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  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 July 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Tonight's weather: Dry night and fresher

    BBC Weather

    Any isolated showers will soon die away to leave a generally dry night with clear spells. 

    It will be a fresher night than of late, with temperatures perhaps dipping to single figures in places. 

    Lows of 10C (50F).

  3. BBC London News at 18:30; air pollution and arrests over Notting Hill murder

    BBC London News

    Tonight on BBC London News at 18:30 political editor Tim Donovan looks at mayor Sadiq Khan's plans to tackle the capital's dangerous and illegal air pollution levels.

    And two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the death of a 17-year-old in west London.

  4. Balfour baggage bonanza

    Heathrow baggage reclaim sign

    Balfour Beatty has bagged a £170m contract with Heathrow Airport to upgrade its baggage screening and handling systems.

    The project will see Balfour Beatty upgrading and installing bag screening and handling systems at Heathrow's eastern baggage facility.

  5. Man jailed for nine years for online child sex offences

    Samuel David Lopez Florez,

    A man from Tower Hamlets has been jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to online child sex offences.

    Samuel David Lopez Florez, 25, admitted inciting a child under 13 to commit a sexual act, causing a child under 13 to watch a sexual image, and being in possession of counterfeit identity documents.

    During August and September 2015, a 12-year-old girl was sent a friend request via a video chat application.

    The victim accepted the friend request, which allowed Florez to view and have access to her personal friends list. Florez had a user profile of ‘samufc’. He later told her his name was Samuel Davids and he was 25 years old.

    Florez bombarded his victim with various messages of an indecent nature, pressurising her to make an explicit video of herself. He ordered the victim to send him the video.

    In return the man would send videos to the victim of himself performing a sex act.

    Florez - a Mexican national - was also found to be an illegal immigration over-stayer, as his visa had run out.

  6. Haribo proven to be bomb proof

    City of London Police carried out a controlled explosion of a suspicious package in central London earlier this afternoon near a UPS van at London Wall between Moorgate and Wood Street. 

    City police said they were responding to reports of a suspicious package at Coleman Street but the area was now safe and cordons had been lifted.

    Embarrassingly, it turned out to be a box of food. We've received word that a packet of Haribo survived intact.

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  7. Optometrist 'did not see' crucial scan

    An optometrist charged with gross negligence manslaughter over the death of eight-year-old Vincent "Vinnie" Barker, told police she had never seen scans that showed swelling at the back of his eyes caused by raised pressure in his skull.

    Jurors were told Honey Rose, 35, from Newham in east London, was interviewed under caution by two police officers in March 2013.

    The prosecution said, when she was shown the retinal images taken of Vinnie on 15 February 2012, she said they were not the ones she had seen because they showed a "completely pathological problem" which would have caused her to make an emergency referral that day.

    The court heard she said it looked like the findings she recorded that day related to 2011 images of Vinnie's eyes, and she suggested she had been shown those instead of the 2012 images.

    The jury heard photographs taken by another member of staff of the back of his eyes shortly before he was examined by Ms Rose suggested he had bilateral papilloedema - the optic disc at the back of each eye was swollen because of the raised pressure within his skull. 

    Vinnie died of hydrocephalus - a build-up of fluid in the brain which led to an increase in pressure within his skull on 13 July 2012.

    Ms Rose denies all charges against her.

  8. Latest travel: Severe delays in Brentford after accident

    BBC Travel

    The A315 Kew Bridge Road in Brentford is closed and there is queuing traffic in both directions at the Green Dragon Lane junction due to an accident. There is a bus diversion in operation for these bus routes: 65, 237 and 267.

  9. Appeal following criminal damage on bus

    unidentified man

    Police at Heathrow Airport are trying to identify a man suspected of causing criminal damage to a bus.

    Police were called at about 15:30 on 25 March to reports of a disturbance on a 285 bus which was travelling from Heathrow Central Bus Station to Kingston-upon-Thames.A window was smashed.

    When the driver stopped, the suspect left before police arrived.

    He is described as white, mid-20s, 6ft 2ins, slim with dark cropped receding hair.

    He boarded the bus on Bath Road, close to the junction with Nene Road in Hillingdon; he got off at Envoy Avenue. He had previously mentioned to someone he was going to Bedfont but did not appear to know the area.

  10. Have laws to stop laser attacks on planes been delayed?

    Tom Edwards

    Transport Correspondent, BBC London

    A big decision on whether to expand Heathrow or Gatwick has already been delayed due to fall out from the EU referendum and a change in prime minister.

    But it looks like other less high profile legislation has also been put back.


    According to the pilots' union BALPA, tougher laws to stop laser attacks on planes has been put back "two Parliamentary sessions" - i.e. some months.

    The union wants restrictions on high powered lasers as well as more powers for police to stop and search people suspected of carrying lasers.

  11. CCTV: Would-be motorbike thieves in Lewisham hunted

    Detectives in Lewisham investigating an attempted motorbike theft have issued camera footage of three men they wish to identify and speak to.

    On Sunday 24 April, police were called at around 14:00 to reports of an attempted theft of a motorbike on the A20 Eltham Road.

    It is believed three men chased a member of the public on their motorbikes and tried to collide with the rider whilst travelling at speed. 

    The three suspects blocked the victim off and attempted to take the keys out of the victim’s motorbike after verbally threatening and abusing him.

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    Video caption: CCTV footage released of attempted motorbike theft

    Detectives say the suspects were very aggressive and their actions endangered the safety of other road users, the victim and pedestrians nearby.

    The three suspects are described at male, white and in their late teens or early 20s.

    One rode a grey Yamaha T-Max scooter, another rode a white Yamaha XJ6 and the third was riding a black Triumph Street Triple motorbike.

  12. Family urge witnesses to come forward after Battersea murder

    Matthew Kitandwe

    Two weeks on since the murder of 18-year-old Matthew Kitandwe in Battersea, his family has urged any witnesses to come forward.

    Promising footballer Matthew was stabbed to death at an address in Wayford Street SW11 on 21 June.

    A reward of £10,000 is being offered by Crimestoppers for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

    Quote Message: My son Matthew, you will be greatly missed. You were my best friend and the house feels empty without you. It is a traumatic time for all the family. You were much loved by everyone and have left a very big gap to fill. Please, please could anyone with any information contact the police, as we don’t want any other family to go through this. from Rose Kitandwe Matthew's mother
    Rose KitandweMatthew's mother
  13. Death of boy, eight, 'preventable'

    The death of an eight-year-old boy could have been avoided if a London eye specialist had "done her job properly", a court has heard.

    Vincent Barker, known as Vinnie, died on 13 July 2012 - around five months after he was taken to have a routine eye test at Boots the Opticians in Ipswich, Suffolk. 

    Jurors heard post-mortem examinations showed Vincent died from hydrocephalus - a build-up of fluid in the brain which led to an increase in pressure within his skull and, ultimately, his collapse and death.  

    The prosecution said the conduct of locum optometrist Honey Rose, 35, fell so far below the standards expected it was "criminal".

    Rose, from Newham, east London, is charged with gross negligence manslaughter. Jurors were told that Rose owed a duty of care to her patients and this included a duty to carry out a competent examination of the eye and a duty to make an urgent referral if any injury or disease was detected.

    Rose denies the charges.

  14. Watch: Would you fancy living in Kew Gardens?

    Old buildings at Kew Gardens are being restored to be rented out as homes.

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    Video caption: Old buildings at Kew Gardens are being restored to be rented out as homes
  15. Met officers leaked information to drug dealers, report shows

    Get West London

    There were 2,315 police data leaks across the country between 2011 and 2015

    Information leaks within the Metropolitan Police in the past five years include information being passed to drug dealers and an officer trying to send a picture of a victim's driving licence to a friend because they found their name amusing.

  16. WW1 Anzac soldiers rested at YMCA Shakespeare-themed hut in London

    The Shakespeare Hut

    A building dedicated to Shakespeare which provided a haven in London for Anzac soldiers in World War One will be celebrated this summer.

    The Shakespeare Hut in Bloomsbury was one of 4,000 buildings provided by the YMCA to those fighting.

    Up to 100,000 men from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps sought refuge there.

    The Keppel Street Hut had a remit to bring performances of Shakespeare's plays and poems to the troops.