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  1. Updates on Friday 8 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 at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Have a great weekend.

  2. Tonight's weather: Turning cloudy, with some rain overnight

    Any showers will die away to leave a dry evening.

    Later in the night cloud will thicken, with rain arriving in the early hours.

    BBC weather graphic

    Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F)

  3. Roads close to Stratford station closed

    BBC Travel

    Several roads around Stratford International station are closed and the station’s been evacuated, the BBC understands.

    International Way is closed due to security alert at Westfield Avenue.  

    The DLR station is also closed.

  4. Lambeth library protesters served eviction notice

    The protesters occupying Carnegie Library in Herne Hill have been served an Interim Possession Order (IPO) by Lambeth Council.

    The group has 24 hours to leave the library, after which it will become a police matter, a spokesperson from Lambeth Council confirmed.


    The campaigners have been in the library for eight days to protest against its closure.

    Lambeth Council says the occupation is "misleading" as the Carnegie will only close for a year, before re-opening as a "healthy living centre".

    There will be more on this story in our 18:30 programme on BBC One.

  5. Watch: Mud hut dweller told he must leave

    A 28-year-old man who has spent two years building an elaborate mud hut in woodland near Carpenders Park has been told he must leave.

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    Video caption: Daniel Pike built a mud hut in woods but has been told me must leave

    Daniel Pike has lived in the woods for four years but landowners Woodland Trust said he cannot stay because it could set a precedent and damage biodiversity.  

    Daniel showed Yvonne Hall around his mud dwelling.

  6. Mother and daughter make history at London Fire Brigade

    Two women have made history by being the first mother and daughter to serve as firefighters for London Fire Brigade at the same time.

    Katie Holloway and Sally Harper

    Katie Holloway has just joined Tooting Fire Station, the same station her mother station manager Sally Harper was first posted when she joined the service in 1988.

    Katie Holloway

    Sally said she was "so pleased that Katie is following in my footsteps."

    London Fire Brigade is celebrating 150 years of service in the capital. Check out these lovely images of some of those who have served down the years.

  7. In pictures: Secret postcard sale begins

    It's the return of the secret postcard sale at the Royal College of Art.

    A member of staff poses next to postcards at the RCA secret postcard art sale at the Royal College of Art

    Visitors can see the pictures, which are displayed anonymously, today and tomorrow before putting in a bid to buy one.

    Postcards are displayed at the RCA secret postcard art sale

    The RCA say it's a chance for people to purchase original works of art for a small price, while supporting students.

    A member of staff poses next to postcards at the RCA secret postcard art sale at the Royal College of Art
  8. On TV tonight: Benefit fraudsters & mud hut dweller

    Riz Lateef

    BBC London presenter

    Coming up on BBC London News this evening:

    A group who flew a number of Bangladeshi migrants into Britain from Italy for a day in order to fraudulently claim £1.6m in benefits, have been jailed. We'll be live in Mile End.

    And we'll be meeting a man who has spent two years building a mud hut to live in near Watford but has now been told he has to leave.

    Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

  9. Four arrested after Jewish driver attacked with eggs

    Four men have been arrested after a Jewish man had anti-Semitic abuse shouted at him and eggs thrown at his car as he travelled through the Blackwall Tunnel.

    Man in car with eggs

    Police said the 28-year-old became aware of another car with four occupants driving alongside him as he travelled northbound at 01:30 this morning.

    The four men, aged 20, 22, 22, and 20, remain in custody at an east London police station.

    Scotland Yard said the people in the car did not know the victim.

  10. Campaigners will make 'collective decision' whether to leave library

    Campaigners who have been living in a London library for eight days in a bid to keep it open are now facing eviction.

    Lambeth Council has now successfully obtained an Interim Possession Order (IPO), which it says will be served on the group at Carnegie Library in Loughborough Junction, south London later.


    Protester Michaela Loebner said: "When they serve it we will make a collective decision. We're taking a stand."

    Lambeth Council says the occupation is "misleading" as the Carnegie will only close for a year, before re-opening as a "healthy living centre".  

  11. Photos mark London Fire Brigade's 150th anniversary

    Nostalgic photos showing the heroic actions of firefighters from London Fire Brigade have been released to mark its 150th anniversary.

    Firefighters rescue small child

    Snapshots show crews saving lives across the capital, assisting at road accidents, in training and even taking a well-deserved tea break.  

    Firefighters drinking tea

    London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said there was "great affection and trust" in the brigade.  

    Women learn how to train a fire hose at the fire HQ in Lambeth

    The first known record of a fire station in London was in Soho in 1699.  

    Bus crash Image caption The London Fire Brigade assist at a bus crash in the 1970s
  12. Boos at opera's opening night

    The opening night of a production of Lucia di Lammermoor has been booed by the audience at the Royal Opera House.

    Scene from opera

    The production of Donizetti's tragic opera, directed by Katie Mitchell, had been preceded by warnings of explicit sex scenes and violence.

    Charlotte Higgins, chief culture writer for the Guardian, told the Today programme the performance was "booed as much as it was cheered" and was "inescapably violent and unpleasant".

  13. Forensic teams searching estate where human remains found

    Police and forensic officers are investigating parts of the Southwark Street Estate where human remains were found in the search for missing PC Gordon Semple.

    Police forensic officers near the Great Guildford Street entrance to the Southwark Street Estate in south London
    Police forensic officers near the Great Guildford Street entrance to the Southwark Street Estate in south London
    Police officers examine a storage area at the bottom of a rubbish chute on the Southwark Street Estate

    Officers are continuing a "vital search for evidence" at the scene which will take "some time" to complete, Scotland Yard said.  

  14. Watch: Missed the BBC Radio London mayoral debate? Catch up

    It got heated in the BBC Radio London studio this morning when four of the mayoral candidates joined a debate led by Vanessa Feltz.

    Mayoral candidates in studio

    Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry, Peter Whittle and Caroline Pidgeon tackled issues including housing and transport, although Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith declined to attend.

    If you missed the event, you can see it in full here.

    All 12 candidates who are vying to become mayor are listed

  15. Crucial weekend for London's Premiership sides

    BBC Sport

    It's a big weekend for London sides in the Premier League.

    Slaven Bilic has a full-strength squad as West Ham take on Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground.

    Slaven Bilic

    Crystal Palace will be hoping to halt their dramatic slide down the table as they welcome Norwich.

    Chelsea will be without strikers Diego Costa and Loic Remy as they take on 15th place Swansea.

    Diego Costa sent off in game

    Watford have no fresh injury concerns as they face Everton at Vicarage Road.

    And Tottenham could be boosted by the return of defender Jan Vertonghen as they take on Man Utd in their pursuit for top spot.

    Jan Vertonghen is helped off the pitch after sustaining an injury
  16. Watch: 'It's a caffeinated society'

    The London Coffee Festival has begun, with thousands expected to attend the event at Brick Lane over the weekend.

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    Video caption: London Coffee Festival's CEO on why the event is so popular
  17. Gold Maserati worth £90k spotted in London... complete with a set of 'L' plates

    Evening Standard

    Gold Maserati

    All drivers have to learn the rules of the road in a vehicle of some sort.

    But for some of London's wealthiest motorists, the idea of passing your test after learning in a clapped out banger doesn't quite cut it.

  18. Watch: Peabody Estate neighbour 'confronted man'

    Martin Harris, who lives on the Peabody Estate, told reporters about how he confronted a man arrested on suspicion of murder, in the search for missing PC Gordon Semple.

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    Video caption: Peabody Estate neighbour says he spoke to the man about the smell coming from his flat

    The family of the Met officer have said the human remains found in the flat are those of the missing PC.

  19. 'We are hopeful that the protesters will leave the building' - Lambeth Council

    Lambeth Council has released a statement following the order granted to evict protesters from Carnegie Library.

    Quote Message: An Interim Possession Order has been granted by the court and we will be serving it to the occupiers later today. They will then have 24 hours before they are in breach of the IPO after which it will become a police matter. However, we are hopeful that the protesters will leave the building before that. from Lambeth Council
    Lambeth Council