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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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

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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.

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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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New £1.4 million FGM Prevention Programme announced

Parents will face prosecution if they fail to stop their daughter becoming a victim of female genital mutilation under new legislation to be unveiled by the Government at a summit in London.

A £1.4 million FGM Prevention Programme for survivors and those at risk of the practice are among a raft of plans to be announced by Prime Minister David Cameron at the Girl Summit, which is being co-hosted by the Government and Unicef.

RMT Union to vote for new leader

Members of the RMT Union will begin voting for a new General Secretary today. The new boss of the National Union of Rail Maritime and Transport Workers will replace Bob Crow who died of a heart attack in March after 12 years in the job.

The ballot will remain open for the next two months.

Driver's lucky escape after car is 'sliced in half' on M25

A driver in Surrey had a very lucky escape earlier this week after their car was virtually sliced in half in a crash on the M25.

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caught in the M25 traffic? Luckily only minor injury. 2× Good Samaritans stopped and gave F AID & shelter, thank you. http://t.co/yuwtAjUEtK

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The crash happened near Egham on Monday night when the Volkswagen Golf collided with a BMW. The driver was treated for only minor injuries. In a statement, Surrey Police said:

"We would like to thank the members of the public who stopped and gave first aid prior to the arrival of emergency services."

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