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  1. Updates on Friday 15 July 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Humid night ahead

BBC Weather

Any light patchy rain will clear to the east through the early evening, leaving a cloudy and humid night for many. 

There may even be some mist or fog on higher ground such as The Chilterns. Lows of 15C (59F).

Watch: Tap into the Tube with 'Oyster card' nails

A student has created a set of false nails which enables people to tap in and out of London's transport network. 

The radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip technology nails allow you to use London Tubes, buses and trains with the wave of a hand. 

Lucie Davis, a jewellery design student from Maida Vale, said: "I just wanted to add a bit of magic to daily routines."

What do you think of these 'Oyster card' nails?

Ms Davis, who graduates from Central Saint Martins next week, explained: "I was playing on that whole notion of touching in and touching out and I wanted to make it an even more intimate and relatable experienced. 

"I like to think it has increased functionality. People have been saying 'I need this in my life'." 

'One in five visitors' to London's Royal Parks leave litter

One in five visitors to the capital's Royal Parks do not bin their litter, contributing to the £1.7m cost of clearing rubbish, research by Keep Britain Tidy has found.

The study looked at littering hotspots in St James's and Green Parks, the most popular parks in London, 

It also found people in groups were more likely to leave rubbish on the ground and women tended to litter more than men. 

Green Park
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London's eight Royal Parks attract about 77 million visits a year, with Green Park getting 14 million visits

The research comes as The Royal Parks published its Sustainability Strategy.   

More than 77 million visits are made to the eight Royal Parks in London annually, with St James's Park (16.8m) and Green Park (14m) attracting most visitors.

The report also found 16 to 24-year-olds were the best recyclers while those under 16 were more likely to throw rubbish on the ground and worst to recycle. 

QPR receive training ground boost

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QPR players
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Queens Park Rangers appear to have moved closer to building a new training ground at Warren Farm after an application for a footpath to be built across the site in Southall was rejected.

The ruling by Ealing Council’s Regulatory Committee came after a group of residents filed the application as part of their attempt to prevent the Championship club acquiring the site.

“This is another important step forward for the new facility at Warren Farm and we are pleased with the council’s decision,” QPR’s chief operating officer Mark Donnelly said.

London Overground 'severe delays'

BBC Travel

There are severe delays on London Overground between Willesden Junction and Stratford and minor delays between Willesden Junction and Richmond, and between Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction due to electrical supply problems at Gospel Oak.  

Foyjur Rahman

A curry house owner who lured a rival to a quiet street with a fake order then hacked him to death nearly 20 years ago, is jailed for life.

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Londoners Heath and Wall miss Open cut

Gerald Scott

BBC Sport Online at Royal Troon

Londoners James Heath and Anthony Wall both missed the cut at golf's Open Championship at Troon.

Worcester Park's Heath, 33, hit rounds of 75 and 77 to bow out on 10 over par in his first appearance at The Open.

Anthony Wall
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Wall also failed to make it through to the weekend, finishing on seven over after rounds of 76 and 73.

But the 41-year-old, who won a return invite on the back of last year’s 12th-place finish, misses the cut for just the second time in seven appearances.

Harry Potter actor returns to theatre at pop-up venue

Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis returns to the stage in the London premiere of new play Unfaithful. 

The 27-year-old will be ditching his schoolboy image as Neville Longbottom to play a young man having an affair with an older woman in the black comedy about infidelity by Irish playwright Owen McCafferty. 

Heartbeat's Niamh Cusack and The Borgias co-stars Ruta Gedmintas and Sean Campion also star in the play about two unhappy couples whose crossed paths bring their relationships to the brink. 

Unfaithful runs from August 25 to October 8 at pop-up venue Found111, the original site of the Central Saint Martins School of Art.

Ruta Gedmintas and Matthew Lewis
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Ruta Gedmintas and Matthew Lewis

Watch: I tried to fly to London on a fake passport

Hassan
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Hassan left Syria after he was tortured for protesting against the government - his aim was to reach the UK. 

After his dinghy sank in the Med, smugglers took him to Paris where he bought a fake passport and a plane ticket to London. 

Exodus: Our Journey To Europe was broadcast on BBC Two.

Met urges Nice attack witnesses to come forward

French Embassy London
PA

Following last night's attack in Nice, the Met are appealing for any UK nationals or media who were in France and may have images or footage of the incidents to come forward and assist the investigation. 

Police in the UK have activated an online platform where images and videos can be uploaded, which could provide important information for the investigating authorities. 

The public and the media are being asked to upload any images or footage they may have taken at the scenes

Anyone who may have information which could assist the investigation should call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. 

In an emergency dial 999. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is ready to assist British nationals who may have been affected. 

If you are in France, or if you are concerned about any British nationals who may have been caught-up in the attack, please call the Foreign Office on +44 (0) 20 7008 0000.

Watch: Walking tours of Croydon

Hannah Gelbart

BBC London News

The National Trust has started offering walking tours of Croydon. Some find it an unlikely choice, but others can see the beauty in Croydon's Brutalist architecture and concrete towers.

The National Trust is offering walking tours of Croydon

Curry house owner guilty of 1997 murder of takeaway worker

A curry house owner has been found guilty of murdering another takeaway worker who was hacked to death after being lured to a quiet street with a fake order nearly 20 years ago.

Foyjur Rahman, 44, was accused of being one of four men involved in the attack on 25-year-old Abdul Samad in Islington.

Foyjur Rahman
Met Police
Foyjur Rahman

The court had heard how the victim, who was known as Kamal, from Bow, turned up in Alwyne Road with a bag of curry after receiving a bogus order on the evening of 21 May 1997.

But he dropped the curry and ran for his life when two men in black masks intercepted him armed with a meat cleaver and a knife, jurors were told.

Mr Samad was set upon and left in a pool of blood. He was taken to hospital but died the next day.

A post mortem examination found 18 separate chopping and stabbing injuries, including a "gaping" four-inch wide wound to his waist.

Rahman had fled to the US following the murder but was extradited in January and arrested.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 18 years.

School project to tackle extremism launched in St John's Wood

A UK-wide programme aimed at teaching young people to stand up against extremism has been launched in a St John's Wood school.

Pupils being taught in classroom
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Extreme Dialogue was launched at Quintin Kynaston, the school once attended by Mohammed Emwazi, who became known as "Jihadi John".

The scheme uses the stories of people who have been radicalised in the past.

Organisers said it was "vital" to give pupils "skills to challenge extremism".

Mohammed Emwazi
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Rail minister Claire Perry resigns despite saying quitting would not resolve Southern problems

The government's rail minister has resigned - just after telling MPs she did not believe quitting would help resolve problems with train services in London and south-east England.

Claire Perry
PA

The Department for Transport confirmed Claire Perry had quit, but did not give reasons for her departure.

On Wednesday she said the chaos on Southern routes "feels like a failure".

There has been mounting anger from commuters after repeated cancellations and late-running services.

'Terrorists will not win'

Yiannoulla Yianni's family breaks down as verdict is given

Yiannoulla Yianni
Met Police

Warnock's DNA was added to the national database and found to be a match for samples taken from Yiannoulla's body. 

The divorced father-of-two, who was still living in the local community, tried to explain away the evidence by claiming to have had a secret affair with Yiannoulla, even though the teenager was brought up in a traditional Greek Cypriot family and never had a boyfriend. 

Her family broke down in tears as a jury at the Old Bailey took just over two hours to find Warnock guilty today.

The verdict could only be reported after the defendant had admitted six charges of distributing indecent images of children in 2013 and 2015. He will be sentenced later for all the offences. 

Yiannoulla Yianni murder 'shocked the nation'

For half a lifetime, self-employed tiler James Warnock, 56, got away with strangling 17-year-old Yiannoulla Yianni in her own home in broad daylight, just half a mile from where he lived with his wife in north London. 

The murder shocked the nation and led to high-profile police appeals which led detectives as far afield as Australia in their search for the killer. 

But it was not until December last year that Scotland Yard got a "lucky break" when Warnock was arrested over indecent pictures of children. 

BreakingFantasist James Warnock guilty of 1980s' murder of teenage girl

John Travolta fantasist James Warnock, 56, has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of the "horrifying" rape and murder of a teenage girl Yiannoulla Yianni after evading justice for 34 years.

Astronaut Tim Peake awarded London Marathon medal for space run

British astronaut Tim Peake has received his medal for completing the London Marathon in space on a treadmill aboard the International Space Station in April.

He started at the same time as the runners on Earth and completed the 26.2-mile in three hours 35 minutes and 21 seconds - setting a Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon in space.

Tim Peake running the London Marathon
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Elastic straps were tied around Tim Peake's shoulders and waist to counter the effect of weightlessness and keep him grounded on the treadmill

The 44-year-old ran for youth charity The Prince's Trust. The space station covered 53,000 miles while he ran.

"It was an incredible experience to take part in such a prestigious event whilst orbiting the planet on the International Space Station and I'm hugely grateful to everyone at the European Space Agency and NASA who made that happen," Peake said.

Watch: Tiger twins make their debut at London Zoo

Two Critically Endangered tiger cubs have timed their public debut at ZSL London Zoo to perfection, venturing out to explore the paddock of their Tiger Territory home just in time for the sunny weekend.

The 17-day-old cubs joined their seven-year-old mum, Melati the Sumatran tigress, when she emerged to bask in the sunshine and appeared to feel immediately at home in their new play area.

The as-yet unsexed cubs have been spotted on cubcam stretching their legs in their custom-built den, but this is the first time they’ve gone outside into the main paddock.

Afternoon weather: Light rain possible

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken from the west this afternoon, with the odd spot of light rain or drizzle possible during the late afternoon.

Highs of 19C (66F).

New law to recoup crime money needed, say MPs

Money
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It should be a separate criminal offence to refuse to hand over money and assets derived from crime, a group of MPs has said.

The system for enforcing confiscation orders imposed by the courts is not working, a report by the Home Affairs Select Committee added.

Only a "paltry" 26p in every £100 is being recouped, the MPs said.

Poor supervision of the London property market had allowed it to become a safe haven for money-laundering criminals.

N'Golo Kante

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

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Newham optometrist found guilty over death of eight-year-old boy

Honey Rose
BBC

An optometrist who failed to spot an eye condition in a boy who later died has been found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter.

Vincent Barker, eight, known as Vinnie, died in July 2012 after fluid built up in his brain.

Vincent Barker
Suffolk Police

Honey Rose, 35, from Newham, East London, performed a routine eye test on the child five months earlier. She said she had "done her best" for him.

But jurors at Ipswich Crown Court found her guilty after a 10-day trial.

French ambassador to UK speaks out over attack

France's ambassador to the UK has said it is a resolute country which, in the wake of the massacre in Nice, is determined to fight terrorism. 

Sylvie Bermann spoke on the steps of the embassy in Knightsbridge, where people have begun leaving tributes to the victims. 

She told reporters: "The 14th of July (Bastille Day) is a very symbolic day - it is a symbol of liberty, equality and fraternity and I think that is what the terrorists also want to fight." 

Ms Bermann added: "France is a strong country, a resolute country, a united country and we are determined to fight against terrorism and we will be stronger than terrorists." 

She also revealed that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attended a dinner to mark Bastille Day at her residence last night.

French ambassador to London speaks out over attack in Nice
Aircraft on runway at Gatwick

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged Theresa May to make a quick decision on airport expansion in the South East.

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Watch: New Crossrail platforms unveiled

Two huge platforms have been completed at Liverpool Street Station

Rebel Wilson

Steven McIntosh

Entertainment reporter

Actress Rebel Wilson, who is currently starring in Guys and Dolls, says working on stage musicals is "a slog" compared with working on films.

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Man critical after stabbing in Isleworth

A man is in a critical condition after he was stabbed in west London.

The man, in his 20s, was found in Richmond Road in Isleworth just before 23:40 yesterday with stab injuries to his neck and chest.

Richmond Road in Isleworth
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Richmond Road in Isleworth

A 25-year-old man has been arrested over the attack.

Body found in Kenley Aerodrome

A body of a man has been found in the woodlands near Kenley Aerodrome in south London, Met Police said.

Police investigating the case of missing Christopher Haar found the body of a man yesterday evening at about 19:20.

Kenley Aerodrome
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The death is being treated as non-suspicious at this stage.

Mr Haar was last seen on Monday. His family have been informed about the find, police said.

Friday morning London headlines

The main news from London this morning

Mayor and Met 'reviewing safety' after Nice attacks

Nice
AP

London mayor Sadiq Khan said his "deepest sympathies" were with the people of Nice and called last night's Bastille Day attack an "horrific and unspeakable act of terror".

He said: "Londoners today stand united with Nice and all of France in our grief. 

"We are also united in our determination to root out and defeat the sick and evil individuals who have tried to divide us with this cowardly act of terror. 

"They will not win. Not in France. Not in London. Not anywhere. We will defeat their poisonous and twisted ideology. 

"I want to reassure all Londoners that today we will be reviewing our own safety measures in light of this attack and that I and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner will do everything possible to keep London safe." 

Latest news and reaction on Nice's Bastille Day attack.

French Embassy in London flies flags at half mast

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French Embassy
BBC

Flags at the French Embassy in Knightsbridge are flying at half mast as a mark of respect for those killed in the Bastille Day attack in Nice.

London Mayor condemns 'unspeakable attack' on Nice

Delays and disruptions on the M25, Sunbury, Blackheath

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on the M25 following an accident on the anti-clockwise route near J19 Watford, leading to delays to J20 Kings Langley.

In Sunbury, A244 Cadbury Road is closed between Chertsey Road and the A308 Staines Road West for accident investigation work, which is putting pressure on the Staines Road West which is slow eastbound from Ashford Common and westbound from the M3 at Sunbury Cross.

Prince of Wales Road in Blackheath is closed northbound from Prince Charles Road to the A2 Shooters Hill Road for emergency gas works, leading to traffic building on the A2 westbound over Blackheath towards Deptford.

Cancellations and delays on Greater Anglia

BBC Travel

There are cancellations and delays for Greater Anglia services between Liverpool Street and Cambridge and Stansted Airport due operating problems.

And, in light of the events in Nice, DFDS Seaways and P and O Ferries at Dover are implementing heightened security checks.