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Travel Disruption as Forth Road Bridge Closes for Repairs

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  Travels were disrupted Monday morning following the closure of Forth Road Bridge in Scotland for repairs.    Commuters took to social media to vent their frustration. Some also said trains at Inverkeithing were full and unable to take on more passengers this morning. The bridge was closed to traffic on Friday to enable engineers to fix problems in the inner link support beam and a crack in the structure. As at 9:45am on Monday, disruptions remained on the #A907 heading towards Gartarry Roundabout and #A977 from Forestmill towards Gartarry Roundabout, Transport Scotland tweeted. According to ScotRail, more than 100,000 people use the bridge over River Forth on a weekday. “We are aware of the “significant disruption to people and businesses in the local area and acr

Man charged with attempted murder after Tube station knife attack

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  A man has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of a 56-year-old man at Leytonstone Underground station on Saturday evening. Muhaydin Mire, 29, of Sansom Road, Leytonstone is allegedly accused of attacking a man on the Tube. The victim was attacked around 7.15 pm on Saturday and underwent five hours of surgery following what prosecutors has described as a “terrorist incident”. It has been reported that a second man received minor injuries in the attack and a woman was threatened but unhurt. Mire is remanded in custody pending a hearing this Friday at the Old Bailey. British Transport Police said that extra officers have been deployed today. "They involve both uniformed and plain-clothed officers, supported by other resources, such as armed officers

How to stay safe on Public transport in the wake of Saturday’s Stabbing Attack.

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Image Courtesy of British Transport Police The stabbing incident at Leytonstone station has increased transport security concerns, but how exactly should you stay safe while travelling on London’s public transport?   How to stay safe on Public transport The Met and the British Transport police recommend these important tips.  Plan your journey in advance – as far as is possible you should try to plan your journey. Its best if you know your destination and which stop you will need. Travel downstairs on buses - this is especially important if you are travelling alone. Sit close to the driver and with others - If you feel concerned about your safety on the bus, sit close to the driver. If you are on the tube or train, move to a carriage where there are other peo

Storm Desmond: joint effort from the society to battle against the flood

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Many parties from the society have joined their effort to battle against the Storm Desmond as North West England has been severely affected by the unprecedented downfall .   (Video provided by euronews)     A body was found during a search of the River Kent in Kendal as Cumbria prepares for more rain after a weekend of record rainfall. North West Ambulance Service ambulance crew told Westminster News that they continue to face challenges in reaching devastating floods. More than 40 Schools  and several hospital were closed according to local news outlet News & Star.   (Photos provided by David Sim)   Fundraising by charity A fundraising campaign set up on Sunday for people affected by the floods had raised more th

A quarter of a million raised in two days for Cumbria flood victims

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  Screen shot of fundraiser page showing funds raised by 1pm Monday.   Over a quarter of a million pounds has been raised in forty-eight hours by the Cumbria Community Foundation to help recent flood victims in the county. According to the foundation's website, a one million pound campaign was launched Saturday, to support communities pounded by Storm Desmond which brought record levels of rainfall to the North of England and Scotland. By 10am Monday, the foundation’s website showed the donation counter had reached two hundred and ninty-five thousand pounds, 30% of the targeted one million pounds. Annalee Holliday, Communications Officer for the Cumbria Community Foundation told Westminster news that she expected the fund to reach 300 thousand pounds by the end of da

Leytonstone tube stabbing: man remanded in custody

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The man suspected of stabbing another man at Leytonstone tube station in east London on Saturday night has been remanded in custody.  Muhaydin Mire, 29, of Sansom Road in Leytonstone, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court today charged with attempted murder. His alleged victim is a 56-year-old man, who has not been named. Mire is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday.             (Picture courtesy of GrimsbyT) The alleged attack took place at around 7pm on Saturday. Several members of the public captured footage of the incident on their mobile phones. Witnesses said Mire was heard to shout “This is for Syria” during the attack, prompting one onlooker to say “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv”. His response has since been
Women will bear the brunt of further austerity

Women will bear the brunt of further austerity

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More welfare and budget cuts will threaten parity, compromise women’s safety, and further exacerbate the damage caused by years of austerity In 1865, for the first time in history, John Stuart Mill publically introduced the concept of women’s suffrage. 150 years on, would the women who selflessly chained themselves to railings, and sacrificed their health in hunger strikes, be satisfied with the state of gender equality today? George Osbourne’s cutthroat budget, which calls for the large scale slashing of welfare, may give us an answer. Government plans for further austerity, which will hit women the hardest, are enough to make Pankhurst turn sharply in her grave. Women are disproportionately impacted by austerity, and the last five years have shown that it is women who are pa
What is it like to be a UK survivalist?

What is it like to be a UK survivalist?

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Water gushes through the cracks, high winds crash against your windows, and sparks fly as the electrics blow. Outside, two men fight savagely over tinned beans, water rising up to their bellies as the foundations of another house give way. Catastrophe has struck, will you survive? In the UK, most of us are lucky enough to have never experienced a natural disaster. So most of us probably don’t ever worry about this type of scenario, let alone prepare for one. But there are a growing number of people determined to lay the groundwork for a rainy day, and secure survival in any situation. Whether a manmade disaster or freak accident hits – they are prepared. Tom Linden is a survival instructor from North Yorkshire, specialising in the effects of nuclear weapons. He is what is comm
NHS mental health services are failing BME communities

NHS mental health services are failing BME communities

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Mainstream services have “a lot to learn” from the poorly funded voluntary groups picking up the pieces. By Alex Leonards. North Croydon, home of Crystal Palace Football Club, host to hopeful asylum seekers crammed into dreary buildings – a place where male life expectancy is nine years lower than a few miles south. A gamblers dream, where betting shops dominate street corners and abandoned offices stand by littered pavements. In South Croydon, a short drive away, residents enjoy coffees in art cafés, visits to medieval churches, and strolls along the Happy Valley. The most populous London borough is divided by wealth and deprivation, as well as by its great expanse. But Croydon is also divided by race. North Croydon is ethnically diverse, some of its areas have a majority Black a

Collectors’ retreat on Southbank.

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The Vintage Car boot sale on 14th and 15th March had more than 100 classic vehicles on display. By Fabeha Syed  subedited by  Qiwei Wang Mr. Thatcher, a trader had all his collectibles and paintings displayed on his van. Among the traders and proud owners of Vintage cars, many collectors were also among the crowd displaying their antiquated collection near the Southbank this weekend. These collections ranged from vintage fashion, heir looms, clothing, accessories, books and many other forms of collectibles. “There are many retro lovers who can willingly pay anything to own a piece of old world charm. It’s my job to sell the collection I’ve got over the years” said Danny on asking if he feel awkward selling what many people consider treasure. His 1960s Mini Cooper had displaye