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London Underground strike to begin on Wednesday

Unions will go ahead with a 24 hour strike at London Underground from 6.30pm on Wednesday in a row over the night Tube, said Aslef.

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Tube services are expected to be "exceptionally busy" between 4.30pm and 6.30pm and there will be no Tube services all day on Thursday.

The DLR, London Overground, tram and TfL Rail services are expected to be much busier than usual during the strike.

The drivers' union accused LU of being "completely inflexible" over terms and conditions for the service, leaving it with "no other choice" than to press ahead with the walkout.

The union said the company should postpone the planned launch of the service on September 12 so that further negotiations could be held.

Aslef officer Finn Brennan said: "We genuinely regret the disruption this will cause, but the blame for this must rest with the pig-headed determination of the mayor to insist on a September 12 launch of night Tube instead of allowing more time for a negotiated settlement to be reached."

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Man dies after falling backwards down chimney

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A man has died after falling backwards down a chimney of a seven-storey property.

The 20-year-old is believed to have been sitting on the roof of the house in Great Cumberland Place, central London when the tragedy happened.

Police were called to the address shortly before 1am this morning and found the man's body in the basement of the building.

The man is yet to be formally identified but next of kin have been informed.

The death will now be referred to the Coroner.

Inspector Ian Bond of Westminster Police said: "Our thoughts are with the young man’s family at this sad time."

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Drugscope: Nitrous oxide used by 'half a million people'

The abuse of Nitrous oxide - commonly known as laughing gas - has grown significantly over the past few years, with up to half a million people trying the drug per year.

Harry Shapiro from drugs charity Drugscope said it had become increasingly fashionable recently - meaning the dangers where not fully understood.

The euphoric feeling the ingestion of the drug gives occurs because the brain is deprived of oxygen, which can lead to sudden loss of blood pressure, fainting and in some cases heart attacks.

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