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  1. Updates on Wednesday 4 May 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Dry and clear

BBC Weather

Skies will remain clear tonight and the wind will be light so temperatures will drop again, though frost is unlikely. 

Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Pedestrian, 94, killed after being hit by lorry is named

A woman who died after she was hit by a lorry in Wigmore Street, central London, last Wednesday has been named as 96-year-old Herta Groves. The driver stopped at the scene. No arrests have been made.

Watch: How to vote in the London elections

Londoners will be given three ballot papers when they head to the polling booths tomorrow.

Alex Bushill explains how to vote.

You can find a full list of the candidates standing here.

On air this evening: Mayoral hopefuls & Pixie Lott

Riz Lateef

BBC London presenter

Coming up on BBC London News this evening:

With Londoners heading to the polls tomorrow, we'll be speaking to the candidates hoping to become the capital's next mayor.

And we'll be talking to pop star and actress Pixie Lott about her new starring role in the theatre adaptation of Breakfast At Tiffany's.

Pixie Lott performing
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Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

Two men arrested over 2011 murder

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder over the death of a 21-year-old man in Northolt five years ago.

Adeniyi Lateef Shode was stabbed to death close to the junction of Rowdell Road, Ealing Road, and Kensington Road in May 2011.

Adeniyi Lateef Shode
Met Police

Scotland Yard said a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old man had been held in north London following "fresh information regarding the killing".

Det Insp Gary Moncrieff said "officers remain committed to bringing Aden's killers to justice".

Eight Londoners jailed over £1m phone scam

Eight men from London have been jailed for a phone scam that defrauded UK pensioners out of more than £1 million.

Police say some of the money funded travel from the UK to Syria.

Gang leader Makzhumi Abukar was jailed for seven years and four months, alongside accomplices including former X Factor contestant Nathan Fagan-Gayle.

Some of the 140 victims - the oldest of whom was 94 - lost as much as £130,000 and now rely on money from family members.

Test cricket 'too London-centric' - MCC chief

Chris Slegg

BBC London sports journalist

The president of the Marylebone Cricket Club believes Test cricket has become "too London-centric" and it is important for the sport "to pay attention to that fact".

Lords cricket ground
AP

Roger Knight said figures over the last three years reveal crowds at Tests outside of the capital in May attracted fewer than 110,000 people.

According to the MCC, that is 32% of the figure who attended Lords.

'We're going to see quite the breakthrough' - Peter Whittle (UKIP)

UKIP mayoral candidate Peter Whittle says he believes UKIP will have "quite the breakthrough" in the capital following tomorrow's election.

Speaking outside Dagenham Heathway Tube station, he said he had "thoroughly enjoyed" the campaign and he was "really encouraged by the kind of response we've had".

Peter Whittle campaigning in Dagenham
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You can see a full list of who is standing here.

Spurs and Chelsea charged by the FA

BBC Sport

Chelsea and Tottenham have been charged by the Football Association with three offences of failing to control their players and officials during and after Monday's game between the two London clubs.

Tottenham players
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In addition, Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele has been charged with an alleged act of violent conduct following the 2-2 draw.

Mauricio Pochettino's men were shown nine yellow cards during the match - the most by a single team in Premier League history.

Travel: Heavy traffic on Western Avenue

BBC Travel

There is very slow traffic on the A40 Western Avenue out of town in Park Royal because of an earlier broken down vehicle.

All lanes are now open but there is congestion to White City.

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

500,000 young Londoners may have lost their right to vote

Inside Croydon

More than one-third of young Londoners have “fallen off” the electoral register in the past 12 months and so won’t be able to vote in tomorrow’s London elections, according to research published today.

Kate visits King's Cross health centre

Following her visit to Hampton Court earlier, the Duchess of Cambridge attended a lunch at a children's mental health charity in King's Cross.

The Duchess of Cambridge speaks with guests during a reception at Spencer House in London,
Reuters

During the visit to the Anna Freud Centre Kate met staff and parents, as well as speaking to donors who are helping to fund a planned £34m "centre of excellence" at the centre.

The Duchess of Cambridge waves as she leaves after attending a reception at Spencer House
AP

People 'trapped' in buildings by gallons of sewage water

Croydon Guardian

Torrents of sewage 'traps' people in Coulsdon with smell so bad 'they can hardly breathe'.

Is Caroline Pidgeon feeling The Force in Leicester Square?

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

Yes, those are storm troopers behind Lib Dem London Mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon in Leicester Square.

Caroline Pidgeon
BBC

But will the force will be with her tomorrow? She says her policies are getting through.

All the candidates are listed here.

In pictures: Bagpipes procession

A set of 100-year-old bagpipes will take part in a procession later for the official launch of the Household Division's Beating Retreat concerts.

Band Master Will Casson-Smith lays a set of 100-year-old bagpipes as Piper Lance Sergeant John Mitchell (R) plays at The Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks
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The bagpipes originally belonged to a Pipe Major of the Regiment of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who died after becoming ill in the trenches at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Band Master Will Casson-Smith (L) holds a set of 100-year-old bagpipes as Piper Lance Sergeant John Mitchell (R) plays during a procession at Wellington Barracks
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They formed part of a procession at Wellington Barracks this morning and will be taken to Horse Guards Parade for the launch.

Piper Lance Sergeant John Mitchell plays during a procession to lay a set of 100-year-old bagpipes at The Guards Chapel in Wellington Barracks
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The Beating Retreat concerts, which feature military drills, music and fireworks, take place on 8 and 9 June.

Watch: Zac Goldsmith challenged over race criticism

BBC Newsnight

London mayoral Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith has been criticised by ex-Tory minister Baroness Warsi for linking rival Sadiq Khan to extremism.

BBC Newsnight's Secunder Kermani tried to ask him about it.

Ben Butler murder trial hears Peppa Pig fall theory

A six-year-old girl may have suffered fatal head injuries when she fell from a stool while mimicking Peppa Pig, a defence lawyer has told the Old Bailey.

Ben and Ellie Butler
Rex Features

Ellie Butler could have fallen and hit her head as she watched the popular children's cartoon, the jury heard.

Defending, Icah Peart QC said there was a rhyme in the show, where Peppa jumps and falls from a bed.

However, the pathologist who carried out the post-mortem test said he had never seen someone die from similar injuries.

Ben Butler, 36, denies murdering his daughter by causing the "catastrophic" injuries.

Man accused of plot to join terror group

A man suspected of planning to travel to Syria to join a banned terrorist group has been arrested.

The 20-year-old was arrested at a residential property in east London at about 07:00. He remains in custody.

He is being held on suspicion of preparing to go Syria to join a "proscribed organisation". The force could not say which group.

Listen: Alice Zawadzki sings with a nightingale

Violinist and singer Alice Zawadzki is among a number of new musicians who feature in a series of "Nightingale duets" for BBC Radio 3.

The London-based star worked with folk song collector Sam Lee creating new a composition by responding to the bird's melodic song in the Sussex countryside.

Council elections: Five ways to get more people to vote

Ballot Box
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Fewer than 20% of people have chosen to vote in council elections in some areas of England over the past four years, BBC News analysis of voting patterns has shown. Why are people turning their back on local elections and how can they be drawn back to the ballot box?

Sadiq Khan rolls out his election posters

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

Labour's Sadiq Khan rolled out his election posters today to mark the final day of campaigning in the London mayoral race.

He went back to Canary Wharf where he launched his manifesto. It's a place that plays into his promise to "create an environment where businesses can thrive" in London.

Sadiq Khan
AP

His series of billboard posters - which have travelled all over London in recent weeks - set out what Mr Khan sees as the key differences between him and his Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith - on everything from affordable homes, fares, community policing and support for the NHS.

A clear indication that he wants to focus on the issues rather than on Tory accusations that he's shared platforms with people with extreme views and the claims of anti-Semitism that have dogged the Labour Party.

He may be ahead in the polls but he seemed reluctant to celebrate too soon. The memories of last year's general election when Labour lost despite favourable polls are still etched into the minds of his campaign team.

Sadiq Khan
Reuters

Speaking to BBC Radio London he said "I'm not complacent" and urged people to go out and vote amid concerns about a low turnout tomorrow  

His main rival Zac Goldsmith has said he would be better placed than Mr Khan to work with a Conservative government as Mayor of London. But Mr Khan dismissed that criticism. 

He told me: "To give credit to this government they've worked with a Scottish government who is SNP. They work with a Welsh assembly who is Labour. They gave more powers to Greater Manchester who are Labour. When I was a transport minister in the Labour government I worked closely with mayors and politicians from all sides.

"No one wants to cut their nose off to spite their face. I'm looking forward to working with the government to ensure that we remain in the EU. I'll be a mayor for all Londoners and that includes Tory politicians who live in our great city." 

You can find out about all the candidates here.

Heathrow's 'new' inaugural flight

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Heathrow Airport has joined the competition to mark "May the Fourth" day.

Green candidate Sian Berry campaigning in Hackney

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

The Green Party candidate for mayor of London has criticised the "negativity" in the election campaign so far.

Sian Berry has been handing out leaflets in Hackney today.

She told BBC Radio London the "rows" between Conservative Zac Goldsmith and Labour's Sadiq Khan were putting off voters and had been "very distracting" from the policies being put forward by other candidates.

Sian Berry hading out leaflets in Hackney
BBC

She told me: "I've found the negativity very sad. We should have run the campaign as a group of candidates that was positive and about bringing Londoners together. In the last couple of weeks it's been very distracting.

"Great policy ideas I've been putting forward like setting up a bank for London to support small businesses barely had any attention because of the rows that have been going on.

"And I think it'll also put off voters. I really hope people do still turn out to vote in this election because it is really important.

"They shouldn't be put off by negative rows. It is about the issues that affect your daily lives." 

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She added she thought the Greens could make an impact in the London Assembly, where they'll be hoping to hang on to their two seats.

She said: "People are starting look beyond the two horse race and thinking about how they'll vote in the assembly elections."

You can find a full list of the candidates here.

In pictures: Kate meets Hampton Court's dragon

The Duchess of Cambridge was at Hampton Court Palace earlier to visit the newly unveiled Magic Garden.

Kate visiting Hampton Court
Reuters

Kate went on a tour and unveiled a plaque while also coming face to face with a dragon.

Kate visiting Hampton Court
AP

The garden has been designed by RHS Chelsea award-winning landscape architect Robert Myers, who said he drew inspiration from the myths and legends of the Tudor court.

Kate visiting Hampton Court
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On air this lunchtime: Mayoral candidates' last bid for votes & Deliveroo anger

Alpa Patel

BBC London presenter

Coming up on BBC London News this lunchtime:

We'll be hearing from the candidates hoping to become London's next mayor on the final day of campaigning.

And we'll have a special report about the takeaway service Deliveroo which has angered residents in Chiswick and Islington, as well as annoying some of its drivers.

Join me at 13:30 on BBC One.

Afternoon weather: Dry and sunny

BBC Weather

The afternoon will be fine with plenty of sunshine and light winds. The sun may turn periodically hazy as some higher level cloud rolls over. 

Maximum temperature 17C (63F).

Steve Davis on his 'mind-blowing' snooker career

BBC Sport

Steve Davis has been looking back at his career following his announcement that he had retired from snooker.

The six-time world champion told BBC Sport he found it "mind-blowing" to have played such a key part in the history of the game.

Sadiq Khan - 'I want to be a mayor for all Londoners'

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

Sadiq Khan has been in Canary Wharf this morning unveiling two campaign vans.

The Labour candidate said he wanted to be a "mayor for all Londoners".

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Application submitted for controversial Silvertown Tunnel

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Plan for Silvertown tunnel
TfL/News Shopper

Transport for London has submitted a planning application for the controversial Silvertown Tunnel, which would link the Greenwich Peninsula with the Royal Docks in east London.

Sadiq Khan 'will keep distance from Jeremy Corbyn' if he wins

Nicholas Watt

Political editor, BBC Newsnight

If Sadiq Khan wins the London mayoral contest he will probably throw a lifeline to Jeremy Corbyn.

The Labour leader, who appears likely to suffer setbacks elsewhere in Britain, will be able to say that his party has recaptured one of the biggest prizes in British politics.

But if Khan wins he is planning to mark his victory, at least in the immediate aftermath, without Corbyn by his side.

His decision to keep his distance, at least in the first few days after any victory, shows the widespread unease in the party about the Labour leader.

Cricket County Championship: Day four

BBC Sport

It's the final day in the current round of the cricket County Championship matches.

Middlesex started the day 51 runs behind Hampshire with 9 wickets to spare, while it's been a "run-fest" at the Oval between Surrey and Durham.

Jack Burnham
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You can follow live coverage and commentary of the games here.

London mayoral election candidates: Peter Whittle

Ahead of tomorrow's vote, we're looking at the candidates vying to become London's ext mayor.

Peter Whittle, UKIP

Peter Whittle
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  • Offer social housing and the chance to buy houses on GLA land only to those who have lived in the borough for five years
  • Reduce translation services in order to encourage integration
  • Campaign to introduce an Australian-style points migration system to relieve pressure on London's housing market
  • Support use of stop and search to tackle youth crime
  • Campaign for the UK to leave the EU

You can find a full list of who is running for mayor here.

Southern strike postponed until 20 May

Southern train
PA

Two 24-hour strikes planned by Southern Railway conductors next week have been cancelled and replaced with a 24-hour walkout on 20 May.

The RMT said the decision was taken because the dispute over the role of conductors and driver-only trains will be "prolonged".

RMT members staged a 24-hour strike last week which disrupted services and were due to walk out again next Tuesday and Thursday.

London mayoral election candidates: Caroline Pidgeon

Ahead of tomorrow's vote, we're looking at the candidates vying to become London's next mayor.

Caroline Pidgeon, Lib Dems

Caroline Pidgeon
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  • Introduce half-price fares for journeys that start by 07:30
  • Cancel plans for a Garden Bridge across the Thames between Temple and South Bank
  • Ban all HGVs and construction vehicles from central London in peak hours
  • Introduce a workplace parking levy in central London and Canary Wharf to tackle congestion
  • Campaign for the UK to stay in the EU

You can find a full list of who is running for mayor here.

Man in critical condition after stabbing in Streatham

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after he was stabbed in Streatham last night.

Mount Nod Road, Streatham
Google

Scotland Yard said the 21-year-old was attacked on Mount Nod Road at about 23:00 by a male suspect who arrived in the area in a silver Ford Focus.

The victim is currently being treated in a south London hospital.

No arrests have been made and police have appealed for any witnesses to contact them.

London mayoral election candidates: Sadiq Khan

Ahead of tomorrow's vote, we're looking at the candidates vying to become London's next mayor.

Sadiq Khan, Labour Party

Sadiq Khan
Reuters
  • Ensure half of all new homes in London are affordable
  • Give Londoners "first dibs" on buying new homes
  • Freeze all Transport for London fares at 2016 prices for four years
  • Recruit more police from black and minority ethnic communities and drive down unnecessary use of stop and search
  • Campaign for the UK to stay in the EU

You can find a full list of who is running for mayor here.

London mayoral election candidates: Zac Goldsmith

Ahead of tomorrow's vote, we're looking at the candidates vying to become London's next mayor.

Zac Goldsmith, Conservative Party

Zac Goldsmith
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  • Double home-building to 50,000 a year by 2020
  • Protect the green belt from development
  • Deliver funds Transport for London has said it needs to upgrade Tube and reduce overcrowding
  • No increase in the mayor-controlled element of council tax
  • Vote for the UK to leave the EU

You can find a full list of who is running for mayor here.

Lorry hits bridge in Tulse Hill

Transport has been disrupted around Tulse Hill this morning after a lorry crashed into a low bridge on the South Circular Road.

Lorry crashed into bridge
Network Rail

The railway line was closed for a short period, while the road has been shut after the vehicle became lodged under the bridge on the A205 Thurlow Park Road.

Lorry crashed into bridge
Network Rail

Network Rail say the line has reopened but trains will be delayed by 15 minutes until 11:00.

Lorry crashed into bridge
Network Rail

London mayoral election candidates: Sian Berry

Ahead of tomorrow's vote, we're looking at the candidates vying to become London's next mayor.

Sian Berry, Green Party

Sian Berry
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  • Reduce the number of travel zones and introduce flat fares by 2025
  • Set up an independent London renters' union to help protect private tenants
  • Raise the congestion charge by 60% to help pay for plans to reduce fares on public transport
  • Close City Airport and use the land for homes and businesses
  • Campaign for the UK to stay in the EU

You can find a full list of the candidates running in the election here.