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Dragon boat festival makes a splash

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Teams compete at the 2014 London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Credit: Alchemy Lifestyle

Crowds are down at the London Regatta Centre, at Docklands, enjoying the 2014 London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, this afternoon.

The free event, which is said to be one of the most spectacular of its kind in Europe, will see 36 teams battling it out over the course of the day.

The festival, in the heart of Docklands, also features music, entertainment, a food festival, martial arts and lion dancing and will go on until 6pm.

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The crowds gather at the London Regatta Centre, at Docklands Credit: Alchemy Lifestyle

Man injured after crane collapse

The crane after the accident Credit: Twitter: @JoshLayton4013

Police were called just before 5pm on Friday after a lifting boom of a crane on the Providence Tower site on Fairmont Avenue in the Docklands partially collapsed.

A man in his 30s suffered head injuries and lacerations and was taken to the Royal London hospital. Police say he was breathing and conscious just after the accident.

Officers evacuated a nearby restaurant while engineers on the site made the crane safe.

The man's injuries were not life threatening or life changing and the incident has been referred to the Health & Safety Executive.

Mayor praises 'floating village' plan

The London Mayor Boris Johnson has said new homes built on the water at the Royal Victoria Dock could become 'sought after addresses'. The 'floating village' would be the first of its kind in the UK, but similar developments already exist in Northern Europe.

“This site is unique. It has the potential to become one of the most sought after addresses in the capital while breathing new life back into London’s waterways."

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

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'Floating Village' plan unveiled

The new village would be built on the water at the Royal Victoria Dock. Credit: Mayor of London's Office

A plan has been unveiled to build a 'floating village' at the Royal Victoria Dock in Docklands. The London Mayor Boris Johnson hopes to see a complex of homes, hotels, restaurants and bars, all sitting on the water.

A design for a floating home at the new development. Credit: Mayor of London's Office
The site will cover 15 acres of water. Credit: Luuk Kramer

Biggest Boat Ever Arrives at Docklands

The largest boat to come into London’s West India Dock has arrived in Docklands for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The cruise ship MS Deutschland is 175m long and only fits into the lock with inches to spare.

Teams from West India Dock’s owner, the Canal & River Trust, and the Thames’ Port of London Authority, worked together to bring the vessel in safely to her berth in South Quay, West India Dock.

During the Olympics, West India Dock is going to be at its busiest since its days as a trading port. The docks are truly coming back to life and by 27 July you’ll see cruise ships, super yachts and large sailing ships here, on the doorstep of London’s new business district. We believe this summer will showcase London's docks as a great location for visiting vessels in the future.

– Gareth Stephens, Harbour and waterspace manager
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