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  1. Updates on Friday 8 April 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Turning cloudy, with some rain overnight

Any showers will die away to leave a dry evening.

Later in the night cloud will thicken, with rain arriving in the early hours.

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Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F)

Roads close to Stratford station closed

BBC Travel

Several roads around Stratford International station are closed and the station’s been evacuated, the BBC understands.

International Way is closed due to security alert at Westfield Avenue.  

The DLR station is also closed.

Lambeth library protesters served eviction notice

The protesters occupying Carnegie Library in Herne Hill have been served an Interim Possession Order (IPO) by Lambeth Council.

The group has 24 hours to leave the library, after which it will become a police matter, a spokesperson from Lambeth Council confirmed.


The campaigners have been in the library for eight days to protest against its closure.

Lambeth Council says the occupation is "misleading" as the Carnegie will only close for a year, before re-opening as a "healthy living centre".

There will be more on this story in our 18:30 programme on BBC One.

Watch: Mud hut dweller told he must leave

A 28-year-old man who has spent two years building an elaborate mud hut in woodland near Carpenders Park has been told he must leave.

Daniel Pike has lived in the woods for four years but landowners Woodland Trust said he cannot stay because it could set a precedent and damage biodiversity.  

Daniel showed Yvonne Hall around his mud dwelling.

Mother and daughter make history at London Fire Brigade

Two women have made history by being the first mother and daughter to serve as firefighters for London Fire Brigade at the same time.

Katie Holloway and Sally Harper
London Fire Brigade

Katie Holloway has just joined Tooting Fire Station, the same station her mother station manager Sally Harper was first posted when she joined the service in 1988.

Katie Holloway
London Fire Brigade

Sally said she was "so pleased that Katie is following in my footsteps."

London Fire Brigade is celebrating 150 years of service in the capital. Check out these lovely images of some of those who have served down the years.

In pictures: Secret postcard sale begins

It's the return of the secret postcard sale at the Royal College of Art.

A member of staff poses next to postcards at the RCA secret postcard art sale at the Royal College of Art
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Visitors can see the pictures, which are displayed anonymously, today and tomorrow before putting in a bid to buy one.

Postcards are displayed at the RCA secret postcard art sale
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The RCA say it's a chance for people to purchase original works of art for a small price, while supporting students.

A member of staff poses next to postcards at the RCA secret postcard art sale at the Royal College of Art
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On TV tonight: Benefit fraudsters & mud hut dweller

Riz Lateef

BBC London presenter

Coming up on BBC London News this evening:

A group who flew a number of Bangladeshi migrants into Britain from Italy for a day in order to fraudulently claim £1.6m in benefits, have been jailed. We'll be live in Mile End.

And we'll be meeting a man who has spent two years building a mud hut to live in near Watford but has now been told he has to leave.

Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

Four arrested after Jewish driver attacked with eggs

Four men have been arrested after a Jewish man had anti-Semitic abuse shouted at him and eggs thrown at his car as he travelled through the Blackwall Tunnel.

Man in car with eggs

Police said the 28-year-old became aware of another car with four occupants driving alongside him as he travelled northbound at 01:30 this morning.

The four men, aged 20, 22, 22, and 20, remain in custody at an east London police station.

Scotland Yard said the people in the car did not know the victim.

Campaigners will make 'collective decision' whether to leave library

Campaigners who have been living in a London library for eight days in a bid to keep it open are now facing eviction.

Lambeth Council has now successfully obtained an Interim Possession Order (IPO), which it says will be served on the group at Carnegie Library in Loughborough Junction, south London later.


Protester Michaela Loebner said: "When they serve it we will make a collective decision. We're taking a stand."

Lambeth Council says the occupation is "misleading" as the Carnegie will only close for a year, before re-opening as a "healthy living centre".  

Photos mark London Fire Brigade's 150th anniversary

Nostalgic photos showing the heroic actions of firefighters from London Fire Brigade have been released to mark its 150th anniversary.

Firefighters rescue small child
London Fire Brigade

Snapshots show crews saving lives across the capital, assisting at road accidents, in training and even taking a well-deserved tea break.  

Firefighters drinking tea
London Fire Brigade

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said there was "great affection and trust" in the brigade.  

Women learn how to train a fire hose at the fire HQ in Lambeth
London Fire Brigade

The first known record of a fire station in London was in Soho in 1699.  

Bus crash Image caption The London Fire Brigade assist at a bus crash in the 1970s
London Fire Brigade

Boos at opera's opening night

The opening night of a production of Lucia di Lammermoor has been booed by the audience at the Royal Opera House.

Scene from opera
Stephen Cummiskey

The production of Donizetti's tragic opera, directed by Katie Mitchell, had been preceded by warnings of explicit sex scenes and violence.

Charlotte Higgins, chief culture writer for the Guardian, told the Today programme the performance was "booed as much as it was cheered" and was "inescapably violent and unpleasant".

Forensic teams searching estate where human remains found

Police and forensic officers are investigating parts of the Southwark Street Estate where human remains were found in the search for missing PC Gordon Semple.

Police forensic officers near the Great Guildford Street entrance to the Southwark Street Estate in south London
Police forensic officers near the Great Guildford Street entrance to the Southwark Street Estate in south London
Police officers examine a storage area at the bottom of a rubbish chute on the Southwark Street Estate

Officers are continuing a "vital search for evidence" at the scene which will take "some time" to complete, Scotland Yard said.  

Watch: Missed the BBC Radio London mayoral debate? Catch up

It got heated in the BBC Radio London studio this morning when four of the mayoral candidates joined a debate led by Vanessa Feltz.

Mayoral candidates in studio

Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry, Peter Whittle and Caroline Pidgeon tackled issues including housing and transport, although Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith declined to attend.

If you missed the event, you can see it in full here.

All 12 candidates who are vying to become mayor are listed

Crucial weekend for London's Premiership sides

BBC Sport

It's a big weekend for London sides in the Premier League.

Slaven Bilic has a full-strength squad as West Ham take on Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground.

Slaven Bilic

Crystal Palace will be hoping to halt their dramatic slide down the table as they welcome Norwich.

Chelsea will be without strikers Diego Costa and Loic Remy as they take on 15th place Swansea.

Diego Costa sent off in game
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Watford have no fresh injury concerns as they face Everton at Vicarage Road.

And Tottenham could be boosted by the return of defender Jan Vertonghen as they take on Man Utd in their pursuit for top spot.

Jan Vertonghen is helped off the pitch after sustaining an injury

Watch: 'It's a caffeinated society'

The London Coffee Festival has begun, with thousands expected to attend the event at Brick Lane over the weekend.

Gold Maserati worth £90k spotted in London... complete with a set of 'L' plates

Evening Standard

Gold Maserati

All drivers have to learn the rules of the road in a vehicle of some sort.

But for some of London's wealthiest motorists, the idea of passing your test after learning in a clapped out banger doesn't quite cut it.

Watch: Peabody Estate neighbour 'confronted man'

Martin Harris, who lives on the Peabody Estate, told reporters about how he confronted a man arrested on suspicion of murder, in the search for missing PC Gordon Semple.

The family of the Met officer have said the human remains found in the flat are those of the missing PC.

'We are hopeful that the protesters will leave the building' - Lambeth Council

Lambeth Council has released a statement following the order granted to evict protesters from Carnegie Library.

An Interim Possession Order has been granted by the court and we will be serving it to the occupiers later today. They will then have 24 hours before they are in breach of the IPO after which it will become a police matter. However, we are hopeful that the protesters will leave the building before that.

Lambeth Council

Optometrist denies manslaughter over eight-year-old's death

An eye specialist has denied killing an eight-year-old patient by "gross negligence".

Locum optometrist Honey Rose, 34, from Newham, is charged with the manslaughter of Vincent Barker on 13 July 2012.

Vincent died at his home in Ipswich after it is understood he was taken ill at school.

A key part of an optometrist's duties is to detect signs of disease or injury through eye examinations and to be aware of wider health conditions.

Ms Rose spoke only to plead not guilty to the charge at the Old Bailey.

The trial will begin on 4 July.

Watch: Mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon's cab share

Caroline Pidgeon has had her turn answering Norman Smith's questions in a black cab.

The Lib Dem candidate said she would raise the congestion charge to at least £14 if elected and answered a series of London-based quiz questions.

You can see the other cab shares in the series here.

Afternoon weather: Sunny spells and showers this afternoon

There will be sunny spells and patchy cloud around this afternoon, with perhaps the odd shower at times.

BBC weather graphic

It may feel rather pleasant in the sunshine but rather chilly as the showers pass through and the breeze picks up.

Maximum temperature: 13C (55 F)

Order granted to evict Carnegie Library protesters

An Interim Possession Order sought by Lambeth Council gives protesters 24 hours to leave the occupied building in Herne Hill.

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If the protesters refuse to comply with the order their occupation would become a police matter, Lambeth Council said.

Protesters have been occupying Carnegie Library since 31 March, the date on which the library was officially due to be closed for refurbishment to convert it into a gym and community library facility.

Flat where policeman's remains found answered by man in swimming trunks

The Guardian

The man living in the flat where human remains were found answered the door wearing blue- Speedo-style swimming trunks.

Scaffolder Martin Harris said he was staying with his brother on the Peabody Estate and had been concerned by a "stench of death" coming from the flat below, so he knocked on the door to ask the owner about it.

On air at lunchtime: An occupied library & a woodland mud hut

Alice Bhandhukravi

Coming up on BBC London News this lunchtime:

We'll have the latest from Carnegie Library in Herne Hill which protesters have been occupying following its closure.

And we'll meet a 28-year-old man who has spent the part two years building an elaborate mud hut near Watford, but has been told he's got to leave.

Join me at 13:30 on BBC One.

Housing again dominates mayoral debate

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

At BBC Radio London’s mayoral debate this morning housing again led the discussion.

Mayoral candidates with Vanessa Feltz

We got a pledge NOT to raise council tax by the maximum 2%, from Labour’s Sadiq Khan if he wins next month.

The Liberal Democrat Caroline Pidgeon re-emphasised her promise to retain the £20 a year precept introduced a decade ago to help pay for the Olympics, which she says she would put towards house building.

We also found out how much division there is among the candidates over the cause of London’s housing crisis.

UKIP’s Peter Whittle blamed immigration, accusing the other candidates of "being in denial" about what he called the "unprecedented" level of migration.

A view not taken kindly by Liberal Democrat Caroline Pidgeon, who accused him of being “obsessed by immigrants”, while the Green Party’s Sian Berry claimed that some people use housing “to drive wedges between communities”

The notable absence was that of the Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith. He was invited to take part in the debate on Vanessa Feltz breakfast show, but chose not to attend.

There are 12 candidates standing to become the next Mayor of London. All the candidates are listed here

'Scented candles left outside flat'

The man arrested where remains were discovered in the search for missing PC Gordon Semple had put scented candles outside his door to disguise a smell, a resident on the Peabody Estate told the Press Association.

A police cordon in place at the Great Guildford Street entrance to the Southwark Street Estate

Heather Brown, who lives in the block next door, said her neighbour had noticed a "terrible smell", and when they confronted the flat owner "he said he was just cooking".

Ms Brown, who has lived on the estate for 30 years, said the housing block was normally a "very quiet place" where there were "never any problems".

'Our world will be a worse place without him' - missing PC's brother

The brother of PC Gordon Semple has written a statement on Facebook about the police officer.

Gordon will be sadly missed by all of his immediate family, his colleagues in the Met Police, former Bank of Scotland colleagues in Inverness & London, friends from his Tartan Army Days, but most of all the hardest loss is for Gary at this time. Gordon was a much loved Partner, Brother, Brother-in-Law, Uncle & Cousin and our world will be a worse place without him.

Ronnie SempleBrother

Only 1 in 5 Lost Dogs Have Up-To-Date Chips

Wandsworth SW18

New research by Battersea has revealed only 1 in 5 lost dogs have any chance of being reunited with their owners after figures from Local Authorities showed the majority of dogs either don’t have microchips, or the chip is out of date.  

Analysis: Why politicians shouldn't do quizzes

Esther Webber

BBC News, London

Zac Goldsmith, Sadiq Khan

This week, Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan both flumped questions on a quiz about the city they hope to become mayor of in May.

It's not the first time a politician has stumbled in this way, with David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Boris Johnson among who have made gaffes in the past.

But does a politician's general knowledge really matter?  

Bomb robot deployed near New Scotland Yard

The streets around New Scotland Yard were closed earlier because of a suspect package.

Suspect package

St James' station was shut and police deployed a bomb disposal robot.

Bomb disposal robot

However, witnesses said the package turned out to be a rucksack which somebody had accidentally left at a taxi rank.

Police vehicles and closed streets

The roads and station have now been reopened.

Dev Patel on his 'ironic' new role

Bafta-nominated Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel says his latest role is "quite the irony".

Dev Patel

The Harrow-born actor said: "My dad is an accountant and I always let him down because I'm horrendously atrocious with maths".

He plays mathematician Indian Srinivasa Ramanujan in the new film The Man Who Knew Infinity.

Friends and colleagues pay tribute to missing PC

Friends and people who knew and had worked with PC Gordon Semple have paid tribute to him on Facebook, after human remains were found during the search for the Met officer.

Gordon Semple with an elephant
Gordon Semple

Nigel Lewis said: "Deeply disturbing and saddening news after 9 years working with Gordon. The community he served will be as shocked as the rest of us. RIP."

Andy Dighton wrote: "RIP mate. Sunday lunch time will never be the same again. Love to Gary and the Semple family."

Kathy Whittington said: "Absolutely devastated that I'm not going to see your face at work anymore Gordon! Much love goes out to your family at the very difficult time xx."

Eviction looms for Lambeth library protesters

Protesters inside a south London library will find out whether they will be evicted later today after camping out there for over a week.

Campaigners at Carnegie Library in Herne Hill, are still refusing to leave the premises over Lambeth Council's decision to close it for a year.

Protestors outside Lambeth library

The council has previously called the protest "misleading" saying the closure is temporary and it will reopen in 2017 with a gym. But protesters say they want a library instead.

The council is seeking an eviction order from the court later. 

Mayoral debate: Arguments come to a close

Candidates in studio

The debate comes to a close with a discussion about tax havens.

We'll put a link up to watch the debate on iPlayer shortly.

Mayoral debate: Who supports the Garden Bridge?

Garden Bridge image
Heatherwick Studio

The candidates were all asked about whether they'd scrap the Garden Bridge over the Thames.

Peter Whittle, Sian Berry and Peter Whittle say they all would get rid of it.

Sadiq Khan is the only supporter but says it should be a cheaper walkway for pedestrians and cyclists.

Mayoral debate: Transport system needs to be modernised

Candidates in radio studio

Sadiq Khan says London needs a modern and affordable transport network. He accuses TfL of being "flabby".

Caroline Pidgeon says she will introduce half-price fares on the Tube and a one-hour bus ticket.

Sian Berry says there are holes in inner London transport system and says she'd introduce a "smart congestion charge".

Peter Whittle says the transport system needs upgrading but opposes "vanity projects" like the cable car which he says is "like empty matchboxes across the sky".

Mayoral debate: Struggles of the black cab trade

BBC Radio London debate

The debate has moved on to transport and the struggles of the black cab trade.

Sadiq Khan says London has had a "rubbish mayor" for the last few years, which has affected the black cab trade.

Sian Berry agrees and called for investment in electric vehicles.

Peter Whittle says there needs to be a level field for all minicab firms.

Caroline Pidgeon says she will crack down on loop holes to stop rogue cabbies.

Mayoral debate: Anger over 'wedges' comment

Sian Berry says some people use the excuse of the housing shortage to "drive wedges" between people.

She receives an angry response from Peter Whittle who said "how dare you accuse me of driving wedges" and accused Ms Berry of supporting open borders.

Watch live here.