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  1. Updates on Friday 8 July 2016

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By Matthew West and Sitala Peek

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That's it for the week folks. Updates for London have now ended for the day. 

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest video, news, sport, travel and weather for London. Have a good evening and weekend.  

'Delighted' Theresa opens new Screwfix store in Maidenhead

Theresa May outside a Screwfix store
Screwfix

One day you're fighting it out to be leader of the Conservative party and the next prime minster of the UK. The next  you're opening a Screwfix in Maidenhead (OK, not strictly our patch but it's only just outside the M25). Politics is a funny old game isn't it? 

I am delighted to visit this new Screwfix store in Maidenhead. It is always good to see the businesses bringing jobs to Maidenhead and this is another boost for the town centre.

Theresa May MP

Yep, she looks almost as delighted as she did on Thursday having secured the backing of 199 Tory party MPs in her bid to be their next leader.

Theresa May
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Lord Ahmed on white powder incident

Lord Ahmed on white powder incident

Counter-terrorism officers are investigating five incidents in which white powder was sent to Muslim centres, mosques and government buildings in London.

A mosque in Leyton, a Muslim centre in Finsbury Park and another in Tottenham all received packages on Thursday.

Muslim peer Lord Ahmed was also sent hate mail along with white powder.

Take a virtual tour of Westminster Abbey

Inside of Westminster Abbey on Google Street View

Police appeal for information a year on from Harringey shooting

Erdogan Guzel
Met police

Detectives are appealing for information one year on from the murder of Erdogan Guzel in Haringey, North London

Mr Guzel was shot as he sat outside the bakery he owned on Lordship Lane, on 10 July 2015. Detectives will be in the area on Friday night, distributing appeal leaflets and speaking to people. 

The investigation was launched after police were called to reports of several shots fired in Lordship Lane at around 17:45 on 10 July 2015. Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 1570 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Travel update: Southern Rail line between Caterham and Purely reopened

BBC Travel

Transport for London reports a good service on all Tube lines.

Southern Rail says the line between Caterham and Purely has been reopened following this morning's derailment but it warn delays and cancellations are still possible on the line. 

Travel update: M25 slow in both directions in Berkshire

BBC Travel

One the roads the M25 is slow moving in both directions along the western stretch from junction 12 to 18 through Berkshire.

The A4 is slow heading out of town from Hammersmith to Chiswick, partly because of debris on the elevated section of the M4.

Wireless festival in Finsbury Park is causing heavy local traffic. 

Meanwhile, Avenue Road in Swiss Cottage remains closed due to a burst water main which has now been fixed but is causing local queues on the A41.

Weather: dry and fine evening ahead

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and largely fine end to the day.

Staying dry overnight, though cloud increasing from the west to bring a few spots of rain to far western parts by Saturday morning.

Minimum temperature: 15C (59F) 

London mosque attacks being treated as hoax incidents

The north east counter terrorism unit has issued a statement regarding the incidents at four London mosques and the Houses of Parliament on Thursday. 

Police checking suspicious packages
Areeb Ullah and Middle East Eye

The North East Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) is coordinating an investigation into a number of reports of suspicious packages received at locations in London. The substances in these packages have been examined and confirmed to be harmless... The North East CTU initially responded to a report of a number of suspicious packages identified at a sorting office in South Yorkshire on 5 July 2016. Since that time, further packages have been received at locations in London.

Sunbather attacked by man with branch in 'unprovoked' assault in south London

Evening Standard

Police are hunting an attacker who hit a man with a branch as he sunbathed at a south London nature reserve.

The victim, in his 40s, was relaxing in Burgess Park near Camberwell when the suspect approached out of nowhere and began punching him in the head, police said. Moments later the attacker picked up a branch and used it to beat the sunbather repeatedly before walking calmly away from the scene.

London mayor promises crackdown on hate crime on tubes and buses

Sadiq Khan
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London mayor Sadiq Khan has promised to crackdown on hate crime on the capital's transport network after a spike in reports of racist abuse since the EU referendum. 

The mayor said Londoners must "stand together" to tackle abuse on public transport. 

Launching the We Stand Together campaign Mr Khan said: "I simply will not tolerate hate crimes of any form, anywhere in London. We must stand together and anyone who sees or is targeted by abusive behaviour should report it to the police immediately."

Anyone who witnesses or is the victim of a hate crime on London's transport network should report it to the police by texting 61016 from a mobile phone, calling 101, or, in an emergency, dialling 999.

Photo: Car ploughs into war memorial

Shannon Hort took this picture of the crash at the war memorial in Beckenham.

She said she arrived about 10 minutes after it had happened.

Police said no-one was seriously injured.

Car crash
Shannon Hort

Man arrested in west London on suspicion of spreading terrorist content

A 36-year-old man has been arrested in west London on suspicion of disseminating terrorist publications. 

Met Police counter terrorism unit arrested the man in Ealing at about 06:50 today.

He was taken for questioning at a south London police station while detectives searched two addresses in Ealing and Hillingdon, also in west London.

Inquiries are ongoing. 

Plans to relocate libraries put forward to council cabinet

Waltham Forest Guardian

Waltham Forest Council is to make a decsion on plans to relocate three libraries.

The proposals would apply to Hale End Library in Castle Avenue, Highams Park; Higham Hill Library in North Countess Road, Walthamstow; and Wood Street Library in Forest Road, Walthamstow.

In addition, Lea Bridge Library, in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, will be refurbished.

Car crashes into war memorial

Shortlands war memorial
Google

A war memorial in Beckenham, south London has been damaged after a car crashed into it. 

The crash occurred at about 10:20 at the junction of Kingswood road and Church road in the Shortlands area of Beckenham.  

No-one was seriously injured, police said.

The leaked letter: 'We don't have enough money to continue as we are'

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

This is what that internal letter to TfL bosses says:

"TfL faces unprecedented financial challenge and we do not have enough money to continue as we are. 

"We need to make our business sustainable and transport affordable for the millions who rely on us while protecting vital investment and day-to-day services. 

"We need to set ourselves up for success by ensuring our organisation, and in particular our senior manager structure, is right for the future."

It goes on: "This is examining every element of what we do to eliminate unnecessary duplication, obtain greater value from procurement, cut reliance on agency staff and cut costs across all functions."

How much is this 'fares freeze' going to cost and how will it be paid for?

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

The leaked letter shows you what the TfL fares freeze will mean. 

It's going to cost £640m, so now TfL has to make efficiencies.

The letter was sent to all directors and band five (senior) managers and asks them if they want to be considered for redundancy. 

Mayor's manifesto pledge to freeze fares - doesn't include rail fares

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

The first indication of the level of cuts Transport for London (TfL) is facing have been unveiled in a leaked internal letter, sent to me. 

Mayor Sadiq Khan promised in his manifesto that Londoners "won't pay a penny more for their travel in 2020 than they do today". 

While many voters and at one point TfL assumed he meant all fares in London, including rail fares (which affects south London predominantly), actually it transpired he meant just TfL fares. 

The mayor has defended himself, pointing repeatedly to another sentence in his manifesto which said he would freeze "TfL fares" and says he delivered on that promise.

Supermodel ex wife receives £53m in divorce

Christina Estrada
Getty Images

A former supermodel has been awarded a £53m cash settlement in a High Court divorce battle with her Saudi billionaire ex-husband. 

Christina Estrada, 54, was fighting for £196m from international businessman Sheikh Walid Juffali, 61, to meet her "reasonable needs". 

Her lawyers said the total settlement she is to receive, taking into account her own assets, is in the region of £75m . 

She had previously rejected an offer which, added to her own assets, would have given her some £37m to live on. 

Local MP reacts to attack on east London mosque

Walthamstow MP tweets

CCTV released after a car was stolen with two children inside
CCTV footage is released after a car was "stolen" with two children inside in Enfield on Saturday.

Police release details of powder attacks

The police have released details of each powder incident on Thursday.

1) A suspicious package was delivered to Lord Ahmed at the Houses of Parliament causing a security alert. 

2) Police were called at 09:35 to reports of a suspicious package delivered to a business address on Bidders Street, Newham. 

3) Police were called at 12:45 to reports of a package that had been delivered to a mosque in Leyton with containing a substance deemed suspicious. The incident was stood down at around 15:45.

4) Police were called at approximately 14:45 to reports of a suspicious package that had been delivered to a Muslim welfare centre at Seven Sisters Road..

5) Police were called at approximately 23:20 to reports of a package that had been delivered to an Islamic community centre in Clyde Road, N15 containing a substance deemed suspicious.

In each case the police examined the powder and found it was not noxious or suspicious. There have been no reports of illnesses as a result of contact with the powder.

No injuries from mosque attacks

The Noor Ul Islam mosque in Leyton has issued a statement on its Facebook page following the incident: 

On 7 July the Noor Ul Islam head office received an envelope in the post that contained white powder and offensive language. The Trust immediately contacted the police who arrived and to ensure the safety of trustees, staff and users, cordoned off the main office. Alhamdulillah there were no reports of any injuries or illnesses from those in the office. However an ambulance was onsite as a precaution. Specialist officers attended and the contents of the package were examined. They were found to be not noxious or suspicious. The incident was stood down at around 15:45. It appears that similar envelopes were received on 7 July at other locations. Police enquiries continue.

Noor Ul Islam mosque

London mosque attacks investigated by police

Metropolitan police counter-terrorism officers are investigating what appear to be coordinated attacks on six mosques in the capital. 

Scotland Yard is investigating five incidents from Thursday in which white powder was sent to Muslim centres, mosques and government buildings in London.

Mosques in Leyton east London, Finsbury Park and Tottenham were all targeted.

The mosques received envelopes containing a white powder and racially offensive language. The attacks were similar in nature to that on Muslim peer peer Lord Ahmed of Rotherham on Thursday which caused Parliament to be locked down. 

Parliament
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Nearly half of Croydon pupils fail to reach expected standard in SATs tests

Croydon Advertiser

Newspaper

Nearly half of all pupils in Croydon have failed to achieve the expected standards in the new SATs tests.

Data provided by Croydon Council shows the average in the borough for children making the grade is 54% – 1%t higher than the national average of 53%.

Therefore, 46% of Key Stage 2 pupils failed to reach the new higher threshold for reading, writing and mathematics at the end of primary school.

Leyton Orient president will not be extradited

Francesco Becchetti
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Leyton Orient president Francesco Becchetti will not extradited to Albania on fraud, forgery and money laundering charge Westminster Magistrates' Court has ruled.

The football club boss had claimed the extradition proceedings were "politically motivated" and his lawyers have called for the case to be thrown out. 

Mr Becchetti has significant business interests in Albania in sectors ranging from media and construction to hydroelectric power since the 1990s. 

Police investigate death of three-month-old baby

Police have launched an investigation after a three-month-old baby died in hospital following a suspected assault.

Police were called at 09:53 on 4 July, by medical staff at an east London hospital after Rifat Mohammed was admitted with critical injuries. He was later transferred to a central London hospital and was pronounced dead at 16:45 the next day.

Rifat's parents had already been charged with grievous bodily harm at the time of his death.

A post-mortem examination will be held on 11 July, at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Wimbledon 2016: Andy Murray faces Tomas Berdych in semi-finals

BBC Sport

Andy Murray is bidding for a second Wimbledon and third Grand Slam title. To do that he will have to beat his Czech opponent, Tomas Berdych, who was runner-up at Wimbledon in 2010.

In the other semi-final, seven-time champion Roger Federer will take on Canada's sixth seed Milos Raonic.

Federer and Raonic open play on Centre Court at 13:00 with Murray and Berdych's match following. Both matches will be live on BBC TV.

Andy Murray
AFP/Getty

Primrose Hill burst pipe 'under control'

Thames Water says it is getting the burst pipe in Primrose Hill under control.

We’ve now stemmed the flow of water from the burst pipe and the excess water in the road is draining away. We’re now seeing water pressures in the area improving. Our next step is to clean the silt from the road and plan how best to repair the pipe with minimum disruption. We’re sorry to everyone who has been affected this morning.

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Flooding
Thames Water

Police appeal for information about missing Ealing teen

Heba Desouky
Met Police

Police have appealed for information on the whereabouts of a missing teenager from Ealing.

Heba Desouky, 15, was last seen at 15:15 on 7 July in Exhibition Road, Kensington.

Heba is of Egyptian origin around 5ft 5ins with black hair which is half shaved on the left side and curly on the other side. She was wearing a black jacket, a black and grey top, shinny black leggings and black trainers.

Anyone with information of her whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency line on 101.

MPs call on Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom to act over Heathrow Airport expansion

Evening Standard

BA plane flies into heathrow over houses
Getty Images

Heathrow’s third runway was thrust into the centre of the Tory leadership battle today.

A group of eight Conservative MPs around Gatwick challenged Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom to “act swiftly” and claimed that blocking expansion of the UK’s premier airport would be “a betrayal of the Conservative vision for Britain”.

Their intervention spotlighted a gap between the two candidates over how to tackle the aviation capacity crisis that business leaders say is throttling growth in London and the South East.

Southern dispute: Union offers to suspend industrial action

BBC London News

A rail union in a bitter row over the role of conductors has offered to suspend industrial action for three months in a bid to break the deadlocked dispute.  

The RMT's made the offer on the basis that Southern Rail does not implement their planned changes for the same period. 

Govia Thameslink, which manage Southern Trains, has welcomed the offer of talks. 

The company's cancelling 341 trains a day from next week.

Latest headlines for London: Heart unit ordered to close, carjacking appeal and flooding in Primrose Hill

Matthew West

BBC News, London

Here is a selection of the stories we are looking at in the BBC London newsroom this morning:

Watch: Girl, aged12, throws herself out of stolen car

This is the moment a 12-year-old girl threw herself out of a stolen car as it was being driven away.

The suspect stole the Vauxhall Astra in Enfield on 2 July, perhaps oblivious to the fact he had two young passengers, an 11-month old baby and a 12-year-old girl in the back seat.

CCTV released after a car was stolen with two children inside

Police are urging the driver to hand himself in.

Dina Asher-Smith is first British woman to win European Championships 200m

BBC Sport

London's Dina Asher-Smith has won gold at the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam.

Her season-best time of 22.37 seconds in the 200m earned the 20-year-old from Orpington her first major senior title although she was already the fastest British woman in history.

Asher-Smith is the first British woman to win the 200m at the European Championships.  

Dina Asher-Smith
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Travel update: Minor delays on the District line

BBC Travel

There are minor delays on the District line between Earl's Court and Richmond due to an earlier signal failure.

Buses replace Southern trains between Purley and Caterham due to the earlier derailment of an engineering train. The 407 bus is accepting Southern tickets between central Croydon and Caterham.

Customers at Whyteleafe are being advised to go to Upper Warlingham station.

There’s also disruption on Virgin Trains East Coast between Kings Cross and the North East and Scotland due overhead line problems to the north of Newcastle.

  For the latest travel updates visit the BBC London travel page.  

On the roads: Fuel spill causes congestion on M1

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

On the M1 the southbound inside lane and slip road exit at junction 8 at Hemel Hempstead are closed for resurfacing works following a fuel spill on Thursday. Traffic is slow for 12 miles back to junction 11 at Luton.  

Northbound on the M1 the slip road exit is partially blocked with traffic queueing because of an accident involving four vehicles involved at junction 10 for Luton Airport. Traffic is congested down to Redbourn at junction 9.

For the latest travel updates visit the BBC London travel page.

Burst water main causes Primrose Hill flooding

Fire crews have helped rescue people from localised flooding in Avenue Road in Primrose Hill caused by a burst water main.

Twenty five people have been helped out of the block of flats with the water reaching up to 1m (3ft) deep in places.

flooding
London Fire Brigade

Fire crews are now laying sandbags to help protect people's property from water damage.

More problems for Southern trains

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

There are more problems on Southern trains as all lines are currently blocked between Purley and Caterham following a derailment of an engineering train.

Bus route 407 is accepting Southern tickets and there is also a rail replacement bus system in operation.

Keep up-to-date with Southern's twitter account.