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New Crossrail station announced

Crossrail are building a new station at Abbey Wood Credit: Reuters

Plans for a new Crossrail station at Abbey Wood in south London have just been approved.

Bexley and Greenwich councils gave the go-ahead for the new, two-level station which opens in 2017. The station will be built above two new dedicated Crossrail tracks and those used by North Kent services.

The existing station will be demolished, with a temporary station opened to cover services in the meantime.

Crossrail claim that when the new station opens, the journey from Abbey Wood to Canary Wharf and to Bond Street should be around 20 minutes quicker. Passengers travelling to Heathrow airport should be able to cut about 40 minutes off their journey.

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Police renew appeal for missing 15-year-old girl

Police say they are growing increasingly concerned for a 15-year-old girl from Bexley who has not been seen since Friday 4 October. 15-year-old Melissa Attard was last seen shortly before 5pm in the High Holborn area.

Melissa Attard Credit: Metropolitan Police

Melissa is approximately 5' 4" tall and of medium build. She has brown eyes and long dark brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black jacket with fur around the collar, dark leggings and black boots. She is known to visit the Plumsted, Brixton, Croydon, Charlton and Lewisham areas.

Anyone with information should call on Melissa's whereabouts is asked to call Bexley Police's Missing Persons Unit on 101.

Police try to trace teenager not seen since Friday

Police are trying to find a 15-year-old girl who hasn't been seen since Friday in central London.

Melissa Attard Credit: Met Police

Melissa Attard who lives in Bexley, was last seen at 4:50pm in High Holborn. She is 5' 4" tall and of medium build. She has brown eyes and long dark brown hair which is dyed blue underneath.

Anyone with any information should call Bexley Police's Missing Persons Unit on 101 or Missing People on 116 000.

Morocco teen death inquest begins

The Atlas Mountains outside Marrakesh, Morocco. Credit: Zoe Jay/EMPICS Entertainment

An inquest into the death of a schoolboy during a trip to Morocco begins today. Samuel Boon, who was 17, collapsed as he took part in a trek in the north African country in July last year. At the time of his death, temperatures in the region were reported to be as high as 49C (120.2F).

The trip included a six-day trek to Amezmiz in the High Atlas foothills.His father Ken said: "Sam collapsed on the second day of the trek and had to wait for two hours by the roadside in extreme heat for evacuation, which came in the form of a minibus rather than an ambulance.

"Whilst the expedition leader and the school staff did everything they could on the ground to try to save him, they, along with our son, were badly let down and we hope the inquest will answer our questions as to why this happened."

Eleven pupils from the Business Academy in Bexley went on the trip, and had raised funds to support the expedition.

They had been due to work on a rural project for seven days after the trek, but the trip was cut short after Samuel died.

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Appeal to find missing Erith man

Police in south-east London are appealing for help in tracing a vulnerable 36-year-old man who has gone missing.

At 9.15pm last night, Peter John Devlin left his home address in Erith and has not been seen since.

Peter is between 5"5 to 5"6 feet tall, of slim build, has short dark brown hair and is clean shaven. He was last seen wearing light blue jeans, blue checked shirt, grey hoodie and beige trainer type shoes.

Peter John Devlin. Credit: Met Police handout.

Kate Bush to receive CBE from Queen at Windsor Castle

The Bexley-born star is being honoured for her services to music Credit: William Conran/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Kate Bush will be made a CBE by the Queen at Windsor Castle today. The Bexley-born star is being honoured for her services to music.

The musician, whose first hit Wuthering Heights topped the charts and instantly made her a star, was as famous for her videos and her often wild-eyed mime dancing as her voice.

Her albums and singles have graced the charts for more than 30 years but for much of that time she has retained a mysterious persona, rarely giving interviews.

Man jailed for manslaughter in Bexley

A man has been jailed for six years having been convicted of manslaughter at the Inner London Crown Court after he inflicted fatal head injuries on another man following an argument at a kebab shop in Bexley.

Paul Gunner, 32, had been out celebrating his birthday when he was attacked at around 1am on 16 October 2011 in Bourne Road.

Ben Worden, 33, of Wickham Street, Welling, punched the victim at least twice outside the kebab shop, knocking him to the floor, and again shortly afterwards.

Mr Gunner was knocked out cold and hit his head on the floor, and died as a result of his injuries at 2.26am.

Worden, who had been drinking heavily, did not know Mr Gunner and had simply taken exception to him knocking on the window of the takeaway in an attempt to gain the attention of his brother.

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