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Lorry carrying an octopus breaks down at Oxford Circus

A lorry carrying an octopus has broken down at Oxford Circus. Transport for London is advising all drivers to approach with care while they try and remove the sculpture.

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A lorry carrying an octopus has broken down at Oxford Circus. Approach with care. http://t.co/GpQQEEoZi8

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Isn't this all a bit Watchmen? Bodes badly. RT @themediatweets @bbcdomc Giant octopus brings chaos to Oxford Circus http://t.co/qp4bcaJjok

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Am loving the fact that Central London roads are at a standstill due to a giant octopus on Oxford circus http://t.co/4bct1Xodop

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Oxford Circus assault leaves passengers cut and bruised

A passenger trying to get off a train at Oxford Circus was left with a cut on her head after being assaulted by a group of youths.

The victim was trying to get off when the group tried to get on through the same doors. Another passenger who tried to intervene was also assaulted and was left bruised.

Oxford Circus Underground station Credit: Press Association

The attack happened on around 12.15am on Sunday, 15 December 2013 on the northbound Bakerloo line platform.

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference LUA/B10 08/01/14

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Leona Lewis switches on Christmas lights in the Capital

London was lit up by a bevy of big name celebrities tonight as Regent Street's famous display was launched with a bang.

Leona Lewis had the honour of switching on the famous Christmas lights.
Leona Lewis had the honour of switching on the famous Christmas lights, with Hollywood star Ty Burrell. Credit: PA

A spectacular display of fireworks lit up the sky as Leona Lewis turned on the lights, along with Emmy Award Winning actor Ty Burrell and Hollywood film director Rob Minkoff.

Former Spice Girls Melanie Chisholm and Emma Bunton during the Christmas lights switch on event on Regent Street, London.
Former Spice Girls Melanie Chisholm and Emma Bunton during the Christmas lights switch on event on Regent Street, London. Credit: Pa

As well as flicking the switch, the former X Factor winner performed to a jam-packed Regent Street crowd.

She was followed by other big names, including Emma Bunton and Melanie C, Eliza Doolittle, Passenger, Imagination, MKS, Gabrielle, Richard & Adam, Only The Young and Jahmene Douglas.

Eliza Doolittle performed at the Christmas switch-on

This year's lights depict the brand new DreamWorks animated film Mr. Peabody and Sherman release in February.

Christmas blast off:  Fireworks mark the switching on of the Regent Street lights tonight.
Christmas blast off: Fireworks mark the switching on of the Regent Street lights tonight. Credit: PA

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Countdown begins to Christmas display

This image was taken during a test for the annual display last week. Credit: Nigel Howard

In a few hours Regent Street will welcome in the festive season by switching on the Christmas lights. Retailers have just begun showcasing their Winter collections on a large catwalk on Burlington Street, before a concert later this evening.

The show will kick off at 5pm and will include performances from Leona Lewis, Passenger, Eliza Doolittle, Emma Bunton and Melanie C, Imagination, MKS, Gabrielle, Richard & Adam, Only The Young and Jahmene Douglas.

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