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  1. Updates on Monday 21 March 2016
  2. BBC London Local Live is back at 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather

Live Reporting

By Chirag Trivedi

All times stated are UK

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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 from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Join us then.  

  2. Evening TV news: Flood death fight and election campaigning

    BBC London News

    On the 18:30 TV news on BBC One, the parents of a youngster who died in the Surrey floods continue their fight for answers on how he died.

    And the London mayoral candidates kick-off the official start of the election campaign.

  3. Evening weather: Clear spells and a touch of frost

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will increase and thicken overnight but we will still see some clear spells which may lead to a touch of frost in prone spots by dawn. 

    Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F) 

  4. Why do Tripadvisor reviewers rate London so highly?

    They like eating and visiting here primarily, closely followed by sleeping here.

    • Most of London's reviews came from people living in the UK, followed by American, Italian and French reviewers 

    • The most frequently reviewed area in London was Covent Garden 

    • The average traveller rating for London hotels was 3.9 out of 5

     • The average traveller rating for London restaurants was 4 out of 5 

    • The average traveller rating for London attractions was 4 out of 5

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  5. Zac Goldsmith attacks 'partisan' Labour rival

    Esther Webber

    BBC News, London

    Zac Goldsmith

    It may seem like it's been underway for a but today is the start of the offical campaigning period in the fight for City Hall.

    Earlier, Labour's candidate Sadiq Khan promised to back armed officers if they have to shoot to kill.

    Across town, his main rival, Conservative Zac Goldsmith was promising to be a mayor who would be the best placed to work with government. 

    He said Mr Khan was "one of the most partisan figures in politics, and that is a disaster for mayor", adding: "You cannot be an effective mayor if you're not willing to talk to government."

    Find out more about the candidates.

  6. Reader, 77, is oldest member of the Hatton Garden raid gang

    Reader, 77, is the oldest member of the gang.

    Brian Reader

    He suffered a stroke in Belmarsh Prison following what was the biggest burglary in English history.

    Appearing via video link at Woolwich Crown Court, Reader, who the court was told now uses a walking frame, was sentenced by Judge Christopher Kinch QC. 

    Reader, of Dartford Road, Dartford, Kent, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary last September. 

    Judge Christopher Kinch said he had taken into account the fact Reader is "seriously unwell" following a stroke while being held at Belmarsh Prison.

    But he added: "I'm satisfied that you were rightly described as one of the ringleaders and involved in regular meetings."

  7. BreakingBrian Reader jailed for Hatton Garden raid

    Brian Reader, 77, has been jailed for six years and three months at Woolwich Crown Court for his part as a ringleader in the £14 million Hatton Garden jewellery raid. 

  8. London tops global ranking for world's best city on Tripadvisor

    It's the best city in the world, according to customer ratings and was also the most searched for place on the travel review website in the past 12 months.

    The ceramic poppy display at the Tower of London and the birth of Princess Charlotte helped London regain its popularity as a visitor destination, the company said.

    London was last named best city on Tripadvisor in 2012 but had ranked 6th and 7th in recent years.


    The ceramic poppy display at the Tower of London and the birth of Princess Charlotte helped London regain its popularity as a visitor destination, the company said.

    London was last named best city on Tripadvisor in 2012 but had ranked 6th and 7th in recent years.

  9. Don't spit, gather in groups, or ride skateboards

    There are fines for carrying golf bags in a park in Derbyshire, and for being outside after 23:00 for under-18s in Kettering.

    From Hillingdon in west London, Daily Politics reporter Ellie Price looked at the criminal powers - known as Public Space Protection Orders - given to councils to deal with anti-social behaviour.

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    Video caption: Public Space Protection Orders: A deterrent to anti-social behaviour?
  10. The first Muslims in England

    Sixteenth-century Elizabethan England has always had a special place in the nation's understanding of itself. 

    But few realise that it was also the first time that Muslims began openly living, working and practising their faith in England, writes Jerry Brotton.  

    "True Faith and Mahomet" a needlework hanging at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire
  11. Afternoon weather: Fine and dry

    BBC Weather

    The rest of today will be staying fine and dry. We will see some sunny spells, the best of which will be during the early part of this afternoon. 

    Maximum Temperature: 13C (55F)

  12. Coming up on BBC London News at 13:30

    Asad Ahmad

    Presenter, BBC London

    As the official election campaign period gets underway, Labour's mayoral candidate says he would support police "shoot to kill" operations against terrorists in London. But his Conservative rival, Zac Goldsmith, warned voters of the dangers of choosing a Labour mayor for the first time in eight years. 

    You can read more about them and other candidates here.

    We'll also have a first look at the largest floating solar power-farm in Europe, in Walton-on-Thames. 

    Join me on BBC One at 13:30.

  13. Sadiq Khan pledges to 'take the fight' to extremists

    Esther Webber

    BBC News, London

    Sadiq Khan

    In a speech in Westminster earlier, Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan said he would be "the British Muslim who takes the fight to the extremists".

    He was introduced by former Labour home secretary, Jacqui Smith, who declared: "I know from my experience as home secretary that Sadiq will do whatever is necessary to keep Londoners safe."

    The speech came on the first official day of campaigning for the mayoral election. He pledged a full review of the readiness of London’s emergency services to deal with a major terrorist incident and to back police to "shoot to kill" powers during terrorist attacks.

    Find out more about the candidates.

  14. Star Wars beats Mad Max at Empire awards

    Sci-fi blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens trumped Mad Max: Fury Road at this year's Empire Awards, winning five awards to the latter's four.

    Ridley (left) and Boyega were named best female and male newcomer respectively

    The Force Awakens was named best sci-fi/fantasy and was also honoured for its visual effects, director JJ Abrams and stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.

    Fury Road was recognised for its make-up, costumes, soundtrack and production design at the central London event.

    But neither title took home the best film award, which went to The Revenant.

  15. Self-employed 'to miss out' on National Living Wage, think tank warns


    More than 1.7m self-employed workers will earn below the new National Living Wage when it comes into force in April, a think tank has warned.

    The number will rise to 1.9m by 2020, according to the Social Market Foundation's research.

    It found the problem was particularly acute in London, where 18% of workers are self-employed.  

  16. Arsenal giving football training to Iraqi children fleeing war

    Catrin Nye

    BBC News Reporter and documentary maker

    Children fleeing war in Iraq are being taught football by Arsenal, who have teamed up with Save the Children to build pitches at camps for displaced people. 

    The Victoria Derbyshire programme accompanied the club's ladies' captain Alex Scott as she trained with some of the children.  

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    Video caption: Arsenal builds pitches for Iraqis
  17. London mayoral race kicks off

    Today is the official start of the election period for the mayor of London and 25 Assembly Members. 

    The mayor and the London Assembly are responsible for issues including transport, policing, housing and the environment – with a budget of some £16bn per year.

    Learn more about how they work.

    The Greater London Returning Officer (GLRO), Jeff Jacobs said:“If you want to make sure your voice is heard, you need to get out and vote on 5th May."

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