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  1. Updates on Tuesday 26 July 2016

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Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing, China

After Premier League teams clocked up more than 170,000 miles this pre-season, check how they got on with our full list of results.

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Crowds in the City

Hundreds of people are forced to evacuate their places of work as a major gas leak causes chaos in the City of London.

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

Tonight's weather: Cloudy but mostly dry

BBC Weather

A cloudy but mostly dry evening with only limited bright or sunny spells. 

The cloud will then thicken overnight with one or two spots of rain, especially over higher ground such as the Chilterns. 

Then more widespread, but mostly light, rain and drizzle will spread east around dawn. It will feel humid too. Minimum temperature: 16C (61F).

Kew Gardens reveals the world’s 'longest' double herbaceous borders

The world’s 'longest' double herbaceous borders have been revealed at Kew Gardens

WATCH: England's Bobby Moore awarded blue plaque on Barking home

Bobby Moore, the only England captain to win a World Cup, has been honoured with a blue plaque. 

The memorial in on his childhood home at 43 Waverley Gardens in Barking, east London where he first learned to play football.  

Karen Brady speaking at the unveiling

Evacuation after City of London gas leak

Watch: Landlords cram people into homes in London

Landlords are cramming people into homes in London

Met detective sacked after 'cruel and vindictive' abuse of ex-girlfriend

A detective who left cards in pub toilets falsely claiming his ex-girlfriend was a prostitute has been sacked.

Ian Mangham was dismissed by Scotland Yard for discreditable conduct after a "cruel and vindictive" campaign of abuse against his former partner. 

The detective sergeant, based in Barking and Dagenham, met the woman because she was a victim of domestic violence and pursued her until they began a relationship. 

But he began bombarding her with unwanted postal deliveries after they split in 2013, and put her phone number on cards advertising sexual services and left them in pub toilets and phone boxes. 

The Metropolitan Police confirmed today that Mangham had been sacked without notice.

He was jailed for 16 weeks for harassment in May and ordered to pay £3,000 to his victim and £500 costs, as well as being placed under a restraining order.

Stephen Ackerman

The trial of a man accused of a Christmas hamper con which saw West Ham players lose thousands of pounds is abandoned.

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‘Irreplaceable’ sculptures stolen from Somme exhibition

Inside Croydon

Two “irreplaceable” sculptures designed as part of an art installation exhibit commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme have been stolen from the Honeywood Museum in Carshalton.

Watch: How does a sniffer dog help the fire brigade?

Fire investigator Paul Osborne tells us why a sniffer dog is crucial to the work of the London Fire Brigade.

Alexandre Lacazette

French side Lyon say they have rejected an offer from Premier League runners-up Arsenal for striker Alexandre Lacazette.

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Watch: Giant sculpture of Rebecca Adlington appears in The Serpentine

A giant replica of two-time Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington has been installed at The Serpentine, Hyde Park.

With the 2016 Rio Olympics kicking off on 5 August, the 12ft x 40ft model was commissioned by Team GB sponsor to spur the British Olympic athletes on to a great start at the Games.

The installation shows Rebecca in front crawl position and features her wearing swimming goggles and a cap.

Lead sculptor Ian Prendergast studied hundreds of pictures of Adlington competing to ensure the sculpture reflects her front crawl technique accurately. 

The sculpture is made entirely from fibre glass and took a team of three sculptures over two months to construct and using 50 litres of paint. It is equivalent in length to a double decker bus.

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Striker Tony Watt

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Tony Watt says he has "grown up" since his Champions League heroics against Barcelona and aims to shine on loan at Hearts.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child gets five star reviews

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won five-star reviews from critics, with one describing it as "a game-changing production".

The play, written by Jack Thorne, is set 19 years after the seventh and final book in the series by JK Rowling.

Jamie Parker as Harry Potter
Manuel Harlan

It opens officially at the Palace Theatre, in London's West End, on Saturday.

Audiences have been urged to "keep the secrets" since the play began previews in early June

Jamie Mackie

Queens Park Rangers forward Jamie Mackie will be out for at least three months after suffering ankle ligament damage.

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Bobby Moore set up two England goals in the 1966 World Cup final (Footage courtesy of British Pathe)
Bobby Moore, who has become the first footballer to be awarded a blue plaque, sets up two of Geoff Hurst's goals in the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany.

Rise in attacks on private hire drivers

Attacks on private hire drivers are on the rise, according to the GMB Union
Mark Stoneman

Surrey agree a deal to sign opener Mark Stoneman from Division One rivals Durham ahead of the 2017 campaign.

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Teacher not guilty of raping schoolgirl

A teacher has been found not guilty of raping a teenage girl in a classroom at a private school in London.

The jury took less than 30 minutes to clear Kato Harris, 37, of attacking the 14-year-old girl.

She had told Isleworth Crown Court that the geography teacher had raped her three times over a two-month-period during the autumn of 2013.

The court had been told medical staff had suggested the girl's behaviour was attention seeking.

'Extensive' damage after Gatwick Airport rail track fire

Passengers on the Brighton mainline are warned to expect disruption on their journeys today after a lineside fire close to Gatwick Airport this morning.

The fire, caused by a problem with the power supply, means that two out of the four tracks will be out of use for the rest of the day.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: "We’re really sorry for the delays that passengers are experiencing today, our engineers are onsite working to repair the damage caused by the fire.

“The damage is quite extensive, so it’s difficult to give a firm estimate as to when the railway will return to normal."

For more details tune into BBC Radio London and follow@BBCTravelAlert on Twitter.      

Watch: Canine fire detective

You've heard about police sniffer dogs, but what about fire service sniffer dogs?

Meet one of the dogs helping London Fire Brigade.  

Sherlock is part of the Fire Investigation Team

Footage released of suspect in attack on visually impaired 71-year-old

CCTV footage has been released of a man suspected of punching a visually impaired pensioner in the face and stealing £400 in cash. 

The 71-year-old victim was walking along in Edmonton, north London, at around 10.20 on 2 July after he had gone shopping and withdrawn cash. 

As he turned into an alley from Fore Street onto Folkestone Road, his attacker punched him in the face and robbed him of several items including the £400. 

The mugger ran off, leaving the victim lying on the ground with a head injury. 

He was taken by ambulance to hospital and is in a stable condition. The suspect is white, aged in his early 20s and 6ft.

A visually impaired pensioner was mugged in broad daylight in Edmonton.

Severe delays caused by fire on rail track at Gatwick Airport

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

A rail track fire at Gatwick Airport is causing huge delays to commuters and holidaymakers. 

Dozens of trains operating to and from the West Sussex airport have been delayed or cancelled due to the blaze. 

Southern, Gatwick Express and Thameslink services are affected. 

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said it received a report of the fire at 7:07 on Tuesday but the blaze was already out when crews arrived at the scene. 

For more details tune into BBC Radio London and follow@BBCTravelAlert on Twitter.    

St Paul's to unveil video artwork of Mary carrying body of Jesus

Mary
PA

 A large-scale video installation by artist Bill Viola of Mary carrying the body of Jesus will be unveiled at St Paul's Cathedral. 

The permanent project, entitled Mary, will be a companion piece to the American artist's Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), which was unveiled in the South Quire Aisle of the cathedral in 2014. 

The installations are the first moving-image artworks to be installed in a cathedral in Britain on a long-term basis. 

Mary will be inaugurated in the North Quire Aisle of the cathedral on 8 September to coincide with the Feast of Mary. 

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Alpa Patel with the latest news from London.

Tuesday's headlines

Hyde Park water fight images released by police

Suspects
Met Police

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

Thousands of people had gathered for a water fight in Hyde Park which descended into violence.

The six images are from the nearby McDonald's at Marble Arch on the evening of Tuesday, 19 July.

Three people, including a police officer, were stabbed. Eight teenagers have been arrested and bailed.

Nelson: Two TV are the secret to a happy relationship

Trevor Nelson
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BBC DJ and presenter Trevor Nelson has joked that the secret to a happy relationship is having two televisions. 

The 52-year-old is engaged and he told the Radio Times it is vital that both he and his partner are able to watch what they want. 

He said: "My missus goes from watching news and documentaries to the Kardashians. I don't get that, the relationship between those two, but I wouldn't say anything to her because we all have our own thing.

"That's why it's very important that you have two TVs in your house. That is the secret, 100%. If you have one TV in the house it's going to kick off.

"I've just moved from Shoreditch to Barnet outside London," he said."Shoreditch is a bit lively, when I was younger I loved it but I'm in a more mature place now and I don't need it on my doorstep. "I don't want the party at my house. I just want to play music. That's all I have ever wanted to do." 

Will London's Garden Bridge ever be built?

The Garden Bridge over the River Thames was championed by Boris Johnson.

His successor as London Mayor Sadiq Khan seems less enthusiastic and support for the project at City Hall is reportedly at an all-time low.

Construction was supposed to start this summer, but has just been pushed back to at least the autumn.

Will the Garden Bridge ever be built?

Hate crime policing to be reviewed after spike in reports

Police handling of hate crime is to be reviewed after a sharp rise in incidents following the EU referendum, the home secretary is to announce. 

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) will analyse how forces in England and Wales respond, Amber Rudd will say. 

Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith
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It comes after figures showed there have been more than 6,000 reports of hate crime to police since mid June. 

The review will also look at how hate crime and abuse is handled in schools.

Travel update: broken down lorry causing delays

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic on the M25 clockwise on the QE2 Bridge because of a broken down lorry. Congestion is stretching to J30, A13 (Lakeside).

The B212 Prince Of Wales Road in Blackheath is partially blocked at the Shooters Hill Road junction because of a gas leak and emergency repairs. A diversion in operation for bus routes 89 and 108.

There is queuing traffic on A127 into town in Harold Wood at the Ardleigh Green Road junction,in the roadworks area. 

The service is suspended on Great Northern between Finsbury Park and Moorgate due to faulty train at Moorgate. London Underground are accepting tickets for reasonable routes.  

An emergency timetable is operating on Southern between Victoria and Brighton, between Watford Junction and East Croydon, between Brighton and Ashford International and between Southampton Central and Brighton.  

For more details tune into BBC Radio London and follow@BBCTravelAlert on Twitter.  

Weather forecast: Dry and bright start but showers later

This morning will start mainly dry with bright and sunny spells. Cloud will thicken into the afternoon allowing one or two showers to develop, but most will stay dry. 

The maximum temperature will be 22C (72F). 

BBC London weather on Tuesday 26 July 2016 with Kate Kinsella

BBC London Live updates on Tuesday 26 July

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