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Drivers warned to avoid junction after lorry overturns

The overturned lorry which is causing delays in the Enfield area Credit: Enfield Metropolitan Police/Twitter

The driver of a lorry has been treated for minor injuries after his vehicle overturned.

The Metropolitan Police were called to the junction between Solar Road and Mollison Avenuem in Enfield around 11.30am.

Drivers are being warned to avoid the area until the lorry has been removed.

No other vehicles were involved and there are no reports of any other injuries.


Concern for missing pensioner as weather turns cold

85-year-old John Booth, who has dementia Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police have appealed for the public's help to find an 85-year-old man suffering from dementia.

John Booth left the care home where he lives in Holden Road, Barnet, between 8am and midday yesterday,

Extensive local police enquiries have failed to trace Mr Booth and officers are increasingly concerned for his safety due to the cold weather.

John Booth is 5ft 6” tall, of medium build and walks with a slight limp. He has very short grey hair and wears thin framed glasses.

He enjoys walking and staff at the care home and officers are concerned that he may have walked too far and become confused or be unable to make the journey home.

While the search for John continues, police ask that anyone who has seen John Booth contact Barnet Police by dialing 101 or call the care facility direct on 0208 492 6500.

King's Cross station re-opens

King's Cross Station has now re-opened Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

King's across station has reopened following the completion of late running improvement work north of the station.

In a statement released on Network Rail's Twitter feed, Robin Gisby, managing director for network operations, said: "I would like to sincerely apologise for the upset and upheaval passengers suffered yesterday as our engineers struggled to complete an essential improvement project that had been months in planning.

"The advertised Sunday timetable for King's Cross will run today as train operators work to get people home who we're unable to travel yesterday.

"We now move our focus to completing the handful of other projects still underway without further impact on passengers. We will also begin our investigation into what went wrong with the work at Holloway (north of King's Cross) and the planning that went into this project."


Missing teenager has been found

A 14-year-old girl from Canning Town who went missing has been found.

Before her disappearance was reported, Trisha Dibba's last contact with her family had been on Friday afternoon. She told her mother she was at Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford. She was later due to be at friend's house, but when her mother called, she was not there.

Her mother had made an emotional appeal for her to return, saying her disappearance was out of character.

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Network Rail facing multi-million pound fine

The scenes at Finsbury Park station earlier today. Credit: PA

Network Rail is facing a multi-million pound fine after overrunning engineering works caused numerous trains to be cancelled on one of the busiest days of the year.

An investigation has been launched after the "unacceptable problems" which caused King's Cross and Paddington stations to close.

While London's Finsbury Park, where many travellers were diverted, was forced to close due to overcrowding.

Network Rail's managing director Robin Gisby apologised for the mayhem saying he was £deeply sorry" for the disruption.

He added: "We've had an army of 11,000 engineers out over Christmas Day and Boxing Day at 2,000 locations nationwide.

"Over 90% have been completed and handed back to-time but I realise this is no consolation for the thousands affected today."

He said Network Rail would pay compensation to train operators, but would not say whether affected customers will be in line for pay-outs.

In July this year the firm was fined a record £53.1 million by the rail regulator for "shortfalls in performance".

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Passenger group: 'Everyone affected should claim compensation'

Huge crowds waited outside Finsbury Park station in north London this morning. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Independent watchdog Passenger Focus has launched a stinging attack on train companies following today's severe disruptions.

Chief executive Anthony Smith said everyone affected by the problems should seek compensation.

There will be thousands of passengers who have been left angry and frustrated by today's events. We have heard and seen passengers standing for hours on trains, locked outside stations and left to find out what to do by themselves.

Passengers booked tickets and made travel plans based on the promises made by the industry. That trust has been broken today.

In the meantime every single passenger affected should claim compensation. Send a clear message to the industry and make sure your voice is heard.

– Anthony Smith
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Regulator launches inquiry into rail chaos

Trains at King's Cross station. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The pressure on Network Rail increased this afternoon as the railway watchdog, the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), said it was launching an investigation into the chaos.

The immediate priority is for Network Rail to ensure disrupted parts of the railways are back up and running again for passengers as soon as possible.

Network Rail, working with the rest of the industry, must learn lessons and prevent problems like this happening again.

ORR is investigating overrunning works. We will also be reviewing the standard of passenger information during disruptions - with a focus on whether passengers have been adequately informed to make alternative arrangements to their journeys or claim compensation.

– ORR statement
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