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  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 June 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Thundery showers likely

BBC Weather

Heavy, thundery showers are likely in some areas this evening, before easing overnight. 

The night will see some clear spells and light winds, with a little patchy mist developing along the River Thames. 

Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Evening news: North Middlesex Hospital A&E, killer working in Tower Hamlets school, Aladdin in the West End

BBC London News

On BBC London News at 18:30 on BBC One, we'll have the latest on the A&E unit at North Middlesex University Hospital which is under threat of closure after serious concerns about patient safety.

Two governors at a school in Tower Hamlets have resigned after it was revealed a killer had been working at the school as a technician for five years.

And will Aladdin the Musical have a magical run in the West End and replicate The Lion King's success?

The Hive comes to Kew Gardens

The Hive, a latticed structure with LED lights which was the centrepiece of the UK Pavillion at the 2015 Milan Expo, is on show at Kew Gardens.

The aluminium structure inspired by the bee hive was designed by Wolfgang Buttress. 

The Hive
Jeff Eden
The Hive
Jeff Eden

The lights in the piece glow and fade with the soundtrack of hums and buzzes trying to mimic the real-time activity of bees in a beehive.

The Hive
Jeff Eden

The Hive will open to the public on 18 June and will remain in the Kew Gardens until the end of 2017.

The Hive
Jeff Eden

Government will 'monitor closely' North Middlesex University Hospital - PM

Prime Minister David Cameron has said the government will "monitor closely" the situation at the North Middlesex University Hospital's A&E unit, which it is feared could close over safety concerns. 

The General Medical Council has said it is "extremely concerned" about standards of training for junior doctors at the hospital in Edmonton. 

The hospital has said it has a "broad recovery plan" and safety is paramount.  

David Cameron
PA

During Prime Minister's Questions in Parliament Mr Cameron admitted the hospital is very busy but insisted the government is investing in services there.

"If we look at what has happened since 2010, there are 120 more doctors, there are 280 more nurses recruited by the Trust. The health secretary will continue to monitor this closely."

Toby Roland-Jones signs new Middlesex contract until 2019

BBC Sport

Middlesex pace bowler Toby Roland-Jones has signed a new deal with the club, which will keep him at Lord's until the end of the 2019 season.

The 28-year-old has taken 32 wickets in all formats so far this season.

Toby Roland-Jones
Rex Features

"Toby is an outstanding cricketer who has become one of the leading domestic players in the country," managing director of cricket Angus Fraser said.

He has taken 268 first-class wickets in 73 appearances at an average of 25.20 and featured for the England Lions against the United Arab Emirates over the winter.  

Beekeeper 'cured of sting allergy'

Lucy Zaichenko
Lucy Zaichenko

A commercial beekeeper who almost died after being stung has been cured of her allergy.

Lucy Zaichenko said she risked her life daily running the Oxfordshire-based business with her husband Viktor, which has about 150 million bees.

She was unaware she was allergic to bee stings until she suffered severe anaphylactic shock at home in 2011.

The 47-year-old has since undergone immunotherapy treatment at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London.

Princess Beatrice visits school to fund youth projects

Princess Beatrice visited School 21 in Stratford, east London, ahead of a campaign to raise money for youth projects in the UK.

Princess Beatrice (left) and Holly Branson (right) with school student Ava Lang
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The princess and Ms Branson met students and staff during a poetry session at the school

She visited the school with Virgin boss Richard Branson's daughter Holly Branson in the build up to the Virgin Strive Challenge 2016, which is taking place in September.  

Princess Beatrice (left) and Holly Branson (right) during a poetry session at the Stratford school
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The royal visit was organised by the charity Big Change.  

Princess Beatrice (left) and Holly Branson (right) with students at the Stratford school
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Four injured as car catches fire after Harrow roundabout collision

A man is in a critical condition and three others suffered injuries after a car they were in burst into flames after crashing into a wall in a roundabout in Harrow, north-west London, Met Police has said.

The incident took place just before 05:00 when a black Volkswagen Golf collided with a wall at Northwick Park roundabout. 

The four men were pulled out by passersby before the vehicle was gutted by flames.

Northwick Park roundabout in Harrow
Google

A 29-year-old man is in a critical condition after suffering neck and head injuries, while a 27-year-old suffered internal injuries, but he is in a stable condition in hospital.

The two other men, aged 29 and 22, were treated for minor injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward, specially a man who was filmed the aftermath of the crash.

NHS fraud doctor from London must repay £75,000

Anthony Madu
Wales News Service
Anthony Madu was employed as a specialist gynaecologist in Cardiff

A gynaecologist who defrauded the NHS by working for other health boards while suspended must repay £75,000.

Anthony Madu, 47, of Woolwich, south-east London, must pay the money within six months or face two years in prison.

In October 2014, he was found guilty of six counts of fraud relating to his time at Cardiff and Vale health board.

Cheryl Hill from NHS Counter Fraud Service (Wales) said: "Dr Anthony Madu defrauded the NHS of money which should have been spent on patient care."

West Ham sign winger Sofiane Feghouli from Valencia on three-year deal

BBC Sport

West Ham have signed winger Sofiane Feghouli from Valencia on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old Algeria international spent six seasons at the Spanish club, scoring 42 goals in 243 appearances.

Feghouli
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The 2012 Algerian Footballer of the Year, Feghouli has 40 caps and has played in three major tournaments.

He is the Hammers' second signing this summer following Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Havard Nordtveit, who joins on 1 July.

British-Iranian woman to be charged with plot against Iran government

Officials are "urgently" investigating reports a British-Iranian woman, detained in Iran for more than two months, is to be charged with trying to topple the country's government. 

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 37, who lives in West Hampstead, was stopped in April as she tried to return to the UK with her daughter at the end of a family holiday. 

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, pictured with her husband Richard and daughter Gabriella, has been held in Iran for more than two months
BBC

She works for the charitable arm of the Reuters news agency. The Foreign Office says it's "urgently seeking information".  

Her husband Richard Ratcliffe has been campaigning to get his family back to the capital. Their daughter Gabriella, a British citizen, has had to stay with her grandparents in Iran because she cannot return to the UK without her passport. 

Under Iranian law only her father or mother can take the toddler home, but Mr Ratcliffe has been advised to stay away from Iran.

'Woman giving birth' on board Saudi plane diverted to Heathrow

A Saudi Airlines plane bound for New York has been diverted to Heathrow for a medical emergency involving a pregnant woman.

The flight tracking website Air Live reported at 10:47 BST that "a woman is giving birth" on board flight SV21.

A spokesman for Heathrow Airport confirmed the flight had been diverted to Heathrow for a "medical emergency".

It is not known whether the woman has given birth yet.

Tower Hamlets school defends hiring racist killer

An east London school has defended employing a man convicted of the manslaughter of a Bangladeshi father in a racially-motivated attack.

Ian Devlin was 17 when he was sentenced to serve nine years at a young offenders' institution for killing Shiblu Rahman in London in April 2001.

Devlin has been employed at Ian Mikardo High School, Tower Hamlets, as an assistant since 2010.

Ian Mikardo High School in Tower Hamlets
BBC

The school said he had passed security checks and was a model rehabilitated offender.

While the school was aware of Devlin's conviction, parents and the wider community were not. 

Victor Olisa is Met Police's new diversity lead

The Met Police has appointed Ch Supt Victor Olisa as the force's new Lead for Diversity and Inclusion.

The officer, who has been the borough Commander in Haringey for the past three years, said: "It’s a great privilege to be appointed as the Met's new diversity lead. 

"We’ve come a long way but there’s still more we can do to become a police service that’s more diverse and inclusive.”

Victor Olisa
Met Police

Det Ch Supt Helen Millichap, the current Borough Commander at Greenwich, will become the Borough Commander at Haringey later this month, replacing Mr Olisa.

Private hire parking bays at Heathrow open

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

A new private hire car park has opened at Heathrow, after residents complained about disruption caused by parking in streets. 

Cab hire firm Uber says drivers will only get fares if they park here at Heathrow. 

Private hire car park at Heathrow
BBC

The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association said it was disappointed by the parking space and said it was a virtual rank.    

Private hire car park at Heathrow
BBC

Swastikas daubed in Stamford Hill playground

At least three swastikas have been daubed in a playground in Stamford Hill, Jewish News reports.

On this day: School for Nurses started

On this day in 1860, Florence Nightingale started her School for Nurses at St Thomas' Hospital, London.

Florence Nightingale
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Grant to restore Grade II Bow church

A church in the East End of London which is listed in Historic England's 'Heritage At Risk' Register has been given £20,000 funding for repairs.

The National Churches Trust Repair Grant will see the roof of St Mary and Holy Trinity in Bow made watertight, in addition to work on the timber clock tower and cupola. 

St Mary and Holy Trinity in Bow
The National Churches Trust

The Grade II listed church, which was founded in 1311,  survived World War II despite - in 1941 - the tower and west end were badly damaged during the Blitz.

The money will be used to repair the rotting timber of the church tower, the crumbling medieval masonry and improve drainage. 

Big Ben cake to mark Alzheimer's Society's Cupcake Day

Actress and singer Donna Air has unveiled a 5ft tall Big Ben made from 240 cupcakes to kick-off fundraising for the Alzheimer's Society's new campaign, Cupcake Day, tomorrow.  

Donna Air
PA

Sky Broadband down in south London

Sky Broadband has been down in parts of south London for more than 24 hours after a  fibre optic cable was damaged during construction work in the City of London.

Brixton, Nine Elms, Vauxhall, south Clapham and Battersea have all been effected.

Sky says specialist teams are carrying out repair works.

Lambeth North Tube station to close for seven months

Lambeth North station on the Bakerloo line will close for more than seven months in July to replace the station's two lifts.

Transport for London said the lifts are more than 30 years old and often break down causing delays.

But replacing one lift at a time would prolong the upgrade from 30 to 64 weeks and could increase congestion, hence the decision was taken to close the station completely to commuters, TfL said.

David Hughes, London Underground’s director of strategy, said: “Closing the station is the quickest and most efficient way to replace the lifts – the decision has not been taken lightly and we will work hard to complete this vital upgrade as quickly as possible, keeping customers and local businesses up to date as the work progresses.”

Duke of Cambridge on the cover of gay magazine Attitude

The Duke of Cambridge has appeared on the cover of leading gay magazine, Attitude - the first member of the Royal Family to be do so.

He told the magazine: "No one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason." 

Duke of Cambridge
Attitude

In May, the Duke had invited the magazine to bring members of the LGBT+ community to Kensington Palace to listen to their experiences with regards to bullying and how it affects their mental health.   

The cover picture was taken by London-based photographer Leigh Keily.

Britain's Laura Robson, Liam Broady and Katie Swan among Wimbledon wildcards

Former British number one Laura Robson will receive a wildcard for this year's Wimbledon Championships, which begin on 27 June.

The 22-year-old, who reached 27th in the world rankings in July 2013, is fully fit after two injury-plagued seasons but is currently ranked 308th.

Laura Robson
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Laura Robson has been handed a wildcard

Other British players allocated wildcards are Liam Broady, Alex Ward, James Ward, Tara Moore and Katie Swan.

German Dustin Brown, who beat Rafael Nadal last year, is another wild card.

Men charged with Harlesden shooting murder

Two men have been charged with murder after a man was shot dead in Harlesden, north-west London, in March.

Oliver Tetlow, 27, was found with fatal bullet wounds in Church Road late on the night of 9 March.

Oliver Tetlow
Met Police

A 19-year-old from Acton and a man aged 22 from Kilburn will appear at Hendon Magistrates' Court later to face murder charges. 

EU campaigners meet on the River Thames

A flotilla by Vote Leave campaigners are met by Vote Remain campaigners at Tower Bridge.

Vote Leave campaigners creating a River Thames flotilla have been met by Vote Remain campaign boats at Tower Bridge in central London.

The event was organised by Fishing for Leave, to make the case for leaving the EU and for "reclaiming UK waters".

Central line suspended over person on the track

There is no service between Liverpool Street and Newbury Park and Woodford due to a person on the track, Transport for London has said.

There are severe delays on the rest of the line.  

For the latest travel news follow @BBCTravelAlert

Man on the run from mental health unit

Police have asked people not to approach a man who has gone on the run from a mental health unit in south-east London.

Daniel Henry, 33, was last seen at the Lewisham facility on the afternoon of 10 June.

Daniel Henry
Met Police

He has been described as a light skinned black man, around 5ft 10in tall, of skinny build with short black dreadlocks.

People have been advised to call 999 if they spot him.

Unemployment falls in London by 8,000

The number of unemployed people in London have fallen by 8,000 in the February to April period, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

The capital's unemployment figure now stands at 280,000.

The UK unemployment rate has fallen to 5% - 1.67 million, the lowest since October 2005. The figures are down 20,000 from the previous quarter.

People in London
Reuters

London-born Leopard Man dies in Inverness

A man who was known as the Leopard Man of Skye because of his full-body leopard-spot tattoos has died in a nursing home in Inverness.

London-born former special forces soldier Tom Leppard lived in a remote bothy on Skye for 20 years until 2008.

Tom Leppard
Guinness World Records

His self-made shelter, on a stretch of shoreline near Kyleakin in the south-east of the island, had no electricity or furniture and he would canoe three miles (4.8km) for his weekly shopping.

Since 2002, he had held the Guinness World Record for most tattooed male senior citizen.

Usain Bolt will run in London Anniversary Games

Usain Bolt has confirmed that he will take part in the London Anniversary Games next month.  

The Jamaican sprinter will race the 200m as part of his final preparations before the Olympics in Rio. 

Usain Bolt
AP

Attempted child abductions in Wimbledon and Raynes Park

Wimbledon Guardian

There have been three suspected attempted child abductions in the borough in the past week.  

On this Day: Harrow School was founded

Harrow School was founded on this day in 1572.

The independent school is located on the Harrow-on-the-Hill.

Seven former British prime ministers, including Sir Winston Churchill, are among its alumni. 

Harrow School
PA

Famous Old Harrovians include Lord Byron, India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, several members of royal families, and more recently Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch. 

Lunchtime weather: Warm day with sunny spells

BBC Weather

A mostly dry day, with sunny spells. 

However some thundery showers could develop, mainly in north-west areas later. 

It will be warm during the afternoon with light southwest winds.  

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F)

Lunchtime news: North Middlesex University Hospital's A&E under threat, Peckham Rye station restoration

Sonja Jessup

BBC London News

On BBC London News at 13:30: The latest on North Middlesex University Hospital's A&E unit under threat of closure due to safety fears.

And we take a look round the former grand Victorian waiting room at Peckham Rye station that's being restored.

London parents miss out on top secondary school choice

About one in six children did not get their first choice of secondary school, according to official admissions figures for England's schools.  

The lowest likelihood of getting a first place choice was in London - with 68.8% of families getting their first secondary school choice.  

Secondary school places chart
BBC

Within London, there were boroughs with the lowest first preference rates for secondary schools in the country - such as 52% in Hammersmith and Fulham and 53% in Westminster.

In Kensington and Chelsea, 14% of applicants did not get any of their preferences.

Cycling in to work - the new normal

London Underground's typeface to change 'for digital age'

The familiar typeface used for all London transport is changing, although travellers may have to look hard to spot the difference.

The original font, introduced in 1916 by calligrapher Edward Johnston, has been adapted to create "Johnston100".

The old typeface beside the new Johnston100 lettering (in blue)
TfL
Spot the difference: the old typeface (in grey) beside the new Johnston100 lettering (in blue)

Transport for London said it "contains subtle changes to make it fit for purpose in the 21st century".

But only the slightest adjustments are to be made, and will appear on maps and in stations later this year.

In or Out - Remain campaigners intercept Leave flotilla

Rival 'Remain' vessels intercepted the Fishing for Leave flotilla as it sailed up the River Thames in London this morning.

The dinghies were covered in "IN" posters and playing the song "The In Crowd" over loud speakers sailed into the path of the fishing vessels near Tower Bridge.

'In' campaigners on a dinghy intercept flotilla
Reuters
'In' campaigners in a dinghy intercept 'Leave' flotilla

Remain supporters, including rock star philanthropist Sir Bob Geldof, were on the intercepting vessels.

Collision shuts East Indian Dock Road