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  1. Updates on Monday 4 July 2015

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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 from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest videos, news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Tonight's weather: Light rain overnight

    BBC Weather

    There will be some brightness this evening, but a little patchy light rain too. 

    Becoming cloudy overnight, with further patchy rain spreading eastwards, most persistent over higher ground such as the Chilterns. 

    Rain will begin to clear at the end of the night with most places dry by dawn. Lows of 14C (57F).

  3. 'Serious concerns' academy may close

    Existing school building on Durand Academy's site for boarding school

    A chain of academies could face closure amid

    The Durand Academy Trust (DAT) runs an infant and junior school in Stockwell, south London and a boarding school for older pupils in Midhurst, West Sussex.

    The Department for Education said the trust had been issued with a pre-termination warning notice and had until 1 August to respond.

    The trust has been asked by the BBC for a comment but has not yet replied.

  4. Watch: 'Unity' events taking place in London

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    Video caption: 'Unity' events are taking place at stations across London

    'Unity' events have been taking place at stations across London. 

    It comes as the Metropolitan Police confirms there has been a rise in racist abuse since the EU referendum vote. 

    Home Affairs Correspondent Nick Beake spoke to one of the organisers - Tahmid Islam from London Citizens - about what was trying to be achieved.

  5. Hackney Council by-election candidates announced

    The list of candidates to take over Sophie Linden's position as a borough councillor for Hackney Central has been announced. 

    The candidates are:

    • Sophie Conway, Labour
    • Russell French, Liberal Democrats
    • Mustafa Korel, Independent
    • Siobhan MacMahon, Green Party
    • Christopher Darlington Sills, Conservatives

    Ms Linden stood down as deputy leader for the council after she was made the deputy mayor for policing and crime.   

    The election will take place on 21 July. 

  6. Swansea City agree fee for QPR's Leroy Fer

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    Leroy Fer

    Swansea City are set to make Leroy Fer their first summer signing after agreeing a fee reported to be £4.75m with Queens Park Rangers.

    The 26-year-old finished last season on loan at the Liberty Stadium, making nine appearances for the Swans.

    The Netherlands midfielder still had a year to run on his QPR contract but had previously stated his desire to remain with Francesco Guidolin's team.

  7. Ninety years of dressing the Queen - new Buckingham Palace exhibition

    Curator Caroline de Guitaut is pictured here adjusting displays during a press preview for Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen"s Wardrobe, an exhibition at Buckingham Palace  

    Buckingham Palace

    In the photo - left to right - you can see the Auxiliary Territorial Service overalls and cap worn by Princess Elizabeth whilst serving in the wartime ATS.

    Next is a pale blue and gold evening dress by Sir Norman Hartnell, worn by The Queen on a State Visit to The Netherlands in 1958, a turquoise silk shift dress with silver floral embroidery by Hardy Aimes, worn by The Queen for an official portrait in the White Drawing Room by Cecil Beaton at Buckingham Palace in 1968, and an outfit and hat designed by Sir Norman Hartnell worn by The Queen to the wedding of Princess Anne to Captain Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey in 1973.

    Finally, you can see an outfit and hat designed by Angela Kelly worn by The Queen to the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in 2011.

  8. Three former Barclays employees convicted in Libor rigging trial

    Three former Barclays employees have been found guilty of rigging the Libor interest rate between 2005 and 2007.

    From left to right: Jonathan Mathew, Jay Merchant, Alex Pabon
    Image caption: From left to right: Jonathan Mathew, Jay Merchant, Alex Pabon

    Jay Merchant, 45, was convicted unanimously at Southwark Crown Court of manipulating the key financial rate.

    Jonathan Mathew, 35, and Alex Pabon, 38, were found guilty by majority verdict after a ten-week trial. The trio will be sentenced on Thursday.

    The Libor rate is used by banks to set prices of financial products.

  9. Met statement on Alice Gross inquest finding

    Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse has just issued this statement following the findings following the inquest into the death of teenager Alice Gross, who was

    He said: "One of the key issues examined during the inquest was if the Met had discovered Zalkalns’ conviction for murder in Latvia then could we have requested deportation proceedings against him following his arrest in July 2009 on suspicion of indecent assault.

    "If we were to arrest a foreign national it is now our policy to check their overseas offending history. In 2009, that was not the case, in the Met or policing nationally, and this check was not done. 

    "However, even if we had identified Zalkalns' conviction in that year it would not have changed the outcome of his arrest.

    "We recognise that had we carried out that check in 2009 then it would have meant that our investigation into Alice’s disappearance may have identified him as a suspect slightly sooner. 

    "Sadly, in reality nothing would have changed as all the evidence strongly points to the fact that both Alice and Zalkalns were dead prior to them being reported missing."

  10. Race crime in London

    A woman from east London explains how she was shocked to hear someone tell her to leave the country even though she was born here and has lived in the city her entire life. 

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  11. Richmond council plans £60,000 cuts to children in care

    Richmond & Twickenham Times

    The most vulnerable children in Richmond borough are facing almost £60,000 in cuts to their funding including cash for birthday presents and job-interview clothing.

    At a Richmond Council corporate parenting group meeting plans were unveiled to scale back on funding for children in care to bring it in line with that paid by Kingston council.

  12. Private college in west London ordered to pay £5,000 to former student

    A private college has been ordered to pay £5,000 to a former student who claimed that a certificate for a course she completed was issued a year late.

    Monika Maldrik says she finished all the assignments for a Higher National Diploma in health and social care management at ABI College, west London.

    Ms Maldrik says the delay meant she "lost a year".

    The college says it will contest the order made by the County Court Money Claims Centre in May.

    Monika Maldrik
  13. Arsenal face Notts County, Sheffield host London Bees

    BBC Sport

    Arsenal Ladies

    Holders Arsenal Ladies will host Notts County in the Continental Cup quarter-finals, a repeat of the 2015 final and one of three all-top flight ties.

    Monday's quarter-final draw also pitted league leaders Manchester City against Doncaster Rovers Belles, while in-form Birmingham City will host Liverpool.

    London Bees, who knocked out Chelsea Ladies on penalties on Saturday, will travel to fellow-Women's Super League Two side Sheffield FC Ladies.

  14. Six jailed for 'drug ambulance' plot

    Seized ambulance
    Image caption: Several drug smuggling trips were made in to the UK from the Netherlands

    Six men, including one from Crystal Palace in south London, have been jailed for distributing drugs imported in specially modified ambulances.

    Birmingham Crown Court heard the quantities of cocaine, heroin and ecstasy involved were "truly colossal".

    The drugs were hidden in secret compartments sealed with riveted panels inside Dutch ambulances entering the UK by ferry ports.

    The sentences

    • James Gibson, 56, from Cinder Lane, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire: 20 years for conspiracy to import and supply Class A drugs, and concealing criminal property
    • Petrit Kastrati, 42, from Oakwood Drive, Crystal Palace: 17 years and six months for conspiracy to import Class A drugs
    • Raymond DeSilva, 60, from Cranbourne Road, Slough: 16 years for conspiracy to import Class A drugs
    • Jonathan Floyd, 47, from Whitethorn Avenue, Burnage, Manchester: 15 years for conspiracy to import and supply Class A drugs and driving while disqualified
    • Darren Owen, 48, from Balham Close, Rushden, Northamptonshire: 15 years for conspiracy to import and supply Class A drugs
    • Richard Clarke, 36, from Tots Gardens, Acton, near Sudbury in Suffolk: 11 years for conspiracy supply Class A drugs
  15. Coroner 'likely to make recommendations to Home Office'

    After the jury returned with its conclusions earlier this afternoon, coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox read out a list of recommendations she was "highly likely" to make to the Home Office in relation to foreign national cases. 

    Last week, she told the jury evidence given at the inquest did not support conclusions that would "imply that any actions or inactions" of the Home Office or police "caused or contributed" to Alice's death. 

    Alice's father Jose Gross, sister Nina and mother Ros Hodgkiss were present in court as the jury forewoman read out the conclusions reached. 

    During the proceedings, Ms Hodgkiss read a prepared statement to the jury in which she said the family "remain stunned" that Zalkalns was "not monitored or even known about in any way" after he came to the UK.

    Arnis Zalkalns
    Image caption: Arnis Zalkalns
  16. Youth music fund for Alice Gross

    Following Alice’s death, her parents established Alice’s Youth Music Memorial Fund in tribute to Alice who was a keen singer, songwriter and musician. 

    The fund supports the work of Youth Music, a national charity provided life-changing music-making opportunities for young people who face difficult challenges in their lives. 

    These include disability, poverty, mental health issues and living in care. Funds have so far been raised through sponsored runs, charity concerts, local community events and private donations.

  17. Alice Gross: Schoolgirl unlawfully killed

    Alice Gross

    Schoolgirl Alice Gross was "unlawfully killed" in a sexually motivated attack, an inquest jury has found. 

    The 14-year-old is believed to have died at the hands of builder Arnis Zalkalns, who had served a prison sentence for murdering his wife in his native Latvia. 

    On the sixth day of the inquest at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, a jury of eight men and three women announced their "final conclusions" relating to Alice's death. 

    They found that her death was "consistent with compression asphyxia". 

    Alice disappeared from her home in Hanwell, west London, on 28 August 2014. 

    Her body was found on 30 September after Scotland Yard conducted its biggest search since the 7 July bombings.

    Zalkalns was found hanged in a park on 4 October and police said the 41-year-old would have been charged with Alice's murder had he been alive.

  18. Afternoon weather: Muggy with thickening cloud

    BBC Weather

    Today will be bright or sunny with variable cloud amounts. 

    It'll feel warm or muggy in the sunshine and light winds but the cloud will thicken later. 

    Maximum temperature 21C (70F).