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  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 April 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Chilly but mostly dry tonight

BBC Weather

Tonight will be largely dry with some clear spells during the evening which will make it quite chilly.

During the early hours, it will turn cloudier and there is a chance of some light, patchy rain by dawn.

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Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F)

On air this evening: Dizaei witness exclusive and the fun of the circus

Riz Lateef

BBC London presenter

Coming up on BBC London News this evening:

A man whose evidence helped convict a corrupt Met police commander says he's been "betrayed" by Britain as he now faces deportation - we have an exclusive report.

And we'll be at the Roundhouse where a three-week circus festival is about to begin.

Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

Jobless man guilty of bludgeoning pensioner to death for bank card

 A jobless man who bludgeoned to death a disabled pensioner with a claw hammer in order to steal his bank card has been found guilty of murder.

Cash-strapped Raymond Sykes, 35, attacked his former neighbour Arthur Walters-Girout, 82, in his own home on 15 June last year, leaving him with a fractured skull and cheekbone.

Raymond Sykes
Met Police

As the married father-of-two's body lay undiscovered, Sykes, of Engineer Close, Woolwich, made off in the victim's car with his HSBC card to go on a spending spree.

The Old Bailey jury deliberated for two days to find him guilty. A charge of conspiracy to defraud was ordered to lie on court file.

Hollywood star drops in on Ronnie Scott's

Hollywood actor Don Cheadle was feeling the jazz vibes when he dropped in on Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club earlier.

Don Cheadle outside Ronnie Scott's
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The Ocean's Eleven actor directs and stars as jazz musician Miles Davis in the forthcoming film Miles Ahead.

Don Cheadle inside Ronnie Scott's
Getty Images

Chelsea face Man City while Arsenal take on Sunderland

BBC Sport

Holders Chelsea will host Manchester City in the semi-finals of the Women's FA Cup.

Chelsea players celebrating
The FA

Chelsea beat City 1-0 at the same stage of last season's competition on the way to winning their first major trophy.

Arsenal will be at home to Sunderland in the other match, with both games being played on 17 April.

Gang jailed for museum thefts

Three Londoners are among a gang of 14 men who have been jailed for masterminding the theft of artefacts worth up to £57m from museums and an auction house.

(top, l-r) Richard Sheridan, Michael Hegarty, Richard O'Brien Jnr, John O'Brien, Daniel O'Brien, Donald Chi Chong Wong, Alan Clarke; (bottom, l-r) Patrick Clarke, John O'Brien, Daniel Flynn, Ashley Dad, Paul Pammen, Robert Gilbert-Smith, Terence McNamara
Durham Police

Patrick Clarke, 34, of Melbourne Road, Newham, was jailed earlier for five and a half years at Birmingham Crown Court.

Alan Clarke, 37, of Melbourne Road, Newham, and Donald Chi Chong Wong, 56, of Clapham Common South Side were both sentenced yesterday for the same period of time.

The gang had plotted to steal Chinese jade and rhino horn from buildings in Cambridge, Durham, Norwich and Lewes, East Sussex.

Jobs to go at Paddy Power Betfair

Paddy Power Betfair is to cut 350 jobs from its offices in London and Stevenage, the company has announced.

Horses jump over Paddy Power sign
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The job losses follow the merger of Paddy Power and online exchange Betfair in February and are part of a programme to make £50m of savings.

Paddy Power's workforce in the capital will also move out of its current Euston office to Betfair's headquarters in Hammersmith by the end of August.

Arrest after 46-year-old man stabbed to death

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 46-year-old man was found stabbed in a flat in Kinloss Court, Finchley.

Kinloss Court, Finchley

Police said they found the man collapsed in the flat after they were called to reports of a stabbing at 02:15 this morning.

He was pronounced dead at about 03:00.

The 22-year-old man is currently in custody at a north London police station.

Celebrate The Queen's Birthday in Wimbledon

Wimbledon SW19 News

Wimbledon will be hosting one of four beacons to be lit across London in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday on 21 April.

Ali Dizaei trial witness feels 'betrayed' by deportation ruling

The man whose evidence convicted corrupt former Met Police commander Ali Dizaei says he has been "betrayed" by Britain after his deportation ruling.

Waad al-Baghdadi

The Home Office said Waad al-Baghdadi should be deported after lying about his age when he came to the UK.

Mr al-Baghdadi was previously asked to testify against the ex-Scotland Yard senior officer in two trials.

Dizaei falsely accused him of assault and tried to falsely arrested him.

Husband who cut off wife's head felt 'betrayed'

A jealous husband told jurors he cut off the head of his wife of 30 years and flushed it down the toilet because she "betrayed" him by having affairs with other men.

Crane driver Dempsey Nibbs, 69, is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of murdering wheels worker Judith Nibbs, 60, at their flat in Hoxton, in April 2014.

Judith Nibbs
PA/Met Police

The prosecution says medical evidence indicates Mrs Nibbs was probably unconscious when Mr Nibbs decapitated her before smashing her skull into pieces and disposing of them in an "unspeakable" act of violence.

But Mr Nibbs told jurors he never meant to kill her when he went into the living room to confront her about "proof" of her infidelity, but had intended to "slap her around a bit".

The trial continues.

Latest travel: Lanes closed on Canning Town Flyover

BBC Travel

Two lanes have been closed on the A13 Canning Town Flyover westbound in Canning Town because of an accident involving two cars.

There is heavy congestion in the area with congestion back to the A112 Prince Regent Lane junction.

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

Critics praise Sunset Boulevard

A new production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard has received a positive response from critics.

Hollywood actress Glenn Close stars in the musical, which opened last night at the Coliseum theatre.

Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard
Richard Hubert Smith

The Guardian's Michael Billington said the new production had given the show "a new lease of life", while Holly Williams said "I wouldn't bet against her scooping a few shiny new gongs" in WhatsOnStage.

However, Time Out's Andrzej Lukowski was less impressed, saying: "Like many later Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, Sunset Boulevard is not brilliant."

Pair held by counter-terrorism police released on bail

Two people who were arrested by counter-terrorism police on suspicion of Syria-related offences have been released on bail.

A 24-year-old had been detained at Gatwick and a 20-year-old woman was arrested in west London yesterday morning.

West Midlands Police said the pair, who are both from Birmingham, were "bailed with strict conditions until a later date while inquiries take place".

In pictures: Ducks present as railway engineer statue unveiled

A statue of railway engineer Sir Nigel Gresley has been unveiled at King's Cross on the 75th anniversary of his death.

Statue of railway engineer Sir Nigel Gresley unveiled

The statue has been controversial because sculptor Hazel Reeves originally included a mallard, which two of Sir Nigel's grandsons had branded as "demeaning".

Hazel Reeves speaking about statue

When the duck was removed, campaigners set up a petition to reinstate it and in spite of their failure, they were present at the ceremony.

A group of people holding plastic ducks at the unveiling of railway engineer Sir Nigel Gresley statue

And Sir Nigel again found himself in the company of a "feathered friend".

A plastic duck is held up next to a statue of railway engineer Sir Nigel Gresl

What do you think? Should the mallard have been included in the statue? Why not let us know.

You can tweetemail or leave a message on our Facebook page.

Damaged electric wires affecting trains

Damaged overhead electric wires at Birmingham International Airport are affecting rail services across the country, including many heading into London.

Passengers at Coventry station

Virgin Trains, Arriva Trains, Cross Country and London Midland services routed through Birmingham are either delayed or cancelled.

National Rail warn the "major disruption" is expected until 18:30.

Watch: Search for man filmed taking photos up woman's skirt in supermarket

CCTV footage of a man brazenly taking photos up a woman's skirt with his mobile phone has been released as Met detectives hunt for the culprit.

The suspect, wearing a baseball cap, dark clothes and trainers, is seen strolling around Tesco in Garratt Lane, Wandsworth at around 13:15 on 18 February.

He takes a brief phone call near the door of the store, and then queues up behind the woman before snapping the intrusive photos as she pays at the checkout.

Officers, who are investigating an allegation of outraging public decency, said the suspect is a slim black man with a goatee beard.

Hammers' stars in housing talks with council

Barking and Dagenham Council had some unexpected visitors as it was joined by three current and former West Ham stars for discussions over housing in east London.

Mark Noble, Rio Ferdinand and Bobby Zamora with Councilor Darren Rodwell
Barking and Dagenham Council

Mark Noble, Rio Ferdinand and Bobby Zamora joined councilors to talk about how their charity Legacy could work with the council to develop affordable housing. 

Council leader Darren Rodwell said he was "keen to team up with Mark, Rio and Bobby to make sure east London doesn’t end up a playground for the rich".

Sir Matthew Bourne reveals Red Shoes ballet

Leading choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne is to create a ballet version of the classic Oscar-winning dance film The Red Shoes, it has been announced.

Sir Matthew Bourne

The work will play at Sadler's Wells for the Christmas season following its premier at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in November.

Sir Matthew is best known for his contemporary takes on classic ballets such as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.

Rail groups call for change over 'inconsistent' lost property fees

Rail passengers face a sliding scale of charges to get their lost property back depending on where they mislaid it with some train companies asking for up to £25 an item, it has been revealed.

Graph showing train lost property costs

Transport campaigners say there should be one national system so rail travellers can find items easily, while passenger group Transport Focus said the system was not customer friendly.

The Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators and Network Rail, said storage costs can vary.  

Boys bailed after rapper stabbing

Two boys who were arrested after a young rapper was stabbed to death in New Cross have been bailed.

Myron Issac-Yarde

Myron Issac-Yarde was found with a stab wound in Camplin Street after police were called to reports of a fight between a number of youths in New Cross Road.

The 15 and 16-year-old teens were arrested close to the scene, Scotland Yard said.

Friends of the 17-year-old victim have being paying tribute to him, saying the musician was "truly loved".

Afternoon weather: Dry and 'pleasant'

BBC Weather

It will be staying largely dry this afternoon and as we go through the rest of the day we will see increasing amounts of sunshine which will make its feel quite pleasant. 

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F)

Watch: Lib Dem hopeful tries her hand at bricklaying

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

Caroline Pidgeon tried her hand at bricklaying at Lewisham Southwark College earlier as she launched her manifesto which focuses on house building.

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The Lib Dem mayoral candidate has promised to start a construction company at City Hall to help train construction workers and build 200,000 new homes.

She says she'd pay for the new homes by keeping the £20 Olympic precept on council tax.

Ms Pidgeon is also promising half price fares before 07:30 for commuters and 3,000 more police officers on the transport network.

Watch: Hero dog Lucca receives medal

A military dog who lost her leg on duty in Afghanistan has received a vet charity's medal honouring the work of animals in war.

Lucca, a 12-year-old German Shepherd, suffered injuries including the loss of a leg during a search for improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in 2012.

Sangita Myska met Lucca and her handler Gunnery Sergeant Chris Willingham at Wellington Barracks after the ceremony.

You can find out about some of the other animals who have received the award here.

Van fire in the City of London

Poll finds half of Londoners against hundreds of new towers

Almost half of Londoners think hundreds of new towers planned for the capital will have a negative impact on the city's skyline, a poll suggests.

A recent assessment shows there are currently plans for 436 towers of 20 or more storeys in height across the city.    

People looking out on a view of the London skyline

The survey of 1,011 adults, carried out by YouGov for the government's heritage body Historic England, found that 48% of people felt the impact of the tall buildings would have a negative effect on the city's skyline.

However, 34% of those asked thought the buildings would have a positive effect.

Heritage experts have called for a London-wide consultation into how the capital's skyline will look.

Man who threw Camembert at supermarket staff wanted by police

Evening Standard

Camembert cheese
iStock/Evening Standard

A Frenchman who threw Camembert cheese at staff in Waitrose is wanted by police after failing to show up at court.

Quins prop Joe Marler denies being a racist

BBC Sport

Harlequins prop Joe Marler says he is not a racist, despite calling Wales prop Samson Lee "Gypsy boy".

Joe Marler playing against Wales
Rex Features

In a statement the 25-year-old said: "I'm sorry to anyone who was offended, saying it was 'in the heat of the moment' isn't an excuse but one comment, one mistake, does not make me a racist."

Marler faces a World Rugby disciplinary hearing later for making the comment during England's Six Nations win over Wales in March.

Watch: London mayoral election: Zac Goldsmith cab share

The Conservative candidate for Mayor of London says his Labour opponent is "unprincipled".

Zac Goldsmith and Labour candidate Sadiq Khan are the frontrunners in the race to succeed Boris Johnson as the next mayor in May.

Mr Goldsmith also answered a series of London-based questions asked by assistant political editor Norman Smith as he drove a taxi through central London.

London mayoral election: Zac Goldsmith cab share

Lib Dem mayoral hopeful in funding vow

Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon has promised an "Olympic effort" to rejuvenate London's housing by 2020.

Caroline Pidgeon
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Ms Pidgeon plans to retain the annual £20 Olympic precept set up 10 years ago and channel it into house-building.

Launching her party's manifesto, she said it would pay for 50,000 council homes and 150,000 homes to rent.

The man who brought jihad to Britain in 1993

Masood Azhar

Masood Azhar, today the head of one of Pakistan's most violent militant groups, was once the VIP guest of Britain's leading Islamic scholars. 

A BBC investigation has uncovered the details of his tour in an archive of militant group magazines published in Urdu. 

The contents provide an astounding insight into the way in which hardcore jihadist ideology was promoted in some mainstream mosques in London in the early 1990s - and involved some of Britain's most senior Islamic scholars. 

Watch: New Rolling Stones exhibition opens

Fifty-four years of music and revelry by the Rolling Stones are being celebrated at a new exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, which opens today.

Keith Richards

The show has instruments, costumes, artwork from their beginnings as a blues bands in the 1960s, to the rock giants of today.

Will Gompertz met up with the band to talk about the exhibition - you can watch his report here.

Union calls for Tube station closure over asbestos fears

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

The RMT has demanded the closure of Ealing Broadway station after roof tiles fell on the platform at the weekend.

Ealing Broadway sign

The union says the tiles contained asbestos, although TfL has denied this saying they were fibreglass.

A spokesman said TfL was "aware... low grade asbestos" was in the roof but it "poses no danger to our customers" and was being investigated.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said the incident "cannot simply be brushed under the carpet".

Antonio Conte Chelsea appointment 'makes no sense'

BBC Radio 5 Live

Appointing Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager "does not make any sense", according to ex-Blues striker Chris Sutton.

Antonio Conte

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Sutton said the Italy boss is too similar to Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in December amid suggestions he had fallen out with several senior players.

"If the players have downed tools before there is every suggestion that, with Conte being a similar type to Mourinho, they will down tools again," he said.

A collection of sketches captures a changing Fitzrovia

Fitzrovia News

Alison Neville drawing
Fitzrovia News

Alison Neville is an artist and a serious traveller, there is something of the gypsy in her soul. Much of her year is spent as a visitor to many countries. This month her recent work is on display at The Curwen Gallery in Windmill Street.  

'Demeaning' duck absent from Sir Nigel Gresley statue

A statue of railway engineer Sir Nigel Gresley is due to be unveiled at King's Cross station - with the notable absence of a duck to keep him company.

A mallard was included in the original design because he liked breeding water fowl, and locomotives including Mallard were named after birds.

Sir Nigel Gresley
Roger Bamber

However, the Gresley Society Trust changed the design because two of his grandsons thought it was "demeaning".

The duck has not been reinstated despite a campaign and petition.

War-wounded military dog awarded charity medal


A military dog who lost her leg on duty in Afghanistan is to receive a vet charity's medal honouring the work of animals in war.

Lucca, a 12-year-old German Shepherd, suffered injuries including the loss of a leg during a search for improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in 2012.

She will receive the medal at Wellington Barracks in London later.

Latest travel: Accident in Wandsworth

BBC Travel

The A217 Armoury Way in Wandsworth is partially blocked eastbound near the Ram Street junction because of an accident, causing heavy congestion in the surrounding area.

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