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‘Angry pig’ hinders water pipe repairs and causes train disruption

Image copyright Network Rail Image caption The water main burst beside the railway track in Surbiton, south-west London An “angry pig” confronted engineers in a London street, delaying their repair of a burst water main before it was led away with a bag of crisps. The pipe burst on...

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Extinction Rebellion: High Court rules London protest ban unlawful

Image copyright Nathan Williams/ BBC News A police ban on Extinction Rebellion protests in London last month was unlawful, High Court judges have ruled. The Metropolitan Police imposed the ban, which prevented two or more people from the group taking part in protests, under the Public Order Act. But...

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Grenfell Tower fire: ‘We are truly sorry we couldn’t save everyone’s life that night’

London Fire Brigade chief Dany Cotton has welcomed a critical report on the Grenfell tower fire, but said that the building “failed spectacularly”. Inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick said the absence of a plan to evacuate the tower was a “major omission” by the LFB and more lives could...

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Michael Neser: Surrey sign Australia seamer for first half of 2020 season

Michael Neser played two ODIs for Australia against England in 2018 Australia seamer Michael Neser will join Surrey for the first half of the 2020 County Championship campaign. The 29-year-old was part of the Ashes squad in the summer but did not feature and is yet to make his...

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Extinction Rebellion activists begin legal fight over protest ban

Image copyright Reuters Extinction Rebellion activists have launched legal action over the police’s decision to ban them from demonstrating anywhere in London. Their lawyers submitted an application to the High Court for a judicial review which they hope will be heard later. The claimants include the Green Party’s Caroline...

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Emma Mitchell: Arsenal defender opens up on mental health

‘I’m making room for my feelings here’ – Emma Mitchell As Arsenal’s players popped the champagne corks in celebration after clinching the Women’s Super League title in April, the tears in Emma Mitchell’s eyes were not tears of joy. While the bubbly was flowing in the away dressing room...

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Finsbury Park flood: Families stay in temporary housing

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFinsbury Park flooding Some 50 households had to stay in emergency accommodation overnight after a burst water main flooded homes in north London. About 250 properties including two schools were affected after a 36-inch (91cm) water pipe fractured in Finsbury Park...

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