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Tube station temporarily closes due to staff shortage

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A busy London Underground station temporarily closed for almost an hour because it did not have enough staff.

Travellers who wanted to use Oxford Circus underground, in the heart of central London's busy shopping district, found it was shut from 8.58am to 9.46am, and that trains were not stopping.

Oxford Circus is a connecting hub for the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines.

A Transport for London spokesman said: "Due to a staff shortage, Oxford Circus Underground Station was closed for a short period between 8.58am and 9.46am with trains not stopping at the station. This has now been resolved and all trains are stopping normally.

"During the short station closures, customers could continue to use Tube stations in the area, including Bond Street, Piccadilly Circus and Tottenham Court Road."

Passengers were evacuated from the station as an emergency alarm sounded.

A repeated announcement said: "Ladies and gentlemen, your attention please: due to a reported emergency would all passengers leave the station immediately."

A sign reading "Emergency do not enter" was illuminated over the entrances to the station before the gates were closed.


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.

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, 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. 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. Credit: PA


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.