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Drivers could be fined for leaving car running

Councils could fine drivers from today

From today, motorists in the boroughs of Westminster and Islington who leave their engines idling could be fined. Traffic marshals will be able to hand out £20 fines to drivers who leave the engine running while stuck in traffic.

The policy aims to cut air pollution, which London Mayor Boris Johnson claims is linked to the deaths of thousands of Londoners each year. Traffic marshals will firstly ask drivers to switch their engines off, with fines issued as a last resort.

Is this the world's most pointless traffic light?

It's difficult controlling the traffic in London at the best of times. But is this perhaps taking things a step too far? A temporary light has appeared in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament. Why? No one seems to know. There's no traffic in New Palace Yard. Just a solitary traffic light.

London event to commemorate liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Family members and Auswitz survivors yesterday Credit: Utrecht Robin/ABACA/Press Association Images

Events will be held accross the capital today to commemorative 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poand.

Senior politicians and other dignitaries will join survivors for an event at Westminster with another event taking place the Imperial War Museum.


Man found guilty of sexual assault on bus

Shah Ahmed was found guilty of sexual assault following a two-day trial Credit: Metropolitan Police

A man who constantly rubbed himself up against a woman on a bus in Westminster has been found guilty of sexual assault.

Shah Ahmed, 34, of Ethel Road, E16 was found guilty on 8th October following a two day trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

The incident happened at 1am on 27th October 2013 on a N25 bus travelling along Oxford Street.

The victim, a 25-year-old woman, was travelling home from a night out when Ahmed sexually assaulted her.

She got off the bus and reported the incident to police.

Ahmed was identified using CCTV footage from the bus. He was arrested on in November 2013 and charged with sexual assault in January this year.

Ahmed has been bailed to re-attend Snaresbrook Crown Court for sentencing on 1st December 2014.

Police appeal for help to find missing man from Westminster

Neville Leon Quarless was last seen on Wednesday evening. Credit: Metropolitan Police

The Met Police has appealed for help to find an 82 year-old man who has gone missing from his home in Westminster. Neville Leon Quarless was last seen on Wednesday evening.

He suffers from dementia and will be confused. Anyone who has seen him is asked to call Westminster police on 101.

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