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Brick Lane partially closed as firefighters tackle office fire

Brick Lane in Shoreditch has been closed by firefighters working to put out a fire at an office block.

The second and third floor as well as the building's roof are alight and almost 60 firefighters are working to bring it under control.

One witness said the street has been cordoned off between Hanbury Street and Buxton Street. Emergency services were called just before 2.30pm.

Jamie Milestone, 33, a designer who works nearby, said he believes the four storey office block is empty.

He said: "I smelt the smoke and saw the fire, then the windows fell through. I think the offices have been empty for some time.

"They've shut the whole street and the fire seemed to be getting fiercer and there were lots of people standing around."

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London skyline filled with hot air balloons

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More than 50 balloons filled the London skyline at dawn today to raise money for charity. They took off from Shoreditch Park in Hackney for an hour-long flight at around 5am this morning.

The stunt, which was the first of its kind in more than two decades, was to raise awareness of the Lord Mayor's Appeal which is supporting Scope and Mencap. There were a number of novelty balloons, including a minion and a special Lord Mayor's Appeal balloon.

Peace march in Shoreditch to stamp out violence

A march for peace is being held in Shoreditch this afternoon to stamp out knife and gun crime in London. Youth Against Crime not Crime Against You and Oh Mothers, are working together to raise awareness of gang crime. The march aims to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying weapons. The groups hope to speak to both parents and youths about how to keep away from gangs, or how to leave one.

Today's march follows the stabbing death of 15-year-old Joel Adesina. The teenager was stabbed on Bethnal Green Road, following a late night row on December 5.

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