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Contactless payment on Tube to be rolled out Sept 16

Transport for London has announced that contactless payment will be rolled out on September 16. The scheme, already available on buses, will allow commuters to pay with credit and debit cards that feature the contactless icon.

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Contactless payments coming to Tube, London Overground, DLR and Trams from 16 September

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New contactless payment option from 16 Sept will mean customers will no longer have to check and top up their Oyster balance

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Technology will automatically calculate the best value for contactless travel from 16 Sept with ‘Daily’ and ‘Monday to Sunday’ fare capping

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Attack on autistic son 'took away his independence'

A mother of an autistic teenager, slashed across the neck by three assailants, has said that she wants them to "face the consequences".

Eamonn Finn, 16, is said to have been walking around Pimlico, in central London on June 4 at around 7.30pm. Margaret Finn appealed for help on social media:

They did far more than stab him, they've also taken away the only bit of independence he had, which took us almost two years to prepare him for. I'm now too frightened to let him back out, and I'm getting the fallout from that too.

– Margaret Finn

Mother's plea to find attackers who slashed autistic son

Margaret Finn posted a picture of her son after he was attacked in Pimlico
Margaret Finn posted a picture of her son after he was attacked in Pimlico Credit: Margaret Finn

A mother has sent out an appeal to find the people responsible for slashing her autistic teenager across the neck.

Margaret Finn wrote on her Facebook that Eamonn had been walking in the Pimlico area, in central London on June 4. She reported that he was subsequently attacked by three males aged "up to 22".

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Charing Cross CID or Crimestoppers, which can be done anonymously.

Tributes paid to Chelsea youth player, 'dies aged 23'

Former Chelsea youth player Jordan Tabor has died aged 23, according to Sky Sports.

Tabor, also an ex-Cheltenham footballer, is reported to have plunged to his death in Turkey, the Daily Mirrorreports.

Tributes were paid to the left-back, from Coronation Street stars Brooke Vincent and Anthony Cotton.

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Sad to hear of the death of former @chelseafc academy player Jordan Tabor at such a young age. Horrible news.

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Jordan - Good night sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest...

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Tulisa back in court to hear V Festival assault verdict

Former X Factor judge Tulisa will learn her fate over an alleged assault at last year's V Festival.
Former X Factor judge Tulisa will learn her fate over an alleged assault at last year's V Festival. Credit: Reuters

Former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos is back in court today to find out the verdict of an assault charge against her.

A drugs trial involving her collapsed last week. But she will appear before magistrates in Stratford, east London, to discover her fate after she allegedly hit celebrity blogger Savvas Morgan at last year's V Festival.

Her assistant Gareth Varey, 28, is accused of using threatening behaviour.

The pair, both of Friern Barnet, north London, deny the charges against them.

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Train gets make-over to raise profile of genetic condition

The Max Appeal Train
Credit: Pelling PR

A First Capital Connect service has been branded to highlight a complex genetic condition called 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, which often goes undiagnosed in children. The train will today take eight-year-old Adam Tripp - who inspired the campaign - and other affected families to Cambridgeshire to visit a wildlife park.

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The day out has been inspired by Adam Tripp who has the condition Credit: Pelling PR

Royal childhood exhibition opens

Prince William's childhood sailor suite
Prince William's childhood sailor suit makes up part of the exhibition Credit: PA

Prince George may have turned one this week, but a special exhibition opens at Buckingham Palace this weekend giving an insight into 250 years of Royal childhood. Among the items on display are the Queen's childhood toys and the sailor suit worn by Prince William at the Duke and Duchess of York's Wedding in 1986.

Find out more about the exhibition here.

Capital catches volunteering fever

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Games Makers were praised for their contribution to the 2012 Olympic Games Credit: PA

Two years on from the Games Makers at the London Olympics, there has been a surge in the number of people volunteering. People have donated more than one million hours of their time to community projects across the capital.

Gatwick gears up for busiest day

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Gatwick's busiest day Credit: PA

Today is expected to be the busiest day of the year at Gatwick Airport. With children now broken up from school for the summer break 77,000 are passengers expected to pass through the departure gates. This weekend will see around 290,000 passengers depart the airport and around 508,000 passengers in total that week, making it Gatwick's busiest week of the year.

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