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Senior doctors call for Guantanamo release

A group of senior doctors has called for a London man held in Guantanamo Bay to be released, warning of his "fragile medical condition".

Medics said that Shaker Aamer was suffering from conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder and asthma and his continued detention was having an "appalling effect" on his health and that of his family.

Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to again raise Mr Aamer's case with President Barack Obama during his visit to Washington this week.

Mr Aamer, who is originally from Saudi Arabia but moved to Battersea, London, and has a wife and four children there, has been incarcerated at the controversial US detention centre since 2002.

Shaker Aamer with two of his children, son Michael and daughter Johninh. Credit: Michael Stephens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In a letter to a national newspaper, the health experts, including consultants and professors, said Mr Aamer had "pressing medical concerns".

The signatories include three members of the Foreign Office pro bono medical panel, which can assist with advice for Britons held overseas but which the doctors said had so far not been allowed to help Mr Aamer.

The letter was organised by David Nicholl, a consultant neurologist, human rights activist and member of the council of the Royal College of Physicians, and is signed by physicians, including professors of neurology and public health, consultants and GPs.

Shaker Aamer has been held at Guantanamo Bay since 2002 Credit: Reprieve

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Northern Line extension given the go ahead

A planned extension of the Northern Line to Battersea via Nine Elms has been given the go-ahead by the government today.

The new extension will branch off at Kennington towards Battersea Credit: Transport for London

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin approved the new development - which will create two new stations, one at Battersea Power Station and another at Nine Elms.

The extension is expected to cost up to £1bn - but TfL say it will be funded by contributions from new developments as part of the area's regeneration.

The new line could be open by 2020 and should cut journey times into the City and the West End down to around 15 minutes.

Police charge two men after Battersea shooting

21 year old Sebastian Jamal Hyman-Knight was shot dead on Thursday Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police have tonight charged two men with the murder of a young father who was shot dead in Battersea last week.

21 year old Sebastian Jamal Hyman-Knight was found with gunshot wounds on Tennyson Street on Thursday night. He was taken to hospital but died on Friday morning. 30 year old Husnu Ibrahim and 29 year old Steven Pulham will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

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Once Battersea's chimneys are gone 'you won't know the difference'

Battersea Power Station is of exceptional architectural and historical significance and its future is something that English Heritage, along with millions of Londoners, takes very seriously indeed.

The chimney replacement programme is something we have worked on closely with the developers and we're satisfied that this is the correct way forward and that once the chimneys have replaced you really won't know the difference.

– Timothy Jones, Principal Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas, English Heritage

Battersea's famous chimneys 'recycled as artwork'

The famous chimneys of Battersea Power Station could be recycled as pieces of art after they're demolished.

Steeple Jacks climb up the south west chimney of Battersea Power Station Credit: BPSDC

Work to take down the towers - which are beyond repair - will begin later this month. Once fully dismantled, the chimneys will be rebuilt from the bottom using the same materials as the original.

The towers take approximately five months to dismantle, and about six months to rebuild chimney to its height of approximately 50 metres.

The chimney debris will be funnelled down a chute in the centre of the chimney, collected and recycled. Several different uses for the material are being explored, including reuse as artwork.

Controlled explosion as WW2 bombs are dug up

An army bomb disposal team was called to Battersea today after builders dug up two World War Two bombs. An area around Battersea Church Road was sealed off shortly after 10am. Roads have now reopened.

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