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  1. Updates on Wednesday 3 August 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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West Ham

Cheikhou Kouyate scores twice as West Ham mark the first match at their new home by beating NK Domzale to reach the Europa League play-off round.

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Chelsea v AC Milan

New signing N'Golo Kante makes his first Chelsea appearance as two goals from Oscar see the Premier League side beat AC Milan.

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Bystanders describe the scenes at Russell Square just after the attack
Bystanders describe the scenes at Russell Square just after the attack
Witness Paul Ó Geibheannaigh: "We saw the body lying on the pavement"
Witness Paul Ó Geibheannaigh saw a body on the pavement following a fatal knife attack in Russell Square, London.
The unveiling of the Memorial Cross at St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate

A special service to mark the centenary of the unveiling of the London's first World War One memorial will be held later.

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Victoria Wasteney

A Christian health worker loses her appeal against a ruling which suspended after she gave a religious book to a Muslim colleague.

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Forensic teams are collecting evidence at the scene, as Andy Moore reports
The BBC's Andy Moore reports from Russell Square in London, where a woman has been killed and five others injured in a knife attack.
Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said the Met's homicide command was leading the investigation into the attack, with support from the counter-terrorism unit.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner says mental health is thought to be a significant factor in the central London knife attack.
Scott Bates

Claire Bates

BBC News Magazine

In 2011, thousands of people rioted in English cities. Here is the story of two people deeply affected by what went on.

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Has anything changed in Tottenham five years on from Mark Duggan's death?
Five years on from the riots sparked by Mark Duggan's death, BBC News asks Tottenham residents whether anything has changed.
London riots: Convicted looter looks back
A man convicted of stealing during the 2011 London riots has said he is thinking of becoming a street pastor.
West Ham have a job to do - Bilic
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says his side "have a job to do" in the second leg of their Europa League third-round qualifier against NK Domzale on Thursday,
Gang being apprehended

Police intercept a moped gang who were armed with knives and an axe as they attempt to rob a luxury watch store in central London.

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Our coverage across the day

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. Have a good evening.  

Robbers 'caused £300,000 worth of damage'

A Met Police spokesman said three officers suffered minor injuries and the fourth is in hospital in a serious condition. 

Store owner Avi Reed said the gang smashed a glass cabinet, causing more than £300,000 of damage, Mr Reed said police contacted them at the Chronext store earlier to warn them that there might be a robbery, and the shop was closed to protect customers. 

He said: "At about 11:30 we saw three guys, they had helmets on. One tried to smash the door with a hammer. 

The glass didn't break as it's protected but he managed to get in. "Another guy had an axe and managed to smash a cabinet, while the other stayed on the motorbike. 

They caused enormous damage."

Four officers hurt and four arrests over foiled armed robbery

A moped gang armed with knives and an axe has been intercepted by police in a "terrifying" attempt to rob a luxury watch store in central London. 

Four officers were injured when the Met's Flying Squad swooped on the men in Piccadilly at 11:25 BST. 

A Taser was discharged several times and the policemen were hurt as the men tried to escape on mopeds. 

Four men have been arrested and are being held at London police stations.

Watch: Route revealed for the latest Cycle Super Highway in London

No more rush hour short cuts through Regents Park – unless you’re a cyclist!

A cycle superhighway linking north-west London to the West End will be built after 60% of people backed it in a consultation, City Hall has announced.  


Train drivers employed by Southern Railway and Gatwick Express are to be balloted for strikes, the Aslef union says.

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Hidir Aksakal

Two men who "executed" their friend before burying his body in woodland have been jailed for life with a minimum of 32 years.

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BreakingSouthern train drivers to be balloted for strikes

Train drivers employed by Southern Railway and Gatwick Express are to be balloted for strikes over a "breakdown in industrial relations", the union Aslef has said.

Alex Pritchard

Norwich City are in talks with Tottenham midfielder Alex Pritchard about a possible move, reports BBC Radio Norfolk.

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Armed gang's attempt to raid Piccadilly jewellers thwarted after tip-off

Bungled jewellery raid

Would-be robbers armed with a machete and an axe poised to raid a jewellers in London's West End were stopped in their tracks after police received a tip-off. 

The gang, riding two mopeds, was ready to pounce in Piccadilly at around 11.25  when officers from Scotland Yard's anti-robbery Flying Squad stepped in.

Witnesses took to Twitter to post pictures of two of the suspects pinned to the floor by police, as one of the bikes lay on its side nearby. 

One shot showed debris including what appeared to be a machete. Scotland Yard said one officer was injured during the swoop and has been taken to hospital.  

Analysis: Latest cycle superhighway announcement nods to mayor's direction of travel

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

What's significant about today's announcement about Cycle Superhighway 11 (CS11) is it gives a clear indication of the way the mayor will go with cycling.

The route is contentious. It involves restricting access to motor vehicles to Regent's Park and that has led to opposition or "bikelash".

But despite that - like the previous mayor Boris Johnson - it seems the Sadiq Khan is willing to give it the go-ahead.

City Hall says the new segregated bike lanes like those on Blackfriars Bridge have changed behaviour - 70% of traffic in rush hour there is now bikes.

There will be further work on CS11 to try to address concerns around issues like rat running. But It looks like London is going to get more segregated bike tracks.

Lambeth politician joins race to be UKIP leader

UKIP has unveiled its shortlist in its search for a new party leader to replace Nigel Farage.

UKIP deputy chair in Lambeth Elizabeth Jones joins the following candidates:

  • Diane James MEP
  • Cllr Lisa Duffy
  • Phillip Broughton
  • Cllr Bill Etheridge MEP
  • Jonathan Arnott MEP

Steven Woolfe MEP has been ruled "ineligible" to stand in the contest after he submitted his papers late.  

Kenley airfield heritage project appeals for volunteers

Inside Croydon

Watch: Is this the world's most beautiful sewage works?

When Crossness sewage works opened in Abbey Wood in 1866, it was the first building of its kind in the world.

The engines were shut down in the 1950s but volunteers are hoping to regularly open the Grade 1 listed Victorian pumping station for visitors.

The Abbey Wood sewage works were called the Cathedral of the Marsh
Mohamed Salah

Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah makes a permanent move to Roma after spending last season on loan at the Serie A club.

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Swiss Cottage to West End cycle superhighway given go-ahead

CGI proposal of Swiss Cottage

A cycle superhighway linking north-west London to the West End will be built after 60% of people backed it in a consultation, City Hall has announced. 

Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross said CS11, which connects Swiss Cottage and Oxford Circus, would proceed but with some changes. 

Campaigners had suggested the scheme would cause "total gridlock on the roads and increased air pollution". 

TfL said it would work with other bodies "to address outstanding issues".

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan backed the idea saying it would "play an important role improving the quality of our toxic air." 

However, he said he was "determined to learn the lessons from previous cycle superhighway ensure we minimise any disruption".

Victory by stallholders to halt 'threatening' redevelopment of Shepherd's Bush Market

Projected image of Shepherd's Bush Market
Orion Shepherds Bush Ltd
OSBL had obtained planning permission to widen the market and build flats

Market traders at Shepherd's Bush Market in west London have won a legal victory after seeing off the threat of redevelopment which they say would have destroyed its "character and attractiveness".

Hammersmith Council will now work with the Orion Shepherd’s Bush Ltd (the Market freeholder owner), the market traders and other interested parties to deliver the regeneration of the market which will improve the facilities for the market traders and customers, while "maintaining the market’s unique identity which is so well loved by Londoners".

James Horada, Chair of the Shepherd's Bush Market Tenants Association, said: “Over the past two and half years the Shepherd’s Bush Market traders have been placed under a great deal of duress.  The market has suffered under poor management, causing businesses to fold and footfall to drop. “The traders are grateful that their fight to protect their rights has been successful and that common sense has prevailed. “The Shepherd’s Bush Market Tenants’ Association (SBMTA) are most thankful for the decisions of the high court Judges. We are also grateful for the uplifting support that we have received from the thousands of people who signed our Save Shepherd’s Bush Market Businesses petition."

Solicitor Richard Stein, who represented the market traders, said the court could only quash the compulsory purchase order (CPO) was becase Hammersmith & Fulham Council had gone from a Conservative to a Labour-run council in 2014.

The Labour council had been elected on a manifesto promising to oppose the CPO.

Afternoon weather: Bright, sunny and windy

BBC Weather

It'll become bright with sunny spells, but also very windy during the afternoon, especially over the Chilterns and other high ground.

It will feel pleasantly warm in any bright or sunnier spells, particularly out of the wind. Maximum temperature 23C (73F).

Rhea with her mum Sonal, dad and younger brother

The mother of a 10-year-old schoolgirl crowned this year's Child Genius intervened to secure her daughter's place in the final but has faced criticism for being "too pushy".

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Hospital chief: We intend to be here for another 100 years

Rob Hurd, chief executive of the RNOH, said: “The Stanmore name is known around the world for pioneering many of the now standard procedures and we are setting the gold standard for clinical outcomes. 

"The support and enthusiasm shown by the staff, patients and supporters – both past and present – has brought us here and I want to say, on behalf of the RNOH, thank you. Without them, we could not have done it.

“We intend to be here for another 100 years, putting patients first, always”.

Artists impression on the new ward

A charity appeal organised by the trust also hopes to raise £15m.

Work is due to begin later this year.

Royal National Orthopedic Hospital secures rebuilding funds

UK's national hospital for spinal surgery has secured £63m to rebuild its facilities.

Artist impression of the rebuilt hospital

About £40m will be used by the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore, north-west London, to build a new in-patient ward.

A further £23m will be used to free up adjacent land which will then be sold off.

A Biomedical Engineering hub, that will test new medical devices, is also being created with University College London, which is providing the bulk of the £25m cost.

More than 400 government files missing from National Archives

Man holding folder in National Archives
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More than 400 government documents have gone missing from the National Archives in Kew in the last four years.

They include Foreign Office files from the 1970s on "military and nuclear collaboration with Israel" and a 1947 letter from Winston Churchill.

One MP from the parliamentary group on official archives told the BBC he was "concerned" by their loss.

The National Archives said it was running a "robust" programme to locate the documents.

Tyrone Barnett

League One newcomers AFC Wimbledon sign striker Tyrone Barnett after the termination of his contract at Shrewsbury.

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The most Richmond traffic jam ever: Motorists held up by roaming deer in Richmond Park

Richmond and Twickenham Times

A herd of deer wandering through Richmond Park held up cars this morning in perhaps the most Richmond traffic jam ever.

Andy Carroll

Mark Noble scores a penalty but West Ham struggle in a Europa League qualifying defeat in Slovenia.

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Man found dead in Thames 'dearly loved and truly missed'

The family of a man who was murdered while fishing beside the River Thames have paid tribute to a "dearly loved father". 

The body of 48-year-old Scott Wilkinson was found in the river off Waterside Drive in Walton-on-Thames, south-west London, on 28 July. 

A post-mortem examination revealed he died of trauma to the head. 

 A total of five people have been arrested in connection with his death, including a 16-year-old boy. 

Mr Wilkinson's family said in a statement released through Surrey Police: "Scott, a son, brother, father and grandfather, was dearly loved and will be truly missed by all of his family and friends."

A force spokesman said: "His family continue to receive support from family liaison officers as the murder investigation continues. 

"Detectives from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team continue to urge anybody who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area or with any information to contact them as a matter of urgency."