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  1. Updates on Tuesday 19 April 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Dry with clear spells, frosty in places

BBC Weather

It will stay dry through the evening and night with any cloud tending to break up leaving clear skies. 

This will allow temperatures to fall quite sharply with a light frost possible, especially for open areas such as Hampstead Heath. 

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F). 

Protesters 'showed spectacular lack of consideration'

Three activists showed a "spectacular lack of consideration" after blockading the main tunnel leading to Heathrow airport, a court hears. They were each fined £200.

Protesters fined over Heathrow stunt

Photo credit: Plane Stupid

Murder accused 'took dog for a walk' after daughter's death

Ben Butler with his daughter Ellie

The trial of a father accused of murdering his young daughter has heard details of how he attempted to cover up Ellie's death. 

Jurors were told that following the death, he tried to cover up the evidence and also took the dog for a walk - all before calling the emergency services. 

On air: Dead rapper's sister says she was 'constantly worried' about knife crime

BBC London News

Coming up on air at 18:30: The sister of a 17-year-old who was killed after a fight in New Cross says she constantly worried he might become the victim of knife crime. 

Myron Isaac-Yarde

Myron Isaac-Yarde was an up-and-coming musician. His sister Chantelle was his legal guardian after their mother died of cancer. 

This will be her first public interview since her brother's death.

Jamie Mackie: QPR forward must have hamstring surgery

BBC Sport

Jamie Mackie

QPR forward Jamie Mackie must have surgery to repair a damaged hamstring.

Mackie, who will miss the rest of the campaign, suffered a second long-term hamstring injury this season during the draw at Leeds earlier this month.

Slow traffic in Cheshunt due to an accident, rail delays in Croydon after a line-side fire

BBC Travel

There is congestion on the A3212 westbound from Claverton Street Pimlico to the A3216 Chelsea Embankment in the roadworks area. 

In Cheshunt, the A10 Great Cambridge Road is partly blocked northbound at Church Lane after an accident. Traffic is slow each way.    

On the Jubilee Line, there is no service between North Greenwich and Stratford due to a signal failure at Stratford. Good service on the rest of the line.  

On the trains, there are cancellations on Southern services between East Croydon and Redhill due to a points failure at Purley. Tickets are accepted on Thameslink services. 

And there are delays of 20 minutes on Southern services between East Croydon and Oxted due to a line-side fire at Oxted. 

Map shows airspace restrictions for Barack Obama's visit

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

Here are the details of the airspace restrictions for President Obama's visit. CAA says it is "routine" and includes all manned and unmanned aircraft.   

Restrictions in airspace

Plane Stupid protesters posed safety risk to passengers - Heathrow

Following the sentence of three Plane Stupid protesters who were fined £200 for a tunnel blockade at Heathrow, the airport has issued this statement:

“Heathrow supports the right to peaceful protest, but we will always prioritise the safe and smooth running of our airport. When individuals engage in illegal protest action, they disrupt thousands of passengers going about their business and pose a safety risk to themselves and others.

"Anyone who breaks the law, puts safety at risk and disrupts our passengers and colleagues will face prosecution.”

Rugby star Danny Cipriani cried as he was arrested

Danny Cipriani
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England rugby star Danny Cipriani was "tearful and upset" after he was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, a court has heard.

Police Sgt Nicholas Peacock told Mr Cipriani's trial he "appeared to be drunk" when he was brought into Hammersmith police station last June.

He was breathalysed and found to be nearly twice the drink-drive limit in June last year, his trial heard.

The 28-year-old's defence have argued the case should be thrown out.

Jury in Ellie Butler case told how she was assaulted as a baby

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

The jury was told Ben Butler was convicted of assaulting Ellie when she was six weeks old - she had serious head injuries. Mr Butler was cleared on appeal.  

Ellie had been fostered by the time her father's conviction for assaulting her was quashed in 2010, the jury heard.

In November 2012, the girl was returned to the care of Mr Butler and Jennie Gray after proceedings in High Court. She died in October 2013. 

Private renting and inequality to be discussed at Camden tenants meeting

Fitzrovia News

The work of Camden Council’s private renting scrutiny work, and housing and inequality, are the topics for discussion at next week’s public meeting organised by the campaign group Camden Federation of Private Tenants.  

Khan promises to 'stand up for NHS' and Goldsmith will 'freeze council tax'

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

Zac Goldsmith & Sadiq Khan

Labour's Sadiq Khan has been in Hammersmith this morning where he's promised to "stand up for the NHS" but the problem he has with that promise is the Mayor of London has no real power over the NHS. 

He told me he'd overcome that by getting the government to give him the kinds of powers over health services that it's given to Manchester.

Mr Khan also offered his sympathies to the family of a man stabbed to death in his constituency of Tooting yesterday.

And with regards a Zac Goldsmith poster released today claiming that he will raise council tax by £1300 over four years he called it "lies, lies and more lies." 

But repeated his line from last week that if police numbers were threatened by central government cuts he would have to raise council tax - but said he would keep it as low as possible. The maximum a mayor of London can raise council tax is by 2%.

Zac Goldsmith's team have told me the Conservative candidate has promised to freeze council tax for four years.

Southern Rail conductors to go on strike about driver-only trains

Conductors on Southern Rail are to stage three 24-hour strikes on 26 April, 10 and 12 May in a row over their roles and driver-only trains, the RMT union announced.

Cesc Fabregas: Jose Mourinho trusted Chelsea players too much

BBC Sport

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says Jose Mourinho failed at Stamford Bridge this season because he put "too much trust" in his squad.

Mourinho, 53, was sacked in December, with the club one point above the relegation zone, seven months after he led them to the Premier League title.

Jose Mourinho
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Fabregas, 28, says the players "let him down" after being given extra holiday as reward for winning the league.

Moments leading up to the death of Ellie Butler were 'devastating', lawyer says

Ellie Butler, aged six, was found to have "very significant fractures to her skull" as the result of "really significant force", jurors were told.

There were also underlying brain and eye injuries as well as bruises consistent with fingers gripping under her jaw.

Prosecuting lawyer Edward Brown said they were inflicted in brief but "devastating moments".

Her father, Ben Butler, denies murder.

No service on the District Line between Wimbledon and Earl's Court

BBC Travel

There is no service between Wimbledon and Earl's Court due to a signal failure at Parsons Green. There's a good service on the rest of the line.  

Drones to be banned in the capital during Obama's visit

Drones will be banned from flying in large parts of London during the visit of US President Barack Obama, aviation officials have announced.

The restrictions, brought in by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, apply between 09:00 on Thursday and 22:30 on Sunday.

Obamas and the Queen and Prince Philip

The ban also extends between London and Windsor, where Mr Obama will have lunch with the Queen on Friday.

It comes as a UK-bound flight is believed to have hit a drone on Sunday.

Jury hears man on trial for murder was 'angry and violent'

In the case of Ben Butler, on trial for the murder of his six-year-old daughter, prosecutor Edward Brown QC said the defendant was an "angry and violent man with a short fuse".

"The make-up of the man dominated his and his family's domestic life," he adds. 

Ben Butler and Ellie Gray
Julia Quenzler

Ellie Butler died at home in Westover Close in Sutton, south-west London, in October 2013.

Mr Butler denies murder and he and his partner, Jennie Gray, both deny child cruelty charges.  

Conference examines the role of Bangladeshis in British society

Fitzrovia News

Bangladeshis have been living in Britain since the eighteenth century and they have changed people’s eating habits, making curry as British as fish and chips. 

But despite being one of the largest and most well established minority ethnic groups they are one of the most deprived in terms of health, living conditions and employment.  

Plane Stupid protesters showed a 'spectacular lack of consideration', says judge

Three Plane Stupid members were fined £200 each for the Heathrow tunnel blockade when 75 people missed flights, which the judge at Uxbridge Magistrates Court says was unjustified, says BBC London's Gareth Furby. 

The judge says the three showed a "spectacular lack of consideration" when they blocked the tunnel.  

On air: 70-year-old remains in hospital after Walthamstow attack

BBC London News

Coming up on air at lunchtime: We will have more on the dramatic footage released by police showing a 70-year-old shopkeeper from east London who was stabbed as he fought off three attackers.

One of the men stabbed Mr Suntharalingham - known locally as Sunny - as he tried to defend himself with a shop sign.

He is in hospital in a serious, but stable, condition. The attempted robbery took place in Walthamstow on Sunday night. No arrests have been made. 

Palmyra's Arch of Triumph recreated in Trafalgar Square

A replica of a Syrian monument, two millennia old and destroyed by so-called Islamic State in Syria, has been erected in Trafalgar Square.

Palmyra's Arch
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The scale model of the Arch of Triumph has been made from Egyptian marble by the Institute of Digital Archaeology (IDA) using 3D technology, based on photographs of the original arch.

After leaving London, it will travel to cities around the world. 

Father staged a 'charade' in 999 call to try and get rid of murder evidence, says lawyer

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

Prosecutor Ed Brown continues his case. He says Ben Butler was an "angry and violent man with a short fuse... consistently teetering on the edge of a violent loss of temper".

Mr Butler and Ms Gray pretended his daughter had been the "victim of a tragic accident". 

The "terrible truth is that the scene was staged" by defendants, he adds.

Mr Butler and Ms Gray staged a "charade", says the lawyer, putting on "desperate urgency" in their 999 call and trying to get rid of the evidence of murder. 

Ellie Butler died from 'catastrophic head injuries' in the sole care of her father, jury hears

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

Prosecuting lawyer Ed Brown says Ellie Butler died from "catastrophic head injuries" when Ben Butler was in sole care of her at home.

Father's loss of temper caused him to inflict 'devastating injuries' on his daughter, says prosecutor

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

Ed Brown QC is now opening the case for the prosecution against Ben Butler and Jennie Gray.   

Mr Brown says Ben Butler's sudden loss of temper caused him to inflict "devastating injuries" on his daughter.

Jury in child murder trial told case is of 'great seriousness'

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

The jury has been sworn in at the trial of Ben Butler, accused of murdering his six-year-old daughter Ellie in Sutton, south west London, in 2013. He and Jennie Gray are also charged with child cruelty. 

Both Mr Butler and Ms Gray have pleaded not guilty. The jury has been told the case is of "great seriousness" and the trial at the Old Bailey will last two months.

Royal Marsden trial 'encouraging' in treating advanced melanoma

James Gallagher

BBC News Website, Health Editor

A fifth of people with advanced melanoma have no sign of tumours in their body after treatment with a pair of immunotherapy drugs, a study shows.

The first survival data on using ipilimumab and nivolumab in combination showed 69% of patients, in a trial on 142, were still alive after two years.


UK doctors leading the trial said the results were "very encouraging".

Dr James Larking ran part of the trial at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. He said the survival rate was "very encouraging".  

India says it will not claim Kohinoor diamond from UK

The Indian government has said the country should relinquish its claim to the Kohinoor diamond, which is kept at the Tower of London.

The diamond was displayed on top of the late Queen Mother's crown when her coffin lay in state after her death in 2002

Spurs are 'ready to hunt down Leicester'

Harry Kane has warned Leicester City that Tottenham are "on their tails" after moving to within five points of the Premier League leaders.

Spurs increased the pressure on the Foxes by thrashing Stoke City 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium last night.

Harry Kane

Audience 'unconvinced' about candidates' pledges for housing

Karl Mercer

Political reporter, BBC London

As the debate got under way last night, all important but all overshadowed by what all the candidates agree is the biggest issue of this campaign - housing.  

The answer from Zac Goldsmith (Conservative), Sadiq Khan, (Labour) Sian Berry (Green) and Caroline Pidgeon (Lib Dems) was to build more - all say London needs to be building around 50,000 new homes every year, which is twice what it's doing at the moment.

Housing in London
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UKIP's Peter Whittle says it is more of an issue of stopping people coming to the capital.

They are answers from all we've heard before but not ones that convinced the audience of Londoners.  

Barely half a dozen hands were raised when they were asked if they believed that 50,000 homes a year would be built.

Barely a hand stayed down when they were asked if they thought their children wouldn't be able to afford to buy a home in London.

How much do political debates matter? A lot, says broadcaster Andrew Neil

Karl Mercer

Political reporter, BBC London

There is much huff and puff in political campaigns, and the breathing gets just a little harder as polling day draws near.

Harder still when you're just about to face Andrew Neil in full flow and defend your policies.

No surprise then that the candidates wanting to replace Boris Johnson as Mayor of London were going through their breathing exercises before facing their inquisition in front of an audience of Londoners.

London mayoral candidates
John Stillwell

The ringmaster general, Andrew Neil, has seen a few of these debates come and go over the years. So do they matter?

"I think debates do matter, yes," he said.

"People are tested, the audience get them under pressure, to see the cut of their jib it really helps to create an impression either positive or negative."

Plane Stupid protesters appear in court

Three Plane Stupid protesters appear at Uxbridge Magistrates following last November's blockade of tunnel to terminals, says BBC London's Gareth Furby. 

Plane stupid protesters

UKIP's Peter Whittle would 'address immigration' and scrap Garden Bridge

The UKIP mayoral candidate says immigration is causing a "chronic housing shortage" in London.

Peter Whittle
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Launching the party's manifesto, Peter Whittle said the housing crisis could not be solved by setting "arbitrary targets" but by addressing both demand and supply.

He also promised establish a London-wide homelessness register.

Read more about the other mayoral and London Assembly candidates

Sadiq Khan's 'regret' over 'impression I subscribed to unpleasant views'

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

In the debate last night, an area where we heard something new was on extremism, with the first acceptance from Labour's Sadiq Khan that he may given the wrong impression.

He said that as a human rights lawyer he did share platforms with people with unpleasant views but added he "regretted giving the impression that I subscribed to their views".

Sadiq Khan

This issue had been brewing for days after Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith accused Mr Khan of "giving oxygen to extremists" and Labour's Yvette Copper accused Mr Goldsmith of a "racist scream" against their candidate. 

Last night Mr Goldsmith denied his campaign was negative or racist and told the debate it was "100% my view that he [Sadiq] is not an extremist". 

Candidates clash over social cohesion, transport and the EU

In last night's debate Liberal Democrat candidate Caroline Pidgeon said everyone "should feel welcome" in London, while UKIP's Peter Whittle said he had a problem with full face covering.

"I think it's saying I don't want to talk to you, don't come near me," he said. 

London mayoral graphic

The EU referendum debate also came up, with Green Party candidate Sian Berry saying 300,000 foreign nationals living in London would probably have to leave if the UK left.

Transport was also a hot topic, with Labour's Sadiq Khan replying that Transport for London's budget is "very flabby - we need to make it more efficient".

Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith said he would "bear down" on fares - but Ms Pidgeon responded angrily saying "that's what Boris said" and pointing out ticket prices had gone up under his mayoralty.   

Mayoral candidates clash over how to solve the housing crisis in debate

Housing in the capital took central stage during last night's BBC London debate between the mayoral candidates.  

Labour's hopeful Sadiq Khan criticised Conservative candidate for subscribing to the view a house worth £450,000 is "affordable", which Mr Goldsmith said was nonsense. 

London mayoral candidates

Liberal Democrat Caroline Pidgeon said she would retain the Olympic precept [money raised from the addition to council tax before the 2012 games] in order to invest in council housing.

The Greens' Sian Berry said she insist on rent controls, while UKIP candidate Peter Whittle dismissed talk of affordable homes as "platitudinous", instead blaming "uncontrolled migration".