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London ranked world's top city for leading universities

London has more top rated universities than any other city in the world- according to a new league table released today by QS World University Rankings. Imperial College London came second place joint with Cambridge while University College London tied with Oxford for joint fifth. King's College London, London School of Economics and the Queen Mary University also made the top 100.

London's Imperial College Credit: PA

Welcoming the results, Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "These rankings consolidate London's position as the education capital of the world. Nowhere else will you find such a critical mass of top universities within just a few miles of each other, all providing an excellent education and producing graduates who go on to be leaders in their fields. From accountants to zoologists, I'm proud to say that London universities are at the forefront of teaching and research."

New campaign cracks down on smoking related litter

The City of London Corporation, along with Keep Britain Tidy, are launching a new hardline campaign to crack down on smoking related litter. 6 million cigarette butts are dropped on the City's streets every year- costing millions of pounds to clean up.

Crackdown on smoking related litter Credit: PA

The new campaign reinforces the message about the scale of the problem- and also the fact that it's against the law. Anyone caught dropping butts will receive an £80 fine- and can even be taken to court and receive a criminal record.


London to hold its first connectivity summit

London will hold its first ever 'connectivity summit' today- in a bid to make the capital the best connected city in Europe. London's Mayor Boris Johnson will meet with the city's biggest internet providers to discuss how to improve super-fast broadband. He also wants to eliminate 'not'spots' in London, where internet speeds run ten times slower than average.

London summit to improve capital's connectivity Credit: PA

Contactless payments go live today

From today, if you're travelling by Tube, train or tram in London you'll be able to use your bank card rather than having to top up your Oyster card. Transport for London say network-wide contactless payments- which have been operating on London buses since 2012- will reduce the time it takes for people to use the city's transport.

Underground contactless payments go live Credit: PA

Contactless payments work in the same way as Oyster cards, which are still valid. The new payment option, which is part of a range of improvements TfL is making for customers, means that there will no longer be any need to spend time topping up Oyster balances because fares are charged directly to payment card accounts.

Second man arrested over Battersea murder

A second man has been arrested by police investigating the death of 21-year-old Sebastian Jamal Hyman-Knight.

Mr Hyman-Knight was shot dead on Thursday night on Tennyson Street in Battersea.

A 30-year-old man has been bailed. This evening a 29-year-old man has been arrested and is being questioned at a south London police station.

Girls arrested after man bitten in Wanstead

Two teenage girls have been arrested after a 38-year-old man was found stabbed and bitten on Wanstead Flats.

Police and the fire service were called to a football field to reports of an assault and fire.

A man was found with a stab wound in his arm and bite marks. A girl aged 13 and one aged 16 have been arrested and tonight are being questioned in custody by police officers.


Thousands at Trafalgar Square rally

Thousand of people turned out for a hastily organised rally in central London to urge Scottish voters to stay in the UK.

TV historian Dan Snow who organised the event was joined by activist Bob Geldof and comedians Eddie Izzard and Al Murray to give passionate speeches about the union, with just days to go until Scotland decides on independence.

The speakers were cheered along by crowds at a bursting Trafalgar Square which was awash with Union flags.

Snow, whose referendum campaign Let's Stay Together has drawn endorsements from dozens of high profile figures, said the rally was to show Scotland "that England cares".

Police seize £10m worth of heroin in Finchley

Police have seized almost £10million of heroin and arrested three men during an operation in Finchley.

Officers watched the men in a Mercedes on Tarling Road yesterday as it stopped to exchange two black holdalls with another van. When they arrested the three men they found the holdalls contained a massive 40 kilos of heroin. Another two kilos and around £10,000 in cash was found during a subsequent search of an address in north London.

In total, the street value of the heroin seized would be around £9.5million.

Eddie Izzard: Londoners "do care" about the Scotland referendum

Future London Mayoral hopeful Eddie Izzard says he wants to send a message that Londoners "care" about the Scottish independence referendum, and urged the Scottish people to vote 'No' at a Trafalgar Square rally this evening.

He also told our reporter Rags Martel he had no plans to run for London Mayor in 2016, but still hopes to become Mayor or an MP in 2020.

Hackney residents left bemused after foam engulfs the River Lea

Stunned residents have taken to Twitter to post pictures of the bizarre scene when a mass of foam filled the River Lea over the weekend.

The giant white mass, which appeared near Hackney Marshes, is thought to be due to an industrial detergent spillage further up the river. The Environment Agency have not yet found the source of the problem, but it has now been cleared up.

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