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Sports car crushed by a tree in the windy weather

There were gusts of up to 30 miles an hour in the capital today - and nowhere more obvious than in Islington, where the wind brought a huge tree down into the middle of the street.... and onto an Aston Martin.

The tree crushed an Aston Martin parked on the street Credit: Roger Conway

The police were called just after 3pm when the tree was blown over on Elia Street - crushing a number of parked cars. It also damaged a lamp post and scaffolding outside a house.

The tree blocked the pavement and damaged cars and a lamp post Credit: Roger Conway

Islington Council had to bring in tree surgeons to get rid of it, but thankfully no one was hurt.

Drivers could be fined for leaving car running

Councils could fine drivers from today

From today, motorists in the boroughs of Westminster and Islington who leave their engines idling could be fined. Traffic marshals will be able to hand out £20 fines to drivers who leave the engine running while stuck in traffic.

The policy aims to cut air pollution, which London Mayor Boris Johnson claims is linked to the deaths of thousands of Londoners each year. Traffic marshals will firstly ask drivers to switch their engines off, with fines issued as a last resort.


Man arrested over murder of Alan Cartwright

Credit: Met Police

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering teenager Alan Cartwright, who was stabbed to death while riding a bicycle with his friends.

Police said an 18-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of today after attending a north London police station.

Alan's family yesterday appealed for witnesses to come forward after the 15-year-old was killed on Friday in what was described as a "senseless" attack.

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