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Mayday alert

Financial institutions in London are bracing themselves for thousands of anti-capitalist demonstrators pouring in to the city on May 1, bent on violent confrontation.

Police warn that Oxford Street could be the focal point of criminal activities but the City is also likely to come under attack. Some of the companies targeted include Barclays, HSBC, KPMG, Ernst & Young, Lloyds and Prudential.

Targeted companies are having police visits to ensure that extra security arrangements are in place.

London mayor Ken Livingstone said: “Strong evidence indicates there is a hard core of people intent on acts of vandalism and violence.”

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