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  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 April 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Updates for London have ended for the day but we'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Have a good evening.

  2. Tonight's weather: Widespread frost forecast

    BBC Weather

    A few showers will continue during this evening, before dying around midnight. 

    It will be a largely dry and clear night, but temperatures will fall away with a fairly widespread frost developing. A few icy patches may also form on untreated surfaces. 

    The minimum temperature will be 1C (34F) 

  3. On air: Revenge porn, Southern Rail strike and a statue of homeless Jesus

    BBC London News

    On tonight's news at 18:30 on BBC One, figures obtained by the BBC shows a quarter of so called 'revenge porn' cases are reported here in the capital, but charges have only been brought in 5% of incidents.

    A statue of a homeless Jesus has been refused planning permission by Westminster City Council as it says there are too many statues in the area. 

    And, a Southern train conductors' strike ended this morning, with two further walk outs planned - but talks are set to take place on Friday aimed at bringing an end to the dispute.

  4. Maxine Benson jailed for murdering Alfie Stone after pasta row

    A woman who murdered a teenager during a row over pasta must serve a minimum of 23 years in jail.

    Maxine Benson, 33, stabbed 18-year-old Alfie Stone after accusing him or his older brother of eating her food.

    Maxine Benson

    The Old Bailey heard she attacked Mr Stone outside Tesco Express in High Road, Ickenham, west London, on 9 November last year.

    Benson was filmed on CCTV wielding the knife. Passers-by rushed to give first aid but Mr Stone later died.

  5. Married couple charged under Terrorism Act

    Husband and wife Mohammed Iqbal Golamaully, 47, and Nazimabee Golamaully, 45, from south London, have been jointly charged with fundraising offences under the Terrorism Act.

    Mrs Golamaully was arrested by officers from the MPS Counter Terrorism Command on 2 April last year, while Mr Golamaully, was arrested on 8 December, Scotland Yard confirmed.

    Both remained on police bail while the investigation continued. 

    Both have been charged today and will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

  6. Paralympian reunited with stolen bike

    Paralympian Tim Farr has been reunited with his £5,000 handbike after it was found for sale in a south London Cash Converters.

    The bike, which he calls his "lifeline", was stolen from outside his home in Balham last week.

    Tim Farr is reunited with his stolen bike

    He wrote on his Facebook page: "It has been an amazing couple of days and has restored my faith in humanity.

    "A few people came forward to say they had seen it being taken into Cash Converters where it was sold for £150! There are a couple of small bits missing but nothing major and it is generally unharmed."

  7. National Gallery needs more space, director says

    The National Gallery needs to expand its premises in Trafalgar Square to have more space for temporary exhibitions, its director has said.

    Gabriele Finaldi told The Times (paywall) he has ambitions to take over a nearby office block that currently houses a hotel, a cinema and an Indian restaurant.

    The National Gallery

    Finaldi said the floor space of the gallery "hasn't actually changed pretty much in a generation and we are now having 50% more visitors, and potentially that is going to grow in the future".

    A gallery spokeswoman said no official decision had been made.  

  8. England's Marler banned for kick

    BBC Sport

    England and Harlequins prop Joe Marler is banned for two weeks after being found guilty of kicking a player in the head.

    The 25-year-old was seen kicking hooker Arnaud Heguy in the 30-6 European Challenge Cup win over Grenoble.  

    Joe Marler

    Marler was playing his first game since being banned for calling Wales' Samson Lee "Gypsy boy" during the Six Nations.

    He will miss Harlequins' last two Premiership games, but will be free to play in the Challenge Cup final and England's game with Wales in May.

  9. Childline turns 30: 'When I run I feel free'

    On Childline's 30th anniversary Amelia and Rosey talk about why they ran the London Marathon in aid of the charity.

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    Video caption: How Childline inspires London Marathon runners

    The private and confidential helpline for children and young adults lends a voice to those in need.

    Amelia and Rosey are now counsellors for the charity having used the services when they were young. 

  10. Artist's intricate maps of London accepted by three permanent collections

    Artist Fuller's drawings of Bristol and London have been bought by the Museum of London, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and the British Library.

    He said his maps of London and Bristol were "cartographical love letters".

    Fuller with his map

    Pat Hardy, from the Museum of London, said his "London Town" map would provide an "intriguing, unique, glimpse into the capital".

    Fuller's London map

    And Tom Harper, antiquarian map curator at The British Library, said it was "one of the most personal pieces of cartography I've ever seen".

    Fuller said he was "absolutely honoured and humbled" by the decisions to accept his work

  11. Travel: Paint spillage, lorry crash and rail strike all causing delays

    BBC Travel

    There is major congestion in much of west London, throughout Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, Acton and Holland Park this evening

    The A40 Western Avenue Westbound at Savoy Circus is blocked, a lorry involved in a much earlier crash has been moved but lane one lane remains closed to clear up a spillage of paint.

    In Westminster, Wigmore Street is closed in both directions due to serious accident involving a lorry and pedestrian between B406 Welbeck Street and Marylebone Lane. The road is expected to remain closed through this evening's rush-hour

    Following the strike by RMT union members, services on Southern Trains are still severely affected, with no service on many routes and only a limited service on others.

    For the latest travel updates visit the BBC London travel page or follow @BBCTravelAlert

  12. What the mayoral candidates are up to: Peter Whittle (UKIP)

    The UKIP candidate Peter Whittle had a day full of local press interviews. Including one in the Evening Standard about his campaigning efforts in South London yesterday.

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  13. What the mayoral candidates are up to: Caroline Pidgeon (Lib Dem)

    The Liberal Democrat candidate, Caroline Pidgeon, was out in Brixton with party leader Tim Farron. They visited Brixton Cycles a workers' cooperative which has been running since 1983.

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    There was even a baby shot from BBC London political reporter, Susan Mendonça.

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  14. What the mayoral candidates are up to: Sadiq Khan (Labour)

    The Labour candidate, Sadiq Khan, has been campaigning in south-east London with the local Labour MP for Lewisham Deptford Vicky Foxcroft.

    He's also gained the support of another European politician. Yesterday the mayor of Paris gave him her support. Today it was Roberto Giachetti - who is a mayoral candidate for Rome's own mayoral election from the Democratic Party.

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  15. What the mayoral candidates are up to: Zac Goldsmith (Conservative)

    The Conservative Party candidate Zac Goldsmith was answering questions on a Mumsnet web chat earlier.

    He didn't get through all the questions but made sure to tell readers about his favourite biscuit and replied to one admiring voter with a cheeky emoticon.

    Quote Message: For the record my favourite biscuit is normally a chocolate digestive, although I am eating a lot of Pret Cookies in this marathon campaign.
    Zac Goldsmith's conversation with a user on Mumsnet
    Image caption: Zac Goldsmith's conversation with a user on Mumsnet
  16. What the mayoral candidates are up to: Sian Berry (Green)

    We're continuing our daily digest of what five of the mayoral candidates are up to. 

    The Green candidate, Sian Berry, spoke about housing at Southbank University in Elephant and Castle. 

    In the afternoon she went to Norbiton in Kingston upon Thames and spoke to residents on the Cambridge Road Estate where plans to demolition and rebuild homes is being considered by the council.

    She'll be joining an anti-pollution protest outside the Department of Transport which starts at 17:00.

    Sian Berry (centre) with Andree Frieze (second from left) with local residents at the Cambridge Road Estate
    Image caption: Sian Berry (centre) with Andree Frieze (second from left) with local residents at the Cambridge Road Estate
  17. Woman dies after collision with lorry in Westminster

    Anna O'Neill

    BBC Radio London reporter

    A woman has died after being hit by a lorry in Westminster.

    Police were called at 14:20 to reports of a collision between a lorry and a pedestrian in Wigmore Street at the junction with Wellbeck Street.

    The woman was pronounced dead at 14:33. Her family are yet to be informed.

    Westminster crash

    Traffc has been diverted from Wigmore Street down Welbeck Way after the fatal collision. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

    Detectives from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating and have appealed for witnesses to come forward.  

    Traffic diverted due to Westminster crash
  18. Rare £10m Ferrari gets parking ticket

    A rare Ferrari racing car worth about £10m is given a parking fine after the owners rolled it into a Mews to take some photos.

    Historic car specialists Fiskens said they placed the car for a "short time" outside their Kensington headquarters when two traffic wardens approached.

    Traffic warden putting parking ticket on Ferrari

    Acquisition specialist Rory Henderson said the company were always "super-careful" not to obstruct others who use the mews when moving their vehicles around.

    Kensington and Chelsea Council said the ticket was "issued as it would in any case".  

    Rare £10m Ferrari gets parking ticket

    Traffic warden putting parking ticket on Ferrari

    A rare Ferrari racing car worth about £10m is given a parking fine after the owners rolled it into a Mews to take some photos.

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  19. Puppies and rabbits help stressed students

    Cute alert: Check out these cuddly puppies and bunnies helping to relax stressed students as part of the University of Westminster Students' Union Destress Week.

    Slots to pet the 12 puppies and eight rabbits sold out in minutes due to high demand.

    Puppies and rabbits at university

    Dr Trudi Edginton, senior lecturer in psychology said: “The instant joy that we feel when we see baby animals is incredibly soothing and ideal for reducing anxiety due to the immediate release of oxytocin. 

    "Therefore, meeting our puppies and bunnies at Westminster is a perfect way to reduce exam stress.”

  20. London charity given £147k for groundbreaking work with people selling sex

    Pippa Stephens

    BBC News Online, London

    A London charity has won £147,000 in funding to support men, women and transgender people working in flats, brothels, saunas and massage parlours and as independent escorts in the capital.

    Spires in Streatham currently works with people selling sex on the street, but is expanding its remit after hearing from clients many women are working indoors.

    Lucy, Pamela, Arianna, Jenny and Dionne
    Image caption: Spires charity workers Lucy, Pamela, Arianna, Jenny and Dionne

    The funding has gone towards staffing, training and resources such as needle exchange, rape alarms, information on legal rights and translation services.

    Lucy Barrett at Spires said there is no other charity in the UK providing this sort of outreach work.