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  1. Updates on Tuesday 3 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Chirag Trivedi and Emma Midgley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Coming up on BBC London this evening: Driverless cars and new hope for dementia sufferers

    BBC London News

    On BBC London this evening from 18:30, we'll be inviting you to imagine travelling at 70mph on a motorway in a car without a driver. 

    The stuff of a Hollywood science fiction movie, you may think. 

    But a trial of driverless vehicles is to be carried out in London and those behind it are looking for families to take part. 

    But are the cars safe? And, how do they work? Our transport correspondent, Tom Edwards, has been finding out. 

    Also, find out how a new diabetic drug is giving hope to hundreds of people suffering from Alzheimer's.  

  3. BreakingRose apologises for scenes at Chelsea

    Danny Rose involved in a melee with Mousa Dembele (left) and Diego Costa (right)

    Tottenham defender Danny Rose apologises for the ugly scenes that marred Monday's 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

    There were 12 yellow cards during the match, which featured two mass brawls.

    Both sides may face retrospective action from the Football Association, with Spurs' Mousa Dembele having appeared to gouge Diego Costa's eye.

    "It is not nice to see for kids here or kids watching on TV, I apologise if it looked bad on TV," said Rose.

    Rose apologises for scenes at Chelsea

    Danny Rose involved in a melee with Mousa Dembele (left) and Diego Costa (right)

    Tottenham defender Danny Rose apologises for the ugly scenes that marred Monday's 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

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  4. Plumstead sinkhole: Ten homes remain evacuated

    Greenwich Council has said residents living in 10 homes close to a sinkhole which opened up on Saturday in Plumstead are still unable to return to their homes. 

    Of the 40 homes evacuated overnight, 30 have been found to be safe, allowing residents to return today.

    The others are waiting for checks to be done by Hexagon Housing.

  5. Bank of mum and dad reaches 'tipping point' in London

    Housing stock

    Lending from parents to help their children get on the UK property ladder will amount to £5bn in 2016, according to data from Legal & General (L&G).

    L&G says it means the so-called Bank of Mum and Dad will help to finance 25% of all UK mortgage transactions this year - at an average amount of £17,500.

    If this lending prowess was combined into a formal business, it would be a top 10 UK mortgage lender, adds L&G.

    But it warns this method of lending is coming under increasing pressure.

    In London, Mr Wilson said this funding method was reaching "tipping point", with more than half of average household net wealth (excluding property assets) going towards helping their offspring on to the housing ladder.

  6. London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith criticised for 'Leicester piggybacking'

    Zac Goldsmith has been accused of "piggybacking" on Leicester City's footballing success to boost his own campaign to be London's next mayor.

    Zac Goldsmith

    The Tory MP for Richmond Park was interviewed on radio and said: "I'm hoping to do a Leicester City and zoom in from behind and win on May 5."

    Social media users said it showed he knew nothing about football and his comments attracted a lot of attention.

    A fake tweet from the club rebuffing links with the MP was shared widely.

  7. Air ambulance lands in Parliament Square after man 'falls' from Westminster Bridge

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    A man is being treated for head injuries after apparently falling from Westminster Bridge and landing on concrete steps by Speaker's Green in the Houses of Parliament.

    Metropolitan Police say they are not treating the incident as suspicious.

    An air ambulance attended the scene just after noon.

    Eyewitnesses said the man appeared to lose his balance while standing on the bridge.

  8. Latest travel: Lorry stuck under railway bridge between Kew and North Sheen

    BBC Travel

    The South Circular, the A205 is closed between Kew and North Sheen as a lorry has got stuck under the railway bridge near to the National Archives. It’s causing long delays on the A406 south from Ealing and all around Chalkers Corner.

    Trains out of Kings Cross still have some delays after a person was hit by a train this morning, whilst at Paddington trains are delayed by around 20 minutes following of a signal failure.

    Click here for the latest updates on London's roads.  

  9. Sadiq Khan denies rift with Jeremy Corbyn

    Susana Mendonca

    BBC Radio London Political Reporter

    Sadiq Khan

    Mr Khan was introduced by the former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman. 

    The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was not at the event. 

    Instead he was unveiling an election poster at the same time just one mile away. 

    In contrast this evening Zac Goldsmith will be joined by his party leader the Prime Minister David Cameron at a rally in Richmond.

    But Mr Khan denied any rift with Mr Corbyn and said Londoners wanted to choose a mayor who is independently minded.

    Jeremy Corbyn

    He said: “They want to choose a man or a woman, who’s their own person. Who has got their own ideas, their own set of values, their own vision for our city. 

    Not a patsy for the Prime Minister, not a patsy for the chancellor but somebody who’s got a clear sense of direction.”

    He added “Jeremy Corbyn understands the housing crisis here in London; is passionate about reducing inequality. 

    "But we disagree on areas around business.

    "We disagree on a runway at Gatwick airport. 

    "I will be my own man and that’s what Londoners would expect in their mayor.”

    There are 12 people running for Mayor of London on Thursday. They are listed at

  10. Sadiq Khan makes final big speech of London Mayoral election campaign

    Susana Mendonca

    BBC Radio London Political Reporter

    Sadiq Khan gives a speech

    Labour's Sadiq Khan made his final big speech of his London Mayoral election campaign today.

    He said that Londoners faced a “stark choice” between him and the Conservative candidate on Thursday.

    He was speaking at the Southbank Centre, on the same spot where he was first declared Labour's candidate last autumn.

    Mr Khan presented himself as the “unity” candidate who would bring Londoners together to tackle the housing crisis, freeze fares, bring back neighborhood policing and tackle air pollution.

    And said he was disappointed with what he described as a “negative” campaign from the Conservatives.

    Labour MP John Mann confronts Ken Livingstone outside the BBC studios

    But he was forced again to answer questions about the anti-Semitism row that’s engulfed the Labour party. 

    He said that the comments by Ken Livingstone on Vanessa Feltz Breakfast Show on BBC Radio London last week had deterred potential voters who he was working to win back.

    Mr Khan said: "There are some Londoners of Jewish faith and non-Jewish faith who because of the comments made by Ken Livingstone and others think the Labour party may not be a place for them. 

    "My mission is to make sure all Londoners know that I'll be a mayor who's on their side and I am a mayor for all Londoners."

  11. Sir David Attenborough opens Woodberry Wetlands

    Sir David Attenborough

    Woodberry Wetlands has become the most-publicised nature reserve in the land, reports. 

    Until recently only invited bird-watchers were allowed to visit the Stoke Newington East Reservoir. 

    Now London Wildlife Trust's David Mooney, a developer, a housing association and English Heritage have joined forces to open it up to the masses.

    Sir David Attenborough officially opened the reserve on Saturday.

  12. London mayoral election: Candidates enter final week of campaigning

    Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan

    London's mayoral candidates have renewed their bid for votes in the final few days of campaigning.

    Labour's Sadiq Khan gave a speech focused on housing, saying he had a "positive plan for tackling the housing crisis".

    Conservative Zac Goldsmith vowed to set up a £1m fund for fighting violence against women and girls.

    Voters go to the polls on 5 May in the capital to choose a new mayor and London Assembly Members.

    UKIP's Peter Whittle, Lib Dem Caroline Pidgeon and the Green's Sian Berry

    UKIP candidate Peter Whittle attended the unveiling of a new poster criticising "open door" immigration.

    The Lib Dems' Caroline Pidgeon highlighted her proposal for half-price fares on journeys before 07:30.

    Meanwhile, the Green candidate Sian Berry drew attention to endorsements by campaigners for clean air, cycling and affordable housing.

    Find out more about who is standing in the London elections.

  13. Chiswick roundabout blocked after crash

  14. BA reinstate Heathrow to Inverness route

    The first British Airways scheduled flights between Heathrow Airport and Inverness for nearly 20 years will begin operating later.

    BA plane

    BA ended its services between the two airports in 1997.

    The new year-round service will see an inbound flight leaving Heathrow just before 10:00 and an afternoon flight from Inverness.

    A ceremony will be held at the airport when the airbus A319 jet touches down in the Highlands.

  15. A hundred jobs 'set to go' at East Coast main line travel centres, says union

    A hundred jobs are set to go at travel centres run by Virgin Trains on the East Coast main line out of King's Cross according to the TSSA union. 

    Kings Cross

    The Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) says the company wants to follow London Underground's example of moving staff out from behind the glass on to platforms. 

    Unions are already in dispute with Southern over plans to close more than 80 ticket offices and move staff on to station concourses. 

  16. Anthony Gerrard: FA to investigate claims defender was hit by a Millwall fan

    BBC Sport

    The Football Association will investigate reports Anthony Gerrard was hit by a fan following Oldham Athletic's defeat at Millwall.

    Anthony Gerrard

    Oldham lost 3-0 as Millwall secured a League One play-off place on Saturday.

    Gerrard, 30, said on Twitter after the game a Millwall fan gave him "a dig", adding his "five-year-old hits harder".

  17. Plumstead sinkhole: Residents given accommodation while engineers work on hole


    More on the Plumstead sinkhole from the Royal Borough of Greenwich. 

    The residents living in a row of houses close to King's Highway were put up at a council rest centre yesterday before being moved into accommodation overnight. 

    Structural engineers are continuing to try to make the site secure. 

    Residents will be able to return when it is safe, the council says.

  18. London's afternoon weather: Clouds will gather, then clear by this evening

    BBC Weather

    Patchy clouds will form as the day goes on, bringing the risk of the odd shower, especially over higher ground such as in Hampstead Heath.

    As day turns into night the clouds will melt away and will be replaced by light winds.

    Max Temp: 15C (59F)

  19. Coming up on BBC London's lunch time news: What powers does the mayor of London have?

    Alpa Patel

    BBC London presenter

    I’ll have the latest headlines for you at 13:30 on BBC One and with just two days to go until London elects its next mayor, all the candidates are fighting hard to win your vote.

    We’ll have the latest on the campaign and explain exactly what the Mayor of London can and can’t do.