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  1. Updates on Monday 23 May 2016

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By Sitala Peek

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Sitala Peek

BBC News, London

Live updates have finished for the day, but we'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow.

Have a good evening.

London's evening weather: Dry overnight

BBC Weather

Evening showers will soon fade away, to leave a dry night with clearing skies. 

The odd mist or fog patch could then form during the early hours of Tuesday, especially along prone stretches of the River Thames. It will also turn rather chilly.

Minimum temperature: 8C (46F) 

Night Tube wrangling, Chelsea Flower Show and Ben Butler trial

BBC London News

We have a date for the Night Tube to start, nearly a year after it was first scheduled to begin. Our transport correspondent Tom Edwards explains where we are with the various management disputes and how it will work in practice.

Night Tube advert

Also on the show, we'll have the best of Chelsea Flower Show and the crusade to save London's front gardens.

And we'll hear how a man accused of murdering his daughter was a devoted father -in the latest in the Ben Butler trial.

That's all coming up on BBC One at 18:30 tonight.  

Appeal launched to bring rare Armada queen portrait into public ownership

An appeal has been launched to save one of three surviving versions of the Armada portrait of Queen Elizabeth I.

A total of £10m needs to be raised in order to save the life-sized painting, considered a masterpiece of the English Renaissance.

Queen Elizabeth I

The Art Fund has already pledged £1m, while Royal Museums Greenwich have committed £400,000.

If the target is reached, the painting will enter public ownership for the first time in its 425-year history.

Suvi Aronen murderer Jason Dockrill admits 2001 rape

A convicted murderer has admitted a carried out two years before he went on to commit the "sadistic and sexual" killing of a student.

A judge described Dockrill as "a danger to women" when he was sentenced in 2004

Jason Dockrill, 46, is serving a life term for the murder of 23-year-old Finnish national Suvi Aronen in 2003.

He had been due to face trial for the 2001 rape but changed his plea after DNA evidence linked him to the crime.

Dockrill also admitted two indecent assault counts.

Boxpark delays could see Ambition Festival staged in October

Inside Croydon

It’s just a few weeks since Croydon Council made the announcement that it would use £160,000 of Council Tax-payers’ money to stage a music and arts festival to promote the launch of a private business this September.

Yet there’s now a strong possibility that the 2016 Ambition Festival will be have to be delayed until mid-October.

Cyclist dies in collision with a lorry in Croydon

Met Police

A female cyclist in her 20s has died following a collision with a lorry in St James' Road at the junction with Lansdowne Road in Croydon, south London.

Emergency crews were called at about 13:40 BST.

The woman died at the scene and her next of kin are being traced, police said.

Scene of the crash
MPS Croydon

Man hit by bus in Oxford Street in 'critical condition'

Met Police

A man hit by a bus as he was walking along Oxford street at 15:30 this afternoon is in a "critical condition", police have said. 

The collision took place at the junction with New Bond Street.

The scene at the collision in Oxford Street

Officers attended along with London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance.

Roads are closed in the area and buses are being diverted.

Chelsea Flower Show: Spreading a little peace and tranquility in London

Health and wellbeing were common themes at this year's Chelsea Flower Show garden displays

Judging is taking place now and competitors wait nervously for the results.

Beauty of Maths garden

Alex Morrison has been down to soak up the atmosphere, sights and the sounds for BBC News.

Heathrow makes British steel promise

Heathrow airport has vowed to use British steel to build its third runway if plans gets the go-ahead.

The promise comes as the airport launches its manifesto, which includes pledges for better UK connectivity and 40 more long haul routes.

steel factory
John Giles/PA
steel factory

Heathrow makes British steel promise

Heathrow airport vows to use British steel to build its third runway if plans gets the go-ahead.

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Angelina Jolie to join LSE as visiting professor

The Hollywood actress and UN Special Envoy for the refugee agency UNHCR has been appointed a visiting lecturer at the London School of Economics.

It is running a masters in women, peace and security studies launched by Jolie and William Hague starting next year.

Angelina Jolie addressess an audience in the BBC Radio Theatre

She said: "It is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women's rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict."

"I am looking forward to teaching and to learning from the students, as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations," she added. 

The British former Conservative cabinet member will also be joining LSE as a visiting professor.

Finishing what he started: Family completes London Marathon for soldier

Relatives of a soldier who died while running the London Marathon have completed the remaining three miles of the course in his memory.

Captain David Seath, 31, collapsed after suffering a heart attack near the 23-mile mark, close to Southwark Bridge.

Capt David Seath

The Afghanistan veteran's friends and family met on the course at midnight at the place where he collapsed.

About £200,000 has been donated to Help For Heroes in his memory.

Watch: Burglary at Beckton youth club

The Met have released CCTV footage of the moment a man broke into an after-school club in Beckton and stole a music system.

The man is seen climbing through a window to enter the Beckton Youth Zone, Beckton Globe on Kingsford Way in Newham on 9 May at about 12:30 BST.

Once inside he picked up a portable music centre and then departed.

Scotland Yard believe the man to be aged between 30 and 40 years old and have asked for anybody who recognises him to contact them.

Eurostar sales down following Brussels attacks

Eurostar has reported a fall in passengers using the high-speed rail service, saying travellers "remain cautious" in the wake of the Brussels terror attacks.


Passenger numbers fell to 2.2 million in the three months to the end of March from 2.3 million a year earlier. Eurostar said "demand is dampened" and there had been a particular slowdown in travellers from the US and Asia.

Revenues also fell to £201m, down 6% from a year earlier. But Eurostar said it had seen a surge in ticket sales in recent weeks ahead of the Euro 2016 football tournament, with the opening day of the competition - 10 June - proving to be the busiest day as the hosts France take on Romania in Paris.

Ben Butler murder trial: 'His bark was worse than his bite'

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

Jurors have been shown hundreds of texts messages between Ellie's parents, Ben Butler, who is on trial for her murder, and Jennie Gray, 36, who is accused of child cruelty.

The pair deny the charges and Ms Gray said the texts came across "harsher than they were".

"His bark is worse than his bite", she said.

"He used to threaten me but they were empty threats," she added.

She told the court she had never seen Mr Butler act violently towards Ellie and would not be defending him if she thought he was to blame for her daughter's death.

London's afternoon weather: Not looking as bright as this morning

BBC Weather

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There's a risk of heavy and possibly thundery showers throughout the afternoon, so enjoy the sunshine while it's here.

Max temp: 18C (64F)

Night Tube plans and Chelsea Flower Show latest: On BBC One at 13:30

BBC London News

It's been a long time in coming but we have finally learned the Night Tube will open on two lines initially on 19 August

We'll have full analysis of what the fall out from this is from our transport correspondent Tom Edwards.

Chelsea Flower Show display

Plus we can show you round some of the gorgeous displays at Chelsea Flower Show.

Join us at 13:30 on BBC One if you can or catch up on iPlayer shortly after the show.

Heathrow unveils expansion plans in 'election-style manifesto'

The west London airport claims a third runway would allow it to provide 40 new long-haul routes as well as better rail and bus connections to cities and major towns.

It claims the runway would bring £211bn into the economy and support 180,000 new jobs.

Proposed new flightpaths

Gatwick is also competing to be chosen for UK airport expansion and claims a new runway would provide cheaper flights to and from the South East and spread the economic benefit across the country. 

The commission set up to look at UK airport expansion has recommended expansion at Heathrow but the final decision rests with the government who are due to make a decision this summer following the EU referendum. 

Man in custody after mother dies in Belsize Park stabbing

A man is in police custody on suspicion of murder after a mother of three was stabbed in north-west London.

Maria Mbombo
Met Police

Maria Mbombo, 46, was found with stab wounds at an address in Maitland Park Villas, Belsize Park in the early hours of Thursday.

A 56-year-old man, who has been in hospital since Thursday suffering from a knife injury, is now being questioned at a north London police station.

Police said both he and Ms Mbomo lived at the same address.

Ben Butler murder trial: Ellie's removal into care was 'heartbreaking'

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

When Mr Butler was falsely accused of shaking Ellie, his daughter was taken into care.

Ms Gray said it "broke my heart" when Ellie went to a foster home. "It was one of the worst days of my life."

Met Police

She started crying in the witness box as she recalled how Ellie was taken away by a foster carer.

Mr Butler was wrongly convicted of shaking Ellie but cleared on appeal. Ms Gray said she and Mr Butler fought hard to regain custody of Ellie and told the court: "I tried to drink myself to death a few times." 

Ben Butler murder trial: Accused prayed for daughter's recovery

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

Jennie Gray tells the court of Ellie's traumatic birth and said she used to make a catching sound in her sleep and went a "white porcelain colour" sometimes.

She describes how Ellie was taken to hospital when she was three months old and a nurse mistakenly decided she had been "violently shaken".

Jennie Gray
Nick Ansell/PA

Ms Gray said St Helier Hospital made "many, many mistakes" with Ellie's care and that she and Ben Butler had prayed for their daughter's recovery.

Ms Gray told the court  she was a practising Christian and when Ellie was transferred to a different hospital she did indeed recover.

Ben Butler murder trial: Dad saw her every day

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

Ellie's mother Jennie Gray says Ben saw his daughter everyday and had stayed overnight with Ben because: "I could see how capable he was".

She said when Ellie was born Ben had brought her a teddy bear that he had had as a child.

Ben Butler murder trial hears accused was a 'devoted dad'

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

The man accused of killing his six-year-old daughter in a violent rage has been described by his former partner Jennie Gray as a "devoted" father.

Ben Butler, 36, is accused of inflicting "catastrophic" head injuries on his daughter Ellie in October 2013.

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

Giving evidence at the Old Bailey, Ellie's mother Ms Gray said Ben was "completely devoted and in love with the fact he was a dad".

Ben and Ellie Butler
Rex Features

Ms Gray is accused of child cruelty which she denies.

'Don't attack Boris - he made Night Tube happen'

Keith Prince, London Assembly Member for Havering and Redbridge and Conservative transport spokesman, says: “I welcome the fact that two of the five Night Tube lines are to open. However it is disappointing that the mayor, who had a chance to be magnanimous and thank his predecessor for all the work he did to make the Night Tube happen, has instead chosen to attack him. 


"Given Sadiq Khan’s union paymasters have already delayed the launch of the Night Tube by 11 months, it’s no surprise that he’s trying to blame Boris Johnson.

"It’s good news that Londoners will finally see the launch of two lines in August, but we need to know when the remaining lines will finally see twenty-four hour operation and I’ll be seeking assurances that the Mayor won’t be trying to buy off the unions with more of Londoners’ hard-earned money.”

RMT warns of 'unresolved issues' over Night Tube

The RMT, which is in dispute with London Underground over conditions for engineering workers linked to the Night Tube, says it still has "major concerns over the safe running" of the service:

"There are major unresolved issues in relation to the Tube Lines engineering workforce and it is imperative that the company now moves quickly to address the points at the core of that dispute and reaches a proper negotiated settlement with the union that doesn't leave that essential group of workers disadvantaged on conditions and pensions. RMT also still has major concerns over the safe running of the Night Tube and there are unresolved issues on the detailed safety case that will have to be agreed through the Health and Safety machinery.

General Secretary Mick Cash

Sadiq Khan has announced the Night Tube will begin on 19 August.

Analysis: Night Tube first big test for Sadiq Khan's relationship with transport unions

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

Of all of the previous mayor Boris Johnson's schemes the Night Tube was the most problematic to get off the ground.

I once called it a zombie policy - half dead wandering around, causing nothing but trouble.

Night Tube map

It was meant to start in September 2015 but the transport unions were not happy about pay and changes to their work life balance.

The eventual solution - as well as bonuses - was to hire in part time night drivers.

Now we have a start date (again) but crucially it is only for the Central and Victoria lines. That's because there are still unresolved issues with RMT Tubelines staff who work mainly on the other planned night lines - the Jubilee, the Northern and the Piccadilly.

By going ahead with a start anyway there is a risk that antagonises the unions. It could be the first big test for the new mayor's relationship with London's transport unions.

And with this project, until it's running on five lines there are probably more twists to come.

Girl hurt in fall from window in Camberwell

Paulet Road, Camberwell

A five-year-old girl has been badly hurt in a fall from a second-floor window in south London.

Police were called to Paulet Road, Camberwell, at about 19:50 BST on Saturday to reports that a child had fallen from a building.

She was taken to a south London hospital by London Ambulance Service, where her condition is described as serious but stable.

Chelsea Flower Show: Final preparations are being made

This is how it is shaping up for the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show:

You can follow the in-depth coverage here.

Chelsea Flower Show display
Sheds at Chelsea Flower Show
Chelsea Flower Show display
Chelsea Flower Show display
Chelsea Flower Show display being swept
Chelsea Flower Show display under construction

London's latest headlines this morning

Sitala Peek

BBC News, London

The main stories we're looking at in the newsroom this morning are:

Watch: The secrets behind the Chelsea Flower Show

The BBC discovers some of the set up secrets from inside the Chelsea Flower Show ahead of the show's opening.

Labour councillor suspended for abstaining from vote on cuts to adult social care

Croydon Guardian

A Labour councillor has been suspended after abstaining from a vote that slashed the adult social care budget by £5m in south London.  

County Championship heads into day two

BBC Sport

The County Championship continues later as games head into into their second day.

Chris Rodgers
Getty Images

Chris Rodgers scored a century on Sunday as he returned to Lord's for Somerset's game against Middlesex. The West Country side will resume batting on 219 for 2.

Surrey are up against it after they were bowled out for 191 by Lancashire. The Old Trafford side are 16 without loss in reply.

Follow live coverage of both games on the BBC Sport website.

Night Tube to begin on 19 August

London Underground sign against the night sky

The first Night Tube services will run from 19 August, Sadiq Khan has announced.

The 24-hour weekend service will begin on the Central and Victoria lines initially, with the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Northern lines becoming all-night services in the Autumn.

The mayor said the Night Tube was "absolutely vital to my plans to support and grow London's night time economy".

Chelsea Flower Show: Poppy tribute

Carol Kirkwood

BBC Weather Presenter

This is the poppy tribute in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea made up of about 300,000 individually crocheted poppies.

You can follow coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show here. 

Sea of poppies

'Eat more fat advice - irresponsible'? Do you agree?

Vanessa Feltz

BBC Radio London presenter

Public Health England has condemned advice from the National Obesity Forum to eat more fat.

PHE chief nutritionist Dr Alison Tedstone was responding to a report by the National Obesity Forum, which suggests eating fat could help cut obesity and type 2 diabetes.

We're discussing this on Vanessa right now. Let me know your thoughts, call me on 0207 224 2000, text 81 333 and start your message with the word ‘London’ or email


The charity said promoting low-fat food had had "disastrous health consequences" and should be reversed.

Other experts have also criticised the recommendation to eat more fat, saying the report cherry-picked evidence.

Low fat or high fat - does it matter?

Are diet drinks bad for you?

Weather: Sunny spells and showers today

BBC Weather

It'll be a bright day with plenty of sunny spells, and it will be feeling warm in the sunshine.

There is a risk of seeing some heavy and perhaps even thundery showers developing into afternoon though, especially over higher ground such as the Chilterns.

Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F)

Travel: Parkway in Northolt closed due to police incident

BBC Travel

The Parkway in Northolt is closed between White Hart roundabout and Willow Tree roundabout with traffic queuing in both directions because of a police incident.

There is no right turn on the A5 Edgware Road in Marylebone at the A501 Chapel Street junction because of a traffic light failure.

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

Travel: Severe delays on Overground

BBC Travel

There are severe delays eastbound on the Overground between Gospel Oak and Barking because of a signal failure at Crouch Hill.

The Overground also has severe delays between Liverpool Street and Hackney Downs due to a signal failure at Liverpool Street.

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