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Baby boy named after fireman who helped deliver him

A mother has named her new-born son after a fireman who helped deliver him in the back of a car in north London.

Ewelina Zimnicka with her new-born son. Credit: ITV London

Ross McLaren helped deliver baby Antoni at the scene of a fire in Enfield on Wednesday after Ewelina Zimnicka and her husband were caught in traffic as she went into labour.

Ms Zimnicka said she was grateful to the fireman for his intervention after she began to panic when she realised she was about to give birth.

"I would like to say thank you to the fireman and we have chosen Ross as the baby's second name," she told ITV London.

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Firefighters turn midwife and help deliver baby

Two firefighters sent to help rescue twelve people from a burning building in Ponders End this morning suddenly found themselves taking on the role of midwife.

Ross McLaren and Richard Hall helped deliver a baby boy in the back of a car as more than 70 firefighters dealt with a blaze on the High Street.

Enfield residents urged to close doors and windows

People inside escaped before fire crews arrived and no one else is thought to be involved in the fire at this stage.

Enfield's High Street is closed to traffic and people living in the area are being warned to keep doors and windows closed as a precaution against the heavy smoke. Firefighters are expected to be at the scene for some time this morning.

Fire affecting shops, flats and restaurant in Enfield

The fire is affecting a range of shops, including a restaurant, as well as a number of flats above them.

Our firefighters are working extremely hard in very challenging conditions to stop this fire from spreading and have managed to contain the fire to two units in the row of shops involved.

– Mark Blomfield, London Fire Brigade

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Twelve people escape burning building in north London

Twelve people have escaped from a burning building after a large fire broke out in a restaurant and nearby flats in north London. More than 70 firefighters were called to the High Street in Ponders End in Enfield at around 1:30am.

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Ukip candidate resigns over 'racist' Lenny Henry tweet

Henwood suggested comedian Lenny Henry should emigrate to a "black country". Credit: PA

Ukip council candidate William Henwood has resigned his membership of the party following a controversy over offensive comments about comedian Lenny Henry.

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Ukip: Any breach of rules will be investigated

A Ukip spokesman said that any breach of party rules would be investigated, but also criticised the exposure of candidate William Henwood's tweet by "the other parties."

A spokesman for the party told the BBC:

Any breach of our rules will be duly investigated and action will be taken.

However one has to question why the other parties are spending hours behaving like secret police and trawling through the social media of Ukip candidates who are everyday men and women, rather than actually doing politics.

Perhaps if they did they would be better able to tackle us on policy, rather than having to rely on smear campaigns to try to undermine Ukip's increasing popularity.

Were we to return the favour we would find an even greater wealth of embarrassment and disgrace in the other three parties' ranks to also spread across the media.

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Ukip candidate defends Lenny Henry tweet

Ukip is facing a fresh backlash over comments made on Twitter by one of its candidates who suggested Lenny Henry should emigrate to a "black country" in response to a speech by the actor and comedian that said ethnic minorities were under-represented on British television.

Actor and comedian Lenny Henry. Credit: PA

William Henwood, who is standing in a council election, told the BBC: "I think if black people come to this country and don't like mixing with white people why are they here? If he (Henry) wants a lot of blacks around go and live in a black country."

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