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Duck Boat passengers jump into the Thames after amphibious craft sets on fire and starts sinking near the Houses of Parliament.
Clambering to the back of the boat, passengers frantically try to escape the billowing black smoke threatening to engulf them.Tourists including children as young as six are forced to jump overboard as flames erupt and quickly spread.
This is the moment a trip along the Thames came to a sudden and terrifying end yesterday.
A London Duck Tours boat caught fire opposite the Houses of Parliament just before midday, leaving those on board with no option but to evacuate.
Many leapt into the water, while others clung to the edge of the sinking vessel. Rescue workers and crews on passing tour barges helped haul 30 people to safety.
The blaze in Canal Road was reported at just after 11:20 BST.
More than 70 firefighters with 12 fire engines are tackling the fire, Kent Fire and Rescue Service said, and Kent Police are also at the scene.
A large plume of black smoke can be seen around the area and local residents are being advised to keep windows and doors shut as a precaution.
“Crews are tackling a large fire of tyres and other vehicle parts,” a fire service spokesman said.
“There are no reports of any injuries and nearby gas containers have not been affected.”
Kent Police said the canal basin had been evacuated, and there have been road closures in the area of Prospect Road and The Terrace.
A cordon has been established, but no homes have been evacuated, a police spokeswoman said.
London Fire Brigade have also sent fire engines to the scene.
Kent Fire and Rescue said three main water jets were being used to tackle the fire at the yard.
Messages on Twitter say the smoke can be seen from London and Maidstone.
A woman has been found dead in a suitcase in north-west London.
The body was found after police searched a sports ground in Thornfield Avenue, Mill Hill, at about 17:00 BST on Sunday.
The death is being treated as murder, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said.
A post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course, the spokesman added. The woman has not been identified.
She has been described as a young adult.
Detectives from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command are investigating.
A cordon remains in place in the area where the body was found.
Transcript of interview at police station:
Police arrested a man in South West London on Monday (1st July) for using “homophobic” speech whilst street preaching. He is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre.
Tony Miano, a US citizen, was questioned by the police after a member of the public called them to the scene.
He had been speaking on the subject of sexual immorality and the need to abstain from it based on a passage from the Bible (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12).
Mr Miano was then arrested at 4:40pm and taken to the local police station where he was photographed, fingerprinted and had a DNA sample taken. He was taken to a cell with a toilet but no toilet paper.