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The group celebrate after finishing recording their song.

Video: Group join forces with BBC to record at Maida Vale studios

Everyone from The Beatles to Beyonce have recorded at the BBC’s legendary Maida Vale studios and now a group of young adults can add their names to the list after they enjoyed a taste of pop stardom.

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Fire crews rushed to the scene

Firefighters tackle blaze in five-storey block in Marylebone

More than 90 people were evacuated from a five-storey block of offices and shops following a fire in Marylebone last night.

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The family was paid millions of pounds.

St John’s Wood family win damages payout from NHS for disabled daughter

A doctor’s daughter who suffered devastating brain damage after complications during birth has won a massive damages payout from the NHS.

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Tin-Tin Ho in action - photo by Steve Parkin

Paddington table tennis teen competes in Commonwealth Games

Table tennis star Tin-Tin Ho is enjoying “every moment” of her Commonwealth Games experience as she competes as one of the youngest members of the England squad.

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Larizia sales director Russell McLean and area manager Emma Wiseman with an example of one of the designer handbags that was stolen, an Yves Saint-Laurent bag worth £1,735. Picture: Polly Hancock

One hundred designer handbags stolen ‘in 45 seconds’

Smash and grab raiders took just 45 seconds to steal £100,000 worth of luxury handbags from a St John’s Wood shop.

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Seven people have been arrested.

£100,000 of luxury handbags stolen in St John’s Wood smash and grab

Seven people have been arrested after a St John’s Wood shop became the latest luxury designer store targeted by smash-and-grab robbers.

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Ed Miliband launches Labour's summer campaign - photo by Dieter Perry

Ed Miliband: Government going down ‘wrong road’ on plans to shake-up short-term letting

Labour leader Ed Miliband has claimed the government is going down the “wrong road” with plans to relax rules on short-term lets - a move which residents say will hit Westminster particularly hard.

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Dr John Alcindor: Physician, Pan-Africanist and WW1 local hero

Plaque unveiled in memory of ‘Black Doctor of Paddington’

A Paddington doctor’s great-great-grandchildren watched as a blue plaque commemorating his First World War heroics was unveiled at the site of his former surgery.

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London Zoo has said animal welfare is top priority (Picture: ZSL London Zoo)

London Zoo reassures visitors after concerns over late-night parties

London Zoo has assured visitors that the animals’ welfare is always its number one priority in the wake of a series of revelations over some of its late night events.

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Marylebone Farmers' Market

Hundreds support plans to find Marylebone farmers’ market new home

Almost 900 supporters have voiced their support for a new home for Marylebone’s thriving farmers’ market as its current sought-after site is being sold off to developers.

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Residents hope the council will reject the planning application

Residents reject plans for ‘white monolith’ in St John’s Wood

Residents are opposing revised plans to transform a St John’s Wood home into a “hideous white faced monolith”.

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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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Education See all

An artist's impression of the proposed pavilion.

University College School bid for new sport base rejected amid neighbours’ anger

A top Hampstead independent school has had its bid to build a new sport pavilion rejected by Barnet Council after a wave of objections from neighbours.

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High Speed 2 See all

Cllr Sarah Hayward. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Council leader Sarah Hayward and Sir Keir Starmer bid to replace Frank Dobson

Camden Council leader Sarah Hayward and former director of public prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer will go head-to-head in a battle to replace Labour’s outgoing Holborn and St Pancras MP Frank Dobson at next year’s general election.

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Obituaries See all

Barbara Foster, dress maker to Margaret Thatcher, has died aged 87

Obituary: Barbara Foster, Polish emigre, mother and dressmaker to Margaret Thatcher, dies aged 87

Barbara Foster, who was born Barbara Pszczolkowska on March 27, 1927 in Warsaw in Poland, the middle child of a family of four siblings.

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