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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 September, 2004, 05:42 GMT 06:42 UK
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Met chief to make anniversary walk

Met Commissioner Sir John Stevens walked from Great Scotland Yard to New Scotland Yard to mark the Metropolitan Police Service's (MPS) 175th anniversary.

Two police officers - one dressed in historic uniform - and London mayor Ken Livingstone will accompanied the commissioner on Wednesday.

Sir John wil also released 2,000 balloons, close to the statue of MPS founder Sir Robert Peel, in Parliament Square.

And at New Scotland Yard he cut a celebration birthday cake.

Millions lost in foreign car fines

London's parking authorities are campaigning for new powers to trace owners of foreign plated vehicles.

The Association of London Government (ALG) claims up to 10% of parking fines are issued to non-UK cars and that many of them go unpaid.

It is believed that Transport for London and the London boroughs are losing millions of pounds a year.

The ALG is supporting moves for a new treaty to be drawn up which would give every EU country the right to access other vehicle databases.

Man critical after hit-and-run

A man remains in a critical condition in hospital after a hit-and-run accident in west London on Sunday.

Police believe the man was crossing Uxbridge Road, in Ealing, at around 2330 BST when he was hit by a silver BMW which then failed to stop.

The man, who is in his 20s, received life-threatening injuries, officers said.

Parts of the vehicle which were left on the road are being examined. Police are appealing for the driver or any passenger in the car to come forward.


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