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Knife crime crackdown

Police officers in Westminster will spend the day targeting knife crime Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

More than 100 police officers will be out and about in Westminster today targeting knife crime.

Members of the borough's Safer Neighbourhoods Teams and Gangs Unit are working along with others as part of an ongoing drive against knife crime in Westminster.

Activities will include includes knife arches, weapon sweeps, knife surrender bins, street briefings and crime prevention events advising the public how to protect themselves and their valuables.

Officers will also be visiting various schools in Westminster to teach pupils about the dangers and consequences of carrying knives.

Record investment in London tech firms

London's technology firms have seen a record amount of investment Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The amount of money being invested in technology firms in London has risen by 66% compared to the same time last year.

Figures from the London & Partners, the Mayor's promotional company for London, reveal a record £460m has been secured by the capital's technology businesses since January.

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Incredible pictures of Holborn power cut

Locals have been tweeting picture of a huge power cut caused by the fire in Holborn this afternoon - showing large swathes of the capital plunged into darkness.

Some residents have been told they may not get electricity back to their homes for the next two days.

Residents still unable to return to homes in Holborn

Holborn residents have been telling ITV News tonight that they are unable to return to their homes after a huge underground fire.

Police are advising people to find somewhere else to stay for the night, as power could be out for the next two days.

The fire was caused by underground electrical cables which set alight. Engineers have been unable to get access to fix the power outages while the fire was still burning.

In the last hour London Fire Brigade have said the fire is under control but teams will remain there throughout the evening.

10 key London seats: Hampstead & Kilburn

The outcome of this year's General Election is perhaps the most difficult to predict in history. But that's not the case in every constituency. In three quarters of seats in London the majorities are so large they appear out of reach. That doesn't mean they're worth disregarding.

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Hampstead & Kilburn is England's most marginal seat. The retiring MP Glenda Jackson won it in 2010 by just 42 votes. As part of our series of series of 10 constituencies to watch, ITV News London visited the community to find out what the issues are.

Fire crews 'trying to stop Holborn fire spreading'

Crews are currently working to prevent the spread of the fire to surrounding buildings.

We are working closely with the various electricity companies involved to identify the source and extent of the fire which is underground.

– Assistant Commissioner Peter Cowup, London Fire Brigade
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As this is likely to be an electrical fire we have to ensure the power is off before we apply water to extinguish it.

We are working with our partners and implementing well-rehearsed plans to prevent the fire from spreading and to protect surrounding properties.

– Assistant Commissioner Peter Cowup, London Fire Brigade

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Power supplies in Holborn 'have been interrupted'

Teams of UK Power Networks engineers are currently on site at an incident in Kingsway.

Power supplies in the area have been interrupted and as soon as we can gain access, we will work to restore electricity as quickly as is safely possible.

We will also help the emergency services investigate the cause.

– UK Power Network

Fire engines 'coming from every direction' in Holborn 'major incident'

Among those evacuated in the area were judges, lawyers and staff at the nearby Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand.

I was walking from Covent Garden towards Holborn and I could smell burning in the air. As I got closer I could see fire engines everywhere then I could see loads of thick, brown smoke rising off the road.

It's chaos and fire engines are coming from every direction and there are so many people around.

– Nicola Foxfield, eyewitness
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