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  1. Updates on Tuesday 29 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Tim Stokes and Chirag Trivedi

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

Latest headlines: Woman decapitated by 'jealous partner'; ex-MP accuses Met; and man in court over 'eagle attack'

Tim Stokes

BBC News

  • A mother was "decapitated by her jealous partner", a court hears
  • Former MP Harvey Proctor accuses Met of "ruining my life"
  • A man appears in court accused of trying to attack Cystal Palace's eagle mascot

Tonight's weather: Chilly with scattered showers

Heavy showers will continue through the course of the evening with the risk of hail, thunder and sleet over the North Downs and other areas of high ground.

BBC weather screen grab

Through the night, it should turn drier with fewer showers and clearer skies, allowing temperatures to fall close to freezing in more rural spots.

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F)

Travel: Severe delays on Central Line and engineering work on London Overground

BBC Travel

There are severe delays on the Central Line between White City and Ealing Broadway/West Ruislip because of a signal failure.

The London Overground will remain closed between Shadwell and Highbury & Islington until 1 April due to engineering works.

For the latest travel updates visit the BBC London travel page or follow @BBCTravelAlert

Evening TV: Child gun crime figures; and the cancer survivor heading to the South Pole

Riz Lateef

BBC London presenter

Coming up on BBC London News this evening:

As a report reveals nearly 700 children were arrested in the capital for suspected gun crimes in the past three years, we'll be asking if the problem is getting worse.

And we'll be speaking to the explorer who survived cancer and is now hoping to become the first British person for 100 years to trek a new route to the South Pole.

Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

Man appears in court accused of trying to attack Crystal Palace eagle

A man has appeared at Croydon Magistrates' Court accused of trying to attack Crystal Palace's bald eagle mascot.

Kayla the bald eagle
Getty Images

Daniel Boylett, 35, of Eltham, was arrested after the club’s Capital One Cup tie against south London rivals Charlton Athletic at Selhurst Park on 23 September last year.

He was charged with attempted criminal damage, but did not enter a plea.

Mr Boylett and two other men, Colin Kitto, 48, and Andy McConville, 47, also pleaded not guilty to violent disorder.

They were all released on bail and will next appear at court on 26 April.

Bowler joins Surrey injury list

BBC Sport

Injuries are stacking up at Surrey ahead of the new county season, after the side confirmed bowler Stuart Meaker faces a spell on the sidelines.

Stuart Meaker
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The 27-year-old, who has played two one-day internationals for England, picked up a groin injury while batting in the nets.

Jade Dernbach, Freddie van den Bergh and all-rounder Zafar Ansari have also recently been sidelined.

Dutch fans party to 'dodgy tunes' ahead of England friendly

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Scotland Yard say there will be an "enhanced search policy" in place for England's match against Holland and warned fans to allow extra time to enter Wembley stadium.

Watch: Chris Eubank Sr on fight which left boxer in coma

BBC Sport

Chris Eubank Sr tells a news conference he told his son to avoid punching Nick Blackwell in the head to protect the stricken boxer during last weekend's British middleweight title fight at Wembley Arena.

Murder inquiry launched over Old Street hit-and-run

The Met has launched a murder investigation over the death of a pedestrian in a hit-and-run crash in Old Street this morning.

Met Police high viz jacket
Met Police

A spokesman for the force said the driver had "failed to stop at the scene" and "the car has not been recovered".

A 21-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene while another man in his 20s was taken to hospital with injuries.

Special constable pleads not guilty to making indecent images of children

Press Association

A Met Police special constable has pleaded not guilty to making indecent images of children, as he appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Linford Braithwaite leaving Westminster Magistrates' Court

Linford Braithwaite, 27, based in Barking and Dagenham borough, was charged with six counts of making indecent category C images of children, totalling 105 images.  

He will face a criminal trial at Southwark Crown Court on 26 April.

Harvey Proctor

A former MP who was cleared of being part of an alleged VIP Westminster paedophile ring says the Metropolitan Police's investigation "irreparably ruined my life".

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Drivers fined average of £200 every hour at Fulham road junction

Evening Standard

Motorists today called for changes to Britain’s most lucrative “moneybox” junction after figures revealed it rakes in an average of £200 an hour.

The box junction of New King’s Road and Bagley’s Lane

World champ James Degale training in Harlesden

What does your street sound like?

A research group has created a map of London showing what kinds of sounds dominate every street.

Chatty Map showing sounds of London
Good City Life

Reseachers from Good City Life say Chatty Maps uses an "urban sound dictionary" created by tracking what is being put up on social media.

The data is then used to show whether the noise of a street is predominately soothing, exhilarating, saddening, or surprising.

Find out more and see the sound of your street on their website here.

Drunk Uber rider discovers £102 bill for 20-minute ride

An Uber customer woke up after a night out to find that a journey which he thought had cost £15, had actually set him back £102.

Daniel Kazien
Daniel Kazien/Facebook

Daniel Kaizen, 26, had been celebrating his final shift working at Loves Company cocktail bar in London and, after a day of drinking, ordered an Uber taxi home.

Mr Kaizen said he "passed out" in the back of the car and, when he looked at his phone the next morning, discovered his four-mile trip had turned into a 20-mile journey around the city.

Uber has apologised and refunded him.

Daniel Kazien

This Uber rider paid £102 for 20-min ride

An Uber customer woke up after a heavy night out in London to find that his £15 fare had cost him £102.

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Watch: Rail boss on Easter works and rising ticket prices

Many railway lines in London were shut over the Easter weekend as engineering works were carried out by Network Rail.

Meanwhile, a survey released by Consumer group Which? also revealed rail fares have risen by 54% in the last decade.

Rail chief Mark Carne spoke to Emma North about why so many works took place over the weekend and why ticket costs had increased so much.

Mother beheaded in act of 'pure hatred'

A jealous man beheaded the mother of his two children in an act of "pure hatred", the Old Bailey has heard.

Judith Nibbs
Met Police

Crane driver Dempsey Nibbs killed his partner of 30 years then disposed over her remains down the lavatory after he suspected her of having affairs, prosecutors said.

Jurors were told Judith Nibbs, 60 had predicted her own death, telling colleagues, "If I'm not in on Friday, I might be dead".

Mr Nibbs, 69, of the Charles Estate in Hoxton, denies murder.

Should overseas diplomats be above the law?

Diplomatic immunity means officials from overseas, many of whom are based in London, are above the law of the country in which they live.

Back of car with "CD" sign

In theory, under the 1961 Vienna Convention diplomats are immune from prosecution in their host country for everything from parking tickets to murder.  

However, some people argue that the system is being abused.

Find out more about the debate here.

Latest headlines: Mother decapitated; Proctor attacks Met; Child gun crime arrests

Tim Stokes

BBC News

Preparations in full swing for the Olivier Awards

Preparations are in full swing for the Olivier Awards which will take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday.

Seat markers for the Olivier Awards
Getty Images

Markers with the faces of celebrities who will be attending are being placed on seats as organisers decide who will have the prime seats.

Judi Dench stick marker
Getty Images

Meanwhile the statuettes, which are models of Laurence Olivier playing Henry V in 1937, are lined up to check all is in order.

Olivier Award statuettes
Getty Images

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the awards, which celebrate London theatre.

Arsenal Ladies beaten by Man City

Manchester City Women moved to the top of the WSL 1 table after they beat an Arsenal Ladies team who played for more than 75 minutes with 10 players.

Manchester City Women players
The FA

Arsenal hit the bar from Fara Williams' early free-kick, but Jemma Rose was sent off for a poor challenge after just 13 minutes and City scored two goals after the break.

Manchester City move above Chelsea Ladies who had their match against Liverpool postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

Radical play resurrected by the National

Lorraine Hansberry
Joi Gresham and the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust

Lorraine Hansberry is famous for writing the classic piece of modern American drama, A Raisin in the Sun, but she wrote more radical plays too.

The National Theatre has revived, Les Blancs (The Whites), which examines racial tensions in Africa just as the underpinnings of colonialism were starting to shift.

According to the play's director, Hansberry called the piece "her most important work".

Lions up to fifth after Burton Albion victory


Play-off hopefuls Millwall scored two goals in six first-half minutes to beat League One leaders Burton Albion.  

Burton Albion"s Phil Edwards (left) and Millwall"s Lee Gregory

Albion would have regained a four-point lead over second-placed Wigan Athletic with a victory but, despite a bright start, they trailed when Aiden O'Brien crashed the ball into the top corner.

Lee Gregory made it 2-0 for The Lions when he scored after rounding keeper Jon McLaughlin.

The results moves Neil Harris's side up to fifth in the league.

Former MP attacks Met over child abuse inquiry

A former MP who was cleared of being part of a VIP Westminster ring has said the Met's investigation was "profoundly un-British and unfair".

harvey Proctor

Harvey Proctor had his home raided as part of the Operation Midland inquiry, which closed last week with no charges brought.

He said the force enabled him to be "wrongly depicted as a paedophile" and called on four Met chiefs to resign.

Man dead after Old Street hit-and-run

One man died after a hit-and-run crash in Old Street which also left another person injured.

Scotland Yard said a car hit the two pedestrians at about 04:25 this morning, then drove off.

Old Street

A 21-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, while another man in his 20s was taken to hospital with injuries that police believe are "not serious".

The Met have not released any details of the car involved but have appealed for any witnesses.

Bowie tribute gig to be live streamed

A David Bowie memorial concert will be streamed live internationally in exchange for charitable donations, organisers have announced.

David Bowie performing
Getty Images

Fans will be able to watch the event in exchange for a minimum donation of £15 after promoters teamed up with Skype.

The Music of David Bowie, which is expected to feature Mumford & Sons, Blondie and The Pixies, will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Friday.

Afternoon weather: Sunny spells and isolated showers

It will be a fairly blustery afternoon with sunny spells and isolated showers.

However later in the day, a band of more persistent rain will arrive from the west, bringing the risk of hail and thunder.

BBC London weather screen grab

Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F)

On TV at lunchtime: Missing kayaker and South Pole explorer

Alpa Patel

BBC London presenter

Coming up on BBC London this lunchtime:

We'll have the latest on the search for a kayaker who went missing in Guildford after he capsized on the River Way.

And we'll hear from a man who survived cancer and is now planning to become the first British person in 100 years to trek a new route to the South Pole.

Join me at 13:30 on BBC One.

Thirty-six new breweries open in a year

London's craving for craft beer appears to be growing as a new study has shown 36 new breweries opened in the capital in the last year.

Accountancy group UHY Hacker Young, which conducted the stufdy, said the 24% increase in microbreweries reflected the growing popularity of "boutique" food and drink products.

Person drinking from beer bottle

James Simmonds of UHY Hacker Young said the capital was the "centre of the UK's craft beer industry".

In the rest of England, there was a slight fall in new breweries, but increases in other parts of the UK.

Watch: The people who 'knocked up' workers

Before there were alarm clocks, many workers paid for people to knock on their windows to wake them up in the morning.

Boxer in coma 'not deteriorating' family say

BBC Sport

Nick Blackwell
Rex Features

The family of a boxer who remains in an induced coma following a fight at Wembley Arena on Saturday say he is "not deteriorating".

Nick Blackwell was found to have a small bleed on the brain after the bout against Chris Eubank Jr was stopped in round 10.

A family spokesman told BBC Sport the 25-year-old is "heavily sedated" but could be brought round on Tuesday.  

Car abandoned on railway line

Car abandoned on the track in Essex earlier, now removed by our team. #Pitsea

Car abandoned on the track in Essex earlier, now removed by our team. #Pitsea

C2C trains into Fenchurch Street from Shoeburyness / Southend Central were being delayed until 10:00, Network Rail said.

Brad Pitt spotted in Chiswick B&Q

Evening Standard

Hollywood actor Brad Pitt took advantage of the Easter Bank Holiday to catch up on some DIY.

Brad Pitt in B&Q
Evening Standard / @Harish1234321

Pitt, 52, shocked shoppers when he was pictured buying DIY essentials in a London branch of B&Q on Easter Monday.  

Brave new future for volunteer-run public library

Inside Croydon

Norwood Library Trust volunteers to put books on wheels and seek £100 donations.

Nearly 700 children held for suspected gun crimes

The Met Police arrested 679 children for suspected gun crimes over the last three years, the force has revealed.


Across the country, there were more than 1,500 arrests with children as young as 10-years-old held.

Forces brought a total of 506 charges against youngsters for crimes involving firearms.

Labour's shadow policing minister Jack Dromey called the figures "chilling" and has called for tougher penalties for supplying guns to youths.

Watch: Cancer survivor meets her life saver

Hannah Partos was given a stem cell transplant from an anonymous donor after she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia.

Three years later the 25-year-old from Twickenham finally got to meet Chris Lunn, the man who saved her life.

BBC London was there when the pair were met up on Southbank.

Number of library closures different across capital

The state of library services has differed significantly across the capital since 2010, figures have revealed.

Brent has lost more than half of its libraries with six being shut, while Harrow had the largest percentage drop in paid library workers in the whole of England.

Man browsing in library

Meanwhile, in areas like Lewisham and Hackney, there have been no closures.

Find out what has happened to libraries in your borough by using the tool here.

More than half of the libraries in Brent, north London, have closed since 2010

Almost 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have disappeared in six years, about a quarter of the overall total, an investigation by the BBC reveals. 


There are four areas - Sefton in Merseyside; Brent in north London, Stoke-on-Trent and Sunderland - where more than half the libraries have closed since 2010, either buildings, mobile or both.