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An EE customer has said she was stalked by an ex-partner who worked at the firm, after he accessed her personal data without permission. Francesca Bonafede's number was switched to a new handset and her address and bank details were accessed. She said the company failed to take the data breach seriously and she had to involve police. EE "sincerely apologised" to Ms Bonafede, and said the employee no longer worked for the company. 'They didn't seem concerne...
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West Ham say they have handed over all of their evidence to the police after completing a "thorough and immediate" investigation into racist abuse shouted at Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. The incident happened during Monday's 1-1 draw at London Stadium. Egypt striker Salah, 26, was filmed on a mobile phone from a section of home supporters as he was taking a corner. "The club is unequivocal in its stance - such abuse will not be tolerated," West Ham said in a...
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A body seen in the wreckage of the plane carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been recovered, investigators said. Remotely operated Vehicles (ROVs) were used in ‘challenging conditions’ to pull the body out of the water ‘in as dignified a way as possible’ the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said on Wednesday night. The body is being taken to Portland to be passed over to the Dorset coroner for examination, t...
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The US president, who has repeatedly criticised the military alliance, would meet with heads of state in London, Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg announced on Wednesday. It would be Mr Trump's second visit to Britain since his election, having jetted in amid swathes of protest last July. I am pleased to announce that allies have agreed that the next meeting of Nato heads of state and government will take place in London in December 2019. The meeting...
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Rolf Harris was jailed for five years and nine months in 2014 but released on licence in May 2017 Credit: PA Officials are investigating a report that disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris walked onto the grounds of a primary school and waved at pupils. The convicted sex offender went onto the premises of Oldfield Primary School near his home in Bray, Maidenhead, to talk to a sculptor working in the grounds, the Daily Mirror reported. Harris, who was jailed fo...
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The girl, who has been named Roman by nurses, was found at around 10pm on Thursday in the park in Roman Road in East Ham.  Police said Roman was wrapped in a white towel and placed in the shopping bag on the ground next to a bench in the small children's play park.  The baby was rushed to hospital where she was in a stable condition on Friday morning, the Metropolitan Police said.  Roman was discovered by grandmother-of-one Rima Zvaliauskiene, 50, just 100...
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The operation to recover the doomed plane carrying Emiliano Sala off Guernsey could be hampered by days of poor weather as the man brought in by the footballer's family to find him said he could be in the wreckage. The English Channel is being battered by torrential ran, 40mph winds and 10ft waves with the poor conditions set to continue - and worsen - until the end of the week, MailOnline can reveal today. The families of the £15million striker and his pi...
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Train passengers are being warned of major disruption after overhead electric wires were damaged near one of London’s busiest stations. Network Rail said services travelling to and from Liverpool Street could be cancelled or revised until 8am on Thursday. Wires between Liverpool Street and Bethnal Green, east London, were damaged, with the outage impacting Greater Anglia, London Overground, Stansted Express and Transport for London Rail services. Passenger...
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock will pledge to eliminate HIV transmissions in England by 2030. Mr Hancock will make the commitment at the Elton John Aids Foundation, Evening Standard and Independent's Aidsfree Cities Global Forum on Wednesday. He is expected to set a new goal that within the next decade there will be "no new infections", making England "one of the first countries" to reach the UN zero infections target by 2030. "My generation grew up knowing...
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A British woman jailed in Egypt after painkillers were discovered in her luggage has reportedly been pardoned, declaring her holiday turned into a nightmare. Laura Plummer, 34, from Hull, was sentenced to three years in prison on Boxing Day 2017 for taking 290 Tramadol tablets into the country. The shop worker has been pardoned and freed from jail, according to The Sun. Ms Plummer told the newspaper: “My two-week holiday in the sun turned into a nightmare....
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A blanket of snow is expected to fall this week as Britons shiver on through a deep chill. A band of rain is due to push east across England on Tuesday evening, bringing widespread snow to the south of the country overnight. Around 1cm to 3cm of the white stuff is expected to accumulate ‘quite widely’, the Met Office said, with the possibility of 5cm to 10cm falling on higher ground. A yellow warning is in place for the south of England, East Midlands and...
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At least eight suspected migrants have landed on a beach near Dover this morning with some managing to flee before emergency services could arrive.  The migrants are believed to have braced the cold weather overnight to cross the channel. Footage of the landing appeared to show up to eight people on board a small dinghy, which was being towed by a Border Force patrol vessel. According to Sky News, the dingy was picked up by fishermen earlier this morning,...
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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...