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Hounslow Council happy 'Boris Island' plans killed off

Hounslow Council has welcomed the Airports Commission's decision not to add the inner Thames estuary proposal to its final shortlist.

Councillor Amrit Mann, deputy leader for Hounslow Council, said:

We, like most people, thought Boris Island was a flight of fancy and now that it has been sunk, Heathrow won’t have to close.

This makes many of the tens of thousands of jobs reliant on the airport more secure in the long term.

We’re proud to have Heathrow on our doorstep and want to see it prosper. But we want a better not bigger Heathrow, and a better deal for the people of Hounslow. We want the best quality of life possible for our residents now.

– Amrit Mann

"This means better protection from aircraft noise in our homes and schools and better public transport like a massively improved Piccadilly line and a new rail link from the south," he added.

Watford appoint Oscar Garcia as new head coach

Watford have appointed Oscar Garcia as their new head coach following the resignation of Beppe Sannino.

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Oscar Garcia has been appointed as the new Watford manager. Credit: PA Wire

Garcia, who took Brighton into the play-offs last season, will take over with the club second in the Championship.

Watford said they had beaten off competition from "several high-profile English clubs" to secure Garcia's services.

Sannino, who only took over in December, stepped down after Saturday's 4-2 win over Huddersfield, saying he had "gone as far as I can" in the role.

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Boris Johnson 'blames civil servants' for airport rejection

Mayor Boris Johnson has blamed civil servants for the rejection of plans to build a major new airport in the Thames Estuary, saying "They can't get their heads around it".

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Boris Johnson blames civil servants: 'They can't get their heads around it.'@itvlondon

The scheme, championed by London Mayor Boris Johnson, was killed off after the commission said the proposal had "substantial disadvantages that collectively outweigh its potential benefits".

Having ruled out the Thames Estuary option, the Airport Commission is left with three shortlisted schemes for airport expansion - two involving expansion at Heathrow Airport in west London and the other for a new runway at Gatwick in West Sussex.

The commission is due to make its final report to ministers in summer 2015 - after the general election.

Ceremonial garments stolen in Haringey

Haringey police are appealing for witnesses and any information concerning the burglary of a military supplier in N15 yesterday at 17:50.

An assortment of nine ceremonial garments and two silver Household Cavalry helmets were stolen.

The combined value of these stolen items is in excess of £60,000.
The combined value of these stolen items is in excess of £60,000. Credit: Metropolitan Police

The combined value of these items is in excess of £60,000.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who is offered these items for sale or who has information concerning the theft.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who is offered these items for sale or who has information concerning the theft.
Officers are keen to hear from anyone who is offered these items for sale or who has information concerning the theft. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Haringey Police Burglary Unit on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Sex offence arrests made in Chesham and Middlesex

Arrests have been made in Chesham and Middlesex this morning, in connection with child sexual exploitation.

Thames Valley officers have been working with a victim on historic allegations, dating back to around 2005 as part of Operation Articulate.

Six warrants were carried out in Aylesbury, one in Milton Keynes, one in Buckingham, one in Chesham and one in Middlesex.

Eight men, aged between 28 and 45 have been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences and are currently in police custody.

Those arrested are: •32-year-old man •45-year-old man •32-year-old man •35-year-old man •40-year-old man •35-year-old man •28-year-old man •40-year-old man

The offences relate to two female victims in the Aylesbury area between 2005 and 2012.

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Woman in critical condition after knife attack

A 24-year-old woman is in a critical condition after she was stabbed in the arm and neck in an attack in east London which also injured a young child.

The victim was attacked at a residential address in Hatherley Road, Walthamstow yesterday afternoon.

A six-year-old child suffered a minor injury which did not require hospital treatment.

Detectives said the attack was not random but they had yet to find a motive.

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Howard Davies: Thames Estuary is not the right answer

Speaking after the decision to kill off plans for a "Boris Island" Thames Estuary airport, Airport Commission chairman Sir Howard Davies, said: "We are not persuaded that a very large airport in the Thames Estuary is the right answer to London's and the UK's connectivity needs."

"While we recognise the need for a hub airport, we believe this should be a part of an effective system of competing airports to meet the needs of a widely spread and diverse market like London's," he added.

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Having ruled out the Thames Estuary option, the commission is left with three shortlisted schemes for airport expansion - two involving expansion at Heathrow Airport in west London and the other for a new runway at Gatwick in West Sussex.

The commission is due to make its final report to ministers in summer 2015 - after the general election.

Boris Johnson: Rejection is a very temporary setback

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Speaking about the rejection of the plans for a new major airport to be built in the Thames Estuary, mayor Boris Johnson has said the "Estuary airport is not dead".

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Mayor; What this lacks is political will. Davies is not finding enough support in Whitehall. @itvlondon

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Mayor: The idea of the estuary is right. Expanding Heathrow is going to compound a planning error. @itvlondon

Motorcyclist dies following collision in Upminster

Police are appealing for information and witnesses to come forward after a motorcyclist died in a collision with a van at St Mary's Lane junction in Upminster.

Police were called to the scene at 17:05 yesterday to find a 32-year-old man suffering serious injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 17:54.

Next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination is due be held.

The driver of the van has been spoken to by police. No arrests have been made.

'Londoners deserve an apology from their mayor'

Responding to news that the Airports Commission has ruled a Thames Estuary airport option off its final shortlist, London Assembly Labour Group Transport Spokesperson, Val Shawcross AM, said:

Boris Johnson has long known that an estuary airport option was simply not viable, but has ploughed on regardless and wasted more than £5m of taxpayer money pursuing this pie-in-the-sky vanity project.

If anything, Londoners now deserve an apology from their Mayor. He has wasted valuable public money promoting an estuary airport to raise his profile, when the expert evidence all along suggested the idea was environmentally and financially doomed.

– Val Shawcross
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