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  1. Updates on Tuesday 12 April 2016

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

London's evening weather: Fine and dry

BBC Weather

A largely fine and dry evening and night, although some mist and fog is possible towards Twickenham and the south west of the city.

Min Temp: 4C (39F) 

'Speedo Mick' football fan heading to Wembley in his trunks

A football fan who became a terrace favourite by wearing only swimming trunks at matches has begun walking to Wembley for Everton's FA Cup semi-final.

Michael Cullen
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Toffees supporter Michael Cullen, known as Speedo Mick, has become a regular fixture at home and away games.

The 50-year-old from Liverpool has set off from Goodison Park and will spend 11 days on the road.

If you see him give him a wave?

Met Police watchdog comes under fire from grieving family

BBC London News

Tonight we've got a special report into the body which investigates the police. 

Fresh allegations have emerged that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is broken, biased and guilty of botched investigations.

Aggreived family member
BBC

The criticism comes from the family of a man who died in Met Police custody three years ago - it's one of a series of accusations claiming the watchdog is no longer fit for purpose.

We'll hear from the head of the organisation plus that exclusive report by BBC London's Alex Bushill from 18:30 on BBC One.

Watch: Corbyn the musical - jazzing up politics

If you find politics a bit dry, this might be more up your street?

It's an off-West End comedy about the Labour leader's imagined motorbike holiday in younger years.

Behind the scenes of a musical about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Sadiq takes campaign trail to Sutton

Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan has been meeting supporters in Sutton high street. 

Sadiq in Sutton
BBC

At one point some people carrying Khan/Corbyn banners who featured in Zac Goldsmith's campaign  appeared next to Mr Khan's supporters in Sutton.

They would not say whether they were working for Zac Goldsmith's campaign and then walked off. 

Diafra Sakho to miss FA cup replay 'through injury' not behaviour, says Bilic

BBC Sport

Diafra Sakho won't play in the FA Cup quarter final replay when West Ham face Manchester United tomorrow - but Slaven Bilic insists it is through injury and not as a disciplinary measure.

Diafra Sakho
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Sakho withdrew from Saturday's Barclays Premier League meeting against Arsenal, citing a knee injury in the last training session.

Bilic chose Andy Carroll as part of the "the best team" for the day, but Sakho had already posted a message on Snapchat in which he swore and said if he was "hated"  he would do "everything to be more hated." 

Man shot in Waltham Forest break-in

Three men broke into a house in Grove Green Road, Waltham Forest at 02:10 this morning.

When police arrived they found a man with a non-fatal gunshot wound. 

Police believe the suspects wore dark clothing and used a dark-coloured vehicle which they parked near Hampton Road.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Electrical supply issues at Victoria causing delays

BBC Travel

Trains to and from London Victoria may be delayed by up to 15 minutes because of an electrical supply problem.

Southern Trains says platform 14 is currently closed. 

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Broken down train causing disruption on Thameslink

BBC Travel

A broken down train at City Thameslink is disrupting trains between London Blackfriars and London St Pancras International in this direction only. 

Trains may be cancelled or delayed by up to 30 minutes. This is expected to continue until 20:00. 

For travel times check National Rail

For the latest travel updates visit BBC London's travel page.

Gest 'loved by millions for one-liners'

His friend Imag Handi said: "David was truly larger than life. He was not just a huge talent and a dear friend but a showbiz icon.

David Gest
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"I know he will be missed by millions of fans around the world, and particularly in Britain, who came to love his charm and blistering one-liners."    

Police are treating the death as unexplained.

David Gest found dead in London's Four Seasons hotel

The 62-year-old music producer, and former husband of Liza Minelli, has been found dead at a hotel in Canary Wharf.

Gest, a former Celebrity Big Brother star, was married to Minnelli from 2002-2003, but they only officially divorced in 2007.

David Gest
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Acid attack victim still suffering

Carla Whitlock was blinded in one eye in a revenge attack over a drug deal that soured.

Whereas she used to take care of her appearance before she says: "I've no respect anymore because of what I look like. I feel like there's no point."

Carla Whitlock
BBC

Billy Midmore has now been convicted while his brother Geoffrey had already admitted his part in the attack in Southampton.  

Both of her attackers will be sentenced at a later date. 

Man guilty of throwing acid in woman's face

Billy Midmore, 22, ambushed Carla Whitlock, 37, while she was walking with her boyfriend in Southampton. Midmore flung drain cleaner in her face scarring her face and burning her eyelids.

Less than an hour after the attack Midmore and his older brother Geoffrey, 26, were seen on the CCTV of a train laughing and celebrating.

Billy Midmore
Hampshire Police

Southampton Crown Court heard the pair, who are originally from London but now have no fixed address, were seeking revenge for a drug deal that went wrong.

Ms Whitlock and her boyfriend were drug users who introduced a third party to the Midmore brothers, but something went wrong leaving the brothers out of pocket. 

Jurors convicted Billy Midmore earlier of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. Geoffrey had previously pleaded guilty to the same offence. Prosecutor Kerry Maylin said: "Nothing justifies the crime they committed on Ms Whitlock."  

The Midmore brothers
Hampshire Police

Adrian St John was a 'credit to his university', vice-chancellor says

Adrian St John graduated from Hertfordshire University, where he also played cricket, in 2014 with a degree in history and philosophy.

He was fatally shot during a robbery in Trinidad.

Adrian St John in action
Chris Gayle Foundation

Vice-chancellor Quintin McKellar said he had been a "credit to the university".

'Palace buoyed by weekend win and in good headspace for Everton'

BBC Sport

Alan Pardew says confidence levels have risen among the team following Saturday's win over Norwich.

A win over Everton on Sunday should see the club safely into another Premier League season but Everton away will be tough, he adds. 

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London's latest headlines: Man guilty of beheading, cricketer fatally shot and cat joins UK Foreign Office

Sitala Peek

BBC News, London

Here is a selection of the top stories in the London newsroom right now:

  • Dempsey Nibbs, who cut off his partner's head with a kitchen knife, found guilty of murder
Nibbs
Met Police

Alan Judge: Brentford midfielder has surgery on broken leg

BBC Sport

Brentford midfielder Alan Judge has undergone surgery on the broken leg suffered against Ipswich, with no timescale put on his recovery.  

Alan Judge
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Teen to stand trial for murdering aspiring rapper

A 15-year-old boy accused of murdering an aspiring teenage rapper in New Cross has been ordered to stand trial in October. 

Myron Yarde
PA

Myron Yarde, who was 17, was stabbed to death during a fight involving about 10 teenagers earlier this month.

The defendant cannot be named for legal reasons and has been remanded in a youth detention centre.

Adrian St John: 'was humble and loved the game of cricket'

Adrian St John grew up in Kennington, minutes from the Oval cricket ground in south London and fell in love with the sport as a young boy. 

Adrian Atherton, a coach at the London Schools Cricket Association, has known Mr St John since he was 10. 

He said: "He was the sweetest boy. I've never known Adrian get angry or get into a fight with anyone - he was a really, really sweet boy. 

"He was humble and loved the game of cricket. "They were hoping for big things for him, he had improved a lot. They were hoping that in the next couple of years he was going to do something big.

"He was a lovely kid and his death has hit us all hard." 

London's afternoon weather: Sunny with showers

BBC Weather

Through this afternoon, we will see a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers. Where showers occur, they will be heavy with the risk of hail and thunder. However, some areas will miss the showers and remain dry.

Max temp: 16C (61F) 

UK Foreign Office 'employs' cat to control mice infestation

A cat has been given the task of keeping the Foreign Office buildings in King Charles Street mice free.

He has been named Palmerston after the former prime minister and foreign secretary.

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Family says it was let down by police watchdog - coming up this lunchtime

BBC London News

The family of man who died after being restrained by police, has described the police watchdog which investigated his death as being biased and broken.

Darren Neville died in police custody three years ago, after being restrained in Islington following a disturbance. 

His family says the Independent Police Complaints Commission subsequently failed them. The watchdog is being overhauled and restructured following mounting criticism over its handling of investigations.

Alex Bushill has the exclusive report on BBC London's lunch time news from 13:30 on BBC One and again on the iPlayer soon after the show. 

'Unfaithful wife' predicted her own death

Judith Nibbs mentioned to her sister and a colleague where she worked at Meals on Wheels that her common law husband had grabbed her by the throat and threatened to kill her for being unfaithful to him.

On 8 April 2014 as she left work she said: "If I'm not in Friday, I might be dead," the court heard.

Judith Nibbs
Met Police

Nibbs told the court though he felt badly let down by her, he had not meant to kill her and only cut off her head in anger once she was dead.

Sentencing has been adjourned to a date yet to be fixed.

Murderer found sexually explicit photos on partner's computer

The couple's relationship deteriorated in the spring of 2014 as Nibbs became aware of his common law wife's infidelity, the Old Bailey heard.

Nibbs asked his son Kirk to search his mother's computer history and found explicit photos and videos of her blowing kisses and saying "I love you" to a recipient that was not him.

The jury heard Ms Nibbs had been on holiday with a neighbour to Rabat in 2013 and had also exchanged sexually explicit messages with a man on Skype from Morocco.

In a row three days before she was killed, she admitted seeing other men and told Nibbs that she had had sex eight times.

Officer wrestled shotgun and knife from murderer in failed suicide bid

Police spied Ms Nibb's headless body through the letterbox and broke down the front door.

An officer interrupted Nibbs who was attempting to stab himself in the bathroom. The police officer tackled Nibbs and removed a shotgun and knife from his reach.

Nibbs had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and claimed he suffered from mental illness but the court heard no evidence of any particular condition.

Judith Nibbs
Met Police

Man who flushed partner's severed head down toilet faces life in jail

Nibbs, a 69-year-old crane driver, had denied murder, but jurors at the Old Bailey did not buy his story that he "only" wanted to "slap her around a bit".

The court heard he had jealously confronted Judith Nibbs about her alleged infidelity and there had been a struggle in the living room.

He said Ms Nibbs was struck on the head as he tried to force a metal bar in her mouth on 10 April 2014.

Nibbs then proceeded to smash her skull with a mallet and fed the shards down the toilet. 

He left a note for their son Kirk to say police would find two bodies at the Charles Estate flat in Hoxton, but he was interrupted by police before he was able to go through with the suicide attempt.     

Man found guilty of beheading unfaithful partner

Dempsey Nibbs, 69, has been found guilty of beheading his partner Judith Nibbs, 60, at their east London flat in Hoxton.

Judith Nibbs
PA

Brixton Pounds cash machine

Traders in Brixton are hoping a new style of cash machine will help bring business to the town centre.

The machine allows customers to pay in sterling in exchange for Brixton Pounds - a currency set up in 2009 to encourage people to support local shops.

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 Brixton Pounds  can be spent in more than 300 places. You can find the cash dispenser in Brixton Market.

Sterling to Brixton Pound cash-converter in action

The machine that converts sterling to Brixton Pounds

Mayoral elections and the silent majority

East London lines

On the other hand, 62% of people in London did not vote in the mayoral elections in 2012. Or, to put it another way, only 38% of people did choose.

So who is not being heard?

Grocer's son knocks Labour candidate's environmental credentials

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

And now Zac has taken the stage.

He jokes to the audience that he's "the son of a grocer" at a manifesto event and says Labour rival Sadiq Khan's "interest in the environment is as authentic as Donald Trump's hair".

Zac Goldsmith
BBC

Boris Johnson gives Zac his full backing

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

Boris Johnson is introducing Zac at a manifesto launch near Wimbledon.

He says: "We have 23 days to avert disaster", referring to the "threat" of Labour taking control of City Hall.

Boris Johnson
BBC

Here's a round up of all the mayoral contenders

Zac Goldsmith unveils manifesto with five hundred thousand new jobs

He says: "My Action Plan for Greater London will deliver more homes, better transport, safer streets, and a cleaner environment.     It’s a plan to keep you safe … get you to work on time … make London the greenest and cleanest city in the world.   And it’s a plan to fix our housing crisis, so Londoners earning average incomes can get on the housing ladder.    - All paid for without adding a penny to mayoral council tax.

My plan will secure 500,000 new jobs for Londoners.

It depends on a strong economy secured by this government. And it is delivered by working with - and getting the best deal from government.

You can't serve Londoners as mayor if you can't or won't talk to government."                  

Zac Goldsmith
PA

Cop out? Police volunteers 'not working as much as they should'

More than half of the special constables do not work their minimum hours and 25% of the volunteers do no hours at all.

Met Police van
Met Police

Scotland Yard says it's concerned people are signing up purely for the perks that include free travel and a reduction in council tax.

Special constables have the same powers as other police officers and while they don't get paid they are meant to work 16 hours in three months.

London's latest headlines: Cricketer shot, Wormwood Scrubs infested with rats and man wanted for attacks in Acton

Sitala Peek

BBC News, London

Here are some of the biggest stories in our newsroom right now:

How will West Ham fare against Man Utd?

It's a "massive game" says West Ham boss Slaven Bilic.

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Find out what Slaven Bilic has to say on West Ham replay

BBC Sport

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is about to hold his news conference looking ahead to Wednesday's FA Cup quarter-final replay against Manchester United at Upton Park.

The game kicks off at 19:00 and will be broadcast live on BBC One, the BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 live. 

Slaven Bilic
PA

Wormwood Scrubs jail is 'rat-infested and overcrowded'

Wormwood Scrubs prison is rat-infested and overcrowded, with some prisoners too frightened to leave their cells, inspectors say.

Wormwood scrubs prison
PA

A report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons found safety at the prison had deteriorated since a previous probe raised serious concerns.

The jail had "levels of Dickensian squalor", the Prison Reform Trust said.