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  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 April 2016

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By Chirag Trivedi

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

On air: Couple illegally evicted from their home and a debate on the division between rich and poor

BBC London News

On the evening news at 18:30 on BBC One, we have the story of a couple who were evicted from their home after they were served with an illegal eviction notice.

And we are at the Museum of London where we will be looking at the growing division between the richest and poorest and whether the vast wealth that our city generates is being fairly distributed.

Weather update: Showers dying away

BBC Weather

Overnight tonight, showers will mostly die away to leave a dry night with some mist or fog patches forming through the Lea Valley come Thursday morning. 

Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).

Spurs, Arsenal and West Ham players on PFA shortlist

BBC Sport

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet and Tottenham striker Harry Kane have been named on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Players' Player of the Year.

Kane is also in contention to retain the Young Player of the Year award he won 12 months ago and is named alongside Spurs team-mate Dele Alli.

The winners for each category will be announced on Sunday, 24 April.

Will LSD ever be accepted as mainstream treatment?

Some researchers believe psychedelic drugs could be used to treat a whole range of conditions. But will cultural stigmas stand in the way?


Mention LSD and you might think of the 1960s counterculture - kaftanned hippies in San Francisco, or the more adventurous end of the Beatles' back catalogue, or the tragedy of Pink Floyd singer Syd Barrett losing his grip on reality.

But for the first time, researchers say they have visualised how LSD alters the way the brain works.

A team at Imperial College London says they found it broke down barriers between areas that control functions like vision, hearing and movement. The study was with a small group - 20 subjects - but the researchers say it could lead to a revolution in the way addiction, anxiety and depression are treated.

BBC Proms 2016 to feature Strictly, Bowie and music in a car park

The BBC Proms, Britain's annual celebration of classical music, is to include music by David Bowie and a Strictly Come Dancing theme night.

The Proms' new director said he wanted the festival to have "a broad appeal"

The Strictly Prom, on 21 July, will be hosted by BBC Radio 3's Katie Derham, a finalist in last year's show.

Bowie will be honoured with a late-night Prom on 29 July, featuring Amanda Palmer and Anna Calvi, amongst others.

And the festival will temporarily abscond its home at the Royal Albert Hall for a concert in a car park.

Taking place in Peckham, south-east London, the open-air show will feature Christopher Stark and the Multi-Storey Orchestra performing works by minimalist composer Steve Reich.

Mother left her dead baby in bin

Outlining the facts of the case, prosecutor Mark Heywood QC said Boscolo-Gnolo, 32, first came to the UK in 2012 to do a language course and took a job as a receptionist. 

She met a man on in 2013 although the relationship was "not close"and was short lived, he said. 

By the time she found she was pregnant, the relationship had "drifted" and was nearly at an end so she returned to her family in Italy in September 2014, Mr Heywood said. 

When the baby was born in November 2014, she was found to have an eye defect although surgery would have helped her development. 

Boscolo-Gnolo's mother described the defendant as being "attentive and caring" towards the newborn child, the court heard.

 But in January last year, she took a flight to London without telling her family and checked into the Lily Hotel near Earls Court in west London with Farah. 

While there she suffocated Farah by putting a pillow over her head because she felt "hopeless" and saw no reason why her daughter should suffer. 

Afterwards, she bought a new suitcase, disposable gloves and bin liners before leaving the child's body in a bin in the Russell Square area of central London. 

Depressed mother sentenced for suffocating her baby daughter

A depressed woman who became pregnant as the result of a brief romance through a dating website went on to suffocate her baby daughter and dump the body in a bin, a court has heard. 

Federica Boscolo-Gnolo
Met Police

Receptionist Federica Boscolo-Gnolo, from Chioggia in Italy, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter by diminished responsibility of two-month-old Farah between 23 and 30 January last year. 

At a hearing at the Old Bailey, she was sentenced to a hospital order with an unlimited restriction order under the Mental Health Act in the light of psychiatric reports. 

Bollywood star meets his wax figure at Madame Tussauds

Shah Rukh Khan, known as the King of Bollywood, met his wax figure today at Madame Tussauds.

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan meets his wax figure at Madame Tussauds
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Sir Arnold Wesker, British playwright, dies aged 83

Leading British playwright Sir Arnold Wesker, who came to prominence in the late 1950s with his gritty, working class dramas, has died aged 83.

The playwright (pictured left in 1960) was jailed in 1961 for campaigning against nuclear weapons
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The playwright (pictured left in 1960) was jailed in 1961 for campaigning against nuclear weapons

He died on Tuesday evening after a long illness, his widow Lady Wesker told the BBC.

He first established his reputation with the Wesker Trilogy at the Royal Court theatre in central London.

During his life he wrote more than 40 plays, as well as short stories, essays and poetry over five decades.

One of his most successful plays, Chips with Everything, was inspired by his own experiences in the RAF.

Sir Arnold, who had his plays performed all over the world, was born in the East End of London in 1932 to Jewish communist parents.

London university graduates 'have highest income'

London graduates are generally likely to have higher incomes than graduates from other English universities, according to researchers.

Students walking on street

The study also found graduates from wealthy families "earn significantly more" in their careers than less well-off counterparts, even if they study the same course at the same university.

The study, based on 260,000 graduates in England, has examined the links between university and later income.

Graduates of the London School of Economics were found to have the highest pay.

Met seized 1,100 illegal dogs over three years

The Met seized 1,154 dogs suspected of being banned breeds over the past three years, figures obtained by the BBC have shown.

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Scotland Yard also said it is due to put down 300 illegal dogs seized from owners this year.

Across England and Wales, almost 5,000 dogs suspected of being banned breeds have been seized, the figures reveal.

Lunchtime news: Met seizes 1,000 dogs

BBC London News

On the lunchtime news at 13:30 on BBC One, we will have a report on how the Met Police has seized more than 1,000 dangerous dogs in the last three years.

And how the owners of a bookshop in Wood Green have been left stunned by the reaction after they had hundreds of pounds stolen from behind their counter.

Weather update: Cloudier with scattered showers

BBC Weather

It will turn cloudier through this afternoon with scattered showers developing, perhaps turning heavy and thundery.

Feeling pleasantly warm in the light winds and spring sunshine.

Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F).

Watch: Fly-tipper dumps tonnes of waste in residential road

A van driver dumped three tonnes of building waste in the middle of a road while driving along a residential street in South Croydon.

The fly-tipper was caught on a resident's CCTV camera dropping the load of rubble, plaster and wood on Croham Manor Close on 15 March.

Croydon Council said the Ford Transit van involved had been seized.

However, environmental enforcement officers are still searching for the driver, who they call their "number one target fly-tipping offender".

Footage courtesy of Croydon Council

'No decision made' over depot - TfL

TfL have said "no decision has been made" over the Lillie Bridge depot at Earls Court, which RMT maintenance staff are to be balloted for strikes over.

Chief operating officer Steve Griffiths said London Underground were "exploring options" and "any decisions regarding the depot will be undertaken in close consultation with staff and trade unions".

"Talks are planned with the RMT union to resolve this issue”, he added.

Tube depot workers to be balloted for strikes

Depot maintenance staff working at Earls Court are to be balloted for strikes in a row over jobs and working conditions linked to plans for a housing development.

London Underground sign

The RMT said jobs and working conditions for depot workers had been "caught in the crossfire" of plans to develop the area.

General secretary Mick Cash said the livelihoods of Tube staff were under threat due to Boris Johnson's plan to complete a luxury housing development deal ahead of next month's mayoral election.

Murder charge over Isleworth street stabbing

A man is charged with murder after a 28-year-old was stabbed on a west London street.

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Sahil Roy died after being stabbed on Summerwood Road

Sahil Roy died about an hour after he was found with a stab injury in Summerwood Road, Isleworth, on Sunday.

Azeem Issa, also 28, of Haweswater House, Isleworth, has been charged with murder and is due to appear at Croydon Magistrates' Court later.

A post-mortem examination gave Mr Roy's cause of death as a stab wound to the throat.

Summerwood Road

Murder charge over street stabbing

A man is charged with murder after a 28-year-old was stabbed on a west London street.

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Man to face trial for murder of PC Gordon Semple

An Italian-born man will go on trial in the autumn for allegedly strangling and dismembering Pc Gordon Semple.

PC Gordon Semple
Gordon Semple
PC Gordon Semple went missing on 1 April

Stefano Brizzi, 49, is accused of killing the 59-year-old officer at his flat on a day between 1 April  and 7  April.

He was taken before the Recorder of London, Nicholas Hilliard QC, at the Old Bailey to face the murder charge.

The judge set a timetable for the case with a provisional trial date of 18 October.  A plea and case management hearing was fixed for 29 June.

Pc Semple was originally from Inverness in Scotland and had been with the Metropolitan Police for 30 years.

He went missing on 1 April and his remains were discovered a week later after a neighbour alerted Scotland Yard to a "smell of death" coming from a property on the Peabody Estate in Southwark Street, south London. 

Listen: Critic pays tribute to Sir Arnold Wesker

Sir Arnold Wesker, one of Britain's greatest 20th century playwrights, has died.

Born in the East End in 1932 into a Jewish family, he drew on his background for his early plays, such as his first, Chicken Soup with Barley.

The Guardian's theatre critic, Michael Billington, paid tribute to the playwright on the Today programme.

Churchill's war bunker opened to public

A disused Tube station where Winston Churchill took refuge during the Blitz is among several London Underground sites to be opened to the public.

Winston Churchill and Down Street station
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Down Street in Mayfair, a station from 1907 to 1932, was used as a bomb-proof bunker for the prime minister during World War Two.

Passageways under Euston Station and Clapham South's deep-level bomb shelter will also be made accessible.

Police and prosecutors 'losing sensitive evidence'

Sensitive details held by police and prosecutors in England are being lost because evidence is still being shared on computer discs, watchdogs say.

Set of scales

Police and prosecution watchdogs looked at criminal justice computer systems of forces including the Met and the CPS in London.

During the investigation they found testimonies of underage and vulnerable victims and witnesses had been kept on portable discs.

It was a beautiful sunrise this morning

Kevin Nolan removed as Leyton Orient player-manager

BBC Sport

Leyton Orient have removed player-manager Kevin Nolan from his managerial role, placing Andy Hessenthaler in charge of the first team.

Kevin Nolan
Rex Features

Nolan has won seven of his 15 games since joining the O's in January.

Chief executive Alessandro Angelieri said the club "believe Kevin will be able to make a bigger impact without the distraction of managerial duties."

Mayoral candidates 'licking their wounds' after debate

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

Zac and Sadiq might be licking their wounds after last night's spat at the first head to head mayoral debate with the leading London mayoral candidates.

Instead of sticking to the traditional opening statements laying out their policies, Labour's Sadiq Khan told the City AM debate that he'd been disappointed with what he described as Zac Goldsmith's "divisive" campaign.

Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan during debate

He said "a good man" had been led into negative campaigning by his advisors.

This followed Conservative claims at the weekend, denied by Mr Khan, that he'd supported an Islamist extremist; and counterclaims from Labour politicians of racism directed at Mr Khan by the Goldsmith camp.

But the Conservative candidate fought back in his opening statement - telling the audience that he'd never referred to the Labour candidate by his religion.

Mr Goldsmith added that he thought it was right that people should be able to ask questions without being accused of being racist.

Find out who is standing in the London elections.

Custody officer's head was 'kicked like a football'

A man accused of killing a custody officer kicked her in the head "like a footballer kicking a ball", a court has heard.

Lorraine Barwell

Humphrey Burke, 23, was being escorted at Blackfriars Crown Court when he attacked Lorraine Barwell in June 2015.

A fellow guard told a trial of facts at the Old Bailey Ms Barwell's head "snapped back" when he kicked her.

Mr Burke has been found unfit to plead to a charge of murder after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Zac Goldsmith pledges to being jobs to capital

Conservative candidate for London mayor Zac Goldsmith has pledged to bring 500,000 jobs to the capital if he is elected.

Zac Goldsmith

Launching his manifesto in Wimbledon, south London, Mr Goldsmith said investing in infrastructure and business would help provide new jobs.

He said he was "determined that all Londoners should enjoy our city's success".

Today's weather: Sunny spells but with showers later

Any early mist or fog will quickly clear to leave a dry morning with some sunny spells.

It will turn cloudier through this afternoon with scattered showers developing, perhaps turning heavy and thundery.

Feeling pleasantly warm in the light winds and spring sunshine.

Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F)

Travel: Accidents in Hackney Wick and Bexley

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed and there is queuing traffic on the A12 Northbound in Hackney Wick after the Lea Interchange, because of an accident.

Traffic is also moving slowly in the opposite direction.

And two lanes are closed on the A2 in Bexley after the Danson Interchange because of an accident involving a coach. Congestion is heading back to Dartford Heath.

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

BBC London Live updates on Wednesday 13 April

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