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  1. Updates on Tuesday 26 April 2016

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

Tonight's weather: dry with clear spells

BBC Weather

Wintry showers will die out through the course of the evening and overnight but develop again tomorrow. 

This will allow most places to become dry with clear spells, with a touch of frost then developing in sheltered rural places, such as Lea Valley, by morning. 

The minimum temperature will be 2C (36F).

Maxine Benson guilty of murdering Alfie Stone after pasta row

A woman who stabbed a teenager to death in a row over a pasta meal outside a supermarket has been found guilty of murder, the Old Bailey heard.

Maxine Benson, 33, attacked 18-year-old Alfie Stone outside the Tesco Express in High Road, Ickenham, in November last year, after claiming either he or his older brother had eaten her food.

Benson, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody ahead of a sentencing hearing.  

Footage shows tragic London marathon runner on Blue Peter

Archive footage shows Afghanistan veteran David Seath, 31, who died while running the London Marathon on Sunday, working with youngsters in an episode of Blue Peter.

In the footage he comments on the Ten Tors challenge, which takes place on Dartmoor every year.

More than £100,000 has been raised for charity Help For Heroes following the death of the Army captain after marathon on Sunday.

He had a cardiac arrest three miles short of the finish, near the 23-mile mark, close to Southwark Bridge.

Jemal Williams jailed for murdering Shaquan Sammy-Plummer

Jemal Williams, 20, has been jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering a teenager he would not let in to his party.

Williams, of Berkeley Gardens, Enfield, must serve a minimum of 24 years for stabbing Shaquan Sammy-Plummer (pictured), 17, in the chest.

Shaquan Sammy-Plummer
Met Police

Det Ch Insp Jamie Piscopo, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command unit, said: "The death of Shaquan was a meaningless tragedy."

He described the investigation as being complex due to the "wall of silence" by people too scared to come forward.

On air: Strikes, Ben Butler murder trial and London Mayor latest

BBC London News

Coming up on this evening's news at 18.30 on BBC One, thousands of commuters on some of the busiest rail routes in the UK have experienced long delays and cancellations to services because of a strike on Southern Trains. 

A court has watched a recording of a police interview with the mother of Ellie Butler, six, who died in October 2013. Her father Ben Butler denies murder.

More than 1,800 operations and procedures have been cancelled in London as a result of strike action by junior doctors who are in disagreement with the Government over a new contract.

And we'll have the latest on the race for London Mayor.

Ben Butler murder trial: jury shown film of police interview

The trial of Ben Butler, the father accused of murdering his six-year-old daughter Ellie, has been shown a video of the child's mother tearfully telling police she didn't believe her former partner had done anything to her. 

Jennie Gray, who has admitted perverting the course of justice, was interviewed as a witness the day after her daughter Ellie died in Sutton, south London, in October 2013. 

Ben Butler with Ellie Butler
Rex Features

Ms Gray told police she had heard Ellie playing when she arrived home early from work - before later discovering her collapsed on her bedroom floor. 

Ellie died less than a year after she was was returned to her parents in 2012, after a spell in care. This followed the quashing of Mr Butler's conviction for harming his daughter. 

Ben Butler denies murder. He and Ms Gray both deny a charge of child cruelty. 

A mayoral Candidate near you: Peter Whittle (UKIP)

Peter Whittle, the UKIP candidate, ventured to south London spending the day in New Addington in Croydon. He visited the local shops, the Croydon Adult Learning and Training Centre and spoke to residents. He said he received "great support".

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A mayoral candidate near you: Caroline Pidgeon (Lib Dem)

Caroline Pidgeon, the candidate for the Liberal Democrats, has been out campaigning in Uxbridge and Stanmore.

She's criticised her two main rivals, Labour's Sadiq Khan and Conservative Zac Goldsmith, for being slow to back a cycling campaign called #signforcycling. She questioned whether they would be able to deliver on their support.

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Travel: Piccadilly Line cancellations and delays in Wimbledon due to roadworks

BBC Travel

On the Tube, there is no service on the Piccadilly Line between Oakwood and Cockfosters due to a signal failure at Cockfosters. Tickets are being accepted on local bus routes.  

There are delays due to temporary traffic lights and emergency repairs on A218 Durnsford Road in Wimbledon at the B235 Plough Lane junction.

There is widespread disruption on trains due to the Southern Train strike, click here for the latest details.

A mayoral candidate near you: Zac Goldsmith (Conservative)

Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative Party candidate, has been on a visit with the Prime Minister to the British Transport Police highlighting his policy on policing.

He said: "I'll work with the Government to protect police numbers and put 500 more officers on the tube to keep Londoners safe."

Zac Goldsmith and David Cameron
Conservative Party
Zac Goldsmith and David Cameron visiting the British Transport Police

Almost 25,000 outpatient procedures cancelled in London due to junior doctors' strike

Almost 25,000 outpatient procedures have been cancelled as junior doctors walk out for the first of two days of strike action.

Protesters in Tooting

A total of 24,535 outpatient procedures were cancelled in London, NHS England confirmed.

Meanwhile 681 inpatient operations and 1,182 day case operations were also cancelled.

The walkout, which began at 08:00 ended at 17:00 with further all-out action due to take place tomorrow, between the same hours, in the protest against the imposition of the new contract.

First all-out doctors strike is 'bleak day', ministers say

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

The first all-out doctors' strike in the NHS's history is a "bleak day", ministers say, but hospitals seem to be coping well during today's stoppage.

Junior doctors in Tooting

Junior doctors walked out of routine and emergency care at 08:00. The strike affects A&E, maternity and intensive care for the first time.

Speaking to the BBC, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt described it as a "very, very bleak day" for the NHS, but said no union had the right to stop a government trying to act on a manifesto promise.  

The walkout ended at 17:00 with further all-out action due to take place tomorrow, between the same hours, in the protest against the imposition of the new contract from the summer.

A mayoral candidate near you: Sadiq Khan (Labour)

Sadiq Khan, the Labour candidate, has received the backing of the Mayor of Paris.  Anne Hidalgo is the city's first female mayor and is part of the Socialist Party - the same as French President François Hollande.

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A mayoral candidate near you: Sian Berry (Green)

As we approach the last week of campaigning, we'll be keeping you up to date on where five of the candidates have been pounding the streets.

Kicking off today is Sian Berry, the Green Party candidate.

She visited Willesden Green tube station where she launched a manifesto for North West London. Then she headed to North Kensington Library to launch her Central London manifesto. Whilst there she signed a petition against the Library being leased to a private school.

Sian Berry, Green Party candidate
Green Party
Sian Berry, Green Party candidate at the North Kensington Library

Man guilty of seven sexual assaults in 10 days across south London

Mehdi Midani, 28, has been convicted of seven sexual assaults following a series of attacks in the space of 10 days in October last year targeting women in Clapham and Brixton Hill.

Mehdi Midani
Met Police

Midani, of no fixed address, was found guilty of eight counts of sexual assault and common assault at Inner London Crown Court.

He will be sentenced on Thursday, 26 May.

Pensioner seriously injured after being hit by car

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a 71-year-old woman was left with serious leg injuries following a crash in Stratford.Police were called at 14:20 yesterday to reports of a collision between a pedestrian and a Vauxhall Corsa at the crossing situated between the Westfield Shopping Centre and the Stratford Centre in Great Eastern Road.The woman was taken to hospital where she remains in a stable condition. The driver of the Corsa stopped at the scene.

Walthamstow man charged with murder

A man from Walthamstow has been charged with the murder of Mark Altabas, who was found stabbed in a street in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

Mr Altabas (pictured), 47, was discovered by police on Angle Ways at 04:20 on 21 April. He died later at Lister Hospital in the town.

Mark Altabas
South Beds News Agency

Destao Pedro, 18, of Forest Road, Walthamstow, has been charged with killing him and he is due at Hatfield Remand Court.

Two other people charged with murder, Robert Crook, 57, and Katie Holmes, 43, both of Long Leaves in Stevenage, appeared at Hatfield Remand Court on Saturday and they are due to re-appear at St Albans Crown Court later.

Snow showers in London

Snow has fallen in London this afternoon on what has been a very cold but sunny day.

Michael Cortez took this picture in Clapham Common. We'll have a full overnight forecast for London later.

Snow in Clapham Common
Michael Cortez

One line of inquiry remains in Madeleine McCann case, Scotland Yard boss says

Police are following one remaining line of inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, Scotland Yard boss Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said.

Madeleine McCann

The UK-based investigation into her disappearance could finish in the next few months, he has told journalists.

Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, was three years old went she missing from her family's Portuguese holiday apartment on 3 May 2007.

Striking out: It's time to repair Big Ben's home

BBC Parliament

Freeview channel 131

Big Ben's bongs may be silenced at certain points in the next three years, as essential works to conserve the Elizabeth Tower, the Great Clock and the Great Bell - also known as Big Ben - begin in early 2017.  

Big Ben
UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

It's been 157 years since the famous clock - a symbol of London, standing 96m above the Houses of Parliament - began service and it needs work to preserve it.

"It's been running 24/7," says Paul Roberson, one of the clockmakers at the Palace of Westminster. "You wouldn't run a motor 24/7 for 150 years without maintaining it.

Man stabbed during argument over taxi

Police are appealing for information after a 39-year-old man was stabbed in Woodford Green during an argument over a taxi.

At about 03:25 on Saturday police were called by the London Ambulance Service to a man stabbed in the leg outside Eton Heights on Whitehall Road.

Eton Heights, Woodford Green

The man was taken to an east London hospital for treatment and has since been discharged - it is understood the victim was assaulted by a group of men and women who had attended a party at Eton Heights.

Detectives from Redbridge CID are keen to identify a dark coloured pick-up truck type vehicle - thought to be a Mitsubishi L200 - which was seen leaving the scene shortly after the attack took place.

Watch: Amal Clooney speaks about Azerbaijan journalist's human rights case

BBC World

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is representing award-winning Azerbaijan reporter Khadija Ismayilova at the European Court of Human Rights.

Amal Clooney is representing Khadija Ismayilova

Ms Ismayilova, an outspoken critic of the government, was jailed 18 months ago.

Mrs Clooney has been speaking to the BBC in London about the journalist's case.

David Bowie 'a big fan' of Peaky Blinders show

Brixton-born David Bowie liked Peaky Blinders so much he was apparently keen to have his music featured on the BBC Two crime series, its creator has revealed.

David Bowie
Reuters / BBC

According to writer Steven Knight, the singer's "people" had told him "he was a big, big fan" of the period drama.

Knight said he had been played a copy of Bowie's Blackstar album shortly before the singer's death in January.

Marathon security to be boosted after competitors' water stolen

Runners taking part in marathon
Getty Images/AFP

Security will be boosted at water stations for future London Marathons after video emerged of water bottles being "stolen" during the race.

The 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 said organisers "deplore the scenes".

Robert Downey Jr visits Great Ormond Street Hospital

Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr has visited Great Ormond Street Hospital ahead of the European premiere of Captain America: Civil War in London tonight.

Robert Downey Jr and child

He is holding one-year-old Charlie.

Weather update: Sunny spells and scattered showers.

BBC Weather

Through this afternoon we will see a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers. 

The showers may turn heavy and thundery at times with a wintry mix of rain, hail, sleet and perhaps occasionally a few flakes of wet snow. 

It will be a cold day with a significant wind chill in the strong and gusty northerly wind. 

 Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F)

On air: Southern Trains strike, the world's tallest slide and 40 years since QPR missed their fairtyale ending

BBC London News

Coming up on the lunchtime news at 13:30 BST on BBC One, passengers can expect queues, crowding and limited trains as many workers on Southern Trains take part in a 24 hour strike.

Tickets go on sale this morning for the world's longest andtallest slide - which spirals around the Orbit Tower in the Olympic Park.

And Chris Slegg steps back 40 years to when Queens Park Rangers missed out on winning the league by one point.

Watch: 'It's an absolute pain' - commuters respond to the Southern railway strike

Southern Trains plan to run 60% of services

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

Southern Trains says it is planning to run 60% of services today as strike action gets underway.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union walked out from 11:00 BST for 24 hours.

In a message to passengers, Southern said: "You may have a long wait before you are able to board a train. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee to get you to your destination."  

Capt David Seath London Marathon death: £100k raised

More than £100,000 has been raised for charity Help For Heroes following the death of an Army captain after the London Marathon on Sunday.

Afghanistan veteran David Seath, 31, had a cardiac arrest three miles short of the finish, near the 23-mile mark, close to Southwark Bridge.

Capt Seath, pictured with his partner Gaby Schoenberger

Over £50,000 has been donated to his own page, while a separate campaign set up yesterday has raised over £70,000.

His friends are planning to complete the marathon in his honour, starting at the place where he collapsed, and a minute's applause will take place at 15:23 BST during the Army v Navy rugby match at Twickenham this Saturday.

Elsewhere a number of parkruns, including ones in Cheltenham and Kingsway, have invited joggers to run 3.2 miles, rather than the usual 3.1 miles, to mark the distance Capt Seath had left to run.

London mayor candidates criticised for hustings 'no show'

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

Housing might be the issue the candidates running for London mayor say is the most important to them but at Monday's hustings on the subject neither Zac Goldsmith nor Sadiq Khan were there.

The chair of the charity hosting the event, David Oor of the National Housing Federation, told the audience both candidates must have "thought there was something more important than housing" with just over a week to go until the mayoral election.

Candidates at the London housing hustings

Labour's Sadiq Khan said he pulled out at the last minute because of a vote in the House of Commons to get the UK to support taking in more refugee children from Syria.

There was confustion as to where Conservative Zac Goldsmith was.

His stand-in, the Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond, told the audience Mr Goldsmith was meeting constituents in Hillingdon to talk about Crossrail, but Mr Goldsmith was inside the House of Commons around the same time.

Tottenham not giving up on Premier League title - Mauricio Pochettino

BBC Sport

Tottenham will not give up on the Premier League title despite dropping two points against West Brom, manager Mauricio Pochettino has promised.

Craig Dawson scores own goal
Getty Images

Monday's 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane leaves Spurs seven points behind Leicester with three games remaining.

The Foxes can seal the title with victory at Manchester United on Sunday.

"Mathematically it is still possible [for Spurs to win the league]. We need to fight for the points," Pochettino told BBC Sport.

Trafalgar Square crazy golf course could come to London

A futuristic crazy golf course could be brought to London's Trafalgar Square after a crowd-funding campaign.

Crazy golf design by Paul Smith
London Design School

London Design Festival is hoping to raise £120,000 for the Visionary Crazy Golf, which has been dreamed up by artists and designers, including the late Dame Zaha Hadid. 

Festival organisers say it will be "futuristic, functional, fun and free for the public to play". 

Funding permitted, the golf course will run from 16-22 September. The dates coincide with the London Design Festival.

Big Ben 'bongs' to be silenced for £29m refurbishment

Britain's most famous clock tower is to fall silent for three years so that urgent repair work can be carried out at cost of £29m.

Parliament says it has no choice but to stop the chimes of Big Ben, after 157 years of nearly unbroken service, to prevent its mechanism from failing.

Big Ben
Getty Images

The Elizabeth Tower, which houses the bell, also needs repairs to its water damaged masonry and iron work.

The refit, which is due to begin next year, could also see the clock faces stripped of the black and gold paint that was applied in the 1980s to return them to their Victorian appearance, which is thought feature green and gold paint.

Teenage girl sexually assaulted in Croydon

Detectives in Croydon are appealing for information after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted.

The 15-year-old girl was walking along Addington Road with a friend at about 16:30 BST on Wednesday 13 April, when they were approached by two men close to a parade of shops.

One of the men sexually assaulted the girl before walking away.

The men are both described as Eastern European and aged in their mid to late 20s.

Olympic Park Orbit tower slide tickets go on sale

Tickets have gone sale for the world's "longest and tallest tunnel slide" down the Orbit Tower, next to the Olympic Stadium.

Olympic Park Orbit tower slide plans given go ahead

The ride will measure 178m (584ft) in length and 76m (249ft) in height, with the descent taking about 40 seconds.

The £3.5m attraction in east London will be open from 24 June.

The Orbit tower previously ran at a loss of £520,000 in 2014-15, while being used as an observation tower.