Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 20 April 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Our live coverage across the day

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

I'll leave you with this thought: 

Life's not fair, is it? Some of us drink champagne in the fast lane, and some of us eat our sandwiches by the loose chippings on the A597 

Victoria Wood 1953 - 2016

On air: What is the scale of the terror threat London faces?

Riz Lateef

BBC London presenter

Riz Lateef on location
BBC

Tonight, in the latest of our special reports in the run up to the Mayoral Election looking at the big challenges facing the city, we examine security and how London can best be kept safe. 

I'll be at at London Wall, next to the ancient fortifications of the city.  The threats faced by the city have of course changed beyond recognition over the centuries.

But even over the past year London has been confronted with a new challenge posed by groups like so-called Islamic State, who have wreaked devastation on Paris and Brussels. 

To indicate the scale of the threat, the man responsible for keeping the city safe during the Olympics has told BBC London that an attack on the capital is inevitable.

Tonight's weather: Dry night, dropping temperatures

BBC Weather

It'll be dry and sunny this evening, with light winds. Staying dry overnight too with mostly clear skies. 

With winds falling light, this will allow temperatures to fall and a touch of grass frost possible, especially around Lea Valley. 

Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

Alan McCormack extends Brentford deal after triggering contract clause

BBC Sport

Alan McCormack
Rex Features

Midfielder Alan McCormack has extended his Brentford contract until the summer of 2017.

The 32-year-old triggered a clause in his contract entitling him to a further year at Griffin Park after making his 25th league appearance of the season against Cardiff yesterday.

Man stabbed in car in Kensington & Chelsea

A 21-year-old man was stabbed last night in Kensington & Chelsea.

The attack happened in St Helens Gardens, W10 just before midnight and the man remains serious but stable in hospital, say detectives.

The victim is believed to have been sitting in the back of a car at the time of the assault.

Detectives from the Trident and Area Crime Command are investigating.

One man has been arrested in connection with the incident and taken to a central London police station for questioning.

London mayor interview: Sian Berry

The Green Party's London mayoral candidate Sian Berry speaks to John Humphrys about air pollution in the capital.

Duke of York visits Greenwich Market to mark end of restoration project

Duke of York in Greenwich
PA

The Duke of York  has attended an unveiling ceremony to mark the completion of an extensive restoration project at Greenwich Market.

Prince Andrew, who is patron of the Royal Navy's oldest charity Greenwich Hospital, met market traders and well wishers in the sunshine.

Greenwich Hospital embarked on the property strategy for Greenwich in September 2012 with refurbishments to enhance the retail and residential community, which has been in the ownership of the Hospital since 1694. 

Duke of York in Greenwich
PA

Female teacher admits sexual activity with pupil

Lauren Cox
Met Police

A teacher could face jail after she admitted having sex with a 16-year-old pupil.

Lauren Cox, 27, pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual activity with a child under 18 at Croydon Crown Court today, Scotland Yard said. 

While teaching at a school in Bromley, south-east London, in January 2015, she began having sexual contact with the boy and sent him explicit pictures and videos of herself. 

Eight months later, his parents began to suspect something was going on and the boy told them what had happened. 

Cox, from Oxted in Surrey, continued to messages the pupil and his parents contacted the head teacher of the school, who alerted social services.

PC Laura Davies said: "Cox abused her position of trust as a teacher and groomed the boy which went on to sexual abuse. 

"The abuse has had an extremely adverse effect on the boy, with his studies suffering as a result. 

"Cox never once admitted the offences during police interview. She has now admitted the offences today but only because of the wealth of evidence against her."

Controlled explosion in Victoria Park after suspected WWII bomb found

Tributes for Victoria Wood

David Friend

BBC Radio London

Victoria Wood helped to save London's oldest continuously operating cinema, the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley. She helped to raise funds for its restoration in 2010.

Head of operations Kate McCarthy told BBC Radio London’s Jo Good:

"We’re really proud that Victoria was happy to get involved. During the point when the cinema was restored a few years ago she was extremely supportive in the events we held in offering a face for the cinema that otherwise people might not have heard of…

"She was always absolutely wonderful, a really professional, friendly woman and really happy to give of her time and also her enthusiasm."

Comedian Victoria Wood dies aged 62

Victoria Wood
BBC

Comedian, writer and actress Victoria Wood has died aged 62 after "a short but brave" battle with cancer.

"The multi Bafta award-winning writer, director, actor and comedian died peacefully at her north London home with family this morning," her publicist Neil Reading said.

"The family ask for privacy at this very sad time."

Wood found fame in the 1980s with her TV series Victoria Wood As Seen On TV and was awarded a CBE in 2008.

She won five Baftas including two for her one-off ITV drama Housewife 49.

Sadiq Khan hits back at PM's claim he shared platform with extremists

Sadiq Khan
PA

The Labour candidate for London mayor Sadiq Khan, has rejected the prime minister's accusation that he has associated with extremists.

At prime minister's questions, David Cameron questioned Mr Khan's judgement over sharing a platform with a man he said supported so-called Islamic State.

A Labour spokesman said Mr Cameron's comments "demeaned the office of prime minister".

Mr Khan accused him of joining a "divisive, dog-whistling campaign".

Drowned teenager could have been saved, inquest hears

A dog walker who saw a teenage boy drown in a canal has said "there was enough time to save him" and "he could still be alive". 

Kamila Grabowska was walking her dog at Walthamstow Marshes in east London with her daughter when she saw a boy running "very fast" from police before jumping into the water, St Pancras Coroner's Court heard. 

Jack Susianta, 17, of Hackney, east London, appeared "stressed" and refused a floatation ring thrown to him by police, Ms Grabowska said, but an officer did not enter the water until he had fully disappeared under. 

She said: "He (Jack) did not want to take the ring. It seemed as if he was not listening to what they were saying to him. "It was strange. He must have been under a great deal of stress." 

A police officer did enter the water a "few minutes later", she said, but added: "If he had wanted to save his (Jack's) life he would have gone in before."

Queen at 90: Portrait painter recalls embarrassing incident painting the Queen

Painting of the Royal Family in 1972
Michael Noakes

As the nation prepares to celebrate the 90th birthday of its longest serving monarch tomorrow, an artist from St John's Wood will be reflecting on the hours he's spent painting the Queen. 

Michael Noakes says on one occasion he was interrupted several times..

Painting the Queen

Met to reopen 1987 Harrow bomb attack investigation

Bob Lambert
PA
Undercover officer Bob Lambert

Scotland Yard will reinvestigate a 1987 bomb attack by animal rights activists on a London department store after new information was found by a probe into undercover officers. 

The force said it is "pursuing a number of lines of inquiry" including advances in DNA techniques and evidence that has been uncovered as part of Operation Herne, the investigation into the Met's secretive Special Demonstration Squad. 

It is set to reinvestigate the planting of an incendiary device at Debenhams in Harrow nearly three decades ago.

Former undercover officer Bob Lambert had infiltrated the Animal Liberation Front, which was behind that attack and two others at branches in Romford and Luton. 

Watch: Freedom of the City of London Parade for Household Cavalry

The sight of Standards raised, drums beating and swords drawn greeted people in central London this morning for the first time in over 30 years.

The Household Cavalry exercised its right to the Freedom of the City of London riding to Aldwych from Hyde Park. 

The rare spectacle hasn't been seen since the Falklands War in 1982.

Freedom of the City of London Parade for Household Cavalry

MPs explain why they are running London Marathon

Three MPs explain why they are running the London Marathon this weekend.

Daily Politics reporter Ellie Price spoke to Vale of Glamorgan's Alun Cairns, Barnsley Central's Dan Jarvis and Derby North's Amanda Solloway about their preparations, level of support they have received, and any potential political rivalry.

Three MPs explain why they are running the London Marathon this weekend

Afternoon weather: Dry with plenty of sunshine

BBC Weather

It will be a dry afternoon across all parts with plenty of sunshine. It will feel pleasant in the sunshine, although cooler where exposed to the brisk easterly wind. 

Highs of 15C (59F).

For Met commander says terror attack on London 'inevitable'

Nick Beake

Home affairs correspondent, BBC London

The police officer responsible for keeping London safe during the 2012 Olympics says a terrorist attack on the capital is "inevitable."

London terror attack 'inevitable' says former Olympic policing chief

Sir Bob Broadhurst - a former commander with the Metropolitan Police - said the public should be reassured the capital's emergency services had the skills and resources to respond effectively to an attack.

The UK threat level from international terrorism has been "severe" since August 2014 which means an attack is "highly likely".

Scotland Yard says there is no intelligence to suggest a specific attack on London, but is urging the public not to be complacent to the higher threat level which it says has become the “new norm”.

Speaking to BBC London Mr Broadhurst said: "I think, sadly so, an attack is inevitable.

"It will happen at some stage, we don't know where, we don’t know when and on what scale.”

London Election 2016: What do students in London think about security in the capital?

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

With more people being trained in how to prepare for a potential terror attack and the recent attacks in other European capitals, security has become an increasingly important issue in the London Mayoral race. 

All of the main candidates have been talking about what they would do. This morning on the Vanessa Feltz Breakfast Show on BBC Radio London I went to the College of Haringey, Enfield & North East London to ask students training for careers in the police and armed forces, what they think about some of the policies being suggested.

All the mayoral candidates standing on May 5 are listed

London election: How do students feel about security?

Woman bound and beaten in 'vicious' burglary

A woman was "viciously" attacked and had her wrists and ankles bound during a burglary in west London, Hounslow detectives said.

The incident happened at the home of a woman in her 40s in Fruen Road, Feltham, yesterday lunchtime.

The woman answered a knock at her door by two males with a parcel. They knocked her to the ground before binding her wrists and ankles with tape. 

They also struck her over the head and threatened her with what was believed to be a firearm.

The suspects searched the house and left with a large quantity of cash.

Suspect one is described as a male, and of medium build. He was wearing a light-grey hooded top, with the hood up and a high visibility vest. 

Suspect two is described as a male, approximately 5ft 11 ins tall and of medium build. He was wearing a brown hooded jacket, with a brown cap.  

On air: Terror attack on London 'inevitable'

BBC London News

The police officer responsible for keeping London safe during the 2012 Olympics says a terrorist attack on the capital is "inevitable." 

Bob Broadhurst - a Met Police commander - said the public should be reassured London's emergency services has the skills and resources to respond effectively. 

Scotland Yard says there is no intelligence to suggest a specific attack here, but is urging the public not to be complacent.

Watch Home Affairs Correspondent Nick Beake's exclusive report at 13:30 on BBC One.

Tattooed man tries to abduct four-year-old from playground

Children's play area in Victoria Park
Google
A children's play area in Victoria Park near Grove Road

A tattooed man has tried to snatch a four-year-old girl from a playground. 

The girl was playing in Victoria Park, east London, at around 13:20 on Sunday when the man grabbed her arm and tried to drag her away.

One of her relatives stopped the suspect in the playground near Grove Road, and the girl was not harmed.

Detectives are appealing for help to find the suspect, who has a tattoo of a hand print on the right side of his neck, with "only God can judge me" written in Old English font in between his thumb and forefinger. 

He is white, aged 20 to 30, 5ft 6in and slim, with scruffy brown hair. He was wearing a blue hooded jacket with two black patches on the back, baggy light blue jeans and black trainers. 

The suspect ran off towards Lauriston Road. 

Hackneyites, a neat hotel idea could win you £20k

Loving Dalston

Community news website

Hackney Creatives, the borough’s reputation for innovation is at stake. One, or several, of you is here requested to come up with a design to improve hotel facilities for disabled people, to make visits more pleasant. Or should that be “not awful”?  

Charlton Athletic boss set to discuss future after relegation

BBC Radio London

Jose Riga
Getty Images

Charlton head coach Jose Riga will hold talks with owner Roland Duchatelet about his future after the club were relegated from the Championship.

The Addicks were consigned to the drop by Tuesday's 0-0 draw at Bolton.

Asked if he would remain at The Valley, Riga told BBC Radio London: "It will be the content of the next meeting.

"It depends on the context, how they react to things and how they want to do things in the future. That is the most important thing for me."

Girl murdered after being thrown against wall, court hears

A six-year-old girl whose father is accused of her murder probably died from being thrown against a wall or struck by a heavy blunt weapon, the Old Bailey has heard.

Ben Butler had a conviction for causing Ellie head injuries quashed in 2010
Rex Features

Ellie Butler died at her home in Sutton, south London, in October 2013 while her father Ben Butler was at home. Mr Butler denies murder and child cruelty charges.

Ed Brown QC, for the prosecution, said she suffered "catastrophic" head injuries.

He said the doctor who carried out the post mortem examination on Ellie and another expert, a neurological pathologist, agreed that her injuries were unlikely to have been caused by an accidental fall.

A third expert, a forensic pathologist, believed Ellie's major head injury was "the result of one or more very forceful blunt impacts, arising through being thrown against a wall or the ground, or struck with a heavy blunt weapon," said Mr Brown.

Met Police 'hesitant' to save canal death teenager, inquest hears

A cyclist who saw a teenager die in a canal thought he must be violent because police were not going in to save him, an inquest has heard.

Ailish Tynan arrived at the canal at Walthamstow Marshes, east London, as Jack Susianta, 17, was "treading water".

Jack Susianta
BBC

An onlooker told Ms Tynan "the police have chased that fella into the water", she told St Pancras Coroner's Court.

The Met Police deny claims they refused to save the teenager in July 2015.

Elderly woman dies after being hit by lorry

 An elderly woman has died after being hit by a lorry in south London.

The pedestrian, reported to be 85, was knocked down in Brighton Road, near the junction with Mulgrave Road this morning.

Latest headlines: Mayor wins riots compensation case, Diasbled face Tube 'no-go areas' and double blue plaque for house

Chirag Trivedi

BBC News

Here are the latest headlines from London live:

Two teens and a man held in elderly shopkeeper stabbing in Walthamstow

Two 14-year-old boys and a man aged 20 have been arrested in connection with the stabbing of an elderly shopkeeper in east London.  

The 70-year-old man was attacked at a shop in Carr Road, Walthamstow, at about 21:10 BST on Sunday, as he tried to defend himself with a shop sign. 

CCTV image of elderly shopkeeper stabbed by attacker
Met Police

He was stabbed several times and is in a serious but stable condition, Met Police said.

The trio were arrested on Tuesday and remain in custody.

Rare double Blue Plaque unveiling at London house

A London house which was home to writer Samuel Beckett and eminent physicistPatrick Blackett is to become one of the few buildings to bear two official blueplaques.

English Heritage undated handout photo of the Blue Plaques for Patrick Blackett and Samuel Beckett which will be unveiled at 48 Paultons Square, Chelsea
PA

A rare "double blue" unveiling at 48 Paultons Square, Chelsea, will see Downton Abbey actress Penelope Wilton and astronomer royal Arnold Wolfendale unveil the English Heritage plaques to the two Nobel Prize winners. 

Poet, playwright and novelist Beckett, author of Waiting for Godot, lived at the property for seven months in 1934 while undergoing psychoanalysis paid for by his mother after his father's death, as he was looking for literary work. 

Blackett, described on his blue plaque as a physicist and scientific adviser, lived in the house from 1953 until 1969.  

Supreme court judges rule in Boris Johnson's favour

But five Supreme Court justices have overturned that appeal court decision inthe wake of Mr Johnson's challenge. 

firefighters working at the Sony Distribution Centre in Enfield North London
PA

They have concluded that the Riot Damages Act does not "extend to cover consequential losses". 

Mr Justice Flaux had said insurers claimed that losses added up to more than £60m - and their claims included a £9.8m claim for lost profit and a £1.6m claim for lost rent.

The warehouse was destroyed late on 8 August 2011 during rioting in London and other parts of Britain after a man was shot and killed by police in Tottenham, north London, judges had heard. 

Insurers fail in bid to claim loss of profit and rent from riot fire

Mr Johnson had asked for a Supreme Court ruling following hearings in the High Court and Court Of Appeal. 

Firefighters fight a blaze at the Sony warehouse
AP

Judges had been told that the 1886 legislation said compensation for

A number of insurance companies had argued that the destruction and looting of the Sony warehouse fell into that category.

Mr Johnson - whose office funds the Metropolitan Police - disagreed. A High Court judge had ruled that the Sony warehouse was damaged during "widespread civil disorder" and compensation should be paid for out of police funds. 

But he decided that there was a limit to liability - and said "consequential losses", including loss of profit and rent, were not "in principle recoverable". Insurers challenged his decision on the "extent of liability" - and the Court of Appeal had ruled in their favour. 

London Mayor wins compensation fight over 2011 riots

London Mayor Boris Johnson has won a Supreme Court compensation fight withinsurance companies following rioting in the capital in 2011.

The dispute centred on damage caused to a Sony warehouse in Enfield, north London and the provisions of a piece of Victorian legislation - the 1886 Riot Damages Act. 

Supreme Court justices analysed legal argument at a hearing in London in January and published their ruling on Wednesday. 

They concluded that the mayor's office should not have to pay compensation for loss of profit and rent.

Hidden London ticket sales hits technical problem

There has been a problem with the selling of tickets for the London Transport Museum's Hidden London tours of disused stations and tunnels.

They were due to go on general sale this morning but due to huge demand, a technical failure with the website meant newsletter subscribers were unable to take advantage of their priority booking offer. 

The museum has therefore decided to extend their offer for a further 24 hours.

If tickets for Hidden London remain after this period they will be released on general sale at 10:00 BST on the 21 April and not 20 April as previously stated.

Court to rule on compensation fight over warehouse fire in 2011 riots

London Mayor Boris Johnson is waiting for a Supreme Court ruling on a multimillion-pound compensation fight with insurance companies following rioting in the capital nearly five years ago. 

Sony warehouse fire
Reuters

Supreme Court justices analysed the dispute at a hearing in London in January and are scheduled to publish their ruling later. 

The row centres on damage caused to a Sony warehouse in Enfield, north London, during "widespread civil disorder" in August 2011 - and the provisions of a piece of Victorian legislation, the 1886 Riot Damages Act.

Justices have been asked to make rulings on what compensation is available for damage done to buildings and consequential loss of profit. 

The warehouse was destroyed late on August 8 2011 during "the widespread civil disorder and rioting which took place in London and elsewhere" after a man was shot and killed by police in Tottenham, north London, judges have been told. 

Charlton Athletic relegated from the Championship

Charlton Athletic were relegated from the Championship after they played out a goalless draw away at bottom club Bolton Wanderers.

Jose Riga's side needed to win to avoid the drop after four years in the second tier, but they failed to score in a tepid encounter at the Macron Stadium.

Charlton Athletic players look dejected following relegation
Empics

The result means Charlton will return to League One for the first time since 2012, when they set a then-record points total of 101 points on the way to the third-tier title.  

London Underground trips 'take four times longer for disabled'

London Underground journeys take on average more than four times longer for disabled people, a report by Muscular Dystrophy UK has found.

Certain journeys take far longer, such as the two-minutes from Baker Street to Bond Street taking a wheelchair user 33 minutes, the report found.

In addition, out of 67 stations in Zone One only seven are fully accessible, the research indicates.

Sulaiman Khan
Muscular Dystrophy UK
Sulaiman Khan took park in the nine-month investigation of access on London Underground

Transport for London said it was investing millions of pounds to improve disabled access.  

Sulaiman Khan, 30, from London, who has congenital muscular dystrophy, took park in the charity's nine-month investigation and says there are "no-go zones" in London he cannot reach in his wheelchair.

Special training to deal with terror attack, shrinking sizes and Lily Allen on victim shaming

BBC Radio London

Nikki Bedi is in for Vanessa Feltz this week on BBC Radio London

This morning she's looking at how commuters and people who work in crowded places will be given special training by police in how to deal with a terror attack. 

Also, supermarket items are getting smaller but prices remain the same. Consumer group WHICH has listed toilet roll, chocolate biscuits, orange juice and antibacterial wipes in its latest list of shrinking products. 

And singer Lily Allen has criticised the Met Police over the way they dealt with her stalking case, accusing them of ''victim shaming''.