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London 2012 was most sustainable Olympics

A watchdog has named London 2012 as the most sustainable Olympics.

The Olympic Stadium
The Olympic Stadium Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Management of the live sites, London 2012's slow development of an energy plan and the organisers' failure to put messages of sustainability in the the opening and closing ceremonies all came in for criticism but overall the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 gave the event a thumbs up.

Such was London 2012's success in delivering against its sustainability pledges the watchdogs are calling for future British-based festivals and sports competitions such as the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the 2017 World Athletics Championships to follow its lead.

3 million visited the UK in August

  • 3 million overseas visitors came to the UK in August, 5% fewer than August 2011
  • Despite the fall in numbers, UK earnings for this period were 9% higher than August 2011
  • 7.3 million UK residents went abroad during August, a similar amount to 2011
  • Of the 3 million visitors an estimated 420,000 were for the Olympics or Paralympics

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Image of cyclist killed in Olympic bus crash released

Daniel Harris
Daniel Harris' death was the 10th involving bikes in the capital this year. Credit: Metropolitan Police

An image has been released of Daniel Harris, the cyclist killed by an official Olympic media bus.

The 28-year-old, from Ilford in Essex, died on Wednesday night outside the Olympic Park when he was struck by the bus, which was ferrying journalists between venues.

The 65-year-old bus driver was arrested and bailed on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Usain Bolt immortalised in wax ahead of Olympics

Olympic sprint superstar Usain Bolt's victory pose can already been seen in London before the Games have even begun.

The fastest man on earth, who is hoping to break his own 100m and 200m world records this summer, was captured in his trademark stance as he took residence at Madame Tussauds today.

Usain Bolt waxwork
Usain Bolt is famous for his theatrics before and after his sprint races. Credit: ITV News

The Jamaican's waxwork was unveiled earlier this month at Heathrow Airport where he greeted passengers as they arrived at Terminal 5.

He faces stiff competition from a number of Team GB stars also on display at Madame Tussauds, including heptathlon favourite Jessica Ennis and diver Tom Daley.

Usain Bolt waxwork
Usain Bolt will be bidding to add to his three Olympic gold medals this summer. Credit: ITV News

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