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  1. Updates for Friday 8 January 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Pippa Stephens

    BBC News Online, London

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

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

  2. Boris Johnson under fire for London's air pollution

    Following the news air pollution limits for the whole of 2016 have already been breached in the capital, Labour's London Assembly group says it is "obvious we face a serious problem".

    The party's Murad Qureshi says: "London needs an ambitious and far reaching strategy for tackling air pollution, on a scale far higher than that we have seen under Boris Johnson. 

    "That means a bigger ultra low emission zone with tighter restrictions on the most polluting vehicles. Unless the Mayor takes steps to see that happen in his remaining months at City Hall, he will be leaving a very toxic legacy for Londoners."

  3. Team GB athlete Joe Clarke: 'We are better prepared for Rio after London'

    Sara Orchard

    BBC Sport

    It's a pretty cold bubble bath for Team GB athlete Joe Clarke, who tells BBC London News we are better prepared for Rio after London.  

    Joe Clarke
  4. Murderer Peter Kibisu admits rape of lawyer in Harrow

    A mechanic admits raping a family friend who he then murdered at her home in August 2015.

    Peter Kibisu, 23, sexually assaulted and strangled Elizabeth Nnyanzi, 31, in Harrow, north-west London.

    Kibisu had been lodging with Miss Nnyanzi's family at the time.

    Man admits lawyer's rape and murder

    Scales of justice

    A mechanic admits raping a family friend who he then murdered at her home in August 2015.

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  5. Severe delays on the M25 at Clacket Lane Services due to accident

    BBC Travel

    On the M25 anticlockwise between Clacket Lane Services and J5 M26 / A21 there are severe delays due to earlier accident where two cars and a car transporter were involved. There is congestion to J7 / M23. 

    And there are long delays due to an earlier accident involving a single car on the A2 East Rochester Way eastbound at A221 Danson Road.

    There is also congestion on the A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach to A206 Woolwich Road and on the A2 to the A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach / A207 Shooters Hill Road. 

  6. Islamic militants from Clapton and Shadwell jailed

    Two Islamic extremists who admitted to a "serious and deliberate" breach of counter-terrorism restrictions by travelling abroad have been sentenced to two years in prison. 

    Trevor Brooks (left), and Simon Keeler
    Image caption: Trevor Brooks (left), and Simon Keeler

    Simon Keeler, 44, from Shadwell, and his friend Trevor Brooks, 40, from Clapton, were extradited to the UK after they were arrested in Turkey on a train bound for Bucharest, Romania, in November last year

    The pair had been required to notify police three days in advance of any overseas travel under Part 4 of the Counter Terrorism Act 2008, but failed to do so. 

  7. Coming up on air: Parts of London breach 2016 annual pollution limits - already

    BBC London News

    Coming up on air tonight at 18:30, BBC London's Tom Edwards reports on the story that parts of London have already breached annual pollution limits just eight days into the new year. 

    Nitrogen dioxide - a toxic gas produced by diesel vehicles is linked to respiratory and heart problems. 

    Putney High Street has already recorded levels higher than allowed in one year under EU law. 

  8. London International Mime Festival to start

    The BBC London's Alice Bhandhukravi has more on the 40th International Mime festival to be hosted in the capital.

    Video content

    Video caption: It's the 40th time the festival has been hosted in the capital.
  9. Jail for Hornchurch man who helped to con online date out of £1.6m

    Press Association

    Two men who conned a woman out of £1.6m by using a fictional man to seduce her on a dating website have been jailed. 

    A divorced mother-of-two, who cannot be named for legal reasons, thought she had fallen in love with a man called Christian Anderson she met on 

    Ife Ojo (left) and Olusegun Agbaje
    Image caption: Ife Ojo (left) and Olusegun Agbaje

    She was persuaded by Mr Anderson, supposedly a well-to-do divorced oil industry engineer with two children, to transfer huge sums of cash between March and December 2014 only to discover he did not exist, Basildon Crown Court heard. 

    Administrative assistant Olusegun Agbaje, 43, from Hornchurch and accountancy student Ife Ojo, 31, from Cambridgeshire, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud. 

  10. Is alcohol beneficial? London researchers share their thoughts

    Michael Mosley speaks to Dr Alexander Jones, a consultant cardiologist and clinical scientist at University College London, about the health risks of alcohol. 


    He agrees that alcohol raises your risk of a wide range of cancers but believes there is decent evidence that alcohol can be beneficial for the heart, at least in relatively low doses.    

  11. IPCC says it will look at police response in Sian Blake case

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is looking into the investigation into the case of the ex-Eastenders actress Sian Blake, who was found dead in her garden with her two children on Wednesday.

    Ms Blake's family reported concerns to the NSPCC who in turn contacted the police, which led them to go to Sian Blake's house. 

    It says it will examine the police response, actions and decision making following the reported concern for their welfare in a "thorough" investigation.

  12. Watch: the deaf rappers from London taking on the music industry

    MC Geezer from London grew up listening to Bob Marley and Natty King, but he couldn't listen to it in the same way as his peers because he is deaf.

    Video content

    Video caption: The deaf rappers taking on the music industry

    Real name Matthew Taylor, he would push the volume up loud so that he could listen by feeling the bass vibrations in his body instead.  

  13. Are we on the brink of more Tube strikes?

    Tom Edwards

    Transport Correspondent, BBC London

    Talks to resolve the Night Tube are not going well which could mean we are on the verge of more strikes on the London Underground.

    There are numerous outstanding issues the unions don't like over the new rotas that are meant to start on 7 February.

    A London Underground sign is seen alongside the Shard at night

    The unions' executives are due to meet next week to decide the next course of action.

    Are we on the brink of more Tube strikes?

    A London Underground sign is seen alongside the Shard at night

    Talks to resolve the Night Tube are not going well, which could mean we are on the verge of more strikes on the London Underground.

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  14. Hatton Garden accused could not have been involved as he was not an 'inside man' - defence

    One of the men accused of the Hatton Garden burglary could not have been involved in the raid because there must have been an "inside man" involved, a court hears. 

    Hatton Garden accused
    Image caption: Carl Wood, William Lincoln, Jon Harbinson and Hugh Doyle (l-r) deny the charges against them

    Carl Wood, 58, is alleged to have been part of a gang of thieves that broke into Hatton Garden Safe Deposit between 2 April and 5 April in 2015, stealing jewellery and diamonds worth £14m. 

    But he could not have played the role alleged by the prosecution because it would not fit the script for the crime, argued Nick Corsellis, defending Mr Wood.

  15. Kids Company psychologist 'broke down in tears' at tribunal

    Press Association

    Dr Helen Winter repeatedly broke down in tears while giving evidence at today's Health and Care Professions Council hearing.

    She admitted the allegation of taking an illegal substance at Hidden club in Vauxhall, south London, on 24 January 2014. 

    She also accepted she had cocaine in her system while at work on 14 May 2014 and repeatedly using illegal drugs in her free time. 

    She claims she started using drugs because she was going through "difficult personal circumstances" after a relationship break up.

  16. Kids Company psychologist - patient 'too fat' to fit in toilet to take MDMA

    Press Association

    A psychologist at troubled London charity Kids Company accused of taking MDMA with a patient in a nightclub claims the young woman was too fat to fit in the toilet cubicle. 

    Helen Winter admitted buying and using the party drug with her colleague Nicci Shall at a bar in south London in January 2014. 

    She says the two of them "just about" managed to squeeze into a toilet cubicle together, but claimed there was not enough space for her patient - named only as client C.

    The psychologist's case, at an employment tribunal in London, continues.

  17. Latest headlines: actress' death confirmed, Hatton Garden closing speeches, teenager died taking ecstasy

  18. David Bowie's former lover talks to Jo Good

    BBC Radio London

    On David Bowie's 69th birthday, Jo Good speaks to his former lover and landlady Mary Finnigan. From 13:00.

    Jo Good