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Freddie Mercury statue torn down from West End theatre

A huge statue of Freddie Mercury which has towered over Tottenham Court Road for more than a decade has been torn down.


The Freddie Mercury statue breaks free after years on Tottenham Court Road


The cast of 'We Will Rock You' performed their final show in May after a 12 year run at the Dominicon Theatre. General Manager David Pearson said it had been a privilege to have hosted the show for the past 12 years, adding:

"To have the show rocking the Dominion and seeing a standing ovation night after night has been quite amazing."

The location of the famous statue is a mystery.


Preview of Sotheby's forthcoming Banksy exhibition

One of Banksy's latest works, 'Mobile Lovers'. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Cameras will be allowed into a forthcoming Banksy Exhibition at the Sotheby's gallery today. The unauthorised collection of over 70 works has been put together by the street artist's former agent.

The exhibition opens to the public next Wednesday. A previous show in Bristol attracted over 100,000 people.


Police patrol canal to stop Canalival festival

Hackney Police are to patrol the area's canals to prevent revellers from taking to the water this weekend.

Last year the unlicensed Canalival event saw hundreds of people fill the local canals with inflatable boats and travel from Gainsborough studios in Hoxton to the Broadway Market in Hackney.

Local residents say the event caused significant damage to the environment, as party goers abandoned their boats and glass bottles into the canal.

This year's event has been officially cancelled but many residents fear this won't stop the festivities.

Watch: Chaos after Canalival 'snowballed' out of control


George Michael's recent medical problems

George Michael has suffered a number of medical problems in recent years. Credit: Reuters

George Michael has suffered a series of medical problems since 2011.

The singer, 50, has been out of the spotlight since last year, when he fell out of a car on the M1 motorway and was airlifted to hospital with a head injury.

In 2011 he suffered severe pneumonia which left him temporarily in a coma and meant he needed to undergo a tracheotomy in order to breathe.

He has also battled depression and drug addiction.

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