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  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 October 2016

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Tom Espiner

Business reporter, BBC News

An employment tribunal in London rules that Uber drivers can be classed as employees in a case that could have wide-ranging implications.

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Manuel Lanzini

Chris Osborne

BBC Sport

West Ham beat Crystal Palace to climb out of the relegation zone as Christian Benteke misses a penalty for the hosts.

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Dele Alli

Aimee Lewis

BBC Sport

Dele Alli's late equaliser secures a draw for Tottenham against West Brom, ensuring they maintain their unbeaten league record.

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Danny Williams celebrates with Reading team-mates

QPR's winless home run in the Championship continues as Danny Williams' equaliser earns Reading a point at Loftus Road.

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Arsenal celebrate

Luke Reddy

BBC Sport

Theo Walcott scores twice as Arsenal hang on with 10 men in Bob Bradley's first game in charge of Swansea City.

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George Kruis

Mike Henson

BBC Sport

Saracens inflict Toulon's first-ever home loss in Europe's top-tier competition with victory in a titanic Champions Cup opener.

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Dwight Gayle

Two goals from Dwight Gayle help Newcastle win their third straight game as they beat Brentford at St James' Park.

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Fulham celebrate Scott Malone's goal

Fulham maintain their unbeaten away run in the Championship by twice coming from behind to beat Barnsley at Oakwell.

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Good evening from BBC London Live

BBC London News

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

Have a good weekend.

Tom Cairney surprises young Fulham fan
Watch the moment Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney surprises a young fan who sent him his pocket money.

Tonight's weather: Mainly dry night

BBC Weather

It'll be a largely dry night, although the odd shower is possible this evening, whilst further isolated showers could spread from the west by dawn. 

Otherwise, remaining rather cloudy with a few clearer spells, and feeling slightly less cold than of late, especially in urban areas such as Westminster. 

Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

Damian Lewis heads back to West End for Edward Albee play

Damian Lewis

Actor Damian Lewis is to star in a new West End version of Edward Albee's dark comedy The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?.

Lewis will play an architect who falls in love with a goat called Sylvia.

He is known to millions from TV shows including Homeland, Billions and Wolf Hall, and last appeared in the West End in American Buffalo two years ago.

The play will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for 12 weeks from 24 March.

Watch: Should letting agency fees be banned?

E-Fit of man sought in connection with woman's rape in Tooting released

E-fit of suspect in Tooting rape
Met Police

Police have released an e-fit image of a man they want to speak with in connection with the rape of a young woman. 

The woman in her 20s was attacked by a man as she approached her car in Tooting, south-west London, shortly after midnight on 21 September.

The man forced the woman into an address before he raped her and fled the scene.

The suspect is described as a man of Asian appearance with a thin moustache, aged between 20-25, around 5ft 7ins and slim. 

He was wearing glasses, a red hooded top and light tracksuit bottoms at the time of the attack.

Stephen Port

Videos clips of alleged serial killer Stephen Port appearing to rape an unconscious man have been played to the jury at his trial at the Old Bailey.

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Watch: Fireworks to be ticketed

London New Year's Eve fireworks to remain a ticketed event
Plane at Heathrow

Britain must expand Heathrow, a "great airport" which connects the UK to global trade, former chancellor George Osborne says.

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Suggs on Oliver Twist

Suggs on Oliver Twist
Suggs discovers the area of London where Charles Dickens' classic novel Oliver Twist was set.

Patient who died of sepsis in crowded hospital not given 'best chance' - coroner

Cheryl Cope
Irwin Mitchell

 An interior designer who died from sepsis less than 24 hours after being admitted to an overcrowded hospital was not given the "best chance" of survival, a coroner has ruled. 

Cheryl Cope, from Haringey, north London, had been suffering from flu-like symptoms for 10 days before being admitted to The Whittington Hospital in north London. 

An inquest heard that the 51-year-old should have been diagnosed as having sepsis, or blood poisoning, at 07:40 on the morning of 27 February, but it took several hours for staff to realise what was wrong with her. 

She died the following day. 

Coroner Jacqueline Devonish said while the cause of death was natural, it was "not possible to say whether Mrs Cope would have survived if treated promptly". 

She said: "I do find that the inaction did not give Mrs Cope best chance."

Mrs Devonish said: "In this case I have accepted that there was a failure to prioritise Mrs Cope and this was due to the exceptional overcrowding at the hospital at the time of her admission." 

The coroner said she would not be making recommendations to the hospital involved because it had already drafted a new policy to diagnose sepsis following Mrs Cope's death.

Saracens pair eye future in craft beer
Saracens players Alistair Hargreaves and Chris Wyles talk about the craft-beer company they set up as they plan for their retirement.

Alphonsi tries rugby volunteering roles


It's a big weekend of European rugby union with plenty of top-flight British clubs involved.

But let's have a shout out to all those volunteers who help make rugby happen at the grass-roots level.

Former England star Maggie Alphonsi went to Kilburn Cosmos Rugby Club to find out the variety of volunteering roles that are needed at a local club....

Alphonsi met the coach, first aider, bar person and social secretary

Do you know a local sports volunteer who deserves some much-needed recognition?

Nominate your local Unsung Hero here - but hurry as entries close on 23 October!

'Flash crash' trader loses US extradition battle

Navinder Sarao
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The London trader accused of contributing to the 2010 stock market

The ruling means Navinder Sarao, 37, who traded from his parents' house in Hounslow, west London, will be sent to the US within 28 days.

Mr Sarao is accused of market manipulation that contributed to a 1,000 point fall on the Dow Jones index in New York on 6 May 2010.

He denies 22 charges.

The charges carry sentences that total a maximum of 380 years.

Mr Sarao, who is on bail, did not attend the High Court ruling in London.

Southern rail

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is to lobby the government for more powers for Transport for London over rail services into the capital.

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Water pumped out of sinking boat near London Bridge

London Fire Brigade (LFB) has said firefighters pumped out water from a passenger boat in the early hours of today after the vessel began listing in the River Thames.

LFB was called just after 04:00 close to London Bridge and found the 40 tonne boat was taking on water. 

Nobody was on board the moored boat. After water was drained from the boat it was secured to a mooring barge, LFB said, adding that crews remain at the scene.

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Afternoon weather: Outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken through this afternoon, with outbreaks of rain spreading in from the southeast during the late afternoon and evening. 

Feeling cool under the cloud. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Football shirts only cost 'a couple of pounds' to produce

Chelsea have signed a new kit deal worth £60m a season
Chelsea have joined the big boys with a new sponsorship deal with Nike

It's worth £60m a season for a whopping 15 years.

But the kit only costs a couple of pounds ($3-4) to make.

Sports Science professor Simon Chadwick from the University of Salford in the UK tells Outside Source's Rick Kelsey how a kit deal affects fans.

(Photo: Chelsea players Credit: Getty Images)
Fireworks explode over London on 1 January 2014

The New Year's Eve fireworks display in London will continue to be a ticketed event, says Mayor Sadiq Khan.

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How Premiership rugby is tackling concussion

Concussion: How Premiership is tackling concussion
BBC Sport's Patrick Gearey reports how the Premiership has become the first league in the world to introduce an instant video review system for potential concussion injuries.

Severe accident: A118 London eastbound

BBC Travel

A118 London eastbound severe accident, at Litchfield Avenue.

A118 London - A118 Romford Road in Stratford blocked and slow traffic eastbound at the Litchfield Avenue junction, because of an accident.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Cox keen for your Unsung Hero nominations


At Rio 2016 Cox became the first British Paralympian to win golds in multiple sports at the same Games since 1984

Rio Paralympics gold medallist Kadeena Cox has become the latest sports star to call for your BBC Unsung Hero nominations.

You've got just over a week to get your nominations in (the deadline is Sunday, 23 October) and you can find out how to here.

Luke McGee

Peterborough United boss Grant McCann says he would want to sign on-loan Tottenham keeper Luke McGee on a longer deal.

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Son Heung-min

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is named Premier League manager of the month as Tottenham's Son Heung-min wins the players' award.

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New Year's Eve fireworks display tickets to go on sale

Tickets for this year's New Year's Eve fireworks display, around the London Eye, will go on sale next Friday (21 October) at noon priced at £10.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

QPR say they fully back boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink after an investigation into claims made by the Daily Telegraph.

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Met to phase out two ranks

The Metropolitan Police Service is to to phase out two of its 11 ranks to "reduce layers of hierarchy".

The rank of Commander and Chief Inspector will disappear by the summer of 2018.

Scotland Yard said a pilot, running in Westminster, had shown streamlining leadrship made more effective decision-making.

Depity Commissioner Craig Mackey said: "This change will allow more agile decision-making and better communication as we transform ourselves for the challenges of policing in a digital age.

“I am hugely grateful to all the officers who currently hold these ranks, and we will continue to value their commitment to the organisation while we introduce a new structure that is right for the changing demands on policing.” 

Lord Bramall 'receives Met Police apology' over abuse claims

Lord Bramall, the former chief of the defence staff, has said he has received an apology from the Metropolitan Police over its investigation of historical child abuse allegations against him.

The 92-year-old told the BBC the apology came from Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

Lord Bramall

He says Sir Bernard told him the force had been wrong to delay informing him that no further action would be taken.

Lord Bramall was never arrested and had always denied the allegations.

The Met would not confirm an apology had been made.

BBC London News: Today’s headlines

Latest headlines from London

MPs urge ministers to 'get a grip' in midst of Southern strike woes

MPs have attacked the government's handling of rail franchises, saying passengers have been let down badly.

A Transport Select Committee report cited the "woeful" experience of Southern passengers, who have faced months of industrial action and staff shortages.

Southern train

Ministers were urged to "get a grip" on monitoring rail franchise agreements.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said improving Southern services was a priority for the government.