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  1. Updates on Tuesday 23 August 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Dry and warm

BBC Weather

It will be dry tonight with long clear periods, and also very warm, especially in more built up areas such as the City. 

Lows of 17C (63F).

New strike dates in Southern guards safety dispute

Workers on Southern trains are to stage another strike in the continuing dispute over the role of guards, the RMT union has announced.

Night Tube 'boost' for West End economy

Sadiq Khan on the Night Tube
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London's West End has been given a shot in the arm by the introduction of the Night Tube, with footfall rising 21% in the capital's shopping district on Saturday night.

More than 100,000 passengers took advantage of the new overnight Undergroundservice, with about 6,500 people tapping in at Oxford Circus, one of London's busiest stations, on Saturday night alone. 

Representatives for London's West End are hopeful that late-night foot traffic will provide a boost for business. 

"The service looks set to contribute to a vibrant 24-hour economy for London's West End," said Steven Medway, of New West End Company - the organisation representing businesses at some of London's biggest retail destinations including Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street. 

"The newly extended operating hours will allow more people to experience and enjoy the diversity of the West End beyond its world-class retail offering, from entertainment and leisure to food and beverage," he added.  

The Victoria and Central lines are the first to provide overnight services on Fridays and Saturdays, but there are plans to extend the night network to the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines this autumn.

Hero 7/7 doctor died after cigarette butt started fire in her flat

Metro

 A doctor credited with helping more than 200 victims of the 7/7 bombings died after a cigarette butt set fire to a plastic bag.

Virgin challenges Jeremy Corbyn train footage

Virgin Trains has questioned footage showing Jeremy Corbyn sitting on the floor of a "ram-packed" service.

CCTV inside train carriage
Virgin Trains

In a film shown on The Guardian, the Labour leader said he was experiencing a problem "many passengers face every day" on the London to Newcastle train.

But Virgin said CCTV showed Mr Corbyn and his team walking past available seating before starting filming.

It says the crew helped him to a carriage where seats were available and he sat for the rest of his journey.

Mr Corbyn's team has been contacted for comment.

Scene of overcrowding in January 2015

Sections of a new concourse at London Bridge station are set to open, providing relief for passengers.

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Hypnobirthing: 'It may sound airy fairy, but I believe it'

Stuart Maisner

The number of mothers-to-be signing up for hypnobirthing at the Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford has doubled year-on-year.

Flooding in north-west London

Ben Brind

Dominic Howell

BBC News

When Team GB's winning athletes touched down at Heathrow they were met by crowds of adoring fans. BBC News met some of them.

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City airport passengers to be played music during security checks

Passengers being security searched at London City Airport in future will be played music to help them relax.

According to music psychologists at Sheffield University music will improve the whole experience for travellers and help to improve their mood.

Se prepare for these tunes when you next get frisked and scanned:

  •  Brian Eno – Ambient 1: Music for Airports
  •  Joni Mitchell – This Flight Tonight
  •  John Denver – Leaving on a Jet Plane
  •  Red Hot Chili Peppers – Aeroplane
  •  Frank Sinatra – Come Fly With Me
  •  Iggy Pop – The Passenger
  •  Daft Punk - Around the World
  •  MIA – Paper Planes
  •  Madonna – Holiday
  •  Randy Crawford – One Day I’ll Fly Away
  •  Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away
  •  Simon and Garfunkel - Homeward Bound
  •  Vengaboys – We’re Going To Ibiza

Virgin challenges Jeremy Corbyn train footage

Virgin Trains has released footage of Mr Corbyn's journey
Virgin Trains
Virgin Trains has released footage of Mr Corbyn's journey

Virgin Trains has questioned footage showing Jeremy Corbyn sitting on the floor of a "ram-packed" service.

In a film shown on The Guardian, the Labour leader said he was experiencing a problem "many passengers face every day" on the London to Newcastle train.

But Virgin said CCTV showed Mr Corbyn and his team walking past available seating before starting filming.

It says the crew helped him to a carriage where seats were available and he sat for the rest of his journey.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn's camp said: “When Jeremy boarded the train he was unable to find unreserved seats, so he sat with other passengers in the corridor who were also unable to find a seat. 

"Later in the journey, seats became available after a family were upgraded to first class, and Jeremy and the team he was travelling with were offered the seats by a very helpful member of staff."

Broken down bus causing delays on M25

BBC Travel

A broken down bus is causing problems and blocking a lane on the exit slip road clockwise at J25, A10 (Enfield) on the M25.

Heatwave alerts for south-east England as temperatures hit 30C

People on deckchairs
PA

The Met Office has issued heatwave alerts across the south and east of England, with temperatures expected to exceed 30C (86F) in some areas.

A level-three heatwave alert is in place for the east of England, where high daytime temperatures and warm, humid nights are forecast until Friday.

London and south-east England are on a level-two alert, meaning heatwave conditions are also likely this week.

Public Health England urged people to be aware of the health risks of heat.

Watch: Young artists highlight air pollution

Billboards warning of air pollution have appeared on some of London's most polluted street
Reece Morris

Tributes are paid to a "hero" father who died saving his daughter from drowning during a holiday in Spain.

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Man wanted over car park attempted murder

Police are trying to find Farai Kambarami, 25, who has links to Portsmouth, London, Surrey and Wolverhampton, in connection with an attempted murder in Milton Keynes yesterday.

A 34-year-old woman was driving in central MK when a black Honda CR-V, registration BT57 0FE, struck her. She drove to a car park but was followed by the man in the Honda.

He got out of the car and attacked her with what police believe to be a knife, leaving her with stab wounds to the throat and arm.

Farai Kambarami
Thames Valley Police
Middlesex all-rounder Ollie Rayner

Middlesex all-rounder Ollie Rayner signs a new two-year contract with the County Championship Division One leaders.

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'Everyone at Google just sips lattes'

Our correspondent describes Google's latest building in London
"They were all sipping lattes sitting on deckchairs."

BBC Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones tells Outside Source about his tour of the new Google building in London.

It comes after the latest mobile operating system is revealed by the company with the code name Nougat.

(Photo: Google headquarters. Credit: Getty Images)

BreakingSouthern workers to take strike action

Workers at Southern Railway are to stage a 48-hour strike on September 7 and 8 in the long-running row over the role of guards, said the RMT union.

Fast track to front line policing

'Police Now' aims to train university graduates to police officers in just six weeks

London artist makes the Great British Bake Off illustrations

The countdown to the new series of the Great British Bake Off has begun, and BBC One has taken a look at the London man who creates the illustrations to show what the cakes are going to look like

GBBO cake illustration
BBC

The new series starts tomorrow at 20:00 on BBC One.

Murder investigation launched after man dies in Wood Green street

 A murder investigation has been launched after a man was found fatally injured in the street. 

The victim, thought to be aged in his 20s, was discovered in Glendale Avenue, Wood Green, north London, at around 04.45 this morning.

Scotland Yard said that despite treatment by paramedics, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. A force spokesman was unable to give any details on the nature of the man's injuries. 

Keeping cool and hydrated at Liverpool Street station

Afternoon weather: Warm and sunny

BBC Weather

A warm and sunny afternoon, although some thin high cloud may turn the sunshine hazy at times. 

Maximum temperature 29C (84F).

Jairo Medina

A man accused of murdering a carer at a tourist hotspot in central London is told he will face a trial in February.

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Scotland Yard

A woman and teenage girl arrested on suspicion of trying to travel to Syria to join a banned group are bailed, Scotland Yard says.

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Hypnobirth training increase at Dartford hospital

An increasing number of women are getting hypnobirth training according to a Dartford hospital

MP praises hospital trust after 'good' inspection

This Is Local London

An MP has praised a hospital trust after it received a “good” inspection report.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) gave the second highest rating to the Royal Free London NHS Trust, which looks after three hospitals, including Chase Farm and Barnet Hospital.

Man to face trial for carer's Hyde Park killing

 A young man accused of beating a 62-year-old carer to death at a tourist hotspot in central London is to go on trial in the new year. 

Hani Khalaf, 21, an Egyptian national of no fixed address, is charged with murdering Jairo Medina. 

Mr Medina's body was found by a Hyde Park staff member near Speakers' Corner at around 05:50 on 12 August. 

The professional carer, from Chelsea, west London, had been assaulted but a post-mortem examination did not ascertain a cause of death. 

Khalaf appeared at the Old Bailey via video-link from Wandsworth Prison and spoke only to confirm his name with help from an Arabic translator. 

Judge Timothy Pontius set a three-week provisional trial date of 6 February next year and a plea hearing on 8 November. No application for bail was made and the defendant was remanded in custody.

Nick Grimshaw crashes car avoiding cat

Nick Grimshaw
PA

The DJ was on his way to the BBC Radio 1 studios when the accident happened last night.

"The car went upside down. I'm absolutely fine," he told colleagues on the station's breakfast show.

"I turned out of my house, my car flipped over and went over on its side," he explained.

"People were like, 'You can't have been doing 15 miles per hour.' I was, that's how embarrassing this was.

Watch: Team GB's record breakers return home from Rio

Great Britain's record-breaking Olympics team have arrived back from Rio.

Some team members had returned home already, but 320 athletes and support staff were on British Airways flight BA2016, which landed at Heathrow.

Appeal for witnesses following arson attack in Walthamstow

A police appeal has gone out following an arson attack at a house in Walthamstow, north-east London.

Fire broke out at 02:15 yesterday at a house in Shernhall Street. No one was injured.

Fire investigators believe an accelerant placed on a window at the property was set alight.

So far witnesses have told police that two men were seen in the area and shouted to alert people what was happening. Police are keen to speak to them about any suspicious activity they may have seen.

Meet the dad who makes sculptures out of toast

Adam makes breakfast exciting for his daughter who has severe food allergies

Toast sculptures

Man 'assaulted teens over cuddle' in Newham

A "bully" grabbed a schoolboy by the throat and called a teenage girl a "whore" after spotting them cuddling in Newham, a court has heard.

Wilson Road in Newham
Google

Michael Coe, 35, stopped driving and allegedly confronted the 16-year-olds, demanding to know if they were Muslims.

When they lied and told him they were not, he grabbed the boy around the neck before throwing him to the floor.

At Southwark Crown Court Mr Coe, a Muslim, denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm and battery.

Great Britain's Olympics team returning home

BBC Sport

Great Britain's record-breaking Olympics team will return from Rio and land at Heathrow Airport this morning.

Athletes inside plane
British Airways

Britain is the first country to improve on a home medal tally at the following Games, collecting 67 to beat the 65 from London 2012.

Some team members have returned home already, but 320 athletes and support staff will be on British Airways flight BA2016.

The Boeing 747 will have a gold nose cone and a "victoRIOus" livery.

Plane with gold nose
British Airways

Tuesday's BBC London headlines

Alice Salfield brings you the latest news

Alice Salfield brings you the latest news

Greenwich among worst councils for rejected recycled waste

The amount of household rubbish being rejected for recycling in England has increased by 84% over the past four years, government figures show.

Waste on conveyor belt
Getty Images

A BBC Freedom of Information request found councils were unable to recycle 338,000 tons of waste in 2014-15 - up from about 184,000 tons in 2011-12.

One of the areas with the highest amount of recyclable waste rejected was Greenwich where about 14.4% of waste was found to be contaminated in 2014-15.

The national average is 3%.