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Evening weather: Clear spells

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Tonight will be dry with a fair amount of cloud but also some clear spells still.

A mild night with a brisk southerly breeze.

Minimum Temperature: 7C to 10C (45F to 50F).

Commuting taking longer, new study finds


Commuting is getting longer, with rail passengers taking an average of over two hours a day travelling to and from the office, according to a new study.

Research by the Trade Union Congress suggested that all forms of travel was taking longer than a decade ago, including:

  • Rail commuters face the longest journeys of an average two hours and 11 minutes a day, an increase of four minutes on 10 years ago
  • Drivers spend an average of 52 minutes, up three minutes, and bus users take 79 minutes a day getting to and from work, seven minutes more than a decade ago
  • Even the quickest forms of commuting were taking longer - cycling up by six minutes to 44 minutes a day and walking by two minutes to 29

Black and ethnic minority people spent longer commuting than others, partly because they have lower pay and were more likely to take long bus journeys rather than faster options, said the report.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Journeys are too expensive, too slow and too unreliable. We should bring services back into public ownership.

"And cuts to public funding for bus routes should be reversed."

A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: "We know commuters want to make their journey as quickly and comfortably as possible.

"That's why we're investing more than £48bn into our railways to cut journey times, increase service frequency and introduce new trains."

Kieran Trippier withdraws from England squad with injury

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Kieran Trippier
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Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier has withdrawn with a groin injury from the England squad for the upcoming matches against the United States and Croatia.

Trippier sustained the injury in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

He reported to international duty at St. George's Park on Monday but has been sent back to his club.

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is the only other player to withdraw from Gareth Southgate's 28-man squad.

TfL and Bosch launch 'green partnership'

London congestion

Transport for London (TfL) and Bosch will team up to explore how to reduce congestion and make vehicles greener.

Technology and data from the two companies with small businesses and start-ups during an 18-month partnership.

"Urban mobility" professionals from Bosch will be on had to share technical expertise, guidance and mentoring.

The German engineering company is providing a space for innovation in Shoreditch, east London, where TfL and selected start-ups can collaborate.

The pilot will aim to understand how data and technology can be used to solve key transport issues such as making vehicles greener, safer and more efficient, reducing congestion and encouraging more people to use public transport.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "This initiative will foster closer working between London's tech sector and other leading tech cities.

"If we are to use data and smart technology to help solve the biggest problems our city faces, it's crucial we take a more collaborative approach.

"I see London's future as a global 'test-bed city' for civic innovation, where the best ideas are developed, amplified and scaled."

Today's photo of London

BBC London News

Jason Hawkes

We used this wonderful photo by Jason Hawkes of the city's skyline as our banner, but we want a new picture every day to show off the capital.

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Police search for Blackfriars push suspect
The victim was almost hit by a minicab after being shoved by another pedestrian in central London.

Afternoon weather: Dry and sunny

BBC Weather

This afternoon will remain dry with sunny spells and patchy cloud.

A mild day with a brisk west to south-westerly breeze.

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

Flushable wet wipes 'causing sewer blockages'

BBC Radio 4

Wet wipes

All wet wipes sold as "flushable" in the UK have so far failed the water industry's disintegration tests, the BBC has found.

Water companies say wet wipes don't break down and are causing blockages which cost millions to put right.

Manufacturers insist their test is adequate and say sewer blockages are caused by people putting non-flushable wipes down the toilet.

Wet wipes are sold for everything from make-up removal to surface cleaning.

Murder investigation launched into woman's death

Applegarth Drive, Ilford

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a woman from abdominal injuries.

Devi Unmathallegadoo, 35, was found with fatal wounds after emergency services responded to reports of a disturbance at an address in Applegarth Drive, Ilford, at about 07.40 BST on Monday.

Despite hospital treatment she was pronounced dead at 11.00.

Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 50, of no fixed abode was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder. He was taken to an east London police station and was subsequently arrested and then charged with murder.

No other persons are sought in connection with this investigation. The arrested man and woman were known to each other.

Enquiries continue.

Today's weather: Rain and clouds

BBC Weather

A dry start this morning with plenty of sunny spells.

Staying quite mild despite the breeze.

Top temperature: 14C (57F)

Travel: Minor Overground delays

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BBC Radio London Travel

There are minor delays on the London Overground between Barking and Gospel Oak due to an earlier faulty train at Barking.

An amended timetable remains in place on Southeastern trains due to leaves on the track.

Evening weather: Heavy shoiwers

BBC Weather

This evening and the first part of tonight are expected to see the showers become heavier and more prolonged for a time with the risk of thunder.

Becoming drier later in the night.

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

Teenager Chloe Bellerby's 200 mile walk for mental health

Chloe Bellerby walked from Leeds to London to raise awareness for mental health, after battling with depression and self-harming throughout her teens.

She now studies in the USA on a soccer scholarship.

Climate change protesters blockade government energy department

Roger Harrabin

BBC environment analyst

Protesters lay chained together on the pavement outside the UK government's energy department

Demonstrators have blockaded the UK energy department in London over what they call the climate change crisis.

They blocked entry to the offices by lying chained together on the pavement.

The UK is seen as a leader in policies to reduce greenhouse gases and ministers will soon be considering tougher targets.

But the protesters say research suggests the chance of keeping global temperature rise under a 2C danger threshold is just one in 20.

Dementia risk: Five-minute scan 'can predict cognitive decline'

A woman having an ultrasound scan of her neck
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A five-minute scan could be used to spot people at risk of dementia before symptoms appear, researchers at a London university claim.

Scientists used ultrasound scanners to look at blood vessels in the necks of more than 3,000 people and monitored them over the next 15 years.

They found those with the most intense pulses went on to experience greater cognitive decline over the next decade than the other study participants.

Researchers hope it may offer a new way to predict cognitive decline.

An international team of experts, led by University College London, measured the intensity of the pulse travelling towards the brain in 3,191 people in 2002.

A more intense pulse can cause damage to the small vessels of the brain, structural changes in the brain's blood vessel network and minor bleeds known as mini-strokes.

Today's photo of London

BBC London News

Jason Hawkes

We used this wonderful photo by Jason Hawkes of the city's skyline 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

Afternoon weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers

BBC Weather

This afternoon will have sunny spells but with scattered showers, some of which could be heavy.

Breezy too with a brisk southerly wind.

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

Southeastern wants more women train drivers

first Hitachi Class 395 Javelin high speed train

A rail company has launched a campaign to recruit more female train drivers.

Southeastern, which serves London, Kent and East Sussex, says fewer than 5% of its drivers are women and it wants 40% of applicants to be women by 2021.

Ellie Burrows, Southeastern's train services director, said the railways should not be male-dominated. She said: "Society has moved on.

It's no longer the case that little boys play with toy trains and little girls play with dolls."

Police appeal over missing teen

Have you seen 14-year-old Licia Jeffs?

She was last seen in Bournemouth on Thursday evening where she was due to stay over a friend’s home. She didn't arrive and she has not been seen by her family since.

Police believe she may be in the West London area.

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Today's weather: Bright and breezey

BBC Weather

A breezy and showery start to the morning, giving way to sunny spells this afternoon.

A dry day, but with chilling southeasterly winds.

Top temperature: 14C (57F)

Chelsea Pensioners' verdict on WW1 VR experience

Nothing to be Written is a virtual reality (VR) experience that moves you between war trenches, hospitals, trains and anxiously waiting at home for field postcards sent by soldiers during World War One.

BBC Click visited two Chelsea Pensioners, Michael Allen and Michael Paling asking them to put on VR headsets to try out the immersive journey and give their verdict.

What would they make of it?

Travel: Paddington delays

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

All lines into Paddington have now reopened but delays continue following two broken down trains.

A signal failure at High Street Kensington is causing delays on the Circle Line and between Edgware Road to Wimbledon on the District Line.

There is an amended timetable on Southeastern services due to leaves on the rail.

For the latest updates follow @BBCTravelAlert

Jimmy Seed: War hero and footballing legend
Jimmy Seed won the FA Cup twice with two London clubs despite being gassed during World War One.
Grenfell Tower inquiry: Trapped dad told 'don't give up'
An audio clip of a 999 call from a father trapped with his family in Grenfell Tower was played to the inquiry.