star couldnt understand businessmans aggression London Lite Thursday, 23 July 2009 13 The1bn OxfordSt gateway THE rundown area around the Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station will become a gateway to Oxford Street, with a new public square and music venue. Plans unveiled today show the bow-shaped entrance to the station, at the foot of the Centre Point tower. Replacing clogged roads is a large public piazza. It is part of a total 1 billion investment in the site for when Crossrail opens in 2017. A new venue will also replace the Astoria. brit extradited over club death A LONDON student accused of killing a British teenager in a nightclub in Greece was extradited today. Andrew Symeou, 20, from Enfield, is accused of manslaughter over the 2007 death of Jonathan Hiles, 18, of Cardiff, in Zakynthos. Weather heats up retail figures RETAIL sales in the UK jumped at three times the rate analysts expected last month, as hot weather and early summer discounting boosted sales of clothing. The Office for National Statistics today said sales volumes rose 1.2 per cent. i had a drink but was in control, says gerrardSOCCER star Steven Gerrard denied today that he lost control on the night he thumped a businessman three times in a Merseyside bar brawl. The England international and Liverpool midfielder said he was used to mither (bother) because of his job and knew how to smooth it over. He also told Liverpool Crown Court that he estimated he had been seven out of 10 on a drunkenness scale that night and added: I certainly knew Id had a drink. I was in control of how I felt. Gerrard, 29, who denies affray, took to the witness stand at 11am today. He faces trial alone after five co-defendants all pleaded guilty to affray and another admitted threatening behaviour. Gerrard was on a night out at the Lounge Inn in Southport when trouble flared with Marcus McGee, 34. The businessman claims Gerrard demanded he hand over a control for the music at the bar and asked him who the f**k he thought he was when he refused. Mr McGee, who suffered multiple injuries including a head wound and a black eye, claims the soccer star hit him with a barrage of blows. Gerrard has admitted punching him three times, but claims it was in self- defence. He said today: I am a footballer, sometimes I get supporters coming up to me, sometimes the com- ments can be insulting. So I try to talk to them and smooth it over. I couldnt understand why the guy was so aggres- sive. I grabbed the back of his jumper as he moved forward to me. When I had hold of Marcus, I remem- ber swinging my right hand two or three times. When asked why he delivered a blow to Mr McGee, he replied: To defend myself. I felt Marcus came towards me and thats why I raised my arms. I firmly believed Marcus came towards me to hit me. The trial continues. by mark blunden H Self- defence: Gerrard arriving at court today index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html