Firefighters suffering mental health issues after Grenfell Tower blaze

Firefighters suffering mental health issues after Grenfell Tower blaze

Retired firefighters from across the country have reported mental health problems despite not even attending the Grenfell fire disaster. The Fire Fighters Charity revealed that the harrowing TV images alone had been enough to trigger mental health episodes and force retirees outside London to seek their help. It comes as the charity launches a new video to highlight the scale of mental health problems for firefighters after dealing with extreme and repeated traumatic situations. A…

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Grenfell inquiry to examine council actions

Grenfell inquiry to examine council actions

The details of exactly what the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire will be examining have now been released. As well as attempting to establish the cause of the blaze, the public inquiry will also be examining the actions of Kensington and Chelsea Council before the tragedy took place. Prime Minister Theresa May has said that broader social questions raised by the fire will not form part of the inquiry. However, she said she was…

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London Garden Bridge project scrapped

London Garden Bridge project scrapped

The Garden Bridge project in London has announced it is “winding up” due to lack of funds. Organisers said in a statement that they had “no choice” but to kill off the initiative because of London mayor Sadiq Khan’s “lack of support”. The bridge, which was forecast to cost up to ¬£200m, was backed by former mayor Boris Johnson in 2013, but had its future thrown into doubt by a review that recommended it was…

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Oxford Circus Tube station evacuated due to fire

Oxford Circus Tube station evacuated due to fire

Four people have been treated for smoke inhalation following a fire on a Tube train at Oxford Circus in central London. The station was evacuated shortly before 09:00 BST and trains did not stop at the station for nearly two hours. Pictures on social media showed smoke billowing out from a Bakerloo line train sitting on a platform. Transport for London (TFL) said the fire was caused by an electrical fault. The station reopened and…

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Ten injured after bus crashes into London shop

Ten injured after bus crashes into London shop

Two passengers have been rescued after a double-decker bus crashed into the front of a shop on a busy high street in southwest London. Firefighters with cutting gear worked to free the pair from the top of the bus following the incident in Lavender Hill, close to Clapham Junction train station, just before 7am. Passengers and witnesses reported shouting, smoke and “lots of blood” in the wake of the crash involving the route 77 bus….

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Athletes hit by norovirus at London 2017 World Championships

Athletes hit by norovirus at London 2017 World Championships

Competitors are forced to withdraw from events after a bout of gastroenteritis is confirmed at an official team hotel. Image: Irish hope Thomas Barr was forced to pull out of the 400m hurdles semi-final A vomiting bug has hit a number of athletes at the World Championships – forcing some of them to pull out of events. Botswana’s Isaac Makwala is the latest competitor to be struck down with gastroenteritis, which has spread through an…

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New ‘acid attack’ targets two men in Bethnal Green, east London

New ‘acid attack’ targets two men in Bethnal Green, east London

Two men have been taken to hospital after a “suspected acid attack” in east¬†London. The pair were treated after an unknown liquid was thrown at them. The men, believed to be in their late teens, flagged down police at around 7pm on Tuesday, near Roman Road, Bethnal Green. Tower Hamlets police said officers, London Ambulance service and London Fire Brigade were dealing with a “suspected acid attack”. No arrests have been made and inquires continue….

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Charlie Gard parents end legal fight as time runs out for ‘beautiful’ baby

Charlie Gard parents end legal fight as time runs out for ‘beautiful’ baby

The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard have ended their legal challenge to take him to the US for experimental treatment. A lawyer representing Chris Gard and Connie Yates told the High Court “time had run out” for the baby. Mr Gard said it meant his “sweet, gorgeous, innocent little boy” will not reach his first birthday on 4 August. “To let our beautiful little Charlie go” is “the hardest thing we’ll ever have…

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