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  1. Updates on Thursday 9 June 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Fine and dry overnight, staying warm

BBC Weather

Fine and dry overnight with clear spells although cloud amounts tending to increase later.

Rural areas may see some mist.

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Remaining warm overnight in urban areas.  

Minimum temperature 13C (55F).

The issues that mattered to London graffiti artists in the '70s

Handpicked London

Rent and doldrums, featured then as it does today.

One graffiti artist wrote on a balcony: "Same thing day after day- work-dinner-work."

Coming up on BBC London at 18:30 tonight

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

Coming up tonight on BBC London at 18:30, bus drivers using Hammersmith Bridge are being blamed for a £35,000 repair bill which has built-up over several years, because of damage they've caused to a barrier.

Damaged bridge barriers

It's supposed to control the number of buses that use the bridge at any one time, but because of the delays it can prompt bus drivers sometimes take it apart. 

Gareth Furby will explain more in a report which has CCTV footage of the damage being done.

Replica World Cup trophy belonging to Pele sells at auction

A replica World Cup trophy belonging to footballing legend Pele has sold at auction in London for £394,000. 

Pele holds a replica Wolrd Cup trophy during a press conference at The Peninsula on March 26, 2015
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The three-time World Cup winner and Fifa Player of the Century is selling off his entire collection of awards and memorabilia including the Jules Rimet Trophy and even his old passports.

The 2,000 items auctioned cover the years from when Pele turned professional at the age of 15 with Santos in Brazil in 1956 to being named as the club's lifetime global ambassador in 2014.

Queen's birthday service at St Paul's Cathedral will bring road closures

Due to a service being held at St Paul's to mark the Queen's 90th birthday, Ludgate Hill, St Paul's Churchyard, Cannon Street between Queen Victoria Street and New Change will be closed from 08:00 tomorrow.

St Paul's Cathedral
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London is getting a 'cosy pop-up' where exhausted people can take a nap


If you’ve ever deliriously typed your way through work on three hours of sleep, then desperately searched for a hidden bathroom you could sneak a nap in, you need to know about this new pop-up.

Elephant Man's skeleton 'in private room'

Queen Mary University has clarified the skeleton in its possession is that of Joseph Merrick. 

A skeleton on public display at the Royal Museum of London is a replica.

Joseph Merrick

A university spokesman said as custodians of Mr Merrick's remains, the university regularly consulted with his descendants over their care.

He said the remains were kept in a private room and could only be viewed by medical professionals and students with the permission of the curator.

"Those viewing the skeleton are expected to consider Merrick's feelings and gain experience of the considerable challenges of living with his condition. These ethical and humanitarian considerations are an invaluable part of the learning experience for health workers during their training," the spokesman added.

Fulham FC have announced the departure of four senior players

BBC Sport

Jamie O'Hara is among four senior players released by Championship club Fulham following the end of the season.

James O'Hara
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The 29-year-old midfielder scored one goal in 39 appearances after joining the Whites from Blackpool last summer.

Defenders Dan Burn and Shaun Hutchinson and midfielder Alexander Kacaniklic have also been released.

Met Police officer sacked following child abuse conviction

A Met Police officer in the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command has been dismissed after being convicted of child abuse offences. 

Det Con Chris Maitland, 40 was found guilty of two counts of sexual touching of a girl under 13 years, eight counts of making an indecent image of a child and five counts of taking an indecent image of a child.

He was jailed for five years and four months at Southwark Crown Court on 13 May.

Earlier today he was was dismissed without notice from the Met Police following a special case misconduct hearing.

Muhammad Ali's funeral to be streamed live from London's O2

Muhammad Ali's funeral service is to be streamed live at London's O2 Arena.

The venue is currently hosting an exhibition celebrating the legendary sportsman's life. 

Muhammad Ali
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The funeral will be shown on the giant screens from 19:00 by The O2's main entrance. 

The the public can watch it, leave flowers, and also sign the book of condolence at the exhibition inside. 

It will  also be streamed on the website

Ali, considered the world's greatest ever world heavyweight champion, died last Friday in Arizona at the age of 74 after being taken to hospital with a respiratory condition complicated by his long-term struggle with Parkinson's disease.

 His funeral service is to take place in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, from 14:00  ET, (19:00 BST). 

Tickets for the funeral have sold out.

Queues on A4, North Circular and broken down car in East India Dock Tunnel

BBC Travel

  • There is queuing traffic on A4 Brompton Road Eastbound between Beauchamp Place (Harrods) and A4202 (Hyde Park Corner) due to roadworks
  • The  A406 North Circular Rd opposite Dog Lane junction: Two lanes are blocked due to a broken down HGV. Delays beyond Harrow Road Underpass  
  • There is a broken down car in lane one of the  A1261 East India Dock Tunnel.

Murray being lined up for full-time £80,000 director job

Inside Croydon

Cash-strapped Croydon Council is ploughing on with plans to recruit a full-time “culture czar” on a salary of around £80,000 a year, despite having had a recruitment freeze on more mundane council jobs for the past six months.  

Watch: Bus drivers damaging barriers on Hammersmith Bridge

Thousands of pounds has been spent fixing barriers on Hammersmith Bridge which have been damaged by bus drivers.

Damaged bridge barriers

Fourth man arrested after fatal stabbing in north London

A fourth man has been arrested following the murder of a father-of-two in north London.

Romeo Nkansah was stabbed to death in Camden after chatting to a group of women on a night out, police have said.

Romeo Nkansah
met police

A 23-year-old man is being held on suspicion of murdering the 37-year-old.

Officers are still appealing for witnesses, which took place in the early hours of Sunday 29 May.

Lego street party created for Queen's 90th birthday

A miniature street party made of 30,000 Lego bricks has been created to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

The model, which took 650 hours to build, is on display at Legoland in Windsor.

Lego street party outside Buckingham Palace
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It features rows of picnic tables, bunting, 600 guests and a miniature Royal Family displayed in front of a recreation of Buckingham Palace consisting of a further 35,000 bricks .

The exhibit will be on display until November.

Twitter to provide Tube alerts service

London Tube and rail passengers will be able to get travel alerts straight to their mobile phones as part of a new deal between Twitter and Transport for London (TfL)

TfL and the social networking platform began a pilot project today and described it as a "world first".

Commut ers getting on a Tube
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Customers will be receive alerts about delays on London Underground and TfL rail services as soon as they happen. 

Commuters need to opt-in to the alerts by visiting the TfL website.

Inquiry launched by MPs following high heels petition

Women who have been made to wear high heels at work are being invited to share their experiences with MPs in a new Parliamentary inquiry.

Afternoon weather: Fine and warm

BBC Weather

It will be a fine and warm afternoon with plenty of hazy sunshine. Uxbridge and the west will see the highest temperatures. 

Maximum temperature 22C (72F).

Watch: Give me control of rail fares - Khan

London Mayor Sadiq Khan came under fire yesterday from across the political divide on the London Assembly over the issue of rail fares.

In his manifesto Mr Khan promised to freeze TfL fares until 2020 but many believed that include rail travelcards.

He denies misleading the public and says he controls what he controls.

BBC London political editor Tim Donovan caught up with him today at City Hall and asked him if he was unclear in his promises.

Give me control of rail fares - Khan

BBC London lunchtime news: Hammersmith Bridge wrangle with bus drivers

Sonja Jessup

BBC London News

Coming up at 13:30 on BBC One:

 Almost £35,000 has been spent on fixing barriers on Hammersmith Bridge. Bus drivers had been filmed damaging them - and now the council's calling for restrictions on the number of buses that can use the crossing at one time. 

Hope you can join us.

Man finds fox in dishwasher at home in north London

A young fox wandered into a house in north London when the door was left open and became trapped in the dishwasher. 

Vet Simon Hayes discovered the animal at the house in North Barnet and managed to coax the terrified animal out. 

Fox in dishwasher
Simon Hayes

Mr Hayes estimated the young fox was four or five months old. 

He said the fox ran back out into the garden where his mother was calling him. 

"Last year the same family had cubs in our garden, and one of our cats befriended them," he said. 

"I think foxes get a bad press but we should learn to live in harmony with them really."

Lucky the cat is 'feline' fine after being lost at Green Park Tube station for three days

A cat called Lucky who was lost underground at Green Park Tube station has been found in the tunnels nearby after going missing for 3 days.

Lucky the cat

On Sunday evening, the Lucky escaped from his  carrier while being taken on a Tube journey and ran away into the tunnel. 

The cat was found at 03:00 and checked over by a vet before being returned home.

Surveyors predict short-term drop in London house prices

Chartered surveyors are predicting a short-term drop in UK house prices over the next three months - the first fall in more than six years.

Members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) who work in estate agents said London and East Anglia would be most affected.

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Wreaths to be laid on Charles Dicken's tomb

Charles Dickens died on this day in 1870.

Charles Dickens
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He is buried in Poets’ Corner in London's Westminster Abbey, where wreaths will be laid this afternoon in his memory.

Thousand spent repairing barriers installed to restrict buses

BBC London News

Almost £35,000 has been spent since 2009 repairing barriers on Hammersmith Bridge that were installed to restrict the number of buses using the crossing at any one time, after it was found that the bridge was in a bad condition.

Hammersmith Bridge

The information was obtained via a Freedom of Information request by BBC London after Hammersmith and Fulham Council released footage of the barriers being removed by bus drivers frustrated by the delays they were causing. 

Some have claimed that guards have been deployed to ensure the barriers are protected however TfL say they are there to provide passengers with travel information. 

CCTV of attack on bus released

CCTV footage of a group of women attacking a passenger on a bus in east London has been released by police.

The assault took place shortly after 23:30 on a 103 bus outside the Parkside Hotel, in North Street, Romford. 

CCTV of attack on bus

Three women in their twenties got onto the bus near Sports Direct, Western Road and sat beside a 19-year-old woman. 

An argument broke out and the bus driver asked the women to leave. 

They refused and one of the women hit a 20-year-old female passenger on her head. 

The women then grabbed the 19-year-old by the hair, dragged her off the bus and hit her in the head with her knee.

Mayor of London says it's 'down to Labour' to ensure UK stays in EU

Tim Donovan

BBC London, Political Editor

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has claimed it is down to Labour to ensure the UK stays in the EU because the Conservatives are "riven by division".

He said Labour had a "monumental and historical responsibility" to deliver a victory for the Remain campaign, and that the Conservatives were too divided to ensure this happened.

Sadiq Khan

There was a "crystal-clear" message that Labour voters and supporters would decide the outcome.

"It's up to us now," he said. "We don't want to look back in two weeks and say we didn't do enough."

The mayor was speaking alongside Alan Johnson, Harriet Harman and Yvette Cooper at an event at The Shard in London.

Mr Johnson challenged the more than 350,000 Labour members to convince three people each to vote remain - which would amount to over a million more voters supporting the campaign to stay.

Firefighters 'deluged' by calls due to floods

Firefighters and control staff dealt with a "deluge" of weather related calls yesterday afternoon as parts of London were hit with flash floods.

Between 15:00 and 18:15 the Brigade took 436 calls, with 150 of those flooding related and 10 relating to people trapped in vehicles.   

North Harrow during Wednesday's floods
Saroj Shah

The largest amount of calls came north and north west London with Harrow and Pinner the worst affected. 

Firefighters rescued people from cars after they became trapped near North Harrow Underground Station.

Fire crews also carried passengers trapped inside the station after floodwaters rose up to the platforms. 

Other areas hit were Wimbledon, Merton and Clapham.

High heels petition prompts inquiry

Women who have been made to wear high heels at work are being invited to share their experiences with MPs in a new Parliamentary inquiry.

It was launched after more than 142,000 people signed a petition calling for a ban on forcing women to wear heels.

Woman wearing high heeled shoes

Nicola Thorp, 27, from Hackney, set up the petition after she was sent home from her temp job when she refused to wear shoes with a "2in to 4in heel".

The deadline for comments is 10:00 on Thursday, 16 June.

Vauxhall Zafira goes up in flames in Bromley

London Fire Brigade is warning people about a known engine fault in Vauxhall Zafira B cars which causes them to go up in flames. 

Car in flames
Damian Fisher

Damien Fisher's car was engulfed in fire three minutes after he saw smoke coming from the dashboard of the car yesterday in Bromley.

The interior of the burned out car
Damian Fisher

The fitness instructor from Kent said: "Luckily I had just started my journey, if I'd been travelling at speed with nowhere to stop, God knows what could have happened." 

He said he arrived home to find the recall notice had been posted to him by Vauxhall.

North Harrow station reopens after floods

North Harrow station is open this morning after closing due to flash floods last night. 

North Harrow floods

Henal Chotai, of Red Cup Cafe, called for more to be done on flooding in the area.

North Harrow station

He said: "It not only affects local businesses, but through traffic, resulting in delays in surrounding areas."

Mr Chotai said there were also floods in the area in August, although the station did not close last year.

Flash floods in west London after heavy rain showers

There have been flash floods in north-west London following torrential rain yesterday.

Man wading through water
Abi Lewis

Cars had to drive through floodwater and residents wade through water on roads in Harrow.

Car driving through floodwater
Abi Lewis

In North Harrow,  three children had to be rescued from a car after being trapped in floodwaters in Harrow.

A man standing next to flood water
Abi Lewis

Children rescued as flash floods hit London

Three children were rescued from the roof of a car when flash floods hit parts of London.

Vehicles became trapped in floodwaters in North Harrow, north-west London

Torrential downpours in the led to flash floods, with the fire service warning people only to travel in an emergency.

The children had to be rescued after vehicles became trapped in floodwaters in North Harrow, north-west London.

Student James Smith rescued one child who got trapped.

His mother Sarah Barber said: "He knew the station was flooded so he went down to have a look. 

"When James got down there there was a gentleman stuck in his car he asked if he wanted help and waded through the water to help him get his grandchild out of the car to safety the fire brigade turn up moments later and said that he was a hero and thanked him for his help."