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Relief as David Blaine stunt ends

London SE1 website team

Residents of Tooley Street and Butler's Wharf can breath a sigh of relief following the completion of David Blaine's 44 day stunt in Potter's Fields.

It is estimated that 250,000 people have visited Blaine in Potter's Fields, with 10,000 attending the finale on Sunday night.

Last week we reported Southwark Council leader Nick Stanton's apology to residents at a recent meeting of Bermondsey Community Council: "I hold my hands up and apologise. If we'd known then what we know now, we would have taken a very different view of this event."

Sunday night's coverage of Blaine's exit from his box was shown on Sky One, with a free-to-view showing on Monday night on Channel 4. Through the day Sky News and the ITV News Channel had been promising coverage of the finale, though this was scrapped at the last minute due to the breaking news about the Prime Minister's health.

Potter's Fields has been the scene of numerous public order incidents during the stunt, and BSkyB will be contributing to the costs of policing the event, as well as bringing Potter's Fields back to its pre-Blaine state.

Blaine was taken to the London Independent Hospital in Stepney where he will be monitored by doctors and gradually reintroduced to a normal diet.

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