Heavy rain is causing travel problems and flash flooding across England.
Twelve flood warnings and 39 flood alerts have been put in place by the Environment Agency.
The Met Office has a yellow rain warning covering most of the country in force until 23:00 BST.
Floods have been reported on roads in Southampton, Birmingham and Liverpool, while Transport for London (TfL) said a number of roads across the capital were also affected by flooding.
Wales has also been affected by the heavy rainfall, with the Met Office issuing warnings across south and north eastern areas of the country.
Flood alerts are in place and a landslip has blocked a road in Neath Port Talbot. South Wales Police said conditions on south Wales’ roads were “really poor”.
A flood warning is in place in Crawley, West Sussex, for the Ifield Brook and River Mole at Ifield and the River Mole at Lowfield Heath.
Flooding is also expected on the upper Frome, between Maiden Newton and Dorchester, in Dorset and on the Grace Dieu Brook, between Whitwick and Thringstone, in Leicestershire.
Edwinstone and Ollerton in Nottinghamshire are also at risk of flooding from the River Maun, as are areas around the Whinney Brook at Maghull in Sefton, Merseyside, and Wash Dike in Pontefract, West Yorkshire.
Warnings are also in place for the River Tame at Hams Hall, Water Orton, Whitacre and Nether Whitacre in Warwickshire, and the Blackburn and Charlton Brooks, between Chapeltown and North Ecclesfield, near Sheffield.
National Rail warned of major disruption between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stourbridge earlier due to a tree blocking the line.
Southampton City Centre has seen problems with several cars having broken down in water on Millbrook Road West.
Motorists have also been advised to avoid the road between Waterhouse Lane and Paynes Road.
Roads have flooded in the Longbridge area of Birmingham, while Mersey Fire and Rescue Service reported vehicles trapped in floodwater in the Queens Drive and West Derby areas of Liverpool.
A service spokesman urged drivers to “please take extra care”, adding: “Slow down, increase your distances, switch your lights on and please don’t drive into floodwater.”
About 2in (49.6mm) of rain fell in the six hours before 09:00 at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire, according to the Met Office.
Spokesman Grahame Madge said it was a “significant” amount of rain.
He said the band of rain was “transient” and, having started in the South West, has moved to the Midlands before hitting the North later in the day.
He said some other areas could expect to see the same amount of rain as Boscombe Down.
In Harrogate, the fan zone for the UCI Road World Championships has been closed due to the “heavy rain”.
The cycling action can still be seen on West Park and Parliament Street, organisers said.
Diogo Jota’s dramatic stoppage-time equaliser rescued a point for Wolves at Crystal Palace.
Leander Dendoncker’s own goal had seemed certain to give Palace victory before Jota’s late strike for the visitors, who had Romain Saiss sent off for two bookings.
More to follow.
Despite playing fewer than 10 senior games, Conor Gallagher is already a European and world champion.
The 19-year-old was part of the England Under-17 squad which lifted the World Cup in 2017, and was an unused substitute for Chelsea as the Blues beat Arsenal in the Europa League final in Azerbaijan in May.
The midfielder is now making his mark back home in England, impressing in his first loan spell away from Stamford Bridge with Championship side Charlton Athletic.
Gallagher’s fine early-season form – scoring three times in six league appearances in August – has seen him win the English Football League’s Young Player of the Month award.
“I’m buzzing to receive this award,” he told BBC Sport.
“It has been a great first month for me at Charlton and I couldn’t have asked for more. We are third in the table and I’ve scored a few goals.”
Gallagher was rewarded with a place on the bench in Baku after being named as Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Year for 2018-19.
Having played for the Premier League club in the EFL Trophy last season, he is relishing his first taste of senior football.
“I was a little bit nervous at the start but at Chelsea they get us ready for Championship football,” he said.
“I felt like I was ready to step up.
“My main aim was to get in the team. After I got the first game out of the way I grew in confidence.
“I think I have shown I am ready to play at this level. Hopefully I can stay in the team and play as much as possible this season.”
‘An all-round midfielder’
Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has been impressed with how Gallagher has applied himself since his switch to The Valley, which came after he agreed a new three-year contract with Chelsea.
“To come here having not played senior football before and to do what he has done and embrace the league – because it is a tough league – he has had a great start,” said the 42-year-old.
“He is an all-round midfielder. His work-rate is unreal, he puts his foot in for tackles and he can also see a pass.
“Hopefully he keeps going for us, keeps doing the right things and keeps learning and improving. That would be good for us and Chelsea, when he goes back.
“It is his first individual award and I’m sure it won’t be his last.
“If he keeps pushing himself and stays lucky with injuries there is no reason why I can’t see him getting to the top.”
Bowyer started his own playing career at Charlton, making his first-team debut aged 17 in September 1994.
He went on to play for Leeds, West Ham, Newcastle, Birmingham and Ipswich, netting 89 goals from midfield over the course of his career, as well as winning one England cap.
“Lee has given me a lot of tips already,” said Gallagher. “He has told me to make the box, which I have done and is why I have got three goals already this season.
“He has given me a lot of information which has helped me perform well.”
But there is an even more prolific midfielder who could have a big influence on Gallagher’s career.
Working with a Blues idol
Gallagher says he was “excited” by the appointment of Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager in July.
The Surrey-born teenager – a Blues fan – grew up idolising the midfielder, who is the club’s all-time leading scorer with 211 goals.
After he featured under Lampard in pre-season, Gallagher is now seeing the former England international giving first-team opportunities to fellow academy graduates Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.
“I think it is about time that a manager came in and did that with the Chelsea youngsters,” said Gallagher.
“Mason, Tammy and Fikayo have been Chelsea’s best players at the start of the season. It shows that if you give more youngsters a chance they can perform.
“I hope one day I can work under Frank, because I think he has a lot to teach me.
“He scored loads of goals and I try to play my game like him, in terms of being box-to-box, scoring goals and making assists. It is how I aspire to be.”
Hopes for the play-offs
Charlton suffered their first defeat of the Championship campaign against Birmingham last Saturday, having astounded many pre-season predictions following their promotion from League One via the play-off final in May.
With the Addicks just two points off the top of the table, Gallagher hopes the south-east London club can continue to challenge for a play-off place again this season.
“It will be tough because it is a long season but with how hard the players work, they can achieve that,” he said. “I think it helps that we are underdogs.
“No-one really expected us to do well and we were one of the favourites to come bottom or whatever. That helped us in a way to grind out results, and hopefully we can carry on doing that.”
A man has died while working on a moving walkway at Waterloo station.
Paramedics were unable to save the 44-year-old engineer, who has yet to be identified, and he was pronounced dead shortly after 02:20 BST.
British Transport Police officers are investigating the death, which is being treated as unexplained.
Vernon Everitt, London Underground’s managing director, expressed “deepest condolences” to the man’s family from the rail network.
“We are also very conscious of the impact this sort of incident has on first responders and station staff, and a full support network has been stood up,” he added.
Police confirmed the man, from Cambridgeshire, was a contractor and was injured while working at the Underground station.
Passengers were advised they would be unable to change lines because of a fault with one of the Tube station’s two travelators.
A one-way system was implemented during rush hour on Wednesday morning.
Det Insp Darren Gough said: “This is a truly tragic incident and our deepest condolences are with the man’s family.
“They are currently being supported by specially-trained family liaison officers as they come to terms with this devastating news.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan called for an urgent inquiry into what happened.
He said on Twitter: “Very sad to hear of the tragic death of a contractor at Waterloo Station this morning.
“I know I speak for everyone at City Hall and TfL in sending our deepest condolences to their family & friends.”
Sadiq Khan’s former policing adviser has joined the Liberal Democrats, saying his children were no longer safe in London due to rising violence.
Leroy Logan, a former police superintendent, said he quit the Labour Party over the London mayor’s failure to “grasp” knife crime.
Mr Logan will now become policing adviser to the Lib Dem mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita.
Mr Khan said he was wished Mr Logan “all the best of luck in the Lib Dems”.
“I think lots of parents, me included, are concerned about safety in London and across the country,” the mayor added.
“One of the things I’ve been keen to do since I became mayor is to persuade the government to realise that their cuts over the last nine years have consequences.”
Speaking at the Lib Dem’s conference, Mr Logan said: “I’ve seen my children and their generation grow up in fear.
“It’s so tangible. It’s been normalised to such an extent it can happen anywhere, not just small pockets of deprived areas.”
Mr Logan said the mayor “doesn’t really understand” knife crime, and had “isolated himself” on the issue.
“He’s surrounded himself with people who think they are problem solvers, but are creating more problems on the street because they’ve lost touch with what is going on.”
Mr Logan previously criticised the choice of Lib Peck to run London’s Violence Reduction Unit – a role he had also applied for.
Ms Benita, who is running in London’s 2020 Mayoral election, said: “Sadiq has wasted his mayoral term in not addressing this issue with the urgency it needs.
“While he continues to blame other people, our young children in London continue to be traumatised, petrified and at risk. There is so, so much more we can do.”
West Bromwich Albion maintained their unbeaten Championship record as they came from behind to rescue a point with a draw in the south west London sunshine at Fulham.
Both goals owed a good bit to fortune, as Semi Ajayi’s controversial late headed equaliser cancelled out an attempted cross from Anthony Knockaert which deceived Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and dipped in at the far post.
Knockaert’s 49th-minute goal – his second in three home games – looked likely to earn all three points for the hosts at Craven Cottage.
But, from deadline signing Matheus Pereira’s 80th-minute corner, home keeper Marcus Bettinelli was distracted by Albion striker Charlie Austin attempting to lay his hands on him on the line.
The indignant Bettinelli and could only parry the ball tamely, allowing Ajayi to nod in at the far post for his first goal for the club.
Fulham had the better chances before the break as Tom Cairney evaded the linesman’s flag to get free inside the box and latch onto Harrison Reed’s pass, but his left-foot strike was touched onto the bar by the fingertips of Johnstone.
Reed was then also denied by the West Brom keeper, who reacted sharply to keep out his close-range header.
Austin, still to score his first league goal for Albion, volleyed over, then could only direct a tame header straight at Bettinelli.
And they were second best before the second-half introduction of Slaven Bilic’s three substitutes Flip Krovinovic, Kyle Edwards and Hal Robson-Kanu.
Bilic’s Baggies have won the most points from losing positions in the Championship this season (12), having gone behind in six of their seven games and lost none.
At least two men have been stabbed in south London in what police believe are linked attacks.
Police officers found one man with stab injuries after reports of a fight on Eastleigh Walk in Roehampton at about 10:50 BST. He was taken to hospital.
Shortly afterwards, another man arrived at a south London hospital with a stab wound. He was later arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.
Officers had earlier been called to reports of a stabbing on Burston Road.
The male had been stabbed and had reportedly left the scene in a white saloon car, the Met Police said.
The force said it had put a crime scene in place and granted itself stop and search powers across Wandsworth borough and parts of Richmond.
“This means that until 02:45 on Friday, 13 September, constables in uniform can use this power to stop and search in the area specified, specifically to prevent and detect the carrying of dangerous instruments or offensive weapons,” it said in a post on Facebook.
The condition of the man stabbed in Eastleigh Walk is not yet known.
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Scrum-half Danny Care says selecting players for international teams on the basis of their residency or relations will inevitably breed resentment.
Willi Heinz, who has an English grandmother but was born and raised in New Zealand, was picked ahead of Care in England’s World Cup squad.
“Players are just pawns. You look at it and is there much loyalty in it? Maybe not,” he told Rugby Union Weekly.
“Some are given an easier route than those who worked a fair bit harder.”
Care, 32, has won 84 England caps, but only one of those has come at a World Cup. He was ruled out of the 2011 tournament with a toe injury and was third-choice scrum-half in 2015, making a solitary appearance in England’s 60-3 dead-rubber win over Uruguay.
He says that he holds no hard feelings towards Heinz, who moved to Gloucester in 2015 from Canterbury-based Crusaders, but believes the current eligibility rules are unfair.
Second row Devin Toner was overlooked for Ireland’s World Cup squad in favour of South Africa-born Jean Kleyn, who served out the required three-year residency period in August.
World Rugby vice president Agustin Pichot tweeted that he was sympathetic to Toner’s predicament. The governing body has already changed the rule, extending the residency period to five years from the end of 2020.
“I started playing rugby at five in England, dreamed of playing for my country in a World Cup,” continued Care.
“You do all the hard work, you stay in England, don’t look to play for a club abroad to make more money because you want to play for England and win a World Cup – now that is not going to happen.
“A lot of players who have done well for whatever country and it comes to the World Cup, the pinnacle, where you hope that loyalty and hard work is paid back and it is taken away from you. That is the disappointment. That is why is hurts so much.”
Beth England’s excellent 25-yard goal to give Chelsea victory over Tottenham in their first Women’s Super League match at Stamford Bridge.
England, who made her international debut for Phil Neville’s team against Belgium last week, fired into the top left corner within four minutes.
Chelsea could have extended their lead when Guro Reiten and Drew Spence both hit the woodwork in the second half.
The hosts dominated the game in large parts in front of 24,564 fans at the men’s stadium but they were tested by the newly-promoted side.
Spurs were a threat going forward – Rachel Furness and Gemma Davison both had opportunities to equalise either side of half-time.
But it was always going to be a difficult afternoon for Tottenham and they were up against it from the off when Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson poked inches wide from an unmarked position.
There was a carnival feel throughout the match, set in place before kick-off with a DJ set from former JLS singer Marvin Humes and countless popcorn stands around Stamford Bridge.
The attendance was just over 6,000 short of the record WSL figure set at the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Transport for London (TfL) will install a 20 mph speed limit on all central London roads it manages from next year, following a consultation.
The scheme would see a new limit along 5.5 miles (8.9 km) of roads including Millbank, Albert Embankment and Borough High Street by May 2020.
There were nearly 2,000 responses to a public consultation which ran for five weeks until 10 July.
But critics pointed out traffic meant average car speed in London was 6 mph.
Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, said: “A 20 mph speed limit is pretty academic.
“We support TfL’s aim to make London a safer place. However, this can only be done by reducing the excessive number of private hire vehicles on the road.”
The plan is part of the mayor of London’s Vision Zero scheme, which aims to eliminate all road deaths in the capital by 2041.
The affected roads include all those managed by TfL within the congestion zone, along with the Aldgate Gyratory.
The height of pedestrian crossings will be increased in seven “high-risk” locations, such as on the Embankment and outside Tate Britain.
Of the 1,912 public responses, about half said the plans would lead to more people walking. Some 59% said many more people would choose to cycle.
Nearly 50% of respondents believed the proposals would have no impact on the number of car journeys. Some 58% believed the number business journeys would not be affected.
Penny Rees, of TfL, said: “We know that lower speeds save lives; it’s that simple.
“It’s clear people agree that making our roads safer will encourage Londoners to travel in more active and sustainable ways.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Every single death on London’s streets is one too many so I’m really pleased that Londoners have backed our plans.”
Roads which would have the new limits are:
- Albert Embankment
- Lambeth Palace Road
- Lambeth Bridge
- Victoria Embankment
- Upper Thames Street
- Lower Thames Street
- Tower Hill
- Aldgate gyratory including: Leman Street, Prescot Street, Mansell Street, Minories and Goodman’s Yard
- Borough High Street
- Great Dover Street
- Blackfriars Road
- Part of Druid Street (between Tower Bridge Road and Crucifix Lane)
- Crucifix Lane
- Part of Bermondsey Street (between Crucifix Lane and Tooley Street)
- Part of Queen Elizabeth Street (between Tooley Street and Tower Bridge Road)
Transport bosses have said they also hope to introduce lower speed limits on 93 miles (150km) of streets run by TfL across London over the next five years.
Florence Eshalomi, chair of the London Assembly transport committee, said: “We suggest the Mayor considers going further to areas outside of the Congestion Charge Zone where walking and cycling should be safer.
“Every life lost on the road is tragedy, particularly when the cause is a driver not obeying the speed limit.”