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  1. Updates on Thursday 21 July 2016

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

Weather: Sunny spells and scattered sharp showers tomorrow

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It will become cloudier from the west through this evening, with perhaps a few spots of rain in places.

The cloud will tend to break up overnight allowing some clear spells to develop.

Minimum Temperature: 17 Deg C (63 Deg F)

Spurs tribute to amputee footballer

Mauricio Pochettino and Shaun Whiter
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The manager of Tottenham Hotspur has described a footballer who had to have his legs amputated following a car crash as "an inspiration".

Shaun Whiter, 27, was helping his friend Joey Abbs change a flat tyre in Newmarket, Suffolk, on 1 July when the crash occurred.

The Spurs fan received a letter from Mauricio Pochettino praising his "incredible courage".

Mr Whiter is still in hospital undergoing further procedures.

Frankfurt mayor: If you want to become rich, come to Frankfurt

Mayor of Frankfurt: If you want to become rich, come to Frankfurt

The mayor of Frankfurt has reiterated his invite to businesses based in London one month after the UK voted to leave the European Union.Peter Feldmann told BBC London: "If you want to become rich, if you want to stay wealthy you should have a [department] in Frankfurt."If you want to become isolated and see from a binocular perspective what is going on in the world, stay in London."  

Foreign embassy staff accused of human trafficking and child sex offences

Diplomatic staff with immunity, working in embassies in the UK, have been accused of child sex offences and human trafficking, the Foreign Office says.

A total of 11 "serious and significant" offences were allegedly committed by such people in the past year.

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Diplomatic missions and international organisations ran up nearly £500,000 in unpaid parking fines in London last year, it was also revealed.

Diplomats and some embassy staff are entitled to diplomatic immunity.

Dating site murderer jailed for life

A man who murdered a single mother he met on a dating website has been jailed for life.

Miles Donnelly pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial

Sainsbury's to trial same-day online delivery at London stores

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Sainsbury's is ramping up the fight for a bigger share of the online grocery market by launching a same-day delivery service.

The supermarket will test the service at three stores Streatham Common, Richmond and Brockwood in Surrey and plans to expand it to 30 outlets by Christmas.

Amazon recently raised the pressure on UK supermarkets with the launch of same-day deliveries in London.

Passengers pile pressure on Southern bosses at Victoria

Angry rail passengers piled pressure on the boss of Southern's parent company at a "meet the managers" session at London Victoria.

Charles Horton meeting passengers
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Travellers have endured months of disruption on routes between London and the south coast and the company has cut more than 300 trains from its schedule.

Govia Thameslink CEO, Charles Horton, apologised to affected passengers and said they had been "very honest".

Some people tweeted they could not get to the event because of delayed trains.

Watch: Mayor unveils plan for neighbourhood policing

The Mayor says every neighbourhood will be given an extra dedicated police officer.

No fire found at London Bridge

Brexit: Mayor fears threat to London from rival European cities

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The mayor of London has warned of the growing threat of foreign cities trying to steal business from the capital, one month on from the EU referendum.

Sadiq Khan said there was real concern among business leaders that companies could leave the City.

It comes as the mayor of Frankfurt told BBC London his city's "arms and our doors are open".

London-based financial technology firm Transferwise said it had been courted by several European countries already.

The company's chief executive Taavet Himrikus said his company was being courted by Ireland and Switzerland among others.

Brockwell Lido temporarily closed after little girl came close to drowning

Southwark News

Brockwell Lido was temporarily closed on Wednesday morning after a “serious incident”, with witnesses claiming a young girl was taken to hospital after being rescued from the pool.

London Fire Brigade investigate fire alert in Jubilee line tunnel

London Fire Brigade has been called after reports of smoke near London Bridge Station, TfL has confirmed.

Part of the Jubilee line was suspended just after 15:00 due to a fire alert. Fire crews were called at 15:03 and are currently investigating.

There are no trains running between Canary Wharf and Waterloo.

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Watch: How long does a Lego Parliament take to build?

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There are 4,163 pieces in a Lego model of the home of the UK's MPs and peers.

There are 4,163 pieces in a Lego model of the home of the UK's MPs, and Daily Politics reporter Adam Fleming spent several hours putting one together.

It may have been a big job for one man - but the real House of Commons is crumbling, and will need far more than one BBC reporter to fix.

An independent committee has suggested that a 'rolling' restoration, which would allow the building to continue to function as a seat of government while being repaired, would cost £5.7bn and take 32 years.

Man drowns while swimming in east London

A man drowned yesterday in east London while swimming during one of the hottest days of the year.

London Ambulance Service says staff were called to Shadwell Basin near Wapping after reports of someone in the water.

A spokesman said: "We sent a single responder in a car, two ambulance crews, an incident response officer and London’s Air Ambulance. 

"Sadly one person was pronounced dead at the scene by the doctor from the Air Ambulance."    

City of London police top police fitness test

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More than 1,800 police fitness tests were failed by officers in England and Wales in the space of 12 months.

The compulsory test - which has to be taken by all police officers - was taken 93,956 times from September 2014 to August 2015, with 1,863 failures.

The lowest pass rate was South Yorkshire Police - with 5% of officers failing.

Of all 43 territorial police forces in England and Wales the overall pass rate was 98%.

The City Of London Police had the highest pass mark, with all 120 tests taken by its officers proving to be successful.

Judge warns about inviting strangers home 'after limited contact'

Miles Donnelly
Met Police

Miles Donnelly, of Paddington, west London, who lived a lifestyle of drinking andtaking drugs and had a long criminal history, had denied murder and assaultoccasioning actual bodily harm. 

But he pleaded guilty to the charges on the first day of his trial. Judge Rebecca Poulet QC gave Donnelly a life sentence with a 23-year minimum term for Ms Patel's murder. 

He was also given an 18-month concurrent sentence for the assault on Rosie Ferrigno. 

The judge said Donnelly had murdered Ms Patel in a "frenzy of rage" in "a particularly ferocious and violent attack". 

She told him: "In my assessment, this case is a stark warning to anyone who plans to meet anyone after limited internet contact." 

She warned people not to invite a stranger into their home, saying a face-to-face meeting should only take place once "one person feels they know something of the other". 

The judge said: "Usha Patel invited this defendant to come into her flat ... She was clearly anxious to meet a new partner. She paid for this invitation with her life. 

"She was, in my judgment, an extremely vulnerable woman ... both in her background and in the immediate moments leading to her death, when she was heavily intoxicated. 

 "Your brutal attack on this woman must have been terrifying for her." 

Usha Patel murdered after putting young son to bed

Usha Patel
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Miles Donnelly, 35, strangled Usha Patel, 44, after she had put her five-year-old autistic son to bed at her home in Cricklewood, north-west London. 

He then left the little boy alone to discover her body, the Old Bailey heard. 

The couple had arranged to have sex on the evening of 7 October, having met online around seven months earlier. 

They had both stripped naked when Donnelly attacked her in a drunken rage, stabbing her 13 times with a large bread knife, beating her ferociously about the head and strangling her.

Having murdered Ms Patel, Donnelly fled to the west London home of Rosie Ferrigno, 43, whom he barely knew, where he hid from police for 30 hours.  

BreakingKiller Miles Donnelly given life for Usha Patel murder

Miles Donnelly has been given a life sentence, with a minimum of 23 years, for the murder of Usha Patel in Cricklewood, north-west London, who he met through a dating website. 

Afternoon weather: Warm and sunny

BBC Weather

Largely dry this afternoon with plenty of warm sunny spells and just an outside chance of a shower later. 

Whilst temperatures won't be as high as of late, it will still be warm. 

Highs of 25C (77F).

Tories ask: Where will new neighbourhood constables come from?

Conservatives on the London Assembly have given a mixed response to Sadiq Khan's announcement he will put an extra PC in every London ward by the end of the year.

Keith Prince AM said: “On the face of it, the provision of an extra officer in each London borough would be welcomed – however the lack of flexibility this affords the Met poses a serious risk to the capital.

“The Mayor has not explained where these redeployed officers – who are already performing duties elsewhere – will come from and what the Met will be sacrificing as a result. If, as he says, the officers cannot be moved, how will the Met plan additional policing for events like major protests or festivals?

“Wards with the highest crime rates already have two officers assigned to them – this new policy treats every area of London as the same. The Mayor needs to be clearer about how the Met is supposed to adapt to this new system and perhaps think more about the possible consequences.”

Brexit 'could affect London transport'

Tim Donovan

BBC London, Political Editor

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Investment in London's transport system could suffer from the impact of Brexit if a slump in the property market continues, a think tank has claimed.

Centre for London said commercial property prices in the capital were already falling and a slow-down in the residential sector was predicted.

It said infrastructure works like Crossrail 2 were often dependent on property development.

A City Hall spokesperson said the mayor was "committed" to the projects.

In its report, Centre for London said: "Planned schemes like Crossrail 2 and the Bakerloo line extension are premised on developer contributions.

"On a smaller scale, parks, playgrounds and affordable homes are also funded by private developers as planning obligations, rather than being funded through government grants or borrowing."

Video: Ten charged after drug raids

Ten people have been charged with drugs offences following a series of police raids in Berkshire and London.

Ten charged after London and Berkshire drug raids

Extra neighbourhood constables will improve 'trust' - Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said having an extra neighbourhood constable in each ward would improve the public's "trust" in the Met.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Sadiq Khan and two police officers
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"There's no doubt that when you know members of the community they will come and tell you if they are worried about something.

"If we need an investigation, we will have an investigation, but that starts with trust and trust comes with knowing people," he said.

Some 260 new ward officers are expected to be in place by Christmas.

Mental health trust launches useful new website

Wimbledon SW19 News

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) today launched its new website which features extensive information for patients and families, virtual ward tours, a comprehensive service directory, expert advice and event listings from community partners.  

David Bowie's art collection

An art collection which belonged to David Bowie is on display ahead of an auction

Fairfield Halls CEO was paid in full prior to administration

Inside Croydon

The financial collapse of the charitable body which managed the Fairfield Halls did not prevent its chief executive, Simon Thomsett, receiving his salary payments in full right up to last Friday.  

Teenage girl raped by gang in south-east London park

A teenager was raped by more than one member of gang in a Bromley park, the Met has revealed today.

The attack, on 3 July between 18:00 and 20:00, happened when the girl was approached by the group, aged in their 20s, in Church House Gardens. The attack happened near a gazebo by a wooden bench.

There have been no arrests.

Sadiq Khan announces extra neighbourhood PC for every ward

All 629 wards in the capital will get a second dedicated neighbourhood police constable by the end of next year, Sadiq Khan has announced.

Sadiq Khan
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The mayor said the safety and security of Londoners "starts with real neighbourhood policing" and the knowledge of local officers "helps to prevent and detect crime."

"They are the local eyes and ears of our security services," he said.

The announcement was made following a walkabout with the Met's Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe in Tooting.

Hyde Park violence: images released

The Met has issued images of four people it would like to speak to in connection with violence at Hyde Park on Tuesday night.

A police officer was stabbed and four others were injured when a water fight turned violent with crowds swelling to 4,000.

Police are trying to find four people in connection with violence in London

Brexit: View from Billingsgate Fish Market

Workers at London's famous fish market give their view on Brexit one month on.

A month on from the UK's referendum vote to leave the EU, BBC Radio London's Susana Mendonca heads to the country's most famous fish market to find out what workers  - Billy Lyons, "Zahid" and Mark Morris - think.

Sutton driver who ignored numerous health warnings killed man after suffering epileptic seizure at wheel of car in Merton

This Is Local London

A driver with epilepsy who killed a man after mounting the pavement and trapping him, ignored numerous health warnings from medical professionals, a court heard.  

Thursday's headlines from BBC London News

Billboard fire prompts evacuation at south-east London railway station

Heathrow baggage fault resolved

A traveller walks through the departure lounge in Terminal 3
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A fault with a baggage system at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 3 has been resolved, the airport has said.

The error affected a number of international flights leaving the terminal yesterday, with some airlines urging passengers to travel only with hand luggage.

Virgin Atlantic said all airlines flying out of the terminal had been affected. 

Passengers have been warned it may be days before they are reunited with luggage.

Travel update: minor delays on the Bakerloo line

BBC Travel

There are minor delays on the Bakerloo Line between Watford Junction and Euston due to a fire alert at Wembley Central. 

South West trains via Eastleigh are delayed following an earlier trespass incident and there are delays on Great Western Rail between Slough and Paddington due signal problems near Langley.

Trains are also still running at reduced speeds on some lines.

On the roads one lane is blocked as a result of a broken down lorry on M1 Southbound after J11 at  Luton causing heavy traffic congestion to J12 at Flitwick.

Traffic is also queuing clockwise on the M25 due to an earlier broken down vehicle between J4 at Orpington and Clacket Lane Services after a couple of breakdowns.

London Weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

The weather in London will stay dry for most throughout the day, with plenty of warm sunny spells and just an outside chance of a fleeting shower in western parts later.

Temperatures should not reach recent highs, but should still comfortably reach the mid-20s 

The maximum temperature will be 25C (77F).

BBC London weather: Staying dry with plenty of warm sunny spells