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Men sprayed in face with bleach in homophobic attack

Three have been sprayed in the face with bleach outside a nightclub in Vauxhall in what police are treating as a homophobic hate crime. The attacks happened outside the Lightbox club at around 4am Sunday morning.

CCTV image of three people police are trying to trace following the attack Credit: Metropolitan Police

In the first attack, two men were sprayed with a substance - thought to be ammonia. A third man was attacked a short time later.

Cyclist killed in Vauxhall following collision with lorry

A cyclist has been killed in Vauxhall, south London, following a collision with a lorry this morning.

The cyclist, believed to be 52-years-old, died at around 7am this morning in Parry Street after colliding with a tipper truck.

A Twitter user posted a picture seemingly showing police at the scene of the crash.

Police are appealing for information and witnesses following the incident. If you witnessed the event contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Painting by renowned artist stolen from office

A painting by renowned artist Sergei Chepik has been stolen from an office in Vauxhall.

'Night Flight' by Sergei Chepik Credit: Metropolitan Police

The work called 'Night Flight' was taken from the office at Westminster Business Square on Durham Street. It was not on display, but kept in a silver art bag and leaning against a wall when it was stolen.

Detective Constable Anne Hogarth, said: "The painting had been on display at the Catto Gallery in Hampstead in February in a retrospective exhibition of the artist's work and had been temporarily stored in the business premises and was to be returned to the owner's home when it was stolen."

MP backs residents to save Vauxhall transport hub

General View of Vauxhall Bridge Bus Station Credit: PA

Hundreds of people including MP Kate Hooey, have backed a campaign supporting saving the Vauxhall Bridge bus station, amid fear that it could be demolished to make the area more cyclist and pedestrian-friendly.

Lambeth Council and Transport for London (TfL) is due to launch a consultation later this year on the future of the Vauxhall Cross gyratory. Ms Hooey said: "The bus station is popular and needed [...] and not negotiable".

According to the Evening Standard, leader of Lambeth Council Lib Peck, said: “We know there is strong opinion in the local community who will have the opportunity to comment, and we are clear that any new scheme has to work for buses.”

Anniversary of helicopter crash in Vauxhall

The scene after a helicopter crashed into a construction crane on top of St George's Wharf tower building, in Vauxhall Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Today marks one year since a helicopter crashed into St George's Wharf Tower in Vauxhall. The pilot, Captain Pete Barnes, and a pedestrian, Matthew Wood, were killed.

The Civil Aviation Authority said it was the first fatal helicopter crash in central London since records began in 1976.

Five people were taken to hospital and seven more were treated at the scene. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch began an enquiry shortly after the crash which has yet to report.

Northern Line Extension Green Light

After years of campaigning, South Londoners are getting the tube extension they've been hoping for.

The Government is expected to announce that a one billion pound extension to the Northern Line has been given the go-ahead today.

The Northern Line Extension will create two new tube stops in Battersea: one near Wandsworth Road and another next to Battersea Power Station.

It forms wider plans to regenerate Vauxhall and Battersea that also sees news homes and commercial buildings being proposed along the riverfront as well as the new American embassy being built in the area.


Route 360 bus collides with cyclist on Vauxhall Bridge

At around 08:10 this morning (Wednesday 13 November) a route 360 single deck bus, operated by Go Ahead, was involved in a collision with a cyclist on Vauxhall Bridge, SW1.

Our priority is of course the wellbeing of the cyclist and we are aware that the ambulance service attended the scene.

As is normal in an incident of this nature, there will be a thorough investigation to establish the circumstances.

– Mike Weston, TfL's Director of Buses

Major plans for Vauxhall, Waterloo, Elephant and Castle and Old Street

Boris Johnson at a press photocall this morning Credit: ITN

The Mayor's Roads Task Force report aims to ensure the capital can cope with major population growth, support jobs and thousands of new homes in the coming years.

The ambitious £30 billion road improvement plan for London was produced by a task force set up by Mayor Boris Johnson.

The 20-year vision includes improvement to the North and South Circular roads, new "flyunders" and major schemes at Vauxhall, Waterloo, Elephant and Castle and Old Street.

There are also plans for improved bus services, more 20 mph zones, and proposals to improve cycling and walking.

Rich and colourful designs to transform Vauxhall

One of the competition entries Credit: The Communications Group

The 100 designs from 21 countries submitted to a competition run by the Royal Institute of British Architects will be displayed around Vauxhall's riverside, railway arches and small parks.

Architects and Landscape Designers inputted designs for the 'Public Realm' Credit: The Communications Group

Entrants were encouraged to take inspiration from New York's High Line - an historic elevated railway that was turned into a leafy urban park - to make green links along the river and through the parallel viaduct.

Entrants were encouraged to take inspiration from New York's High Line; a defunct elevated railway that was turned into a leafy urban park Credit: The Communications Group

Chris Law, from the Vauxhall Vauxhall One Business Improvement District said:

"There is a lively variation of ideas and many reoccurring themes. Our aim is to help create a great public realm for Vauxhall."

On April 15, a shortlist of three, plus a student winner, will be chosen. The shortlisted four will be asked to submit more detailed proposals.

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