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  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 July 2016

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Tonight's weather: Fine and dry

BBC Weather

It will be a largely fine evening with any residual showers soon fading away. A dry night will then follow with variable amounts of cloud and clear spells. These clear spells, coupled with light winds, may allow the odd mist patch to develop across The Chilterns and other prone locations.

Lows of 14C (57F).

Scots tourist saves River Thames woman

Bankside Pier
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A "heroic" Scottish tourist who helped save a woman from drowning in the River Thames in London has been praised by rescue crews.

The RNLI described Natalie Harrison's actions as "a risky, but utterly selfless and incredible act of public service".

The rescue team found Ms Harrison leaning over a safety barrier to grip the hand of a woman in the water.

She managed to hold on until the woman could be hauled into a lifeboat.

WATCH: Londoners in Slough

For many Londoners who were made homeless due to bombing in WWII, an estate in Slough became home. 

We spoke to some of those who made the move, and at 6.30pm on BBC One, we'll be hearing from former Home Secretary Alan Johnson who was also relocated. 

The Londoners who relocated to Slough WWII bombing.

Horse honoured with Dickin medal for Korean war bravery

Sergeant Mark Gostling with Haldalgo, who received the PDSA Dickin Medal on behalf of Korean war horse Reckless
Sergeant Mark Gostling with Haldalgo, who received the PDSA Dickin Medal on behalf of Korean war horse Reckless

 An American horse has been awarded the animal version of the Victoria Cross on the 63rd anniversary of the end of the Korean War. 

The chestnut mare, Sergeant Reckless, became the 68th animal to receive the PDSA Dickin Medal in a ceremony at the Korean War Memorial in London. 

Reckless carried ammunition and wounded soldiers through bullets, bombs and fire in the conflict which split a nation in two. 

On one day alone she made 51 trips during the 1953 Outpost Vegas battle, carrying more than 9,000lb of supplies and walking more than 35 miles, according to official accounts. 

In the five-day fight, 28 tons of bombs were reportedly dropped and the terrain was described by Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Geer as a "smoking, death-pocked rubble". 

The Mongolian mare was nominated for the accolade by author Robin Hutton, who spent six years researching and writing her biography, and she has been recognised posthumously.

Child radicalisation: NSPCC to advise concerned parents

A charity has trained its counsellors to help parents who fear their children are being radicalised.

The NSPCC said its existing support line could now advise parents worried about extremists grooming a child.

Phone operator

It said counsellors had been trained to spot warning signs such as children isolating themselves or "talking as if from a scripted speech".

One teenage girl from east London described how she became drawn into long intense discussions on the internet which led her to want to run away to Syria.  

Call to raise living wage rate in London


Living costs in London have "dramatically" increased because of the housing crisis, leading to calls for the capital's Living Wage to be increased, says a report.

The Resolution Foundation said the voluntary rate of £9.40 an hour in London, and £8.25 across the UK, has been a success, paid by 2,600 employers, including almost 900 in the capital.

The number of firms signing has increased despite confusion caused by the Government's National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour for over 25-year-olds, said the think-tank.

The report called for improvements in how the voluntary rate is worked out, which would result in the London figure increasing in the future.

The cost of renting private accommodation in London has increased more than twice as fast as the rest of the country over the last five years, said the report.

Leytonstone knife attack victim 'quite lucky' to survive

A musician whose throat was slashed by a knife attacker at an east London Tube station, leaving his windpipe exposed, has told the Old Bailey he was "quite lucky" to survive.

Lyle Zimmerman, 56, was attacked by Muhiddin Mire, 30, at Leytonstone Tube station on 5 December last year. Mire was convicted of attempted murder last month.

In a victim impact statement read in court during the sentencing hearing the musician said: "I have been left with a scar on my neck which I am aware of only because it pulls when I use my voice but is otherwise superficial and healing well.

Muhiddin Mire
Met Police
Muhiddin Mire was convicted of attempted murder in June

"I am somewhat more cautious about interacting with strangers since the attack - overall I have not been significantly traumatised by the attack psychologically," he added.

Mr Zimmerman, who said he was "fortunate" that a passing doctor and others at the station gave prompt first aid, was praised by prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC for his "philosophical view" of his injuries.

Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, Recorder of London, has delayed Mire's sentencing until Friday as he is considering the attacker's mental health problems. 

Shipping magnate's son loses rape claim libel bid

Alexander Economou
Hannah McKay
Alexander Economou

A shipping magnate's son who said he endured a five-week "public rubbishing" because of the actions of the father of a woman who accused him of rape has lost his libel action. 

Alexander Economou, of King's Road, west London, sued David de Freitas over publications in various media in November and December 2014 which, he claimed, referred to him and were the responsibility of the 60-year-old financial planner. 

Mr de Freitas, father of 22-year-old Eleanor de Freitas who killed herself in April 2014, denied libel and told Mr Justice Warby that he reasonably believed that publication was in the public interest.

At London's High Court earlier, the judge dismissed the claim.

In his ruling, the judge said: "Mr Economou has pursued this case with sincerity but, as I find, in anger and with elements of vengefulness. "Defamatory imputations can cause injury to feelings which is out of all proportion to the harm they cause to reputation.

Last month Mr Economou, 37, was cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court of harassing Mr de Freitas, whose daughter took her own life days before she faced court on suspicion of making a false rape claim. 

Man jailed for life over park murder

David Darko
Met Police
David Darko was stabbed in January

A man who killed a 21-year-old in an argument at a south London park has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 19 years.

Darnell Martin, 19, was found guilty of the murder of David Darko at the Old Bailey.

Mr Darko was found stabbed in South Norwood Recreational Ground in January this year.

Martin, of the Fitze Millennium Centre, Sylvan Hill, had denied murdering the 21-year-old.

Billie Piper takes on 'ticking clock' role at London's Young Vic

Billie Piper says her latest stage role, about a woman desperate to have a child, feels very relevant because it's an issue being faced by many women she knows.

"It chimed quite vividly with me because so many of my friends are finding it quite hard to go through that," Piper says. "It seems to be a very common topic at the moment."

Billy Piper
Johan Persson

Piper plays the title role of Yerma in a modern retelling of Federico Garcia Lorca's 1934 tragedy about a woman whose desperation to become a mother is met with indifference by her husband.

Simon Stone's version, which begins previews at the Young Vic this week, relocates the action from rural Spain to contemporary London.

World's largest Victorian peepshow collection bought for V&A

River Thames and Tunnel peepshow
Victoria & Albert Museum/Dennis Crompton

The world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of paper peepshows has been donated to the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) under the Cultural Gifts Scheme. 

The Scheme was introduced by the Government in 2013 as a major initiative to encourage life-time giving to UK public collections. This is the first gift under the scheme to be allocated to the V&A.

Paper peepshows resemble a pocket-sized stage set, complete with backdrop and paper cut-out scenes, which expand to create an illusion of depth. 

The gift of over 360 paper peepshows, along with other optical wonders, spans nearly 300 years and 12 different countries. 

The collection was formed over 30 years by Jacqueline and Jonathan Gestetner and is now part of the V&A’s research collection, soon to be accessible in the reading rooms of the National Art Library.

Watch: Police CCTV shows men wanted in connection with Haringey shooting

Police are looking for two men in connection with a shooting in Haringey on Saturday.

The suspects dragged a 35-year-old man out of the mini-cab they were travelling in and shot him. 

They then robbed the driver at gunpoint, detectives say.

Airport expansion is a kick in the teeth for residents, says councillor

News that London City Airport will be expanded has been met with disappointment by Waltham Forest Council which said it was a "kick in the teeth" for residents.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: "We are already the third most overflown borough in London, and the increase of flights at City Airport by close to 50% to 110,000 per year will bring yet more daily misery to our residents.

“This decision is particularly disappointing due to the complete lack of engagement and consultation from London City Airport with our residents. 

"Our residents made it very clear that they do not want the airport expanded, and it’s a real shame that their views have been completely ignored.

“I’m calling on City Airport to provide some urgent clarification on how they plan to engage with Waltham Forest residents on their expansion plans going forward, as their failure to keep communities informed up to this point is completely unacceptable and an absolute disgrace.

"Waltham Forest Council will be reviewing the 182 page decision notice over the coming days and weeks in full and will be seeking advice on what further action it can take to protect its residents from this blight."

Stars back mayor's 'London is Open' message

Afternoon weather: Sunny spells

BBC Weather

Any residual cloud and patchy rain will clear to leave a brighter afternoon with sunny spells and light winds. 

However, these brighter skies may trigger an isolated heavy shower. Maximum temperature 22C (72F).

Watch: London City Airport expansion approved

A major expansion programme at London City Airport has been given the go-ahead. 

WATCH: What's the future for Waterloo's old Eurostar platforms?

The platforms at Waterloo Station are being rebuilt and a new level concourse laid so trains to Berkshire can operate from there. It's the first stage in reworking Waterloo - next summer four platforms at the other side of the station will be rebuilt to take longer trains.

Paul Clifton looks at what's happening at Waterloo. 

Watch the full report here on the 13.30 lunchtime news.

Paul Clifton looks at work to renovate platforms at Waterloo Station

Man guilty of killing unemployed man in a row

A man has been convicted of manslaughter after beating an unemployed man to death in Enfield, north London, following a row.

Mustafa Lanleyin, 47, of Cherry Road, Enfield, was found near a rubbish bin with serious injuries on the night of 29 September last year, Metropolitan Police said.

He was out with two friends when the group became involved in an altercation with Sean Gomez, 48, after the victim asked what Gomez was "looking at", police said.

Mustafa Lanleyin
Met Police

The row turned violent and Gomez, of Addison Road, Enfield, repeatedly head-butted and beat Mr Lanleyin and continued to kick him in the head when the victim fell to the ground.

The victim, who died soon after as a result of blunt force trauma to the head, was left at the scene until a passerby called the ambulance, police said.

Gomez will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday.

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City airport expansion is reckless, says Green's Caroline Russell

Green London Assembly's Caroline Russell has condemned the government’s decision to approve the expansion of London City airport.

“This is a terrible news. When Sadiq Khan took office he withdrew the previous Mayor’s opposition to the City Airport expansion plans and in doing so he paved the way for today’s decision by the government.

“He has pledged to be 'the greenest Mayor London has ever had' and this week announced his vice chairmanship of a key global climate change committee. But by effectively giving these airport expansion plans his seal of approval back in May and refusing to stop the toxic Silvertown Tunnel project nearby, he is not showing himself to be worthy of that title.

“From not being able to sleep with the windows open due to aircraft noise at night, to higher levels of asthma in children who live in the area - people in east London are really going to suffer because of this reckless decision.”

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Appeal after sexual assault on 15-year-old girl

Detectives have issued a CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to in connection with a sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl outside Izgara restaurant, on Station Road in Edgware.

The assault was reported to have occurred at some point between 16:05 and 16:17 on Friday, 20 May.

Met Police

Whilst waiting at the bus stop outside the restaurant, the suspect approached the school girl - he then exposed himself whilst he sat next to her.

The scared student quickly left the bus stop and was followed soon after by the suspect. She walked into a nearby supermarket and called her father who alerted police.

He is described as a slim white man in his mid 20s with a light coloured ginger beard.

WATCH: Chancellor says London City Airport expansion is a 'big boost'

The government's given the go-ahead for a £344m expansion at London City Airport

 The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, said the investment would boost the economy and strengthen the City of London's status.

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City Airport expansion is 'a vote of confidence'

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City airport
Declan Collier CEO of London City Airport, Chancellor Phillip Hammond and Minister for Aviation Lord Ahmad during a visit today

The government’s approved plans to expand London’s City airport, saying it shows the UK is open for business after the Brexit decision.

The plans involve investment of more than £340m to provide an extended terminal and bigger taxiway at the airport in east London.

The expansion will raise  the number of take-offs and landings at the airport from 70,000 a year to 111,000.

It's estimated this will almost double the number of passengers to six million a year by 2023.

The decision was revealed in a joint announcement from the Chancellor Phillip Hammond, Transport secretary Chris Grayling and Communities secretary Chris Grayling.

They claim the expansion will increase connections within the UK and Europe and create 1,600 new jobs, potentially contributing £1.5 billion to the UK economy by 2025.

Mr Hammond said: “London City Airport’s ambitious growth plans will boost international connections, strengthening the City of London’s links to destinations across the world, and send a clear signal that Britain is open for business.

“Making it easier to visit and do business in the City of London will help drive forward our economy and further strengthen the city’s status as the world’s leading financial centre.

“This is a real vote of confidence in the resilience of our economy, creating over a thousand new jobs.”

The airport’s chief executive Declan Collier welcomed the decision as providing much-needed aviation capacity in the south east.

He said, “As the airport serving by far the highest proportion of business travellers in the UK (52%), who do some £11bn of trade in Europe annually, today the Government has sent a strong message that London and the UK are very much open for business.” 

London City Airport

The London Chamber of Commerce said it was “positive news”, but argued a decision about Heathrow should now be made soon.

Head of Policy Rob Griggs said: “This is very welcome news for London’s economy and for the rest of the UK.

“LCCI has repeatedly said that we need to allow airfield and terminal enhancements at London City Airport to boost capacity in the short-term."

Previous mayor Boris Johnson blocked the expansion plans, which had been backed by the local council Newham.

One of Sadiq Khan’s first decisions as mayor was to lift his predecessor’s objection, which has paved the way for today’s government decision.

YouTuber Marina Joyce says she is 'totally fine' as fans express concern

BBC Newsbeat

Marina Joyce

Police in London say that YouTuber Marina Joyce is "safe and well" after fans said they were worried about her welfare.

The 19-year-old has also tweeted "I'm totally fine guys".

It's after the hashtag #savemarinajoyce hashtag trended this morning on Twitter.

Concern spiked after she posted a message inviting fans to a morning party in Bethnal Green in east London.

Some fans thought she was being "held captive".

Some workers earning less than four years ago, figures show

David Rhodes

BBC News

How do you boost workers' pay, while at the same time generating economic growth?

It is an issue currently vexing politicians and economists all over the world.

Over the past five years, the typical worker in England has seen a 6% rise in gross annual earnings, according to the Office for National Statistics.

However, there are pockets of the country where instead of growth, employees have seen wages fall.

The biggest drop was in the London borough of Bexley where gross annual pay was £1,743 lower in 2015 than in 2011.


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£344m expansion of London City Airport given go-ahead

A £344m expansion programme at London City Airport has been given the go-ahead by ministers. 

The plans include an extended terminal, a new aircraft taxiway and upgraded public transport links. 

London City Airport
London City Airport

London City Airport estimates the scheme will create 1,600 jobs for staff, together with 500 construction jobs. 

There will be a a "generous" compensation package for local residents, the Government said.

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Man arrested after water fight stabbing

Hyde Park
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Three people were stabbed in Hyde Park, including one police officer

A man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing during a night of disorder in London's Hyde Park.

The 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder earlier and remains in custody.

Three people were stabbed when thousands gathered for a water fight in the park which descended into violence last week.

Another man, 18, and a 17-year-old boy, have also been arrested in relation to disorder in McDonald's in Marble Arch.

Eleven people have now been arrested after the events on Tuesday 19 July.

Kentish Town restaurant diners struck by unmarked police car

An unmarked police car on an emergency call has crashed into customers sitting outside a restaurant in London.

Two people were hurt in the collision outside Soho House's Pizza East in Highgate Road, Kentish Town.

Kentish Town

One man suffered non-life threatening injuries, while a woman was treated for minor injuries, the Met Police said.

The crash happened after the police car was in collision with another car, at the junction between Sanderson Close and Highgate Road, at 19:44.

Today's weather: brighter afternoon with some showers

It will be a cloudy morning with outbreaks of rain or drizzle. 

The rain will clear south-eastwards leaving brighter spells and light winds in the afternoon, although with an isolated chance of some heavy showers. 

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

BBC London weather on Wednesday 27 July 2016 with Owain Wyn Evans

Travel update: burst water mains causing delays

BBC Travel

The A208 White Horse Hill/Mottingham Road in Mottingham is closed and the road surface is in a poor condition in both directions at the Elmstead Lane junction because of a burst water main and surface water. A diversion is in operation for buses 161, 273 and 314.

The A125 Upper Rainham Road in Hornchurch is closed in both directions between the Laburnum Avenue junction and the Elm Park Avenue junction, because of a burst water main and flooding. A diversion is in operation for bus 252.

The A1211 London Wall is closed eastbound between the A501 Moorgate junction and the Blomfield Street junction because of a gas leak. A diversion is in operation for bus route 100, and route 153 terminates at Finsbury Square.

A503 Camden Road in Kentish Town is partially blocked and slow traffic northbound at the A5200 Camden Park Road junction because of an accident.

The A3212 Cheyne Walk in Chelsea partially blocked westbound after the Chelsea Embankment junction because of an accident.