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Stay vigilant this weekend, warn police

The London marathon, which takes place this weekend Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive

The Metropolitan Police Service is reminding the public to stay safe ahead of a busy weekend of events across the capital.

London is host to several major football matches, memorial services to remember the Centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign (Anzac Day) and the London Marathon. In light of recent alleged plans to attack Anzac Day events and police officers overseas the police are reminding the public to be vigilant.

A police helicopter over London Credit: Katie Colllins/PA Archive

While there is no information to suggest a specific threat to these events in the UK - and the current national threat level remains unchanged - we would like to reiterate our long-standing advice to remain vigilant and alert. As ever we would urge the public to get in touch to report anything suspicious by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency by calling 999.

We would like to reassure the public that police forces have reviewed security plans for this weekend's events to ensure they are safe and secure for all those attending or involved, and that the public are encouraged to continue with their plans to attend or take part in these great events."

– Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu


Missing London marathon runner urged to return home

Mamie Konneh Lahun, 24, disappeared after the London marathon on Sunday. Credit: Met Police

Friends and colleagues of a London marathon runner, who disappeared after last Sunday's race, have urged her to return home.

Sierra Leonean runner Mamie Konneh Lahun vanished after crossing the finish line.

Speaking to The Observer, Sierra Leone's top male runner Idrissa Kargbo said: "I don't know if she will come or not. If she comes, it's good for her career. If she doesn't, her career is over. She will have to forget about running."

The 24-year-old was the 20th woman to finish, beating her personal best and setting a new national record.

Since the race it has emerged that Lahun deliberately ran away but is safe and well, although her whereabouts are not known.

Marathon runner's family 'overwhelmed' by donations

The family of a man who died after running the London Marathon said they are "overwhelmed" by the donations that have been made in his honour.

In a statement issued by organisers of the marathon, Robert Berry's family said they were overwhelmed by the heartfelt messages and contributions to the National Osteoporosis Society, adding:

We are devastated and shocked by the events of Sunday and cannot believe that he is no longer with us to share in our lives and laughter.

He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and work colleagues – a fun-loving and caring person, respected, loyal and very much loved by us all.

He was a loving husband to Gwen and an amazing father to his two children and will remain forever in their hearts.

Rob was a loyal and loving son to Alan and Ann and a fantastic, caring brother to his younger sister Janet who always looked up to him.

Rob will be a great loss to our family.

Runner's charity touched by 'incredible generosity'

A charity has said it is touched by the "incredible generosity" shown by the public after donations to the fundraising page of a London Marathon runner who died after completing the race soared.

Donations on Rob Berry's JustGiving page have increased to more than £62,000.

A spokesman for the National Osteoporosis Society charity said:

We are really touched by the incredible generosity in tribute to Mr Berry, who wrote so movingly about why he was raising money to help fight osteoporosis.

When the time is right, we would like to discuss with his family the options available for how the funds raised in his memory may be used.


Donations to runner's charity increase to £50,000

More than £50,000 has been donated to a charity in honour of a runner who died after completing the London Marathon on Sunday.

Robert Berry collapsed at the end of the marathon on Sunday. Credit: JustGiving

Robert Berry's JustGiving page has seen over 4,500 donations amounting to £51,229 in the hours after his death was announced.

The 42-year-old was raising money for the National Osteoporosis Society when he collapsed and later died at St Mary's Hospital in central London.

Mr Berry, who worked in IT, had complained of breathing difficulties as he trained in the week leading up to his death.

Runner had complained breathing was a 'big struggle'

A runner who died after collapsing at the finish line of the London Marathon had complained of breathing difficulties during his training for the race.

Robert Berry said breathing was a "big struggle" in the weeks leading up to the event in a blog on his website, and suggested that high pollution levels and the Sahara dust could have contributed to his troubles.

Over £35,000 has been donated so far. Credit: JustGiving

"What a nightmare this morning was. Yesterday I did a gentle 5 miles as my breathing still not too good and knees a little achy." Today on the other hand my eyes were itching, nose running and breathing a big struggle, also in the office all day after the gym," the 42-year-old wrote.

"Was talking to Nicola from the National Osteoporsis Society via email and she seems to think this is not hay fever but due to pollution and the dust from the Sahara. Hope so as I don't want to be running like this during the Marathon."

Donations for the 42-year-old's charity, the National Osteoporosis Society, have topped £35,000 since he was named by organisers.

Donations surge for London Marathon runner who died

More than £28,000 has been donated to charity in honour of a runner who died after collapsing at the finishing line of the London Marathon.

Rob Berry in a picture on his donation page. Credit: JustGiving

Robert Berry, 42, was running to raise money for the National Osteoporosis Society when he died.

By 8.30am this morning, over 2,000 donations on his JustGiving page had helped to raise over £28,582.

Mr Berry said on his donation page that he was supporting the charity in tribute to his "inspirational" mother who was diagnosed with a brittle bone condition at the age of 52.

Charity cash tribute to marathon runner

Well wishers have donated more than £11 000 to the charity supported by a runner who died at the finishing line of the London marathon.

Robert Berry, 42, was running to raise money for his "inspirational" mother, who had been diagnosed with a brittle bone condition.

He was raising money for the National Osteoporosis Society, when he collapsed and died despite receiving medical help at St Mary's Hospital in London yesterday.

On his JustGiving donations page, Mr Berry said he was undertaking the marathon after his mother, Ann Berry, was diagnosed with the condition aged 52.The total amount raised at 7pm stood at almost £3000.But by 9pm, there were more than 800 donations and the total amount raised stood at £11,284.13.

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