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  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 April 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Widespread frost forecast

BBC Weather

A few showers will continue during this evening, before dying around midnight. 

It will be a largely dry and clear night, but temperatures will fall away with a fairly widespread frost developing. A few icy patches may also form on untreated surfaces. 

The minimum temperature will be 1C (34F) 

On air: Revenge porn, Southern Rail strike and a statue of homeless Jesus

BBC London News

On tonight's news at 18:30 on BBC One, figures obtained by the BBC shows a quarter of so called 'revenge porn' cases are reported here in the capital, but charges have only been brought in 5% of incidents.

A statue of a homeless Jesus has been refused planning permission by Westminster City Council as it says there are too many statues in the area. 

And, a Southern train conductors' strike ended this morning, with two further walk outs planned - but talks are set to take place on Friday aimed at bringing an end to the dispute.

Maxine Benson jailed for murdering Alfie Stone after pasta row

A woman who murdered a teenager during a row over pasta must serve a minimum of 23 years in jail.

Maxine Benson, 33, stabbed 18-year-old Alfie Stone after accusing him or his older brother of eating her food.

Maxine Benson
Met Police

The Old Bailey heard she attacked Mr Stone outside Tesco Express in High Road, Ickenham, west London, on 9 November last year.

Benson was filmed on CCTV wielding the knife. Passers-by rushed to give first aid but Mr Stone later died.

Married couple charged under Terrorism Act

Husband and wife Mohammed Iqbal Golamaully, 47, and Nazimabee Golamaully, 45, from south London, have been jointly charged with fundraising offences under the Terrorism Act.

Mrs Golamaully was arrested by officers from the MPS Counter Terrorism Command on 2 April last year, while Mr Golamaully, was arrested on 8 December, Scotland Yard confirmed.

Both remained on police bail while the investigation continued. 

Both have been charged today and will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

Paralympian reunited with stolen bike

Paralympian Tim Farr has been reunited with his £5,000 handbike after it was found for sale in a south London Cash Converters.

The bike, which he calls his "lifeline", was stolen from outside his home in Balham last week.

Tim Farr is reunited with his stolen bike
Tim Farr

He wrote on his Facebook page: "It has been an amazing couple of days and has restored my faith in humanity.

"A few people came forward to say they had seen it being taken into Cash Converters where it was sold for £150! There are a couple of small bits missing but nothing major and it is generally unharmed."

National Gallery needs more space, director says

The National Gallery needs to expand its premises in Trafalgar Square to have more space for temporary exhibitions, its director has said.

Gabriele Finaldi told The Times (paywall) he has ambitions to take over a nearby office block that currently houses a hotel, a cinema and an Indian restaurant.

The National Gallery
BBC

Finaldi said the floor space of the gallery "hasn't actually changed pretty much in a generation and we are now having 50% more visitors, and potentially that is going to grow in the future".

A gallery spokeswoman said no official decision had been made.  

England's Marler banned for kick

BBC Sport

England and Harlequins prop Joe Marler is banned for two weeks after being found guilty of kicking a player in the head.

The 25-year-old was seen kicking hooker Arnaud Heguy in the 30-6 European Challenge Cup win over Grenoble.  

Joe Marler
Rex Features

Marler was playing his first game since being banned for calling Wales' Samson Lee "Gypsy boy" during the Six Nations.

He will miss Harlequins' last two Premiership games, but will be free to play in the Challenge Cup final and England's game with Wales in May.

Childline turns 30: 'When I run I feel free'

On Childline's 30th anniversary Amelia and Rosey talk about why they ran the London Marathon in aid of the charity.

How Childline inspires London Marathon runners

The private and confidential helpline for children and young adults lends a voice to those in need.

Amelia and Rosey are now counsellors for the charity having used the services when they were young. 

Artist's intricate maps of London accepted by three permanent collections

Artist Fuller's drawings of Bristol and London have been bought by the Museum of London, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and the British Library.

He said his maps of London and Bristol were "cartographical love letters".

Fuller with his map
Fuller

Pat Hardy, from the Museum of London, said his "London Town" map would provide an "intriguing, unique, glimpse into the capital".

Fuller's London map
Fuller

And Tom Harper, antiquarian map curator at The British Library, said it was "one of the most personal pieces of cartography I've ever seen".

Fuller said he was "absolutely honoured and humbled" by the decisions to accept his work

Travel: Paint spillage, lorry crash and rail strike all causing delays

BBC Travel

There is major congestion in much of west London, throughout Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, Acton and Holland Park this evening

The A40 Western Avenue Westbound at Savoy Circus is blocked, a lorry involved in a much earlier crash has been moved but lane one lane remains closed to clear up a spillage of paint.

In Westminster, Wigmore Street is closed in both directions due to serious accident involving a lorry and pedestrian between B406 Welbeck Street and Marylebone Lane. The road is expected to remain closed through this evening's rush-hour

Following the strike by RMT union members, services on Southern Trains are still severely affected, with no service on many routes and only a limited service on others.

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

What the mayoral candidates are up to: Peter Whittle (UKIP)

The UKIP candidate Peter Whittle had a day full of local press interviews. Including one in the Evening Standard about his campaigning efforts in South London yesterday.

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What the mayoral candidates are up to: Caroline Pidgeon (Lib Dem)

The Liberal Democrat candidate, Caroline Pidgeon, was out in Brixton with party leader Tim Farron. They visited Brixton Cycles a workers' cooperative which has been running since 1983.

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There was even a baby shot from BBC London political reporter, Susan Mendonça.

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What the mayoral candidates are up to: Sadiq Khan (Labour)

The Labour candidate, Sadiq Khan, has been campaigning in south-east London with the local Labour MP for Lewisham Deptford Vicky Foxcroft.

He's also gained the support of another European politician. Yesterday the mayor of Paris gave him her support. Today it was Roberto Giachetti - who is a mayoral candidate for Rome's own mayoral election from the Democratic Party.

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What the mayoral candidates are up to: Zac Goldsmith (Conservative)

The Conservative Party candidate Zac Goldsmith was answering questions on a Mumsnet web chat earlier.

He didn't get through all the questions but made sure to tell readers about his favourite biscuit and replied to one admiring voter with a cheeky emoticon.

For the record my favourite biscuit is normally a chocolate digestive, although I am eating a lot of Pret Cookies in this marathon campaign.

Zac Goldsmith's conversation with a user on Mumsnet
Mumsnet
Zac Goldsmith's conversation with a user on Mumsnet

What the mayoral candidates are up to: Sian Berry (Green)

We're continuing our daily digest of what five of the mayoral candidates are up to. 

The Green candidate, Sian Berry, spoke about housing at Southbank University in Elephant and Castle. 

In the afternoon she went to Norbiton in Kingston upon Thames and spoke to residents on the Cambridge Road Estate where plans to demolition and rebuild homes is being considered by the council.

She'll be joining an anti-pollution protest outside the Department of Transport which starts at 17:00.

Sian Berry (centre) with Andree Frieze (second from left) with local residents at the Cambridge Road Estate
Green Party
Sian Berry (centre) with Andree Frieze (second from left) with local residents at the Cambridge Road Estate

Woman dies after collision with lorry in Westminster

Anna O'Neill

BBC Radio London reporter

A woman has died after being hit by a lorry in Westminster.

Police were called at 14:20 to reports of a collision between a lorry and a pedestrian in Wigmore Street at the junction with Wellbeck Street.

The woman was pronounced dead at 14:33. Her family are yet to be informed.

Westminster crash
BBC

Traffc has been diverted from Wigmore Street down Welbeck Way after the fatal collision. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Detectives from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating and have appealed for witnesses to come forward.  

Traffic diverted due to Westminster crash
BBC

Rare £10m Ferrari gets parking ticket

A rare Ferrari racing car worth about £10m is given a parking fine after the owners rolled it into a Mews to take some photos.

Historic car specialists Fiskens said they placed the car for a "short time" outside their Kensington headquarters when two traffic wardens approached.

Traffic warden putting parking ticket on Ferrari
Fiskens

Acquisition specialist Rory Henderson said the company were always "super-careful" not to obstruct others who use the mews when moving their vehicles around.

Kensington and Chelsea Council said the ticket was "issued as it would in any case".  

Traffic warden putting parking ticket on Ferrari

Rare £10m Ferrari gets parking ticket

A rare Ferrari racing car worth about £10m is given a parking fine after the owners rolled it into a Mews to take some photos.

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Puppies and rabbits help stressed students

Cute alert: Check out these cuddly puppies and bunnies helping to relax stressed students as part of the University of Westminster Students' Union Destress Week.

Slots to pet the 12 puppies and eight rabbits sold out in minutes due to high demand.

Puppies and rabbits at university
University of Westminster

Dr Trudi Edginton, senior lecturer in psychology said: “The instant joy that we feel when we see baby animals is incredibly soothing and ideal for reducing anxiety due to the immediate release of oxytocin. 

"Therefore, meeting our puppies and bunnies at Westminster is a perfect way to reduce exam stress.”

London charity given £147k for groundbreaking work with people selling sex

Pippa Stephens

BBC News Online, London

A London charity has won £147,000 in funding to support men, women and transgender people working in flats, brothels, saunas and massage parlours and as independent escorts in the capital.

Spires in Streatham currently works with people selling sex on the street, but is expanding its remit after hearing from clients many women are working indoors.

Lucy, Pamela, Arianna, Jenny and Dionne
Spires
Spires charity workers Lucy, Pamela, Arianna, Jenny and Dionne

The funding has gone towards staffing, training and resources such as needle exchange, rape alarms, information on legal rights and translation services.

Lucy Barrett at Spires said there is no other charity in the UK providing this sort of outreach work.  

Man arrested after 21-year-old man dies in Southall fire

A man in his 20s has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to danger life after a 21-year-old man died in a fire in Southall.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters were called to the garage fire in Cranleigh Gardens just before 01:00 on Monday morning. 

Cranleigh Gardens
Google

Firefighters rescued a man from the garage and he was taken to a specialist burns unit in Essex but was pronounced dead. His family have been told.

The man in his 20s has been released on bail until mid-June. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Anti-pollution protest planned

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

Anti-Pollution protesters are planning to demonstrate outside the Department for Transport on Marsham Street at 17:00.

Two drug-related arrests in Hayes murder enquiry

A 26-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman have been arrested in Middlesex on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs. 

A murder investigation was launched after police were called to reports of a man stabbed by the tennis courts in Rosedale Park, off Albion Road, Hayes on 27 January.  

Harjit Singh Dulai
Met Police

Officers attended and found 44-year-old Harjit Singh Dulai (pictured), who lived in Uxbridge, suffering from a stab wound. He later died.

The man and woman have both been bailed until mid-June pending further enquiries. 

Six people have been previously arrested on suspicion of murder as part of the investigation.

Orbit slide follows mayor 'foisting' revenue plan on sculpture

Sir Anish Kapoor has said a slide is being installed around his Orbit sculpture in London because the city's mayor "foisted" the idea of making it a bigger attraction onto him.

Artist Carsten Höller is installing the world's longest and tallest tunnel slide around the Olympic Park work.

Orbit
Rob Stothard

Boris Johnson said the artistic collaboration was "like Bernini adorning the work of Michelangelo."

Höller has been celebrated for his slide installations at the Hayward Gallery and Tate Modern, but Sir Anish said he had only approached him after Mr Johnson stipulated that the tower needed "to raise revenue".

"I thought it was the right thing to do. It's one art work becoming part of another work," he said.

Southern Rail strike - technological change versus people - again

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

Southern train
PA

It is technology which means transport bosses think they can then change roles.

In this dispute, Southern wants the driver (and not the conductor) to have control of the doors. It claims the driver can now do this safely as he has CCTV.

Southern trains says: "On our more modern trains, we want to evolve the conductor role into one of an on-board supervisor, who is more visible to more passengers."

The RMT union claims this is a safety issue and two safety qualified personnel on board are better than one.  

Driverless cars to take to London streets in 2017

A number of driverless cars will take to the streets of London in 2017 as part of an "ambitious" trial by Volvo.

The Swedish manufacturer said it will be the first time  members of the British public will be recruited to get behind the wheel of autonomous driving (AD) cars on the public highway. 

Volvo logo
Getty Images

The semi-AD cars will take to the streets of London early next year, before the scheme is extended in 2018 to up to 100 vehicles. 

They will be fitted with additional computer systems, cameras and sensors to enable them to carry out steering, lane changes, acceleration and braking without driver control, Volvo said. 

Harry Potter star Josh Herdman launches cage fighting career

BBC Newsbeat

The actor who played Draco Malfoy's right-hand man in the Harry Potter films has started a career as an amateur cage fighter.

Josh Herdman
Josh Herdman/Twitter

Josh Herdman, who played Hogwarts hardman Gregory Goyle, beat Polish fighter Janusz Walachowski in Romford, east London, at the weekend.

Draco Malfoy with Gregory Goyle
ITAR-TASS Photo Agency/Alamy

The 28-year-old has two older brothers who have both boxed and his dad was a boxer and professional rugby league player before going into acting in his late 20s.

Talking to Addicted MMA On The Road he said: "I chose MMA because I love the sport. It's raw, exciting and unpredictable."

Ben Butler murder trial: Accused was 'kind loving man', court told

Jennie Gray described partner Ben Butler as a  "very nice, kind loving man" who was devoted to his daughter, a court heard.

Mr Butler, who is accused of beating his six-year-old daughter Ellie to death in October 2013, was described as "a rock" by Jennie Gray in transcripts from a police interview.

Ben and Ellie Butler
Rex Features

She said that Ellie "means the world to him", which is why he went to the High Court to get her back in 2012 after his conviction for assaulting her as a baby was quashed.

The prosecution has said Ms Gray's account to police was a lie, and she has since admitted to perverting the course of justice in the wake of Ellie's death. 

Mr Butler denies murder and both deny child cruelty.

'Good morning ginge': Prince Harry on BBC Radio 2

Prince Harry greeted Chris Evans with "morning ginge" as he made a rare appearance on BBC Radio 2's breakfast show to speak about the Invictus Games.

Prince Harry at Radio 2
BBC

He revealed he prefers Strictly Come Dancing to The Great British Bake Off, and when asked to choose between Ant and Dec he said: "Ant, sorry Dec."

He accompanied UK Invictus Games team captain David Wiseman ahead of the event, for wounded service personnel, which will be held in Orlando, Florida next month.

London RAF airman among those remembered at German war cemetery

Flt Sgt Reginald Joseph Collens, from Croydon, is one of 10 previously unidentified airmen who are being remembered at a German war cemetery today.

The 31-year-old was on a Lancaster bomber which took off for Berlin on 2 January 1944 with seven crew on board, but was never heard from again.

Halifax bomber
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

After the men were recently identified, new headstones were carved to replace those which previously had no names.

Members of the families of the Lancaster bomber airmen, and three from a Halifax bomber which crashed in January 1944, have attended the service after the MoD appealed for relatives to come forward earlier this month.

Train driver dies of suspected heart attack pulling into Barking station

A 56-year-old train driver has died after suffering a suspected heart attack as he pulled into Barking station.

Father-of-two Steve Jones, who was based at the East Ham depot, died on Monday night.

National Express train
c2c Rail

According to c2c, Mr Jones' foot came off the safety pedal as the train was travelling at about 6mph during the approach to the station - it stopped automatically and other trains in the area were also halted as a signaller tried to contact Mr Jones.

Mark Daniels, a fellow driver and official with drivers' union Aslef, said: "Steve Jones was one of the proud railwaymen to start under British Rail. He will be a character lost from the mess room."

Weather update: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

It will be breezy this afternoon with a mixture of sunshine and showers. 

The showers will become heavier, locally thundery and more numerous through the afternoon, and will fall as a wintry mix of rain, hail, sleet with even a few flakes of snow possible. 

The temperatures will temporarily fall several degrees underneath the showers. Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F).

On air: Southern train strike ends, revenge porn and a statue of Jesus banned from Westminster

BBC London News

Coming up on the lunchtime news at 13:30 on BBC One.

The 24 hour strike that's caused delays and disruption to thousands of commuters using Southern Rail services has come to an end - and  talks are set to take place on Friday. 

Two people from South London have been charged with using a drone to carry mobile phones and cannabis into Swaleside Prison in Kent

Almost a quarter of all reports of revenge porn cases reported last year in England were in London.

This statue of a so called `homeless Jesus' lying on a bench, which has replicas around the World has been banned from Parliament Square. Westminster City Council says the area is already saturated with statues. 

David Seath's partner speaks of 'dark time' after London Marathon death

The girlfriend of Capt David Seath, who died while running the London Marathon, has paid tribute to her partner and thanked friends and family for their support during this "dark time".

Capt Seath, pictured with his partner Gaby Schoenberger
PA

Gaby Schoenberger wrote on Facebook: "A character like his being taken away so viciously leaves such a devastatingly large hole in our lives."

The 31-year-old Afghanistan veteran had a cardiac arrest three miles short of the finish, near the 23-mile mark, close to Southwark Bridge, on Sunday.

More polluting vehicle charge zones needed, say MPs

"Clean air zones" which charge drivers of high-polluting vehicles should be extended to more cities in England, the Commons environment committee has said.

MPs said more cities should get the enhanced powers being granted to London, Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton.

Car exhaust
Getty Images

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs last year outlined the plans to introduce five clean air zones by 2020, after a Supreme Court ruling ordered it to comply with European Union law limits on nitrogen dioxide in the air. 

Separately, London's mayor has announced that a "ultra low emission zone" being introduced in the centre of the capital from 2020 will apply to all vehicles.

Video of murder accused Ben Butler swearing in daughter's presence

Ben Butler, who is accused of battering his six-year-old daughter Ellie Butler to death, was caught on home video having a swearing rant while in her presence, a court heard. 

The 36-year-old can be heard in the background swearing as little Ellie stands in pink and grey pyjamas in front of the camera. 

Ben and Ellie Butler
Rex Features

The girl appeared pale, with a dark mark around one eye and a thick bandage on her leg, during three short clips played to jurors at the Old Bailey this morning.

Butler denies murder. He and Jennie Gray both deny child cruelty.

Network Rail awards contracts worth £90m to improve Paddington to Reading route

Contracts have been awarded by Network Rail for improvements "crucial" to the future operation of Elizabeth line services and the modernisation of the Great Western Main Line.

Work on train line
Network Rail

A £79m contract with Alstom is for the final stage of the full re-signalling of the Great Western Main Line between Reading and Paddington.

The £11m contract awarded to Amey for signalling power works between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington will provide fully resilient new supplies for the signalling equipment. 

Teenager 'critical' after being stabbed in Lambeth

An investigation is underway after a teenager was stabbed in Lambeth yesterday afternoon.

Police were called to Clapham Road, Lambeth, at about 15.40 to reports of a stabbing.

A 16-year-old boy was found suffering stab injuries - he has been taken to a south London hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

Game of Thrones star returns to the stage

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington has returned to the West End stage in a play that gives a modern twist to 16th Century drama Doctor Faustus.

Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the reworking of Christopher Marlowe's play at the Duke of York's Theatre, features two new acts by Colin Teevan - one sees Faustus become a Las Vegas illusionist after he sells his soul to the Devil.

Kit Harington
Marc Brenner

The audience at last night's gala opening, which is is Harington's first stage role since he appeared in the original production of Laura Wade's Posh at the Royal Court in 2010, included fellow Game of Thrones actors Alfie Allen and Natalie Dormer.