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Two arrested after homeless protest

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Police say two people have been arrested after squatters took over a building in Central London saying they planned to shelter homeless people over Christmas.

Officers moved in to clear the former RBS headquarters in Charing Cross yesterday but two members remained in the five-storey Victorian building.

Protesters said they had planned to invite homeless people to the site over the festive period for food and shelter - in protest at the housing crisis. An appeal had been made for supplies.

Police said all but two of the protesters left the building at the request of bailiffs.

A man aged 22 and a woman aged 21 were on a balcony for a period of time. Both have subsequently vacated the building and were arrested on suspicion of breaching a court order.They currently remains in custody at a central London police station.

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Woman due in court charged with fraud

A woman from London will appear in court on charges relating to fraudulent refunds being paid to a customer at six John Lewis stores including one in the capital.

Thames Valley Police said Laima Butke, 54, of no fixed address, but who lives in London, has been charged with eight counts of fraud by false representation between November 16 and December 14.

The stores said to be involved in the alleged incidents are in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire; Leicester; Oxford Street, London; Southampton; Cambridge; and Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.

Butke was remanded in custody by magistrates last week and will next appear at Aylesbury Crown Court on January 2, the spokesman said.


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Divers search river as fears grow for missing Patrick

Patrick Lamb has been missing for a week Credit: Kent Police

Police searching for 28 year old Patrick Lamb who disappeared in Maidstone a week ago have sent divers in to search part of the River Medway.

It comes as friends of Patrick launch a huge awareness campaign to help track him down.

He was last seen at Bar Chocolate on Friday night LAST week.

Friends are desperate to find the 26 year old Credit: Kent Police

Police have today been using sonar to search part of the river, and this afternoon a tent was erected on the river bank. But an officer told ITV Meridian tonight that there was still no sign of the missing man.

Friends of Mr Lamb, who grew up in Whitstable and went to Canterbury High School, say it is extremely out of character for him not to have made contact and have set up a Facebook appeal for information.

The Facebook page created by Patrick's friends Credit: Facebook


Fire warning over Christmas candles

The London Fire Brigade is warning Londoners to be careful with Christmas candles after a fire at a block of flats in south-east London.

Fire crews were called to Upper Norwood at around 2am this morning, where its believed an unattended tea light candle caused the building to catch alight.

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