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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.

Cyclist critical after collision in Shoreditch

A cyclist who was involved in a collision with a van is now in a critical condition.

The crash took place yesterday morning on Shoreditch High Street. The 25-year-old cyclist was taken to Royal London Hospital, and the driver of the van was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Emergency services attended the scene yesterday . Credit: TfL
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