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“It was ragged and naive/ It was heaven,” sang David Bowie in a hymn to the free rock festival he staged in the unlikely location of Beckenham on the same weekend as Woodstock.

Bromley teenager George Verrier dies after mass brawl

A 17-year-old has died from head injuries after refusing hospital treatment following a fight involving about 20 people.

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Met chief calls for calm after fire at Islamic boarding school in Chislehurst

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has made an impassioned plea for unity after a fire in an Islamic boarding school in south-east London three days after a fire at a community centre in Muswell Hill, north London.

Khadar Hussein murder: Police release photograph of Trai Williamson - the man they want to question in connection with Penge shooting

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A Christian-run NHS GP surgery, The Links Medical Practice in Mottingham, has been criticised for posting a notice warning that some of its doctors refuse to prescribe the morning-after pill

Christian-run NHS surgery criticised for refusing to prescribe morning-after pill

A Christian-run NHS GP surgery has attracted criticism for posting a notice warning that some of its doctors refuse to prescribe the morning-after pill to patients on grounds of conscience.

Man charged with murdering brother after funeral of another sibling in south London

A man was charged today with murdering his younger brother.

Benefits cap rolled out in four London boroughs

A cap on the amount of benefits people can receive begins today in a policy that is being trialled in parts of the capital.

Man injured in Christmas trolley incident dies in hospital

A 60-year-old man injured after being hit by a trolley during an alleged altercation in December has died, police said.

Leeds striker El-Hadji Diouf at The Den, where he was abused

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A Millwall fan who racially abused the Leeds striker El-Hadji Diouf during a Championship game on 18 November has been banned from all football matches for five years.

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