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  1. Updates on Friday 22 July 2016

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WATCH: Regent's Canal has turned green

Following the hot weather, canals in London are now covered with a thick green layer of weed. 

Work is being carried out to stop it damaging the eco-system. 

 Our Environment Correspondent Tom Edwards reports. 

Regent's Canal is covered in duck weed after the hot weather

Tonight's weather: Muggy and dry

BBC Weather

Any showers will soon die out this evening so that many of us will see a muggy, but dry and mostly clear night, with the odd misty patch forming in prone areas such as the Lea Valley. 

Lows of 15C (59F).

Watch: From Lagos to London

Wakaa The Musical was a hit in Lagos, Nigeria, and has now opened in London. 

The show follows the fate of a group of young graduates as they find their way in the world. 

Aiming to give audiences a taste of modern day Nigeria, Wakaa is the first Nigerian-produced musical to be performed at a London theatre. 

First Nigerian-produced musical hits London's West End

Man admits raping pensioner in her Purley home

Jason Batchelor
Met Police

An unemployed man has admitted raping an elderly woman after barging into her south London home.

The woman, in her 70s, was making breakfast when Jason Batchelor of Maldon Road, Wallington, attacked her in her house in Purley on 11 May.

The 46-year-old told police he had "messed up" when he was arrested.

He was convicted at Croydon Crown Court of rape, attempted rape, sexual assault, actual bodily harm and intent to commit a sexual offence.

What's really going on inside Purley Islamic centre during dispute between rival groups?

Croydon Advertiser


A member of Purley Islamic Community Centre (PICC) says the atmosphere at the mosque has been "intense" since a dispute between rival groups broke out.

Chances missed to protect baby later murdered by father

New Scotland Yard sign

Chances to protect a six-month-old baby from his potentially violent parents were missed by authorities in London, a review into his murder has found.

The child, known as Baby R, died from head injuries inflicted by his father in January 2015. He was convicted of murder in December.

After his death, it transpired that his mother was a convicted murderer.

She had served nine years of a 12-year jail sentence in her country but fled to the UK while on parole.

It was revealed she was subject of an European Arrest Warrant.

The baby, who cannot be named, died in Haringey - the same north London borough at the centre of the Baby P scandal where a mother and her boyfriend were jailed for causing or allowing his death.

Groundhog Day: From screen to stage

Groundhog Day opens at London's Old Vic in August
Groundhog Day opens at London's Old Vic in August

Tim Minchin is worried.

He may be a successful comedian, actor and composer, but he says he "just feels sick all the time" ahead of the world premiere of his new musical Groundhog Day. 

It opens at The Old Vic in London in August.  

Croydon NHS Trust and CCG placed in ‘special measures’

Inside Croydon

Loss of EU funding 'could cost lives' says London hospital

A hospital ward

The loss of European funding for medical research could cost the lives of some vulnerable children, London's Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has said.

It claims leaving the European Union (EU) poses a "serious risk" to its research funding.

The hospital said it could also lose EU staff and long-standing EU partnerships.

But a leading cancer specialist said the hospital was being "hysterical".

Angus Dalgleish, professor of oncology at St George's, University of London, who also represents Brexit movement Scientists for Britain, told the BBC the claims by Great Ormond Street were a "gross overreaction and rather hysterical".

Campaign to rebuild Peckham Lido

A campaign to raise money to rebuild one of the capital's lost outdoor pools has reached its first fund-raising target. 

The organisers have raised more than £60,000 to launch a feasibility study. 

Peckham Lido fell into disrepair in the 1980s

Eleven arrested after "disturbance" in Ladbroke Grove

Knife recovered
One of the weapons recovered during an incident in Ladbroke Grove this morning

Eleven people, including a 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, have been arrested following a "disturbance" in Ladbroke Grove, west London, early this morning.

The nine males, aged between 20 and 14, and two females, aged 15 and 18,were arrested for suspicion of violent disorder charges and some for possession of an offensive weapon.

Detective Inspector Driss Hayoukane, from Kensington and Chelsea, said: "Local officers responded quickly to reports of a disturbance and this resulted in 11 people being arrested. 

"It's our duty to ensure our streets are safe and we will not tolerate any form of disorder within the borough. 

"Enquires are ongoing into the disturbance last night. We have extra officers on duty across the borough tonight and throughout the weekend to provide reassurance."

At this stage the Met says there is nothing to suggest this incident is linked to the disorder across London on 19 July, notably a water fight in Hyde Park which turned violent.

Watch: The Vamps busk in London

The Vamps play Trafalgar Square for International Busking Day

Duckweed: London's canals get a clean up

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

Duckweed bloom on the canal

Duckweed bloom (or water lens) has appeared in plentiful supply (see above) on London's canals due to the heat.

I'm out with the Canal & River Trust which is trying to clean it up (see below).

Join me at 18:30 on BBC One for the full story on BBC London News.

Duckweed cleaner

Exhibition of the Queen's dresses: Does Her Majesty have a favourite?

Many of the Queen's dresses are going on display at Buckingham Palace to celebrate her 90th birthday. 

We spoke to curator Caroline de Guitaut to find out if the Queen has a favourite.  

The exhibition 'Fashioning a Reign' opens this weekend

Secret ruling in Ellie Butler murder case should be made public, judges decide

Ellie Butler
Ellie Butler died while at home with her father in 2013

A family court judge's behind-closed-doors ruling which relates to the murder of six-year-old Ellie Butler should be made public, the Court of Appeal has decided. 

A three strong panel - headed by Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls and the head of civil justice in England and Wales - analysed issues surrounding publication of the ruling at a hearing in London earlier.

The ruling was made by Mrs Justice Eleanor King following a behind-closed-doors hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in the summer of 2014 - after Ellie had died but before her father Ben had been convicted of her murder. 

Another family court judge had decided Mrs Justice King's ruling should not be published in case reporting prejudices any re-trial.

Mrs Justice Pauffley, who is also based in the Family Division of the High Court, last month rejected an application from several media organisations who argued publication of Mrs Justice King's ruling would be in the public interest in the wake of Butler's conviction. 

But appeal judges have now overruled Mrs Justice Pauffley and said Mrs Justice King's ruling should be published. 

Ben Butler, 36, inflicted catastrophic head injuries upon Ellie while looking after her at their home in Sutton, south-west London, in October 2013.  

Listen: Great Fire of London exhibition opens tomorrow

BBC Radio London

A new exhibition opens tomorrow marking 350 years since the Great Fire of London.

The Museum of London's Fire! Fire! Exhibition includes artefacts being shown for the first time.

It looks at life in London on the eve of the fire, the events that took place as the blaze ripped through a quarter of the city, and how it recovered from the devastation.

BBC Radio London was invited to have sneak preview...

A new exhibition opens tomorrow marking 350 years since the Great Fire of London.

Jailed Crouch End kidnapper 'hunted for children for sex'

Abdi Waise
Metropolitan Police

A man who was jailed for trying to kidnap five schoolgirls by pretending to be a police officer "had sex on his mind", a judge has said.

His Honour Judge Pavlak said Abdi Waise was "literally hunting for a child" when he tried to abduct the girls, aged 11 to 14, in Crouch End in January.

The 28-year-old of Kenneth Robbins House, north London, was jailed for 17 years for six different offences.

Those included kidnap, attempted kidnap and offering to supply drugs.

Khan: London is open for business and talent

Sadiq Khan and The Vamps

London Mayor Sadiq Khan joked he was hoping he would be invited to join boy band The Vamps as he welcomed musicians to the city ahead of International Busking Day. 

Mr Khan admitted he could not play the guitar as he posed with the instrument and three of the four members of the band on the steps of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. 

He was also joined by rapper Tinchy Stryder and singer Jessie Ware as he insisted the vote to leave the European Union will not mean London will be closed to talent and creativity. 

He said: "London is open. We have to send a message that we are open to business and talent and investment and trade.

"I was concerned the impression was given post-Brexit that London is closed off, but London is open. 

"We have the best of London this weekend with street performers and buskers. 

"Tomorrow's Ed Sheeran could be today's busker." 

BBC London News: Friday's headlines

Latest headlines from BBC London News

Warning issued for Pokémon Go players who use railway

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

Network Rail sign

Network Rail signs are warning Pokemon Go players it is "illegal & very dangerous to trespass on the railway".  

Fashioning a Reign: 90 years of style

You can now see the Queen's dresses up close

Fashioning a Reign: 90 years of style

London's nightlife culture a core priority, says London mayor

BBC Newsbeat

mirik milan

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has told Newsbeat building the city's nightlife culture is a "core priority".

In response to claims regulation of UK clubs is "a problem" [link to main piece] he said: "Too often, these venues find themselves under threat from new development and red tape."

So where could the UK look to help cut that red tape?

The answer may lie in a Dutch man who calls himself a "rebel in suit".

Great Ormond Street Hospital warns over future of EU funding

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Losing EU funding for medical research could cost the lives of some vulnerable children, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has said.

In a plea to the Government to secure a deal with Europe that protects research and enables the hospital to "retain its brightest minds", GOSH said there is a "serious risk" it could lose EU staff, funding and long-standing EU partnerships. 

Since 2010, GOSH, in central London, has received £25 million from the EU - 10% of its funding - for research into new treatments and cures. 

With its research partner, the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH), GOSH is the UK's only academic biomedical research centre specialising in paediatrics. 

GOSH said 44 EU-funded research projects are active, with six at clinical trial stage for new treatments.

Fourteen research projects are under review, with "uncertainty about current grants, or applications in the future", it said. 

More Hyde Park suspect images released

Met Police

Detectives have released more images of suspects they wish to talk to in connection with the disorder in London's Hyde Park on Tuesday.

They include a man caught on CCTV who appears to be aiming a missile at police officers.

The images have been added to a gallery of suspects sought in connection with the disorder which saw a water fight descend into violence.

Up to 4,000 people met in Hyde Park on the hottest day of the year so far.

Man stabbed to death in east London park

Stratford Park

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man in his 20s was stabbed to death in a part in east London.

Police were called to Stratford Park on West Ham Lane at about 15:15.

The air ambulance attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene, which was described as "chaos" by one eyewitness.

Amy Winehouse: Fifth anniversary of singer's death to be marked with concert

Amy Winehouse

The father of Amy Winehouse will mark the fifth anniversary of the death of the singer with a concert to raise money for her foundation. 

The 27-year-old died of alcohol poisoning at her home in Camden in north London on 23 July 2011. 

Mitch Winehouse will perform songs he and his daughter loved at the Pizza Express Jazz Club on Sunday to raise money for the Amy Winehouse Foundation, the charity set up in her name after her death. 

Winehouse was found dead after a long-publicised battle with drink and drugs. 

Her family set up the charity on what would have been her 28th birthday to combat drug and alcohol abuse among young people and help them overcome eating disorders or self-harm.

Today's weather: Cloudy with sunny intervals

BBC Weather

BBC London weather: Cloudy with sunny intervals and localised showers

After a mostly dry morning, scattered and slow-moving, thundery showers will build through the day, giving localised downpours. 

Although there will also be plenty of cloud breaks, bringing very warm sunshine and a humid feel. 

Maximum temperature 25C (77F).

Travel update: No service between Epping and Loughton on the central line

BBC Travel

On the trains there are delays of up to five minutes reports on South West Trains heading into London from Staines and St Margaret’s due to signalling problems and trains are running at reduced speeds.

There is also no step-free access on the northbound overground platform at Hoxton Station.

On the Central line there is currently no service between Loughton and Epping due faulty train. TfL reports a good service on the rest of the underground.

On the roads: Traffic is heavy on the M25 heading anticlockwise between J27 at the M11 and J26 for Waltham Abbey caused by a breakdown earlier just after J25 at Enfield.

In Finsbury Park, Seven Sisters Road is slow heading southbound from Manor House towards Finsbury Park station where a lane is blocked following an accident.

BBC London Live updates on Friday 22 July

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