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  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 July 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Dry night and fresher

BBC Weather

Any isolated showers will soon die away to leave a generally dry night with clear spells. 

It will be a fresher night than of late, with temperatures perhaps dipping to single figures in places. 

Lows of 10C (50F).

BBC London News at 18:30; air pollution and arrests over Notting Hill murder

BBC London News

Tonight on BBC London News at 18:30 political editor Tim Donovan looks at mayor Sadiq Khan's plans to tackle the capital's dangerous and illegal air pollution levels.

And two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the death of a 17-year-old in west London.

Balfour baggage bonanza

Heathrow baggage reclaim sign
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Balfour Beatty has bagged a £170m contract with Heathrow Airport to upgrade its baggage screening and handling systems.

The project will see Balfour Beatty upgrading and installing bag screening and handling systems at Heathrow's eastern baggage facility.

Man jailed for nine years for online child sex offences

Samuel David Lopez Florez,
Metropolitan police

A man from Tower Hamlets has been jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to online child sex offences.

Samuel David Lopez Florez, 25, admitted inciting a child under 13 to commit a sexual act, causing a child under 13 to watch a sexual image, and being in possession of counterfeit identity documents.

During August and September 2015, a 12-year-old girl was sent a friend request via a video chat application.

The victim accepted the friend request, which allowed Florez to view and have access to her personal friends list. Florez had a user profile of ‘samufc’. He later told her his name was Samuel Davids and he was 25 years old.

Florez bombarded his victim with various messages of an indecent nature, pressurising her to make an explicit video of herself. He ordered the victim to send him the video.

In return the man would send videos to the victim of himself performing a sex act.

Florez - a Mexican national - was also found to be an illegal immigration over-stayer, as his visa had run out.

Haribo proven to be bomb proof

City of London Police carried out a controlled explosion of a suspicious package in central London earlier this afternoon near a UPS van at London Wall between Moorgate and Wood Street. 

City police said they were responding to reports of a suspicious package at Coleman Street but the area was now safe and cordons had been lifted.

Embarrassingly, it turned out to be a box of food. We've received word that a packet of Haribo survived intact.

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Optometrist 'did not see' crucial scan

An optometrist charged with gross negligence manslaughter over the death of eight-year-old Vincent "Vinnie" Barker, told police she had never seen scans that showed swelling at the back of his eyes caused by raised pressure in his skull.

Jurors were told Honey Rose, 35, from Newham in east London, was interviewed under caution by two police officers in March 2013.

The prosecution said, when she was shown the retinal images taken of Vinnie on 15 February 2012, she said they were not the ones she had seen because they showed a "completely pathological problem" which would have caused her to make an emergency referral that day.

The court heard she said it looked like the findings she recorded that day related to 2011 images of Vinnie's eyes, and she suggested she had been shown those instead of the 2012 images.

The jury heard photographs taken by another member of staff of the back of his eyes shortly before he was examined by Ms Rose suggested he had bilateral papilloedema - the optic disc at the back of each eye was swollen because of the raised pressure within his skull. 

Vinnie died of hydrocephalus - a build-up of fluid in the brain which led to an increase in pressure within his skull on 13 July 2012.

Ms Rose denies all charges against her.

Latest travel: Severe delays in Brentford after accident

BBC Travel

The A315 Kew Bridge Road in Brentford is closed and there is queuing traffic in both directions at the Green Dragon Lane junction due to an accident. There is a bus diversion in operation for these bus routes: 65, 237 and 267.

Appeal following criminal damage on bus

unidentified man
Metropolitan Police

Police at Heathrow Airport are trying to identify a man suspected of causing criminal damage to a bus.

Police were called at about 15:30 on 25 March to reports of a disturbance on a 285 bus which was travelling from Heathrow Central Bus Station to Kingston-upon-Thames.A window was smashed.

When the driver stopped, the suspect left before police arrived.

He is described as white, mid-20s, 6ft 2ins, slim with dark cropped receding hair.

He boarded the bus on Bath Road, close to the junction with Nene Road in Hillingdon; he got off at Envoy Avenue. He had previously mentioned to someone he was going to Bedfont but did not appear to know the area.

Have laws to stop laser attacks on planes been delayed?

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

A big decision on whether to expand Heathrow or Gatwick has already been delayed due to fall out from the EU referendum and a change in prime minister.

But it looks like other less high profile legislation has also been put back.


According to the pilots' union BALPA, tougher laws to stop laser attacks on planes has been put back "two Parliamentary sessions" - i.e. some months.

The union wants restrictions on high powered lasers as well as more powers for police to stop and search people suspected of carrying lasers.

CCTV: Would-be motorbike thieves in Lewisham hunted

Detectives in Lewisham investigating an attempted motorbike theft have issued camera footage of three men they wish to identify and speak to.

On Sunday 24 April, police were called at around 14:00 to reports of an attempted theft of a motorbike on the A20 Eltham Road.

It is believed three men chased a member of the public on their motorbikes and tried to collide with the rider whilst travelling at speed. 

The three suspects blocked the victim off and attempted to take the keys out of the victim’s motorbike after verbally threatening and abusing him.

CCTV footage released of attempted motorbike theft

Detectives say the suspects were very aggressive and their actions endangered the safety of other road users, the victim and pedestrians nearby.

The three suspects are described at male, white and in their late teens or early 20s.

One rode a grey Yamaha T-Max scooter, another rode a white Yamaha XJ6 and the third was riding a black Triumph Street Triple motorbike.

Family urge witnesses to come forward after Battersea murder

Matthew Kitandwe
Metropolitan Police

Two weeks on since the murder of 18-year-old Matthew Kitandwe in Battersea, his family has urged any witnesses to come forward.

Promising footballer Matthew was stabbed to death at an address in Wayford Street SW11 on 21 June.

A reward of £10,000 is being offered by Crimestoppers for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

My son Matthew, you will be greatly missed. You were my best friend and the house feels empty without you. It is a traumatic time for all the family. You were much loved by everyone and have left a very big gap to fill. Please, please could anyone with any information contact the police, as we don’t want any other family to go through this.

Rose KitandweMatthew's mother

Death of boy, eight, 'preventable'

The death of an eight-year-old boy could have been avoided if a London eye specialist had "done her job properly", a court has heard.

Vincent Barker, known as Vinnie, died on 13 July 2012 - around five months after he was taken to have a routine eye test at Boots the Opticians in Ipswich, Suffolk. 

Jurors heard post-mortem examinations showed Vincent died from hydrocephalus - a build-up of fluid in the brain which led to an increase in pressure within his skull and, ultimately, his collapse and death.  

The prosecution said the conduct of locum optometrist Honey Rose, 35, fell so far below the standards expected it was "criminal".

Rose, from Newham, east London, is charged with gross negligence manslaughter. Jurors were told that Rose owed a duty of care to her patients and this included a duty to carry out a competent examination of the eye and a duty to make an urgent referral if any injury or disease was detected.

Rose denies the charges.

Watch: Would you fancy living in Kew Gardens?

Old buildings at Kew Gardens are being restored to be rented out as homes.

Old buildings at Kew Gardens are being restored to be rented out as homes

Met officers leaked information to drug dealers, report shows

Get West London

There were 2,315 police data leaks across the country between 2011 and 2015

Information leaks within the Metropolitan Police in the past five years include information being passed to drug dealers and an officer trying to send a picture of a victim's driving licence to a friend because they found their name amusing.

WW1 Anzac soldiers rested at YMCA Shakespeare-themed hut in London

The Shakespeare Hut
Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham

A building dedicated to Shakespeare which provided a haven in London for Anzac soldiers in World War One will be celebrated this summer.

The Shakespeare Hut in Bloomsbury was one of 4,000 buildings provided by the YMCA to those fighting.

Up to 100,000 men from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps sought refuge there.

The Keppel Street Hut had a remit to bring performances of Shakespeare's plays and poems to the troops.

UK Border Force wins gold medal at Hampton Court flower show

Border Force garden
UK Border Force

One of the London Gardens from the UK Border Force has won a gold medal and Best Conceptual Garden at the Royal Horticultural Society's Hampton Court Flower Show. 

Nope, we're not kidding. 

And yes the barbed wire was part of the garden design.

The Border Control garden apparently highlights the plight of refugees and the desperate risks taken to find sanctuary. A wildflower meadow sits within a treacherous moat, surrounded by a barbed-wire fence. 

Outside, plants fight to survive, starved of water and nutrients, desperate to reach the shelter beyond. On approach there is despair, but amongst the desolation some plants are blooming, colourful glimpses of hope, strength and dignity.

Border Force garden
UK Border Force

Wembley heroes cheered through streets of Wimbledon

Analysis: Van owners 'could struggle with air pollution changes'

Tim Donovan

BBC London, Political Editor

Doctors, environmentalists and think tanks seem pretty supportive of the mayor's direction of travel on tackling air pollution.

But there are details to fill in, and this is the first stage of a two-part consultation. 

In short, by the end of 2017 people driving high-polluting vehicles will pay an extra £10 in the congestion charge zone. That is due to rise to £12.50 when the Ultra Low Emission Zone comes in. 

Sadiq Khan hopes to bring this in by 2019 - a year earlier than planned and then extend the ULEZ to within the North and South Circular roads by 2020.

Pollution graphic

Vehicles which don't meet the so-called Euro 6 standards will be liable for the penalties. That means - by 2019 - vehicles which are only four or five years old.

The Institute for Public Policy Research says that's not so burdensome for domestic car owners. There's a big choice in the car showroom, and competitive prices.

But innovation has been slower in the commercial vehicle sector - which means there aren't yet many cheap options on the market for van owners.

The mayor wouldn't say whether he would offer exemptions or discounts over a transitional period.

His answer is to push the responsibility to government which - he says - should introduce a diesel scrappage scheme as soon as possible.

Google and Moorfields developing scan to catch eye disease

eye scan
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Google DeepMind has partnered with London's Moorfields Eye Hospital in to build a system that can recognise eye diseases from scans. 

The research partnership will involve a million anonymous eye scans, and will rely on artificial intelligence (AI) to detect early signs of conditions that humans might miss. 

Two million people are living with sight loss in the UK, and there are around 360,000 registered as blind or partially sighted. 

The most common cause of sight loss - age-related macular degeneration - affects more than 600,000 people in the UK and is predicted to increase to 700,000 people by 2020.

Professor Sir Peng Tee Khaw,of Moorfields Eye Hospital, said the research with DeepMind has the potential to revolutionise the way professionals carry out eye tests and could lead to earlier detection and treatment of common eye diseases such as AMD. 

Afternoon weather: Dry and sunny

BBC Weather

Through the rest of today it will stay dry with light winds and some warm sunny spells developing. 

Highs of 21C (70F).

Anyone for Jo at Wimbledon?

BBC Radio London

Jo Good is broadcasting live now from SW19 - soaking up some of the best Wimbledon has to offer - until 16:00.

Jo Good

Teachers strike by the numbers

Teachers strike in numbers
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NUT strike moves to Regent Street

Anna O'Neill

BBC Radio London reporter

Southern Rail blames London Bridge refurbishment for delays

Mr Horton of Govia Thameslink Railway says trains delays caused by engineering work at London Bridge station are the result of the fact that the length of time it has taken to carry out the work at London Bridge was severely under-estimated. 

He adds he is a daily user of Southern Rail services as well so has himself direct experience of the problems his passengers are experiencing.

He claims Govia launched the biggest train driver recruitment and training programme in the country to deal with the shortage of staff but that it takes 14 months train staff. 

Govia 'is fit to run Southern Railway'

Charles Horton, chief executive of Govia Thameslink Railwa

Charles Horton, chief executive of Govia Thameslink Railway is asked by Louise Ellman, chair of the Transport Committee whether his company is fit to be running the Southern Rail franchise.

"Yes we are," he responds. "We are in the middle of an extremely difficult moment in the franchise. It's a difficult and challenging franchise anyway but the problems over the last few weeks following the industrial action by the RMT conductors have added to some challenging factors that are inherent in the franchise anyway," he says.

He also apologises for the difficulties caused to passengers.

Friends of the Earth calls for diesel car ban

Car exhaust
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There's more reaction to the London mayors proposals to try to clean up the capital's air. This time from Friends of the Earth. 

Jenny Bates, Friends of the Earth’s air pollution campaigner, says a 21st Century clean air act must include proposals to phase out diesel engines.

She says diesel fumes are a major contributor to London's poor air quality suggesting diesel fumes cause lung cancer and contribute to heart disease.

Other countries and cities are leading the way on dealing with this public health crisis, so we know it can be done. The Netherlands and Norway are planning a ban of new diesel and petrol cars for sale from 2025, while large parts of Copenhagen are traffic free, Oslo plans to cut traffic by 20% within 3 years and Paris has removed the worst polluting vehicles from their roads. Sadiq Khan’s call for a diesel scrappage scheme is a great start to help reduce dirty diesel fumes but to save lives, we must look to both phase out diesel and reduce traffic to make the air we breathe safer.

Jenny Bates, Friends of the Earth

Striking teachers gather in central London

BBC London News

Thousands of pupils in England have been affected by school closures or disruption as the National Union of Teachers stages a one-day strike over funding.

Striking teachers outside the BBC in Portland Place

The union's acting leader Kevin Courtney said school budgets were not keeping pace with rising costs.

The NUT is organising regional marches and rallies in support of the strike, which is also about pay and workloads.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the strike was "unnecessary" and "harmful".

Watch: A "bee's-eye" view of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is taking place right now - here's an alternative view of some of the show gardens shot by BBC London cameraman Gordon Anderson.

The show runs until Sunday.

An alternative look at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

University lecturers in London strike over pay

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) are on strike today over pay and conditions at these institutions in the capital as part of a nationwide action:

  • London Metropolitan University
  • Middlesex University
  • University College London
  • City University London
  • Goldsmiths
  • Kingston University
  • London South Bank University

Southern Rail action result of 'genuine concerns'

London underground
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Mick Cash of the RMT says there are "genuine concerns about safety" and that his union's membership voted overwhelmingly for industrial action but that it was not a decision that has been taken lightly. 

He says the last time industrial action took place on the lines operated by the Southern Rail franchise was 14 years ago.

Mr Cash is asked whether he is a dinosaur in a digital age under the guise of safety. He says he has been in the rail industry since 1979 and that more often than not it is the staff who end up picking up the piece of decisions management take.

Asked if the London underground - which is operated by driver-only trains -  he says accidents on the Tube are increasing.

RMT willing to suspend action for more talks

Mick Cash

Mr Cash says the RMT is willing to suspend industrial action if Govia and Southern Rail are willing to suspend the introduction of new roles to replace train guards. He says this would allow talks to take place.

Mr Cash says, however, that there are instances where train guards have helped disabled passengers onto trains and one incident last year when the train driver became incapacitated. "It's not just about jobs," he says.

RMT sticks by safety concerns in Southern Rail dispute

Southern train

Mick Cash defends the position of the union that new trains being introduced on the Southern Rail franchise are unsafe. He says there are two roles of the guard/conductor on the train. One is passenger safety and the other is to manage people getting on and off the train.

"Without the guard.... you will not get a guarantee of a safety critical person on the train," he says.

He is challenged on that point by Huw Merriman MP who says Southern Rail has said all those train conductor staff that want to continue to work as on board supervisors will be able to do so "they simply won't be responsible for closing the doors," he says.

Mr Cash says Southern hasn't guaranteed all train conductors will keep their jobs however. He says Southern's current proposals fall short by 40 roles.

London emissions surcharge warning from business

The Federation of Small Business (FSB) has responded to London mayor Sadiq Khan's consultation on air quality.

The FSB supports the principle of improving air quality and removing from the roads those vehicles that contribute disproportionately to air pollution. No responsible business organisation can condone the use of excessively polluting engines. However, we are concerned about the need to ensure that any improvements in air quality are not achieved at a disproportionately high cost to business – with damaging consequences for jobs, business viability and the economy as a whole.

Sue Terpilowski London policy chair