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3 year-old from Gaza finds home in London after emergency heart operation

Hala with her mother and the host family who are looking after her.
Hala with her mother and the host family who are looking after her. Credit: ITV News London

Three year-old Hala al Massri from Gaza is recovering at a home in London after she underwent a heart operation at the Royal Brompton Hospital. She was evacuated from Gaza after doctors discovered she has a "very complex" heart condition.

Accompanied by her mother, she had a three-day journey to London so surgeons at the Royal Brompton could perform the operation. She is now recovering with a host family in London.

Guide dogs at risk from dangerous cyclists

There are more than 300 guide dogs working in London.
There are more than 300 guide dogs working in London. Credit: PA

The charity Guide Dogs has warned that cyclists need to take extra care when they are riding near visually impaired people who are using guide dogs. In a survey, it found that a quarter of guide dog oweners in London had been hit by a bike. And 70% of the dog owners had experienced a near miss with a cyclist riding on the pavement or through a red light.

The charity is asking cyclists to ring their bell or call out if they see a person with a guide dog waiting to cross a road. It also warns against riding up behind a guide dog in case the animal is startled.


£250,000 funding boost for sport in Hounslow

Motivate Hounslow is set to help more local people get into sport thanks to £250,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England's Community Sport Activation Fund.

Brentford FC Community Sport Trust, Mo Farah Foundation, and Sport Impact are among 88 projects receiving a share of £15 million funding to support grassroots sport activity across the country.

Motivate Hounslow has the aim of driving up sport and physical activity participation within the most deprived communities of Hounslow. It has a focus on the 14 to 25 age group, particularly those that are currently inactive.

"It's great to be working with innovative projects, like Motivate Hounslow to offer people the chance to get into sport in a way that best suits them. The investment being made through the Community Sport Activation Fund is making a real difference at a very local level. I'm particularly pleased that more than half the funding is going into projects in deprived areas, helping more people develop a lifelong sporting habit."

– Mike Diaper, Sport England Director of Community Sport

High streets in London could be boosted by £23 billion 'purple pound' by attracting disabled people and their families

High streets in London could be missing out on £23 billion worth of so-called 'purple pound' business because they are not accessible enough to disabled people. Government research revealed shopping is the most difficult experience for accessibility, followed by going to the cinema and theatre. The Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper, wants businesses to think more about how they can make their services more inviting for disabled people.

Sadiq Khan MP: "Tories just offer more of the same failure"

Sadiq Khan MP: Tories are out of touch
Sadiq Khan MP: Tories are out of touch Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive

Labour's London spokesman and MP for Tooting Sadiq Khan said:

"Boris Johnson's announcement is confirmation of how weak David Cameron is and how out of touch the Tories are.

"When millions of people are struggling under a cost of living crisis, the Tories are turning inwards, jockeying for position in a future leadership contest.

"What Britain needs is a change of direction. For all their squabbles over who leads them, all the Tories offer is more of the same failure."

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