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London First is a body set up about 20 years ago by the London business community to promote the city as a place to do business and to lobby for the improvements – particularly to infrastructure – which everyone knows we urgently need but which government seems incapable of planning for.

Milly Dowler father 'one of 54 quizzed'

Milly Dowler's father was one of 54 suspects investigated by police following her murder, the Old Bailey heard today.

Thames Water say hosepipe ban is unlikely

Thames Water today reassured its 8.8 million customers that hosepipe bans are unlikely this year, despite supplies starting to drop.

Friend helped clear 'Milly Dowler flat'

A friend of Levi Bellfield said today that he helped clear out bags of clothes and a mattress the day after Milly Dowler was killed.

Milly Dowler 'murder scene' steam-cleaned

A flat where schoolgirl Milly Dowler is alleged to have been killed was repainted and steam-cleaned before police became suspicious, the Old Bailey heard today.

Milly's mother breaks down in court

The mother of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler broke down after being questioned about her daughter's last few days.

Girl 'in tears after abduction bid'

A student told a court today that she was left scared and crying after a man said to be convicted killer Levi Bellfield offered her a lift in his car.

Police to investigate new link in 'Thames torso' case

Police investigating the case of a boy's torso that was found floating in the river Thames a decade ago are to travel to Nigeria, after a documentary claimed to shed light on the boy's identity and final days alive.

Arcus buys Forth Ports for £760m

Forth Ports has accepted a £760m bid from Arcus, the infrastructure investor, ending a year-long pursuit of Britain's last listed ports group.

Pciture of the day: A clean-up for banks of the Thames

Hundreds of volunteers give the banks of the Thames in west London a deep clean yesterday, to mark the lowest daytime tides of 2011.

Video: CCTV of Thames rescue released

PC George Alleway doesn't believe he did anything out of the ordinary after CCTV was released showing him saving a man from the Thames.

Blackwall Tunnel closed 1,200 times in nine months

A busy tunnel which carries around 100,000 vehicles a day under the River Thames has been closed a "staggering" 1,200 times in the past nine months because drivers did not heed height restriction warnings - or ran out of fuel, according to a new report.

Skeleton of Thames whale goes on show

Laid bare, the remains of a beast that captivated a nation one dark winter.

Family devastated by music executive's boat death

The family of a senior music executive are "devestated" after he died when a boat carrying six passengers capsized.

Body found after boat capsizes on Thames

Police divers searching for two missing men after a boat carrying six passengers capsized have found a body, police said.

Thirsty in Thirsk: 3,000 homes without water

Around 3,000 homes and businesses were left without water today after a burst on a major pipe which supplies a pumping station.

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