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London Bridge survivor: ‘I saw things I will never unsee’

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Media captionBryonn Bain was giving a workshop at Fishmongers’ Hall when the attack began

An American academic has given a graphic account of the moment the London Bridge stabbing attack began, saying it “felt like a warzone”.

Bryonn Bain told the BBC that victim Jack Merritt had been the first person to confront Usman Khan when he launched his knife assault during a prisoner rehabilitation conference on Friday.

“I saw people die, I saw things that I will never be able to unsee,” he said.

Vigils have taken place for Mr Merritt, 25, and second victim Saskia Jones, 23.

Three other people were also injured in the attack before Khan was shot dead by armed officers on London Bridge – two are still in hospital in a stable condition.

Prof Bain said former offenders attending the University of Cambridge-linked conference “stepped up and intervened” to tackle Khan, and people at Fishmongers’ Hall owed their lives to the actions of those who had previously spent time in jail.

He said two men from his performance poetry workshop immediately ran towards shouts from elsewhere in Fishmongers’ Hall in the City of London as the attack began, and as shouts grew louder he also went to assist.

“That’s when I ran down and saw the scene unfolding there,” he said. “I was able to see the attacker.”

He added: “It felt like a warzone… it felt like total chaos.”

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Media captionThe chief executive of Fishmongers Hall, Commodore Toby Williamson describes how his staff fought back

Prof Bain said course co-ordinator Mr Merritt was “the first line of defence”.

“I want to honour him,” Prof Bain said of Mr Merritt. “I want to honour his father’s wishes which have been explicit to not have his life be used for political purposes to ramp up draconian policies, because that’s not what he was about.”

Mr Merritt’s father criticised newspaper coverage of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge to review the early release of convicted terrorists.

Writing in the Guardian, David Merritt says his son “would be seething at his death, and his life, being used to perpetuate an agenda of hate that he gave his everything fighting against”.

The article calls for a justice system that focuses on rehabilitation, rather than revenge, and criticises indeterminate sentences, saying his son worked for “a world where we do not lock up and throw away the key”.

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Jack Merritt was a co-ordinator of the Learning Together programme and Saskia Jones a volunteer

Prof Bain added: “I want to make sure that as much as possible that we uphold the heroes of the day, were formerly incarcerated people, some of the folks who are often easiest to dehumanise.

“They stepped up and many of the folks in that space would not be here today if it weren’t for these guys who did time in prison and literally saved lives.”

In other developments on Monday:

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended his response to the attack after Mr Merritt’s father criticised newspaper coverage of Mr Johnson’s pledge to review the early release of convicted terrorists
  • Mr Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attended a vigil at the Guildhall near London Bridge to honour those caught up in the attack
  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the best way to defeat the hatred shown in the attack was to focus on the values of hope, unity and love
  • BBC News learned the attacker, Usman Khan, 28, had been under investigation by the security service MI5 since his release from prison last year, but given one of the lowest priorities. He had been convicted of a terrorism offence in 2012
  • As part of his release conditions, Khan was obliged to take part in the government’s desistance and disengagement programme – which aims to rehabilitate those involved in terrorism

Vigils for the victims of the attack were also held in Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University, which Ms Jones had previously attended.

Mr Merritt and Ms Jones both studied for masters degrees at the University of Cambridge’s institute of criminology and had been taking part in an event for its Learning Together programme – which focuses on education within the criminal justice system – when they were killed.

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The family of Jack Merritt take part in a vigil at the Guildhall in Cambridge

Mr Merritt, from Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, was a co-ordinator of the Learning Together programme and Ms Jones, from Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, a volunteer

The victims’ families paid tribute to their loved ones at the weekend.

Ms Jones’s family said their daughter had a “great passion” for supporting victims of criminal justice.

In a statement, Mr Merritt’s family described him as a “talented boy” who “died doing what he loved”.

Toby Williamson, chief executive of Fishmongers’ Hall, praised the bravery of his staff who intervened to stop the attacker, hailing their actions as “extraordinary things done by ordinary people”.

Mr Williamson told how Polish chef Lukasz suffered five wounds to his left-hand side as he fended off the knifeman with a narwhal tusk during “about a minute of one-on-one straight combat” – allowing others time to escape danger.

A group of hall staff, ex-offenders, prison and probation staff are believed to have drawn Khan out on to London Bridge where he was subsequently shot dead by armed police.

‘Minimal risk’

Khan, who admitted preparing terrorist acts in 2012, was released from prison in December 2018 after serving half of his sentence.

The BBC understands Khan was formally under investigation by MI5 as he left jail but placed in the second-to-bottom category of investigations as his initial risk to the public was thought to be minimal.

This was consistent with the grading given to most other people convicted of terrorism offences as they go back into the community under a release licence.

A low level of prioritisation is assigned to offenders such as Khan because their release comes with a strict set of licence conditions.

These conditions theoretically provide suitable monitoring and oversight, such as alerts if they contact other suspects or travel outside an approved area.

Khan, the BBC has learned, was on the highest-level of such community monitoring. The overall package, in theory, relieves pressure on MI5 so the security service can focus on more immediate threats.

Friday was the first time that Khan, who wore a GPS tag, had been permitted to travel to London since he left prison. The BBC has been told that – earlier in the year – Khan was refused permission to travel to Stoke-on-Trent, which is where he grew up, in order to attend a social event.

The prime minister said on Sunday that 74 people jailed for terror offences and released early would have their licence conditions reviewed..

Police said two terror-related arrests following Friday’s incident, in Staffordshire and north London, were not directly connected to the London Bridge attack.

It came after the UK’s terrorism threat level was downgraded on 4 November from “severe” to “substantial”, meaning that attacks were thought to be “likely” rather than “highly likely”.

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Blue Story: Cinema chains pull gang film after ‘machete’ brawl

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A second cinema chain has pulled the gang-themed film Blue Story after seven police officers were injured during a brawl at an entertainment complex.

It comes after youths, some armed with machetes, sparked a police operation at the Star City multiplex in Birmingham.

Vue has banned the film from its 91 UK and Ireland venues and Showcase has also dropped the movie.

The move has prompted a backlash on social media with some labelling the ban as “racist”.

Five teenagers including a girl, 13, were arrested in connection with the disturbance, which involved up to 100 young people in a public area of the multiplex, on Saturday night.

In a statement, Vue said the film opened in 60 of its sites across the UK and Ireland on Friday.

“But during the first 24 hours of the film over 25 significant incidents were reported and escalated to senior management in 16 separate cinemas,” it said.

“This is the biggest number we have ever seen for any film in a such a short time frame.”

A spokeswoman for Vue confirmed police had been called to some of the incidents, but could not confirm exactly how many times.

The Odeon chain says it is not withdrawing the film, but “a number of security measures are in place” for Blue Story screenings, though it refused to elaborate on what they are.

In Birmingham, a note on the door of the Odeon cinema at the Broadway Plaza said staff would be carrying out bag searches throughout the day.

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The film’s writer and director says it is about love not violence

Blue Story’s writer and director, Andrew Onwubolu, said Saturday’s disturbance in Birmingham was “truly unfortunate”.

In an Instagram post on Sunday, the rapper-turned-filmmaker wrote: “Sending love to all those involved in yesterday’s violence at Star City in Birmingham.

“It’s truly unfortunate that a small group of people can ruin things for everybody.

“Blue Story is a film about love not violence.

“I hope that the blame is placed with the individuals and not an indictment of the film itself.

“I pray that we can all learn to live with love and treat each other with tolerance and respect.”

An online petition has been launched calling for the film to be reinstated at Vue cinemas. It attracted more than 6,700 signatures in 18 hours.

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The film was released last Friday

The Vue chain has stressed the decision to pull the film was prompted only because of the risk of further violence.

“This decision is not, as some have alleged, based on biased assumptions or concern about the content of the film itself,” it said.

On Saturday, West Midlands Police officers drew Tasers and used a dispersal order to clear the Star City venue.

Footage from inside the multiplex appeared to show fights and people on the floor screaming.

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Media captionAndrew Onwubolu, known as Rapman, wrote and directed the film

The five teenagers – two girls aged 13 and 14 and three 14-year-old boys – have all now been bailed alongside a 19-year-old man.

Four were held on suspicion of assaulting police and one of the boys was detained on suspicion of obstructing police.

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A group of youths, one of whom was carrying a machete, were caught on camera

Another of the boys was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder after an image circulated on social media showing a number of youths, with one carrying a machete.

West Midlands police and crime commissioner David Jamieson said the unrest was “very worrying and very disturbing”.

“Some of these children were so young,” he said. “I think parents have a role if they see those sorts of [weapons] in the home, to discipline their own children.”

The teenagers’ bail conditions ban them from leaving home at night, as well as from Star City and any cinema in the UK, police said.

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Media captionWitness Rachael Allison was at the Birmingham Star City complex when a brawl broke out

Announcing it was following Vue in cancelling all screenings, Showcase said: “Due to the recent incidents tied to screenings of the film Blue Story, after careful consideration with the film’s distributor, Showcase Cinemas has immediately removed the film from all of our participating cinemas.

“Any guests that have purchased tickets in advance can receive a full refund at the cinema box office. We remain in discussions with the distributor with regards to the possibility of reintroducing the film in due course.

“We apologise for any inconvenience but guest safety remains our top priority.”

Blue Story

Blue Story, which was developed from a YouTube mini-series, follows the life of Timmy who lives in Lewisham but goes to school in Peckham – two parts of south-east London that have a notorious rivalry.

“That part of it was based on my life – it made my school experience very difficult,” director Onwubolu told Radio 1 Newsbeat.

He said he wanted the audience to see past crime statistics and headlines about knife crime, to understand how a “good kid” can lose their way.

“They didn’t come from child abuse or neglectful mothers. What kids go through in the school playground is so intense, it all starts there.”

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The film was developed from a YouTube mini-series

BBC Films, which developed and co-financed the film, said it was an “outstanding, critically acclaimed debut feature which powerfully depicts the futility of gang violence”.

“It’s an important film from one of the UK’s most exciting new filmmakers which we’re proud to be part of,” it added.

Distributor Paramount Pictures said it was “saddened” by events at Star City but said the movie had had an “incredibly positive reaction and fantastic reviews”.

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However, Errol Lawson, a reformed gangster from Birmingham, said the film was “stirring up” violence.

“The spirit behind it is stirring up this undercurrent, or supporting or fuelling this undercurrent, this narrative of violence, youth violence and disregard for life,” he said.

West Midlands Police has not asked for or recommended the film be pulled following Saturday’s violence.

Ch Supt Steve Graham said: “I understand there is a lot of speculation on social media and people are citing that film.

“At this stage we are not jumping to any conclusions. That will form part of our investigations as it carries on.”

Police were called to the complex, in Nechells, at about 17:30 GMT and cleared the area by 21:00. The officers hurt during the disorder suffered minor facial injuries.

Supt Ian Green said: “This was a major outbreak of trouble which left families who were just trying to enjoy a night out at the cinema understandably frightened.

“We worked quickly to move the crowds on, but were met with a very hostile response and officers had to draw Tasers to restore order.

“It’s clear that some of those who went to Star City were intent on causing trouble.”

In Sheffield on Sunday evening, there was an increased police presence around Centertainment on Broughton Lane ahead of the showing of the film after disorder was reported outside the Cineworld within the complex on Saturday.

“Officers carried out patrols of the area to ensure everyone’s safety,” police said in a statement, adding that they would “be liaising with Cineworld over the coming week to discuss further screenings of this film”.

Cineworld has confirmed that it will not be pulling the film.

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Jodie Chesney: Two teens jailed for murder

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Two teenagers have been jailed for life for murdering a 17-year-old girl in an east London park.

Jodie Chesney was stabbed in the back as she sat with friends in Harold Hill on 1 March.

Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, 19, and Arron Isaacs, 17, of Barking, were both convicted earlier this month after a trial at the Old Bailey.

Ong-a-Kwie, of Romford, will serve a minimum of 26 years while Isaacs was detained for at least 18 years.

Explaining the sentences, Judge Wendy Joseph QC told the court she was “satisfied” Ong-a-Kwie had stabbed Jodie while Isaacs was a “willing supporter”.

“When that knife was driven into Jodie, that intention was to kill,” she said.

She added that her death “was part of a series of tit-for-tat attacks” which had been “increasing in ferocity”, and “although the target was not Jodie… there was a degree of planning”.

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Svenson Ong-a-Kwie (l) and Arron Isaacs (r) were both found guilty of Jodie’s murder

During the trial, each of the defendants blamed each other for the attack but a jury took less than six hours to find them both guilty of murder.

In an impact statement read before sentencing, Jodie’s father Peter Chesney said the death of his daughter “has destroyed my life”.

The 39-year-old, who was not in court, described how a year ago he had started a new job as a salesman in the City “and I was about to take over the world in a promising career.

“Now I sit here in the cabin in my garden writing this statement. I have left that job, the relationship with my wife has fallen apart and we are now getting divorced. I must sell my house, and above all, I have lost the most precious human being I will ever know,” he said.

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The 17-year-old was stabbed once in the back while she was socialising with friends in Amy’s Park

Following the stabbing, Jodie collapsed into the arms of her boyfriend Eddie Coyle who told the court he had been “completely changed” by the events of that night.

“I find it hard to sleep most of the time. I’ve been diagnosed with PTSD from this, and it keeps me up most nights so I don’t sleep,” he said.

The court had heard drug dealer Ong-a-Kwie and his runner Isaacs had been looking to take revenge on rivals but had killed Jodie by mistake.

She had been socialising with friends that evening when two figures emerged out of the dark and one plunged a knife in her back.

The two defendants fled in another drug dealer’s car but were arrested together days later as they fled from a house linked to Isaacs, the jury were told.

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Jodie Chesney was an active Scout member who was described as “one of our brightest and best” by chief scout Bear Grylls

Ong-a-Kwie had convictions for possessing and supplying drugs and had admitted being in breach of a six-week suspended sentence for handling stolen jewellery.

Two other people – Manuel Petrovic, 20, of Romford, and a 16-year-old boy – were both cleared of murder and manslaughter.

Met Police officer Det Insp Perry Benton described the investigation as “one of the hardest I’ve ever dealt with”, adding that the defendants “have shown no remorse from day one”.

Speaking following the sentencing, Jodie’s uncle Terry Chesney said the family were “happy” with the jail terms and would now “try” to get on with their lives.

“Today was justice. We’ll never get her back, but we’ve got justice,” he said.

Justice for Jodie: Searching for the Killers can be seen on BBC iPlayer in the UK and can also be seen on YouTube.

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General election 2019: Greens supporting Labour in Chingford

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Iain Duncan Smith has been MP for the area since 1992, when the constituency was known as Chingford

The Green Party has stood down its candidate to help Labour try to unseat former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith.

Mr Duncan Smith has been MP for Chingford and Woodford Green since 1997, and has a majority of 2,348.

The Green Party, Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru formed an electoral pact earlier this month. Supporting Labour in Chingford does not form part of that pact, the Greens said.

The Conservatives have been contacted for comment.

In a statement the local Green Party said the decision for John Tyne not to contest the election was made with the “ultimate hope of favouring the campaign of the Labour candidate” Faiza Shaheen.

A Green Party spokesperson it “was a decision taken by the local party”.

However, they added: “If Labour were serious in their concern for the environment they should reconsider their isolationist position on arrangements.”

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Faiza Shaheen will contest the constituency for Labour

Ms Shaheen, head of the Centre for Labour and Social Studies, said she was “so grateful” for the decision.

She said: “I will continue to fight hard for climate policy and democratic reform.”

The Liberal Democrats have selected Dr Geoffrey Seeff as their prospective parliamentary candidate for the constituency.

Mr Duncan Smith has been MP for the area since 1992, representing Chingford until 1997 when the boundaries were re-drawn to include Woodford Green.

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N’Golo Kante in Chelsea squad to face Ajax in Champions League

Kante has made just six appearances this season, including five starts

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is back in the squad for Tuesday’s Champions League Group H game with Ajax.

Kante, 28, has made just five starts in an injury-hit season, most recently suffering a groin problem.

“We’ve been able to get some work into him, he’s in the squad and he’s available,” said manager Frank Lampard.

Midfielder Ross Barkley (ankle) and defender Andreas Christensen (thigh) are also in training after injury lay-offs last month.

Victory at Stamford Bridge would see Chelsea go three points clear of Ajax in Group H and put them in a strong position to progress to the quarter-finals, with games against Valencia and Lille remaining.

“I said at the start that this group would be tight because all the teams could take points off each other. That has been proved to be correct,” said Lampard.

“After losing the opening game against Valencia, which was disappointing, we have shown a great reaction from that.

“I have to accept it’s expected of Chelsea to go through and that is no disrespect to any other teams. I have said already how hard the group is but it is more about our own expectations.

“That is maybe why we had that reaction. We wanted to prove ourselves, we wanted to go to Ajax and Lille and get results, and we did.

“But we won’t get carried away with ourselves in this group.”

Can Chelsea maintain 100% record against Dutch sides? – the stats

  • Ajax have never lost an away Champions League match in England (W1 D3 L0), winning most recently away at Spurs in April 2019. Their last away European Cup defeat on English soil was in April 1980, a 2-0 semi-final defeat against Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest side.
  • Chelsea have a 100%-win record in Champions League matches against Dutch opponents, beating Feyenoord twice in the 1999-2000 season and Ajax this season.
  • Ajax have won their last five away Champions League matches – prior to this run, the Dutch side had won just four of their previous 38 away games in the competition (W4 D13 L21).
  • Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has managed more away UEFA Champions League games without losing than any other manager (seven games), winning five and drawing two. Only two managers have lost none of their first eight away games in the competition – Louis van Gaal (first 14 games) and Pep Guardiola (first 11 games).
  • Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has scored one goal every 47 minutes for the Blues in the Champions League (3 goals in 141 minutes) – the best minutes per goal ratio of any Chelsea player in the competition.
  • Dusan Tadic has been directly involved in eight of Ajax’s last 14 goals scored in the group stage of the Champions League (five goals, three assists), including six of their last seven away from home (three goals, three assists).



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Ealing Common: Man stabbed to death in fight

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More than 100 murder investigations have been launched across London this year

A man in his 20s has died after being stabbed in a fight near Ealing Common, west London.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police were called to reports of a fight close shortly after 18:00 BST and discovered the man suffering from stab injuries.

Members of the London Ambulance Service and the air ambulance also attended, however the man was pronounced dead at the scene at 18:48.

His next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem will be held.

A man was arrested on suspicion of affray and was taken to a west London police station where he remains in custody.

Inquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call officers on 101.

A section 60 order is now in place for the Hillingdon and Ealing areas until 07:00 on Wednesday, allowing the police greater search powers for a limited period.

This order comes after a murder investigation was launched when a man was stabbed to death on a train at Hillingdon station shortly before 16:00 on Tuesday.

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Nine London Waterloo platforms closed by lineside fire

Nine London Waterloo platforms closed by lineside fire

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The fire has caused “significant damage” to cabling outside the station

Commuters have been told not to travel from London Waterloo during the rush hour after a fire closed nine platforms.

The lineside blaze damaged cabling outside the station, meaning trains cannot use platforms 16-24.

Network Rail said “significant damage” had been caused to equipment, meaning trains will be delayed or cancelled.

Disruption is expected for the rest of the day while the Thursday morning rush hour may also be affected.

Network Rail said its engineers would be working through the night to fix the damage.

Waterloo is the busiest and largest railway station in the UK.

The platforms which are closed are normally used by trains serving Windsor, Reading, Hounslow, Richmond and Kingston.

However, services from other platforms are also being affected because trains have to be diverted or revised.

  • Circular services via Hounslow, Richmond, Strawberry Hill and Kingston have been cancelled
  • Trains between Waterloo and Windsor & Eton Riverside are diverted via Kingston
  • Trains between Waterloo and Exeter/Salisbury are terminated and will restart from Basingstoke

Passengers were warned that services on other routes may also be subject to short-notice cancellations or delays.

In a joint statement, Network Rail and South Western Railway said commuters were “strongly advised to use alternative routes where possible and check their journeys before travelling at southwesternrailway.com for ticket acceptance and service details”.

Some passengers took to social media to express their frustration at the travel disruption.

One Twitter user described the situation as an “absolute shambles”, while others complained about being given the wrong or no information at all by train station staff.



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County Championship: Roland-Jones gives Middlesex control against Glamorgan

County Championship: Roland-Jones gives Middlesex control against Glamorgan

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Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (day two):
Middlesex 384 Malan 166; Carey 4-54 & 189-5 Robson 73*, Simpson 56
Glamorgan 171 Lloyd 67; Helm 5-53, Roland-Jones 4-45
Middlesex (7 pts) lead Glamorgan (3 pts) by 402 runs
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Middlesex have a formidable lead of 402 over Glamorgan at 189-5 in their second innings, going into day three in Cardiff.

Sam Robson (73*) and John Simpson (56) have strengthened the visitors’ grip.

Toby Roland-Jones (4-45) made the most of a helpful pitch as Glamorgan were hustled out for an inadequate 171.

David Lloyd’s 67 was the top home score, while Tom Helm (5-53) wrapped up the innings with his fifth wicket after his first-evening purple patch.

Lloyd shared half-century stands with Billy Root and Chris Cooke before the visitors’ seamers re-established control, as Glamorgan’s last five wickets mustered just 28 runs.

A lead of 213 runs was not enough to persuade Dawid Malan to enforce the follow-on, wanting to avoid batting last on the most bowler-friendly Championship pitch of the season in Cardiff.

Although Middlesex slumped to 85-4, they were never under pressure thanks to their first-innings lead, and the Robson-Simpson century partnership blossomed in the evening sunshine to grind down Glamorgan hopes of avoiding a first defeat of the campaign.

Glamorgan vice-captain David Lloyd told BBC Sport Wales:

“A very difficult day, they hit their lengths more regularly than we did, then we started well with the ball in the second dig but it’s always tough when you’re chasing the game.

“It’s a wicket where you have to be positive and get forward because it’s starting to go more up and down- it’s about looking to score rather than sit there and wait for things to happen.

“We’ve showed in previous games that we can battle draws out so you never know, we’ll have to try to bat the rest of the game and we can do it if we get our mindsets right.”

Middlesex bowler Tom Helm told BBC Radio London:

“It took a bit longer to get the fifth one than I had in my head last night, but Toby had four and I’m very happy with it.

“If you get the ball in the right area, the odd one zips through and it changed a bit from day one.

“There’s so long left in this game, we can bat for as long as we want and it’ll be interesting to see how the morning goes, they’ll come out fired up but we’ll see how we go.”

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Electric scooter rider killed in Battersea lorry crash

Electric scooter rider killed in Battersea lorry crash

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Police said no arrests had been made following the crash on Friday morning

A woman riding an electric scooter has been killed in a crash with a lorry in south-west London.

The 35-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene at the Queen Circus roundabout, Battersea following the crash at about 08:30 BST.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said her next of kin had yet to be informed and no arrests had been made.

In July last year a cyclist was killed at the roundabout after being hit by a bin lorry.

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We sent an advanced paramedic, two ambulance crews, an incident response officer and two medics in cars to the scene, with the first of our medics arriving in under four minutes.

“Sadly, despite the extensive efforts of medics, a woman died at the scene.”

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Electric scooters are illegal to ride on public roads

Transport for London and Wandsworth Council redesigned the roundabout in 2015, which trialled the use of raised kerbs and separate traffic lights to keep cyclists and vehicles segregated at junctions.

Concerns had been raised that the new layout was too complicated.

While the cause of the crash is unknown, e-scooters are illegal to ride on public roads, including in cycle lanes or on the pavement.

A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: “We extend our deepest sympathies to all those involved in this tragic incident, and fully support the police as they carry out their investigations.

“Safety is at the heart of all our road laws and it is important that retailers continue to remind people at the point of sale that it is illegal to ride e-scooters on public roads.”

An electric scooter, or e-scooter, is similar to a traditional children’s scooter but has a motorised engine attached.

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London Victoria derailment hits Gatwick Express and Southern trains

London Victoria derailment hits Gatwick Express and Southern trains

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No Gatwick Express trains are running while Southern has warned of a “severely reduced” service

An engineering train has derailed in south London causing the closure of the Gatwick Express service.

The train partly left the tracks at low speed outside Victoria station at about 03:00 BST.

No Gatwick Express trains are running, while Southern warned its services would be “severely reduced”.

The train has moved and the track will now be “assessed for damage” and repaired if necessary through the night, according to Southern.

Disruption is expected to last throughout Tuesday but Gatwick Express and Southern said a normal service was expected on Wednesday.

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The 50-tonne train has been cut from its two wagons and been lifted back on the track

The train was stuck across a number of tracks meaning platforms nine to 13 at Victoria were blocked, while services were not able to use the “slow/stopping” lines to and from Clapham Junction.

Some trains were also unable to leave the Battersea depot – further reducing the number of services that could run.

Recovery teams cut the 50-tonne train from its two wagons and lifted it back on to the track using hydraulic jacks.

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Engineers managed to remove the train from the tracks by 18:05

Trains running through Gatwick Airport were also disrupted by a separate signalling fault and a passenger who was injured as they left a carriage, which led to one platform becoming blocked.

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Southern said the train was “obstructing a complex section of track on one of the busiest routes”

Some commuters took to social media as they found their trains had been cancelled.

Other stations, including London Bridge, also became congested as people tried to find alternative routes.

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A Network Rail spokesperson said passengers should travel “via London Bridge or London Blackfriars as trains will be delayed, diverted or cancelled”.

Train tickets for Southern and Gatwick Express services have been accepted for reasonable routes on other services.

Train services affected:

  • Gatwick Express services are completely suspended
  • Services to Sutton, Epsom Downs and Epsom to and from London Victoria are reduced
  • Some mainline services will be diverted to London Bridge instead of London Victoria
  • Southern services between London Victoria and Reigate are cancelled and passengers are advised to use Thameslink to and from Redhill and then Great Western Railway between Reigate and Redhill
  • Services between London Victoria and East Grinstead will call additionally at Selhurst and Streatham Common
  • Services between Milton Keynes and East Croydon will call additionally at Wandsworth Common when not already booked to do so
  • Services between London Victoria and Horsham via Sutton will call additionally at Ewell East
  • Southern trains from Sutton to London Bridge via Wimbledon will be cancelled. Thameslink will be running as normal

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