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‘Chaos’ as Tower Bridge stuck open
Featured, London

‘Chaos’ as Tower Bridge stuck open

    Tower Bridge was stuck open for over an hour because of a mechanical fault, causing central London traffic to be gridlocked. The historic bridge’s two arms were stuck at different angles after opening to allow ships to pass underneath on the River Thames on Saturday evening, with witnesses saying they failed to come down at the same time. One Twitter user said: So have been stood under a raised tower bridge for 15 mins now, hearing rumours it’s stuck. Another Twitter user posted a video of the incident, describing the electro-hydraulic system’s failure of the combined bascule and suspension bridge as a once in a lifetime moment. Shortly after 5pm, City of London police tweeted to say the bridge was closed to pedestrians and traffic due a mechanical fault. Mechanic...
Second national lockdown warning as R rate rises
Featured, United Kingdom

Second national lockdown warning as R rate rises

    A second national lockdown could be imposed, senior Government advisers have warned, as the upper limit of the R rate pushed over one for the first time since restrictions were lifted. The Prime Minister effectively ruled out another nationwide shutdown, stating that the option was now akin to a nuclear deterrent, in an interview with The Telegraph last month. However, on Friday the Sage advisory group said Britain’s reproduction number was now between 0.9 and 1.1, with senior sources warning “more nationwide measures” may be needed. Manchester, the country’s third largest city, has already faced a local lockdown, while Birmingham, the second biggest, is on the brink of restrictions after cases rose, leading to fears it could be only a matter of time before further...