If you want to find your love you must realize that it is all about respect and understanding your beloved one.  Accepting The Situation  You have to calm dow...
Society
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...
Crime
The family of London teenager Jayden Moodie say he had no links to gangs and was "murdered in cold blood". Jayden Moodie, 14, was stabbed to death by attackers who knocked him off a moped in Leyton on Tuesday in what police believe was a targeted attack. The teenager had moved from Nottingham to London with his mother six months ago for a "new start". No arrests have been made over Jayden's death, the Met Police has said. Speaking near to the scene where J...
Crime
A clubber who ploughed his car onto a packed dance floor in a drink and drug-fuelled rage after being thrown out by bouncers has been jailed for 28 years. Mohammed Abdul said he felt “humiliated” after being ejected from Blake’s nightclub in Gravesend, Kent, on March 17 last year. He drank at least 15 glasses of vodka, tequila shots and more than “five to 10 spliffs” of cannabis before he got behind the wheel of his Suzuki Vitara. Bouncers had kicked him o...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Crime
A fleeing burglar was caught red-handed when his escape was blocked by a fitness trainer, a building crew and a Household Cavalry officer. Major Simon Deverell, squadron leader of the elite Army unit, whose duties include guarding the monarch, was among the group of heroes praised by police for bringing “prolific” thief Ronald Middleton to justice. The 40-year-old, whose father is former Nato commander General Sir Jack Deverell, was walking his young daugh...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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.
Society
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....
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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,...
Society
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...
Crime
A young man has been knifed repeatedly in a horrific broad daylight attack outside a north London station. Police and paramedics were called to the scene in Kentish Townshortly after 3pm on Monday. They found a 20-year-old man suffering from stab injuries. He was rushed to hospital. Video footage posted on social media showed a police cordon in place on Prince of Wales Road, next to Kentish Town West station. Former Camden councillor Matt Sanders said on T...
Crime
A "jealous" husband who murdered his estranged wife after she rejected the offer of spending "one last" night with him has been jailed for 16 years. Martin Cavanagh, of Chatterton Road, Bromley, was handed the jail term on Monday at the Old Bailey after being found guilty of murder by a jury - writes standard.co.uk The court heard the 35-year-old was “controlling and possessive” towards victim Sophie Cavanagh, 31. Jurors were told he sabotaged her Match.co...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Incidents
A 77-year-old woman who collapsed while calling police to report a burglary at her home is critically ill in hospital. She dialled 999 on Monday to report intruders had forced their way into her home in Bells Hill, High Barnet, north-east London, and stolen property. During the call, the police operator heard her collapse. Paramedics arrived and she was taken to hospital, where her family remains at her bedside. Scotland Yard said its Homicide and Major Cr...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
News Company
Thanks to the groundbreaking partnership between MoneyTO and the Polish company South Link Commerce, it's now faster and easier to make online money transfers from the UK to Polish bank accounts. The deal between the two companies was finalized at Fintech 360 conference, the annual gathering of financial innovators, in Vienna, Austria. As Polish is the most common non-British nationality in the UK, with an estimated total of 1 million Poles making Britain...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Crime
A man has been arrested following an assault on the Central lineplatform at Queensway Tube station. Police, including firearms officers, rushed to the scene shortly after 1.10pm on Friday. A man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm after the incident on an eastbound Central line platform. He is being treated by paramedics, police said. A second man is also being treated by paramedics at the scene. There was briefly no service on the Central li...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Incidents
A pedestrian was seriously injured after being hit by a car following a police chase in south-east London. The man, in his 60s, was in hospital on Thursday evening after a suspect vehicle hit him in Sandhurst Road, Catford. Officers had tried to stop the car in Lewisham at 1pm. The car made off and Met bosses authorised a pursuit. Police lost the car and the pursuit was terminated. But at 1.05pm, they found the car had been in collision with the man. His n...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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,...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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,...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Crime
A woman was injured when a shopfront collapsed in east London. Emergency services were called to Gust din Tara Dacilor, a Romanian delicatessen, on Leyton High Road at 21:01 GMT on Saturday. A woman was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries, the Metropolitan Police said. Residents from properties above the shop were evacuated and the road was closed. Repair work took place throughout Sunday.
Society
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...
Society
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...
Politics
Sadiq Khan's oversight of the crisis-hit Crossrail scheme as it soared  £1 billion over budget is to be investigated by Parliament’s public spending watchdog. The National Audit Office has agreed to examine the reasons for the opening being postponed from next month until autumn 2019 and the Mayor’s knowledge of the scale of the problems. The NAO’s intervention follows a request from the chair of the Commons public accounts committee, Labour MP Meg Hillier...
Incidents
A dog walker was rescued from the Thames after she was trapped trying to save her four-month-old puppy. Sam Swinscoe, 46, was stranded in waist-high water after climbing in to reach her pet, Monty, who had fallen from the riverside path in Hammersmith. The Jack Russell mix, rescued two months ago from Battersea Dogs’ Home, was chasing a seagull when he tumbled over a low wall. The mother-of-two, who had been walking Monty with a friend, told the Standard:...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Incidents
A huge blaze at a depot in south-east London has destroyed seven buses and badly damaged four others. Firefighters were called out at about 03:30 GMT to the site in Farnborough Hill, Orpington. People living nearby said they were woken by "explosions". London Fire Brigade (LFB) said it had received around 40 calls about the blaze, which it described as "very visible". It took about 60 firefighters nearly three hours to get under control. About 30 other veh...
Society
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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The Museum of London is considering purchasing parts of Boris Johnson’s water canon after they were sold to a scrapyard at a loss of over £300,000. The three riot control vehicles were purchased from the German federal police.  However in 2015, they were banned from being used by then home secretary Theresa May, consigning them to a storage yard in Gravesend.  The museum is looking to purchase some objects from the scrapyard as part of a collection which w...
Crime
Police have launched a manhunt after a woman was followed into a basement in east London and raped. The Met released an image of a suspect on Tuesday, following the attack in Whitechapel on November 9. The 22-year-old was approached by a man in Hanbury Street at about 2.10am, police said.  Scotland Yard said the suspect followed her into a building before raping her in the basement of the address. He left about 20 minutes later. Police said the suspect is...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Incidents
A private school teacher has been left partially blind after another woman smashed a glass in her face during a night out.  Lisa Bertsch, 30, was at the Be At One bar in Richmond when she was hit in her right eye. The tumbler shattered and left Ms Bertsch, who lives with her boyfriend in Kingston, needing emergency surgery. She said the attack happened when she tried to stop the assailant pouring a cocktail over her friend’s belongings. Ms Bertsch added th...
Society
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...
Society
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...