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Paddington Bear is coming to big screens in November.

Fifty Paddington Bear statues to be placed around London’s landmarks

You’ll be seeing a lot more of Westminster’s most famous bear as you stroll round London this October.

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Calls have been made for more

Calls for more bobbies on beat after Westminster police numbers drop

Calls have been made for more “dedicated” police officers to be put back on the streets after latest figures show Westminster has lost 435 officers in the last four years.

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The Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone, London.

Chiltern Firehouse’s licence review on hold as row simmers down

Chiltern Firehouse has been given a “grace period” to tackle problems surrounding the celebrity hangout after Westminster Council decided to put a review of its licence on hold.

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Alexander Degtiarev walks out with German player Mats Hummels ahead of the World Cup Final. Picture: Clive Rose

World Cup final thrill for Maida Vale youngster

If a Maida Vale schoolboy felt nervous as he walked out onto the pitch clutching the hand of star German defender Mats Hummels ahead of the World Cup final, he didn’t show it.

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MP Karen Buck

Westminster MP denies urging ‘no’ vote on housing scheme

A political row has erupted after Labour politicians were accused of causing a multi-million pound regeneration project in Westbourne Green to be scrapped by swaying the outcome of a public vote.

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An artist's impression of the Westbourne Green proposals

Westbourne Green scheme axed after residents reject plans in public vote

Major regeneration plans in Westbourne Green have been binned by Westminster Council after residents rejected the proposals in a public vote.

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Alex Degtiarev, aged eight, will be accompanying a footballer onto the pitch at the World Cup Final this Sunday. Picture: Polly Hancock

Maida Vale boy’s mascot role at World Cup final

Million of boys will wish they were Alexander Degtiarev on Sunday as he escorts football players onto the pitch at the World Cup final.

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St John's Wood Police Station

Two Westminster police stations sell for £17.5m

Two Westminster police stations controversially shut last year have been sold for £17.5million – but critics question whether residents are seeing any benefit at all.

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Fire crews rushed to the scene.

Cause of fire on roof of Marylebone office building ‘under investigation’

The cause of a blaze on the roof of a Marylebone office block is under investigation, the London Fire Brigade has said.

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Westminster Council saved £1.6m of its adult social care budget in 2013/14

Elderly ‘lose out’ as Westminster Council fails to spend £1.6m of care budget

Hundreds of elderly people could have benefited from the £1.6million Westminster Council failed to spend as part of its adult social care budget in the last financial year, it has been claimed.

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Kella had demanded £3,500 from his victim's family - and threatened to chop him up if he didn't get it.

Kidnapper jailed after keeping man in Little Venice flat

A man who kept his victim captive in a Little Venice flat - demanding £3,500 for his release or he would chop him up and throw him in the canal - has been jailed for nine years.

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Year 8 students at QK hosted a talk with Afghanistan teacher Parwin Wafa.

Afghan teacher tells of heartache over son’s death to St John’s Wood students

Students heard teacher Parwin Wafa relive how her son was killed by militants because of her dedication to educate girls in Afghanistan.

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Taina Strike

London Zoo vet ready to dive from skies for rare tigers

A vet from London Zoo is set to round off five challenges next month as she raises money to protect rare Sumatran tigers.

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TNT Post has had a shaky start to deliveries in Westminster. Picture: TNT

Concerns raised after claims TNT postie dumped letters in Maida Vale bin

A Westminster MP has called on a private postal firm to “get a grip” after a Maida Vale resident spotted one of its workers dumping letters in a bin in the street.

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The peahen was spotted atop a building on Sunday

Peacock spotted walking around Camden Town after escape from London Zoo

A peacock that escaped from London Zoo over the weekend has been spotted walking through Camden Town and being attacked by dive-bombing seagulls.

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William Alee skipped bail while on trial at the Old Bailer

Pensioner goes on run during sex attack trial

A pensioner who was linked by his DNA to a sexual assault on a teenage girl two decades ago in Paddington has gone on the run.

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Two GP surgeries in Paddington are facing closure

Could 6,000 patients in Paddington be left without a GP?

There are fears for thousands of Paddington residents who could be left without a family doctor as two GPs surgeries face closure in the coming months.

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Starbucks in Maida Vale was vandalised on Saturday night.

‘Vegan vandals’ hit Maida Vale Starbucks

Starbucks bore the brunt of vandalism over the weekend when its Maida Vale branch was covered in pro-vegan graffiti.

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Lord's 200th birthday celebrations - photo by Matt Bright

Pictures: Rules relaxed at Lord’s for bicentenary celebrations

Party spirit was in abundance at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Sunday when it threw open its doors and relaxed the rules to celebrate its 200th birthday.

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Sir Simon Jenkins at St Stephen's in Rosslyn Hill. Picture: Ron Vester

‘Basements in Hampstead are pestilence and should be controlled’ – National Trust chairman

Rampant basement development in Hampstead and across the capital has been branded a “pestilence” by the chairman of the National Trust – as he backed the idea of legislation to control excavations.

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Graduation photo of Shyanuja Parathasangary who was killed in the 7/7 bombings.

Maida Vale church unveils poignant tribute to victim of 7/7 terror

The parents of 7/7 bombing victim Shyanuja Parathasangary returned to a Maida Vale church on Sunday for the first time since burying their daughter in its grounds to watch the unveiling of a memorial to celebrate her life.

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Education See all

Composer John Altman at Beckford Primary School fair playing the saxaphone for pupils. Picture: Mark Hakansson

Prolific composer who played with Hendrix and Clapton star guest at Camden school fete

A prolific composer and musician who has played with music legends like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Bob Marley lent his support to a carnival-themed school fair.

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High Speed 2 See all

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the government would not support the Double Deck Down 2 design. Picture: PA/Joe Giddens

Blow as government refuses to support Camden-backed HS2 Euston station design

Efforts to save hundreds of Camden residents from seeing their homes demolished have been dealt a blow after the government revealed it would not be supporting a community-backed design for the redevelopment of Euston station.

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Obituaries See all

Vera Derer and Vladimir Derer at their Golders Green home in 1981. Picture: Geoffrey White/Associated Newspapers/REX.

Campaigner who changed Labour Party rules from Golders Green home dies aged 95

A left-wing activist who ran an influential Labour Party campaign group from his Golders Green home has died aged 95.

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