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  1. Updates on Monday 25 July 2016

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Images released by the Met

More images of people police want to talk to in connection with widespread disorder close to London's Hyde Park are released.

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Will the Garden Bridge ever be built?
London's Garden Bridge project has been pushed back until at least the autumn.

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

Heathrow passport queues: Staff brought in from ports

"Stressed" Border Force staff are struggling to cope with queues to check passports at Heathrow Airport, according to a whistleblower. 

Extra staff have been redeployed from Channel ports to help

Men sick of receiving PPI calls spam companies with complaint letters

Angry man

Two men have set up a hotline for people to vent their frustration at PPI (Payment Protection Insurance) calls.

Sebastian Thomas and Nick Lindo, both 25, put posters around London with a phone number for other PPI call haters to text.

After receiving a number of angry responses, they compiled the best into a complaint letter and sent it companies that make cold calls.

The firms haven't yet responded to them.

Former England star Ray Wilkins sentenced for drink-driving

Former England footballer Ray Wilkins has been given a 10-week suspended jail sentence for drinking and driving.

Ray Wilkins
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Wilkins, who pleaded guilty, was seen in his Mercedes in the middle of a bus lane on the A4 in London on 1 July.

Uxbridge Magistrates' Court heard he also struck a kerb and was seen drinking alcohol from a bottle while driving, before attempting a U-turn.

Wilkins, 59, who told the court he was an alcoholic, was nearly three times over the legal limit.

Fire at Wandsworth recycling centre

London Fire Brigade are dealing with a fire at a recycling centre in south west London. 

12 fire engines at scene in Smugglers Way #Wandsworth. Residents advised to close windows

12 fire engines at scene in Smugglers Way #Wandsworth. Residents advised to close windows

Residents to voice concerns on plan to pedestrianise Oxford Street

Fitzrovia News

Residents from Fitzrovia, Marylebone, Mayfair and Soho are to meet with London Assembly Transport Committee Members this week to voice their concerns over Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s plan to pedestrianise Oxford Street.

BFG Dream Jars in London

'Dream jars' containing a surreal sculptures have been placed around London to mark the release of The BFG movie and to raise money for charity.

The jars will eventually be auctioned to raise money for Save the Children and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. 

BBC Radio London spoke to Julie Chappell from to find out more

The jars make up a public art installation

WATCH: Restoration of ‘secret’ Victorian theatre

There’s a campaign to restore a Victorian theatre at Alexandra Palace which has been closed for decades.

It’s part of wider restoration project of Alexandra Palace

Moving to No 10: What the PM should expect

BBC Radio 5 Live

Moving house is stressful enough but what if you've also got to run the country?

The new Prime Minister, Theresa May, is due to move in to her new home at Downing Street this weekend, but what can she expect from her new crib?

Jack Brown is Researcher in Residence at Number 10, and the Policy Institute at King's College London and said any changes made to the house depend "hugely" on the Prime Minister.

He told BBC Radio 5 live that Margaret Thatcher thought Number 10 was "a bit dowdy" when she first moved in, so had "portraits and busts of prominent scientists" brought in to the building.

As if moving house isn't stressful enough...

Man shot dead at party

 A man has been shot dead and at least two people were "seriously injured" at a house party in Surrey.

The man in his 30s was found with a gunshot wound at the address in the village of Headley, near Epsom, shortly after 02:30 BST, police said.

A murder investigation has been launched.

The party was held in the premises of a house with an outside pool

David Bowie musical Lazarus to open in Kings Cross Theatre

Lazarus, a new stage musical featuring the songs of David Bowie, is to open in Kings Cross Theatre this autumn.

Michael C Hall in Lazarus

Inspired by the book, The Man Who Fell To Earth, the show premiered last November in New York Theatre - just a few weeks before Bowie's death in January.

Bowie co-wrote the show with Irish playwright Enda Walsh, the award-winning writer of Once.

It will run from 25 October to 22 January 2017.

Body found after two rescued from sea at Camber Sands

The body of a man from London has been found after two others were pulled from the sea off East Sussex.

He was among three swimmers seen struggling in the water around noon on Sunday at Camber Sands.

Body recovered at Camber Sands
Stephen Port

A man accused of murdering four men in east London is also charged with poisoning, rape and sexual assault.

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Murder and poisoning accused pleads not guilty to all charges

Stephen Port appeared in court today for a pre-trial hearing and pleaded not guilty to all counts.

Mr Port allegedly met the the four murder victims, who were all in their twenties, on the internet.

Jack Taylor
Met Police
Jack Taylor was found dead among the ruins at Barking Abbey

They were found in public areas of Barking: Anthony Walgate in June 2014, Gabriel Kovari and Daniel Whitworth in the same church yard a month apart in August and September 2014, and Jack Taylor in September 2015.

The 41-year-old allegedly met the men on the internet and invited them to his flat where he is said to have poisoned them with the drug GHB.

He will appear for trial at the Old Bailey on 4 October.

St Margaret"s Church, Barking
Some of the victims were found in St Margaret"s Church

Man accused of four murders charged with new offences

Daniel Sandford

Home Affairs Correspondent

A man accused of poisoning and murdering four men in east London has been charged with multiple new offences at the Old Bailey.

Stephen Port, 41 of Barking, was charged with four murders last year. He has now been charged with 29 offences in total.

The charges are:

  • Four counts of murder
  • Four counts of manslaughter
  • Seven counts of rape
  • Four counts of assault by penetration
  • Ten counts of administering a substance to stupefy or overpower to allow sexual activity

Camber Sands: Swimmer's body recovered

A major emergency service rescue operation was launched at Camber Sands on Sunday after reports swimmers were in difficulty in the water.

The body of a man from London has been found. He was among three swimmers seen struggling in the water. 

A helicopter was used to try and find the swimmer

Police appeal for dog walker after horse found dead in Chislehurst

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Police are appealing for a female dog walker to come forward after a retired racehorse was found dead in Chislehurst.

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Owen Smith not interested in 'internal little spats'

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

Owen Smith
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The Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith has told BBC Radio London that he's not interested in "internal little spats" between Labour MPs.

Mr Smith was responding to an accusation from former Chief Secretary to the Treasury Seema Malhotra that staff working for party leader, Jeremy Corbyn and the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, entered her office in the House of Commons without permission.

Speaking to the Vanessa Feltz Breakfast show this morning, Owen Smith said:

I'm not really interested in some of these sorts of internal little spats... Obviously people shouldn't be going into MPs offices; obviously that's abuse of parliamentary privilege. But I don't know enough about the details and truthfully that's not what I want to do. I want to get out and make a positive case for the sort of Labour party I think we've got to be. One that understands the massive challenges we face in Britain: Under performance by our economy; too many people not working enough hours; gross insecurity in the workplace; wages that have been stagnating for ten years now."

Owen Smith

Man run over by council van in London Fields

Air amublance at London Fields
Francesso Fiori

A man suffered a head injury when he was run over by a council van while lying on the ground in an east London park.

The man, who is in his 30s, was taken to hospital after being run over in London Fields, Hackney, at about 10:35 BST.

The air ambulance attended the scene close to the park's barbecue area, which has been closed.

Hackney Council said it was investigating the "serious incident".

Heathrow passport queues: Staff brought in from ports

UK border agency staff

"Stressed" Border Force staff are struggling to cope with queues to check passports at Heathrow Airport, according to a whistleblower.

New figures show target times for some passengers to clear immigration were missed in the last two months.

Extra staff have been redeployed from Channel ports to help airport colleagues deal with delays.

The Home Office said it had an "agile, flexible and intelligence-led workforce" to respond to needs.

Body found after two rescued from sea at Camber Sands

Camber Sands beach

The body of a man from London has been found after two others were pulled from the sea off East Sussex.

He was among three swimmers seen struggling in the water around noon on Sunday at Camber Sands.

Police said the 19-year-old was discovered at 18:20 BST and declared dead at the scene.

The two other men were given CPR by paramedics and airlifted to hospital. It is understood they are in a serious but stable condition.

Travel update: Bakerloo line suspended

BBC Travel

The Bakerloo line has been suspended between Stonebridge Park and Harrow and Wealdstone due to fire alert at North Wembley.

The London Overground between Willesden Junction and Watford Junction has also been suspended due to the same fire alert.

Southern Rail continues to run an emergency timetable across network and South West Trains is running a replacement bus service between Teddington and Shepperton.

On the roads, the A12 is closed westbound between the M25 and Maylands Way due to accident.

Weather update: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

BBC London weather: Dry with sunny spells

London will be dry with some bright or sunny spells through the day. Feeling fresher than recent days, though still quite warm in sunny spells. Winds mainly light to moderate and westerly, though rather breezy along the south coast.

BBC London Live updates on Monday 25 July

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