Associated Press Published 1:48 p.m. UTC Jun 2, 2018 London – The food-delivery firm Deliveroo has thanked Benedict Cumberbatch after the “Sherlock” star reportedly fought off muggers who were attacking a cyclist working for the company. Uber driver Manuel Dias told the Sun newspaper that he was driving Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter along London’s Marylebone High Street when they saw a cyclist being hit with a bottle. He said Cumberbatch jumped out of the car and grabbed one of the attackers. Dias said “I had hold of one lad and Benedict another. He seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He was very brave.” Cumberbatch’s spokeswoman declined to comment. The newspaper didn’t say when the incident occurred. Police said a cycle delivery driver was assaulted in the street in November. On Saturday, Deliveroo thanked Cumberbatch “for his heroic actions.” … [Read more...] about ‘Sherlock’ star Cumberbatch praised for tackling mugger
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Benedict Cumberbatch channelled his inner Sherlock Holmes as he saved a cyclist who was being attacked, it is reported.The Hollywood star – who plays Sherlock in the hit BBC series – is said to have leaped to the rescue of a Deliveroo rider who was being beaten up by a group of four, it emerged on Friday night.The Sun reports Cumberbatch was in an Uber vehicle on Marylebone High Street in central London with his wife, Sophie Hunter, when they saw the cyclist being hit over the head with a bottle.The driver of the car, Manuel Dias, told the newspaper: “Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless. If he hadn’t stepped in the cyclist could have been seriously injured.”He added: “Here was Sherlock Holmes fighting off four attackers just round the corner from Baker Street. “He stood there instructing them in the street, shouting, ‘Leave him alone’. “I had hold of one lad and Benedict another. He seemed to know exactly what he was … [Read more...] about Cumberbatch becomes real-life Sherlock as he ‘saves cyclist from attack’
Labour failed to end 54 years of Conservative rule in Westminster despite drafting in Momentum campaigners in the run-up to the local elections. A defiant Conservative leader Nickie Aiken said: "We've had Momentum here for weeks and weeks and the people of Westminster sent them a message." She added: "Labour had a disaster tonight. They said they would take Westminster. I think they have to wake up." She said Labour threw everything at the campaign and criticised their campaign. The Conservatives now have 41 sests, down from 44 in 2014. Labour have 19 seats - a gain of four. Labour leader Adam Hug said it had been a hard fought campaign and added: "It was always going to be an uphill battle." The party did manage to unseat cabinet member Richard Holloway in Bayswater. Mr Holloway had the brief for children and families. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had said the council was a prime target for his party. The council has always been Conservative since it was created in 1964 and some Labour … [Read more...] about Westminster local election results: Conservatives retain control
It has been a Conservative safe seat since its incarnation in 1964. Yet the upcoming local elections for Westminster City Council - with councillors serving one of the wealthiest boroughs in the United Kingdom - are being widely tipped for an upset. Currently, the local authority is three-quarters blue and one-quarter red. It's the battle between Labour and the Tories that will likely draw widespread attention to the Westminster count on May 3, where the two key parties have waged intensive doorstepping campaigns. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been making his presence felt in the flagship Tory borough, speaking at local events and backing the campaign to turn the council red. Read More Latest elections headlines Addressing the speculation that Westminster could change hands and colour, opposition leader Adam Hug, who is defending his Westbourne seat in the all-Labour ward, said: “We’re hopeful but not expectant. We’re the underdog in the race and we’ve got a … [Read more...] about Can Labour eat into Conservatives’ Westminster majority?
Voters can choose to have their say about transport in the UK’s busiest shopping street when they go to the polls this month. Would-be councillors are contesting seats across 20 wards at the local elections in the City of Westminster. There are three seats in each ward. The Campaign Against the Pedestrianisation of Oxford Street party is fielding three candidates in the Westminster City Council elections on May 3. The group is campaigning under its single pledge in the wards which Oxford Street runs through, from Marble Arch at one end to Tottenham Court Road at the other. It aims to “work with all stakeholders for improvement, not closure”. Read More Latest local elections news Candidates include Kevin Coyne, who is standing in Bryanston and Dorset Square ward. The campaign is also contesting the Marylebone High Street ward, where Michael Dunn is standing, and West End ward with candidate Ronald Whelan. Two years ago London mayor Sadiq Khan announced the … [Read more...] about This party campaigns against Oxford Street pedestrianisation