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Jose Mourinho jumping for joy -- gifted United the result.

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That's it, I will be back with the late News at Ten PM, now time for

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the news where you are on BBC One. Goodbye.

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Hello and welcome to BBC London News, I'm Alpa Patel.

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More than 200 police officers have carried out the first major

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counter-terrorism exercise on the River Thames.

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Emergency services were tested on their ability to tackle a lethal

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attack on the water - in which dozens of people

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Our home affairs correspondent Nick Beake was watching.

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A chilling sight on the River Thames.

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Terrorists have hijacked a tourist boat and taken dozens of

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But someone manages to raise the alarm and help

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More than a dozen armed officers hurtle along the river to

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It's a race to reach the hijackers who are heading

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for the City of London to launch an attack.

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the elite marksmen catch up and open fire.

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One terrorist is down, now they must take out the others.

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So they board the boat, neutralise the

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threat and secure the terrified hostages on board.

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This is the first major exercise the Met and its

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partners have carried out on the Thames.

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London is prepared, we train and work and firearms officers are

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trained to the highest levels to go forward

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and confront this kind of threat.

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You know, there is no intelligence that this is going to

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take place but we want to make sure we are prepared, we are ready for it

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and we can keep Londoners safe if that's what's required.

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Scotland Yard says there is no intelligence

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to suggest anyone is planning this sort of specific attack for real.

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But last year an independent report commissioned by the Mayor of London

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said security on the River Thames should be improved.

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By inviting the cameras to watch this exercise this

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morning the police are trying to achieve two things.

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First, show they're prepared for a terrorist

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attack, and second, remind the public that the threat level

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remains severe meaning an attack is highly likely.

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The 200 police officers and other staff involved in this

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exercise will have seen the shooting of a terror suspect at a Paris

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Yet another reminder of why the Met and others

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Nick Beake, BBC London News, on the banks of the

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A man has been charged on suspicion of causing criminal damage

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to a valuable painting at the National Gallery.

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The gallery has confirmed that the painting in question

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is 'The Morning Walk' by Thomas Gainsborough.

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Keith Gregory who's 63 and of no fixed abode was charged today.

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Now this might come as a surprise but London is one of the least

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densely populated metropolises in the world.

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But the desperate need for more housing may soon change that.

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With more here's our

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Millharbour, just south of Canary Wharf.

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is the most densely populated part of the UK

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In six out of the last seven years the homes built in the

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capital have exceeded the recommended City Hall

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This, I think, is the pattern of the future and not only

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If you look in places like Wembley and

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Harrow even, you begin to see not things quite as dense as this but

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things that are beginning to look more like this.

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The downside is that you do end up, and certainly have here,

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with sometimes, if it's not really beautifully designed, quite gloomy

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properties that overlook each other and it feels crowded.

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And for many people, obviously not the people who

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live here, but for many people this area would probably

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Certainly compared with much of the rest of London,

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Small is beautiful believes the developer behind hundreds of

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flats like this one which are 400 square

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feet and on sale for an average ?250,000.

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That is not the view of people in their 20s,

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their 30s, 40s, who are absolutely critical to the London

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economy and they want a different kind of housing.

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They have fewer possessions, they want to get

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into the centre of town faster, they want to have buildings that

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So I think actually the garden may be for a

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for pressure on London to be relieved.

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GLA Conservatives, we've been arguing for a long time

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that the Government needs to ramp up the idea

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south-east to solve the problems of the south-east.

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It's not just London's housing problems.

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If you go to other parts of the south-east

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outside London they've equally got problems.

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We have to start building again and we have to start giving

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the opportunities for people to develop.

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But there seems no signs soon of space becoming a prime

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Time for the weather here's Elizabeth Rizzini.

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It's a mild and a windy start to the new working week.

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We're likely to see some outbreaks of light, patchy rain and

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drizzle through the morning rush hour at times.

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Lots of dry spells but the rain will be on and off for

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much of the rest of the day tomorrow.

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Possibly heavier through the afternoon, temperatures up to a

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Still windy on Monday, it will feel significantly

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colder by Tuesday but there will still be some sunshine.

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That's it, I'm back at 10:20pm tonight and I hope you can join me

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again then. But from the afternoon team, do have a lovely evening. Bye

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bye. Hello. For most of March so far it

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has felt quite mild and springlike but we are in for a bit of a shock

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next week as we will have a blast of Arctic air across the UK making it

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feel much cooler than it has of late with wintry showers and a return to

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overnight frosts for a while. The pressure chart shows more weather

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fronts pushing into many central and southern parts of the country this

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