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it's time for the news where you are.

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Good evening and welcome to BBC London News.

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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

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But someone manages to raise the alarm and help is on its way.

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More than a dozen armed officers hurtle along the river

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

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A few moments later, 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 threat and secure

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This is the first major exercise the Met and its partners have

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London is prepared, we train and work and firearms officers

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are trained to the highest levels to go forward and confront

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

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but we want to make surewe 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 to suggest anyone

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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 morning

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the police are trying to achieve two things.

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First, show they're prepared for a terrorist attack, and second,

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remind the public that the threat level remains severe,

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The 200 police officers and other staff involved in this exercise

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will have seen the shooting of a terror suspect

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Yet another reminder of why the Met and others prepare for the worst.

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Nick Beake, BBC London News, on the banks of the River Thames.

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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 Political Editor, Tim Donovan.

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Mill Harbour, just south of Canary Wharf, is the most densely

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populated part of the UK, and it reflects a trend.

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In six out of the last seven years, the homes built in the capital have

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exceeded the recommended City Hall guidelines on density.

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This, I think, is the pattern of the future.

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And not only in inner and central London now.

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If you look in places like Wembley and Harrow,

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

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but things that are beginning to look more like this.

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Small is beautiful, believes the developer behind hundreds

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of flats like this one, which are 400 square feet,

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That is not the view of people in their 20s, 30s, 40s,

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who are absolutely critical to the London economy.

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They want a different kind of housing.

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They want to get into the centre of town faster.

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They want to have buildings that meet their particular needs.

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So I think actually, the garden may be for a slightly outdated view.

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It's led to renewed calls for pressure on London to be relieved.

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GLA, the Conservatives have been arguing for a long time

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that the government needs to ramp up the idea of garden cities

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

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It's not just London's housing problems.

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But there seems no sign soon of space becoming

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Peckham has been revealed as the most desirable location

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in London in a list published today in the Sunday Times.

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Up and coming areas include Walthamstow,

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That's according to the newspaper's Best Places to Live Guide.

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A mild, damp start to the day tomorrow.

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Still windy though, with some outbreaks of rain at times.

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Enjoy what's left of your Sunday. Bye for now.

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Good evening. There is some rain coming into the southern half of the

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UK as we speak. I think by the end of the night it will have got into

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the Midlands and much of East Anglia as well. A bit of a breeze here as

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well. Some gusty winds and snow on the hills of Scotland. With all

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