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Forty firefighters battle to save Twickenham church hall

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Forty firefighters battled to save a church hall which caught fire in south west London during the early hours of the morning.

The fire broke out at 3.15am at a Methodist church in Percey Road, Twickenham.

Six fire engines attended the scene but half of the building's roof was destroyed.

Local road closures were in place and have since been lifted.

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Man's body found in the Thames at Twickenham

Members of the Met's Marine Policing Unit recovered the body Credit: Metropolitan Police

A body, believed to be that of a man in his 40s, has been found in the River Thames at Twickenham.

Police were called shortly after 9.30am, after a body was found close to Eel Pie Island.

The dead man has not been formally identified and police are currently treating his death as unexplained.

The Coroner has been informed.


Heckler interrupts as Cameron insists there's 'still time to shape the future'

David Cameron said today there was "still time to shape the future" as he embarked on a final election push 48 hours before the country goes to the polls.

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The Conservative leader insisted there was momentum behind his party's campaign, but his speech to activists in south west London was marred by a heckler shouting "Come on SNP".

Party faithful booed as Mr Cameron described the choice facing voters and the possible prospect of "chaos" with Labour leader Ed Miliband as prime minister "backed by the SNP".

But a lone male voice shouted: "Come on SNP, I'm feeling racism from you guys in your party."


Tooting team narrowly beaten in Twickenham final

Tooting's Graveney School Rugby team narrowly missed out on getting their hands on the prestigious Natwest Schools Rugby Vase, losing by just two points in the final at Twickenham today.

Graveney School lost 12-10 at the National final at Twickenham today

The South London team hit the headlines when they made it to the finals despite rugby not being on the school's curriculum and not even having a full-size pitch. The Under 15s team took the lead in the first half, but eventually lost 12-10 to Altrincham Grammar.

Missing 14-year-old girl 'ran off after seeing family'

A 14-year-old girl who's been missing for a week ran off after visiting her family in Richmond. Police say they are growing increasingly concerned for the safety of Chaenan Bertinelli who was being taken back to her care home in Broxbourne in Hertfordshire when she disappeared.

Chaenan Bertinelli Credit: Metropolitan Police

Chaenan Bertinelli was seen last Tuesday at Apex Corner on the A1 and may have gone back to Richmond. She is described as 5 foot 3 inches tall, medium build with hazel eyes and very long straight ginger hair dyed bright pink.

She has a tattoo on her stomach of a ribbon and uses a pump for asthma. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

Special constables rescue 25 by piggyback

A team of specialconstables rescued 25 people stranded on an island by flood water by givingthem piggybacks.

Six volunteerofficers were called to Eel Pie Island in Twickenham, south west London, afterseveral people became trapped by fast-moving water.

The flood was too deep to drive across, so the specials carried the stranded group through the water, which was about 18 inches deep with a strong current.

Special Sergeant Milad Amini said:

"The good news is that all those stranded were piggy-backed to safety from the flooded area...On the downside, all of our uniforms and boots were very wet and we had to spend the next 40 minutes drying out back at the police station before continuing with our shift."

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