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  1. Updates on Thursday 14 July 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Dry and clear

BBC Weather

It will be dry and clear for many with light winds leading to a cool night, especially in rural parts such as Shooters Hill. 

Cloud will then thicken towards the end of the night. 

Minimum temperature 11C (52F).

How were Crossrail's platforms built?

Crossrail Limited has released footage showing how the two Liverpool Street platforms have been constructed

Crossrail Limited has released footage of how two 240m platforms have been built beneath Liverpool Street station.

Crossrail line platforms at Liverpool Street completed

Workman on Crossrail platform
Crossrail Limited

The platforms at one of the main stations on the new £14.8bn Crossrail scheme have been completed.

Workman working on Crossrail
Crossrail Limited

Liverpool Street station's new platforms have been built 37m (121ft) below ground and are twice as long as most London Underground stations.

Workman in Crossrail tunnel
Crossrail Limited

The route, which will be called the Elizabeth line, links 40 stations across London and the South East.

CGI of new Crossrail station
Crossrail Limited

Crossrail Limited, which is running the project, said 75% of the line has now been constructed.

Watch: Pokémon GO creatures spotted in London

Pokémon GO - a new location-based augmented mobile reality game - has launched in the UK and the creatures have been snapped all over London.  

Pokémon GO has launched in the UK and the creatures have been snapped all over London.

London MPs included in Theresa May's new cabinet

London-based MPs are among those who have been unveiled in Theresa May's new cabinet:

Boris Johnson
  • Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, has been named Foreign Secretary
  • MP for Putney Justine Greening has become Education Secretary
Justine Greening
  • James Brokenshire, MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup, has replaced Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers as Northern Ireland Secretary
  • Baroness Evans of Bowes Park in the London Borough of Haringey is the new leader of the House of Lords
James Brokenshite

I'm Chelsea's tailor says Antonio Conte

BBC Sport

Antonio Conte
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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he is a "tailor" who will make the "best dress" for Chelsea to get them back into the Champions League.

Watch: Guided tours of Croydon

The National Trust is celebrating Croydon's brutalist architecture in new guided tours. 

BBC London's Jim Wheble spoke to Joseph Watson from the National Trust to find out why.

The Open 2016: Fisher shoots level par at Troon

BBC Sport

Ross Fisher
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Cheam's Ross Fisher did not know whether to laugh or cry after shooting a level-par 71 on the first day of the145th Open Championship at Royal Troon.

Playing in his ninth Open, the Wentworth pro was tied for the lead on four under par after picking up four birdies in his first seven holes, going to the turn in 32.

But the back nine proved much tougher for most of the field on the Ayrshire coast and, having dropped successive shots at 10, 11 and 12, Fisher also bogeyed 18 to come home in 39.

"I played tremendously on the front nine," he told BBC Sport. "But I didn't hit enough fairways coming back.

"It seems strange to shoot level par on the first day of an Open and not be happy, but I could have shot a much better score, so its a bit frustrating really."

London officers issue safety advice as Pokemon Go launches

Police in London have begun to issue safety warnings to Pokemon Go users after the app officially launched in the UK. 

Richmond upon Thames police used its official Twitter account to offer a four-step guide - complete with Pokemon references - to staying safe while using the game, which sees players roaming the real world in search of virtual Pokemon that appear on their phone. 

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Travel latest: Delays on the M4 westbound

BBC Travel

There is very slow traffic on the M4 westbound between J1, A4 (Chiswick Roundabout) and J2, A4 (Brentford) because of an earlier broken down vehicle.

All lanes have been re-opened but congestion continues on the A4 Talgarth Road to the B317 North End Road junction.

Danny Dyer's royal roots revealed in BBC show

Danny Dyer
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Actor Danny Dyer's "incredible" royal connection is to be revealed in the new series of BBC genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are?.

The EastEnders star will be one of 10 celebrities to look into their family trees in the 13th run of the show.

The stories of Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden and pop star Cheryl will also feature in the autumn series.

Met Commissioner meets his new boss

Amber Rudd and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

Newly appointed Home Secretary Amber Rudd has met with with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe in Westminster on her first day in the job.  

Kante's future in his hands - Ranieri

BBC Sport

N'Golo Kante
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Claudio Ranieri says Chelsea target N'Golo Kante's future is "in his hands" after the Premier League champions offer him a new deal.

Why does London's mayor want more powers for the capital?

Sadiq Khan on why he's asking for more powers for the capital city

Prince Harry undergoes HIV test to encourage others

Prince Harry

Prince Harry has been tested for HIV - in a bid to encourage more members of the public to come forward and discover if they have the virus. 

Harry, who has recently made highlighting the issue of HIV/Aids a major element of his public work, visited a sexual health clinic for the simple finger-prick procedure. 

The Prince tested negative after he gave a small sample of blood at the Burrell Street centre in central London. 

Harry had to wait a few moments while the sample was mixed with chemicals and poured into a test tray where a developing solution was added. 

The negative result was indicated by a blue spot seen in the tray - if two spots had appeared he would have needed further tests to confirm if he was HIV positive. 

Oxford Street to be pedestrianised

By 2020 all traffic will be banned from Oxford Street, the Mayor's office says.

City Hall said the project would be rolled out in two stages to reduce disruption. 

Damien Hirst gallery and underground house among Riba Stirling Prize nominees

Damien Hirst's Newport Street Gallery
Helene Binet

Damien Hirst's new gallery, a partly-underground house, three educational buildings and a London estate redevelopment have been nominated for the UK's top architecture award.

The six buildings make up the shortlist for the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Stirling Prize.

Riba president Jane Duncan said they showed "the huge benefit well-designed buildings can bring to people's lives".

The winner of the prize will be announced on 6 October.

Social housing tenants contribute £15bn to London's economy

Londoners living in social housing contributed at least £15bn to the capital's economy in 2015 alone, a new report says.

The findings show the capital's social housing residents make a contribution that is five times greater than the housing benefit bill for social housing residents in London in the same year.

But the report from housing charity Peabody and the CBI shows vital workers are being forced out of the city as a salary of £59,000 - almost double the average wage - is needed to afford the rent on a home in Inner London.


Lord Kerslake, Chair of Peabody said:  "London is gambling with its future if the city becomes too expensive to house nurses, paramedics, construction workers or many other lower- and middle-income occupations. 

"Without genuinely affordable housing our great city will cease to function. Businesses will be worse off and the economy will slow down."

Afternoon weather: Warm and sunny

BBC Weather

It will be a dry afternoon with some fair weather cloud developing, but it should feel warm in the prolonged sunny spells. 

Highs of 22C (72F).

Woman, 38, arrested by counter terror police

Counter Terrorism Command [SO15] officers at the Met have arrested a 38-year-old woman at a house in north-west London on suspicion of possessing terrorist material.

She has been arrested under Section 2 of the Terrorism Act, dissemination of terrorist publications, and Section 58, possession of a document or record containing information of a kind likely to be of use to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

The arrest took place at around 06.30 today.

Officers continue to search the address as well as a business address in the Ealing area and a residential address in the Southall area.  

Father's pride over Boris promotion

Claire Timms

BBC London News

Stanley Johnson and Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson's father Stanley has sadly turned down the opportunity to come on tonight's BBC London News programme at 18:30 to discuss his son's elevation to the role of Foreign Secretary.

However, he did email: "Much appreciate your invitation but will pass on this one, tho' of course I'm thrilled!"

Oxford St pedestrianisation: Don't clog up neighbouring streets

Buses on Oxford Street

The leader of Westminster Council has welcomed news of the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street but is keen re-routed traffic doesn't clog up neighbouring streets.

Cllr Philippa Roe said: “The vision of the West End Partnership is for Oxford Street to be the world’s best outdoor street shopping experience, with cleaner air, first class public realm and an unrivalled mix of flagship and branded stores. 

"As part of this we are looking at numerous options, with all of our partners, as to how we can deliver this, including reducing traffic and creating modern retail spaces. 

"Pedestrianisation has been only one of a wide range of options that the West End Partnership has been considering in relation to Oxford Street and we are now conducting significant work with our partners, including GLA and TfL, that will report back in the autumn. 

"The key to any Oxford Street improvements is a very significant reduction of buses that move through the area and we need to ensure that traffic is not displaced creating congestion and air pollution elsewhere."

Mayor hosts London devolution summit

London mayor Sadiq Khan is hosting a summit of political and business leaders from across the capital to "forge an ambitious new cross-party consensus on further devolution to London".

Mr Khan is hosting Conservative and Labour MPs and council leaders at City Hall for the discussions, which will also include business representatives from the Corporation of London, London First and the London Chamber of Commerce.

A settlement for London would aim to give City Hall and the boroughs significantly more control over taxes raised in the capital and how public services are run.

Mr Khan warned that "we can’t protect Londoners from the economic fallout of leaving the EU without more autonomy for London government. This is essential to protecting Londoners' jobs, wealth and prosperity".

Fire at Battersea industrial unit

A major fire at Parkfield Industrial Estate close to Clapham Junction station broke out last night.

London Fire Brigade said some fire crews remained at the site and were damping it down.

Oxford Street pedestrianisation 'inevitable'

Plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street by 2020 has been broadly welcomed by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Policy manager Siwan Puw said: “With the introduction of Crossrail to the West End pedestrianisation of Oxford Street seems inevitable. The huge increase in footfall will require clear planning to maximise pedestrian safety and minimise disruption to businesses.

“Doing it in stages certainly has its advantages in that it means trading will continue more easily and any issues can be ironed out as we go along.

"However, we need to ensure continuity of service in the area during the changes and make it as smooth as possible a process for roads users, pedestrians, businesses and residents.”

Traffic ban plan for Oxford Street

Shopper on Oxford Street
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Oxford Street will be pedestrianised by 2020, the Mayor of London's office has announced.

All traffic including buses and taxis will be banned from the shopping street - one of the most famous in the world - as part of the mayor's plans to tackle air pollution.

More than 4 million people visit Oxford Street each week.

City Hall said the project would be rolled out in two stages to reduce disruption on the 1.2-mile street.

Cars are already banned on most of Oxford Street between 07:00 and 19:00 every day apart from Sunday.

BBC London's morning headlines

Sonja Jessup has this morning's London news.

Sonja Jessup brings you the latest stories from London

Around the world with Boris Johnson

Murray Burnell

BBC London

Boris Johnson has a place in Theresa May's new government. 

We've taken a reflective look at the former Mayor of London's trips around the globe.

BBC London takes a look back at the former Mayor of London's trips around the world

Battersea industrial estate hit by major fire

Fire in Battersea
Neil Lancefield

Up to 100 firefighters have tackled a major blaze that broke out close to one of the UK's busiest railway stations.

Trains were hit with delays for more than six hours because of the fire in London's Battersea, just metres away from Clapham Junction station.

Crews were called to Parkfield Industrial Estate, where flames leapt from rooftops alongside the track.

Southern Trains warned of delays across its network, but services were later restored and the fire is under control.

Travel update: Southern rail services resume after Clapham fire

BBC Travel

There are delays of up to 10 minutes on South West Trains between Waterloo and Chessington South and Dorking due to a level crossing problem at Motspur Park, and trains running at reduced speeds in and out of Waterloo following signal problems at Queenstown Road.

Southern Rail and Gatwick Express services via Clapham Junction have resumed following last night's earlier line-side fire overnight 

On the roads the M26 is down to one lane heading westbound toward junction five at the M25 following an accident. 

Weather: Dry and sunny with some patchy cloud

BBC Weather

BBC London Weather: Dry and sunny with some patchy cloud

Any isolated coastal showers at first, clearing south. Otherwise, a dry morning with sunny periods. Patchy cloud for the afternoon, but with warm sunny intervals. A dry evening with clear periods to follow.

Maximum temperature: 22C (71.6F).

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