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  1. Updates for Friday 18 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Updates for London have ended for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. 'Run and hide' to survive terrorist attack - police advise

    Police have advised the public the best course of action should they be caught up in a terrorist gun attack is to run and hide. 

    The guidance comes in a four-minute film which sets out steps to follow if the UK is hit by a firearms or weapons strike.

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    Video caption: 'Run and hide' advice by terror police

    The terror threat level in Britain currently stands at severe - meaning an attack is seen as highly likely. 

    Met Police Deputy Assistant Commander Neil Basu said people should not be alarmed by the release of the video.

  3. BreakingFamily of Woodford Green police shooting victim release statement

    The family of Jermaine Baker, who was fatally shot during a police operation in north London on 11 December, have said in a statement: "Those who knew and loved Jermaine will keep him in their hearts and minds as they remember him."

  4. Tonight's weather: Cloudy and becoming gusty

    BBC Weather

    It'll be a cloudy and largely dry start to the night although periods of drizzly rain are likely later. 

    The winds will be strong and gusty in exposed spots such as Shooters Hill. 

    Minimum temperature 11C (52F).

  5. 'Space trip quicker' than London to Lewes train, MP claims

    Lift off and Sussex countryside

    An MP has said it is almost "quicker to fly to space" than to travel to the south coast from London by train.

    Conservative Maria Caulfield made the comments about her journey to Lewes ahead of calls for the government to force train firms to improve services.

    On Tuesday, British astronaut Tim Peake took six-and-a-half hours to get to the International Space Station.

  6. Liaisons still dangerous 30 years on

    Dominic West and Janet McTeer
    Image caption: Dominic West and Janet McTeer

    Critics have welcomed a new production of Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses which has opened in London 30 years on from the original staging.

    In its four-star review, the Telegraph said it could still "engulf an audience in a heady, intoxicating aroma".

    First staged by the RSC in 1985, it later became an Oscar-winning film.

    The Donmar Warehouse's revival made headlines in October when Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery withdrew from the show shortly before rehearsals began.

  7. London HIV clinic fined £250 for data breach

    A nurse holding a clipboard

    A health clinic that mistakenly revealed the identity of HIV-positive patients in a group email is fined £250 by the UK's data watchdog.

    The Bloomsbury Patient Network in central London provides information and support for people who are HIV-positive.

    But twice in 2014, staff emailed up to 200 members at a time without obscuring other patients' email addresses.

    The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said it had levied a fine that would not cause "financial hardship".

    HIV clinic fined £250 for data breach

    A nurse holding a clipboard

    A health clinic that mistakenly revealed the identity of HIV-positive patients in a group email is fined £250 by the UK's data watchdog.

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  8. British Museum boss MacGregor leaves Lampedusa cross

    British Museum boss Neil MacGregor's final acquisition before stepping down is a cross made from the wreck of a refugee boat sunk in the Mediterranean.

    The 2013 Lampedusa Cross was made and gifted by carpenter Francesco Tuccio, who lives on the Italian island.


    The boat was carrying more than 500 refugees from Eritrea and Somalia, of which 151 people survived

    MacGregor, who steps down today, said: "This simple yet moving object is a poignant gift to the collection."

  9. The attack on my premises was terrifying, says jeweller

    The moped gang were finally caught after robbers smashed their way into Mr Carr's shop on the afternoon of 22 January.

    O'Connor and an unidentified robber used sledgehammers to shatter glass cabinets and snatched Rolex, Piquet and Omega watches worth more than £222,000 as Parle acted as a lookout outside. 

    Afterwards, they attempted to make their escape on two mopeds, the court heard. 

    A video by a member of public showed Parle failing to mount the back of one of the mopeds and the driver was heard to shout: "Alex, get on!" 

    Then a plain-clothes police officer tried to block the mopeds' path by parking across the road, causing one of the bikes to swerve, preventing Parle from getting on the back. 

    He ran down the street after the mopeds but was tackled by Mr Carr who jumpedon his back.

    Parle produced a large machete and swung it around at the jeweller and other members of the public before running away.

    He was arrested later and crash helmets and the machete were recovered nearby. 

    In his statement, Mr Carr said: "I do not see myself as any kind of hero. My reaction that day was a spontaneous response to protect, but the repercussions of it have been tremendous.

    "The attack on my premises was terrifying."

    O'Connor, of Swan Road, Surrey Quays, south east London, Parle, of Brunel Road, Surrey Quays, south east London, and Gartland, Druid Street, Bankside, south east London, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey last month to plotting to commit robbery between 15 February 15 last year and 23 January.

  10. Machete-wielding robbers jailed after year-long crime spree

    One of the robbers

    A jeweller who grappled with a 6ft 7in tall machete-wielding robber outside his shop, bringing to an end a year-long smash and grab crime spree, told a court today he was no "hero".

    Dominic Carr, of Carr Jewellers, said he acted out of a "spontaneous response to protect" when he tackled Alex Parle, 22, outside the store in Liverpool Street, east London. 

    For the first time, Mr Carr gave an account of the dramatic events caught on camera as members of the gang were sentenced at the Old Bailey. 

    Parle was jailed for 10 years while co-conspirator Conor Gartland, 18, received eight years' detention and "key organiser" Thomas O'Connor, 23, was sentenced to 12 and a half years. 

    All three pleaded guilty to their part in a series of raids on cash transfer shops and jewellers in London and Manchester in which they got away with £550,000 worth of goods.

  11. In pictures: Arise, Sir Vince

    Sir Vince Cable

    Former Business Secretary and former MP for Twickenham Vince Cable has been made a knight by Prince Charles.

    Sir Vince went to Buckingham Palace to receive his honour for his years of political and public service.

  12. TfL roadworks will continue over Christmas break

    It's worth noting that over the Christmas and new year period work on Transport for London's £4bn Road Modernisation Plan will continue.

    Areas affected are:

    - Cycle Superhighway 1: Work will take place at the Old Street/Great Eastern Street junction in Shoreditch.

    - Cycle Superhighway 2: Work will take place along the A11 between Mansell Street and Osborn Street and at the Fairfield Road/Bow Road junction

    - Cycle Superhighway East-West: Work will take place on Victoria Embankment, Upper Thames Street and Tower Hill.

    - Cycle Superhighway North-South: Work will take place on Blackfriars Road between Southwark Street and Stamford Street. 

    - Elephant and Castle: Work will take place on Newington Causeway.

    - Stockwell: Work will take place at the Clapham Road/Stockwell Road junction.

    - A406 Neasden bridge refurbishments: Work suspended and will resume on 9 January 2016.

    Drivers and cyclists are advised to regularly check before they travel by visiting or following @TflTrafficNews. 

    Bus users can find out how their bus might be affected by going to or following @tflbusalerts.

    Some roads and bridges in central London will be closed from Thursday 31 December 14:00 until Friday 1 January 18:00 or until it is safe to reopen to facilitate the New Year’s celebrations and fireworks. For more information visit

  13. Counterfeiter jailed over £160,000 scam

    An out-of-work printer who produced £160,000 worth of fake £20 notes has been jailed for four years.

    Royal Bank of Scotland notes

    Tony Howland, 35, from London, helped produce the fakes at a flat in Glasgow using three ink jet printers, special glue, a laminator and Bible paper.  

    Counterfeiter jailed over £160,000 scam

    Royal Bank of Scotland notes

    An out-of-work printer who produced £160,000 worth of fake £20 notes is jailed for four years.

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  14. Gang that 'gratuitously' pistol-whipped female staff during Post Office robbery jailed

    Croydon Advertiser


    A gang of five have been given long jail sentences for a "carefully planned" Croydon town centre Post Office robbery where two female staff were pistol-whipped in an act of "gratuitous violence".

  15. M25 closed clockwise after food waste lorry crash


    Part of the M25 will remain closed until 20:00 tonight following a collision which left the carriageway strewn with waste food.

    Hertfordshire Police were called to reports of a crash involving a lorry and a VW Polo at about 10:30.

    The road is closed clockwise between junctions 20 at Kings Langley and J21 at Bricket Wood so the waste can be cleared.

    Motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

  16. Congestion around Clapham Junction and Battersea

    BBC Radio London

    The A3 Clapham Common north side eastbound is closed  due to an accident at Elspeth Road. There is congestion on the A3 Huguenot Place to A214 Trinity Road.

    There is considerable congestion around Clapham Junction and Battersea, says Billy Reeves.

  17. Latest travel: Train delays between Luton and St Pancras

    BBC Travel

    Overhead wire problems have caused delays of up to 15 minutes to trains between Luton and London St Pancras International, which are expected to affect East Midlands Trains and Thameslink for the rest of the day.