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  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 April 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 tomorrow from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Tonight's weather: Dry but cold and windy night

    BBC Weather

    The showers from earlier will clear through this evening to leave a dry night in most places.

    But it will be windier and colder, with patchy frost possible by dawn. 

    Minimum temperature: 3C (37F) 

  3. Search for Westminster police officer missing since Friday

    Gordon Semple

    The Met are hunting for a police constable who went missing on Friday after a meeting at the Shard.

    Gordon Semple, 59, failed to return home from work after a 12:00 rendezvous at the Shangri-La hotel. He was captured on CCTV in Great Guildford Street, SE1 at 15:00 that day.

  4. London doctors leaving for Australia over junior doctors' contract row

    Fears have been raised some junior doctors could quit their jobs in the UK for work overseas if new contracts come into force. 

    Dr Jason Seebaluk, 27, who works in Euston,  is moving to Australia permanently in August because of the government's proposed amendments to junior doctors' contracts.

    Jason Seebaluk

    "The NHS is a great example of how medicine should be practised around the world but it is in a bit of a mess at the moment," he told the BBC.

    "I do feel a sense of guilt leaving but I have to think about my future".

    Dr Dagan Lonsdale, 32, an intensive care registrar in clinical pharmacology, works at St George's Hospital in south London. 

    Dagan Lonsdale

    He and his wife are both doctors and they moved to Australia in 2011 but returned in 2012 to work in the NHS and believed in its "core values".

    "We are now considering our options, one of which may be to leave to work overseas again."

  5. First female tailor opens store on Savile Row

    Kathryn Sargent, who has become the first female tailor to open her own store in historic Savile Row, has said she feels "a real sense of achievement".

    The 41-year-old master tailor who has dressed royalty, actors and dignitaries, rose through the ranks at Gieves & Hawkes, before opening her first store in Brook Street in 2012.

    Kathryn Sargent outside Savile Row store

    At the opening of the Mayfair store, Ms Sargent said: "I am thrilled to be making history, although for me being a woman is incidental, I am a tailor first and foremost.

    Kathryn Sargent in her Savile Row store

    "There are more and more women coming through now and doing the training - 65% of the newly-qualified tailors last year were women. It is more diverse," she said.

    Kathryn Sargent
  6. On air: Transport challenges for London's next mayor and actors on picket line

    BBC London News

    On BBC London News at 18:30, over the next few weeks we will look at the big challenges facing the next mayor of the city.

    Tonight we are at Old Oak Common and start off with transport and what can be done to make travelling into and around the city less time-consuming and affordable.

    Also, actors from TV comedy series Green Wing joined junior doctors at the picket line at Northwick Park Hospital during a strike over new contracts.

  7. Life in jail for jobless pensioner murderer

    An unemployed man has been jailed for life for bludgeoning to death his disabled and elderly former neighbour whom he killed for his bank card.

    Raymond Sykes smashed Arthur Walters-Girout's skull and cheek on 15 June and went on a spending spree in JD Sports and GS Superfoods in Woolwich.

    Raymond Sykes

    The body of Mr Walters-Girout, 82, lay undiscovered at his home in Sidcup, south east London, for five days. 

    Sykes, 36, of Engineer Close, Woolwich, must serve at least 25 years in prison for the murder.

  8. Police sergeant charged with £58k theft

    A serving Metropolitan Police detective sergeant has been charged with 11 counts of theft totalling £58,000. 

    DS Michael Harrington is a financial investigator based within the Specialist Crime and Operations (SCO) Specialist and Economic Crime Command. 

    The offences relating to 11 victims are believed to have taken place on various dates between 12 October 2010 and 28 July 2015.

    The 44-year-old was arrested on 28 July 2015, and was suspended from duty that day.   

    He will appear on bail at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 19 May.

  9. Pregnant fall death woman was 'drinking alcohol and had some effects of cocaine'

    Richard Wheldon, 28, was arrested on suspicion of murder after his partner Georgina Drinkwater fell from her flat in Queens Park, Westminster Coroner's Court heard.

    But he was released without charge after the Crown Prosecution Service found insufficient evidence.

    He said his partner climbed down on to the second floor balcony but slipped, and he was unable not stop her. 

    Pathologist Dr Simon Poole said Ms Drinkwater died from "multiple injuries consistent with free fall from a height".

    A forensic scientist's report found she had been drinking alcohol and it is likely she was "experiencing some of the effects of cocaine at the time of her death". 

  10. Pregnant fall death woman said her partner was 'violent when drunk'

    A five-month pregnant woman who fell to her death from the balcony of her third floor flat in Queens Park, north-west London, had told her friends her partner would become violent when he was drunk, an inquest has heard.

    Georgina Drinkwater, 30, a mother-of-two, fell from her flat at Orpheus House in the early hours of 23 February 2014. 

    Westminster Coroner's Court heard she had shown bruises to her friends and told about Robert Weldon's behaviour, but friend Lee Byers told the court the couple would always "patched things up". 

    Robert Weldon at the inquest
    Image caption: Robert Weldon arriving at the inquest

    Mr Byers, a psychiatric nurse, described Mr Weldon as a "binge drinker".

    The court heard the pair were captured on CCTV leaving a local pub. Ms Drinkwater looked "somewhat frustrated" and they stared arguing on reaching home.

    Neighbours heard "banging and shouting", before Mr Weldon was heard shouting: "Somebody help me! Somebody help me!"

    The inquest heard that Mr Weldon was seen "hysterical" and "sobbing" at the scene, and saying: "She just fell, she just fell. She's pregnant. You've got to save her." 

  11. New Beefeater talks his journey to Tower of London

    Lewisham-born Lawrence Watts, who is one of the latest Beefeaters at Tower of London, has told BBC Radio Berkshire's Anne Diamond about his journey. 

    After 23 years in the army, he worked as a security consultant in London's Canary Wharf before donning the Yeoman Warder uniform and moving into the historic site.

    Tower of London
  12. Council publishes list of streets it will be targeting

    Wimbledon SW19 News

    Illegal pavement parkers in and around Wimbledon could face fines of up to £130 from later this month in a new Merton Borough Council crackdown.

  13. Latest travel: Delays on the roads across the capital

    BBC London Travel

    BBC Radio London Travel

    Billy Reeves has the latest on the roads:

    In North London: Queuing traffic on A504 Turnpike Lane in both directions at A105 Green Lanes (Turnpike Lane Station), congestion to A103 Church Lane and on Westbury Avenue to Willingdon Road.

    It's not helped by the roadworks on Wightman Road.

    In East London: The A13 very slow at Canning Town to Beckton heading out of town (Eastbound)  due to a breakdown near the Beckton Roundabout.

    There is queuing on A102 Blackwall Tunnel approach Northbound at Blackwall Tunnel, congestion on A102 Blackwall Tunnel approach to Blackwall Lane & Woolwich Road. Usual delays, not helped by a much earlier accident.

    In South London: Brixton Water Lane is closed, and there is queuing traffic due to a police incident at A204 Tulse Hill (in the one-way system).

  14. Rail delay payouts to be made by cheque on Virgin Trains

    Delayed passengers on Virgin Trains are to receive compensation in the form of money back, rather than travel vouchers.

    The operator is the first in the UK to make compensation payments automatically by cheque. This will apply to delayed passengers on the east and west coast.

    Delayed passengers

    The announcement comes the day after rail passengers - including those on some Virgin Trains services - faced delays and cancellations across England after overhead electric wires stopped working in the Midlands. 

    Services affected yesterday included routes to London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Wales and Southampton.

  15. UK's 2016 Invictus Games challengers unveiled

    Prince Harry met with athletes at Buckingham Palace who will represent the UK in The Invictus Games 2016.

    The prince has been the driving force behind the Games, which began in 2014, to challenge wounded, sick or injured service personnel, and those who have left the Armed Forces.

    Prince Harry with athletes

    A team of 110 were chosen out of the more than 180 military personnel and veterans, who will compete in 10 sports.

    Athletes at Buckingham Palace

    About 500 competitors from 15 nations will compete in the Games taking place in Orlando, Florida, next month.   

  16. Council housing company appoints director with Qatari links

    Inside Croydon

    Croydon Council has appointed a director of lighting contractor Skanska and a property developer who has worked with the Qataris on controversial speculation schemes to the board of a new development company which is supposed to be overseeing £250-million-worth of house-building in the borough.  

  17. London mayoral election: UKIP cab share

    The UKIP candidate for mayor of London says he will push for a if he is elected mayor in May.

    Peter Whittle is one of 12 candidates hoping to succeed Boris Johnson.

    Norman Smith and Peter Whitlle

    Mr Whittle also answered a series of London-based questions asked by assistant political editor Norman Smith.

    Watch the Victoria Derbyshire programme on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 on BBC Two and the BBC News channel.

  18. Campaign bus attack 'politically-motivated', says George Galloway

    Respect Party mayoral hopeful George Galloway has said the attack on his campaign bus in north London was "politically-motivated".

    Six windows of the open-top bus were broken, and a mixing desk and generator for the public address system were stolen, Mr Galloway's campaign team said, adding it estimates the loss to be more than £5,000.

    The campaign bus before the damage

    Mr Galloway said: “I've no doubt that this was a politically-motivated attack.

    "The bus isn't visible from the road, the site is edged with steel fencing and barbed wire, there's 24-hour security and CCTV."

    He added: "The bus, bloodied but unbowed, its windows temporarily patched, will be back on the election beat later this evening.”

  19. LU to replace Tube staff's blunder boots

    Tom Edwards

    Transport Correspondent, BBC London

    New boots issued to thousands of London Underground's (LU) Tube workers are not fit for purpose and will have to be replaced, it has emerged.

    In an email sent to all staff, bosses admitted there is an issue with new boots worn by staff as they contain metal "above the insulated sole and beneath the insole".

    Station staff can work close to electricity supplies, and LU's specification for footwear "asks there is no metal parts".

    The email reads: "It is safe to continue to wear the shoes but if there is any puncture of the sole or any excessive wear of the tread, the shoes should be discarded and replaced... controls already in place mean it remains safe to wear the shoes... remember when accessing the track traction current will be switched off."