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  1. Updates on Friday 20 May 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Evening weather: Rain but mild

    BBC Weather

    It will be a cloudy night, with outbreaks of rain which will be heavy at times.

    Tonight will be mild, with a south-westerly breeze.

    Lows of 11C (52F)

  3. Selfridges through the years

    Selfridges has existed on Oxford Street for more than 100 years - see how it's transformed with this blog by Handpicked

    Selfridges
  4. Addison Lee in talks to test driverless cars

    Private hire firm Addison Lee has revealed it is in talks to test driverless cars as part of a £12m technology investment plan. 

    Chief executive Andy Boland said the London-based company is working with a car manufacturer on plans to test the vehicles as it steps up to the challenge posed by digital rival Uber. 

    "We are talking to a manufacturer about testing driverless cars, but it's early days. 

    "There's a big debate about insurance and how it would all work, but technology is going in that direction and we are dipping our toe in the water."

  5. BBC London News: Hampton stabbings, rise in tourism plus FA Cup final preview

    BBC London News

    On tonight's programme:

    We'll have the latest from Hampton where four women were stabbed earlier - one critically. A man in his 60s has been arrested.

    Also on the programme, find out about the transatlantic plan to fight cyber attacks and why London has welcomed more than 30m visitors for the first time.

    Plus, we look ahead to Crystal Palace taking on Manchester United in the FA Cup Final tomorrow at Wembley.

    BBC One, 18:30

  6. Rise in tourists to London

    Ayshea Buksh

    BBC London reporter

    Visitors to London increased by 20% say the Office of National Statistics, with 31.5m tourists last year.  

    Top spenders in London are Americans, French, Italians, Spanish and Germans according to Visit London.

  7. Planners’ fury as firm axes affordable homes at luxury development

    Camden New Journal

    Planners could barely contain their fury as luxury home developers left the Town Hall with a deal to make a cash payment in return for ditching affordable housing units previously agreed for a prime site in Covent Garden.

  8. Latest travel: Congestion in Staines, Hornsey, Wembley and Rainham

    BBC London Travel

    BBC Radio London Travel

    Here is the latest travel news for London:

    On the roads:

    Staines: The A30 westbound is closed due to an accident involving seven vehicles. There is queuing traffic between M25 J13 / A30 Staines By-pass / B376 and M25 J13 / A30 Egham By-pass / A308 (Runnymede Roundabout)

    Hornsey and Wood Green: There are long delays due to an earlier accident involving a lorry on A504 Turnpike Lane. Queues are in both directions between A105 Green Lanes / A1080 Westbury Avenue / Langham Road (Turnpike Lane Station)

    Wembley: Blackbird Hill in both directions between A4140 Salmon Street and A406 North Circular Road (Neasden Interchange) has congestion on Neasden Lane to A407. All lanes have been re-opened however there are residual queues around Wembley, Stonebridge and Willesden

    A13 Rainham: Eastbound entry slip road blocked due to an accident involving an overturned lorry and a tanker at Ferry Lane (Ferry Lane Interchange). The accident is on the north Ferry Lane roundabout.

    On the trains:

    At Victoria, there is a reduced service on Southern between Victoria and Brighton, due to a shortage of staff because of sickness.

    Keep up-to-date with BBC Travel

  9. Watch: Penguins from Scotland settle into life in London

    Ten new Gentoo penguins have moved to London to live at the Sea Life Aquarium. 

    The penguins that had been living there were taken to Edinburgh Zoo while their enclosure was refurbished. 

    But many of them fell in love with their new Scottish roomates and zoo keepers didn't want to separate them - so 10 different penguins have come to the capital instead.

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    Video caption: London Zoo keeper explains the penguins' arrival
  10. 'I took ref's 1990 FA Cup medal by mistake'

    Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew tells Football Focus pundit Garth Crooks about the time he accidently took the referee's medal in the 1990 FA Cup final.

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    Video caption: FA Cup final: Alan Pardew took referee's 1990 medal by mistake
  11. Jamie and Cheryl cook up a storm to help tackle childhood obesity

    Jamie Oliver was joined by Cheryl earlier at his Cookery School in Westfield Shopping Centre, to launch a Facebook "live" event.

    The event featured chefs from 10 countries encouraging viewers to cook healthy dishes from scratch on Food Revolution Day, which is a part of the Food Revolution campaign aimed at tackling the issues of child malnutrition and obesity.  

    Jamie Oliver
  12. Ben Butler trial: Stool fall 'could have caused head injuries'

    Another defence expert has refused to rule out the theory that six-year-old Ellie Butler died from falling off a pink children's stool found next to her in the bedroom. 

    Her father, 36-year-old Ben Butler, has been on trial for her murder. He denies causing catastrophic head injuries. 

    Biomechanic Dr Chris Van Ee, of Wayne State University, Michigan, told jurors had she been standing on the stool, Ellie's head would have fallen 50 inches before hitting the ground. 

    He said it was possible a fall from that height could have caused the injuries, but said such cases were uncommon.  

    Ben Butler with Ellie as a baby

    On a second report he had written which dealt with medical evidence suggesting Ellie suffered two impacts to the head, he said: "If there is more than one impact, then the fall does not explain it." 

    Asked whether it would have made a difference if Ellie had been jumping at the time, the academic said: "It cannot add to the fall much but it could explain her loss of balance." 

    Mr Butler appeared agitated in the dock during cross examination and muttered "blah, blah, blah"  

    The trial was adjourned until Monday when Ellie's mother Jennie Gray will give evidence. The 36-year-old denies child cruelty charges. 

  13. Palace's Bolasie shows off his rap skills

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    Video caption: Bolasie shows off his rap skills

    Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie shows Football Focus his rapping skills ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup final against Manchester United.

  14. 'I heard a scream and saw a young lady saying she'd been stabbed'

    BBC News Channel

    Sally Caddle, YMCA youth centre manager which is based near the scene of the attacks in Hampton described what happened to BBC News reporter Sophie Long.

    "I heard a scream and ran out to the car park to see what was happening and heard a young lady saying she’d been stabbed.

    "I went to stem the bleeding that was coming from her back. I helped a second woman as well who’d had an injury. 

    Scene where attack happened

    "One of the Sainsbury’s staff came out of the store to assist and quite shortly the emergency services arrived."

    She added it was a "very strange occurrence to happen in this quiet, suburban, residential area of greater London, one of the nicer parts of the borough. It’s not something that happens everyday here.

  15. Where you can get build-up to FA Cup final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United

    BBC Sport

    Crystal Palace take on Manchester United in the FA Cup final tomorrow evening. 

    The BBC has coverage throughout the day in the build-up to the match, and BBC Radio London has got in on the action with a special programme ahead from 15:00 which will see Gary Crowley talk to Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish and ex-player Mark Bright, who scored 91 goals for the club in 227 appearances.

    Wayne Rooney and Mile Jedinak
    Image caption: Wayne Rooney and Mile Jedinak
  16. Commuters 'should be allowed to book GP appointments anywhere'

    London commuters should be allowed to book a GP appointment online at any surgery in the city, a report by London Assembly member Andrew Boff says.

    The Conservative member said commuters often have to take time off work to attend GP appointments and can face waits of days and even weeks for convenient time slots.

    The approach is modelled on existing pilots such as those in Barking and Dagenham, Southwark and north-west London.

  17. Victims 'stabbed multiple times'

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    Video caption: Victims 'stabbed multiple times'

    One woman is critically ill and three others have been injured after they were stabbed near a supermarket car park in west London.