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Good evening and welcome to BBC London News.


More than 200 police officers have carried out the first major


counter-terrorism exercise on the River Thames.


Emergency services were tested on their ability to tackle a lethal


attack on the water, in which dozens of people


Our Home Affairs correspondent Nick Beake, was watching.


A chilling sight on the River Thames.


Terrorists have hijacked a tourist boat and taken dozens


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


More than a dozen armed officers hurtle along the river


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


A few moments later, the elite marksmen catch up and open fire.


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


So they board the boat, neutralise the threat and secure


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


London is prepared, we train and work and firearms officers


are trained to the highest levels to go forward and confront


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


but we want to make surewe are prepared, we are ready for it


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


Scotland Yard says there is no intelligence to suggest anyone


is planning this sort of specific attack for real.


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


said security on the River Thames should be improved.


By inviting the cameras to watch this exercise this morning


the police are trying to achieve two things.


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


remind the public that the threat level remains severe,


The 200 police officers and other staff involved in this exercise


will have seen the shooting of a terror suspect


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


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


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


densely populated metropolises in the world.


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


With more, here's our Political Editor, Tim Donovan.


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


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


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


exceeded the recommended City Hall guidelines on density.


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


And not only in inner and central London now.


If you look in places like Wembley and Harrow,


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


but things that are beginning to look more like this.


Small is beautiful, believes the developer behind hundreds


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


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


who are absolutely critical to the London economy.


They want a different kind of housing.


They want to get into the centre of town faster.


They want to have buildings that meet their particular needs.


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


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


GLA, the Conservatives have been arguing for a long time


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


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


It's not just London's housing problems.


But there seems no sign soon of space becoming


Peckham has been revealed as the most desirable location


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


Up and coming areas include Walthamstow,


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


A mild, damp start to the day tomorrow.


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


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


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


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


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


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