News in Richmond

Bystanders watch rescue efforts at Teddington Lock (Image: Jack Fifield)

Rescue efforts continue in the plight of a minke whale that spent yesterday evening stuck in Richmond lock.

Now the whale has moved to Teddington lock, where a helicopter has been seen hovering overhead and the RNLI continue to try and help.

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This morning's papers focussed on the SNP and Labour Party changes

It's been an exciting week for UK politics with this morning's national headlines dominated largely by the SNP and Labour's internal shake up. Yesterday saw the Conservative party retain its 21-year hold of the London Assembly South West constituency seat while Sadiq Khan won a second term as London's Mayor.

In SW London, Conservative candidate Nick Rogers will be taking over from Tony Arbour, who had held his seat in the London Assembly South West constituency since 2000.

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A veteran making a poppy wreath

On the anniversary of the week one of WWI's most famous poems was written, David Beaumont reflects on the poem's story and its link to the poppy-wearing tradition that has now been going for a century.

On May 2nd 1915, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer was blown up by a German shell. He was buried the same day. Nothing unusual there. Except that as a result of his demise, a significant part of the worlds' population wear poppies in remembrance and have done for a century. It's an institution. Why?

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