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Victorian rail tunnel to be reused as part of Crossrail

A Victorian train tunnel that was left derelict has been given a new lease of life as part of Crossrail. The tunnel was built in 1878 and has not been in passenger use since 2006.

Work was required to deepen, strengthen and widen the structure and to remove 135 years of coal and soot from the bricks from the steam trains that originally used the tracks. Last summer, 13 million litres of water were drained from the dock that runs above the tunnel to allow Crossrail workers to access the structure from above.

The rail tunnel originally served the Royal Docks when they formed the largest enclosed docks in the world, serving large ships from all over the globe. It survived a hit from a bomb during WW2 and is the only existing tunnel that will be re-used for Crossrail.

Nearly half of working adults living at home 'can't afford to move out'

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Despite working, 48% of 20-to-34 year olds who live with their parents say this is because they can't afford to rent or buy their own home. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Despite working, 48% of 20-to-34 year olds who live with their parents say this is because they can't afford to rent or buy their own home, new Shelter research reveals.

A lack of affordable housing was the single biggest reason why so many young adults in England are unable to fly the nest, a YouGov poll commissioned by the charity found. Additional data from the Census, released to Shelter, showed there are 1.97 million working young adults living with their parents. This accounts for a quarter of all 20-to-34 year old working adults in England.

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Capital catches volunteering fever

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Games Makers were praised for their contribution to the 2012 Olympic Games Credit: PA

Two years on from the Games Makers at the London Olympics, there has been a surge in the number of people volunteering. People have donated more than one million hours of their time to community projects across the capital.

Family pays tribute to 'angel that would make everyone around him smile'

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The family of Kyrece Marshall, the 13 year old who drowned on Tuesday night in the River Thames at Marlow, have paid tribute to their son.

We have not only lost a son but we have lost an angel that would make everyone around him smile. He was a very kind, well mannered and beautiful boy with a bright future in front of him. He has touched everyone around him. We will miss him with all our hearts and we hope that his legacy will live on.

– FAMILY STATEMENT

Gatwick Airport prepares for summer exodus

Gatwick Airport is getting ready for its busiest day of the year. Around 77,000 holiday makers are expected to pass through the departure gates tomorrow with Spain and Portugal some of the most popular destinations.

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Gatwick is gearing up for its busiest day of the year. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

This weekend will also see around 290,000 passengers depart the airport and around 508,000 passengers in total that week, making it Gatwick's busiest week of the year.

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Police recover body of teenager from the River Thames near Marlow

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Police seal off footpath alongside River Thames Credit: Wendy Hermon

Police have recovered the body of a teenager from the River Thames near Marlow. Officers were called to a report of a person in difficulties in the river near Gossmore Lane at around 4.30pm today and conducted a search of the river with members of the fire and ambulance services. Just after 8pm this evening, officers from the Specialist Search and Rescue Team recovered the body of the boy, who is believed to be 13-years-old and from the Marlow area. The death is not believed to be suspicious at this stage and his family has been informed.

New £1.4 million FGM Prevention Programme announced

Parents will face prosecution if they fail to stop their daughter becoming a victim of female genital mutilation under new legislation to be unveiled by the Government at a summit in London.

A £1.4 million FGM Prevention Programme for survivors and those at risk of the practice are among a raft of plans to be announced by Prime Minister David Cameron at the Girl Summit, which is being co-hosted by the Government and Unicef.

RMT Union to vote for new leader

Members of the RMT Union will begin voting for a new General Secretary today. The new boss of the National Union of Rail Maritime and Transport Workers will replace Bob Crow who died of a heart attack in March after 12 years in the job.

The ballot will remain open for the next two months.

Baby found dead in Chesham, mother taken to hospital

A baby has been found dead after police were called to a property in Chesham in Buckinghamshire this morning. The baby's mother has been taken to hospital where her condition is described as life-threatening.

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In a statement, Thames Valley Police said:

"We were called to an address in Deansway, Chesham at 9.30am. Officers are currently attending the unexplained death of a young baby. The mother of the baby has been taken to hospital. The investigation is currently in a very early stage. Further details will be released when available."

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