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World-famous Fabric nightclub facing closure over drug deaths

standard.co.uk — Police have called for a review of its licence, saying that over the past three years, eight people have collapsed, four of whom died, at the Farringdon club after taking MDMA, ecstasy and other drugs. In the last incident in September, an 18-year-old girl fell ill and later died in hospital after buying MDMA inside the venue - twice voted the world's best club.

'When Ebola hit it was hard for me to stay at home': Dr Ling Harrison on life on a deadly front line

standard.co.uk — People call it the Ebola look," Dr Ling Harrison tells me. "It's only after you've seen quite a few patients that you really understand what they mean. It's a complete expression of despair. In the later stages of the illness, patients can get quite confused but you can still tell in their eyes that they know they are sick and that they are dying.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @RosamundUrwin: I interviewed a doctor who's been out in Freetown fighting Ebola: "Sierra Leone has lost its lust for life." standard.co.uk/lifestyle/lond…

Dec 18, 2014

I interviewed a doctor who's been out in Freetown fighting Ebola: "Sierra Leone has lost its lust for life." standard.co.uk/lifestyle/lond…

Nigel Farage's poll ratings at record low after Ukip sex scandal and breastfeeding row

standard.co.uk — Pollsters Ipsos MORI found that net satisfaction with Mr Farage's performance as leader has plummeted 14 points since November to minus 20. It is the first sign that the honeymoon between Ukip's popular leader and the voters is being harmed by infighting and vicious briefing wars in its high command.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @standardnews: Nigel Farage's poll ratings at record low after Ukip sex scandal and breastfeeding row bit.ly/1sCM7Ur pic.twitter.com/0uolZmH48I

Dec 18, 2014

Cracking findings by @IpsosMORI. Farage net satisfaction drops sharply. Mili and Clegg much, much worse. standard.co.uk/news/politics/…

Dec 18, 2014

POLL: Con 32 (nc); Lab 29 (nc); Ukip 13 (-1); LD 9 (nc); Green 9 (+2). Greens on the up in War of the Weak standard.co.uk/news/politics/…

Dec 18, 2014

POLL Farage's ratings take a hit after breastfeeding, Basildon, Bird, leaks and in-fighting, reveals @ipsosMORI standard.co.uk/news/politics/…

Mayoral candidate Greenhalgh: I didn’t set out to pinch woman’s bottom

standard.co.uk — Deputy mayor Stephen Greenhalgh accepted that a report said his behaviour "may have inadvertently" fallen short of expectations. But in an exclusive interview with the Standard, he accused political opponents of having "whipped up" claims, which led to a City Hall investigation.
Dec 18, 2014

BottomGate - Greenhalgh runs for mayor - but what about THAT lift incident. @JoeWatts_ reveals his answers standard.co.uk/news/mayor/may…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @standardnews: Mayoral candidate Stephen Greenhalgh: I didn't set out to pinch woman’s bottom bit.ly/1uW4rYF pic.twitter.com/J8QQcnm2IQ

Rosamund Urwin: Avoid train pain - London’s great over Christmas

standard.co.uk — The warnings of impending transport chaos are upon us. Like Brussels sprouts, the EastEnders Christmas special and being "re-gifted" tat your brother clearly received in the office Secret Santa, rail-mageddon is one of those unwelcome seasonal traditions that I like to imagine as the lightning bolt of a vengeful god, fuming at the perpetual creep of commercialism.

Chris Blackhurst: Myners clears Cable on Royal Mail but leaves fishy smell

standard.co.uk — Vince Cable must be pleased. Lord Myners' report into the Royal Mail sell-off pretty much clears the Business Secretary of the charge that he sold the Government's 60% stake too cheaply. He could have got another £180 million, but not the £1 billion as MPs had suggested.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @MrAlexLawson: .@c_blackhurst on why the Lord Myners report into #RoyalMail leaves a fishy smell despite clearing Cable tinyurl.com/mfnd73j

Dec 18, 2014

.@c_blackhurst on why the Lord Myners report into #RoyalMail leaves a fishy smell despite clearing Cable tinyurl.com/mfnd73j

Dec 18, 2014

Chris Blackhurst: Myners clears Cable on Royal Mail but leaves fishy smell standard.co.uk/business/marke…

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger to become University of Oxford principal

standard.co.uk — He will take on the role at Lady Margaret Hall (LMH) in October following his departure from the top job at the newspaper in the summer. Mr Rusbridger, who announced his Guardian resignation last week, said: "I am honoured that the Fellows of Lady Margaret Hall have elected me to be their next principal."

Scotland Yard probing three VIP child murders: Met widens paedophile ring inquiry

standard.co.uk — Scotland Yard said officers are probing serious allegations of abuse at locations across London and the Home Counties, including "military premises". The claims are based on evidence from a key witness who says he was abused from the age of seven till he was 16 between 1975 and 1984.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @nicholascecil: Police appeal to victims of VIP paedophile ring to come forward as they investigate 3 alleged murders @standardnews standard.co.uk/news/crime/sco…

Dec 18, 2014

Met Police investigating Westminster paedophile ring now looking at murders of three young boys. as bleak as can be standard.co.uk/news/crime/sco…

City Spy: ECB’s festive card is hardly a scream

standard.co.uk — It looks like a woman caught in a spider's web, while clutching a giant worm. The title of the work, by Danish artist Kathrine Aertebjerg, is Captured and Free. Could it be some kind of coded cry for help? Perhaps they should have sent out Edvard Munch's The Scream instead...
Dec 18, 2014

On the lookout for rampaging toffs? Head to the Fulham PC World, apparently, according to its boss Seb James... standard.co.uk/business/citys…

Cyclist left waiting over two hours for an ambulance after crash in central London

standard.co.uk — The man was left under a pile of coats and blankets from a nearby medical college as he lay on the pavement after falling from his bike near Regent's Park. Concerned bystanders called an ambulance at around 1pm and stopped to care for him during the two-hour wait for paramedics.
Dec 18, 2014

Terrible pressure on ambulance services:Cyclist left waiting over 2 hours for an ambulance after crash in central Ldn standard.co.uk/news/london/cy…

James Ashton: The rouble tumbles but Action Man Putin sticks to his script

standard.co.uk — For successive winters, the Russian president played the strong man, threatening a new Cold War by turning off the taps on the gas pipeline that supplied Ukraine and beyond. This year the role has changed. The oil and gas reserves that gave Russia its economic muscle on the world stage have instead exposed its weakness.
Dec 18, 2014

Can it really just be "external factors" that caused Putin's rouble crisis? @ESComment standard.co.uk/comment/commen…

Christmas sewer fatberg warning for London: Don't throw the turkey grease down the sink

standard.co.uk — Sewage clogging up the city's maze of underground tunnels is predicted to increase by 25 per cent during December and into the New Year, according to Thames Water. Christmas diners in London pour the equivalent of two Olympic swimming pools of turkey fat down their sinks every year, the company estimates.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @robindepeyer: Intrepid ES hack @rachelblundy went down a sewer the day after our Christmas party to find a fatberg: bit.ly/1wkBLOt

Dec 18, 2014

RT @standardnews: We sent a reporter down a sewer to investigate fatbergs. What she found will put you off food bit.ly/1xs3HBl pic.twitter.com/ZgS8Dq8JHK

Man, 18, shot during birthday party advertised on Facebook

standard.co.uk — Police are appealing for witnesses following the shooting in Preston Mall Youth and Community Centre, Preston Hill, Harrow, on October 25. The party was advertised on social media websites which resulted in hundreds of uninvited people turning up. Chaos descended on the venue when a firework was let off shortly before midnight, causing crowds of people to flee in panic.

Cyclist, 57, killed in Aldgate crash gave up riding motorbikes as they were 'too dangerous'

standard.co.uk — David Blake, 57, suffered severe head injuries when he was thrown from the saddle after being clipped by the wing mirror of a car in Leman Street, near Aldgate, east London. He died in hospital the following day, becoming the twelfth cyclist to lose their life on London's roads this year.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @liz545: 'Clipped' by the car. Let's be accurate and say 'struck'. 12th cyclist killed in London this year named standard.co.uk/news/london/cy…

Dec 18, 2014

12th cyclist killed in London this year named as engineer who switched from motorbike to bike because it was 'safer' standard.co.uk/news/london/cy…

Murder probe after woman was found stabbed in the street in west London

standard.co.uk — The woman, aged in her 40s, collapsed in Alexandra Avenue, Harrow, just after 7.45am this morning. She was taken to St Mary's Hospital in an ambulance where she died of her injuries at 11.39am. Police said a man in his 40s was arrested in connection with the murder and was taken to a north London police station.
Dec 18, 2014

Murder probe after woman was found stabbed in the street in west London standard.co.uk/news/crime/mur…

Peter Bill on property: Studio may let Bond come in from the cold

standard.co.uk — Internal scenes for the 26th or 27th James Bond movie could be shot in the warmth of a new, 440,000-square-foot studio complex, due to be outlined next month by Hong Kong billionaire Henry Cheng. "Negotiations with operators are in hand," said Richard Margree, chief executive of Knight Dragon, Cheng's 25-strong Greenwich investment vehicle.
Dec 18, 2014

Today's Standard column: Peter Bill on property: Studio may let Bond come in from the cold standard.co.uk/business/marke…

Girl, 15, halted by police on plane as she tried to fly to join Islamist fighters in Syria

standard.co.uk — The girl, from Tower Hamlets, secretly saved up and bought a ticket to Istanbul in Turkey without her parents' knowledge. But she was stopped from travelling to join Islamist fighters after Scotland Yard detectives learned of her plans. They rushed to the airport and, despite the cost and disruption, ordered her jet to turn round.
Dec 17, 2014

Police stop plane, carrying 15 yr old would-be Jihadist, on Heathrow runway bit.ly/1wYzSJ7 pic.twitter.com/uVHiURpxMI

Dec 17, 2014

RT @JoeMurphyLondon: Top scoop by @martinbentham - cops stopped plane on tarmac to prevent girl of 15 joining Jihadis. Flying squad? standard.co.uk/news/london/gi…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @JoeMurphyLondon: Top scoop by @martinbentham - cops stopped plane on tarmac to prevent girl of 15 joining Jihadis. Flying squad? standard.co.uk/news/london/gi…

Dec 17, 2014

Top scoop by @martinbentham - cops stopped plane on tarmac to prevent girl of 15 joining Jihadis. Flying squad? standard.co.uk/news/london/gi…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @ShirazMaher: This is quite the story: Police stop plane from taxiing down Heathrow runway to prevent 15-year-old joining Jihad bit.ly/1wYzSJ7

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Irate passengers take action as half Govia’s trains run late

standard.co.uk — Govia - a joint venture between listed Go-Ahead Group and French state-owned Keolis - has been running the Bedford-to-Brighton line since taking over from FirstGroup in September. But latest figures show that on some weeks, barely half (53.5%) of trains arrived at their destination on time between November 9 and December 6.
Dec 18, 2014

Half of Thameslink trains ran late last month - irate passengers demand action on one of Govt's biggest franchises standard.co.uk/business/busin…

Crystal Palace transfer news: Warnock offered chance to sign AC Milan striker Giampaolo Pazzini

standard.co.uk — Pazzini is surplus to requirements at AC Milan and the club have given intermediaries the go-ahead to find a new club for him - preferably in the Premier League, so they would not have to face Pazzini in the second half of the Serie A season.