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Not a Banksy, but it gets the artist's rare seal of approval

At first glimpse you could be forgiven for thinking that artist Banksy had struck again on the streets of London. A distinctive image of a man in a bowler hat, holding a green tea cup, has appeared next to a phone box in Shepherd's Bush.

But Banksy has played down speculation that he's behind the work of art on Wells Road. In a brief and rare statement on Twitter he said: "Not by banksy, but I like it."

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Lego St Pancras station uses 180,000 bricks

This model of St Pancras railway station in London is made out of 180,000 Lego bricks and took its creator Warren Elsmore, 37, more than 500 hours to build. It is five feet tall and even has details such as a guest in a hotel bath.

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The miniature St Pancras station uses 180,000 Lego pieces Credit: ITV

The St Pancras model is one of 70 models at a Lego exhibition at the Centre for Life in Newcastle, which also features miniature versions of London's Olympic Park and Buckingham Palace - with a tiny Duke and Duchess of Cambridge waving from the balcony.

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Prince Harry tells screaming fans he's no Harry Styles

Prince Harry received a pop star reception from young volunteers amid screaming and cheering from fans - but joked that he was sorry for those "who were expecting Harry Styles".

He said: "For those of you expecting Harry Styles, I apologise, and no I am not going to sing."

The prince was a guest at the We Day UK event at north London's Wembley Arena.

He said that Free the Children was a "fantastic" organisation "founded on an inspiring principle - that children have the power to affect change".

Read: Pop star reception for Prince Harry as he attends first official engagement watched by girlfriend Cressida Bonas

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London street closed off as poorly swan touches down

Police closed off part of a road in central London earlier today after a poorly swan touched down. The swan ended up being coned off in a parking bay on Jermyn Street near Piccadilly.

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Saw two policemen guarding a poorly swan on Jermyn Street, Piccadilly, this morning. Not an everyday occurence.

The bird was eventually taken away by the RSPCA, and the road fully reopened.

Bird with a cigarette sets fire to a flat in south London

A bird with a cigarette set fire to a flat in south London last night. 20 firefighters were called to Landor Road in Stockwell to bring the blaze under control. Nine people escaped the building unharmed.

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Neighbours spotted the smoke and called the blaze, meaning firefighters were able to get in quickly. #smokingbird http://t.co/1v6BKUvVm3

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Investigators eventually found a burnt nest, and realised a bird had picked up a smouldering cigarette and then dropped it.

Fire investigation officer Matt Cullen said:

"When we got up into the roof, we were baffled as there were no obvious ignition sources - no one had been up to there for a long time and there were no electrics that could have sparked a blaze.

"We looked everywhere, but the smoking gun was found when we discovered a partially burnt birds nest. Neighbours told us they often saw birds flying in and out of a hole in the roof.

"We believe that one of the birds picked up a cigarette butt that was still smouldering and dropped it into the nest, causing it to catch fire and set the roof alight."

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