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Runners taking part in the Parkrun at Bushy Park in London, the largest and oldest Parkrun in the UK, and one of many runs taking place across the country for the first time since last March. Picture date: Saturday July 24, 2021.

Joggers and walkers enjoy first Parkruns in England since lockdown ended

PhD student Cameron Dockerill, 24, took 16 minutes to become the first person to complete the Southwark Parkrun.

Fears grow for missing 12-year-old girl last seen in east London

Mannat Mann has been missing since Thursday and was last seen in east London.

Discontent grows over ‘pingdemic’ amid food warnings and transport disruption

There were increasing calls for Boris Johnson to bring forward his wider relaxation of quarantine rules for the fully vaccinated.

Woman, 101, reunited with son for surprise birthday party

Lily Thornett’s son Brian could not attend her 100th birthday because the pandemic stopped him travelling from his home in the United States.

Hunt for 11-year-old Bolton girl believed to have travelled to London

Family and police say they are “concerned” for Fatuma Kadir’s welfare


Latitude festivalgoers describe ‘amazing feeling’ of being back at a major event

The four-day festival in Suffolk, part of the Government’s Events Research Programme, is expected to be attended by 40,000 people.

People smuggler ordered to pay £3,000 to bereaved families of 39 migrants

The men, women and children suffocated in the back of a lorry taken from Zeebrugge to Essex in October 2019.

Amy Winehouse left indelible mark over glittering career

It is 10 years since the superstar died of alcohol poisoning.

Homelessness rises in UK but still below pre-lockdown levels

MHCLG figures show a rise in homelessness between January and March but figure are still below March 2020 levels.

Third of young adults in England still without first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Take-up of first doses has levelled off among most age groups.
Homes & Property

Where first-time buyers should search for a London home post pandemic

As London reopens, young buyers are snapping up flats offering great design and lifestyle perks that will get our New Homes Awards judges thinking.


Woman accused of £4.2m diamond swap blames dead sister for theft

Lulu Lakatos said Liliana Lakatos confessed months before she died in a car accident.

New scientific database ‘could revolutionise the way diseases are treated’

The database was created after scientists used AI technology to unlock a biological puzzle relating to protein shapes.

Judge rules against Manchester City over fair play regulations

Premier League argued that City bosses used ‘procedural applications and complaints’ as a delaying tactic.

£4.2m diamond swap accused blames dead sister for theft

Lulu Lakatos said her sister had posed as a gem expert during the heist at Boodles in London.

City giants lead way in London jobs market recovery, Indeed reports

Exclusive: Data shared with the Standard by the UK's largest jobs site, Indeed, showed that Citi and "big four" accountants PwC and EY were the firms posting the most new London roles in recent months


Brexit: EU chief tells Johnson ‘we will not renegotiate’ over Northern Ireland

Ursula von der Leyen said Brussels would be ‘creative and flexible’.

Officials did not exert pressure to let Greensill lend, top civil servant says

The British Business Bank said that officials at the business department took showed an ‘unusual’ level of interest in Greensill.

Victims voice anger at Government’s Troubles ‘amnesty’ plan

A protest was held at Stormont as various groups met with Northern Ireland Office officials to challenge them on the controversial legacy proposals.

Health unions to consult over industrial action following 3% pay rise

The Royal College of Nursing said nurses should be paid ‘a little more than just a cup of coffee every day’.

Damning verdict on special unit set up to tackle teen knife killings

The unit heralded as a new way to tackle knife crime needs more funds and greater independence to really make a difference


Inquest jury rules Croydon tram crash victims died accidentally

Seven passengers died and a further 51 were injured in the incident in south London on November 9 2016.

Ping threat to our food, Tube and bins

Mayor sounds warning as Boris is urged to consider sending in Army


Northern Ireland Protocol was never going to last forever, minister says

The protocol was put in place to ensure there would be no hard border with Ireland.

Obama letter among Annie Ross memorabilia bequeathed to Scottish archive

Items marking the career of he Hollywood star and singer will be stored in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Archives and Collections in Glasgow.

The London comedy festivals to see this summer: who needs Edinburgh?

As we all keep saying, it’s a transitional year, but at least it means that there’s a ton of comedy going on in the capital


Starmer: I would succeed where PM has failed in making streets safe

The Labour leader said he wanted to ‘live in a country where women and girls are safe to walk the streets alone’.

Tommy Robinson to find out whether Syrian teenager has won libel claim

The English Defence League founder – whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – is being sued by Jamal Hijaz.

Boris Johnson’s two years of chaos as Prime Minister

Key events of his premiership have included Covid, Brexit, marriage and a baby.

Avanti West Coast starts UK’s largest refurbishment of a train fleet

The firm said the £117 million scheme will make its 56 Pendolinos ‘feel like new trains’.

Nurses hit out over ‘shameful’ 3% pay rise

Healthcare workers told the PA news agency the pay increase was ‘discouraging’.

‘No money in the world worth a lie’, Johnny Rotten tells court

Former Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and guitarist Steve Jones are suing the band’s ex-lead singer to allow their songs to be used in a TV drama.

Call for safer railway stations after visually impaired passenger’s death

The petition from RNIB called for stations to be more accessible for visually impaired people and was signed by 15,000 people.

Business leaders say UK and EU must reach ‘urgent agreement’ over NI Protocol

Brexit Minister Lord Frost called for ‘significant’ changes to Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit trading arrangements

UK weather: Heatwave to end with thunderstorms this weekend

London is set to see peak daytime temperatures drop to the low 20s between Friday and Sunday