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  1. Updates on Monday 16 May 2016

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By Emma Midgley and Sitala Peek

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

Jail sentence for YouTube pranksters

Four members of the controversial Trollstation YouTube channel YouTube channel have been jailed in connection with fake robberies and kidnappings.

The group were involved in a fake robbery at London's National Portrait Gallery and a fake kidnapping at Tate Britain in July 2015.

Trollstation prank

The channel, with 718,000 subscribers, has built a reputation for filming staged pranks around the city.

A fifth member was imprisoned in March following a bomb hoax.

Man Utd fan from Sierra Leone to go to Wembley FA Cup final

A Manchester United fan from Sierra Leone whose dream trip to Old Trafford was ruined by Sunday's dummy bomb drama will attend the FA Cup final thanks to a campaign by supporters.

Moses was left in tears after making the 3,000 mile (4,800 km) journey, only for the game to be cancelled.


He had been invited by friends at the Manchester United Supporters Trust to watch the Premier League match. Now the group has offered to fund an extended trip for Moses.

Members offered to pay for a later return flight home, so he can watch the Red Devils' rearranged clash with Bournemouth on Tuesday and they are arranging a ticket for Moses to watch the team's FA Cup final against Crystal Palace at Wembley next week.

London-based security firm left device at Old Trafford

A London-based private security firm that staged a training exercise which caused a Premier League match at Old Trafford to be postponed has been named.

Security Search Management & Solutions Ltd (SSMS) was hired by Deacons Canines to test its sniffer dogs using fake bombs, the BBC understands.

Bomb disposal experts arrive at Old Trafford

A device was left behind, leading to the postponement of Manchester United's match against Bournemouth.

SSMS said it was waiting for the club to get in touch before making comment.

Boris defends housing record after criticism from new mayor

Boris Johnson has defended his record on housing after being criticised for "leaving the cupboard bare" by recently elected mayor for London Sadiq Khan.

A spokesman for former Mayor Boris Johnson MP said Mr Khan had failed to mention "a record" 100,000 affordable homes were completed between 2008/2016. 

Boris Johnson in Enfield
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In a statement he said: "It's concerning that the new mayor trumpets an audit and talks of "the shocking scale of the challenge"  when he well knows that this data is already public and was published on the GLA website under the last mayor. 

"Mr Khan also knows that the GLA released all of its surplus land under Boris Johnson - that's 414 hectares which will deliver about 50,000 homes - a legacy which will greatly benefit this mayor's housing numbers, if only he'd bothered to check."

Boris has 'left the cupboard bare' for affordable housing', says Sadiq Khan

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has accused his predecessor Boris Johnson of letting down Londoners and “leaving the cupboard bare” when it comes to delivering affordable housing in the city.

On taking office, Sadiq Khan asked officials to produce an audit of City Hall’s preparedness to tackle the housing crisis.

Sadiq Khan
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He says it revealed "the shocking scale of the challenge" now facing the new mayor to gear up City Hall to tackle the housing crisis.

 According to the mayor, last year just 4,880 new affordable homes were delivered by the previous administration, and public land identified as suitable for housing included sites such as 10 Downing Street and the British Museum.  

Couple reunited with stolen items found in pond after 11 years

A couple who had jewellery stolen more than a decade ago have been reunited with their possessions after they were found at the bottom of a London pond.

Isabelle and Stanley Larson from Oxted, Surrey, were burgled in October 2005.

Stanley and Isabelle Larson with the stolen items
Met Police

The Marine Policing Unit's dive team were working on an unrelated case at Slade Ponds when they recovered the items in a supermarket carrier bag.

The Larsons were traced after a public appeal by the police.

London's afternoon's weather: Pleasantly warm

BBC Weather

A fine day will continue with pleasantly warm sunny spells

Whilst cloud will build through the day, and the odd spot of rain cannot be ruled out, it should remain dry for most. 

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Winds will also remain light. 

Max temp 19C (66F)

Man who pushed victim onto Tube tracks is sectioned

A man who pushed a passenger towards an oncoming train at a north London Tube station has been detained indefinitely to a secure mental health unit.

Devindra Ferguson, 29, of Parklea Close, Colindale, London, pleaded guilty to attempted murder following the incident at Kentish Town LondonUnderground station on 2 December.

Kentish Town Underground Station
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The victim sustained multiple injuries to his bones but has since recovered. Senior investigating officer Det Supt Gary Richardson said: “This was a terrifying incident which left the victim with broken bones." 

Ferguson was sentenced on Friday at Blackfriars Crown Court.    

Boy aged 13 is shot in leg

Met Police

A 13-year-old boy has been shot in the leg in a residential street in London. 

A 20-year-old man was also shot in the shoulder after gunfire was heard in Stellman Close in Hackney on Saturday night.

Stellman Close
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Armed and regular police were sent to the scene at around 23.30 and found the boy, who was taken to a hospital in east London. The man had already taken himself to hospital and both have since been discharged. 

Scotland Yard said the shooting is not being linked to any other crime.  

In pictures: Excitement over new Lea Bridge station

Then & now. Lea Bridge station officially opened. Pic Pump House Museum
Then & now. Lea Bridge station officially opened. Pic Pump House Museum

Then & now. Lea Bridge station officially opened. Pic Pump House Museum

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Children gathered at the station
Construction workers at the new station
Someone playing a guitar

You can find out more about the history of the station here.

Boris Johnson speaks about Hitler row

Former London mayor Boris Johnson is standing by his comparison of the EU's aims to Hitler's, saying both involved the intention to unify Europe under a single "authority".  

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The pro-Brexit Tory MP said both the Nazi leader and Napoleon had failed at unification and the EU was "an attempt to do this by different methods".

Shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn, who backs Remain, said the comparison was "offensive and desperate".

Meanwhile, UKIP leader Nigel Farage has backed Mr Johnson to be the next PM.

Charlotte Street crane collapse in Fitzrovia

James Trudgian was walking past when he saw the collapsing crane and took this picture.

Crane collapse
James Trudgian

London Fire Service said no-one had been injured.

Charlotte Street crane collapse
James Trudgian

Man appears in court charged with rape of elderly woman in Purley

Jason Batchelor, 46, from Wallington, has appeared at Croydon Magistrates' Court charged with raping a woman in her 70s in her own home in Purley.


He is also accused of one count of sexual assault and one count of actual bodily harm.

He will be held in custody until he appears at Croydon Crown Court on 13 June. 

Crane collapses in Charlotte Street

Charlotte Street has temporarily been closed after a crane collapsed during work on a building covered in scaffolding.

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Coming up on BBC London this lunchtime

Sonja Jessup

BBC London News

Coming up on BBC London from 13:30, we're looking at the disturbing rise in cases of witchcraft investigated by the Met Police. 

Campaigners are calling for more to be done to protect young children who are forced to undergo exorcisms.

Dice Bar

 And why have police told a Croydon club owner he can't play bashment- a popular style of Jamaican music?     

Replica grenade leads to road closure

A road in Clapham was closed this morning after a replica grenade was found. 

Replica grenade
Clapham MPS
Abbeville Road closure
MPS Clapham

The route between Bonneville Gardens and Cavendish Road, was fully opened by 11:00, the Met Police said.

Watch: Arsene Wenger praises players for 'never giving up'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praises his players for "never giving up" after their 4-0 win over Aston Villa saw them finish second in the Premier League for the first time since 2005.

An Olivier Giroud hat-trick helped the Gunners sweep aside relegated Villa for their 20th victory of the campaign.

Leyton victim 'was driving car' when he was shot at

Met Police

Police are continuing to search for witnesses after a 24-year-old man was shot and killed in east London in the early hours of Saturday

The junction of Melbourne Road and Capworth Street
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It is believed the victim was driving in a car when shots were fired at it. 

He reversed his car in attempt to get away but collided with a parked vehicle near the junction of Melbourne Road and Capworth Street, and subsequently died at the scene.

Two men aged 19 and 31 were arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody at an east London police station. They were later released on bail and are due to return on a date in early July.

Lea Bridge station is officially opened

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

 Lea Bridge station has re-opened after being closed for 31 years.

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The station is between Stratford and Tottenham Hale, in  Waltham Forest. 

It is intended to help kick-start regeneration plans for the Leyton area that will include new homes and jobs.  

It has been funded with £5.3m from the council, £5m from Olympic planning money and £1.1m from the Department for Transport.

RMT calls for urgent meeting with mayor Sadiq Khan on tube, rail and taxis

London's Rail, Marine and Transport (RMT) union has called for urgent talks with newly-elected mayor Sadiq Khan to discuss a wide range of issues that the union says pose a threat to transport services in the capital.

Tube trains
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The RMT's agenda includes: 

  • Funding for Transport for London (TfL)    
  • Over-crowding and safety on both Tube and rail 
  • The impact of the axing of ticket offices and nearly 900 station and platform staff on the Tube - an issue the union understands the new mayor is prepared to review
  • The future of commuter rail services into London
  • The licensed taxi trade in London
  • The safe introduction of Night Tube and the resolution of the on going industrial dispute involving engineering staff
  • The current dispute, over the Lillie Bridge depot‎, part of a housing project in Earls Court

General Secretary Mick Cash said; "London now has a new mayor and the focus now shifts to the policy agenda‎. 

"RMT has set out the issues and the sheer scale of the financial and capacity crisis facing the capital leaves London facing its biggest transport threat since the Blitz."

John Terry 'wants to stay' at Chelsea

Chelsea captain John Terry "wants to stay" at the club after being offered a "different role" on a one-year deal.

John Terry
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The centre-back broke down in tears as he addressed the home supporters at Stamford Bridge after his side's 1-1 Premier League draw against Leicester.

"We all want the same thing," said Terry in response to fans chanting "John Terry, we want you to stay".

He added: "I want to stay, the club knows that, the fans know that."

Mauricio Pochettino says Spurs loss was 'my worst day'

Mauricio Pochettino said he suffered the lowest point of his managerial career as his Tottenham side fell to a 5-1 Premier League defeat at Newcastle.

Mauricio Pochettino
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Spurs needed a point to finish second, and above Arsenal for the first time since 1995 - but failed as their north London rivals beat Aston Villa 4-0.

Pochettino said: "I think today we showed that this wasn't a team that had played well through the whole season.

"I think this was my worst day as a manager in England or Spain."

Mayor joins Tooting candidate to canvass for his former seat

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

London mayor Sadiq Khan has been lending his support to the woman he hopes will replace him as MP in Tooting

He joined Rosena Allin Khan to hand out leaflets in Tooting Broadway this morning. Sadiq Khan told me: "It's neck and neck.... Rosena is somebody who is from Tooting, for Tooting. She knows the challenges facing the NHS because she works in the NHS."

Rosena Allin Khan and Sadiq Khan

Rosena Allin Khan said: "I'll be a local champion for the NHS, safer streets and affordable housing." 

The A&E doctor was selected on Saturday to run for the seat for Labour. The by-election will be held on 16 June. Sadiq Khan stood down to focus on his duties as Mayor of London. It's a marginal seat for Labour which it held by just 2842 votes in 2015.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan 'keeping an open mind' about Garden Bridge project

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

Ahead of tonight's Garden Bridge public meeting, Sadiq Khan has said he was wants to get value for money and hasn't ruled out scrapping the project entirely. 

Garden Bridge: Campaigners meet to discuss concerns

BBC Radio London

Hundreds of people are expected at a public meeting in Waterloo this evening to discuss their concerns about the cost of the proposed Garden Bridge

Of the £175m total cost of the bridge over the Thames linking Temple and the South Bank, £60m would come from public money

The proposed Garden Bridge
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Michael Ball, who's organised tonight's meeting, spoke to Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London this morning. 

He said the whole procurement process has lacked transparency and he hopes Sadiq Khan will see sense and scrap it 

London bus crash which left 17 injured: Investigations continue

Crashed bus
London Ambulance Service

Investigations will continue this morning into the cause of a bus crash in Harlesden that injured 17 people - three of them seriously. 

The number 18 bus operated by Metroline veered off the High Street and crashed into a shop near All Soul's Church yesterday afternoon.

Donald Trump's views are 'ignorant, divisive and dangerous', says Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan's spokesman has responded to Donald Trump calling him "ignorant" on ITV's Good Morning Britain by stating Mr Trump's views are "ignorant, divisive and dangerous". 

A spokesman for the mayor of London said: "Sadiq has spent his whole life fighting extremism, but Trump's remarks make that fight much harder for us all - it plays straight into the extremists' hands and makes both our countries less safe." 

Sadiq Khan

He said there were "no plans" to seek direct talks and mocked Mr Trump's challenge to the mayor to take an IQ test. 

"Ignorance is not the same thing as lack of intelligence," he said. 

Donald Trump accuses Sadiq Khan of being 'ignorant'

Donald Trump

Donald Trump says he was "offended" by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan's "very nasty statements".

Mr Khan, who is a Muslim, previously warned that Mr Trump's "ignorant" views of Islam "could make both our countries less safe".

In response, Mr Trump told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "I think it's ignorant of him to say that."

London's latest headlines this morning: Rape charge, bus crash investigated and Trump warning to PM

Emma Midgley

BBC News

Here is a selection of the stories we are looking at in the BBC London newsroom this morning:

Business Secretary Sajid Javid enters high heels at work debate

He says no woman should be forced to wear high heels at work but disagrees that a change in employment law is the right approach to tackle this.

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In a later tweet he praised the response from PwC, for whom Nicola Thorp was recruited by an outsourcing temping agency.

PwC said the dress-code issue Ms Thorp encountered in December was not PwC policy.

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The temping agency Portico said it had since changed its policy: "All our female colleagues can wear plain flat shoes or plain court shoes as they prefer."

Man due in court charged with nurse-stabbing murder

Jimmy Jedson, 40, of Brighton Road, Croydon, has been charged with the murder of a nurse at a private hospital in south London.

Nurse Patrick Clarke

Patrick Clarke, 68, was stabbed several times at Southleigh Community Hospital in Brighton Road, South Croydon, on Tuesday.  

Mr Jedson is due before Bromley Magistrates' Court later today. 

Travel: Queuing in both directions on A40 in Northolt

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed and there is queuing traffic on the A40 eastbound in Northolt between Hillingdon Circus and the Polish War Memorial because of an accident.

Traffic is also queuing in the opposite direction due to people slowing to look at the accident.

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

Travel: Northern line and Overground part suspended

BBC Travel

The Northern line is part suspended between Camden Town and Kennington southbound due to a fire alert at Embankment.

On the Overground, there is no service between Richmond and Willesden Junction and minor delays from Willesden Junction to Clapham Junction/Stratford because of a faulty train at Acton Central.

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

Delays to services in and out of Paddington of 35 minutes

BBC Travel

Today's weather: Dry and fine with sunny spells

BBC Weather

A fine day is expected today with plenty of sunshine.

There may be a little more cloud at times in the afternoon, but it should still be bright and warm.

Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F)

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Emma Midgley

BBC News

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