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‘Escaped’ gorilla was never on the loose, insists London Zoo boss

Kumbuka the gorilla

Kumbuka the gorilla ‘was immediately contained in the non-public area’. PHOTO: ©ZSL LONDON

MP Buck’s challenge over disabled man whose benefits have been stopped

Karen Buck

Karen Buck: ‘How can we have a system in which people are left in such a predicament?’

Published: 21 October, 2016

Actor Doc Brown tells how pal suffered breakdown, as he backs World Mental Health Day


Doc Brown with, from left, service user Rhonda Alexander, CAMHS service director Jackie Shaw and CNWL boss Claire Murdoch

Shops and flats go-ahead for timber yard site in blow for heritage campaigners

Published: 21 October, 2016

CALLS from a determined campaign to save a historic timber yard have been rejected by Westminster Council.

Opposition to council plans to save £750,000 by axing librarian jobs

Labour leader Cllr Adam Hug

Labour leader Cllr Adam Hug said: 'In Westminster we’ve seen this story before many times, most notably in our children’s centres, where skilled staff were steadily removed through ‘salami-slicing’ cuts and now they provide only a fraction of the vital services that they used to'

Published: 21 October, 2016

Pupils’ hard lesson in Victorian past

At the Ragged School Museum

At the Ragged School Museum: in the front, Abdirahman, left, and Ahmed S; in the back, Ilyass, left, and Ahmed A

The Xtra Diary: Give us a Blake! Sir Peter to bring colour to boats near Paddington station

Renowned Pop Artist Sir Peter Blake

Pop Artist Sir Peter Blake has worked with The Beatles, Oasis and The Who

Published: 21 October, 2016

The Xtra Diary: Stars’ sketches on sale for brain charity

Sophie Thompson

An extra piece donated to the appeal by Sophie Thompson (below) 

Sophie Thompson

Published: 21 October, 2016

CELEBRITY works of art are up for grabs in the annual fundraiser for the National Brain Appeal.

Soho ‘desperately needs' more police officers to tackle ‘very worrying' upsurge in burglaries

Councillor Paul Church

Councillor Paul Church: ‘We desperately need more bobbies on the beat to keep Soho safe. The police have promised more presence locally and I hope it happens as soon as possible’

‘Menshevik’ Westminster councillor quits Labour over opposition to leader Corbyn

Murad Gassanly

On the election trail in May 2014: Murad Gassanly, left, with Alan Johnson and fellow Labour Party candidates for the Churchill ward, Jason Thomas Williams and Shamim Talukder

Dame Babs: Cancer centre basement plans are ‘not acceptable’ in my mews

Dame Barbara Windsor

Dame Barbara Windsor and her husband Scott Mitchell have signed a letter along with 19 neighbours calling for the council to block a triple-basement cancer centre

Solar system! Time plaque for Seven Dials

Plaque explaining how to convert sundial time to GMT

Plaque explaining how to convert sundial time to GMT

Published: 21 October, 2016

CCTV chaos ‘is down to Mayor Boris’ – councillor says Westminster’s warnings on ‘policing’ cameras were ignored

Boris Johnson, Councillor Nickie Aiken

Councillor Nickie Aiken (right) claims concerns over the cost of CCTV in the West End were ignored by former Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s office