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Man unleashes 'tirade of racist abuse' at passengers

Police are trying to track down a man who unleashed a 'tirade of racist abuse' towards passengers on a train between Charing Cross and Waterloo East stations.

Police say one passengertried to get away by changing carriages, but the man followed him. He then continued abusing other passengers.

Aerial view of Charing Cross station Credit: Press Association

The suspect is described as thin and white, between 25 and 33-years-old, around 5'10, with short dark hair and a southern accent. The incident happened around 8pm on Thursday, 21 November

A&E reforms explained

Two of London's A&E units threatened with closure were saved today by the Health Secretary.

Or were they? Jeremy Hunt announced a major overhaul of emergency care in North West London.

Hammersmith and Central Middlesex hospitals will lose their emergency departments, while Ealing and Charing Cross will keep theirs - although in a different form. A decision critics said could mean a downgrade in all but name. Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris has the details.

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'Deeply worrying' future for Ealing and Charing Cross

Labour says today's announcement from Jeremy Hunt is "deeply worrying". The London Assembly's member for Ealing and Hillingdon added:

"The Secretary of State had a chance today to announce Ealing and Charing Cross would stay open as fully functioning and resourced A&E units, but all he said was they will stay open 'in a different shape or size'.

"This sounds very similar to the original announcement on Lewisham Hospital's A&E, which led to the ill-fated attempt to downgrade them."

A review into health services in north west London has been carried out since 2009 Credit: Press Association

Changes to A&E services 'driven by local doctors'

Changes to services across north west London have been designed and driven by local doctors and healthcare professionals who know their patients best.

When local doctors tell me that lives can be saved and patient care improved, I will not hesitate to act.

Today's changes will put patients at the centre of the NHS in north-west London, giving them better access to care 24/7 at home, at GP surgeries, in hospitals and in the community.

– Jeremy Hunt MP, Health Secretary

Graffiti vandal jailed for 16 months

Eugene Ironside. Credit: British Transport Police

A graffiti vandal who caused over £54,000 worth of damage to trains, stations and other property in Croydon, Charing Cross, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Surrey and Wandsworth has been jailed for 16 months following a British Transport Police investigation.

Eugene Ironside, 23, of Norbury Hill, Norbury, appeared for sentencing at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday 11th October 2012 after pleading guilty to 13 charges of damaging property.

Enquiries into Ironside’s graffiti spree began after his arrest by Metropolitan Police officers in Selhurst, Croydon, just after 4am on Thursday 14th July 2011.

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