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In the second of our series of 10 constituencies to watch we went to Holborn & St Pancras, where Labour's large lead from 2010 looks unbeatable. But, the battle there brings together two key characters on the capital's political scene.

Police release CCTV pictures after women's face slashed at Holborn station

Credit: British Transport Police

Officers have released new CCTV pictures of a man they are still trying to trace when a woman’s face was slashed on a Piccadilly Line escalator in Holborn station.

The 34-year-old woman was attacked at 10:45pm on 19 November.

She suffered a deep cut to the bridge of her nose and needed surgery to repair the damage.

Officers believe that the man travelled on the Central line, back and forward, stopping at different stations all the way out to Epping before the attack.

Credit: British Transport Police

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Man on fire in central London during rush hour

A man in his 30s appeared to be on fire outside Holborn tube station last night. London Ambulance Service says it was called just after 6:30pm. An eyewitness claims to have smelt burning while people were trying to extinguish the flames.

How did that guy catch on fire on Kingsway! Think a guy from Ladbrokes put him out.

Just smelt burning then people were trying to put him out. Was by the bus stop outside Ladbrokes on Kingsway

– Twitter/@VenetiaC

London Ambulance Service says the man was still conscious and breathing, and taken to University College Hospital.

Tube traveller 'dragged along platform' by scarf caught in door

An accident in which a Tube traveller was dragged along a platform after her scarf caught in a train door is being officially investigated.

The woman, whose scarf was wrenched off by the train, suffered back and head injuries in the incident at Holborn Underground station in central London.

The incident happened at Holborn Underground station around 7pm on February 3. Credit: ITV News

Arriving at Holborn she had moved towards a Piccadilly line train but stopped as she realised the doors were closing.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), which is looking into the incident, said: "As she stopped, the end of the scarf that she was wearing continued to swing towards the train and became trapped between the closing doors.

"The train operator was unaware that the scarf was trapped in the door and after confirming that all doors were closed, started to move the train into the tunnel.

"The passenger was dragged along the platform as the train started to move. The station assistant tried to help the passenger by holding on to her and they both fell to the ground. This resulted in the scarf being forcibly removed from the passenger's neck and carried into the tunnel by the train."

The RAIB went on: "The passenger suffered injuries to her neck and back and was taken to hospital; she is now recovering."

The RAIB says an investigation will now seek to understand the sequence of events and examine the arrangements in place for the safe dispatch of trains from London Underground stations where station assistants are provided on the platform,

Fisher Street Crossrail work suspended

“When the incident occurred, work was taking place to build a new crossover tunnel between two train tunnels that have already been constructed by Crossrail’s boring machines.

The worker was spraying concrete onto the excavated ground when a piece of concrete from the ceiling of the tunnel fell and hit him.

Crossrail has suspended all work at Fisher Street and associated works across the project.

Safety is our number one priority and Crossrail sets the most stringent safety requirements in the industry.

Despite this terrible incident, Crossrail’s accident rate is below the industry average.”

– Crossrail spokesperson

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Union: Contractor has some serious questions to answer

"Our deepest condolences go out to the family of the worker who has been tragically killed today.

Crossrail's contractor BFK has some serious questions to answer.

Unite is particularly concerned about health and safety at the site because this is not the first serious incident.

In December 2012, a worker sustained horrific burns when he cut through a cable.

We now expect BFK to meet with Unite as a matter of urgency.

The contractor must explain how it intends to do everything in its power to ensure that a tragic incident like this does not happen again."

– Guy Langston, Unite regional officer

"We expect the coalition Government to pay special attention to this tragic incident.

Since the Government took power, there have been constant attacks on safety laws and regulations.

The Government should be strengthening health and safety laws, not weakening them."

– Gail Cartmail, Unite assistant general secretary
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