The U.K. Fire Brigades Union has called for a strike in London on one of the busiest days of the year for firefighters in protest over plans to change working conditions, which it has said will cost members their jobs.
London’s Heathrow airport closed to flights following a fire involving a Boeing Co. 787 jet operated by Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise, while a second Dreamliner was forced to abandon a trip with technical issues. Shares of the U.S. planemaker had their biggest drop in almost two years.
A helicopter crashed near the River Thames in central London after striking a crane mounted on one of Europe’s tallest residences following a diversion in poor weather. The pilot and one person on the ground were killed.
The U.K.’s longest heat wave in seven years boosted demand for tap water, with Thames Water Utilities Ltd. providing the equivalent of 160 Olympic-sized swimming pools more per day in water to its customers.
AssetCo Plc , a U.K. supplier of firemen, equipment and training to the London Fire Brigade, is set to be acquired as early as this week by JO Hambro Capital Ltd., its biggest shareholder, the Sunday Times said, without saying where it got the information.