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Channel Tunnel problems cause long queues at St Pancras

Queues through St Pancras International tonight Credit: ITN

There are long queues at St Pancras International Station this evening after two separate incidents earlier

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The first problem came earlier today when a fatality near Lille in northern France involving a French high-speed train resulted in diversions and delays to Eurostar trains.

Then, just as Eurostar services were getting back to normal, a Eurotunnel passenger shuttle train broke down in the tunnel leading to further delays to Eurostar services and long hold-ups of up to four hours for shuttle-train passengers.

An increased police presence at St Pancras Credit: ITN

Eurostar has had to cancel six trains today - two from London to Paris, two from Paris to London, one from London to Brussels and one from Brussels to London.

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North London farm appeal for shepherds

A farm in Mill Hill is appealing for volunteers to watch over their pregnant ewes during the Easter period and beyond. Belmont Children's Farm is expecting the arrival of over 200 lambs from 1st April 2013.

Lambs enjoying the outdoors Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

They also need volunteers to bottle feed lambs which are too weak to feed or haven't bonded with their mother.

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Station closed for £900m upgrade

As thousands head off for the Easter weekend, commuters who travel through Reading are being warned of disruption as the station is closed due to £900m upgrade.

There are no direct services from Swindon, Oxford and Newbury to London. Trains from Bournemouth and Southampton to the north will also be affected. Here's our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse.

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Families spend big at Easter

In London, the average Easter spend per family is £2432 according to research carried out by children's charity, Action for Children. Over a third of London parents are concerned about the rising costs of the Easter break.

10% of parents nationally admitted that it's a very stressful time of year and worry about keeping their children entertained. Over the Easter period, Action for Children is hosting The Big Egg Hunt in Covent Garden.

Children taking part in The Big Egg Hunt in Covent Garden Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Parents 'under pressure' to spend at Easter

Easter chicks Credit: PA

Families in London have admitted to finding the Easter holidays stressful.

That is according to the charity Action for Children, who say parents feel under pressure to spend money on keeping everyone in the family entertained.

The study found that, on average, more than £240 is spent per family during the Easter break

Reading Station closes over Easter

Thousands of people are expected to leave London in the next 24 hours to get away for the long Easter weekend.

But if you're heading West by train, you'll be faced with disruption and longer journeys.

That's because a new station is being built at Reading. Network Rail says passengers will see the benefit of the 900-million pound project, but bosses admit that things won't be running smoothly this weekend.Here's Mike Pearse.

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