Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 29 July 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Our live coverage across the day

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

Tonight's weather: Cloudy and mild

BBC Weather

It'll be a mostly cloudy night with perhaps one or two light outbreaks of rain at times. 

It will also be a mild night, with urban areas of London remaining muggy. 

Lows: 15C (59F).

MK Dons re-sign Fulham forward on loan

BBC Sport

George Williams
Empics

League One side MK Dons have re-signed Fulham and Wales forward George Williams on a season-long loan deal.

In addition, 23-year-old defender George Baldock has signed a new two-year contract at Stadium MK.

Williams started his career with the Dons, before signing for Fulham for an undisclosed fee in June 2012.

The 20-year-old, who was in Wales' Euro 2016 squad, returned to the club on a one-month loan in February 2015, making four league appearances.

The Britwell Estate: A 60-year history of the London borough in Slough

After the Blitz ravaged the slums of West London, residents were forced to move out of condemned housing into new council estates in areas like Slough.

Sixty years after it accepted its first tenants, BBC Berkshire speaks to some of the Britwell Estate's residents, including Home Secretary Alan Johnson.

The area was made up exclusively of families from Paddington, West Kensington and Shepherd's Bush, making it a pocket of London in Berkshire.

The Britwell Estate: A 60-year history of the London borough in Slough

Boy of 13 arrested over Battersea stabbing death

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder of an 18-year-old who was stabbed to death in Battersea, Metropolitan Police said.

Matthew Kitandwe, a promising footballer, was attacked at an address in Wayford Street on 21 June. 

Matthew Kitandwe
Met Police

The boy, who is the fifth teenager to be held on suspicion of murder, was arrested this morning and remains in custody in south London, police said. 

 Four other boys, aged 15,16, 17 and 18, have been released on bail.

Elizabeth I Armada portrait saved with help of 8,000 donors

A portrait of Elizabeth I has become public property, after an appeal helped raise £10.3m to buy it.

The Armada portrait, thought to have been painted in 1590, was being sold by descendants of Sir Francis Drake.

The Armada portrait of Elizabeth I
Art Fund
The portrait was originally owned and possibly commissioned by Sir Francis Drake

An Art Fund appeal generated £1.5m from 8,000 donations. The Heritage Lottery Fund gave £7.4m; the Art Fund and Royal Museums Greenwich were major donors.

The picture will go on show at the Queen's House in Greenwich, near the site of Elizabeth's birth, in October.

Watch: Driving a Crossrail train

Richard Westcott drives one of London's new Crossrail trains

Britain's last train manufacturer, Bombardier in Derby, has unveiled the new train that will go on London's brand new Elizabeth line.

In total, a fleet of 66 trains will be introduced from May 2017 when the first stage of the £15bn project, also known as Crossrail, opens to the public. A million passengers a day will use the line.

Building the fleet was a huge boost for Bombardier's UK factory after its future was thrown into doubt five years ago when it lost out on the multi-billion pound Thameslink contract.

"This project is vitally important to the future of this company," says Bombardier's vice-president Peter Doolin. "Morale was very low [after losing out on Thameslink] so it was important that we acted positively."

Talks to avert Southern strike to be held

Talks aimed at averting fresh strikes by Southern Rail conductors are to be held at Acas next week, the conciliation service said.

Police renew appeals for Waterloo Bridge sex attacker

Suspect
Met Police

Appeals have been renewed after a tourist was sexually assaulted as she walked up the stairs at Waterloo Bridge on the north embankment next to Somerset House just before midnight on 3 June.

The 32-year-old struggled with her attacker as he attacked her from behind and tried to rape her. The suspect fled towards Hungerford Bridge.

Detective Inspector Neil Rawlinson, of the Met's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: "Despite a previous media appeal the suspect in this case remains unidentified. I urge the public to study the CCTV image carefully and call police immediately with any information that could be of assistance, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.

"This was a violent and determined attack during which the terrified victim suffered severe bruising to her face and body. It is vital that we identify this man without delay."

The suspect is Mediterranean looking, approximately 6ft and slim.

Millwall keeper Forde joins Portsmouth

BBC Sport

David Forde
Getty Images

Portsmouth have completed the signing of goalkeeper David Forde on a season-long loan from Millwall.

The Republic of Ireland international, 36, has made 339 appearances for Millwall since being signed on a free transfer in 2008.

Forde played just 10 times last season, largely because of the form of first-choice Lions keeper Jordan Archer.

He was previously at Cardiff and before that had a spell at West Ham, where he did not make a first-team appearance.

Farrell out to win with Surrey Stars
Australia seam bowler Rene Farrell tells BBC London she is out to win the inaugural Women's Super League with Surrey Stars.

Watch: A tour of the UK's first maternity clinic for rape victims

The UK's first maternity clinic for women who have been victims of rape and sexual assault has opened.

It will provide extra antenatal support with specially-trained midwives, psychologists and paediatricians.

Afternoon weather: Sunny spells and a risk of showers

BBC Weather

It'll be cloudy with occasional sunny spells this afternoon. A few afternoon showers are likely, perhaps turning heavy later in the day. 

Highs: 23C (73F).

Martin Allen

Barnet boss Martin Allen signs a contract extension to stay with the League Two club for an undisclosed period of time.

Read more

Tour de France winner Chris Froome confirmed to attend RideLondon

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

RideLondon takes place this weekend - a festival of cycling where many roads will ve traffic free.

Sadiq Khan said: “I’m pleased to confirm the rumours that the Tour de France winner, not once, not twice, but three times Chris Froome’s going to be here this weekend. 

"I’ve challenged him to a race. If he’s got any sense he’ll say no to save my pride, but it’s really important, people being confident about riding bikes, not just those middle aged men in lycra like me but also people who are occasional riders. 

"We’re going to close some of the roads off across the weekend so you feel confident riding your bike and you feel safe and hopefully that will stand you in good stead for the rest of the year as well.”

Rapper Grymey D jailed for grooming schoolgirls

A rapper who groomed schoolgirls on social media then filmed himself having sex with them has been jailed.

Daniel Rodriguez, also known as Grymey D, 28, contacted several girls, aged 14 and 15, online and persuaded them to go to his house in Hackney.

Videos found by police showed him having sex with young girls in the home he shared with his parents and sister.

Daniel Rodriguez, also known as Grymey D
Met Police

He admitted 15 offences and was sentenced to 16 years at Wood Green Crown Court.

The charges related to seven different victims and included sexual activity with a child, making indecent photographs and sexual assault.

Scotland Yard found four videos of the rapper having sex with children.

Gladstone joins Whitehall's team of mousers

Gladstone
PA

A third cat has joined Whitehall's team of mousers with the arrival of Gladstone at the Treasury. 

Like Larry the Downing Street cat and Palmerston of the Foreign Office, the black cat is a former stray adopted from Battersea Cats and Dogs Home. 

Amid mounting speculation that Larry and Palmerston are engaged in a turf war, Gladstone's official Instagram page describes him as an animal with "catitude". 

And the 18-month old domestic short hair wasted no time in getting involved in the apparent spat. 

A caption to a photo of Gladstone in a cat carrier reads: "Me on my first day at my new home. The humans had to keep me in this cage in case I ran down the street and tormented some other mouser called 'Larry'. Personally, I've never heard of him. #movingday." 

Watch: London Mayor welcomes visitors with new artwork

Sadiq Khan unveils Tube artwork to welcome people post-Brexit

Cyclist injured after straying into traffic on Embankment following 'seizure'

Temple Place
Google

A cyclist has been taken to hospital with head injuries after suffering a seizure while riding on the cycle superhighway at Temple place on London's Victoria Embankment. 

The man strayed out of the cycle highway and into traffic where he was struck by a HGV lorry in what has been described as a glancing blow, a Transport for London spokesman said.

Emergency services attended the scene at 06.56. 

The man suffered a head injury. He is being treated at an east London hospital and his condition is not currently known.

Estate agency sees profits slump as London property market slows

Foxtons
Getty Images

Profits at Foxtons tumbled 42% in the first half of the year as the impact of Britain's decision to quit the European Union hit the London property market. 

The estate agent, founded in Notting Hill in 1981, said pre-tax profits slumped from £18.1 million to £10.5 million during the period.

Chief executive Nic Budden said: "Uncertainty surrounding the EU referendum led to slow residential property markets in London during the first half of the year.

"Q2 experienced a sharp contraction and we believe that the overall level of property sales transactions made in London during the first half of the year is substantially down on last year.

"The result of the referendum to leave Europe is likely to lead to a prolonged period of further uncertainty and we do not expect London residential property sales markets to show signs of recovery before the end of the year." 

Foxtons also said it is reviewing the pace of new branch openings in the short term in response to market conditions. Revenue also dipped 3% to £68.6 million. 

Rapper jailed for 16 years for underage sex with schoolgirls

Paedophile rapper Daniel Rodriguez, 28, has been jailed at Wood Green Crown Court for 16 years after grooming and having sex with schoolgirls.

Watch: Floating Farm created from Chelsea Flower Show plants

Thousands of plants from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show have been moved to a jetty on the Thames. 

Labour wins Haringey by-election 'in support for Jeremy Corbyn'

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

Zena Brabazon
BBC

Labour have won a council by-election in Haringey in north London. 

The election in Harringay Ward was called after the former Labour councillor stood down.

The new councillor Zena Brabazon said local people voted for her because she's supporting Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership race.

She said: "People have been incredibly supportive of Jeremy Corbyn. A lot of people said 'do you support Corbyn?' and I said, 'yes I do'. 

"They said 'well I'll vote for you then'. And I think that is a real sign of perhaps a difference between what's going on in the media and what's happening on the ground, even if it is north London."

Nick Easter: Ex-England and Harlequins captain retires from rugby union

BBC Sport

Former England and Harlequins captain Nick Easter has retired from playing at the age of 37.

He won 54 England caps and played 281 times for Quins, more than any other player in the professional era.

Nick Easter
PA

Number eight Easter took on a player-coach role working with Harlequins' defence in April and will now concentrate on coaching full time.

He played in three World Cups and helped Quins win their first-ever Premiership title in 2012.

Video: The hairdresser for the homeless

Homeless man having a haircut
BBC

Josh Coombes is a trained hairdresser with a huge salon: the streets of London.

The 29-year-old has been giving free haircuts to homeless people for the past year. Photos of the results are posted on an Instagram account which has thousands of followers.

It's part of an campaign by Josh and friends Matt Sprankle and Dave Burt, which is using the hashtag #DoSomethingforNothing, to encourage people to help others, anyway they can.

Nearly 100 cases of laser pens aimed at Heathrow and Gatwick planes this year

Nearly 100 cases of laser pens being shone into the cockpits of planes using Heathrow and Gatwick airports have been reported to police since January.

The high-powered devices can send a beam several miles high when shone from the ground, dazzling pilots.

Laser pen flash
BBC
There have been 68 reported laser incidents directed at Heathrow planes, and 23 aimed at Gatwick pilots this year

Kent Conservative MP Rehman Chishti has campaigned for pens above 1 milliwatt (mW) in strength to be banned.

If passed in Parliament, his Laser Pens (Regulation of Sales, Ownership and Usage) Bill would have the same sentence as carrying a knife.

Watch: Today's headlines from BBC London news

Alpa Patel brings you the latest news

UK's first maternity clinic for rape victims opens in London

The UK's first maternity clinic for rape and sexual assault victims has opened.

It will provide extra antenatal support with specially-trained midwives, psychologists and paediatricians.

Co-run by Barts Health NHS Trust in London, the scheme could be introduced in other UK hospitals if successful.

Pavan Amara
BBC
Pavan Amara waived her anonymity as a rape victim to launch the My Body Back project

Consultant midwife Inderjeet Kaur said it was "so important" to ensure the treatment did not contribute to the patients' trauma.

One in five women between the ages of 16-59 in England and Wales has experienced some form of sexual violence, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Heavy traffic on the M25 and road closures for Prudential RideLondon

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

There is heavy traffic on the M25 clockwise towards the QE2 Bridge due to a breakdown, and there is congestion up to J30 A13 (Lakeside / Tilbury). 

The Victoria Embankment is down to one lane westbound by Somerset House following an accident, with delays back past Temple. 

Also, extra traffic is expected through Stratford and Docklands today as the Prudential RideLondon events get under way. 

And in central London, there are road closures from 07:00 on Birdcage Walk, Horse Guards Road, Spur Road and The Mall in preparation for the Prudential Ride events this weekend. 

Lillie Road is closed at Seagrave Road due emergency water works near West Brompton Station.

London Wall eastbound is closed due to a gas leak between Moorgate and Blomfield Street. 

Delays on London Overground and Thameslink

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

There are severe delays on London Overground between Stratford and Clapham Junction and Richmond due an earlier fire alert at Stratford station.

Thameslink is running a reduced service until about 09:00 due to train crew shortages, leading to delays of up to 45 minutes. A bus replacement service is running for cancelled trains.

And, delays are possible for Southern trains via Earlswood, due a local police incident.

Today's weather: Warm sunny spells

After a cloudy start, warm sunny spells will develop through the morning. 

It will largely remain dry, but a few afternoon showers could develop in some places. 

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F) 

BBC London weather on Friday 29 July

BBC London Live updates on Friday 29 July

Good morning.

We'll be bringing you updates of all the latest videos, news, sport, travel and weather in London throughout the day.

If you would like to get in touch, you can tweetemail or leave a message on our Facebook page.