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Properties evacuated as house collapses in Romford

A house in Romford was destroyed today. Firefighters were called to Rodney Way in Romford, early this morning. The property was being refurbishment at the time.

Credit: London Fire Brigade

The house was under refurbishment and had been completely stripped out. Fortunately, it was unoccupied at the time it collapsed and no-one was injured.

Had it collapsed when the builders working on the house were inside, they may not have been quite so lucky.

– Jason Frisby, London Fire Brigade
Credit: London Fire Brigade

The building fractured the incoming gas supply main when it came down, so eight people from neighbouring properties were evacuated and a temporary 50 metre exclusion zone has been put in place.

As soon as the gas supply has been isolated, the exclusion zone will be lifted and residents will be able to return to their homes.

– Jason Frisby, London Fire Brigade

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One year since aquatic centre opens to the public

The London Aquatic Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Today marks one years since the London Aquatics Centre first opened to the public, following modifications after the 2012 Olympic Games.

Since 1st March 2014, the centre has hosted numerous high-profile events including the World Diving Series, the Invictus Games, Sport Relief and National Paralympics Day.

It is now home to the Tom Daley Diving Academy and served as a 2014 Commonwealth Games training base.

The centre received 640,000 visitors between 1st March and 31st December 2014. Since it opened to the public, nearly 3,000 young people have joined the London Aquatics Centre Swim School programme and 300 primary school pupils per week attend a new school swimming initiative at the centre.

Black cab stolen with the driver's dog still inside

Two men have been arrested after a black cab was stolen with the driver's dog inside.

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The taxi driver briefly left her vehicle running but when she returned to the cab her Pomeranian-Staffy cross was gone. Thankfully, police in Leytonstone found 12-year-old Harry and the stolen car a couple of hours later.

Police arrested two men, aged 31 and 40, on suspicion of theft on Monday evening.

We get many leads on many crimes but this is the best collar we have had."This is a great example of police work and we are pleased that Harry has been reunited with her owner.

– Detective Superintendent Jacqueline Sebire, Met Police

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