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Severe disruption: M25 London anti-clockwise

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M25 London anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road to J24 for A111 Stagg Hill.

M25 London - One lane closed and it's slow on M25 anticlockwise from J25, A10 (Enfield) to J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a break down.

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Tafida: Family celebrate daughter leaving hospital

Tafida Raqeeb
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The family of a severely disabled five-year-old girl have marked her departure for an Italian hospital after winning an "emotional" life-support treatment battle.

Supporters of Tafida Raqeeb gathered outside the Royal London Hospital this morning for a balloon release as the youngster headed to the Gaslini children's hospital in Genoa.

Tafida's parents won a recent High Court fight with hospital bosses in London, when a judge ruled that the youngster could be moved to Italy.

Multi-coloured balloons, which read "flying to Italy" and featured a picture of Tafida, were released in unison.

Tafida's uncle, Abdul Malik, 36, from Whitechapel, said: "It's just amazing to see everyone here today - you know we've had a long fight from day one."

Man dies in Battersea house fire

Tyneham Road in Battersea
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A man has been killed in a house fire in Battersera.

The unnamed man was pronounced dead at the scene as a fire broke out on the ground floor of a property in Tyneham Road in Battersea.

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at a house.

The Brigade was called at 11.40 and the fire under control within half an hour. Fire crews from Clapham, Battersea, Chelsea and West Norwood fire stations attended the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Severe disruption: A1(M) Hertfordshire northbound

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A1(M) Hertfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J1 for M25 J23.

A1(M) Hertfordshire - A1(M) lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J1, M25 J23 (South Mimms), because of a lorry that's broken down.

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Kinks' guitarist backs campaign to save arcade

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Arcade
Ian Dunn

Rock legend Dave Davies has backed a campaign to save a high street shopping arcade from demolition.

The Kinks guitarist, who grew up in Fortis Green Road, Muswell Hill, called for the Grand Arcade in High Road, North Finchley to be preserved.

Built in the 1930s in the then-popular Art Deco style, the arcade is home to a range of small shops, including a jeweller’s and a photo studio.

But it could be torn down to make way for new flats and shops under regeneration proposals drawn up by Barnet Council.

Mr Davies tweeted his support for the arcade.

He said: “The Grand Arcade is definitely of historical value. We need to preserve places like this in England and in London. It’s only going to benefit the area in the long term.”

Mr Davies, who co-founded The Kinks in 1964 with brother Ray, used to buy guitar strings from a shop in the arcade as a youngster.

More than 1,100 people have signed a petition set up by North Finchley resident Ian Dunn to save the arcade and have it locally listed by the council.

Barnet Council has been approached for comment.

Severe accident: A501 London westbound

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A501 London westbound severe accident, before A5200 Gray's Inn Road.

A501 London - A501 Pentonville Road in St Pancras blocked and stationary westbound before Kings Cross Station, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, after J24 for A111 Stagg Hill.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queues on M25 anticlockwise after J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of an accident involving lorry and a car. Congestion to J25 (Enfield).

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Unemployment up in London

Data pic
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Unemployment increased faster in London than in the rest of the UK, according to new figures.

The unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to an estimated 4.6% in the June-to-August period, compared to 3.9% nationally.

The Office for National Statistics said employment growth had "cooled noticeably".

But the unemployment rate is still close to its lowest level for 44 years.

Wages continued to outpace the rate of inflation, with earnings excluding bonuses growing at an annual pace of 3.8%.

Johnson 'pressure' over failed Garden Bridge criticised

Garden Bridge
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Boris Johnson applied "significant pressure” to push through the failed £53m project to build a Garden Bridge over the river Thames when he was mayor of London, according to a new report.

The Prime Minister continued to push his “pet project” in the face of financial problems, and ultimately contributed to its failure, according to the London Assembly's Garden Bridge Working Group.

Transport for London “downplayed” the projects risks to satisfy Mr Johnson, according to the cross-party report.

The Garden Bridge Trust, the charity created to drive the project, "recklessly" signed a construction contract before securing the necessary land - a decision that cost £21m - the report found.

The key bodies in the project all "passed the buck" on responsibility for the projects failure.

Tom Copley, chairman of the London Assembly’s Garden Bridge Working Group, said the bridge was “an appalling waste of public money”.

He said: “Across all key decision-making organisations, there were consistent failures to adequately, effectively and transparently deal with the escalating risks of the project."

Paul Scully, deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, said: “Sadiq Khan’s flip flopping on this scheme led to its demise – leaving Londoners paying the price."

“Labour should stop playing politics and start focusing on making London’s streets safer.”

Severe disruption: A3212 London both ways

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A3212 London both ways severe disruption, from Lambeth Bridge to Atterbury Street.

A3212 London - A3212 Millbank in Westminster blocked and queues in both directions from the Lambeth Bridge junction to Tate Britain, because of Extinction Rebellion a demonstration. Diversion in operation - bus route 87 is being diverted.

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Is film studio plan in crisis?

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Dagenham Studios CGI
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A Los Angeles-based developer has put its plans to build London’s largest Hollywood-style film studios “on hold” over the “uncertainty surrounding Brexit”.

Barking and Dagenham was announced as “the next global destination for making blockbuster movies” when the council and City Hall unveiled proposals for a £110 million studio development in 2017.

It was hoped the 12 sound stages, training facilities, amusement attractions, shops and restaurants earmarked for the 22-acre site — a former factory opposite Dagenham East station — would be under construction this year.

Pacifica Ventures, which owns the studio behind Breaking Bad was chosen as the preferred bidder for the Made in Dagenham studios in early 2018.

But according to the council it has failed to “progress matters sufficiently” and has now lost its preferred bidder status.

In a statement Pacifica Ventures said: “I can assure you that Pacifica Ventures remains very much committed to the Dagenham Studios project, but unfortunately we and our investors have been forced to put the project on hold until the Brexit uncertainty has been resolved.

"We have definitely not dropped out but we understand that the council wants to move forward more quickly and they have our blessing if a third-party should offer an alternative proposal that is acceptable to them. We hope that won’t be the case and that we’ll be able to re-start the project very soon.”

The council said it would still be progressing with the studio plans and will look for other investors but could also complete the project without outside investment.

Tonight councillors are expected to agree to spend up to £3.4 million to cover any pre-development costs.

Hospital wards closed after subsidence

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Hillingdon Hospital
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Hillingdon Hospital has closed two children’s wards and a paediatric facility after advice from structural engineers over subsidence in the building.

Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Sarah Tedford said the move was a precaution.

She said: “This is an unfortunate legacy of our ageing estate, which is why we have worked hard to try to secure the funding not only for a new hospital but for interim repairs and maintenance.”

The closures saw children on the in-patient Peter Pan ward, out-patient Tinkerbell ward, and those in the Wendy paediatric facilities at Hillingdon Hospital moved.

A trust statement stated: “The new Executive Team at the Trust has been working with experts to understand the various significant issues affecting its estate both at Hillingdon and Mount Vernon hospitals.

“This area of the hospital has been monitored closely for some time, and subsidence has been a recognised issue. “Now, the most recent expert advice has resulted in this action, for the safety of the youngest patients.”

The Trust said parents and carers have been informed of the measures and the reasons behind them.

“Trust staff will start to relocate in-patients to the main hospital soon, and outpatient clinics will be held elsewhere at Hillingdon Hospital, with other measures put in place as required.”

Severe disruption: B323 London both ways

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B323 London both ways severe disruption, from B326 Marsham Street to Regency Street.

B323 London - B323 Horseferry Road in Westminster closed and queues in both directions from the B326 Marsham Street junction to the Regency Street junction, because of Extinction Rebellion a demonstration.

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London's weather: Cloudy but mostly dry

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Cloudy to start, but gradually becoming bright with sunny spells.

Most places will stay dry.

Top temperature: 19C (64F).

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, between J22 for A1081 St Albans and J23 for A1.

M25 Hertfordshire - Two lanes closed and queues on M25 clockwise between J22, A1081 (St Albans) and J23 A1(M) J1 South Mimms, because of a break down.

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Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J24 for A111 Stagg Hill.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queues on M25 anticlockwise at J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a break down.

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Severe accident: A504 London both ways

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A504 London both ways severe accident, from Wickliffe Avenue to Waverley Grove.

A504 London - A504 Hendon Lane in Finchley blocked and it's slow in both directions from the Wickliffe Avenue junction to the Waverley Grove junction, because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

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M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J26 for A121 to J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road.

M25 Essex - One lane closed and it's very slow on M25 anticlockwise from J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) to J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a break down.

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Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

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M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J26 for A121 to J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road.

M25 Essex - One lane closed and it's slow on M25 anticlockwise from J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) to J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A215 London northbound

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A215 London northbound severe accident, at John Ruskin Street.

A215 London - A215 Camberwell Road in Camberwell closed and it's slow northbound at the John Ruskin Street junction, because of an accident.

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Youth workers deployed in hospitals to combat violence

A £4m investment will embed youth workers in hospitals to combat violence, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced.

University Hospital Lewisham
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Youth workers will be based in five A&E wards, in areas with high levels of victims of violent crime:

  • Newham General Hospital in Plaistow
  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich
  • Croydon University Hospital
  • University Hospital Lewisham
  • Whittington Hospital, covering Islington and Haringey

Placing the workers in the A&E departments allows them to intervene and engage with young people quicker, the mayor's office said.

Director of London’s Violence Reduction Unit, Lib Peck, said: “Young people tell me that the youth workers are often a significant relationship in their lives and that it’s the point that they are introduced to new opportunities and diverted away from crime."

The funding announcement follows a stabbing incident in a butcher's shop in Tottenham on Sunday, where two men were injured.

BreakingDriver who ploughed into police outside Parliament jailed

Salih Khater who ploughed into police and cyclists outside Parliament, has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 15 years.

Severe disruption: A4206 London both ways

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A4206 London both ways severe disruption, near Porchester Road.

A4206 London - A4206 Bishops Bridge Road in Bayswater blocked and queues in both directions near the Porchester Road junction, because of a vehicle on fire. Diversion in operation - busroutes 7, 23, 27 and 36 are being diverted.

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Becoming a qualified beekeper at 17

TJ is seventeen and wants to be a qualified beekeeper.

TJ Cunningham has become a qualified beekeeper at just 17-years-old.

Initially torn between getting chickens or bees, Mr Cunningham decided to keep bees for environmental reasons.

"Bees are quite obviously essential to our environment, but sadly their numbers are declining. So beekeeping is quite a good way to combat this," Mr Cunningham said.

His aim is to one day represent England at the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers.

Extinction Rebellion block Bank Junction

Bank Junction
Extinction Rebellion

Climate Activists have closed Bank Junction, forcing 17 bus routes on to diverted routes.

Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion activists set up camp in the junction to "block routes that financial district workers take to work".

Since 21 May 2017 only buses and cyclists have been allowed to use Bank junction on weekdays from 07:00 to 19:00.

In a statement the group said the action was to "highlight the far greater disruption faced by those living in the environments systematically being destroyed by UK backed companies".

City of London Police said a "policing plan" is in place "which will be proactive in ensuring any impact on our communities is minimised as much as possible".

Severe disruption: M25 London anti-clockwise

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M25 London anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road.

M25 London - M25 lane closed on exit slip road anticlockwise at J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe accident: M1 Hertfordshire southbound

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M1 Hertfordshire southbound severe accident, from J6 for Mount Pleasant Lane North Watford to J5 for A41 Colne Way.

M1 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queues on M1 southbound from J6, Mount (North Watford) to J5, A41 (Watford), because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J24 for A111 Stagg Hill.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queues on M25 anticlockwise at J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J23 for A1.

M25 Hertfordshire - M25 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow anticlockwise at J23 A1(M) J1 South Mimms, because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A2 London westbound

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A2 London westbound severe accident, from A2208 St James's Road to B215 Trafalgar Avenue.

A2 London - A2 Old Kent Road in Bermondsey closed westbound from Canal Bridge Interchange to the B215 Trafalgar Avenue junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - affecting bus routes 21, 53, 78 and 172.

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