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London gardens open for free

It is National Gardening Week and today marks The Royal Horticultural Society's first ever National Open Garden Day.

The day will celebrate the great beauty and diversity of the nation’s gardens by encouraging gardens which usually charge admission, or are not normally open to the public, to open their gates for free

The open day hopes to promote and celebrate gardening by making it as accessible as possible. A key aim is to encourage everyone to grow plants and flowers.

Garden Hyde Hall Hall in Chelmsford, Kensington roof Gardens in Kensington and The Garden Museum in Lambeth are just some of the beautiful gardens that will be taking part.

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Football Shirt Friday

Football fans are being asked to put team rivalry aside and to unite against cancer, by wearing their favourite team's colours.

Fans are being encouraged to don their best football shirt and donate three pounds to help raise money and awareness for bowel cancer.

This year marks the third annual Football Shirt Friday and is in in memory of former West Ham and England captain Bobby Moore.

Person hit by a train causes major rail disruption

A person hit by a train near Radlett in Hertfordshire this evening is causing major rail disruption on lines in and out of the capital.

Queues at St Pancras station as Thameslink services are suspended Credit: ITV News/ Carly Watson

Thameslink say all of their lines are blocked and they do not yet have a timeframe for re-opening them. East Midlands services were also suspended but are gradually re-opening.

Tickets are being accepted on buses and with alternative train companies. National Rail Enquiries say long delays are expected for the rest of the evening.

Is your child's walk to school harming their health?

You may never have thought that something as simple as the walk to school could affect your child's health - but the route they choose to take may actually be having a serious impact on their well being.

The Supreme Court has begun hearing a landmark case over claims the government is failing to meet EU pollution targets.

Martin Stew's been to see how taking a quiet route home could be a lifesaver.


Primary school apologises for giving children too much help with SATS

A primary school has apologised for giving its pupils too much help after Government testers disqualified teachers - for cheating.

Investigators at the Standards and Testing Agency have snubbed 34 papers after they found children taking their SATs were "over-aided" with some questions being answered identically.

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Susan Papas, executive head teacher of Heavers Farm Primary School in Croydon, south east London, apologised to parents of the ten and 11-year-olds.

It was wrong and should never have happened.

This has been such a horrendous experience but we have learnt from it and we will do things differently. I can say with confidence we will never put anyone in that situation again.

– Susan Papas

The Department of Education said pupils' grades would be calculated from class work rather than making them resit the exams.

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