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  1. Updates on Wednesday 17 August 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Dry and muggy overnight

BBC Weather

It will gradually cloud over from the west during the evening although still with one or two clearer spells. It should remain dry for most though, with light winds. 

It'll feel a little mild and muggy in the City and other urban areas. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

Wandsworth Council becomes 'first' to formally protect pubs

A south-west London council says it has become the first in the UK to formally protect its pubs from redevelopment.

Wandsworth has told owners of 120 of its best-loved bars they will need planning permission to convert them into homes or shops.

The Bedford
Wandsworth Council

Deputy council leader Jonathan Cook said it could prove to be a "turning point" for the nation's "vulnerable pub trade" if other councils follow suit.

Currently owners do not need permission to change a property's business use.

Sadiq Khan unveils new environment deputy mayor

Sadiq Khan and Shirley Rodrigues
London Mayor

Shirley Rodrigues, acting executive director for climate change and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, has been named as the new deputy mayor for environment and energy.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Shirley Rodrigues brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience and is the perfect person to deliver my agenda to make London a cleaner and greener city.

“Shirley will drive forward the urgent action needed to ensure Londoners no longer have to fear the air we breathe and will address the failure to tackle the problem by the previous Mayor and Government.

“I am sure she will be a fantastic addition to my top team, taking on a crucial portfolio that has become an issue of life and death.”

Villa sign Palace midfielder Jedinak

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Mile Jedinak
Rex Features

Aston Villa sign midfielder Mile Jedinak from Crystal Palace on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Mile Jedinak

Villa sign Palace midfielder Jedinak

Aston Villa sign midfielder Mile Jedinak from Crystal Palace on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

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Buckingham Palace

A student accused of carrying a folded knife near Buckingham Palace is sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

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Police watchdog investigates 29-year-old's death

A 29-year-old man has died after he "became unwell" when police were called to reports of a disturbance in Bedfont in Hounslow. 

London Ambulance Service took the man to hospital where he died early yesterday evening.

The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), is investigating.

'Large scale' cannabis farm with 140 plants shut down in North Sheen

Watch: Uber challenges new English tests for drivers

Uber has launched a legal challenge to fight new English tests for thousands of its drivers. Transport for London (TfL) says the new rules are for the public's safety.  

George Low with a friend

A British holidaymaker stabbed to death in Cyprus was involved in a row about urinating in public, police are told.

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Michael Gash

Barnet striker Michael Gash will miss the rest of the season after suffering cruciate ligament damage.

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Night buses brought in to boost Night Tube cover in London

Eight new bus services will be launched in London this weekend to complementthe city's new Night Tube. 

The 24-hour buses will help people using the all-night Tube on Friday and Saturday nights to get to and from stations, according to Transport for London. 

New 24-hour bus routes:

  • 34 - Barnet Church to Walthamstow Central
  • 123 - Ilford High Road to Wood Green
  • 145 - Leytonstone to Dagenham
  • 158 - Stratford to Chingford Mount
  • 296 - Ilford Broadway to Romford
  • E1 - Greenford Broadway to Ealing Broadway
  • W3 - Finsbury Park to Northumberland Park
  • W7 - Finsbury Park to Muswell Hill Broadway
Night Tube map

Passengers will be as safe on London's Night Tube as they are on the daytime service, police say ahead of the service's launch.

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The Bedford, Balham

A south-west London council becomes the first in the country to formally protect its pubs from redevelopment.

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Sammy Moore

National League side Dover Athletic have re-signed Leyton Orient midfielder Sammy Moore on loan until 14 January.

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Night Tube opens Friday - here's everything you need to know

Lunchtime weather: Dry, sunny and warm afternoon

BBC Weather

It will be fine and dry this afternoon with long sunny spells, light winds and it will feel pleasantly warm. Maximum temperature: 24C (75F) 

'Knife carrying' student near Buckingham Palace sectioned

A 25-year-old university student accused of possessing a folded knife near a gate of the Buckingham Palace has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act by Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Chinese national Hang Zhang, 25, of Hawley Street, Sheffield, was arrested on Friday and charged with possession of an offensive weapon, after being found near the south-centre pedestrian gate. 

Buckingham Palace

The Sheffield University student, was sectioned under Section Two of the Act following an assessment, the court heard.

Mr Zhang, who denied living at the address given to the court, was released on conditional bail and told to stay on the Burbage Ward at the Michael Carlisle Centre in Sheffield, until his next appearance at court on 14 September.

In pictures: Stranger rescues man who fell on Tube tracks

Police want to trace a brave passenger who put his life in danger to jump onto live Tube tracks and pull a man to safety. 

Just before 17:00 yesterday, a 47-year-old man was standing on a northbound Northern Line platform at Tottenham Court Road Underground station when he suddenly became unwell and fell onto the tracks.

Hero rescue
British Transport Police

An unknown bystander jumped onto the live rails and pull him safely back onto the platform. 

The man was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to hospital - and will make a full recovery.

Hero rescue
British Transport Police

Superintendent Chris Horton, of British Transport Police, said: "Going onto the tracks is extremely dangerous but the bravery of this man has to be praised. 

"The quick thinking of him and other passengers on the platform avoided what could have been a tragedy."

Hero rescue
British Transport Police
Mr Thae (seen here on the right of the picture)

A top North Korean diplomat who disappeared from the country's embassy in London has defected to South Korea, officials in Seoul confirm.

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London in bloom

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River Thames in the Summer
Simply beautiful alongside the Thames, captured by 'ruthiebabes' in Twickenham

A gratuitous look at blooming London


Uber launches a legal challenge against new rules in London that require thousands of its drivers to pass a test in English.

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Watch: 'Blood donors saved my twins and wife'

More black and South Asian donors are needed in London, according to a NHS campaign

BBC London News: Today’s headlines

Latest headlines from London

Mayor urges Fabric nightclub resolution

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has urged the authorities to work with Fabric so that the club can re-open.

One of London's biggest nightclubs, it had its licence suspended after two teenagers died from suspected drug overdoses in recent weeks.

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QE2 bridge

Drivers are being warned of severe delays around the M25 following a crash that caused the closure of the QE2 bridge.

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WATCH: The unhappiest place in Britain

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Travel: Delays after bridge closure

There are long delays on the M25:

  • Clockwise from J29 A127 
  • Anticlockwise, from J3 Swanley 
  • All around Lakeside 
  • Blackwall Tunnel 

Both clockwise and anticlockwise traffic is using the Dartford Tunnels.     

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Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

After a cool start, it will be another fine and dry day with long sunny spells and light winds. This will lead to another warm or very warm day for all. 

Highs of 24C (75F)

London weather for 17 August: Dry with sunny spells

BBC London Live updates on Wednesday 17 August

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