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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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Labour pledges to cut rail fares by a third

Image copyright NurPhoto / Getty Images Labour has announced plans to slash rail fares by 33% and simplify ticket prices for part-time workers if it wins the election on 12 December. The party also wants to make train travel free for young people under the age of 16 and...

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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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When it was illegal for women to work in the law

Two senior judges have spoken about the challenges they have faced in the justice system. Both Lady Justice Hallett and Justice Cheema-Grubb also explained why diversity in the judiciary is important. It comes as 100 years ago the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act was passed, meaning women could become lawyers...

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Tecchler 310-year-old violin left on train in London

Image copyright Walton/YouTube Image caption Stephen Morris, pictured playing his violin, said losing it was like “having my arm cut off” A violinist says he is “devastated” after leaving his 310-year-old instrument worth £250,000 on a train. Stephen Morris had been on the London to Orpington service on Tuesday...

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Air pollution ‘triggers hundreds more heart attacks and strokes’

Image copyright Reuters Sudden spikes in air pollution in the UK trigger hundreds more heart attacks, strokes and acute asthma attacks on those days, research suggests. A team at King’s College London looked at data from London, Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford and Southampton. Days when pollutant...

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‘Oval Four’: Men ‘framed by corrupt detective’ to go to court

Image copyright Winston Trew Image caption Winston Trew said his life fell apart after he served eight months in prison Two men who say they were framed by a detective nearly 50 years ago have had their cases referred to the Court of Appeal. Winston Trew and Sterling Christie...

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