"The fire caused severe damage to the house and the roof was destroyed. Crews rescued a man from the rear of the house using a ladder. Both men have been taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Due to the reports that other people might be trapped, our fire crews performed an extensive search of the building, and fortunately have confirmed that no one else was involved. Our fire investigation unit is now working to find out what caused the blaze."
A rare bumblebee which has seen its numbers decline rapidly across Southern England in the past 100 years has been spotted in East London as part of a project funded by The Co-operative’s Plan Bee campaign.
The Shrill Carder, Bombus Sylvarum, one of the UK’s most threatened bumblebees with just six or seven populations in England and Wales, was seen last month at the Crossness sewage works, Thamesmead, a Thames Water site.
It was thought that there maybe a colony in the Thames Gateway but limited to the North Kent and South Essex coast, so experts were surprised to see this species at a site so close to central London.
The bee was spotted by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
A protester who swam into the Thames to disrupt this year's Boat Race could have been killed, four-time Olympic gold medal rower Sir Matthew Pinsent told a court.
Sir Matthew, who was assistant umpire during April's race, made a written statement to police just hours after Trenton Oldfield, 36, was plucked from the path of the speeding Cambridge and Oxford boats.
Oldfield, of Myrdle Street, east London, denies causing a public nuisance but admits swimming in the path of the crews. London's Isleworth Crown Court heard that Sir Matthew was immediately behind the university crews on a launch with umpire John Garrett.