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  1. Updates on Friday 8 March

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  1. Thomas Mallows

    BBC Sport

    Eden Hazard celebrates scoring against Wolves

    Thomas Mallows

    BBC Sport

    Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is "confident" his side can secure a top-four finish after Eden Hazard scores a stoppage-time equaliser to rescue a point against Wolves

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  2. Neil Johnston

    BBC Sport

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring for Arsenal against Manchester United

    Neil Johnston

    BBC Sport

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffers his first Premier League defeat as Manchester United's interim boss as Arsenal move into the top four.

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  3. Goodbye

    BBC London News

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

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Evening weather: Clear periods and chilly

    BBC Weather

    The day-time rain should clear through this evening, giving way to some clear periods and perhaps the odd shower.

    It will be rather chilly with brisk winds.

    Minimum Temperature: 6C to 9C (43F to 48F).

  5. Death of 80-year-old man being treated as unexplained

    Alan Powell

    The death of a pensioner who was found collapsed with back and facial injuries in Hornchurch is being treated as unexplained by police.

    Alan Powell was discovered by a member of the public at about 21:40 GMT on 22 February in South End Road at the junction with Coronation Road.

    The 80-year-old was taken to hospital by paramedics but died two days later

    A post-mortem examination revealed he had suffered a number of injuries but police are yet to establish what caused these.

    Det Insp Andy Fay said the Met "urgently need the public's help to find out what exactly happened to Alan Powell."

    "If you saw anything that may help our understanding of what happened on the night please do not hesitate in contacting us," he said.

  6. Grenfell Tower fire fraudster loses conviction challenge


    A woman who was jailed for fraud after posing as a survivor of the Grenfell Tower fire has lost a challenge against her conviction.

    Joyce Msokeri , now 48, watched proceedings via video link from prison as three Court of Appeal judges in London threw her case out on Friday.

    Lady Justice Sharp announced that Msokeri, who is serving a four-and-a-half year prison term imposed last April, had a fair trial at London's Southwark Crown Court.

    Msokeri claimed she had escaped from the 2017 blaze in west London, where her husband and sister-in-law had perished.

    But in fact she was single and living miles away.

    Msokeri, of Ambleside Gardens, Sutton, south London, filled a room at a Hilton hotel with donations from well-wishers, concocting an elaborate ploy to claim insurance on her fictitious partner's death.

    She claimed about £19,000 in cash donations, goods including electronics, handbags and dresses, and hotel costs.

    A jury found her guilty of three counts of fraud against the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), the Hilton and charities plus a further charge of possessing a false document.

    Lady Justice Sharp said Msokeri's sole ground of appeal "concerns the trial judge's refusal to grant her an adjournment during the course of the trial, which was asked for on the grounds of the appellant's ill health, and the judge's decision to continue the trial thereafter in her absence".

    She said the judge was "right to refuse the adjournment application".

    The decision was not unfair to her and the court was satisfied her trial was a fair one, she ruled.

  7. Camp next to Tidemill garden given eviction notice

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A protest camp which sprung up after campaigners were turfed out from the Tidemill garden in Deptford last October has been given an eviction notice.

    Demonstrators set up camp on the green next to the Old Tidemill Garden to oppose plans to demolish the garden and Reginald House.

    Lewisham Council served the demonstrators with an eviction notice on Tuesday, with a court hearing scheduled for Friday.

    A council spokesperson said: “Whist we want to avoid court action, if the council does not receive vacant possession of the site before 8 March, we will have no alternative but to go to court and obtain a possession order and subsequently evict the trespassers.”

    But a spokesperson for the Save Tidemill Save Reginald campaign said the camp should be seen as a political protest.

    “The occupation of the green began as soon as the Old Tidemill Garden was evicted, back in October, to continue the Save Reginald Save Tidemill campaign’s opposition to Lewisham Council and Peabody’s plans for the Tidemill site and as such it should clearly be seen as a political protest.”

    The spokesperson questioned why other council-owned sites in Lewisham had not yet been developed into social housing.

    “In addition, Lewisham Council is complaining that we are preventing them from building homes. If they are genuinely concerned to build new homes so quickly, then why have they left the Amersham Vale and Besson Street sites empty for so many years?”

    A site in Amersham Vale was “twinned” with Tidemill, which meant delays to the Tidemill development impacted its start time, while plans for Besson Street will see a 300-home development at London living rent – a type of housing for middle-income earners.

    Councillor Paul Bell, cabinet member for housing, said Tidemill was a “key part” of the council’s pledge to build 1,000 new homes.

    “We want to move forward with building these vital social homes for local people and families who have been waiting years for secure, affordable housing,” he said.

  8. New summer rail timetables set for May


    New summer train timetables will come into force on 19 May, with 1,000 services added to relieve overcrowding.

    Rail bosses will be hoping that the introduction will be more successful than last year's fiasco, when a similar exercise caused severe disruption on the country's train network.

    The Rail Delivery Group said the industry had "learned the lessons" from 2018's timetable changes.

    It said it had "high confidence" that services would be ready.

    Among the changes, South Western Railway says it will be offering more peak services in and out of London, while Northern will be adding direct services between Chester and Leeds, as well as faster services between Middlesbrough and Newcastle.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 London westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 London westbound severe accident, from J2 for A4 Great West Road to M4.

    M4 London - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M4 out of town from J2 A4 Great West Road to M4, Heston Services, because of an accident. Congestion to A4 Hammersmith Flyover.

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

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A406 London northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A406 London northbound severe accident, at A12 Eastern Avenue.

    A406 London - A406 North Circular in Redbridge entry slip road closed and slow traffic northbound at Redbridge Roundabout, because of an accident.

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