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Thames safety warning on Marchioness 30th anniversary

By Lucia Binding, news reporter Little has been done to reduce the risk of older boats sinking on the River Thames since the Marchioness disaster 30 years ago, the Port of London Authority (PLA) has warned. Fifty-one young people died when the pleasure boat...

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Man charged with murder of 'hero' PC Andrew Harper

By Sharon Marris, news reporter The wife of a police officer who was killed has released a tribute to him as a 20-year-old man was charged with his murder. Jed Foster from Reading will appear in the city’s magistrates’ court tomorrow morning over PC Andrew...

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Four jailed for life over family feud machete murder

Four men have been jailed for life for the murder of a father who they subjected to a “vicious, terrifying and sustained attack” with a machete. Father-of-four Sajed Choudry, 42, sustained horrific injuries, including slash wounds to his ears and his skull...

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Entertainment

The Crown, Guy Garvey and #DrunkTaylor

There’s big news from Netflix about The Crown this week, and Claire’s been chatting to Elbow’s Guy Garvey. :: Listen to Backstage on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker Plus the big new comedies we’re loving, and we’ve...

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Bowie bandstand in south London is Grade II listed

A south London bandstand associated with David Bowie has been Grade II listed so that it can “inspire people for years to come”. The singer, who died in January 2016, performed to an audience of just a few hundred at the structure in Croydon Recreation...

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London Calling: Smashed Clash guitar to go on display

Forty years after it was smashed in a fit of anger on stage, one of rock history’s most famous instruments is going on display. The Clash bassist Paul Simonon destroyed his Fender guitar during a gig in New York in 1979, and an image capturing the moment was...

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Sport

Griezmann double sends France to the final

Griezmann scored a penalty at the end of the first half after a handball by Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. The striker then poked the ball home for the host nation in the 72nd minute following a blunder by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to set up a meeting with...

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Valdes makes Boro move

The former Barcelona keeper, who joined Belgium club Standard Liege on loan in January, moved to United in January 2015 when he was out of contract, as possible cover for compatriot David De Gea, but could make only two appearances. “You can’t imagine how...

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Newcastle battle back to earn draw

The Magpies moved to within a point of safety having played a game more than fourth-bottom Norwich. Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana but Liverpool in control. But Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback rescued a point for Rafael Benitez’s side. Elsewhere, Manchester...

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Premier League revenues at record levels

It follows figures released by Deloitte. Of the 20 top-flight clubs, 17 posted operating profits in the 2014/15 season. However, the cost of player wages also went up 6%. Premier League clubs’ pre-tax profits are £120m, down from £190m in 2013/14. Dan Jones, Partner...

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Hamilton handed China grid penalty

The world champion’s Mercedes has had a gearbox change. Hamilton already trails Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 17 points after two races. Mercedes say the gearbox was damaged in Bahrain. F1 rules say drivers must use a single gearbox for six consecutive...

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Sharapova ITF hearing to proceed

Wada said earlier this week athletes who test positive for meldonium before March 1st could avoid bans. Sharapova tested positive for the drug at this year’s Australian Open, after it was added to Wada’s banned substances list from January 1st. The...

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West Ham to pay £2.5million per year in rent

They will have to pay £2.5 million per year in rent. But if they are relegated from the Premier League that amount will be halved. The club have issued the following statement: “This publication does not affect West Ham United or our move to the former Olympic Stadium...

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Man United reach Wembley in FA Cup

Louis van Gaal’s side won n the final ever Cup tie at Upton Park before the Hammers move to the Olympic Stadium. Marcus Rashford and Marouane Felaini scored United’s goals. James Tomkins pulled one back late on. They’ll now play Everton a week on...

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Holders Barca out but Bayern progress

Barca lost 2-0 to Atletico Madrid, and 3-2 on aggregate, in their quarter final second leg. No team has ever defended the trophy since the competition became known as the Champions League. Bayern Munich joined Atletico, Real Madrid and Manchester City in...

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