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Eleven arrests over Anonymous Million Mask March

  • Scotland yard says eleven people were arrested nine for public order offences and two for criminal damage
  • Officers in riot gear controlled the crowd, which was part of a pre-arranged Anonymous Million Mask March
  • Several similar events were carried out in cities in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand in opposition to austerity cuts, corruption and an increase in state surveillance

Two famous London monuments damaged in protests

Hundreds of masked Anonymous protesters descended on Buckingham Palace and Parliament Square as part of a worldwide march against austerity cuts. A fire was started just yards from the gates of the palace as protesters threw glass bottles during clashes with police last night.

Protestors stand on the Queen Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace Credit: Press Association

Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square and the Victoria Memorial near the palace were damaged during the demonstrations. Fireworks were also reportedly thrown towards Buckingham Palace.

Fireworks are fired at Buckingham Palace Credit: Press Association

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NFL fan rally in Trafalgar Square

NFL fan rally Credit: NFL UK

All-American fever grips Trafalgar Square today as the NFL stages a fan rally ahead of Sunday's match between the San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley.

Last year's fan festival was attended by 40,000 fans. Players from both teams, NFL legends and cheerleaders will all be part of the event

Robotic arm in London replicates drawing in Vienna

A robotic arm in London is replicating the exact work of an artist as he draws an image of a face 900 miles away in Vienna. Video of Alex Kiessling is being projected onto a big screen in central London. Alongside him, a yellow robotic arm, copying his every move perfectly.

Austrian artist Alex Kiessling is shown working on a drawing live from Vienna on a big screen
Austrian artist Alex Kiessling is shown working on a drawing live from Vienna on a big screen Credit: Simon Wright Photograpy
Alex drawing in front of a crowd in Trafalgar Square
Robotic arm drawing in front of a crowd in Trafalgar Square Credit: Simon Wright Photograpy

Alex Kiessling used an infra-red sensor to trace the movements of his pen and send the signal via satellite to the industrial robots in Trafalgar Square that reproduced on canvas the lines he was drawing. Kiessling said it took more than six months to perfect the technique and the software.

As Alex draws, a robot arm 900 miles away in Trafalgar Square replicate his exact work
As Alex draws, a robot arm 900 miles away in Trafalgar Square replicate his exact work Credit: Simon Wright Photograpy

The three versions of Kiessling's "Hybrid head" were made, one full face with two half heads on either side. They will be joined together and exhibited in Vienna and London.

Close-up image of "Long Distance Art" Credit: Simon Wright Photograpy
The finished drawing
The finished drawing Credit: Simon Wright Photograpy

Plinth 'challenging artwork' in historic surrounding

A large blue rooster currently stands on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square, which has become a showcase for temporary artworks.

The current blue rooster on the fourth plinth
The current blue rooster on the fourth plinth Credit: Press Association

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "The placing of challenging artwork amidst the historic surroundings of Trafalgar Square creates a delicious juxtaposition that gets people talking and debating, underpinning London's reputation as a great world city for culture."

Giant 'thumbs up' joins battle for fourth plinth

Really Good, by David Shingley

A 10 metre tall thumbs-up, cast in a dark patina
A 10 metre tall thumbs-up, cast in a dark patina Credit: ITV News

Larger Squat Afar, by Mark Leckey

Larger Squat Afar is an anagram of Trafalgar Square, and made up of elements from the square’s other sculptures
Larger Squat Afar is an anagram of Trafalgar Square, and made up of elements from the square’s other sculptures Credit: ITV News

Gift Horse, by Hans Haake

A skeleton with a London Stock Exchange ticker on its front leg
A skeleton with a London Stock Exchange ticker on its front leg Credit: ITV News

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Artists unveil their vision for the fourth plinth

Six artists have unveiled their vision for what they believe should take pride of place on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth. Here are the first three.

The Dance, by Li liane Lijn

A 13ft high pair of revolving robotic cones
A 13ft high pair of revolving robotic cones Credit: ITV News

Unmade Monument, by Marcus Coates

a 26ft high cast of a stone outcrop from Brimham Rocks in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire
A 26ft high cast of a stone outcrop from Brimham Rocks in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire Credit: ITV News

Moon Mask, by Ugo Rondinone

A mask cast in aluminum with square cavities for eyes
A mask cast in aluminum with square cavities for eyes Credit: ITV News

Eid celebrations in Trafalgar Square

Thousands gather in Trafalgar Square to celebrate Eid in 2008 Credit: Johnny Green/PA Archive/Press Association Images

To celebrate the end of Ramadan, thousands of Muslims are expected to congregate in Trafalgar Square on Saturday for a food festival.

Eid-ul-Fitr, which has been organised by the Mayor of London and the Eid Committee, is the first time there will be a food festival offering people the opportunity to sample delicacies from across the Islamic world.

The free event also includes stage entertainment, arts and crafts, henna and face painting.

There will also be live performances from Nasheed artists such as Saif Adam and Suhail Ahmed and singers Jasraj Joshi and Tariq Khan.

10,000 beer cans cleared from Trafalgar Square

10,000 beer cans have been cleared from Trafalgar Square after last night's match Credit: Sam Stewart/PA Wire

An estimated 10,000 beer cans have been cleared from Trafalgar Square during an "almighty clean-up" after kilt-clad Scottish football fans descended on it ahead of last night's match against England.

While Scotland suffered a 3-2 defeat in the friendly game, Westminster City Council said it triumphed over litter, as well as finding "one or two weary Scotsmen" still in the square this morning.

The council began the clean-up operation at 6.30pm yesterday with a team of 20 workers, and it was being completed at 8.30am this morning - clearing an estimated two tonnes of beer cans.

Trucks that hold 18 tonnes of rubbish, street sweepers and small cleaning buggies were all involved in the operation.

The two teams met for the first time this century at Wembley Stadium last night, and thousands of Scotland supporters travelled to London for the match.

Fans in Trafalgar Square yesterday Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Scottish fans - sporting kilts, big grins and the odd ginger wig - covered walls with the blue and white Saltire flag in the shadow of Nelson's Column.

Washing-up liquid was added to the water in the fountains as the supporters spent the day partying.

The Metropolitan Police said there were two arrests at the match - one for drunk and disorderly behaviour and the other for public disorder.

A fan was also arrested for drunkenly dancing naked in a fountain in Trafalgar Square yesterday afternoon.

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