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GLA proposes Albert Island redevelopment

Albert Island is part of London's Royal Docks Credit: Greater London Authority

From today, the Greater London Authority is asking developers for their ideas on how to redevelop Albert Island - an area owned by the GLA in London's Royal Docks.

The authority said there is the potential to create hundreds of jobs. It believes any successful development would improve transport links to the Gallions Reach and King George V DLR stations, provide better cycling and walking routes, and make improvements to the river frontage.

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Rat droppings in fake beauty goods

Police are warning people about using counterfeit beauty products after substances such as rat droppings, human urine and arsenic were found in seized goods.

Make-up, perfume and sun cream are among the phony items being highlighted by the City of London Police.

If you have been affected by the sale of fake cosmetics please get in touch using the email address contactus@itvlondon.com.

47,800 tonne cruise ship squeezes through Thames Barrier and past the O2 Arena

A 47,800 tonne cruise ship squeezed its way through the Thames Barrier today as part of a maiden voyage.

Viking Star goes through the Thames Barrier Credit: PA

The ship originally set sail on April 11th from Istanbul, making her way through the Mediterranean and eventually into the Atlantic on her way to be christened in Bergen, Norway on May 17th.

Viking Ocean Cruises of the Viking Star going past the O2 Arena Credit: PA

The Viking Star weighs 47,800 tons, 465 cabins and will accommodate 930 passengers.

Viking Ocean Cruises of the Viking Star going past the Royal Navy College in Greenwich Credit: PA

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City jobs rise

City workers Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The number of new jobs created in the City of London increased by a third last month to more than 4,000.

New figures said the jobs boost followed strong financial results in the first quarter of the year by major US and European investment banks.

Half of London businesses struggling to recruit

More than 50% of businesses in the capital have struggled to recruit new staff in the last three months.

Research by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry also found 26% of firms felt under pressure to increase wages.

It is urging government to make it easier for businesses to employee people from overseas.

"For the second successive quarter, businesses have told us that they are facing significant issues recruiting staff with the right skills. This means that increasingly, businesses need to look outside of the domestic labour market for the staff they need. "Making it easier for businesses to recruit from overseas is critical, we must see a reduction in the red tape associated with recruiting non-EEA workers and exempt foreign students from the net migration target, restoring their right to work in the UK after graduating."

– Peter Bishop, Deputy Chief Executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
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