London Lite Friday, 16 October 2009 London is to get a 166m state-of-the-art film centre, Gordon Brown said today. More than a decade of planning and lobbying has finally secured 45m government funding for the British Film Institute towards a new home for British cinema -- the national Film Centre -- on the South Bank. Architects can now be appointed and plans drawn up, and fundraisers can try for private support. The Prime Ministers pledge is part of a cultural package which also promises to honour all agreed funding for extensions to Tate Modern and the British Museum. Both faced losing capital grants from the department for Culture, Media and Sport because of Treasury attempts to claw back money to tackle the economic crisis. But Mr Brown said the provision of cash for the film centre showed the Government backed talent. Inbrief Tube trains just for Games stars TUBE trains may be chartered for athletes exclusive use during the 2012 Olympics. Dedicated shuttles could transport hundreds of competitors and officials to their venues under plans being considered by City Hall. All 80,000 members of the Olympic family, including sponsors, are entitled to free public transport during the Games. 1m rush to see Keira on stage A WEST END play starring Keira Knightley has taken nearly 1m at the box office two months before it opens. The owners of the Comedy Theatre, where The Misanthrope opens on 7 December, are amazed as the play has not been advertised and the cast only met to shoot a poster yesterday. The ensemble cast includes Band Of Brothers actor Damian Lewis. Police bust sex trafficking gang ARMED police have freed a 19-year-old Romanian woman who they suspect was smuggled into London by sex traffickers. She was rescued from a flat in east London yesterday and three men, aged 22, 27 and 29, all Romanian nationals, were arrested in dawn raids on two addresses in Manor Park, where an imitation firearm was recovered. Thatcher squat getstheboot SQUATTERS living on the same Belgravia street as Baroness Thatcher have been evicted. The eight have occupied the house since 29 September, and yesterday police enforced a High Court writ ordering them out. Earlier this week the squatters had a whip- round to buy Lady Thatcher a 45 book which was delivered to her by hand to mark her 84th birthday. Comingsoon...a166mhomeofBritishcinemainthecapital H Suga Amelle in clinic after a breakdown Stress: Amelle has had to cancel performances SUGABABE Amelle Berrabah has been admitted to a clinic suffer- ing from nervous exhaustion. The 25-year-old singer was advised to take a break from the girl group due to the pressures of work. The news is the latest blow to the band following the departure last month of original member Keisha Buchanan, who left claim- ing she was pushed out. Band members Heidi Range, 26, and new recruit Jade Ewen, 21, announced the news on the Sugababes website today. They said: Amelle has been forced to take an unexpected short break away from the pres- sures of work, following some professional medical advice. It seems that with all the recent events in the band, the stress has unfortunately taken its toll and she is now suffering from a severe bout of nervous exhaustion. For the next three weeks, Amelle will be at a private health clinic in Europe where she will be able to rest and recuperate under expert supervision. The band has had to cancel the first live performance of the new line-up in Leeds on Sunday. The girls added: Although we know this comes as a huge disap- pointment to fans, we really do have to treat Amelles welfare as our priority. After Buchanan left, questions were asked over whether the group, which formed in 1998, could survive without any of its original members. Last month Berrabah disap- peared for a few days and missed a string of gigs and promotional dates amid reports she had fallen out with Buchanan. by georgina littlejohn Together: Amelle Berrabah, centre, with Jade Ewen and Heidi Range PreSSureS of worK TAKe Toll AfTer Girl bAnd buST-uP 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.html