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  1. Updates on Monday 27 June 2016

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By Sian Davies

All times stated are UK

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Sian Davies

BBC News Online

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

New Tooting MP sworn into Parliament

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan has been sworn in as the MP for Tooting this afternoon.

Dr Allin-Khan replaces Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. 


On air: Calls for London visa system to stop flight of highly skilled workers

BBC London News

On BBC London tonight at 19:30 live on BBC One, there are calls for London to be given more powers to help protect its future following the UK's vote to leave the EU.

There are also calls for London to have its own visa system to stop the flight of highly skilled workers from elsewhere in the EU. 

Baroness Jo Valentine, chief executive of the business body London First and Ruth Lea, non-executive director and economic adviser at the Arbuthnot Banking Group will be chatting to us in the studio.

We'll also explore what the vote means for Heathrow expansion.

Alice Gross murder: Family questions monitoring of foreign offenders

The family of murdered schoolgirl Alice Gross has told an inquest there are still "unanswered questions" over the circumstances of the 14-year-old's death. 

Police believe she was killed by convicted murderer Arnis Zalkalns, a builder from Latvia.

Arnis Zalkalns
Metropolitan Police

Her mother Rosalind Hodgkiss told the court: "We want to reiterate that the reason for these questions is so that we can establish whether or not the systems for monitoring foreign offenders and cross-border sharing of information are robust.   

"This has destroyed much of our faith in our country's ability to protect its citizens."

Constriction company to be sentenced over roadside hoarding deaths

A construction firm will be sentenced later for causing the deaths of a police officer and a television worker who fell through a roadside hoarding after a night out. 

Pc Gavin Brewer, 32, had been drinking with broadcasting engineer and musician Stuart Meads, 34, into the early hours of October 19 2013. 

Stuart Meads and Pc Gavin Brewer
Met Police/BTP

The pair plunged nearly four metres and suffered catastrophic head and neck injuries, the Old Bailey heard. 

Monavon Construction Limited, which was responsible for the half-built basement flat, has pleaded guilty to two counts of corporate manslaughter and a charge of failing to discharge its duty to persons other than employees in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and will be sentenced this afternoon.

Michael Freshwater death: Photo released in murder hunt

Police investigating the death of a man found stabbed to death in his Southampton home have released a photo of a man they want to speak to.

Michael Freshwater, 49, was found at his flat in Westridge Road on 29 April.

Kevin Suika
Hampshire Constabulary

The photo of Kevin Suika, 23, from London, is being broadcast nationally on BBC's Crimewatch programme in a bid by Hampshire Constabulary to trace him.

Crimestoppers is offering a £10,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of Mr Freshwater's killers.

Michael Freshwater
Family Handout

Purley paddler’s 400-mile journey highlights plastic pollution

Inside Croydon

Lizzie Carr, the Purley woman backed by the Ordnance Survey to travel the length of England using a paddle board on the country’s waterways, has completed her epic journey, and made some very worrying discoveries.  

Alice Gross murder: Inquest to consider if authorities failed school girl

The mother of a school girl, who police believe was killed by a convicted murderer, has welcomed a coroner's decision to consider whether she was failed by the authorities.

Alice Gross, 14, was found in the River Brent in west London in September 2014.

Alice Gross

Latvian builder Arnis Zalkalns' body was found nearby several days later.

Her mother Rosalind Hodgkiss told the jury the family was "stunned" a foreign national with such a conviction was "not monitored or even known about".

Met Police on alert for EU referendum hate crime rise

The Metropolitan Police are on heightened alert for a rise in hate crime following the European referendum result.

It comes amid reports of several race-related incidents over the weekend.

Polish centre

"Racist" graffiti was found scrawled on a Polish cultural centre in Hammersmith, west London, the Met said.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he had asked Scotland Yard to be "extra vigilant" following the reports.

Brexit: Boris Johnson - time to build bridges with Remain voters

Brexit voters must "build bridges" with Remain supporters who feel "loss and confusion", Boris Johnson says.

The leading pro-Leave campaigner and Tory leader frontrunner said the 52-48 result was "not entirely overwhelming".

Boris Johnson

Setting out his post referendum vision in the Daily Telegraph, he said the UK could reform its immigration system and keep access to the single market.

But ex-chancellor Alistair Darling accused him of treating the situation "like a big game".

Mayor of London: 'We need to stand guard against any rise in hate crimes'

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says he is working closely with the Met to guard against potential rises in hate crime after the UK voted to leave the EU.

"It's really important we stand guard against any rise in hate crimes or abuse by those who might use last week's referendum as cover to seek to divide us, he said.

Sadiq Khan

"I've asked our police to be extra vigilant for any rise in cases of hate crime, and I'm calling on all Londoners to pull together and rally behind this great city.  

"It's also crucial that we don't demonise the 1.5 million people in London who voted for Brexit," he added.

"Racist" graffiti was found scrawled on a Polish cultural centre building in Hammersmith, west London, on Sunday morning.

Phoebe's Garden Centre soon to 'be lost' to development

Catford Central

I woke up to sunshine on my face this morning so my thoughts turned to gardening. I had an idea to pop down to Phoebe’s Garden Centre for a few bits .

But my tiny piece of paradise is soon to become a three-storey building in Catford.

Met Police on heightened alert for hate crime following referendum result

The Met Police have been placed on heightened alert for any rise in hate crime following the referendum result by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

It came as the Poland's ambassador expressed shock at incidents of "xenophobic abuse" directed against the Polish community. 

New Scotland Yard Press Bureau

Of Brexit voters, he said: "We must respect their decision and work together now to get the best deal for London."

Weather update: Sunny and warm afternoon

BBC Weather

This afternoon will remain dry with sunny spells and with light winds and it will feel pleasantly warm. 

Maximum Temperature: 21C (70F). 

On air: Brexit effect on the City and Wimbledon starts

BBC London News

On the lunchtime news at 13:00 on BBC One we will have more the impact ion the City of London after Brexit.

And we are at Wimbledon for the start of the famous tennis tournament and how it's big business for those who give up their houses during the championships.

Alice Gross inquest hears from murdered school girl's mother

The mother of murdered school girl Alice Gross has described her daughter as "lively, popular, witty, sharp and academic. A songwriter, exceptionally creative. funny".

Rosalind Hodgkiss made the comments at the inquest into Alice's death which begins today. 

Alice was killed by Arnis Zalkalns, a Latvian builder who had a previous conviction for murdering his wife, in September 2014. 

Alice Gross
Met Police

Her body was found in the River Brent in west London, while his was discovered weeks later less than two miles away.

The inquest will look into whether failures by the government and the police contributed to her death.

George Osborne: 'We are equipped for whatever happens'

Chancellor George Osborne has insisted that the UK is in a strong position to "deal with the consequences" of the vote to leave the European Union.

"We were prepared for the unexpected," Mr Osborne said in a statement aimed at calming financial markets after the Brexit vote triggered market turmoil on Friday.

George Osborne: "We are equipped for whatever happens"

MP David Lammy calls for second EU referendum

BBC News Channel

David Lammy, MP for Tottenham has called for Parliament to act after the UK voted to leave the EU.

"This was an advisory referendum", he said. "The economy is in complete decline. The pound has fallen significantly. There is real hardship to come."

David Lammy

He said 62% of people did not vote to leave the EU.

"Are we really going to jeapordise the finances of this country and the future of young people in this country on the basis of that?

"We cannot impinge the future of our children in this way. Parliament must act."

Met Police 'ready' for Wimbledon

A significant number of police officers will be on patrol and firearms officers and a highly mobile reserve will be on-hand to respond to emerging incidents, the Met Police has confirmed.

Officers will be working in uniform and in plain clothes during the event, which starts today.

Police outside Wimbledon
Metropolitan Police

Chief Superintendent Colin Morgan said: "At the conclusion of last year's Championships the Met's planning team started preparing for the tournament this year. 

"I encourage everyone to have a great time but to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to a police officer or member of AELTC staff.

Barclays and Easyjet shares fall amid FTSE 100 volatility

UK shares have remained volatile in the wake of the Brexit vote, with trading in Barclays temporarily suspended and airline Easyjet falling more than 19%.

Barclays shares were suspended after falling more than 10%, while Royal Bank of Scotland fell more than 14%.

Banker with head in hands

Easyjet's fall came after the airline said revenues would fall more than expected, partly because of Brexit.

Overall, the FTSE 100 fell more than 1% at 6,071,76 by mid-morning, but the fall was not as bad as some had feared.

Shares in London estate agent Foxtons crash 24%

Shares in Foxtons have crashed 24% after the estate agent issued a Brexit profit warning this morning. 

The company's stock fell from 135p to 103p in morning trading as the firm said that the upturn it had expected in the second half of the year is "now unlikely to materialise".

Houses in London

Chief executive Nick Budden added that annual earnings will now be "significantly lower" than in 2015.

He said uncertainty and higher stamp duty has led many buyers and sellers to "sit on their hands".

Corbyn likely to face leadership election as pressure mounts

Jeremy Corbyn has been told he is likely to face a leadership election if he does not quit as the revolt against him gathered momentum. 

The Labour leader held crisis talks with his deputy Tom Watson in Westminster after a string of frontbenchers quit their roles in protest at his leadership. 

Jeremy Corbyn
Getty Images

Mr Corbyn was left in no doubt he had lost the support of the Parliamentary Labour Party, a senior party source said.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said the leader was "categorically not" told to quit by Mr Watson.  

Teenagers threaten shopkeeper with broom during robbery

Police want to speak to two teenagers in connection with a robbery at a newsagents in Wandsworth. 

On Saturday, 23 April, police were called at around 09:24 BST to a report of a robbery at A J corner shop, Gagarin House, Winstanley Estate.

Metropolitan Police

Suspect one is described as a black teenager wearing a fur lined coat, black trousers and black shoes.

Suspect two is described as a black teenager, wearing a dark hooded jacket with a white sports badge on the right elbow. He wore a grey hood underneath the coat, dark tracksuit bottoms and white trainers and was seen wearing a black sports bag with 'Nike' written in white across the front.

Metropolitan Police

Photo released in murder hunt at flat

Police investigating the death of a man found stabbed to death in his Southampton home release a photo of a man from London they want to speak to.

Michael Freshwater
Family handout
Michael Freshwater

Photo released in murder hunt at flat

Police investigating the death of a man found stabbed to death in his Southampton home release a photo of a man they want to speak to.

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Andy Murray column: Wimbledon may see British players spring a surprise

BBC Sport

I hope Liam Broady is really pumped and excited for our first-round match at Wimbledon on Tuesday, because these are the moments you play for.

I obviously hope that I win the match but I know Liam pretty well and this is a big opportunity for him to go out there, give it a go and show everybody what he's got.

Andy Murray

You want to be playing on the big courts against the best players, in front of a big crowd, and there's no pressure on him, so I'm expecting him to play good tennis.

And Liam won't be the only one who's nervous - before any of the Slams I feel the tension, and as the tournament goes on it calms down a little bit each day.

Wimbledon 2016 - all you need to know

It's that time of year again.

One hundred and forty thousand punnets of strawberries ripened to perfection, 256 players dreaming of singles glory, 19 courts trimmed with precision - all for two weeks and one tournament.

Wimbledon is here and here's what you need to know as the world's best tennis players convene at the All England Club.


'Racist' graffiti on Polish cultural centre in Hammersmith

"Racist" graffiti was found scrawled on a Polish cultural centre building in Hammersmith, west London, the Met Police said.

It was informed about the "racially motivated" damage on the King Street building on Sunday morning.

Polish centre

A spokeswoman for Polish Social and Cultural Association said graffiti was found on the front entrance at about 06:00 BST and had been washed off.

The centre's chairwoman said staff were "very disturbed" by the find.

Croydon MP among those who have resigned from shadow cabinet

Labour MP Steve Reed is among those who have resigned from the shadow cabinet in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

Mr Corbyn lost 12 of his shadow cabinet on Sunday and four shadow ministers on Monday - with most criticising his performance in the EU referendum.

Mr Corbyn said he regretted the resignations but pledged to stand in any new leadership election.

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Brexit fallout 'cast doubts on Heathrow runway expansion'

Brexit "must cast doubts" on whether Heathrow Airport will get a third runway, the chairman of the anti-expansion group Hacan has said.

According to John Stewart, if Boris Johnson follows David Cameron as prime minister his opposition to Heathrow expansion leaves it "up in the air".

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But Heathrow's boss John Holland-Kaye said its expansion "is the right choice for a stronger Britain".

The Department for Transport (DfT) said it was "committed" to the project.

Travel update: Severe delays on TfL Rail

BBC Travel

There are severe delays on TfL Rail between Liverpool Street and Shenfield due to late finish of engineering work. Tickets being accepted on London Underground, Abellio Greater Anglia, C2C, London Overground and London bus services.  

There are delays and cancellations likely across the network on Southern between Victoria and Brighton, between Brighton and Ashford International, between Clapham Junction and Milton Keynes Central and between Southampton Central and Brighton due to staff shortage.

There are delays of up to 20 minutes on Southern between Crystal Palace and West Norwood due to a signalling problem. Tickets are being accepted on local bus routes.

There are delays of up to 20 minutes on Thameslink between East Croydon and Tulse Hill due to a signalling problem. 

There are delays of up to five minutes on South West Trains between Wimbledon and London Waterloo due to congestion.

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

Passengers evacuate from American Airlines plane at Heathrow over 'smoke'

Passengers had to use an emergency slide to evacuate a flight at Heathrow Airport, American Airlines has said.

Smoke was found in the cabin of the London to Charlotte flight at Terminal 3 on Sunday morning. There were 277 passengers and 12 crew on board.

Passengers evacuate from American Airlines plane at Heathrow Airport

About 25 passengers used the slides but there were "no significant injuries".

A passenger on a flight from Helsinki, Ross Hiscock, said he saw "smoke coming from the tail-end of the plane" parked next to his and saw passengers escape.

London weather: Dry today with sunny spells

It'll be a rather cloudy start to the day with some light rain. This will quickly clear though and sunny spells will develop. 

The rest of the day will remain dry and with light winds it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine. 

The maximum temperature will be 21C (70F).

BBC London weather on Monday 27 June 2016 with Georgina Burnett

Travel update: Road closed due to emergency repairs

BBC Travel

A211 Main Road in Sidcup is closed in both directions at the Partridge Road junction, because of subsidence and emergency repairs. A diversion is in operation for bus route 321.

Congestion is stretching to J6 on the M25 due to a blocked lane on the M11 in Essex. There is very slow traffic and the road surface is in a poor condition on M11 northbound before J7, A414 (Harlow).

There is queuing traffic on the A25 Westerham Road westbound in Oxted between the B269 Kent Hatch Road junction and the B2025 Detillens Lane junction.

The A406 North Circular Road is partially blocked and there is heavy traffic westbound between Waterworks Corner in Woodford and Fore Street Tunnel in Edmonton, because of two broken down vehicles.  

Shire Lane in Orpington is blocked at the High Elms Road junction because of a fallen tree. A diversion is in operation for bus R8, via Westerham Road and Farnborough Common.  

Two lanes are closed and there is queuing traffic on the A3 southbound in Coombe before the A238 Coombe Lane Flyover junction, because of an accident and recovery work.  

A traffic light failure on A402 Holland Park Avenue in Holland Park is causing problems at the Portland Road junction.  

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

BBC London Live updates on Monday 27 June

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

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