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Australian paramedics start work with London Ambulance Service

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Nearly 200 Australian paramedics start work at the London Ambulance Service today.

A national shortage in this country meant recruiters looked abroad and Australian skills and training match UK standards.

The paramedics have all completed a conversion course and the service plans to recruit more in March.

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"I saw London as a great place to start my career. It's the busiest ambulance service in the world and there are many different opportunities such as working on a motorbike, cycle or car or for the hazardous area response team, which we don't get back home. I'm looking forward to being out there in the hustle and bustle of London among the iconic buildings that I've only ever seen on the Monopoly board before."

– Mitchell Hand, Paramedic

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Centre Point development gets underway

The Centre Point redevelopment on Oxford Street gets underway today.

The Grade II listed building was built in 1966 and is one of the Capital's original skyscrapers - but has never been fully occupied.

It'll feature 82 apartments and leisure facilities and it's hoped the area will become a natural hub linking Soho, Covent Garden, Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia.

Work's due to last until 2017.

200 Australian paramedics start work in London

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Nearly 200 Australian paramedics start work at the London Ambulance Service in the next few hours.

A national shortage of paramedics in this country meant recruiters looked abroad. Australian skills and training match UK standards.

The paramedics have all completed a conversion course and the service plans to recruit more in March.

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Police appeal for help in finding missing man

Police are 'concerned' following the disappearance of a 29 year old man from Leytonstone.

David Brown was last seen by his family at around 8:30am on Saturday morning.

He was last seen wearing a navy blue parka coat, jeans, and grey baseball boots.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police in Waltham Forest via 101.

Eight arrested after four people stabbed in Barking

Thames Road in Barking, east London Credit: Google Street View

Eight people have been arrested after four partygoers were stabbed in Barking.

Two men aged 25 and 23 in hospital with life threatening injuries after the attack at a venue on Thames Road in early hours of this morning.

A third man and a woman were also seriously injured in the assault.

Two arrested over Bromley firearms haul

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Two men have been arrested after police seized a rocket launcher and other firearms following a mass brawl.

Metropolitan Police found an AK47-style assault rifle, a Second World War machine gun and the rocket launcher when they were called to East Street in Bromley, south east London, at around 4.30am today.

CCTV operators spotted the group of up to 10 men involved in the fight, with one of the suspects carrying what appeared to be an assault rifle. Police said the weapons had all been decommissioned.

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