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  1. Updates for Wednesday 3 February 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Tonight's weather: Clouding over with rain later

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will start largely clear so it's going to turn chilly, especially away from the centre of London.

    It will turn milder as cloud and rain spreads from the west through the early hours.

    BBC News weather

    Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

  3. On air: Pensioner dies after spelling mistake and Sir Elton drops in

    Asad Ahmad

    Presenter, BBC London

    On BBC London News at 18:30 on BBC One:

    We'll be finding out about how a simple spelling mistake led to a pensioner bleeding to death on a hospital operating table.

    And we'll be speaking to the Rocket Man Sir Elton John, who earlier took part in his first record store signing since 1973.

    Sir Elton John

    Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.  

  4. Global cancer hub to be built in Sutton

    Artist's drawing of cancer research institute

    A new global hub for cancer research and treatment is to be established in London with the aim of accelerating the discovery of new treatments.

    Transport improvements are also planned for the London Cancer Hub in Sutton, ideally by a proposed £200m tram link.

    The hub plans to create more than 13,000 jobs and deliver at least two extra cancer drugs every five years.

  5. 'Entire generation could be priced out of capital'

    A poll commissioned by Shelter has found 86% of parents in London are worried the cost of housing will mean their children won't able to stay in the capital.

    The homelessness charity says unless affordable housing becomes available, an entire generation could end up being priced out of their home city

    Over 3,250 people were questioned for the survey, carried out by YouGov.

  6. Watch: Lord Lucan 'guilty of something in my eyes'

    Neil Berriman, the son of Sandra Rivett, who was found murdered in Lord Lucan's home, has been giving his reaction outside of the High Court after a judge ruled the missing aristocrat is now presumed to be dead.

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    Video caption: Neil Berriman speaking outside the High Court
  7. Image released after pensioner robbed at gunpoint

    A CCTV image of a man the Met wish to speak to after an elderly man was robbed at gunpoint in Woolwich has been released.

    CCTV image of man

    The victim, in his early 70s, was returning to his van with a substantial amount of money on 7 January when he was approached by a man with a handgun.

    The suspect made the pensioner drive for a while before stealing his money and running away.

    Police said the man with the gun is described as black, in his early 30s and of athletic build.

  8. In pictures: Globe actors take Hamlet to the 'Jungle'

    Actors from London's Globe Theatre have been performing Hamlet to migrants staying at the so-called "Jungle" refugee camp in Calais.

    Actors from Shakespeare's Globe perform Hamlet to migrants at the Good Chance Theatre Tent in the Jungle Refugee Camp
    Actors from Shakespeare's Globe perform Hamlet to migrants at the Good Chance Theatre Tent in the Jungle Refugee Camp
    Actors from Shakespeare's Globe perform Hamlet to migrants at the Good Chance Theatre Tent in the Jungle Refugee Camp
    Actors from Shakespeare's Globe perform Hamlet to migrants at the Good Chance Theatre Tent in the Jungle Refugee Camp

    It is part of the Globe to Globe tour which is aiming to perform Hamlet in every country on earth over the next two years.

  9. Fancy buying an office block?

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    Community website

    An office block occupied by the Crown Prosecution Service and the Health & Safety Executive has been put up for sale by its Singaporean owners.

  10. Travel: Accident blocks Pall Mall

    BBC Travel

    The A4 Pall Mall in Westminster has been blocked with traffic queuing eastbound to St James's Square junction and Coventry Street junction because of an accident.

    For the latest travel updates visit the BBC London travel page or follow @BBCTravelAlert

  11. Cabs must accept card payments by Autumn

    Every black cab in London will be required to accept card payments by October, TfL have announced.

    London black cab

    About half of the capital's 22,500 licensed taxis currently accept cards but this will be made compulsory for all in the Autumn.

    Boris Johnson said the change would "make paying for your journey swifter and simpler than ever before".

    Steve McNamara of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) said: “Every black cab taking cards is fantastic news for London. In future, when you hail a cab you can be sure that you can pay the way you like, card, contactless or cash.

    "That is without doubt better for our customers and for drivers who will benefit from extra work.”

  12. Couple compensated for holiday cancelled over Zika outbreak

    A couple from London have been compensated after they cancelled their holiday because of fears over the Zika virus.

    Kamil and Beata Rebacz

    Kamil Rebacz and his pregnant fiancee Beata were due to fly to the Dominican Republic but decided not to go because they were worried about the virus.

    Travelers are being warned to seek advice from health professionals if they are going to an affected area.

  13. Elton drops in on Oxford Street

    Elton John playing piano

    A few lucky Elton John fans will be treated to a rare appearance from the rocket man at 17:00 today when he attends a store signing at an Oxford Street record store.

    It's the first time he's done a store signing in the capital since 1973 although the 350 tickets have already sold out.

    The appearance is in support of his 33rd album, Wonderful Crazy Night.

  14. Watch: A trip to the shop where everything costs 25p

    EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has opened his first low-cost food store in Park Royal where all items are on sale for 25p.

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    Video caption: BBC Radio London's Jason Rosam visits the easyFoodstore

    BBC Radio London's Jason Rosam visited the easyFoodstore this morning to see how the business was doing.

    People queuing outside easyFoodstore

    If this photo from today is anything to go by, it would appear the grocery store has been a big hit.

  15. Football: Watford welcome Chelsea

    BBC Sport

    Chelsea will be hoping their resurgence under Guus Hiddink continues as they head to Watford this evening.

    Guus Hiddink

    The Blues could recall Kurt Zouma and Cesar Azpilicueta who missed Sunday's match against MK Dons a decision will be made late about new loan signing Pato who is lacking fitness.

    Chelsea drew with the Vicarage Road side 2-2 on Boxing day in what was their Dutch manager's first game after returning to the club.

  16. Police brutality victim dies in prison

    CCTV image opf James Kiddie

    An investigation has started into the death of a prisoner who had previously been the victim of police brutality.

    Sarah Reed, 32, was found dead in her cell at Holloway Prison, north London, on 11 January.

    She was attacked in 2012 during a shop-lifting allegation by Met Police officer James Kiddie, who was subsequently found guilty of common assault.

  17. Detective cleared over 'plebgate' row

    A detective who was accused of giving a misleading account of an interview with Andrew Mitchell at the height of the "plebgate" row has been cleared of misconduct.

    Det Sgt Stuart Hinton

    Det Sgt Stuart Hinton had praised the Tory MP for his "candour" at a meeting in 2012 before telling the BBC he had been evasive, a tribunal heard.

    However, the officer's barrister said hindsight had supported his view.

    Det Sgt Hinton has been cleared of breaching policing honesty standards.  

  18. Big step forward for Night Tube

    Tom Edwards

    Transport Correspondent, BBC London

    The decision by the RMT's executive to recommend its members accept a pay and conditions deal is a big step forward for the creation of the Night Tube.

    Night Tube train

    However, three other unions are still to decide whether they accept the offer.

    Train drivers' union Aslef is said to be looking like it will also accept but Unite, which represents engineering staff, has turned down the offer and wants further talks.

    The TSSA, which represents station staff, is yet to announce its decision.

  19. Sir Lenny Henry joins National Theatre board

    What's On Stage

    Lenny Henry

    The National Theatre have announced Sir Lenny Henry will become a member of the theatre's board.

    The actor made his NT debut in The Comedy of Errors in 2011 and has since starred in Othello for Northern Broadsides and West Yorkshire Playhouse.