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  1. Updates on Thursday 26 May 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Tonight's weather: Dry and clear

    BBC Weather

    This evening and overnight will remain dry with some lengthy clear spells across London, however some low cloud may begin to spread into the far east later. 

    Minimum temperature 9C (48F).

  3. On air this evening: Mayor calls for EU backing & Winnie-the-Pooh comes to London

    Riz Lateef

    BBC London presenter

    Coming up on BBC London News this evening:

    Sadiq Khan has made his first intervention on the EU Referendum after he called on Londoners to stay in Europe - we'll be assessing what impact this could have on the vote.

    And we'll be finding out about a new Winnie-the-Pooh adventure which sees the celebrated bear head to the capital for a double birthday celebration.

    Winnie-the-Pooh celebration

    Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Researchers find more people are speaking like Londoners

    More people around the UK are speaking like Londoners compared to the 1950s, researchers have found.

    A scone and a person removing a splinter

    About 30,000 people used the English Dialects app, which was created by developers at Cambridge University, to answer questions about the pronunciation of words such as "scone".

    The researchers said initial results showed a decline in the number of distinctive regional accents with a lot more people now speaking like "southerners".

  5. Vicar appeals on Twitter after wife's jewellery stolen

    An Islington vicar has posted a picture of a man on Twitter who he said he found in his house shortly before discovering his late wife's jewellery was missing.

    Picture of man taken by Revd Simon Harvey/PA

    Reverend Simon Harvey said he was "devastated" after realising rings belonging to his wife Jennifer, who died nine weeks ago, had been taken from their Islington home.

    Mr Harvey, who is a vicar at St Mary's Church in Upper Street, wrote: "I found this man in my house yesterday. Can you help find my late wife's stolen jewellery? Contact police on 101."

    He has said he is willing to meet with the thief to "help him find some redemption".

  6. 'Millwall's pride is back' - Neil Harris on play-off final

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    Neil Harris

    Millwall manager Neil Harris says the "pride is back in the club" as they prepare for the League One play-off final against Barnsley on Sunday.

    Harris told BBC Radio London: "We have a terrific bunch of lads who have great spirit. Whatever happens we have foundations to build on."

    Victory would secure an immediate return to the Championship, after the Lions saw their five-year stay in the second tier come to an end last season.

  7. Travel: Disruption in Bloomsbury and the West End

    BBC Travel

    There is disruption in Bloomsbury where one lane is closed on the A40 Theobald's Road eastbound between the Southampton Row junction and the Old Gloucester Street junction because of an earlier vehicle fire.

    And a lane is blocked on the A4201 Regent Street/St James northbound at the Jermyn Street junction because of an accident.

    For the latest travel updates visit the BBC London travel page or follow @BBCTravelAlert

  8. In pictures: 'Boy hero' remembered at Jutland commemoration events

    A commemoration event has been held in Waltham Forest to remember "boy hero" Jack Cornwell who died following the Battle of Jutland.

    Members of the Royal Navy during a commemoration event for sixteen year old Jack Cornwell at Coronation Gardens

    A memorial paving stone was unveiled at Coronation Gardens to mark 100 years since the conflict.

    Poppy wreaths laid at the memorial paving stone unveiled at the war memorial

    David Cornwell, a relative of the 16-year-old who died in the battle and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery, was at the service.

    David Cornwell at the ceremony in Waltham Forest

    Elsewhere, the Duke of York attended a ceremony on board HMS Duncan in West India Dock.

    The Duke of York leaves a personal message for the "Jutland Capsule"

    He left a personal message in the "Jutland Capsule" which will be taken on the ship when it later sails to the Jutland Bank as part of the centenary events.

    The battle on 31 May 1916 saw 6,094 British and 2,551 German personnel lose their lives.  

  9. Watch: Crackdown on 'rip-off' pedicab drivers

    Pedicab drivers who charge extortionate fares for short journeys will be driven off the road under a new licensing scheme, the government says.

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    Video caption: Pedicab drivers who charge huge fares for short journeys will be driven off the road
  10. Private railway linking London to Windsor unveiled

    Plans for a £200m private railway to improve transport links between Windsor and London have been unveiled.

    CGI of new railway

    Windsor Link Railway's "master plan" includes the regeneration of the riverside and the creation of a tunnel to allow through trains from Slough to join the Waterloo line.

    Proposals also include the development of new homes and office buildings as well as creating a direct line from Windsor to Paddington and Heathrow Airport.  

    WLR said the track would be the "first privately funded addition to the core network for over 100 years".

  11. Man told father of woman who killed herself to 'keep quiet or face consequences'

    A man accused of harassing the father of a woman who killed herself told the grieving man to "keep quiet or face the consequences", a court has heard.

    Alexander Economou, 37, is accused of harassing David de Freitas, whose 22-year-old daughter Eleanor killed herself three days before she faced court on suspicion of making a false rape claim against Mr Economou.

    Eleanor de Freitas
    Image caption: Eleanor de Freitas died three days before she was due to go on trial

    Prosecutor William Emlyn Jones said the alleged harassment against Mr de Freitas began on 6 November 2014 after Mr Economou learned he was approaching the media about the inquest and allegedly hand-delivered a letter to his home address.

    "The effect of the letter was to make him feel extremely frightened and intimidated and distressed," he said.

    But David Lee, defending, said the letter was not designed to cause distress or alarm or harass anyone,"

    Mr Economou, of King's Road, denies a charge of harrassment without violence.

  12. Eurostar to offer cheapest fares to Facebook users

    Eurostar has launched a new website where customers will need a Facebook account to access the company's lowest fares.

    Eurostar train and train passengers

    Snap allows passengers to buy one-way tickets from £25 as long as they log in to the social network, the cross-channel firm said.

    Passengers can select a date and whether they want to leave before or after noon for travel between London and Paris or Brussels, but they will not be told exact time of their train until 48 hours before travel.

    The initiative comes just days after the high-speed rail operator reported a fall in passenger numbers as travellers "remain cautious" in the wake of the recent Brussels terror attacks.

  13. Government to move 250 jobs to London

    About 250 civil service jobs will be moved to London after a government department confirmed plans to close its Sheffield office.

    Protest outside St Paul's Place, Sheffield

    The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is relocating to the capital in what it says is part of measures to help save £350m by 2020.

    The Public and Commercial Services Union said the decision to relocate the department was "shameful".

  14. Winnie-the-Pooh heads to capital for double birthday celebration

    Winnie-the-Pooh visits the capital in a new adventure released to celebrate both the 90th birthday of the Queen and the fictional bear himself.

    Winnie-the-Pooh illustration

    Winnie-the-Pooh and the Royal Birthday sees the much-loved bear travel to Buckingham Palace with Christopher Robin and friends, Piglet and Eeyore.

    The free book has been written by Jane Riordan and is illustrated in the classic EH Shepard style.

    Winnie-the-Pooh illustration
  15. Watch: Ruislip shopkeeper robbed at knife point

    CCTV footage has been released of the moment a shopkeeper in Ruislip was robbed at knife point as he tried to protect his teenage son.

    Scotland Yard said the attack happened at the Taal Food and Wine shop on Field End Road on 14 May at about 22:30 BST.

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    Video caption: CCTV footage shows the man holding the knife to the shopkeeper's throat in Ruislip

    The shop owner suffered lacerations to his hands as he tried to protect himself and his teenage son after the man held a knife to his throat.

    He was taken to a west London hospital for treatment but later discharged.

    The attacker, described by police as being a tall Asian man, aged in his mid 30s, and of medium build, stole a "substantial amount of cash" from the till, the Met said.