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  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 June 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 at 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Tonight's weather: Thundery showers likely

    BBC Weather

    Heavy, thundery showers are likely in some areas this evening, before easing overnight. 

    The night will see some clear spells and light winds, with a little patchy mist developing along the River Thames. 

    Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

  3. Evening news: North Middlesex Hospital A&E, killer working in Tower Hamlets school, Aladdin in the West End

    BBC London News

    On BBC London News at 18:30 on BBC One, we'll have the latest on the A&E unit at North Middlesex University Hospital which is under threat of closure after serious concerns about patient safety.

    Two governors at a school in Tower Hamlets have resigned after it was revealed a killer had been working at the school as a technician for five years.

    And will Aladdin the Musical have a magical run in the West End and replicate The Lion King's success?

  4. The Hive comes to Kew Gardens

    The Hive, a latticed structure with LED lights which was the centrepiece of the UK Pavillion at the 2015 Milan Expo, is on show at Kew Gardens.

    The aluminium structure inspired by the bee hive was designed by Wolfgang Buttress. 

    The Hive
    The Hive

    The lights in the piece glow and fade with the soundtrack of hums and buzzes trying to mimic the real-time activity of bees in a beehive.

    The Hive

    The Hive will open to the public on 18 June and will remain in the Kew Gardens until the end of 2017.

    The Hive
  5. Government will 'monitor closely' North Middlesex University Hospital - PM

    Prime Minister David Cameron has said the government will "monitor closely" the situation at the North Middlesex University Hospital's A&E unit, which it is feared could close over safety concerns. 

    The General Medical Council has said it is "extremely concerned" about standards of training for junior doctors at the hospital in Edmonton. 

    The hospital has said it has a "broad recovery plan" and safety is paramount.  

    David Cameron

    During Prime Minister's Questions in Parliament Mr Cameron admitted the hospital is very busy but insisted the government is investing in services there.

    "If we look at what has happened since 2010, there are 120 more doctors, there are 280 more nurses recruited by the Trust. The health secretary will continue to monitor this closely."

  6. Toby Roland-Jones signs new Middlesex contract until 2019

    BBC Sport

    Middlesex pace bowler Toby Roland-Jones has signed a new deal with the club, which will keep him at Lord's until the end of the 2019 season.

    The 28-year-old has taken 32 wickets in all formats so far this season.

    Toby Roland-Jones

    "Toby is an outstanding cricketer who has become one of the leading domestic players in the country," managing director of cricket Angus Fraser said.

    He has taken 268 first-class wickets in 73 appearances at an average of 25.20 and featured for the England Lions against the United Arab Emirates over the winter.  

  7. Beekeeper 'cured of sting allergy'

    Lucy Zaichenko

    A commercial beekeeper who almost died after being stung has been cured of her allergy.

    Lucy Zaichenko said she risked her life daily running the Oxfordshire-based business with her husband Viktor, which has about 150 million bees.

    She was unaware she was allergic to bee stings until she suffered severe anaphylactic shock at home in 2011.

    The 47-year-old has since undergone immunotherapy treatment at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London.

  8. Princess Beatrice visits school to fund youth projects

    Princess Beatrice visited School 21 in Stratford, east London, ahead of a campaign to raise money for youth projects in the UK.

    Princess Beatrice (left) and Holly Branson (right) with school student Ava Lang
    Image caption: The princess and Ms Branson met students and staff during a poetry session at the school

    She visited the school with Virgin boss Richard Branson's daughter Holly Branson in the build up to the Virgin Strive Challenge 2016, which is taking place in September.  

    Princess Beatrice (left) and Holly Branson (right) during a poetry session at the Stratford school

    The royal visit was organised by the charity Big Change.  

    Princess Beatrice (left) and Holly Branson (right) with students at the Stratford school
  9. Four injured as car catches fire after Harrow roundabout collision

    A man is in a critical condition and three others suffered injuries after a car they were in burst into flames after crashing into a wall in a roundabout in Harrow, north-west London, Met Police has said.

    The incident took place just before 05:00 when a black Volkswagen Golf collided with a wall at Northwick Park roundabout. 

    The four men were pulled out by passersby before the vehicle was gutted by flames.

    Northwick Park roundabout in Harrow

    A 29-year-old man is in a critical condition after suffering neck and head injuries, while a 27-year-old suffered internal injuries, but he is in a stable condition in hospital.

    The two other men, aged 29 and 22, were treated for minor injuries.

    Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward, specially a man who was filmed the aftermath of the crash.

  10. NHS fraud doctor from London must repay £75,000

    Anthony Madu
    Image caption: Anthony Madu was employed as a specialist gynaecologist in Cardiff

    A gynaecologist who defrauded the NHS by working for other health boards while suspended must repay £75,000.

    Anthony Madu, 47, of Woolwich, south-east London, must pay the money within six months or face two years in prison.

    In October 2014, he was found guilty of six counts of fraud relating to his time at Cardiff and Vale health board.

    Cheryl Hill from NHS Counter Fraud Service (Wales) said: "Dr Anthony Madu defrauded the NHS of money which should have been spent on patient care."

  11. West Ham sign winger Sofiane Feghouli from Valencia on three-year deal

    BBC Sport

    West Ham have signed winger Sofiane Feghouli from Valencia on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

    The 26-year-old Algeria international spent six seasons at the Spanish club, scoring 42 goals in 243 appearances.


    The 2012 Algerian Footballer of the Year, Feghouli has 40 caps and has played in three major tournaments.

    He is the Hammers' second signing this summer following Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Havard Nordtveit, who joins on 1 July.

  12. British-Iranian woman to be charged with plot against Iran government

    Officials are "urgently" investigating reports a British-Iranian woman, detained in Iran for more than two months, is to be charged with trying to topple the country's government. 

    Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 37, who lives in West Hampstead, was stopped in April as she tried to return to the UK with her daughter at the end of a family holiday. 

    Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, pictured with her husband Richard and daughter Gabriella, has been held in Iran for more than two months

    She works for the charitable arm of the Reuters news agency. The Foreign Office says it's "urgently seeking information".  

    Her husband Richard Ratcliffe has been campaigning to get his family back to the capital. Their daughter Gabriella, a British citizen, has had to stay with her grandparents in Iran because she cannot return to the UK without her passport. 

    Under Iranian law only her father or mother can take the toddler home, but Mr Ratcliffe has been advised to stay away from Iran.

  13. 'Woman giving birth' on board Saudi plane diverted to Heathrow

    A Saudi Airlines plane bound for New York has been diverted to Heathrow for a medical emergency involving a pregnant woman.

    The flight tracking website Air Live reported at 10:47 BST that "a woman is giving birth" on board flight SV21.

    A spokesman for Heathrow Airport confirmed the flight had been diverted to Heathrow for a "medical emergency".

    It is not known whether the woman has given birth yet.

  14. Tower Hamlets school defends hiring racist killer

    An east London school has defended employing a man convicted of the manslaughter of a Bangladeshi father in a racially-motivated attack.

    Ian Devlin was 17 when he was sentenced to serve nine years at a young offenders' institution for killing Shiblu Rahman in London in April 2001.

    Devlin has been employed at Ian Mikardo High School, Tower Hamlets, as an assistant since 2010.

    Ian Mikardo High School in Tower Hamlets

    The school said he had passed security checks and was a model rehabilitated offender.

    While the school was aware of Devlin's conviction, parents and the wider community were not. 

  15. Victor Olisa is Met Police's new diversity lead

    The Met Police has appointed Ch Supt Victor Olisa as the force's new Lead for Diversity and Inclusion.

    The officer, who has been the borough Commander in Haringey for the past three years, said: "It’s a great privilege to be appointed as the Met's new diversity lead. 

    "We’ve come a long way but there’s still more we can do to become a police service that’s more diverse and inclusive.”

    Victor Olisa

    Det Ch Supt Helen Millichap, the current Borough Commander at Greenwich, will become the Borough Commander at Haringey later this month, replacing Mr Olisa.

  16. Private hire parking bays at Heathrow open

    Tom Edwards

    Transport Correspondent, BBC London

    A new private hire car park has opened at Heathrow, after residents complained about disruption caused by parking in streets. 

    Cab hire firm Uber says drivers will only get fares if they park here at Heathrow. 

    Private hire car park at Heathrow

    The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association said it was disappointed by the parking space and said it was a virtual rank.    

    Private hire car park at Heathrow
  17. Swastikas daubed in Stamford Hill playground

    At least three swastikas have been daubed in a playground in Stamford Hill, Jewish News reports.

  18. On this day: School for Nurses started

    On this day in 1860, Florence Nightingale started her School for Nurses at St Thomas' Hospital, London.

    Florence Nightingale
  19. Grant to restore Grade II Bow church

    A church in the East End of London which is listed in Historic England's 'Heritage At Risk' Register has been given £20,000 funding for repairs.

    The National Churches Trust Repair Grant will see the roof of St Mary and Holy Trinity in Bow made watertight, in addition to work on the timber clock tower and cupola. 

    St Mary and Holy Trinity in Bow

    The Grade II listed church, which was founded in 1311,  survived World War II despite - in 1941 - the tower and west end were badly damaged during the Blitz.

    The money will be used to repair the rotting timber of the church tower, the crumbling medieval masonry and improve drainage. 

  20. Big Ben cake to mark Alzheimer's Society's Cupcake Day

    Actress and singer Donna Air has unveiled a 5ft tall Big Ben made from 240 cupcakes to kick-off fundraising for the Alzheimer's Society's new campaign, Cupcake Day, tomorrow.  

    Donna Air