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John Laing – builder of M1 and Severn Bridge – opens archive

Construction firm John Laing has built some of the nation’s power stations and housing estates, motorways and cathedrals. As Historic England and the John Laing Charitable Trust open the company’s picture vault to the public, here are some of the firm’s photographs documenting their bigger builds. The Severn bridge...

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Barnes body found: Boy 17, charged with murder

Image copyright Google Image caption Police discovered the remains during a welfare check at a property in Nowell Road, in Barnes A teenager has been charged with murder after human remains were found at a home in south-west London. Police discovered the body, of what they believe to be...

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‘Wrong saveloy and chips order’ among nuisance 999 calls

Image copyright PA A mistake with a chip shop order and an out-of-date packet of biscuits were among more than 22,000 time-wasting calls to the Met Police this year. The force said its call handlers had identified 22,491 hoax 999 calls in the first 11 months of 2019. These...

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Prince Philip spends third night in London hospital

Image copyright PA Media The Duke of Edinburgh has spent a third night in hospital in London being treated for a “pre-existing condition”. The Queen is at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, where she attended a carol service without 98-year-old Prince Philip on Sunday. He remains at the King...

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Tamara Ecclestone: ‘£50m worth’ of jewellery stolen from heiress’

Image copyright PA Media Image caption All of Tamara Ecclestone’s jewellery is said to have been stolen in the raid on her house next to Hyde Park Thieves have reportedly stolen £50m worth of jewellery from the Kensington home of Tamara Ecclestone. The daughter of ex Formula 1 boss...

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Public counter-terror training course launched by police

Image copyright Getty Images Free online training for the public on how to react to a terrorism incident is being made available by police. The course devised by UK counter-terrorism officers and experts was previously only open to company staff working in crowded places such as shopping centres. Counter...

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South Western Railway strike: 27-day walk out begins

Image copyright RMT Image caption Union members took part in a picket at Waterloo Station Commuters are facing delays as workers on South Western Railway (SWR) begin a 27-day strike. It comes after talks between the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and SWR over a long-running dispute over...

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Homeless not voiceless: Voting from the streets

Stan Burridge is helping London’s homeless register to vote. When Mr Burridge was homeless in Westminster in the 1980s homeless people were denied a voice in the democratic process. Today homeless people can register a temporary address or give a regular location like night shelter or park bench. Most...

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West Norwood shooting: Man critically injured

Image copyright Google Image caption The man was found injured close to the junction with Knight’s Hill A man has been critically injured in a shooting in south London. The victim, in his 20s, was found with a gunshot wound in Beulah Hill, near the junction with Knights Hill,...

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Steve McQueen’s Year 3 children exhibition unveiled at Tate

Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen has photographed more than 75,000 Year 3 children across London’s schools for his latest exhibition. The project aims to be a visual snapshot of people in the city and was inspired after the Turner Prize-winning artist looked at his own 1977 class photo. The photos...

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