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  1. Updates on Thursday 18 August 2016

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

Tonight's weather: Dry and clear

BBC Weather

It'll be a dry and fine evening with some late sunshine before dusk. 

Overnight it's set to remain dry with light winds and some clear spells near Romford. Minimum temperature 16C (61F).

Pia the pug 'one of 6 stolen' in Forrest Hill

Listen: Andrew Flintoff on giving up alcohol

The former England cricketer speaks candidly with Robert Elms on BBC Radio London.

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The former England cricketer speaks candidly with Robert Elms on BBC Radio London

Teen charged with theft of car with baby inside refuses court appearance

A teenager accused of stealing a car and driving away with an 11-month-old baby and a child inside, has refused to appear in court.

Kempe Road Enfield

The 19-year-old, was scheduled to appear at Wood Green Crown Court earlier via video-link.

He is alleged to have got into the Vauxhall Astra after the children's mother parked and left the car in Kempe Road, Enfield on 2 July.

The 12-year-old girl managed to get out of the vehicle as he drove off, but the baby was still inside. 

The 11-month-old boy was found later on a doorstep in Cheshunt and the car was abandoned nearby. 

The defendant is now scheduled to appear at court at 14:00 tomorrow.

Mayor of London talks about the funding for the Garden Bridge

The government has been urged to not axe the Garden Bridge. 

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan spoke to BBC London about his thoughts on the prospects for the project. 

Hundreds of folk dancers brighten up a sunny evening

Inside Croydon

Three pubs, 150 dancers, and 16 Morris groups: the Croydon Night of the Dance, staged in Addiscombe on Tuesday, was described as a “tremendous success” by one of the organisers.

Calls for Team GB parade

Former Olympic Minister Tessa Jowell says there should be a parade to celebrate the successes of Team GB - but that it shouldn't take place in London.

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Watch: Young mathematicians find out their A-level results

Budding young mathematicians at King's College London Maths School find out their A-level results.

Budding mathematicians celebrate A-levels

Tim Stokes

BBC News

Pupils find out A-level results at school
Kings College London

Attending a specialist maths school may be some people's worst nightmare, but budding young mathematicians have been travelling from across the country to attend one in south London.

King's College London Mathematics School was started in Lambeth two years ago, and pupils have been finding out their A-level and AS results.

With all students at the school receiving either A* or A in maths, there has been plenty of celebrating.

Some of the students spoke to BBC News after they learned of their grades.

In spite of having a two-hour journey from Leicestershire each day, Henry Sinclair-Banks says he "doesn't think twice about the commute. I love this place".

Watch: Maths college celebrates A-Level success

All of the students at King's College Maths School, a specialist maths college in Lambeth, have got an A or A* in their A-Level results today.

Passenger incident disrupts Northern and Jubilee lines

BBC Travel

There are severe disruptions on the Northern Line and Jubilee Line at London Bridge due to a passenger incident.

There is no service southbound via Bank on the Northern Line between Kennington and Camden Town due to the incident.

Latest information here

Government urged not to axe Garden Bridge

Artists impression of the Garden Bridge over the River Thames.
Heatherwick Studio
The tree-covered Garden Bridge would span the Thames between Temple and the South Bank

The chair of the trust behind London's controversial Garden Bridge has urged the government not to axe the project, after a Newsnight investigation revealed a £20m hole in its finances.

Lord Davies said "it would be a tragedy if the government withdrew their support now".

The Department for Transport has agreed to £30m in public funds.

It is currently considering whether to extend its £15m underwriting of the bridge.

A further £30 million will come from Transport for London.

Speaking to Newsnight, Lord Davies said that delays to the project had increased its cost by £10m to £185m, and conceded that the trust had raised £15m less than previously claimed.

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Andrew Flintoff

Former England cricketer Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff joined Robert Elms earlier to talk about his book Second Innings.

Six useful tips for dealing with retaking a year after bad grades

BBC Newsbeat


If you didn't get the A-level results you were hoping for, you might be thinking of retaking a year.

It probably sounds like the worst thing in the world right now but it really doesn't have to be.

Newsbeat's been speaking to Finn from London. He got "terrible" grades (U,U,D,E) so stayed back a year to try to get what he needed.

This is his guide for how to cope.

De Niro gets go-ahead to open Covent Garden Hotel

Robert De Niro

American actor Robert De Niro has been granted planning permission to open a hotel in London's Covent Garden. 

The boutique Wellington Hotel has been given the go-ahead by Westminster City Council. 

Goodfellas actor De Niro, 73, already owns the luxury Greenwich Hotel in downtown Manhattan in New York. 

The five-star hotel attracts an A-List clientele including Heidi Klum, Reese Witherspoon, Lea Michele and Bradley Cooper. 

 Commenting on the plans in May, De Niro told The Caterer: "London is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

"It makes perfect sense to develop a hotel that represents all of that in the heart of this city in Covent Garden. 

"The Wellington Hotel would honour the heritage of the area, while bringing the best of what we've done in New York to London." 

Afternoon weather: warm with sunny spells

BBC Weather

This afternoon may bring the odd light shower here and there but generally it will be warm with bright or sunny spells. Maximum temperature 24C (75F).

Zakarya Bergdich

Morocco international Zakarya Bergdich leaves Charlton Athletic as the League One side terminate his contract.

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Scott Hogan scores the only goal of the game for Brentford in their win over Nottingham Forest at Griffin Park.

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Second man arrested in connection with Battersea murder

A second man has been arrested following the murder of Mohammed Hassan in Battersea.

The 19-year-old man was arrested in the Richmond area yesterday on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. He currently remains in custody at an east London police station.

Mohammed Hassan
Met police

On 12 August, a 26-year-old man was arrested in the Wandsworth area on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. He has been bailed until a date in October.

Mohammed Hassan, locally known as Bashir, died after being stabbed on the Winstanley Estate, on august 3.

Two other men - aged 35 and 33 years - also suffered stab injuries. One flagged down a passing ambulance and the other presented himself to a south London hospital. Both have since been discharged from hospital.

Richmond Council leader dismisses Heathrow's claims that neighbouring boroughs support airport's expansion

Richmond & Twickenham Times

Car damage caused by electrical fault

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters were called to a fire at an underground car park in Aura Court, Peckham Rye, last night.

A car was completely damaged by fire and another ten vehicle were damaged by heat and smoke.

Burnt out car

Five people were evacuated the property before the arrival of the London Fire Brigade and another 25 people were evacuated from the block and a neighbouring block.

The fire is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault within the car's electrical circuit.

Arsenal ready to spend money - Wenger

BBC Sport

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Rex Features

Arsene Wenger is "ready" to spend money at Arsenal but warns it is "important to spend it in the right way".

Who is paying for London's Garden Bridge?

BBC Newsnight

Who is paying for London's Garden Bridge?

Sage employee arrested at Heathrow in fraud probe


A 32-year-old employee at software firm Sage has been arrested at Heathrow airport, police have said.

City of London police said the woman was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a fraud investigation and has since been bailed.

Earlier this week the software firm was the victim of a data breach, which may have compromised personal information for employees at 280 UK businesses.

The Newcastle-based firm said it had told businesses who may be affected.

Four charged with firearms offences

Four people have been charged with firearms offences after an intelligence-led operation by officers from Scotland Yard. 

A car was stopped in West Norwood on Tuesday evening - one of the car's occupants had to be tasered but has now fully recovered. 

Donovan Parker-Gordon, 23, of Teevan Close, Croydon, Delicia Sykes, 30, of Panton Close, Croydon, Dean Headman-Williams, 34, of Rattray Road and George Headman, 52, of Knollys Road will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court later.

All have been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of prohibited ammunition.

Mr Headman-Williams has also been charged with possession of a firearm when prohibited for life and possession with Intent to supply class A drug (heroin).

Pictures: Ceiling panel falls on Southern passengers

A ceiling panel fell on passengers on a Southern train this morning.

The incident happened close to East Croydon station, and eyewitness Kate Baxter said two girls were hit by the panel when it fell. Southern said there were not thought to be any injuries.

Ceiling falls on Southern train
Kate Baxter

A Southern spokesman apologised and said a full investigation had been launched.

"Reports have been received of a ceiling panel dislodging in one of the carriages on the 07.45 Southern service from Tattenham Corner to Victoria.

"Southern staff at East Croydon station boarded the train to attend to passengers and it was reported at the time that there were no injuries."

Ceiling falls on Southern train
Kate Baxter

A-level results: students pick up their results after anxious wait


Teachers prepare as students arrive to collect their A-level results at Westminster Kingsway College's King's Cross Centre.

Thousands of students are collecting their A-level results today, amid suggestions of a slight increase in the number of top grades being awarded and warnings of "greater volatility" in marks.

A-level results due out

BBC London News: Today’s headlines

Sonja Jessup

BBC London News

Latest headlines from London

'Human head' found in Barnet cemetery is Halloween mask

£22m gap in Garden Bridge funds - Newsnight investigation

Garden Bridge design
Heatherwick Studio

The designer of the Garden Bridge project in London has made an impassioned defence of the proposal - arguing the project has been turned into a political football.

Speaking to BBC Newsnight, Thomas Heatherwick said scrapping the bridge would indicate that "we have suddenly have no confidence in ourselves".

The proposal for a new bridge over the Thames has been beset by controversy.

Newsnight has learned the funding gap is £22m more than previously thought.

If the bridge is ever going to be built, the team behind it need to raise £175m.

Homage to the dash to get the last weekend Tube

Since the world's first underground system opened in 1863, people have had to avoid missing the last service of the day - which has often meant a last minute dash at the end of the night.

But with the introduction of a 24-hour service that will soon be a thing of the past in London- on Fridays and Saturdays at least.

Initially the service will run on the Victoria and Central lines but will spread to the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines later this year.

Homage to last Tube weekend dash

RMT say a 70% vote in favour of strikes a 'strong mandate for further action'

Wimbledon SW19 News

The cancellation of the last two days of the five day strike on Southern Rail last week looks set to be a temporary reprieve following the breakdown of talks between the train operator Govia Thameslink (GTR) and the union. 

Travel update: Broken down vehicle causing delays

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on the A501 Marylebone Flyover into town in Marylebone after the A40 Westway junction, because of an earlier broken down vehicle.  

One lane is closed on the A4 Strand eastbound in Central London at the A301 Waterloo Bridge junction, because of a burst water main and emergency repairs.  

The A3 in Tolworth exit slip road is partially blocked northbound at Tolworth Junction because of an accident.   

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

An emergency timetable operating on Southern between Victoria and Brighton, between Brighton and Ashford International and between Southampton Central and Brighton and reduced service between Clapham Junction and Watford Junction due to staff shortage.  

There are delays of up to 15 minutes on Southeastern between Lewisham and London Charing Cross and services being diverted via Hither Green due to signalling problem.  

Some light showers at first, but sunny spells developing

It will be rather cloudy at times through the day with the odd light shower here and there. 

The cloud will thin and break in places though to give some warm bright or sunny spells. 

Maximum temperature 24C (75F).

BBC London weather Thursday 18 August

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