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Page boy faints during the Queen's Speech

A House of Lords spokesman refused to identify which of the boys had fainted. The spokesman said: "We can confirm one of the page boys did faint slightly but he is now fine. He is with his family and there is no problem."


Lorry carrying an octopus breaks down at Oxford Circus

A lorry carrying an octopus has broken down at Oxford Circus. Transport for London is advising all drivers to approach with care while they try and remove the sculpture.

Dogs sniff out thousands of illegal cigarettes

Westminster City Council’s Trading Standards team have seized almost 5,500 cigarettes after joining forces with HM Revenue and Customs investigators to inspect shops allegedly selling illegal tobacco. Their secret weapons? Two spaniels called Bradley and Buster.

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The teams visited 3 different shops in Westminster last week. A 5-year-old Springer Spaniel, Bradley, and a 15-month-old Cocker Spaniel, Buster, sniffed out cigarettes that ‘raised questions’ at all the shops.

Some of the cigarettes didn’t have the correct health warnings on them. Others had been bought abroad and hadn’t had the right duty paid on them.

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Car ends up parked on top of row of motorbikes

When it comes to parking in central London, finding a space can be more than a little frustrating at times. And it seems that was particularly the case in Harley Street today.

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A Citroen people carrier ended up flattening a row of motorbikes. The driver is being treated for minor injuries.

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An investigation is underway to find out what happened.

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Woman dies after collision with black cab

A woman has died following a collision on Westminster Bridge yesterday.

Police were called to reports of an accident involving a pedestrian and a black cab on the bridge just before 2am.

The 28-year-old woman, a Russian national, was taken to a south London hospital where she later died.

Next of kin are aware of the incident but formal identification and a post-mortem examination are yet to be scheduled.

The cab driver stopped at the scene and was not arrested.

New movie filmed inside House of Commons

Suffragette filming at the Houses of Parliament Credit: UK Parliament/Steffan Hill

Filming has begun in the House of Commons for the new movie Suffragette. The film directed by Sarah Gavron stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff and Meryl Streep. It follows the story of one woman's fight for the right to vote.

First commercial filming inside the House of Commons Credit: UK Parliament/Steffan Hill

It's the first commercial filming that's been done at the House and it will serve as a pilot for any future filming proposals.

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