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Uber has been asking to meet Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, since his election in May 2016 but those requests have been rejected, according to sources close to the US company.

It has 21 days to appeal TfL's decision and can continue to provide its services in the capital "until the appeals process has been exhausted" - a point Mr Khan reiterated in a response to the change.org petition (more than 680,000 people have signed an online petition in a bid to keep Uber operating in London after its licence expires on 30 September).

 TfL cited failures to report serious criminal offences, conduct sufficient background checks on drivers and other safety issues as grounds for not renewing Uber's licence.

Uber said in a series of tweets on Sunday that it would challenge the TfL decision "in the courts to defend the livelihoods of drivers & the consumer choice of millions of Londoners who use Uber".

"Drivers who use Uber in London are licensed by TfL and have been through the same enhanced DBS [Disclosure and Barring Service] background checks as black cab drivers.

"We have always followed TfL rules on reporting serious incidents, with a dedicated team that works closely with the Metropolitan Police." bbc.com
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Transport for London says it will not renew Uber's private hire licence after finding it is "not fit and proper" to hold one.

TfL said the taxi-hailing app had demonstrated "a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications".

It has told the US-based company that it will not be issued with a new licence after the expiry of its current licence on 30 September.

Uber said it intended to challenge the decision immediately in the courts.

It said TfL and London mayor Sadiq Khan had "caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice".

Uber has about 40,000 drivers in London, and is used by about 3.5 million people. sky.com
Theresa May has confirmed the UK will seek a two year transition period after Brexit under plans which will see Britain effectively keep its existing relationship with the EU until 2021.

The Prime Minister said she wanted the UK and EU to maintain access to each other’s markets “on current terms” during the transition period.

That means the UK will effectively have to accept freedom of movement rules for the duration of the implementation period. telegraph.co.uk
In a huge blow to Uber in the UK London’s transport regulator has rejected its application to renew its license to operate in the city.

In a statement today TfL said it has concluded that Uber is “not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence”.

“TfL’s regulation of London’s taxi and private hire trades is designed to ensure passenger safety. 

Private hire operators must meet rigorous regulations, and demonstrate to TfL that they do so, in order to operate.  

TfL must also be satisfied that an operator is fit and proper to hold a licence,” it said. techcrunch.com
A man has received a £112,197 fine after felling around 200 trees without a licence.

Keith Evans, 63, of Blackwood , admitted to felling the trees, with his two sons, without a licence.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) discovered the remains of the ancient beech trees on land at Pen y Fan farm in Blackwood .

They were covering an area of 200m cubed.

The legal limit of trees allowed to be felled by a landowner in one calendar quarter is 5m cubed.

NRW began an investigation which found that no felling licence was in place to remove the trees. walesonline.co.uk
Police have arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of a terror offence in connection with Friday's attack on a London Tube train.

The man was arrested in the departure area of Dover port on Saturday and has been moved to a London police station.

The arrest sparked an evacuation of Dover port and a number of items were recovered in a police search, Mr Basu said, adding that detectives were "keeping an open mind" as to whether more people were involved in the Tube attack.

Residents of houses surrounding the Sunbury-on-Thames property have been allowed to return home after being evacuated by officers earlier on Saturday.

Locals said the property being searched by police is occupied by married couple Ronald Jones, 88, and Penelope Jones, 71.

The couple are known for fostering many children and young people over several decades, and in 2010 were rewarded by the Queen by being made MBEs. bbc.com
Following a fast-moving investigation and manhunt, British police on Saturday morning arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with the attack on the London subway that injured at least 29 people in what police called a terrorist incident.

Authorities said the man has been arrested by Kent police in the port area of Dover on the English Channel.

Deputy Assistant Police Commissioner Neil Basu called the operation a “significant arrest.”

The man is being held for questioning under the Terrorism Act. 

“For strong investigative reasons we will not give any more details on the man we arrested at this stage,” Basu said.

A homemade bomb exploded on a London subway train at Parsons Green station Friday morning, sending a scorching blast of flame and smoke through a London subway car. washingtonpost.com
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Police and paramedics were called at 08:20 BST (07:20 GMT) on Friday to Parsons Green station in Fulham.

Pictures show a white bucket on fire inside a supermarket bag, but does not appear to show extensive damage to the inside of the Tube train carriage.

Witnesses described seeing at least one passenger with facial injuries.

Natasha Wills, assistant director of operations at London Ambulance Service, said: "We were called at 8:20 to reports of an incident at Parsons Green underground station.

"We have sent multiple resources to the scene including single responders in cars, ambulance crews, incident response officers and our hazardous area response team, with the first of our medics arriving in under five minutes.

"Our initial priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries, more information will follow when we have it." bbc.com