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Thousands to join austerity protest in London

Thousands are expected to march through the streets of London later to protest against austerity.

The Government faces its first big public protest since the election with politicians, union leaders and celebrities expected to join the demonstration.

Organisers say the protest will be the biggest event of its kind for years, with people travelling across the UK to march from the City of London to Westminster, where a rally will be held.

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Water bursts through road in Victoria

Fire fighters carried stranded cinema goers through a river of water on Victoria Street in central London after a water main burst last night .

A cinema goer is carried to safety by a fire fighter Credit: Susie Stringfellow

The surface of the road was badly damaged when the pipe burst at 6.15pm last night. The Curzon Cinema was flooded, and witnesses reported seeing the road ripped apart and smelling gas in the air.

The road surface was damaged in the flood Credit: Susie Stringfellow
Water gushing onto Victoria Street outside Westminster City Hall Credit: Susie Stringfellow

Fire fighters were on the scene until 9.30pm. Thames Water said the foot wide main was turned off by 10am and that no homes were without water.

Drivers could be fined for leaving car running

Councils could fine drivers from today

From today, motorists in the boroughs of Westminster and Islington who leave their engines idling could be fined. Traffic marshals will be able to hand out £20 fines to drivers who leave the engine running while stuck in traffic.

The policy aims to cut air pollution, which London Mayor Boris Johnson claims is linked to the deaths of thousands of Londoners each year. Traffic marshals will firstly ask drivers to switch their engines off, with fines issued as a last resort.

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Is this the world's most pointless traffic light?

It's difficult controlling the traffic in London at the best of times. But is this perhaps taking things a step too far? A temporary light has appeared in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament. Why? No one seems to know. There's no traffic in New Palace Yard. Just a solitary traffic light.

London event to commemorate liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Family members and Auswitz survivors yesterday Credit: Utrecht Robin/ABACA/Press Association Images

Events will be held accross the capital today to commemorative 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poand.

Senior politicians and other dignitaries will join survivors for an event at Westminster with another event taking place the Imperial War Museum.

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