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Analysis: How Anjem Choudary's mouth was finally shut

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For 20 years Anjem Choudary stood on street corners, in shopping precincts, outside mosques, embassies and police stations and used his megaphone to drive a wedge between Muslims and the rest of Britain. 

Now he has been convicted of inviting others to support the Islamic State militant group.

The scenes would change - but not the words.

Jonathan Calleri

West Ham complete the signing of Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri on a season-long from Uruguayan side Deportivo Maldonado.

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Feline death linked to London 'cat killer'

Bertie, Ukiyo and Missy
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Bertie (left) from Surrey, Ukiyo from West Norwood in south London and Missy from Coulsdon are three of the cats which have been killed

The death of a cat found cut in two is being linked to a series of other gruesome cat killings around England, an animal rescue centre has said.

South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (Snarl) said the mutilated remains, found in Bracknell, Berkshire, bore similarities to feline deaths in other parts of the country.

The charity has suggested a single culprit is behind the killings.

Thames Valley Police said the latest death was an "isolated incident".

Pet rescue: 'She looked like she was dead'

Animal rescues cost London Fire Brigade (LFB) £202,446 in the past year, it has been revealed.

London fire crews were called to rescue 542 animals - including dogs, foxes and snakes - between July 2015 and June 2016, figures from the service show.

LFB said people should call the RSPCA first for animal rescues.

Gerty the cat was rescued after a chip pan fire at her owner Michael’s home in Stratford. Michael explains how she was helped by London Fire Brigade

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Gareth Batty

Surrey's bowlers dominate the final day as the visitors cruise to victory over Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

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Carey Mulligan - We should talk about dementia

Oscar-nominated London actress Carey Mulligan has been appointed as the UK's first global Dementia Friends Ambassador.

Her grandmother was diagnosed with dementia 16 years ago. 

She spoke to the BBC about the benefits of making communities dementia friendly.

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North Korean diplomat at London embassy 'defects to another country'

A diplomat at the North Korean embassy in London has defected to another country, BBC News understands.

North Korean embassy in Ealing
BBC

The diplomat left the embassy earlier this month for a "third country", reports in the South Korean media say.

The Foreign Office has not commented on the alleged defection but has indicated it is trying to verify the reports.

The diplomat reportedly lived in the UK for 10 years with his wife and family, the BBC's diplomatic correspondent James Robbins said.

Teen dies after being stabbed in Hayes

An 18-year-old boy has been stabbed to death in Hayes.

Police were called late yesterday afternoon to Glenwood Gardens' junction with Glenwood Drive, but the teenager died shortly after they arrived. 

Another 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

The Met said both the victim and suspect knew each other. 

Cyclist injured at notorious junction in Bank

A cyclist is in hospital with head injuries after he crashed with a car at a notorious junction in Bank.

The rider, a man in his 40s, was injured last night's rush hour.

The incident happened near to where Oxford graduate Ying Tao, 26, died after being hit by a lorry last June.

Garreth Hayes
Scene of accident at Bank

Garreth Hayes, who was at the scene, said the junction was known for being dangerous as it is where six roads meet and it is near the busy underground station.

"It's irresponsible verging on criminal if nothing is done to make it safer," he said.

"That must be the last serious accident on that road." 

London Irish explore return to capital

BBC Sport

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Rugby union club London Irish are exploring a return to London, with a groundshare at Brentford FC's proposed new stadium among the options.

Formal discussions have begun between Irish and Hounslow Borough Council about playing rugby in west London.

Irish, relegated from the Premiership last season, currently play their home games at Reading's Madejski Stadium.

Gold supercar with L-plates impounded

Gold Maserati on tow truck
Kingston Police

A gold supercar with L-plates was seized by police in west London, leaving its driver by the roadside.

Officers seized the Maserati GranCabrio - a basic model of which can cost up to £100,000 new - on King's Road in Kingston on suspicion of it having no insurance.

The Met said the car was impounded and the owner would be summoned to court.

If found guilty the owner, who has not been named, faces a minimum £300 fine and six points on their licence

A Kingston Police spokesman said the driver was pulled over because officers thought the car seemed very expensive for a learner to be driving.

BreakingRadical preacher Anjem Choudary guilty of inviting IS support

June Kelly

BBC Home Affairs correspondent

The radical London preacher, Anjem Choudary has been found guilty of inviting support for so-called Islamic State, following a trial at the Old Bailey. 

Another man, who stood trial with him, Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, was also convicted of the same charge. 

The two were found guilty three weeks ago but for legal reasons the BBC, like the rest of the media, has not been able to report the verdicts until now. 

Choudary, of Hampton Road, Ilford, and Rahman, of Sidney Street in Whitechapel, east London, will be sentenced on 6 September.

Afternoon weather: Dry with plenty of sunshine

BBC Weather

Today will be fine and dry with plenty of sunshine. Despite the easterly breeze, it will feel warm with the highest temperatures in the west. 

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

Watch: Mayor of London's response to rail fare rise

Sadiq Khan has been speaking to BBC London, following the announcement that regulated rail fares are to rise by 1.9% next year.

The rise will take effect from January.

You can hear more from the mayor on BBC London News at 18:30 on BBC One.

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Sadiq Khan says fares charged by TfL will be frozen

WATCH: Presidential response for east London artist

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An artist from Hackney has had his work acknowledged by President Barack Obama

Watch: Jeremy Corbyn calls for end to Southern rail franchise

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has spoken about why he's calling for Govia Thameslink (GTR) to be stripped of the Southern rail franchise. 

Southern passengers have faced delays, cancellations and a reduced timetable amid staff shortages and strikes.

The operator is in a dispute with the RMT union over the role of guards, and has apologised for the disruption. 

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Labour leader calls for Govia to be stripped of the Southern rail franchise
Gledwood Gardens junction with Gledwood Drive

An 18-year-old who was stabbed to death in a street attack is seen "running for his life" while covered in blood, a witness says.

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Woman jailed for murdering partner in Tottenham flat

Gyuldzhan Hadzhieva
Met Police
Gyuldzhan Hadzhieva will serve a minimum of 16 years in jail

A woman who stabbed her partner to death at their home has been jailed for life.

Shenol Ali, 32, was found with multiple stab wounds in the flat above the Bill Nicholson pub in Tottenham in February.

Gyuldzhan Hadzhieva, 38, was found guilty of murder and was given a minimum jail term of 16 years.

A Met Police spokesman said the motive for the murder was unclear but it was thought Mr Ali was planning on leaving Hadzhieva.

Arrest after firearms incident in Wimbledon

A man has been arrested following a report of a person being seen in possession of a firearm in Wimbledon. 

Officers were called at 08:56 today to a report of a male seen in possession of an item believed to be a firearm in the Wimbledon area. 

Local officers, including armed officers and the British Transport Police, attended Wimbledon train station in an attempt to find the man. 

Police say a man was traced to an address at Raynes Park at 10:47 and has been arrested. 

Analysis: What has Mayor Khan achieved in his first 100 days?

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

Sadiq Khan
PA

There was plenty on Sadiq Khan’s to-do list when he took the helm at City Hall 100 days ago. 

He had promised to be the greenest mayor ever, who would solve London’s housing crisis and freeze fares. 

Hence announcements on low emission bus zones and a one-hour bus hopper fare. 

But Mr Khan’s fares freeze was quickly described by critics asa u-turn for not including travelcards

Not so, says the mayor who told BBC Radio London this morning that he was “the only mayor in history who’d made a fares pledge and kept it” pointing out that he could only freeze fares that were under TfL control. 

His failure to tell the world how many homes he’d build has also been a source of criticism, for a mayor who knows his legacy will be judged on whether he can deliver truly affordable homes. 

As for the low ebb of his first 100 days? He told Vanessa Feltz “the most disappointing part” was the “country choosing to leave the EU”. 

But while the nation’s leadership was in disarray in those post-Brexit vote days, Mr Khan told us City Hall had a plan in place to reassure businesses who might be thinking of leaving London for other European cities to remain here. 

Whether he can make a real difference on that score will be an added challenge that mayors of London of the past never had to worry about.

Watch: Corbyn and campaigners call for re-nationalisation of the railways

Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn joined campaigners 'Action for Rail' at London Bridge station this morning. 

They were calling for a publicly owned railway with affordable fares, and for Govia to be stripped of the Southern Rail franchise.

The demonstration came as a rise in rail fares was announced.

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Great British Bake Off contestants named for 2016 series

Contestants
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A garden designer from Beckenham, south London, and an economics graduate from London are just two of the contestants unveiled for this year's Great British Bake Off.

Viewers will see 12 amateur bakers trying to impress judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood when the new series begins on BBC One on 24 August.

Last year's winner Nadiya Hussain was a big success and Hollywood said this year's crop had felt the pressure.

"Nadiya went to a whole new level... it put pressure on them more," he said.

"I think we felt it in the tents as well. They started quite nervously, but once they settled down they got into it."

Regulated rail fares to rise by 1.9% in England, Scotland and Wales

Ticket
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Regulated rail fares, including season tickets, in England, Scotland and Wales are to rise by 1.9% next year.

The rise, which is linked July's Retail Price Index (RPI) measure of inflation, will take effect from January.

It comes as research by trade unions suggests rail fares have increased at double the speed of wages since 2010.

But the government said wages were now rising faster than fares, and the rail industry said £50bn was being spent on improving the network.

Watch: What does it cost to save a hamster?

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Animal rescues cost London Fire Brigade more than £200,000 in the past year, it has been revealed.

Firefighters were called to rescue 542 animals - including dogs, foxes and snakes - between July 2015 and June 2016, data released to the BBC shows.

About half of the rescued animals were cats, but the brigade also spent thousands rescuing hamsters and squirrels.

The brigade said people should call the RSPCA first for animal rescues.

Watch: Police appeal over charity shop burglary

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a burglary at a charity shop in Havering on 3 July.CCTV footage shows the suspect climbing onto a bin and placing a box over the CCTV camera at the St Francis Hospice Shop in Essex.He then broke into the shop and stole money from the till, Met Police say.Around £300 worth of damage was done to the rear door.  

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Londoners need skilling up post-Brexit, says Khan

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

London mayor Sadiq Khan is talking to Vanessa Feltz about his first 100 days in office and his plans for the future.

He says "the most disappointing part" of his first 100 days was the country's decision to leave the EU.

Post-Brexit, Mr Khan says London needs more power over how it trains up its residents.

London state schools 'send more to Oxbridge'

Judith Burns

Education reporter

Oxford wall sculpture
BBC
Oxford and Cambridge Universities take more students from London and the South East

Some London state schools send more pupils to Oxford and Cambridge than private schools in other parts of England, research suggests.  

Overall, considering both state and private schools together:

  • inner London sends 1.89 times more students to Oxbridge than the national average
  • the South East sends 1.46 times more students
  • outer London schools send 1.37 more students.

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Fire service spends £200K saving animals

Mischief the horse who was rescued from a ditch
London Fire Brigade
Mischief the horse was rescued from a ditch in Pinner, northwest London, in April 2015

Animal rescues cost London Fire Brigade (LFB) £202,446 in the past year, it has been revealed.

London fire crews were called to rescue 542 animals - including dogs, foxes and snakes - between July 2015 and June 2016, figures from the service show.

About half of the rescued animals were cats, but the brigade also spent £978 rescuing two hamsters and £1,304 saving four squirrels.

LFB said people should call the RSPCA first for animal rescues.

Mayor marks 100 days

BBC Radio London

It's 100 days since Sadiq Khan became the Mayor of London. 

To mark the occasion he has put together a list of ambitions he wants to see during his tenure at City Hall on housing, transport, culture, skills and equality. 

He's also highlighting what's already been done in first 100 days in office on air pollution, the Night Tube, the TfL fares freeze, the Hopper bus fare and launching the #LondonIsOpen campaign after the EU referendum result.   

Vanessa Feltz will be interviewing the mayor at 09:30

Today's weather: Fine and dry

BBC Weather

After a cool dawn, a fine and dry day will follow with plenty of sunshine. Despite the easterly breeze, it will feel warm with the highest temperatures in the west. 

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

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London Weather: Fine and dry on 16 August

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