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  1. Updates on Friday 21 July

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Images showing the advance of a fire at Grenfell Tower

Images, maps and graphics explaining how the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower may have started and how it spread.

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Charlie Gard with his parents

Why Charlie's parents have decided to end their legal battle over their son's treatment.

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Marko Arnautovic

West Ham sign Stoke City and Austria forward Marko Arnautovic for a club record £20m on a five-year-deal.

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Goodbye from BBC London Live

BBC London News

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

Have a great weekend.

Tonight's weather: Becoming fresher

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain will move eastwards across the city overnight. It will be followed by clear spells, and with a fresher feel it will be more comfortable for sleeping than recent nights.

Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

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Major works at Waterloo station this August

Major works are taking place at Waterloo this August with most journeys from and to the station affected.

Here are the main points and a list useful websites to find out more details:

  • Fewer South West Trains running
  • Trains, stations and platforms will be busier than normal, especially during peak times
  • Journeys are likely to take longer
  • Some stations, including Norbiton, Chessington South, Malden Manor & Earlsfield will be closed
  • Vauxhall station will see a reduced service
  • Tube, Bus and other National Rail services are likely to be busier than normal throughout


Waiting for Louis Tomlinson: The girls dedicated to the One Direction star

The fans who are willing to wait all night for a glimpse of their favourite star outside the BBC's central London studios.

Produced by: Mohamed Madi, Ameer Ahmed and Alice Milner.

Waiting for Louis Tomlinson: The girls dedicated to the One Direction star

Severe disruption: London eastbound

BBC News Travel

London eastbound severe disruption, from London Road to New Kent Road.

London - Elephant and Castle in Walworth blocked and queuing traffic eastbound from the London Road junction to the New Kent Road junction, because of an overturned car.

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

British Museum evacuated

The British Museum has been evacuated due to security concerns caused by a suspicious vehicle in nearby Russell Square.

Unconfirmed reports on twitter suggested the police evacuated Russell Square before carrying out a controlled explosion. It is believed the square has since been reopened.

A Met spokeswoman said police were called to an "unattended vehicle" and that the situation had now been "stood down".

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Coombe Lane West, Kingston Upon Thames

Two women were apparently "taken against their will" and attacked, resulting in the death of one of them.

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Severe delays on Tube due to signal failure

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

There are severe delays on the Hammersmith & City and District lines due to a signal failure at Aldgate East.

It means there is disruption between Tower Hill to Upminster eastbound and Aldgate East to Earls Court westbound.


Marvyn Iheanacho battered his partner's son to death in a south-east London park for losing a trainer.

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Severe disruption: A4200 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A4200 London both ways severe disruption, at B502 Guilford Street.

A4200 London - A4200 Russell Square in Bloomsbury closed and queuing traffic in both directions at the B502 Guilford Street junction, because of a security alert. Diversion in operation - 10,188,X68.

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

Police keep open mind over possible 'honour killing'

Detectives are investigating the murder of a young woman in a possible so-called honour killing.

The body of the woman, who was believed to be 19, was found at a house in Kingston, London, just three hours after she was reported missing along with another woman, who is believed to be in her 20s.

Police said the pair may have been forced to go to the address by a man they both knew before being subjected to a "violent attack".

The older woman managed to escape to get help and was admitted to a south London hospital with stab and slash wounds on Wednesday evening before police went to the house in Coombe Lane West.

The Met insisted that contrary to some newspaper reports the victim was discovered intact at around 20:00.

Asked if police were looking into whether the murder was being treated as a so-called honour killing, the Met said detectives are keeping an "open mind".


A 33-year-old man, who was arrested at an address in Kent, and a 28-year-old man, who was arrested after police stopped a vehicle in New Malden in south-west London, are in custody on suspicion of murder.

A woman, 29, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, was released under investigation, and police said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the case.

Hunt for moped riders after father killed in suspected Rolex robbery

BreakingCharlie Gard scan makes 'sad reading'

A new scan on Charlie Gard makes for "sad reading", his parents have been told by a lawyer representing Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Romuald Boco

Leyton Orient sign midfielder Romuald Boco on two-year deal following his release from Accrington Stanley.

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Stepfather guilty of murdering boy, 5, over missing trainer

Mountsfield Park, Catford
Marvyn Iheanacho killed his partner's son in Mountsfield Park, Catford

A stepfather is facing a life sentence after battering a five-year-old boy to death in a park for losing a trainer.

Marvyn Iheanacho, 39, flew into a rage and subjected his girlfriend's son Alex Malcolm to a brutal attack in Mountsfield Park in Catford, south-east London in November.

Witnesses heard a child's fearful voice saying "sorry", loud banging and a man screaming about the loss of a shoe.

Alex suffered fatal head and stomach injuries and died in hospital two days later.

One of his trainers was later found in the play area by police.

Iheanacho, who was in a relationship with Alex's mother Lilya Breha, was convicted of murder at Woolwich Crown Court.

The jury of seven men and five women returned a unanimous guilty verdict earlier.

Ms Breha nodded as the verdict was announced and quietly wept in court.

Iheanacho, from Hounslow, west London, has a string of previous convictions for violent offences, including attacks on ex-partners and robbery.

He will be sentenced on Tuesday.

Marvyn Iheanacho
Met Police
Marvyn Iheanacho

LFB headquarters celebrates 80th anniversary

Diego Costa

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says Diego Costa was told in January he was not part of the club's plans for the future.

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Borough Market traders offer gifts to emergency services

Market traders have offered gifts the emergency services based all around London to express gratitude for their support on the night of the London Bridge terror attacks.

The traders, accompanied by the managing director of Borough Market, Darren Henaghan, visited a number of police and fire stations to deliver gifts from the market.

"We have been overwhelmed by all the support we've received from the community since the attacks,” Mr Henaghan said.

“As we are slowly getting back on our feet, this is our way of saying thank you to the members of the emergency services who put themselves in harm’s way.”

Fourth Day
Fourth Day

Paul Wheeler, who runs a fruit and veg stall at the market, said: “If it hadn’t been for the quick reactions and bravery of the police on the night of the terror attacks, things would have been even worse."

Afternoon weather: Sunny and breezy

BBC Weather

Most parts should see a dry day with some sunny spells, although the cloud may be thick enough to give the odd light shower in the west.

It will become breezy too, especially over higher ground like Hampstead Heath.

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

Murder inquiry launched after woman stabbed to death in Enfield

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman was stabbed to death in a block of flats Enfield.

The 24-year-old victim was found at Curlew House in Ponders End in Enfield yesterday morning at 06:40.

A 21-year-old man, who is being treated in a north London hospital and is in a stable condition, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Croydon hammer attack victim dies and murder inquiry started

Florina Pastina, 36, was attacked with a hammer at a residential address on 19 July.

She suffered severe head injuries and died in the early hours of this morning, police said.

A 25-year-old man at the property in Alpha Road, Croydon, also had head injuries, but his were not life threatening.

A 34-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder. He was also taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and remains in hospital.

Jay Dasilva

Chelsea full-back Jay Dasilva signs a new four-year contract and rejoins Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan.

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Severe disruption: London both ways

BBC News Travel

London both ways severe disruption, between A4 Hyde Park Corner and The Mall.

London - Constitution Hill in Westminster closed in both directions between the A4 Hyde Park Corner junction and The Mall junction, because of the Changing the Guard. Also affecting The Mall between Marlborough Road and Constitution Hill and Birdcage Walk between A3214 Buckingham Gate and A3214 Great George Street.

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

Grenfell inquiry chief calls meeting with residents 'useful and powerful'

Grenfell tower
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The former judge leading the Grenfell Tower inquiry said a meeting with residents was "very useful and powerful", despite concerns from the floor about the make-up of his team.

In the meeting between retired Court of Appeal judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick and those affected by the devastating blaze on 14 June, residents repeated their desire that the inquiry team should better reflect the "diversity" of those on the west London estate.

At least 80 people died after the fire ripped through the 24-storey tower block in north Kensington, with many of those affected being from BME (black and minority ethnic) backgrounds.

A crowd of around 50 residents and supporters attended the meeting in White City last night, after survivors were given a further week to make their case about which issues the forthcoming public inquiry should consider.

The consultation on the terms of reference for the probe has been further extended to 4 August, the inquiry team said.

Severe accident: A104 Greater London both ways

BBC News Travel

A104 Greater London both ways severe accident, at Chelmsford Road.

A104 Greater London - A104 Woodford New Road in Woodford blocked and queuing traffic in both directions at the Chelmsford Road junction, because of an accident involving two cars.

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

Severe accident: A501 London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A501 London eastbound severe accident, at A5 Edgware Road.

A501 London - A501 Marylebone Road in Marylebone entry slip road closed and very slow traffic eastbound at Bakerloo Edgware Road Station, because of an accident.

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

Charlie Gard: US doctor meets Great Ormond Street medics

Charlie Gard

Charlie Gard's parents have begun the latest stage of their legal fight over treatment for their terminally ill baby.

A judge is further analysing issues at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates want Mr Justice Francis to rule that their 11-month-old son, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, should be allowed to undergo a therapy trial overseen by a specialist in New York. Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where Charlie is being cared for, have said the therapy is experimental and will not help.

They say life support treatment should stop. Charlie's parents, who are in their 30s and come from Bedfont, west London, have already lost battles in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London.

Tayo Edun

England Under-19 international Tayo Edun signs a new three-year contract with Championship side Fulham.

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Watch: News headlines from BBC London

Sonja Jessup has this morning's news round-up.

Princess Diana's belongings to be displayed at Buckingham Palace

Cassette tapes, a lunch box and ballet shoes owned and used by Princess Diana will be put on public display at Buckingham Palace.

The exhibition of Diana's rarely-seen personal belongings opens on Saturday and coincides with the 20th anniversary of her death.


Also included in the collection are photos of the Princess with her sons, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Many of the objects in the exhibition were selected by William and Harry.

The centrepiece of the collection is a desk where the Princess of Wales read and answered official correspondence in her sitting room in Kensington Palace.

Officers attacked while dealing with stabbing victim

Police officers were attacked while dealing with a victim who had been stabbed.

Officers were called at 15:57 yesterday to reports of a male stabbed in Clarendon Rise, SE13.

A large crowd was gathered and a boy - aged 14 - was suffering from a stab wound.

The boy was taken to hospital, his injuries are described as not life threatening. While officers initially attended to the victim, fights broke out involving some of those gathered; officers were also targeted. There have been no arrests.

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Listen: 'She was really proud of herself and she made people happy'

Vanessa Feltz

BBC Radio London presenter

Andre Spicer's daughter was fined for selling lemonade.

It has since been rescinded.

Here he tells Vanessa Feltz about why his five-year-old daughter was fined £150 by council officials.