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The final piece of steel has been bolted in place on the skyscraper that's become the tallest building in Europe.

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Two experienced 'vertical window cleaners' needed

A job advert has appeared on website for Good People Connect, a social enterprise which specialises in recruiting jobless Southwark residents.

Credit: PA

The advert states: "Do you want to take your career to new heights? We are looking for 2 experienced Vertical Window Cleaners to work at the The Shard and beyond."

Applicants must have some abseil experience and previous cradle work experience.


The Shard evacuation 'quite a quick and easy process'

Once the alarm sounded in the building, the management put procedures into place for the evacuation process.

As we arrived, the commander at the time decided that as a precaution the entire building was to be evacuated and crews quickly worked alongside building management to make sure that occurred.

Evacuating such large numbers of people can impede crews if there is a fire apparent but because it has been practised a number of times and we have worked alongside building management on a number of exercises, it was quite a quick and easy process.

– Keeley Foster, London Fire Brigade Station Manager


Police: No reported injuries at The Shard

Police were called at 11:09hrs on Thursday 5 June to The Shard, St Thomas Street, SE1 after London Fire Brigade were called to reports of a fire at the premises.

Police, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service attended the fire which is beleived to be in the basement of The Shard.

A full evacuation is now underway.

No reported injuries at this time. No arrests. Enquries re cause of fire are ongoing.

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