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Man reunited with stranger who saved him from suicide

A man searching for the stranger who stopped him committing suicide has finally tracked him down, after an internet campaign. 26-year-old Jonny Benjamin attempted to jump from Waterloo Bridge in 2008 because he was struggling to cope with schizoaffective disorder.

He was stopped by someone passing by helped to change his mind.

The online campaign went viral, with the Twitter hashtag #findmike trending in Canada, South Africa and Australia, as well as the UK - where the stranger's fiancee recognised the story and realised Benjamin was looking for her partner, Neil Laybourn.

If there's something troubling you, you can get in touch with the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 (charges apply) or visit


Investigation launched after man falls in Thames

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man was pulled from the Thames this morning close to Waterloo Bridge.

Officers were called to Waterloo Bridge shortly before 8am following reports that a man had fallen into the river.

Police boats and the Coastguard Agency responded and the man was pulled from the water about five minutes later.

The Air Ambulance attended the scene and the man, who is thought to be around 70 years old, has now been taken to an east London hospital where he is in a life-threatening condition.

Lambeth police are investigating and have appealed for any witnesses to the incident to come forward.

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote CAD reference 2091.

Officers are not currently treating the incident as suspicious.

St John Ambulance treats record numbers due to heat

Visitors to Green Park, London, enjoy the Summer weather. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

St John Ambulance teams in London have treated record numbers of people for heat related conditions at Wimbledon, Hampton Court and the Hyde Park Barclaycard British Summer Time concerts, the service said today.

Volunteers assisted over 3,000 people in the past three weeks as temperatures soared and people wilted under the onslaught of heat, dehydration and breathing difficulties related to high pollen counts.

'Under-investment' on tubes 'leading to breakdowns'

A commuter keeps cool on the tube in London. Credit: Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

Transport union RMT has criticised government cuts to services after rail and tube commuters suffered rush-hour delays again today on another hot warning.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "We have warned that cuts to maintenance and under-investment on Tube and rail would lead to a spate of breakdowns in extreme weather and those warnings have been borne out with a vengeance last night and this morning."


More tube disruption as rush-hour tails off


The @circleline and @hamandcityline have severe delays across the entire line; earlier signal failure at King's Cross St Pancras


The @northernline is now operating with a good service. Trains and platforms may still be busy as a result of the earlier disruptions


The @victorialine is now operating with a good service. Trains and platforms may still be busy as a result of the earlier disruptions

Overheated travellers suffer rush-hour delays

Rail and Tube travellers suffer rush-hour delays on another scorchingly hot morning. Credit: PA Wire

Rail and Tube travellers have suffered rush-hour delays on another scorchingly hot morning. There were hold-ups on three London Underground lines, while the imposition of a speed restriction affected Greater Anglia main line trains running into the capital.

On the Tube, emergency engineering work at Finsbury Park in north London meant the Victoria line was part suspended for a time, with delays continuing into the heart of the rush-hour.

Signal problems also led to delays on the District line and on the Northern line.

South West Trains apologises after Waterloo disruption

South West Trains has apologised after trains on some of the country's busiest routes were cancelled or delayed yesterday evening because of emergency engineering work and signalling problems.

Services to and from London Waterloo were hit at the height of the evening rush hour.

A spokesman said today:

At 14:00 a two inch kink in the rail was identified outside Waterloo station which meant we had to close four platforms at the station and as such, lost a vital section of track which allows us to run our advertised service.

Train services to and from London Waterloo were heavily delayed for the remainder of the day and many were overcrowded as a result. The decision to run an alternative service plan was not taken lightly and when such a decision is taken we consider the safest and most efficient way of running our network to get everyone home as quickly as possible.

Due to the nature of yesterday's incident and the critical location where it occurred, this unfortunately meant that many customers were heavily delayed on their journey home.

We do everything possible to prevent the kind of disruption you experienced yesterday. I would also like to assure you that we are working hard to replace ageing parts of the rail system to deliver a better, more reliable service.

Waterloo 'will be back to normal in the morning'

Passengers faced long delays in sweltering conditions due to emergency engineering work Credit: @BourbonKid

South West Trains are promising that commuter services will be "normal" in the morning, following hours of delays due to engineering work.

In a statement, the company said: "Safety is our absolute priority. We have no choice but to make sure these repairs are carried out before we can restore train services on these lines."

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