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  1. Updates on Friday 23 December 2016

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Joe Marchant

Joe Marchant scores two tries as Harlequins narrowly beat Gloucester in front of 77,567 at Twickenham.

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Sam Baldock

Phil Cartwright

BBC Sport

Brighton take advantage of Newcastle's Boxing Day defeat as they beat 10-man QPR to go top of the Championship.

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Chris Martin

Fulham continue their rise towards the Championship play-off places with a comfortable victory at Ipswich Town.

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Chris Ashton

Chris Ashton scores a try on his return from a 13-week suspension to help Saracens beat Newcastle in the Premiership.

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Allardyce and Pardew

David Ornstein

BBC Sport

Former England manager Sam Allardyce is set to be named Crystal Palace's new manager after talks with chairman Steve Parish.

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Goodbye from BBC London Live

Claire Timms

BBC London News

Updates for London have now ended for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday 28 December with the latest videos, news, sport, travel and weather.

The whole BBC London online team would like to wish you and your family a very happy and safe Christmas.

Watch: Warning over 'fatbergs'

London at night

Mike Rigg

Mike Rigg leaves his post of chief football officer at Fulham after agreeing to "cordially part ways" with the club.

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Southwark Council faces trial over Lakanal House blaze

Lakanal House
BBC

Southwark Council is facing trial over the fire at Lakanal House in Camberwell in July 2009 which killed six people.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said the prosecution had been brought under the "Regulatory (Fire Safety) Order 2005" and  followed an inspection "carried out by the Brigade’s fire safety inspecting officers" after the fire.

The case is due to be heard at Southwark Crown Court on 11 January.  

Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce would "sort the players out" if he is named Crystal Palace manager, says Eagles caretaker boss Keith Millen.

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Watch: How shopping centres are trying to lure customers

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show consumer demand is driving growth. But, with a slowdown predicted in the New Year, retailers are doing all they can to attract shoppers. 

BBC London News will be broadcasting live from Westfield Centre in Shepherd's Bush, west London, at 18:30 tonight on BBC One - tune in for more. 

Marc Ashdown reports from Westfield shopping centre

Photos released in hunt for alleged sex attacker

Suspect
Met Police

A CCTV image of a man wanted for questioning in connection with a sex assault on a London bus has been released by detectives.

The alleged assault happening on a route 344 bus to Clapham at about 09:10 on Tuesday 23 August.

The 25-year-old woman boarded the bus at Elephant and Castle and sat on the top deck.

The suspect, who was sitting behind her, inappropriately touched her as the bus passed Battersea Power Station. When the victim challenged the suspect, he got up and left the bus.

Medium accident: A503 London both ways

BBC Travel

A503 London both ways medium accident, at A1201 affecting Chambers Road.

A503 London - A503 Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park partially blocked and queuing traffic in both directions at Finsbury Park Station, because of an accident. Police directing traffic. Congestion to Holloway Prison and to Manor House.

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Audience wanted for debate on Southern Rail

Afternoon weather: Heavy rain and gusty winds

BBC Weather

The wind speed will increase this afternoon and heavy rain and strong gusty winds will sweep in later, bringing difficult driving conditions during rush hour. Gusts of 40 mph will whistle over exposed parts of the Chilterns. 

Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Rosecroft Residential Care Home in Bromley

A sixth woman is arrested by police investigating alleged assaults on pensioners at a south-east London care home.

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'Ring of steel' for London to protect city from terror attack

Southern strike: Troops could be brought in

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

BBC South East understands the army's been asked to put contingency plans in place to ensure commuters get to work if problems continue on Southern Rail.

We've learned military leave could be cancelled and soldiers instructed to drive buses carrying passengers.

It's likely to be welcomed by one MP who told us earlier that without this action her constituents would be stranded in the New Year.

Christmas and New Year travel guide

Tube
PA

Our BBC London Christmas and New Year travel guide  is now available for you to print out or keep on your phone.

Find out when the last Tube stops, when the Congestion Charge holiday starts (and ends), what trains are and aren't running and what roads are closed for the New Year's Eve celebrations in central London.

Happy and safe travelling.

Laurie-Lin Waller told BBC Radio London how her and two friends were treated like stars
A woman explains what happened when she and her two friends were the only passengers on a British Airways flight.

Jolly Christmas with the Met

Hotpoint and Indesit tumble dryer fires prompt legal move

Kevin Peachey

Personal finance reporter

A consumer group has begun a legal bid aimed at strengthening protection for owners of fire-prone tumble dryers.

The damaged appliance from the Shepherd's Bush fire in a specialist lab
London Fire Brigade

Thousands of people with Creda, Indesit and Hotpoint dryers are awaiting repairs a year after a safety alert was first issued.

Now the consumers' association Which? is seeking a judicial review into what it regards as failures by the trading standards team overseeing the case.

Peterborough Trading Standards said the legal attempt was "premature".

It follows a huge a huge tower block fire in west London in August, leaving families homeless and requiring 120 firefighters to bring it under control.

The London Fire Brigade said it believed a faulty Indesit dryer had been the cause of the fire.

Watch: The ultimate upgrade on empty flight

Laurie-Lin Waller told BBC Radio London how her and two friends were treated like stars on an otherwise empty flight

Laurie-Lin Waller told BBC Radio London how her and two friends were treated like stars

Arrest following Wood Green stabbing

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an incident in Wood Green in the early hours of this morning left a teenager critically injured.

Police and ambulance were called to Waldegrave Road in Haringey at 00:50 following reports of a stabbing in the Turnpike Lane area. 

The 19-year-old victim is said to be in a "life threatening condition".

Danny Welbeck high fives during training

Arsenal and England forward Danny Welbeck returns to full training after seven months out with a knee injury.

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'We're not daunted by Chelsea'

Chelsea v Bournemouth (Monday, 15:00 GMT)

Bournemouth

Eddie Howe
Reuters

More from Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe ahead of his side's game at Chelsea: "We'll spend Christmas morning with our families, then in the afternoon we'll continue preparations for the game and head to London.

"Yes, Chelsea have a few suspended, but they have a very good squad and players of equal ability will come in.

"Every Premier League game was daunting for us when we were first promoted. Now we're accustomed to the pressures of this league."

'Huge respect for Conte'

Chelsea v Bournemouth (Monday, 15:00 GMT)

Bournemouth

Bournemouth face the toughest of Boxing Day games - they're at Chelsea who lead the Premier League by six points.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe says he is mightily impressed with the work of Blues boss Antonio Conte.

"I've huge respect for Antonio. The way the Italy team played in the Euros was impressive," he adds.

"He's stuck to his way of playing."

I don't give Ozil leeway - Wenger

Arsenal v West Brom (Monday, 15:00 GMT)

Arsenal

Mesut Ozil of Arsenal
Getty Images

More from Arsene Wenger on the criticism aimed at Mesut Ozil in the wake of the defeat by Manchester City.

"I have a debrief with the players themselves, I do not listen to all the criticism we got after the game, it is normal to get that, but Mesut Ozil is a big player and the big players always respond on the pitch," said Wenger.

"I don't give him any leeway when the team does not have possession. He has to do his job and normally he does it well. His main strength is on the ball and I think in City he suffered more than most because we did not have enough of the ball.

"At City we had a deficit of winning the ball back in the middle third."

Welbeck returns to Arsenal training

Arsenal v West Brom (Monday, 15:00 GMT)

Arsenal

Danny Welbeck in training
Rex Features

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reveals that striker Danny Welbeck is back in full training for the first time since suffering a knee injury in May.

"The good news is the Danny Welbeck joins in for the first time today after being out for a long time. We want to respond. I think in the last 20 games we have lost two, we want to respond in a determined way. 

"We are not in danger of underestimating West Brom, they have improved a lot in technique in recent years, they have good possession in games and can be dangerous."

Aaron Ramsey is also back in contention for the Boxing Day fixture.

Ozil's 'body language is deceptive'

Arsenal v West Brom (Monday 15:00 GMT)

Arsenal

Arsene Wenger with Mesut Ozil
Reuters

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended German playmaker Mesut Ozil after he came in for criticism for his performance in the team's 2-1 defeat by Manchester City.

"He works much harder than people think and his body language sometimes goes against him," said Wenger. 

"He does his part very well."  

'Always lovely beating a top team'

Arsenal v West Brom (Monday, 15:00 GMT)

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom players celebrate in 2010
Getty Images

It is six years since West Brom last won at Arsenal but Tony Pulis is confident his players can cause a Boxing Day upset at the Emirates.

The Gunners have lost their last two Premier League games, and Pulis says: "It's always lovely beating one of the top teams and it would be great if we could go to Arsenal on Boxing Day and do that.

"We need things to go our way at Arsenal. Sometimes they do. It's always a really tough test going down to Arsenal. You have to be at your best and they have to have an off day."

Baggies bid for 'four or five'

Arsenal v West Brom (Monday, 15:00 GMT)

West Bromwich Albion

Tony Pulis gestures
PA

It looks like it's going to be another busy transfer window at West Bromwich Albion.

Tony Pulis says: "We have made bids for about four or five players. 

"We aren't going to try and do everything in one window. It might take a couple of windows to get the quality in that we want.

"All transfer windows are important. This is the most important one though because it's about to happen."

The Baggies are eighth in the Premier League table.

'Arsenal can win Premier League'

Arsenal v West Brom (Monday, 15:00 GMT)

West Bromwich Albion

Tony Pulis
Getty Images

Tony Pulis arrives bang on time for his West Brom news conference. He's a busy man but he is set to give his players most of Christmas Day off despite a Boxing Day game at Arsenal.

"We will train on Christmas Eve, and then the players will have Christmas Day with their families," he says.

"Arsenal have a wonderful squad that's capable of winning the Premier League this year. 

"They have players to come back too."

Second teenager charged with bodyguard murder

A second man has been charged with the murder of a celebrity minder.

Ricky Hayden
Met Police

Tarrel Hinds, 19, of Manford Cross, Chigwell, has been accused of murdering Ricky Hayden, who was stabbed outside his east London home on 13 September.

Mr Hinds was also charged with the attempted murder of Mr Hayden's father, Paul, 46, who was also injured in the attack.

Tommy Roome, also 19, pleaded not guilty to Mr Hayden's murder on 9 December.

Officers hurt during violence in Ealing

Two police officers and two police dogs have been injured after violence broke out in Ealing town centre. 

It began after a number of youths were not allowed in to an event at the town hall on Thursday night and missiles were thrown at police when they tried to clear the area. 

A number of people have been arrested.

Severe accident: A101 London northbound

BBC Travel

A101 London northbound severe accident, at A200 Lower Road affecting A2208.

A101 London - Queuing traffic on A101 Rotherhithe Tunnel northbound in Rotherhithe at the A200 Lower Road junction, because of an accident earlier on. Congestion on Lower Road to Surrey Quays and on Jamaica Road to the Bermondsey Station junction.

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