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Morning headlines
3rd December 2014

The Autumn Statement released today

The Chancellor George Osbourne will take the stand and issue the government’s Autumn Statement today, but leaked plans will see big changes for London.

The statement is expected to include a £150million regeneration of the Olympic Park, plans to create a garden city at Ebbsfleet, and for the London overground to be extended to Barking riverside.

For a breakdown of what is expected for London see here.

The statement will be released at 12:30 this lunchtime.


Thousands pay respects to Batsman Phil Hughes

Thousands have gathered to attend the funeral of cricketer Phil Hughes in his hometown of Macksville.

The 26 year old South Australian batsman was fatally injured during the Sheffield Shield clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground last Tuesday.

He died in hospital on Thursday. 


The Thames Garden Bridge gets approval

Westminster City Council has approved planning permission for a garden bridge across the River Thames.

The £175 million footbridge would link Temple with the Southbank, but it's been criticised over its location and cost.

Heritage groups have raised concerns that it would potentially block the sight of St Paul's Cathedral for some.

Boris Johnson will make the final decision as to whether the project will go ahead. 


Police search for attackers of an autistic teenager

Police are appealing for information to identify three attackers who cut an autistic teenager across the neck.

16 year old, Eamonn Finn, was chased and slashed across his neck, just missing an artery, as he walked to a youth group in Pimlico.

The attack was said to have happened because he gave the group a ‘funny look.’

It happened on June 4th around 7.20pm. Anyone with information is asked to call Westminster CID on 07500 766464 or via 101. To remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Home births are better for parents and babies

Home births and midwife-led centres are better for mothers and are often just as safe for babies, that's according to The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Hundreds of thousands more babies could be born outside hospital every year. 

New guidelines state that 45% of women are at extremely low risk of any complications, and may be better off giving birth elsewhere.


‘Volatile’ Russell Brand looses his cool over questions over his London rent

The comedian and celebrity activist was on the steps of Downing Street campaigning for affordable housing in London, when he was asked by a Channel 4 reporter how much his own rent is in East London.

In response to the question he called the reporter ‘a snide’ and said, “I’m not interested in talking to you about my rent, mate. I’m here to support a very important campaign.”

Russell Brand has been protesting with the residents of the Hackney New Era estate this week, a development which is threatening 93 families with eviction. 

In his own YouTube channel called the Trews, the comedian described himself as 'volatile' when making the 'snide comment.'


Audrey Hepburn exhibition at the National Gallery announced

She started as a West End chorus girl and ended up one of the most photographed women in show business.

Famous shots as well as rare family photographs of the model and actress, will be displayed in the exhibit named ‘Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon.’

The show will run from July 2nd until October 18th 2015.


From beauty blogger to author of the fastest selling book this year

Beauty vlogger Zoella's has become a sell-out author with her first novel, Girl Online. The book has become the fastest-selling book of 2014.

The novel follows the story of a teenager who blogs about her hidden feelings on friendship, boys and her anxieties. 

It's sold over 78,000 copies in its first week. 

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