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  1. Updates on Monday 18 April 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    News updates for London have now ended for the day.

    However, we'll be launching a special live page at 22:00 tonight to cover BBC London TV's broadcast of its London mayoral debate involving the five main candidates.

    You can follow the debate here and on BBC Radio London so get involved via #LondonMayor2016 or call the radio studio on 0207 224 200.

  2. On air: Should rules around drones change after one hit a BA flight over Richmond Park?

    BBC London News

    Coming up on air tonight at 18:30, BBC London's Tom Edwards will have more on the calls for greater enforcement of the rules surrounding the use of drones, after one struck a British Airways jet coming into land at Heathrow yesterday. 

    The aircraft travelling from Geneva with 132 people on board landed safely but there are fears that the incident could have been catastrophic. 

    Today the Met revealed the aircraft was flying at 17,000 feet above Richmond when it was hit. The collision is the latest and most serious in a string of incidents involving drones at the UK's busiest airport. 

  3. Shard's turnover falls for a third year running

    Turnover at Western Europe’s highest tourist attraction, the view from the Shard, has dropped for the third year running due to falling ticket sales, reports This Is Money.

  4. Stuffed toy owl released in honour of Night Tube

    Hundreds of stuffed owl toys have been produced and sold to celebrate the extension of London's night Tube.

    The service will start in July, according to London Mayor Boris Johnson. 

    Tooting the Night Owl

    Tooting the Night Tube Owl began appearing on signs at London Underground stations shortly before last September's scheduled extension of running hours, in an attempt to direct people to the new services.

    Transport for London (TfL) also ordered more than 2,000 cuddly toys to mark the occasion. 

  5. Evacuation following Hackney gas leak

    BBC London Travel

    BBC Radio London Travel

    Firefighters have evacuated around 400 people following a gas leak at a building site on Queens Drive in Haringey. 

    People were evacuated from a block of flats next to the building site.

  6. 7 marathons, 7 days, 7 continents - blind


    With only six sleeps left until the London Marathon meet Dave, who ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.

    Oh....and he's blind.

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    Video caption: Seven marathons, seven days, seven continents - blind

    We'd love to hear from YOU about the London Marathon. 

    Get in touch on social media using #getinspired and tell us your inspiration, your marathon story and your mantra that gets and keeps you going.

  7. Disruption on the M25 for Kent due to a broken down lorry, Gatwick Express cancellations

    BBC Travel

    There is severe disruption on the M25 Kent as there is one lane closed on the road anticlockwise between J3, M20 and J2, A2 due to a broken down lorry. 

    And on the A406 northbound there is queuing traffic at Beckton Roundabout due to an earlier accident. All lanes have been reopened. 

    On the Tubes, trains are not stopping on the Bakerloo Line at Paddington due to engineering works. 

    And there are some cancellations possible on the Gatwick Express between Victoria and Gatwick Airport due to a staff shortage. Tickets being accepted on London Underground and Thameslink services.  

  8. Tottenham MP David Lammy criticises lack of black police chiefs

    The Times

    The head of David Cameron’s review into racism in the justice system has criticised the lack of a black police chief as “bringing the system into disrepute”. 

    David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, said: “We have policing by consent. That requires every citizen to stand alongside the police. So for practical reasons alone, we have to have police who reflect and look like the community.”

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  9. Watch: 'Visible Girls' photos of punks in 1980s London go on display

    David Sillito

    Media correspondent

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    Video caption: Visible Girls photos go on display
  10. England rugby star had 'glazed' eyes after Fulham crash, court hears

    England rugby star Danny Cipriani had "glazed" eyes and his breath smelt of alcohol after he crashed his Mercedes car into a taxi, a court has heard. 

    The car was travelling "very fast" and "swerving and swinging" between the left and right hand sides of the road, and hit a silver Toyota Prius which had slowed down to try to avoid it, it is alleged.

    Danny Cipriani

    The taxi driver, Muhammad Qasim, said he suffered injuries to his neck, shoulder and lower back in the crash on Imperial Road in Fulham, west London, at 05:15 on 1 June last year.

    Mr Cipriani from Raynes Park in south-west London, is on trial for London's Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with drink driving, which he denies.

  11. Police renew efforts to find a 'violent' missing man after he 'leapt out of a minicab'

    A "violent" man who fled while on escorted leave from a mental health unit has now been missing for a week. 

    Detectives made renewed appeals on Monday to try and find Cornell Destouche who vanished after he jumped out of a minicab when it stopped at a junction in Walthamstow on April 10. 

    Cornell Destouche

    The 25-year-old, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, was detained under the Mental Health Act in July 2014 for the attempted murder of a police community support officer. 

    Members of the public have been warned not to approach Mr Destouche and to call 999 if they spot him.

  12. Mother of a boy who drowned in Walthamstow Marshes says she 'wishes she had not called police'

    The mother of a 17-year-old boy who died in a canal has told her son's inquest she now wishes she had not called the police for help. 

    Anna Susianta's son Jack, a student, died in a canal at Walthamstow Marshes in July last year. 

    Jack Susianta

    Witnesses have claimed police refused to enter the water to save him but the Met Police has denied this, saying one officer risked his life and entered the water.

    Jack's mother told jury at St Pancras Coroner's Court that before his death her son Jack had showed no sign of wanting to harm himself, adding: "He only talked about getting away from people." 

  13. Mayoral candidate sum up their campaigns in three words

    The 12 London mayoral candidates sum up their campaigns in three words.

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    Video caption: The 12 London mayoral candidates sum up their campaigns in three words
  14. Arsenal draws with Crystal Palace

    BBC Sport

    Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie struck late for his club to secure a draw in a match which Arsenal completely dominated.

    Alexis Sanchez

    Arsenal should have won comfortably to leapfrog Manchester City into third but instead they remain fourth in a nervy race for a Champions League spot.

    Alexis Sanchez headed in Danny Welbeck's chip to give the Gunners the lead but they lacked a killer instinct to put the result beyond doubt.

  15. West Hampstead nurse's family speak out after her death

    The family of a diabetic student nurse who died after skipping her insulin to lose weight has demanded the government improves care for the condition. 

    Campaigners branded her treatment a "national scandal".

    Lisa Day

    Lisa Day, 27, from West Hampstead, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and developed an eating disorder as a teenager, purposely missing her life-saving insulin jabs in order to drop dress sizes.  

    Miss Day's mother Doreen Proud said: "There are so many Lisas out there, they are being missed. She was diabetic, and by right she should still be alive, but all I've got are her ashes."

  16. David Walliams apologises for not replying to 'stolen post' after mail turns up in Camden

    David Walliams has apologised if fans have not received replies from him, saying his post was stolen, including a "large box of letters from children".

    A member of the public had found items of discarded mail in Camden on 8 April, said the Met Police.  

    David Walliams

    The comedian, author and TV star apologised on Twitter, saying police had "just" told him about the letters, sent via his publisher Harper Collins.

    He added that those without a response should "please write again".