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  1. Updates on Thursday 3 May

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  1. Goodbye

    BBC London News

    Updates for London have ended for the day. A special live election service will begin later and run throughout the night bringing you the very latest results, analysis and reaction from the local elections.

  2. Tonight's weather: Dry and clear

    BBC Weather

    A dry evening and night with some late sunshine, giving way to clear spells overnight.

    Milder compared to Wednesday night. Minimum temperature: 6 to 9C (43 to 48F)

  3. Heathrow airport: Rival expansion scheme revealed

    Heathrow plans

    A company with a rival plan to expand Heathrow airport has unveiled its proposals.

    Arora group says its plan for a new terminal and runway would cost £14.4bn,which is roughly the sameas the scheme proposed by Heathrow Airport Holdings.

    Airlines, including the owner of British Airways, say companies other than Heathrow's owner should be allowed to design and build any new terminals.

    Heathrow Airport Holdings said Arora's plans were not serious.

    "They show a complete lack of understanding of airport operations and disregard for those living closest to the airport," said John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow chief executive.

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    Severe disruption: A102 London southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A102 London southbound severe disruption, from A13 East India Dock Road to A2203 Blackwall Lane affecting Bromley By Bow.

    A102 London - One lane closed and stop-start traffic on A102 Blackwall Tunnel southbound in Poplar from the A13 East India Dock Road junction to the A2203 Blackwall Lane junction, because of a broken down car. Congestion on A12 Blackwall Tunnel Approach to the Bromley By Bow junction.

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

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    Video caption: Harleigh is undergoing pioneering treatment at St George's Hospital for severe scoliosis.
  6. Song recorded in memory of tram crash victims

    Croydon Advertiser


    Croydon tram crash

    A song which has been professionally recorded by New Addington schoolchildren in order to raise money for the victims of the Croydon tram crash will be available to buy on iTunes later this year, to coincide with the anniversary of the disaster which killed seven people.

  7. East Ham man convicted of murdering Alfred Purcell

    Alfred Purcell

    A 52-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering Alfred Purcell.

    Mr Purcell, 34, was stabbed on White Horse Road on 26 June - he was taken to a hospital in east London where he later died.

    His killer - Keith Nelson, of Mounsfield Road, East Ham - was arrested and charged as part of the murder investigation.

    Following a trial which began on 25 April, Nelson was convicted this afternoon.

    He will be sentenced tomorrow at 12:00 by Judge Rebecca Poulet.

  8. Rail firm announces longer trains

    Chiltern Railways train
    Image caption: The extra seats will be available from 20 May

    Chiltern Railways is to add 1,360 seats on evening trains from London to Oxford.

    The longer trains will run at 16:50, 17:18, 17:50, and 19:50 from 20 May when a new Summer/Autumn timetable is introduced.

    There will also be a new Friday night service from Oxford to London Marylebone at 23:35 BST.

  9. Bonfire warnings issued following Hackney 'explosion'

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    Video caption: Ten people hurt in Jewish Festival explosion

    The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has issued a warning to people planning no celebrating the Jewish festival Lag B'Omer.

    The advice comes after a number of people were injured in Stamford Hill when a bonfire exploded.

    Although the Metropolitan Police said there had been no reports of any serious injuries or any criminal activity, two crews of firefighters were called out to Ravensdale Road at 21:20.

    The crew, from Stoke Newington fire station, left 16 minutes later after the bonfire was deemed to be safe.

    Narinder Dail, LFB's borough commander for Hackney, said his crews attended seven bonfires in the area and expects more bonfires to be lit tonight as the Jewish festival continues.

    He said: “Last night was a busy one for local crews as they attended seven reports of bonfires which we believe were lit as part of the festivities.

    "Thankfully, none of the fires spread to cars, or buildings but we are concerned that there could be a more serious fire this evening.

    There are lots of videos on social media which seem to show the fires flashing and exploding which suggests that people may have been using accelerants.

    "Could I urge everyone to take a moment to read our bonfire safety tips and never throw anything like aerosols, batteries or petrol onto a fire. We want the community to celebrate in safety.“

  10. Branson moves into private equity

    Ben Morris

    Business reporter

    Sir Richard Branson

    Sir Richard Branson is set to become a partner in a private equity fund which will invest in consumer goods firms, in areas like luxury goods, leisure, food and drinks.

    The fund will be co-managed by Metric Capital, an investment firm based in London.

    The partnership will look to raise money from big investors, including pension firms and state-owned investment funds.

  11. What is it like to be sectioned?

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    Video caption: What is it like to be sectioned?

    Many people suffer a lack of dignity when they are detained under the Mental Health Act, an independent review has found.

    The review was set up to look at the rise in the number of people being detained, issues around detentions of people from black and minority ethnic groups and if the act is out of step with a modern health care system.

    We spoke to four people from London who have been sectioned to find out their experiences.

    If any of these issues affect you then find out more by visiting Rethink.

  12. McCartney donates 60 of his late wife's photographs to V&A

    Paul McCartney

    Sir Paul McCartney has made a "major gift" of more than 60 photographs taken by his late wife Linda to the Victoria & Albert museum (V&A).

    The images feature music stars and "tender family" moments. A selection of the 63 photographs will go on display at the V&A's new Photography Centre, which opens in October.

    The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix are pictured, as well as flora and fauna, and intimate personal portraits of the McCartney family on holiday.

    Linda became a professional photographer in the mid-1960s.

    The V&A's senior curator of photographs, Martin Barnes, said Sir Paul wanted to make some of his first wife's pictures "more accessible to the public".

    Linda McCartney
    Image caption: Linda McCartney, who died in 1998, was a professional photographer and animal rights activisit
    The Beatles
  13. Today's photo

    BBC London News

    Tower Bridge

    We used this stunning photo by Jason Hawkes of Tower Bridge as our banner, but we want a new picture every day to show off the capital.

    Have you taken a photo of your part of London which you think would be suitable?

    If so, email it in high resolution (2048 x 1152 or 1680 x 945) to