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  1. Updates on Friday 19 August 2016

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Chelsea

Matt Davis

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Diego Costa scores the winner for the second game in a row as Chelsea come from behind to beat Watford at Vicarage Road.

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Jermaine Beckford and Paul Gallagher

Preston North End win against Queens Park Rangers to record their first victory in the Championship this season.

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Danny Ward

Rotherham United pick up their first Championship win of the season with a narrow victory over Brentford.

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Fire in Shepherd's Bush tower block

About 50 people are to spend the night away from their homes following a blaze in a west London tower block.

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Tonight's weather: Clear night, getting windy

BBC Weather

Cloud will clear away and there will be some late evening sunshine. Skies will stay clear overnight, and it will be dry. Winds will pick up overnight. 

Lows of 14C (57F).

Ambulance crews at the Shepherd's Bush fire scene

An air ambulance and several ambulance crews are parked on Shepherd's Bush Green. 

A spokesperson for London Ambulance Service said: "We sent multiple resources including ambulance crews, single responders in cars, our hazardous area response team and an incident response officer. "We remain at the scene." 

Air Ambulance and ambulance crews waiting near Shepherd's Bush Green
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Air Ambulance and ambulance crews waiting near Shepherd's Bush Green

Tower block fire: 'It's like something out of a horror film'

BBC Radio London

Witness Helena Noifield told BBC Radio London: "Everyone's standing around not knowing where to go. 

"It's all pretty horrible really. There's ash everywhere, smoke everywhere... it's like something out of a horror film. It's ghastly."

Tower block fire 'under control'

Watch: Where will the Olympic and Paralympic parade be held?

The Mayor of London wants to host the parade in the capital but Manchester City Council are in talks to host the event. 

Reality Check: Is Oxford Street the world's most polluted?

Sadiq Khan
AP

The claim: On some days Oxford Street in London is the world's most polluted street.

Reality Check verdict: This was true of Nitrogen Dioxide pollution in 2013. But on average in 2014, Brixton Road in Lambeth was worse than Oxford Street.

BBC Reality Check explains why.

Air ambulance lands after fire in Shepherd's Bush

Video: Fire in Shepherd's Bush tower block

Tower block fire spreads to three floors

Air ambulance lands at Shepherd's Bush Green following fire

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Traffic diversions while firefighters tackle blaze in Shepherd's Bush

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Shepherd's Bush Green is closed and traffic is queuing in both directions between Southern Roundabout and the A219 Wood Lane junction due to the fire.

Diversions are in operation - eastbound traffic via Wood Lane, westbound traffic via West Cross Route.

Central line shut at Shepherd's Bush due to fire

Crews from all over west London tackle tower block blaze

Fire at Shepherd's Bush
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A spokesman at London Fire Brigade said:"Twelve fire engines and 81 firefighters and officers have been called to a fire in a high rise block of flats on Shepherds Court in Shepherd's Bush Green.

"Smoke from the blaze can be seen across the area and 999 control officers have taken over 40 emergency calls to the incident.

"The Brigade was called at 15:44. Crews from Hammersmith, Kensington, Acton, Chiswick, Paddington, Fulham and surrounding fire stations are at the scene."

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

Firefighters tackling tower block blaze

Eighty firefighters are tackling a blaze at a tower block in Shepherd's Bush Green, west London.

Shepherd's Bush Green westbound is currently shut and Matt (@bluecanary) says the Tube station is closed due to smoke from the building.

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Roads closed in Shepherd's Bush due to tower block fire

BBC Radio London

There is a fire at a block of flats near the W12 Shopping Centre in Shepherd's Bush in west London. There are road closures.

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Fire in Shepherd's Bush

Armand Gnanduillet

Blackpool sign French striker Armand Gnanduillet from fellow League Two side Leyton Orient.

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Mayor's Office publishes Night Tube spoken word video

The Mayor's Office has uploaded a video to mark the start of the Night Tube. 

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FSB welcomes Night Tube service

The Night Tube launches tonight on two lines, meaning all night services on Fridays and Saturdays.

The news has been welcomed by the Federation of Small Businesses.

Sue Terpilowski OBE, FSB London Policy Chair, said: "It will boost London’s vital sectors that rely on discretionary spend and demonstrate how diverse and open London is as a capital. 

"The arrival of the Night Tube is welcome for small firms, especially restaurants and their staff, alongside the other night workers and customers across the capital. The Night Tube heralds a ‘new dawn and dusk’ for the transport system and we hope it can be stretched further across the rest of the network as soon as possible.”

Paddington derailment

An investigation into a major derailment at Paddington is "unable to determine" whether the driver's Ramadan fast was a factor.

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Night Tube: 'People will be more aggravated by fox sex'

Time Out boss: 'People will be more aggravated by fox sex than the Night Tube'

Amputation has caused sports fan 'immense loss and distress'

Julie Dinsdale
PA
Julie Dinsdale took part in running and cycling events all over the world before the crash

The accident left Ms Dinsdale in hospital for five weeks, recovering at the Guy's and St Thomas' Amputee Rehabilitation Unit, and she now has a prosthetic and uses a walking stick. 

She said: "Every aspect of my life remains difficult and my inability to return to work or pursue my sporting and active lifestyle is an immense loss to me and causes me great distress." 

In a withering dismissal of the sentence she said: "I am hugely disappointed by the decision of the court which finds that, despite the evidence that I was visible to the driver, he should not be handed a more substantial sentence given the impact his actions have had on my life. 

"What is of greatest concern to me is that the driver continues to drive HGVs and it was said during the recent court hearing that he was now working for (haulage firm) Stobart. 

"What has happened to me is devastating and I would hate for someone else to go through the same." 

Ms Dinsdale added: "Despite cycling now being one of the country's most loved sports, especially following the success of the British cycling team at successive Olympics and the growing popularity of cycling as a means of transport in London, cyclists remain second class citizens on the roads in the UK.

"This is reflected by the behaviour of drivers and the courts." 

Blackfriars Crown Court was told during a hearing on August 12 that Florin Oprea had only been driving for Tesco for four days when the accident happened, her solicitors Leigh Day said, and that he had driven in the UK for just four months, previously working mainly in Italy.

Marathon runner's anger over lenient sentence for driver after she loses leg in crash

A keen marathon runner whose leg was amputated after she was run over by a Tesco lorry while cycling in London said the £625 fine given to the driver proves cyclists are treated as "second class citizens on the roads". 

Julie Dinsdale, 53, from Brixton, said she was "hugely disappointed" by the leniency of the sentence, which saw lorry driver Florin Oprea also given five points on his licence after he admitted driving without due care and attention. 

The NHS midwife was crushed under the wheels of the lorry as it turned across her path while she rode through the capital on 4 October.

Oprea overtook her on Old Street in Clerkenwell before turning left on to Central Street, mowing her down in the process. 

Just days before, a driving assessor had advised him that he needed to improve his use of his mirrors while driving. Ms Dinsdale's right leg was immediately amputated by the front nearside wheel - a scene witnessed by her partner, bike pioneer Keith Bontrager, who was riding behind her. 

Southern Railway staff vote on strike action over ticket closure plans

More than 250 staff at the parent company of Southern Railway are voting on whether to take strike action in a dispute over ticket office closures and job losses, rail union TSSA said. 

The result of the ballot of ticket office and platform workers at Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will be announced on 2 September. The union said GTR plans to close or partially close more than 80 ticket offices and axe over 40 staff. 

Afternoon weather: Outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

There will be more outbreaks of rain this afternoon. These will ease off with some brighter spells in the evening. It'll be breezier than of late, particularly over exposed areas such as the Chilterns. 

Highs of 19C (66F).

Watch: Time for the Night Tube

The last Tube dash is now consigned to history...on some lines from tonight.

Kanye West fans queue in the rain for pop-up shop opening

Kanye West fans
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Fans have been queuing in the rain ahead of the opening of a pop-up shop dedicated to Kanye West's album The Life of Pablo in Shoreditch, east London.

The star announced the launch of 21 pop-up shops around the world this weekend, including the London venue.   

Listen: Mayor of London records tannoy announcement for Night Tube

Sadiq Khan has recorded an announcement which will be played on the London Underground

Albanian killer lived in UK 'based on a lie'

Labourer Avni Metra, who claimed he had originally fled his native country because his life was in danger after a friend was killed, also argued that he had a right to a private and personal life in the UK. 

But district judge Margot Coleman ruled at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Friday that he could be extradited, saying: "It's right that you have lived here for some time and that you have a wife and children. 

"But your living here, your life in this country, is based on a lie. 

"When you entered this country you did not say you were Avni Metra from Albania. You gave a false name, saying you were seeking asylum from Kosovo. "It was on that basis you were given leave to remain in this country and subsequently granted a British passport." 

Albanian murderer who posed as Kosovan asylum seeker to be extradited

An Albanian double killer who posed as a Kosovan refugee to enter the UK illegally is set to be extradited back to his native country after living near London for almost two decades. 

Father-of-four Avni Metra, 53, came to Britain in 1998, a year after carrying out the brutal murder of two brothers, and was later sentenced to 25 years in prison in his absence.

He fought to stay in the UK despite being entitled to be retried in Albania, arguing that he would not get a fair trial. 

He told an earlier extradition hearing: "There is no justice in Albania. There is only corruption." 

Watch: Are internet memes art?

An exhibition on internet memes is on until Monday in Peckham