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  1. Updates on Friday 19 June 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. 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.

  2. Coming up

    BBC London News

    After 18:30 on BBC London News, find out about a historic stately home burnt to a shell - experts now say they're confident it can be rebuilt.

    And we hear from Africa's richest man who says he wants to buy Arsenal football club.

  3. Severe delays in Lewisham and M3 congestion

    BBC Travel

    A2211 Lewisham Road in Lewisham closed and queuing traffic at the Morden Hill junction, because of an accident. Diversions in operation. Severe delays reported.

    Also Transport for London has tweeted the A406 Bowes Rd is slow moving eastbound with tailbacks to Finchley High Rd due to sheer weight of traffic.

    And BBC London Travel @BBCTravelAlert tweets: multi-vehicle accident on M3 Northbound between J3 A322 (Bagshot / Lightwater) and J2 M25. In the roadworks. 7 vehicles involved {BR}

  4. Neighbour murder accused says brain went all 'hazy'

    A TV satellite engineer who allegedly stabbed his nextdoor neighbour 33 times after a long-running dispute told jurors he went all "hazy" around the time of the attack.

    Alison Morrison

    Trevor Gibbon, 48, allegedly armed himself with two knives and ambushed Alison Morrison, 45, as she walked to a railway station on her way to work in December last year.

    He denies murder but the court heard he would admit the killing but say he was suffering a mental abnormality.

  5. Mo Farah: 'I have never taken drugs'

    BBC Sport

    Double Olympic champion Mo Farah has said speculation that he might have taken performance enhancing drugs has left him angry, frustrated and upset.

    Mo Farah
  6. Latest updates

    Annie Flury

    BBC London

    Our top stories on BBC London Live:

    • A stowaway who is believed to have clung on to a plane has fallen to his death over Richmond, while another is in hospital
    • A 33-year-old man from Stockwell has been charged with 13 terrorism offences and remanded in custody
    • Two men have been detained in Pakistan suspected of involvement in the killing of Dr Imran Farooq, a leader of Karachi's influential MQM party, who was murdered near his London home in September 2010
  7. Jewellery made from big cat claws

    A concession in Liberty on Regent Street has been fined for selling jewellery made from 14 endangered animals, including leopard, jaguar and lynx claws, London24.com reports.

    A leopard sitting in a tree
  8. Baker Street Tube station closed

    BBC Travel

    Underground station closed on Bakerloo Line and Jubilee Line at Baker Street due to security alert. Severe delays are reported.

  9. London Bridge delays after vehicle hits bridge

    SouthernRailUK ‏tweets: Due to a vehicle striking a railway bridge in the #LondonBridge area. Delays of up to 20 mins. London underground are accepting our tickets

  10. Quarter of taxi drivers 'to stop work at sun-down'

    Beth Rose

    BBC News Online

    At least 25% of London's black cab and minicab drivers will be stopping work at sun-down for the next month while they observe Ramadan.

    London at night

    The holy month commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief.

    Steve Wright, chairman of the Licensed Private Hire Car Association, said it made the night-hours "certainly very tight....but it doesn't stop the world from turning".

  11. New air-conditioned London Overground trains

    Commuter are to benefit from new air-conditioned trains which will be introduced across London Overground routes in east and north east London, from 2018.

    Transport for London (TfL) has announced a £260m contract has been awarded to Bombardier Transportation to build the new fleet.

    The 45 new trains will operate on the Liverpool Street to Enfield Town, Cheshunt (via Seven Sisters) and Chingford routes, which became part of the TfL network in May, as well as on the routes between Barking and Gospel Oak and between Romford and Upminster.

  12. Man charged with terror offences

    A 33-year-old man from south London has been charged with 13 terrorism offences.

    Mustafa Abdullah, 33, from Stockwell was charged on Thursday with possession of a a firearm in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion it was for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

    He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 19 June.

  13. The Ramadan fashion

    Beth Rose

    BBC News Online

    As 25% of London's cabbies and minicab drivers finish work at sun-down to observe Ramadan, some of the city's retailers are benefitting from the so-called Ramadan Rush with new fashions released in time for it.

    Retailers see a boom in sales with the Ramadan Rush

    Nazmin Alim, the creative director at AAB Collection at East Shopping Centre said: "Ramadan is considered a key trading period and something we prepare for well in advance.

    "Spending is on the agenda for food and clothing as social activities tend to increase due to invites, and gifts are given meaning the overall spend is much more during this month."

  14. Cereal eating driver 'questioned by police'

    A driver filmed allegedly eating a bowl of cereal while behind the wheel at a busy junction has been interviewed by police.

    driver caught on camera eating a bowl of cereal

    The incident was captured in Hampton Court, south-west London, on film by cycling instructor David Williams, 47, who recorded it on his helmet camera.

    He passed the film on to Surrey Police who said that a 51-year-old woman from East Molesey had voluntarily attended a police station.

    A police spokesman said: "The woman was issued with a driver referral notice for the offence of driving whilst not in proper control of motor vehicle.

    "This notice will be submitted to the force's traffic and process unit who will review the case and make a decision regarding any further action - which could include sending the individual on a driver improvement course or a fixed penalty notice."

  15. New Hammers kit

    West Ham unveil their new kit ahead of the club's final season at the Boleyn Ground.

    New West Ham kit

    The design is a tribute to the kit the Hammers wore in 1904 for their first season at the stadium which will cease to be their home next May when they move to the Olympic Stadium.

  16. Olympic park sculpture's work vandalised

    Vandals have sprayed-painted a controversial sculpture by Anish Kapoor who is best known for the Orbital Tower at the heart of the Olympic Park in east London.

    View from Orbit tower as abseil down it

    The installation, called Dirty Corner, is display at France's Palace of Versailles, was slammed as "dirty" and "gross" by critics, after Kapoor said it signified "the vagina of the queen who took power".

    Dirty Corner c Anish Kapoor 2015
    Image caption: The tubular-shape installation was spray-painted inside and out

    Mr Kapoor, who also made the Marsyas sculpture in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, called the incident "a tragedy".

  17. Man sought after string of bus sex attacks

    Police have released images of a man they want to trace in connection with a number of sexual assaults on buses in Hounslow and Ealing.

    The first victim was an 18-year-old girl who was on 120 bus between Northolt and Heston College at around 08:00 on 10 March. A second teenager was targeted on 25 April on a 607 bus to Uxbridge.

    CCTV images of suspect on a bus

    There were a further two offences on 9 May and 11 May, one on a 116 bus to Hounslow and the other on a 192 bus travelling to Hayes.

    Officers are treating the incidents as linked and said the suspect is an Asian man, aged 40-55 years, between 5'3" and 5'9" in height, with dark hair and a moustache.

  18. BT Tower restaurant to re-open to the public

    The restaurant at the top of the BT Tower is set to re-open to the public as part of the building's golden anniversary celebrations.

    BT Tower

    The re-opening, for two weeks only from 25th July, will enable members of the public to eat in the revolving restaurant which boasts dramatic views across London.

    The 180 metre tall tower, which has featured in several films and a series of Doctor Who, was officially opened by Prime Minister Harold Wilson on 8 October 1965, with the public restaurant opened the following year.

    BT will hold a ballot among members of the public to visit the restaurant.

  19. West Ealing Crossrail designs revealed

    Crossrail Project ‏@Crossrail tweets: Crossrail unveils designs for new station building at West Ealing

  20. Former MP questioned over historical child murder and abuse

    Former MP Conservative MP for Billericay Harvey Proctor has been questioned by police investigating historical allegations of child abuse and murder.

    Police are investigating claims that a group of prominent men in public life sexually and physically abused children in the late 1970s and early 1980s, after a man in his 40s made a series of allegations last year.

    Harvey Proctor

    It is claimed that three children were murdered at different London locations.

    Mr Proctor, who was interviewed under caution but was not arrested, has denied any part in abuse, said the interview on Thursday took place at his request.

  21. Woman 'throttled' by driver

    London Evening Standard

    Newspaper

    A woman collapsed in front of shocked shoppers after being "throttled" by the female driver of an open-top tourist bus on the South Bank, the Evening Standard has reported.

  22. Coming up

    BBC London News

    After 13:30 on BBC London News, a breakthrough in the murder of a Pakistani politician in London five years ago - two are arrested in Islamabad.

    And helping children with autism excel in the digital age. How a school in Surrey may have the answer.

  23. Warm in the sunshine this afternoon

    BBC Weather

    There will be some cloud this afternoon although it is expected to stay dry. It will feel warm in and winds should only be light.

    Maximum Temperature: 21C (70F)

  24. London parks could be privatised

    BBC London 94.9

    The group representing local authorities in the capital is warning that London's parks could end up being privatised by 2020 because they cost so much to maintain.

    Flower-filled park

    London Councils says community groups and volunteers which help look after green spaces are facing funding cuts.

    Julian Bell, chairman of London Councils' Transport and Environment Committee and leader of Ealing Council, told BBC London 94.9 there just isn't enough money.

  25. Doctor and nurses in court over manslaughter of abortion patient

    A doctor and two nurses will face trial accused of the manslaughter of a woman from Ireland who travelled to London for an abortion.

    Dr Adedayo Adedeji, 63, and nurses Gemma Pullen, 32, and Margaret Miller, 54, made no plea when they appeared together in the dock at Ealing Magistrates' Court.

    They are all charged with manslaughter by gross negligence and a health and safety offence of failing to take reasonable care.

    The charges relate to the care of Aisha Chithira, from Ireland, who was 22 weeks pregnant, when she came to a clinic in Ealing, west London, in January 2012.

  26. Black cabs consider card payments system

    Taxi passengers are to be consulted about paying for black-cab rides by card, as part of plans to help London taxi drivers compete with rival car-booking company Uber.

    Cab strike

    The proposals come from Transport for London (TfL) who said only around half of drivers currently accept card payments despite a recent survey suggesting that 83% of passengers would like to be able to do so.

    Black cab drivers are angry at what they see as the mayor's lack of action against Uber, claiming the California-based company does not pay UK taxes and is not subject to the same restrictions as traditional operators.

    The announcement comes a day after the release of film showing Boris Johnson in a four-letter tirade with a black-cab driver.

  27. Capacity crowds expected at West Ham's new ground

    BBC Sport

    West Ham expect to have capacity crowds at nearly all of their matches at the Olympic Stadium, co-chairman David Gold has told BBC Sport.

    Gold wants the Hammers to "worry" the big five Premier League clubs after moving from the Boleyn Ground to their new 54,000-capacity home next year.

    West Ham co-chairman David Gold

    And he believes new boss Slaven Bilic will "galvanise" players and fans.

    Gold said the club wants to win the Europa League and hopes Andy Carroll will feature in the early stages.

  28. Circle and District Line delays

    BBC Travel

    Signal failures at Wimbledon and Earls Court mean there are minor delays on the Circle Line clockwise and there are minor delays on District Line between Parsons Green and Wimbledon.

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

  29. Tia's Sharp's mother on race attack charges

    Croydon Guardian

    Newspaper

    The mother and grandmother of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp have been charged with racially aggravated offences over an incident at a supermarket car park in Wallington, The Croydon Guardian has reported.

  30. Amy Winehouse documentary angers family

    A documentary about the life of the late award-winning singer, Amy Winehouse has its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

    Amy Winehouse

    The film has sparked anger amongst her family who say it portrays them unfairly, and her father has told the BBC he is considering legal action.

  31. Transport minster urges talks to avoid Tube strike

    Transport Minister Lord Ahmad has called for strong attempts to avert the Tube strike announced yesterday by Aslef train drivers protesting about pay and new all-night services.

    Lord Ahmad

    Lord Ahmad said the action on 8 and 9 July would hit 'hard-working families, travelling to work, school or medical services, and will cause chaos for businesses with a significant cost to the economy."

    "Nobody wants to see strike action and we urge all parties to continue talks to resolve this issue," he added. "Strikes significantly disrupt the transport network and are unjustified and unacceptable

  32. Body found on roof on online retailers's HQ

    Police have confirmed that the body of a suspected stowaway who fell to his death was found on the roof of the headquarters of online retailer notonthehightstreet.com in Richmond.

    NotontheHighStreetbuilding in Kew Road

    The body of the unidentified man was found yesterday morning on the building in Kew Road. A post-mortem examination will be held later.

    A spokesman for notonthehighstreet.com said the incident was unrelated to the business or its staff and it was co-operating with the ongoing inquiry.

  33. E-fit image released of door-step attacker

    An e-fit image has been released by officers investigating the serious assault of a woman at the front door of her home in Carter Drive, Romford, last December.

    E-fit image of suspect

    The a man attacked a 39-year-old woman who answered the door leaving her with facial injuries and needing an hospital treatment.

    The man is described as Asian, around 5ft 9ins tall with facial stubble. He is said to have been wearing a plain woolly hat and dark clothing.

  34. Two held over Pakistan politician murder

    Shahzeb Jillani

    Pakistan Correspondent, BBC News

    The Pakistani authorities say they have detained two suspects allegedly involved in the murder of a Pakistani politician in north London in five years ago.

    Dr Imran Farooq

    Dr Imran Farooq, a leader of Karachi's influential MQM party, was stabbed to death near his home in Edgware in September 2010.

    The murder was widely seen as a politically motivated killing because Dr Farooq was reportedly planning to break away from the MQM leadership in London and start a new party.

    Pakistani officials say the two suspects, Khalid Shamim and Mohsin Ali, were detained near the Pakistan Afghan border town of Chaman on Thursday.

  35. Previous stowaway death cases

    While rare, there have been other cases when stowaways have plunged to their deaths in London after smuggling themselves on to planes.

    Jose Matada

    In September 2012, Jose Matada, 26, died after falling from the undercarriage of a Heathrow-bound flight from Angola on to a quiet street in Mortlake, west London.

    An inquest into his death heard that the young man from Mozambique is believed to have survived freezing temperatures of up to minus 60C (minus 76F) for most of the 12-hour flight. But it was believed he was "dead or nearly dead" by the time he hit the ground.

  36. Stowaway falls to his death

    A stowaway has plunged to his death from a plane over Richmond and a second man is in hospital after being found on a flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow.

    Kew Road, Richmond

    The two men are believed to have clung on to a British Airways plane as it flew more than 8,000 miles.

    A British Airways spokeswoman said: "We are working with the Metropolitan Police and the authorities in Johannesburg to establish the facts surrounding this very rare case."

  37. Hunt speech to encourage trainee doctors

    The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will make a speech in south-west London today aimed at encouraging more trainee doctors to become GPs. as part of what he's calling 'a new deal.'

    Jeremy Hunt

    Financial incentives and more flexible working opportunities will be offered in return for a seven day a week service.

    The package includes plans to recruit 5,000 new GPs and another 5,000 support staff, including practice nurses.

  38. Larry Lamb's charity abseil challenge

    London's Air Ambulance ‏@LDNairamb tweets: .@larrylamb47 being interviewed by @LondonLive about his imminent #abseil. Good luck Larry!

    Larry Lamb
  39. Schools put on front line against extremism

    Sean Coughlan

    Education correspondent

    How do you stop extremism among young people?

    Schoolgirls in Gatwick

    How do you challenge the ideology that encourages teenagers to ghost themselves away from Yorkshire or London into war zones in Syria and Iraq?

    From the beginning of next month, head teachers will be expected to play a much bigger part in providing answers.

  40. Kane 'flattered' by Man Utd interest

    BBC Sport

    Harry Kane says he is flattered by Manchester United's interest in him but said he intends to start the new season at Tottenham Hotspur.

    Harry Kane

    The England Under-21 striker said; "I have seen there is interest but that's all I know. It is flattering for other clubs to maybe be interested."

    However he added: "I am happy at Spurs and I look forward to the future with Spurs."

  41. Coming up

    Vanessa Feltz

    Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    This morning on BBC London 94.9 - Two leaders. Two statements. Following the shootings in South Carolina yesterday President Obama said: "We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other countries."

    And today David Cameron will say that there are some parts of British Muslim communities which condone the actions of Islamic State.

  42. 'Commuting burglar' hunted by six forces

    Police are hunting a smartly-dressed "commuting criminal" who is suspected of committing burglaries in London and around the South East in order to to fund a gambling addiction.

    The man that police have identified as Simon Knights

    Simon Knights, 38, is thought to use trains to travel from one area to the next and may be responsible for stealing cash and thousands of pounds worth of jewellery.

    Mr Knights, who is described as white, about 5' 8" with ginger hair and blue eyes, is being hunted by six police forces and detectives say he may now be in Kent.

  43. Swapping London for Australia

    Aaron Snell is a 29-year-old Londoner who was lured to the northern Australian city of Darwin in search of work and adventure. He is one of tens of thousands of UK nationals who began looking abroad for work during the global financial crisis.

    Aaron Snell

    The electrician spends his days sweating under a tropical sun at one of the many construction sites dotted around Darwin's growing cityscape. BBC News spent a day with Aaron and his colleagues.

  44. Appeal over fatal road crash

    Police have appealed for information from the public after a scooter driver died in a lorry crash.

    Mauricio Da Silva

    Officers were called to Streatham High Street close to the junction with Beckmead Road at 17:22 on 8 June following reports of a collision between a lorry and a scooter.

    Motorcyclist Mauricio Da Silva, from Mitcham, was found with fatal head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the lorry stopped at the scene and was not arrested.

  45. Latest updates

    Annie Flury

    BBC London

    Our latest updates on BBC London Live:

    • A clearing up operation has started after a burst water main caused extensive flooding outside New Malden station last night
    • Families and patients are taking legal action against Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust following allegations of poor care
    • Police are investigating after the body of a man was found on a roof in Kew Road in Richmond
    • Officers are also investigating reports of a suspected stowaway on a flight to Heathrow airport
  46. New Malden station 'clean up'

    Thames Water said the water had been pumped away from outside New Malden station following the flooding caused by a burst water main.

    Flooded road in New Malden

    A spokesman said: "We apologise to anybody affected by last night's flooding. Our engineers shut off the leak at 1.30am and our customers' water supply has returned to normal.

    "We are now helping the water drain away using pumps and tankers before we begin a clean up. We will have a full team in the area this morning to answer any of our customers' questions."

  47. Commuters wading through New Malden road 1

    Engineers worked overnight to fix a burst water main which caused flooding outside a south-west London station.

    New Malden flood

    Commuters posted pictures of themselves wading through water outside New Malden station yesterday evening. Thames Water said the flooding was caused by a burst water main on Coombe Road.

    New Malden High Street is currently closed under the railway bridge by New Malden station. Follow @BBCTravelAlert.

  48. Kennington congestion

    Paul Murphy-Kasp

    Journalist, BBC London

    On the roads, the A3 Kennington Park Road is congested northbound from Kennington Park Road towards Elephant & Castle

    Vauxhall Bridge is slow both ways because of roadworks by Millbank.

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