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Fire Brigade: Get a takeaway when we strike

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London Fire Brigade is asking people to get a takeaway rather than cooking whilst drunk this Friday and Saturday night as the Fire Brigades Union is on strike.

The service says young, well-educated, professionals cause more than a quarter of all accidental house fires in the capital, often by attempting to cook at home when drunk. This greatly increases the risk of someone having a serious fire which could destroy their home or, even worse, kill them

Brigade figures show:

• Two fires a day happen after Londoners have been drinking.

• One in four people who die in a fire has alcohol in their system.

• Three quarters of alcohol related fires are caused by cooking under the influence.

• Over half of these fires happen because someone has fallen asleep.


Thousands of Santas to descend on Battersea Park

The event is now sold out but everyone is welcome to come along and cheer! Credit: Johnny Green/PA Archive/Press Association Images

More than 2000 Santas are set to descend on Battersea Park in south London later on!

The Original London Santa Run is a 6km fun run and starts at 10am.

It helps to raise funds for Disability Snowsport UK, a charity that helps people with disabilities take part in snowsports.


Residents begin campaign to remove 'ugly' Xmas tree

Residents in Surbiton have started a campaign to remove a Christmas tree on a roundabout outside the train station, because they say it looks ugly.

Christmas Tree on a roundabout in Surbiton Credit: ITV News

Residents say the tree is a bit of let down compared to previous years, and it does not fit in with the rest of Surbiton's decorations. The tree was sponsored by a major supermarket and now a petition has been set up asking the retailer to replace it...

"... to bring it more inline with the keeping of Surbiton."

Have any Christmas trees appeared where you live which you feel don't fit in with the local areas? Tweet your pictures to @itvlondon.

One in five Londoners admit drink driving

People who are designated drivers can access discounts in London over Christmas Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire

One in five Londoners have admitted that they have drunk alcohol before driving home, according to a new survey published by road safety campaigners.

Coca Cola have teamed up with the Department of Transport to launch the Designated Driver Campaign, which gives discounts on soft drinks to drivers throughout the Christmas period.

The survey also found that people in London were less likely to drink and drive than they were 10 years ago.

Surbiton Christmas tree appears on a roundabout

With Christmas just a few weeks away, London is starting to look very festive indeed. Leading the way is Trafalgar Square, which today took delivery of its very own Christmas tree.

It gives the rest of London a lot to live up to, and there are already trees of all shapes and sizes around the capital. Below is Surbiton's effort. It has been placed on a busy roundabout - with the arrows still lit up.

Christmas Tree, places on a roundabout in Surbiton Credit: ITV News

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