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Chelsea striker Diego Costa suspended for three games after stamping incident

Chelsea's Diego Costa will miss three games, including tomorrow's crunch Premier League match against Manchester City, after an Independent Regulatory Commission found he had stamped on Liverpool's Emre Can during a match on Tuesday.

Diego Costa will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a charge of violent conduct against him was found proven by an Independent Regulatory Commission on Friday 30 January 2015.

– Football Association

EasyJet says long-haul airlines will go abroad if Heathrow doesn't expand

The Airports Commission is currently consulting on the expansion plans. Credit: PA

The budget airline EasyJet has said the expansion of Heathrow would ensure long-haul airlines stay in the UK instead of using airports abroad:

It is clear that long-haul airlines want to expand at Heathrow and if they can't, they will do so not at Gatwick but at other airports such as Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Heathrow does not currently have low-cost, short-haul airlines but an expanded Heathrow would allow airlines like EasyJet to operate there, providing more competition which will mean new routes, more services and lower fares. EasyJet's costs are on average 40% lower than legacy airlines and so we expect to be able to more than offset the increase in airport charges.

– EasyJet submission to the Airports Commission

However, the airline did not think expansion would work at Gatwick:

By comparison, the Gatwick proposal requires a significant increase in airport charges. This would inevitably lead to higher fares for Gatwick's passengers, the vast majority of whom are flying for leisure. Gatwick is a much improved airport under its new owners and management team and EasyJet is committed to continuing to grow our operations there. However, there is no evidence that passenger demand at Gatwick, and therefore its range of airlines and their networks, will be significantly expanded with an additional runway. Gatwick slots have been and are still readily available now which would allow long haul airlines to move to or expand at Gatwick. History shows that there is little appetite to do so and, in fact, many have left the airport.

– EasyJet submission to the Airports Commission

Gatwick though responded, saying environmental factors will also have to be taken into account:

EasyJet will take a position based on its own narrow commercial interests. The Government however will have to make a decision for the country balancing what is best for both the economy and the environment. That can only mean Gatwick. Gatwick can deliver its second runway without the massive environmental damage which has stopped Heathrow expansion time and time again. That means Britain can finally get on with it.

– Gatwick spokesman

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Police search for sex attacker after assault in Stratford hotel

Police want to speak to this man. Credit: Metropolitan Police

The Met Police has released a CCTV image of a man they want to talk to after a woman was sexually assaulted in a Travelodge in Stratford. The man had invited the victim to a party on the 14th of March last year but she was then assaulted in a bathroom.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Metropolitan Police Service on 101 quoting ref: 5308685/14. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

EasyJet backs Heathrow Airport expansion plan

EasyJet has thrown its support behind Heathrow expansion. Credit: PA

The budget airline EasyJet has said it is backing a plan to expand Heathrow Airport despite the fact that its biggest base is currently at Gatwick. An Airports Commission, set up by the Government, is currently examining which of the two airports should be expanded to improve Britain's passenger capacity. EasyJet operates from four airports in the UK but has told the Commission that it prefers Heathrow.

Heathrow is in the best interests of passengers as it has the greatest demand.

– Carolyn McCall, Easyjet Chief Executive

We are delighted that EasyJet wants to operate from an expanded Heathrow. It is great news for Heathrow passengers and we look forward to working with EasyJet to deliver new routes and services.

– Heathrow spokesman

Rogue crane arm smashes into three cars in Surrey

A crane arm damaged three cars in Farnham in Surrey after its hydraulics failed. Surrey Police posted this photo of the damage which occured at 5.30 this morning. There were no injuries but the road had to be closed for several hours.

London's Barbican cinema offers Parent and Baby screening of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

The film stars Jamie Dornan as mysterious billionaire Christian Grey. Credit: PA

The Barbican cinema is offering a Parent and Baby screening of the adult erotica film Fifty Shades of Grey. The movie is based on the bestselling book by E L James about the sexual relationship between a young woman and a mysterious billionaire. It is released in cinemas in two weeks time and is expected to get an 18 rating.

Not every Twitter user thought the screening was a good idea:

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Timings of the Winston Churchill commemorations

The coffin of Sir Winston Churchill on Havengore at Tower Pier on 30 January, 1965 Credit: PA

The ship that carried Sir Winston Churchill to his final resting place 50 years ago will return to the Thames today to recreate the journey.

  • 9am: A remembrance service and wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Houses of Parliament
  • 12:45pm: Tower Bridge will be raised and Havengore will retrace Churchill's final journey with members of his family on board. The ship will sail upriver with an escort of boats from Trinity House, the Port of London Authority, the River Police and the RNLI
  • 1:15pm: Havengore reaches the Houses of Parliament where a short service will take place on board and a wreath will be layed in the waters opposite the Palace of Westminster
  • 6pm: Westminster Abbey will hold a ceremony and flowers will be laid on its green-marble memorial stone that was unveiled by the Queen in his honour

Ginola promises to fight on in race for FIFA presidency

Ginola announced his bid at a press conference two weeks ago. Credit: PA

The former Tottenham footballer has said he is not giving up his bid to be president of football's governing body FIFA. The Frenchman launched his Team Ginola campaign two weeks ago though his bid was criticised after he admitted he was being paid £250,000 by a bookmaker to stand. Yesterday, the bid looked to be over when this message appeared on the bid's website:

A huge thank you for supporting Team Ginola. The funding page is now closed. All donations will be returned to those that have pledged.

– Team Ginola website

However, Ginola later tweeted this:

Ginola was voted Footballer of the Year when he played for Tottenham. Credit: PA

However, Ginola needs to get support from five FIFA member associations to become an official candidate which is unlikely to happen. The Football Association has decided to back the Jordanian candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein.

London students lead the way in university applications

Record numbers of students have applied for university this year, with London leading the way with the largest increase in applications. The number of students applying in the capital is 23% higher than the national average.

18-year-olds living in London were over 40% more likely to apply than those living in the North East, and 25% more likely to apply compared to the rest of England.

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