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Workers supplement income with creative talents

Workers are using their creative talents, like baking, to make more money at home. Credit: Press Association.

Nearly half of all London workers are using their creative talents to supplement their income, according to new figures out today.

Research by a London-based design company has found 49 per cent are making money out of hobbies including baking, gardening, photography and embroidery.


£120,000 copper theft in Essex

The copper in six-ton coils Credit: Essex Police

Essex Police have released a photograph of a truck they want to trace in connection with the theft of £120,000 of copper from a dock at Purfleet.

The vehicle in the picture is believed to have been used to tow away the 27-ton load of copper rod at Purfleet Thames Terminal.

The copper, in six-ton coils and loaded on a box trailer, should have been delivered to a company on the South Coast but it failed to arrive.

Police want to trace this Renault Premium tractor unit Credit: Essex Police
Box trailer of vehicle Credit: Essex Police

Anyone with information should contact Pc Watts at Grays police station on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

Hospitality industry to create 3,000 jobs for young workers

London's hospitality industry will today announce the creation of 3,000 new jobs aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds in a bid to help reduce youth employment.

The scheme will be launched at the Big Hospitality Conversation event at City Hall.

Representatives of brands including Premier Inn, Wagamama, Café Rouge and McDonald's will join Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise Kit Malthouse at the conference to make the announcement.

They will also discuss opportunities available to young people and offer on-the-spot jobs to people in the audience.

Millionaire London developer donates profits to charity

A developer in London is causing a stir in the property market with an unusual business plan - she builds properties, sells them, and gives all the profits away.

Charlotte Grobien has already raised a million pounds, and has a target of a half a million more by Christmas.

Ruth Zorko went to meet her and representatives of two of her chosen charities, Whizz-Kidz and The Eikon Charity.

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.

'Super sewer' impact on water bills to be minimised

If the tunnel had been in operation last year, it would have captured 97% of the sewage that poured in to London’s river. Hardly a week goes by when untreated sewage is pouring in to London’s river and we are pleased that we can now start to tackle this archaic problem. This is a huge project but it’s a huge problem, and we can now get on with tackling it. It’s no easy task, but we’re confident that we can deliver this project and still achieve our aim of minimising the impact on our customer bills.

– Andy Mitchell, chief executive of Thames Tideway Tunnel

Water bills to rise after 'super sewer' approval

Thames Water has been given the go-ahead to start building London’s ‘super sewer’ which will tackle the sewage pollution in to the tidal River Thames.

Water bills will rise £70-80 Credit: PA

The 25km tunnel will run underground from Acton in West London, and travel roughly the line underneath the river to Abbey Mills Pumping Station in East London, where it will connect to the Lee Tunnel. Its construction means water bills will rise £70-80 by the mid 2020s.

Crossrail 2 to be delivered 'as quickly and effectively as possible'

I am very pleased and excited to be taking on these new responsibilities for the progression of Crossrail 2.

As a board member of Crossrail 1, I am familiar with the immense benefit such schemes have for London and the wider south east and I look forward to ensuring its successor will be delivered as quickly and effectively as possible.

London is growing at a phenomenal rate – 20 per cent over the next 15 years – and it is only through major infrastructure projects such as Crossrail 1, Crossrail 2 and a new hub airport that the challenges and opportunities of that growth can be fully met.

– Daniel Moylan
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