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Great River Race from Docklands to Richmond kicks off

The Great River Race has kicked off from London Docklands and is expected to reach Richmond by 3.30pm.

It is described as "London's River Marathon" and a "spectacular boat race2 attracting more than s over 330 crews from all over the globe.

The Great River Race includes serious athletes who like winning, to those who enjoy laughter, fancy dress and charity stunts.

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Mayoral candidate quits as disabled patron

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The Conservative candidate for Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith, has been forced to resign as patron of his local disability charity.

Richmond AID called on him to quit after he voted in favour of Government plans to cut disability benefits.

The charity, run by disabled people in Richmond upon Thames, had demanded the resignation after Mr Goldsmith voted in favour of a "brutal" £30-a-week cut to some claimants' Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

(The cuts) will have a severe and detrimental impact on the lives of disabled people and will make it more difficult for people to find work. We are shocked and disappointed to find that both our local MPs here in the borough of Richmond voted for this cut, one of whom is patron of our organisation. Having voted for this brutal cut we believe that Zac Goldsmith's position as patron is no longer tenable."

– Lucy Byrne, chief executive Richmond AID

60-year-old man taken to hospital after assault

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A 60-year-old man had to be taken to hospital last night following an assault in south west London.

It happened just after 11pm in Whitton Road on the junction with London Road in Richmond.

The man was taken to hospital and has since been discharged.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

Bus route 281 was diverted due to police road closures.

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