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Thousands of shoppers forced to wait outside Westfield Stratford City

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Westfield Stratford evacuated during security alert

Hundreds of shoppers have been evacuated from Westfield Stratford City after a suspect package was found.

We are currently dealing with a suspicious package at Westfield Stratford shopping centre.

Police were called at 12.10 to reports and officers remain on the scene. The shopping centre was fully evacuated at 13.45.

– Metropolitan Police

Hackney residents left bemused after foam engulfs the River Lea

Stunned residents have taken to Twitter to post pictures of the bizarre scene when a mass of foam filled the River Lea over the weekend.

The giant white mass, which appeared near Hackney Marshes, is thought to be due to an industrial detergent spillage further up the river. The Environment Agency have not yet found the source of the problem, but it has now been cleared up.

Unexploded bomb found at the Olympic Park

An unexploded bomb was found at the Olympic Park this afternoon, prompting nearby buildings, including a school, to be evacuated for more than two hours.

Police were called just before 1pm to the site of the park's International Broadcast Centre, and began the evacuation while bomb disposal teams checked the device.

It was eventually found to be of no risk to the public and thought to be left over from WWII. Police have now removed the bomb and people have been allowed to re-enter the buildings nearby.

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Brutal racist attack in children's playground leaves victim unconscious

A man has been beaten unconscious in a children's playground during a brutal racist attack which left him with a fractured eye socket.

The victim, aged in his 50s, was viciously assaulted after asking two men to keep the noise down because people living nearby were trying to sleep.

One of the men hurled a barrage of racist abuse at him before pushing him and punching him in the face.

As he tried to call police, another man joined in and attacked him until he fell unconscious.

This was a violent attack on a man who had simply asked the suspects to keep the noise down.

I am very keen to hear from anyone who has any information about the incident.

The area where the assault took place is residential and someone may have seen or heard the suspects before they assaulted the victim, or even witnessed their assault on him.

I would like to take this opportunity to reassure anyone worried about contacting the police that they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity.

– Detective Sergeant Musgrove, Newham Borough Police
  • The suspects are described as white men, possibly Eastern European who both spoke broken English
  • The first suspect was about 30-years old, 5’11 in height with short hair and a big face. He was of muscular build and wearing a tracksuit top and a T-Shirt underneath
  • The second suspect was described as younger and about 5’3 in height. He was also of muscular build, with short hair. He was wearing jeans and a grey hoody with a bright design on the chest

Sisters show their solidarity

Preparing the quilt. Credit: Shoreditch Sisterhood W.I

A huge picnic on the 'Knitted Together' blanket will take place this afternoon in Clissold Park. It is part of the Shoreditch Sister and Women for Refugee Women campaign organised by the Women's Institute.

The event has been put on to show support for all the female asylum seekers being detained in Yarlswood.

They'll be an array of activities including live music, refreshments, self defence classes and human sized games

The event will run from 11am-3pm in Clissold Park, Stoke Newington.

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