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Watch: London's Iraq fatalities

Remembering the London soldiers who died in Iraq between 2003 and 2009.

Click here for more on the release of the Chilcot Report.

Tonight's weather: Mild and dry night

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and fine evening with some hazy sunshine and light winds across the county. 

During the night cloud will increase, although there will still be a few clear spells in places but it will be a milder night for all. 

Minimum temperature 14C (57F).

Boy of 15 arrested over Portobello Road stabbing

A 15-year-old boy is the fourth teenager to be arrested over death of a 17-year-old who was stabbed in the neck in west London.  

Folajimi Orebiyi was stabbed outside a Notting Hill estate on Sunday evening. He then fled along Portobello Road but collapsed and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The boy of 15 was arrested last night on suspicion of murder and remains in custody, Met Police said.

Folajimi Orebiyi
Met Police

Three teenage boys were arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday, two 16-year-old boys and a boy of 15.

One of the 16-year-olds has been released on bail while the other two youths remain in police custody.

London's Iraq fatalities: Private Ryan Wrathall

Private Ryan Wrathall
Ministry of Defence
Private Ryan Wrathall

Private Ryan Wrathall, of Surbiton, died in Basra, Iraq, on 12 February 2009.

Private Wrathall, 21, was serving with 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment as part of 5th Battalion The Rifles (5 RIFLES) (Strike) Battle Group. He was found at Basra’s Contingency Operating Base having suffered a gunshot wound. Immediate medical assistance was provided, but sadly he died from his wounds.

No enemy forces were involved and there is no evidence to suggest that anyone else was involved.

Commanding Officer 5 RIFLES (Strike) Battle Group, Lieutenant Colonel Edward Chamberlain, said:

"The death of any soldier is a personal tragedy both for his family and us, his comrades-in-arms. 

"Private Wrathall was a fit, enthusiastic and open-hearted member of the 5 RIFLES (Strike) Battle Group for this Iraq tour who will be sorely missed by us all. I am proud to have served with him, he was a hard-working soldier with a masterful sense of the ridiculous who was maturing visibly through the tour."

Major delays due to Shepherd's Bush flooding

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

BBC Radio London travel's Billy Reeves says there are big problems around White City, Shepherd's Bush and Hammersmith  because the A219 Wood Lane in both directions is closed, due to flooding.

 A burst water main is to blame.

The road is shut between South Africa Road and A4020 Uxbridge Road (Shepherd's Bush Green), there is congestion on A219 Wood Lane to B412 North Pole Road and on A219 Shepherd's Bush Road to Brook Green (Hammersmith).

Extensive work is taking place in the area, and Thames Water can’t give us an estimate as to when the road will be re-opened.

Diversion for these bus routes: 72, 95, 220, 228 and 272.

Keep up to date @BBCTravelAlert

London's Iraq fatalities: Private Christopher Gordon Rayment

Private Christopher Gordon Rayment
Ministry of Defence
Private Christopher Gordon Rayment

Private Christopher Gordon Rayment, from London, died in a tragic accident at Al Amarah on 4 August 2004.  

The 22-year-old was serving with the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment.

His Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Maer, said: "He was immensely popular amongst all ranks of my Battalion and his presence was normally obvious before he was even seen. 

"He was also a tremendously committed and zealous soldier, who had shown considerable courage, self-discipline and the highest standards of professionalism over an exceptionally testing and hazardous period, whilst deployed on operations in southern Iraq." 

Children hearing abuse 'for first time'

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and Sadiq Khan
Sir Bernard and Mr Khan both expressed their concerns over the increase in hate crime

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said he is concerned a new generation of Londoners are hearing racially offensive terms for the first time.

Following the EU referendum result, the number of hate crimes reported to the Met Police increased from 25-50 a day, to a peak of 88.

Mr Khan said, growing up, his children did not hear the "P, N or Y words" but they were being said once more.


London's Iraq fatalities: Sergeant Simon Hamilton-Jewell

Sergeant Simon Hamilton-Jewell
Ministry of Defence
Sergeant Simon Hamilton-Jewell

Military Policeman Sergeant Simon Hamilton-Jewell, 41, from Chessington, was killed along with five colleagues in an incident at Al Majar Al Kabir on Tuesday 24 June 2003.

The commanding officer of 156 Provost Company, Major Bryn Parry-Jones, said:

"The loss of six soldiers from such a small, tight-knit unit as 156 Provost Company clearly comes as a dreadful shock to us all, not only the friends and families of those killed, but also all those in the Royal Military Police who knew and worked with them."

At the time of his death his mother, Teresa, and brother, Tony, said of him:

"A nod, a wink or a smile; 100% human being, dedicated to life in full. He was a man keen to help anybody; a fearless man, biker, hiker and climber.

"But above all, a man dedicated to the Army, his Regiment, his unit and to his comrades. He gave 20 years of service defending others, in so many locations and was a selfless, ultra-fit man to the last."

London's Iraq fatalities: Lance Sergeant Chris Casey and Lance Corporal Kirk Redpath

Lance Sergeant Chris Casey
Ministry of Defence
Lance Sergeant Chris Casey

The Ministry of Defence announced the deaths of London servicemen Lance Sergeant Chris Casey and Lance Corporal Kirk Redpath of 1st Battalion, Irish Guards in southern Iraq on 9 August 2007. 

They were both killed when their Snatch Armoured Land Rover was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device during an operation to the north of the Rumaylah oilfields, which is to the west of Basra City.

Lance Sergeant Chris Casey, 27, was married with two children.

Lance Corporal Kirk Redpath
Ministry of Defence
Lance Corporal Kirk Redpath

Lance Corporal Redpath, 22, was from Romford and was an excellent side drummer in the Pipes Platoon and was competent enough with the bugle to play at the famous Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London.    

Southern rail service 'at rock bottom', says MP

The government is being asked by an MP when it will step in to take over control of Southern, whose rail services he says are at "rock bottom".  

Peter Kyle, Labour MP for Hove, has written to the transport secretary to tackle the issue.

Govia Thameslink (GTR), Southern's owner, has unveiled a temporary, reduced timetable to ease the problem, with 341 fewer daily services from Monday, saying the revised timetable would improve passengers' journeys.

The government has not yet commented, but rail minister Claire Perry MP is due to give evidence next Monday, as the new timetable comes into force.

Protesters campaign against Southern services

Mr Kyle said: "What I really want is to know we have now hit rock bottom.

"Now we have a revised timetable and I want to make sure that we are now at the point where we are pressing the reset button and we are able to move forward."

Two Southern routes serve Kent - Tonbridge to London via Redhill in Surrey, and Ashford to Brighton via Hastings. Both routes will see a reduced service.

London's Iraq fatalities: Lance Corporal James Cartwright

Lance Corporal James Cartwright
Ministry of Defence
Lance Corporal James Cartwright

Londoner Lance Corporal James Cartwright, 21, of Badger Squadron, 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, died following a vehicle accident in Southern Iraq at around 0100 on 16 June 2007. 

He was the driver of a Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle involved in securing a route for a re-supply convoy. Initial reports suggest the vehicle slid off a bridge into a small canal and overturned.

In spite of his colleagues’ best efforts to get him out of the vehicle and revive him, James was later declared dead.

Lance Corporal Ryan Fawkes, a colleague from his Squadron, said:

"Jay was an outstanding soldier and an even better friend. You could always count on him at work, and out of work, which is a rare thing. He was looked up to by many in Badger and he will be greatly missed. My thoughts go out to his family, girlfriend and anyone else who knew Jay." 

Lord Mayor of London wants City's future protected

The head of the City of London Corporation, Lord Mayor Jeffrey Mountevans, is calling on the government to ensure the capital retains access to the single market following the mandate for Brexit.  

At a speech in Mansion House the Lord Mayor will say that the City had voted to be in the EU but the given the vote for Leave there is need to "protect the competitive advantage" of the Square Mile and protect the 400,000 jobs in the City.

Lord Mayor of London Jeffrey Mountevans

"For businesses, employees and our communities - we wanted to remain in the EU. 

"The decision has now been taken to leave. And it is for all of us, to do everything in our power, to protect the strength and stability of our economy. To protect the competitive advantage of the City and UK. 

"We must also be mindful of societal rifts that the referendum revealed. 

"In the past week, British citizens, including in my own team, have been told to 'go home'. They, like many others, are feeling fearful. 

"They feel as though the country of their birth, to which they contribute so much, doesn't want them."

Boris Johnson to back Labour over EU nationals motion tonight

Tim Donovan

BBC London, Political Editor

Former Mayor of London and MP for Uxbridge Boris Johnson has confirmed he will vote with Labour on the opposition Day motion:

“I would like to set on record that countless times the Vote Leave campaign gave exactly this reassurance to people from other EU countries that live and work here and it is very disappointing that this is being called into question.

"It think it’s absolutely right to issue in the strongest possible reassurance to EU nationals in this country, not just for moral or humanitarian reasons, but very, very sound economic reasons too.  

"They are welcome, they are necessary, they are a vital part of our society and I will be passionately voting for this motion tonight.”

The motion reads:

EU nationals in the UK

  • Jeremy Corbyn
  •  Andy Burnham
  • Emily Thornberry
  • John McDonnell
  • Rebecca Long Bailey
  • Dame Rosie Winterton

That this House notes that there are approximately three million nationals of other EU member states living in the UK; further notes that many more UK nationals are related to nationals of other EU member states; rejects the view that these men, women and children should be used as bargaining chips in negotiations on the UK's exit from the EU; and calls on the Government to commit with urgency to giving EU nationals currently living in the UK the right to remain.

London's Iraq fatalities: Major Nick Bateson

Major Nick Bateson
Ministry of Defence
Major Nick Bateson

Major Nick Bateson, Royal Corps of Signals, from Chislehurst, was killed in a road traffic accident in Basra, southern Iraq, on Tuesday 1 May 2007.

The 49-year-old was riding his bicycle on the Contingency Operating Base at Basra Air Station when he was involved in an accident with a coach. He was taken to the field hospital by ambulance but sadly died of his injuries.

Lieutenant Colonel David Craft, his Commanding Officer, said:  "Major Nick Bateson was one of life’s real characters. He was known throughout the Headquarters not only as a professional soldier and staff officer but also as an individual. His personality was bigger than simply the job he was doing. He was always the person with a smile on his face and a quick retort; the sort of person you need around to lift the team when things don’t go well. Nick had a zest and energy second to none."

Southern Railway urged to rethink timetable cut

Southern Railway is coming under increasing pressure to reconsider controversial changes to its timetable amid fears of the "devastating" impact on rail travellers. 

Kent County Council (KCC) said parents and schoolchildren will be among those badly affected by the decision to cut 341 trains a day in a revised timetablefor a month.

And, in a withering letter to the company today, the Conservative-led authority said Southern's changes will have a "devastating" impact on other people heavily reliant on rail travel. 

London Iraq fatalities: Lieutenant Tom Tanswell

Lieutenant Tom Tanswell
Ministry of Defence
Lieutenant Tom Tanswell

The Ministry of Defence confirmed the death of Lieutenant Tom Tanswell, 27, of 58 (Eyre's) Battery, 12th Regiment Royal Artillery in 2006.

London-born Lt Tanswell died as a result of injuries sustained in a road traffic accident near Shaibah Logistics Base, southwest of Basra City, on 27 October 2006, in which a military Snatch Land Rover collided with a civilian vehicle. Three other soldiers were slightly injured in the accident.

His Commanding Officer in Iraq, Major Marcus Tivey, said: "Tom was an unforgettable character who we were privileged to have served with. The Army and the Regiment have lost a fine young man, and the Battery has lost a good friend. All who knew Tom were touched by his zest for life; it is tragic that he should have died so close to the end of his tour."

London's Iraq fatalities: Troop Leader Lieutenant Tom Mildinhall

Troop Leader Lieutenant Tom Mildinhall
Ministry of Defence
Troop Leader Lieutenant Tom Mildinhall

On the evening of Sunday 28 May 2006 at 21:37 local, a British Army patrol from 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards (The Welsh Cavalry) was attacked by a roadside bomb in the Al Jezaizah district of northwest Basra. The explosion hit an armoured Land Rover patrol on a routine task in support of the Iraqi Security Forces. 

The incident killed two members from A Squadron: Troop Leader Lieutenant Tom Mildinhall, from London, and Lance Corporal Paul Farrelly, originally from Cheshire.

Lieutenant Tom Mildinhall was born on 9 July 1979 and his family home was in Battersea, south London.

His Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Pittman, said: "He loved his time in the Army and was happiest when serving with his Regiment and we all benefited from his presence. With his passing, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards has lost a truly promising officer. Our thoughts are with his family and many friends."

Brexit vote: Romanians anxious about future in UK

Romanian shops in London

The UK's vote to leave the European Union has stunned most Romanians who live in London, sowing confusion and doubt in a community that has grown dramatically since the country's accession to the EU in 2007.

Levels of anxiety in the community were heightened by headlines in Romania itself such as: "All Romanians to be kicked out of Britain after the referendum".

Many have felt increasingly vulnerable and disorientated, although the surge of xenophobic abuse directed at Poles has not been reported by Romanians.

Surrey Street stall-holders banned from Sunday trading plan

Inside Croydon

Analysis: Crystal clear, polite - but damning

Laura Kuenssberg

BBC political editor

Sir John Chilcot

It has taken longer than anyone expected.

But the conclusions, reached with the weight of more than two million words, backed with evidence from thousands upon thousands of documents, are crystal clear, polite - but no doubt, completely damning - even if perhaps no real surprise.

Police officer numbers outlined

Met Police

London mayor Sadiq Khan has outlined the exact staffing members at the Met as he talked about his policing priorities.

He said there were now 31,601 officers, 1,566 police staff and 9,951 police community support officers. 

These were all cut back during the previous mayor's tenure. 

In response to attacks around the world such as in Paris, there are 37 officers embedded in Embassies, with two being in Brussels. 

He outlined the numbers to Assembly members when discussing the resources he has to implement his police priorities. 

Afternoon weather: Dry with hazy sunshine

BBC Weather

Through this afternoon cloud will continue to slowly develop across most areas, turning the sunshine hazy but remaining dry. It will feel warm in the sunshine and light winds.

Maximum temperature 21C (70F).

London's Iraq fatalities: Major Matthew Bacon

Major Matthew Bacon
Ministry of Defence
Major Matthew Bacon

The Ministry of Defence confirmed that Major Matthew Bacon, a British Army Officer, was killed in an attack in Iraq on 11 September 2005.

At approximately 1100hrs local time, an armoured SNATCH landrover was attacked in Basrah City by an improvised explosive device. Major Matthew Bacon was killed in the explosion. Three other British soldiers, also travelling in the vehicle, were seriously injured. The casualties were taken to the UK Field Hospital at Shaibah Logistics base and are now in a stable condition. An Iraqi civilian was also injured in the attack and was taken to an Iraqi hospital for treatment.

Major Bacon, known as Matt, was 34, and came from the London area. He joined the army in 1988 and served with the Intelligence Corps. At the time of his death, he was serving as a staff officer with the Headquarters of Multi-National Division (South East) (MND(SE)).

His Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Barrow, said:

"Major Matt Bacon’s death is a desperate loss to his family, and his girlfriend, and a tragic blow to his friends and colleagues.

"He was hugely popular and a real contributor to whatever he undertook. His death is deeply felt by all those who have been privileged to serve alongside him."

350 passengers had to walk through tunnel

Transport for London has now said that 350 passengers had to walk through the tunnel last night after the Central Line went down.

Previously it was thought that 1,000 commuters were affected. 

North Middlesex University Hospital A&E understaffed and chaotic

Jane Dreaper

Health Correspondent

North Middlesex Hospital

The horrific details – mainly mentioned towards the end of the CQC’s inspection report – give a picture of chaos at North Middlesex’sA&E.

In the past year, staff stopped worrying about breaching the 4-hour waiting time target, because it happened so often.

Poor leadership was to blame, according to the highly experienced chief inspector of hospitals.

But this in turn made the hospital an unattractive employer – and fuelled under-staffing in the emergency department, with devastating results.

And many more patients came to North Middlesex after nearby Chase Farm was downgraded.

Recruiting and retaining sufficient A&E doctors is a long-standing UK-wide problem.

So how many other hospitals in deprived urban areas might end up failing their patients for similar reasons? 

Some doctors and NHS thinkers are now calling a big rethink of how A&Es are organised, so patients have better alternatives - and emergency departments are more equipped to deal with the huge demands on them.

Duchess to present Art Fund Museum award in London

The Duchess of Cambridge is to present the Art Fund Museum of the Year award at a dinner at the Natural History Museum in London. 

Kate will join artists including Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry, Michael Craig-Martin and Cornelia Parker at the prize giving event. 

Some 370 guests from the arts and culture sector will sit down with the Duchess in the central Hintze Hall, with tables set around "Dippy" the dinosaur - the museum's famous Diplodocus skeleton. 

The £100,000 award - the largest museum prize in the world - is given annually to one outstanding museum which has shown exceptional imagination, innovation and achievement. 

The five organisations on the shortlist for 2016 are: Arnolfini, Bristol; Bethlem Museum of the Mind, London; Jupiter Artland, West Lothian; Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London; and the York Art Gallery, Yorkshire.

Bring Tony Blair to justice - CND

Following the publication of Sir John Chilcot's report, Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: "The report shows that Tony Blair had no respect for cabinet procedure, no respect for Parliament, and no respect for international law. "A country was destroyed, millions of innocent Iraqis were killed, British soldiers were killed, and terrorism has spread across the Middle East. "Chilcot reveals the evidence that must now be used to bring Tony Blair to justice. This is our demand.  "Only when justice is served can we prevent disasters like the Iraq war ever happening again."

Families repond to Chilcot report

BBC News Channel

The families of some of the many Britons  - including the father of Londoner Major Matthew Bacon - who died in the Iraq War are giving their response to Sir John Chilcot's report. Watch on the BBC News Channel

London's Iraq fatalities: Fusilier Donal Anthony Meade and Fusilier Stephen Robert Manning

Fusilier Donal Anthony Meade and Fusilier Stephen Robert Manning, both died in Iraq on 5 September 2005.

On the morning of 5 September, 20-year-old Fusilier Donal Anthony Meade, from Plumstead in south east London, and 22-year-old Fusilier Stephen Robert Manning, from Erith in Kent, died as a result of wounds sustained during a patrol near Az Zubayr, Basrah province, Iraq. 

Their Company, C Company, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers is currently serving alongside the Coldstream Guards in Basrah Province, Southern Iraq.

Fusilier Meade and Fusilier Manning were both acting as top cover sentries in the first vehicle of a two vehicle patrol, when what appears to have been an improvised explosive device detonated. 

Their vehicle was disabled, and both soldiers were mortally wounded. Fusilier Meade and Fusilier Manning were the only two casualties.

Fusilier Stephen Robert Manning
Ministry of Defence
Fusilier Stephen Robert Manning

The Officer Commanding C Company, Major Matthew Thorp, paid the following tribute to Fusilier Manning: "His many friends in the Company and across the Regiment remember his generosity of spirit, and his cheerfulness."

Major Thorp also expressed his most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Fusilier Meade, and paid the following tribute:  

"He knew the importance of the work he was doing in Iraq, and approached it with dedication and professionalism. He was looking forward to moving with the Battalion to Cyprus at the end of the six month tour.

All who knew him in the Company and across the Regiment remember his cheerfulness, his positive approach to life and above all his friendship."

Fusilier Donal Anthony Meade
Ministry of Defence
Fusilier Donal Anthony Meade

Generation of Londoners hearing race slurs since Brexit vote - mayor Sadiq Khan

Nick Beake

Home affairs correspondent, BBC London

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said a "generation of Londoners are hearing the P, Y and N word for the first time" since the referendum result to leave the EU.

Within the last two years, the five days with the most hate crime reported have all come since the referendum, he said.

It is "important not to demonise 1.5 million Londoners who voted to Leave EU" but some people now feel they have "permission to behave this way", Mr Khan told the City Hall.

He added his children had never the heard P, Y and N words, but now it is being used in playgrounds and some children asked: "Haven't you gone home yet?"

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and Sadiq Khan

Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said there has been a 50% increase in race hate complaints and 75% rise in arrests. 

There have been about 60 hate crimes a day reported in last few days, compared to the normal 25 to 50. The commissioner added that the Met Police would take zero tolerance approach.

Met boss sets out force's priorities

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has also laid out what the force's priorities are under the new mayor.

They are:

  • Knife crime 
  • Violence against young women and girls
  • Domestic violence
  • Hate crime
  • Cyber crime
  • Sexual offences
  • Preventing radicalisation 

Chilcot report: Protesters gather for Iraq war inquiry report

Protesters have been gathering outside the Queen Elizabeth II building in Westminster where Sir John Chilcot is delivering his verdict on the Iraq war, amid calls for the then prime minister Tony Blair to be held to account for taking the country to war in the Middle-East. 

Protesters dressed as Tony Blair and George W Bush with 'blood' on their hands
Protesters dressed as Tony Blair and George W Bush with 'blood' on their hands

BBC Radio London reporter Anna O'Neil has been outside the conference hall since the morning.

Protest outside Parliament ahead of Chilcot report

Mayor says knife and hate crime plus neighborhood policing are priorities

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said tackling knife and hate crimes are two of his priorities for the police.

He said in the last year there were 3,730 victims of knife crime with injury which was "totally unacceptable".

In the past week, the Met has carried out an operation which has seen eight firearms, 75 knives and 55 other offensive weapons taken off the streets.

He also said neighborhood policing was important.

Watch his announcement to the London Assembly

London's Iraq fatalities: Private Lee Martin O'Callaghan

Private Lee Martin O'Callaghan
Ministry of Defence

Private Lee Martin O'Callaghan, 20,  was killed during an attack by insurgents in Basrah on 9 August 2004.

Unmarried, he was serving with the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment based at Tidworth.

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Maer, the Commanding Officer of 1PWRR, said:

"Pte Lee O’Callaghan joined my Battalion in December 2003, and was quickly assimilated into the regimental family. He was highly regarded and known as a hard working, diligent member of the team who could be trusted to finish any task with characteristic good humour. He was an avid football fan and keen supporter of Millwall. As a midfielder player himself he took every opportunity he could to play football, bringing his love for the game from Tidworth to Iraq.

"Lee came from Bermondsey, London. He joined the army for the excitement and challenge it offered, he excelled in the training and preparations for Iraq and looked forward to deploying on operations and to do the job for which he had trained. Pte O’Callaghan showed the highest standards of professionalism and courage, in a highly volatile situation.

"The loss of Pte O’Callaghan is deeply felt by all those in the Battalion, but especially so by his friends in B Company. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to his family and loved ones from all those in his Army family."

Burst water main on Wood Lane

Wood Lane is closed between South Africa Road and Uxbridge Road because of a burst water main.

The BBC's Mark Bank-Settle has sent in these images.

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