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January 16, 2018 9:52 AM Max unveils new gym for our future Olympic stars

BASILDON’S Olympic star, MAX Whitlock MBE, has opened a brand-new gym for the future stars of Team GB at a Southend school. The double Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European champion was at Thorpe Hall School in Wakering Road, to open the Max Whitlock Gymnastics Club for children aged between three and 11. Andrew Hampton, headteacher at Thorpe Hall School 8

January 15, 2018 8:00 PM Joseph Parker is an unbeaten world champion who enjoys feasting on raw fish, scorpions and tarantulas... now Anthony Joshua is next on the menu

'I grew up watching him and I saw him in some movies and now he's probably the highest-paid athlete in the world. For him to be Samoan it's pretty inspirational. That is a trait shared by Joshua and, at first glance, they are two fighters with much in common. Both are likeable out of the ring and unbeaten inside it. But their paths to the top could hardly 9

January 13, 2018 5:47 PM Tom Cruise films hair-raising Mission: Impossible stunt on Blackfriars Bridge

Film star Tom Cruise brought part of central London to a standstill as he performed a hair-raising stunt for the latest Mission: Impossible blockbuster – running across the roof of Blackfriars rail bridge. The 55-year-old actor braved icy January winds and sprinted high over the Thames, with a low-flying helicopter filming his progress. Traffic was halted 2

January 12, 2018 5:12 PM Philippe Coutinho trains for the first time as a Barcelona player as Brazilian puts in solo session in hope of early return from injury to make debut

Philippe Coutinho has put in his first training session since his British record £145million move from Liverpool to Barcelona. The Brazilian maestro donned Barca colours on Friday morning and undertook a solo session, under the eagle-eyed watch of the club fitness staff and medical team. Coutinho is now gearing up to make his debut for the Catalan giants 7

January 4, 2018 12:08 PM In pictures: Storm Eleanor's winds and waves batter western Europe after hitting Ireland and Britain

After battering Britain and Ireland, Storm Eleanor slammed into western Europe, derailing trains, toppling trees and halting flights. After battering Britain and Ireland, Storm Eleanor – packing winds up to 100mph (160kph) – slammed into western Europe, derailing trains, toppling trees and halting flights. Authorities said one person was killed and at least 17

January 3, 2018 1:25 AM 'Would you prefer pet or love next time?': Virgin Trains sparks outrage with 'sexist response' to a customer's complaint that a male manager called her 'honey'

Virgin Trains have been accused of 'everyday sexism' after dismissing a customer who complained about being called 'honey'. Emily Cole was angry after a mistake on a train from Edinburgh to London left passengers unable to find their seats. She says a worker for the train firm added insult to injury by calling her 'honey' when she tried to complain 7

January 2, 2018 8:49 AM From buried skeletons to a £42billion boost to the national economy: Incredible facts about Crossrail revealed

Did you know that by next year Farringdon station will be the busiest in Britain with a whopping 140 trains passing through each hour? This is just one of the amazing facts about Crossrail, one of the biggest engineering projects the country has ever seen, revealed here. The new railway will become known as the Elizabeth line when it opens through central 3

December 31, 2017 1:30 AM All aboard the HS2 honours express: FIVE MPs on the Commons rail committee are knighted (and it's apparently just 'a coincidence')

A new honours row erupted last night after every MP on a Commons committee that oversaw the controversial HS2 rail project ended up with a knighthood. Two MPs on the obscure High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Bill Commons Select Committee were knighted in the New Year Honours List, meaning all six MPs who served on the committee when it was wound 9

December 30, 2017 8:00 AM New Year's Eve and New Year's Day public transport times for Metro, buses and trains

There will be disruption across the public transport network so check out our handy guide before setting off anywhere It’s one thing deciding where to go or what to do - but it’s a whole other problem trying to get home. There will be disruption across public transport services both on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and we’ve got all the details here. So, whether 10

December 29, 2017 10:10 AM Matthew splashes out for St Leonard's Hospice

A YORK schoolboy has made a splash for charity by swimming the length of the English Channel at his local pool. Matthew Watkin, 13, of Fordlands Road, Fulford, took on St Leonard's Hospice's challenge of swimming 21 miles, which is the length of the Channel from Dover to Calais. He swam 1,352 lengths of the swimming pool at York Sport Village, in Heslington 7