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  1. Updates on Wednesday 8 June 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Showers will ease

BBC Weather

Any remaining showers will ease tonight, leaving most parts clear and dry overnight. 

However some low cloud and mist will edge in from the east, with some murky conditions developing for some by Thursday morning, especially over higher ground such as the Chilterns. 

The minimum temperature will be: 11C (52F) 

How Leytonstone Tube attack unfolded

BBC News looks at how the attack unfolded

As a man is found guilty of attacking Tube passengers with a knife at Leytonstone station, BBC News looks at how events unfolded.

Fulham goalkeeper Lonergan signs for Wolves

BBC Sport

Andy Lonergan
Rex Features

Wolves have increased their goalkeeping options by signing Andy Lonergan from Championship rivals Fulham.

The 32-year-old has agreed a two-year deal at Molineux, with the club having an option for an extra 12 months.

He began his career at Preston and had spells with Leeds and Bolton before joining the Cottagers in June 2015, making 31 appearances last season.

Andy Lonergan

Wolves sign Fulham goalkeeper Lonergan

Wolves sign goalkeeper Andy Lonergan from fellow Championship club Fulham on a two-year contract.

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Travel update: A5 closed due to flooding and lightning damage causes rail delays

BBC Travel

The A5 Edgware Road High Street is closed and there are long delays in both directions between the A5100 Station Road junction and the A5109 Deansbrook Road junction, because of flooding. 

There is congestion to Hendon, to the Stone Grove junction, on the A5100 Hale Lane to the A5109 Dean's Lane junction, on the B461 Whitchurch Lane to Cannons Park Station and on the A5109 Deansbrook Road to the Deansbrook Road junction.  

There is queuing traffic and long delays on the M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock). All lanes have been re-opened but congestion is to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).  

Delays of up to 15 minutes on Southern between Queen's Road, Peckham and Peckham Rye due to lightning damaging the signalling system.  

Teenagers passed 'nine warning signs' before rescue

The coxswain of Dover RNLI, which rescued the group of teenagers from the Kent coast on Monday night, said the group had passed "nine warning signs" deterring them from the walk.

Mark Finnis said "It could have ended up a whole lot worse" for the 34 youngsters and two adults from Ahvas Yisroel Community Centre in Stamford Hill, London, who became stuck in an area in Kent prone to rock falls.

Stuart Brock Photography

An RNLI helicopter and three lifeboats rescued them on Monday evening.

Shimon Cohen, spokesman for the Ahavat Yisrael Community Centre said: "Mistakes happen, and of course they are very sorry for putting the wonderful volunteers out to do what they did but lessons have been learned."  

Parents of rescued teenagers raise £5,000 for RNLI

The parents of a group of more than 30 north London teenagers rescued on Monday night have so far raised £5,000 for the RNLI.

The 34 youngsters and two adults from the Ahvas Yisroel Community Centre were on a half term trip to the Kent coast.  

Ahvas Yisroel

They got lost in an area prone to rock falls and called Kent Police for help.

Mark Finnis, coxswain of Dover RNLI, said the group had passed "nine warning signs" deterring them from the walk.

Teenagers rescued
Stuart Brock Photography

Previous owner would be 'heartbroken' to see collapsed house

In Lewisham where a house has collapsed, Merle Fraser, whose mum lived in the house for over 60 years before it was sold a few months ago has said she would be "heartbroken" to see it in its current state.

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Should Joseph Merrick - the Elephant Man - be buried in his home city?

Campaigners are calling for Joseph Merrick, known as the Elephant Man, to be given a Christian burial in his home city of Leicester.

They claim that while he agreed to be exhibited during his life, he "almost certainly" did not want his remains to be displayed after he died.

The Queen Mary University of London in Mile End intends to keep his skeleton at its medical school.

It claims that Joseph Merrick "expected to be preserved after his death".

Mr Merrick died in Whitechapel in 1890 aged 27.

Should the Elephant Man be buried in Leicester?

Lightning and heavy showers in London

BBC Weather Watchers have shared pictures showing heavy rain and lightning in London this afternoon.


Tooting by-election candidates: Elizabeth Jones, UKIP

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

People living in Tooting will elect a new MP next week after Sadiq Khan decided to step down to focus on being Mayor of London.

Every day this week we are hearing from the main candidates standing in the by-election on 16 June.

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Jelly replica of Buckingham Palace to celebrate Queen's 90th birthday

A jelly replica of Buckingham Palace made from Pimm's - complete with jelly corgis - has been unveiled in the run-up to the street party marking the Queen's official 90th birthday. 

About 10,000 guests will gather on The Mall on Sunday in celebration of the Queen's milestone anniversary. 

Jelly Buckingham Palace
Daniel Lewis/Pimm's/PA

The edible palace, which is a metre long, 15cm wide and 20cm high and weighs 35kg, was crafted using 35 litres of liquid - including Pimm's No 1 Cup and champagne. 

A team of three, led by sculptor Tim Simpson, spent more than 50 hours model-making and laser-cutting to create the royal mould, before concocting a jelly with the right rigidity and wobble. 

Jelly Buckingham Palace
Daniel Lewis/Pimm's/PA

Mr Simpson said: "Buckingham Palace is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world, so there was considerable pressure to produce a replica that honoured it appropriately. We're delighted with how it turned out."   

Jelly corgi
Daniel Lewis/Pimm's/PA

Croydon MP comes under attack in constituency office

Inside Croydon

Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell says that he was attacked by a man with a knife in his constituency office on Wickham Road on Friday.

EU vote registration deadline extended

The deadline for registering to vote in the EU referendum has been extended, the government has said.

Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock said the government would legislate to extend the cut-off until midnight tomorrow.

Polling station
Dan Kitwood

It follows a computer glitch which left some people unable to sign up before the original midnight yesterday deadline.

The Electoral Commission urged people to sign up until the end of tomorrow in order to vote on 23 June.

Man wanted for questioning over sexual assault in Surbiton

Police are re-issuing two images of a man wanted in connection with a suspected sexual assault of a woman in Surbiton in 2013.

Officers have now established the man, who has worked in numerous restaurants, may be working somewhere in the Cambridge area.

The alleged assault took place on Saturday, 9 November 2013 at about 22:30 outside the Prithi Bangladeshi and Indian restaurant in Ewell Road, Surbiton, Kingston-upon-Thames.

Mohammed Sala Huddin Ahmed or Moyen Qureshi
Met Police

The 22-year-old victim was visiting the restaurant to collect a take-away meal. As she left the restaurant the suspect, who was working as a waiter, sexually assaulted her.The suspect is described as aged in his 30s and may be known as either Mohammed Sala Huddin Ahmed or Moyen Qureshi. He is a Bangladeshi male, about 5ft 3inches tall with short, dark hair.  

In pictures: The art of happiness

Beth Rose

BBC News Online, London

Hidden away in south-west London is one of the most exclusive art galleries in the UK. 

Turner Prize winners and renowned fashion photographers are displaying their work for viewers at the Phoenix Unit - a secure psychiatric hospital in Tooting.

Nick Knight

It's home to 18 residents with severe and enduring mental health problems who live there, on average, between one and three years as they recover and regain their independence.

Group of artists Assemble

A new project - Hospital Rooms - has brought together 10 of Britain's most prolific contemporary artists, including photographer Nick Knight, who has previously collaborated with designer Alexander McQueen, to rejuvenate the space.    

Michael O'Reily
Hospital Rooms

Weather update: heavy showers hit London

The threat of thundery showers has followed through as heavy rain hit parts of London.

However, BBC forecasters have said any showers will be much less potent than yesterday.

Jason Rosam from BBC Radio London shared a video showing the heavy rain in Wandsworth.

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Teenager charged with Thornton Heath murder

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of 20-year-old, Mujaahid Wilson on Monday, 14 March in Thornton Heath, south London.

The boy, who can't be named for legal reasons, will appear at Croydon Magistrates' Court later.

He has also been charged with possession of a bladed article.

BBC scraps Wimbledon 2Day highlights show

BBC Entertainment and Arts

The BBC has confirmed it is scrapping Wimbledon highlights show 2Day.

Launched last year, the widely unpopular programme saw presenters mingle with a live audience and included funny home-video clips.

Wimbledon 2day

The BBC said it would now revert to its original Today at Wimbledon format.

A spokesman said this year's show would "have a traditional look and feel" and would "bring highlights of the day's action and insight from our expert pundits".

Terrace house collapses in Lewisham

A road has been closed in Lewisham after a house collapsed.

Neighbours have been evacuated from nearby properties after the collapse on Lampmead Road.

The neighbourhood policing team Lewisham Central shared these pictures on Twitter.

House collapse
Lewisham Central SNP
House collapse
Lewisham Central SNP
House collapse
Lewisham Central SNP

Met release image of convicted LeytonstoneTube attacker

Muhaydin Mire
Met Police

The Met has issued a photo of Muhaydin Mire, 30, who was convicted earlier of attempted murder following an attack on a man at Leytonstone Tube station in December.

Mire injured musician Lyle Zimmerman, 56, in the station's ticket hall.

Somali-born Mire admitted the attack but denied attempted murder.

Afternoon weather: Warm and sunny

BBC Weather

We're getting another very warm, sunny day. It'll be warmest in Harrow and the north west. 

Some cloud will build during the afternoon and bring the risk of the odd thundery shower. 

However, many places will avoid the showers, and remain dry, and any showers that do form will be much less potent than yesterday. 

Maximum temperature 25C (77F).

Festival to celebrate Fitzrovia’s music heritage opens

Fitzrovia News

The inaugural music festival to celebrate the many musicians and composers who have had a connection with Fitzrovia will kick off this Wednesday with the first of a series of concerts and other events.  

On air: Fares freeze and Queen's birthday preparations

BBC London News

On BBC London today at 13:30 live on BBC One, the Mayor says he can deliver on his promise to freeze all Transport for London fares for the next four years. 

But there's been strong criticism from the London Assembly today because Travelcard fares which are outside of the mayor's control are not being guaranteed

The children's television character Peppa Pig has featured in the defence of Ben Butler, who is accused of murdering his six-year-old daughter.

And as thousands prepare to gather on the Mall on Sunday for a huge street party to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday, we've been talking to some of those invited - today it's the turn of The Royal Choral Society.

Dagenham sign Bognor defender Robson

BBC Sport

Craig Robson
Getty Images

National League side Dagenham & Redbridge sign defender Craig Robson from Bognor Regis Town on a two-year deal.

New Twickenham Riverside consultation labelled 'smoke and mirrors' by campaigners

Richmond & Twickenham Times

A new consultation process for Twickenham Riverside design proposals has been labelled “smoke and mirrors” by campaigners who believe only minor tweaks will be made to the Francis Terry proposals.  

Met Police statement following Leytonstone Tube attack verdict

Commander Dean Haydon, Head of Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command, said Muhuddin Mire had downloaded a vast amount of extremist material which "inspired" him to conduct the attack at Leytonstone Tube station.

Commander Dean Haydon

He said Mire had a history of mental illness and was a "vulnerable" member of society, which terrorist organisations such as so-called Islamic State will prey on.

Muhiddin Mire, 30, has today been found guilty of the attempted murder of musician Lyle Zimmerman, 56, at the Old Bailey.    

Junior doctor 'rushed to help victim of Tube knife attack'

During the Old Bailey trial the court heard how a junior doctor rushed to help a man attacked at a Tube station in east London in December.

The doctor, on his way home, rushed in to help stem the blood flowing from Lyle Zimmerman's neck wounds after Muhiddin Mire attacked him with a knife.

Muhiddin Mire
Julia Quenzler/BBC

He continued to threaten members of the public at street level, swinging his blade at Polish Daniel Bielinski, who began filming events on his mobile phone. 

Mire lashed out at passengers before police arrived with Tasers. He ran at an officer and the security guard shouting: "This is for my Syrian brothers, I'm going to spill your blood," before he was finally subdued.

An onlooker called out to Mire: "You ain't no Muslim, bruv" - words which became famous in news reports and social media. 

Mire, who suffered from psychotic episodes, had been referred to mental health services by his GP a month before the attack. 

Muhiddin Mire, 30, has today been found guilty of the attempted murder of musician Lyle Zimmerman, 56, at the Old Bailey.  

Tube attacker seemed 'mentally unwell'

The man who attacked Tube passengers with knife at Leytonstone station in east London in December seemed "mentally unwell", a court heard.

Muhiddin Mire, 30, has been found guilty of attempted murder at the Old Bailey.

Musician Lyle Zimmerman, 56, was targeted by Mire as they travelled on the same train from Stratford back to Leytonstone, where the defendant lived alone.

Mire followed him off the carriage and produced a black-handled knife with a serrated edge from his pocket. 

leytonstone tube station
Jonathan Brady/PA

As Mr Zimmerman approached the barriers, Mire grabbed him from behind and swung him around and on to the floor. Mire then kicked him repeatedly around the head and body as a woman nearby called out for him to stop. 

 As Mr Zimmerman lay defenceless on the ground, Mire crouched down and began to "saw" at his neck with the serrated blade in front of shocked passengers. 

Giving evidence from behind a screen, the victim told the jury: "At the time my subjective impression was that I was being attacked by a crazy person, a mentally unwell person."

BreakingTube knifeman guilty of attempted murder

A knife attacker who lashed out at Tube passengers in east London cutting the throat of one has been found guilty of attempted murder. 

Muhiddin Mire, 30, injured musician Lyle Zimmerman, 56, at Leytonstone station's ticket hall, last December.

Mire, of Sansom Road, Leytonstone, had already admitted four counts of attempted wounding and an alternative count of wounding with intent to cause Mr Zimmerman grievous bodily harm but denied attempted murder.

The whole incident was caught on shocking CCTV and mobile phone footage taken by a passer-by who bravely carried on filming even as Mire lunged at him with the blade.  

Muhiddin Mire
Julia Quenzler/BBC

One onlooker shouted out "You ain't no Muslim, bruv" after Mire claimed he was doing it for "my Syrian brothers" as police took him down with Tasers. 

 The court heard that minicab driver Mire had a history of mental illness and his psychosis involved the belief that he was being persecuted for his religion and stalked by MI5 and MI6.

 He had images of soldier Lee Rigby and British Islamic State (IS) executioner Jihadi John on his Samsung phone, along with material linked to IS.

Fares Freeze: What did Sadiq Khan pledge?

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

On page 8 of Sadiq Khan's manifesto, he said: "Londoners won't pay a penny for their travel than they did in 2020."

That promise has raised complaints from the Conservatives and Lib Dems who say just freezing TfL fares isn't what Sadiq Khan pledged. They want to see rail fares frozen too.


Peppa Pig used in defence of man accused of killing daughter

Jurors in the Old Bailey murder trial of Ben Butler were shown a four-minute excerpt from the popular cartoon Peppa Pig at the close of his case. 

The 36-year-old denies causing six-year-old daughter Ellie Butler catastrophic head injuries in a violent rage while at home with her in October 2013.   

Ellie Butler

But his lawyer, Icah Peart QC, has suggested the little girl may have cracked her skull as a result of an accidental fall while watching a Peppa Pig DVD. 

In the extracts, "bossy" Peppa instructs her friends to "jump up and down" and exclaims "leapfrog everybody". 

Jurors smiled as Peppa bounced around a pretend moon and went to a "pirate party". 

Conservatives claim Khan 'turning his back' on voters

Sadiq Khan has today promised a fares freeze until 2020 on all TfL fares - but confirmed it will not apply to weekly and monthly travelcards, 

Conservative group leader Gareth Bacon said: "Hundreds of thousands of commuting Londoners use Travelcards, and thus will never see this freeze.

"Sadiq Khan was asked about his fares freeze thousands of times during the Mayoral campaign. Not once did he mention that this freeze would not include Travelcards."

Sadiq Khan in City Hall

Mr Khan told City Hall he "never promised to deliver a rail fares freeze" but said: "TfL fares will be frozen. That's what I promised."

Lib Dem Caroline Pidgeon said: “Sadiq Khan’s manifesto specifically said that Londoners won’t pay a penny more for their travel in 2020 than they do today. There were no ifs, or buts, in that statement.”

“The reality is that many Londoners will see their Travelcards rise over the next few years."    

Fares freeze: Conservatives say costing 'fishy'

Tim Donovan

BBC London, Political Editor

Tory Gareth Bacon says it is "fishy" that TfL Commissioner Mike Brown is now costing the mayor's fares freeze at £600m. He costed it at £1.9bn pre-election.

Tory Andrew Boff says Sadiq Khan's promises are "evaporating like a mist on Hackney marshes".

Sadiq Khan says he "never promised to deliver a rail fares freeze".

He added: "TfL fares will be frozen. That's what I promised."

Travel update: Accident causing delays on A502 Golders Green

BBC Travel

The A502 North End Road in Golders Green is blocked and there is queuing traffic in both directions at the West Heath Avenue junction because of an accident. A diversion is in operation which - affects buses 210 and 268.

On the M25 in Essex there is queuing traffic on the M25 clockwise at J30, A13 (Lakeside), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. 

Two lanes are closed and there is queuing traffic on the A13 into town in Barking before the Movers Lane Underpass junction because of an accident. Congestion is stretching to Goresbrook Interchange, Dagenham.

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

Travel update: Delays due to faulty train

BBC Travel

There are severe delays on the London Overground between Richmond and Stratford due to faulty train at Gospel Oak.

There are minor delays between Liverpool Street and Enfield Town, and between Liverpool Street and Cheshunt due to earlier broken down train. 

There are delays of up to 20 minutes on Southern between London Bridge and Tulse Hill due to signalling problem at London Bridge. Tickets are being accepted on London Overground, London Buses, London Tramlink and London Underground services.

There is a reduced service on Southern between Victoria and Brighton, between Brighton and Ashford International, between Milton Keynes Central and Clapham Junction and between Southampton Central and Brighton due to a shortage of train drivers and conductors. 

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

TfL boss on fares freeze: 'We will achieve this'

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

As Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced a "fares freeze" on Transport for London fares, Tfl boss Mike Brown says he's found the savings needed to deliver the freeze for two years.

He said he'll find the rest of cash in the autumn.

He told City Hall: "For the first two years it's enshrined... The money is there... Over the summer... All the money will be found... We will achieve this."

Cost of travelcards set to rise despite 'fares freeze'

Tim Donovan

BBC London, Political Editor

Travelcards look set to rise by 1 percent above inflation unless the government "compensates" train operating companies to allow a freeze, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said today. 

Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon says Khan appears to have "broken" a fares promise. 

She said the planned freeze was "Not what he said in campaign".

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Sadiq Khan: 'I can only control TfL fares'

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has today promised a public transport fares freeze - but he has confirmed the freeze will not cover travelcards, daily caps or monthly Oyster cards.  

Mr Khan said he "can only control TfL fares".

In response to a question from London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon as to whether Mr Khan will reimburse the Department for Transport to freeze prices on all London fares, the mayor says he will lobby DfT.