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Ground-breaking ceremony marks the beginning of construction for the United States' new embassy in London

The new US Embassy was designed by American architect Kieran Timberlake Credit: Kieran Timberlake

The US ambassador to the UK will host an event to mark the beginning of construction of the new American Embassy today.

Ambassador Matthew Barzun will 'break-ground' at the site which spans 450 acres.

The Embassy, which is due to open in 2017, will be built near the River Thames in Wandsworth.

It's at the heart of plans to regenerate the local area Nine Elms and is expected to cost £620 million.

The embassy will have glorious views of the Thames Credit: Kieran Timberlake

The embassy is designed to be as energy efficient and sustainable as possible.

Newsagent hit with hammer in Halloween mask robbery

A newsagent has been hit across the head with a hammer and another threatened at knifepoint by four masked Halloween thieves.

The men went into a newsagents on Taybridge Road in Wandsworth on Halloween night and threatened a member of staff at knifepoint forcing him to open the till. A colleague came to help but was hit with a hammer.

Google Street View image of Taybridge Road, Wandsworth Credit: Google Street View

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Union claims cuts of £43m at Wandsworth Council

A leading claims that councils are to start a fresh round of spending cuts which could hit jobs and services. The GMB union says Wandsworth Council in South London will next week consider cuts of up to £43 million from April 2014.

The cuts will be savage and far-reaching, and it's hard to see how they will not translate into large-scale job losses.

This is the start of the cycle to implement a new round of cuts in councils to be introduced next April.

– Paul Maloney, GMB Union

Mounds of rubbish left by travellers on Tooting Common

Waste on Tooting Common. Photo issued by Wandsworth Council on Friday 20th September. Credit: Wandsworth Council/ PA Wire

Travellers who were evicted from a south west London park have left behind "huge quantities" of construction waste, Wandsworth council say.

Officials have branded the mess "an absolute disgrace" after builders' rubble, wood and other materials were dumped on Tooting Common.

The group arrived in a fleet of 19 cars and caravans on Tuesday but left yesterday after the council told them they would face legal action if they remained.

The clean-up operation is expected to cost thousands of pounds.

Waste on Tooting Common. Photo issued by Wandsworth Council on Friday 20th September. Credit: Wandsworth Council/ PA Wire
Travellers on Tooting Common. Photo issued by Wandsworth Council on Friday 20th September. Credit: Wandsworth Council/ PA Wire
Waste on Tooting Common. Photo issued by Wandsworth Council on Friday 20th September. Credit: Wandsworth Council/ PA Wire
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