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  1. Updates on 12 June 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Have a great weekend

That's all from BBC London Live for this week. Join us on Monday from 08:00 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the capital. Have a good evening.

Becoming dry overnight

BBC Weather

There'll be a mix of sunny or clear spells and scattered thundery showers this evening. Becoming mainly dry towards dawn tomorrow, although it will be quite cloudy overnight. A mild night with light winds.

Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

London gang jailed for Exeter drugs network

Members of a drugs gang that ran heroin and cocaine from London to Exeter have been jailed for between two and eight years each.

Yahya Hashi and Fathi Ahmed
Devon and Cornwall Police
Londoners Yahya Hashi and Fathi Ahmed were the leaders of the gang who brought drugs to the streets of Exeter

All 14 defendants pleaded guilty at Exeter Crown Court, to charges of conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs or the concern in the supply of class A drugs. Eight were from London.

Gang leaders Yahya Hashi, of Spicer Road, London, and Fathi Ahmed, 29, of Pilgrim Hill, London, were both sentenced to eight years after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.

The prosecution was the result of a 16-month police operation. Gang members travelled from London to Devon up to five times a week.

Evening news

BBC London News


at 1830 on BBC One: Network Rail is to be investigated after failing passengers with ongoing delays and disruption.

And, Labour's John Biggs is the new mayor for Tower Hamlets, two months after Lutfur Rahman was removed for electoral fraud.

Hopes of hometown statue for Henry Cooper


A statue of Sir Henry Cooper could finally be put up in the town he once called home -

outside the building where he trained to take on Muhammad Ali (pictured)

Henry Cooper and Muhammad Ali in 1963

The London Ex Boxers Association has raised £40,000 towards a statue in honour of the legendary boxer, who grew up in Farmstead Road, Bellingham, south-east London, and is the only man to win three Lonsdale belts - a prize for British champions - outright.

Severe delays on A12 Eastern Avenue

BBC Travel

On the A12 Greater London there is queuing traffic and long delays on A12 Eastern Avenue eastbound in Newbury Park at the Horns Road junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Lea Interchange.

There is also queuing traffic on A3211 Lower Thames Street in both directions between the Great Tower Street junction and London Bridge in the roadworks area. Congestion to Tower Hill and to the A201 Blackfriars Bridge junction.

All ports call in fight against terrorist and organised crime

Officers from the Met have been involved in a project at air, sea and rail ports aimed at protecting the public from the threat of terrorism and serious organised crime.

A police officer uses a rope ladder to climb on board a ship
Metropolitan Police

Around 86 million people travel through London's ports every year and the operations were aimed at clamping down on the illegal passage of cash, weapons, drugs, goods and people linked to criminal or terrorist-related activity.

It brought together staff working at Heathrow, London City and Biggin Hill airports and London St. Pancras International rail port, as well as patrolling the Port of London on the Thames.

More than £70,000 in cash has been seized including £20,000 after seven people were stopped at Heathrow. Approximately £36,000 was seized by police from a traveller who had just arrived at London St Pancras International station from Paris.

Protesters thwart eviction

East London Guardian

A single mother has declared a 'small victory' after

bailiffs attempting to evict her were repelled when campaigners stood firm outside her house.

This morning the bailiffs accompanied by a locksmith turned up to Jale Avcil's home of 10 years in Elphinstone Road, Walthamstow after an appeal was rejected by a judge last night to give her more time to be medically assessed.

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Hola! to Adult Learners' Week

Southwark Libraries kicks off its Adult Learners' Week with free Spanish lessons tomorrow.


tweets: Hola! Drop into East Street Library tomorrow 3-4pm to learn a few Spanish phrases for #ALW

Sandra Bullock in Leicester Square

Hollywood A-lister Sandra Bullock delighted fans in Leicester Square last night at the launch of her

latest film Minions.

Sandra Bullock taking a selfie

The actress, who plays the baddie in the movie, posed for photos and took selfies with members of the crowd.

A12 Eastern Avenue eastbound blocked

BBC London Travel @BBCTravelAlert

tweets: Newbury Park - A12 Eastern Avenue Eastbound blocked, at Horns Road, congestion to A406 North Circular {BR}

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Sky high prices for Star Wars Secret Cinema

The Guardian

Secret Cinema's screening of The Empire Strikes Back gets mediocre reviews in

The Guardian.

It claims the factory location in south-east London provides an impressive set but the costly entrance fee will reduce its appeal to super fans only.

Oval hosts second ODI

BBC Sport

The second one day international between England and New Zealand is taking place at the Oval in south London today.

England take to the field during the Royal London One Day Series match at the Kia Oval

Keep up-to-date with the score with BBC Sport.

VIDEO: Biggs' Tower Hamlets' challenge

Labour's John Biggs has been elected mayor of Tower Hamlets in a re-run after the previous mayor was removed from office for corruption.

Mr Biggs was runner-up last year to Lutfur Rahman, who had to stand down after a judge found him guilty of illegal practices.

The newly elected mayor spoke to

BBC London's political correspondent Karl Mercer of the need to move on from recent controversies.

Alistair McGowan lauded for Savile portrayal

Alistair McGowan has won critical praise for his performance in the controversial new play An Audience With Jimmy Savile.

Alistair McGowan
Helen Maybanks

One reviewer said McGowan was "riveting" and "revolting" in the role of the shamed DJ and sex offender.

Jonathan Maitland's play at north London's Park Theatre is the first drama to tackle the Savile scandal and has faced questions over its timing. Maitland told the BBC the critical verdict had been "extraordinary".

Hot, humid and thundery

There'll be sunshine and showers this afternoon, the showers possibly heavy and thundery, giving torrential downpours.

Weather chart

It will be humid and probably the warmest day of the summer so far with temperatures reaching 27C (81F).

Stepney Gren ward results

Here are the full results for the Stepney Green ward:

  • Sabina Akhtar, Labour Party, 1,643 votes
  • Safiul Azam, The Conservative Party Candidate, 158
  • Kirsty Chestnutt, Green Party, 272
  • Abu Talha Chowdhury, independent, 1, 472
  • Will Dyer, Liberal Democrats, 114
  • Jessie Macneil-Brown, Something New, 40
  • Paul Shea, UK Independence Party (UKIP), 203

New councillor 'overwhelmed and so happy'

Sabina Akhtar said: "I am overwhelmed and so happy.

Sabina Akhtar
Kois Miah

She added: "I believe I can work hard to tackle the issues in the ward and am grateful for being given the chance to prove myself.

"I am looking forward to the challenges and working with residents to improve the quality of life for all."

Stepney Green ward councillor elected

As well as the Tower Hamlets mayoral election, residents in the east London borough's Stepney Green ward also voted for a new councillor.

Labour's Sabina Akhtar was elected after receiving 1,643 votes, closely followed by the Independent candidate Abu Talha Chowdhury with 1,472 votes.

The turnout was over 47% and the electorate was 8,316.

The by election was held due to the election court judgement in April which saw the former mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman disbarred from his role alongside former councillor Alibor Choudhury who represented Stepney Green ward.

Ramadan fasting banned due to hot weather

Pupils at three London schools have been banned from fasting during Ramadan because of the hot weather,

the Metro reports.

Barclay Primary School in Leyton, east London,

A primary school trust said the month-long religious tradition due to start yesterday posed too many health risks for young Muslim children during the summer term.

Barclay Primary School in Leyton, east London, issued a letter to parents informing them that it would not allow children attending school to fast in order to 'safeguard the health and education of the child'.

The ban will be implemented across three other Lion Academy Trust schools: Sybourn Primary School and Thomas Gamuel Primary School in Waltham Forest and Brook House Primary School in Haringey.

One thousand homeless children in Croydon

Croydon Advertiser


There are more than 1,000 homeless children in Croydon, according to de published this week by a south London newspaper.

Bed and Breakfast hotel window with Vacancies sign

The Croydon Advertiser says the data refers to families in temporary council accommodation, including 73 with dependent children living in bed and breakfast accommodation.

Children in such emergency accommodation have difficulty settling into school, suffer from bullying, absence, behavioural problems, anxiety, depression and even develop speech impediments, the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) report said.

The study quotes research which shows the impact of such "statutory homelessness" on children may be long-lasting, with evidence to show they suffer from mental and development problems one year after being rehoused.

'Hyde Park sex act' duo face retrial

The couple accused of indulging in a sex act during a BBC Radio 2 concert in Hyde Park will face a retrial in August.

Lisanne Beck, 47, and her boyfriend Simon Murphy, 48, were filmed on a mobile phone locked in alleged lewd behaviour during a set by Paloma Faith at the family event in September last year

A jury of nine women and two men could not reach a verdict at their Old Bailey trial last week and were discharged.

Adel Taarabt leaves QPR for Benfica

BBC Sport

Adel Taarabt has left Queens Park Rangers and signed for Portuguese side Benfica after having his contract terminated by mutual consent.

Adel Taarabt
Getty Images

The 26-year-old midfielder featured just eight times this season as the Rangers were relegated from the Premier League.

The Morocco international joined from Tottenham in 2009, initially on loan, and scored 34 goals in 164 appearances.

Arsenal charged over Chambers transfer

BBC Sport

Arsenal have been charged by the Football Association with allegedly breaching football agents regulations over the transfer of Calum Chambers from Southampton.

Calum Chambers of Arsenal
Getty Images

Agent Alan Middleton has also been charged for allegedly breaching the regulations in relation to the transfer and has until 17 June to respond.

Arsenal have until 26 June to respond after they requested more time. Defender Chambers, 20, joined the Gunners for around £16m in July 2014.

Coming up

BBC London News


BBC London after 13:30 Labour's John Biggs is elected mayor of Tower Hamlets after a rerun election.

And after a children's football manager was beaten up by a parent, behavioural coaches are brought in.

Stefan Appleton murder: suspect image released

Detectives investigating

the murder of 18-year-old Stefan Appleton in Islington, have released images of two suspects leaving the scene on a moped.

A police suspect on a moped
Metropolitan Police

Stefan was in Nightingale Park with friends, when two youths pulled up on a moped.

The pillion passenger attacked him, stabbing him a number of times with a large bladed knife, before they made off along Nightingale Road.

The moped is small, dark in colour, with a small Perspex visor. It was displaying a learner sign under a square vehicle registration plate.

Savile play not 'too soon' says writer

The writer of a play about Jimmy Savile has rejected accusations that it's too soon, saying if anything it's too late.

"An Audience with Jimmy Savile" opened this week in Finsbury Park starring the impressionist Alastair McGowan, who's had good reviews from the critics.

Some have questioned the timing, the motive and whether it'll be seen as entertainment but writer Jonathan Maitland's told

BBC London 94.9's Breakfast Show he doesn't see a problem.

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Taarabt leaves QPR for Benfica

BBC Sport

Adel Taarabt has

left Queens Park Rangers and signed for Portuguese side Benfica after having his contract terminated by mutual consent.

Adel Taarabt
Getty Images

The 26-year-old midfielder featured just eight times last season as the R's were relegated from the Premier League.

Hot, humid and torrential downpours likely

BBC Weather

There'll be sunshine and showers this afternoon - the showers possibly heavy and thundery, with some torrential downpours.

It will be humid and probably the warmest day of the summer so far. Maximum temperature: 27C (81F)

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Alan Cartwright killing: Teenager denies murder

A teenager has denied killing 15-year-old Alan Cartwright who was stabbed to death while riding a bicycle with friends.

Alan Cartwright
Met Police

Joshua Williams, 18, of Islington, appeared via video link before the Old Bailey to enter not guilty pleas to charges of murder and conspiracy to rob.

Co-defendant Shaquill Roberts, also 18, of Tottenham, denied conspiracy to rob.

The pair were remanded in custody and their trial is set to start on 1 September.

Alan Cartwright was stabbed in the chest as he cycled along a busy road in Islington on 27 February.

Man dies in Chigwell blaze

London Evening Standard


A man has died in a house fire on the outskirts of east London this morning, the

Evening Standard reports.

Pollard Close, Chigwell
Google Street View

The fire, which is not thought to be suspicious, started in Pollard Close, Chigwell, at around 05:00.

Firefighters battled through the blaze to get the man out, but he was pronounced dead by London Ambulance Service.

Mo Farah regains his mojo

BBC Sport

Double Olympic champion

Mo Farah says he's feeling more "upbeat" now, following earlier allegations his coach Alberto Salazar was involved with doping.

Farah pulled out of a Diamond League meet in Birmingham this week shortly after the claims surfaced.

Mo Farah

There is no suggestion Mo Farah has been involved in doping.

Father-of-seven crash victim

News Shopper


A man who was killed in a crash on the A20 has been named as father-of-seven Andy Roberts, the

News Shopper reports.

Andy Roberts
Kent Police

The 44-year-old mechanic died as a result of his injuries suffered in the collision on June 6 at the Swanley Interchange.

His family has paid tribute to the father-of-seven, describing him as a "larger than life character".

Thunderstorms could delay Heathrow flights


tweets: We're keeping a close eye on the weather as thunderstorms expected this pm. Check your flight status if travelling:

Drawing what our mouths cannot say

Lucy Ash

BBC News

I talk to the man who can look at a city

and then draw it in great detail immediately.

Stephen Wiltshire draws Istanbul
Stephen Wiltshire

Central Line delays

BBC Travel

There are minor delays on the Central Line eastbound following signal failure at Queensway.

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@BBCTravelAlert or on our
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