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  1. Updates on Monday 18 July 2016

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

Evening weather: Warm and humid

Despite plenty of clear spells and a light breeze, it will be a warm and humid night.

There is also a chance some mist or fog may form, especially along prone stretches of the River Thames. 

Lows of 15C (59F)

Tube Art Tours launched on Underground

Tube customers will be able to go on a tour of the some of the Underground's most iconic artworks, TfL has announced.

Woman and child looking at Art Map

The Tube art tours will run this weekend and take people on a 90 minute trip to visit various artworks on the network.

Works by Daniel Buren, Jacqueline Poncelet, John Maine, Knut Henrik Henriksen and Mark Wallinger have been installed since the Art on the Underground programme was formed in 2000.

Woman looking at Art Map

The tours coincide with the launch of an Art Map, which shows where different pieces can be found on the Tube and will be available at all Zone 1 stations.

Rail disruption after hole under tracks

Trains cancelled and delayed after a hole appears under tracks at Forest Hill

Second time this month a car containing children is stolen

Sunday's carjacking involving children who were in the stolen car in Ilford comes as a similar theft occurred earlier this month.

Then, a 12-year-old girl threw herself out of a car when it was hijacked in Enfield, north London, leaving her 11-month-old brother inside.

The boy was found 35 minutes later outside a property in Cheshunt. 

CCTV released of the girl throwing herself out the car as it was stolen in Enfield

Car containing young children stolen in Ilford

A car containing two children was stolen while their mother parked it and went out to collect another child. 

The Met said someone climbed into the grey Audi Q7 when it was parked on Roman Road in Ilford at 16:30 on Sunday.

The car made off towards Uphall Road and then entered nearby Fairfield Road where the children, aged eight and five, were let out and reunited with their mother.

Police said neither were hurt but were very distressed. The car was found abandoned 45 minutes later at a car park in Barking. 

No arrests have been made.

Lucian Freud painting denied as his is genuine, BBC finds

An early Lucian Freud painting worth at least £300,000 has been identified by the BBC, despite the artist's own denials that it was his work.

The painting, by the acclaimed portrait artist who died in 2011, was identified by BBC One show Fake Or Fortune.


Experts at Christie's auction house claimed it to be a Freud in 1985, but the artist denied it was his.

However notes uncovered from the artist's former solicitor and further analysis prove the painting was by him.

Sinkhole causes severe travel disruption

BBC Travel

There's no London Overground between New Cross Gate and West Croydon, and between New Cross Gate and Crystal Palace with severe delays between New Cross Gate and Highbury and Islington due to emergency engineering works at Forest Hill.

Southern London-bound lines are closed from Norwood Junction to London Bridge because of a large sinkhole affecting the track at Forest Hill.

Expect delays of up to 40 mins, trains are being diverted/terminated where possible.

Tickets are being accepted on London Underground, buses, Southeastern, South West Trains.

There are 30 minute delays on Thameslink too.

Trains are unable to run on any of the London bound lines. London - Brighton services will run from Gatwick - Brighton only until further notice.

Check out BBC London's travel page for more updates.

First look at London Bridge rebuild

London Bridge is currently undergoing an overhaul as part of plans to upgrade the Thameslink line, which criss-crosses London.

It will be completed in 2018.

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US bank buys new office block in London

Wells Fargo, one of the biggest banks in the US, has agreed to buy an office block in the City of London.

It is buying an 11-storey block at 33 Central, King William Street, close to the Bank of England and the River Thames.

Woman marries man behind bookshop's Twitter feed

A couple who met over Twitter have found their marriage is now trending on the social media site.

Victoria and Jonathan O'Brien got together after Victoria took a shine to the person behind the tweets for Waterstones' Oxford Street bookshop account and got in touch.

Victoria and Jonathan O'Brien's wedding day
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Phillip Schofield posts a photo of delays at Heathrow

British Airways apologises to passengers who faced long delays at check-in at Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Sunday.

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Watch: Jeremy Corbyn learns to play Pokemon Go

BBC reporter Adam Fleming shows Labour leader and Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn how to play Pokemon Go.

CCTV pictures of three suspects

A gang of thieves spends a widow's life savings on cars and fast food in a one-day spree after getting her bank details while she shopped in Waitrose.

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Wimbledon: Tennis tournament's secret cyber security

BBC News can now reveal it was granted exclusive access to Wimbledon's secret security bunker underneath London SW19.

Deep below Centre Court, a team of tech experts have been battling against cyber attacks from around the world.

BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera reports.

Two convicted of stealing almost £700,000 from Royal Horticultural Society

Two people have been convicted of stealing almost £700,000 from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) over the course of a decade. 

Elaine Summers, 54, and 44-year-old Shaheen Kadri took money for cleaning work that was never carried out for the famous gardening organisation. 

Summers, of Pembridge Gardens, Notting Hill, was found guilty of stealing £360,859.51 between January 2004 and January 2014. 

Kadri, of Oval Road, Camden, was also convicted on Friday of stealing £317,110 during the same time after a trial at Southwark Crown Court. 

Former RHS operations manager Stuart Medhurst, 55, of no fixed address, previously pleaded guilty to stealing money from the charity. 

BreakingYiannoulla Yianni killer sentenced to life in prison

"Evil" James Warnock, 56, has been jailed at the Old Bailey for life with a minimum term of 25 years for the rape and murder of 17-year-old Yiannoulla Yianni 34 years ago.

Yiannoulla Yianni
Met Police

She was attacked while home alone in Hampstead, north London, in August 1982, the Old Bailey heard.

Warnock, formerly of Harrington Street, north-west London, was 22 at the time, and had denied the charges

Yiannoulla Yianni
Met Police
Cameron Burgess

League One side Oldham Athletic sign Fulham defender Cameron Burgess club on loan until 5 January.

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Police investigate £21,000 theft from 86-year-old widow

Police are investigating after an 86-year-old widow had her life savings stolen from her bank account.

The theft is believed to have occurred at some point between 10:38 and 12:20 on Thursday, 17 March, while the victim was out shopping at Waitrose on Balham High Road - her bank card was used to buy£21,000 worth of cars, clothing and a restaurant meal.

Suspect one
Met Police

The suspects watched her as she paid for her shopping, recorded her PIN code and later distracted her by asking for directions while stealing the bank card from her pocket.

Suspect one is described as a white woman, in her 40s, wearing glasses, a black and white head scarf, a dark coat over a white blouse, dark leggings and black boots.

Suspect two
Met Police

Suspect two is described as a slim built Asian man, in his 20s, wearing a dark hooded top with a fur hood liner, dark jeans and white trainers.

Suspect three is described as a medium built Asian man, aged in his late 30s. He was wearing a dark hooded top with a light blue liner and white zipped front, dark jeans and white trainers.

Monday's Headlines

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We look at a 'divide' in how boys in London learn languages and a London actor's film 'Bastille Day' is pulled from French cinemas in the wake of the deadly lorry attack in Nice.
Juan Cuadrado

New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado is part of his plans at the club.

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Soho waiters take on race challenge

Some of Soho's finest waiters momentarily swapped serving for sprinting as they took part in an annual race around the West End - which was won by Charlie Brown from the Dean Street Townhouse. 

The 28-year-old surged from the back of the 30-strong pack to cross the finish line in first place in the three-minute race, with his tray and drinks bottle still intact. 

Mr Brown, from east London, said: "Last year I came fifth with a sprained ankle, and I thought: 'this year I'm winning it'." 

Waiters' race
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Waiters' race
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Waiters' race
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Did a London hotel room become part of Yugoslavia?

BBC News Magazine

It's long been claimed that Winston Churchill temporarily gave a London hotel room to Yugoslavia so a prince could be born on Yugoslav territory. 

On 17 July 1945, the United Kingdom became a little smaller, and Yugoslavia a little bigger.

Claridge's hotel room

The story of suite 212 at Claridge's Hotel is repeated on the Crown Prince's website, in the official history of Claridge's, and in countless books.

Just one problem. There is - it seems - no proof that it's actually true.

Boris Johnson plane makes emergency landing after 'technical issue'

A small military aircraft carrying newly-appointed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had to make an emergency landing on its way to Brussels.

The plane, which took off from RAF Northolt, was forced to land at Luton Airport following a "technical issue", a Foreign Office spokesman said.

Boris Johnson
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Mr Johnson thanked the crew for their professionalism and was grateful to Luton Airport for the unscheduled welcome, the spokesman added.

He then continued his journey.

Travel update: Broken down train causing delays

BBC Travel

Dagenham Dock Station has now reopened after earlier reports of flooding.  

There are delays of up to ten minutes on Abellio Greater Anglia between Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria due to earlier faulty train at Rayleigh.

Delays of up to 15 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Watford Junction and London Euston due to broken down train. 

An emergency timetable operating on Southern between Victoria and Brighton, between Watford Junction and East Croydon, between Brighton and Ashford International and between Southampton Central and Brighton.     

Southern dispute is transport secretary's 'top priority'

New Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said resolving the Southern trains dispute is "top of his priority list".

Passengers have suffered months of delays, cancellations and a reduced timetable due to staff shortages and strike action by conductors.

Southern Rail

Asked if he would remove the rail franchise, he said he would look "very carefully at what the position is".

Mr Grayling warned: "This has got to improve quickly".

Travel update: Traffic light failures and building fire causing delays

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there is queuing traffic on the M25 anticlockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a broken down vehicle.  

There is queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J4, A21 (Orpington) and J6, A22 (Godstone).  

There is queuing traffic on the M25 anticlockwise at the Dartford Tunnel. Congestion is stretching to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).  

The A126 Broadway in Grays is closed in both directions between the Whitehall Lane junction and the Cement Block Cottages junction, because of a building fire.  

There is a traffic light failure on A238 Kingston Road in Wimbledon at South Wimbledon Station.  

There is a traffic light failure on A118 Main Road in Gidea Park, Romford at the Upper Brentwood Road junction.  

There are delays on the A1112 Romford Road in both directions in Hainault at the Five Oaks Lane junction, in the roadworks area.   

Weather forecast: Generally very warm and dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

Today will be a fine and dry day with spells of strong sunshine, making it feel very warm across the city, with the highest temperatures towards the west. 

The maximum temperature will be 29C (84F) 

BBC London weather Monday 18 July with Kate Kinsella

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