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West Ham footballer Dylan Tombides dies

West Ham United striker Dylan Tombides has died aged 20 following a long battle with testicular cancer.

The club confirmed that the Australia-born player, who was diagnosed with the disease in summer 2011, died on Friday morning with his family by his side.

Dylan Tombides in 2012 Credit: PA Photos

There will be a minute's applause in tribute to the young footballer at West Ham's game against Crystal Palace tomorrow at Upton Park.

West Ham players will also wear black armbands in his memory.


13 year old girl missing from Walthamstow

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 13 year old girl who is missing from her home in Walthamstow.

Shaquita Semper was last seen at around 7pm on Wednesday, when she left home saying that she would return that evening.

Shaquita Semper has been missing since Wednesday Credit: Met Police

Police say she has not previously been missing overnight.Shaquita has curly black hair which she often wears in a black bandana. When last seen she was wearing a white t-shirt and black leather jacket with black leggings and grey Nike trainers.

Police are asking anyone who might have seen her to contact them.

Smash and grab at Chanel's Chelsea store

Police are investigating a robbery in the early hours of this morning at the Chanel shop in Chelsea.

Three men reversed a stolen Audi Q7 into the shop window of the store on Brompton Road just before 2.40am, which smashed on impact. They then got out and stole a number of items, including handbags, before driving away in a different, silver car.

Police have not released a description of the men and no arrests have yet been made.

London pensioner to trek 2,600 miles for charity

A London pensioner is hoping to raise £1.5 million for charity by walking 2,600 miles across India.

79 year old Bobby Grewal, who is Chairman of the India Association, plans to set off from his home in the capital later this year to raise money for Save the Children.

Bobby Grewal is trekking 2,600 miles on foot for charity Credit: India Association

The five-month trek will see him walk across ten states from Kanyakumara at the southernmost tip of India, via Chandigarh in the north to finally finish in Delhi.

It will be the second time Bobby has trekked on foot across India since reaching the retirement age, after initially walking another 2,600 miles in 2004.

Cornershop to open the 'world's smallest disco' in Hackney

Cornershop performing live in Finsbury Park, 2002 Credit: PA

Cornershop, the band behind the 90's mega-hit 'Brimful of Asha', will open the 'world's smallest disco' in Stoke Newington, Hackney tomorrow to mark Record Store Day.

The group will be playing tunes and selling music in a bid for the world record.

They hope that the small venue inside a record shop on Albion Road will be officially recognised as having a capacity of just 14.


Man charged after police seize 'exceptional' gun stash in east London

A man is due to appear in court charged with firearms offences after a stash of guns were seized in east London.

Thirty guns including assault rifles, sawn-off shotguns and a machine gun, were seized in one of Scotland Yard's biggest gun hauls.

Police said the seizure, by the Waltham Forest Gangs Task Force, was 'exceptional'.

50-year-old Dean Stokes from Leyton will appear at Thames Magistratres' Court tomorrow morning charged with possessing guns and ammunition without legal certificates.

M26 crash: Bail for lorry driver arrested after motorway crash

The pile-up on Wednesday morning killed two and injured seven.

A 45-year-old lorry driver, who was arrested after a five-vehicle pile-up on the M26 in Kent on Wednesday, has been released on bail.

The crash, near Kemsing in Kent, killed two French nationals and injured seven more people, who were rushed to a hospital in London in a "serious condition".

The accident caused severe traffic congestion on the London-bound carriageway, which was closed for several hours.

Appeal after motorcyclist killed on the A2

Police are asking for information after a motorcyclist was killed last night in a crash on the A2 in Greenwich.The bike collided with the central reservation close to the Kidbrooke interchange, on the Kent-bound carriageway just before 17.30 yesterday evening.

The 42 year old motorcyclist, from Sevenoaks, was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not thought he hit any other vehicles before the crash.

Both carriageways of the A2 were closed following the collision but have now re-opened.

Half of Londoners now think renting is 'the norm'

Londoners are becoming increasingly pessimistic about getting on the property ladder, with 50% saying Britain is becoming more like other places in Europe where renting is 'the norm'.

Renting in the capital is becoming 'the norm' according to a large proportion of Londonders Credit: Reuters

A new report by Halifax also found that 83% of potential homeowners in the capital are unwilling to sacrifice the quality of accommodation they currently live in order to save up for a deposit.

The report also found that one in five young people aged 23 to 27 still have no desire to own their own home, despite the introduction of the Government's Help to Buy scheme. The scheme has previously struggled with uptake in the capital, where the average house price is now £458,000.

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