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  1. Updates on Friday 17 June 2016

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By Tim Stokes and Chirag Trivedi

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

On air this evening: Funeral knife crime demo & apprenticeship charity to close

Alice Bhandhukravi

Coming up on BBC London News this evening:

The family of a man stabbed in the back in broad daylight have used his funeral to demonstrate against knife crime - we'll be discovering what happened.

And we'll find out about the charity set up to get unemployed Londoners into the construction industry which is to close because they say they haven't been given the funding to survive.

Join me at the later time of 19:30 on BBC One.

Tonight's weather: Heavy showers will die away

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The heavy showers will soon die away during the evening, leaving a dry night with some clear spells developing.

Minimum Temperature: 12C (54F)

Pride revellers warned to be extra vigilant

Revellers at London's Pride festival have been warned to be extra vigilant in the wake of the Orlando club massacre.

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Members of the LGBT business community met with police chiefs to discuss security issues after the gay nightclub shooting in Florida on Sunday.

Met Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said the threat level has not risen since the "shocking" attack but warned people to stay alert.

Michael Salter, chairman of Pride, said he is "hoping that there will be huge numbers of people coming to the events - not just to pay their respects to the Orlando victims but for LGBT community in the UK."

Pensioner pleads not guilty over car park stabbing

A pensioner has pleaded not guilty over a knife attack at a Hampton car park that left four women in hospital.

Ethem Orhon, 66, is accused of stabbing the women outside a Sainsbury's supermarket on 20 May.

The women, aged 53, 62, 67 and 71, were allegedly targeted as they got out of their cars.

Appearing at Kingston Crown Court via video link from Belmarsh Prison, Mr Orhon, of Deacons Walk, Hampton, pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder and two of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He will stand trial on 31 October and was remanded in custody.

Arsenal teenage keeper joins Eastleigh on loan

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Arsenal goalkeeper Ryan Huddart has joined National League club Eastleigh on a season-long loan deal.

The 19-year-old was Arsenal's first-choice keeper in the under-18s Uefa Youth League campaign last season.

He was also named as a substitute by Arsene Wenger for two Champions League group matches against Borussia Dortmund and Galatasaray in 2014.

Prince of Wales pays a visit to the Royal Ballet School

The Prince of Wales was presented with a pair of decorative ballet shoes as a birthday gift for the Queen when he visited the Royal Ballet School.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales visits The Royal Ballet School
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Charles, who has been president of the Royal Ballet since 2003, watched a performance by the school's young dancers during a tour of its White Lodge campus in Richmond Park.

He visited classrooms and watched a group at work in a dance studio before being treated to performances by the school's pupils, some of whom will showcase their work at the Royal Opera House next month.

Black cab drivers say Heathrow private hire car park is 'unfair'

The creation of a new car park for private hire vehicles near Heathrow Airport has sparked a row between its owners and black cab drivers.

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It is being trialled after complaints from residents about drivers parking in roads and anti-social behaviour.

Black cab drivers claim the car park represents a "virtual rank" which threatens their trade, and say it is a "reward" for bad behaviour.

Heathrow Airport says it is trying to resolve a local issue.

London Mayoral count resorted to spreadsheets

The result of last month's London Mayoral election on 5 May was delayed by several hours after staff had to manually query a bug-stricken database.

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Sadiq Khan was elected, but the result was not declared until the Saturday.

One of the firms behind the software, DRS, revealed new details of the mishap at the London Assembly on Thursday.

Staff had to collate discrepancies in a spreadsheet, rather than automatically, when tallying final results, said chief executive Steve Gowers.

Charlton Athletic sign Birmingham striker Lee Novak

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Lee Novak
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League One side Charlton Athletic have signed Lee Novak following the striker's departure from Birmingham.

The 27-year-old has agreed a three-year contract at The Valley and becomes the Addicks' third signing of the summer.

"Lee has shown a consistency at both Championship and League One level and is a proven goalscorer," Charlton boss Russell Slade told the club website.

Book of condolence opens beside Jo Cox's houseboat

Arrest after man found collapsed outside Barking building dies

A 40-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was found collapsed outside a building in barking on Wednesday night.

Police said they were called at about 20:20 and found the 48-year-old outside Crispe House on Dovehouse Mead.

Crispe House on Dovehouse Mead, Barking
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He was taken to an east London hospital where he died yesterday. His next of kin have been informed and a post mortem will be held on Saturday.

The 40-year-old man had been arrested and charged with grievous bodily harm before the man died, but had been further arrested on suspicion of murder.

He is currently in custody at an east London police station.

Paddington derailed train to be removed after 10pm

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Great Western Railway say more than half its services are running through the Thames Valley, but services are busier than normal.

A spokesperson said the firm "expect to run close to a full service over the weekend, with a small number of changes to the normal timetable".

History day to be marked on anniversary of Big Ben's first bong

Houses of Parliament
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London's first History Day will be held on the anniversary of Big Ben's first day in operation.

It will be first celebrated on 31 May in 2017 with celebrations and events run by Historic England.

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Graph of results about place which sums up capital
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Greatest London icon chart
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The date was decided upon after a poll involving 1,000 Londoners. It was closely followed by 5 September - the date of the Great Fire of London.

The YouGov questionnaire also declared the Houses of Parliament as the building that best sums up London.

Stabbed musician speaks about Leytonstone Tube attack

An amateur musician attacked by a knife-wielding extremist has hailed the "extraordinary" bravery of those who helped at the Tube station where he was stabbed.

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Lyle Zimmerman was travelling to Leytonstone to play with a band on 5 December 2015 when he was attacked by Muhiddin Mire as they approached the ticket barrier. 

Mr Zimmerman said he remembered "being struck a few times... and then the picture goes blank so I assume he must have kicked me hard enough to knock me out.

"I don't have any recollection of the knife or having my throat cut, the next thing I do remember is about five minutes later being on the stairs back up to the platform being attended to by an off-duty GP who was miraculously passing," he said

England call up uncapped Alex Hartley for Pakistan series

BBC Sport

England's women have called up uncapped Middlesex left-arm spinner Alex Hartley for the first two games of their one-day international series with Pakistan.

Alex Hartley
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Coach Mark Robinson said: "Alex has worked incredibly hard at her game over the last 12-18 months, and I have been very impressed with her skill as a left-arm spinner in the time that I have been working with her."

The three-match series is Heather Knight's first as captain, following the retirement of Charlotte Edwards.

London GP says patients are getting 'budget airline-style care'

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The pressures on general practice are leading to a "budget airline" style service, according to one doctor from a busy inner-city London practice.

Rebecca Rosen, a London GP and senior fellow at the Nuffield Trust, said the trend is a mixed blessing for doctors and patients.

She said changes made in her practice to cope with rising demand, falling income and increasing contractual and regulatory requirements "risk pushing us into a budget airline-style modus operandi."

Man impaled by copper pipe in Richmond Park after trying to catch a one tonne compressor

Richmond & Twickenham Times

A man was trapped under a one tonne compressor in Richmond Park after he was impaled by a copper pipe that fell out of the machine he was carrying. 

Teen bailed after terrorism arrest

A 15-year-old boy who was arrested on suspicion of encouraging terrorism has been bailed.

The teenager was held yesterday at a residential address in east London at about 08:15.

Scotland Yard said he was bailed to return to an east London police station in late July.

Watch: Thames boat community pays tribute to Jo Cox

The Thames houseboat in London where Jo Cox MP lived with her family has been strewn with floral tributes.

The BBC's Catriona Renton speaks about the reaction from the Thames boat community, where Jo Cox has been remembered as "a dear dear friend"

This afternoon's weather: More thundery showers

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Showers today may well produce some thunder with the potential for localised downpours.

There will be some sunny spells between showers though and a few places may miss the showers.

It'll get quite warm, especially in Barnet and north London.

Maximum Temperature: 20C (68F)

On air this lunchtime: Slavery trial verdict & knife crime demonstration

Alex Bushill

BBC London News

Coming up on BBC London News this lunchtime:

We'll be live from St Albans Crown Court where a man has been jailed for four years after keeping a homeless man in slavery for years.

And we'll join the family of a man who was stabbed in broad daylight who are using his funeral to demonstrate against knife crime.

Join me at 13:30 on BBC One.

War of words continues over Southern dispute

A war of words has continued to rage over the bitter rail dispute on Southern Railway which is causing travel misery for tens of thousands of passengers.

Southern train
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Services on Southern Railway have been crippled for weeks amid an industrialdispute over the role of conductors. Govia Thameslink Railway has blamed an increase in sickness among guards as well as an unwillingness for drivers to work overtime.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4 Today, chief operating officer Dyan Crowther blamed the action of unions and said claims by the RMT union that trains were being deliberately cancelled and blamed on staff shortages were "ludicrous".

RMT general secretary Mick Cash hit back, saying passengers were "sick and tired" of Govia "trying to blame everyone other than themselves for the chaos".

Andy Murray faces second British opponent at Queen's

BBC Sport

Andy Murray will face a second British opponent in as many days when he plays Kyle Edmund at Queen's Club later.

Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund
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Top seed Murray will take on world number 85 Edmund in the Aegon Championships quarter-finals at around 13:30.

Rain interruptions are expected in west London, after Thursday's play finished early because of the weather.

Urgent appeal to help find missing Robert Gibson

Inside Croydon

There’s growing concern for the well-being of Robert Gibson the widely admired and much-loved community activist from the Crystal Palace area and leading light in the Save the Upper Norwood Library campaign.

Tributes laid on Jo Cox's Wapping houseboat

Tributes to Labour Party MP Jo Cox are placed on her houseboat in Wapping in London
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Floral tributes have been placed on the houseboat in Wapping where Jo Cox and her family lived in London.

Tributes to Labour Party MP Jo Cox are placed on her houseboat in Wapping in London
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Watch: Thunderstorms - is the jet stream to blame?

The jet stream is a fast moving ribbon of air high in the atmosphere that drives our weather systems.

It's very weak at the moment but how does that affect the weather at the moment and is it to blame for London's recent thunderstorms?

Watch: Aladdin's magic carpet lands in the West End

Disney musical Aladdin, featuring a number of lavishly choreographed dance scenes, has opened in London's West End.

The team behind it are hoping it will be as popular as The Lion King - the most successful musical in London.

Brenda Emmanus reports.

Princess Beatrice urges young to speak up for themselves

Pupils might often get told to stop talking in class - but a project in an innovative school in Newham has been encouraging them to talk more often.

Princess Beatrice
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Princess Beatrice spoke to pupils at School 21 about being more articulate and confident in speaking up for themselves.

The princess is co-founder of a charity, Big Change, that supports young people with skills outside a traditional academic curriculum.

Jury retire to consider verdicts in Ben Butler trial

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

The jury in the trial of Ben Butler and Jennie Gray has been sent out to start deliberating its verdicts.

Mr Butler, from Sutton is accused of inflicting "catastrophic" head injuries on his daughter Ellie.

Ben and Ellie Butler
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He denies murder and child cruelty.

Ms Gray denies a charge of child cruelty.

The Old Bailey jury have the option of a manslaughter verdict as well as murder.

Watch: Tooting victor pays tribute to Jo Cox

There were none of the usual speeches following the results of the Tooting by-election.

Instead, winner Rosena Allin-Khan read a short statement paying tribute to Jo Cox.

Sadiq Khan pays tribute to Jo Cox

Labour's Rosena Allin-Khan wins Tooting by-election and pays tribute to Jo Cox

Labour has held the south London constituency of Tooting in a by-election following the departure of new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Junior doctor Rosena Allin-Khan received 17,894 votes, winning with a majority of 6,357.

Rosena Allin-Khan
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She paid tribute to "proud and passionate" Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed in her West Yorkshire constituency on Thursday, and a two-minute silence was held during the count.

Conservative candidate Dan Watkins, who had come second to Mr Khan at the 2015 general election, received 11,537 votes.

Labour increase hold over Tooting

Rosena Allin-Khan increased Labour's hold of Tooting, winning the constituency with a majority of 6,357.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan had previously held the seat in 2015 with a majority of 2,842.

Labour"s MP candidate for Tooting Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (L) and London Mayor Sadiq Khan (R)
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These are the full results:

  • Rosena Chantelle Allin-Khan (Labour Party) - 17,894 (55.9% +8.7%)
  • Dan Watkins (Conservative Party) - 11,537 (36.1% -5.8%)
  • Esther Dede Obiri-Darko (Green Party) - 830 (2.6% -1.5%)
  • Alexander James Glassbrook (Liberal Democrats) - 820 (2.6% -1.4%)
  • Elizabeth Eirwen Jones (UK Independence Party) - 507 (1.6% -1.3%)
  • Des Coke (Christian People's Party) - 164
  • Howling Laud Hope (The Official Monster Raving Loony Party) - 54
  • Graham Harry Moore (English Democrats Love England - Leave EU!) - 50
  • Dr Akbar Ali Malik (Immigrants Political Party) - 44
  • Ankit Love (One Love Party) - 32
  • Zirwa Javaid (Independent) - 30
  • Dr Zia Samadani (Independent) - 23
  • Bobby Smith (Give Me Back Elmo) - 9
  • Smiley Smillie (Independent) - 5

Change compared with 2015 General Election. The turnout was 42.5%, with 31,763 votes cast out of 74,701 eligible voters.

Analysis: Big win for Labour in Tooting

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

Not just a win for Labour, but a big win.

With 6357 votes more than the Conservative candidate, Labour's Rosena Allin-Khan did more than just hold onto a Labour seat, she also more than doubled her predecessor London Mayor Sadiq Khan's majority and turned Tooting back into a safe Labour seat.

But the mood was not a celebratory one. Sombre, quiet, no cheering from the Labour ranks as their candidate's name was announced.

This was a party shaken by events that have shocked the country and the world. There were just short statements from the new MP and the Conservative runner up.

Rosena Allin-Khan (left) is congratulated by Conservative candidate Dan Watkins
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Rosena Allin-Khan paid her respects to Jo Cox, who'd been killed in her constituency earlier while doing the job of an MP, at the very time that people in Tooting were going to polling stations to vote for their new MP.

Dr Allin-Khan said that Jo Cox had been a "proud campaigner" and that what had happened to her reminded us of just how fragile our democracy is.

In Tooting we saw that democracy in action... ballot papers verified and counted like at any election count in any town or city.

But this was a very different kind of count. There was a two minute silence; the flag was at half mast over the town hall; and you could feel the sadness in the room all evening and on all political sides.

In his short statement Conservative runner up Dan Watkins echoed the sympathy felt by many there for Jo Cox's family.

Conservative candidate Dan Watkins
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The Green candidate Esther Obiri-Darko, who came third, told me that when her campaign team heard what had happened on Thursday they headed straight to the Labour office in Tooting to see if the Labour team were ok.

Clive Efford, the Labour MP for Eltham, who'd been campaigning in Tooting, told me that when the local campaign team heard the worst, they stopped what they were doing and struggled to carry on.

But he said "we just had to dry our tears and get out there... the democratic process continues." And it has done here in Tooting, but under circumstances none here could have imagined.

Jo Cox death: Met Police cautioned man in March over 'malicious communications'

This morning it's emerged that a man was arrested in March by the Met Police after MP Jo Cox complained she'd received "malicious communications". 

Mrs Cox died yesterday after being shot and stabbed in the street.

The man was given a caution but Scotland Yard says it wasn't the same man who was arrested yesterday in West Yorshire - he's been named locally as Tommy Mair.

Jo Cox
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'MPs should not become more inaccessible' after attack - Stephen Timms

The East Ham MP Stephen Timms, who survived an attack in his constituency surgery six years ago, says MPs should not become more inaccessible following the death of Jo Cox.

Stephen Timms who survived attack says MPs should not become inaccessible

Jo Cox death: Tributes laid at Parliament Square

BBC Radio London

Tributes to murdered MP Jo Cox have been left at Parliament Square.

A vigil was held outside Parliament last night, while hundreds of people also packed into a church in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

Mrs Cox's husband said the mother-of-two had fought for "a better world".

Jo Cox tributes
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Jo Cox tributes
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Jo Cox tributes
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Jo Cox Death: Tributes left at Parliament Square

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Flags at Downing Street, Buckingham Palace and at the Palace of Westminster are all flying at half-mast in memory of Jo Cox.

Flags at half-mast at Westminster
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