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  1. Updates for 8 June 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Annie Flury

BBC News, London

That's all from BBC London Live for today.

Have a good evening and please join us again for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the capital from 08:00 tomorrow.

A breezy but sunny evening

BBC Weather

It will be a fine, albeit breezy, evening with some late sunshine. A largely dry night will then follow with some clear spells. However, the odd shower may push in across eastern parts later in the night.

Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

Cheating tumours and death

Get Inspired

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You're flat on your back in a hospital bed and the pain is indescribable. There's a hole in your spine where they drilled through your neck and hacked out a tumour the size of a tennis ball. You can't walk. You can't sit up. You can't eat. Be honest -

what might you be thinking?

David Smith and the mixed coxed four
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For David Smith it was all about getting back in a boat to compete in the rowing at the London 2012 Olympics and against the odds he won gold.

But as he plans for Rio 2016 as a cyclist he's had to face more set-backs, operations and indescribable pain, as well as being able to appreciate the beauty of life.

Evening bulletin

BBC London News

On the programme just after 18:30 on

BBC One: Police investigate further allegations of electoral malpractice link to this week's mayoral contest in Tower Hamlets.

And the latest figures revealing the full extent of dog offences in the capital.

The final countdown

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent

Regular theatre-goers will be familiar with the sound of the one minute bell urging audiences back to their seats after the interval, but inevitably that always seems to stretch to three minutes, as people down the last of their drinks and dash for the loo.

Now north London's

Almeida Theatre has come up with an effective idea to keep things on time.

David Stewart

Its latest production of Greek tragic trilogy, Oresteia - which is four hours long and benefits from three breaks - has a countdown clock on stage and in the foyer. The play resumes as soon as it ticks down to zero. It works too.

Latest travel

BBC Travel

In Westminster the A302 Victoria Street is closed eastbound between the Palace Street junction and the B323 Buckingham Gate junction, because of a burst water main and emergency repairs.

In west London queuing traffic on A40 Western Avenue westbound in Perivale between North Circular Road and the Hoover Building, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Northern Roundabout.

Unseen Lucian Freud letters to be auctioned

Previously unseen letters by the then-teenage artist Lucian Freud to poet Stephen Spender

are to be auctioned by Sotheby's in London.

The letters are addressed to 'Spethan', 'Schuster' or 'Step-hanio'

Cyclist accident closes road

BBC Travel

An accident involving a cyclist has prompted the closure of the A23 Farthing Way in Coulsdon, causing queues back to Waddon Way and Marlpit Lane.

The cyclist has been taken to hospital.

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Hitchcock cemetery screenings in east London

Alfred Hitchcock fans will be able to watch some of his most well known films at special outdoor screenings in a cemetery as part of a festival in his east London birthplace this summer.

The Man Who Knew Too Much

This year's

Leytonstone Festival will pay a special tribute Hitchcock who was born in 1899 at 517 High Road, Leytonstone.

The films Dial 'M' For Murder (July 16), The Man Who Knew Too Much (pictured) (July 17) and 'The Lady Vanishes' (July 18) will be shown after sunset in the grounds of St John's Church, in Church Lane.

No terror charges for teen trio in Turkey

Three teenagers from north-west London, who were arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences in Turkey, will not face charges say police.

The three, a man aged 19 and two 17-year-old boys, who have not been named, were reported missing in March amid fears they were planning to travel to Syria.

They were stopped by Turkish authorities and arrested on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts upon their return to the UK.

Pipe re-elected as London Councils' chair

Hackney Mayor Jules Pipe has been re-elected as chair of

London Councils at the first Leaders' Committee meeting since the general election. Cllr Claire Kober was re-elected as Deputy Chair.

The role of London Councils is to make the case to government and other agencies to get the strongest deal for Londoners and local authorities.

CCTV released after sex assault on bus

The Metropolitan Police have released CCTV pictures of a man they are trying to trace after the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl on a bus central London.

CCTV pictures of man police want to trace
Metropolitan Police

The suspect is described as a middle-aged Asian man, with short dark hair, balding at the top. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a black rucksack.

The teenager was attacked on route 436 bus at Park Lane at around 1600 on 24 February.

South London journalists vote to strike

Members of the National Union of Journalists at Newsquest in Sutton, South London, have voted unanimously for srike action over redundancies, staffing levels and pay,

reports industry journal Press Gazette.

Last month, publisher

Newsquest announced plans to merge its South East and South West London operations and cut a number of jobs.

The newspaper titles affected include: The Croydon Guardian, Sutton Guardian, Epsom Guardian, Wimbledon Guardian, Wandsworth Guardian, Balham and Tooting Guardian, Mitcham and Morden Guardian, Kingston Guardian, Surrey Comet, Elmbridge Comet, and the Richmond & Twickenham Times. The News Shopper series has editions in Dartford, Lewisham, Greenwich, Gravesend, Bexley and Bromley.

Who guitarist slams 'musical snobbery'

The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has complained about "musical snobbery" after discovering an orchestral version of the band's rock opera Quadrophenia, which features a London choir, will not be allowed in the classical chart.

Pete Townshend

The album, with vocals by Les Miserables star Alfie Boe alongside the London Oriana Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, is a reworking of the band's 1973 album.

Chiswick-born Townshend said: "Musical snobbery in the classical elite still alive and kicking then."

A spokeswoman for the Official Charts Company said to qualify for the Official Classical Chart works "must be composed by recognised classical composers and/or in a publicly-recognised classical idiom or form".

Metropolitan Police documentary begins

Dominic Casciani

Home affairs correspondent

A five-part BBC One documentary series

on the Metropolitan Police begins tonight.

Police officers who feature in The Met

Four BBC teams were given open access to the force's units, other than counter-terrorism for security reasons and royal and diplomatic protection on privacy grounds.

But can the Metropolitan Police start to look more like the city it is meant to serve?

Akinfenwa signs new Wimbledon deal

Rob Stevens

BBC London & South East Sport

AFC Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has

signed a new contract with the League Two side.

Adebayo Akinfenwa
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The 33-year-old scored 15 goals in 52 appearances for the Dons last season after joining from Gillingham.

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Annie Flury

BBC News, London

Our top stories on BBC London Live:

Partridge signs new Dagenham deal

Rob Stevens

BBC London & South East Sport

Dagenham & Redbridge defender Matt Partridge has

signed a new one-year contract with the League Two side.

The 21-year-old joined the east London side last summer on a free transfer after leaving Reading, for whom he did not make a senior appearance.

Partridge featured 28 times for the Daggers last season, scoring his first goal against Accrington in April.

Summer exhibition

The Royal Academy

tweets: Summer starts here - the RA Summer Exhibition 2015 is now open!

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Royal Academy

Shooting victim awarded £175,00 in damages

The innocent victim of a shooting who was left in a persistent vegetative state after his breathing tube was dislodged in hospital has been awarded £175,000 in damages at the High Court.

Raphael Smith was 17 when he was shot in the neck in December 2008. A bullet had lodged in his spine and he was expected to go through life as a quadriplegic and ventilator dependent.

However, his tracheostomy became displaced when he was being turned at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, leaving him in a vegetative state.

N-ti-on-al Bl--d Week

There's a case of missing letters going about - the Downing Street sign has become D-wning Street, while Waterstones in Trafalgar Square has re-named itself W-terst-nes -

but why?


It's all part of a clever marketing plan to raise awareness of

National Blood week, from today until 14 June, and the fact that the blood types A, O and B are in short supply.

Downing Street

'Game over' for 1935 netball club

Newham Recorder Newspaper


A netball club which has been playing since 1935 is desperately trying to raise £4,000 to cover the rent of hiring a court, the Newham Recorder reports.

Without the finances it

could be game over to the Old Plaistovians Netball Club and its 80 years worth of games.

Dream of giving it all up for something you love?

Hackney Gazette


The Hackney Gazette reports on Lara Sanjar who, at the age of 33, decided to

quit her high-powered job in advertising to embark on a career working with thing she had always loved - flowers.

So far it's involved her working with The Savoy and being sent to events including the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic as well as being flown out to Singapore to track down a rare orchid.

Alison Moyet live

BBC London 94.9

Alison Moyet plays her only London gig this year as part of a series of shows taking place at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea on 14 June, but today she's

in the studio with Robert Elms at 14:30.

Alison Moyet

Her gig is the final one in the

Live At Chelsea line up and will see her drawing on her 2013 album The Minutes.

It's the first time a concert series has taken place at the historic home of the Chelsea Pensioners and a portion of the ticket sales will go towards funding the care of the pensioners.

Warhol's US dollar collection previews

Gallery assistants adjust "Silver Certificate, 1962" by Andy Warhol, estimated at £13m-£18m, during the press preview of "To The Bearer On Demand", a private collection of 21 works inspired by the US Dollar by artists including Andy Warhol at Sotheby's, London.

Andy Warhol auction

Barnet FC sell former home

Rob Stevens

BBC London & South East Sport

Conference champions Barnet have

sold Underhill Stadium, which was their home for 106 years, to the government's Education Funding Agency.

The Bees left Underhill to move to The Hive in 2013, following a long-standing dispute with Barnet Council.

"Everybody will always hold dear the countless memories we have from the unforgettable years at Underhill," Bees chairman Tony Kleanthous said. "Barnet will, of course, always be our true and traditional home."

Barnet have a 10-year agreement with Harrow Council to play at The Hive, which is also their training base.

Sky-high restaurant evacuated over fire

About 200 people had to be evacuated from a restaurant on the 38th floor of a tower block in Bishopsgate in the early hours of yesterday due to a fire.

Restaurant fire

Restaurant staff discovered the fire under the floor of an open-air terrace bar, which was slightly damaged by the blaze.

London Fire Brigade said it believed the fire was "caused by the careless disposal of a cigarette".

Dry and bright this afternoon

BBC Weather

There'll be plenty of dry and bright weather at first this afternoon, although a few showers are likely to break out as the day progresses, especially in the north towards Borehamwood and Loughton.

Maximum temperature 20C (68F)

Is this my life or your life?

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

According to the group

Faith to Faithless there are more than 200 ex-Muslims living in London and seeking support after leaving the religion they had been brought up with.


Nineteen-year-old Sara told her parents two years ago that she no longer wanted to be a Muslim and was forced to leave home, but she said despite the hardship and betrayal she felt, she had to consider

is this my life or your life?

Lunchtime bulletin

BBC London News

On the programme just after 13:30 on

BBC One: Police launch an investigation into claims of wrongdoing
ahead of this week's new mayoral elections in Tower Hamlets.

And 80 years of spray painting is celebrated for the first time in a new exhibition in the capital.

McGowan's Savile play misgivings

Actor Alistair McGowan has admitted he had misgivings

before agreeing to play Jimmy Savile in a new play.

Alistair McGowan

Written by journalist Jonathan Maitland, An Audience with Jimmy Savile focuses on the decades of abuse carried out by the late presenter and how he managed to cover up his crimes.

It opens on 10 June at the Park Theatre in London, yet no images of McGowan in character have been released to the press.

Construction worker crushed by falling glass in Paddington

London Evening Standard


A construction worker was crushed to death on Friday by a falling pane of glass at a central London office block undergoing renovation.

The 51-year-old man, believed to be British, was working on the top floor of the 18-storey building next to Paddington Station. Witnesses said a large pane of glass being hoisted up the side of the 200ft tower broke free and fell on top of the specialist fitter.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating and an inquest is due to be opened at Westminster Coroners' Court.

Gemili goes sub 10 seconds in 100m for first time

Londoner Adam Gemili ran his first sub-10 seconds 100m but then fell to the ground with a suspected torn hamstring.

Adam Gemili at Diamond League in Birmingham
Getty Images

The 21-year-old ran 9.97 secs in Birmingham to become the first Briton to go under both 10 seconds in the 100m and 20 seconds in the 200m.

Curious actor's curious route

Londoner Alex Sharp, who beat Hollywood stars Bradley Cooper and Bill Nighy last night to

scoop best actor at the Tony awards for
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, took a curious route himself getting into the acting world.

Mostly home-schooled, Sharp spent the early years of his life travelling the US in a caravan with his family before living in Italy and Devon.

Alex Sharp (r)
Alex Sharp (r) studied acting at the prestigious Julliard school after British schools rejected him

As a student he applied to British drama schools but was rejected and travelled to America to work as a handyman before getting into New York's

Juilliard school.

It was then through a friend he managed to get an audition for the play as at that point he had neither agent nor manager.

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Annie Flury

BBC News, London

Our top stories on BBC London Live:

Who should rule our rails?

According to the

London Assembly there are nine
National Rail franchises operating in London and the South East and they don't always run seamlessly.

Commuters at London Bridge Station
@Blowers Son

Tomorrow the London Assembly Transport Committee will discuss the major challenges facing London's rail network and how devolution of control to the Mayor might help address these.

The public meeting will start at 10:00 in The Chamber at City Hall or you can

watch it live here.

Food blogger's rooftop restaurant suicide

London Evening Standard


A coroner has told London rooftop restaurant Coq D'Argent it did everything it could to prevent food blogger Wilkes McDermid becoming the fifth person to

jump from its seventh-floor terrace.

City of London Coroner's Court, which recorded a verdict of suicide, heard Mr McDermid posted a long message online about his failed love-life prior to his death on 8 February.

007: Licensed to thrill

Lucky BBC political editor Emily Maitlis

tweets: Invited to see final night shooting of #Spectre last night. Amazing evening. Which ended- randomly- like this...

Emily Maitlis

Appeal after racist graffiti sprayed in Herne Hill

A CCTV image has been released by

detectives from Southwark investigating racist graffiti sprayed on the outside wall of a bar on Herne Hill.

CCTV image
Metropolitan Police

The graffiti was sprayed at around 01:00 on 25 May.

Detectives believe the suspect is not, as previously stated, one of a group of overseas tourists who were staying at a flat nearby, nor is it a man whose name was widely circulated on social media in relation to the graffiti.