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  1. Updates on Friday 11 March 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 on Monday at 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Tonight's weather: Dry but cold overnight

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be dry with variable cloud across the city. 

    There will be some clearer spells, particularly in western parts such as Twickenham. 

    There'll be light winds throughout, allowing mist or fog patches to develop and a patchy frost to form in places by dawn.

    Lows of 2C (36F).

  3. Watch: Declining numbers of hedgehogs in London

    On BBC London at 18:30 on BBC One: A campaign is ramping up to save what are believed to be the last park hedgehogs in London.

    Conservationists have warned the hedgehog is in danger of extinction, but a precarious stronghold survive in Regent's Park.

    Now, nearby residents claim development in the area could wipe them out, as Sarah Harris reports:

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    Video caption: Hedgehogs
  4. Watch: 'People gradually starting to listen again'

    The Lib Dem London mayoral candidate says her party is "quietly moving in the right direction" after its general election defeat.

    Caroline Pidgeon was speaking to Daily Politics presenter Andrew Neil, and journalists Ben Chacko and Miranda Green, about poll ratings and looked ahead to a series of elections in May.

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    Video caption: The Lib Dem London mayoral candidate says they are "quietly moving in the right direction"
  5. When is a giant rat maybe not such a giant rat?

    BBC Newsbeat

    Rat

    This is the giant rat photo being shared and talked about on social media.

    An electrician is holding it up for the camera after he found it dead in a bush on a housing estate in Hackney Downs, east London.

    His colleague Tony Smith took the photo and he claims the rat was four feet long and was bigger than his cat and Jack Russell dog.

    It's obviously pretty large but it may not be quite as big as it seems... 

  6. BBC Two to screen documentary on 'misunderstood' House of Lords

    Esther Webber

    BBC News, London

    House of Lords

    Documentary makers have been granted "unprecedented access" to the House ofLords for a new three-part BBC series

    The programme will take viewers inside the Palace of Westminster and follows a group of peers over the course of a year, as well as meeting officials, clerks and doorkeepers working at the institution.

    The Lords, made by Top Hat Productions, will be shown on BBC Two later this year. 

  7. Hatton Garden heist plotter to appeal conviction

    One of the Hatton Garden raiders has lodged an appeal against his convictions for his role in the £14 million jewellery raid, his lawyer has said. 

    Carl Wood, 59, was jailed for six years on Wednesday for his role in the Easter break-in last year, carried out by a gang with a combined age of 448. 

    Wood, who was found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property, was identified as one of the men who broke into the central London building. 

    But at the trial at Woolwich Crown Court, Wood, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, denied being the Man F seen on CCTV footage.

  8. Analysis: Could Labour plotters oust Jeremy Corbyn as leader?

    Iain Watson

    Political correspondent

    Jeremy Corbyn

    "We need to have more courage," a Labour MP, newly elected last year, confided to me in the corridors of Westminster.

    "Lots of people are talking about a battle of ideas. But that can wait. There is nothing more important than ditching Jeremy Corbyn."

    An ex-minister close to the former leader Gordon Brown was, in private, even more robust: "Labour is facing an existential threat.

    "If Jeremy Corbyn leads us in to the 2020 election, it's all over for the party. We are screwed."

  9. ENO 'faces bankruptcy' over choristers pay dispute

    Choristers

    The ENO (English National Opera) has said it risks bankruptcy if its proposed changes to choristers' contracts are not implemented.

    Last month, 42 of the company's 44 choristers voted to strike over a dispute with the company about pay and jobs.

    As a result, the choir will refuse to sing in the first act of a performance of Akhnaten in London on 18 March.

    The ENO has said the plans it has put forward are "are essential to ensure the future" of the company.

    "Without a fundamental shift in our business plan, and a move towards seasonal contracts for some employees, we put the future of the company at grave risk of bankruptcy," the ENO said in a statement.

    The ENO is based at the London Coliseum in St Martin's Lane.

  10. Family of Harlesden shooting victim 'devastated'

    The family of an "innocent victim" murdered by a gunman using a high-powered automatic weapon in a botched suspected gang attack have been "devastated" by his death, police said. 

    The 27-year-old victim, whose name has not been officially released yet, was hit several times by a shooter who jumped out of a car in Harlesden, north west London, on Wednesday night.

    Posts on social media suggesting the murder was carried out by people linked to local street gangs in the area, with police saying the victim was not the intended target. 

    Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lawson, of the Metropolitan Police's homicide and major crime command, said videos and other content posted online was being investigated by detectives.

  11. TfL apologises after new lift breaks down

    BBC Radio London

    Transport for London's apologised after one of the lifts at Tufnell Park tube station broke down - just a week after it was replaced. 

    The station was closed for almost an hour this morning, having only reopened last Friday following a nine month closure.

  12. Boris Johnson: Leaving EU is a 'win-win'

    Boris Johnson says leaving the EU is a "win-win for all of us", as Tony Blair urges more "passion" from the Remain campaign.

    Boris Johnson

    Boris Johnson: Leaving EU a 'win-win'

    Boris Johnson

    Boris Johnson says leaving the EU would be a "win-win for all" but David Cameron dismisses his opponent's vision of a Canadian-style trade arrangement.

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  13. How does Zac Goldsmith plan to pay for green promises?

    Claire Timms

    BBC London News

    As I posted earlier, Zac Goldsmith has unveiled his manifesto to make London the "greenest city on earth".

    My colleague Susana Mendonca (BBC Radio London's political reporter) has pushed for a bit more detail from his team about costings for some of the plans.

    Regarding cracking down on fly-tipping and littering, Mr Goldsmith's office says he will work with the police and the Government to deploy a new team of Environmental Crime Wardens to London’s Royal Parks: an extra 80 PCSOs with the power to issue on-the-spot fines for littering and environmental damage.

    He will fund the annual £2.5 million cost by "cracking down on poor procurement practices at the Met".

  14. Rise in scarlet fever cases shows 50-year high, health experts say

    Child with Scarlet Fever

    Parents are being urged to look out for symptoms of scarlet fever as cases hitan almost 50-year high.

    Some 600 cases a week are being diagnosed across England following a steep rise in infections recently, with 6,157 cases from September 2015 to now, Public Health England (PHE) said.

    In 2010/11, there were just 1,457 infections diagnosed over the same period, jumping to 5,010 in 2014/15.

     At the moment, Yorkshire and the Humber is being badly hit, as is London and the East and West Midlands.

    What are the symptoms?

    • Early signs to look out for include a sore throat, headache and fever with the characteristic pinkish sandpapery rash typically on the chest and stomach but then spreading to other parts of the body.
  15. Barnet students proud to bring home silver medals from borough's mini Paralympics event

    This Is Local London

    A team of disabled students are delighted at bringing home silver medals after representing their borough in a mini Paralympics event.

    Students from Northway School on The Fairway, Mill Hill finished in third place in the North London Plate final, having originally competed with 32 schools for a place in the final.

  16. Goldsmith launches his 'greenest city' manifesto

    Conservative candidate for Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith, has launched his plan to make London the greenest city on earth.

    His Living Environment manifesto promises to deliver: 

    • A crack down on fly-tipping and litter 
    • Make recyling easier for Londoners 
    • Guarantee protection for the Green Belt

    You can read his full environmental manifesto here

  17. Afternoon weather: Sunny spells, light winds

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be cloudy, with some bright or sunny spells developing in places. 

    Western parts such as Harrow will see the best of the sunshine during the next couple of hours. 

    Feeling slightly cooler than yesterday although winds remaining light through the day. 

    Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).

  18. BBC London 13:30 News: Shooting was 'mistaken identity'

    Victoria Hollins

    Do join me at 13:30 for the BBC London lunchtime news.

    Our top story: A drive by shooting of a man walking along a London street is being treated as a "tragic case of mistaken identity". 

    Detectives believe an automatic weapon was used in the gang-related attack in Harlesden and say the victim wasn't the intended target - just in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

    Emma North will be live at the scene with the latest.