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  1. Updates on Friday 13 April

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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 good weekend.

  2. Tonight's weather: Dry with patchy mist

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dry night with skies becoming clear for a while but patches of mist, fog and low cloud are expected to form later on.

    Minimum temperature: 2 to 5°C (36 to 41°F).

  3. The RAF veteran who flew through the gap in Tower Bridge

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    Video caption: The RAF veteran who flew through the gap in Tower Bridge
  4. The One Where Ross Got Mistaken for a Banker

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    Daivd Schwimmer

    When the London Stock Exchange announced their next chief executive, many people on Twitter had to do a double take and asked if it was really him.

    David Schwimmer will take up his new role on 1 August. People on Twitter had just one question - is it the David Schwimmer of Friends fame who has had a sudden career change and found himself a lucrative job in the City?

    Well, it is a case of namesake confusion. It is the experienced banker, not the guy who played Ross Geller in the US sitcom Friends, who got the job.

    The other David Schwimmer spent 20 years at investment bank Goldman Sachs. He will replace Xavier Rolet, who quit last November following a boardroom row.

    Twitter didn't waste any time to reacting the stock exchange announcement and was immediately flooded with Friends in-jokes and gifs.

    Find out more here.

  5. Councils approves rogue landlord crackdown

    Tom Bull

    Local Democracy Reporter, Bexley

    A crackdown on rogue landlords to protect anti-social behaviour "problem" areas was given the greenlight by councillors last night.

    As private renting grows in the borough, Bexley council agreed to make landlords pay a license fee in in certain areas to improve living conditions for vulnerable tenants in the private sector.

    The council hopes that the Rent It Right licensing scheme for landlords will drive up living conditions and allow landlords to be monitored by the council.

    Figures show areas in the new scheme - Erith, Thamesmead North, Abbey Wood and Manor Road - are the some of the worst affected areas for nuisance behaviour.

  6. Bafta Games Awards: Who won on gaming's big night?

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    Video caption: Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice wins five Bafta Games Awards

    Who won the top prizes at this year's gaming Baftas?

    Forty-five games were nominated ahead of last night's ceremony in London.

    Sales of video games, consoles, PC gaming add-ons and other related products hit £5.1bn in the UK last year, according to the trade body Ukie.

    That marked a record high and a 12.4% improvement on the previous year, with the launches of the Nintendo Switch and Microsoft's Xbox One X helping to drive interest.

  7. Unholy row as church leaders run up massive tax debts

    Inside Croydon

    A Croydon couple who have been under investigation since 2015 over their management of hundreds of thousands of pounds of funds from an evangelical church are now subject to further enquiries by the Charity Commission, the tax man and the police, after officials appointed by the charity authority reported being subject to “considerable harassment, intimidation and threats”.

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  8. Woman attacked on Tube for not 'speaking English'

    Two women are being sought after a racially-motivated assault on a Central line Tube train.

    The attack happened at about 03:45 on Saturday (7 April) when the victim, 24, was talking to some friends in Spanish on a service travelling east from London Liverpool Street to Stratford.

    The two suspects shouted at her saying she should talk English in England, according to the British Transport Police (BTP).

    The pair then grabbed the victim's hair and pulled her around by her hair resulting in juries to her scalp and cuts to her face.

    The BTP say the suspects are black with braided hair and thought to be in their late 20s. One wore a black jacket and the other a brown jacket.

    A BTP spokesperson said officers were scouring CCTV footage which would be released at a later date.

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    Severe accident: A4 Greater London westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A4 Greater London westbound severe accident, between A437 High Street Harlington and A408 Sipson Road.

    A4 Greater London - A4 Bath Road in East Bedfont closed and very slow traffic westbound between Harlington Corner and the A408 Sipson Road junction, because of an accident.

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

  10. 'New neighbourhood' bid for Eltham

    Tom Bull

    Local Democracy Reporter, Greenwich

    Plans to concrete over green space and "new neighbourhood" in Eltham have been submitted to the council.

    Clarion Housing Group and Quanta Homes want to build nearly 75 flats on brownfield land, some of which is overgrown or occupied by garages and warehouses, near to Footscray Road.

    The plans include three apartment blocks, up to five storeys tall.

    An earlier scheme included six apartment blocks, five storeys high, has been reduced back after officers criticised the scale.

    According to the application: "Clarion Housing Groups vision for this site is for 260 Eltham High Street to create a new residential neighbourhood that delivers a significant contribution to affordable housing in the area and integrates with the existing neighbourhood."

    If the plans get the greenlight, the developers said it would bring a large number of affordable houses.

    A total of 35 per cent of the 74 flats have been earmarked as "affordable", which would boost the housing supply in the borough.

  11. Opera House security staff balloted over strike action

    Security staff at the Royal Opera House are to be balloted for strikes in a dispute over pay.

    Members of the Unite union employed by Corps Security at the London theatre will vote in the coming weeks on whether on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action.

    Unite warned that performances at the Covent Garden venue will be disrupted this summer if the security guards vote for strikes.

  12. Heathrow records 'busiest ever' day

    Flight takes off from Heathrow

    Heathrow recorded its busiest ever departures day last month.

    More than 136,000 passengers boarded flights from the west London hub on Good Friday as holidaymakers took advantage of the Easter weekend coupled with half term.

    Heathrow is the busiest airport in Europe with 78m passengers in 2017.

    Figures published by the airport showed a total of 6.5m passengers travelled through Heathrow in March - up 5.5% year-on-year.

    The figures were published ahead of a vote in Parliament on Heathrow's thirdrunway plans, expected in the coming weeks.

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    Severe disruption: A312 Greater London northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A312 Greater London northbound severe disruption, at A437 North Hyde Road.

    A312 Greater London - A312 The Parkway in Hayes blocked and stationary traffic northbound at Bulls Bridge roundabout, because of a car fire.

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