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  1. Updates on Friday 8 July 2016

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By Matthew West and Sitala Peek

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for the week folks. Updates for London have now ended for the day. 

    We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest video, news, sport, travel and weather for London. Have a good evening and weekend.  

  2. 'Delighted' Theresa opens new Screwfix store in Maidenhead

    Theresa May outside a Screwfix store

    One day you're fighting it out to be leader of the Conservative party and the next prime minster of the UK. The next  you're opening a Screwfix in Maidenhead (OK, not strictly our patch but it's only just outside the M25). Politics is a funny old game isn't it? 

    Quote Message: I am delighted to visit this new Screwfix store in Maidenhead. It is always good to see the businesses bringing jobs to Maidenhead and this is another boost for the town centre. from Theresa May MP
    Theresa May MP

    Yep, she looks almost as delighted as she did on Thursday having secured the backing of 199 Tory party MPs in her bid to be their next leader.

    Theresa May
  3. Lord Ahmed on white powder incident

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    Video caption: Lord Ahmed on white powder incident

    Counter-terrorism officers are investigating five incidents in which white powder was sent to Muslim centres, mosques and government buildings in London.

    A mosque in Leyton, a Muslim centre in Finsbury Park and another in Tottenham all received packages on Thursday.

    Muslim peer Lord Ahmed was also sent hate mail along with white powder.

  4. Take a virtual tour of Westminster Abbey

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    Video caption: Inside of Westminster Abbey on Google Street View
  5. Police appeal for information a year on from Harringey shooting

    Erdogan Guzel

    Detectives are appealing for information one year on from the murder of Erdogan Guzel in Haringey, North London

    Mr Guzel was shot as he sat outside the bakery he owned on Lordship Lane, on 10 July 2015. Detectives will be in the area on Friday night, distributing appeal leaflets and speaking to people. 

    The investigation was launched after police were called to reports of several shots fired in Lordship Lane at around 17:45 on 10 July 2015. Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 1570 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  6. Travel update: Southern Rail line between Caterham and Purely reopened

    BBC Travel

    Transport for London reports a good service on all Tube lines.

    Southern Rail says the line between Caterham and Purely has been reopened following this morning's derailment but it warn delays and cancellations are still possible on the line. 

  7. Travel update: M25 slow in both directions in Berkshire

    BBC Travel

    One the roads the M25 is slow moving in both directions along the western stretch from junction 12 to 18 through Berkshire.

    The A4 is slow heading out of town from Hammersmith to Chiswick, partly because of debris on the elevated section of the M4.

    Wireless festival in Finsbury Park is causing heavy local traffic. 

    Meanwhile, Avenue Road in Swiss Cottage remains closed due to a burst water main which has now been fixed but is causing local queues on the A41.

  8. Weather: dry and fine evening ahead

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dry and largely fine end to the day.

    Staying dry overnight, though cloud increasing from the west to bring a few spots of rain to far western parts by Saturday morning.

    Minimum temperature: 15C (59F) 

  9. London mosque attacks being treated as hoax incidents

    The north east counter terrorism unit has issued a statement regarding the incidents at four London mosques and the Houses of Parliament on Thursday. 

    Police checking suspicious packages
    Quote Message: The North East Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) is coordinating an investigation into a number of reports of suspicious packages received at locations in London. The substances in these packages have been examined and confirmed to be harmless... The North East CTU initially responded to a report of a number of suspicious packages identified at a sorting office in South Yorkshire on 5 July 2016. Since that time, further packages have been received at locations in London.
  10. Sunbather attacked by man with branch in 'unprovoked' assault in south London

    Evening Standard

    Police are hunting an attacker who hit a man with a branch as he sunbathed at a south London nature reserve.

    The victim, in his 40s, was relaxing in Burgess Park near Camberwell when the suspect approached out of nowhere and began punching him in the head, police said. Moments later the attacker picked up a branch and used it to beat the sunbather repeatedly before walking calmly away from the scene.

  11. London mayor promises crackdown on hate crime on tubes and buses

    Sadiq Khan

    London mayor Sadiq Khan has promised to crackdown on hate crime on the capital's transport network after a spike in reports of racist abuse since the EU referendum. 

    The mayor said Londoners must "stand together" to tackle abuse on public transport. 

    Launching the We Stand Together campaign Mr Khan said: "I simply will not tolerate hate crimes of any form, anywhere in London. We must stand together and anyone who sees or is targeted by abusive behaviour should report it to the police immediately."

    Anyone who witnesses or is the victim of a hate crime on London's transport network should report it to the police by texting 61016 from a mobile phone, calling 101, or, in an emergency, dialling 999.

  12. Photo: Car ploughs into war memorial

    Shannon Hort took this picture of the crash at the war memorial in Beckenham.

    She said she arrived about 10 minutes after it had happened.

    Police said no-one was seriously injured.

    Car crash
  13. Man arrested in west London on suspicion of spreading terrorist content

    A 36-year-old man has been arrested in west London on suspicion of disseminating terrorist publications. 

    Met Police counter terrorism unit arrested the man in Ealing at about 06:50 today.

    He was taken for questioning at a south London police station while detectives searched two addresses in Ealing and Hillingdon, also in west London.

    Inquiries are ongoing. 

  14. Plans to relocate libraries put forward to council cabinet

    Waltham Forest Guardian

    Waltham Forest Council is to make a decsion on plans to relocate three libraries.

    The proposals would apply to Hale End Library in Castle Avenue, Highams Park; Higham Hill Library in North Countess Road, Walthamstow; and Wood Street Library in Forest Road, Walthamstow.

    In addition, Lea Bridge Library, in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, will be refurbished.

  15. Car crashes into war memorial

    Shortlands war memorial

    A war memorial in Beckenham, south London has been damaged after a car crashed into it. 

    The crash occurred at about 10:20 at the junction of Kingswood road and Church road in the Shortlands area of Beckenham.  

    No-one was seriously injured, police said.

  16. The leaked letter: 'We don't have enough money to continue as we are'

    Tom Edwards

    Transport Correspondent, BBC London

    This is what that internal letter to TfL bosses says:

    "TfL faces unprecedented financial challenge and we do not have enough money to continue as we are. 

    "We need to make our business sustainable and transport affordable for the millions who rely on us while protecting vital investment and day-to-day services. 

    "We need to set ourselves up for success by ensuring our organisation, and in particular our senior manager structure, is right for the future."

    It goes on: "This is examining every element of what we do to eliminate unnecessary duplication, obtain greater value from procurement, cut reliance on agency staff and cut costs across all functions."

  17. How much is this 'fares freeze' going to cost and how will it be paid for?

    Tom Edwards

    Transport Correspondent, BBC London

    The leaked letter shows you what the TfL fares freeze will mean. 

    It's going to cost £640m, so now TfL has to make efficiencies.

    The letter was sent to all directors and band five (senior) managers and asks them if they want to be considered for redundancy. 

  18. Mayor's manifesto pledge to freeze fares - doesn't include rail fares

    Tom Edwards

    Transport Correspondent, BBC London

    The first indication of the level of cuts Transport for London (TfL) is facing have been unveiled in a leaked internal letter, sent to me. 

    Mayor Sadiq Khan promised in his manifesto that Londoners "won't pay a penny more for their travel in 2020 than they do today". 

    While many voters and at one point TfL assumed he meant all fares in London, including rail fares (which affects south London predominantly), actually it transpired he meant just TfL fares. 

    The mayor has defended himself, pointing repeatedly to another sentence in his manifesto which said he would freeze "TfL fares" and says he delivered on that promise.

  19. Supermodel ex wife receives £53m in divorce

    Christina Estrada

    A former supermodel has been awarded a £53m cash settlement in a High Court divorce battle with her Saudi billionaire ex-husband. 

    Christina Estrada, 54, was fighting for £196m from international businessman Sheikh Walid Juffali, 61, to meet her "reasonable needs". 

    Her lawyers said the total settlement she is to receive, taking into account her own assets, is in the region of £75m . 

    She had previously rejected an offer which, added to her own assets, would have given her some £37m to live on.