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  1. Updates for Friday 15 January 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Update for London have now ended for the day but we'll be back on Monday at 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Have a great weekend.

  2. Tonight's weather: Widespread frost and icy patches

    BBC Weather

    It will be cold with prolonged clear spells overnight, this will lead to a widespread frost forming, along with some icy patches on untreated surfaces, particularly away from the centre of London. 

    Lows of -1C (30F).

  3. Woman dies after Wembley fire

    A woman rescued from a fire in a garage on Bowrons Avenue in Wembley after being rescued in the early hours of yesterday morning, according to London Fire Brigade.

    The woman was treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service before being taken to hospital where she died last night.

    The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.

  4. Coming up on BBC London News at 18:30

    Alex Bushill

    BBC London News

    A Lambeth care worker has been jailed for 13 years. We have an exclusive report about how one of his victims was ignored. 

    Also tonight: details of the latest talks to avert tube strikes in the capital. Join me on BBC One from 18:30.

  5. Conservative-led councils attack government's local funding changes

    Susana Mendonca

    BBC Radio London Political Reporter

    The Conservative leader of Kingston Council says outer London boroughs like his are being forced to put up council tax because of a last minute change in the way the government divides the cash between local authorities. 

    Kingston says it'll have to raise council tax by an average of around £36 a year on a Band D property after government cuts unveiled before Christmas left it with a £14.8m hole to fill. The local authority has joined forces with Richmond, Bromley and Barnet to push for better funding arrangements  for outer London boroughs. 

    Kingston
    Image caption: The view from Kingston, where changes to funding for local authorities has been criticised

    Kingston's leader, Councillor Kevin Davis said: "We could have been aware of the type of approach that was being taken by government and could have factored that into any of our planning. 

    "That frankly hasn't happened."

  6. Matthew Perry to miss Friends reunion for West End play

    Actor Matthew Perry will not attend a Friends reunion show due to rehearsals for his West End play.

    According to his spokeswoman, "Matthew may tape something" for the tribute to the show's creator James Burrows.

    Matthew Perry

    Perry has written and will star in the play The End of Longing... which is set to run in London's West End from 2 February until 14 May. It will be directed by Lindsay Posner.

    His former co-stars, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc are all expected to take part in the special.

  7. Ten years ago: Northwick Park drug trial

    One man is brain-dead and another five people are in hospital after an experimental drug was administered to 90 people in a French clinical trial.

    There is no known antidote to the drug, the chief neuroscientist at the hospital in Rennes said.

    Almost exactly 10 years ago six men were left seriously ill following a drugs trial gone wrong

    The volunteers suffered horrific side effects after being injected with the drug TGN1412 at Northwick Park Hospital in north London as part of a clinical trial to help treat chronic inflammatory conditions and leukaemia. 

    Northwick Park

    The disaster prompted the setting up of an expert advisory body to assess clinical studies of high-risk substances.

  8. Lumiere Light festival closes central London roads

    BBC Travel

    There are long delays on the M25 clockwise between Clacket Lane Services and J6, and the A215 in south Norwood is closed between the High Street and Manor Road. There are also long delays on the approach to southbound Blackwall Tunnel. 

    Several roads in central London are closed for the Lumiere light festival until 23:30 tonight

  9. Model behaviour: enthusiasts flock to Alexandra Palace

    Alan Reagan of the Association of Narrow Gauge Modellers controls a replica 16MM Gauge locomotive at the London Model Engineering Exhibition held at Alexandra Palace.

    Alan Reagan

    The event runs until Sunday and features steam locomotives and traction engines through to more modern gadgets including trucks, boats, aeroplanes, helicopters and robots.

  10. 'Bomb' turns out to be harmless radio equipment

    Camden New Journal

    Roads around Camden Town underground station were shut off this afternoon as police investigate a 'suspicious vehicle'. But bomb alert team was stood down when officers smashed into a parked car and found nothing serious.

  11. Watch: 'Unreliable' train service prompts worker to leave City job

    Rail services from Hertfordshire to London have been criticised as being "unacceptably bad" by the local council.

    It believes 'Govia Thameslink' should never have been awarded the contract for the lines although the company says improvements are being made. 

    But it's not quick enough for one passenger we found - who said she left her job in the City, because the train journeys were so unreliable.

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    Video caption: 'Unreliable' train service prompts worker to leave London job
  12. Alie Sesay: Barnet sign Leicester City defender

    BBC Sport

    Alie Sesay

    League Two side Barnet have signed Leicester City defender Alie Sesay on an 18-month deal.

    The 21-year-old Sierra Leone international came through Leicester's academy but has not made a first-team appearance for the Foxes.

    Sesay, who can play across the back four and in central midfield, has previously had loan spells at Colchester and Cambridge United.

    He is eligible to make his debut for the Bees against Carlisle on Saturday.  

  13. Talks between unions and London Underground finish

    Talks aimed at averting a series of strikes by thousands of LondonUnderground workers have finished and will resume next week. 

    Leaders of Aslef, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union and Unite met with LU bosses under the chairmanship of the conciliation service Acas. 

    Tube sign

    Three 24-hour strikes have been called in the coming weeks in the long-running dispute over pay and plans for an all-night Tube service. The RMT is planning further industrial action in a separate row over jobs. 

    Finn Brennan, Aslef's organiser on LU, said: "We have had useful talks at Acas today and agreed a programme of meetings for next week."

  14. Man dies two weeks after assault in Finchley

    Finchley High Road

    A man in his 50s has died two weeks after he was assaulted on Finchley High Road in north London, according to the Met.

    Although formal identification has not taken place, officers have named him as 55-year-old Derek McAllister.

    A 32-year-old man was charged on 1 January with GBH wounding with intent and will appear in court later.

  15. Man has jail term doubled for girlfriend's killing

    James Richardson

    A man who virtually decapitated his girlfriend with a bread knife while he was drunk has had his jail sentence doubled. 

    Judges at the Court of Appeal overturned the "unduly lenient" six-year prison term imposed in the case of James Richardson and increased it to 12 years. 

    Richardson, 35, of Berridge Green, Edgware, north London, who stabbed popular barmaid Natalia Czekaj,34, more than 20 times while they celebrated the New Year at their home, was originally sentenced at the Old Bailey in October.

    He denied murdering the Miss Czekaj, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility on the grounds he suffers from alcohol dependency syndrome.

  16. Afternoon weather: Cold and sunny

    BBC Weather

    The day will stay cold but it there will be plenty of winter sunshine, particularly in eastern parts. However, the raw northwesterly wind will make it feel bitterly cold. 

    Maximum temperature: 5C (41F).