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Crossrail tunnel nearing completion

Crossrail tunnel beneath Finsbury Circus, London Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Crossrail's 26 mile tunnelling marathon entered the final stages today. Tunnelling machines, Victoria and Elizabeth, are currently being prepared to complete the last two 750 metre tunnel drives between Liverpool Street and Farringdon.

When they reach their destination and the big east-west breakthrough is complete, all 26 miles of Crossrail's new train tunnels will have been created.

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Crime up in half of boroughs

Metropolitan Police motorcycle Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Crime has risen in almost half of London's 32 boroughs in the past year.

The latest Metropolitan Police figures shows the borough of Hillingdon featured the highest crime rise with a 14% year on year hike.

Whilst crime across the capital is still marginally down on the previous year, violent crime has risen 27% over the past year leading to concerns that the most serious crimes are on the rise.

10 key London seats: Holborn & St Pancras

The outcome of this year's General Election is perhaps the most difficult to predict in history. But that's not the case in every constituency. In three quarters of seats in London the majorities are so large they appear out of reach. That doesn't mean they're worth disregarding.

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In the second of our series of 10 constituencies to watch we went to Holborn & St Pancras, where Labour's large lead from 2010 looks unbeatable. But, the battle there brings together two key characters on the capital's political scene.

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John Terry 'delighted' to sign new contract at Chelsea

John Terry has signed a new contract at Chelsea, extending his stay until the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

I'm delighted to have signed an extension to my contract with Chelsea.

After adding another major trophy to my collection this month I hope myself, the players and manager can continue to bring success to our club.

Playing for this great club makes me so proud. And as always I would like to thank the fans who have continually supported me.

– John Terry
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This new contract is not to say “thank you very much”; it is because John continues to perform. He is a top defender. I am happy that he completely deserves this new contract after a season where he has already played 40 matches.

– Jose Mourinho

The Ivy restaurant's private bar sells for £31,000

The Ivy restaurant's private bar sold for more than 30 times its estimated worth at auction last night, fetching £31,000 after decades of playing host to celebrities such as David Beckham and Brad Pitt.

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In a charity event that raised £1 million, The Ivy sold everything from its finest artwork to its pane glass window and even the sign for the ladies' toilet.

A seat at the table that served dinner to Laurence Olivier and Diana, Princess of Wales was last night priced at £6,000 after the restaurant's top table went under the hammer.

Once one of the most difficult places to pass through in London, The Ivy's oak front door fetched £27,500.

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