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Petition to 'save' a nursery in Barnet from budget cuts

A petition has been launched to 'save' a nursery in Barnet from budget cuts.

Barnet Council officers have proposed to cut Moss Hall Nursery's budget in half and no longer pay for staff.

Campaigners are petitioning against proposed budget cuts at Moss Hall Nursery. Credit: NikkiRoberts/change.org

On a petitioning website, Nikki Roberts wrote:

The planned cuts to Moss Hall Nursery will cause irreparable damage to an outstanding community nursery school.

With the inevitable loss of staff from these cuts, this wonderful nursery will suffer and no longer be able to provide the standard of education and support to parents and the community it now does.

Once the drastic proposals are put in place the damage will be irreversible.

– Nikki Roberts

So far, almost 2,000 people have signed the petition. The campaigners have produced a video to make their case:

Queen guitarist loans rare photographs to Tate Britain

Dr Brian May at a festival last month Credit: DyD Fotografos/Geisler-Fotopress/DPA/Press Association Images

Astronomer, Queen guitarist and Londoner Dr Brian May has lent a rare collection of Victorian stereographic photographs to Tate Britain.

They are featured in the exhibition 'Poor man's picture gallery': Victorian Art and Stereoscopic Photography until 12th April 2015.

This is the first display in a major British art gallery devoted to the 19th Century craze of three-dimensional photography, known as stereography.

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Police warning on gold thefts ahead of Diwali

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The Metropolitan Police is warning Londoners to guard against gangs of thieves targeting gold jewellery during Diwali celebrations - the five day festival of light festival that begins later this week.

It says intelligence analysis has shown organised criminal networks are increasingly involved in lucrative 'family gold theft' which disproportionately affects Asian families across various hotspots across the capital.

The festival period tends to see a spike in this type of crime largely due to more gold and jewellery being worn as the local community travel across London to different venues - whether temples, streets or other people's homes.

It says that combined with the annual rise generally in burglary and robbery at this time of year as the nights draw in, it means Asian communities are particularly vulnerable to thieves keen to cash in on the buoyant market for gold being sold through second hand outlets.

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Appeal to trace missing King's Cross man

Pictures of Richard James MacKenzie released as part of the operation to find him Credit: Metropolitan Police

A 29-year-old man has been reported missing King's Cross.

Police in Camden are trying to find Richard James MacKenzie, who was last seen at his home address in King's Cross at approximately 10pm on Wednesday, 15th October. He has not been seen since.

He is described as white, with short, dark brown hair and wears glasses. He is approximately 5ft 4ins tall and slim.

He was last seen wearing black jeans, white trainers, a top but no jacket or coat.

Police said Richard had not been reported missing before and they are concerned for his welfare, as his disappearance is out of character.

Tourist attraction open following fire

Fire engines at the Cutty Sark Credit: @greenwichcouk

The Cutty Sark is open to visitors following a fire on the deck this morning. The bookings office told ITV News the vessel was open to the public as normal following a fire shortly after 7.20am.

The 19th Century Ship was devastated by fire in 2007. London Fire Brigade has described today's incident as a "small fire" and said crews had worked quickly to put it out.

Cause of Cutty Sark fire is under investigation

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The cause of a fire at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich is being investigated - fire crews dealt with a small fire on the historic vessel this morning.

Teams from Greenwich, Lewisham and East Greenwich fire stations attended the scene.

London Fire Brigade confirmed four fire engines and 21 firefighters dealt with the blaze. A small part of the ship was damaged by fire.

Firefighters worked incredibly quickly to get this small fire under control and minimise damage. Crews carried out salvage work on the ship.

– George Vost, station manager
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