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Thursday Morning Headlines
30th October 2014

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Celebrities voice public transport for poppy appeal

Celebrities will be heard voicing tube and bus announcements for London Poppy Day today, in aid of the Royal British Legion's poppy appeal.

Stephen Fry, Arsene Wenger, Brian Blessed and Joanna Lumley are among those who have taken part.  

Study finds no link between tough possession laws and lower drug use 

A government study has found no evidence that enforcement of tough personal possession laws leads to lower levels of drug use. 

The Home Office’s evidence based research, which compares British drug use to that across the world, will be published today.

The study will be signed off by home secretary Theresa May and will be published alongside an official expert report calling for a general ban on the sale and trade in legal highs.

RAF jets escort Latvian cargo plane to Stansted 

Typhoon fighter jets escorted a Russian-built cargo plane into Stansted Airport yesterday.

The jets scrambled after the plane lost contact with air traffic controllers, causing concern to air traffic authorities. Police officers surrounded the aircraft once it landed.

The plane later continued its journey.

The jets were cleared to travel at supersonic speed, which created a sonic boom that was heard across a large part of the south-east. 

Police release CCTV of attempted Westminster robbery, ask for information

Police have released CCTV of two men they want to speak to after a man was threatened with a firearm during an attempted robbery in Westminster.

The incident took place at around 2am on Sunday 19th October when a 37-year-old man was parking his car in Shepherd Market.

No shots were fired and the man escaped unharmed.

Anyone who can identify these men are urged to contact the Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Pictures can be seen in the video above. 

Battersea alleyway sells for £260,000

A narrow alleyway in Battersea which stands at just 900 square feet has sold for £260,000 in auction, almost five times its guide price.

The walkway is between a charity shop and a Starbucks on Northcote Road. It was listed with a guide price of £55,000.

The passageway comes with planning permission, meaning the buyer now has the option of developing it into a residential or artist’s studio.

Young Fathers win Mercury Music Prize 

Edinburgh-based Hip hop trio Young Fathers have won the Mercury Music Prize.

Their album, Dead, beat eleven nominated works from artists including Damon Albarn and Royal Blood.

It was the second lowest selling record on the nominees list.

The award is judged by a panel of 12 critics, DJs, musicians and other industry figures. It is one of the most respected awards in the industry and comes with a £20,000 prize. 

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