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High pollution levels expected to fall in London

High pollution levels in London are expected to fall. The capital has been blighted by increased levels this week with London Ambulance Service reporting a 14 per cent increase in emergency calls for people experiencing breathing problems.

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Boris: 'I cycled this morning and it seemed fine to me'

Boris Johnson has dismissed talk of a pollution crisis claiming the air quality seemed "perfectly fine" when he cycled this morning.

Boris Johnson has dismissed talk of a pollution crisis in the capital. Credit: PA Wire

"I'm urging people just to have a little balance here, I cycled this morning and it seemed perfectly fine to me," Mr Johnson told ITV London's Simon Harris.

"I think we need to keep a little bit of a sense of proportion. I cycled perfectly happily around today. I understand asthmatics and people who are particularly vulnerable perhaps need to be cautious but there's no reason why people shouldn't go about their daily lives."

The mayor also claimed a Paris-style car ban was not needed to improve London's air quality, adding: "Frankly the position we've got in London is nothing like as bad as that and it's nothing like as bad as it was in Paris a few weeks ago."

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