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Man who claimed his trousers were stolen is jailed for being naked from the waist down

A man who walked into Piccadilly Circus station naked from the waist down - claiming his trousers had been stolen - has been jailed for four weeks. Christopher Dove, from Strood in Kent, tried to talk to a member of staff before sitting on the floor in the ticket hall on a Sunday morning in June.

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When police arrived, Dove claimed his trousers had been stolen and he went to the Tube station for help. Excrement was smeared over the lower half of his body. PC Chris Oliver of BTP, said:

"This was an unpleasant case for officers to deal with. More importantly, Dove’s actions were grossly offensive to members of staff and passengers at Piccadilly Circus station.

"Such behaviour will not be tolerated anywhere on the rail network and this case should serve to highlight our determination to deal with any cases of indecency."

Man critical following assault near Piccadilly Circus

Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault near Piccadilly Circus which left a man in critical condition.

An ambulance was called to Oxendon Street yesterday morning after a man was found with head injuries.

The 24-year-old was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Detective Sergeant Alistair Morrison, said: "This was a particularly violent assault which occurred on a road off of Haymarket. Despite the hour, the area would have been busy with people who had been out in the West End. I would urge anyone who saw the attack to contact police."

Police have described the two men suspected of the attack as black, both around 5ft 10ins and athletic build.

Both were seen turning right at the end of Oxendon Street and heading towards Haymarket.

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Passenger robbed of his £2,000 watch after being punched at West End Tube station

A passenger has been robbed of his £2,000 watch after being punched at Piccadilly Circus Underground Station. The 26-year-old victim, from Lambeth, was approached by two men who started to go through his pockets. He was then punched, and the Breitling Chronograph watch was removed from his wrist.

CCTV image of two men police are trying to trace Credit: British Transport Police

The victim chased after the two men but one of them pushed him on the stairs and he fell in to the handrail. Detective Constable Tim Barnes, the investigating officer, said:

"This was an extremely intimidating experience for the victim, who suffered bruising and a cut to his eye. The watch is of huge sentimental value to him and i'd urge anyone who recognises these men, or has any information that could help our investigation, please contact us."

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40.

Piccadilly Lights emblazoned with lines of poetry

London's Piccadilly Lights are being emblazoned with lines of poetry later, in a first for the world-famous landmark.

I Am The Song, by the late Cornish writer Charles Causley, will be flashed up today on the outdoor site, known for its giant, illuminated advert to celebrate National Poetry Day, which is now in its 18th year.

"Poetry is all around us,including in advertising. The Piccadilly Lights are the most famous and eye-catching advertising site in Britain.

"It'swonderful to find that the work of young artists, and poetry in particular,will take its place there for the first time on National Poetry Day.

"Every year this day is all about discovery, finding poetry in your environment, and it's refreshing that among the advertising messages of the Piccadilly Lights passers-by will find Charles Causley's reminder of the power of human expression, a commodity that money can't buy."

– William Sieghart, National Poetry Day founder

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