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Fly-tipper dumps fridge in London phone box

A fly-tipper has dumped a fridge in a phone box in West London. The bizarre appearance on Ealing high Street was reported to the council on Twitter by Lawrence Dawson.

Ealing Council says the fridge has been removed but the fly-tipper has not been found.

The fridge was empty so we won't be able to trace who put it there.

– Ealing Council

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Rosetta scientist apologises for choice of shirt

Dr Matt Taylor, one of the Rosetta project team, has apologised for his choice of shirt, after he was attacked on social media. The space scientist from north London was originally hailed as 'cool' for his unconventional style, and plentiful tattoos. But a closer look at his shirt revealed it was covered in scantily-clad women, leading to accusations that it was sexist.

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Canal volunteers unearth WWII grenade

Volunteers cleaning up a canal were shocked to find an unexploded grenade from the Second World War. Today's event was the first of five planned over the next month to clear rubbish from the bed of the Regent's Canal in east London. The grenade was discovered at Salmon Lock in Mile End, the Canal & River Trust said.

Debbie Vidler, volunteer co-ordinator with the trust, said:

"It was a bit of a shock for the volunteer who came across it but we acted quickly to alert the emergency services and police arrived within minutes to make the area safe. We're now looking forward to what else we may find with the next planned clean-ups at the site."

– Debbie Vidler, volunteer co-ordinator

The annual cost to the charity of cleaning up litter from the waterways last year was just under £900,000, with spending in London the highest at more than £500,000.

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