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Swan takes stroll across M25

Swan crossing M25
Swan crossing M25 Credit: Surrey Roads Police

A swan trying to find its way to the nearest watering hole, found itself dicing with death . The bird had some near misses with cars as it crossed several lanes of traffic on the M25 earlier. Luckily the Highways Agency were around to give the bird a helping hand.

Witness appeal following traffic collision

Police tape.
Police tape Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Police are appealing for information regarding a road traffic accident between a lorry and a cyclist. The collision took place on Staines Road at the junction of River Gardens in Feltham on Friday morning.

The male cyclist, who is in his thirties was taken to hospital. He is believed to be in a serious, but stable condition. The lorry driver wasn't arrested.

Police are asking any witnesses of the collision to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Merton on 0208 543 5157.

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Weather disrupts train travel

Great Western trains
Great Western trains Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/

Commuters suffered severe disruptions on the trains yesterday. Thousands were affected by delays and cancellations on the busy commuter routes from stations like Paddington and Waterloo.

There were seven cancellations to services by First Great Western due to "poor weather conditions". While South West trains said their "engineers had worked through the night to avoid further delays."

No weather warnings have been issued for this weekend. However, there is a significant chance of heavy showers in London and the South East today.

Use the Force - Romford!

Yoda
Yoda's fans will be out in force Credit: PA

A man who was an extra in the original Star Wars film is hosting his own convention in Romford today. Nick Joseph played a medal bearer in the first film, A New Hope, released in 1977. He has been hosting the conventions so fans of the films can have the chance to meet their heroes.

Darth Vader himself - or at least Dave Prowse who played him - is the special guest at the Harold Hill Community Centre.

Union meets to fight Tube cuts plans

Transport union the RMT is gathering its members together in central London as part of its campaign to halt cuts to Tube services.

The plans outlined by Mayor Boris Johnson include cutting the number of station staff, closing ticket offices, and introducing driverless trains.

The RMT says the austerity measures will not only mean job losses, but impact on safety and services.

The event aims to inform trade union members as well as the public about the issues and to discuss the next campaigning steps.

Royal childhood exhibitions opens

A pair of Red Velvet fur lined boots worn by Prince Albert Edward (later King Edward VII).
A pair of Red Velvet fur lined boots worn by Prince Albert Edward (later King Edward VII). Credit: PA

The exhibition opens today at Buckingham Palace and runs until September 28.

A model Aston Martin DB5 once used by Prince Andrew
A model Aston Martin DB5 once used by Prince Andrew Credit: PA
A miniature caravan presented to Prince Charles and Princess Anne by the Caravan Club.
A miniature caravan presented to Prince Charles and Princess Anne by the Caravan Club. Credit: PA
A rocking horse presented to Prince George by President Obama and the First Lady.
A rocking horse presented to Prince George by President Obama and the First Lady. Credit: PA

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Rail passengers facing severe delays and 'reduced timetable' throughout the night

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Rail passengers are facing long delays and a reduced timetable throughout the night following thunderstorms today. First Great Western have managed to offer a reduced timetable but have warned there will be severe disruptions.

Services between London Paddington and Reading, Swindon, Bristol , West of England and South Wales are being severely disrupted due to major signalling problems in the Twyford area, between Reading and Maidenhead, due to an earlier lighting strike. Customers travelling to and from London Paddington are advised that we are having to introduce a reduced timetable. South West Trains services from London Waterloo are experiencing similar problems to their service, and we can only offer our customers ticket acceptance on Chiltern Services between London Marylebone and Banbury.

– FIRST GREAT WESTERN STATEMENT

Disappointed Secret Cinema ticket holders offered free theatre seats

Rufus Hound offers tickets to show.
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Ticket holders for tonight's cancelled Back To The Future event have been offered free seats at tonight's performance of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre in the West End. Rufus Hound, one of the stars of the show, made the announcement on his blog.

You don't have to do anything other than turn up with your Secret Cinema ticket. If you've got a big gang of pals all in London, all excited about going out and now you have nowt to do, well, now you do.

– RUFUS HOUND
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