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  1. Updates on Wednesday 24 August 2016

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Sandro: Queens Park Rangers midfielder keen for Premier League move

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Queens Park Rangers midfielder Sandro wants to secure a move to the Premier League.

The 27-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom, made his first appearance for the club since December 2015 in yesterday's win.

"My dream is to play at that level, so let's see," the Brazil international told BBC Radio London.

DeAndre Yedlin

Newcastle United sign USA international defender DeAndre Yedlin from Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee.

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'Legal high' ambulance callouts double in London

The number of people needing help from paramedics after taking so-called legal highs has more than doubled each year since 2013.  

A still from the footage of family facing abuse

Video emerges of a Jewish family, including six young children, facing anti-Semitic abuse while on a day out in east London.

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Services affected by bus strike


More than 1,000 London bus drivers and engineers are set to strike in a row over rosters, with disruption expected to hit Notting Hill Carnival.

Unite members from Tower Transit will stage two, 24-hour strikes on Friday and Bank Holiday Monday.

Tower Transit operates less than 5% of the network - 20 day routes and eight night routes out of 700.

Routes that are likely to be affected are:

23 – Liverpool Street to Westbourne Park

25 – Ilford to Oxford Circus

28 – Kensal Rise to Wandsworth

30 – Hackney Wick to Marble Arch

31 – Camden Town to White City

58 – East Ham to Walthamstow Central

69 – Walthamstow to Canning Town

70 – Acton to South Kensington

212 – Walthamstow to St James Chingford

236 – Finsbury Park to Hackney Wick

266 – Brent Cross to Hammersmith

308 – Wanstead to Clapton

328 – Golders Green to Chelsea

339 – Leytonstone to Shadwell

425 – Clapton to Stratford

444 – Turnpike Lane to Chingford

488 – Bromley-by-Bow to Dalston

RV1 – Covent Garden to Tower Gateway

W14 – Leyton to Woodford Bridge

W15 – Cogan Avenue Estate to Hackney Town Hall              

N23 – Liverpool Street to Westbourne Park

N28 – Camden Town to Wandsworth

N31 – Camden Town to Clapham

N97 – Trafalgar Square to Hammersmith

N25 – Oxford Circus to Hainault

N266 – Hammersmith to Brent Cross

N550 – Trafalgar Square to Canning Town

N551 – Piccadilly Circus to Gallions Reach

Latest information can be found here

Family faces anti-Semitic abuse in east London on day out

A Jewish family, including six young children, faced anti-Semitic abuse while on a day-out in east London.

The alleged incident took place on Monday afternoon on Western Gateway, Newham, as the family were about to take the Emirates airline cable car near Excel.

This video was recorded by the 32-year-old father and released by Jewish community security group Shomrim.  

Family faces anti-Semitic abuse in east London on day out

Penguin Bracchino weighs in at London Zoo

London Zoo weigh-in

Press Association photographer Laura Dale has captured penguin chick Bracchino at the annual ZSL London Zoo weigh-in where animals are weighed and measured.

Bracchino weighed 3.3 kilos.  

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis

Huddersfield Town sign Charlton left-back Tareiq Holmes-Dennis on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

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Ozil with his mother Patience Chukwu

A pregnant woman had to be induced as her unborn baby had no heartbeat after she was attacked by a robber who punched and stole her phone, police say.

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Street art in King's Cross recreates 'harrowing' image of Syrian boy

Lane on M25 blocked near Lakeside after accident

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic and one lane is blocked on the M25 clockwise between J29, A127 (Romford) and J30 A13 (Lakeside) due to an accident involving a car and a lorry.

Tube delays due to signal failures

BBC Travel

There are minor delays on the District Line westbound between Upminster and Tower Hill due to a signalling problem at East Ham.

It means there are also delays on the Hammersmith & City line eastbound between Moorgate and Barking.

A signal failure at Stanmore is causing minor delays on the Jubilee line.

Man bailed over crash death linked to prison drone drugs bid

A 25-year-old man accused of causing his girlfriend's death in a car crash after he allegedly tried to fly drugs into a prison using a drone has been released on police bail. 

The suspect was left seriously injured in the smash that killed nursery worker Acacia Smith near Wandsworth prison on 9 August. 

Jail staff alerted police at 03.04 after they spotted a drone being flown near the prison, and when officers arrived they saw a car being driven away. 

Minutes later the mangled wreckage of a silver car could be seen nearby in Wandsworth Bridge Road. 

The 25-year-old man was taken to hospital in a serious condition and discharged on 17 August, when he was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, supplying controlled drugs and offences under the Prison Act. 

He has been bailed until mid October.

Fabric Nightclub

The club says it'll continue to work with police and the local council after it was forced to shut following two drug-related deaths.

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The mother of Donald Trump rally 'gunman' says son isn't coping in US prison

An autistic British man who tried to grab a gun from a policeman at a Donald Trump rally "feels a great amount of remorse", his mother has said.

Michael Sandford is to stand trial for illegal firearms possession, following the incident.

His mother Lynne Sandford said he should instead face justice in the UK, where facilities were better.

Watch: Noel Clarke interviewed at Brotherhood premiere

Londoner Noel Clake has acted in 'The Bill', 'Dr. Who' and 'Star Trek', but is probably most associated with the gritty urban films 'Kidulthood' and 'Adulthood' which he wrote and starred in.

Ten years after the first one hit the big screen, the final part of the trilogy, called 'Brotherhood' has had a premiere. 

Watch a longer interview on our YouTube channel.

Londoner Noel Clarke speaks about how his latest film reflects the capital

In-house Tube maintenance move 'to save £80m'

Maintenance work on parts of London Underground is to be brought back in-house, saving £80 million over the coming years. 

Mayor Sadiq Khan said the move was aimed at cutting waste and improving efficiency as well as helping to pay for a fares freeze over the next four years. 

Private firm Amey has been contracted to manage maintenance work across the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines for the past 13 years, a legacy of the controversial Public Private Partnership (PPP). 

Depression: A revolution in treatment?

James Gallagher

BBC News Website, Health Editor

Jen Streeting
Jen Streeting

It's not very often we get to talk about a revolution in understanding and treating depression and yet now doctors are talking about "one of the strongest discoveries in psychiatry for the last 20 years".

It is based around the idea that some people are being betrayed by their fiercest protector. That their immune system is altering their brain.

The immune system responds to infection and that doesn't seem to fit the usual story of depression.

Take Jennifer Streeting, a trainee midwife in London, who traces her mental health problems back to when she was 14.

"My nana passed away and my mum had breast cancer and if you ask my therapist now she puts it down to grief and not really dealing with that at the time, I think there was just a lot going on."

Prof Carmine Pariante, based at King's College London, argues it is actually these awful moments in our lives that change our immune system, priming it to increase the risk of depression years later.  

Afternoon weather: Hot and sunny

BBC Weather

Staying fine dry and hot with sunny spells. Later this afternoon or early evening there is a risk of seeing a shower, and possibly the odd rumble of thunder too. 

Maximum temperature 30C (86F).

Notting Hill Carnival

More than 1,000 bus drivers and engineers are set to strike "disrupting Notting Hill Carnival" in a row over rosters.

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'London is most educated city in Europe'


Where in Europe would you expect to find the highest concentration of graduates?

Would it be a particularly earnest quarter of Oslo? Or an erudite corner of Finland or Germany?

The answer - by a considerable distance - is London. In parts of London, more than two in three adults of working age, have a degree or higher education equivalent.

It is unlike anywhere in the European Union and unlike anywhere else in the United Kingdom.

Watch: Could your commute be making you ill?

Commuting is bad for your health, according to one charity

Owen Smith tells Hammersmith supporters 'economy is centre of bid for Labour leadership'

Owen Smith

Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith has vowed to address the country's economic problems if he beats Jeremy Corbyn in next month's election, telling voters in Hammersmith last night: "What you won't get from me is some lunatic at the top of the Labour Party." 

In an apparent escalation in the war of words between the Pontypridd MP and Mr Corbyn, Mr Smith ferociously lambasted his rival for suggesting they only needed to win back "some" Conservative voters. 

He touted himself as the man to provide a "coherent narrative" that would actively try and win over millions of people who voted for the Tories in last year's general election. 

Speaking to party members in Hammersmith last night, Mr Smith also attempted to shore up his credentials as a radical candidate, quipping that "Jeremy is not the only socialist in the village".

He told the audience: "Jeremy, the biggest thing he said recently that I disagreed with was 'yes, we've got to get some of the people who contemplated voting Tory in the past to vote Labour', rubbish - we've got to get two million people who actively voted Tory 12 months ago to vote Labour in 106 seats.

 "What you won't get from me is some lunatic at the top of the Labour Party. 

"You will have someone who is trying to forge a coherent narrative about what is wrong with Britain, why we are so unproductive as an economy, why we are not creating more decent jobs.

Watch: Jeremy Corbyn Corbyn angered by train seat questions

Labour leader and Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn has reacted angrily to questions about his spat with Sir Richard Branson over a Virgin Train journey.  

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Watch: Police used powers to obtain data on holidaying officer

A former Met Police officer who sued the force for wrongly using its powers to investigate her has won a case over a breach of human rights and misuse of private information.  

Clive Coleman, Legal Correspondent explains the background to the story.   

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The scene of the collision

A 25-year-old man arrested over the death of a woman in a car crash in south-west London has been bailed, police say.

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Ragnar Sigurdsson

Championship side Fulham sign centre-back Ragnar Sigurdsson from Russian side FC Krasnodar on a two-year deal.

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Jourdain John-Baptiste

The parents of a woman who fell to her death from a balcony in north London say they are no closer to knowing "everything that happened that night".

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'Legal high' ambulance call-outs double in London

The number of people needing help from paramedics after taking so-called legal highs has more than doubled each year since 2013.

London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended 50 call-outs in the financial year 2013-14. This rose to 129 in 2014-15 and 271 in 2015-16.


The sale of psychoactive substances such as Spice was banned in May.

Last year they were linked to more than 100 deaths in the UK and attributed to a rise in violent assaults in prison.

Night Tube launch

Mayor Sadiq Khan is on the lookout for an aide who will focus on boosting London's night-time culture.

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Nominate your local sports volunteer hero now!

BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero logo
BBC Sport

Today we'll be talking about the launch of the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award 2016.

Do you know a local sports volunteer who deserves recognition for their tireless efforts in helping people to participate in sport? 

Well, now’s your chance to give them their time to shine by nominating them for a prestigious award - one which is one of the highlights of this year’s televised Sports Personality of the Year awards.

The winner could be anyone from a local sports club manager, volunteer, kit person or coach – if they have demonstrated a commitment to promoting sport in their local community then they could become this year’s winner. 

Nominate your chosen champion on the Get Inspired website - and join in the conversation online with #BBCUnsungHero.

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Sonja Jessup brings you the latest news.

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Watch: Attacks on paramedics in London are on the rise

There were more than 400 physical assaults on paramedics last year.

Met Police to pay damages over holidaying officer probe

Clive Coleman

BBC legal correspondent

A former Met Police officer who sued the force for wrongly using its powers to investigate her has won a case over a breach of human rights and misuse of private information.

Ex-Detective Constable Andrea Brown was probed after going on holiday with her daughter while on sick leave.

Ex-Det Cons Andrea Brown

She says she was left "emotionally, mentally and financially drained" by her battle against her former employer.

The Met said it would not make a full comment until damages were finalised.

The civil case at Central London County Court heard police cited an act of Parliament which did not exist to obtain personal data on their own officer - prompting surprise from the judge.

Accident on the M25, disruption in Willesden Green and Finchley

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

On the roads, on the M25 anticlockwise, exit slip at J7 M23 is partially blocked due to an accident - leading to queues back on the M25 to J8 Reigate.

Twickenham Bridge is down to one lane eastbound from St Margaret's Roundabout to Richmond Circus.

Willesden Lane in Willesden Green is closed between Walm Lane and Kilburn High Road due to a building fire.

In Finchley, Long Lane is blocked westbound between Squires Lane and Ballards Lane due to a burst water main.