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  1. Updates on Thursday 28 April 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Updates for London have now ended but we'll be back on Tuesday at 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend.

  2. Tonight's weather: Cold, dry night with chance of frost

    BBC Weather

    Any showers this afternoon should die away through the evening.

    Cloud will then break up, allowing temperatures to fall, leading to a light frost, particularly for rural areas such as the Chilterns. 

    Minimum temperature: 2C (36F)

  3. Crash victim meets people who saved his life

    A cyclist who nearly died after being hit by a van has met the people who saved his life.

    Dave (third from left) was cycling to work in north London in February 2015 when he was dragged under the vehicle - with the front wheel stopping directly on top of his chest. He stopped breathing and his heart stopped beating. 

    Dave and the people who saved his life

    If it wasn’t for members of public and four off-duty British Transport Police Officers he is certain he wouldn’t be alive today. 

    Recently reunited, this time in more positive circumstances at the London’s Air Ambulance helipad at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, member of public James said to Dave: "To be honest, when I saw you under that van I thought you were dead, for sure. 

    "To be sat here talking to you today is unbelievable."

  4. Negrini faces showdown with developers over £1.4bn scheme

    Inside Croydon

    Westfield and Hammerson’s sharp-suited executives will have a lot of explaining to do when they come up before the Croydon Council planning committee tonight, where the borough’s residents will discover whether Jo Negrini, recently announced as the council’s interim CEO, is prepared to stand-up to old colleagues she worked with at the Stratford shopping centre development.  

  5. Tottenham Hotspur boss plans to extend contract

    BBC Sport

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he plans to extend his contract at Spurs by two years until 2021.

    Mauricio Pochettino

    The Argentine, who has guided the club to second in the Premier League table, has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Paris St-Germain.

    "It was an easy decision when you feel the love of the people and the potential of the club is massive, so why change?" he said.

  6. On air: Jack Susianta inquest verdict and Sian Blake's partner admits killing

    BBC London News

    On tonight's news on BBC One at 18:30, the lawyer for the partner of the former EastEnders actress Sian Blake has told a judge at the Old Bailey that his client has admitted killing her and their two children

    Sian Blake and her two children Zachery and Amon

    An inquest today has found teenager Jack Susianta, who drowned in a London canal, died as a result of a drug-related accident.

    Talks aimed at avoiding further strike action by Southern Railway conductors have broken down.

    In the final hustings of the Mayoral campaign - five of the main candidates have outlined how they'd encourage more cycling in London.   

  7. Retired teacher pleads guilty to indecent image charges

    A retired teacher who used to work at a private school in Northwood has avoided prison after he pleaded guilty to making an indecent image of a child. 

    Barry Abraham, 57, from Pinner, was given a suspended sentence and ordered to undergo a year-long sex offenders' treatment programme at Isleworth Crown Court.

  8. Family of canal death teenager say police could have done more

    The family of teenager Jack Susianta who drowned in a canal after a drug-related accident said he would still be alive if police had done more. 

    The 17-year-old died after having a mental health crisis and jumping into a canal near Walthamstow marshes - an inquest today concluded his death was a drug-related accident.

    Jack Susianta

    Jack's mother, Anna Susianta, said she was "relieved" the jury did not blame Jack for his death but said she believed the police and health services could have done more. 

    "We believe that Jack did not get the help he needed from East London Foundation NHS Trust or from the TSG officers by the River Lea. If he had received that help, we believe Jack would be alive today." 

  9. Testing regime for primary schools 'in chaos'

    The testing regime for primary schools in England is in chaos and distracting to pupils, says the National Association of Head Teachers.  

    Helena Rooney, from  Little Ealing Primary School told Victoria Derbyshire earlier: "The content of the test is not age and stage appropriate."

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  10. Travel update: Dartford tunnel closed as Bank Holiday getaway gets underway

    BBC Travel

    Much of the M25 is very slow with bank Holiday traffic.

    The M25 at Dartford Tunnel (anticlockwise, Kent into Essex) is having to be closed intermittently to stop traffic getting stuck. Approach roads around Lakeside, the A13 locally and through Dartford are very congested.

    On the M25 in Surrey, almost all of the anti-clockwise carriageway is very heavy from J9 (Leatherhead) to the scene of an accident up the Badgers Mount (near J5).

    There are also big problems for much of east London tonight. An earlier diesel spill on the A12 westbound in Wanstead has left extraordinary queues around the Redbridge roundabout, for the A12, Leyton, the A13, the M11 southbound from J5, Barking town centre and the Bow area.

    At the A102 Blackwall Tunnel northbound, a breakdown lead to a brief closure which has left major delays back through Limehouse and Rotherhithe.

    Roadworks on Queenstown Road in Battersea is causing major delays - especially for buses.

    Keep up to date with @BBCTravelAlert

  11. Where's the mayoral candidate: Peter Whittle (UKIP)

    UKIP's mayoral candidate, Peter Whittle, was in Westminster to show his support for party leader Nigel Farage who was speaking about the European Union campaign. Mr Farage told the audience UKIP will put the issue of immigration at the heart of its EU referendum campaign. 

    Mr Whittle is spending the day preparing for the final weekend of campaigning.    

    UKIP party leader Nigel Farage
    Image caption: UKIP party leader Nigel Farage
  12. Where's the mayoral candidate: Caroline Pidgeon (Lib Dem)

    Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat candidate, spent the afternoon in Putney and Wandsworth, then headed to a visit to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. She's also added her support to protect historical adverts in the capital.

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  13. Where's the mayoral candidate: Sadiq Khan (Labour)

    Labour candidate Sadiq Khan spent some time at a market in Dalston, talking to local traders. Yesterday the party was embroiled in an anti-Semitism row which lingers on. 

    Mr Khan was one of the first Labour MPs to call for Ken Livingstone's removal from the party over his controversial claim that Hitler supported Zionism, and he told the Press Association there should be "no place in the Labour Party for anyone with these views".

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  14. Where's the mayoral candidate: Zac Goldsmith (Tory)

    The Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith has been out and about in south east London. He's also spent more time campaigning with outgoing mayor Boris Johnson.

    Yesterday, Mr Goldsmith predicted the election would go "down to the wire" urging Londoners to get out and vote as he and Boris Johnson were in the square mile.

  15. Where's the mayoral candidate: Sian Berry (Green)

    Sian Berry, the Green party candidate, launched a manifesto for East London in Shoreditch, after that she headed to Sidcup to join locals campaigning to save Old Park Farm which Bexley Council is looking to sell as a way of reducing the number of open spaces it has to maintain.

    Sian Berry with East London Green activists and City & East candidate Rachel Collinson in wheelchair
  16. Arsene Wenger: Emirates Stadium atmosphere cost Arsenal title

    BBC Sport

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says the "difficult climate" at some of their home games is the reason they are not competing for the Premier League title.  

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    Video caption: Arsene Wenger says "difficult climate" at Emirates Stadium cost Arsenal title
  17. Islington estate agents targeted with anti-gentrification graffiti

    Police are investigating after an estate agents in Islington was targeted with anti-gentrification graffiti.

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    Video caption: Police investigate after Islington estate agents targeted with graffiti

    Rob Mulholland, who has run the independent business in Holloway for three years, says he was "horrified" when he saw the paint daubed on his window, although he sympathises with the increased cost of housing in the area.

    He told BBC London the perpetrator should get into politics to get their view across better.

  18. Mayoral issue of the day - Cycling

    Heading into the weekend before the mayoral election, six of the candidates battling to become the mayor of London took part in a debate on cycling. 

    The BBC London's Tom Edwards says it striking how investment in cycling infrastructure has become an important issue in London politics. He says "cycling is now a mainstream policy in London politics. That is quite a story." (Read more from Tom here).

    Taking part in the campaign, which was organised by The Times and the London Cycling Campaing, was Sian Berry (Green), Zac Goldsmith (Tory), Sadiq Khan (Labour) Sophie Walker (Women's Equality), Caroline Pidgeon (Lib Dem).

    Find out more about the candidates here.

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