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  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 July 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Dry but chilly night

BBC Weather

Any showers this evening will soon clear leaving a mainly dry night but chilly night. 

A few showers could return overnight in some areas. 

Minimum temperature: 11 C (52F) 

London weather
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Canine 'pugshots' in dog mess fight

Barking and Dagenham council is using DNA taken from samples of dog poo to create a computer-generated image of the offending dog.

Tolu Adeoye went to find out more, and spoke to Darren Rodwell from the council. 

Three arrested in London over terror funding

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of funding terrorism after raids at three homes in east and south-west London. 

A 32-year-old woman in Leyton, east London; a 50-year-old woman in Walthamstow, east London, and a 40-year-old man in Clapham, south west London, were arrested yesterday by the Metropolitan Police. 

The suspects were questioned at a central London police station and before being bailed until mid-August.  

Longest serving woman officer marks 40 years at Met Police

Joining the Metropolitan Police at the age of 18, PC Karen Giles has seen many faces of the capital in the past 40 years as the force's longest serving woman officer.

From working during Prince Charles and Diana's wedding in 1981 to policing the Brixton Riots and the Queen's Jubilee in 2012, the officer has seen the Met change.

She said: "I enjoy being a police officer and I believe in what we do, with this in mind I have no plans to retire any time soon."

Pc Karen Giles
Met Police

PC Giles, who lived in Cornwall, joined the force in 1976 and posted in Plumstead in south-east London, when women had just been fully integrated in the force after the Equal Pay Act.

At the time she was issued with a cape and handbag while male officers were given a wooden truncheon. And it was not until December 1980 that she was handed her own set of handcuffs.

Pc Karen Giles
Met Police

She was also one of the first women officers to return to full-time shift work nine weeks after giving birth to her daughter. 

PC Giles, said: "I arrived in London with a friend, not even knowing where the police station was. We felt like Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. 

"There have been so many changes in the past 40 years, the biggest being the changes in law. When the Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1984 came into being, everything changed."

New guidelines on clubs and bars branded an 'attack' on Kingston's nightlife

Ealing Times

Councillors were accused of “attacking nightlife and culture” in Kingston after they approved new guidelines for bars and clubs in the borough.  

Campaign to protect LGBT pub

LGBT campaigners want the Royal Vauxhall Tavern to get special protection.

Mustard School head barred after hitting five-year-old pupil

The former head of an independent school in Hackney has been permanently banned from teaching after hitting a five-year-old pupil

Amos Johnson, 58, and Faith Johnson, 48, ran Mustard School, a mixed Christian school which taught up to 44 children from two to 14. 

It closed last year after Hackney Council received allegations of physical chastisement. 

Mustard School in Hackney
BBC

A series of Ofsted inspections had deemed the school 'inadequate'. 

The professional misconduct panel found Mr Johnson had "violated" his position of trust. Faith Johnson, the school's proprietor, has been banned from teaching for at least three years.  

What happens when you become PM?

So just what happens when you become Prime Minister?  

As well as security briefings, there’s a cat to get to know and a new home to settle in to.  Our reporter Alan Soady is in Downing Street awaiting Theresa May.

What can Theresa May expect when she walks through the door of Number 10?

Mayor announces £400k to tackle 'growing' knife crime

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged £400,000 for the "growing problems" of knife crime and youth violence.

The money will extend funding for two London Resettlement Consortia to help victims and youths released from custody in 12 boroughs. 

Sadiq Khan
BBC

Knife crime incidents rose from 1,336 in January 2014 to 1,660 in June, while gun use rose from 306 to 410, figures from Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime show. 

Mr Khan said a knife "is more likely to ruin your life than to save it".  

'Despicable' bike theft from paramedic in London

City of London police have issued a picture of man they suspect of stealing an ambulance service bicycle while a paramedic was treating a patient

The theft occurred at about 14:40 BST on 23 June when the bicycle was outside offices near Fenchurch Street. 

The suspect is described as white with short, fair hair and was wearing a blue quilted jacket over a purple T-shirt. 

Picture of man suspected of stealing a paramedics bike
City of London Police

Det Con Dave Hughes described it as an "absolutely despicable theft" and urged any witnesses to get in touch. 

London Ambulance Service Cycle Response Unit manager Tom Lynch said: "It's shocking that someone would steal from a paramedic who was busy treating a patient. 

"This causes a lot of disruption to our service as there was a delay before they were able to get back out on duty."

London licenses contactless payment technology worldwide

London Bus
PA

Transport for London has licensed its contactless payment technology for use by other cities in a dealit claims could raise up to £15m.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is under pressure to fulfil a pledge to freeze fares and find savings as TfL's subsidy is cut.

Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) helped introduce the Oystercard system in 2003.

It is currently bidding to supply the New York Metro system.

Council £500m Growth Zone plan includes Croydon’s 39 Steps

Inside Croydon

Croydon Council will tonight launch its own “39 Steps” of public infrastructure projects – tram improvements, road works, new secondary schools – in a drive for growth in the town centre involving £500-million-worth of capital spending in what is the biggest public investment in the borough for half a century.  

Rough sleeper: I feel like I have to leave the city I come from

As the amount of people sleeping rough in London rises, John and Sam have told us about their experiences on the streets.

Two people tell BBC London about their homeless experiences

Hare Krishna: 50th anniversary in London

Hare Krishna members mark five decades of the movement by handing out 5,000 cakes in London. 

Wednesday's BBC London headlines

Sonja Jessup with the news in London this morning

Rough sleeping on the rise in London

CHAIN and the GLA have been out on the streets of the capital to find out why more people are rough sleeping. 

There has been a 7% rise of people sleeping rough in London

Focus on new Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka

BBC Sport

Premier League clubs have been predictably busy, amassing over 30 new signings already.

Here we focus on Granit Xhaka, who moved from Borussia Monchengladbach to Arsenal.

The son of Kosovan-Albanian immigrants, Xhaka played for Switzerland against his older brother Taulant, who plays for Albania, at Euro 2016. His surname is pronounced 'Ja-kka'.  

Age: 23 Cost: £35m Position: Midfielder

Career so far: Made his professional debut with Basel in his native Switzerland and won two league titles and one domestic cup before moving to Monchengladbach in 2012. During four years with the German club he picked up 23 yellow cards and five reds, and captained the side to fourth place in the Bundesliga.

Granit Xhaka
Reuters

What type of player is he? A combative yet creative midfielder known for his vision, accurate passing and hard tackling. He was second only to Xabi Alonso for completed passes in last season's Bundesliga, yet he also managed to get sent off three times for his club last term.

Will he cut it in the Premier League? Arsenal and Arsene Wenger certainly think so. Could be a star of the 2016-17 campaign.

What has been said about him? Ottmar Hitzfeld, the former Switzerland manager, called him the 'young Bastian Schweinsteiger'.

England's black markets revealed

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

The trade in fake goods is putting hundreds of jobs at risk, experts have warned, as a BBC investigation shows the extent of the black market in England's biggest cities.

Trading standards figures showed hotspots in Manchester, Birmingham and Newham in east London.

Black market good seized
Intellectual Property Office

Commonly copied items included Beats by Dr Dre headphones, phone covers and cigarettes. 

The Anti-Counterfeiting Group said some fakes were "potentially lethal".

Son 'too hungover' to testify against mum

The estranged wife of celebrity chef Marco Pierre White has been cleared of assaulting her son after he told police he was "too hungover" to be in court.

Matilde Conejero, who is separated from Mr White, had been accused of kicking and biting her sons Marco Jr and Luciano in a Chiswick flat in 2015.

Marco Pierre White jnr
PA

But the trial collapsed after neither witness turned up to give evidence at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court.

The prosecution said Marco Jr had been at a party and was "too hungover".

Travel update: Long delays on M25 near Swanley

BBC Travel

The M25 is down to just one lane anticlockwise between Junction three at Swanley to junction two at Darenth which are causing long delays in the area. Anticlockwise is slow from junction five at Sevenoaks. Clockwise is also really slow with queues from junction 29 at Romford.

There are minor delays on London Overground betwween Willesden Junction to Euston because of a faulty train. Otherwise there are no reported delays or problems on the tube or buses at the moment.

Get the latest travel information here.

Weather: Warm sunny spells

BBC Weather

Any lingering overnight showers in the far east, will soon clear, to leave a dry start for all. Warm sunny spells are then expected, but with the risk of further isolated showers later.A fresh northwesterly breeze also developing.

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

BBC London weather: Warm sunny spells with a risk of showers later

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