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  1. Updates on Friday 1 April 2016

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Updates for London have now ended but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Have a great weekend.

Coming up on BBC One: Election special live from City Hall

BBC London News

Tonight at 18:30, the programme will be broadcast live from City Hall for an election special. Joining BBC London presenter Riz Lateef will be Zac Goldsmith for the Conservatives and Labour's Sadiq Khan.

She will be hearing from Londoners about what they want from their future mayor and from all of the candidates about what they have to offer. 

Howzat! Green-fingered baking at Middlesex County Cricket Club

Are cyclist the most smug commuters?

Emily at the London Cyclist blog shares three things she doesn't understand about her fellow cyclists - and questions whether they should be quite so smug about their preferred commuting method.

Business team relay will take place in the Olympic Stadium on 14 July

A Great Team Relay will take place in the Olympic Stadium on 14 July.

Thousands of staff from businesses across London are expected to join in. 

Teams of four will compete in a relay with four legs of 5km, with medals and trophies awarded to competitors from each major business sector. 

Spectators will be welcome to join in the fun and get in the mood for the Rio Games, three weeks later.

Race at Newham
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Great Run Company
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Great Run Company

London delays on the M25 near Chertsey and Heathrow

BBC Travel

Also on the roads, there are long delays on the M25 anticlockwise between J17 Maple Cross and J11 Chertsey. 

On the M25 clockwise between J14 Heathrow and J15 M4, one lane is blocked after a breakdown, compounding already slow traffic between J9 and J17. 

Serious incident in Bermondsey causing long delays

BBC Travel

The A200 Jamaica Road in Bermondsey is closed between Abbey Street and Tooley Street after an accident involving a car and motorbike this afternoon. 

A man was seriously injured and taken to hospital. 

There are long queues on approaches to the Rotherhithe Tunnel, A100 Tower Bridge Road and around the Surrey Quays one-way system.

A diversion is in place for bus routes 47, 188 and 381. 

Ban extended for Chelsea striker Diego Costa after motioning biting opponent

BBC Sport

Chelsea striker Diego Costa will serve an additional one-match ban and has been fined £20,000 after admitting a charge of improper conduct.

Diego Costa and Gareth Barry

Mr Costa, 27, has been punished for his reaction to his sending off against Everton in an FA Cup tie on 12 March.

The Spaniard clashed with Gareth Barry and motioned towards biting him, although the Everton midfielder later said no contact had been made.

Fighter planes from WW1 and WW2 are on display in Whitehall

A World War Two Spitfire Mk XVI (L), a Sopwith snipe and a Eurofighter typhoon are on display at Horse Guards Parade. 

The RAF Museum in north west London will display aircraft from World War One and WW2 as well as a replica of a modern day Eurofighter Typhoon to mark the RAF centenary in 2018.     

World War Two Spitfire Mk XVI (L)
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Aircraft on display
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Don't forget to register to vote for our next London mayor by 18 April

The last day to register to vote in the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections is 18 April.  

As the candidates for London Mayor are announced, London Elects says it will send an information booklet to each of London’s 5.8 million registered voters with a mini-manifesto from 10 of the mayoral candidates.

Voting at polling stations is from 07:00 to 22:00 on 5 May.  

Accused deny charges after a human rights lawyer was killed by a window

Four people and three companies have denied a raft of charges over the death of a lawyer crushed when a half-tonne window frame toppled on her.

Amanda Telfer

Amanda Telfer, 44, was killed when the 13ft by 13ft window fell on her as she walked past a building in Hanover Square, central London, on 30 August 2012.

Members of the public lifted the frame off and tried to resuscitate her but Ms Telfer, who worked for legal firm Keystone Law and was a volunteer for human rights charity Reprieve, died shortly after. 

An eight-week trial was set for 31 January next year with a further hearing on 18 November. 

More obese than underweight people in the world, London study suggests

A study led by scientists at Imperial College London has suggested there are now more adults in the world classified as obese than underweight. 

Obese person

The research, published in The Lancet, compared body mass index among almost 20 million adult men and women from 1975 to 2014.

It found obesity in men has tripled and more than doubled in women.

London Election 2016: London's political landscape

BBC London News

The mayoral election is set to be closely fought. So what does the electoral battleground look like here in London? Alex Bushill reports:

London's political landscape

'Zombie Killer' boy tried to flee to Malaga after attack in Islington

The youth convicted of the manslaughter of a teenager he killed in north London used a 25in (63cm) serrated blade known as a "Zombie Killer", the Old Bailey heard.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named due to his age, was cleared of Stefan Appleton's murder. He will be sentenced on 21 April.

'Zombie Killer' used during the attack
Met Police

After the machete attack on 10 June, the killer fled to Bristol and tried to fly to Malaga in Spain, but was arrested when he returned to London to lie low.

In his defence, the killer said he had come under attack when he went to snatch back his bicycle which had been stolen by another boy.

'Zombie Killer' used during the attack

'Zombie Killer' machete death boy guilty

A youth is convicted of the manslaughter of a teenager he stabbed with a "Zombie Killer" machete in north London.

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Help archaeologists at Hogarth's House in Chiswick

Chiswick W4

Hogarth’s House has a rare chance for the public to help explore the history of the site. For a week in April you can help the project archaeologists excavate archaeological trenches to explore the history of the garden.  

Young family 'left to sleep on the streets in Hackney'

Hackney Citizen

A homeless mother and her four young children were turfed out of a council building and left to sleep on the cold streets last month.  

Blitz crush doctor: 'One wet, mauve body was brought in'

BBC Radio 4

During World War Two, Dr Joan Martin was a junior casualty officer at Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children in Hackney, east London.

On 3 March 1943 she led the medical team dealing with the dead and wounded from Bethnal Green underground station. 

A crush at the station, which was being used as an air raid shelter, resulted in the deaths of 173 people. 

She described what she witnessed to Eddie Mair for PM.

London's fleet of firearms officers to double in number

London will see its fleet of firearms officers doubled in a move announced by David Cameron earlier.

It comes as 1,500 of the specialists are to be recruited cross England and Wales to help protect the public from terrorism.

Police officer with gun

Most of the new officers will be funded by the government and will be trained within the next two years.  

Central funding will pay for 1,000 extra firearms officers across England and Wales, including 600 already announced by the Metropolitan Police to be based in the capital.

Afternoon weather: Dry but becoming breezy

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken through the afternoon, but it'll be staying dry. 

Skies will become hazier from the west through the afternoon, as cloud begins to thicken.

It'll remain dry, though it will become rather breezy later. 

Highs of 13C (55F).

Coming up on air: What are the key issues for Londoners in the run up to the election?

BBC London News

On the lunchtime news at 13:30 on BBC One, as nominations for the mayoral election close and 12 candidates are on the list to fight it out, BBC London's Karl Mercer will look at the issues likely to feature in the campaign. 

He will also have more on today's poll of more than 2,000 Londoners which found housing was their top concern in the run up to the election. 

An 18-year-old found guilty of manslaughter after 'Zombie Killer' knife attack

An 18-year-old youth has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of killing 17-year-old Stefan Appleton in Islington with a "Zombie Killer" knife. 

The jury convicted him of manslaughter but cleared him of murder.

Stefan Appleton
Met Police
Stefan Appleton

Stefan was in Nightingale Park with friends when two youths pulled up on a moped on 10 June last year.

The pillion passenger on the moped attacked the victim, stabbing him a number of times with a large bladed item before making off.   

The National Living Wage comes into force across the country

The new mandatory National Living Wage requiring employers to pay workers aged 25 and over at least £7.20 an hour.has come into force.

It is expected to give 1.3 million workers an immediate pay rise.

Five pound note

And the Living Wage Foundation campaign group says its own suggested level of pay - £8.25 an hour and £9.40 in London - was higher than the new wage.   

Frances O'Grady at the TUC says the fact 21 to 24-year-olds would not be seeing an increase was "not fair". 

"Future wage increases must narrow the pay gap between old and young," he says. 

Tottenham star Dele Alli can handle hype, club manager says

BBC Sport

Mauricio Pochettino is confident Dele Alli can handle the hype after Sir Alex Ferguson said he was the most talented midfielder since Paul Gascoigne.

Dele Alli

The 19-year-old Alli has seven goals and 12 assists in his debut Premier League season, also impressing for England's win over Germany on Saturday.

Tottenham manager Pochettino said he agreed with Ferguson's assessment.

The RHN needs you to cycle 100 miles!

Local blog

The Royal Hospital for Neurodisability was founded in 1854, and set in picturesque grounds in Putney, making it the oldest independent hospital and medical charity in the UK, and one of the most respected.  

Who are the London mayoral election contenders?

Esther Webber

BBC News, London

City Hall
BBC Sport

Twelve candidates are hoping to succeed Boris Johnson as mayor of London in the election on 5 May. But who are they?

City Hall

London mayoral election: The contenders

Twelve candidates are hoping to succeed Boris Johnson as mayor of London in the election on 5 May. But who are they?

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Lambeth library protesters are 'misleading public', council says

Following the story about protesters occupying Lambeth library in a bid to halt its closure, the council says they were "misleading residents and the public".

A spokesman for Lambeth Council says: "The building will re-open to the public, for longer hours, in early 2017.

People protesting in Lambeth Library
Julie Sherry

"It will have a neighbourhood library service, health and fitness facilities and space for community groups to use.

“It is unfortunate a small number of people have decided to be obstructive, especially as Lambeth council has worked incredibly hard to minimise the impact of the cuts,” he adds.

Officials hunting 1,000 London boys in illegal schools

Chris Cook

Newsnight Policy Editor

As many as 1,000 boys from strictly Orthodox Jewish families may be pupils at a network of between 12 and 20 illegal private schools in east London.

Charedi men walking in Stamford Hill, London
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These schools are not registered with the authorities, which makes them illegal, and they offer a narrow, religious syllabus.

The Department for Education is working with Ofsted to find and shut them.

Some of the illegal schools, however, are registered as charities, gaining them an advantaged tax status.

London's 12 mayoral candidates announced

The 12 candidates for London Mayor have just been announced. They are: 

  • Caroline Pidgeon, London Liberal Democrats    
  • Sadiq Khan, Labour Party
  • Zac Goldsmith, Conservative Party
  • Sian Berry, Green Party
  • Peter Whittle, UKIP
  • Sophie Walker, Women's Equality Party   
  • Ankit Love, One Love Party
  • Lee Harris, Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol 
  • David Furness, British National Party 
  • George Galloway, Respect 
  • Prince Zylinski, Independent 
  • Paul Golding, Britain First 

Gap of over £300k between public's idea of affordable and actual cost of homes in London

The average price considered affordable for buying a two-bedroom house in the capital is £208,000, according to a ComRes poll for BBC London.

And the average price considered affordable for renting is £646 per month.

Graphic on cost of housing

This compares to the actual average figure for a terraced house in London which was £569,000 in 2015, Office for National Statistics figures show.

Statistics from the Valuation Office Agency show the median monthly rent in London was £1,400 in the year 2014-15.

London mayoral election: Housing top concern, poll suggests

Housing is the most important issue for Londoners in the upcoming mayoral election, a new BBC London-commissioned poll indicates.

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It represents a shift from the 2012 election, when Londoners placed housing fourth after jobs, crime and transport in a similar poll.

Fifty-six per cent of those polled said housing was one of the most important challenges facing London.

Immigration (38%), security from terrorism (26%) and healthcare (23%) were among the other top issues.

The poll of 2,062 adults was carried out by ComRes for BBC London.

Premier League: BBC pundits on the title race and the top four

BBC Sport

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says he wants to "see how his horses run" in the home straight of their title bid - and he is not the only one.

League table

With six weeks of the Premier League season to go, we are about to find out who can produce a fast finish, and who will falter in the final furlong.

Can the Foxes stay clear, or will Tottenham catch them? Could Manchester City collapse completely, and what are the chances of a late West Ham charge into the top four?  

BBC football pundits Danny Murphy, Chris Waddle, Jermaine Jenas, Chris Sutton, Mark Lawrenson, Pat Nevin and John Hartson have studied the form and fixtures and give their verdicts on who will win the title, and who will take the coveted Champions League spots.

Explorer recreates 700-mile sled ride last completed in 1905

A 66-year-old Londoner has completed a 700-mile sled journey along the border of Canada and Alaska last completed by polar explorer Roald Amundsen in 1905.

Tim Oakley with two of the huskies that pulled a sled
Royal Geographical Society
Mr Oakley described the landscapes as "staggeringly beautiful"
Royal Geographical Society
Once the dogs howled all night because they heard a nearby wolf pack, Mr Oakley reported
Royal Geographical Society

Tim Oakley was the leader of a four-man, 22-dog team that reached the town of Eagle on Monday.

The group endured temperatures of -50C on the 29-day trip.

Mr Oakley told the BBC he lost about 25lb (11kg) and suffered mild frostbite, but felt he still had another big expedition in him.

Watch: Protesters occupy Lambeth library in bid to halt closure

Protesters refused to leave a library in south London on the day it was due to shut for a year.

Protesters occupy library in Lambeth

The Carnegie Library at Loughborough Junction is supposed to reopen as a "healthy living centre" under plans by Lambeth Council to generate savings.

Campaigners assembled there yesterday earlier to mark its final day.

But when it was due to close at 18:00, a number in the building refused to leave. 

Musician sues Royal Opera House over ruined hearing

A renowned viola player is suing the Royal Opera House for ruining his hearing and his career during rehearsals of Wagner's Die Walkure.

Chris Goldscheider claims his hearing was ruined after being placed immediately in front of the brass section

Chris Goldscheider claims his hearing was irreversibly damaged by brass instruments put immediately behind him.

The Musicians' Union says hearing damage is a major problem for musicians playing in orchestras.

The Royal Opera House denies it is responsible, but around a quarter of its players suffer hearing illnesses.

Today's weather: Hazy sunshine but fresh

BBC Weather

It will be a sunny start for most after any fog patches clear, but skies will become hazier from the west through the afternoon. 

It'll remain dry but the southerly breeze will freshen through the day. 

Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

BBC London weather on 1 April 2016

Travel update: No Waterloo & City Line services

BBC Travel

There is no service on the Waterloo & City Line due to the derailment of an empty train.

And Southeastern trains eastbound via Hayes are not stopping at ClockHouse station due to electrical supply problems. Buses are accepting tickets     

For the latest information go to our travel page or follow us on Twitter @BBCTravelAlert