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Traffic diverted after reports of 'electrical explosion'

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A40 High Holborn (one-way) remains shut btwn New Oxford St and Drury Lane due to an incident. Tbks to Holborn Circus and to Waterloo Bridge.

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UPDATE: Routes 1 8 25 98 171 242 serving High Holborn, WC1 remain subject to delay/diversion due to a Police incident.

Unconfirmed reports of Holborn 'electrical explosion'

Workers in High Holborn say they are being told to stay in their offices this lunchtime after reports of an electrical explosion.

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Police have cordoned off high Holborn due to electrical explosion. Trapped in the office again!

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Police renew appeal for missing 15-year-old girl

Police say they are growing increasingly concerned for a 15-year-old girl from Bexley who has not been seen since Friday 4 October. 15-year-old Melissa Attard was last seen shortly before 5pm in the High Holborn area.

Melissa Attard
Melissa Attard Credit: Metropolitan Police

Melissa is approximately 5' 4" tall and of medium build. She has brown eyes and long dark brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black jacket with fur around the collar, dark leggings and black boots. She is known to visit the Plumsted, Brixton, Croydon, Charlton and Lewisham areas.

Anyone with information should call on Melissa's whereabouts is asked to call Bexley Police's Missing Persons Unit on 101.

Police try to trace teenager not seen since Friday

Police are trying to find a 15-year-old girl who hasn't been seen since Friday in central London.

Melissa Attard
Melissa Attard Credit: Met Police

Melissa Attard who lives in Bexley, was last seen at 4:50pm in High Holborn. She is 5' 4" tall and of medium build. She has brown eyes and long dark brown hair which is dyed blue underneath.

Anyone with any information should call Bexley Police's Missing Persons Unit on 101 or Missing People on 116 000.

Holborn struggles with 100,000 passengers a day

Holborn struggles to cope with its 100,000 passengers a day Credit: ITN

Following the announcement that seven government departments have provisionally agreed to reduce their budgets by up to 10%, underground and business leaders are urging the Chancellor not cut funding for major tube projects.

They say schemes like the planned £250 million makeover of Holborn station are vital.

Holborn serves the 'midtown' business district but is closed several times during rush hour because it can't cope with its 100,000 passengers a day.

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