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Rory Burns and Ollie Pope: England Test players sign new Surrey contracts

Rory Burns (left) has made 14 Test appearances for England, averaging 32.81 with the bat, while Ollie Pope (right) has played four times for his country England internationals Rory Burns and Ollie Pope have signed new contracts with Surrey. Test opener Burns, 29, and middle-order batsman Pope, 21, will...

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General election 2019: A really simple guide

The UK is gearing up to hold a general election on Thursday. These national votes, to choose a government to run the country, are supposed to be held every five years. But this would be the third since 2015. What is this election for? A total of 650 people...

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Tim Murtagh: Ireland bowler retires from international cricket

Murtagh acknowledges the crowd at Lord’s after taking five wickets against England Ireland bowler Tim Murtagh has retired from international cricket after making 97 appearances. The London-born 38-year-old has signed a two-year contract extension with Middlesex and will play red-ball cricket for the county side in 2020. His final...

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Rapman on Blue Story: ‘Kids in gangs aren’t spawns of Satan’

Image copyright Getty Images “I couldn’t focus on schoolwork because I was focused on surviving.” Rapman is talking about his childhood growing up in South London ahead of the release of his debut film, Blue Story – a tale of friendship, love and postcode wars. It follows the life...

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Whitechapel Big Ben bell foundry hotel plan approved

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The historical foundry has received royal visits Plans to redevelop the historical bell foundry where Big Ben was cast into a boutique hotel have been approved. Whitechapel Bell Foundry started up in east London in 1570. The current site was sold to developers...

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Dina Asher-Smith backs new athletes’ union after Diamond League changes

Asher-Smith’s 200m world title was accompanied by silvers in the 100m and 4x100m in Doha in September Great Britain’s 200m world champion Dina Asher-Smith says she will support the Athletics Association, an athletes’ union formed in response to changes to the Diamond League programme. American two-time Olympic triple jump...

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Orpington crash: One dead and 15 hurt as buses and car collide

Image caption One of the two buses involved in the crash was loaded on to a tow-truck One person died and 15 were injured in a crash involving two buses and a car in south-east London. The driver of the car has been arrested over the collision on Sevenoaks...

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Universal credit: MPs call for action on women driven to ‘survival sex’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Women say being left short of money by universal credit is forcing them to make desperate decisions Evidence that women are being driven to sex work because of problems with universal credit must lead to government action, MPs have said. A number of...

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Swapping gang life for walking boots

A Londoner who was a former victim of gun crime says taking up walking as a hobby helped him escape a life of gang violence. Dwayne Fields believes it helped turn his life around and hopes sharing his experiences with young people might help them too. 24 hour electrician...

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Daughter of Briton jailed in Iran back in UK

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Richard Ratcliffe embraces his daughter, Gabriella, after she landed back in the UK The five-year-old daughter of a British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran on spying charges has returned to the UK. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 40, a charity worker from London, has been detained for...

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