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Commuters endured more train travel misery today with major delays on busy routes.

The helicopter crash in central London

Pilot in Vauxhall helicopter crash Pete Barnes was 'repeatedly told not to take off'

A pilot who was killed after his helicopter crashed into a crane in central London had been advised not to embark on the journey because of poor visibility.

(Clockwise from top) The scene in Vauxhall; the pilot Peter Barnes; the damaged crane

Helicopter pilot diverted due to bad weather prior to Vauxhall crash, inquest hears

The pilot who died in a helicopter crash in central London had been diverted because of bad weather before his aircraft clipped a crane and then plunged to the ground, an inquest was told today.

Dramatic amateur video captured at helicopter crash site

Two people were killed and several injured after a helicopter hit a crane on top of the St George Wharf tower in Vauxhall, at around 08:00 GMT this morning

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London restaurant owner batters rat to death in the middle of environmental health inspection

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The campaign for a Living Wage higher than the statutory minimum rate stepped up a gear today when leading politicians and employers backed the drive for better pay.

Power to the (Tamil) people! There's a curry revolution going on in Tooting

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Downing Street's cat Larry makes first kill

While David Cameron is on holiday in Cornwall, Larry the Downing Street cat has at last been earning his keep.

Warning over 'Afro combs' as teenage girl is jailed for 10 years for killing 16-year-old in dispute over boys

A judge today warned of the dangers of wearing Afro combs as fashion accessories as he handed a life sentence to a 16-year-old girl who used one to fatally stab another girl in a dispute over boys.

Michael Gove allegedly overruled advice not to sell off a school's playing fields in return for the local Tory council funding a controversial free school in the same borough

Gove 'made school deal with council'

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