Community Rail makes £four.8m from bathrooms

Community Rail makes £four.8m from bathrooms

Network Rail collected almost £5m in 12 months from people paying to use its railway station toilets, figures show. London Victoria topped the list, with its toilets taking £991,528 between the start of 2016/17 financial year until Campaigners said toilet charges “add insult to injury” and called for them to be axed. Network Rail said the money made was invested in passenger facilities. Stations that charge for toilets include King’s […]

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Boaters accuse Canal and River Belief of ‘making an attempt to pressure them off the water’

Boaters accuse Canal and River Belief of ‘making an attempt to pressure them off the water’

People living on boats in London have accused the authority managing Britain’s waterways of “trying to force them off the water to make money”. The Canal and River Trust (CRT) has proposed to restrict some of the capital’s mooring spaces and start charging for others. Boaters fear they will be “priced out of” certain areas as a result. The CRT said it has to cope with rising numbers of boats […]

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St Neots jogger finds 7ft-long boa constrictor on run

St Neots jogger finds 7ft-long boa constrictor on run

A man was on his morning jog when he stumbled across a 7ft (2.13m) boa constrictor in a brown pillow case. He was running in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, when he spotted the non-poisonous snake in bushes and took it home before the RSPCA collected it. Inspector Stephen Reeves said that it was healthy and suspected the owner “just no longer wanted him”. The charity wants to rehome the snake, which […]

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West Midlands policeman stabbed throughout arrest try

West Midlands policeman stabbed throughout arrest try

A policeman was stabbed in the neck and chest while attempting to arrest a suspect. The West Midlands officer, aged 26, suffered two stab wounds when he was attacked by a man at an address in Wood End Road, Erdington, Birmingham. He was taken to hospital for treatment but his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening, a spokesman said. A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of two […]

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Astronaut Tim Peake opens Portsmouth’s latest school

Astronaut Tim Peake opens Portsmouth’s latest school

Britain’s first man in space has opened Portsmouth’s newest college. Sussex astronaut Tim Peake, who grew up in Chichester, returned to the city a year after from the University of Portsmouth. Major Peake, who spent six months on the International Space Station earlier in 2016, studied flight dynamics and evaluation at the same university. He told students at the city’s University Technical College that it was “great to be on […]

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