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Rupert Smith, one of 17 convicted offenders deported to Jamaica, says he has “had his life taken away”. All of those deported were Jamaican nationals who have been convicted of criminal offences and given prison sentences of 12 months or more. Mr Smith told BBC Newsnight that he was “serving his sentence three times over”. […]

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Image copyright Thameslink Image caption Network Rail engineers are repairing the damage to overhead power lines Rail commuters on Thameslink train services are facing major disruption due to a damaged overhead wire, the operator has said. Two of the four lines between London St Pancras and Bedford are closed. Commuters were warned there would be […]

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Image copyright PA Media Image caption Sadiq Khan was elected mayor of London in May 2016 Spending on City Hall employees has risen by 82% while Sadiq Khan has been mayor, according to official figures. Staff costs in Boris Johnson’s final budget for 2016-17 were £36m, while the proposed budget for 2020-21 under Mr Khan […]

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Image copyright Met Police Image caption Jay Sewell was fatally stabbed through a car window The mother of a teenage boy who was stabbed to death by a love rival and his parents has called the sentences his killers received “a joke”. Jay Sewell, 18, was attacked by a group led by Daniel Grogan, who […]

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Image copyright Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Millions of commuters will have to pay an average of 2.7% more for train tickets from today. The rise, announced by industry body the Rail Delivery Group in November, is lower than the 3.1% increase at the start of last year. Train companies say it is the third year in […]

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Image caption Sadiq Khan helped serve 100 Christmas Dinners to guests at City Hall Christmas dinners have been served to Londoners who are reliant on the city’s homelessness services. Hairdressers and opticians were also made available at City Hall before guests were given a three-course meal. Last year, 8,855 people were seen rough sleeping in […]

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Sue Peart is preparing to be on the phone for Samaritans on Christmas Day. It comes after her life quickly changed in 2017, when she left her job as a national magazine editor to look after her sick mother, who died only months later. As a result, Sue’s mental health suffered – but two years […]

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