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Hundreds of enthusiasts turn out for last high speed train journey
After more than 40 years of service, the old InterCity 125 trains have made their last journey.

Severe disruption: London both ways

BBC News Travel

London both ways severe disruption, at Trafalgar Square.

London - Delays on All approaches in Central London at the Trafalgar Square junction, because of a rolling road-block and Yellow Vest a demonstration.

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

Severe disruption: London both ways

BBC News Travel

London both ways severe disruption, around Green Park.

London - Delays on Roads in Central London around the Green Park junction, because of a demonstration.

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

Evening weather: Patchy rain and drizzle.

BBC Weather

A cloudy night with areas of patchy rain and drizzle.

A few mist patches are set to develop too, in the gentle breeze.

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

EasyJet chief defends Champions League final flight costs

Johan Lundgren
TIM ANDERSON / EASYJET

EasyJet's chief executive, Johan Lundgren, has defended his airline's high ticket prices to fly to Madrid for the Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool on 1 June.

Football fans complained to BBC Radio 5 live that flights around that date cost £1,000 instead of £250 normally.

But Mr Lundgren said the price was higher than average because there had been an "enormous" surge in demand.

"That is actually how the system works," he said.

Battersea baseball bat murder sentencing delayed

Ian Tomlin
Met Police

The sentencing of two men convicted of the murder a man who was beaten to death and stabbed outside his home in Battersea, has been delayed.

Ian Tomlin, 46, was attacked inside the communal area of his block of flats in October by Gary Beech, 48, and Michael Swan, 45.

Mr Tomlin (pictured) was struck so hard the bat "split", the Old Bailey heard during the trial.

Beech, of Cromwell House, and Swan, from Wandsworth, were due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey today - however Swan has requested a new barrister to represent him.

Judge Rebecca Poulet told the defendant that he would be expected to represent himself if he could not arrange a new lawyer within the next two weeks.

The judge told Mr Tomlin’s family how sorry she was the sentencing could not proceed today.

Beech, of Charlotte Despard Avenue, and Swan, of Enterprise Way, are due to be sentenced on 31 May.

Grenfell tests begin at Hammersmith and Fulham estate

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Lynsey Creaser
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Lynsey Creaser grew up on the Edward Woods estate

Tests for contaminants from the Grenfell Tower fire are under way at one of Hammersmith and Fulham council’s largest housing estates.

The council has commissioned RPS Consulting to do the survey at the Edward Woods estate.

Experts are getting ready to take soil samples at the estate – the closest part is just over half a mile away from the tower.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council says some exploratory work has already been done and experts have walked over the area. Tests on soil samples will get under way this month.

Ward councillor Andrew Jones said he was obviously concerned following the fire and the council plans to discuss the findings with residents in June.

The council commissioned RPS Consulting to carry out tests following a report by fire toxicology expert Professor Anna Stec.

She discovered high levels of contaminants which could cause cancer and respiratory illnesses including asthma at test sites close to the tower.

Ward councillor Andrew Jones said he was obviously concerned following the Stec report. He said : “We plan to discuss the findings with residents in June.”

The government has already appointed AECOM to do independent tests at sites around the tower.

Their tests in Kensington and Chelsea borough will be overseen by a scientific advisory group chaired by the government’s chief scientific officer, Patrick Vallance.

Initial results from those tests will be shared with the North Kensington community next month before a second stage of tests, if needed, get under way.

Lynsey Creaser who grew up on the estate said she was worried about the debris which came off the tower.

“It did look like metally stuff. They did say that some of the things might not be good for people to breathe in,” she said.

Paul Graham who has lived on the estate for 20 years said he was "not particularly worried", but added: “I suffer from asthma. I do not want to have any contamination.”

Hammersmith and Fulham council said it “takes very seriously the concerns of residents about the potential impact on their health and land of the Grenfell Tower fire.”

A spokesman said: “The government is leading an environmental monitoring programme and we await information to determine what further action may be necessary. “We’ve also decided to seek our own expert advice in the meantime.”

The council has also set aside £20m for new fire doors and other safety measures.

Moped driver killed in collision

Homesdale Road
Google

A moped driver has been killed in a road traffic collision in Bromley.

Police were called just before 08.00 BST on Thursday, to reports of a grey ford transit in collision with a black moped in Homesdale Road, near the junction with Masons Hill.

The moped rider, was pronounced dead despite treatment from the London Air Ambulance servce.

The victim is believed to be a 28-year-old man.

The driver of the van stopped at the scene. He was not arrested and is assisting police with the investigation.

Afternoon weather: Sunny intervals but chance of a shower

BBC Weather

There will be some bright or sunny intervals this afternoon, but with the chance of a few showers too.

A fairly cool-feeling afternoon in the moderate to fresh east to north-easterly winds.

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

Learning about nature at Kew Gardens playground
The new playground in the famous gardens is designed to teach children about how plants grow.

Thanksgiving service to mark 100 years of women in the Met

Women
Met Police

Thousands of serving and retired police officers, police staff, their families and friends will gather at Westminster Abbey today for a special service of thanksgiving to mark 100 years of women police officers in the Met.

This event echoes the service of 100 years ago held at the Abbey to honour the fallen police officers of the First World War.

That service, on 17 May 1919, was the first occasion where female Met officers wore their uniforms in public.

One hundred years ago today, on 17 May 1919, Met Police women appeared in public for the first time at a special service at Westminster Abbey held to honour the losses of officers in the first world war. A century on, in 2019, I am delighted that Westminster Abbey will once again host a unique service and welcome on this occasion not just a handful, but thousands of Met police women, who will represent even more of their colleagues."

Cressida DickMet Commissioner

Evening weather: Becoming cloudier with chance of rain

BBC Weather

Cloud is expected to become more extensive through tonight and will thicken enough to give some light showers, spreading their way westwards.

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

Police appeal to trace wanted man

Christopher Reid
Met Police

Police officers are appealing for information to trace a wanted man.Christopher Reid, 44, from the Woolwich area, was convicted in 2002 for rape and robbery and sentenced to 13 years in prison. He was also placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.He was arrested by police in mid-December 2018 for breaching his notification requirements but was bailed from Bromley Magistrates’ Court and has not been seen since.Reid is currently wanted for breaching his sex offender notification requirements and failing to surrender to court.Anyone who sees him is asked not to approach him, but to contact police.

London council elects first black woman speaker

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Victoria Obaze
LDRS

Tower Hamlets council last night unanimously elected its first black woman speaker.

Whitechapel councillor Victoria Obaze said she was "extremely honoured" to take up the position as she chaired the borough annual general meeting for the first time.

Ms Obaze, who is originally from Nigeria and has lived in the borough for 30 years, added: "To be the first black female speaker is a great honour and it is also a great responsibility.

"I will continue to do what is best for the people of Tower Hamlets. It is truly an honour and a privilege."

Tower Hamlets mayor John Biggs described Ms Obaze as an “active member of the community” who will do “phenomenal job”.

Councillor Mohammed Ahbab Hossain was elected the new deputy speaker.

The speaker is responsible for the ceremonial duties of the council.

A new speaker and deputy speaker are elected every year from among the serving councillors in the borough.

Helvellyn walker who fell 650ft raises £5,600 for rescuers

Martin Lewes

Reporter

A fellwalker who was seriously injured when he fell 650ft (200m) from Helvellyn has led a fundraising cycle ride to Paris that has raised £5,600.

Joe Gilbert and friends in Paris
Lauren Leyh

Joe, who lives in London, broke a number of bones including one in his neck, and suffered a collapsed lung, was at the centre of an eight hour rescue operation on the snowbound mountainside in March 2016 and was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary at Newcastle.

Joe said: "The team are driven, dedicated, knowledgeable and seriously hardworking. The amount of their free time they give to others is incredible."

Patterdale team members and their supporters posted thanks on social media.

Without donations, the Patterdale MRT would not exist and neither would I"

Joe Gilbert

Man who jailed for 18-month stalking campaign

Rohit Sharma
Metropolitan Police

A man who stalked a woman for 18 months after she once served him in a shop has been jailed for 18 months.

Rohit Sharma, 28, of Empire Court, Wembley, proposed to the victim on the day he met her in a shop in Wembley.

At the height of his harassment Sharma was messaging the victim up to 40 times a day, after obtaining her phone number.

The victim, who was in her 20s, reported Sharma to police and in February 2018 he was issued with a harassment warning. However, this did not deter him and his campaign of stalking and harassment continued.

In July 2018, Sharma was charged with harassment but after being bailed from court he continued to pursue his victim.

Sharma’s stalking continued persistently to such a point that the victim quit her job and moved away from the area in an attempt to get away from him.

“This whole experience has completely shattered my nerves, I have gone from being a confident young woman to constantly feeling scared and on edge," the victim said.

"I have no desire to socialise or meet new people."

On 16 April 2019, Sharma was arrested by police after intelligence linked him to an address in North End Road, Wembley.

He pleaded guilty to stalking and harassment at Isleworth Crown Court and was sentenced to 29 months in jail on Wednesday.

A restraining order was also issued, preventing Sharma from entering the boroughs of Brent, Ealing and Hillingdon.

The Judge ordered that Sharma – an Indian national – be considered for deportation on the completion of his prison sentence.

Afternoon weather: Dry with hazy sunshine

BBC Weather

This afternoon will remain dry with further spells of sunshine, which may be hazy in places. A few areas of cloud may bubble up here and there.

Maximum Temperature: 14C to 17C (57F to 63F).

''My lip was about to fall off''
London-based beauty blogger Cassidy Valentine turned to lip fillers to help her self-confidence.