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YouTube Tube singer who went viral reveals he had mental illness

A 23 year-old Kennington man, who became a YouTube hit after he was filmed singing to himself on a Tube train, has revealed that he was suffering from a mental illness. Alika Agidi-Jeffs was filmed by another passenger and the video was viewed almost 2.5 million times after it was posted on the website in 2012.

But Alika was experiencing severe depression, manic episodes and suicidal thoughts at the time. He found that listening to music was one way of coping with his illness. He eventually had a breakdown and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder last year. But he has now made another video with the help of the charity Rethink Mental Illness about his condition:

When I first saw the video I saw the funny side, but after it was shared millions of times I decided I didn’t want to be defined by it. I am in a good place now and I wanted to tell my side of the story so that others who are in the same dark place can realise that there is help out there. By making this new video with Rethink Mental Illness, I really want to get the message out that there is always hope, no matter what you’re going through.

– Alika Agidi-Jeffs

Going through a mental illness like bipolar disorder can be really tough, and all the attention around the YouTube clip must have made things even more difficult for Alika. But his story shows that with the right support, young people with mental health problems can get better and move on with their lives.

– Mark Winstanley, Rethink Mental Illness

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Persistent thief banned from Tube Zones 1 and 2 for five years

Peter Dallip was jailed for 14 months. Credit: British Transport Police

A 54 year-old man has been banned from entering any Underground station in Zones 1 and 2 for five years after being convicted of theft. Peter Dallip from Bromley stole two purses from women at Victoria and Brixton stations in August and September. He was finally arrested in October after a plainclothes British Transport Police officer spotted him attempting another theft on a Piccadilly Line train.

However, while he was on bail, he stole another purse at Victoria Station in November. He has now been jailed for 14 months at Blackfriars Crown Court.

Police appeal for help to find missing 14 year-old

Denis Baran has been missing since yesterday lunchtime. Credit: Surrey Police

Surrey Police has asked the public for help to trace a 14 year-old boy who has gone missing. Denis Baran was last seen at his home in Walton-on-Thames on Sunday. He's known to have connections in the Walton and Hersham and often visits fastfood restaurants such as KFC and McDonalds. Anyone who has seen Denis or knows his whereabouts is urged to contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 45150007022.

Checking in? A blue fox is spotted at a hotel in Woolwich

The blue fox in the lobby at the Travelodge. Credit: @fazzy87

This poor fox, which appears to have been covered in a blue liquid, was spotted in the lobby of the Travelodge hotel in Woolwich. It was photographed by hotel guest Scott Farnell who described the incident as 'very distressing'. The hotel receptionist tried to contact the RSPCA before the fox was eventually ushered out using a trail of crisps.

Travelodge have apologised though it is unclear where the liquid came from.

The fox had been covered with a blue liquid. Credit: @fazzy87

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Police appeal for help after blind woman is sexually assaulted at Waterloo

Police want to speak to this man about the assault. Credit: British Transport Police

The British Transport Police have released this CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after a blind woman was sexually assaulted at Waterloo Station.

The attack happened on December 3 just before 10am in the Underground station. The woman was getting off a southbound Northern line train when a man offered to help her. But he then sexually assaulted her before fleeing. They believe the man in the CCTV image could have information about what happened.

The man who committed this offence masqueraded as a Good Samaritan, purely so he could take the opportunity to sexually assault his victim. We work extremely hard to make sure the Tube is a place where women can travel without the fear of unwanted sexual behaviour and are determined to find the person responsible for this assault.

– Detective Constable Suleman Yazdani

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference TSUB/B6 of 26/01/2015. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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