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First pictures of Elephant and Castle redevelopment

TfL have tweeted this picture of what the Elephant and Castle north roundabout redevelopment could look like. The junction is being completely re-designed to try and improve road safety as part of a £4 billion plan.

Mayor Boris Johnson claims the redevelopment of the roundabout will create 5,000 new homes and 4,000 new jobs.

Boys admit having huge knifes as officer tweets picture

Two teenagers have admitted owning two huge knifes, after police uncovered a 15 inch machete and a 10 inch Rambo style knife in a stairwell in south London - and tweeted the evidence.

Sergeant David Hunt took the image at the weekend of his colleague, Constable Osborne, holding one of the weapons in a tower block in Elephant and Castle.

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Today two boys, aged 15 and 17, pleaded guilty to possessing two knifes. Detective Chief Inspector Dave Yarranton of Southwark CID said:

"I would like to thank the officers in the case who worked tirelessly to identify, arrest and charge the teenagers and get them in front of the courts within days of the knives being discovered".

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Shopping centre evacuated in Elephant and Castle

Ministry of Sound's fears of closure due to new homes

The Ministry of Sound nightclub has opposed plans to build 335 new homes in Elephant and Castle, claiming that residents of the new development could complain about noise disturbances from the venue.

A generic photo of signage outside the Ministry of Sound nightclub, near Elephant & Castle in south London. Credit: Johnny Green/PA

The Mayor of London, however responded saying that the "musical icon" will continue to "thrive for years to come".

“I have fully considered the concerns raised by the club, and having visited the site myself believe that, on balance, the amendments to the original plans should allow residents of the new development to coexist with visitors to the club.”


Mayor approves build of 335 homes at Elephant & Castle

Aerial view of Strata, in Elephant and Castle, south London. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

More than 330 new homes including 65 shared ownership flats at Elephant and Castle have been approved by the Mayor of London.

The scheme will see developer Englewood Limited construct a 41-storey block on the site of Eileen House, Newington Causeway, close to Elephant and Castle. A public square will also be built, together with a retail element at the ground floor of the development and parkland.

The new Elephant and Castle?

A vision of Southwark Council's ambitious £1.5bn regeneration of Elephant and Castle Credit: Southwark Council

As part of Southwark Council's ambitious £1.5billion regeneration of Elephant and Castle, the council and it's development partner Lend Lease are undertaking a process of consultation on the proposed state-of-the-art facilities at this popular part of central London.

Residents and local people have long asked for a new facility to replace the tired existing building, and for the new plans to specifically include a swimming pool, the first on site for over a decade - the previous pool closed over 10 years ago.

The plans have already been shaped by consultation by those who care most about the facilities, but now more developed plans will see the vision turn to reality.