Photo appeal after mother and daughter assaulted on Tube
Police have released CCTV images of a person they are trying to find after a mother and daughter were attacked on the Tube.
The pair had been travelling on the Metropolitan Line at about 19:00 on 27 December last year when they were approached by a man who tried to pull at the daughter's top.
He was challenged so he spat at the mother and punched her before leaving the train at Finchley Road.
The daughter also left the train to speak to him and he punched her as well, causing her to fall to the floor.
British Transport Police said: "Officers believe the man in the images may have information which could help their investigation."
Steve McQueen exhibition to reopen at Tate Modern
Tate Modern will reopen its Steve McQueen exhibition on Friday, it has been announced.
The exhibition had launched in February but closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and is the first major UK retrospective of McQueen's visual art career since he received the Turner Prize in 1999.
The exhibition has been modified with new visitor signage to aid social distancing and will reopen with a reduced visitor capacity, while those attending will be required to wear face coverings.
It will join the three existing visitor routes round the gallery, which reopened last week, and will be extended to 6 September.
McQueen said: "I remember my first school trip to Tate when I was an impressionable eight-year-old, which was really the moment I gained an understanding that anything is possible.
"As we all gradually emerge from lockdown, and in some ways begin to see the world anew, I hope visitors experience that same sense of possibility."
Frances Morris, director of Tate Modern, said it had been "incredibly moving to see our visitors return to Tate Modern and we're delighted by how understanding and conscientious everyone is being in the galleries".
New bike lanes and speed limit in Kensington and Chelsea
New bike lanes and a 20mph speed limit are part of a £500,000 package to encourage people to get out and about in Kensington and Chelsea.
It means pavements in some of the area’s most iconic shopping streets in Notting Hill Gate, High Street Kensington and King’s Road will be widened for the time being. There will also be a temporary bike lane at Kensington High Street and Queen’s Gate.
The council is putting in £343,000 and it got a £185,000 grant from Transport for London (TfL), with £100,000 from the Department of Transport.
It gives the green light to schemes to help people maintain social distancing and encourage them back to businesses across the borough.
The features the money will be used for include a 20mph speed limit to be introduced across the borough, temporary bike lanes on Kensington High Street and Queen’s Gate and upgraded cycle lanes.
Tom Frost, who chairs the Kensington Business Forum, one of the groups which talked to the council about ways it could help said: “Everything’s trial and error and everything’s temporary.”
He said a new rule book is being created to adapt to the post lockdown rules, adding thatL "people are happy that the high street is back operating".
Johnny Thalassites, the politician in charge of transport said he hoped the moves will help revitalise the borough’s economy.
“Cycling’s an option people might not have considered before and we are doing all we can to instill confidence in both new and experienced cyclists.
"For pedestrians, safer speed limits and trial road closures can also bring about new, local walkable neighbourhoods,” he said.
Uber has joined up with Thames Clippers for the launch of its new service, Uber Boat.
The service, which commences in London on Monday, will allow users to purchase tickets for Thames Clippers boats in advance through the Uber app and then use QR technology to board.
The payment will be processed using Uber account details.
Passengers will be able to use the service across a fleet of 20 boats on the River Thames, with departures from 23 piers across London.
Thames Clippers' users can still purchase tickets via the existing methods, including touching in and out with contactless or Oyster and via its own ticketing app.
Uber had its London private hire operator's licence revoked by Transport for London (TfL) in 2017 due to safety concerns.
It was eventually granted a 15-month licence following an appeal, however TfL refused the ride-sharing firm's application for another new licence late last year after at least 14,000 trips were made with drivers who were not the ones shown on the app.
A Battersea-based arts centre that works with community groups and young people has been awarded a £10,000 grant from Wandsworth Council.
At the most recent grants committee, a single ‘cultural capacity’ grant was awarded to Agora Arts Circle to encourage it to develop as a business and continue its work bringing the arts to a broader audience and emerging young artists.
Marie Bidegaray, co-founder of Agora Arts Circle and resident of the Winstanley Estate, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that the group is particularly focused on engaging with Battersea residents.
She said: “We are very much based in Battersea because it takes time to build relationships and for people to trust us, because if they do not trust us then they are not going to tell us what they need, and they are just going to see us as one of those agencies that just comes and goes.”
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The Queen’s House Gallery at the National Maritime Museum will reopen on 10 August while the north side of the Royal Observatory Greenwich will open its doors on 3 August, Royal Museums Greenwich have announced.
Both attractions have been shut since lockdown began in March.
Visitors will still be able to see an exhibition which features the three surviving Armada portraits of Elizabeth I at the Queen’s House Gallery.
Faces of a Queen: The Armada Portraits of Elizabeth I sees the three paintings displayed together for the first time in their 430-year history and will run until 31 August.
Woburn Treasures, featuring the private art collection of The Duke and Duchess of Bedford, has also been extended until Easter 2021.
The Queen’s House remains free to enter but tickets need to be purchased in advance.
The Cutty Sark reopened earlier this month and Royal Museums Greenwich said the rest of the National Maritime Museum will open for visitors later in the summer.
Met Police: 'Focus on violence' behind disproportionate force on black people
The "disproptionate use of force" by the Met Police against black people is because officers are "focussing efforts on
those who are involved in perpetrating violence," Scotland yard has said.
Metropolitan Police officers are four times more likely to use force against black people compared with the white population,according to official figures.
Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave told the BBC the police response could only be judged when taking into account "the types of crimes committed, the type of demographics of individuals involved in those crimes".
Mr Ephgrave said he was "worried" by the "disproportionality" in the use of force.
"But I’m also worried by the
fact that young black men, are much more likely to be
stabbed in the street, much more likely to be the victim of serious violence,
much more likely to be the victim of gun crime, and much more likely to be the perpetrator," he said.
"We are trying to prevent young people from whatever background being injured and becoming victims of gun crime, knife crime and serious violence," he said.
"And we have to therefore focus our efforts on those who are involved in perpetrating that violence - and that's going to end up in disproportionate interactions.
"I take no pleasure in saying this, and it must be hard reading for people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, but we do know that black men are disproportionately affected by these types of crimes.
"If you simply look at disproportionality you're not seeing the full picture."
Watch the full interview tonight on BBC London at 18:30 BST on Thursday or catch up on iPlayer.