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  1. Updates on Monday 25 April

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By Pippa Stephens and Chirag Trivedi

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

That's it from us on BBC London Live today, we will be back from 08:00 tomorrow with all of the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

Have a good evening! 

On air: Security to increase after water stolen from yesterday's London marathon

BBC London News

Coming up on BBC one at 18:30, we will have more on the story that security at the London Marathon in future will be boosted over water stolen during yesterday's race. 

Footage released on social media shows people filling large bags with crates of water from a Deptford water station, as competitors run past.

Event director Hugh Brasher has said organisers "deplore the scenes".

Tonight's weather: Isolated wintry showers

BBC Weather

A band of showers, locally heavy and perhaps wintry over high ground, will clear away southwestwards this evening. 

Isolated wintry showers will follow overnight, but given some clearer spells a slight frost will develop, especially in rural areas such as around the Lea Valley. 

Minimum Temperature: 3C (37F). 

Severe delays on entire District Line and no service on Circle Line anticlockwise

BBC Travel

There are severe delays on the entire District Line due to an earlier signal failure at Gloucester Road. Tickets are being accepted on local bus routes.

And there is no service on Circle Line anticlockwise and minor delays on Circle Line clockwise due to the same signal failure. Tickets are being accepted on C2C and South West Trains services.

On the roads, one lane is closed and there is queuing traffic on the A13 Ripple Road into town in Barking at Lodge Avenue due to a spillage on the road. 

Police thought drowned teenager may have 'fought them off'

A teenager who jumped into a canal while fleeing from police did not look in difficulty and had refused help before he drowned, officers have told an inquest. 

Officer Tom Griffiths said he saw 17-year-old Jack Susianta go underwater and believed it had been a "deliberate act" in an attempt to evade him and his fellow officers.

Jack Susianta
Met Police

It was a "sad, unfortunate truth" police were unable to save him, he added. His colleague Richard Hughes said he believed the teenager might have "fought us off in the water".

They were giving evidence at the inquest into the death of the boy, who lived in Hackney, in a canal at Walthamstow Marshes in July 2015.

Witnesses have claimed police refused to enter the water to save him but the Met Police deny this, saying one officer risked his life and entered the water.

The inquest continues.

BHS, founded in Brixton, is to file for administration

High Street retailer BHS is to file for administration today, threatening almost 11,000 jobs.

British Home Stores was founded in Brixton in 1928. Nothing in the store costed more than a shilling (5p) - double that of rival Woolworth's maximum price of sixpence. 

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The administration comes after sources close to the company's owners admitted that "things don't look good".

Talks with Sports Direct to sell some of BHS's 164 stores collapsed over the weekend, and it is understood any buyer would do so only if it did not have to take on the £571m pension deficit.

BreakingPlanned strikes on Piccadilly Line tomorrow and Thursday have been suspended

Planned strikes by drivers on the Piccadilly line tomorrow and Thursday have been suspended, the RMT union has announced. 

Incinerator operators Viridor 'restricts wildlife volunteer access to Sutton nature reserve'

Inside Croydon

A well-respected naturalist has accused Viridor, the incinerator operators, of further breaches of their promises and obligations at the Beddington Farmlands nature reserve in Sutton.  

Mayoral campaign: Zac Goldsmith says commuters are treated 'worse than cattle'

Esther Webber

BBC News, London

Crowded Tube
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Today Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith is focusing on transport, warning: "We need to urgently stand up for London's commuters by investing in services to reduce delays and overcrowding."

He drew attention to an admission by TfL that conditions on trains and Tube services mean that four people often share one square metre of space. 

He said his Labour opponent would be the "political representative of the trade union bosses" whereas he would be "the champion for commuters". 

Find out more about who's standing in the London elections.

Mayoral campaign: Doreen Lawrence urges support for Sadiq Khan

Esther Webber

BBC News, London

We're entering the last full week of campaigning in the London mayoral race, when the candidates will be straining every sinew to edge ahead on 5 May. 

This morning Labour hopeful Sadiq Khan was backed by party colleague Baroness Lawrence, mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, who urged voters to choose "unity over division".

Doreen Lawrence

Mr Khan gave a speech at London Met University on increasing opportunities, where he was a student, saying: “I want every Londoner to have access to the opportunities that I had."

Find out more about who's standing in the London elections.

Presenter sets women's British record at London Marathon

Welsh television presenter and runner Angharad Mair has set a new British record during the London Marathon in the over 55 women's category.

Ms Mair completed the 26.2-mile course in two hours, 57 minutes and 46 seconds.

Angharad Mair
Angharad Mair

It is the third time the Carmarthen-born S4C presenter has run the course.  

The Londoner undoing her 18 tattoos in underground Soho

Tass Cambitzi has been tattooed 18 times, but is now undergoing painful laser removal. She has struggled to find value and self-worth all her life, but believes this will be easier without tattoos. 


Tass - short for Anastasia - grew up in London. Her first brush with the tattoo needle was in Kensington Market when she was 14, a small flower-like design picked off the tattooist's wall and put on to her hip.

But since October 2014, Tass has been doggedly undergoing these removal sessions in a tiny underground studio in London's Soho.  

Ben Butler, accused of murdering his daughter was 'hostile ' towards police officers, Old Bailey hears

A father insisted he was the victim of a "miscarriage of justice" when police tried to talk to him about how his six-year-old daughter had died from a devastating head injury, the Old Bailey heard. 

Ben and Ellie Butler

Ben Butler, 36, allegedly became "hostile" and "aggressive" towards officers and swore at one after after Ellie Butler was pronounced dead in hospital on the afternoon of October 28 2013. 

The house husband "stared accusingly" at an officer after he went about collecting the little girl's pink pyjamas for evidence and examined her body for other injuries, the court heard.

He denies murder. 

Prince Harry lays a wreath at the Wellington Arch for Anzac Day

Prince Harry has laid a wreath during a dawn service at the Wellington Arch to mark the start of Anzac Day commemorations. 

Prince Harry

The day has been marked in London since the first anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli in 1916, when King George the Fifth attended a service at Westminster Abbey. 

Since then, the services have become an important moment for thousands of expat Australians and New Zealanders.

This afternoon's weather: Scattered showers, becoming wintry tonight

BBC Weather

Skies should brighten a little this afternoon although there will still be some showers around and later cloud is likely to thicken again from the north introducing some light rain and hill sleet during the early evening. It will feel chilly in the wind.

Maximum Temperature: 12C (53F). 

On air: Former Queens Park Rangers captain looks back at when they nearly won the League

BBC London News

Coming up on the news this lunchtime: Forty years ago Queens Park Rangers came close to creating one of the biggest shocks in football history. At the end of their league campaign they were top of the table - but they didn't end up winning the title. 

BBC London's Chris Slegg met up with former Rangers captain Gerry Francis to look back at the team christened the 10 day Champions.

Ricky Gervais says David Bowie his kept illness from 'everyone'

BBC Radio 5 Live

Ricky Gervais has revealed he was exchanging emails with David Bowie two weeks before his death but that Bowie kept the state of his health a secret.

Gervais, from Brixton, told Radio 5 live he contacted the musician to say he loved his new album Blackstar and Bowie replied.

Ricky Gervais David Bowie

"[His death] was a total surprise. I was emailing him two weeks before, so he must have known. He kept it from everyone," said Gervais.

The rock star died aged 69. 

Southern Rail strike will have 'significant impact on service'

Rail passengers on some of the busiest routes in the country have been warned a strike by conductors will have a "significant" impact on services. 

Southern Rail train

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on Southern Rail will walk out for 24 hours from 11:00 tomorrow in a dispute over the role of conductors and driver-only trains.

Southern said no services will run on many routes and only a limited number on others.

David Seath named as the man who died yesterday during the London marathon

A man who had a heart attack during the London marathon yesterday has been named on his Just Giving page as David Seath. 

David Seath

His page says: "He was three miles short of the finish line and collapsed on Upper Thames Street. 

"His friends and colleagues are planning to complete what he started, in his honour. We will walk as one, the final three miles of the marathon, starting where he fell.  

"We are raising money for Help for Heroes, a cause he ran and died for. He was our friend and hero."  

Parents of young man stabbed to death in Tooting asks for help to bring his "cowardly killer to justice"

The family of a student seen "jogging along" after being fatally stabbed has urged witnesses to help bring his "cowardly" killers to justice. 

Lewis Elwin, 20, died in Tooting, south London one week ago. He was stabbed in the back. 

Lewis Elwin
Met Police

On Monday his family appealed for help to stop "the epidemic of murders plaguing our young men".

The family said: "Words can't describe the pain and loss we feel. We are still in shock. We pray that this doesn't happen to your son, your brother, your family. 

"But if our community continues to stay silent then Lewis's senseless murder would have been for nothing." 

Dele Alli named Young Player of the Year

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli won Young Player of the Year at the Professional Footballers' Association awards last night.

Dele Alli
Rex Features

The 20-year-old was unable to collect the award in person as Tottenham host West Brom later, but former Spurs player and manager Ossie Ardiles collected the prize on his behalf.

Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez was named player of the year at the ceremony.

West Ham will play Italian giants Juventus as their first opponents at the Olympic Stadium

Nicholas Godwin

BBC London Sport presenter

West Ham have announced that Italian giants Juventus will be their first opponents at the Olympic Stadium. 

London Olympic Stadium

The Hammers are moving into the stadium in Stratford this summer. It will hold 60,000 people. 

The match will take place on Sunday 7th August, a week before the new Premier League season gets underway. 

Juventus have been crowned Champions of Italy this season and are one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

London Marathon: And another happy ending

Latest headlines: West Ham's first game in Olympic stadium announced, call for action over homelessness

Pippa Stephens

BBC News Online, London

  • The curtain falls on Hamlet's two-year tour of the globe
  • West Ham has announced its first game in the Olympic Stadium will be a friendly against Italian club Juventus.

London Marathon runner pretends to tie his laces and instead proposes to his girlfriend

Curtain falls on global Hamlet tour

After two years visiting almost every country in the world, a touring production of Hamlet has played its final show at Shakespeare's Globe.

Performers at the Globe
Bronwen Sharp

The cast and crew received a standing ovation and were showered with roses as they brought the play to a close at the open air theatre on Sunday.

Speaking on stage after the performance, director Dominic Dromgoole said the cast had "rewritten the book" on how to do a tour.

The highs and the lows of the London Marathon

It's an emotional experience for those taking part. One minute you're up and then you're down, no matter who you are. Even the elite runners suffered. 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. See what you may have missed.

A runner in pain
All Sport/Getty Images
Runners in fancy dress
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Elite runners crash and fall
A runner celebrates reaching the finish line
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Reward of £10,000 offered for information to help catch killer after Tooting stabbing

A £10,000 reward's being offered for information that helps catch whoever stabbed a student to death in Tooting a week ago today. 

Penwortham Road
Google Maps

Detectives say they haven't yet found the weapon that was used to kill 20-year-old Lewis Elwin, and they still don't know the motive for his murder. 

His family have described his death as "senseless" and called on the community to break its silence to help bring his "cowardly" killers to justice.

Faeces bacteria found on KFC ice

Bacteria from faeces have been found on ice that was served to an undercover researcher at a KFC restaurant.

KFC sign
Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The discovery was made by the BBC's Rip Off Britain, which was investigating food hygiene at branches of several big-name takeaways and coffee shops.

Undercover researchers visited the Chicken Cottage in Hampstead, a branch of Costa in Loughborough, a Café Nero in Bath, and the Wimpy in Basildon, as well as the KFC at Martineau Place in Birmingham for the investigation.

Today's weather: Scattered showers, becoming wintry overnight

BBC Weather

There will be a fair amount of cloud around this morning bringing a few light showers.

Skies should brighten a little this afternoon although there will still be some showers around and later cloud is likely to thicken again from the north introducing some light rain and hill sleet during the early evening.

It will feel chilly in the wind.

Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F)

Travel: St John's Hill blocked by broken down vehicle

BBC Travel

The A3036 St John's Hill in Clapham Junction is partially blocked with traffic queuing eastbound to the Plough Road junction, because of a broken down vehicle.

And there is heavy traffic around Parliament Square with congestion on Westminster Bridge to the Lambeth Palace Road junction because of roadworks.

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

BBC London Live updates on Monday 25 April

Pippa Stephens

BBC News Online, London

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