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Image copyright @Fazel1986 Image caption About 26 local residents left premises surrounding the blaze About 100 firefighters have tackled a blaze which spread through a row of shops in east London. The fire started in a mid-terrace shop in Sherrard Road, in Forest Gate, Newham, and spread through four neighbouring premises and two flats. London […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than £12.3bn was given to local authorities to pass on to eligible small businesses across England Emergency coronavirus funding for firms will go back to the Treasury at the end of the month if it is not claimed, business leaders have said. Four months after £12bn was released […]

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There has been a surge of interest in moving to the country due to city dwellers’ priorities changing during the coronavirus lockdown, estate agents have said. People are looking for more outdoor space, and may have more flexibility to work from home, Rightmove said. Across the UK, enquiries about buying a home in a village […]

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Image copyright PA Image caption Geoff Pugh said he was only at the car park for 23 minutes A motorist says he was “flabbergasted” to receive a £90 parking fine after taking a drive-through coronavirus test at a car park. Geoff Pugh, 52, was handed the penalty after taking his wife and two children for […]

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Six year-old Ayaan and Mikaeel, along with their community, have raised more than £37,000 for the Yemen crisis. With the ongoing conflict in Yemen tens of thousands of lives have been lost. An estimated 24m people, equivalent to 80% of the country’s population, are now in need of humanitarian aid to survive. The scale of […]

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Image copyright CUBG Image caption A record-breaking temperature of 38.7C (101.7F) was recorded at Cambridge University Botanic Garden in July 2019 Climate change driven by industrial society is having an increasing impact on the UK’s weather, the Met Office says. Its annual UK report confirms that 2019 was the 12th warmest year in a series […]

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Image caption Business student Shijassafarulla Pudhiyath, from India, says everyone in his house went hungry when work dried up in the lockdown Hundreds of international students in the UK have turned to food banks after part-time work and funding from families dried up during lockdown. Some have been unable to pay their course fees and […]

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Image copyright Metropolitan Police Image caption Stella Frew was pronounced dead at the scene in Sutton on Friday A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman who died after she was struck by a van. Stella Frew, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene in Tonfield Road, Sutton, south-west London, just before […]

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The Science Museum in London is reopening on 19 August after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In 2019, an exhibition opened at the site that told the stories of previous pandemics. The museum says it has started collecting objects from this latest one – such as signage and medical technology – to tell […]

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Alex McDonald is a security guard for the historic ship Cutty Sark, which is based in Greenwich, south-east London. During the coronavirus lockdown, he spent a great deal of time patrolling the empty vessel. He recorded some of his thoughts about the boat, which he says comes “alive” even when tourists are not there. emergency […]

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