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  1. Updates on Thursday 28 April 2016

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By Sian Davies

All times stated are UK

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

Tonight's weather: Heavy rain, becoming dry and clear

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy at first with outbreaks of rain, locally heavy at times. 

It will then become dry later in the night with clear spells, and a moderate breeze picking up, particularly over higher ground such as the North Downs. 

Lows of 2C (36F).

On air: Ken Livingstone suspension, passenger on board lightning-struck plane speaks

BBC London News

On tonight's news on BBC One at 18:30, a row over anti-semitism  - which has seen Ken Livingstone suspended from the Labour party - has now taken centre stage in the race for City Hall. 

A passenger on a London-bound plane which was struck by lightning speaks of the fear and panic those on board felt when it was hit. 

A passenger plane which was thought to have been hit by a drone on 17 April as it approached Heathrow probably wasn't hit by a drone after all. 

Travel updates: Building fire causing delays

BBC Travel

The A118 High Road in Ilford is closed at the A1083 Green Lane junction because of an accident. A diversion in operation for bus route 86.  

The A234 High Street in Penge partially blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the A213 Green Lane junction and the A2015 Rectory Road junction, because of a building fire at flats. 

There are delays of up to one hour on trains heading north from King's Cross due to trespassers on the line at Grantham.  

Delays of up to 15 minutes on Southern between East Croydon and Gatwick Airport due to points failure at Redhill.   

Cheese maker banned after listeria find

A Somerset farmer who sold artisan-style cheeses to farmers markets across London has been banned after listeria was found in her truckles of cheese.

Frances Wood, 70, supplied buffalo mozzarella and white cheeses to pizzerias as well as selling at Camden Farmers Market. All her products contained listeria, salmonella and ecoli, inspectors found. 

Mendip District Council

Mrs Wood, of Alham Wood Cheeses, Higher Alham Farm, West Cranmore, was fined £787 and ordered to pay £5,000 in costs at Yeovil Magistrates' Court.

Mendip District Council,

District judge Rose called Mrs Wood's business "a shoddy operation" which was "rather amateurish".   

Ex-academy assistant vice-principal loses appeal after sexual relationship with pupil

News Shopper

Former Bexleyheath Academy assistant vice-principal Stuart Kerner, who established a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old pupil, has lost an appeal to clear his name.

Three more arrests after fatal fire in Ealing

Three men, aged 30, 35 and 40, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit arson after a fire in Southall in the early hours of Monday morning.

They remain in police custody at this time and the investigation is continuing.

Sherif Habib, 21, from Acton, died as a result of the fire in a garage in Cranleigh Gardens.

A 22-year-old man has also been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He has been bailed until mid-June.

London's oldest living retired firefighter honoured

The London Fire Brigade has honoured the life of 105-year-old, John "Jack" Corbett as part of the service's 150th anniversary celebrations.

Mr Corbett, who lives in a care home in Essex, is the oldest living person to have served with London Fire Brigade and is believed to be the oldest living former firefighter in the world.

Jack with Deputy Assistant Commissioner Allen Perez
London Fire Brigade

The Brigade was just 44 years old when Jack was born in Woking in August 1910.

When World War II broke out, Jack enlisted in the London Auxiliary Fire Service and was stationed at Clerkenwell Fire Station.

Jack in the 1930s
London Fire Brigade

He was responsible for protecting St Paul's Cathedral during the Luftwaffe raids and recalls narrowly escaping a bomb, which landed on the building next to the fire station.

Jack fighting a fire during the Blitz
London Fire Bridgade

His daughter, Pamela Shrimpton, said: "Although he rarely talked about it, he never forgot those tough times during the London Blitz.

"He saw lives ended and family homes destroyed on a nightly basis, and he always reminded us how fortunate we were to have survived such an experience."

Half of care homes in South East told to improve

About half the care homes in the South East have been told to improve, and fewer than 1% were classed as outstanding.

Figures released to the BBC over an 18-month period show 44% of homes in Surrey, Kent, and Sussex were rated inadequate or requiring improvement.

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said "everybody has a right to expect good care" and the number of homes told to improve was "too many".  

One inspection said a person had gone a month without a bath or a strip wash, and another found residents often had no toilet paper and another described a strong odour of urine.

Should homeless people be given tents?

Anecdotally, it appears it's becoming more common for homeless people to seek some shelter and degree of privacy in tents.

Jon Sparkes, chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis, said: "They cannot begin to provide an adequate substitute for the roof, every person deserves over their head, any advantage a rough sleeper has against the elements could be the difference between life and death."


The official autumn 2015 total of rough sleeping counts and estimates carried out by councils in England was 3,569 on any given night - up 825 from the same period in 2014.

The local authority area reporting the highest number was Westminster, central London, with 265.

Boss jumped to his death from London flat after steel firm collapse

A steel company boss jumped to his death from the balcony of his penthouse apartment after becoming overcome with depression following the collapse of his business, an inquest heard.

Angad Paul

Angad Paul, 45, "killed himself" as his children played in their bedroom in Portland Place, central London, believing he was to blame for the downfall of his family's steel business Caparo, Westminster Coroner's Court heard.

Some 450 redundancies were announced at the company in October 2015 amid the collapse in steel prices, one month before he died.

'Completely inappropriate' to be in public rows on television, Mann told

Labour MP John Mann has been told by the party's Chief Whip Rosie Winterton that it is "completely inappropriate" to be involved in public rows on television after his confrontation with Ken Livingstone, the party said.

John Mann confronts Ken Livingstone

Mann verbally attacked Livingstone, who has been suspended by Labour, as he was heading for the BBC Westminster studio earlier.

The confrontation comes as tensions rise over anti-Semitic claims.

Woman has 'potentially life-changing injuries' after being hit by unmarked police car

A woman in her 50s has "potentially life-changing injuries" after being hit by an unmarked police car.

High Road, Ilford

The car, displaying lights and sirens, collided with the woman at 11:30 in High Road Ilford, at the junction with Green Lane, police confirmed. 

The woman suffered leg injuries and has been taken to hospital. Road closures are in place.

'Large amount of cash' stolen from cash machine

Two men have been arrested after power tools were used to force entry to a cash machine.

Police were called at about 01:30 this morning to reports of a burglary at the Western Union on Station Road, Edgware.

A "large quantity of money" was stolen, Scotland Yard confirmed.

Two men were taken to a north London police station where they remain in custody.

Headlines: Ken Livingstone suspended from Labour Party and 35 arrested in drug crack down

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

  • Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has been suspended from the Labour Party after an interview with Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London. He was defending MP Naz Shah over comments she made about Israel on social media.
  • The Government is defending the delay in deciding whether there should be a third runway at Heathrow Airport amid accusations Ministers are holding back until after next month's Mayoral elections in London and the forthcoming EU referendum.

Heathrow plane 'probably not hit by drone'

A passenger plane which was thought to have been hit by a drone as it approached Heathrow airport probably wasn't hit by a drone after all, the government has revealed. 


An investigation was launched earlier this month into what was thought to be the UK's first drone strike on a passenger aircraft after a BA flight from Geneva reported colliding with an object. 

But in the Commons this morning, the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said "the incident which was reported on the 17th of April is now thought it was not a drone incident." 

Zac Goldsmith: "When I make promises I keep them."

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

With just one week to go until the Mayoral election Conservative Zac Goldsmith has had an army of Tory MPs pounding the streets this morning.

He said the election would go down to the wire and said the last week of campaigning would be all about his offer for London on homes, security and growing the transport network.

Zac Goldsmith

"A big part of the next week is to look at my record to see that when I make promises I keep them," he said.

Mr Goldsmith renewed his claims against his rival Sadiq Khan saying that he questioned "the judgement of his Labour rival of having given platforms and oxygen and made excuses for people who wish to do this city harm".

Tottenham midfielder accepts FA charge of violent conduct

BBC Sport

Dele Alli

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has accepted an FA charge of violent conduct after punching West Brom player Claudio Yacob in the stomach and is likely to miss the rest of the season.

The punishment for violent conduct is usually a three-game ban.

The incident, which happened in the 26th minute, was not in the referee's report on the match, which ended 1-1 on Monday.

Afternoon weather: Dry but turning wet and cloudy later

BBC Weather

Although the afternoon will start dry, by the end of the day it will cloud over and there will be frequent outbreaks of rain, and perhaps hail at times. 

Highs of 11C (52F).

Travel updates: Multi-vehicle accident on M25

BBC Travel

The M25 clockwise is closed due to a multi-vehicle accident at J19 (Watford), there is congestion to J18 A404 (Chorleywood).  

One lane is blocked and there is queuing traffic on the A3216 Queenstown Road in Battersea Park at Queens Circus, because of roadworks.

There are severe delays on the Bakerloo Line between Elephant And Castle and Harrow and Wealdstone due to a faulty train at Piccadilly Circus. 

There is no service on the London Overground between Clapham Junction and Surrey Quays due to emergency engineering works at Clapham High Street. 

Watch: MP Mann brands Livingstone 'Nazi apologist'

Labour MP John Mann has verbally attacked Ken Livingstone as tensions rise over anti-Semitic claims.

The former London mayor, who has been suspended by Labour, was heading for the BBC Westminster studio earlier when he was confronted by his critic.

Mr Livingstone, who faces calls for his own resignation for defending Labour MP Naz Shah, said: "He went completely over the top."

And he told Daily Politics presenter Andrew Neil that previously Mr Mann was "screaming I was a bigot down the phone".

Mr Mann has since been summoned by the Chief Whip Rosie Winterton to discuss his conduct, a Labour Party spokesman said.

Labour MP John Mann confronts Ken Livingstone as tensions rise over anti-Semitic claims.

BreakingLivingstone suspended over 'disrepute' claims in anti-Semitism row

Ken Livingstone has been suspended by Labour for "bringing the party into disrepute" in the wake of the anti-Semitism row, officials said.

Tottenham MP David Lammy 'appalled' by Livingstone's comments

Thirty-five arrested in crack down on drug dealing and violence

Two women and 33 men have been arrested as a result of a major operation by the Met Police to crack down on gangs involved in drug dealing and violence in east London.

They were arrested on suspicion of a range of offences, predominantly the supply of class A drugs.

Many remain in custody at east London police stations, while a number have now been charged.

Approximately 100 officers raided addresses in Tower Hamlets borough as part of the third arrest phase of the operation in the early hours of yesterday.

While searching they found two cannabis farms, over 1000 rocks of class A drugs and over £5000 cash.

Ken Livingstone says Hitler supported moving Jews to Israel

BBC Radio London

Explaining why Ken Livingstone is supporting suspended Labour MP Naz Shah, he told BBC Radio London this morning that Hitler supported Zionism before the Holocaust.

Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan has called for Mr Livingstone to be thrown out of the Labour Party over his comments about Hitler in 1932 supporting moving Jews into Israel.

He told Vanessa Feltz that Naz Shah's comments were "not anti-semitic".

Ken Livingstone: Hitler supported moving Jews into Israel in 1932

CCTV appeal following robbery

Detectives have issued CCTV footage of two men they want to speak to in connection with a robbery.

The incident, on Sunday 4 October, happened at about 03:00 on Woodbury Street in Tooting.

CCTV appeal
Met Police

The victim, a 40-year-old man, was walking with a friend after using a cashpoint and was approached by two men.

One of them grabbed the victim who then attempted to flee, but was chased and then robbed of his wallet and mobile phone.

Art on social media linked to London house price rise, study finds

The cost of houses in inner London is linked to the number of pictures categorised as art on social media, a study suggests. 

Street art in Shoreditch

Researchers at the University of Warwick looked at the average cost of houses in 118 postcode districts in the capital in 2004 and 2013. 

They compared the figures to the number of images tagged as art on Flickr in the same timeframe.

Shoreditch and Dalston in east London had the strongest correlation. 

Labour MP warns against Naz Shah's 'trial by Twitter'

Ealing Central and Acton Labour MP Rupa Huq has waded into the row over anti-Semitism in the party by launching a staunch defence of Naz Shah, who has been suspended over messages on socialmedia

Ms Huq said her actions had been a "silly moment" that had happened before she was a public figure and warned against trial by Twitter. 

Rupa Huq
Labour Party
Rupa Huq

But Labour's leadership is facing an intense backlash over the rise of anti-Jewish sentiment in the party, with a major donor claiming a greater effort was needed to "stop the rot" in the party. 

 Shadow education secretary Lucy Powell admitted the party had to "do more" to tackle the problem while comedian David Baddiel said the Left has "an issue with Jews". 

Khan calls for Livingstone to be thrown out of the Labour party

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan has called for KenLivingstone to be thrown out of the Labour Party over his comments on BBC Radio London about Hitler in 1932 supporting moving Jews into Israel.

This morning former Mayor Mr Livingstone claimed Hitler supported Zionism before the Holocaust and he insisted he had never heard anyone within Labour being anti-Semitic.

Sadiq Khan

He also spoke about Naz Shah, who was stripped of the parliamentary whip and barred from party activity pending an investigation because of her behaviour - which David Cameron branded racist.   

The former Mayor of London admitted Shah's comments were "over the top" but said she "is not anti-Semitic."

Livingstone: 'Naz Shah is not anti-Semitic'

BBC Radio London

Ken Livingstone has said Naz Shah "is not anti-Semitic" and that he has never heard anti-Semitic comments in his 47 years in the Labour party.

Ms Shah was stripped of the parliamentary whip and barred from party activity pending an investigation of her behaviour - which David Cameron branded racist. 

Mr Livingstone was responding to Lord Levy's comments that he is "living on another planet" if he believes Ms Shah's comments about Hitler and Israel weren't anti-Semetic.

He admitted Ms Shah's comments "were over the top".

London-bound planes hit by lightening

Passengers on flights into London were left shocked after at least three planes were hit by lightning strikes during a thunderstorm last night. 

A British Airways pilot guided a flight into Heathrow safely after it was hit, and holidaymakers returning from Iceland on an Icelandair flight spoke of a "huge crack" as lightning hit the wing of their plane. 


This picture was shared by @version3point1 on Twitter, taken in Brentford, west London.

After landing at Heathrow, charity worker Liz Dobson tweeted: "Plane just got hit by lightning on the descent into Heathrow. Didn't die #winning." 

Woman who died after being hit by lorry was 96

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a 96-year-old woman died after being hit by a lorry in Westminster.

Scene of Westminster crash

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

She was pronounced dead at the scene and the road was closed until 20:00.

The driver of the lorry stopped at the scene. There have been no arrests.

Help line for London transport victims started

A new telephone help line set up to provide support for people affected by fatal or serious injuries on London's transport network has begun. 

Police officers at the scene in Parliament Square, central London after a road traffic accident

The Sarah Hope Line has been started to give victims "a range of practical and emotional help", Transport for London (TfL) said. 

Support offered includes help with transport and accommodation, as well as links to counselling services. 

The line is open five days a week but also runs an out-of-hours service. It is named after Sarah Hope,  who was hit by a bus in Mortlake in 2007 when she was with her mother and two-year-old daughter.

Planning chair urged to block scheme for 'Croydon Carbuncle'

Inside Croydon

The redevelopment scheme proposed for the town centre risks creating a “Croydon Carbuncle”, according to one concerned resident who has issued an open letter to the council’s planning committee, which is due to consider the revised plans for the £1.4billion supermall at its meeting tomorrow evening.

House fire victim named by police as Sherif Habib

A 21-year-old man who died in a suspected arson attack while in a property in west London has been named by police. 

Sherif Habib, a dual British and Egyptian national from Acton, was rescued from the house in Cranleigh Gardens, Southall, on Monday. 

He was taken to a specialist burns unit in Essex but died later. 

 A man in his 20s has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

Lord Levy: Ken Livingstone 'living on another planet' over Israel comments

BBC Radio London

Lord Levy has told BBC Radio London Ken Livingstone is "living on another planet" and "well past his sell-by date" if he believes Naz Shah's comments about Hitler and Israel weren't anti-Semitic. 

 Mr Livingstone said last night Jeremy Corbyn's decision to suspend Ms Shah was "unnecessary" but Lord Levy told Vanessa Feltz it would be "very helpful" if the former London mayor "kept his mouth shut in the future". 

Lord Levy has hit out at Ken Livingstone after defending Naz Shah's comments over Israel

Snow spotted in London this morning

A cold night led to a sprinkling of snow in London, as these pictures taken on Waterloo Station Approach and Kennington Road show.

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Paralympian Tim Farr is reunited with stolen bike

A paralympian has been reunited with his specially adapted bicycle after it was stolen from outside his home.

The bike was stolen from his car outside his home in south-west London
Tim Farr

Team GB skier Tim Farr's £5,000 handbike was found after a social media campaign.

It had been sold for £150 at a Cash Converters shop in south London.