London Lite Thursday, 1 October 2009 Inbrief Crimerose68% duringblackout A mAjor blackout in south-east London led to a mini-crime wave in the area. Criminals took advantage when a fire at an electricity sub- station left 60,000 homes without power. It took EDF Energy days to fix the fault in july, and new figures show assaults and burglaries soared in Bexley, orpington and Dartford. Bromley was worst hit with crime up 68 per cent. Suitcase corpse copsquizsuspect DETECTIVES have been granted more time to question a man on suspicion of murder after a womans body was found dumped in a suitcase. The remains of care worker Leah Questin, 37, of Cricklewood, were found on farmland near rochester, Kent. A 35-year-old man was arrested in Lewisham on Tuesday. Reindeergores womanatfarm A BuSInESSwomAn was left seriously injured after she was gored by a 6ft reindeer called mr Frosty. Kay Davies, 51, was working with the normally placid animal on a farm near whittlesey, Cambs, from which she runs a wedding business. She is being treated in hospital for head, leg and chest injuries. mr Frosty was put down. Body clock can be wound back SCIEnTISTS claim to have discovered the secret behind turning back the body clock, which could pave the way for a drug that strengthens muscles and makes them younger. The university of California team uncovered the chemical switch that keeps tissue healthy and has studied why this appears absent in older patients. Cowell cuts stars from audience SImon CowELL has banned X Factor judges from giving their celebrity friends tickets to the show. The ITV talent shows producer told Louis walsh, Cheryl Cole and Dannii minogue that their allocation of tickets will be cut. An insider said Cowell was fed up with celebrities showing up and taking good seats just to be on camera rather than see the acts. Post now for Xmas!Sendcardsandprezziesinnextthreeweeks,warnsunion WouldyouAdamandEveit!IsthatreallyBoJo? Christmas cards and gifts may not arrive in time if they are not sent within the next three weeks, postal workers have warned. the Communication Workers Union said royal mail had to resolve indus- trial action that has crippled the network if the Christmas post was to get through. tens of millions of letters and parcels have built up in strikes, with pictures of mail mountains at a distribution centre in Dartford. Union leaders say a million letters may never be delivered. martin Walsh, the CWUs London representa- tive, said: Unless we get an agree- ment by the second or third week of October, the backlog is so big it will impact upon Christmas. royal mail has drafted in managers, but all theyre trying to do is to clear mail that has been posted recently. Postal workers have staged regional strikes for months in a dispute over jobs, pay and services. the CWU is balloting 121,000 workers for a national strike before Christmas. royal mail said: We are focused on delivering excellent service over the vital run-up to Christmas. by gEoRgina littlEjohn nTENS of thousands of students face having to pay full fares to travel in London after their free Oyster cards were delayed by the post strike. They are the latest victims of a series of strikes since June. Students over 16 get discounts or free travel on buses and trams, but need a new card every year. TfL today said bus drivers will accept expired cards until further notice but it is refusing refunds. Double take: waxworks of Peggy and JohnsonTaking his cue: Mr Salmon had an easy win at pool Its your shout: a waxwork model of Boris Johnson in the Queen Victoria pub in Bermondsey, with locals Theresa Salmon, Steve Salmon, Roy Wiles and Amanda Smith COR BLIMEY! We only had that Boris Johnson down our boozer the other day... The London Mayor looks like hes definitely feeling the pinch during the credit crunch. But the locals at the Queen Victoria pub in Bermondsey didnt get much conversation out of him -- as it was only BoJos Madame Tussauds waxwork. The museum took the figure to the pub, along with a likeness of EastEnders Queen Vic landlady Peggy -- played by Barbara Windsor -- to mark the Mayors appearance on the BBC1 soap tonight. Local Amanda Smith said: I did a double take. If I met the real Boris Id have a thing or two to say. Queen Vic regular Steve Salmon said: Its not every day the capitals Mayor pops into your local... although I have to say his pool and darts skills werent all that. by maRk blundEn tElEvision: PagE 28 H 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.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html