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  1. Updates on Friday 5 August 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 Monday with the latest videos, news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Tonight's weather: Dry night with light winds

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    Any showers will soon die away to leave some late sunny spells, ahead of a dry remainder of the night with light winds. 

    Some clear spells will develop as the night progresses, allowing temperatures to fall, resulting in a cool night, especially in rural spots such as the North Downs. 

    Lows of 13C (55F).

  3. Horse shot dead on M25 after causing two hours of delays

    A horse has been shot dead after escaping on to a link road on the M25, causing two hours of delays.

    The road connecting J30 with the A13 in Thurrock, Essex, was closed for a number of hours while two horses were herded off the motorway.

    Traffic after horse incident

    One of the animals became loose again while police tried to find its owners and was then shot by firearms officers.

    Police said the decision was taken "for the safety of motorists and to prevent further suffering to the horse".

  4. Third arrest over pool party death

    A third person has been arrested in connection with the murder of a man who was shot dead at a pool party in a village mansion. 

    The 27-year-old man from London was arrested by detectives investigating the death of 34-year-old Ricardo Hunter in Headley, Surrey, in the early hours of 25 July. 

    He has been detained on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

  5. Boy aged 14 arrested in connection with Bromley stabbing

    A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Bromley last night.

    Police were called at 22:45 yesterday to reports of a person stabbed in Pleasance Road, St Paul's Cray.

    St Paul's Cray

    A 17-year-old boy was taken to a south London Hospital with a stab wound to his abdomen. He remains in hospital in serious but stable condition.The 14-year-old boy remains in custody at a south London police station.  

  6. Teen jailed over acid attack on boys

    Alexander Bassey
    Image caption: CCTV cameras at South Ockendon station caught the moment Alexander Bassey threw acid over the group of boys

    A London teenager who threw industrial-strength drain cleaner over a group of friends, leaving some of them permanently scarred, has been jailed.

    The "vicious and cowardly" attack on the five boys aged 16 to 18 happened at South Ockendon station in Essex in May.

    One of the group was left with potentially life-changing eye injuries.

    Alexander Bassey, 17, admitted five offences involving grievous bodily harm and has been jailed for eight years at Basildon Crown Court.

    British Transport Police said Bassey, of Maplestead Road, Barking, east London, had "no apparent motive for the attack and showed absolutely no remorse when questioned".

  7. Bees have personalities, new research shows

    Bees have their own different personalities when it comes to finding food.

    Scientists at Queen Mary University fitted tiny aerials to four bees. 

    They tracked the bees from birth to death, over a total of 244 flights. 

    They found some bees kept returning to the same source of pollen, whilst others rarely drank from the same flower twice.

    Photos by Joseph Woodgate  

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    Video caption: Bees have their own different personalities when it comes to finding food.
  8. Criminals on moped face police crackdown across London

    A police crackdown on moped-riding criminals has been launched in the wake of soaring offending figures. 

    Nearly 5,200 crimes were committed in London by people using mopeds in the last 12 months - an increase of around 9% on the year before. 

    The Metropolitan Police led a day of action today as part of the ongoing Operation Venice, mobilising officers across 14 boroughs in pursuit of 80 leads. 

  9. IPCC responds following Black Lives Matter protests

    Heathrow protest
    Image caption: A protest this morning stopped traffic at Heathrow

    Following a day of anti-racism activism by Black Lives Matter, which has seen protests at Heathrow, Nottingham, Manchester and Birmingham, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has issued this statement:

    "Deaths during or after police contact are among the most high profile cases investigated by the IPCC.

    "Because all deaths during or after police contact in England and Wales must be referred to the IPCC and we publish the national statistics, the public here know how many people have died, who they were, and in what circumstances. 

    "The overall number of deaths in or following police custody have halved since the IPCC was set up in 2004. 

    "Lessons learnt from our independent investigations are fed into police practice and guidance. Annual statistics on deaths in or following police custody, including ethnicity, are available on our website. 

    "Information about the definitions used by the IPCC and the process of collating the data is also available.

    "We are conscious that figures alone do not necessarily reveal the multiple issues surrounding ethnicity and death or serious injury, and experiences in the wider criminal justice system."

  10. Southern passengers 'facing misery'

    Passengers now face "misery" after talks aimed at averting strikes on Southern Railway broke down, the company said.

  11. Southern Railway strike 'likely to go ahead'

    Talks aimed at averting strikes on Southern Railway have ended, the RMT union said, and a five-day walkout looks likely to go ahead from Monday.

  12. Central London street closed due to police incident

    BBC Travel

    Wigmore Street  in both directions is closed due to a police incident between A41 Orchard Street and B524 Mandeville Place.

  13. Man arrested on suspicion of murder after Bethnal Green Tube stabbing

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 31-year-old was stabbed in the heart near Bethnal Green Tube station in east London. 

    He was found slumped at a petrol station, on the junction of Old Ford Road and Cambridge Heath Road, last Friday.

    Petrol station forecourt

    The victim had been at a boxing event at York Hall and has not yet been formally identified. 

    A 31-year-old man has been arrested and police are appealing for witnesses.

  14. Man stabbed at Westfield shopping centre in west London

    Westfield

    Two people have been arrested following a suspected stabbing incident involving a man in his 20s at Westfield Shopping Centre in White City, west London.

    The mall was partly cordoned off following the incident shortly before 14:00. There is currently no information about the condition of the victim but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

    Outside Westfield
  15. Retirement home for the wealthy given the nod near Harrods

    A luxury retirement home on a site which has an underground tunnel linking it to Harrods has been given the go-ahead by planners. 

    The seven-storey, 34-apartment assisted living home on Pavilion Road in London's exclusive Knightsbridge quarter will be 100m from the upmarket department store. 

    Planners at Kensington and Chelsea Council have given the go ahead for the site, which has been a car park for 40 years, to be demolished and replaced with an "extra care" home and medical centre complete with car parking and landscaping.

    It had previously been used a storage depot for Harrods. 

    Planning documents note: "The existing building has little architectural merit other than functioning well as a large off-street car park which does not impact upon the setting of the grade II* listed department store (Harrods). 

    "However, the building is not attractive, makes for an unappealing public realm and detracts from the immediate townscape. Its demolition is therefore acceptable, subject to a suitable and well-designed replacement scheme."

  16. London Fire Brigade: moving the museum

    Thousands of items have been taken from the old London Fire Brigade museum on Southwark Bridge Road and placed into storage

    The plan is to eventually exhibit them again in a new museum at the Brigade's former headquarters on Albert Embankment. 

    Museum curator Jane Rugg spoke to us about what the move will mean. 

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    Video caption: Objects from the London Fire Brigade musuem have gone into storage