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The drama around East 17’s Brian Harvey rumbles on today, as London24 discovered the contents of his enigmatic dossier.

Friday, October 17, 2014
Pure Taste will serve food based on the caveman, or Paleo, diet(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

From the Atkins to the 5:2 diet, there’s always a new fad on the market but Pure Taste, a new Notting Hill restaurant, is taking things back to basics with a menu based on what cavemen would have eaten.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
The tomatoes were spotted by a rail worker on the line from Liverpool Street to Southend

The RMT has hit out at the ‘disgusting and dangerous practice’ of trains dumping waste onto railway lines after a tomato plant was seen growing on the tracks.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Nico is seen grinding along boats and on locks as he fires up the canal

The genteel quite of the canal in east London is rudely awoken by wakeboarder Nico von Lerchenfeld as he screams along the canal in this amazing video.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Molly the dog was returned seconds after a tweet from Britain's Got More Talent presenter Stephen Mulhern

A dog stolen as she waited for her owner outside a shop in Spitalfields was safely found just seconds after a celebrity backed the appeal to find her on Twitter.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
The cold, dead eyes of a killer? [Photograph by Dfaulder]

A seagull has been spotting stalking pigeons in Hyde Park – then drowning the smaller birds in the Serpentine.

Friday, October 10, 2014
The picture had appeared all over social media this week (Picture: Twitter/@MPSWandsworth)

Street art enthusiasts were sent into a frenzy this week after an apparent ‘Banksy’ was spotted in south London – but sorry everyone, it looks like it’s a fake.

Friday, October 10, 2014
Siobhan Gerrard spotted this bizarre sight in Wood Green.

We’re used to strange sights at London24, but this one has us scratching our heads.

Friday, October 10, 2014
Where the flamin hell are they?

Never mind fighting fires, the real emergency at the London Fire Brigade’s headquarters in Southwark is their missing tea caddies.

Friday, October 10, 2014
Firefighters were called to saw through the iron bars and rescue the trapped Labrador in Hornsey (Picture: Twitter/@Natty_Huitson)

A Labrador had to be cut free from iron railing after somehow getting his head stuck between the bars on a first-floor balcony in north London.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
The new footbridge is simple but stunningly elegant [Image from YouTube]

Move over, Tower Bridge: the capital has a new favourite draw-bridge, and it’s achingly cool.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
The abandoned Lamborghini was left on Tower Bridge (@TfLTrafficNews)

They say Lamborghini owners are a flamboyant lot but this stunt would leave even 50 Cent reeling.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Cup of Rosie Lee old chum? (Pic Added Honesy)

Fancy a cup of Rosie Lee old chum? Get up close and personal as you wrap your chops around your very own Boris Johnson mug - for the bargain price of £4.99.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Lindsay Siviter unveils what Jack the Ripper's graffiti may have looked like in Goulston St, where a restaurant now stands [photo: Mike Pattison]

A fish’n’chip shop in London’s East End has had a traditional makeover and been turned into an historic memorial to the victims of Jack the Ripper—at the spot where the Victorian serial killer taunted police with a message chalked on a wall.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
You can see octopuses being fed at the London Aquarium [Photograph by Albert Kok]

Today is Octopus Awareness Day, so here are some of London24’s favourite octopus moments!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
The picture made the national press (Picture: James Galbraith)

An under-fire street cleaner who hit the headlines after being photographed sweeping a police crime scene in east London has said she did nothing wrong.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The musuem will have a large collection of skulls

London’s weirdest museum needs your help as plans to create a permanent home for curiosities like two-headed kittens and dodo bones in Hackney have hit a financial snag.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
That is one pricey burger....

The world’s most expensive (and utterly pointless) burger has been created by a chef in London, using the usual array of spectacularly expensive ingredients: Kobe beef, check! Truffle, check! Lobster, check! Caviar, check! Saffron, check! Gold, of course!

Monday, October 6, 2014
An example of a dog pram as seen at Crufts. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Images

It sounds barking mad, but a woman attacked and racially abused a mother on a bus - because she asked her to move her dog pram.

Monday, October 6, 2014
Who leaves an entire leg of pork just lying around on the street?

A Spanish pork lover was left without a leg (of ham) to stand on after an entire Jamon was discovered abandoned on a street in Crystal Palace.

Monday, October 6, 2014
(Pic by David Parry/PA)

Passersby do a double take after a 24 metre square canvas of Jack Bauer - star of US television series 24 - popped up at Borough Market.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
The installation, entitled 'Take my lightning but don't steal my thunder', is by British artist Alex Chinneck (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Don’t worry, Covent Garden isn’t an alien spaceship floating off into the sky, even though it kinda looks that way in this amazing art installation by Alex Chinneck.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
I don't know what it is but I'm suddenly very thirsty...

Can anyone please explain why there is a giant pint of beer walking along the street in Tower Gateway? Nope, us neither.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
The cocktail costs £16

A new bar has opened in Chelsea serving up cocktails made with pig’s blood, octopus tentacles, candy floss, raw eggs and squid ink.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Londoners love free wifi (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

How much do you love free WiFi? Would you give up your eldest child for it? Of course not right? Well that’s exactly what 6 Londoners unwittingly did after being caught out by a security firm.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Chriss Dodd questioned the supermarket whether the poster should be in full view of the customers

Sainsbury’s was forced to apologise after a motivational poster urging staff to squeeze an extra 50p from every customer was mistakenly put in the window of its Stratford store for customers to see.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Not your usual sight at Holborn during rush-hour

When people say it’s a battle to get a seat on the Central Line at rush-hour they probably don’t mean you have to fight Spartan warriors...but commuters at Holborn Tube station had to do just that yesterday.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The giant hippo has thrilled Londoners

The giant hippo which made its way down the Thames is back by popular demand and has found a new home at St Katharine Docks.

Monday, September 29, 2014
Whisper is so scared she is terrified to leave her kennel

Agoraphobic rescue dog Whisper is so terrified of people and the outside world that staff at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are finding it impossible to find her a new owner.

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Ffion Green (left) gets a tattoo done by Jo Harrision (right)

Thousands of body-art fans flocked to the International London Tattoo Convention’s 10th anniversary at Tobacco Dock.

Friday, September 26, 2014
The secret history of drugs like magic mushrooms will be explored  (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

From everyday to Class A – Kew Gardens is offering visitors the chance to try mind altering plants and find out more about what makes some mushrooms magic, why cannabis is so popular and how to make alcohol.

Friday, September 26, 2014
The car pulls off from the lights whilst still on red, with the police motorbike right next to it

Top tip: When planning on jumping a red light - try not to do it while a police motorcyclist is sat alongside you.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
A rogue street cleaner picking up potential evidence. Picture: James Galbraith

A rogue street sweeper navigated police tape labelled “do not cross” to clear litter from a crime scene.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Peter Capaldi appearing on The Graham Norton Show (Ian West/PA Wire)

Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has told how he was confronted by a shopkeeper pretending to be a Dalek.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
(Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Words are not quite enough to explain how awesome we think these sculptures made from Lego are.

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Dozens of yellow flowers have been left in her honour at Hanwell clock tower as a mark of respect.

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The Tories better hope the Westminster Dog of the Year awards don’t foreshadow events next year…

TOP Stories

This cat may have used up one of her nine lives! [Photograph by London Fire Brigade]

A fire tore through a a block of flats on Wanborough Drive in Roehampton on Wednesday afternoon - and one unusual casualty had to be rescuscitated by firefighters.

Baroness Sharples has previous form for lashing out at cyclists [Photograph by Ian Nicholson for PA]

A 91-year-old peer has admitted taking a swipe at a cyclist who didn’t stop at a pedestrian crossing outside of Parliament.

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Marcus Campbell (Pic: @Mr Exposed)

Police blocked more than a hundred angry protestors outside Croydon University Hospital last night who were demonstrating over the care of critically ill 22-year-old Marcus Campbell.

London Bloggers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The cast, including Josie Lawrence and Mike Myers

Simon Collins catches up with the improv impresarios, who despite being the world’s longest-running comedy show with the same cast, have lost none of the razor-sharp wit:

Monday, September 1, 2014
Do you really need an explanation for that?! (Pic by Serena Marinelli)

If you’ve ever seen an Italian movie, you would probably know how important body language is in the culture.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Don't waste any of your harvest

If you are now inundated with ripe tomatoes, juicy green beans, berries and herbs, don’t leave them to go stringy or mouldy because the freezer can go a long way to making your crops last well into winter.