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Man Steals Rare Mayfair Bronze with Rolled-up Paper

A man has pulled off an audacious theft under the noses of the owners of a rare bronze statue valued at £40,000 from a Mayfair gallery after tucking it under a rolled-up newspaper and leaving calmly. The work by artist Elisabeth Frink titled Horizontal Birman I dates from 1962 was stolen from the Beaux Arts gallery on Maddox Street in the heart of Mayfair. It is a limited edition piece and is inscribed on the underside with Frink 10/10. Co-owner of the gallery Patricia Singh said the suspect had been casually walking around the gallery before the theft. She said: “He was walking around with a rolled-up newspaper and it was on a high shelf, so we rather assumed it was safe, and there was someone in the room the whole time. “It’s to my intense chagrin, we should be more vigilant, but you learn.” Police have released a CCTV image of a man (left) they would like to trace in connection with the theft. They believe he struck on Friday, 26 June between 17:30hrs and 17:50. The suspect is …

Stripes: The house in South End Kensington has to be repainted white

Candy-Stripe House: Lawyers Move in

A woman who painted red and white lines over her Kensington townhouse valued at £15m has taken legal action against a planning decision that forbade her demolishing the property and adding a double basement. Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring, 71, was also ordered to restore the house to its former state by 3 July. She has however taken the matter to court seeking the overturning of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council’s original decision which restricts new basement developments to one storey. A council spokesman gave the reason behind its verdict: “A section 215 notice has been served, under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, on the owner of a property in South End by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Read more: Candy-Stripe House Owner Ordered to Repaint “The property is situated within the Kensington Square conservation area and its condition and appearance has attracted numerous complaints to the council’s planning enforcement team. In addition to the exterior being painted in red and white stripes, the property’s window frames are in a poor …

‘Stowaway’ Falls to Rooftop Death

A suspected stowaway who is believed to have hid in the gear compartment of a jumbo jet as it approached Heathrow Airport has fallen to his death in a west London suburb, while another is in hospital. The two men are believed to have been clinging to a British Airways flight from Johannesburg. The victim was found on the roof of the four-storey headquarters of on Kew Road, Richmond, at about 09:35 on Thursday. Police are treating his death as unexplained. The surviving man is said to be in a critical condition in a west London hospital. In a statement, the Met Police said: “At this time there is no evidence to link the death to the discovery of a stowaway in the undercarriage of a plane at Heathrow Airport; however this is one line of enquiry into identifying the deceased and the circumstances of his death.” The surviving man, believed to be aged 24, was found in the undercarriage of the plane at about 08:20 and taken to a west London hospital. Officers believe they know his identity …

A Muslim observes Ramadan

Long, Hot, Ramadan

Ramadan, the Muslim holy fasting month – which runs from 18 June to 16 July – has arrived in the middle of summer and there are fears that this year’s abstinence period could take its toll on its adherents. The holy month follows the lunar calendar and it is the first time in recent years it has come so late into the British Summer Time (BST) when daylight hours last for almost 19 hours. London’s estimated one million muslims could be fasting from sunrise to sunset with only about three hours to break their fasting with family and friends before continuing again. This year’s Ramadan is also predicted to affect at least a quarter of minicab and taxi drivers in London who will be stopping work once the sun goes down to mark Ramadan. The holy month commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. Muslims worldwide are required to forego earthly pleasures and reconnect with their faith through a strict regime of fasting and prayers. Steve Wright, chairman of …

Honours list

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015: Redmayne & Lampard Made OBEs

Eddie Redmayne, best actor Oscar winner and former Chelsea and England international Frank Lampard have been recognised in the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours List. Lampard was awarded an OBE in recognition of his sterling football career at Chelsea where he netted 150 goals making him the club’s most prolific goalscorer from midfield. He described it as an extremely proud moment for him and his family. Redmayne was awarded an OBE for a career-defining role playing scientist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. He lives in Chelsea with his wife Hannah Bagshawe. Paddington Bear author Michael Bond, 89, was made a CBE for his most famous chronicles of the adventures of a Peruvian Bear which has been translated into many languages and was made into a film last year. The marmalade-loving and duffle coat wearing bear who became lost at west London’s Paddington train station has become one of  London’s most recognised faces.