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BBC presenter ‘threatened’ as she filmed thug shouting racist abuse on London train

BBC presenter ‘threatened’ as she filmed thug shouting racist abuse on London train

A BBC presenter has told how she was threatened by thugs as she filmed one of them shouting racist abuse on a London train. Mary Mandefield, who presents on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, was on a Thameslink train travelling from Bedford to Three Bridges in London on Thursday night, when the incident happened. “This group of guys starting on anyone (including a woman in her 70s), racist slurs, throwing punches,” she wrote on X. “As soon as he sees me filming he threatens me.” Footage she shared on the social media site showed a white man shouting racist slurs on a busy train. “Listen, this is England,” he is heard shouting. “Not no f***ing foreign c*** like you f***ing lot.” Passengers who appear to be with the men attempt to calm him down, patting him and saying: “Listen, chill out, relax.” One eyewitness can be heard saying: “How embarrassing.” Ms Mandefield described it as “easily the most horrendous journey and experience I’ve had”, adding it happened on a train she gets every day. “About …

John Darlington on great London monuments: the surprising story of London Bridge

John Darlington on great London monuments: the surprising story of London Bridge

London’s origins can be traced back to its favourable position as a crossing point on the River Thames, so its longest-surviving and most important bridge is an excellent place to start a series which explores the city’s historic monuments and buildings. What do we know about this icon that remained historic London’s only bridge until 1750, when Westminster Bridge opened? First, it was built under the direction of Peter of Colechurch (also known as the Bridge Master), rector of a church on the north bank. It was a little to the west of a succession of earlier wooden bridges which had spanned the Thames since Roman times. Completed in 1209, four years after Peter’s death, the new bridge, the first to be built in stone, connected Fish Street Hill to the north of the river, with the south bank just to the east of a priory that was later to become Southwark Cathedral. Source link