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Whitlock gold returns England to top of medals table

Max Whitlock's golden performance in the individual all-around gymnastics has propelled England back to the top of the Commonwealth Games medals table.

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While Australia have accumulated more medals in Glasgow, England's superiority in gold and silver sees the team top the list. Credit: Glasgow2014.com

Scotland's Daniel Purvis took silver behind Whitlock to increase his squad's advantage over New Zealand in fourth, while Nile Wilson added a bronze to the England team's tally to boost their advantage over Australia.

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Victorian rail tunnel to be reused as part of Crossrail

A Victorian train tunnel that was left derelict has been given a new lease of life as part of Crossrail. The tunnel was built in 1878 and has not been in passenger use since 2006.

Work was required to deepen, strengthen and widen the structure and to remove 135 years of coal and soot from the bricks from the steam trains that originally used the tracks. Last summer, 13 million litres of water were drained from the dock that runs above the tunnel to allow Crossrail workers to access the structure from above.

The rail tunnel originally served the Royal Docks when they formed the largest enclosed docks in the world, serving large ships from all over the globe. It survived a hit from a bomb during WW2 and is the only existing tunnel that will be re-used for Crossrail.

Nearly half of working adults living at home 'can't afford to move out'

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Despite working, 48% of 20-to-34 year olds who live with their parents say this is because they can't afford to rent or buy their own home. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Despite working, 48% of 20-to-34 year olds who live with their parents say this is because they can't afford to rent or buy their own home, new Shelter research reveals.

A lack of affordable housing was the single biggest reason why so many young adults in England are unable to fly the nest, a YouGov poll commissioned by the charity found. Additional data from the Census, released to Shelter, showed there are 1.97 million working young adults living with their parents. This accounts for a quarter of all 20-to-34 year old working adults in England.

Chips shop wins TOWIE battle

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The Only Way Is Fish. Credit: Cascade News

A fish and chips shop in Ongar, Essex has won its legal battle with the production company that produces hit TV reality show, TOWIE. Lime Pictures claimed the chips shop, which is called 'The Only Way Is Fish' had branding that was an "infringement of copyright."

They gave the shop's owner, Dave Edwards, 14 days to remove the signs and stop using similar logos on his Facebook page. However, Mr Edwards, 37 said this was an "infringement of his human rights."

Fortunately both parties have recently come to an agreement. The Father-of-three is allowed to keep the shop name, but has to change the style of the logo so it differs more from the show's.

Use the Force - Romford!

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Yoda's fans will be out in force Credit: PA

A man who was an extra in the original Star Wars film is hosting his own convention in Romford today. Nick Joseph played a medal bearer in the first film, A New Hope, released in 1977. He has been hosting the conventions so fans of the films can have the chance to meet their heroes.

Darth Vader himself - or at least Dave Prowse who played him - is the special guest at the Harold Hill Community Centre.

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