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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.

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.

Man found guilty of sexual assault on bus

Shah Ahmed was found guilty of sexual assault following a two-day trial Credit: Metropolitan Police

A man who constantly rubbed himself up against a woman on a bus in Westminster has been found guilty of sexual assault.

Shah Ahmed, 34, of Ethel Road, E16 was found guilty on 8th October following a two day trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

The incident happened at 1am on 27th October 2013 on a N25 bus travelling along Oxford Street.

The victim, a 25-year-old woman, was travelling home from a night out when Ahmed sexually assaulted her.

She got off the bus and reported the incident to police.

Ahmed was identified using CCTV footage from the bus. He was arrested on in November 2013 and charged with sexual assault in January this year.

Ahmed has been bailed to re-attend Snaresbrook Crown Court for sentencing on 1st December 2014.

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