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London care homes report possible fresh Covid-19 outbreaks

May 18, 2020

Doctors have reported possible fresh outbreaks of Covid-19 in care and nursing homes in west London, two months after the area was a hotspot in the first days of the coronavirus crisis. “Just when we thought there might be light at the end of the tunnel, two new or worsening care home outbreaks over the […]

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Arts funding plea as Globe warns it may not survive Covid-19 crisis

May 18, 2020

Shakespeare’s Globe theatre on the South Bank in London said ‘without public subsidy, we will not be able to survive this crisis’. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo A call for the government to step up with urgent funding “to shore up our cultural landscape” has been made as Shakespeare’s Globe warned it faces insolvency without extra […]

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Sir Frederick Barclay releases footage of alleged Ritz bugging

May 18, 2020

Sir Frederick Barclay has released CCTV footage that allegedly shows his nephew handling a bugging device at London’s Ritz hotel. The 85-year-old has released the clip in an ongoing bitter legal battle with his twin brother David’s side of the family over the future of their multibillion-pound empire. Sir Frederick and his daughter Amanda are […]

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MPs call for transport workers to get death-in-service payouts

May 17, 2020

MPs have urged Boris Johnson to extend the £60,000 NHS death-in-service payments to transport workers on the coronavirus frontline as people return to work in increasing numbers. Forty-two MPs have written to the prime minister also calling for greater personal protection for hundreds of thousands of transport workers who are instrumental to ministers’ desire to […]

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‘I’ve been going bananas without it’: tennis obsessives pick up their rackets again

May 17, 2020

There are some sounds you don’t know you’re nostalgic for until you hear them. The thwack of a well hit tennis ball has been missing from this British spring. It is surprisingly cheering, on a bright Saturday morning, to hear it return. By nine o’clock yesterday, the first weekend of play since lockdown began two […]

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Piers Corbyn among 19 held in coronavirus lockdown protests

May 16, 2020

The brother of the former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was one of 19 protesters arrested on Saturday, as small demonstrations against the coronavirus lockdown took place across the country. Protesters gathered on green spaces across the UK holding placards describing the lockdown rules as unlawful and claiming that the government measures were suppressing civil rights. […]

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London police accused of racial profiling in lockdown searches

May 16, 2020

Police in London have been accused of racial profiling by a school pastoral support worker whose account on Twitter of being handcuffed and questioned has prompted questions about the role of officers during the city’s lockdown. Dwayne Francis, who was detained while waiting in his car for a post office to open en route to […]

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Barking warehouse fire: 125 crew battle blaze

May 16, 2020

Twenty fire engines sent to single-storey warehouse blaze in east London Fire fighters at the scene of the fire in Barking, east London. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Twenty fire engines and around 125 firefighters tackled a fire at a warehouse in Barking, east London, the London fire brigade (LFB) has said. Officers were called to a […]

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London congestion charge rise down to good old power struggle

May 15, 2020

Forget health or economic concerns – this is a classic political fight between a Labour mayor and a Tory government The congestion charge restarts on Monday. Its cost will rise by 30% next month. Photograph: Dan Chung/The Guardian Good old-fashioned politics rather than economic, environmental or health considerations seem to explain the decision by Transport […]

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Met police officer investigated after man shot with Taser stun gun is left paralysed

May 15, 2020

A police officer has been placed under criminal investigation after a man was shot with a Taser weapon and left paralysed from the waist down, the Guardian has learned. The man, 23, was shot by an officer using a stun gun as he jumped over a wall and fell as officers tried to detain him […]

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