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  1. Updates on Friday 11 August

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  1. 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.

  2. Tonight's weather: Cloudy overnight with patchy rain

    BBC Weather

    It will remain cloudy this evening and overnight with further outbreaks of light rain or drizzle across much of London. However, mist and murk may form over the hills as the night progresses too.

    Minimum temperature: 15C (59F).

  3. Shortlist of designs for new library announced

    Southemere Village,
    Image caption: The library will be at the heart of the new Southemere Village housing project in Thamesmead

    A shortlist of designs for a new £5m state-of-the-art library in Bexley have been unveiled.

    The library will be at the heart of a new 1,600 home building project at Southemere Village, in Thamesmead, run by housing association Peadbody.

    A 2015 report by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy found 178 libraries had closed in England between 2009-15.

    John Lewis, Executive Director Thamesmead at Peabody, said: "We’ll be working with the local community, the council, and design experts to make sure we get the best possible result for the area."

    The shortlisted teams (in alphabetical order) are:

    • Adam Khan Architects
    • Architecture 00 Ltd / Studio Weave
    • Bisset Adams Ltd
    • Keith Williams Architects
    • Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Norway
  4. Heathrow poor for disabled travellers, regulator says

    Heathrow Airport has been rated poor for disabled travellers in a report from the UK's aviation regulator.

    Some passengers were not treated with "dignity and respect" with waits of one to two hours to get off planes cited, the Civil Aviation Authority said.

    Manchester, East Midlands and Exeter airports also received the low rating, but 26 airports were given a good or very good rating.

    Heathrow said it was addressing the issues raised in the report.

    Bournemouth and Southampton were among those rated good.

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  5. 'National park city' bid for London

    Sarah Lee

    BBC London

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    Image caption: The plan will see more parks and wildlife habitats protected

    London could become the world's first "national park city" by 2019, under plans set out by the city's mayor.

    Sadiq Khan has unveiled a £9m greener city fund to help improve green spaces for communities, as he launched his draft environment strategy for the capital.

    The funding will help make more than 50% of the capital's area green by 2050, he said.

    Overall, 47% of London is currently green space.

  6. Ellie Butler's jailed parents appear at pre-inquest hearing

    Gaetan Portal

    BBC News

    Ellie Butler
    Image caption: Ellie Butler died while at home with her father in 2013

    The parents of six-year-old girl murdered by her father appeared by video link from jail at a pre-inquest hearing into her death.

    Ben Butler was convicted of the murder of Ellie last June.

    Ellie's mother Jennie Gray, who was jailed for child cruelty and perverting the course of justice after a trial at the Old Bailey, appeared alongside her former partner on a video screen in a court room at South London Coroner's Court.

    The pair interrupted proceedings at the hour-long hearing on a number of occasions as they listened in to former High Court Judge Dame Linda Dobbs, who is sitting as a coroner, outline a timetable for the inquest into Ellie's murder in her bedroom in South London in October 2013.

    Ben Butler, who was jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years, told Dame Linda that he had been told "I wouldn't get legal aid" when asked if he had made a formal application.

    Both Butler and Gray complained they had no legal representation during the hearing.

    Dame Linda told them both they should formally apply for legal aid within 14 days.

    At one point during the hearing Jennie Gray attempted to ask the Coroner about the scope of the inquest saying that it should include the circumstances of Ellie's death - at this point Dame Linda told the pair "I am not an appeal court".

    Butler claimed he had an appeal pending although a police source told reporters that no such application had been made.

    Jennie Gray had an application to appeal her conviction turned down by a single judge in July.

    She has now made a new application which will go to a tribunal to consider.

    Dame Linda told the court the inquest would be carried out under the "ambit" of article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights (Right to Life) and would consider whether the "authorities knew or ought to have known of a real and immediate risk" to Ellie's life.

    She said the inquest would also consider "whether there were failures on the part of the authorities, agencies or individuals to protect Ellie's life and prevent her death."

    Neal Gray, Ellie's grandfather, said he hoped that the inquest would provide answers after "five years" of waiting and said he he was "glad things are moving on."

    The inquest is expected to start in the spring and last at least two weeks.

    June 2016: Ben Butler jailed for murdering daughter Ellie after custody battle

    Ben Butler and Jennie Gray
  7. Record passenger numbers for Heathrow in July

    Heathrow has recorded its best-ever month as a record number of passengers flew to and from the airport.

    More than 7.5 million people used the airport in July, while trade also rose at the fastest-ever rate, with 143,000 tonnes of goods being transported.

    Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: "Britain's global gateway is hard at work this summer holiday season.

    "July was the best month in Heathrow's history.

    "With more passengers than ever and trade growing at the fastest rate ever recorded, Heathrow is helping Britain show the world our country is open for business."

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    Video caption: The train where kids get a carriage to themselves

    A rail operator is trialing family-friendly carriages designed to keep children occupied on journeys.

  9. London Midland: Your takeover questions answered

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    Train

    Trains in the West Midlands are to be run by a new operator from December - but what does this mean for passengers?

    West Midlands Trains Ltd says it will put £1bn into improving the routes it takes over from London Midland.

    The plans include 400 new carriages, free wifi and space for an extra 85,000 passengers on rush-hour services in Birmingham and London.

    BBC News website readers sent in questions about the takeover and here are some of the answers.

  10. Watch: Breathing new life into a 1930s cinema

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    Video caption: Former art deco cinema to be transformed

    A historic east London cinema which lay derelict for over 30 years is to be transformed into a major new arts centre.

    The former Savoy Cinema in Hackney will be renovated after plans were given the green light following hundreds of letters of support from residents.

    The project will cost £3 million.

  11. Men from poor backgrounds 'twice as likely to be single'

    Man on street

    Men from poor backgrounds are twice as likely to be single in their early 40s than those from rich families, new research suggests.

    The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) also found this group were likely to earn less and marry women with lower incomes.

    It said the trends made poverty more likely to continue from one generation to the next and reduce social mobility.

    The government said it wanted to "build an economy that works for everyone".

  12. Night Tube 'in crisis' over staff shortages - RMT

    Tube at night

    One of the London Underground (LU) lines running services through the night is in "crisis" because of a lack of drivers, a rail union has claimed.

    The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said that last weekend only seven trains ran on the Piccadilly line instead of the normal 22, warning the situation could last until Christmas.

    LU said some drivers were absent due to sickness.

    RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "Tube bosses need to send out a clear signal that they are addressing the driver shortage issues which have reduced the Night Tube on the Piccadilly Line to chaos."

    Brian Woodhead, London Underground's Operations Director for the Piccadilly line, said: "I apologise to customers who were unable to use Night Tube services on the Piccadilly line last weekend because some train drivers were absent due to sickness.

    "The Night Tube has been a real success in supporting London's night time economy and we are fully focused on running a reliable service on the Piccadilly line."

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  13. Bus evacuated after driver sprayed with fire extinguisher

    A bus had to be evacuated after its driver was sprayed by a fire extinguisher by a moped gang.

    Police were called after a powdered substance was thrown at the driver of the number 281 bus in Whitton Road, Hounslow today

    The driver was treated at the scene and his injuries are not life-threatening or life-changing, say police.

    No arrests have yet been made.

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    Video caption: A bus had to be evacuated after its driver was sprayed by a fire extinguisher in Hounslow.