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  1. Updates on Friday 15 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.

  2. Tonight's weather: Windy with a risk of heavy rain

    BBC Weather

    This evening and through tonight it will become windy and stay cloudy with spells of rain, which could be heavy at times. The rain is expected to become light and patchy later on.

    Minimum temperature: 8 to 11°C (46 to 52°F).

  3. Measles outbreak in Hackney prompts vaccination plea

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Child with measles

    Hackney parents are being urged to make sure their children are up to date with their vaccinations as medics and public health professionals continue to tackle the borough’s measles outbreak.

    The outbreak was declared by Public Health England on 6 November, and led to over 500 children being immunised four weeks later.

    However, Public Health England (PHE) has said that it is “still responding” to measles cases in the borough, leading to parents receiving a 4 March letter which has been sent to local GPs, schools, nurseries and children’s centres to raise awareness that the disease is still circulating.

    Dr Anita Bell, a consultant at Public Health England’s local Health Protection Team, said: “Protecting your children with two doses of the MMR vaccine is the best way to ensure they are not at risk of catching measles, mumps or rubella.

    “Measles is an unpleasant disease and one in every 10 people who get the disease end up in hospital with complications and sadly one in every thousand die.

    The MMR vaccine is safe and free. “It’s never too late for your children and teenagers to catch up with their vaccinations if they are behind or have missed any. If you are unsure if your children have had the full two doses of MMR, speak to your GP who will have a record of the vaccinations they have received.”

    Dr Bell added that measles spreads very easily amongst anyone who has not had two doses of MMR, particularly children, and this is why large outbreaks can occur in local communities.

  4. RBKC council taxes to rise by 4.9%

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Council tax in Kensington and Chelsea is going up by 4.99%.

    The increase, which could yield an extra £5m means the annual bill for a Band D property will go up from £845.18 to £887.34.

    Rises above 5% trigger a referendum.

    The move which includes a 2.99% rise in council tax, plus a 2% social care precept was agreed at full council, despite criticism from the Labour opposition.

    Council leader Elizabeth Campbell said it was a fair budget, despite expecting an extra £12m of pressures and expected cuts in funding from central government in the future.

    She said: “Setting a budget is a difficult task. All councils are facing economic and financial uncertainty. So we have to lobby for greater freedom.

    “We collect over £320m a year in business rates – yet we receive just £65m back. We are an economic powerhouse but regarded as a sleepy London borough. This needs to change.”

    She warned that over the next three years the council will have to trim costs by £40m and there will be tough choices to make.

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    Video caption: The final member of gang that carried out the Hatton Garden heist has been found guilty.
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    Severe disruption: A123 London both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A123 London both ways severe disruption, from A118 Ilford Hill to Wellesley Road.

    A123 London - A123 Cranbrook Road in Ilford closed and queuing traffic in both directions from the A118 Ilford Hill junction to the Wellesley Road junction, because of emergency repairs and unsafe building.

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

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    Severe disruption: A400 London both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A400 London both ways severe disruption, at A3211 Victoria Embankment.

    A400 London - Delays on A400 Northumberland Avenue in both directions in Central London at Embankment Station, because of a rolling road-block and climate change a demonstration. Congestion to surrounding roads, affecting Lambeth Palace Road from Lambeth Bridge up to Westminster Bridge, York Way from Westminster Bridge to the Imax Roundabout, Victoria Embankment between Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square. All approaches to Trafalgar Square.

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

  8. Afternoon weather: Patchy rain and strong winds

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be mostly cloudy with some rain possible at times. The rain is expected to tend to be light and patchy in nature. Strong winds will ease a touch.

    Maximum temperature: 12 to 15°C (54 to 59°F).

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    Severe disruption: London both ways

    BBC News Travel

    London both ways severe disruption, around Westminster.

    London - Trafalgar Square closed and delays around the Westminster junction, because of a demonstration taking place for climate change action. Congestion to surrounding roads, affecting Lambeth Palace Road from Lambeth Bridge up to Westminster Bridge, York Way from Westminster Bridge to the Imax Roundabout, Victoria Embankment between Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square. All approaches to Trafalgar Square.

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

  10. Final Hatton Garden raider 'Basil' guilty of conspiracy to burgle

    Michael Seed

    The last suspect in the Hatton Garden heist has been found guilty of conspiracy to burgle.

    Michael Seed, 58, from Islington, nick-named "Basil", played a key role in the £14m safe deposit raid in 2015.

    Seed, an alarm specialist who denied the charges, was also found guilty of conspiring to hide the proceeds.

    Jurors at Woolwich Crown Court had been deliberating for more than a week and returned a majority verdict earlier of 10-2.