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  1. Updates on Thursday 30 June 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Cloudy with possibility of light rain

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It will remain cloudy through the evening, with a few outbreaks of light rain or drizzle at times throughout the night.

Minimum Temperature: 14 Deg C (57 Deg F)

Amazon expands food delivery service

Amazon is expanding its new fresh food delivery service to a further 59 postcodes across London less than a month after its launch.

AmazonFresh is now available to customers in 128 postcodes across the capital who are members of the Prime subscription service as the retailer extends its push into the grocery market.

Amazon packaging

The arrival of AmazonFresh, which has been operating in the US for nine years comes after the retailer signed a deal with the supermarket Morrisons, which has agreed to provide wholesale ambient, fresh and frozen products to Amazon.

Vice president Ajay Kavan said customers' initial response had been "very positive". 

On air tonight: Boris Johnson fall-out and marking the Battle of the Somme

Riz Lateef

BBC London presenter

Coming up on BBC London News this evening:

We'll be looking at the fall-out within the Conservative Party after Boris Johnson announced he was dropping out of the race to become leader.

Boris Johnson

And we'll be at the Imperial War Museum which has a special event to mark 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

'Barclays not planning to move jobs after Brexit' - CEO

Banking giant Barclays has no plans to move jobs out of the UK following the vote to leave the European Union, chief executive Jes Staley has said.

Barclays building

Barclays, whose headquarters is in Canary Wharf, is "staying anchored in Great Britain" Mr Staley told BBC business editor Simon Jack.

Some banks have warned that the Brexit vote may affect jobs.

But Mr Staley said: "Right now we are not making any plans to pick up and move people from one location to another."

Woman convicted over 'malicious' vendetta against ex-boyfriend

A woman from Hammersmith who pursued a “malicious” vendetta against her ex-boyfriend and his girlfriends has been convicted of stalking.

Sandra Danevska,
Met Police

After her victim broke up with her in 2013, Sandra Danevska, 38, set up bogus social media profiles and email accounts in order to harass him and two women he later went out with.

Using 60 false identities, she made 134 hoax reports of rapes, stabbings and acid attacks. Police attended his home 42 times.

Danevska was also convicted of perverting the course of justice. She will be sentenced on 26 August.

Barking and Dagenham energy scheme given green light

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On Tuesday, cabinet members launched B&D Energy Limited, a council-owned energy services company (ESCO) which aims to deliver affordable heat, low carbon and renewable energy projects while reducing fuel poverty.

Judge demands abortion death case review

Dr Adedayo Adedeji and nurse Margaret Miller

A judge has called for an urgent review of the decision to drop charges over the death of a woman at an abortion clinic in Ealing.

Aisha Chithira, 32, from Ireland, died after the procedure at the Marie Stopes clinic in January 2012.

Dr Adedayo Adedeji (pictured left), along with nurses Margaret Miller (pictured right) and Gemma Pullen, were accused of manslaughter by gross negligence but charges were dropped.

Judge Nicholas Cooke QC demanded a review into what "went wrong".

Watch: Londoners give their reaction to Boris Johnson news

MP claims commuters given lateness warnings because of Southern

Commuters have been given written warnings for consistent lateness at work because of Southern Railway's "shameful" service, an MP has claimed.

Peter Kyle MP told the House of Commons during transport questions: "I'm getting people writing to me who are being late for work every day and their bosses are giving them written warnings now."

But rail minister Claire Perry insisted services were improving.

Southern trains have been disrupted for weeks because of industrial action and high levels of staff sickness.

Southern train

Max Clifford accused of 'gyrating' in front of girl

Former celebrity publicist Max Clifford "gyrated" in front of a 17-year-old girl, a court has heard.

Max Clifford
Julia Quenzler

Southwark Crown Court was told Mr Clifford exposed himself to the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The court heard Mr Clifford was asked about the allegation in his police interview and replied "no comment" when asked if he remembered coming out of his office, blocking the alleged victim's access to a stairwell and exposing his penis.

Mr Clifford denies indecent assault in his London office in the 1980s.

Centenary of the Somme to be marked tomorrow

Tomorrow is the centenary of the start of World War One's deadliest battle which took place at The Somme and saw one million men wounded or killed, including more than 19,000 British deaths just on the first day.

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
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Vigils are to be held across the UK in the build-up to "zero hour" at 07:30.

The Imperial War Museum is also marking the event by staying open until midnight tonight into tomorrow exploring themes of love, fear hope and courage with film screenings, live music, immersive theatre and poetry.

Woman pleads guilty to mother killing

A woman strangled her elderly mother because she thought she was a "witch" - years after she was locked up for stabbing her young daughter, a court heard.

Regina Edwards, 52, pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility after killing 78-year-old dementia sufferer Priscilla Edwards with her own scarf on 21 February.

New Scotland Yard sign
Met Police

After the body of the "harmless" former midwife was discovered in her Plumstead home, Edwards admitted the killing, saying: "I did it, it was me," the Old Bailey heard.

Prosecutor Anthony Orchard QC mother-of-three Edwards had a long history of mental illness and in 1995 had pleaded guilty to stabbing one of her daughters in the stomach and leg.

The judge sentenced Edwards, of Plumbridge Street, Greenwich, to life with a minimum term of 10 years and also made an order under the Mental Health Act returning her to a secure hospital.

Travel: Accident on A13 and heavy traffic around Hyde Park Corner

BBC Travel

There are minor delays on the Central line, eastbound only, because of an earlier faulty train.

People slowing down to look at an accident on the A13 is causing congestion heading eastbound to Ilford.

There is heavy traffic around Hyde Park Corner in the roadworks area with congestion to the Natural History Museum.

A traffic light failure on the A114 Upton Lane in Forest Gate is causing disruption at the St George's Road junction.

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

Have your say about delaying the airport expansion decision

People have been giving their views about the government's plan to delay making a decision about airport expansion in the South East until a new prime minister is in place.

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Mixed results for Brits at Wimbledon

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Britain's Dan Evans will face seven-time champion Roger Federer at Wimbledon after beating Ukrainian 30th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Evans, 26, is through to the third round of a Grand Slam for only the second time after playing superbly to win 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 6-1 on court two.

Wimbledon 2016: Heather Watson goes out at Wimbledon

Meanwhile Heather Watson went out in the first round at Wimbledon having squandered three match points against Annika Beck.

The 24-year-old Briton went on to lose the game 3-6 6-0 12-10 on Court 18.

On Centre Court, Andy Murray is facing Yen-Hsun Lu.

Follow all the action here.

Boris Johnson's father quotes Shakespeare after son's decision about Tory leadership

Presenter Martha Kearney pressed Stanley Johnson on whether his son had been stabbed in the back by Michael Gove.

He used the famous last words of Julius Caesar to sum up his thoughts on a dramatic ending to Boris Johnson's leadership hopes.

Study finds over half of London emergency services workers live outside capital

More than half of emergency services workers who work in London live outside the capital, according to a new report by the London Chamber of Commerce (LCC).

Ambulance outside hospital A&E

LCC chief executive Colin Stanbridge said the findings "do give one cause for concern" about the way police, fire and paramedic staff can respond to major incidents and the added stress long commutes cause to shift workers.

"As London moves towards becoming a 'megacity', the preparedness of 'blue light' emergency services is a matter that the new Mayor - and the new Assembly - will want to comprehensively examine," he said

Inquiry finds Labour Party not overrun by anti-Semitism

The Labour Party is not overrun by anti-Semitism or other forms of racism but there is an "occasionally toxic atmosphere", an inquiry has found.

Shami Chakrabarti, the chairwoman of Labour's inquiry into anti-Semitism, said there was "too much clear evidence... of ignorant attitudes".

Jeremy Corbyn

The inquiry followed the suspension of MP Naz Shah and ex-London mayor Ken Livingstone amid anti-Semitism claims.

Leader Jeremy Corbyn said there was no acceptable form of racism.

Boris Johnson has 'ripped party apart' - Michael Heseltine

Tim Donovan

BBC London, Political Editor

Tory veteran Michael Heseltine has attacked Boris Johnson for "ripping the party apart".

Michael Heseltine

The former cabinet minister accused Johnson of creating the "greatest constitutional crisis of modern times" which has "knocked billions off the value of the nation's savings".

"He's like a general who leads his army to the sound of guns and at the sight of the battlefield abandoned the field.

"I have never seen so contemptible and irresponsible a situation. He must live with the shame of what he has done," Mr Heseltine said.

Man jailed for life for stabbing young father outside nightclub

A man has been jailed for at least 25 years for stabbing a young father to death after a row at an upmarket City nightclub.

Junior Afolayan

Junior Afolayan, 24, of Clapham stabbed Kabba Kamara in the stomach outside the Caravaggio venue in the early hours of 6 December.

Following the conviction, Mr Kamara's former girlfriend Annieka Kesha Mochia said the 23-year-old was an "amazing father".

Two other men, Olatunde and Ayodeji Odunyemi, aged 25 and 24 who are both from Kennington, were cleared of the same charge.

Trumpton creator Gordon Murray dies

Gordon Murray, creator and puppeteer of the popular BBC children's series Trumpton, has died at the age of 95, his son-in-law has confirmed.

Windy Miller in Camberwick Green

He was born in London on 3 May 1922 - the youngest of four children.

The Trumptonshire Trilogy - Camberwick Green, Trumpton and Chigley - were shown weekly by the corporation from 1966 for 20 years.

Camberwick Green, which was made using stop-motion animation, was the first children's show to be aired in colour on the BBC.

Gordon Murray
Gordon Murray Estate

Business groups angry over airport decision delay

Business groups have expressed anger after the government again postponed a decision on expanding airport capacity around London.

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The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said it was "hugely disappointing".

"The government should be getting back to business, taking forward a major infrastructure project which would have boosted exports, jobs and growth across the UK", National Chairman Mike Cherry said.

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) described the postponement as "economic illiteracy".

UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said a decision was to be put back until "at least October".

London YouTube personality who claimed attack charged with filing false report

A YouTube personality from London, who claimed he was assaulted near a gay club in West Hollywood, has been charged with filing a false police report.

Calum McSwiggan said he suffered three broken teeth and required six stitches to his head after being attacked by three men in the early hours of Monday.

Screen grabbed image taken from the Instagram feed of British YouTube personality Calum McSwiggan

The 26-year-old, who has more than 62,000 subscribers on YouTube, shared details of the alleged incident on Instagram with a picture of him in a hospital bed.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said officers investigated Mr McSwiggan's report and were "unable to substantiate the assault" and "was subsequently arrested after deputies observed him vandalising a car in the 8900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard."

The sheriff's department said Mr McSwiggan then began "injuring himself" with a payphone after he was placed in a cell at West Hollywood station.

Calum McSwiggan

In a Facebook post, McSwiggan acknowledged he hit himself with the phone which caused the injury that required stitches, but insisted he was attacked by three men.

"Many people are trying to discredit my story but this is the full and entire truth," he wrote. "Just because there were no visible marks on my face does not mean I was not attacked."

Watch: Tiger cub twins born at ZSL London Zoo

Two rare Sumatran tigers have been born at ZSL London Zoo.

The zoo said the as-yet unsexed twins were born to seven-year-old tigress Melati on Monday morning, after a 108-day pregnancy.

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A remote camera system, called "cubcam", was used to monitor the births.

Assistant curator of mammals Teague Stubbington said the zoo was "overjoyed with our new arrivals"

Sumatran tiger numbers are estimated to be as low as 300 individuals in the wild, according to the zoo.

Gatwick calls for expansion after annual results published

Gatwick Airport has called for a swift decision on airport expansion in the South East after its pre-tax profits jumped 77% to £141m in the year to March.

Plane at Gatwick

Chief executive Stewart Wingate said the results demonstrated the support and momentum behind Gatwick.

The airport is competing with Heathrow to expand, with a decision due to be made by the government later this year.

Watch: The night before the Battle of the Somme

Hannah Gelbart

BBC London

Tonight the Imperial War Museum London is hosting a special event featuring plays, letters and music to "offer a snapshot" of the lives of the men and women at the Somme the night before the infamous battle in 1916.

Credit: IWM First World War galleries    

Watch: Night before Somme battle remembered at IWM

Watch: I'm not standing for PM

How Boris Johnson told his supporters earlier he wouldn't be running for Prime Minister...

Boris Johnson: I won't stand for PM

Weather: Cloudy and breezy, but mostly dry

BBC Weather

It'll gradually become cloudier through the afternoon, but should stay mostly dry, although the odd shower is possible.

It'll be breezy too, particularly in exposed areas such as the Chilterns.

Maximum Temperature: 20 Deg C (68 Deg F)

On air this lunchtime: Boris Johnson and life of Mary Seacole

Alice Salfield

BBC London presenter

Coming up on BBC London News this afternoon:

We'll be having an in-depth look at former London mayor Boris Johnson's surprise decision to pull out of the Conservative leadership contest.

Boris Johnson

And we'll be finding out about the Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole who has had a statue unveiled of her in the grounds of St Thomas' Hospital - 12 years after the public voted her our Greatest Black Briton.

Join me at 13:30 on BBC One.

Analysis: Boris Johnson 'became toxic' after Brexit vote

BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith on Boris Johnson ruling himself out of the Tory leadership.

Tears in the room as Boris Johnson says he will not be leader

Laura Kuenssberg

BBC political editor

Boris Johnson

People in the room were in tears when Boris Johnson announced he will not stand for Conservative Party leadership.

Rupert Murdoch had endorsed Michael Gove this week publicly at The Times CEO Summit, saying that the justice secretary would be his choice for PM and said he should run.

Crowds gather for Mary Seacole statue unveiling

Watch: Boris Johnson announces he will not stand to be PM

BreakingBoris Johnson rules himself out of Conservative leadership

Boris Johnson has ruled himself out of a bid for the Tory leadership.

Brexit: Singapore bank UOB suspends London property loans

London skyline
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Singapore's third largest lender UOB says it has suspended its loan programme for London properties.

The decision comes in response to uncertainty caused by the UK's decision to leave the EU, the bank said.

The vote on 23 June caused global market turmoil and pushed the pound to 31-year lows. The Singapore dollar has gained about 10% since the referendum.

Singaporeans were the top Asian buyers of UK commercial property in 2015, according to consultancy Knight Frank.

No sale for the world's largest uncut diamond

The world's largest uncut diamond has failed to sell at Sotheby's auction.

The Lesedi La Rona diamond was expected to fetch more than £52m but bids fell short of the minimum reserve price yesterday.

Lesedi la Rona
Sotheby's Auction House

The 1,109 carat gem - the size of a tennis ball - was unearthed last November in a mine in Botswana.

It is believed to be more than 2.5 billion years old and it was the first time a rough diamond of such a size had gone on public sale.

Brexit: Singapore bank UOB suspends London property loans

Singapore's third largest lender UOB said it has suspended its loan programme for London properties.

The decision comes in response to uncertainty caused by the UK's decision to leave the European Union, the bank said.

View of London skyline
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The vote on 23 June caused global market turmoil and pushed the pound to record lows. The Singapore dollar has gained about 10% since the referendum.

Singaporeans were among the top buyers of London property in 2015.