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London streets jammed by taxi drivers' protest

Streets in central London are jammed by a taxi drivers' protest.

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Organised by the United Cabbies Group, the demonstration jammed Victoria Street in the centre of the capital as well as causing hold-ups in neighbouring roads.

The cabbies were protesting against the illegal activity of some minicabs and taxis in London.

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We have continually complained of a lack of enforcement creating a real and present threat to lone females at night.

– United Cabbies Group statement

The cabbies chose Victoria Street for their protest as the street's Windsor House is the headquarters of Transport for London. TfL said it had already taken action to address the cabbies' concerns, having launched an operation to clamp down on illegal minicab activity.

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DLR security staff and cleaners to stage 48-hour strike

Security staff and cleaners on London's Docklands Light Railway are to stage a 48-hour strike in a dispute over pay and conditions.

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Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union employed by facilities company Interserve will walk out from 5.30am tomorrow after voting by 4-1 in favour of action.

The union will not sit back while core issues on pay and working conditions are left unresolved. The ballot result delivered a huge democratic mandate that shows the anger amongst our members and it is about time that Interserve woke up and took note. Our members will be sending that message loud and clear over the next two days in a dispute which has ramifications for the entire outsourcing industry in the UK and its virulent anti-union stance.

– Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary

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Cygnets catch a ride on mother's back in east London

An amateur photographer in east London caught the moment a swan let her newborn babies ride on her back.

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The moment was captured by Alison Braun just a day after the seven cygnets were born in Platford Green in Hornchurch, east London.

I try go and photograph them every year but I've never managed to catch them hitching a ride on their mum's back before.

I just stood on the bank and she sat there with her babies - it's fantastic. And they had only been born the day before.

– Alison Braun
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