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  1. Updates on Friday 1 July 2016

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Updates for London have now ended for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Have a great weekend.

Weather: Becoming mainly dry with clear spells

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It'll become mainly dry through this evening and night with clear spells, especially towards the east around Romford, although an isolated light shower is possible.

A cool night with a westerly breeze persisting.

Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

On air this evening: Polluted schools and driverless cars

Riz Lateef

BBC London presenter

Coming up on BBC London News this evening:

After Sadiq Khan released air quality figures, we'll be finding out which London schools are based in areas where the levels of pollution are illegally high.

And we'll be taking a ride in a driverless car ahead of trials in Greenwich which are due to take place at the end of the year.

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Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

Violent sex offender wanted following random attacks around Chiswick

A violent sex offender who absconded from a mental health unit is being searched for police following a spate of random attacks around Chiswick.

Vitalij Kovaliov, 35, was last seen on 24 June while on leave from the Claybrook Centre when he made off from staff.

Vitalij Kovaliov
Met Police

Eight assaults have occurred over the past four days including an attack on an eight-year-old boy who was assaulted in his home and had to be taken to hospital.

Other incidents included a woman having her hair spray-painted red, a 19-year-old man being hit in the face, a man exposing himself in the middle of the street, and a 27-year-old black woman being racially abused.

The Met said the offences are being linked by locality, nature of the incident and description of the individual involved.

Scotland Yard has warned people against approaching Kovaliov.

Jose Mourinho's son signs for Fulham

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho Jr
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Jose Mourinho Jr, son of the Manchester United manager, has signed a two-year scholarship deal with Fulham.

Goalkeeper Mourinho Jr, 16, has played in the youth sides of Chelsea and Real Madrid, teams managed by his father.

"Thank you to everyone who supported me, I'll make you proud," he said on Instagram, while pictured signing his contract alongside his mother Matilde.

Travel: Accident in Belgravia and burst water main in Willesden Green

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on the A302 Grosvenor Place southbound in Belgravia because of an accident involving a car and a van.

There is heavy congestion on the A4 in both directions in Knightsbridge around the roadworks area.

A burst water main has closed Donnington Road in Willesden Green between the Chamberlayne Road junction and the Harlesden Road junction.

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

Sir John Hurt pulls out of Sir Kenneth Brannagh play

Sir John Hurt has pulled out of Sir Kenneth Branagh's production of The Entertainer, on advice of his doctors.

Sir John Hurt
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The 76-year-old had been due to play Billy Rice, the father of Sir Kenneth's character Archie, in John Osborne's play at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End.

Sir John said he had been hospitalised recently with an intestinal complaint and had been told it was "too soon... to undertake [an] arduous stage role".

Charlton release striker George Tucudean

BBC Sport

League One side Charlton Athletic have terminated the contract of Romanian forward George Tucudean.

The 25-year-old joined the Addicks from Belgian side Standard Liege in July 2014 on a three-year deal.

George Tucudean

Tucudean scored two goals in 23 appearances for Charlton in 2014-15, before moving to Steaua Bucharest on loan in January 2015.

The former Romania Under-21 international had a spell on loan at Targu Mures last season.

Met trainee sacked after failing drugs test

A Met trainee detective constable has been sacked after he tested positive for cannabis during a random drugs test.

New Scotland Yard sign
Met Police

Alastair Rudd, who was attached to Hammersmith and Fulham borough, was tested on 9 March and subsequently found guilty of gross misconduct.

Assistant Commissioner Helen King said Rudd "clearly knew that it was against the law to smoke cannabis on the occasions that he chose to do so.

"The public have a right to expect police officers to maintain the highest standards of behaviour on and off duty", she said.

Gemma Arterton returns to West End to play Joan of Arc

Gemma Arterton will return to the West End stage playing the lead role in a production of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan at the Donmar Warehouse theatre.

Gemma Arterton
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She will be directed by Donmar's artistic director Josie Rourke, who said he was "thrilled to be directing Gemma Arterton, one of our most luminous and compelling stage actors".

The autumn line-up at the theatre will also see Kwame Kwei-Armah return to the West End stage to direct the UK premiere of One Night In Miami, a play based on Muhammad Ali.

Kingston and Esher scouts hold overnight vigil in memory of the Battle of the Somme

Surrey Comet


Scouts from Kingston and Esher stayed up all night to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Chelsea confirm end of Pato loan stay

BBC Sport

Alexandre Pato has joined fellow striker Radamel Falcao and goalkeeper Marco Amelia in leaving Chelsea.

Alexandre Pato
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Brazilian Pato, 26, moved to the club on loan from Corinthians in January, scoring a penalty on his debut in a 4-0 victory at Aston Villa in April.

He made his only start for the Blues in a 1-0 defeat at Swansea a week later.

Falcao returns to Monaco at the end of his loan while Amelia, who signed as cover for Thibaut Courtois but did not feature, becomes a free agent.

Watch: 'Soldiers' mark Somme tribute in London

Volunteers are taking part in an art project today to commemorate 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme. 

'Somme soldiers' in London for commemoration

Arsenal fan Claudio 'Claude' Callegair reported missing

A taxi driver who became well known online after his regular appearances on an Arsenal fan site has gone missing.

Claudio Callegair
Essex Police

Claudio "Claude" Callegair, 53, from Broxted, Essex, was last seen at 11:30 on Thursday. Police said his family were "extremely concerned for his welfare".

Mr Callegair regularly appears on ArsenalFan TV, which describes itself as "an online channel for all Gooners".

Coroner tells jury Home Office and police did not 'contribute' to Alice Gross death

A coroner has told a jury evidence given at the inquest into the killing of schoolgirl Alice Gross, who is believed to have died at the hands of a foreign criminal, does not support conclusions the Home Office or police "caused or contributed" to her death.

Dr Fiona Wilcox instructed the jury that "no such findings [about the Home Office of police] may be reached".

Alice Gross and Arnis Zalkalns

Arnis Zalkalns, who had served a prison sentence for murdering his wife in his native Latvia, is believed to have killed Alice in a sexually motivated attack after her body was found in the River Brent in September 2014.

The jury have been told to consider a number of issues including whether Zalkalns was responsible for her death, whether Zalkalns was ever on this "watch list", and whether he was "recognised as having a murder conviction on entry to the UK in 2007".

Finance new bus routes with crowdfunding, report suggests

Transport for London (TfL) should use crowdfunding to help finance projects like new bus and trams routes, according to a report by London Assembly member Keith Prince.

Crowdfunding page for TfL
GLA Conservatives

The GLA Conservatives transport spokesman suggested that crowdfunding schemes could be used to make projects financially feasible by incentivising people to contribute to a scheme by offering rewards like discounted tickets or publicity.

"This modern financing technique puts Londoners in the driving seat of the city’s infrastructure projects and could help even out the balance sheet to kick stalled projects into gear," Mr Prince said.

Wimbledon organisers considering extending play into Sunday

Sadiq Khan appoints deputy mayor for culture

Sadiq Khan has appointed Justine Simons OBE as his deputy mayor for culture and creative industries.

Sadiq Khan

The mayor said Ms Simons - who has worked on initiatives like the 2012 Olympic Festival and the Fourth Plinth Commission - is a "tour-de-force in London’s cultural scene, and she shares my passion to ensure culture is at the heart of city life."  

"It is crucial that this vibrant sector continues to grow, and it is one of my core priorities to help it do so," he said.

Ms Simons said she was "thrilled to be given this chance to deliver Sadiq’s ambitious cultural vision".

Weather: Drier and brighter later this afternoon

BBC weather chart

Rain will slowly clear away south-eastwards, with mostly dry and brighter conditions following from the west during the afternoon.

However, there is the possibility of a few showers, particularly over the Chilterns.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Council’s £180,000 chief executive job goes to insider Negrini

Inside Croydon

Croydon’s supposedly Labour-controlled council has, for the second time in a couple of years, managed to appoint an insider to its most senior job, as Tony Newman, the council leader, announced that Jo Negrini has landed the £180,000 chief executive post.  

Watch: Boris Johnson on Brexit, hecklers and Michael Gove

Reporters spoke to Boris Johnson as he left his Islington home this morning.

Somme centenary: The 12 year old soldier

Sidney Lewis letter

The brutality of the Battle of the Somme did not discriminate.

Many of those killed were young men and teenagers, some even younger than that.

Twelve year old Sidney Lewis ran away from his London home to join the army.

He was soon sent to fight on the frontline, his story is told through his son.

Firefighters free frightened fox that had its head stuck in a watering can in East Sheen

Richmond and Twickenham Times

Firefighters freed a frightened fox that had got its head stuck in a watering can in East Sheen this morning.

Andros Townsend joins Crystal Palace in £13m move

BBC Sport

Newcastle winger Andros Townsend has signed for Crystal Palace for £13m after just five months on Tyneside.

Andros Townsend

The 24-year-old England international joined the Magpies for £12m in January from Tottenham, but they went on to be relegated from the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Eagles forward Dwight Gayle has moved in the opposite direction, signing a five-year deal for Rafa Benitez's side.

London school 'among first' to introduce humanoid robot in the classroom

The London Design and Engineering University Technical College (UTC) in Docklands is set to be one of the first schools in the UK to introduce ‘Pepper’ the humanoid robot into the classroom.

Pupils inspect a humanoid robot
Simon Hadley

Pepper starts in September and will help to teach children about programming.

If you can't wait until then, here's a taster of a humanoid robot trial in a school in Birmingham from 2012.

South Croydon school marks Battle of the Somme anniversary

BBC Radio London

Staff and students at Whitgift School in South Croydon have been marking the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

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The school's Corps of Drums played as flags were raised and staff and students read poems.

Poetry reading in Whitgift School

Met releases CCTV after Finchley rape

The Met have released CCTV of a man they wish to identify after a woman was raped in Finchley.

The woman, aged in her 20s, was attacked on 10 June in Long Lane near the junction with Vines Avenue.

She was dragged into a residential garden by an unknown man and attacked.

Scotland Yard said the man in the footage matches the description of the suspect, describing him as being of mixed race, aged around 30, with a stocky build and short dark hair.  

Khan to sell-off water cannon bought by Boris Johnson

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

London's Mayor Sadiq Khan confirms he's selling the three water cannon bought by Boris Johnson. 

Mr Johnson authorised the purchase of three second-hand cannon, at a total cost of £328,883, in 2014.

Proceeds will go to youth services, Mr Khan says.

Passenger dragged along train platform after door locking confusion

A passenger at Hayes and Harlington station was dragged along a train platform after getting her hand trapped in the door last year, a Rail Accident Investigation Branch report has found.

The woman had deliberately inserted her hand in the way as the doors were closing, in the belief it would automatically force them to reopen, allowing her to board the train, the investigators said.

A train at Hayes and Harlington station

They said: "After closing the doors of the train, the driver either did not make a final check that it was safe to depart, or that the check was insufficiently detailed to allow him to identify the trapped passenger."

The accident happened at about 13:10 on 25 July 2015 and involved the 11:37 First Great Western Service from Oxford to Paddington.

Investigators said the driver may have been misled into thinking it was safe to depart because the door locking light was illuminated in his cab, showing the doors were closed and locked and he was able to move off. The woman was dragged along for about 19m, she lost her footing and fell, suffering head, back and hand injuries. When the door was inspected afterwards it was found to be safety compliant.

New high speed train takes to tracks

New Hitachi Super Express intercity train takes to tracks

A new high speed train for the Great Western Railway's services through the Thames Valley has taken to the tracks.

The Hitachi Super Express was due to start testing a year ago, but despite being delivered on time, was delayed as the electrification programme to power it is more than three years behind schedule.

Fifty seven trains are now being fitted with diesel engines meaning they can go into service next year on the Paddington line.

The train, built in Japan, made its first run from Reading to London yesterday.

Wimbledon ground staff mark Battle of the Somme commemoration

Wimbledon ground staff stand for a two-minute silence to mark the Battle of the Somme centenary

Ground staff at Wimbledon joined the earlier two-minute silence to mark 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Wimbledon ground staff stand for a two-minute silence to mark the Battle of the Somme centenary

Dan Evans takes on Roger Federer at Centre Court

BBC Sport

People queuing in the rain at Wimbledon Park

Coming up at Wimbledon today (depending on the weather), Great Britain's Dan Evans meets seven-times champion Roger Federer in the third round at Wimbledon on Friday.

The 26-year-old follows in the footsteps of compatriot Marcus Willis in meeting the Swiss on Centre Court.

Dan Evans

World number one Serena Williams is second on Centre Court as the defending champion faces fellow American Christina McHale.

In the men's draw, Novak Djokovic will be on Court One as the Serb continues his bid to defend his Wimbledon title against American Sam Querrey.

Follow all the action live here.

London Fire Brigade join Somme commemorations

In pictures: Battle of the Somme remembered in Parliament Square

The King"s Troop Royal Horse Artillery arrive before firing First World War guns in Parliament Square

The centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme was marked at an event in Parliament Square.

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire First World War guns in Parliament Square

Members of the King"s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired World War One guns for 100 seconds.

Crowds during silence at Parliament Square

A two-minute silence was then observed by people around the square.

Members of the London Fire Brigade pay their respects after the King"s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire First World War guns
The King"s Troop Royal Horse Artillery after firing First World War guns in Parliament Square

Scotland Yard mark anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme

Watch: Guns fired to mark Somme anniversary

World War One guns were fired in Parliament Square for 100 minutes to mark 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

First vigil at Westminster Abbey in more than half a century

An overnight vigil at Westminster Abbey was overseen by military personnel from Britain and the Commonwealth - most of the watches lasted 15 minutes, with each dedicated to a man who fought at the Battle of the Somme.

Vigil in Westminster Abbey

It is the first time the abbey has hosted a vigil since the peace vigils for the Cuban Missile Crisis, more than 50 years ago. 

The abbey stayed open to members of the public throughout the night. The vigil finished at 07:30.

Vigil in Westminster Abbey

When London buses went from red to khaki

Long before "battle buses" were used to shuttle campaigning politicians the length and breadth of the country, London buses commandeered for the war effort were used to transport troops to France in World War One.

Battle bus
London Transport Museum

Now, 100 years later, the London Transport Museum has sent one of the original battle buses - No. B2737 - across the channel to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Battle bus crossing bridge
London Transport Museum

Packed with men, the cheery red paint replaced by utilitarian khaki, and with the windows boarded over, the vehicles bore little resemblance to the omnibuses familiar to London.

Restored battle bus
London Transport Museum

When, in 1916, enlisted men boarded, it's unlikely they realised the ride would culminate in 141 days of horror, in which more than one million people would be killed.