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  1. Updates on Thursday 12 May 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Tonight's weather: Dry and mild night, fog by dawn

    BBC Weather

    It will be a fine end to the day, with some evening sunshine to enjoy. However, low cloud will be drifting in from the North Sea overnight, which will shroud The Chilterns, leading to some hill fog by dawn.

    It will stay mild overnight underneath the cloud.

    Lows of 10C (50F).

  3. Coming up on BBC London this evening

    BBC London News

    Car in the sinkhole

    Join us from 18:30 at BBC London to hear from the owner of a family car swallowed-up by a sinkhole in south-east London this morning. 

    Ghazi Hassan says he's "thankful" that his family and no passersby were hurt in what he described as a "crazy event". 

    Investigations into what caused the crater in Charlton are being carried out - and our reporter, Helen Mulroy has been at the scene for us, for much of the day. 

  4. Boy, 14, found guilty over stab death

    Haile Langa

    A 14-year-old boy has been found guilty of stabbing a man to death in London.

    Haile Langa, 21, was attacked in Watling Gardens, on Shoot Up Hill, Kilburn, on 5 November. He died from a single stab wound to the chest.

    The boy, who cannot be named, was found guilty of manslaughter after a trial at the Old Bailey.

    Imaan Farjani, 20, of Unity Close, was found not guilty. Ahmed El-Sayed, 20, of Watling Gardens, was acquitted on 25 April.

    The teenager will be sentenced next month.

  5. Spurs plan to open north London free school

    Spurs in action

    Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has joined forces with fee-paying Highgate School to propose setting up a state sixth form in north London.

    The free school, planned for September 2017, will use staff and educational expertise from Highgate, where pupils pay £18,705 per year.

    Spurs will be the school's main financial sponsor and provide premises.

    Highgate's head teacher says it will allow the school to offer an education to poorer families "on our doorstep".

  6. Prince William given teddy and wellies for Charlotte and George at lifeboat station

    Prince William with a teddy and RNLI wellington boots for his children

    Prince George will soon be old enough to model a pair of RNLI wellies, the Duke of Cambridge said earlier today, when touring a London lifeboat station. 

    Prince William was given a pair of yellow boots for the young prince and a teddy bear for Princess Charlotte.

    rince William, Duke of Cambridge meets staff as he attends the launch of an Emergency Services & Transport Industry Coalition on Male Suicide Prevention at Tower RNLI Lifeboat Station

    Earlier, he had attended a meeting between a number of emergency frontline services - encompassing the water, land and air - which were pulled together by the Campaign Against Living Miserably, a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide.

    He later moved on to the RNLI Tower Lifeboat Station on the River Thames. 

    Director of community lifesaving at the RNLI Leesa Harwood said the gifts were given to William for his children as a memento of his visit to the station and as a thank you for backing the coalition.

  7. Tonight's travel: Leadenhall Street closed, traffic on M25 and delays to King's Cross trains

    BBC Travel

    • Leadenhall Street is closed in both directions closed due to a gas leak and burst water main between A10 Gracechurch Street and Cornhill and Aldgate.
    • The M25 clockwise has severe delays in Essex due to an earlier incident involving a lorry and a car at J28, with congestion to J24
    • Trains departing King's Cross are being delayed up to one hour due to problems at Grantham

     More updates at BBC London's Travel website or listen to BBC Radio London.

  8. London's train delays 'worst for a decade'

    London Bridge

    London’s train services are the most unreliable they have been for over a decade, data released today has revealed. 

    A fifth of London and South East train services failed to reach their destination within five minutes of the scheduled arrival time in 2015-16, the lowest recorded since 2004-5.

    The capital's commuters experienced delays worse than the national average, the study by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) found

    Screengrab of ORR report

    A silver lining for London commuters is that failing services taken over by Transport for London (TfL) last year have improved in punctuality. 

    TfL is due to take over all London's suburban rail network as the franchises come up for renewal, starting with South West in 2017.

    Labour’s London Assembly Transport Spokesperson, Florence Eshalomi AM, said: "The sooner TfL takes control of London’s other train services the better.”

  9. Pensioner attacked and raped in south London home

    Met Police

    A woman in her 70s was attacked and raped when a stranger entered her south London home on Wednesday morning. 

    The attack took place shortly before 08:00  in Russell Hill Road, Purley, south London, when she became aware of a man outside.

    She opened the door and the man used his foot to force his way in, before assaulting her, causing bruising to her face, and raping her. 

    The suspect is described as white, with a tattoo or mark on his neck, and a circular tattoo on the left side of his chest. It is thought he spoke with a Scottish accent. 

    Det Insp Keith Ward said he was aware the incident would "cause alarm to people living in the area" and said detectives were "working around the clock" and doing everything they could to arrest the suspect.

  10. Woman 'overwhelmed' by high heels petition response

    Nicola Thorp

    A woman says she is "overwhelmed" after a petition calling for a ban on forcing women to wear high heels at work was signed by 100,000 people.

    Nicola Thorp set up the petition after being sent home from her temp job as a secretary after refusing to wear shoes with a "2in to 4in heel".

    Outsourcing firm Portico said "with immediate effect all our female colleagues can wear plain flat shoes".

    Ms Thorpe said the reaction was "testament to how big the issue is".

  11. 'House gap' plot sold for £400k

    The development plot

    A 4m (13.1ft) wide former service road in west London is being sold with planning permission for a two-storey home for more than £400,000.

    Its owners live in an adjoining terraced house and had hoped to extend into the gap but decided to sell after their extension plan was turned down.

    Hammersmith and Fulham Council said the new building would help provide "much needed" additional housing in the area.

  12. Watch: Police practice terror response in London

    They are rehearsing what they would do if an office came under armed attack.  

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    Video caption: Police practice terror response in London
  13. Activists set up 'Tax Haven pop up' in Trafalgar Square

    BBC Radio London

    Activists in Trafalgar Square

    As David Cameron launches a money laundering crackdown in central London today demonstrators Christian Aid, Action Aid and Oxfam have set up what they are calling a pop up Tax Haven in Trafalgar Square. 

    Activists told Valley Fontaine from BBC Radio London they wanted to make sure leaders at a global summit talked about the "elephant in the room" - overseas tax havens.

    They say the poorest countries in the world, where Action Aid works, lose $170bn USD through tax evasion and avoidance every year.

    Activists at Trafalgar Square
  14. Car is pulled out of giant sink hole - and the engine even starts

    Anna O'Neill

    BBC Radio London reporter

    A man attaches the rope to the car

    A car which was half swallowed up by a giant sink hole in south-east London has been pulled out by a crane. 

    The crane lifts the car out of the hole

    A man was lowered onto the Vauxhall Zafira, which was teetering on the edge of the huge hole which opened up in Woodland Terrace, Charlton.

    Tied to a crane for his own safety, he lashed a rope around the car, which was then pulled out by the crane. 

    Mr Hassan is re-united with his car

    Ghazi Hassan, who left the car outside his brother's house last night, even managed to start the engine after it was rescued. 

    The road is expected to remain closed for a number of days.

  15. Watch: 'Thank God it's only the car'

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    Video caption: 'Thank God it's only the car'

    Ghazi Hassan has spoken of the moment he saw his car had fallen down a huge hole in south east London.

    The Vauxhall Zafira was left on Woodland Terrace in Charlton by Mr Hassan, who was visiting his brother on Wednesday night.

    He said "it was a surprise" but was "thankful" his family were not hurt and nobody was injured in the incident.

    BBC Radio London has reported speculation that the 11ft deep hole could be due to recent heavy rain.

  16. Black Eyed Peas reunite in London - without Fergie

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    Black Eyed Peas perform

    The Black Eyed Peas have played together for the first time in five years at a free show in London's Royal Albert Hall.

    Led by will.i.am, the band played hits including Where Is The Love and I Gotta Feeling for an audience of 10,000 fans.

    But singer Fergie was not part of the line-up - with her parts sung by Lydia Lucy, who Will mentored on The Voice.

  17. £2.5bn new town next to Wembley Stadium approved

    The new town next to Wembley Stadium

    Plans to build a £2.5bn new town next to Wembley Stadium have been approved by Brent Council despite objections from football bosses. 

    New homes, a GP surgery and a school would be built as part of the new development. 

    The Football Association says it could mean fans driving to games could be stuck for hours in the car park.

    However, Brent says it is "confident" fans and other visitors to the national stadium will "continue to enjoy these facilities while providing the significant regeneration which the area needs.”

    Quintain’s plans will now be subject to consideration by the new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

  18. Sinkhole update: Road will be 'closed for several days'

    The sinkhole

    A south east London road which developed a giant sinkhole overnight, half swallowing a family car, will remain closed for several days, the local authority has confirmed.

    The stretch of Woodland Terrace between Heathwood Gardens and Maryon Road will be closed to traffic and a diversion is in operation for the 380 bus, said the Royal Borough of Greenwich. 

    In a statement, a council spokesperson said: "It has been confirmed the car is not resting on a gas main and can safely be removed. 

    "Once the car has been removed this will facilitate the investigations into the causes of the incident.

    “The hole is stable at this time, and while there will need to be further investigations to establish the cause, the geology in the area is sand/gravel and there is nothing to indicate that the collapse is related to old mine workings etc."

    Greenwich council said it would prioritise the welfare of residents, and was ensuring that Thames Water and SGN are communicating with households at the scene.”

  19. BBC Charter renewal: Key points of White Paper

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    • The new charter will run for 11 years, with a break clause after five 
    • The licence fee will rise in line with inflation until 2021-22
    • People using iPlayer to catch up on BBC content will need a licence in future 
    • Managers earning more than £150,000 and top talent earning above £450,000 will have their salaries published
    • There will be a requirement to provide distinctive content and services, and a focus on underserved audiences, particularly those from ethnic minority backgrounds
    • Ofcom is to become the external regulator of the BBC
    • The BBC Trust will be abolished

    To find out more, go to the BBC Entertainment and Arts live page or take a look at the Charter's key points.