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  1. Updates on Friday 13 May 2016

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Updates for London have ended for the day but we'll be back on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Have a great weekend.

Tonight's weather: dry but feeling chilly

BBC Weather

It will become cloudier and chilly through the evening, although it should remain dry with some clearer spells possible later in the night. 

Lows of 6C (43F)

Teen jailed over killing with 'Zombie killer' machete

A 17-year-old has been jailed for life after hacking a fellow teenager to death with a "Zombie Killer" machete. 

Blaise Lewinson stabbed Stefan Appleton (pictured below), 17, with the 25in (63cm) serrated blade in the leg and chest last year after chasing him through Nightingale Park in Islington.

Stefan Appleton
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He was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter.

He must serve a minimum of nine years before he can be considered for release on licence.

On air: Nurse killed at mental hospital, mayor's plan to clear up the air, sports news plus Drag Kings

BBC London News

On tonight's show with Louisa Preston, we'll have the latest on news that a man's been arrested after a nurse was stabbed to death at a mental health hospital.

Our political correspondent Karl Mercer reports on new mayor Sadiq Khan's plan to clean up the city's air.

Plus, we'll have all the latest sports news ahead of this weekend's big matches drag Kings, where women perform as men, is moving up from the underground scene - we find out why.

Join us on BBC One at 18:30.

Team news: Stoke City v West Ham United

BBC Sport

Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Premier League game between Stoke City and West Ham United.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes
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The Hammers' only injury concern is Darren Randolph will again deputise in the West Ham goal for Adrian, who has a calf injury while Stoke will be without Stephen Ireland after the midfielder suffered a broken leg in training this week.

Tower Hamlets mayor joins bishop over housing protest

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Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs has thrown the gauntlet down today over government housing legislation going through parliament which he says will increase the crisis in London’s East End which is already one of the worst in Britain.

Team news: Arsenal v Aston Villa

BBC Sport

Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Premier League game between Arsenal and Aston Villa.

Arsene Wenger
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Midfielder Jack Wilshere could make his first start for Arsenal since the final day of last season as he steps up his fitness after a broken leg.

For Aston Villa, full-back Aly Cissokho is available after a one-match ban.

Latest travel: Rush hour on the roads

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

Here are the latest incidents on the roads: 

  • North Circular, A406, Palmers Green: One lane blocked and very slow traffic due to broken down car on A406 North Circular Road Westbound between A10 Great Cambridge Road (Great Cambridge Interchange) and A105 Green Lanes (Clockhouse Interchange), congestion to A1010 Fore Street.
  • North Circular, A406, Finchley: Broken down mobile crane on A406 North Circular Road Westbound between A504 East End Road and A1 (Henly's Corner). Lane one (of three) has been closed whilst the vehicle is fixed, ongoing since lunchtime.
  • Kew, Chiswick: Slow traffic on A205 Kew Bridge Northbound between A307 / Mortlake Road (Kew Green) and M4 / A4 / A406 (Chiswick Roundabout). The traffic has not been helped by the earlier problems on A315 Chiswick High Road and the Queues heading out of town on A4 from Hammersmith
  • M25: Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J14 A3113 Airport Way / Horton Road (Heathrow Terminal 4) and J11 A317 (Chertsey). Anticlockwise queues heading up to the Dartford Tunnel from J2.

Keep up-to-date with BBC Travel Alert

Team news: Southampton v Crystal Palace

BBC Sport

Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Premier League game between Southampton and Crystal Palace.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman and Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew
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The Saints have no new injury problems ahead of the visit of Palace, while their manager Alan Pardew could rest some players ahead of next week's FA Cup final.

Hospital where nurse was killed expresses its sadness

A spokesperson for the hospital where a male nurse was killed has said they are "greatly saddened" over the death.

Southleigh Hospital added: "Our deepest sympathies are with his family, friends and colleagues.  

"He was a valued and respected member of staff who will be deeply missed.

"We cannot say more as we are working closely with the police on their ongoing investigation into this incident.”

Fire destroyed arts centre's refurbishment given go ahead

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The reconstruction and refurbishment of the Grand Hall at Battersea Arts Centre has been given the go ahead by the council following last year’s fire.

Match preview: Chelsea v Leicester City

BBC Sport

Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Premier League game between Chelsea and Leicester City.

Riyad Mahrez
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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could return from illness for the visit of champions Leicester City.

The Foxes's midfielder Danny Drinkwater is available after suspension but Robert Huth completes a ban.

Thirteen-time FA Cup winners Arsenal the 'underdogs' ahead of final against Chelsea

Arsenal Ladies veteran Kelly Smith says they will be the underdogs when they face Chelsea Ladies at Wembley in the 46th Women's FA Cup Final tomorrow.

The 13-time winners thrashed Sunderland 7-0 in the semi-final and face holders Chelsea, who are in their third final.

Arsenal Ladies boss Pedro Martinez Losa (left) and Chelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes
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Latest headlines: Arrest after nurse killed, murder accused 'bamboozled' when daughter put in care and Sainsbury's sorry over free artist advert

The top news stories for London this afternoon are:

Patient arrested after mental health nurse stabbed to death

Southleigh Community Hospital
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A patient has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a male nurse was stabbed to death at a mental hospital. 

The medic, who was in his 60s, suffered a number of knife wounds during the fatal attack at Southleigh Community Hospital, in south Croydon. 

He was pronounced dead at the scene and has not yet been formally identified by police. 

 A 40-year-old man, who police believe was a patient at the facility, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder at about 14:40 yesterday.

Sainsbury's shamed over advert for free artist

Sainsbury's has apologised after one of its London branches placed an advert in a local paper seeking an artist to decorate its canteen for free.

The store in Camden Road took out an advert for "an ambitious artist" to "voluntarily refurbish" the facility.

Sainsbury's advert
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The company was shamed on social media by people who pointed out the successful supermarket chain should pay its own way.

A spokesman for the company said the advert was an "error of judgement".

Food delivery robot tested in London

A fleet of delivery robots have been tested in London.

The BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones met the Estonian start-up which hopes to use the robots to drop off groceries and takeaway dinners.

Delivery robot
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Match preview: Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur

BBC Sport

Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Premier League game between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Rafael Benitez
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Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez could make changes after his side's relegation was confirmed on Wednesday.

While Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has no new injury concerns ahead of the visit to St James' Park.

Play-off for West Ham and Livepool over Europe?

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

West Ham and Liverpool could face a play-off to determine who qualifies for the Europa League.

The Hammers lie sixth in the Premier League before the final round of matches, while Liverpool are eighth.

Liverpool and West Ham playing a match
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The Reds also play Sevilla in the Europa League final knowing that a win would secure a Champions League place.

If they have to qualify for Europe through the league, there is a scenario that has both clubs level on points, goal difference and goals scored.

Millwall boss 'unlikely' to appeal misconduct charge

Chris Slegg

BBC London sports journalist

Millwall boss Neil Harris says he is unlikely to appeal FA misconduct charge for inappropriate language and/or behaviour v Gillingham.

Watch: Suspects wanted over watch robbery

CCTV has been released of two men police want to speak to in connection with a robbery outside a hotel foyer in Knightsbridge. 

The video shows one of the suspects give the man a hug while the other pulled on the man’s out-stretched arm and slid the gold Rolex watch, estimated to be worth about £10,000, off his wrist.

CCTV footage of robbery outside Knightsbridge hotel

The incident happened at about 22:00 outside the Beaufort Hotel on Beaufort Gardens on 29 December.

Views sought on driverless cars in Greenwich

Views are being sought on driverless vehicles. 

People who live, work, study or travel to Greenwich have been invited to respond to a survey on the planned £8m research project to investigate how they could be used across the UK.

See the car in action on this video.

Driverless car
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Greenwich is one of four places in England which are testing out driverless cars.

Women's FA Cup final: How to hear full commentary

Pete Stevens

BBC London Sport editor

We have full commentary of the Women's FA Cup final tomorrow between Arsenal and Chelsea, kick-off at 14:00.

Wembley Stadium
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You can listen to the coverage with Emma Jones from 13:00 on BBC Radio London FM, BBC London digital radio and BBC London online.  

Mayor's plan to 'clean up the air'

New mayor Sadiq Khan has told children who were showing him their air monitoring station in the school's playground that he was there "to nick your ideas".

At his visit to Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School in Aldgate, he said he wanted to be "the mayor who cleans up the air".

Policies up for consideration include: 

  • Extending the Ultra Low Emission Zone to the North and South Circular roads, 
  • Implementing extra charges on the most polluting vehicles entering central London
  • Purchasing only hybrid or zero-emission double-decker buses from 2018. 

Police bug was hidden in stolen car

Tom Symonds

Home Affairs Correspondent

The police surveillance bug was hidden in a stolen car that Jermaine Baker and two other men - Nathan Mason and Gokay Sogucakli - were sitting in as they waited close to Wood Green Crown Court for a prison van to arrive. 

Inside the van was Izett Eren, who'd been convicted of a firearms offence, but was using hidden mobile phone to organise his escape. 

He's admitted arranging for the men in the car to free him by holding up the van using an imitation Uzi machine gun. 

The jury at Woolwich Crown court heard Nathan Mason taking a phone call at 09:00 which appeared to tell him where in the prison van they should expect to find Izett Eren. 

Mr Mason told the others: "See as you go in yeah, it's the first door on your right." 

Jermaine Baker is recorded as saying: "So the door's here, boom boom."

Jermaine Baker
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Gokay Sogucakli queries what they mean, to which Mr Mason replies: "In the van, the first door on the right, that's where he is." 

Two minutes later Mr Mason is heard taking a further brief phone call. 

At 09:03 the audio picked up shouts of 'armed police'. The jury was not played any audio beyond this point, however a single shot was fired by an armed officer, hitting Jermaine Baker, who died shortly afterwards. 

The shooting has been bitterly criticised by some in Tottenham, north London where Jermaine Baker lived. 

A police firearms officer has been arrested and the Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating. 

The claim that Jermaine Baker was asleep was made at a community meeting during which community leaders met senior police officers and members of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The two men with Jermaine Baker in the car Nathan Mason and Gokay Sogucakli have both admitted taking part in the escape plot along with Izzet Eren. 

However, the Woolwich jury is considering whether Ozcan Eren and Eren Hasyer were involved. They have been accused of controlling the escape attempt from a different car. 

Court hears recording of man minutes before he is shot dead by police

Tom Symonds

Home Affairs Correspondent

A court's been played a sound recording suggesting a man shot dead by police in December was awake - despite claims at the time that he'd been sleeping. 

Jermaine Baker, 28, and two other men were waiting in a car to try to free a prisoner who was being taken to Wood Green Crown Court in north London. 

The recording, from a police bug which had been placed in the car, picked up the men talking to each other three minutes before armed police moved in. 

At a public meeting following the shooting in December it was claimed Jermaine Baker had been asleep when he was shot. The recording was played to a jury during the trial of Ozcan Eren, 31, and Eren Hasyer, 25 at Woolwich Crown Court. 

They deny being involved in the escape plot.

Terry offered one-year Chelsea deal

BBC Sport

Chelsea captain John Terry has been offered a new one-year contract by the Blues and is considering whether to accept it, according to the club.

Terry, 35, is out of contract at the end of this season and in January said he would not be extending his stay.

The defender has made 703 appearances since his debut in October 1998.  

John Terry
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City's 'protector' to go on show

The "totemic" protector of the city, London Stone, is being moved to the Museum of London.

The slab of limestone is reputed to have been brought to London by Brutus, and was possibly originally part of a Roman building. 

The saying "So long as the stone of Brutus is safe, so long shall London flourish" has led to the notion that the survival of the city is tied to the safety and protection of the stone.

Roy Stephenson, head of archaeological collections and archive at the Museum of London, looks at the London Stone
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According to Walk London, for hundreds of years the stone became a traditional site to pass laws, reclaim debts, swear oaths and make official proclamations

The stone will be on show in the museum's War, Plague and Fire gallery.

Riz Lateef named presenter of the year

BBC London News

Our presenter Riz Lateef has been crowned presenter of the year at the BBC's Ruby Awards which recognises talent across the country. 

Cameraman David Perella and assignments producer Lucy Bidmead were also recognised at the awards.  

Riz Lateef
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Ellie Butler murder: Father says trial is "unfair"

Ben Butler described his first trial as a "disgrace".

He added: "It feels like I'm having an unfair trial now because firstly, I have been charged with murdering my daughter but you are trying me for arguing with my wife. 

"Secondly, you have corrupt experts coming here giving expert opinion when they have already been used by every trial before. They cannot be impartial. They are completely biased. 

"Thirdly, you have lost evidence in this trial." 

Mr Justice Wilkie warned he was getting into "difficult territory" but he retorted: "I'm not going to be muzzled - it's how I feel."

Afternoon weather: Sunny spells but feeling cooler

BBC Weather

It will be bright this afternoon, with some sunny spells.

Temperatures will be a little cooler than previous days, particularly in the brisk northerly breeze. 

Highs of 21C (70F)

Concern grows for missing 85-year-old dementia sufferer

Concern is growing for an 85-year-old woman who has dementia and has been missing since Monday morning.

Lola Beckford was last seen at her home in Brownswood Road, Hackney, at 10:00. 

She is described as a light skinned black woman, about 6ft tall and wears a shoulder length dark brown wig.

Lola Beckford
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On air: Cleaning up London's air and latest on West Ham investigation

BBC London News

In the lunchtime bulletin, Sadiq Khan outlines his plan to improve London's air quality after he reveals his asthma is made worse by the city's pollution. 

Emilia Papdopolous will be at Scotland Yard with the latest on the investigation into West Ham fans who damaged Manchester United's bus before their match at Upton Road.

Plus, there will be a look toward's the weekend sport and weather.

BBC One, 13:30

Murder accused 'prayed' daughter would get better when ill as a baby

Ellie was transferred to another hospital and Mr Butler said he went to a chapel and "prayed and prayed on my knees". 

"This guy come in to us - a proper doctor. He came out and said don't worry, she is going to be fine."

Mr Butler was later convicted of harming Ellie but this was then quashed on appeal. 

Murder accused describes killed daughter's injuries as a baby

The father accused of murdering his six-year-old daughter Ellie Butler in a fit of rage has told how he was left "devastated" when she was taken into care as a baby.

At the Old Bailey, the 36-year-old described how Ellie looked "sheet white" when his partner Jennie Gray, also 36, brought their daughter to his house in February 2007. 

Ben Butler with Ellie as a baby
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Mr Butler took her to a hospital where a doctor told him that Ellie would not make it through the night. 

"I couldn't believe it. Clearly nothing like that has gone on. We couldn't get it in our minds."

Mr Butler, from Sutton in south-west London, denies murder and child cruelty.

Latest headlines: Man U coach attack, Wembley development approved and blue plaque for Tommy Cooper home

Here are the latest news stories we're following in the BBC London newsroom:

Piccadilly focus of Tower Records documentary

Tom Hanks's son Colin has made a documentary all about Tower Records, called All Things Must Pass.

The film tells the story of the record company and features Sir Elton, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and singer Bruce Springsteen. 

Colin Hanks holding a Tower Records bag at Piccadilly Circus in London
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The music company once had a flagship store in Piccadilly Circus, but this was sold to Virgin in 2003. 

Body image, Crossrail, Car-free day and housing body

Tim Donovan

BBC London, Political Editor

In a sign of how the new Labour mayor is hoping to show some early momentum, there are also plans for the following before the middle of August:

  • New advertising strategy with fresh guidelines on how body image is presented in stations and on vehicles
  • Decision by the mayor on the preferred route of Crossrail 2
  • Car- free day in Regent's Street in July
  • Appointment of a new Walking Champion

His "Delivering Your Manifesto" document (pdf) also reveals that the mayor hopes to have a new advisory body - Homes for London - set up within the first three months, tasked with helping reach a target of 50,000 new homes each year.

Barnet vote 'disaster waiting to happen'

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

London Assembly Conservative member Gareth Bacon said voters needed to have confidence in the voting process after criticising the delay in the final result at City Hall and voting problems in Barnet.

Labour's Andrew Dismore described what happened in Barnet "as a disaster waiting to happen" which was down to inexperienced staffing, lack of supervision, and cuts to the elections team.

He added that the council needed to be put into special measures for the EU referendum and that its council leader should stand down.

Assembly deputy and chair announced

Labour London Assembly member Joanne McCartney has been announced as deputy mayor while Jeanette Arnold, also Labour, has been elected as the deputy chair.