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  1. Updates on 16 February 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Tonight's weather: Dry and cold

    BBC Weather

    It will stay dry through the evening and overnight period with clear spells allowing it to turn cold with a patchy frost developing, particularly across the North Downs. 

    Lows of 0C (32F).

  3. Akhtar Javeed shooting: Fourth arrest over warehouse gun death

    fourth man has been arrested after an east London business owner was shot dead at his warehouse in Birmingham, say police.

    Akhtar Javeed

    Aktar Javeed, 56, was killed at Direct 3 Ltd in Rea Street South, Digbeth, on 3 February. 

     A 22-year-old man was arrested in the Derby area on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery. 

    Suraj Mistry, 26, and Lemar Wali, 18, have been charged with murder, attempted robbery and possession of a handgun. 

    Mr Mistry, of Laundon Way, Leicester and Mr Wali, of Osmaston Park Road, Derby were remanded in custody and are due before Birmingham Crown Court tomorrow.

  4. Prince Charles becomes patron of National Gallery

    Prince Charles has become the first Royal Patron of London's prestigious National Gallery.

    Prince Charles

    The announcement was made as the prince visited an exhibition of work by French Romantic artist Eugene Delacroix.

    The prince and the gallery have had a long association as he was a trustee from 1986 to 1993.

    In 1984, Prince Charles famously described a proposed National Gallery extension as a "monstrous carbuncle".

  5. Met employee death to be investigated

    New Scotland Yard sign

    The death of a Met Police employee who shot himself in a London street is to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

    Tony Hanley killed himself in Bridge Road, Wallington, on 30 January after officers were called to a reports of a man armed with a firearm who was threatening to harm himself and others.

    The 51-year-old died in spite of baton rounds and a Taser being discharged.

    The IPCC said it was looking at the sequence of events up to his death.

    Met employee death to be investigated

    New Scotland Yard sign

    The death of a Met Police employee who shot himself in a London street is to be investigated by the IPCC.

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  6. Hogan-Howe confirms apology to widow of Lord Brittan

    David Friend

    BBC Radio London

    Eddie and Sir Bernard

    Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has confirmed to BBC Radio London he has met with the widow of Lord Brittan and apologised to her in person. 

    When asked if he had met with Lady Brittan, Sir Bernard told Eddie: "I have this afternoon. We had a private conversation. It was a constructive one and I hope she found it helpful.

    "I confirmed the apology that we made some months ago now. It is an apology for not telling her at an early stage about the fact that Lord Brittan, who by that stage unfortunately had died, was not to be prosecuted in the future. 

    "There was no chance of successful prosecution. She’s had quite a few questions. Of course, as I say, it’s quite a private conversation, I can’t say an awful lot else. I thought it was important to meet her. We had actually arranged it for a while ago but for various reasons it couldn’t happen, but it did today."

    Eddie asked: "So you apologised to her today, in person?" 

    Sir Bernard replied: "That’s right. We did it collectively and I thought it was important to it personally."

  7. Hogan-Howe: I love my job

    Danny Shaw

    BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

    Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe tells BBC Radio London's Eddie Nestor he's "happy" with one-year contract extension. "I love my job".  

  8. Britain First London-based leaders arrested over Luton demo

    The London leaders of far-right group Britain First have been arrested in connection with a demonstration in Luton last month.

    Britain First demo

    Paul Golding, 34 and Jayda Fransen, 29, from London, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of a public order offence on 23 January. 

    They've been bailed pending further inquiries. 

  9. BreakingSir Bernard Hogan-Howe says he has met Lady Brittan and "apologised"

    BBC Radio London

    The Met Commissioner has told BBC Radio London's Eddie Nestor that he's met Lady Brittan and apologised to her in person for the delay in telling her Lord Brittan was not to have been prosecuted.

  10. BBC Radio London talks to one of the stars of War and Peace about reinventing literary classics

    BBC Radio London

    The actor Kenneth Cranham, one of the stars of the BBC's recent acclaimed adaptation of 'War and Peace' has told BBC Radio London of the continued importance of bringing literary classics to mass audiences. 

    Scene from War and Peace

    Speaking to Jo Good, he said he'd experienced first hand proof of how successful the recent series had been:  

  11. #Match4Tommy campaign to find stem cell match for four-year-old boy

    A campaign has been launched for the four-year-old son of a London firefighter who is urgently seeking a stem cell donor after being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML).


    Tommy Simpson is of white and Caribbean heritage who loves toy airplanes and pretending to be a firefighter. 

    He was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) last month, after being admitted to hospital a few days before Christmas and has been in hospital ever since.

    A #Match4Tommy campaign has been diagnosed to find a stem cell donor to save his life. 

    His parents and relatives are not a close enough genetic match to donate their stem cells to him.

    Tommy, Nigel and Maxine

    Tommy’s mixed heritage makes it extremely hard to find a donor as only 3% of donors on the UK stem cell register are mixed race. 

    Tommy, who is an only child, is currently being treated at London’s Great Ormond Street hospital.

    Tommy’s parents Nigel and Maxine said: “We know the window of opportunity for an unrelated match being found is going fast with each day passing; that’s why we are appealing for people to join the stem cell register now.  

    "Particularly if you are White Northern European, Black African or Caribbean and mixed race (white/black), you may potentially be able to save the life of our funny and beautiful little boy”.

  12. Chelsea fans' race victim going to game

    A black commuter pushed off the Paris Metro by Chelsea fans ahead of a game against Paris Saint-Germain will see the clubs play later.

    Souleymane Sylla

    Souleymane Sylla was prevented from boarding the Metro last year as fans chanted "we're racist and that's the way we like it". 

    He said: "My wounds... after one year are still present and very much open." He was invited to the Champions League tie in Paris as a guest of the French side. 

    Chelsea has not commented. 

    Mr Sylla became a target of racism as violence flared ahead of the teams' league tie on 17 February 2015.

    The Paris Metro

    Chelsea fans' race victim going to game

    Image of a man being pushed off the Metro in Paris

    A black commuter pushed off the Paris Metro by Chelsea fans ahead of a game against Paris Saint-Germain will see the clubs play later.

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  13. Met police commissioner to meet Lord Brittan's widow

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    Video caption: Police chief to meet Lord Brittan's widow

    Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe is due to meet the widow of Lord Brittan later to discuss the investigation of a rape claim against the late peer.

  14. Watch: Are London's declining launderettes still a community asset?

    Charlotte Franks

    BBC News, London

    There used to be at least two on every London high street but now you'd be lucky to spot just one.

    The number of launderettes has fallen dramatically over the years, yet for some Londoners they're still an important hub of the community. 

    Video content

    Video caption: The decline of London's launderettes
  15. Dartford Tunnel collision, Woolwich Ferry delays and M25 queues

    BBC Travel

    Due to a collision just after the Dartford Tunnel, expect additional traffic at the Blackwall Tunnel and Woolwich Ferry south-side. 

    Woolwich Ferry is operating a one boat service due to "technical issues"

    And there are long queues on the M25 clockwise between J15 (M4) and J16 (M40) as a lane is shut.

  16. Latest headlines: EastEnders partner murder trial date set, firefighters to attend health emergencies and Chelsea fans' race victim going to game

    Emma Midgley

    BBC News

  17. Watch: How do lasers measure pollution from your car in London?

    Video content

    Video caption: Emissions

    New technology that uses lasers to measure vehicle emissions are being introduced in the UK.

    John Maguire explains how they work.

  18. Enjoying a frosty commute by bike through 'beautiful' Victoria Park