Channel Tunnel fire, extra security for Jewish areas, and police commander dismissed

News stories Saturday 17th January 


Eurostar train going from London to Paris. Image: Mike Knell. Creative Commons Licence:

  • Channel Tunnel closed due to lorry fire
  • Security increased in Jewish communities across London
  • Met Commander dismissed over ‘leak’ 

Channel Tunnel closed

All Eurostar services have been cancelled ‘until further notice’ because of a fire on a lorry.

Trains are returning to their original stations, and passengers are being told to postpone their travel plans.

The Eurostar connects London with Paris and Brussels, with trains usually departing for France from St. Pancras International.

The fire triggered smoke detectors in the tunnel.  The lorry is being recovered.

A spokesperson for Eurostar said:

The fire was at the French end of the tunnel and is being dealt with by the French authorities. There are no reported injuries. However, rail passengers are advised to expect significant delays.

For updates, keep an eye on the Eurostar twitter feed @Eurostar

Security stepped up in Jewish areas

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Police are increasing security in London’s Jewish communities after the terrorist attacks in Paris last week and increased tensions across Europe.

Detectives in Newham are investigating graffiti daubed on Holocaust memorial posters which they believe is anti-Semitic.

The police were alerted to the graffiti after members of the public posted about it on social media and it was captured on CCTV.

In other parts of Europe the Jewish community is being provided extra protection.

In Belgium, soldiers are helping police to guard Jewish buildings.

Met Commander dismissed 

DCS Rowell sacked for leaking to journalist

Ealing Borough Commander and Detective Chief Superintendent Andrew Rowell dismissed for misconduct. Image: Met Police

London police borough commander Andrew Rowell has been sacked for gross misconduct after giving information to a journalist.

Mr Rowell was the former Ealing commander and was arrested in the wake of the hacking scandal.

Read our full article here.

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