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Wednesday Morning Headlines
15th October 2014

A ban on smoking in London’s public parks

In an attempt to make London one of the healthiest cites, proposals to make it illegal to smoke in London’s parks have been put forward to the Mayor, Boris Johnson.

The proposed smoke free places include Trafalgar Square, Parliament Square and the Royal Parks.

If the plans go ahead, Bois Johnson could use his Mayoral influences to create bylaws to enforce the ban. The mayor aims to persuade some of the 1.2 million smokers to stub out the addiction.

It comes after he set up an independent inquiry with the London Health Commission last year.  The commission is under the power of Lord Darzi, a surgeon and ex-Labour health minister.

At the moment it is just a proposal, the Mayor may not act on the advice given. He has said ‘If we were to consider a ban…it would actually have to save lives. It is time for London to have that debate.

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Ebola death toll up to 4,500

Four and a half thousand people have now died from Ebola.

Most of the victims are from West Africa with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea hit hardest by the outbreak.

The World Health Organisation warned things could get worse if efforts aren't stepped up.

The news comes as the UK started screening for the virus at Heathrow airport yesterday.


Mark Duggan’s family loose High Court appeal

The mother of Mark Duggan has lost a High Court bid to overturn a finding that her son was "lawfully killed".

Three judges upheld the verdict in a ruling yesterday.

Mr Duggan was shot in August 2011 by armed police in Tottenham, causing riots nationwide.

His aunt, Carole Duggan, says the family will appeal.


A record number of US airstrikes to save Kobane

US forces have stepped up air strikes against Islamic State fighters threatening the Syrian town of Kobane.

A record 21 strikes were carried out over 2 days.

Barack Obama said the move had slowed IS advances.


Steenkamp’s family reject 'Blood money’ 

The parents of Reeva Steenkamp have been receiving monthly payments from Oscar Pistorius since her death.

A total of 21 thousand pounds was offered, with a third of that already paid to them for their 'pain and suffering'.

But Barry and June Steenkamp have vowed to return the money.

Pistorious' sentencing hearing continues today.


Euro match abandoned after violent brawl

A Euro 2016 football qualifier between Serbia and Albania has been abandoned after a player brawl.

Players began fighting after a drone carrying an Albanian flag flew into the stadium.

It's thought it was flown in by remote control from fans outside the stadium.


And finally… A rare opportunity in Mayfair’s real estate, if you have £2 million lying around

What does 2 million pounds buy you in London these days?

Not a lot, apparently.

For your money you'll get a Mayfair postcode...and eight parking spaces.

It's thought to be the most expensive ever to go on the market in London.

The estate agent describes the sale as a "rare opportunity"

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