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Shakes-Drayton (centre) with 4x400m relay team-mates Zoey Clark (left) and Laviai Nielsen (right) at London 2017 Perri Shakes-Drayton, who won two world medals as part of the British 4x400m quartet, has retired from athletics at the age of 31. She ran the first leg in Daegu in 2010 as she Nicola Sanders, Christine Ohuruogu and […]

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Image copyright Thameslink Image caption Network Rail engineers are repairing the damage to overhead power lines Rail commuters on Thameslink train services are facing major disruption due to a damaged overhead wire, the operator has said. Two of the four lines between London St Pancras and Bedford are closed. Commuters were warned there would be […]

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Image caption Julie Fletcher, who founded Middlesbrough shop Pie Jackers, is concerned about the high level of her rates bill Empty businesses cost UK taxpayers £1bn a year, prompting calls for urgent reform of the system. Some councils lose out on millions of pounds of potential business rates income through a tax relief on empty […]

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Image copyright Facebook/LinkedIn Image caption Mohammed Reza Kadkhoda Zadeh, Sam Zokaei and Saeed Tahmasebi were all on board Tributes have been paid to three British nationals who died when a Ukrainian plane crashed in Iran. Mohammed Reza Kadkhoda Zadeh, who owned a dry cleaners, BP engineer Sam Zokaei and PhD student and engineer Saeed Tahmasebi […]

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Image copyright Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Millions of commuters will have to pay an average of 2.7% more for train tickets from today. The rise, announced by industry body the Rail Delivery Group in November, is lower than the 3.1% increase at the start of last year. Train companies say it is the third year in […]

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Image caption Sadiq Khan helped serve 100 Christmas Dinners to guests at City Hall Christmas dinners have been served to Londoners who are reliant on the city’s homelessness services. Hairdressers and opticians were also made available at City Hall before guests were given a three-course meal. Last year, 8,855 people were seen rough sleeping in […]

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Sue Peart is preparing to be on the phone for Samaritans on Christmas Day. It comes after her life quickly changed in 2017, when she left her job as a national magazine editor to look after her sick mother, who died only months later. As a result, Sue’s mental health suffered – but two years […]

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