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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mark Hanretty partnered Paralympian Libby Clegg in this year’s season of Dancing on Ice ITV’s Dancing on Ice skater Mark Hanretty has warned the UK risks losing a generation of talent if it does not reopen ice rinks to elite skaters. A plan to open rinks on 1 August […]

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Image copyright Reuters It is 10 years since the first bikes belonging to London’s cycle scheme were peddled on to the streets of the capital. A decade on, BBC News takes a closer look behind the handlebars. The scheme’s origins Image copyright Getty Images While the cycles are known by many as Boris Bikes, it […]

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Alex McDonald is a security guard for the historic ship Cutty Sark, which is based in Greenwich, south-east London. During the coronavirus lockdown, he spent a great deal of time patrolling the empty vessel. He recorded some of his thoughts about the boat, which he says comes “alive” even when tourists are not there. boiler […]

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Boris Johnson has suggested Parliament could move to York while the Palace of Westminster undergoes renovation. In a letter, the prime minister said the government was considering establishing a hub in the northern city and “it would therefore make sense to consider this as a potential location”. Plans to move MPs out of Westminster are […]

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Image copyright Andrew Morris/PA Media; Getty Images Image caption Haile Selassie was Ethiopia’s last emperor A statue of former Ethiopian leader Haile Selassie has been destroyed in a park in Wimbledon, south-west London. Police are investigating the incident, which took place in Cannizaro Park on Tuesday evening. The damage to the bust was carried out […]

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Image caption General manager Diana Nabagereka says reducing the 2m social distancing rule will be vital for restaurants reopening in Brixton Village As the prime minister announced that pubs and restaurants in England can reopen from 4 July, we went to see how one neighbourhood might emerge from the coronavirus lockdown. Brixton appears almost normal. […]

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A statue of Sir Winston Churchill targeted during anti-racism protests has been uncovered for a visit by the French president this week. The statue in Parliament Square, Westminster, was covered for protection following the protests earlier in June. Nearby statues to Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi will stay hidden behind protective screens. Emmanuel Macron will […]

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Image copyright Google Image caption An officer was filmed while he was pinned to the ground in Frampton Park Road The home secretary and the Police Federation have condemned an attack on two police officers which was filmed by members of the public. Video circulating on social media shows an officer struggling on the ground […]

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionProtesters chanted “black lives matter” Thousands of people have joined a protest in London over the death of African-American George Floyd in US police custody nine days ago. It comes as UK chief constables said they stand alongside all those “appalled and horrified” by his death. In […]

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