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It Was England's Biggest Burglary Ever. Now, an Arrest

Man linked to 2015 heist arrested following London raid

(Newser) - A new arrest in what prosecutors have dubbed the largest burglary in English history comes almost three years to the day after thieves stole more than $20 million in cash and jewels in a brazen heist in London. Several men were convicted in the 2015 crime and sentenced to six... More »

Hawking's Ashes Will Rest Next to a Scientific Great

His ashes will be kept at London's Westminster Abbey

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking's final resting place will be among other famous scientists like Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. Hawking's ashes will be interred at London’s Westminster Abbey, next to Newton's grave, at a Thanksgiving ceremony later this year, the Abbey has revealed . The Dean of Westminster... More »

3 Billboards Driven Through London Demand Justice

'71 dead. And still no arrests? How come?'

(Newser) - Activists for victims of a deadly London high-rise fire have taken inspiration from an Oscar-nominated film to press for more action by police. Three mobile billboards were driven through the British capital Thursday on behalf of the Justice 4 Grenfell campaign, the AP reports. The group was set up after... More »

Elite Charity Dinner Exposed as Grope-Fest

2 female reporters for 'Financial Times' work as hostesses

(Newser) - On the surface, it was a respectable event that raised $2.8 million for charities including a world-renowned children's hospital. But a bit of digging reveals London's men-only Presidents Club Charity Dinner is the opposite of respectable, reports the Financial Times . The newspaper sent a pair of undercover... More »

Trump Calls Off London Visit, Blames Obama

He says embassy sale was a 'bad deal'

(Newser) - President Trump says he has scrapped plans to visit London—and it's former President Obama's fault. In a tweet late Thursday, Trump said he will not be unveiling the new American embassy in the city because his predecessor made a "bad deal," reports Reuters . "Reason... More »

At Least 1 Animal Dead, Others Missing in Zoo Fire

Cause of Saturday's fire at London Zoo is unknown

(Newser) - A beloved aardvark is dead and four meerkats are missing after a fire tore through part of the London Zoo on Saturday, Reuters reports. The fire mostly damaged a cafe and gift shop but impacted an animal petting area, as well. Misha, a 10-year-old aardvark and one of the most... More »

Grisly Death Has Some Talking Spontaneous Human Combustion

Retiree dies after mysteriously bursting into flames in London

(Newser) - A grisly mystery in London has police searching for answers. The Independent reports a 70-year-old man named John Nolan was walking near his home Sept. 17 when he burst into flames. Emergency services were called for a "man ablaze" while bystanders tried to put out the fire. The retired... More »

Most Expensive US Embassy Has No Perimeter Fence

$1B London building was designed to be welcoming

(Newser) - The most surprising aspect of the pricey new US Embassy in London is what isn't there: a perimeter fence. There is no imposing security barrier to protect the highly visible embassy in a city that has this year been targeted repeatedly by extremists. Instead there are some public gardens... More »

Top Restaurant on TripAdvisor Was Just Some Guy's Shed

Vice writer takes fake restaurant to top of TripAdvisor's rankings in just 6 months

(Newser) - For a brief shining moment in November, the best restaurant in London, as rated by TripAdvisor, featured TV dinners, live chickens, and a DJ playing kitchen noises in lieu of an actual kitchen. Oobah Butler used to be paid by restaurants to leave good reviews on TripAdvisor without actually visiting... More »

'Beast Finally Defeated:' London's Fatberg Is No More

A 140-ton fatberg is gone from the city's sewer

(Newser) - It was longer than two football fields, weighed as much as nearly a dozen double-decker buses , and took nine weeks to annihilate—but the London fatberg is officially no more. "Our work is finished, and the beast finally defeated after a mammoth effort from the team," says Alex... More »

London's Reddish Sky Has Scientific Explanation

It's not pollution, it's Ophelia

(Newser) - The sky over London was looking downright eerie on Monday. The Guardian has an apocalypse comparison, while Ars Technica settles for something more like Blade Runner. The real reason? Ophelia . The hurricane-turned-cyclone has been churning up dust from the African Sahara in the atmosphere, the result being the orange and... More »

Cops: Girl, 17, Separated From Friends Is Assaulted 3 Times

London police say the attacks started just before midnight on Sept. 29

(Newser) - A 17-year-old girl who became separated from friends after a night out experienced the unthinkable in East London, say police: three sexual assaults within a 60-minute period. The BBC reports the teen was seen on surveillance footage in the area just before midnight on Sept. 29. She was being carried... More »

Injuries Reported After Car Drives Onto London Sidewalk

Police have determined it was a traffic collision, not terrorism

(Newser) - Multiple injuries were reported Sunday afternoon after a car drove onto the sidewalk outside the Natural History Museum in London, the Guardian reports. According to the BBC , the injuries in an area popular with tourists are said to be minor. Officials say 11 people were treated for injuries with nine... More »

Multiple Injuries in Suspected Acid Attack in London

A suspect has been arrested; police are looking for more

(Newser) - Police say at least six people were injured after being sprayed with "a noxious substance" Saturday night at a popular shopping center in London, CNN reports. According to the Telegraph , witnesses are describing it as an acid attack. Witnesses say the situation at the Stratford Shopping Centre started with... More »

London: Uber Unfit to Operate Here, So It Can't

Company's license expires Sept. 30

(Newser) - London's transport authority says it won't renew Uber's license to operate in the British capital, arguing that it demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility with implications in public safety and security. Transport for London says the car-hailing app was not "fit and proper to hold a... More »

Arrest Made in Hunt for London Attack Suspects

Threat level still at critical after 'significant arrest'

(Newser) - British police have made a "significant" arrest in the urgent manhunt for suspects a day after the London subway blast that injured more than two dozen people, authorities say. Police say that an 18-year-old man was arrested by Kent police Saturday in the port of Dover on the English... More »

Trump's Call After London Attack: Get 'Proactive & Nasty!'

Attacks shows need for tough travel ban, he says

(Newser) - Rarely reticent after overseas incidents, President Trump spoke up early Friday after news streamed across the pond of a rush-hour explosion in the London Underground that injured at least 18 people. He railed on Twitter against the "loser terrorists," calling those responsible "sick and demented people who... More »

18 Hurt in Terror Attack on London Underground

Blast caused panic during rush hour

(Newser) - An explosion and fire on a London Underground train caused panic and injuries during rush hour Friday morning. Police, ambulances, and firefighters were called to the Parsons Green station in the southwest of the city after the blast, which authorities are now calling a terrorist attack, the Guardian reports. Photos... More »

Museum Wants to Display Glob of Congealed Grossness

We are speaking, of course, of the fatberg

(Newser) - Congealed wet wipes, diapers, fat, and oil—not exactly what you'd expect to see behind glass at the Museum of London. But if the museum has its way, that's what will come to pass. The city is in the midst of a three-week "sewer war" against a... More »

London Officials Battling 'Total Monster' in Sewer

A 143-ton 'fatberg' isn't proving easy to deconstruct

(Newser) - British engineers say they've launched a "sewer war" against a giant blob clogging London's sewers, reports the AP . Thames Water officials said Tuesday it will likely take three weeks to dissolve the outsize "fatberg." They caution against expecting quick results as the fatberg is 275... More »

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