Storms cause commuter chaos

Tens of thousands of commuters were left stranded tonight after lightning caused chaos at two of London’s busiest stations.

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Campaigner sets up camp on minister's roof

New Fathers 4 Justice campaigner
Martin Matthews on Chris Grayling's roof in Surrey Credit: New Fathers 4 Justice

A protester has set up camp on the roof of Justice Secretary Chris Grayling in Ashtead in Surrey. Martin Matthews unrolled a banner saying: “No rights? Go MAD”

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Martin Matthews is believed to have food, water and a mobile phone Credit: New Fathers 4 Justice

Martin Matthews says he has enough supplies to keep him going for five days. Surrey Police say they're monitoring the situation.

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Police are at the scene after being called to reports of a trespasser Credit: New Fathers 4 Justice

Stripped down to his jeans, David Beckham gets drenched

David Beckham got a drenching today, the latest celebrity to take part in the ALS ice bucket challenge. He was nominated by American TV presenter Ryan Seacrest.

Stripped down to his jeans three men soak him using one of the biggest buckets yet. Beckham went on to nominate Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Celebrities across the board have endured the viral ice bucket challenge, read more about it here.

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Average London house prices rise to £499,000

House prices in London have continued to rise around twice as quickly as those across the UK, with the capital seeing a 19.3% jump in prices in the 12 months to June.

Today's figures have been released by the ONS
Today's figures have been released by the ONS Credit: PA

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show the average house price in London is now just shy of half a million pounds, at £499,000.

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Rail fare rise a 'kick in the teeth' for passengers

The RMT union, which campaigns for the railways to return to public ownership, has said that next year's fare rise is a "kick in the teeth" for rail passengers.

With the “flex” rule passengers are facing fare increases of up to 5.5% at a time when wages are stagnating. People will simply be priced off the railways while the greedy train operating companies are laughing all the way to the bank. This is a kick in the teeth for the millions of British people who use our trains ... With Northern Rail already axing off-peak tickets, with others set to follow, we are once again ratcheting up the highest rail fares in Europe to travel on some of the most clapped-out and overcrowded services ...

– Mick Cash, RMT Acting General Secretary

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Rail travel 'out of the reach of ordinary people'

Rail travel is being pushed "out the reach of some ordinary people" by fare increases, the head of a public transport advocacy group said.

Stephen Joseph, executive director of the Campaign for Better Transport, told Good Morning Britain that Government-dictated ticket price hikes mean rail fares are rising four times faster than wages.

Commuters will find out how much rail fares are likely to rise by next year when the Retail Price Index (RPI) for last month is released today.

The annual increase is capped at July's RPI plus 1%, with an extra 2% added to some tickets.

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Train tickets could be '5.6% more expensive next year'

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The Retail Prices Index figure for July, released today, will determine by how much fares will rise in 2015 Credit: PA

The cost of some train tickets could be almost 6% higher next year.

Rail commuters will be paying close attention to the announcement of last month's Retail Prices Index (RPI) figure today, as it will be used to calculate increases to next year's regulated fares, including season tickets.

Ticket price rises are capped at 1% plus the July RPI figure, expected to be around 2.6%.

Train companies can add another 2% to some fares, as long as the overall average remains as per the formula.

Campaigners say ticket prices are rising four times faster than the average wage and that the measurement used to calculate fare increases has been discredited.

Read: Rail passengers paying more than £9,000 for a ticket

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