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  1. Updates on Monday 11 July 2016

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Updates for London have ended for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest videos, news, sport, travel and weather. Have a good evening.

Watch: What did Andy Murray do after winning Wimbledon?

Tonight's weather: Showers easing for a time overnight

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There'll be bright spells and scattered heavy showers to end the day with gusty winds too.

However, overnight the wet and windy weather will ease, leaving a mostly dry night across London, allowing some clear spells to develop.

Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

London Assembly members react to conductor redundancies

Members of the London Assembly have been commenting following the announcement that conductors on the New Routemasters are going to be made redundant.

New Routemaster passing through Piccadilly Circus
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Lib Dem Caroline Pidgeon blamed Boris Johnson calling the buses "horrendously expensive" and "plagued with faults".

"We will soon be left behind many cities in the world which are rapidly adopting 100% electric buses,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Conservatives' Keith Prince said Sadiq Khan's fares freeze "has cost Londoners a very popular feature of these Routemaster services".

“Unfortunately I fear this is just the first of many unpopular cuts within TfL that will impact on commuters and front line staff," he said.

On air this evening: Victoria Southern protest & Matt Damon

Riz Lateef

BBC London presenter

Coming up on BBC London News this evening:

We'll be at Victoria where commuters are holding a protest against Southern following the introduction of its new timetable.

And we'll be speaking to Hollywood star Matt Damon as he attends the European premiere of the new Jason Bourne movie.

Matt Damon
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Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

Watch: New running blade for boy aiming for Paralympics

BBC London News

An eight-year-boy from Watford has taken a significant step forward to becoming a Paralympian of tomorrow.

Rio Woolf is one of the first children in the country to be fitted with a new type of running blade.

We filmed him at Lee Valley Stadium as he tried it out for the first time.

Watch: A commuter's story of Southern rail

The BBC travels with commuter Nick Clement from Chichester to Clapham to find out if his journey has been affected by the introduction of Southern's new timetable.

Men helped by lifeboat crew after jumping into Thames celebrating Andy Murray win

An RNLI lifeboat was called after two men stripped naked and jumped off Barnes Bridge into the Thames after celebrating Andy Murray's win at Wimbledon.

RNLI crew speaking to men
RNLI

The men, who were not injured, told the crew they had been drinking all day while watching the tennis.

Helmsman Rob Archibald warned people against jumping in the river, saying "the dangers are very real".

West Ham sign winger Gokhan Tore on one-year loan

Gokhan Tore
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West Ham have signed Besiktas winger Gokhan Tore on a year's loan with the option of a permanent transfer.

The German-born Turkey forward spent two years in Chelsea's youth ranks and played under Hammers boss Slaven Bilic at Besiktas.

The 24-year-old said Bilic was "a big factor" in his move to the Olympic Stadium, adding: "He's the best manager I have played under."

Watch: Is it the end of hop-on hop-off buses?

Three hundred bus conductors face losing their jobs to help make £10m savings for TfL.

Three hundred bus conductors face losing their jobs to help make £10m savings for TfL.

Travel: Accident in Redbridge and Whitehall traffic light failure

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on the A12 Eastern Avenue in Redbridge at the Redbridge roundabout because of an accident involving a lorry.

A traffic light failure in Whitehall is causing disruption at the King Charles Street junction.

There is queuing traffic on the A3 Roehampton Vale southbound in Kingston Vale at the Stag Lane junction around the roadworks area.

And if you are heading to Victoria, remember there is a passenger protest going on against Southern Rail from 17:30.

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

Talks continue for cricket at the Olympic Stadium

BBC Sport

Essex hope to host T20 cricket matches in the Olympic Stadium in 2018, says chief executive Derek Bowden.

Olympic Stadium
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Essex have been in talks for a number of years regarding the stadium, home of football club West Ham from August.

"The objective is to play cricket there in 2018, probably play two or three home T20 games in a two-week period," Bowden told BBC Essex.

Matt Smith on 'chaos' of new Royal Court play

Matt Smith
Royal Court

Actor Matt Smith has described working on his new stage play - a film industry satire entirely devised in rehearsals - as "a white-knuckle ride".

"Sometimes I thought, 'Why the hell am I doing this?'" said the former Doctor Who star of Unreachable, which opened on Friday at the Royal Court.

"There's so much stuff you're trying to process constantly, but somehow that adds to the aliveness of it."

'Strongest field ever' for RideLondon-Surrey Classic race

BBC Sport

The field for this year's RideLondon-Surrey Classic is the "strongest ever assembled", say race organisers.

2015 RideLondon-Surrey Classic
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Multiple Tour de France stage winner Andre Greipel and ex-world champion Tom Boonen are among the confirmed entrants for the one-day event on 31 July.

Britain's Team Sky and Team Wiggins will enter riders, as will UCI World Tour teams Etixx - Quick-Step, Lotto Soudal, Cannondale and Dimension Data.

The 200km course takes a similar route to that used in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Watch: MNEK on using Auto-Tune to create music

Singer-songwriter MNEK has told BBC News "everyone" in the music industry uses the controversial pitch-correcting software Auto-Tune... including him.

The star, who has worked with Beyonce, Little Mix and Madonna, says the program can correct mistakes, but it can't replicate emotion.

The Catford-born musician became a professional songwriter at the age of 14, when he signed his first publishing deal and two years later won a silver disc for composing The Saturdays' hit single All Fired Up.

Watch: Police target supercar drivers in west London

'Nuisance' supercar drivers targeted by police in Kensington and Chelsea

Super-rich 'nuisance' car drivers are being handed asbos in Kensington & Chelsea after complaints by residents.

Watch: Commuters react to revised Southern timetable

Commuters in parts of London have been dealing with a revised timetable from Southern rail.

We heard from some people at East Dulwich station where there are now fewer trains into London Bridge station.

'Something strange' in Waterloo station

There was "something strange in the neighbourhood" for commuters in Waterloo this morning after the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man "appeared" out of the station concourse floor.

Marshmallow Man in Waterloo station
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The model was part of a stunt to promote the new Ghostbusters movie.

Ghostbuster fans pose in a commuter tunnel at Waterloo Station
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Watch: Portugal fans celebrate in Stockwell

Portugal fans were out in force in Stockwell last night to celebrate their side's victory at Euro 2016.

Newcastle sign Arsenal defender Isaac Hayden

BBC Sport

Isaac Hayden
Rex Features

Newcastle United have signed Arsenal defender Isaac Hayden for an undisclosed fee on a five-year deal.

The 21-year old played 24 times on loan at Hull last season as the Tigers earned promotion from the Championship.

"Being at Arsenal was a great experience, I learned a lot there and have a lot to thank them for, but I needed to move on and so when Newcastle came in for me I jumped at the chance." said Hayden.

On this day: Reg Varney born in Canning Town

Darren McLarkey

BBC Rewind

On this day 100 years ago, the actor and entertainer Reg Varney was born in Canning Town.

Reg Varney
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Best known for his role as Stan Butler in the TV sitcom "On The Buses", Varney had very early musical beginnings in the capital.

According to his daughter Jeanne Marley, Varney started "playing the piano at the age of six" and "became a professional at the age of 14".

He continued to perform after he enlisted with the Royal Engineers during the World War Two and later found television fame.

Surprisingly, he was also the first person to use the world's first ATM machine.

Varney moved to Devon for his retirement and died on 16 November 2008, aged 92.

Watch: Burglars steal CCTV camera during house raid

Scotland Yard have released CCTV footage after two men burgled a house in Sutton.

The men broke into the house in St Clair Drive in Worcester Park shortly before midnight on 2 July.

They were filmed walking around the property by a mobile CCTV recording system set up in the house.

The video shows the men taking jewellery and cash. They then realise they are being filmed and steal the recording device. However, the footage had already been sent to a secure cloud.

The Met have called for anybody who recognises the men to contact police.

Have your say: What is your experience of Southern's new timetable?

Commuters have been giving their reaction to the new Southern timetable on the BBC London Facebook page.

So far, the people who have been in touch have not been impressed.

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Why not have your say. You can tweetemail or leave a message on our Facebook page.

Angela Eagle launches challenge against Jeremy Corbyn

Angela Eagle has formally launched her Labour leadership challenge against Jeremy Corbyn.

Angela Eagle`
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Ex-shadow cabinet member Ms Eagle said she could provide the leadership in "dark times for Labour" that the Islington North MP could not.

Mr Corbyn has refused to step down since losing the support of most of his MPs in a vote of no confidence and numerous frontbench resignations.

This afternoon's weather: Windy, with sunny intervals and scattered showers

BBC weather chart
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We'll see scattered showers developing through this afternoon, some of these becoming heavy with a chance of thunder and it'll be breezy too.

Maximum temperature 22C (72F).

On air this lunchtime: Southern rail woes and finding the next Andy Murray

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

Coming up on BBC London News this lunchtime:

As Southern slashes its rail services with the introduction of a new timetable, we speak to unions about its impact.

Commuters getting on Southern train
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And we'll be in west London where the Lawn Tennis Association has been giving away free racquets and lessons to school children to try to find the next Andy Murray.

Join me at 13:30 on BBC One.

Woman rescued from South Harrow house fire

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Four fire engines and 21 firefighters tackled the blaze in Roxeth Green Avenue which took over an hour to get under control.

The woman was treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service crews.

Car wreckage to go on display outside Parliament

The wreckage of a dead driver's car will go on display outside Parliament later to support a campaign by road safety charity Brake.

Car split in two
Greater Manchester Police

Joseph Brown-Lartey died as his vehicle was split in half by a car driven by Addil Haroon in Rochdale in 2014.

Haroon was later jailed for six years, but Mr Brown-Lartey's family support a Brake campaign for tougher sentences.

Andrea Leadsom pulls out of leadership contest: what happens next?

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

Following Andrew Leadsom's decision to pull out of the race to become leader of the Conservative Party, the timetable is now decided by the 1922 Committee - an influential group of backbench Conservative MPs.

The question of Michael Gove re-entering the contest is up to the 1922 but that is unlikely given his lack of support among MPs.

Andrea Leadsom
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Should the decision be that Theresa May is leader uncontested she would only become Prime Minister-designate or “PM elect” upon the declaration by the 1922.

She could become PM immediately but that is unlikely given David Cameron will want to pack but the succession could be very swift.

One would think that discussions between Theresa May and Number 10 will begin immediately regarding the transition.

The time between Gordon Brown winning the Labour leadership uncontested and becoming Prime Minister was 38 days:

  • Nominations closed and acceptance 17 May 2007
  • Victory speech Sunday 24 June 2007
  • Handover day Wednesday 27 June 2007

Michael Howard won the leadership uncontested in 2003. There was a week between nominations being opened (29 October 2003) and him becoming Conservative leader (6 November).

TfL releases statement about bus conductor redundancies

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed 300 jobs will go when the bus conductors who work on Routemaster buses are made redundant.

The firm has released a statement about why the roles are to be scrapped:

The conductors on these routes have done a great job, but the New Routemaster routes that don’t have conductors also operate very effectively and we can no longer justify the £10m of extra costs that could otherwise be invested in modernising the transport network. We are now working with the bus companies to find conductors other opportunities within the transport industry so they can continue to play a part in keeping London moving.”

Leon DanielsTfL’s Managing Director of Surface Transport

The routes affected by the bus conductor cuts

The cuts to bus conductors are across six routes - 9, 10, 11, 24, 38 and 390.

Routemaster Bus crossing Westminster Bridge
Reuters

At present that are 19 other routes that use New Routemasters without conductors.

TfL says it has found having conductors on board makes only a "modest difference to customer satisfaction".

Toblerone Towers: Plans for London's newest skyscraper revealed

Evening Standard

These are the first images of London’s newest skyscraper— and the astonishing bird’s-eye views of London from its public roof garden.

Watch: 'This project needs to stop' - Caroline Pidgeon on Garden Bridge

Caroline Pidgeon has called for the Garden Bridge to be halted following reports Sadiq Khan has blocked new funding for the project.

The leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group said money set aside for the attraction should be used on other "desperately needed" river crossings.

London bus conductors to lose their jobs

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

London bus conductors are to lose their jobs as part of cutbacks by Transport for London (TfL).

Routemaster bus
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Six out of 19 routes which run the Routemaster buses brought in by Boris Johnson currently have "passenger assistants".

The decision follows a financial review by the firm.

Councils urge backing for Heathrow expansion

More than 30 councils from around Britain have signed a letter urging the government to back Heathrow expansion.

The missive to transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said creating a third runway at Heathrow would create jobs and economic growth.

Heathrow airport
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Opponents claim it would be cheaper and less disruptive to enlarge Gatwick.

The decision on airport expansion has been put on hold until "at least October" following the UK's Brexit vote and David Cameron's resignation.

Future of London garden bridge in doubt

The Guardian is reporting that London Mayor Sadiq Khan has halted preparatory work on the capital's garden bridge.

View of proposed London garden bridge
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The paper says the mayor is concerned by the cost of building the bridge and specifically the amount of public money that might be required.

Mr Khan does back the building of the garden bridge but only on condition that it requires no more money from City Hall beyond what has already been committed.

Caroline Pidgeon has called for him to "rip up" the maintenance guarantee signed by Boris Johnson.

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Four-hour Stevie Wonder set closes Hyde Park festival

Mark Savage

Music reporter

Stevie Wonder has closed the BST festival with a meaningful but meandering stroll through his landmark double album, Songs In The Key Of Life.

Stevie Wonder
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The 66-year-old played for almost four hours, backed by a razor-sharp band of more than 20 musicians.

Addressing recent outbreaks of violence, Wonder said he wanted music to bring people together "in this horrible time we're living in.

"Choose love over hate... kindness over meanness, hope over no hope at all," he told the Hyde Park crowd.

Stevie Wonder on stage at Hyde Park
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