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One year since aquatic centre opens to the public

The London Aquatic Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Today marks one years since the London Aquatics Centre first opened to the public, following modifications after the 2012 Olympic Games.

Since 1st March 2014, the centre has hosted numerous high-profile events including the World Diving Series, the Invictus Games, Sport Relief and National Paralympics Day.

It is now home to the Tom Daley Diving Academy and served as a 2014 Commonwealth Games training base.

The centre received 640,000 visitors between 1st March and 31st December 2014. Since it opened to the public, nearly 3,000 young people have joined the London Aquatics Centre Swim School programme and 300 primary school pupils per week attend a new school swimming initiative at the centre.


Sol Campbell's big ambition to replace Boris Johnson

Think of potential candidates for London mayor and Sol Campbell won't be a name that springs to mind, until now. The former Tottenham and Arsenal player has big ambitions to replace Boris Johnson.

Sol Campbell Credit: PA

Speaking to The Sun, Campbell said:

We’ll see what happens. A few more conversations need to take place.

– Sol Campbell

Speaking previously to The Guardian he said:

I have got so much to offer. I think it is very important for the black vote. If the 'black vote' votes it will clearly push someone over the line. I am for getting people from my background to vote.

– Sol Campbell

Arsenal slump to Champions League home defeat

Arsenal players are left dejected after tonight's match at the Emirates. Credit: PA

Arsenal's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League look very slim after they were beaten 3-1 by Monaco at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners went 2-0 down in the first leg of their last 16 tie. Though Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled one goal back right at the end, the French side then scored again in injury time.


Ex-cop apologises for Paris Metro incident

A former policeman who is one of the three Chelsea fans police want to speak to about the alleged racist attack in Paris has issued an apology.

Former policeman Richard Barklie has insisted he is not racist. Credit: Met Police.

Richard Barklie, 50, an ex-Royal Ulster Constabulary officer, has insisted he is not a racist.

In a statement released through his lawyer he denied singing any offensive songs and said he was travelling alone.

Pending formal engagement with police, our client is anxious to put on record his total abhorrence for racism and any activity associated with it.

As someone who has spent years working with disadvantaged communities in Africa and India he can point to a CV in human rights work which undermines any suggestion he is racist.

He did not participate in racist chanting and singing and condemns any behaviour supporting that. He accepts he was involved in an incident when a person now known to him as Souleymane S was unable to enter a part of the train.

He has an account to give to police which will explain the context and circumstances as they prevailed at that particular time. In the meantime pending that he wants to put on record his sincerest apologies for the trauma and stress suffered by Mr Souleymane.

– Kevin Winters solicitors

Harlow's Laura Trott to cycle in World Championship

Cycling world champion Laura Trott will join the rest of the British squad later at the world-famous Championnats du Monde Piste.

Laura Trott is taking part in the Cycling World Championships Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

London's Olympic velodrome will stages next year's competition - only the second time London will have hosted the event, and also the first time since 1904.

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