Woman dies after collision with black cab

A woman who was struck by a black cab on Westminster Bridge in central London has died.

Police were called to the bridge at 01:53 BST on Sunday following reports of a collision between a pedestrian and a taxi.

The 18-year-old Russian woman was taken to hospital in a critical condition. She died later, the Met Police said.

Officers from Catford serious collision investigation unit have appealed for witnesses. No arrests have been made.

The cab driver stopped at the scene.

The woman's next of kin have been made aware of the but formal identification and a post-mortem examination are yet to be scheduled.

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    On BBC London 94.9: Police investigating the disappearance of Alice Gross in west London say "significant efforts" were made to conceal a body believed to be that of the missing 14-year-old.

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    Alice Gross disappearance 11:27: Lauren Turner BBC News

    In a local supermarket, the talk today has been about the sadness everyone feels at the latest development.

    The shopkeeper told me: "I feel very very sad. Especially for her mum. I am a mother too - I have a 14-year-old boy. I really feel for her."

     
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    Alice Gross search timeline 11:10:

    The disappearance of teenager Alice Gross is now being treated by police as a murder inquiry after a body was found in a west London river.

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    News on the hour 11:00: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    On BBC London 94.9: A large section of the River Brent has been cordoned off in west London after police searching for the missing teenager Alice Gross found a body last night.

     
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    Missing girl Alice Gross 10:50: Lauren Turner BBC News

    A local resident says that while the news that a body was found overnight was not unexpected, he wants to know why it took so long to make a discovery so close to where Alice was last seen.

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    Hunt for Arnis Zalkalns 10:40: Jon Brain BBC News

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    Body found in Alice Gross inquiry 10:17: Jon Brain BBC News

    The body hasn't been identified yet but you can be rest assured that detectives would not be holding a press conference at this time of day if they weren't absolutely convinced that it is Alice's body.

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    News on the hour 09:57: BBC London 94.9 Radio

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    Met Police Commander Graham McNulty has urged anyone who may know something to come forward, saying it was not too late.

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    "I would like to thank the local community of Ealing who have shown huge support and patience during the course of our investigation. This discovery will have a significant impact throughout the borough," Cdr McNulty said.

     
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    A body has been found in the search for missing schoolgirl Alice Gross.

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