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Tube workers to take industrial action over violence

Workers on parts of London Underground have voted for industrial action over claims they face increased levels of violence and anti-social behaviour.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on the eastern end of the District Line will only work from a place of safety from the end of the month when lone-working and will not attend incidents on trains by themselves.

The union said a female member of staff was attacked in her office by a passenger and others have been threatened.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "There has been an explosion of violent crime and sexual offences across the network and our members are bearing the brunt of it, particularly on the District Line."

A Transport for London spokesman said: "Our staff work hard to assist our customers and keep London moving. They deserve to go about their day without fear or intimidation, in safety.

"We have met with the RMT to reiterate our commitment to ensuring the safety of our staff and outline the steps we have taken to address their feedback.

"We will continue to engage with them to ensure all staff feel safe and secure while performing their duties."

Second Section 60 authorised after spate of stabbings

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In addition to the Section 60 around Edgware Road, another has been authorised for the same period of time in parts of Wandsworth and Richmond.

The move follows a number of stabbings which happened in the area within the space of 30 minutes. These are all being treated as linked by Scotland Yard.

Police were first called to Burston Road at 10:42 BST after reports of an attack where it was reported the injured man had left the scene in a white saloon car.

At 10:48 officers went to Eastleigh Walk over reports of a fight where a man, aged in his 20s, was found with stab injuries. He was taken to hospital and police are waiting for an update on his condition.

Then at about 11:10 another man, aged in his 20s, arrived at a south London hospital with a stab wound. His condition was found to not be life-threatening and he was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

Retailers shut 2,870 stores in first half of 2019

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About 16 shops are closing every day as retailers restructure their businesses and more shopping moves online.

A net 1,234 stores shut on Britain's top 500 high streets in the first half of the year, according to research by PwC and the Local Data Company.

That is up from 1,123 in the same period last year and the highest since the survey began in 2010.

Fashion retailers saw the biggest declines in the period, followed by restaurants, estate agents and pubs.

Greater London saw the largest number of net closures of any region, although when taking into account its higher number of shops, its closure rate was in line with the national average.

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