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Brent Council first cabinet to do Ice Bucket Challenge

Senior Councillors of Brent Council have become the first Cabinet to take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and have nominated Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles to follow suit.

Councillors Muhammed Butt, Michael Pavey, Roxanne Mashari and James Denselow took part in charity stunt.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has been nominated to carry out the challenge.
Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has been nominated to carry out the challenge. Credit: PA

The challenge, which sees participants film themselves as they are covered in ice water, has raised at least £250,000 for the UK Motor Neurone Disease Association and a huge $62.5million (£37.7million) in the United States where it originated.

Hounslow Councillor: Lives are blighted by Heathrow

Hounslow Council and the residents living under Heathrow flight paths have shared their thoughts about a potential expansion of the airport.

In a clip posted on YouTube, one resident said "everybody wants to come to Hounslow", while others complained that they are in a "constant battle" against the noise from the aircrafts.

Councillor Amritpal Mann said "residents' lives are blighted" by the living conditions of air and noise pollution.

"It means their children have to suffer the constant noise that comes from the aircraft in their teaching, their schools and their gardens," he added.

Having ruled out the Thames Estuary option, the Airport Commission is left with three shortlisted schemes for airport expansion - two involving expansion at Heathrow Airport in west London and the other for a new runway at Gatwick in West Sussex.

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Hounslow Council happy 'Boris Island' plans killed off

Hounslow Council has welcomed the Airports Commission's decision not to add the inner Thames estuary proposal to its final shortlist.

Councillor Amrit Mann, deputy leader for Hounslow Council, said:

We, like most people, thought Boris Island was a flight of fancy and now that it has been sunk, Heathrow won’t have to close.

This makes many of the tens of thousands of jobs reliant on the airport more secure in the long term.

We’re proud to have Heathrow on our doorstep and want to see it prosper. But we want a better not bigger Heathrow, and a better deal for the people of Hounslow. We want the best quality of life possible for our residents now.

– Amrit Mann

"This means better protection from aircraft noise in our homes and schools and better public transport like a massively improved Piccadilly line and a new rail link from the south," he added.

Watford appoint Oscar Garcia as new head coach

Watford have appointed Oscar Garcia as their new head coach following the resignation of Beppe Sannino.

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Oscar Garcia has been appointed as the new Watford manager. Credit: PA Wire

Garcia, who took Brighton into the play-offs last season, will take over with the club second in the Championship.

Watford said they had beaten off competition from "several high-profile English clubs" to secure Garcia's services.

Sannino, who only took over in December, stepped down after Saturday's 4-2 win over Huddersfield, saying he had "gone as far as I can" in the role.

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Boris Johnson 'blames civil servants' for airport rejection

Mayor Boris Johnson has blamed civil servants for the rejection of plans to build a major new airport in the Thames Estuary, saying "They can't get their heads around it".

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The scheme, championed by London Mayor Boris Johnson, was killed off after the commission said the proposal had "substantial disadvantages that collectively outweigh its potential benefits".

Having ruled out the Thames Estuary option, the Airport Commission is left with three shortlisted schemes for airport expansion - two involving expansion at Heathrow Airport in west London and the other for a new runway at Gatwick in West Sussex.

The commission is due to make its final report to ministers in summer 2015 - after the general election.

Ceremonial garments stolen in Haringey

Haringey police are appealing for witnesses and any information concerning the burglary of a military supplier in N15 yesterday at 17:50.

An assortment of nine ceremonial garments and two silver Household Cavalry helmets were stolen.

The combined value of these stolen items is in excess of £60,000.
The combined value of these stolen items is in excess of £60,000. Credit: Metropolitan Police

The combined value of these items is in excess of £60,000.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who is offered these items for sale or who has information concerning the theft.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who is offered these items for sale or who has information concerning the theft.
Officers are keen to hear from anyone who is offered these items for sale or who has information concerning the theft. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Haringey Police Burglary Unit on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Sex offence arrests made in Chesham and Middlesex

Arrests have been made in Chesham and Middlesex this morning, in connection with child sexual exploitation.

Thames Valley officers have been working with a victim on historic allegations, dating back to around 2005 as part of Operation Articulate.

Six warrants were carried out in Aylesbury, one in Milton Keynes, one in Buckingham, one in Chesham and one in Middlesex.

Eight men, aged between 28 and 45 have been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences and are currently in police custody.

Those arrested are: •32-year-old man •45-year-old man •32-year-old man •35-year-old man •40-year-old man •35-year-old man •28-year-old man •40-year-old man

The offences relate to two female victims in the Aylesbury area between 2005 and 2012.

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Woman in critical condition after knife attack

A 24-year-old woman is in a critical condition after she was stabbed in the arm and neck in an attack in east London which also injured a young child.

The victim was attacked at a residential address in Hatherley Road, Walthamstow yesterday afternoon.

A six-year-old child suffered a minor injury which did not require hospital treatment.

Detectives said the attack was not random but they had yet to find a motive.

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