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24th November 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Only one London Authority enforcing new a law to protect tenants from rogue letting agents

A London Live investigation has found a new redress regime for tenants in the capital to lodge complaints against landlords has not worked.

The scheme, introduced by housing minister Brandon Lewis, required every letting agent in the country to sign up to one of three government approved ombudsman schemes.

Nearly two months on, a single complaint is yet to be recorded.

 

Woman jailed in Iran for watching mens volleyball has been freed on bail

A British-Iranian woman who was detained after attempting to watch a men's volleyball match in Iran, has been freed on bail.

Ghoncheh Ghavami, a British-Iranian woman, was detained after attempting to watch a men's volleyball match has been freed on bail.

Her family say she was released because of health problems and was now awaiting a decision by the Court of Appeal.

The 25-year-old was part of a group of women arrested after trying to watch the match in June this year.

 

NHS Ambulance Strike

NHS workers will walk out for four hours today in a row with the Government over pay.

Staff including nurses and paramedics will stage a protest at the Government's refusal to to accept a recommended 1 per cent wage rise for all NHS employees.

NHS England said "robust plans" were in place to "protect" patients during the strike.

 

Charing Cross evacuated after a fire

Charing Cross station was evacuated yesterday after a fire broke out in the front carriage of a train.

It caused delays of around two hours on National Rail services between Charing Cross, Blackfriars and London Bridge.

No one was injured. 

 

Woman attacked at Holborn Station

Police are appealing to identify a man who attacked a 35 year-old woman at Holborn station.

A man struck her in the face, causing a large gash you her nose, and requiring her to have stitches. 

The man ran away from the scene, and Police believe he boarded the Piccadilly line.

It happened on Wednesday the 19th November at around 10:45pm.

British Transport Police have issued a picture of the attacker and are calling for the public’s aid to identify him.

 If you have any information, contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016.

 

The River Thames burst it’s banks flooding parts of south London

Parts of south London were left submerged under half a metre of water, when a part of the River Thames burst its banks.

The River Ravensbourne caused a flood in Lewisham, bringing traffic to a standstill in the area.

Residents trapped in flooded streets described the area as "moving like Venice."

 

The Seadevil fish has it’s first 15 minutes of fame

The first images of a female angler fish known as the Black Seadevil has been caught on film.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute captured the video after 20 years of study.

The Institute used a remotely operated robot to film species at different depths, and captured the first ever footage of this species alive and as deep as 1,900 feet below the oceans surface.

 

London is home to the Scrabble World Champion

Craig Beevers, from Middlesbrough has won the World Scrabble Championship.

He beat New Yorker Chris Lipe in a tense match at the Excel Centre in London on Sunday afternoon, after coming out 3-1 on top, in the best of 5 final.

Mr Beevers has been playing for 12 years and was the 2009 UK champion, he won £3,000 in prize money.

 

Geldof asks people to delete and download Band Aid 30 again

Bob Geldof has asked the public who have already bought the newest version of the charity Band Aid 30 single to delete it and download again.

The single went straight to number one, selling 312,000 copies, however the singer says that he is concerned about how much is being raised for charity.

The original song released in 1984 was priced at £3.50, and this years track only costs 99p, and Geldof says that worries him.

Promoting and fundraising for the song he appealed to the public “Even if you already have it, delete, and download again.”

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