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Obsolete floppy disks and VHS tapes turned into art
A London artist turns obsolete items such as VHS tapes and floppy disks into art.
Jane Ross

West Ham United's first ever Women's Super League game ends in a draw as they share the spoils with visitors Reading.

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Justin Bieber serenades fiancee outside Buckingham Palace
The Canadian singer was spotted busking outside Buckingham Palace in London.
Jordan Nobbs

Arsenal hit seven past Yeovil Town to continue their goal-laden start to the new Women's Super League season.

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QPR players celebrate Massimo Luongo (right) scoring their opening goal against Milwall

QPR extend their unbeaten run to four league games as two goals in three first-half minutes give them victory over Millwall.

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Ramona Bachmann

A resolute Bristol City Women side hold defending champions Chelsea Women to a goalless draw in the WSL.

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CCTV released of car crashing into Gravesend nightclub
CCTV of a car crashing into a Gravesend nightclub has been released by police.

Jurors shown footage of car driven onto nightclub dance floor

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Jurors have been shown footage of the moment a car was driven down an alley and onto the dance floor of Blake's nightclub on 17 March.

Eight people were injured.

It's alleged 21-year-old Mohammed Abdul, from Deptford, carried out the attack after being ejected from the club for being drunk.

Mr Abdul denies attempted murder and causing GBH with intent.

Severe accident: A1199 London northbound

BBC News Travel

A1199 London northbound severe accident, at Wanstead.

A1199 London - A1199 Hollybush Hill in Wanstead blocked and queuing traffic northbound at the Wanstead junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Bill Bailey's plea for help to find pet chihuahua, Pablo

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Comedian Bill Bailey has appealed for help to find the family dog after it went missing in west London.

Pablo the "pineapple-sized" chihuahua was last seen in Hammersmith Grove last Sunday, Bailey said.

He tweeted a photo of the "much-loved" pooch on Wednesday evening in a bid to track Pablo down.

Second arrest and fresh appeal after Barnet fatal shooting

Bulent Kabala
Met Police

Police have issued a fresh appeal as part of their investigation into a man who shot dead in north London.

Bulent Kabala, 41, died after being shot in the head and chest in Barnet on 12 February.

A 30-year-old man, a serving prisoner, was arrested today on suspicion of conspiring with others to commit murder. He remains in police custody for questioning.

Police officers said they believe they know who supplied the Ford Transit van that was used in the murder, but are appealing to the public to help discover the van's movements before the shooting.

Met Police

The Met has issued photos of tools - thought to have been stolen - which were found in the back of the van.

Anyone who recognises the tools should contact the police.

London house prices show biggest fall since 2009

Falling London house prices have helped drag annual growth in UK property values down to a five-year-low, according to official figures.

House prices in London fell by 0.7% annually in July - the biggest tumble there since September 2009 when there was a 3.2% decline, according to figures released jointly by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Land Registry and other bodies.

The report said London has shown a general slowdown in its annual property price growth rate since mid-2016 - hitting a recent peak of 14.8% in March that year.

Would you know when it's appropriate to call 999?

London ambulance

The London Ambulance Service (LAS) is in danger of being "abused" by people calling ambulances in non-emergency situations, a doctor has said in response to a new poll about calling 999.

One in three people out of 1,000 Londoners who were polled said they would call an ambulance in a non-emergency situation because they did not know what else to do, according to a report by the London Assembly's health committee.

One in 10 people in the capital said they would call an emergency ambulance if their child got their hand stuck in a jam jar, while more than half of 18 to 24-year-olds would call an ambulance in a non-emergency situation if they had no other way to get someone to hospital.

Despite this, 56% of people said they strongly agreed with the statement "I know when to call an ambulance".

Dr Onkar Sahota, chairman of the London Assembly committee which is looking into the future of LAS, said people need a better understanding of the various ways to access healthcare.

"The 999 system can be abused by those with spurious issues but it also has to cover for problems in other parts of the healthcare system," he added.

"We all need to work together to make the best use of our precious ambulance service resources."

LAS chief executive Garrett Emmerson added: "The latest poll of Londoners shows we need to remind people, of all ages, to use us wisely and only call 999 in a genuine emergency.

"We are delighted that the survey shows that the overwhelming majority of Londoners have confidence in us and think our staff do an excellent job."

Retailer Orla Kiely ceases trading

Orla Kiely merchandise
Orla Kiely

British handbag and homeware retailer Orla Kiely has announced that it is closing its stores and website.

Orla Kiely ceased to trade as of 17 September as its parent company, Kiely Rowan, has gone into administration.

The retailer's stores in London's King's Road and Seven Dials, and Kildare in Ireland, have closed.

However, Orla Kiely Home and Design-branded accessories and homeware will continue to be sold through distribution partners.

"Thank you for embracing our brand and designs throughout the years and for your ongoing support," said the brand, which is known for itsvintage 1970s-inspired prints.

David Ruben & Partners have been appointed as administrators.

Travel: Delays after security alert at Richmond station

Richmond Station
Lou Brooks

There are delays on the District line after a security alert led Richmond station to be cordoned off.

The station was made exit-only for a short time this afternoon as the British Transport Police and other members of the emergency services closed off the area.

Specialist teams assessed an item found at the station and decided it was not suspicious.

The cordon has now been lifted but there are knock-on delays on the Tube.

Zara and Mike Tindall take to the saddle to launch charity bike ride

Zara and Mike Tindall

Zara and Mike Tindall hopped on to bicycles to launch a charity ride raising awareness and funds for ocean conservation.

The couple set off on the first leg of the Blue Marine Foundation's (Blue) third annual London-to-Monaco cycle ride, pedalling from Herne Hill Velodrome in south London to Dover.

They joined more than 100 cyclists who are taking part in the seven-day challenge that aims to raise funds to help Blue's aim of protecting vast tracts of the world's oceans.

The Queen's granddaughter said: "Our oceans are constantly under threat and it's for that reason that we are joining 100 brave cyclists in raising awareness around vital marine conservation projects like Blue's so that they can receive the funding and support they need."

Blue was established in 2010 and is dedicated to creating marine reserves and establishing sustainable models of fishing.

Its mission is the active and effective protection of 10% of the world's oceans by 2020 and 30% by 2030.

Failing Square Mile businesses leave millions in unpaid rates

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Failed and fleeing business have left the City with a trail of millions in unpaid rates that the corporation running the Square Mile has been forced to write off.

The City of London Corporation’s finance committee agreed to write off £2.6m in irrecoverable non-domestic rates racked up by 33 companies and two individuals over the years since 2012.

In one case, a landlord racked up a bill of £1.76 million in unpaid empty property rates, a report to the committee said.

They were told the unnamed landlord was in receivership by the time they took a building back from tenants, and the property was sold when the ratepayer was unable to pay their mortgage.

They subsequently went into liquidation proceedings and their business was dissolved.

MP Jones accuses Prime Minister of ‘ignoring’ knife crime

Inside Croydon

Sarah Jones, the MP for Croydon Central, today accused the Prime Minister of “paying lip-service” to the scourge of knife crime on our streets.

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Man charged with murder after fatal cemetery shooting

Ismail Tanrikulu
Metropolitan Police
Ismail Tanrikulu was found wounded in Tottenham Cemetery

A man has been charged with murder after another man was shot dead in Tottenham Cemetery.

Ismail Tanrikulu, 22, was found with fatal wounds at the north London cemetery on 3 September.

Musa Duru, 21, of Great Cambridge Road, Tottenham, was charged this morning after being arrested yesterday.

He has been remanded to appear in custody at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court later today.

'Worrying lack of detail' in Khan's anti-violence plan

London Assembly members have said there is a "worrying lack of detail" in the London mayor's new strategy for tackling violent crime.

Sadiq Khan has set up a Violence Reduction Unit to treat violence in the capital like a public health issue.

But Steve O’Connell, chairman of the Assembly's police and crime committee, voiced concerns about the initiative which "has been a long time coming".

“We commend the mayor for finally recognising that a broader approach which addresses the causes of violence is needed to halt the scourge of violent crime, in all its forms, that is blighting our city," he said.

"Communities need to be involved for this type of approach to work and London is very complex," Mr O'Connell added.

“However, there is a worrying lack of detail as to how this unit will operate across such a vast area as the whole of London.

"We will be keeping a close eye on whether this new plan has an impact on the ground and does not end up a missed opportunity.”

Toronto Wolfpack have won all three meetings so far this season with their likely Million Pound Game opponents Toulouse, the heaviest of them 43-30 at Magic Weekend in May

The Rugby Football League pick a 19:00 BST kick-off time for the Million Pound Game to suit three different time zones.

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CCTV of moment car 'swerves into crowd' outside Islamic Centre
Three men were hurt when a car was driven into worshippers outside a north London Islamic centre.
Pollution in London

A study finds a link between the neurodegenerative condition and exposure to nitrogen dioxide.

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Man shot in south London

A man is in a south London hospital after being shot.

Armed police and other officers were called to reports of gunshots in Turnham Road, Lewisham, at about 19:40 last night, but no victims were found at the scene.

The Metropolitan Police then said they were called to a hospital just before 21:00 after a man, thought to be in his early 20s, self-presented with a gunshot wound.

He is in a stable condition and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The Met said officers are trying to establish whether the incidents are linked.

There have been no arrests.

Severe accident: A4088 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A4088 London both ways severe accident, at North Wembley Station.

A4088 London - A4088 East Lane in Brent closed and very slow traffic in both directions at the North Wembley Station junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - Routes Affected: 245,483.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Are young women seeking abortions being harassed?
Are campaigners standing outside abortion centres harassing women?

Today's photo of London

Jason Hawkes

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