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Summary

  1. 'Harrowing' 999 call played to jury in Ellie Butler child murder trial
  2. Evacuations after 'WW2 bomb' found on Lewisham building site
  3. 'Bionic woman' Claire Lomas banned from 10k race
  4. Boris Johnson attacked over Obama 'part-Kenyan' comment
  5. Bike couriers launch legal fight over workers' rights
  6. House prices rise in UK's big cities, says Hometrack
  7. Updates on Friday 22 April 2016

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By Pippa Stephens and Claire Timms

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from us today - thank you for joining us. Please join us on Monday from 08:00 for all of the latest news, travel, weather and sport in the capital. 

  2. Tonight's weather: Cloud and rain clearing overnight, sunny spells on Saturday

    BBC Weather

    It will remain cloudy with further rain through this evening. 

    Overnight cloud and rain will gradually clear south leaving mostly clear skies by dawn. 

    A touch of frost is possible in prone rural spots in the north of the area, such as around the Lea Valley. 

    Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F). 

  3. On air: Bicycle couriers' court case could have implications for half a million people

    BBC London News

    On air tonight: Many bicycle couriers spending up to 50 hours a week cycling round London delivering parcels and being told what to do, when to do it and to wear a company ID are not entitled to holiday pay, the national minimum wage and other employment rights.

    This is as couriers are classed as self-employed. 

    Now four bicycle couriers are taking their companies to an employment tribunal in a case that could impact on the working lives of as many as half a million people, as BBC News legal correspondent Clive Coleman reports.

  4. Watch: What will the weather be like on Sunday for the Marathon?

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    Video caption: London marathon
  5. Who will be the millionth runner to pass the finish line in the London Marathon?

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    Video caption: London Marathon: Records and the #oneinamillion runner
  6. Running blind: How do you run the London Marathon without sight?

    Beth Rose

    BBC News Online, London

    The London Marathon is a riot of colour and food for the eyes with its stream of runners and city skyline, but what do you get from it if you're blind?

    Runners

    Preparation for the London Marathon takes months of dedication, long training runs which increase over time and sporting perseverance through the dead of winter.

    But training has to be a little more organised and a lot more trusting for the 32 visually impaired runners and their guides taking part in this weekend's event.

  7. Met Police Borough Commander suspended over claims of 'inappropriate behaviour'

    Met Police

    The Borough Commander of Richmond and Twickenham has been served with a notice of investigation and suspended from duty today, following reports of alleged inappropriate behaviour.

    The allegations were first reported to the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) on Wednesday and are being investigated as potential gross misconduct.

    The matter has also been referred to the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). 

    Another person has been placed on restricted duties in connection with the same investigation and was served with a notice of investigation in relation to allegations of failures in duty.

  8. Questions remain over truck arson attack

    A man was spotted on CCTV squeezing through the railings at Mulberry Automotives in Bexley and setting a truck on fire.

    Suspect

    He poured the contents of a fuel can over the cab of a lorry at about 22:00 on 19 January then ran off towards some scaffolding as the truck ignited.

    The suspect caused an estimated £30,000 worth of damage and was wearing light coloured clothing.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police or call Crimestoppers anonymously.

  9. Why so many celebrities have died in 2016

    The deaths of Prince and Victoria Wood this week come off the back of a number of other celebrity deaths this year, including Londoner David Bowie: so are more celebrities dying than usual?

    Bowie through the ages
  10. Man arrested on suspicion of sex attacks in Streatham

    A 28-year-old man has been arrested in Thornton Heath in connection with a number of sex attacks against women in the Streatham area.

    Police have forensically linked three separate attacks against women on Sunday 20 December, Monday 21 December and Sunday 27 March.

    In the first case a 29-year-old woman was attacked from behind, punched and knocked to the floor where she was assaulted until a passerby interrupted the attack.

    In the second case a 20-year-old woman was followed as she was walking along Streatham Common. She was attacked in an alleyway and sexually assaulted on the ground. In the third case a woman in her 20s was again approached and attacked from behind and assaulted in Granville Gardens.

  11. Thirteen-mile queues on the M25 and Bakerloo Line delays

    BBC Travel

    On the Bakerloo Line, there are minor delays between Queens Park and Harrow & Wealdstone, due to an earlier fire alert at Warwick Avenue. Good service on rest of line.  

    On the roads, clockwise the M25 is congested between J30 (Lakeside) and J27 for M1. There are queues for 13 Miles.

    Blackwall Tunnel Approach is slow in the southbound direction, from the East Cross route. 

    And there is a black cab demonstration on Pancras Road, between St Pancras and Kings Cross Stations. 

  12. Did you accidentally leave your cat at Sunridge Park Railway Station?

    Sonny, a black, long-haired male cat, was found at Sunridge Park Railway Station in Bromley on Saturday night. 

    Sonny

    He was discovered inside a cat carrier outside a closed ticket office with a bin bag full of cat toys, biscuits, cat litter and worming tablets.

    RSPCA inspector Ellen Thomas said: "It is unusual for a cat to be dumped with quite so many treats and goodies with him. His carrier was brand new, and he had everything a loving owner might need to give him a happy life.

    "He seemed to have been so cared for - it was almost as if someone had left him accidentally when they got on the train."

  13. Questions over Sadiq Khan's background 'legitimate'

    The Daily Politics

    Discussing the state of the mayoral race, Ayesha Hazarika, a former political adviser to Harriet Harman, said it was "legitimate" to raise the issue of whether Labour's Sadiq Khan shares the view of people he's shared a platform with in the past. 

    However, she said "to go on and on and on seems a bit desperate" and warned that the Conservatives would look back on it as a "grubby" campaign.

    Daily Politics

    Harry Phibbs, a Conservative councillor in Hammersmith, said it was "ridiculous" to say Mr Khan shouldn't be asked about his past. 

    He argued Mr Goldsmith has a "positive manifesto which hasn't had much attention" and that could help him on polling day. 

    Find out more about who's standing in the London elections.

  14. Turner's painting set in Rotherhithe features on the new £20 note

    Artist JMW Turner and his painting The Fighting Temeraire, set in Rotherhithe, will feature on the new design of the Bank of England's £20 note to enter circulation in 2020.

    New £20 note

    The English Romantic artist was chosen from a list of public nominations - the first time the Bank has asked who should appear on a specific banknote.

    The note, to be made of polymer, will eventually replace the current £20 note featuring the economist Adam Smith.

  15. Did a theatre in Shoreditch host plays by Shakespeare in 1576?

    As the country marks 400 years since William Shakespeare's death, experts revisit stories and events in his life. 

    One such story about him is that, when he left Stratford, he put his early plays such as Romeo and Juliet on in the "First Globe", a theatre which records show opened in 1576, among drinking taverns in Shoreditch. 

    Theatre excavation

    In 1594, the newly formed Lord Chamberlain's Men, led by James Burbage, moved in. 

    Listed as part of this troupe was writer and actor William Shakespeare. 

  16. BreakingTwo men handed life sentences for 'drive-by' plot

    Tarik Hassane and Suhaib Majeed receive life sentences for a "drive-by" plot to kill UK police or soldiers.

    Tarik Hassane

    Earlier in the trial, the court heard how Mr Hassane - who is accused of pledging his allegiance to IS during his time studying in Sudan - is said to have carried out online reconnaissance of targets at Shepherd's Bush police station and the Parachute Regiment Territorial Army Barracks at White City.    

  17. Latest headlines: Boris Johnson under fire for Obama comment, Cipriani trial to continue

    Pippa Stephens

    BBC News Online, London

    • Jury hears parents call 999 after Ellie Butler's 'fatal fall'
    • England rugby star Danny Cipriani's trial for drink-driving will continue after a judge dismissed an application to have the case thrown out
    • Boris Johnson attacked over Obama 'part-Kenyan' comment
  18. Nine mile tailbacks choking M25

    BBC Travel

    The M25 is struggling clockwise at the moment from J28 to J30. Three lanes have been closed following a multi-vehicle crash which is causing nine miles of queues.

    For more travel updates follow @BBCTravelAlert

  19. House prices rise in UK's big cities, says Hometrack

    House prices in cities such as Liverpool, Cardiff and Southampton rose sharply in the first three months of the year, a survey has suggested.

    Houses

    Hometrack, which monitors property prices in 20 UK cities, suggested that the increase was driven by interest from buy-to-let investors.

    It recorded house price growth of 4.1% in Liverpool and London in the first quarter of the year.

    This was the fastest rise among cities across the country, it said.

  20. BreakingEngland rugby star's trial for drink driving in Fulham will continue as judge dismisses application

    England rugby star Danny Cipriani's trial for drink-driving will continue after a judge dismissed an application to have the case thrown out. 

    The player, 28, is accused of being so drunk his eyes were "glazed", slurring his words and not being able to stand straight after he crashed his black Mercedes into a taxi at 05:15 on 1 June last year. 

    Danny Cipriani

    Senior District Judge Howard Riddle ruled Mr Cipriani has a case to answer after the defence said there was not "sufficient" evidence the breathalyser test in the police station was working properly.

    The player denies drink-driving in Fulham, west London.