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  1. Updates on Monday 11 April 2016

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By Sitala Peek and Chirag Trivedi

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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.  

Man accused of killing Serco security guard Lorraine Barwell 'unfit to plead'

Humphrey Burke, from Oxford, is charged with murdering Serco employee Lorraine Barwell on 29 June 2015.

He has been judged not fit to plead, with three psychiatrists claiming he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, so a trial of facts will go ahead instead and the jury has been sworn in.

Evidence will be heard tomorrow. 

Lorraine Barwell

London's weather tonight: Rain will spread northwards

BBC Weather

Cloud will continue to increase through this afternoon with rain arriving across all parts by late afternoon. The rain may be heavy in places, such as over high ground like Hampstead Heath.

The rain will ease tonight with most places becoming dry by midnight. We could see an odd shower develop by dawn however.

Min Temp: 7C (45F)

Alan Rickman's final film - Eye in the Sky premieres tonight

The film is a war thriller starring Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman.

It was shot in South Africa and explores the ethical dilemmas posed by drone warfare.

Alan Rickman

Eye in the Sky is one of two posthumous films starring Alan Rickman who died of pancreatic cancer in January.

The UK premiere will take place tonight at the Curzon Theatre in Mayfair. 

Spring Tides catch out Black Cab

Local blog

Not all parking spots are created equally - and just because you can fit in, doesn't mean you should.

High tides on Putney Embankment have once again claimed more victims with carelessly parked car being inundated.  

Time to scrub up: Wellington arch statue get's a deep clean

Quadriga, Europe's largest bronze sculpture on top of Wellington Arch is being cleaned up and repaired.


Years of grime and dirt have been removed and now blowtorches are being used on the Hyde Park Corner statue to apply several layers of wax to protect it from future wear and tear.

The bronze has been there since 1912 and depicts the Angel of Peace calming chaos and war. The arch celebrates the first Duke of Wellington's victory over Napoleon and remains open to the public.

Quadriga clean up

Teen admits fatal rush-hour attack at Stratford Railway Station

A 17-year-old boy has admitted killing a man at a London railway station.

John Francis Breen, 53, was assaulted at Stratford Railway Station in east London, on 27 October last year during rush hour and later died of head injuries. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to manslaughter. 

A 15-year-old boy has also admitted causing Mr Breen actual bodily harm during the attack. Both youths were accused of murder and the crown has accepted their lesser pleas to manslaughter and actual bodily harm.

Prosecutor Mukul Chawla QC has ordered the murder charges to lie on file and Judge Mark Lucraft QC has adjourned sentencing. 

Delivery driver mown down by van thief

The 22-year-old driver was making deliveries in Sunningvale Avenue, Biggin Hill, when an opportunistic thief jumped into the freshly vacated driver's seat and made off with the van, knocking over the driver in the process.

A delivery driver is run over by a thief

The victim was left with a shattered kneecap and broken ankle.

Anyone who spotted the white van in the Sunningvale Avenue, Loxwood Close, Waldens Close areas in the early afternoon of 21 January is asked to contact police. 

West Ham's Olympic Stadium deal must be revealed, tribunal rules

How much has West Ham paid to move into the Olympic Stadium? We don't know yet, but we soon could.

The London Legacy Development Corporation wanted it to be kept secret. 

They argued it was commercially sensitive information. But a tribunal has now ruled in favour of a coalition of supporters trusts who wanted the details to be made public, so watch this space.

Olympic Stadium
BBC Sport

Goodbye Billy Elliot: Sir Elton attends final London performance

The musical version of Billy Elliot has been a firm favourite in the West End since it premiered in 2005. 

This weekend saw its final performance in London as the show closed so it can go on a full tour of the UK and Ireland.

Elton John and David Furnish

Sir Elton John, who wrote the music for the stage version of the hit film, attended the final performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre with his husband David Furnish. 

An extended curtain call saw 32 of the 42 actors who have played Billy over the years join the current cast.

Swing-crush girl's inquest will be postponed

The grieving family of five-year-old Alexia Walenkaki have been told they may have to wait until next year for her inquest to be held.

She died in 2015 while playing in Mile End Park days before her birthday.  

Alexia Walenkaki

Mary Hassell, chief coroner for St Pancras and Poplar, said it seemed "wrong" to take so long for an inquest to start but she had "no alternative".

Police and the crown prosecution service said further investigations were required. The inquest has been adjourned.

Picasso fan? Picasso Portraits will be right up your street

The National Portrait Gallery is staging a major exhibition of portraits by Pablo Picasso in the autumn. 

Woman in a hat by Picasso
PA/ National Portrait Gallery

Picasso Portraits will include more than 75 portraits by the artist, including some works that have never been shown in Britain before.

This will be the first large-scale exhibition devoted to his portraiture since Picasso and Portraiture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Grand Palais, Paris in 1996. 

PA/ National Portrait Gallery

Are more offices the upshot of the London property market finally stalling?


A cool wind seems to be settling over the London property market - at the upper end of the new build market at least.

Hyde Park

Amid falling demand, some developers are offering 20% bulk discounts and may be forced to convert plans for high-end homes into offices instead, consultants Arcadis NV suggests. 

35,000 properties worth nearly £77bn are planned in the next 10 years to cover a space twice the size of Hyde Park.

Champion boxer Jamie Cox to be sentenced for assaulting ex-girlfriend

Cox attacked Viktoria Gribovskaja at her home in Lambeth, south London, on July 16 last year after their relationship broke down.

Jamie Cox

The WBO European super-middleweight champion, who appeared in court on 14 March under his real name Jamie Russan, was convicted by magistrates of assault by beating, violence to secure entry, harassment and criminal damage.

Cox was attempting to collect his belongings when he "barged" through Ms Gribovskaja's front door and assaulted the dancer. 

In the 999 call, made by Ms Gribovskaja before he arrived, he was heard to say: "I will knock you spark out." Cox, is on conditional bail and is expected to be sentenced at Croydon Magistrates Court later. 

Viktoria Gribovskaja

Weather update: Rain on the way

BBC Weather

Cloud will continue to increase through this afternoon with rain arriving across all parts by late afternoon. 

This rain may be heavy in places.

Maximum Temperature: 15C (59F).

The fight to get the father's name on his daughter's birth certificate

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

A woman whose partner died three weeks before their daughter was born is calling for a change in the law after she was told his name couldn't go on the birth certificate.

Baby Eira

Joanna Knee-Myer was told that because she wasn't married she would have to fight her case in court. Her supporters claim it shows there's discrimination in the system, against unmarried mothers.

We've got the full report coming up from 13:30 on BBC One and again on iPlayer shortly after.

If you see this man, report him, but do not approach

Cornell Destouches absconded from a meantal health unit in Hackney.

The 25-year-old suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and is considered dangerous. 

Cornell Destouches
Met Police

He has a history of violence and was on escorted leave when he fled from a minicab in Walthamstow on Sunday afternoon. Police say he needs daily medication and should not be approached.

Decapitated cat linked to killing spree

A cat in south London found with its head severed is the latest victim of a killing spree in the area, an animal charity working with police has said.


South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (Snarl) discovered the ginger cat in a garden in London Road, Thornton Heath, on Saturday.

It was the fourth cat found killed in south and south-east London in a week.

Snarl believes the cat was the victim of a killing spree being perpetrated by "one suspect who is highly mobile". 

'I'm a UK resident' - Gordon Semple murder accused tells court

Stefano Brizzi told Bromley magistrates earlier: "I'm an Italian citizen but a UK resident." 

He is charged with murdering PC Gordon Semple between 1 April and 7 April. 

Gordon Semple
Gordon Semple

He has been remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on 13 April.

Met Police murder accused appears in court

 An Italian man has appeared in court accused of murdering a police officer whose remains were found in a flat in south London.

Stefano Brizzi, 49, appeared via videolink at London's Bromley Magistrates' Court. He has not entered a plea.

Mr Brizzi was arrested at his flat in the Pea Body estate in Southwark, where the remains of missing police officer Gordon Semple were discovered. 

London elections: You can register online - and here's how you do it

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

To vote in the London elections on 5 May you have to be registered.

Here's a step by step guide to how you can do that:

Find out how to register to vote

Boaty McBoatface all very well, but 'please honour my sister instead'

The sister of Dr Katherine Giles, who was killed in a collision with a tipper truck in Westminster three years ago, is asking people to name a polar research ship in her memory. 

The boat to be named

Nikki Giles has a battle on her hands however after the joke name Boaty McBoatface was suggested in a social media campaign and gathered momentum.

She believes naming the ship "RRS Katharine Giles" will be a fitting tribute to her sister - for her contribution to global warming research.

Dr Katherine Giles
Nikki Giles

Murder investigation after man stabbed

BBC London News

A murder investigation has been launched after a man died in a stabbing in a west London street. 

Police were called to Summerwood Road, Isleworth, at around 16:05 BST on Sunday following reports of man, aged in his late 20s, suffering from a stab injury.

Summerwood Road

Paramedics worked to save him, but he was pronounced dead an hour later. 

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and was being questioned at a police station in west London. 

The Metropolitan Police said officers were working to inform the victim's family of his death.  

You can't get better than perfect!

High praise indeed from the Spurs boss.

Spurs were perfect - Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur: Why title bid is just the start

BBC Sport

Leicester just keep on winning but, thanks to Tottenham, the Premier League title race is not over yet.

Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld celebrate
Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino's youthful side kept alive their hopes by beating Manchester United on Sunday, although they remain seven points behind leaders Leicester, with five games left.

Have they left themselves too much to do? Former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood tells Match of the Day 2 why, even if they do miss out, the foundations are in place for another challenge next season.

London's weather: Warm with a chance of rain

Sara Thornton has your forecast for today's weather: 

London's weather forecast for Monday 11 April

Man found with fatal stab wounds in Isleworth road

BBC London News

A man in his late 20s was found with fatal injuries in Summerwood Road, Isleworth, at about 16:00 yesterday.

He died at the scene at 17:18.

Next of kin are being informed but he has yet to be formally identified.

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the death.

'Kill Ahmadis' leaflets found in south London mosque

Leaflets calling for the killing of a sect of Muslims have been found in a south London mosque.

Piles of the flyers, which say Ahmadis should face death if they refuse to convert to mainstream Islam, were displayed in Stockwell Green mosque.


The leaflet was authored by an ex-head of Khatme Nabuwwat, a group which lists the mosque as its "overseas office".

A mosque trustee said he had never seen the leaflets before and suggested they were fakes or left there maliciously.

Unmarried mum calls for birth registration law change

Sonja Jessup

BBC London News

A mother is calling for a change in the law after being told she could not register her baby's father on the birth certificate because the couple were not married when he died.

Joana Niemeyer

David McNamara died from a stroke three weeks before Joana Niemeyer gave birth to their daughter Eira.

Ms Niemeyer, from east London, said she had to provide DNA evidence in court to have his name added to the document.

Woolwich Ferry down to a single boat service

Paul Murphy-Kasp

BBC Radio London, Travel

Cloud increasing with rain spreading northeast

BBC Weather

Many eastern parts will see a dry morning, but rain in the far west will spread slowly northeast to all parts by the late afternoon. 

Weather Monday

It may be heavy in places, such as over high ground like Hampstead Heath. 

Maximum Temperature: 14C (57F).

Delays on the Heathrow Express due to a signal failure

Paul Murphy-Kasp

BBC Radio London, Travel

There are delays and cancellations in and out of Paddington on the Heathrow Express after a signal failure earlier on.

On London Midland & Virgin Trains West Coast there are delays in and out of Euston after a signal failure near Birmingham. 

BBC London Live: Latest updates on Monday 11 April

Sitala Peek

BBC News, London

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