Southwark Police responded to calls from the public about a 'suspicious object' left next to a Tube station this afternoon, fearing it could be a homemade bomb... only to discover it was a cushion.
The force said on Twitter:
Units have responded to a report of a suspicious object in #SE1. Happily turned out to be an abandoned cushion.
They went on to encourage the public to keep reporting things of this nature, as real bombs might not be easy to spot:
A terrorist wouldn't leave an IED in plain sight with a useful red LED countdown. It'd be disguised as something you wouldn't look twice at
So a cushion abandoned next to a tube station? I'd say this was a good call from the member of the public. If you suspect it: report it
And also left a small warning for anyone taking the matter too lightly...
Re last about cushion. Appreciate there is an amusing side to this, but there is a very serious undertone
Southwark Council is to approve a 20 mph speed limit on nearly every road in the borough, despite objections from the Metropolitan Police.Read the full story ›
The Met objects to a 20mph limit on 33 Southwark roads where the average speed is above 24mph. @itvlondon
Met: introducing speed limits where traffic speeds are too high places an unrealistic expectation to enforce. @itvlondon
Southwark to become the next London borough to impose a 20mph speed limit, despite police objections. @itvlondon
Council workers were left red-faced after misspelling the word 'vehicle' in an electric car parking space. The space, 100 yards from the Transport for London office on Blackfriars Road in Southwark, have been especially marked out for green cars so they can be charged.
Unfortunately, they have been marked out as "electric vechichles only". The error was spotted by Tim Clark who told the Metro: "It was only when I spotted this eye-catching Renault Twizy using it that I noticed the awful typo".
It's the most unlikely place to unwind to have a nice relaxing cup of tea. But despite the hundreds of tourists and relentless flow of traffic, two women dressed up and casually had a brew in the middle of London Bridge on Monday. No one's quite sure why they chose such a unique location.
Did you see them? Tweet us @itvlondon
Police have arrested a 31-year-old man in Kent over a suspected homophobic attack in which a clubber was sprayed in the face with bleach.
Police investigating an incident which took place in the early hours of Sunday, 8 June where three men were sprayed with a substance, thought to be ammonia arrested a 31-year-old man yesterday (Thursday, 12 Wednesday, 11 June) in Kent on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm (GBH). He is currently in custody at a south London police station.
The 23-year-old victim was with a friend who was also sprayed with what police believe was ammonia. A third man was also attacked.Read the full story ›
A clubber attacked with bleach in south London has been told by doctors he may never see again. Speaking to the Evening Standard, one of the victims, who has not been named said:
My face was burning so much, I thought it was acid. I thought I would never see again and my face was melting.
He poured every last drop onto us and then turned around and walked away, like it was mission accomplished.
The chemical burnt the cornea in my left eye and the vision hasn’t cleared since. The doctors said it should hopefully return but there is no guarantee.
My friend’s tongue was swollen and it looked like someone had scratched part of it away. It was horrible.
Police have issued CCTV images of a man and two younger women they are trying trace following the attacks.
In a statement, the Met Police said: "In the first incident, at approximately 0400hrs, the substance was sprayed at two men outside the Lightbox nightclub in South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall. This followed a verbal exchange between the two men and a group outside the venue.
"Following comments made during the exchange, this incident is being treated as a homophobic hate crime."A short time later, police were made aware of a third man who had also been sprayed in the face with a substance in the vicinity of the nightclub.