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Tube strike 'won't affect services', says London Undergound

An eight day strike by London Underground power workers is set to go ahead tomorrow after talks to resolve a row over pensions and working conditions failed. Members of the RMT and Unite are due to walk out from 8pm on Tuesday.

London Underground says the action will have no impact on Tube services. Unions claim there will be some disruption.

This dispute is over an all-out attack on the power control grade that would hit pensions, length of service and working conditions and damage the futures of this key group of tube workers. Management's claim that they can run the system without them is both provocative and dangerous.

– Mick Cash, RMT

Due to detailed planning there will be no visible impact on the network should the strike action go ahead.

– Richard Jones, London Underground


Mobile phones, watches and a pet, stolen by thieves

Thieves tend to target cash and small high value items that are easy to sell on. Of all the items reported stolen: mobile phones top the list followed by cash, credit cards and wallets. Bag theft is also very common with 568 bags reported stolen last year, as well as laptops (277) and watches (125).

  • Mobile phones top the list followed by cash, credit cards and wallets
  • Bag theft is also very common with 568 bags reported stolen last year
  • 277 laptops were stolen
  • 125 watches were also taken

More unusual items reported stolen include games consoles (19), prams and wheelchairs (5), toys (5) plants (2) and one unlucky traveller even had a pet taken.

Kings Cross St Pancras 'thieves most likely target'

The figures also reveal also reveal which stations thieves are most likely to target with tourist hotspots coming top of the list.

Most thefts last year were recorded at Kings Cross St Pancras (283), with thousands of people using the station every day for journeys to Europe on the Eurostar and to Kent on the High Speed 1.

The second highest number of thefts was reported at Victoria (268), followed by Oxford Circus (255).

Hammersmith & City line biggest transport theft hotspot

Londoners are more likely to fall victim to theft on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines than any other London Underground route, according to new research.

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Official figures from British Transport Police show that when crime figures are weighted against the number of passengers travelling on each line, the most thefts per person are carried out on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines, followed by the Central line and Jubilee line.


Paddington passengers to be banned from Bakerloo Line

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

Tube commuters at Paddington are to be banned from getting on Bakerloo Line trains for more than a month from next week.

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Two escalators which carry 88,000 passengers a day are being taken out of service for essential repairs. Paddington Bakerloo Line station will be "exit only" from June 29th to August 22nd. 22,000 rail passengers from Paddington's mainline trains catch Bakerloo Line tubes during the rush hour.

Battery 'appeared to overheat' sparking Tube panic

It looks like a battery in a passenger's device which he had in his bag has overheated, and that is what caused the sparks and smoke to come from his bag.

We don't know what the device is, if it is a laptop or a computer.

He then approached staff and explained what happened. Our officers are on their way to Chancery Lane station to speak to staff and get his details.

We are not treating it as a suspicious incident, and nobody was hurt.

– British Transport Police

Eyewitness: Everyone ran off the train screaming


@bbcbreaking Tube: Smoke and sparks coming from cannister in carriage at Chancery Lane. Crying girlfriend thought she would die.


Stuck at Chancery lane, smoke everywhere something went off in a mans bag on the tube. Everyone screaming and running. Horrible experience ?


Unpleasant start to the morning at Chancery Lane station this morning as everyone ran off the train screaming about smoke leaking from a bag

Passengers 'run screaming' from Tube as smoke pours from bag

Commuters fled a busy Tube station in panic today after a passenger's electrical device overheated, causing sparks and smoke to pour out of his bag. Passengers screamed and ran out of Chancery Lane station in central London while others were in tears following the security scare at 9.30am.

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A British Transport Police spokesman said the man who owned the device immediately got off the Tube and spoke to staff after he realised his device was smoking. They said no one was hurt in the incident, and it is not being treated as suspicious.

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