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Ex-rough sleeper creates interactive map for homeless

Ex-rough sleeper creates interactive map for homeless

Quddous Ahmed

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Quddous Ahmed launched the map to guide homeless people towards support facilities

A former rough sleeper has launched an interactive guide to help homeless people in part of London find help and support.

During five months on the streets in 2015, Quddous Ahmed, 31, had a rock thrown at him, was racially abused and had his sleeping bag set alight.

He has now launched a map signposting where free food, showers and counselling are available in Hounslow.

He said his approach aims to make homeless people feel “human”.

Mr Ahmed described being on the streets as “the worst part of my life” during which “I had suicidal thoughts and felt extremely unsupported”.

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The former rough sleeper talks to people to identify their skills and provide them with a sustainable career path

But securing a position at a charity “switched my life around”, and inspired him to create Hounslow Soup Kitchen.

Speaking about the new map, he said: “It provides hope because you know there is an array of things you can be part of.

“It also centralises all the services that are available and free and open to the homeless without any judgement.”

While homeless people may not have smart phones, Mr Ahmed said they could still access the map by going online at job centres.

Mr Ahmed, who was born in the west London area but whose parents are Pakistani, described how he was couch surfing at a family friend’s house when he was attacked by her son.

“He threw a huge rock at my chest and starting hurling racist abuse at me.

“That prejudice is there against homeless people and in certain situations it comes out in very bad ways and this is one of them.”

Mr Ahmed has since pursued a “holistic approach” to tackling poverty, which involves identifying people’s strengths so they may “find their way out”.

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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

Toby Roland-Jones celebrates after David Lloyd is caught
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

Queen Circus roundabout, Battersea

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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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County Championship: Shaw and Higgins put Gloucestershire on top against Middlesex

County Championship: Shaw and Higgins put Gloucestershire on top against Middlesex

Josh Shaw has now taken 20 wickets in his last four Championship matches.
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood (day one):
Middlesex 172: Malan 28; Shaw 4-33, Higgins 3-52
Gloucestershire 59-2: Dent 27*; Roland-Jones 2-15
Middlesex 0 pts, Gloucestershire 3 pts
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Josh Shaw took three prize scalps as Gloucestershire triggered a Middlesex collapse which put Division Two’s bottom club in trouble at Northwood.

Shaw removed Sam Robson (23), Dawid Malan (28) and Nick Gubbins (26) in his 4-33, and Ryan Higgins took 3-52 as his old club slipped from 98-2 to 139-8.

They were eventually bowled out for 172 before two Toby Roland-Jones wickets in reply lifted their spirits.

But Gloucestershire steadied the ship to reach 59-2 and trail by just 113.

Seamer Shaw’s performance built on his six wickets against Glamorgan in their previous game, as he claimed three of Middlesex’s top four.

His victims included Malan, whose hopes of an Ashes call-up were boosted by a career-best 199 at Derby last week.

However, he top-edged a short of a length ball and Graeme van Buuren ran in to take a fine catch.

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Tesfa Campbell: Battersea murder victim ‘killed by man he was walking with’

Tesfa Campbell: Battersea murder victim 'killed by man he was walking with'

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Police found Tesfa Campbell injured at about 14:45 on Wednesday

A man was stabbed to death in a south-west London street by the person he had been walking with, police have said.

Tesfa Campbell, 40, was found by police responding to reports of a fight on Latchmere Road in Battersea on Wednesday. He died in hospital.

Det Ch Insp Simon Harding, from The Met, said it is believed Mr Campbell was walking on Burns Road with another man who stabbed him and fled on foot.

No arrests have been made in connection with his death.

Police found Mr Campbell injured at about 14:45 BST and have appealed for witnesses who were in the area at the time, “particularly” around the nearby Latchmere Leisure Centre.

Det Ch Insp Harding said: “This stabbing happened in broad daylight and we believe there are people out there who can help us establish the facts of the incident.”

A post-mortem examination of Mr Campbell, who was from Croydon, will happen in due course.

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Newham stab murder: Suspect arrested

Newham stab murder: Suspect arrested

Junction of Ron Leighton Way and Wakefield Street

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The victim was found at the junction of Ron Leighton Way and Wakefield Street on Saturday night

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 28-year-old who was stabbed in east London.

The victim, 28, was found with multiple stab wounds at the junction of Ron Leighton Way and Wakefield Street in East Ham, Newham on Saturday night.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his next of kin have been notified.

Scotland Yard said a 23-year-old man was arrested after he handed himself into police. He remains in custody at an east London police station.

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Ryan Babel joins Galatasaray after Fulham contract ends

Ryan Babel joins Galatasaray after Fulham contract ends

Babel played for the Netherlands in the Nations League this summer

Former Fulham and Liverpool forward Ryan Babel has signed a three-year contract with Turkish champions Galatasaray.

The 32-year-old Dutch international was a free agent after his contract at Fulham expired at the end of the season.

Galatasaray said Babel has received a £1.79m signing-on fee and will earn £2.24m a year.

After leaving Liverpool in 2007, Babel had spells at Hoffenheim and Ajax.

He has already played twice in Turkey, for Kasimpasa and Besiktas, as well as Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates and Deportivo de La Coruna.

He has won 57 caps for the Netherlands, scoring eight goals.

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Johanna Konta beats Maria Sakkari to reach Eastbourne International third round

Johanna Konta beats Maria Sakkari to reach Eastbourne International third round

Watch best five shots as Konta beats Sakkari
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Venue: Devonshire Park, Eastbourne Dates: 23-29 June
Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two, Connected TVs and BBC Sport website and app; follow live text commentary on selected matches. Full details.

Britain’s Johanna Konta beat Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to reach the third round of the Nature Valley International at Eastbourne.

The world number 19 was 5-3 down in the second set but fought back to secure victory in one hour 37 minutes.

Konta, 28, will play Ons Jabeur in the third round after the Tunisian defeated Mandy Minella 2-6 6-2 6-1.

“There was so little in this match. I felt she was playing better than me for most of that match,” Konta said.

“I’m really pleased to have stayed tough and created as many opportunities as possible.”

Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber progressed by beating Sam Stosur 6-4 6-4 and plays Rebecca Peterson in the last 16 after the Swede saw off Lesia Tsurenko 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki beat German Andrea Petkovic 6-4 6-4 but the Dane faces a tougher challenge in the third round, where she will play eighth seed Aryna Sabalenka.

Second-set wobble for Konta

Konta had to save two break points in the fourth game of the match before a drop shot-volley combination saw her break Sakkari for a 3-2 lead.

Having taken the first set, the French Open semi-finalist appeared the more likely player to break through in the second set until a fall seemed to unsettle her and Sakkari broke to love for a 5-3 lead.

However, she was unable to serve out the set and Konta wrapped up the win in a tie-break with a forehand winner.

Earlier, France’s Alize Cornet knocked out Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina 7-5 6-2 in a match delayed by rain on Monday. She will play Zhang Shuai in the third round after the Chinese player saw off Daria Gavrilova 6-3 6-1.

Sixth seed Simona Halep enjoyed a straightforward 6-2 6-0 win against Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and plays Polona Hercog in the third round, but former US Open champion Sloane Stephens squandered a one-set lead against 2018 Wimbledon semi-finalist Jelena Ostapenko to lose 1-6 6-0 6-3.

Ostapenko will face world number 52 Ekaterina Alexandrova, who beat Belinda Bencic 6-7 (6-8) 6-2 6-3.

The Swiss 10th seed was playing her second match of the day after rain pushed her first-round game back.

Dutch third seed Kiki Bertens defeated Yulia Putintseva 6-4 6-1 and next plays Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam, who upset 16th seed Anett Kontaveit 6-3 6-4.

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