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  1. Updates on Wednesday 17 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 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Tonight's weather: Rain spreading and a chance of sleet and snow

    BBC Weather

    A band of rain will spread eastwards overnight, becoming slow-moving over the county by dawn. 

    With temperatures falling it may fall as sleet or snow in places, particularly over higher ground such as the Chilterns. 

    Minimum temperature: 1C (34F).

  3. National Gallery director calls for removal of 'Yodas'

    The north end of Trafalgar Square should be cleared of buskers and "Yoda" street performers, according to the National Gallery's new director.

    But what do visitors to Trafalgar Square make of the "living statues" outside the gallery?

    Video content

    Video caption: People in Trafalgar Square give their opinions of the Trafalgar Square 'Yodas'
  4. On air: Exclusive investigation into skin-whitening trade in the capital

    BBC London News

    On the programme at 18:30 on BBC One: We exclusively investigate the illegal skin lightening creams available across the capital that could cause liver damage.

    Illegal skin-whitening cream sold under the counter

    And police appeal for information after an 11-year-old girl is sexually assaulted at Hamleys toy store.

  5. Sting's grand piano to be auctioned off

    A Steinway grand piano and more than 200 lots of art belonging to Sting and his wife Trudie Styler have gone on display from their former Queen Anne's Gate home. 

    Steinway grand piano

    The 1853 Steinway and Sons piano comes with a price tag of £30,000 but beating that is Henri Matisse's Jazz portfolio varlued at £250,000 as well as Pablo Picasso's lithograph Le Corsage a Carreaux.

    Henri Matisse"s Jazz portfolio

    The items will be offered at Christie's on 24 February.

    Pablo Picasso"s Visage aux grands jeux
  6. MP demands that money is witheld from Cycle Enfield scheme

    This Is Local London

    Enfield Southgate MP David Burrowes writes to Boris Johnson demanding £5.7m allocated for Cycle Enfield is withheld due to "significant loss of community support".

    The scheme aims to encourage to favour bikes over cars for journeys in the borough. 

  7. LGBT awards news for EastEnders and Boy Meets Girl

    BBC Two sitcom Boy Meets Girl and BBC One's EastEnders have both been shortlisted for the British LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Awards for their portrayals of transgender issues.

    Boy Meets Girl

    Transgender actress Rebecca Root and Riley Carter Millington, the first transgender actor in a TV soap opera, have also been nominated for their work on the shows.

    Boy George, Sue Perkins and DJ Nick Grimshaw are among the other nominees.

  8. Man who set light to himself at palace 'was award-winning nurse'

    Evening Standard

    A man who burned himself to death in the grounds of Kensington Palace has been revealed as an award-winning nurse who had been sacked from his hospital job four days before Christmas.  

    Police tent at Kensington Palace
  9. Latest travel: Delays on the B108 and A1

    BBC Travel

    The B108 New Road in Whitechapel is partially blocked in both directions at the Stepney Way junction, because of an accident.  

    And there is queuing traffic on the A1 Archway Road southbound in Highgate at Highgate Station due to roadworks.

  10. Flying Scotsman set for run from King's Cross after 10-year restoration

    After a 10-year, multimillion pound restoration project the Flying Scotsman is set to make its first run between London and York on 25 February.

    Flying Scotsman

    Repainted in traditional British Rail green livery Ian Hewitt, from Heritage Painting, said it had taken "20 litres of undercoat, 30 litres of gloss and around 20 litres of varnish and there's about 85 litres of white spirit we've gone through".

    Did you know?

    Flying Scotsman was originally built in Doncaster for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), emerging from the works on 24 February 1923 and initially numbered 1472. 

    It was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley as part of the A1 class – the most powerful locomotives used by the railway.

    By 1924, when it was selected to appear at the British Empire Exhibition in London, the loco had been renumbered 4472 – and been given the name ‘Flying Scotsman’ after the London to Edinburgh rail service which started daily at 10:00 in 1862.

  11. Street entertainers: Is your force with them?

    BBC London Facebook

    The new director of the National Gallery, Gabriele Finaldi, has said he wants to remove street performers, including levitating 'Yodas', from the space outside the building to utilise it for the museum.

    'Yoda' at Trafalgar Square

    Here are a few responses we've had already on the BBC London Facebook page.

    Tor J Rampaul said: "I think there brilliant and something different."  

    But Alejandro Dante said: "They shouldn't be near any intellectual venue."  

     What do you think?   

  12. Female driver sought after cyclist seriously injured following argument

    A female driver is being sought by police after a cyclist was knocked from his bike following an argument.

    Police said he argued with the driver of a small dark car in Victorian Grove, Stoke Newington at about 21:15 on 10 February before cycling off.

    He was struck by the same car near the junction with Ormsby Place moments later.

    The 38-year-old remains in hospital with serious injuries, police said.

  13. Alice Gross investigation: Coroner guilty of misconduct

    Alice Gross

    A coroner who lost a copy of a police file on the murder of schoolgirl Alice Gross has been told his actions amounted to misconduct.

    Senior West London Coroner Chinyere Inama left a 30-page document of evidence against the chief suspect on a train in 2014.

    The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office found he committed misconduct in failing to report the loss.

    The JCIO issued him with "formal advice" but he will remain in his post.

    The Metropolitan Police tried to recover the file relating to Arnis Zalkalns, 41, but concluded it had probably been destroyed.

    Fourteen-year-old Alice went missing in August 2014 and her body was found in a river the following month.

  14. Duchess becomes a news hack....for a day

    The Duchess of Cambridge has turned Kensington Palace into a newsroom for the day, to enable her to guest edit the UK version of the Huffington Post

    Duchess of Cambridge

    She's commissioned a series of articles, blogs and videos to explore the issue of mental health, particularly in children.

  15. Unemployment falls in London

    London's unemployment fell by 3,000 in the three months between October and December dropping to 294,000, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics

    Nationally, unemployment fell by 60,000 to 1.69 million. 

  16. London scooped by Brighton in 'thinnest' building race

    The capital can lay claim to a lot, but Brighton has scooped it when it comes to homing the world's thinnest building.

    Brighton i360

    Standing 531ft (162m) tall, Brighton's i360 tower is 12.7ft (3.9m) in diameter securing its place in the Guinness World Records as the "most slender tower". 

    Set to open in the summer it beat London landmarks The Shard and the BT Tower.

  17. CCTV images released of suspects after nightclub fight

    CCTV images have been released of two men police want to speak to after a man was stabbed outside the Scala nightclub in King's Cross in September.

    Images of the two men police want to speak to

    The 26-year-old man was stabbed in the shoulder and repeatedly punched and kicked during a large fight, while a 28-year-old woman was punched and suffered a broken leg as she fell to the ground when she tried to intervene.  

    The brawl happened at about 05:20 on 1 September.