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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Rail delays expected after lightning strike


Lightening strike - We have lost the signalling between Surbiton and Woking. Major Delays expected to all routes.

Rail passengers are being warned to expect delays after a lightning strike hit a signal box.


#Surbiton update: Lightning has knocked out signalling between Surbiton & Walton on Thames on Country bound lines. More soon....

African leopard-like cat serval escapes in Molesey

An African leopard-like cat is reported to have escaped in West Molesey, police said. The serval is said to be near the Molesey Football Club, and not thought to be dangerous.


An African serval cat has escaped from an address in #WestMolesey and is believed to be in vicinity of Molesey Football Club. 1/2


The cat is NOT believed to be dangerous and looks a bit like a small leopard. If seen please phone 999 and quote incident ref: P14215109 2/2

Royal childhood exhibition opens

Prince William's childhood sailor suite
Prince William's childhood sailor suit makes up part of the exhibition Credit: PA

Prince George may have turned one this week, but a special exhibition opens at Buckingham Palace this weekend giving an insight into 250 years of Royal childhood. Among the items on display are the Queen's childhood toys and the sailor suit worn by Prince William at the Duke and Duchess of York's Wedding in 1986.

Find out more about the exhibition here.


Capital catches volunteering fever

Games Makers
Games Makers were praised for their contribution to the 2012 Olympic Games Credit: PA

Two years on from the Games Makers at the London Olympics, there has been a surge in the number of people volunteering. People have donated more than one million hours of their time to community projects across the capital.

Gatwick Airport prepares for summer exodus

Gatwick Airport is getting ready for its busiest day of the year. Around 77,000 holiday makers are expected to pass through the departure gates tomorrow with Spain and Portugal some of the most popular destinations.

A plane on the runway at Gatwick Airport
Gatwick is gearing up for its busiest day of the year. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

This weekend will also see around 290,000 passengers depart the airport and around 508,000 passengers in total that week, making it Gatwick's busiest week of the year.

Long tailbacks as lost dog wanders on to motorway

A lost dog gave officers the runaround earlier today after wandering on to a motorway. The M23 had to be closed between junction eight for the M25 and junction 9 for Gatwick at around 2:45pm while Highways Agency officers caught the pet. The road reopened 20 minutes later.

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