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Heartbreaking: This Incredibly Loyal Paparazzo Still Waits Outside The Dry Cleaner Amy Winehouse Used To Use

You may want to grab some tissues, because youre probably going to need them. Theres a paparazzo in London whos so devoted to his favorite subject that its as touching as it is downright tragic: The sad soul can be found seven days a week, 365 days a yearrain or shinehaunting the alleyway outside Amy Winehouses old dry cleaner in London with his camera at the ready, despite the fact shes been dead for six years. It just doesnt get more heartbreaking than that. The loyal paps name is Dominic…

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How skaters make cities safer and the fight to save the Southbank skatepark

Skateboarders are the shock troops of gentrification, making no-go areas secure and then seeing their newly valuable sites destroyed when the developers move in. Can one much-loved London spot buck the trend? It was like a part of my soul was destroyed, says Ian Davross Scudds. He is talking about the moment in 2004 when two-thirds of the skateboarding site at the Southbank Centre in London was fenced off and destroyed without warning. Four decades of skateboarding history went with it. Now 54, Davross has been skating at the Southbank…

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Firefighters describe their battle with Grenfell Tower blaze

All the rescue team members were prepared to die to save others, London fire brigade commanders say Firefighters who battled the Grenfell Tower inferno have spoken of the chaos and tragedy they encountered when they were called to the building last month. Speaking in a forthcoming ITV documentary, commanders from the London fire brigade said every member of their rescue team was prepared to die as flames devoured the 24-storey high-rise that night. The crisis escalated rapidly as the fire tore through the structure in a matter of minutes, trapping…

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Camden Lock Market: firefighters battle large blaze in London

More than 70 fire fighters attempt to bring fire under control as London Ambulance Service says it is not treating anyone at the scene Firefighters have brought a large blaze at Camden Lock Market in north London under control. The London fire brigade said on Monday morning that ten fire engines had been dispatched to reports of a fire at the popular tourist spot after midnight. The brigade asked people to avoid the area and said the cause of the fire was not yet known. By 3.20am the brigade said…

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Adele review: global star shines all the brighter on emotional night

Wembley Stadium, LondonAfter hinting it may be her last live tour, Adele gave the crowd the expected highs and lows A year ago this week she was at Glastonbury, oscillating between devastating ballads of loss and enquiries as to which of the audience had shit themselves. Now, Adele rounds off her 25 tour with four nights at Wembley hosting 98,000 people a night a stadium record for a music event coming to commune in the emotional Big Four: love, anger, sorrow, joy. Having told the world earlier in the day…

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London counter-terror police investigate after van hits worshippers near mosque

One arrest made after vehicle is reported to have run over worshippers early on Monday Counter-terrorism police are investigating a major incident in Finsbury Park, north London, after a van hit pedestrians and left a number of casualties. The Guardian understands counter-terrorism officers have joined regular police looking at the incident which is in its early stages. The Metropolitan police said they were called to reports of a vehicle collision at about 12.20am on Monday. Aftermath of crash when vehicle hit mosque worshippers in London Officers are investigating whether the…

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Police launch criminal inquiry into Grenfell Tower blaze

Calls made for ban on cladding used on building as it emerges similar materials are illegal in the USGrenfell Tower fire latest updates Police have launched a criminal inquiry into the Grenfell Tower blaze as it emerged that cladding panels similar to those likely to have been used on the 24-storey building have been widely prohibited on tall buildings in the US since 2012. Under the US building code, the use of metal composite panels without a fire-retardant core has been banned since 2012 on buildings over 50ft (15 metres)…

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Latimer Road fire: huge blaze breaks out in 24-storey apartment block in London

Fears that people are trapped in a blaze at the tower block in Latimer Road, near Notting Hill, that broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morningGrenfell Tower fire – live updates A fire has broken out in a tower block in west London with fears that people are trapped in their homes. The fire in the 24-storey said on Twitter they were responding to a fire on the Lancaster West Estate after multiple calls. Two hundred fire fighters were at the scene along with forty engines that were…

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Three men detained after London-bound flight diverts to Germany

Pilot on flight from Ljubljana made unscheduled stop after learning of men talking about terrorist matters and baggage was later destroyed Three male passengers have been detained in Cologne after their easyJet flight bound from Ljubljana in Slovenia to London made a diverted landing, German police have said. The aircraft landed in Cologne after passengers reported that the men were talking about terrorist matters, according to the statement. The men were not identified. Police carried out security checks of the aircraft and questioned passengers after all 151 on board were…

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Worse terror attack on London Bridge foiled by chance, police say

Three terrorists who killed eight people in the UK capital last Saturday tried unsuccessfully to hire 7.5-tonne lorry hours before the attack The three terrorists who struck London Bridge last Saturday tried to hire a 7.5-tonne lorry on the morning of the attack to kill even more people and inflict an even bigger atrocity on Britain. Police revealed the attempt to rent the lorry was made hours before they staged the attack, with the trio instead using a rented van to run people over, and then going on a stabbing…

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Boy, 4, died alone in Hackney flat two weeks after his mother’s death

Coroner calls for changes in how schools treat cases of absent children following tragic death of Chadrack Mulo A four-year-old boy, who was unable to call for help or feed himself, starved to death two weeks after his mother collapsed and died suddenly in the flat they shared, a coroner has said. Chadrack Mulo was found clinging to his mothers body about two days after his own death. The childs teachers became concerned when he did not turn up for school. They tried to call and visited the familys home,…

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Hannah Griggs, the first woman to work at the Tower of London

Trailblazing former kitchen maid is the star of a new exhibition celebrating the unsung heroes of an engineering masterpiece When Dirk Bennett first gazed into the eyes of Hannah Griggs, he recalls that the hair literally stood up on the back of his arms. In the faded photograph Griggs, a poor young woman born to an unmarried mother in 1888 who probably began work as a kitchen maid in her early teens, is elegant and smilingly composed. She is also the first woman known to have worked at Tower Bridge…

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Remains of five archbishops found near Lambeth Palace

Builders find 30 lead coffins in crypt of former church next to archbishop of Canterburys official residence The remains of five archbishops of Canterbury have been found beneath a medieval church next to the current archbishops official London residence, it has been revealed, much to the delight of Christians celebrating Easter. The discovery at the deconsecrated church of St Mary-at-Lambeth was made during the refurbishment of Lambeth Palaces a mobile phone attached to a stick and were able to have the first glimpse of what lay beneath: a hidden crypt…

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