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  1. Updates on Friday 23 March

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  1. Goodbye

    BBC London News

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

    Have a great weekend and don't forget to put your clocks forward one hour on Sunday morning!

  2. Tonight's weather: Becoming cloudy and drizzly

    BBC Weather

    Dry for a time overnight, but cloud will thicken with some rain or drizzle moving in from the west, this generally light and patchy. Winds will be mostly light.

    Minimum temperature: 5 to 8°C (41 to 46°F).

  3. Man in 'life-threatening condition' after Lambeth stabbing

    Police cordon on Kennington Road

    A man is in a life-threatening condition after being stabbed in Kennington, Lambeth, this morning.

    The victim, believed to be in his early 30s, was found at 11:38 on Kennington Road, near to the junction with Black Prince Road, with "serious chest injuries".

    The Metropolitan Police say they have not made any arrests, however detectives are currently treating the stabbing "as an attempted murder".

  4. Watch: Would you travel in a driverless pod?

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    Video caption: Would you travel in a driverless pod?

    There's been much talk about driverless cars, but one of the largest city trials is taking place in south east London.

    For 18 months, specialists have been monitoring how comfortable Londoners are with the technology and if they feel safe.

    They've been trialled around the Greenwich Peninsula, and so far researchers say the results are encouraging.

    But are driverless pods safe?

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    Severe accident: A40 Greater London westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A40 Greater London westbound severe accident, at Target Roundabout affecting A3220 West Cross Route.

    A40 Greater London - A40 Western Avenue in Northolt exit slip road partially blocked and severe delays westbound at the Target Roundabout junction, because of an accident. Travel time is around 60 minutes. Congestion to Northern Roundabout.

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

  6. Pensioner's fury over 'exorbitant' garage rent rise

    Simon Allin

    Local Democracy Reporter, Enfield

    Michael Mercer in front of his garage

    A pensioner has hit out at Enfield Council over "exorbitant" increases in garage rents that mean he will be forced to move his car elsewhere.

    Michael Mercer, of Latymer Road, Edmonton, took on responsibility for his garage from his son two years ago, when the rent was £50 per month.

    But since then the cost has soared to £140 per month - and the 76-year-old said he would be looking on the open market for a new place to keep his car. Mr Mercer accused the council of "screwing pensioners" to find money for other services after being hit by funding cuts from central government.

    "I think it is scandalous," he said. "Old-age pensioners hit with an increase of that magnitude - what are they supposed to do?

    "I want to keep the costs to a minimum, and up to now was paying £50 per month. We had a note through the door saying from now on it is going to be £120 per month.

    "We have only been given a limited time to find somewhere else.

    Enfield Council claims rents in the borough were increased to reflect market rates.

  7. 'Much needed' overhaul for Hatch End school

    Adam Shaw

    Local Democracy Reporter, Harrow

    A secondary school is set for a "much needed" overhaul, which will include the introduction of a new sports pitch.

    Hatch End High School will see its "outdated" single storey teaching blocks demolished as part of the project to make way for the field.

    It will also benefit from a showpiece three storey building at the front of its grounds as it seeks to develop for the future.

    Harrow Council's planning committee unanimously agreed to approve the plans at the school, with several councillors praising the positive impact this will have on the area as a whole.

    Cllr Christine Robson said: "Anyone who knows the school will know that it is in great need of it.

    "The redesign and redistribution of the open space can only be a good thing, and the space at the front is currently sterile and unused. To put a new building there is a good idea."

    Her words were echoed by Cllr Simon Brown who pointed out that the new building will serve to improve the educational facilities at the school.

  8. Crisis in Sutton after Ofsted fails council’s SEND service

    Inside Croydon

    Sutton’s provision for children with disabilities and special education needs (SEND) has failed an Ofsted inspection, with the inspector’s criticisms aimed squarely at the council leadership.

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    Severe disruption: A101 London both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A101 London both ways severe disruption, between A13 Commercial Road and A200 Lower Road.

    A101 London - A101 Rotherhithe Tunnel in Limehouse closed and stationary traffic in both directions between the A13 Commercial Road junction and the A200 Lower Road junction, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  10. Police officer gets final written warning over unpaid train ticket

    A volunteer Metropolitan Police officer has been given a final written warning for gross misconduct after using his warrant card instead a valid ticket to travel on a train from Waterloo station to Epsom in Surrey on two days in June 2017.

    Special constable Larry Crawford appeared at a misconduct hearing yesterday, where the chair found the allegations "proven as gross misconduct" but issued the written warning in light of "mitigating evidence".

    The warning will remain on his file for 18 months and means that any future misconduct may result in dismissal.

    In a similar case at Northamptonshire Police, an officer was dismissed for failing to pay for a rail ticket that would have cost about £15.50.

  11. Parsons Green Tube bomber jailed for life

    Ahmed Hassan

    Teenage asylum seeker Ahmed Hassan has been jailed at the Old Bailey for life with a minimum term of 34 years for planting the Parsons Green Tube bomb which injured 51 passengers.

    During the sentencing at the Old Bailey Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said: "I am satisfied you were determined to create as much death and carnage that day as possible."

    He said Hassan had "targeted" a Tube line he was familiar with and knew the train would be "crowded with passengers".

  12. London's grassroots culture scene gets £1m boost

    Sadiq Khan launches culture strategy

    The Mayor of London has announced a £1m grant programme for grassroots culture in the capital.

    Individuals and small organisations will be able to apply for grants of up to £5,000.

    Sadiq Khan said: "London is overflowing with talent and imagination.

    "Thousands of artists have made the capital their home and their creative influence is felt in all corners of the city."

    But, he added: "I know how difficult it can be for emerging artists and small creative organisations to get quick access to funding to support some amazing grassroots cultural activity in communities around the city.

    "That's why I'm launching Culture Seeds and calling on all Londoners to let us know how a small grant could make a big difference in your neighbourhood."

  13. Killer jailed for life over Newham flatmate murder

    Emil Hristov

    A 40-year-old man has been jailed for life after being convicted of murdering his flatmate at the home they shared in Manor Park, Newham.

    Emil Hristov, of Sherrard Road, stabbed 29-year-old Dimitar Petrov, 18 times on 20 August.

    The flatmates shared a property with five other people.

    During the trial, the court heard how Hristov thought he was alone at the address with Mr Petrov at the time the attack took place - however, another housemate was in and heard a scream.

    Upon coming downstairs, he saw Hristov casually washing a blood stained knife in the sink and Dimitar lying fatally injured on the bathtub.

    Hristov, will serve a minimum of 21 years behind bars after he was found guilty of murder yesterday.

    Following the conviction Det Insp Rita Tierney said: "Hristov maintained his self-defence story in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

    "His injuries were said to have been self-inflicted and he callously placed the murder weapon in the victim's hand on his way out of the house making no attempt to raise medical help.

    "I hope today's conviction goes some small way to helping the family move on from what has been a traumatic period in their life.”

  14. Heathrow expansion could 'start in December 2020'

    Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said that if Parliament backs a Heathrow expansion, construction work would be about to begin at the end of Britain's EU withdrawal transition period in December 2020.

    He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme this would follow outline planning consent being given by the time the UK formally leaves the EU in March 2019, saying: "By the time that we leave the European Union... if all goes according to plan, it will have outline planning consent.

    "By the time we finish the transition period the construction work will be about to start."

    Mr Grayling said Parliamentary approval was the equivalent of giving the airport outline planning consent.