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  1. Updates on Friday 15 April 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Rain will begin to ease this evening, with lighter rain tomorrow

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The rain will ease across London this evening, and although there may still be the odd spot around overnight, most places will be dry.

Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F)

Harrow charity fraudster used dead people's details to make scam donations

Harrow Times

A Harrow accountant used deceased people's details to claim payments from beyond the grave in a £400,000 charity fraud.

On air: A mother's caesarean pleas & remembering the man behind 'Mind The Gap'

Riz Lateef

BBC London presenter

Coming up on BBC London News.

A mother whose baby died after complications during his birth has spoken about how her pleas for a caesarean were ignored.

And we'll be remembering Phil Sayer, the voice behind the "Mind The Gap" announcements on the Tube who died last night.

Phil Sayer and his family
Phil Sayer and his family

Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

George Galloway 'would stand in Tooting by-election' if Sadiq Khan wins

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

George Galloway

George Galloway, the Respect Party's London Mayoral candidate, has told me if Labour's Sadiq Khan is elected, he'll stand in the subsequent Tooting by-election

Mr Galloway has previously been an MP in London when he was the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow between 2005 and 2010.

No London MPs running London Marathon

The London Marathon takes place in just over a week's time and organisers have announced which Westminster's MPs are taking part.

Runners in London Marathon
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While the likes of Labour's Dan Jarvis and Wales Secretary of State Alun Cairns are running, there is a notable absence from any London-based members.

Of the eight MPs who are running, only Conservative Amanda Sollowayand and Simon Danczuk from Labour will be making their debuts with the other six having run before.

Travel: Delays in Blackwall Tunnel and on Hendon Way

BBC Travel

There are long delays southbound on the Blackwall Tunnel between the A13 East India Dock Road junction and Blackwall Lane because of an earlier broken down vehicle.

And a lane is closed on the A41 Hendon Way northbound in Brent Cross between the Wessex Gardens junction and Brent Cross flyover because of flooding.

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

QPR 'belong in the Premier League' - Nasser El Khayati

BBC Sport

Nasser El Khayati
Rex Features

Nasser El Khayati says Queens Park Rangers are "a team whose home is in the Premier League, not the Championship".

Speaking to BBC Radio London the Dutch forward said the club needed "to push as hard as possible this season to be ready for next season."

The R's, relegated from the top flight last season, are currently 11th in the Championship table.

Strikes postponed on Piccadilly line

Planned strikes on the Piccadilly line have been put back a week after "good progress" was made in peace talks.

Piccadilly Tube train

RMT members were due to stage two 24-hour walkouts from next Tuesday over claims of a breakdown in industrial relations.

Following the discussions, the union said the new stoppages will be postponed to the following week.

Church leaders criticised after trainee vicar jailed

Church leaders have been heavily criticised by a judge after a former trainee vicar was jailed for grooming and raping two teenage girls.

Judge Philip Katz QC said a press statement by the capital's Church of England diocese after Timothy Storey was convicted may have been "a shameful misrepresentation of the truth".

Timothy Storey

Judge Katz also questioned the evidence of one diocese official who appeared at Storey's trial, and said the man's superior had "arrogantly refused" to give a statement to prosecutors.

After jailing Storey for 15 years, the judge told the court: "It seems to me that there was a wholesale failure by those responsible at that time for safeguarding, to understand whose interests they should have been safeguarding."

Church youth leader 'serious danger to public' - judge

A judge said the "insidious" behaviour of a former church youth leader who groomed and raped two teenage girls he befriended at religious summer camps meant he was still a serious danger to the public.

As a result Philip Katz QC ordered Timothy Storey, 35, to serve an extended period of four years on licence, on top of his 15 year custodial sentence.

Judge Katz said Storey had manipulated both teenagers "into situations where you knew it was going to be their word against yours".

He added: "They both trusted you, as did many others. Your behaviour also demonstrates rank hypocrisy."

The sexism female expats are still having to endure

A Londoner who moved to Brazil in 2014 says that in terms of women's equality, she often felt as if she had gone back in time to the 1950s.

Sheila Taylor
Sheila Taylor

Writer and photographer Sheila Taylor moved to Rio do Janeiro for work and said she found herself confronting male chauvinism that the UK had given up decades ago.

In one case when she was arguing with a friend's male colleague, she said she was labelled as a "brava" meaning that she was "out of control" for arguing so forcefully with a man.

Read more the sexism other female expats have endured when moving abroad here.

Abuse detective admits 'sexually touching' girl

A detective working in a child abuse investigation unit has admitted sexually touching a young girl more than 10 years ago. 

Detective Constable Christopher Maitland pleaded guilty at London's Southwark Crown Court to two counts of sexually touching a child under the age of 13 on or around 6 June 2005. 

The 40-year-old, who works in the Metropolitan Police's sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, is currently suspended from duty. 

Wearing a grey jumper and standing with his hands clasped and head bowed, Maitland spoke only to plead guilty to both charges. 

He had pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates' Court in March to five charges of taking and seven charges of making indecent images of a child. 

He will be sentenced for a total of 14 sexual offences on 13 May at Southwark Crown Court, Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said.

Woman raped on Putney Heath

A woman was raped by man as she walked along a lane in Putney Heath on Tuesday night.

The woman, in her 20s, was heading along Roehampton Lane towards Alton Road at about 22:00 when she was assaulted by the man.

Scotland Yard said the suspect was aged in his late 20s to early 30s, had olive complexion and black hair. He was wearing a dark jacket and baggy trousers.

Police have appealed for anybody with information to contact them.

Analysis: How the mayoral campaign turned nasty

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

Elections are rarely chummy affairs - but over the past few days relations between the two leading candidates in London's mayoral race have become distinctly unfriendly.

Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan

Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith has been accused of running a "desperate" and "racist" smear campaign against his Labour opponent Sadiq Khan.

Clearly incensed at the accusation - which he rejects - Mr Goldsmith has pushed full steam ahead with his claims that the Labour candidate has given "oxygen to extremists".

Mr Khan, in turn, fiercely denies this.

None of the above sounds particularly positive. Ask either of these candidates who is being negative, though, and they will tell you it's the other guy.

You can see a full list of all the mayoral candidates here.

Met policemen help deliver baby

Two Met police officers helped deliver a baby when they came across a woman who was in labour on West Ferry Road this morning.

Two officers with family
Met Police

The officers were on routine patrol when they discovered the heavily pregnant woman leaning against a bollard in distress at about 04:00.

The PCs realised the mum-to-be was in the final stages of labour, as the baby's head was crowning, and safely delivered a baby girl who was placed into a police jacket to keep warm.

The woman, baby and her husband, who had been trying to get assistance from a local medical centre, were taken to Barkantine Medical Birthing Centre for further attention and are said to be doing well.

PC Rob Ruston said he was "just doing my job".

Camden calls for HS2 compensation

Camden Council

Camden Council is petitioning the House of Lords calling for more compensation for residents living along the route of the planned HS2 railway.

People living between 120m and 300m of the high-speed line can claim a lump sum of up to £22,500 if they live in a rural area, but this is not available in London.

The leader of Camden Council said it was "simply not fair" that local people could endure disruption until 2033 "without a penny of compensation".

England forwards extend stay at Saracens

BBC Sport

England forwards Maro Itoje and George Kruis have extended their contracts with Premiership champions Saracens.

Maro Itoje (left) and George Kruis
Rex Features

Second-rowers Itoje, 21, and Kruis, 26, will now remain at the north London club until the summer of 2019.

"They have been in superb form this season for both club and country, and they are only going to get better," said Sarries boss Mark McCall.

The barber shops turning gender neutral

The cost of a simple cut and blow dry for a woman is typically around £50 in the capital, but it's almost always significantly less expensive if you're a man.

However, a barber shop in north London is joining a growing trend of charging for the style, not the gender of the head being coiffured.

Klara Vanova cutting hair

Klara Vanova runs Barberette in Hackney, which she describes as a "hairdressing hub, not a salon" and a gender neutral barber shop.

She says set up her business in 2012 "because of my experience having short hair myself".

Watch: 46 miles doable for beginners - Sir Bradley Wiggins


Sir Bradley Wiggins has been helping launch the new RideLondon 46-mile cycling challenge.

Britain's first Tour de France winner says the event is a "fantastic opportunity for people at an entry level".

Trainee vicar jailed for raping teenage girls

Timothy Storey
Met Police

A trainee vicar who groomed and raped two teenage girls he befriended at religious summer camps has been jailed for 15 years. 

Timothy Storey, 35, a former church youth leader, bombarded his victims with sex texts and social media messages to manipulate them into meeting him. 

One was later attacked at his Oxford home after he took her to a concert and plied her with alcohol. He used his respectable position as a youth leader to gain the second victim's trust, and sexually assaulted her on two separate occasions between 2008 and 2009. 

Storey, formerly of Peckham Grove in Peckham, showed no emotion as the judge passed sentence.

On air: New rail link for London Luton Airport and bus crashes into a Walthamstow house

BBC London News

Coming up on BBC One at 13:30: Luton Airport has announced a new rail link providing passengers with one of the fastest connections to an airport - from central London. 

Plus, residents in a Walthamstow street were evacuated from their homes after a bus crashed into the front room of a house last night.

Bus crashes into Walthamstow house

Afternoon weather: Rain, possibly hail and thunder

BBC Weather

Showers may turn heavy across London this afternoon, with a risk of hail and thunder. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

Fire crews tackle Chislehurst blaze

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London Fire Brigade said the occupiers, a woman and her adult son, were both uninjured in the fire yesterday evening.

Service resumes on London Overground

New railway will cut journeys to Luton Airport to 30 minutes

Plans for a new state-of-the-art light railway linking Luton Airport with Luton Airport Parkway railway station have been announced.

Luton Airport
London Luton Airport Operations Ltd

The £200m transport system will be fully automated and run in both directions 24 hours a day, the airport's owners London Luton Airport Ltd said.

Chair Councillor Andy Malcolm said the new system would mean journey times from London St Pancras to Luton would take less than 30 minutes.

It is due to open at the end of 2020.

In pictures: Gary Lineker, a rickshaw and a the rain

It may have been a miserable morning but Gary Lineker seemed to be enjoying himself with some new "friends" outside Marble Arch station earlier.

Gary Lineker with a camel

The football England star was outside the Tube station promoting a new campaign for Walkers crisps (other crisps manufacturers are available - ed).

Gary Lineker riding rickshaw

After trying out some new modes of transport, the BBC Match of the Day host found a moment for a few selfies with a camel.

Gary Lineker taking selfie with camel

So, if anybody sees a rogue humped mammal travelling on the Central line today, you know where it came from.

Camel in front of Marble Arch station
Getty Images

Army 'saved me from crime', says top Sandhurst cadet

A top-performing officer cadet at Sandhurst has thanked the Army for putting him on the right track.

Kidane Cousland

Officer cadet Kidane Cousland, who grew up on a housing estate in Tottenham, north London, says had he not signed up as a 16-year-old he would be dead or in prison.

Now 24, he served in Afghanistan in 2011 with 29 Commando, Royal Artillery.

He is among only a handful of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) cadets to be awarded the "sword of honour" for coming top of his intake.

No service on London Overground

Gold Bentley owner in row with Notting Hill neighbours over air-con

Evening Standard

Galina Genis with gold Bentley
Evening Standard

A couple who cruise London in a gold-plated Bentley have raised neighbours’ temperatures with “intolerable” plans to air-condition their £5 million home.

Watch: London music video drone footage draws criticism

Passenger airliners, helicopters and even members of the public could have been endangered, after a music video was filmed by a drone above London. 

The video posted online showing aerial close ups of some of London's best known landmarks has been criticised by professional drone pilots for being "dangerous". 

Critics claim the filming violates a number of rules and regulations surrounding the safe use of unmanned devices in built-up and crowded areas.

Emma North reports:

Anthony Joshua set to avoid Tyson Fury date clash

BBC Sport

Anthony Joshua holding boxing belt

Anthony Joshua says he is "unlikely" to fight on 9 July after fellow British world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury announced he was going to have a bout on that date.

He told BBC Radio 5 live he is set to change his schedule to avoid clashing with WBA and WBO champion Fury's rematch with Wladimir Klitschko in Manchester.

Joshua won the IBF crown by beating Charles Martin on Saturday at the O2.

Latest headlines: Teen murder charges; Officer 'run over'; Announcer dies

Tim Stokes

BBC News

BBC sitcom Citizen Khan 'Islamophobic', says MP

A BBC sitcom has been criticised as "Islamophobic" during a Commons debate about whether the BBC's programmes and staff reflect UK diversity.

Citizen Khan has won several TV awards

Labour's Rupa Huq criticised Citizen Khan's depiction of a "quite backward" family of Muslims.

The show was accused of stereotyping Muslims when it started in 2012 and its creator, Adil Ray, has told the Radio Times he had received death threats.

The BBC said the award-winning show had received much positive feedback.

Bus crashes into front room in north east London

Residents of a house in Walthamstow were lucky to escape injury last night when a bus ploughed into the front room.

Bus crashed into house in Walthamstow

The bus veered off Blackhorse Road into the front of the terraced property, crashing into a low wall before smashing in the front window, just after 22:00.

The London Ambulance Service treated the bus driver at the scene for minor injuries. Nobody in the house was hurt.

Voice behind 'Mind The Gap' dies

The man who warns passengers to "Mind The Gap" on the London Underground has died, his wife has announced.

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Elinor Hamilton said Phil Sayer, 62, "died peacefully at home" last night.

He was well known across the UK as the voice on most automated PA systems on railway stations.

Paying tribute on Facebook she wrote: "Phil Sayer - voice of reason, radio, and railways. A dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. 

"We are sorry to announce that this service terminates here."

Police officer 'deliberately run over' by burglary suspect

A policeman is in hospital after being "deliberately run over" by a suspect fleeing officers in south London.

An officer suffered a suspected broken leg following the incident in Village Way, Dulwich

Police stopped a Land Rover in Village Way, East Dulwich, which they believed was involved in a burglary.

When the officer opened the driver's door the car reversed quickly, taking the officer with him and crashing into other cars behind, the Met said.

He was taken to King's College Hospital with a suspected broken leg after the incident at 17:35 yesterday.

Gene editing 'boosts' cancer-killing cells

James Gallagher

BBC News Website, Health Editor

Cancer scientists have genetically modified the immune system to help it attack tumours in mice.

Immune cells (spheres) attacking cancerous tissue
Science Photo Library

The immune system is the body's own defence against infection and cancer, but tumours develop ways of stopping the onslaught.

The University College London team manipulated the DNA of immune cells to allow them to keep up the fight.

Experts said the idea needed to be tested in human trials, but it was still exciting.

Q&A: What's in West Ham's stadium deal?

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

Deal of the century or a fitting legacy? Whatever your view, West Ham's Olympic Stadium deal has got people talking.

But what are the details of the agreement?

West Ham will play at the Olympic Stadium from the 2016-17 season
BBC Sport

Watch: Hit-and-run leaves woman with 'life changing injuries'

Footage of hit-and-run crash which left a woman with "life changing injuries" two years ago has been released by the Met who are still trying to find those involved.

Warning: You may find this footage disturbing

The woman, who was 25 at the time, was hit by a black Ford Ka as she crossed a zebra crossing in Siviter Way in Dagenham on 14 April at about 18:45.

She was taken to an east London hospital suffering from a fractured collar bone and skull, and is still recovering from her injuries.

The car has since been scrapped but Scotland Yard are still searching for its occupants, and have appealed for witnesses.

Det Con Liz Carrey said the crash had been a "life changing experience for the victim; both physically and mentally".