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  1. James Banks: ITV London Reporter

Olympic Velodrome prepares to open to the public

Almost two years on from that now historic goldrush we saw at the Velodrome in 2012, this area of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has been converted - and renamed the Lee Valley Velopark.

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On offer is a wide range of cycling activities. This is the Olympic BMX track, converted and rebuilt.

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There's also a mile-long road safety course. And, five miles of mountain bike trails, weaving in an out of this part of east London.

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The park opens to the public on March 31st.


'Chemical substance' search at London home after arrests

Police are understood to be searching for chemical substances at a London property after two people were arrested under anti-terror laws. A 19-year-old man and 36-year-old woman were arrested in Streatham and Stratford.

Scotland Yard says the man and woman are being held under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 Credit: Press Association


Passenger punched in the face while waiting for a train

A passenger waiting for a train at Stratford station has been punched in the face. The 20-year-old victim was attacked around 4pm on Tuesday, 7 January as he waited for a service to Shenfield in Essex to pull into the station.

CCTV image of a man police are trying to trace Credit: British Transport Police

Det Cons Lawrence Murphy, the investigating officer, said: "As the train approached the platform, the victim was barged by a man who was passing him. The man threatened the victim before punching him in the face. "Acting in self-defence, the victim tried to defend himself and a scuffle broke out."

CCTV image of a man police are trying to trace Credit: British Transport Police

Man whose dog attacked police cleared after court victory

A man who was jailed after his dog attacked five police officers has been cleared - after successfully arguing that police were to blame.

Symieon Robinson-Pierre's pit bull bit officers in Stratford in March 2012. A local resident described the scene as "the most horrific he had ever witnessed".

Robinson-Pierre was given a 22 month jail term after being convicted of having a dog dangerously out of control in a public place.

But the Court of Appeal overturned the conviction after he successfully argued that the dog's escape into a public place was the fault of the police - not his.

The police had forced entry into his house to execute a search warrant, and he claimed that was why the dog escaped.

Jurors had heard that Mr Robinson-Pierre had told officers after being arrested: "It's not the dog's fault. You should have knocked. I would have let you in."

Puppy picked up by its ears and thrown to the ground is left with a torn mouth and swelling

A 10-week-old puppy has been picked up by its ears and thrown to the ground in east London. A resident in Stratford reported hearing an animal "howling and yelping" in Windmill Lane, E15 on Wednesday, November 27.

The puppy rescued by police Credit: Metropolitan Police

The small brown puppy was seen being carried by the ears before being thrown two metres. The dog was taken to a vet after police arrived.

The puppy's upper lip and gum were badly torn. There was also swelling to its head and ears. The puppy is currently in the care of a specialist vets and making a good recovery.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested.

Google Street View of Windmill Lane near Stratford, E15 Credit: Google Street View
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