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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 24 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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  1. Thursday's live coverage

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

    You can keep up to date with travel this evening here or tune your radio to BBC Radio London for the latest updates.

  2. Vintage buses take to London's streets during Tube strike

    Londoners have been tweeting and Instagramming photographs of vintage buses serving London today as the Piccadilly Line is out of action due to a strike.

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  3. Tonight's weather: Overcast and rainy tonight, but sunny tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Overcast through this evening and much of the night with further outbreaks of rain. 

    Rain will turn heavier for a time overnight before starting to clear from the west. Temperatures will drop to 8C (46F)

    Friday will be a dry and sunny day, with the best weather over the Easter weekend. 

  4. Coming up on BBC London: Should victims of online fraud be compensated by banks?

    Asad Ahmad

    Presenter, BBC London

    Join me later on BBC London at 18:30 when we look at comments by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner saying victims of online fraud shouldn't be compensated by banks, if it's found the individual could have done more to prevent the cyber attack.

    And are you under 30 and lonely? Well, you're not alone. We look at why young people in London are likely to feel more lonely than others across the UK.  

  5. Man who grabbed two-year-old in Enfield park sought by police

    Met Police

    The e-fit of the man police wish to speak to

    A man who grabbed a two-year-old girl in an Enfield park is being sought by police. 

    The incident happened at around 16:30 on Thursday, 17 March in a playground near Albany Park. 

    The girl was in the playground when she was approached by a man who grabbed her arm. 

    Her mother challenged the man who then ran away from the scene.

  6. Belgian flag to be placed in centre of Trafalgar Square ahead of vigil

    The National Gallery is lit up

    A 25-metre silk flag is to be placed on the central staircase in Trafalgar Square ahead of a vigil for victims of the terror attacks in Belgium.

    The vigil is being organised by London's City Hall in partnership with the Belgian Embassy between 18:00 and 22:00. There will be an opportunity to leave flowers and candles.  

    The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “The scenes in Belgium were truly appalling and it is important we pay tribute to the victims, as well as show our solidarity with the people of Brussels.”

  7. Disabled people are an 'afterthought' for the government, a report finds

    The Queen at the opening of the Elizabeth Line

    A House of Lords committee has accused the government of treating disabled people as an "afterthought"

     In a report, the "Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee" says laws designed to eliminate discrimination "simply aren't working in practice".

    The peers expressed astonishment that seven stations on London's new Crossrail network, or Elizabeth Line were due to open without step-free access. 

    This is  something which has since been changed, and the committee says should be required in all new stations.

  8. Boat Race 2016: Beach RNLI guards to patrol riverside

    Oxford team rowing in the 2008 race

    Safety measures have been stepped up at this year's Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. 

    For the first time a team of Royal National Lifeboat Instution (RNLI) beach lifeguards will head to London this weekend to patrol the river. 

    Neil Withers, RNLI Thames Operations Manager, said: "Our lifeguards will patrol known risk areas where, last year, people were cut off by the tide or were risking their own safety, and try to prevent people getting into trouble in the first place."  

    Last year the lifesaving charity’s crews rescued nearly 80 people from the foreshore of the River Thames.

  9. This afternoon's travel: M25 very slow, delays in Dartford Tunnel, no Piccadilly Line and South West Trains delays

    BBC Travel

    The M25 is very slow along the Bucks, Berks and Surrey stretch in both directions between Junction 12 and 15. 

    In the Dartford Tunnel there are long delays in the area following an earlier tunnel closure. 

    No trains are running on the Piccadilly Line today due to planned industrial action

    South West trains between Barnes and Feltham are at a standstill due to an emergency services incident at North Sheen

  10. Man behind 'mealy mouthed' Brussels tweet taken to hospital

    A man who was arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after posting a tweet in response to the Brussels attacks has been taken to hospital due to "concerns for his health".   

    People commemorating the Brussels attack

    The tweet read: "I confronted a Muslim woman yesterday in Croydon. I asked her to explain Brussels. She said 'Nothing to do with me'. A mealy mouthed reply."

    The post was widely mocked on social media and spawned a wave of parodies.    

    Matthew Doyle, 46, was arrested on Wednesday night in Croydon.

    The Met said at midday today, he "expressed concerns for his health" and was taken to a south London hospital where he remains.

  11. Youngsters abused 'on industrial scale' at a children's homes in London

    Shirley Oaks site near Croydon

    "Physical and sexual abuse on an industrial scale... remained unchecked for decades" at children's homes in south London, a report by victims says.

    The report detailing allegations by 600 people will go before the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

    At a preliminary hearing earlier, the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association was given "core participant status".

    Its leader Raymond Stevenson said child abuse in the Lambeth Council-run homes had been a "reversal to the dark ages".

  12. Young woman stabbed to death in Croydon

    Meadvale Road

    A woman was found stabbed to death in Croydon on Wednesday evening. 

    Police were called to the scene in Meadvale Road shortly before 21:00. 

    The victim, believed to be in her early twenties, had multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    A man in his thirties has been arrested on suspicion of murder. 

    He was found with stab wounds to his shoulder in Gorden Crescent in Croydon at 22:30.  

    The suspect is currently at a south London hospital in a stable condition.

  13. Bishop gives Holy Week response to Brussels bombings

    Inside Croydon

    Jonathan Clark, the Bishop of Croydon, tonight issued a Holy Week message which called for hope to triumph over the hate provoked by the terrorist bombings in Brussels.

    Hatred, Bishop Clark wrote, “leads to the success of the suicide bomber”.

    He added: “The more difficult path is for anger to become the passionate search for justice, and its cousin peace.”

    Jonathan Clark
  14. Bike and sofa dumped in London canals

    The Barclays bike removed from an east London canal

    A pizza delivery motorbike, a cycle, a tin bath and a sofa are among the items which have been found dumped in Regent's Canal in London. 

    The Canal and River Trust in London found these at Johnson's Lock near Mile End, east London, and Kentish Town Lock in Camden, north London.

    In the past five years unexploded World War II hand grenade, "countless" cycle hire bikes and a Volkswagen Camper van were found lurking under the water. 

    The rubbish recovered was "just the tip of the iceberg", the Trust said.

  15. Star-studded kebab gongs

    The Best Turkish Restaurant in Stoke Newington lived up to its name last night as it was awarded "best takeaway in London" at the British Kebab Awards last night. 

    Now in its fourth year the event is the biggest night of the kebab calendar, attracting industry leaders, members of parliament and consumers alike. 

    Falafel fan Jeremy Corbyn commended the “contribution to the community” that kebab shops make, while kebab enthusiast Keith Vaz, a judge on the panel since the first awards in 2013, claimed he had eaten “more kebabs in the past year than he got votes in the last election”.

  16. Vigil to be held in tribute to victims of Brussels attacks

    A vigil will be held at Trafalgar Square this evening in tribute to the victims of those killed and injured in the Brussels attacks. 

     Last night many of London's iconic landmarks were lit in the colour of the Belgian flag. Including the London Eye, Tower Bridge and the National Portrait Gallery.      

    Somerset House
    Wembley
    National Theatre
  17. Afternoon weather: Rainy and chilly

    BBC Weather

    Rain will spread across the region during the mid-afternoon.

    It'll continue to be wet for the rest of the day and strengthening winds will make it feel quite chilly. 

    Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).