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Most generous areas of London, Berkshire, Essex and Surrey revealed

The people of Reading, Brentwood, Woking and Watford have all appeared in a list of the UK's most generous towns after donating the most money to charity, according to a study by fundraising website JustGiving.

The data is based on the number of givers and the amount donated in relation to the size of each area's population.

The top 10 'most generous' towns are:

  • 1. Bedford- 41,631 donations and £1,145,967 raised
  • 2. Cambridge - 48,295 donations and £1,440,634 raised.
  • 3. Reading - 58,235 donations and £1,711,566 raised.
  • 4. Brentwood - 21,672 donations and £750,509 raised.
  • 5. Woking - 27,646 donations and £921,165 raised.
  • 6. Aberdeen - 58,307 donations and £1,872,610 raised.
  • 7. Cheltenham - 33,381 donations and £976,995 raised.
  • 8. High Wycombe - 31,658 donations and £1,004,113 raised.
  • 9. Watford - 22,643 donations and £737,375 raised.
  • 10. Bristol - 28,553 donations and £848,674 raised.

Stripped down to his jeans, David Beckham gets drenched

David Beckham got a drenching today, the latest celebrity to take part in the ALS ice bucket challenge. He was nominated by American TV presenter Ryan Seacrest.

Stripped down to his jeans three men soak him using one of the biggest buckets yet. Beckham went on to nominate Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Celebrities across the board have endured the viral ice bucket challenge, read more about it here.

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Police helicopter-eye view of the V Festival in Essex

If you went to the V Festival in Chelmsford this weekend, you may have spotted the police helicopter hovering overhead. Here's what they saw.

Toddler seriously injured after being hit by ice-cream van

A toddler is in critical condition after a collision involving an ice-cream van. Police were called to the Northbrooks area of Harlow, Essex at about 5.30pm yesterday.

Northbrooks area of Harlow
Northbrooks area of Harlow Credit: Google Street View

The 22-month-old was initially taken to the Princess Alexandria Hospital in Harlow but has now been transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. The road was closed for more than three hours.

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Home Office 'providing support' after Tilbury docks find

The 34 people found alive in a shipping container at Tilbury docks are in the care of the Home Office after being interviewed by police and are in the process of applying for asylum in the UK.

"We are continuing to provide expert support, along with the National Crime Agency, to the Essex Police investigation into the discovery," a Home Office spokesperson said.

The 34 people found alive in a shipping container in Tilbury docks on Saturday are now in the process of claiming asylum in the UK.
The 34 people found alive in a shipping container in Tilbury docks on Saturday are now in the process of claiming asylum in the UK. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

"This tragic incident is a reminder of the devastating human consequences of illegal migration and we will do all we can to help bring those responsible to justice," they added.

The Home Office does not comment on individual cases and any decision made will not be announced publicly.

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Average London house prices rise to £499,000

House prices in London have continued to rise around twice as quickly as those across the UK, with the capital seeing a 19.3% jump in prices in the 12 months to June.

Today's figures have been released by the ONS
Today's figures have been released by the ONS Credit: PA

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show the average house price in London is now just shy of half a million pounds, at £499,000.

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Rail fare rise a 'kick in the teeth' for passengers

The RMT union, which campaigns for the railways to return to public ownership, has said that next year's fare rise is a "kick in the teeth" for rail passengers.

With the “flex” rule passengers are facing fare increases of up to 5.5% at a time when wages are stagnating. People will simply be priced off the railways while the greedy train operating companies are laughing all the way to the bank. This is a kick in the teeth for the millions of British people who use our trains ... With Northern Rail already axing off-peak tickets, with others set to follow, we are once again ratcheting up the highest rail fares in Europe to travel on some of the most clapped-out and overcrowded services ...

– Mick Cash, RMT Acting General Secretary
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