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A bike with wings? That'll never take off...

One of the weird inventions unearthed by amateur historian Chris Hodge. Credit: Chris Hodge.

An archive of weird and wacky inventions that failed to take off has been unearthed by an amateur historian.

Businessman Chris Hodge, from Chislehurst in South East London, has collected more than 250,000 images spanning the last 100 years.

They include pictures of an amphibious scooter, an early videophone and a bike with wings.

One of the weird inventions unearthed by amateur historian Chris Hodge. Credit: Chris Hodge.

Education Secretary approves 17 new free schools for London

17 new free schools have been approved for London. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire.

The Education Secretary has approved plans for dozens of new free schools including 17 in London.

The schools include a bilingual primary in Harrow, a sixth formed aimed at students from low-income backgrounds, and an all-through school which plans to encourage children and their families to shape and improve their community.

Nicky Morgan made the announcement at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham.


Workers supplement income with creative talents

Workers are using their creative talents, like baking, to make more money at home. Credit: Press Association.

Nearly half of all London workers are using their creative talents to supplement their income, according to new figures out today.

Research by a London-based design company has found 49 per cent are making money out of hobbies including baking, gardening, photography and embroidery.

Smokers cost London economy £2 billion a year

London smokers cost the economy £2 billion a year. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire.

Leading businesses have put their weight behind an anti-smoking campaign as new figures show the habit costs the economy in London £2 billion pounds a year.

Stoptober - which encourages people to stop smoking throughout October - says companies in the capital lose more than 1.8 million days of productivity because of smoking-related sickness.

Among the employers supporting the campaign are Asda, Unilever and the British Army.

"The figures speak for themselves - businesses can play an important role in helping their employees and see the benefits of a smoke free workforce.

"Quitting smoking is one of the most significant health improvements a person can make and it is encouraging to see so many businesses and employers supporting Stoptober to help make their work place happier and healthier places for their staff."

– Kevin Fenton, Public Health England.


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Police: Alice Gross family informed after body found

The Metropolitan Police said the 14-year-old's family have been updated on the development.

It added:

Formal identification awaits and a post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course. We ask the media give Alice's family and friends the privacy they require at this difficult time.

– Metropolitan Police
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Police find body in search for Alice Gross

A body has been found by police searching for missing teenager Alice Gross, Scotland Yard has said.

The body was recovered by officers from the River Brent on Tuesday night and has been removed from the scene, the Metropolitan Police said.

Alice Gross, 14, failed to return home on August 28th. Credit: Family handout

In a statement the force said the 14-year-old's family have been updated on the development.

London professor spared jail for sexual assault while running 'sperm donation' service

A London professor who ran his own sperm donation service has been spared jail for sexually assaulting one of his clients.

Professor Gennadij Raivich was given a suspended jail term for sexual assault

Professor Gennadij Raivich, who worked at University College London, claimed to have fathered 58 children - performing home visits on women he met online through sperm donor websites. He used a fake name when visiting the women and called his methods 'Artificial Insemination Plus' - promising 'extras' to his clients.

He was given a suspended prison sentence of nine months for two counts of sexual assault.

Raivich used his qualifications as a medical doctor to attack a woman who was desperate to become a mother.

When she was at her most vulnerable he went on to exploit and abuse her for his own sexual gratification. The victim bravely gave evidence against Raivich, which ultimately led to his conviction for serious sexual offences.

– Detective Constable Adam Knott, Metropolitan Police
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Radio DJ Neil Fox bailed over sexual assault claims

Radio DJ Neil Fox has been released on police bail following his arrest earlier today.

In a statement the Metropolitan Police said:

Officers from Westminster this morning, Tuesday, 30 September, arrested a 53-year-old man following four allegations of sexual assault against two women.

Three of the allegations are historic, one from earlier this year.

The man was arrested at a business address in W1 and taken to a central London police station. Officers subsequently searched addresses in SW6 and the Littlehampton area of West Sussex.

The man has now been bailed to return on a date in early December pending further enquiries.

– Metropolitan Police
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