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Capital catches volunteering fever

Games Makers
Games Makers were praised for their contribution to the 2012 Olympic Games Credit: PA

Two years on from the Games Makers at the London Olympics, there has been a surge in the number of people volunteering. People have donated more than one million hours of their time to community projects across the capital.


Gatwick Airport prepares for summer exodus

Gatwick Airport is getting ready for its busiest day of the year. Around 77,000 holiday makers are expected to pass through the departure gates tomorrow with Spain and Portugal some of the most popular destinations.

A plane on the runway at Gatwick Airport
Gatwick is gearing up for its busiest day of the year. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

This weekend will also see around 290,000 passengers depart the airport and around 508,000 passengers in total that week, making it Gatwick's busiest week of the year.

Inquest into Peaches Geldof death held today

Peaches Geldof
Peaches Geldof was found dead at her Kent home in April Credit: Reuters

The inquest into the death of Peaches Geldof takes place today, after the presenter and model was found dead at her home in Wrotham in Kent in April this year.

A toxicology test was undertaken in May and proved she had heroin in her system before she died- but the official cause of death has still not been discovered.

The inquest is due to begin at 10am at Gravesend Town Hall.

New £1.4 million FGM Prevention Programme announced

Parents will face prosecution if they fail to stop their daughter becoming a victim of female genital mutilation under new legislation to be unveiled by the Government at a summit in London.

A £1.4 million FGM Prevention Programme for survivors and those at risk of the practice are among a raft of plans to be announced by Prime Minister David Cameron at the Girl Summit, which is being co-hosted by the Government and Unicef.

RMT Union to vote for new leader

Members of the RMT Union will begin voting for a new General Secretary today. The new boss of the National Union of Rail Maritime and Transport Workers will replace Bob Crow who died of a heart attack in March after 12 years in the job.

The ballot will remain open for the next two months.


Northbound Dartford Crossing toll charges suspended

Severe delays on the M25 mean that toll charges on the northbound Dartford Crossing have been suspended.

The A282 Northbound - Dartford Crossing - West Bore Tunnel is closed due to a multi vehicle RTC. There are long delays as a result of this incident.

All traffic is being diverted via the East Bore tunnel.

Please note that Toll charges for the A282 Northbound have currently been suspended.

– Highways Agency
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