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Manchester’s Chorlton along with Herne Hill, Muswell Hill and Dagenham in London are some of the worst afflicted areas while Mossley Hill and Waterloo in Liverpool also feature prominently

Flooded streets after burst water main in Herne Hill, London

Burst main leaves pub with 60,000 litres of water in the cellar as neighbourhood floods

Massive clean-up under way after major junction was flooded to 1.5 metres

Labour Peer The Right Honourable, Lord Alli pictured in his offices in Aldwych, Central London

Gay marriage set to become law as peers approve Same Sex Couples Bill

Gay marriage is set to be legalised in England and Wales after peers gave the Same Sex Couples Bill an unopposed third reading in the House of Lords.

14-year-old girl Cherelle McKenzie-Jackson found guilty of manslaughter of Junior Nkwelle in Brixton

A 14-year-old girl who “set up” a schoolboy to be stabbed by her boyfriend after a row over football was ordered to be detained for eight years today.

Godwin in June this year

Tommy Godwin: Cyclist who won two Olympic medals

Tommy Godwin, who died in Solihull on 3 November, two days before his 92nd birthday, was a cyclist who won two Olympic medals for Britain. He went on to be heavily involved in the sport throughout his life.

Bradley Wiggins has been asked to race at the Herne Hill velodrome

London 2012: Bradley Wiggins called upon to help restore Herne Hill velodrome to former glory

Bradley Wiggins has been asked to race at the velodrome where he learned his sport in a bid to encourage fundraising for renovation.

In The Studio: Richard Deacon, artist

'Having too many people around made me feel paralysed'

Teen guilty of murdering budding teenage athlete

A 19-year-old has been found guilty of murdering a budding teenage athlete.

Athlete's killer sentenced to minimum 30 year prison term

A young gang member was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 30 years today for the shooting murder of a promising athlete.

Repairs for 1948 Olympics velodrome

Repair work has begun to save the decaying Herne Hill Velodrome, the home of the 1948 Olympic cycling competition.

Boy, 16, charged with gun murder

A teenager has been charged with murder after a promising athlete was gunned down in the stairwell of a housing estate.

Hand-Drawn London, Museum of London

Maps lie. Or at least, the people who make maps lie. They use maps to show what they want to show, to say what they want to say. They make the Tube network less accurate but more navigable. They squeeze Africa and expand Europe. Even the London A-Z fibs, exaggerating the thickness of streets and shrinking parks to a green speck. Maps lie, but usually for a reason and often rather beautifully.

Cycling: Turning full circle: Hope on horizon for velodrome

It once staged finals at the 1948 London Olympics but has fallen badly into disrepair. Paul Newman reports on a local community's efforts to restore Herne Hill's hidden gem

How 'rat trap' snared sex attacker

Delroy Grant was finally snared by an elaborate "rat trap" set up by detectives desperate for a breakthrough.

Celebrities join campaign to find missing teenager

Celebrities have used Twitter to publicise an online campaign to find a missing teenage girl who vanished three weeks ago.

Gun victim was 'model athlete'

The 17-year-old boy who died in a stairwell after being shot on a South London housing estate was a promising athlete who competed at national level.

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