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Sick children at St Mary's Hospital treated to presents and a visit from Father Christmas

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Presents donated by Westminster businesses and residents mean sick children in St Mary's Hospitals, Paddington, can have some joy this Christmas, writes Selina Sykes

Barbara Windsor joins 1,000 pensioners at tea dance to tackle loneliness

The EastEnders actor made an appearance at the dance in Westminster

More than 80,000 sign petition against deportation of man with Down's syndrome

Wadih Chouery, who lives in Twickenham and is popular with customers at his family's cafe in Isleworth, was joined by supporters yesterday as the petition was presented at the Home Office

Brother of tragic teenager pays tribute to 'caring, selfess' Sugenth Jeyakumar

The family have been blown away by the tributes to their 14-year-old, who died on Wednesday

Missing Maida Vale pensioner with dementia found safe and well

Hilma Sealy, 77, went missing last night but has luckily been found

Growing concern for missing Maida Vale pensioner with dementia

Hilma Sealy, 77, went missing from her Maida Vale home last night

Heathrow cop sacked for grabbing driver round the neck

William Eliot, 45, struck off by the MPS months after he was found guilty of assault by beating and handed a suspended sentence

Man whose two-year-old son has rare disease takes on 'Paddington Bear trek' for children in hospital

Sam Dean, 43, is hoping to raise £5,000 to support sick children spending their Christmases in St Mary's Hospital, Paddington after they looked after his two-year-old son with Kawasaki disease

Drastic drop in pupils attending top rated secondary schools in Hammersmith and Fulham

One school in the borough is in special measures and another requires improvement. Last year all schools were good or outstanding

Hounslow's secondary schools best in London, but primaries among worst

Ofsted's annual report also shows schools in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea are flying high, but secondary schools in Brent are the worst in London

Mary Portas surprises partner with first UK marriage conversion

The fashion entrepreneur surprised Melanie Rickey with a wedding at Westminster City Hall at 12.01am this morning - a minute after the law came into place

Rod Abouharb: Our NHS needs more than sticking plasters

Dr Rod Abouharb, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Kensington, argues that the Chancellor's £2billion for the NHS is a sticking plaster not a solution.

Fulham's DJ Neil Fox arrested again over three more sex assault allegations

The radio DJ, who lives in Fulham and was born in Harrow, was arrested yesterday (December 8) for a further three alleged sexual assaults, following four allegations in September

Help Save the Children at Chelsea Town Hall Christmas fair

The annual Christmas Cocktail event raises thousands of pounds for the charity

Students at Gumley House help out at centre for homeless and families in need

Pupils take part in classes, help in the charity shop and play with children in the creche and raise £263 for the centre

Worker dramatically rescued from Victoria crane during building fire

The man had to be treated for smoke inhalation after being trapped in the crane cabin by smoke coming from a fire below him

What proportion of businesses in your area started post-recession?

Hounslow and Ealing are leading the way with some of the highest numbers of businesses started since the recession of any area of the UK.

Snow covers Ellerby Street in SW6

Which councils are praying for a no snow Christmas? Hounslow for one

Hounslow Council has cut its budget for snow clearance by 23% ahead of this winter, whereas in Brent the amount available has been vastly increased.

Small Business Saturday: MP recalls helping out at her family's shop in Osterley

Seema Malhotra takes a trip down memory lane as she urges people to support their local shops tomorrow

New CCTV images released after autistic teenager's neck slashed in Westminster

Have you seen them? Police release new CCTV footage  after vicious attack on vulnerable youth in June

Up to four in ten 11 year olds are too fat, reveals study

Shocking new figures reveal that as many as four in every 10 Year 6 schoolchildren are overweight or obese.

Biggest increase in insolvencies in England or Wales during 2013 recorded in Southall

There was a 47 per cent rise in insolvencies from 2012-2013 in the constituency


Autumn Statement: How much west London areas would pay under new Stamp Duty rules

The Chancellor has announced changes to the way Stamp Duty will be calculated, but which west London areas are the winners and losers?

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Hammersmith and Fulham schoolgirls in top 10 worst areas for cervical cancer vaccine

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The number of girls in the borough aged 12-13 having the optional HPV vaccine is considerably lower than the English average

£32 million compensation available for asbestos cancer sufferers

People suffering from diffuse mesothelioma can claim a pay-out from insurers after the Government made it mandatory, but many still do not know about it

Firefighters warn flat dwellers to have adequate escape plan after Westminster kitchen blaze

London Fire Brigade has warned people in flats to have a different fire safety plan from those in houses.

West London councils splash £100,000 of YOUR money on iPads for councillors

Harrow alone has spent £37,312 on buying iPads for all its councillors, including £9,839.60 for training

West Londoners live in a chocolatiers paradise

Westminster is home to the highest number of chocolate shops in the area, according to data from Companies House

How green is your borough? Campaigners for a London national park do the maths

Hillingdon and Hounslow are among the capital's 10 leafiest boroughs, according to a new map charting London's greenest neighbourhoods

Tesco celebrates increase in Americans with Thanksgiving range

Thousands of Americans across west London will celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow


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