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Great River Race from Docklands to Richmond kicks off

The Great River Race has kicked off from London Docklands and is expected to reach Richmond by 3.30pm.

It is described as "London's River Marathon" and a "spectacular boat race2 attracting more than s over 330 crews from all over the globe.

The Great River Race includes serious athletes who like winning, to those who enjoy laughter, fancy dress and charity stunts.


Dragon boat festival makes a splash

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.

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

'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
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