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Mayor waits for decision on estuary airport

The mayor is awaiting the decision of the Airports Commission on short-listing an estuary airport.

It is the only credible option and the only one that gives us both the global and national connectivity we need in the medium and longer term.

– Spokesperson for Boris Johnson

Heathrow bosses have called on Boris Johnson to support a third runway if plans for the so-called "Boris Island" are shelved by the Airports Commission

More delays on Greater Anglia trains

A broken down freight train between Hatfield Peverel and Chelmsford is blocking the London bound line.

Train services running through these stations may be delayed by up to 40 minutes for passengers travelling to London and Essex.

Trains are unable to pass the broken down locomotive. A rescue engine is on site to recover the broken train.

Abellio is asking passengers for patience and understanding.


#Chelmsford -a broken down freight train is causing delays of 25 mins to trains between London and Clacton, Braintree,Ipswich & Norwich. GK


There are some service alterations and cancellations due to a broken down freight train at #Chelmsford GK


Police called to Aaron Taylor-Johnson's home over gun

Police were called to the home of artist Sam Taylor-Johnson and actor husband Aaron after a passer-by spotted a machine gun on a desk inside the house.

The gun, a deactivated M16 assault rifle, had been given to the film-maker and photographer as part of an art project.

Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson
A machine gun was spotted laying on a desk at the couple's North London home Credit: PA

A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Police confirmed firearms officers were called after the gun was spotted through a window of their north London home shortly before midnight.

We can confirm that early this morning police were called to the London home of Mr and Mrs Taylor-Johnson following a report of a firearm on the premises by a concerned passer-by. The family were not present in the property at the time but the police gained entry via a key holder.

The firearm was located in Sam Taylor-Johnson's basement studio and has been confirmed as a certified and fully decommissioned M16 assault rifle that was provided to Mrs Taylor-Johnson by the international charity Peace One Day as part of an art project entitled 'Peace One Day M16'.

The project, curated by Jake Chapman, consists of new works by some of the most celebrated names in contemporary art all of whom are transforming fully decommissioned M16 assault rifles.

– Spokesperson for Taylor-Johnson family

Chelsea Football Club to honour Lord Attenborough

Lord Attenborough
Players will hold a minute's silence on Saturday Credit: Chelsea F.C.

The passing of our much-loved Life President Lord Attenborough has greatly affected everyone, and Chelsea Football Club fully appreciates our supporters’ emotions at this time and your wish to pay tribute to the important part he played in our history.

At our next home game, against Swansea City on Saturday 13th September, there will be a minute’s appreciation prior to kick-off in honour of a great Chelsea fan who also served as a club director for 13 years. There will be tributes on the big screens and in the matchday programme.

A lasting memorial to Lord Attenborough’s support of Chelsea is also appropriate. In consultation with Lord Attenborough's family, the club will carefully consider the possibilities and suggestions for this to ensure the most suitable option is taken.

– Chelsea Football Club

Rewards for recycling your rubbish

Rubbish Collection
You could get shopping vouchers for recycling your rubbish Credit: PA

Tens of thousands of households will be given shopping vouchers if they recycle more under a £5 million fund to promote weekly bin collections.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles says that people should be rewarded for recycling more instead of being punished with "draconian" fines.

He highlighted a successful pilot scheme in Windsor where the council weighs each household's recycling and rewards them with vouchers for national and local retailers worth up to £135 a year.

It is a myth that fortnightly bin collections or unfair bin fines are needed to increase recycling. Rewards for recycling show how working with families can deliver environmental benefits without the draconian approach of punishing people and leaving out smelly rubbish. This Government is protecting the local environment by supporting recycling, as well as championing weekly collections which protect local amenity and public health. Councils with fortnightly collections will not receive government funding and are short-changing their residents with an inferior service.

– Eric Pickles MP, Communities and Local Government Secretary


Endurance swimmer to complete final leg of seven swims in all Seven Seas

Lewis Pugh
Lewis Pugh is swimming all seven seas to raise awareness of climate change Credit: PA

Lewis Pugh, the UN Patron of the Oceans and renowned endurance swimmer, will complete the final leg of his Seven Seas Campaign by swimming up the Thames.

Nicknamed the Human Polar Bear for his ability to swim long distances in freezing waters, Lewis is swimming from Southend to Gravesend before swimming to the Thames Barrier.

He's the first man to swim at the North Pole and over the last four weeks has completed swims in each of the Seven Seas, the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean, Black, Red, Arabian and the North Sea.

Tottenham to play Besiktas in Europa League group stage

Andros Townsend scores Tottenham's third goal against AEL Limassol last night.
Andros Townsend scores Tottenham's third goal against AEL Limassol last night. Credit: Reuters

Tottenham have been drawn in the same group as Besiktas in the Europa League. The Turkish side were beaten by Arsenal in the Champions League qualifiers this week. Spurs have been drawn in Group C after reaching the group stage with a 3-0 victory over AEL Limassol last night:

  • Tottenham
  • Besiktas
  • Partizan Belgrade
  • Asteras Tripolis

Have you seen missing Charley?

Police are concerned for the welfare of Charley Poole Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Hertfordshire Police are appealing to the public for their help in finding a missing teenager from Bedmond. Officers now believe she may be in company with another missing teenager from Stevenage.

Seventeen year old Charley Poole is described as slim and around 5ft 7ins tall. One side of her hair is shaven. She was last seen wearing black leggings and a white top. She was wearing black and white pumps.

Reece was last seen on the 28th August Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Charley may be in the company of sixteen year old Reece Hines, who was last seen in Hatfield.

Reece is described as slim. He was last seen wearing a grey tracksuit top and bottoms, a black baseball cap and trainers.

It’s possible they may be in Hemel Hempstead, Watford, Borehamwood, Stevenage or Hatfield.

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