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  1. Updates on Thursday 31 March 2016

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

London's evening weather: Dry and clear overnight

BBC Weather

Any isolated showers will soon die out this evening to leave a dry and clear night across all parts. Clear skies, coupled with light winds, will allow a fairly widespread frost to develop, and perhaps a few mist and fog patches to form.

Min temp: 1C (34F)   

Southeastern trains service resume after trackside fire

BBC Travel

Normal service has resumed on the Grove park to Bromley North line, National Rail reports.

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Land on Trafalgar Square and Pass Go! at London Games Festival

Most of the games action at the London Games Festival is online, but not all - this weekend, Trafalgar Square will be transformed into a giant Monopoly board.

Passers-by can complete a lap of the installation and (of course) take a selfie.

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Remember Snake? You're going to love London Games Festival

Before smartphones offered a thousand ways to kill time during your commute, people pulled out their bricks and played Snake. 

You directed a line of pixels around the screen, eating blocks to make it longer – until you ran out of space and the snake ate itself. Game over.

Snake game

But what if you took Snake offline, making it a physical installation for two players, and called it Snakepit? That’s what two artists who call themselves //////////fur////  have done. 

It’s one of many games showcased at the London Games Festival which starts tomorrow and runs until 10 April.

R.I.P Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid's architect firm has tweeted the news of her death.

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Singer song-writer KT Tunstall has also paid tribute to her.

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You can find out more about how Zaha Hadid influenced London's buildings and city scape on BBC London's evening news on BBC One from 18:30

Can you ever afford to stop working?

City AM

Can you ever afford to stop working? These three charts will horrify you. Retirement is going to cost a fortune and you'll foot the bill yourself. Check our guide to see if you're saving enough

Southeastern Trains hit by track side fire

BBC Travel

Southeastern Trains reports it is unable to run any trains between Bromley North and Grove Park because of a fire.

London Fire Brigade was called at 15:37 to a track side fire at Bromley North Station.

Two railway sleepers and part of the track have been damaged and the fire was extinguished at 16:34.

Lewisham bus fire: Boy 13 appears in court charged with arson

News Shopper

A teenager has appeared in court accused of arson in connection with a bus that caught fire near Lewisham station on Good Friday.

Lewisham bus fire
Lewisham bus fire

Selling jars of 'Brixton air'? Whatever next!

This Is Local London

Does the air smell sweeter where you are? Carl Casis of South Croydon is selling jars of "Brixton" or "Shoreditch air" - yours for £19.99.

Yup. You've heard it all now and it's not even April Fools yet.

Mayor of London pays tribute to 'inspirational' Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid died following a heart attack today in a Miami hospital, where she was being treated for bronchitis.  

Boris Johnson has paid tribute to her inspirational designs and buildings.

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Dame Zaha Hadid dies aged 65

Zaha Hadid had a practice based in London.

She was born in Baghdad in 1950 and moved to the UK in the early 1970s where she trained at the Architectural Association in London. 

Dame Zaha
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Here are some of her designs:

Heydar Aliyev Centre
Helene Binet
Heydar Aliyev Centre
London Aquatics Centre
London Aquatics Centre

The Aquatics Centre was one of her favourite buildings.

"I love the London Aquatics Centre because it's near where I live," she said in September when she received the Riba award.

The centre was designed for the London 2012 Olympic Games and the roof resembles a wave, dipping higher and lower above the racing pool and diving pit.

Get your lighters out for Ronnie

You have been paying tribute to comedy great Ronnie Corbett who made his home in Croydon.

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BreakingRenowned architect Zaha Hadid has died unexpectedly

The Iraqi-born London based architect was the first woman to be awarded the Riba gold medal for architecture. 

Her firm has confirmed the death of Dame Zaha.

Her award winning designs include the London Aquatics Centre and Guangzhou Opera House.

Dame Zaha

Match made in gaming Heaven: Fan gets to grips with game-based bionic arm

James Young lost his arm and a leg through a train accident when he fell between two DLR train carriages in 2012.

He answered an advert for a games-fanatic amputee to receive a bionic arm based on the computer game Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

BBC London's Emilia Papadopoulos went to meet him. 

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Not guilty verdict delivers 'no justice for Janina', family of tragic cyclist say

Marcel Gehlau dissolved into tears as jurors cleared the truck driver accused of killing his wife in a cycling accident.

"We are devastated by the verdict and do not feel that we have got justice for Janina," her mother Andrea Tasic said in a statement.

Janina and Marcel Gehlau

"I told her I thought the roads were too dangerous when I visited her, but she was an experienced cyclist and told me not to worry, she said it would be fine.

"My only hope is that this makes people think twice before cycling in London."

Trucker cleared of careless driving over German cyclist's death

Vincent Doyle failed to spot German postgraduate student Janina Gehlau, 26, in the cycle lane as he manoeurvered his truck to turn left at Ludgate Circus in central London.

She was knocked off and dragged under the wheels of his truck on 17 October in 2014.

Prosecutors said he should have been aware she was catching him up at the lights and that if his mirrors had been correctly positioned he would have had her in his sights before he began turning. 

Mr Doyle, 45, of Brent, denied causing death by careless driving and jurors at the Old Bailey took less than an hour to deliberate before returning a not guilty verdict.

Barnet teenagers raise awareness about domestic abuse for Exposure

This Is Local London

A group of Barnet teenagers raised awareness about domestic abuse by making a short film.  

Latest headlines for London: IS fanatic admits pro-terror tweets and machete pops out of suspect's trouser leg

Sitala Peek

BBC News, London

The biggest stories in the newsroom this afternoon:

London tops 'crash for cash scam'

Insurance firm Aviva has named London as one of the UK's six hotspots for so called "crash for cash" scams.

Crash for cash scene

It says last year it detected more than 3,000 claims by people who had deliberately caused an accident in order to cash in on the victim's insurance.

Birmingham had the most fraudulent such claims, followed by North London then East London. North-west London came in sixth spot.

Afternoon weather: Mainly dry but a chance of a shower

BBC Weather

It will be a mainly dry fine afternoon with light winds and some good sunny spells. However, one or two showers may well develop, and they could be heavy. 

Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

How to reduce offending rates, and what the GLC ever did for us?

BBC London News

The government is considering a new system of secure schools in the capital to help cut youth re-offending. 

BBC London has been given exclusive access to a similar project in Spain. After leaving it, young offenders are three times less likely to get into trouble again than in the UK. It also saves tax payers millions. 

Our home affairs correspondent Nick Beake has that exclusive report from the south east coast of Spain. 

Also, 30 years after the end of the GLC we look back at how it has shaped modern politics.

Join us at 13:30 on BBC One.

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Join us at 13:30 on BBC One or catch up on iPlayer shortly after the show.

R.I.P Petunia: Suffering pug found dumped in Cricklewood

The RSPCA is appealing for information about a pug found abandoned by the roadside in Links Road, Cricklewood, late on Friday 18 March. 

The dog, whom staff named Petunia, had an infection in her eyes as well as infections in her ear canals and vets said she had been suffering for a considerable length of time.


RSPCA Inspector Leigh Summers said: "It’s utterly disgraceful that someone could just dump her by the side of the road and drive away. 

"She was in a terrible condition with awful infections to both her ears and both her eyes which would have required extensive surgery to treat her ear canals and remove her eyes, leaving her blind.

“Sadly, she was in so much pain that the vets felt the only option was to put her to sleep."

Festival to raise money for mental health and Alice Gross charity

Alice Gross
Gross family

Alice Gross was a talented young musician whose disappearance and murder in 2014 struck a chord with people in Hanwell, west London. 

This year a free music festival, Hanwell Hootie, features 80 bands in 13 venues across London, plus street food and an inflatable igloo, to raise money for Ealing Mencap and Youth Music in memory of Alice.

The 4th Hootie event is also a tribute to Jim Marshall, the Father of Loud, who set up his first shop in Hanwell in the 1960s. 

Jim Marshall tribute

London Elections 2016: what you need to know

You can keep up with the mayoral contest and London Assembly elections with our dedicated election index. Find it next to the London news.

BBC News index

It will take you through to the latest stories and explainers for the London elections. 

BBC Election Index

'It's goodnight from me' - entertainer Ronnie Corbett dies

The 85-year-old passed away this morning surrounded by his family, his publicist has said.

Ronnie Corbett

He lived for many years with his wife in Croydon.

The two Ronnies

Corbett entertained TV audiences with his comedy partner Ronnie Barker.

As The Two Ronnies one of their popular sign offs was: "It's goodnight from me." (Corbett) "And it's goodnight from him." (Barker) 

Ronnie Barker died in 2005.

Get more county cricket coverage with BBC Radio London

BBC Radio London

Never miss a ball as BBC Local Radio commits to providing almost 800 days of county cricket coverage across this season.

That means reporting from all of Division One and Division Two of the County Championship, and the two major one-day trophies where Middlesex and Surrey will battle it out to lift the cup.

Stuart Meaker
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BBC head of sport Charles Runcie says: "We’re proud to deliver every ball from every first class county cricket match for the fourth year in a row." 

Find out more here.

Dagenham IS fanatic admits sending thousands of pro-terror tweets

Mohammed Moshin Ameen, 23, from Steven Road, Dagenham, east London, has pleaded guilty to five counts of encouraging the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism on Twitter.

The messages were sent by Ameen from multiple accounts in the six months between May and October last year, the Old Bailey heard. Ameen also admitted inviting support, between October 4 - 6 in 2015, for the so-called Islamic State group, classified by the Home Office as a terrorist organisation. 

He also pleaded guilty to disseminating a terrorist publication relating to a link to a video entitled For The Sake Of Allah posted on Twitter in September last year. 

Ameen appeared in court via video-link from Wandsworth Prison and has been remanded him in custody until sentencing on 28 April. 

Watch: Spanish re-offending rates lower than UK's - what lessons can we learn?

Nick Beake

Home affairs correspondent, BBC London

I've been to see how the Spanish rehabilitation and education service saves authorities millions of euros and cuts re-offending rates.

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Can we learn any lessons from the Spanish?

Funeral costs 'driving families into debt' - and it's most expensive in London

We know the cost of funerals are rising, the UK average is now £3,700, but means tested support for families on low incomes is outdated, MPs say.

If you live in some London boroughs you could end up paying £2,000 more than in other part of the country, even for the most basic funeral arrangements. 

Funeral costs data picture
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Gold supercars: 'Customer choice' to risk penalties, says NCP

Yesterday we brought you the news that a fleet of gold supercars, believed to be owned by a Saudi resident, had been slapped with up to £320 worth of parking fines for parking in a time restricted bay in Cadogan Place in Knightsbridge overnight.

Gold supercars

The fines could be reduced to £160 however, if paid within 14 days, which is £40 cheaper than parking the fleet in the NCP a few yards away. Left too long though, and the cars risk being towed, ward councillor Timothy Coleridge pointed out.

We asked the NCP for a comment and it has now replied. It said: "It is all down to choice, whether you want to park on a street with a time restriction and a £40 fine thereafter, rising to £80 after 14 days, or to leave your car in a fit for purpose building, for the length of time that is convenient to you, and pay on return to your car."

So, is it worth the risk? Let us know what you think, you can tweet us, email or leave a message on our Facebook page. 

Signalling fault affecting London Midland trains for Euston

BBC Travel

The "fast" Kings Langley line to Euston is being affected by signalling problems.

Trains are diverting on to the slower track causing delays of about 25 to 30 minutes.

Passengers are advised their tickets will be accepted on London Underground services as well as Virgin Trains.

Tottenham: Are they the Premier League's forgotten fairytale?

BBC Sport

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From relegation strugglers to title favourites in less than a year, Leicester's remarkable rise has been the story of the season, with many neutrals hoping they can clinch the Premier League title in May.

As the team most likely to stop them, Tottenham have become the pantomime villain in the Foxes' fairytale. But with the chance to win their first league title in 55 years, Spurs' own story is as remarkable as it is impressive.

Latest headlines for London this morning: Genetic test for childhood cancer and continuing legacy of the GLC

Sitala Peek

BBC News, London

Some of London's top stories this morning:

Chief executive Elvery has quit £180,000 Croydon Council job

Inside Croydon

The council’s CEO is the third senior executive to announce their departure from Croydon so far this year.

'Exciting' new genetic test for child cancer patients

UK scientists are beginning work to genetically test tumours from children with cancer.

Christopher Capel's death from an aggressive brain tumour inspired his parents to raise money for the new test
Christopher Capel's death from an aggressive brain tumour inspired his parents to raise money for the new test

They hope this will give younger patients access to newer, more personalised medicines and further improve survival rates.

Scientists say it should lead to "a more level playing field", and accelerate children's access to important new drugs.

The testing is based at the Royal Marsden NHS Hospital in London and will reach 400 children from around the UK over the next two years.

M25 clockwise slow because of a broken down vehicle

BBC Travel

For more travel updates visit the BBC London travel page.

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The rise and fall of the GLC

Esther Webber

BBC News, London

It's 30 years since one of the most controversial experiments in local government was scrapped. 

What was the Greater London Council (GLC) and how has it shaped today's politics?  

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The rise and fall of the GLC

Today's weather: Dry and bright

BBC Weather

A chilly start followed by a mainly dry day with light winds and some good sunny spells. 

One or two light showers may develop in the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

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BBC London weather 31 March 2016