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Cornershop to open the 'world's smallest disco' in Hackney

Cornershop performing live in Finsbury Park, 2002 Credit: PA

Cornershop, the duo behind the 90's mega-hit 'Brimful of Asha', will open the 'world's smallest disco' in Stoke Newington, Hackney tomorrow to mark Record Store Day.

The pair will be playing tunes and selling music in a bid for the world record.

They hope that the small venue inside a record shop on Albion Road will be officially recognised as having a capacity of just 14.

Man charged after police seize 'exceptional' gun stash in east London

A man has appeared in court this morning charged with firearms offences after a stash of guns were seized in east London.

Thirty guns including assault rifles, sawn-off shotguns and a machine gun, were seized in one of Scotland Yard's biggest gun hauls.

Police said the seizure, by the Waltham Forest Gangs Task Force, was 'exceptional'.

50-year-old Dean Stokes from Leyton in East London appeared at Thames Magisratres' Court this morning charged with possessing guns and ammunition without legal certificates.

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M26 crash: Bail for lorry driver arrested after motorway crash

The pile-up on Wednesday morning killed two and injured seven.

A 45-year-old lorry driver, who was arrested after a five-vehicle pile-up on the M26 in Kent on Wednesday, has been released on bail.

The crash, near Kemsing in Kent, killed two French nationals and injured seven more people, who were rushed to a hospital in London in a "serious condition".

The accident caused severe traffic congestion on the London-bound carriageway, which was closed for several hours.

Appeal after motorcyclist killed on the A2

Police are asking for information after a motorcyclist was killed last night in a crash on the A2 in Greenwich.The bike collided with the central reservation close to the Kidbrooke interchange, on the Kent-bound carriageway just before 17.30 yesterday evening.

The 42 year old motorcyclist, from Sevenoaks, was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not thought he hit any other vehicles before the crash.

Both carriageways of the A2 were closed following the collision but have now re-opened.

Half of Londoners now think renting is 'the norm'

Londoners are becoming increasingly pessimistic about getting on the property ladder, with 50% saying Britain is becoming more like other places in Europe where renting is 'the norm'.

Renting in the capital is becoming 'the norm' according to a large proportion of Londonders Credit: Reuters

A new report by Halifax also found that 83% of potential homeowners in the capital are unwilling to sacrifice the quality of accommodation they currently live in order to save up for a deposit.

The report also found that one in five young people aged 23 to 27 still have no desire to own their own home, despite the introduction of the Government's Help to Buy scheme. The scheme has previously struggled with uptake in the capital, where the average house price is now £458,000.

Millions of shoppers to flock to the West End over Easter

The Easter weekend is expected to provide a boost to the capital's economy, seeing shoppers flocking to the West End and spending £140 million in stores.

Oxford Circus (above), Regent Street and Bond Street are expecting to see an influx of shoppers Credit: Reuters

The figures, from the New West End company, predict that cooler weather won't put shoppers off. Saturday and Sunday are expected to be drizzly and cool with a little more sunshine due on Easter Monday.

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Being bullied 'leaves life long scars'

School bullying can still affect people who suffered from it forty years later, according to a new study.

Those who suffered bullying as seven and 11-year-old's were still disadvantaged physically, psychologically and mentally at age 50, researchers found.

Not only were they at greater risk of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, but they had difficulty with social relationships and attained lower educational standards.

They also earned less, were more likely to be unemployed, and were in poorer health than those who escaped bullying.

The authors say that more needs to be done, not only to stop bullying, but to prevent the psychological trauma caused by it damaging people's later lives.

Channel Tunnel problems cause long queues at St Pancras

Queues through St Pancras International tonight Credit: ITN

There are long queues at St Pancras International Station this evening after two separate incidents earlier

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The first problem came earlier today when a fatality near Lille in northern France involving a French high-speed train resulted in diversions and delays to Eurostar trains.

Then, just as Eurostar services were getting back to normal, a Eurotunnel passenger shuttle train broke down in the tunnel leading to further delays to Eurostar services and long hold-ups of up to four hours for shuttle-train passengers.

An increased police presence at St Pancras Credit: ITN

Eurostar has had to cancel six trains today - two from London to Paris, two from Paris to London, one from London to Brussels and one from Brussels to London.

London Underground says it aims to 'improve service'

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London Underground said it was aiming to "radically improve" customer service, with plans including a new 24-hour night Tube service at weekends and more staff visible and available at stations to help customers buy the right ticket, plan their journeys and keep them safe.

At the busiest stations new visitor information centres will be set up to help tourists and visitors to London, and sell tickets.

"Given the success of Oyster and advances in online and ticket machine technology, the use of ticket offices has dramatically fallen. Today, less than 3% of journeys involve a visit to a ticket office.

"This trend is set to continue with the introduction of contactless bank card payment," said a London Underground spokesman.

The comments come as members of the of the Rail, Maritime and Transport who work for London Underground announced they are striking over the closure of tickets offices and subsequent job loses.

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