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Roman Gladiator skulls on display for the first time

Five Roman skulls will go on display for the first time tomorrow at the Museum of London.

The skulls all belonged to men aged between 25 and 45 - and they all show signs of injuries. It's thought the skulls may have belonged to Gladiators - who fought and died in London's Roman Amphitheatre 2000 years ago.

This skull shows signs of a healed fracture. Credit: Museum of London

They were discovered in 1988 in the City's Guildhall Yard, near to where the amphitheatre used to be. Experts think the men died between AD 120 and AD 160.

The skulls will be on display from Friday as part of their 'Glory & Gore' exhibition.

A reconstruction drawing of 'Londinium' in 200 AD Credit: Museum of London

Boy's Birthday balloon traveled 300 miles

A balloon with a note attached that was set off by a boy on his birthday in Plumstead was found just a day later over 300 miles away in the Netherlands.

Archie's balloon traveled 300 miles in less than 24 hours

Five year old Archie set off the balloon on Monday evening as part of his birthday celebrations. Marijke Vinkenburg discovered the balloon in her stables on Tuesday and began a social media campaign to track down its owner.

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Teen dies after running into canal while chased by police

Police search the canal. Credit: Picture from B.W.

A 17 year old boy has died after running into a canal in east London, while being chased by police.

The officers had been called by the teenager's family, who were concerned for his welfare.

When they spotted him on Hackney Marshes, he ran off - and into the canal.

He drowned before police could rescue him.

A spokesman for the Met said:

"Police were called...to an address in Clapton E5, where the family of a 17-year-old male were concerned for his welfare.

Officers attended the location, but the male had left the house by smashing a window prior to police arrival at 15:12hrs.

A search of the surrounding area was subsequently conducted by police officers.

At around 15:50hrs, somebody matching the description of the male was seen by officers on Hackney Marshes.

On seeing police, the male ran off. Officers tried to stop the male in order to assist him, but, prior to police officers reaching him, the male entered the canal near to Lea Bridge Road.

A police officer entered the canal in an attempt to rescue him, but the male went under the water....At around 17:20hrs, the body of a male was recovered from the water by officers from the Met's Martine Policing Unit. We await a post-mortem examination and formal identification.

– Metropolitan Police spokesman

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