The scene of the fire.

Woman dies in Chiswick fire

A women has died following a flat fire in west London, despite attempts to save her.

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Olympian to christen lifeboat

Greg Searle at his medal ceremony at the London 2012 Olympics.
Greg Searle won bronze in the men's 8 in the London 2012 Olympics. Credit: Team GB Handout.

Olympic rowing medallist Greg Searle will take part in a ceremony today to officially name one of Chiswick Lifeboat Station's newest lifeboats.

The vessel, named 'Dougie and Donna B', was funded by a bequest to the RNLI by south-east London couple Douglas and Rosemary Battams.

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Mother speaks out after son's Inquest

The mother of baby Tommy Hollis, who died when a lamppost crushed him in his buggy, spoke outside the Inquest into his death. A Jury ruled his death was an accident.

“We came here knowing it would be an extremely challenging time for us. However, we did not expect our upset and anguish to be compounded by what we feel was the coroner's decision to exclude from consideration questions and evidence that might lead us to better understand how our son, Tommy, was killed in February 2010.

“We feel let down that crucial witnesses were not called or declined to answer questions. In particular, Kelvin Elmore, who cut the plate, chose not to give evidence and explain to the Court, in person, why he did what he did.

– Kate Hollis, mother of Tommy Hollis

“Also, Hounslow Borough Council, under whose control these works were carried out, have been notably absent from these proceedings.

“We would also like know why there was no engineer on site at or around the time of the cut to the lamp post when it was apparent that the job was becoming more complicated; and how no one realised that the plate was connected to the lamp post despite it being so close.

“We know that nothing will bring back Tommy but we hope that by continuing to try to find the answers this court failed to find, nothing like it can ever happen again.”

– Kate Hollis, mother of Tommy Hollis
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