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  1. Updates for Monday 4 January 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume on Tuesday 5 January

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Thank you for joining us today, our live coverage has now ended. 

    We will be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

  2. Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin relieved Christmas rail engineering work finished on time

    Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin says he is relieved Christmas rail engineering work was completed on time, in contrast to the delays which caused big problems for commuters this time last year.

    Network Rail says the £150 million upgrade plan included new station facilities, longer platforms, extra tracks and more reliable equipment.

    Crowding at Finsbury Park
    Image caption: Delays caused big problems for commuters this time last year

    Mr McLoughlin says: "I would like to thank passengers for their patience, and pay tribute to the men and women who have been working in challenging weather conditions for much of the time."

  3. 135 new electric vehicle charging points to be installed at Heathrow

    Heathrow Airport is to install more electric vehicle charging points as it bids to ease concerns over the environmental impact of a third runway. 

    The airport's chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, said the £2 million investment is the first of "more ambitious plans" to be announced this year to reduce noise, emissions and traffic.

    The Government has put off a decision on whether to support expansion at Heathrow until at least the summer while ministers carry out further examination of issues such as air quality and noise pollution.

    Electric charging point

    Heathrow said more than 135 new vehicle charging points are due to be installed later this year and would be used by at least another 260 electric vehicles. 

    Some 600 charging points are already operational airside at Heathrow, the majority of which are used by 800 electric baggage trucks. There are also 37 chargers for passenger use in short-stay car parks.

  4. Hunt for man after woman punched outside nightclub near Old Street

    Police are hunting for a man after a woman was punched in the face and knocked unconscious outside a nightclub near Old Street. 

    The 30-year-old was attacked as she left the nightclub on 14 June. She hit her head as she fell to the ground and she lay unconscious for several minutes. 

    Man in Hackney

    Officers describe the attacker as between 25 and 30 years old, 5ft 8ins with short brown hair, dressed in a black T-shirt and blue jeans.

  5. On air tonight: will Labour or the Conservatives solve the housing crisis?

    BBC London News

    Coming up on air tonight at 18:30 on BBC One, BBC London's political correspondent Karl Mercer will be talking about the Conservatives' and Labour's claims they will build more affordable homes. 

    The main mayoral candidates have made tackling London's housing crisis their top priority. The Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith was joined by the Prime Minister at a housing development in Barking to set out his vision. 

    Meanwhile, his main rival Sadiq Khan claims Labour would deliver more affordable properties. 

  6. Latest travel: Burst water main in Dalston causing disruption

    BBC Travel

    The A107 Amhurst Road is closed southbound at the A104 at Dalston Lane junction in Hackney due to a burst water main and emergency repairs. Bus route 12 is on diversion. 

    And there are minor delays on the District Line between High Street Kensington and Edgware Road due to signal failure at High Street Kensington.  

  7. Man denies strangling woman he met online

    A 35-year-old man has denied strangling a woman he met on a dating website. 

    Miles Donnelly, who lives in Hall Place, Paddington, is accused of asphyxiating Usha Patel, 44, and stabbing her repeatedly in the stomach. 

    The incident allegedly took place in her house, in Cricklewood, which she shared with her five-year-old son. Mr Donnelly is also accused of attacking a second woman, Rosie Ferringo, the next day. 

    The defendant was remanded in custody to await a two-week trial due to start on 15 February.

  8. Meerkat stands up to be counted at the zoo

    A meerkat looks for food during the annual stocktake at London Zoo in Regent's Park.

    Meerkat and zoo keeper
  9. Chameleon counted as part of annual stocktake at London Zoo

    Chameleon
  10. Watch: London Zoo annual stocktake underway

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    Video caption: It's the annual stocktake at London Zoo

    London Zoo's mammoth annual stock-take is well under way.

    Keepers have to count every animal, bird, fish and insect to comply with license requirements. 

    In 2015 they counted 17,480 creatures. 

  11. Latest headlines:Woman killed in Greenwich crash

    Pippa Stephens

    BBC News Online, London

  12. Greenwich mother delays chemotherapy until after giving birth

    Daily Mirror

    A mother in Greenwich who has been fighting cancer while she was pregnant will begin chemotherapy after giving birth, reports the Mirror

    Christiana Ensam-Taiwo, 31, had a son on 15 December. 

    She discovered a lump in her right breast weeks after she found out she was expecting but opted to delay full treatment for the sake of her baby. 

  13. Watch: 'Unbearable' basement conversions angering residents

    Residents in West London are calling for more action to control basement developments. 

    They say too many are taking place, the noise can be unbearable, and they're worried they could damage neighbouring properties. 

    But one developer says such fears are unfounded, and the government says councils already have powers to limit such developments should they choose, as Gareth Furby reports.

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    Video caption: Residents' anger over growing number of London basement conversions
  14. Partner of Hatton Garden accused told she is 'making up a fake story'

    Prosecutor Philip Stott told Cherie Wright, the partner of one of the people accused of the Hatton Garden raid, she was making up a fake story as she told police at the time that she did not recognise the jewellery. 

    "The fact is you have changed your evidence," he said. "You initially said you didn't recognise them, because you didn't recognise them."

    Mr Stott said Ms Wright had made up the story having spoke to her partner about the "best thing to say".

    The trial continues.

  15. Police found crime memoir in Hatton Garden accused's house

    Cherie Wright told Woolwich Crown Court her partner seemed "normal" the weekend the raid took place over Easter last year and went to see his uncle.

    Police also found a copy of a crime memoir detailing a raid with similar methods and equipment used in Hatton Garden in Jon Harbinson's house, but Ms Wright said it was in a box that had not been opened for years.