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  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 May 2016

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Updates for London have now ended for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest, news, sport, travel and weather, plus our best video of the day.

Tonight's weather: Dry but increasingly cloudy

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It will stay fine and mainly dry this evening, but cloud amounts will gradually increase from the west. 

A rather cloudy and milder night than of late will then follow with some patchy rain possible. Lows of 11C (52F).

Coming up on BBC London: A rare interview with Ralph Lauren

Alice Bhandhukravi

Coming up on BBC London at 18:30, we have a rare interview with fashion legend Ralph Lauren. 

We caught up with him as he toured a new breast cancer centre at the Royal Marsden Hospital alongside the Duke of Cambridge.

The Duke of Cambridge and Ralph Lauren
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We'll also be discussing an air quality report from the Mayor of London which shows hundreds of London's schools are in locations which breach EU pollution guidelines.

Watch: Why make play about Monster Raving Loony Party?

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Political playwright James Graham and Alan "Howling Laud" Hope. leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party, on a new play about Lord Sutch and the party's founding.

The current leader explained the party would stand in the Tooting by-election on 16 June, which marks the anniversary of the party being founded in 1982, and is also the date Lord Sutch died.

He was asked about its position about the EU referendum, while Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn also got a reaction from former Conservative leader Lord Howard.

Political playwright James Graham and Alan Hope on play about Lord Sutch and his party.

Travel: M25 very slow, A13 queues and delays on bus route 372

BBC Travel

The M25 clockwise is very slow from J28 to QE2 Bridge, after an accident earlier on.

There is queuing on the A13 westbound between Stifford Clays Road and M25 at J30, not helped by the problems on the M25. 

And the bus route 372 is experiencing delays of at least an hour to and from Aveley. It's unable to call at Lakeside

Big Ben repairs to be live-streamed for clockwatchers

After 157 years of unbroken service Big Ben will fall silent for urgent work next year. 

Big Ben
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But Big Ben fans will be able to keep an eye on the renovations to the tower as they happen thanks to a live stream. 

Cameras will provide round-the-clock footage - giving a close-up view of the tower.

Minicab driver shot dead in Leyton is named

Met Police

A minicab driver who was shot dead in east London on Saturday has been named by police. 

Abdi Gutale, from Leytonstone, was shot in Leyton at around 03:15.

Abdi Gutale
Met police

Detectives believe after shots were fired, the 24-year-old reversed his Vauxhall Zafira in an attempt to escape but crashed into a parked vehicle. 

He subsequently died at the scene.

A post mortem examination yesterday gave cause of death as a gunshot wound.

A man with Abdi suffered a gunshot injury to his foot and was treated at hospital.

Two men, aged 19 and 31, who were arrested on suspicion of murder, have been bailed.

Flasher targets women on Hampstead Heath

Police in Camden are investigating a flasher who has exposed himself to women on Hampstead Heath six times in the past month. 

The man, who is described as white and aged between 30 and 45, has emerged from a bush and exposed himself to women on six separate occasions between 2 April and 10 May.  

Hampstead heath
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He is around 5ft 11ins (1.80m) tall with an average build and is often wearing a hat. 

Police are advising members of the public to call 999 immediately if they are approached by this man.

Make a date this Saturday: FA Cup Final

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Terror plotter inspired by Lee Rigby has sentence reduced

A man jailed for hatching a plot to behead a British soldier inspired by the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby has won a reduction in his sentence. 

Five judges at the Old Bailey quashed the original custodial term of 22 years in the case of Brusthom Ziamani to 19 years. 

Brusthom Ziamani
Metropolitan police

Ziamini was arrested in east London carrying a knife and a hammer in a rucksack. 

The court was told that he had researched the location of Army cadet bases in the south east of the capital. 

He'd also shown his ex-girlfriend weapons, described Fusilier Rigby's killer Michael Adebolajo as a "legend" and told her he would "kill soldiers".

Greens say it's 'staggering' air quality report was 'sat on' for two and a half years

A Green London Assembly member has said it is "staggering" a 2013 air quality report was not released by Boris Johnson before leaving office earlier this month.

The report shows hundreds of London's schools are in locations which breach EU air quality guidelines. 

Child with inhaler
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Caroline Russell said: “Children are at risk of reduced lung capacity and are particularly vulnerable to developing asthma from excessive vehicular pollution. 

“If this was a deliberate cover up, as suggested, the former Mayor of London not only failed to fulfil his public health responsibilities but is answerable for negligence.”

She also called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to extend his proposed ultra-low emission zone to outer London, where a number of the affected schools are located.

Commuters to face disruption as Southern strike goes ahead

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Commuters in the south east and London who use Southern trains are being warned to expect hundreds of rail services to be cancelled due to a 24-hour walkout by guards from midnight tonight

Action by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Southern Railway is expected to cause travel problems on some of the busiest routes in the country. 

BBC London's transport correspondent Tom Edwards said: "Southern is expecting to run two thirds of services tomorrow but commuters should expect disruption". 

The company warned there will be no service on some routes and a limited number of trains on others.

'Granny's Gaelic' inspires Budapest Cafe Orchestra

A Greater London band is performing Gaelic songs after the partner of one of its members sang him tunes her Highland grandmother taught her.

Haringey-based Budapest Cafe Orchestra play gypsy, folk and jazz, specialising in music from the Balkans and Hungary.

Budapest Cafe Orchestra
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In pictures: Prince William and Ralph Lauren visit Royal Marsden

The Duke of Cambridge has visited the Royal Marsden to open its new centre for breast cancer research with fashion designer Ralph Lauren.

The Duke of Cambridge and Ralph Lauren unveil a plaque during a visit to the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
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The Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research was funded by supporters of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, including a donation from the designer. 

Prince William meets the oncology team at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
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William has a long association with the Chelsea hospital, he became the Royal Marsden's president in 2007.

The Duke of Cambridge (right) meets breast cancer patient Sally Munton during a visit to the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in Chelsea
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By becoming president he was following in the footsteps of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who held the same position from 1989 until her death in 1997.

Head of Research Professor Mitch Dowsett meets the Duke of Cambridge and fashion designer Ralph Lauren
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On this visit he learned about research being pioneered at the new centre and spoke to patients receiving treatment there.  

Watch: Behind the scenes at Shakespeare playhouse dig

Archaeologists have begun excavating the site of the Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch where some of Shakespeare's work was first seen.

Emilia Papadopolous went behind the scenes to find out what has been learnt about the historic playhouse.

Boris Johnson 'crossed the boundaries' by comparing EU to Hitler

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk has said Boris Johnson "crossed the boundaries" of acceptable political debate when he compared the European Union with Hitler. 

The former mayor, who's a leading campaigner for Britain to leave the EU, made the comments in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph at the weekend

Donald Tusk
BBC

Londoners to tackle childhood obesity in public health panel

London has more seriously overweight children than New York, Sydney, Paris or Madrid - and two out of five children in the capital are overweight or obese by the time they start secondary school. 

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Those figures have prompted Public Health England to organise the Great Weight Debate, and tonight a panel of 120 Londoners will join a range of experts to discuss ideas to tackle the problem.

Ben Butler trial: Father weeps as he admits 'mistake' in not calling ambulance

A father tearfully admitted he made a "mistake" when he failed to call an ambulance after finding his six-year-old daughter unconscious on the floor at home. 

Ben Butler told jurors finding Ellie badly hurt in her bedroom "took the breath from my body", then added he was in shock and had to lie down on the floor.

The former car salesman is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of battering Ellie to death in October 2013 in a fit of rage.

The 36-year-old from Sutton denies murder and child cruelty.

Romeo and Juliet 'bird whistle' found at Shakespeare's playhouse

A 'bird whistle' thought to have been used for sound effects in 16th century performances of Romeo and Juliet has been discovered.

Archaeologists found the whistle at the site of the Curtain Theatre, one of Shakespeare's least-historically documented playhouses.

Dig at the Curtain Theatre
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Historians said the theatre in Shoreditch, east London, would have been rectangular rather than curved.

The dig will last another month before the site becomes a visitor centre.

Metropolitan Line to close earlier between Aldgate and Wembley Park until 2018

Last orders for Peggy Mitchell at the Queen Vic

(SPOILER) One of EastEnders' most beloved characters will bid her final farewell tonight as Peggy Mitchell succumbs to cancer. 

The former landlady of the Queen Vic, played by Dame Barbara Windsor, will receive a send-off with a selection of BBC specials as her final episode is broadcast. 

Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders
BBC

Dame Barbara, 78, made her debut in the soap in 1994 and was recently reunited with her on-screen sons Grant and Phil for her final episodes. Just before Peggy's exit episode airs, The One Show will broadcast a special edition live from Albert Square. 

EastEnders will be broadcast at 19.25pm on BBC One

Mayor flies Pride flag at City hall to mark international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia

Coming up on BBC London this lunchtime: Shakespeare's Shoreditch theatre

Alpa Patel

BBC London presenter

Coming up on BBC London from 13:30, our reporter Emilia Papadopoulos has been taking a look at one of Shakespeare's first playhouses in Shoreditch.

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 Also, former London mayor Boris Johnson has been accused of burying a report on air quality - that found nearly a quarter of London's primary schools are in areas where air pollution exceeds EU limits.  

Father accused of murdering Ellie Butler 'violent towards partner'

A father accused of murdering his six-year-old daughter has admitted being violent towards his partner, who he said was like "Zippy with the wig". 

Ben Butler is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of battering little Ellie to death in a fit of rage in October 2013. 

Ben Butler with his daughter Ellie
Rex Features

The prosecution say former car salesman Mr Butler had a volatile character and was frequently on the verge of losing his temper with his family. 

Mr Butler was jailed for 19 months for "shaking" Ellie in 2007 when she was seven weeks old, but his conviction was quashed on appeal. 

The 36-year-old from Sutton denies murder and child cruelty.

Duke of Cambridge joins Ralph Lauren to open cancer centre

The Duke of Cambridge will be joined later by fashion designer Ralph Lauren when he opens the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust's new centre for breast cancer research named after the fashion designer. 

The Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research was funded by supporters of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, including a donation from the designer. 

Prince William at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in 2013
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Prince William on a previous visit to the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in 2013

William has a long association with the hospital, he became the Royal Marsden's president in 2007, following in the footsteps of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who held the same position from 1989 until her death in 1997. 

The new centre incorporates four strands of pioneering breast cancer research that will draw upon new technological advances and allow more rapid and in-depth analysis of patients' disease.

BBC London reporter live-tweets Carlton Tavern pub planning appeal

The Carlton Tavern in Maida Vale
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More on that planning appeal now underway as developers hope to overturn an order to rebuild a west London pub, which was demolished without planning permission. 

BBC London reporter Ayshea Buksh will be live-tweeting from the inquiry today @AysheaBuksh, using the hashtag #carltontavern.

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The Carlton Tavern in Maida Vale was bulldozed in 2015 while under consideration for listed status. 

Pay hike for Tower Hamlets mayor to bring him into line with rest of London

The mayor and councillors of Tower Hamlets are about to get big pay rises, reports the East London blogger and journalist Ted Jeory.

Tomorrow, the council will vote on whether to raise John Biggs’ allowance from £67,094 to £75,000 – a rise of nearly 12%. 

Basic pay for councillors will increase by 5.3%.

John Biggs
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Tower Hamlets council cut the mayor’s pay by £10,000 six years ago.

Mr Biggs says he will take only half the rise this year.

Hackney’s mayor Jules Pipe earns £76,159, while Newham’s Sir Robin Wales has an allowance of £81,029.

Two men suspected of funding terrorism arrested

Met Police

Two men suspected of funding terrorism have been arrested.

The pair, both aged 24, were arrested at separate residential addresses at 05:30 by detectives from the Met Police counter terrorism command.

 A 25-year-old was arrested a short time later, at another south London address, on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.The men are being held at south London police stations, while officers search the suspects' homes, as well as a further two residential addresses in the same area.  

Developers appeal order to rebuild demolished Maida Vale pub

The Carlton Vale Tavern
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The owners of a west London pub that was demolished without planning permission to do so, are appealing a council order to rebuild it within 18 months.

The Carlton Tavern, in Maida Vale, was bulldozed in 2015 while under consideration for listed status.

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Its owners, developers CLXT, were told to rebuild it brick-by-brick in May last year.

The appeal hearing, which began earlier, will last for eight days.

Chinese bank buys London gold vault

China's ICBC Standard Bank, the world's biggest bank by assets, has agreed to buy a massive vault in London.

Gold bars
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It will be the first Chinese lender to own a vault in the capital as it looks to grow its precious metals business.

The vault, which is in a secret location and is being sold by Barclays, can hold up to 2,000 metric tons of gold, silver, platinum and palladium.

Hannah Miley wins silver at European Swimming Championships

BBC Sport

Hannah Miley during 400m individual medley
Reuters

Britain's Hannah Miley won a silver medal in the 400m individual medley on day one of the European Swimming Championships in London.

The Scot finished second behind Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, while fellow Briton Aimee Willmott finished fourth.

World champion Adam Peaty and Ross Murdoch won their 100m breaststroke semi-finals to qualify for today's final as the two fastest swimmers.

Commuters call on Philp to carry out his threat to Southern

Inside Croydon

Commuters in Croydon are calling on local MP Chris Philp to carry out his threat to demand that Southern Railway be stripped of its train-operating franchise as a consequence of the "abysmal level of service".

Schools in London spend the most on supply teachers

Schools in London collectively spend the most in the country on supply teachers, the equivalent of £260 per child, according to government data.

BBC News analysed government figures from 2014/15, and found the national average was a spend of £168 per child in order to hire in extra staff to cover vacancies and absences.

Kids putting their hands up
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The Robert Clack School, in Dagenham, east London, spent the most on supply teachers in England. 

According to the government's data the school spent £953,807 on extra staff - the equivalent of £526 per child.

Screengrab of data
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