A former Tube worker who was injured after falling down four steps at Wanstead station is claiming £300,000 in compensation from London Underground.
Kailash Sharma, 51, twisted his ankle in the accident in 2003 and retired on medical grounds the following year. He says that the steps were poorly lit - The Times
The cost of removing hazardous waste from the Olympic site in the East End site could be as much as £80m. The London Development Agency, which is responsible for the clear-up, has warned that up to 4,000 tons of contaminated waste might have to be disposed of in landfill sites - The Independent
A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.1 rocked several remote islands off northern Japan yesterday, prompting thousands to evacuate to higher ground amid tsunami alerts. Several thousand people on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido were evacuated from the coastline after the quake struck its northern shores in an area claimed by both Japan and Russia - The Guardian
British Airways has significantly increased its offer to address the £2.1bn deficit in its main pension scheme ahead of a meeting with union leaders today, raising hopes it can head off threatened industrial action. The airline yesterday reached agreement in principle with pension scheme trustees on a 10-year funding deal. This would increase its previous £500m one-off cash injection offer to £800m, and raise its annual contributions from £235m to £253m - The Financial Times
Criminal gangs are stealing large amounts of copper from Italian factories, railways and even cemeteries and are shipping it to China to profit from soaring demand for the base metal, police and transport officials said yesterday. At least 22 people, mostly Romanian immigrants, have been arrested since mid-October in an effort to stop thefts of copper cables that have disrupted rail services for tens of thousands of commuters in the Turin area of northern Italy - The Financial Times