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  1. Updates on Wednesday 22 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: Warm and muggy with thundery showers

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It will be warm and humid this evening with some hazy sunshine. 

The night will be muggy, with the possibility of heavy and thundery showers in some areas. 

Minimum temperature: 16C (61F).

Braintree sign Welling midfielder Lee

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Harry Lee
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Braintree Town have signed midfielder Harry Lee on a free transfer from National League South side Welling.

The 21-year-old ex-Leyton Orient trainee joined the Wings full-time in January after two loan spells, but could not save them from relegation.

'Sisters' jailed for part in £4m fraud

Undated handout photo issued by NHS Protect of two women, Antoinette (left) and Louise Kaidi
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Antoinette (left) and Louise Kaidi claimed thousands of pounds in benefits

Two women who pretended to be sisters have been jailed for their part in a £4m benefit claims fraud.

The women, known under the assumed names of Antoinette and Louise Kaidi, were responsible for claiming hundreds of thousands of pounds in benefits through false identities.

They were each sentenced to 33 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to 23 counts of benefit fraud.

Both women claimed to be from Togo, but their true identities remain unknown.

The convictions are part of a wider investigation into a benefit fraud that could be as large as £4m, judge John Tanzer said.

Football fans in 'unprovoked attack' in Wembley

A couple were attacked by a group of people outside Wembley Stadium train station leaving one victim with a dislocated foot, say the Met.

The man in his 40s was punched in the face at the station at about 16:40 yesterday, before the woman, also in her 40s, was attacked.

The group kicked her foot repeatedly after causing her to fall to the 

Police describe the main suspect as a young white male, who is short and stocky with distinctive side-burns down to his jaw.

Police say the victims were singled because they were Crystal Palace fans.

Det Cons Lauren Taylor-Rose said: "This was nasty unprovoked attack on a couple enjoying cup final day in Wembley. 

"The woman has lasting damage as a result of the foot injury from what was meant to be a fun day out."

No arrests have been made.

Father of dead teen warns over 'ultimate price' of drugs

The father of a 17-year-old "vibrant" teenager has warned over taking drugs after his daughter collapsed at the O2 and later died.

Emily Lyon, was among six youngsters who went to the Red Bull Culture Clash on 17 June and were taken to hospital after apparently taking illegal drugs. 

Father Steve Lyon, from Teddington, south-west London, said: "We are absolutely devastated at what has happened and we're struggling to come to terms with it. 

"She was a loving daughter and a caring sister, who was much adored by her vast circle of friends.   

Red Bull Culture Clash at the O2
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Red Bull Culture Clash at the O2

"It can be seen how these so called 'recreational substances' can result in such tragic consequences for so many people. Those who take them can pay the ultimate price." 

Police are treating Emily's death as unexplained and are awaiting the results of toxicology tests after a post-mortem examination proved inconclusive. 

A 17-year-old boy was arrested in Kingston last week on suspicion of possession of MDMA with intent to supply, and bailed until late August.

Latest travel: Tube delays and burst water mains

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On the Tube there is no service on the Bakerloo Line between Stonebridge Park and Harrow And Wealdstone due to a signalling problem at Wembley Central.

On the roads: in Acton The Vale is blocked in both directions between Askew Road and Winchester Street due to a jack-knifed lorry. The road may remain closed for most of the evening.

In Bayswater, Pembridge Villas is closed southbound between Chepstow Road and Notting Hill Gate due to a burst water main.

In Mayfair, Grosvenor Square is closed eastbound at Upper Brook Street / North Audley Street due to a burst water main.

On the rails, there are delays and cancellations on Virgin Trains East Coast, First Hull Trains and Great Northern due to electrical supply problems between Welwyn Garden City and Hitchin.

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

Croydon prosecutes more than 100 for littering

Croydon Council has said it has prosecuted 107 people for fly-tipping and littering on the streets of the borough since its Don’t Mess With Croydon - Take Pride campaign began two years ago.

More than 300 local residents have joined forces with the council's enforcement team to report incidents of littering and catch the offenders.

Hunted prisoner released by mistake

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

A foreign prisoner who was released early from Wandsworth prison by mistake is being hunted by the police.

The man, who was released in error from the south London prison on 27 May, had served a custodial sentence but was being held on an immigration warrant.

He was facing deportation under the European Arrest Warrant.

Wandsworth Prison
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A foreign prisoner who was released early from Wandsworth prison by mistake is being hunted by the police.

Five days after the man was freed having served his sentence for an undisclosed offence, the Home Office alerted the jail about the error.

The length of the prisoner's sentence has not been revealed. 

Jo Cox's killing was 'political', 'an act of terror'

"Jo's killing was political. It was an act of terror designed to advance an agenda of hatred towards others," MP Jo Cox's widower Brendan  told people gathered at Trafalgar Square to mark her 42nd birthday.

"Jo lived for her beliefs and on Thursday she died for them and for the rest of our lives we will fight for them in her name."

Silence for Jo Cox
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He also told the gathering that Jo lived her life "with a pedal to the floor and missing brake pads". 

She was "a ball of energy and determination and above all a mum".

He and the children have spoken everyday not about "how unbelievably cruelly she was taken from us but how unbelievably lucky we were to have her in our lives for so long". 

Brendan Cox
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"Jo would have been baffled... humbled to see the outpouring of love and empathy."

Mr Cox's speech was followed by a minute-long silence.

Tributes for Jo Cox
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Our children will "remember today"

Brendan Cox thanked everyone for gathering for the memorial events for killed MP Jo Cox in London and across the country and the world. 

In an emotional speech he said: "Amazing and deeply touching as all of this is, I wish I wasn't here today, not because I am ungrateful to the organisers or to you all for coming but because of course I'd rather be with Jo."

Brendan Cox at Trafalgar Square
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He said he wanted to come to thank everyone for the support the family had received and "I wanted our children to see what their mum meant to all of you and I know that they will remember today".

"Today would have been Jo's 42nd birthday. She would have spent the day dashing about the streets her home town trying to convince people that Britain is stronger in Europe. She feared the consequences of Europe dividing again, hated the idea of building walls between us and worried about the dynamics that could unleash.

"But today isn't about that. It's about Jo and the much wider battle against hatred that she was involved in."

'John Travolta' look-alike suspect had 'affair with killed teen'

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC told the Old Bailey jury murdered teenager Yiannoulla Yianni was brought up in a "traditional Greek" family in Hampstead and had never even had a boyfriend. 

Her father George Yianni died in 1988 before any arrest was made in the case. 

DNA evidence came into use in the 1990s and it was not until 1999, a scientist managed to extract an incomplete profile from semen on the bedspread where Yiannoulla was found, and last Christmas police came into possession of the defendant's profile, the court heard. 

Yiannoulla Yianni
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When asked what he looked like in 1982, James Warnock, of Harrington Street, north-west London, told police: "How can I put it? Er John Travolta?" 

In the interview he said he first met the girl at the shoe repair shop and their relationship had become intimate and the pair had sex on 10 occasions, but he learnt of her murder when he was arrested. 

However, Mr Aylett rejected his explanation, saying he had come up with the story when "faced with overwhelming evidence that he was the murderer of Yiannoulla Yianni". 

The jury heard medical evidence revealed the victim had been a virgin when she was raped.

Man on trial for teen's murder 34 years ago

A man has gone on trial at the Old Bailey for the murder of a 17-year-old  girl in Hampstead, north London, who was raped and strangled by a stranger in 1982.

Yiannoulla Yianni, had come back to her home in Hampstead, north London, from her parents' shoe repair shop minutes away, when she was attacked on 13 August 1982, the court heard. 

Yiannoulla Yianni
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Her parents came back from the shop half-an-hour after the teenager to discover their daughter's partially naked body lying on their bed, a "sight beyond their worst imagining", the court heard.

James Warnock, a 56-year-old former tiler was arrested and charged after the DNA from the semen left at the scene matched his sample last December. He lived half a mile from her house, the court heard.

Mr Warnock, of Harrington Street, north-west London, denies rape and murder. 

Tributes for Jo Cox on her birthday

People are gathering at Trafalgar Square to pay tributes to Labour MP Jo Cox, who would have been 42 today.

Her two young children, Cuillin and Lejla, will join the event along with their father Brendan Cox.

Gathering to pay tribute to Jo Cox
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Gathering to pay tribute to Jo Cox
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The family sailed to Parliament on a boat on the River Thames. 

A boat with floral tributes to the MP followed the boat carrying her family. 

Jo Cox's husband and children at Parliament
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Jo Cox's husband and children on a boat
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A moment of silence will be observed at 16:25 in London and around the world, organisers said.

Mrs Cox, MP for Batley and Spen, was attacked outside a library in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on her way to a constituency surgery on Thursday.

Thomas Mair, 52, from Birstall, has been charged with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon. 

Floral tribute to Jo Cox
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Drugs test trainee detective cleared of gross misconduct

A trainee Met Police detective who tested positive for cocaine and cannabis will not lose his job. 

Marcus Hamlin, who works in Scotland Yard's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, was cleared of gross misconduct earlier, the Met Police said. 

Mr Hamlin, who tested positive in a random drugs test in August, accidentally drank from a beer can laced with cocaine at a party, the disciplinary panel heard.

He "did not knowingly or intentionally consume the drugs", and will now be reinstated to full duties. 

The force said: "A witness from the event, who does not associate with the officer, admitted to having placed cocaine into their can of beer from which, PC Hamlin may have drunk from unknowingly." 

Fire in empty office block in Croydon

Undercover policing inquiry considers dead children's IDs disclosure

Dominic Casciani

Home Affairs Correspondent

The public inquiry into undercover policing is to consider if bereaved parents should be told that officers used their dead children's identities.

Inquiry chairman Sir Christopher Pitchford will hear legal argument at a special session later today.

The identities of at least 42 children are also understood to have used.

The inquiry is examining evidence of wrongdoing by Scotland Yard's disbanded undercover unit, including claims women were duped into having relationships.

Singer Rita Ora 'threatened to kill a thief'

Singer Rita Ora threatened to kill a thief in a £200,000 raid on her home, a court has heard.

The former X Factor judge, 25, and her sister, Elena, were both asleep upstairs when two men broke into the house in a targeted attack.

Rita Ora
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In a frantic 999 call she said to the operator: "Oh my God I don't have a knife, I know they're going to come upstairs."

Charaf Elmoudden, 26, denies a charge of burglary on 28 November last year.

Jo Cox's family to join Trafalgar Square event on her birthday

Killed MP Jo Cox's two children and widower Brendan Cox will join friends and campaigners at Trafalgar Square this afternoon to remember her on what would have been her 42nd birthday.

A minute's silence will be observed at 16:25 at the rally in London and at other events around the world, including in her hometown of Batley where her parents and sister will be present. 

Brendan Cox
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Education campaigner Malala Yousafzai will be present, actor Bill Nighy will perform a reading while a musical tribute from U2, recorded in the US will be played at the event.  

Events to mark the Labour MP's birthday will also take place in Beirut, Brussels, Melbourne, Nairobi, New York and Washington DC.

A tribute is also expected to be held at Glastonbury's Park Stage, while bands like Coldplay and Muse have recorded a charity album at the festival, which will be released in her honour.  

Malala Yousafzai
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Rainbow flag flies from Parliament for first time

The LGBT+ flag has been flown from Parliament for the first time ever ahead of this weekend's London Pride festival.

The rainbow flag has been granted special permission to fly from Portcullis House until Sunday.

Flag
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David Geary, head of political engagement for Pride in London said: "It was in the Houses of Parliament that homosexuality was decriminalised, equal consent laws were introduced, the bigoted Section 28 was repealed, where civil partnership and ultimately equal marriage were adopted. 

Flag
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"This powerful institution, right at the heart of British democracy has become a powerful tool for equality in recent times. 

"The rainbow flag flying above serves as a testament to this legacy and a reflection of how far we have come as a community." 

Ramsey unconcerned about who Wales might face in last Euro 16

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and his Wales team-mates say they are not worried about who they might face in the last 16 at Euro 2016.

Aaron Ramsey
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Wales have qualified as Group B winners thanks to their 3-0 win over Russiawhich is being described as arguably their greatest ever performance.

They will play either Northern Ireland or Turkey in Paris on Saturday.

"Now that we've qualified we want to see where we can go, and anything can happen now in these games. We are trying to get through," Ramsey said.

Man arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of terrorism

A 29-year-old man who was just about to fly to Saudi Arabia from Heathrow Airport has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism.

Officers arrested him on suspicion of possessing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

He is in custody at a London police station.

A property in west London is being searched and officers have seized electronic devices for analysis.

Man climbed on Tower Bridge talked down by police

A man who climbed on the curved metal frame of Tower Bridge earlier this morning has climbed down after talking with a police negotiator.

Emergency teams were called after the man, aged in his 40s, was spotted climbing the structure in the early hours.

Man on Tower Bridge
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City of London Police said: "On Wednesday June 22 at 1.51am, City of London Police officers and the Metropolitan Police Service Marine Policing Unit were called to Tower Bridge after a man in his 40s was seen to climb the structure of the bridge. 

"A police negotiator attended the scene. At 4.33am the man came down. He was taken to an East London hospital for medical assessment and has been detained under the Mental Health Act." 

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Delays after collision in Harlesden

Lunchtime weather: Warm and humid with chance of thunderstorms

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It will be dry and warm day for most, with sunny spells developing. 

But the increasing humidity could lead to some heavy showers or thunderstorms later this afternoon.  

Lunchtime news: Mayor misleading over fare freeze, Tube overcrowding, Warton Hall studios revamp

BBC London News

On BBC London News at 13:30, we will have the latest on why Mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of misleading Londoners over his manifesto pledge to freeze fares.

Also, new figures show there has been a rise in the amount of time we are spending time waiting outside Tube stations because of overcrowding - with more than a fifth of cases occurring outside Oxford Circus.

And Warton Hall studios in Isleworth is again a thriving creative hub after a revamp.

35 firefighters battle blaze in Earlsfield

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters were called to a fire in a block of flats on Godley Road in Earlsfield yesterday evening.

A four roomed flat on the first floor of the two storey block was gutted by the blaze and part of the building’s roof was damaged.

Fire
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One woman escaped the flat before crews arrived and another woman and a child were treated for smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service.

Watch Manager Mick Gomm from Battersea fire station who was at the scene said: "Our crews worked really hard  to stop the fire from spreading to the roofs either side of the mid terraced maisonette where the fire had started."

Southern trains facing disruption after 24-hour strike

Rail passengers are still facing disruption on some Southern services following a 24-hour strike which saw nearly 900 trains cancelled.

The company said train crew shortages and trains out of normal positions were causing delays and cancellations.

Southern strike
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RMT union members walked out over the introduction of driver-only trains and a change in the role of conductors.

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition calling for Southern's owner Govia to be stripped of the contract.

Reduced service on Woolwich Ferry

MP Jo Cox: Birthday tributes planned worldwide

Events are taking place around the world to mark the birthday of killed MP Jo Cox.

The Labour MP and mother of two was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on Thursday.

Jo Cox
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Organisers said the events, on what would have been her 42nd birthday, would "show the world we have more in common than that which divides us".

Tributes are planned in New York, Paris, London and in Mrs Cox's Batley and Spen constituency.

Hundreds are also expected to attend events in Washington DC, Auckland and Dublin.

Burst water main affecting Mayfair

Ellie Butler's grandfather disowns his daughter over murder

Murdered Ellie Butler's grandfather Neal Gray has said he has disowned his daughter Jennie Gray. 

“You don’t think one of your own offspring could possibly be involved in a terrible, tragic crime. Unfortunately she was,” he said.

“I understand he was violent and controlling but I think she’s also capable of being the same with him.”

Ellie Butler with her grandparents Neal and Linda Gray
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Mr Gray and his wife Linda cared for Ellie for five years.

He told Victoria Derbyshire: “Stories from her and Butler saying she was rude and lazy are complete and utter false lies. She was a gorgeous little girl and it was a great privilege to be her grandparent.”

“Jennie was aggressive and threatening. I had a premonition that Ellie wouldn’t be safe.

“I think she [Jennie] knew what had happened because she knew what he was capable of.

Ellie Butler
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“I believe the social services laws have got to be brought into the 21st Century and the family courts system has to be changed radically.

“Somebody has got to stand up and make sure no other child gets hurt like my granddaughter got hurt. I will make it my goal for the rest of my life to fight for any child to be saved.”

A minute's silence for Jo Cox at Mayor's Question Time

A minute-long silence has been held at the City Hall at the start of the Mayor's Question Time in memory of MP Jo Cox who would have been 42 today.

The Labour MP for Batley and Spen was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on Thursday.

Minute-long silence at City Hall
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London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he remembered Mrs Cox from the time she was a "fearless campaigner" for some of the world's poorest and marginalised people and she brought her passion to Parliament.

"In the one year she was the MP for Batley and Spen, she made more of an impact than many people make in their whole Parliamentary career," Mr Khan said.

Watch live stream of Mayor's Question Time

It's Sadiq Khan' second Mayor's Question Time. 

You can watch a live stream here.

Murder investigation launched after death of 18 year old in Battersea

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of an 18-year-old man in Battersea.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 16:15 yesterday to an address in Wayford Street to reports that a man had been stabbed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wayford Street
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A man, 18, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody at a south London police station.

Officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating.

Ellie was "petrified" of social workers taking her away from grandparents

Murdered six-year-old Ellie Butler was "very bubbly, a beautiful little girl, always on the go all the time, lots of energy like little children have, very brainy, nobody's fool," said her grandfather Neal Gray.

"It was the best years of our life," he said about the two-and-a-half years Ellie lived with her grandparents..

The grandfather of murdered Ellie Butler describes seeing her for the last time.

During the time Ellie was in their custody her father Ben Butler met her "twice" while Ellie's mother Jennie Gray saw the child "four times".

Neal Gray
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Mr Gray said: "She was absolutely petrified of social workers, she told them she didn't want to go back, and she started to have night dreams where she was scared they were going to come and take her away in the night."

Ellie would hide behind the curtains or duvet when social workers came to her grandparents house. Mr Gray said: "[Ellie] she didn't know them as parents, but her mother turned around and said to her 'If you don't come back and live with mummy and daddy, we won't love you anymore'." 

Grandparents 'fought tooth and nail' to keep Ellie Butler

Murdered six-year-old Ellie Butler's grandfather Neal Gray has told Radio 4 he and his wife "fought tooth and nail to keep Ellie" and were even given the go-ahead to start adoption proceedings, but then Ellie was handed over to her parents.

"We tried to fight it tooth and nail but every time we protested we were told we were troublemakers and we were elderly people and we weren't worthy of looking after children."

Ellie Butler with mother Jennie Gray
Met Police

After her parents Ben Butler and Jennie Gray won the custody battle, Mr Gray said he had warned about the decision: "I said I hope you all have conscience because one day you might have blood on your hands with regards to my granddaughter Ellie."

Recalling the last time he and his wife saw the child - the day before she died, he said: "She wasn't the Ellie we knew. 

"She had bruises on her forehead and scratches, her hair was all bedraggled, she had odd shoes, socks and clothes and looked as though she had been dragged through the back of her hedgerow.

"You could see that she was scared of whatever she was going to say, the mother would condone it."