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Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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....
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Crime
Five teenagers have been jailed for fatally stabbing a man in an unprovoked attack as he returned home from an appointment with his pregnant partner. Daniel Frederick, 34, was knifed repeatedly by the group just yards from his home in Stoke Newington, Hackney. Three teenagers were convicted of murdering Mr Frederick while another two were found guilty of manslaughter. They were jailed at the Old Bailey for a combined total of at least 64 years. Judge Phili...
Society
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....
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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,...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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. “...
Incidents
Canada’s transportation watchdog mechanical issues and track conditions contributed to the train derailment that sent 14 cars from the tracks in the heart of Strathroy last summer. The Transportation Safety Board was called in to investigate after a CN freight train derailed near the Metcalfe Street West crossing just after 4 a.m. July 19, 2017. One of the 14 cars that went off the tracks was an empty, dangerous-goods tank that recently had transported liq...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Crime
A man who threw acid across a packed London nightclub has lost an appeal against his 20-year jail sentence. Arthur Collins, the ex-boyfriend of reality TV star Ferne McCann, injured 22 people when he threw a corrosive substance in Mangle E8 in April 2017. The 25-year-old admitted throwing the liquid at the Dalston club but claimed he believed it was a date rape drug. In December, Collins, of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, was jailed for 20 years at Wood Green...
Incidents
A £30,000 vintage sports car has fallen into the Regent’s Canal in north London after being knocked by a passing van. Rescuers were trying to retrieve the car, a blue replica of the classic Porsche 356, on Wednesday evening after it became submerged in the canal in Islington . The vehicle had been parked outside AutoVero luxury and classic cars, whose owner Kalvin Cauldwell admitted “it could have been much worse”. Mr Cauldwell said a "smashing noise" aler...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Incidents
A man has died after being hit by a window that fell from a luxury block of flats in central London. The man in his 50s was struck at about 10:40 BST outside the Corniche apartments on Albert Embankment. He was pronounced dead by emergency crews called to the scene. The Met said it believed the man "was hit by something falling from a building". Witness Paddy Riley, who said he saw the victim lying on his back, described the scene as "very, very distressin...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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....
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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."...
Society
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...
Incidents
A man has been stabbed in the face on a London Underground train. He was attacked on the Central Line between Stratford and Mile End in east London at about 00:45 BST. Rukshana Begum, 24, said she saw "blood pouring from his face" after hearing an argument. The victim was taken to hospital and has since been discharged. British Transport Police (BTP) have appealed for information and released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in relation to the i...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Incidents
This is the moment lifeboat crews saved a woman from the River Thames after she got stuck trying to rescue her dog. The woman was stranded knee-deep in water, clinging to a ladder, after the dog fell in the river near Wandsworth . The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) released the footage on Monday, using it as a warning to people about the dangers of trying to rescue their pets. The video showed a lifeboat from Chiswick RNLI helping the terrified...
Society
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...
Society
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...
Society
On Thursday, German pilots joined striking pilots in the Netherlands and Belgium adding another 100 to the 150 cancellations already in the pipeline. Cabin crews in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain are also stopping work in a row over contracts and conditions. So far, relatively few flights to and from the UK seem to have been affected. The travel editor of the Independent, Simon Calder, said Stansted Airport, which is Ryanair's...
Society
Expectant mothers should be told that the risk of placenta complications rises after a caesarean or fertility treatment, according to top doctors. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) guidelines said early diagnosis of conditions placenta praevia and placenta accreta was vital. They added doctors should discuss with women the safest way to give birth. The conditions can lead to heavy bleeding and sometimes put mother and baby's lives at...
Society
In a city wrestling with poverty, homelessness and precarious work, a $1 an hour difference in the provincial minimum wage could have a huge impact. It may seem like a little. But in a city wrestling with poverty, homelessness and precarious work, a $1 an hour difference in the provincial minimum wage could have a huge impact, London’s social advocates said Wednesday in the wake of a government decision to freeze the hourly rate. “Any little bit really hel...
Society
London’s city-owned power distributor is officially opening three new charging stations for electric vehicles in the city this week. Though they have been operational for a few weeks, London Hydro will officially unveil the stations Friday. The new infrastructure will bring to 36 the total number of charging stations in London, according to PlugShare, a website that tracks the location of the electric charging station across North America. The three new st...
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CEO asks London business community spread word of bank's success. Bitcoin investors and Hollywood celebrities with embarrassing photos take heart – your online privacy can be ensured thanks to made-in-London technology, rooted in the military. VersaBank, London’s online bank, will by the end of October launch VersaVault, an online safety deposit box where just about anything – including cryptocurrency, photographs and contracts to name a few – can be store...
Society
The accusation that loyal customers are being "ripped off" for mobile, broadband, savings, home insurance and mortgage deals is to be probed by the competition body. It follows a super-complaint from Citizens Advice, which says customers who stick with their supplier are losing a total of £4.1bn a year. That amounts to an average of £877 per person, the charity said. It added that elderly and vulnerable people are disproportionately affected. The Competiti...
Society
Thirteen craft breweries— one coming from as far as Kingston— are participating in the Ontario Beer Tour, which hits London on Saturday. “The craft beer industry is quite unique because a lot of it is still under the radar as much as many of the companies have full-fledged businesses in their cities and towns, so this gives people the chance to try some beers they wouldn’t usually get to try,” said Scott Bollert, organizer of the event. He said the event w...
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Drivers on the London Tube line serving Heathrow Airport have gone on strike after talks collapsed. RMT union members on the Piccadilly Line began a 48-hour walkout at midday in a row over working conditions. Some drivers say they were threatened with the sack for taking time off after people had killed themselves on the tracks while they were working. Transport for London (TfL) said the three days of disruption to customers was for "no good reason". There...
Society
A beluga whale seen in the Thames for a second day is "swimming strongly and feeding normally", the RSPCA has said. The animal welfare charity said the whale, nicknamed Benny, had moved towards the estuary, and there were no major concerns for its welfare - writes bbc.com It was first spotted around barges in the Thames on Tuesday near Gravesend. Rescue teams have been on standby in case the animal, which is normally found thousands of miles away in the Ar...
Crime
A north London cat with its own Instagram page has been reunited with its owner after police arrested a man on suspicion of stealing the pet. The Siberian Forest cat, called Mr Muk, went missing from Petherton Road in Islington two months ago. Police issued an appeal to find a suspect allegedly seen picking up Mr Muk before boarding a train at Canonbury station. A 22-year-old man was arrested at 23:50 BST on Tuesday, police said. He is in custody at a nort...
Society
An investigation is to be held into how a London Underground train travelled with 11 doors wide open. The Jubilee Line service had passengers on board as it moved at full speed between Finchley Road and West Hampstead on 1 September. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), which will carry out the probe, said the train operator was "unaware" the doors were open. Transport for London (TfL) said it welcomed the investigation. Footage of the train shar...
Society
A teenager killed in an east London drive-by-shooting has been named as 19-year-old Guled Farah. Mr Farah was rushed to hospital by friends after being shot from a car in Vallentin Road, Walthamstow, on Saturday evening. Police were called shortly after 23:00 BST, but the teenager, from Newham, died in hospital a short time later. A 23-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been released under investigation. Det Ch Insp Paul Healy said it...
Crime
A man has been charged with murdering a woman who was assaulted with a blunt object. Sandra Zmijan's body was found in the back garden of a house in Whittington Avenue, Hayes, west London, on Monday. A post-mortem found the 32-year-old died of a head injury after suffering a "sustained assault with a heavy blunt object", the Met Police said. Wojciech Tadewicz, 26, of Whittington Avenue, will appear at Croydon Magistrates' Court on Thursday.
Society
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...
Society
Police discovered the body of the woman in her early 30s inside the house on Whittington Avenue in Hayes, west London, at about 09:35 BST on Monday. Officers had been called following concerns for the welfare of a missing woman, the Met Police said. The 26-year-old man, who is believed to have known the victim, was arrested at a west London hospital later that day. He remains in hospital but police said his condition was not life-threatening. There have be...
Society
Children have been told they will be banned from cycling to their south London school if they do not put number plates on their bikes. Teachers at Stanley Park High, in Carshalton, are introducing the scheme so members of the public can report pupils cycling dangerously. The secondary school said the main aim was to keep children safe. Charity Cycling UK questioned why Stanley Park High "want to make cycling to school more difficult". On the school's websi...
Incidents
A 15-year-old girl who died after a severe allergic reaction to a baguette from an airport Pret a Manger said "Daddy, help me" as she struggled to breathe, an inquest has heard. Natasha Ednan-Laperouse became ill on a flight to Nice on 17 July 2016. Despite her father administering two EpiPen injections, Natasha died in a hospital in Nice within hours, West London Coroner's Court heard. Pret a Manger said it was "deeply saddened" by her death. Natasha from...
Society
It’s the personal touch that drew Michael Chambon to the job fair. It’s the personal touch that draws Michael Chambon to the job fair. Like nearly 3,000 other job seekers in London and region, Chambon, an engineer from France, will line up Tuesday at the London and area job fair where more than 80 businesses are hiring. “It is difficult to look for work when you are dealing with a website and computers, not humans, are looking at your resume,” said Chambon...
Society
Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is officially on the road to having room to grow. Whether the casino giant will grow in the Western Fair District or not, is an open question. Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is officially on the road to having room to grow. Whether the casino giant will grow in the Western Fair District or not, is an open question. City politicians voted unanimously Monday night at a meeting of the planning and environment committee to...
Crime
London police are searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting and choking a woman whom he reportedly met online. London police on Saturday responded to a reported sexual assault involving a woman who says she was slapped and choked by a man she’d met online, police said Monday - writes lfpress.com Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Adam Dabrowski, 28, on charges of sexual assault, overcoming resistance by attempting to choke, uttering threat...
Society
Members of a local heritage preservation group are concerned about the future of a historic building near the London courthouse, after the structure was severely damaged in a Monday morning fire that police deem suspicious. “We are saddened to learn of the fire that took place this morning, especially since the damage seems to be rather extensive,” said Jennifer Grainger, president of the London branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO). “A...
Society
A London cannabis producer says it has secured a lease for a planned marijuana dispensary in the city’s south end as part of its aim to open 10 across Ontario this spring. Cannabis companies have been on lease-signing sprees in recent months after the Progressive Conservatives announced their plan to allow private retailers to open pot shops beginning on April 1, 2019. The province hasn’t opened the application process for storefront marijuana retailers, b...