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  1. Updates on Monday 16 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Emma Midgley and Sitala Peek

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 Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

  2. Jail sentence for YouTube pranksters

    Four members of the controversial Trollstation YouTube channel YouTube channel have been jailed in connection with fake robberies and kidnappings.

    The group were involved in a fake robbery at London's National Portrait Gallery and a fake kidnapping at Tate Britain in July 2015.

    Trollstation prank

    The channel, with 718,000 subscribers, has built a reputation for filming staged pranks around the city.

    A fifth member was imprisoned in March following a bomb hoax.

  3. Man Utd fan from Sierra Leone to go to Wembley FA Cup final

    A Manchester United fan from Sierra Leone whose dream trip to Old Trafford was ruined by Sunday's dummy bomb drama will attend the FA Cup final thanks to a campaign by supporters.

    Moses was left in tears after making the 3,000 mile (4,800 km) journey, only for the game to be cancelled.


    He had been invited by friends at the Manchester United Supporters Trust to watch the Premier League match. Now the group has offered to fund an extended trip for Moses.

    Members offered to pay for a later return flight home, so he can watch the Red Devils' rearranged clash with Bournemouth on Tuesday and they are arranging a ticket for Moses to watch the team's FA Cup final against Crystal Palace at Wembley next week.

  4. London-based security firm left device at Old Trafford

    A London-based private security firm that staged a training exercise which caused a Premier League match at Old Trafford to be postponed has been named.

    Security Search Management & Solutions Ltd (SSMS) was hired by Deacons Canines to test its sniffer dogs using fake bombs, the BBC understands.

    Bomb disposal experts arrive at Old Trafford

    A device was left behind, leading to the postponement of Manchester United's match against Bournemouth.

    SSMS said it was waiting for the club to get in touch before making comment.

  5. Boris defends housing record after criticism from new mayor

    Boris Johnson has defended his record on housing after being criticised for "leaving the cupboard bare" by recently elected mayor for London Sadiq Khan.

    A spokesman for former Mayor Boris Johnson MP said Mr Khan had failed to mention "a record" 100,000 affordable homes were completed between 2008/2016. 

    Boris Johnson in Enfield

    In a statement he said: "It's concerning that the new mayor trumpets an audit and talks of "the shocking scale of the challenge"  when he well knows that this data is already public and was published on the GLA website under the last mayor. 

    "Mr Khan also knows that the GLA released all of its surplus land under Boris Johnson - that's 414 hectares which will deliver about 50,000 homes - a legacy which will greatly benefit this mayor's housing numbers, if only he'd bothered to check."

  6. Boris has 'left the cupboard bare' for affordable housing', says Sadiq Khan

    The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has accused his predecessor Boris Johnson of letting down Londoners and “leaving the cupboard bare” when it comes to delivering affordable housing in the city.

    On taking office, Sadiq Khan asked officials to produce an audit of City Hall’s preparedness to tackle the housing crisis.

    Sadiq Khan

    He says it revealed "the shocking scale of the challenge" now facing the new mayor to gear up City Hall to tackle the housing crisis.

     According to the mayor, last year just 4,880 new affordable homes were delivered by the previous administration, and public land identified as suitable for housing included sites such as 10 Downing Street and the British Museum.  

  7. Couple reunited with stolen items found in pond after 11 years

    A couple who had jewellery stolen more than a decade ago have been reunited with their possessions after they were found at the bottom of a London pond.

    Isabelle and Stanley Larson from Oxted, Surrey, were burgled in October 2005.

    Stanley and Isabelle Larson with the stolen items

    The Marine Policing Unit's dive team were working on an unrelated case at Slade Ponds when they recovered the items in a supermarket carrier bag.

    The Larsons were traced after a public appeal by the police.

  8. London's afternoon's weather: Pleasantly warm

    BBC Weather

    A fine day will continue with pleasantly warm sunny spells

    Whilst cloud will build through the day, and the odd spot of rain cannot be ruled out, it should remain dry for most. 

    Screen grab of weather

    Winds will also remain light. 

    Max temp 19C (66F)

  9. Man who pushed victim onto Tube tracks is sectioned

    A man who pushed a passenger towards an oncoming train at a north London Tube station has been detained indefinitely to a secure mental health unit.

    Devindra Ferguson, 29, of Parklea Close, Colindale, London, pleaded guilty to attempted murder following the incident at Kentish Town LondonUnderground station on 2 December.

    Kentish Town Underground Station

    The victim sustained multiple injuries to his bones but has since recovered. Senior investigating officer Det Supt Gary Richardson said: “This was a terrifying incident which left the victim with broken bones." 

    Ferguson was sentenced on Friday at Blackfriars Crown Court.    

  10. Boy aged 13 is shot in leg

    Met Police

    A 13-year-old boy has been shot in the leg in a residential street in London. 

    A 20-year-old man was also shot in the shoulder after gunfire was heard in Stellman Close in Hackney on Saturday night.

    Stellman Close

    Armed and regular police were sent to the scene at around 23.30 and found the boy, who was taken to a hospital in east London. The man had already taken himself to hospital and both have since been discharged. 

    Scotland Yard said the shooting is not being linked to any other crime.  

  11. Boris Johnson speaks about Hitler row

    Former London mayor Boris Johnson is standing by his comparison of the EU's aims to Hitler's, saying both involved the intention to unify Europe under a single "authority".  

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    The pro-Brexit Tory MP said both the Nazi leader and Napoleon had failed at unification and the EU was "an attempt to do this by different methods".

    Shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn, who backs Remain, said the comparison was "offensive and desperate".

    Meanwhile, UKIP leader Nigel Farage has backed Mr Johnson to be the next PM.

  12. Charlotte Street crane collapse in Fitzrovia

    James Trudgian was walking past when he saw the collapsing crane and took this picture.

    Crane collapse

    London Fire Service said no-one had been injured.

    Charlotte Street crane collapse
  13. Man appears in court charged with rape of elderly woman in Purley

    Jason Batchelor, 46, from Wallington, has appeared at Croydon Magistrates' Court charged with raping a woman in her 70s in her own home in Purley.


    He is also accused of one count of sexual assault and one count of actual bodily harm.

    He will be held in custody until he appears at Croydon Crown Court on 13 June. 

  14. Crane collapses in Charlotte Street

    Charlotte Street has temporarily been closed after a crane collapsed during work on a building covered in scaffolding.

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  15. Coming up on BBC London this lunchtime

    Sonja Jessup

    BBC London News

    Coming up on BBC London from 13:30, we're looking at the disturbing rise in cases of witchcraft investigated by the Met Police. 

    Campaigners are calling for more to be done to protect young children who are forced to undergo exorcisms.

    Dice Bar

     And why have police told a Croydon club owner he can't play bashment- a popular style of Jamaican music?     

  16. Replica grenade leads to road closure

    A road in Clapham was closed this morning after a replica grenade was found. 

    Replica grenade
    Abbeville Road closure

    The route between Bonneville Gardens and Cavendish Road, was fully opened by 11:00, the Met Police said.

  17. Watch: Arsene Wenger praises players for 'never giving up'

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praises his players for "never giving up" after their 4-0 win over Aston Villa saw them finish second in the Premier League for the first time since 2005.

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    Video caption: Arsene Wenger: Important for Arsenal to finish strong

    An Olivier Giroud hat-trick helped the Gunners sweep aside relegated Villa for their 20th victory of the campaign.

  18. Leyton victim 'was driving car' when he was shot at

    Met Police

    Police are continuing to search for witnesses after a 24-year-old man was shot and killed in east London in the early hours of Saturday

    The junction of Melbourne Road and Capworth Street

    It is believed the victim was driving in a car when shots were fired at it. 

    He reversed his car in attempt to get away but collided with a parked vehicle near the junction of Melbourne Road and Capworth Street, and subsequently died at the scene.

    Two men aged 19 and 31 were arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody at an east London police station. They were later released on bail and are due to return on a date in early July.

  19. Lea Bridge station is officially opened

    Tom Edwards

    Transport Correspondent, BBC London

     Lea Bridge station has re-opened after being closed for 31 years.

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    The station is between Stratford and Tottenham Hale, in  Waltham Forest. 

    It is intended to help kick-start regeneration plans for the Leyton area that will include new homes and jobs.  

    It has been funded with £5.3m from the council, £5m from Olympic planning money and £1.1m from the Department for Transport.