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  1. Updates on Thursday 28 July 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Rain clearing, muggy night

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Tonight, there maybe some sunshine to end to the day in the west, with the isolated shower, whilst cloud and rain clears the east of London. 

Staying dry with broken cloud after dark, but it will feel rather muggy. 

Lows of 15C (59F).

BP to cut sponsorship funding of leading London cultural establishments

Oil giant BP is to cut its sponsorship funding of some of London's leading cultural establishments by £2.5m.

British Museum

It has pledged £7.5m over five years to the Royal Opera House, British Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Royal Shakespeare Company from 2018.

It had sponsored the first three, plus Tate Britain, for £10m in five-year deals running up to 2017.

A BP spokeswoman said due to "cutting costs and reducing staff numbers... we could not continue all of our sponsorships at the same level".

A quarter of a million extra tickets to be released for Harry Potter play

A quarter of a million extra tickets for the new two-part Harry Potter play are to go on sale.

Harry Potter theatre actors

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been showing at the Palace Theatre since June, but officially opens on Saturday.

A further 300 tickets for each show in the play's current sold-out run - which is due to continue until December 2017 - will be released on 4 August.

It has won five-star reviews and been called "a game-changing production".

Latest travel: Signal failure on Jubilee line

BBC Travel

There is no service on the Jubilee Line between Wembley Park and Stanmore and there are minor delays on the rest of the line due to a signal failure at Stanmore. Tickets being accepted on local bus routes.  

Watch: Family's search for a second stem cell donor

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Investigation into social services' handling of Ellie Butler case should be held - Coroner

Danny Shaw

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Ellie Butler
Met Police
Ben Butler was found guilty of murdering his daughter in June

The way social services handled the case of murdered six-year-old Ellie Butler should be subject to an investigation, a Coroner has said. 

Ellie died at the hands of her father, Ben Butler, in 2013 - a year after she'd been returned to her parents' care. 

Selena Lynch, senior south London Coroner, said her "preliminary view" was there were issues that needed to be investigated. 

Butler has lodged an application to appeal against his conviction and sentence. 

He was jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years. His partner, Jennie Gray, was jailed for 42 months for child cruelly and attempting to pervert the course of justice. 

At a hearing in Croydon to consider whether the inquest into Ellie's death should be resumed, Ms Lynch said it was "very unlikely" that it would reveal any more facts about events on the day she died. 

But, she said, sometimes an inquest or inquiry was required to look at "wider issues" that had not been explored during criminal proceedings.

Ellie Butler
Met Police

Ellie was placed back in her parents' care in November 2012, under the supervision of independent social workers. 

She was murdered in October 2013. 

"The management of her {Ellie's} care by other agencies such as social and medical my view do fall to be investigated as a result of Article 2 of the Human Rights Act obligations placed on the state," said Ms Lynch. 

Ms Lynch stressed this was her "preliminary view" and she would make a final decision after receiving submissions and reading the case papers. 

She indicated that any inquiry or inquest would have to wait until the outcome of Butler's appeal bid. 

Ellie's grandfather, Neal Gray, who was in court, has called for a public inquiry.

Ben Butler
Met Police
Ben Butler was jailed for shaking Ellie when she was a baby but the verdict was quashed

Mr Gray has criticised the decision of a family court judge, Dame Mary Hogg, to allow Ellie to be returned to her parents. 

Dame Mary, who's since retired, "exonerated" Butler of causing head injuries Ellie sustained as a baby. 

But Ms Lynch said the coroner could not review previous judicial decisions, judges' "thought processes" or findings, though the "framework" of the way decisions are reached could be examined, as well as the way courts interact with other agencies. 

After the hearing, Mr Gray said he remained "deeply concerned" about decisions made in the family proceedings which he said had led to Ellie being placed in a "dangerous situation" and which prevented agencies from acting on the "clear warning signs". 

"My aim is to get answers and to make sure that lessons are learned so that this cannot happen to another child."

Arrest warrant for 27-year-old man issued by police hunting for missing teenager

Detectives are appealing for the public's help to trace missing 15-year-old Elena Veronica Ciochina, who is believed to be in Spain with an older man.

Elena was last seen on Saturday at about 19:00 when she left her home address in Newham.

Police believe she is with 27-year-old Ionut Gheorghe. He was also last seen on Saturday. He was caught on CCTV in Enfield withdrawing £250 from a cash point, at about 14:20.

Mr Gheorghe
Met Police

It is thought they left the country some time on Saturday evening, and they are currently in the Guadalajara area of Spain, near to Madrid.

A European Arrest Warrant is now in place for Mr Gheorghe for abduction.

Elena Veronica Ciochina
Met Police

Elena is described as 1.75m tall, with waist-length black hair. She was wearing a black Tshirt, black jogging bottoms and black plimsolls. It is believed she is in possession of a Romanian identity card.

Mr Gheorghe is described as white, about 1.70m tall, of heavy build with short light brown hair. He was last seen wearing a white T-Shirt, dark shorts and dark coloured flip flops.

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Two London prisons named as being of 'serious concern'

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

Two London prisons are among six highlighted as being of "serious concern" as official figures show assaults on prison officers in England and Wales have risen to a record level.

Prisoners inside jail

Wormwood Scrubs in Hammersmith and Isis prison in Thamesmead were named as being among the worst performing jails by the Ministry of Justice.

The government department said overall there were 5,423 assaults on prison staff in the 12 months to the end of March - a rise of 40% on last year.

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Madame Tussauds owner Merlin feels terror chill in London

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Shares in London Dungeon and Madame Tussauds owner Merlin tumbled on Thursday as its boss admitted that swathes of international tourists are shunning the capital in the wake of terrorist attacks across Europe.  

Southern Rail guards to stage five-day strike

Guards on Southern Rail are to stage a five-day strike from August 8 as part of the long-running dispute over the future of their roles, the RMT union said.

Teenage drug dealer guilty of murder

Plaistow Park near Greengate Street in Newham
Plaistow Park near Greengate Street in Newham

A teenage drug dealer has been found guilty of a "brutal murder".

Kaleb Amponsah, 18, of Robertson Road, east London, was convicted earlier at the Old Bailey of stabbing to death Ade Afariogun, 27, in January following an argument in a park.

He is due to be sentenced next month.

The court heard how Mr Afariogun had gone to Plaistow Park to meet some friends when Amponsah arrived.

Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC said Amponsah "had ridden to the park on a bicycle and he had gone there to sell drugs."

"Once there Kaleb Amponsah cycled past Ade Afariogun on several occasions and, for a reason that no one could understand, he stared angrily at him, as if trying to provoke a reaction."

As Mr Afariogun was leaving the park Amponsah had stopped his bike in front of him and a scuffle followed during which the two of them exchanged blows.

Amponsah then produced a large knife and stabbed Mr Afariogun in the stomach and turned and fled.

Mr Glasgow said Amponsah then returned home to change his clothes and later met up with a friend "casually returning to the business of selling drugs as if nothing had happened."

"There was nothing that Ade Afariogun said or did to cause the defendant to fear for his safety."

"The attack was exactly that, an attack, and there is nothing that this defendant can say that can excuse the brutal murder that he committed," Mr Glasgow said.

Mr Afariogun was rushed to hospital but died in the early hours of 1 February.

In a statement read to the court the victim's stepfather, Kay Oluwa, said how the incident had "devastated" the family.

Mr Oluwa said that Ade Afariogun was due to start a new job the week after the attack.

Judge Timothy Pontius told Amponsah he faced a lengthy term of imprisonment and remanded him in custody.  

Standing on a train - the London breakdown

Busy train

Rail services into and out of London made up six of the top 10 most overcrowded services in England and Wales last year, official figures show.  

Here is a breakdown of the proportion of passengers having to stand on trains in and out of London during peak rush-hour on a typical autumn weekday in 2015. 

The figures cover all services arriving at and departing from mainline railway stations. The figure for 2011 is shown in brackets.

Morning peak 8.00-8.59am: 

  • Moorgate: 44% (28%)
  • Blackfriars: 42% (29%)
  • Waterloo: 39% (37%)
  • Fenchurch Street: 34% (24%)
  • London Bridge: 32% (32%)
  • St Pancras International: 30% (15%)
  • Victoria: 30% (25%)
  • Liverpool Street: 23% (22%) 
  • Paddington: 20% (24%) 
  • Euston: 18% (16%) 
  • King's Cross: 12% (3%) 
  • Marylebone: 9% (11%) 

Evening peak 5.00-5.59pm:

  • Waterloo: 27% (24%)
  • St Pancras International: 20% (8%)
  • Blackfriars: 19% (5%)
  • Fenchurch Street: 19% (9%)
  • Victoria: 18% (11%)
  • Moorgate: 17% (23%)
  • London Bridge: 16% (16%) 
  • Euston: 15% (13%)
  • Liverpool Street: 11% (11%)
  • Paddington: 10% (15%)
  • Marylebone: 6% (5%)
  • King's Cross: 5% (2%) 
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CCTV issued after burglary at Screwfix

Detectives have issued CCTV of a man they want to speak to in connection with a burglary at Screwfix on Tooting High Street.

On Friday, 10 June police were called at around 20:35 to a report of where a laser hand tool worth £180 was taken.

Suspect in Tooting
Met Police

CCTV from within the shop caught the moment the suspect walked into the shop and went behind the counter where he grabbed the tool and then left the store.

The suspect is described as a white male, in his late 40s of medium build, 5ft 10ins tall with receding short dark hair and a short dark goatee beard. He was wearing black trainers, black trousers and a grey and white hooded Adidas top. He was carrying a black bag over his right shoulder.

London rail services make up six of top 10 most overcrowded

Train station
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Rail services into and out of London made up six of the top 10 most overcrowded services in England and Wales last year, official figures show.

The Department for Transport (DfT) figures cover arrivals into 11 major cities during weekday peak times.

The figures show the Govia Thameslink service between Bedford and Brighton was the most crowded in 2015.

On a typical autumn weekday, 581,400 passengers arrived into London during the morning peak, up 3.2% since 2014.

Man interviewed under caution after 11-year-old girl groped in Hamleys toy store

BBC London News

Detectives who are investigating after an 11-year-old girl was groped by a man in Hamleys toy store in Regent Street have interviewed a man under caution. 

Scotland Yard says she was watching a magic show with her family when the alleged assault took place last November.

A man has been interviewed under caution by officers from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation & Child Abuse Team.

Man charged with attempted murder after two stabbed during Hyde Park disorder

A man has been charged after two people were stabbed in London's Hyde Park during a night of widespread disorder.

Josh Clemence, 18, of Foxglove Street, East Acton has been charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Hyde Park
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Both male victims were taken to hospital and later discharged after being stabbed on Tuesday 19 July following a mass water fight.

Mr Clemence will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later.

Watch: 91-year-old actress returning to the stage for one-woman show

Thelma Ruby was a jobbing actress who has worked with the likes of Dame Judi Dench and Kenneth Williams.

But at the age of 91, she's been tempted out of retirement onto the London stage for a one-woman show about her life story.

Watch her full interview here.

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Thelma Ruby has been tempted out of retirement onto the London stage.

Fabregas sent off in Liverpool friendly

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Cesc Fabregas

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was shown a straight red card for a foul on new Liverpool signing Ragnar Klaven in a pre-season friendly in the US.

Fabregas, 29, went into the challenge with a raised boot and the referee at Pasadena's Rose Bowl had no hesitation.

Chelsea were 1-0 winners on the night, with defender Gary Cahill heading in after 10 minutes following a corner.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed Fabregas went into Liverpool's dressing room after the game to apologise.

Suzy Lamplugh: Father 'little hope left' after 30-year search

Suzy Lamplugh
Suzy Lamplugh

The father of Suzy Lamplugh, who has been missing for 30 years, says he has little hope left of finding out what happened to her.

Paul Lamplugh said his estate agent daughter knew "how to live life fully but no-one taught her how to be safe".

The 25-year-old disappeared on 28 July 1986, after going to meet a client - named as Mr Kipper - in Fulham.

Marking the anniversary, the Suzy Lamplugh Trust - a workplace safety charity - aims to raise £30,000.

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Headlines: Suzy Lamplugh, party shooting victim named and airport expansion

Byron burger chain staff arrested in immigration raids

Dozens of workers at burger chain Byron have been arrested in an "intelligence led" raid by immigration officials.

The Home Office said 35 people from Albania, Brazil, Nepal and Egypt were arrested for suspected immigration offences at restaurants across London.


It added that the operation on 4 July had been carried out with Byron's "full co-operation".

Byron had carried out correct "right to work" staff checks, but had been shown papers suspected to be false, it said.

Travel update: Police incident causing delays in Wembley

BBC Travel

The A4089 Ealing Road in Wembley is blocked southbound between the A404 High Road junction and the Chaplin Road junction, because of a police incident. A diversion is in operation for bus routes 79, 83, 223, 224 and 297.

There is queuing traffic on the M25 anticlockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J25, A10 (Enfield).

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

There is heavier than usual traffic on A13 into town in Newham from Beckton Flyover to the Canning Town Flyover junction.

There is heavy traffic on A1203 The Highway into town in Limehouse between the A1203 Limehouse Link junction and the East Smithfield junction because of an accident earlier.

Today's weather: Dry morning, but rain arriving from the west later

It's a dry, warm start with sunny spells this morning, but through the day the cloud will thicken from the west by midday, with outbreaks of rain arriving here. 

The rain will spread gradually eastwards through this afternoon whilst becoming breezier. 

The maximum temperature will be 22C (72F) 

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