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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 April 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Cool and breezy with isolated showers

BBC Weather

Any remaining showers will largely die out during the evening, but the odd isolated one may persist through the night, particularly in the east towards Dartford.

A few clear spells will develop, but in general it'll remain rather cloudy with winds becoming light.

BBC weather graphic

Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F)

On air: Man sentenced for killing mother & Dev Patel's latest film role

Louisa Preston

Reporter & Presenter BBC London News

Coming up on BBC London News this evening:

We'll be at the Old Bailey where a man who killed his mother and attacked his sister on the same day he was released from a Lewisham mental health facility has been sentenced to an indefinite hospital order.

And we'll be speaking to Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel about his latest role as a mathematical genius.

Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

Man who killed mother handed unlimited hospital order

A man who killed his mother and injured his sister just hours after being allowed to leave a mental health facility in Lewisham has been handed an unlimited hospital order.

Gilbert Corette, 45, of Manor Avenue, admitted to the manslaughter of his mother, 81-year-old Florise Corette, by virtue of diminished responsibility and the grievous bodily harm of his 52-year-old sister.

Gilbert Corette
Metropolitan Police

Corette was today sentenced to a hospital order and a restriction order without limit of time to protect the public.

Judge Charles Wide said it was a "terribly sad and tragic case" and the defendant was obviously mentally ill at the time.

The judge said he was satisfied the defendant was suffering from a mental disorder and most suitable way of dealing with it was a hospital order and a restriction order without limit of time to protect the public. 

Three firms shortlisted for London Midland franchise

Three rail firms have been shortlisted to run the West Midlands franchise, which runs train services to the Midlands from London Euston.

London Midland train

Current operator Govia, which owns London Midland, is in the running for the contract which is due to expire in 2017.

West Midlands Trains Ltd, a subsidiary of Dutch-owned Abellio Transport Group, and Hong Kong-based MTR Corporation are also bidding for the franchise.

In pictures: Poppadoms fit for royalty

The annual Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch has been held in the Guildhall to raise funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Prince Harry arriving at the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch
Getty Images

The guest of honour for this year's event is Prince Harry, who was greeted by the Lord Mayor Lord Mountevans.

Prince Harry, right, is greeted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London Lord Mountevans

The Prince met veterans who had been injured in battle, including Martyn Compton, a former British soldier who was injured in Afghanistan.

Prince Harry speaks to Martyn Compton, a former British soldier from the Household Cavalry Regiment
Getty Images

Over £1.4m has been made by the event for The Soldiers’ Charity since 2008.

Prince Harry reacts as he looks at a poppy garden with a man dressed as a World War I "Tommy" British Soldier
Getty Images

Watch: Dev Patel on 'the best piece of acting I've ever done'

In his new film The Man Who Knew Infinity, Dev Patel plays self-taught maths genius Srinivasa Ramanujan.

The Harrow-born actor described the role as "the best piece of acting I've ever done", because in reality he is "terrible at maths".

Travel: Baring Road closed and delays around the Blackwall Tunnel

BBC Travel

The A2212 Baring Road in Grove park is closed southbound at the B226 Chinbrook Road junction because of an accident.

There are also long delays northbound on the A102 Blackwell Tunnel because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes are open but congestion is back to the Sun In The Sands roundabout.

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

Watch: Cyclist fined for riding to Heathrow on M25

A cyclist was spotted riding his bike on the M25 in a bid to reach Heathrow this morning.

The man, in his 30s from Feltham, was first seen travelling along the hard shoulder of the anti-clockwise carriageway near the airport.

He was escorted off the motorway by traffic officers but reappeared a short time later, this time on the slip road of the clockwise carriageway between junctions 13 and 14.

CCTV shot of cyclist on M25

The cyclist was stopped on the road to Terminal 5 by officers where he was fined £50 and "given words of advice".

'No more knife crime in our community'

Watch: Young musicians celebrate centenary of violin virtuoso

Some of the world's most talented young violinists will be performing at venues across the capital as part of a festival celebrating 100 years since the birth of Yehudi Menuhin.

Alice Bhandhukravi saw them play in a pod in the London Eye.

Hero bus driver skips every stop to save life of boy

Evening Standard

James Rossi in bus
Evening Standard

A bus driver today told how he saved a young passenger’s life by driving him straight home after he suffered a severe allergic reaction to nuts.  

Knife Crime conference held in Catford

Ayshea Buksh

BBC London reporter

A 9 year old boys speaks at the #knifecrime conference in #Catford, @LewishamCouncil - impressive words.

A 9 year old boys speaks at the #knifecrime conference in #Catford, @LewishamCouncil - impressive words.

A Knife Crime conference is being held in Lewisham Town Hall, which is being hosted by the youth mayor.

Speakers at the event include ex-gang members, police chiefs and the chair of Lewisham Safer Neighbourhoods.

Have your say: Can you afford to rent in London?

Many people have been writing on the BBC London Facebook page, giving their reaction to the report by Shelter which found that half of London's private tenants are struggling to pay their rent.

Comment from Facebook
Comment from Facebook
Comment from Facebook
Comment from Facebook

What do you think about the report. Why not let us know - you can tweetemail or leave a message on our Facebook page.

Is Kingston suffering from a beavers problem?

Breaking news, it appears Beavers have moved into the river next to the police station!

Breaking news, it appears Beavers have moved into the river next to the police station!

Fed up with Thameslink andSouthern Train? Jump aboard the Nunhead bike train

Southwark News

Beleaguered commuters fed-up with waiting for delayed public transport from Peckham Rye and Nunhead stations have set up their own alternative – a ‘bike train’.  

Brutal cat killings link considered

A cat

Police are investigating whether a recent spate of cat killings in Gloucestershire are linked to the so-called "serial cat killer" in the capital.

Officers from Gloucestershire have been working with the Met Police after four cats were killed in the town Cinderford, two having body parts cut off and others having been shot or kicked.

More than 50 animal deaths have been reported to police in London.

Quins boss admits 'love' for old side

BBC Sport

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea admits he has plenty of sympathy for former club London Irish who sit bottom of the Premiership.

Conor O'Shea
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"I love that club," O'Shea told BBC Sport. "I certainly don't want to see them go down."  

The Quins boss leads his side into a European Challenge Cup quarter-final against the Exiles on Saturday evening.

Eye patches and hooks: What undercover police looked like in 1911

MPS finest undercover #CID officers c.1911. Not much has changed... #ThrowbackThursday

MPS finest undercover #CID officers c.1911. Not much has changed... #ThrowbackThursday

You have to wonder what they were investigating.

Two more arrested after teenager killed

A 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder earlier today following the death of 17-year-old Myron Issac Yarde.

The pair are currently in custody at a south London police station.

Metropolitan Police

A 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old boy previously arrested on suspicion of murder have both been bailed.

Myron was found with a stab wound in Camplin Street by police on Sunday evening after they were called to nearby New Cross Road following an altercation between a group of youths.

Afternoon weather: Cool and breezy with occasional heavy showers

BBC Weather

Any lingering outbreaks of rain will clear away to the south this afternoon, to leave a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers.

BBC Weather graphic

Some of the showers are likely to be heavy at times, with hail and thunder possible, particularly over the Chilterns.

Maximum temperature: 11C (52F)

Christian NHS worker loses appeal over bullying claim

A Christian NHS worker who was suspended for giving a religious book to a Muslim colleague has lost her appeal against a ruling that the decision to discipline her was lawful.

Victoria Wasteney

In 2014, Victoria Wasteney was found guilty of "harassing and bullying" a work friend for giving her a book about a Muslim woman's encounter with Christianity, praying with her and asking her to church.

The occupational therapist was suspended for nine months and given a written warning, even though the woman had been happy to discuss faith with her and never gave evidence about her allegations to the NHS.

Ms Wasteney challenged the decision by East London NHS Foundation Trust at an employment tribunal last year, but it ruled that her employer had not discriminated against her.

On TV this lunchtime: Letting fees and Dev Patel

BBC London News

Coming up on BBC London News this lunchtime:

We'll be looking at letting fees, after more than 150,000 people signed a petition to scrap them.

And we'll be speaking to Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel about his new role as a self-taught maths genius.

Join us at 13:30 on BBC One.

Planning guidance revision threatens new social housing in south Camden

Fitzrovia News

Community groups have condemned plans by Camden Council which would mean new social housing gained from property development in central London would not be built, but instead be replaced by cash payments and spent elsewhere.  

Unseen Paul McCartney photos found in loft

Paul McCartney
Clive Arrowsmith

Previously unseen pictures of Sir Paul McCartney, which were found in the loft of London photographer Clive Arrowsmith, have been published for the first time.

The shots, taken during sessions in 1976 and 1993, show Sir Paul with his first wife Linda and their band Wings.

Paul McCartney and Wings
Clive Arrowsmith

Mr Arrowsmith said the photos shows "the fun we were all having, plus Paul and Linda's closeness".

They appear in the April edition of The Royal Photographic Society Journal.

Barrister on the tragedy of 'chemsex' drugs

At the beginning of last year, Henry Hendron had a successful career as a barrister, a flat in the heart of the capital, and a happy, loving relationship.

But just a few weeks later, it lay in ruins when his 18-year-old boyfriend, Miguel Jimenez, died from an overdose.

Henry Hendron
Rex Features

Hendron was arrested and later charged with supplying drugs, putting his career and his freedom both in jeopardy when he is sentenced in May.

Mr Hendron has been speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, about how his partner's death weighs heavily on his shoulders.

NHS eating disorder treatment significantly different across capital

Waiting times for mental health treatment for eating disorders differs significantly across the capital, a BBC investigation has found.

Person standing on scales
Science Photo Library

On average patients wait more than ten weeks for care in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey, but about 20 days in north-east London.

The Department of Health said it was working to cut waiting times.

Jack Wilshere photo 'taken out of proportion' - Arsene Wenger

BBC Sport

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he has spoken to midfielder Jack Wilshere after he was pictured on a night out last Sunday.

Jack Wilshere and Arsene Wenger
Getty Images

"It looks to be taken out of proportion a little bit... You can accept players go out." said Wenger.

The 24-year-old has only recently returned to training having not played this season because of a broken leg.

Man taken off plane after 'suspicious behaviour' complaint

A man was forced to miss an easyJet flight from Pisa to Gatwick after another passenger reported him to a member of staff for "suspicious behaviour".

easyJet plane in flight

The man had been checked and cleared by security personnel at the Italian airport but his flight took off without him on Wednesday.

An easyJet spokeswoman said he was given free hotel accommodation, a meal and a transfer on the next available flight once it was clear that he had done nothing wrong.

It was the third such incident with the airline in recent weeks.

Sci-fi role is 'dream come true' - Jessica Raine

Actress Jessica Raine says her new role in sci-fi play X is "a dream come true".

Jessica Raine in X
Manuel Harlan

The Call the Midwife star is leading the cast in Alistair McDowall's new production at the Royal Court.

Speaking about the play the actress, who is more known for her TV roles like Midwife, Jericho and Wolf Hall, said she "always hankered to be in something set in a dystopian future".

Latest headlines: Missing PC search; Eating disorder treatment; Big Issue celebration

Tim Stokes

BBC News

Watch: Sian Berry on her plans for London's transport

Sian Berry has been discussing her plans for London's transport system, if she is elected mayor.

Speaking to Norman Smith, the Green Party candidate said she would stop building more roads, reduce public transport costs, and introduce a smarter congestion charge.

She was also tested on her general knowledge of the capital.

Watch: Is there a Beast of the Thames?

Shaky footage has emerged on social media which appears to show a creature disappearing below the surface of the Thames by the O2 Arena.

Some have questioned whether it is some kind of monster but self-proclaimed Loch Ness monster hunter Steve Feltham says he isn't convinced.

He spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live's Phil Williams to give his opinion about what it could be.

What do you think it is? Email us

Analysis: Is the vision for London's transport radical enough?

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

You can sum up the challenges facing London transport long-term broadly as population growth and money.

London skyline

The predictions are that London will have a population of 10 million by 2030, putting immense pressure on transport.

At the same time, TfL's operational budget will be non-subsidised by 2018/19 as the Government withdraws £2.8bn.

So how does London pay for more infrastructure as funding shrinks and the population grows?

Read my latest blog in full.

Council’s private housing company signs up architects’ firms

Inside Croydon

After going to the trouble of recreating its own borough architects’ department, Croydon Council has now gone and signed up seven firms of architects – yes, seven – to design between them the hundreds of new homes across the borough.

Big Issue marks 200 million issues sold

The Big Issue is marking 200 million sales since its launch in 1991.

Artwork for Big Issue cover by Ben Eine
Ben Eine Signs

Launched by John Bird in 1991, the magazine has become a leading campaigner on issues surrounding poverty and homelessness.

It has partnered with street artist Ben Eine to celebrate the milestone with three collectors' edition covers.

You can see some of the Big Issue's iconic covers from over the years here.

Service resumes on DLR but severe delays on Metropolitan line

A good service has resumed on the line.

However, there are severe delays on the Metropolitan line between Rickmansworth and Amersham and Chesham, because of a signal failure at Chalfont & Latimer.

Homicide unit searching for missing PC

The disappearance of a serving police officer who has been missing for five days is being being investigated by the Met's homicide unit.

PC Gordon Semple
Gordon Semple

PC Gordon Semple, from Greenhithe was last seen on 1 April around London Bridge where he had a work meeting at the Shard's Shangri-La hotel.

CCTV image of PC Gordon Semple
Met Police

He was then seen on CCTV in Great Guilford Street at 15:00, but his partner reported him missing later that night.

Harley Street closed at Marylebone Road, A406 delays in North Ealing

BBC Travel

It's a busy time for traffic on the roads in London this morning. 

Along with disruption on the M1 and the A12, there are southbound queues to A406 North Circular Road Brent Cross. 

The A406 North Circular is slow southbound towards Chiswick and there are delays back through North Ealing to Hanger Hill Park. 

Harley Street is also closed at Marylebone Road due to works.