28/10/2013 11:04 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 18:58 GMT

UK Weather: St Jude's Storm Unleashes Giant Beach Ball On London's Old Street (PICTURES)

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The St Jude storm claimed a spiteful victory in London this morning – by snatching away a giant beach ball.

The 10m wide inflatable had been attached to a building near Old Street station, but was seized from its moorings as the capital was struck by gales.

The untethered ball was spotted at around 6.30 am and is believed to have spent a good half hour bouncing around the roundabout, being photographed - and dodged - by surprised commuters.

It as eventually speared by Islington Council officials, Metro reported.

The ball was meant to symbolise the CO2 emissions a new £200million development would reduce.

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