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  1. Updates from 18 June 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Friday

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By Chirag Trivedi and Annie Flury

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    That's all from BBC London Live for today.

    Join us on Friday from 08:00 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the capital. Enjoy the sunshine this evening.

  2. Long sunny spells all evening

    BBC Weather

    A fine evening with long sunny spells to end the day for many parts.

    Weather chart for overnight

    More in the way of cloud developing overnight, though it should stay dry. A minimum temperature of 9C (48F).

  3. Severe disruption on the M25

    BBC Travel

    Severe disruption at J3 of the M25 due to an overturned vehicle on the entry slip road onto the M20 southbound.

    A100 London - Queuing traffic on A100 Tower Bridge Road northbound in Southwark between Caledonian Market and the A1203 East Smithfield junction.

    A4 London - Very slow traffic on A4 westbound between Brompton Oratory in Kensington and Chiswick Roundabout in London, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

    And National Rail ‏tweets: No Trains between Slough and Windsor & Eton Central expected until 21:00.

  4. Coming up

    BBC London News

    After 18:30 on BBC London News:

    • The pregnant woman who lost her baby in an attack
    • Ambulance chiefs apologise for failing to respond
    • And as ASLEF announces a tube strike next month, three other Unions threaten action on the same day
  5. Bus ban to cut Oxford Street pollution?

    London Evening Standard


    London transport bosses are considering an Oxford Street bus ban for the first time to help clean up the filthy air on Britain's most polluted road.

    Oxford Street
  6. Homeowners go into political battle over murals

    Homeowners are increasingly putting murals on the side of their homes, risking the ire of neighbours and councils.

    Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring's house in Kensington
    Image caption: The candy-striped house in Kensington

    A multi-million pound townhouse in Kensington was recently painted in red and white stripes and the owner Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring told the Evening Standard: "It is my house, I am entitled to do what I wish with it." But is she?

    The BBC's Emma Griffiths looks at the rules surrounding the illustrations?.

  7. Victory for Murray at Queen's

    BBC Sport

    Andy Murray remains on course for a fourth Queen's Club title following victory over Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in round two.

    Andy Murray

    The top seed came through 7-5 6-4 against the world number 42 to reach the quarter-finals of the Aegon Championships.

    He'll face Gilles Muller in the next round - Luxembourg's reigning Sports Personality of the Year.

  8. Leona Lewis on BBC London 94.9

    Jo Good

    BBC London 94.9 presenter

    X-factor star Leona Lewis joins Jo Good on the Barking Hour on BBC London 94.9 this afternoon.

    Leona Lewis and Jo Good

    If you miss it you can listen back on BBC iPlayer.

  9. Stamford Bridge expansion key to Chelsea's success

    London Evening Standard


    Jose Mourinho has told the Evening Standard that Chelsea's decision to redevelop Stamford Bridge will boost the club's position.

    Plans to build a ground elsewhere have been abandoned and the club is looking to turn their present home into a 60,000 all-seater.

    Jose Mourinho

    The stadium currently holds 41,837, making it only the eighth largest in the top flight. West Ham will move into the 54,000-seater Olympic Stadium next summer and Tottenham is also planning to redevelop White Hart Lane for as many as 61,000 fans.

  10. M25 reopens after three lorries crash

    A driver was released by the fire service and taken to hospital after three lorries collided on the M25.


    The clockwise carriageway near Thurrock was closed for over eight hours and tailbacks reached 12 miles after the crash just past J30 for Lakeside.

    Police advised motorists to avoid the area before the motorway reopened in the early afternoon.

  11. London's skyscrapers debate

    Andy Dangerfield

    BBC News Online

    Chicago-based Council for Tall Buildings and the Urban Habitat (CTBUH) held its London launch event at the BT Tower last night.

    London skyline
    Image caption: The growing dominance of skyscrapers on London's skyline could be seen from the top of the BT Tower

    The not-for-profit organisation, which already has regional chapters in the US, China and Japan says it is keen "to be involved in a discussion as to whether, or not, tall buildings are part of the solution to London's needs".

    With more 260 tall buildings proposed, approved or under construction in capital, it seems there's never been a better time for a debate as to whether this is progress for the capital or will be reflected upon in years to come as an irreversible mistake.

  12. Tube strike could hit Wimbledon

    The 24-Tube strike announced today would hit the travel plans of tennis fans going to the second week of Wimbledon.

    The 8 July is the men's singles quarter-final day and the next day the women's semi-finals are played.

  13. Tower Bridge to lift shortly: expect delays

    TfL Traffic ‏@TfLTrafficNews tweets: Tower Bridge will lift today at 4.15pm. Expect some delay in the area around this time.

  14. Accused was father of child that died in attack on pregnant woman

    Kevin Wilson, the man charged with child destruction following an attack on a heavily pregnant woman, is the father of the unborn baby.

    He was identified by Malorie Bantala, 21, who was assaulted by two men near her home in Peckham, south-east London, on Monday.

    She remains in a critical condition in hospital.

  15. Royals attend Waterloo anniversary service

    The Prince of Wales and the prime minister have attended a memorial service for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo - a victory which finally toppled French emperor Napoleon.

    Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall

    Descendants of some of those who fought in the battle, including the 9th Duke of Wellington, were among those at the service at St Paul's Cathedral in London.

    Guests filed in to remember the day, 200 years ago, when nearly 180,000 men from across Europe converged on the muddy battlefield at Waterloo in modern day Belgium.

  16. Shoppers flock to buy Posh's frocks

    Fashion fans queued for hours to get their hands on what must be some of the poshest cast-off clothes in the world after Victoria Beckham donated some of her daughter Harper's designer outfits to charity.


    Shoppers lined up outside Mary's Living & Giving shop for Save the Children in Primrose Hill, north London, four hours before it opened at 10am in a bid to get their hands on one of the 25 outfits picked out by Beckham.

    The Spice Girl-turned-designer has picked out 25 individual outfits fromfashion labels including Chloe, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartnery and Gucci.


    The first one was snapped up in five minutes with thousands of pounds already ,raised while TV presenter Mary Portas was on hand to help shoppers.

  17. Pickles to look at electoral fraud

    The former Communities Secretary, Sir Eric Pickles, says he does not believe electoral fraud uncovered in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is an isolated incident.

    Sir Eric, who has been appointed as an anti-corruption tsar by the prime minister, told the World at One he wants to take a "long hard look" at postal voting.

    He cited an unnamed constituency where 5,000 postal votes were handed in at polling stations, saying the incident "raises eyebrows at the very least".

    Asked about fraud in the Tower Hamlets mayoral election, which resulted in Lutfur Rahman being stripped of his post, Sir Eric said: "I don't think it's an isolated [example], it might be an extreme example of what's happened."

  18. Mayor is taxi trade's 'champion'

    Following Labour's Val Shawcross' claim the Boris Johnson has failed to tackle the concerns of cabbies, after he was filmed swearing at a taxi driver, a spokesman for the mayor of London said: "Contrary to Labour's claims the mayor is in fact one of the black taxi trade's biggest champions.

    "The mayor is not empowered to limit the number of private hire vehicles in London and that's precisely why he is pushing hard for Parliamentary legislation that would give him the tools to do so. "

    He added: "Far from standing back from the pressing issues that the trade faces, the mayor has taken action on a number of fronts, from stepping up minicab enforcement activity and launching a major review of minicab regulations, to seeking the mandatory use of card payments in all 25,000 black cabs to help boost business."

  19. Ex-boyfriend in court over baby death attack

    The ex-boyfriend of a heavily pregnant woman who lost her baby after an attack in the street has appeared in court charged with child destruction.

    Malorie Bantala

    Teaching assistant Kevin Wilson, 21, of Bermondsey, south-east London, was remanded in custody when he appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court accused of repeatedly kicking Malorie Bantala in the stomach.

    Miss Bantala, 21, who was eight months' pregnant, was attacked by two men wearing motorcycle helmets near her home in Peckham, south-east London, on Monday night.

  20. Parliament's halfway-house options

    The Independent Options Appraisal report also has two halfway-house options, which would see a partial vacation of Parliament - with the Commons going first, followed by the Lords.

    Scaffolding at the Houses of Parliament

    That would cover a total time period of between nine and 14 years, but would most likely last 11 years.

    Under that proposal, basic repairs - such as improving fire safety, removing asbestos and restoring damaged stonework - would cost an estimated £3.9bn.

    A higher-spec version of the partial move-out, with some of the same extras as a full move-out, would cost an estimated £4.4bn.

  21. Parliament restoration options

    The £3.5bn option would include some new features, such as a lift up the Elizabeth Tower, which with its famous clock and bell is popularly known as Big Ben, a media centre for TV interviews and "increased breakout, formal and informal meeting areas" for those who work in the Palace of Westminster.

    For a slightly higher spend of an estimated £3.9bn, the full move-out of MPs and peers would also enable a new visitor centre, including exhibition, education and conference facilities.

  22. Parliament restoration plan could cost up to £5.7bn

    Major restoration of the Houses of Parliament without moving MPs and peers out would cost £5.7bn and take 32 years, a report says.


    If MP and peers were moved out for six years, the cost would drop to £3.5bn, an independent report has said.

    The 150-year-old Grade I listed building is partly sinking, contains asbestos and has outdated cabling.

  23. Warm and sunny afternoon

    BBC Weather

    It'll be a fine and dry afternoon with some prolonged spells of warm sunshine. It will feel less humid than yesterday too.

    Weather chart

    Maximum Temperature: 21C (73F)

  24. Coming up

    BBC London News

    After 1330 on BBC London News: Questions asked why an ambulance didn't arrive to a pregnant woman who had been violently attacked in Peckham, losing her unborn child.

    And as Tube workers vote to strike, we assess the impact it will have on Londoners.

  25. BreakingParliament refurbishment could cost £7.1bn


    The taxpayer faces a bill of up to £7.1bn to stop the Palace of Westminster falling down unless MPs and peers agree to move out, according to a report by independent consultants.

  26. Blocking Night Tube is 'short sighted'

    Steve Griffiths, LU's Chief Operating Officer, said: "We have been in discussions with the unions since February, and are still in the midst of negotiations.

    "We recognise the hard and valuable work of our staff and want to give them a pay rise this year and next.

    "We also want to minimise the impact of the Night Tube on our people, and compensate those it will affect most. But pay levels for our staff are already fair, and any increase must be sustainable.

    "Londoners and businesses overwhelmingly back the Night Tube, and trying to block something that will transform our city, and create more jobs, is short sighted. We encourage ASLEF to make themselves available to continue our talks at ACAS."

  27. Drivers will only work 'extra seven nights a year'

    London Underground (LU) said the Night Tube will not affect driver's contracts, as they are already working on a 24/7 roster, as reflected in their salaries.

    Ticket hall
    Image caption: TfL wants to close all ticket offices across the Tube network

    It added that on average, drivers are being asked to work around an extra seven night shifts over the course of a year, with no increase in their current hours.

    The company said the Night Tube will affect drivers at 12 out of 30 depots, and in the long term, drivers will have the choice of whether or not they want to work nights.

  28. Tube workers to strike over new night services

    Tube workers have said they fear that the new rosters to cover all-night services will leave them without a reasonable work/life balance.

    Mind the Gap

    The Night Tube services will initially run on the Piccadilly, Victoria, Central, Jubilee and Northern lines.

    They will be extended to the Metropolitan, Circle, District, and Hammersmith & City lines by 2021, the London Overground in 2017 and the Docklands Light Railway by 2021.

  29. Strike action over 'roster threat'

    Aslef said London Underground was trying to force through new rosters which would mean Tube drivers would have to work an unlimited number of weekend and night shifts for no extra pay.

    Underground Logo

    Finn Brennan, Aslef's district organiser, said: "There is a window of opportunity for London Underground managers to avoid a summer of disruption by seriously engaging with us to find a solution.

    "They need to withdraw the threat to impose new rosters and make a realistic offer on pay and conditions. "

  30. Tube drivers to go out on strike

    Members of Aslefbacked industrial action by 97% in a turnout of 81%.

    Tube train
    Image caption: Members of the RMT on the southern end of the Northern Line are due out on 1 December.

    The union said it is not opposed to the new weekend night Tube due to start in September but it is in dispute over pay.

    Two other unions - the RMT and TSSA - are also balloting their members for strikes, with the results due later in the month.

  31. BreakingTube workers to strike


    London Underground drivers have voted to strike in a row over pay and the introduction of a new all night Tube service, union Aslef said.

  32. Tube drivers 'vote for strike action'

    Tom Edwards

    Transport correspondent, London

    Sources have told me that Tube drivers from the ASLEF union have voted to go on strike for 24 hours in a dispute over pay and the introduction of the night Tube at weekends.

    An official announcement and the date of the strike are expected shortly.

    The union has rejected a 0.75% pay rise and a £500 bonus for all workers for introducing the night Tube as well as an extra £250 bonus for drivers.

    The RMT and TSSA are also carrying out strike ballots. It could mean all the tube unions go on strike on the same day.

  33. Woman who lost baby in Peckham attack is named

    Police have named the woman who lost her baby after being attacked by two men in Peckham on Monday evening.

    Malorie Bantala

    Malorie Bantala, 21, who was 32 weeks pregnant, remains in a critical condition in hospital.

    Kevin Wilson, 20, of Stansfield House, Longfield Estate in south-east London, has been charged with child destruction and causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He is due in court later.

  34. Labour slam Boris' heated exchange with cabbie

    Labour's London Assembly Transport Spokesperson Val Shawcross has criticised Boris Johnson after he was filmed swearing at a taxi driver., and said the incident undermined the real issue.

    Val Shawcross

    She said: "Our taxi industry is in crisis, and taxi drivers are incredibly concerned about the threat to their livelihoods posed by private hire vehicles.

    "The Mayor has the power to put in place a strategy to tackle the challenges facing the industry. But so far he's completely failed to respond to any of our calls to do just that."

  35. Parliament restoration report due

    Options for the "major restoration" of the Houses of Parliament, which could cost more than £3bn, are to be considered by MPs.

    Houses of Parliament

    The 150-year-old Grade I listed building is partly sinking, contains asbestos and has outdated cabling.

    An Independent Options Appraisal (IOA) report, compiled by industry experts and due on Thursday, will set out scenarios for its refurbishment. It is expected to include suggestions for Parliament's temporary relocation.

  36. Liverpool hopeful of signing Charlton's Gomez

    Press Association

    Liverpool hope to finalise a deal for Charlton teenager Joe Gomez later this week, with the 18-year-old scheduled to undergo a medical on Friday, according to Press Association Sport.

    Joe Gomez

    It is understood the Anfield club have triggered a £3.5m release clause in the England Under-19 international's contract which has paved the way for the move to be completed. He will meet with club officials on Friday.

  37. Image released of man who allegedly propositioned child

    Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to who allegedly propositioned a 12-year-old girl on Euston Road in Camden.

    CCTV image of suspect

    Officers said the girl was on her way to meet her mother when the man approached her at around 13:45 on 26 April.

    The girl, who was not physically injured, ran off and told her mother what happened.

  38. Paul Nicholas lands EastEnders role

    Paul Nicholas, of Just Good Friends and West End fame is to join the cast of EastEnders.

    Paul Nicholas in Sunburn

    The 69-year-old will play Gavin Sullivan, the estranged husband of Gillian Taylforth's character Kathy.

    "I can't wait to get started and seeing what's in store for my character." said the actor.

    His debut on the soap follows Taylforth's surprise return to Albert Square during EastEnders' 30th anniversary celebrations in February.

  39. Long delays on A12, A13 and M11

    BBC London Travel ‏@BBCTravelAlert tweets: As a result of the ongoing M25 problems, there are long delays on the A13, A127, A12, M11 and of course on both sides of the M25

  40. Ramadan: BBC iWonder explains its significance

    Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and a time when Muslims across the world endeavour to adhere to three types of worship.

    BBC's iWonder explains why it is more than just a time for fasting.

  41. Southern: Rail workers to vote on strike action

    Rail engineers at Southern have started voting on strike action amid claims that industrial relations have "comprehensively" broken down.

    Southern train

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Southern are being balloted in the next few weeks.

    General secretary Mick Cash said: "RMT will not stand by while agreed policies, procedures and agreements are unilaterally ripped up by Southern and promises on the reduction in the working week are kicked aside despite increases in productivity."

  42. Cabbies Uber concerns

    Tom Edwards

    Transport correspondent, London

    Cabbies are unhappy Uber uses a mobile app to work out the cost of journeys. They argue this is the same as a taxi meter, which only black cabs are legally entitled to use in London.


    There have been protests on the roads and at City Hall and radio phone ins are inundated with cabbies.

    Now the mayor is talking about putting a cap on the number of minicab drivers but the relationship between some black cabbies and the mayor is looking increasingly strained.

  43. The simmering dispute between mayor and cabbies

    Tom Edwards

    Transport correspondent, London

    Boris Johnson has apparently been caught on film swearing at a taxi driver but behind the incident there is an ongoing dispute that has been simmering for months.

    The black cab trade blame the Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London for failing to do enough to protect them.

    Cabbies say the rise of minicab phone apps, in particular Uber, and the increase in illegal minicab touting is putting them out of business.

  44. Mo Farah 'missed drug tests'

    Great Britain's Mo Farah missed two drugs tests before he went on to become a double gold medallist at the 2012 Olympics, a newspaper has claimed.

    Mo Farah
    Image caption: Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah is currently training in France

    According to the Daily Mail, Farah's first missed test appears to have been in early 2010, months before he joined Alberto Salazar's Nike Oregon Project.

  45. Coming up

    Vanessa Feltz

    Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    This morning on BBC London 94.9 - London mayor Boris Johnson has been caught on film swearing at a taxi driver.

    Mr Johnson, also the Conservative MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, was involved in an altercation at traffic lights in the footage obtained by the Sun.

    More with Vanessa from 09:00

  46. Boris Johnson filmed swearing at taxi driver

    London mayor Boris Johnson has been caught on film swearing at a taxi driver.

    Boris Johnson

    Mr Johnson, who is also a Conservative MP, was involved in an altercation at traffic lights in the footage obtained by the Sun.

    A source close to the mayor told BBC political correspondent Ross Hawkins it was "a colourful choice of language".

  47. Man charged for attacking a pregnant woman

    A man has been charged with child destruction and causing grievous bodily harm with intent following an attack on a heavily-pregnant woman.

    Talfourd Place
    Image caption: The woman was attacked by two men in motorcycle helmets in Talfourd Place on Monday evening

    The 21-year-old, who was 32 weeks pregnant, lost her baby after being attacked by two men in Peckham, south London, on Monday evening.

  48. Eight-mile queues on M25

    BBC Travel

    On the M25 clockwise there are eight-mile queues due to a collision at junction 30 for the A13 blocking all lanes. Traffic is diverting via slip roads.

    On the A1203 The Highway and A3211 Lower Thames Street there are delays westbound from Wapping to London Bridge due to the road works.

    For more updates visit BBC London's travel website or on Twitter @BBCTravelAlert

  49. Metropolitan line delays

    Paul Murphy-Kasp

    Journalist, BBC London

    There are severe delays between Harrow on the Hill and Watford on the Metropolitan line after a signal failure at Watford.

    For more updates visit BBC London's travel website or on Twitter @BBCTravelAlert

  50. Fine, dry and less humid

    It will be a fine and dry day with early cloud tending to break, allowing some prolonged spells of warm sunshine. It will feel less humid than yesterday too.


    Maximum Temperature: 23 Deg C (73F)