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Two police officers assaulted in Kings Cross

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Two police officers were assaulted in Kings Cross in the early hours of this morning.

One of the officers had to be taken to hospital but the other was treated at the scene.

Police were called at 6am to Pentonville Road to reports of a disturbance.

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and remain in custody at a north London police station.


All trains at King's Cross cancelled causing travel chaos

All trains at King's Cross have been cancelled Credit: PA

Passengers are being advised to postpone any travel in and out of King's Cross station today after engineering works overran.

Thousands of passengers were expected to use the station, which is one of the busiest in the country, as people go to visit relatives over the festive period.

Network Rail has apologised and a reduced service is expected to be running tomorrow.

East Coast said customers who had been intending to use King's Cross would need to start or finish their journey at Finsbury Park in north London, with at least one change of train.

"East Coast is particularly sorry for the inconvenience to its customers as a result, on what we know is an already very busy travel day immediately following the Christmas break.

"For customers intending to start or finish their journey at King's Cross, consideration should be given to deferring travel plans to either Sunday or Monday.

"We're working hard over the holiday period to make the necessary adjustments to our timetable as a consequence, and to provide as much information as we can."

– Paul Emberley, East Coast spokesman

Network Rail said that the work was part of a £200 million Christmas investment programme, with most railways expected to return to normal on January 5.

"What has happened is really regrettable and unfortunate, but it is a small part of a massive amount of engineering investment taking place over Christmas."

– Network Rail spokesman

The spokesman said that on a normal day 4.5 million passengers use the railways on average every day, compared with two million a day over the holidays.

Sunday's reduced service will see trains leaving King's Cross up to 20 minutes earlier than normal and resume their usual stopping times from Peterborough onwards.

Services to King's Cross will arrive up to 40 minutes later than normal.

Other services will start or end at Doncaster, Newark North Gate, Peterborough or Stevenage.

New Kings Cross memorial unveiled

A brand new design for the historic Kings Cross war memorial has been unveiled to the public today ahead of London Poppy day.

A new, contemporary design for the old war memorial at Kings Cross

The new design sets the marble tablets from the original inside eleven individual steel frames, aiming to echo each of the soldiers from the 1919 painting "Gassed" by artist JohnSinger Sargent.

The memorial has been in storage while Kings Cross station was being redeveloped, so it is the first time it has been on display to the public for years.

The old memorial as it stood in 1920 when it was first erected

It was originally erected in 1920 by the Great Northern Railway in memory of employees who fell in World War One, and was then further dedicated to employees of the London and North Eastern Railway who lost their lives in World War Two.


New Kings Cross memorial to be unveiled

The historic war memorial at King's Cross station has been re-designed and is to be unveiled in a memorial service today ahead of London Poppy Day.

The new design will echo the eleven soldiers depicted by John Singer Sargent's well-known 1919 painting 'Gassed'.

'Gassed' by John Singer Sergeant - the painting on which the new design is based

The unveiling and memorial service will take place between 10.30 - 11.30 this morning.

Signalling problem creates havoc for commuters

A major signalling problem has been causing disruption at Finsbury Park - trains were unable to pass through the station. Staff have now rectified the problem and trains can begin to run as normal.

Journeys to and from London Kings Cross may still be delayed by up to 60 minutes while services recover. There is no current estimate for when a normal service will resume.

East Coast, First Capital Connect and Grand Central passengers were all affected.

Kings Cross unveiled

King's Cross Station was finally fully unveiled today after its multi-million pound make-over. The Victorian Grade 1 listed building has been totally transformed as part of a huge regeneration project.

Today the final stage was completed as King's Cross Square was opened to public -- revealing the original facade of the station for the first time in 150 years. This report contains flashing images from the start.

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