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Morning Headlines
29th January 2015

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Litvinenko inquiry: autopsy “probably world’s most dangerous”

The inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London has heard the autopsy carried out on his body was probably “the most dangerous ever undertaken in the Western world”.

Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with rare radioactive isotope polonium-210 nine years ago in London.

Home Office forensic pathologist Dr Nathaniel Cary told the inquiry Mr Litvinenko’s body was “very hazardous” and the risks of radiation poisoning meant he had to be transferred to a secure site.

Dr Cary said he and his colleagues wore protective gloves and specialised hoods during the post-mortem examination.

The inquiry also heard Litvinenko had told police Russian President Vladimir Putin had personally ordered his death.

London B&B owner found guilty of animal cruelty

A bed and breakfast owner has been found guilty of animal cruelty after keeping more than 30 dogs in squalid conditions.

Robert McElhill, 27, locked the dogs and puppies in cramped, dirty rooms in the basement of his property in Holland Park.

He's been convicted of six counts of animal cruelty and banned from owning dogs for 10 years.

Thameslink suffers further delays after another burst water main

Thameslink passengers are facing a sixth day of misery as engineers tackle flooding caused by a second pipe bursting in a tunnel in central London.

Operator Govia Thameslink Railway tweeted yesterday that there were delays of up to 40 minutes because of "another ruptured Thames Water main".

Smithsonian museum hoping to open outpost at Olympic Park 

The American Smithsonian museum is looking to open an outpost at the Olympic Park in Stratford.

$50 million of private contributions could help the Smithsonian become a central part of a new cultural centre that would open in 2021.

The museum would feature both some permanent exhibitions and some on loan from their American homes.

Bus workers plan further three 24-hour strikes

Bus workers are to stage three new 24-hour strikes in February in a dispute over pay.

On February 5th, February 13th and February 16th they will stage a planned walkout.

The strikers are calling for equal pay across the capital's 18 bus operators, which all currently offer different rates of pay, despite many drivers doing equivalent jobs working the same routes. 

Blue Whale usurps Dippy the dinosaur in Natural History Museum

The iconic replica dinosaur skeleton that has lived in the Natural History Museum for 36 years is to be replaced. 

The skeleton, known as “Dippy”, will make way for a skeleton of a blue whale.

200th anniversary of Waterloo marked with online gallery

An online gallery marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo has gone live.

It shows off 200 relics from the time, including the Duke of Wellington's famous boots and a coin that saved a soldier’s life. 

The items have come from the National Army Museum’s Waterloo Collection, loans from international museums and private collections. The display will have artefacts from both sides of the conflict.

Several items have never been seen before.

The website is and an exhibition will showcase the items in Windsor Castle. It opens Saturday January 31.

Spurs on their way to Wembley for final of Capital One Cup

Tottenham Hotspur drew 2-2 with Sheffield United last night but Spurs were 3-2 on aggregate and with a late goal from Christen Eriksen, were able to secure a place in the final of the Capital One Cup.

They play Chelsea at Wembley on March 1.

Kasabian to play BAFTA awards 

BAFTA has signed up Kasabian to perform at their awards ceremony in February.

The rock band will open the evening for the Hollywood A-listers at the Royal Opera House. 

The Baftas are thought to have snapped up Kasabian after the Leicester band were snubbed by the Brit Awards, failing to receive a single nomination despite a year in which they had considerable chart success and headlined Glastonbury. 

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