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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.

Harman: 2012 legacy 'has not materialised'

The promised Olympic "legacy" of increased participation had failed to materialise and fewer people were now active than before the London 2012 Games Shadow culture secretary Harriet Harman said.

The Olympic opening ceremony in London 2012
The legacy hopes of London 2012 have not materialized according to Labour. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

"We were all proud to host the Olympics and Paralympic Games in London two years ago but instead of seeing increased participation things have got worse, especially amongst young people, as a result of the Government axing school sports partnerships. "Labour wants to help everybody to do more sport and physical activity - from children to the elderly, girls as well as boys, and people from all backgrounds and regions.

Betting firm profits from horseracing are already subject to a levy which raised £82 million for the sport last year and the Premier League has in place a voluntary 5% levy on television revenues for the grassroots game. But Labour is considering extending the betting levy to gambling - including online - on all sports and measures to pressure the country's richest football clubs into properly meeting their promise.

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Increases in child rape cases leaving Met 'under serious strain'

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The increase in reports of child abuse has left the Met under Credit: CLAUDIO BRESCIANI / SCANPIX/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

Huge increases in allegations of rape and sexual assault against children is stretching police resources in London. There has been a rise of more than a third in reports in the last five years. The London Assembly has warned that the increase coupled with a lack of staff has left the Met under "serious strain."

From 2009-10 to 2013-14 the number of alleged child rapes and sexual assaults against children rose by 34%. In the last year alone allegations of these serious offenses rose by well over 10% according to figures released by the London Assembly.

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.

Police warned over Taser use

Police have been warned over the use of Tasers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said they should not be used as a first response. Figures show Tasers were used more than 2,000 times in London last year. The IPCC urged forces across the UK not to use Tasers as a default if other options are available.

Police warned over Taser use
Police warned over Taser use. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Metropolitan Police diversity to be examined

Diversity in the Metropolitan Police is being examined today with a focus on policewomen on the front-line. The Police and Crime Committee is aiming to see if the Met is achieving the Mayor's goal of a force that 'reflects the city it serves.'

Male and female police officers.
Diversity in the Metropolitan Police is being examined today with a focus on policewomen on the frontline. Credit: ITV News London

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Number of police cautions in the capital rises to 30,000

Despite crime falling in the capital last year new figures show that more cautions were handed out. More than 30,000 criminals were given cautions for offences including robbery, drug trafficking and arsonists.

  • 1,356 were cautioned for wounding/GBH
  • 301 were for drug trafficking
  • 246 cautions handed out for burglary
  • 107 were for robbery
  • 23 cautions were handed out for arson

The figures were released as part of a Freedom of Information request obtained by GLA Conservative MP Tony Arbour.

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.

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