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100 firefighters tackling Brentford Travelodge blaze

Image copyright London Fire Brigade Image caption It is understood the fire broke out in a bin store Up to 100 firefighters are tackling a major blaze at a hotel in west London which has forced the evacuation of guests and staff. Crews were called to the five-storey Travelodge...

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Ola: Ride-sharing firm to launch in London ‘within weeks’

Image copyright Ola Indian ride-sharing firm Ola has begun signing up drivers in London ahead of plans to launch services in the capital “in the coming weeks”. It comes days after rival Uber was denied a new licence to operate in London after repeated safety failures. Ola, which already...

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Ilford stabbing: Man killed in fight outside flats

Image copyright Google Image caption Police were called to reports of a fight outside Owen Waters House A man has been stabbed to death in a fight in Ilford, east London. Police said they found the 19-year-old suffering from stab injuries after responding to reports of a fight outside...

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HS2 should happen despite rising cost, says review

Image copyright Getty Images A draft copy of a review into the HS2 high-speed railway linking London and the North of England says it should be built, despite its rising cost. The government-commissioned review, launched in August, will not be published until after the election. It says the project...

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Commercial fungi pickers threaten Epping Forest biodiversity

Image copyright Geograph/Lynda Poulter Image caption Fungi on a rotting tree in Epping Forest A woodland is being stripped of wild mushrooms by pickers selling them off to restaurants and markets, it is claimed. The City of London Corporation (CLC) said commercial foragers had been targeting London’s Epping Forest....

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Grenfell Tower fire report ‘gives victims the truth’, says PM

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat do survivors and bereaved families want from the inquiry? Prime Minister Boris Johnson says a report into the Grenfell Tower fire means the world “is finally hearing the truth about what happened”. A 1,000-page document follows the first phase of...

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Josh Hanson murder: How Britain’s ‘most wanted’ man was caught

Shane O’Brien was one of Britain’s most wanted criminals. The 31-year-old stabbed Josh Hanson to death in a bar in Hillingdon, west London, in October 2015 then went on the run for three-and-a-half years. He was on Interpol and Europol’s “most wanted” lists before he was extradited from Romania...

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Josh Ibuanokpe: Saracens prop handed five-week suspension by RFU

Josh Ibuanokpe (right) is a former England age-group international Saracens prop Josh Ibuanokpe has been banned for five weeks after accepting a charge of “striking with the head” against his former side Harlequins. Saturday’s incident involving ex-England captain Chris Robshaw came in the second half of Sarries’ 28-21 Premiership...

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Young, black and off to study at the University of Oxford

Oxford and Cambridge universities have been criticised for the lack of students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Both institutions are now admitting more non-white students. Oxford has this year reported a record proportion of students from ethnic minorities, but black students form a small minority. Skai Campbell, from...

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