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  1. Updates on Thursday 25 August 2016

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Shkodran Mustafi

Arsene Wenger confirms that Arsenal have signed Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi and Spanish striker Lucas Perez.

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Michail Antonio

Jonathan Jurejko

BBC Sport

West Ham fail to reach the Europa League group stage as Romanian champions Astra Giurgiu beat them in qualifying for the second season in a row.

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Our coverage across the day

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

Tonight's weather: Warm and humid evening

BBC Weather

It will be a warm and humid evening with cloud thickening from the west and eventually bringing the risk of a few heavy showers or thunderstorms. 

These showers and isolated storms will continue to push eastwards through the night, before clearing most parts by dawn. 

Lows: 17C (63F).

Watch: Should smokers be supplied with oxygen in their homes?

More than 10,000 Londoners are prescribed oxygen to help them with breathing problems. 

Last year, it was ruled that oxygen shouldn't be given to smokers for safety reasons, after a number of serious fires. 

That’s now been overruled, but one charity says the ban should be reinstated.  

Boy arrested after assault leaves teenager with serious injuries

A 15-year-old boy from north London has been arrested on suspicion of assault following an incident in Islington this afternoon, says British Transport Police.

The arrest relates to a serious assault at Caledonian Road and Barnsbury shortly before 14:45, in which a 17-year-old boy was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Officers are trying to trace a second man, believed to also be connected to the incident. He is black, of medium build and was wearing a black baseball cap, patterned blue jumper and dark jacket.

Watch: Toy MRI scanner helps children in hospital

Children can play with the toy at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital - and it can reduce the time they have to spend there.

Sadiq Khan and Anne Hidalgo give press conference

Sadiq Khan calls for greater ties between London and Paris as he visits the French capital for his first official foreign trip as mayor.

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Watch: Kingston police find ‘Cannabis Jungle’ worth up to £1m

Officers found these cannabis plants during a drugs raid at a home in Tolworth yesterday morning. No arrests have been made.Warning: some flashing images. Pictures: @MPSKingston  

Saima Ahmed

Police are distributing posters in a bid for fresh information into the death of a London woman whose body was found on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

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No service on Central line between Marble Arch and Liverpool Street

BBC Travel

There is no service on the Central line between Marble Arch and Liverpool Street due to a person on the track at Tottenham Court Road.

Tottenham Court Road station is currently shut and tickets are being accepted on local buses

Britney Spears 'excited' to be performing in London next month

Britney Spears

Britney Spears will be jetting into London to sing at this year's Apple Music Festival. 

DJ Calvin Harris, Robbie Williams and Sir Elton John have also been announced for the 10-night event at the Roundhouse in Camden.

The full line-up - marking the festival's 10th anniversary - also features Alicia Keys, Bastille, Chance the Rapper, Michael Buble, OneRepublic and The 1975. 

Spears, who has been criticised by fans for lip-syncing when she became the latest singer to join James Corden on Carpool Karaoke, said: "I'm so excited to go back to London, which is a special place for me to visit, and I'm really looking forward to performing at the Apple Music Festival.

The festival runs from 18 to 30 September.

Camber Sands deaths: Five men 'on day trip from London'

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Five men who died at Camber Sands on the hottest day of the year were on a day trip from London, police have said.

Three of the men were pulled from the water on yesterday afternoon, while two more bodies were found later.

One of the victims, Nithasan Ravi, drove to the resort with four friends, his brother has told the BBC. He identified two of the other men as Kobi and Ken Nathan, from Erith.

Police said the group were in their late teens and early 20s.

The brother of Mr Ravi identified a fourth victim only as Kurushanth. The identity of the fifth man is not yet clear.

Police said no-one else was missing after an earlier search for further victims was abandoned.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Danny Murphy

MOTD pundit

Leicester v Arsenal is a huge game for both teams but especially Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, says Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy.

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Stabbing in Canonbury

Alessio Romagnoli

AC Milan reject a "significant" bid from Chelsea for defender Alessio Romagnoli and say the 21-year-old is not for sale.

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Nabil Bentaleb joins Schalke from Spurs

Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb moves on a season-long loan deal to Schalke, who are also close to signing PSG's Benjamin Stambouli.

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In pictures: Sadiq Khan's first official trip overseas

Sadiq Khan has been out and about in Paris as part of his first official trip abroad as mayor.

After his arrival at Gare du Nord Mr Khan first held a press conference with his Parisian counterpart Anne Hidalgo at Station F, although he needed a little help with his microphone.

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo adjusts Mayor of London Sadiq Khan"s microphone during a press conference at Station F in Paris

He then attended a wreath laying ceremony in Paris City Hall as part of the commemoration of the liberation of Paris in World War Two.

London mayor Sadiq Khan, right, and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo lay a wreath of flowers at the Paris town hall

Before lunch the mayor took to the city beach attraction the Paris Plage where he met the local life guards.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (centre) and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo meet lifeguards, as they walk along Paris Plage

He is in the French capital for talks on trade, security and measures to tackle air pollution.

Nabil Bentaleb

Algeria international Nabil Bentaleb joins German side Schalke on a season-long loan from Tottenham.

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Wilfried Zaha

David Ornstein

BBC Sport

Tottenham submit a bid in the region of £15m for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, according to his agent.

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Sacha Dench on the paramotor

A conservationist is set to trail migrating swans across 11 countries in a paramotor to find out why Europe's smallest swan is in rapid decline.

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Afternoon weather: Warm and humid

BBC Weather

It'll be less hot this afternoon than yesterday with variable amounts of cloud and some sunny spells.

However, it will still feel very warm and humid with the risk of some thundery showers in the west later. 

Highs of 27C (81F).

Southern workers announce strike over ticket closures

Workers at Govia Thameslink Railway, including Southern, will strike on 7 September in protest at ticket office closures, said the RMT union.

Calum Butcher

League One club Millwall sign Calum Butcher from Burton Albion on a two-year contract.

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Martin Samuelsen

West Ham United loan Norwegian winger Martin Samuelsen to Blackburn Rovers for the rest of the season.

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Burkini ban protest outside French Consulate


BBC London reporter Jim Wheble is outside the French Consulate in central London where a group of women are protesting about the burkini beach ban in France.

The ban, brought in following a terror attack in Nice last month, has divided opinion in France.

Opinion polls suggest most French people back the bans but Muslims warn they are being targeted unfairly.  

BBC London News at 13:30

Sonja Jessup

BBC London News

Coming up at 13:30 on BBC One: We'll have the latest from Paris on London mayor Sadiq Khan's first official visit abroad.

Plus we bring you the "swan" woman who is flying 7,000 miles with a motor and parachute. Why?

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Camber Sands deaths: Five men 'on day trip from London'

Camber Sands

Five men who died in the sea at Camber Sands on the hottest day of the year were on a day trip from London, police have said.

Three of the men were pulled from the water yesterday afternoon, while two more bodies were found later.

Although formal identification has not taken place, police believe the men were in their late teens and early 20s and had gone to the beach together.

A search for a sixth person thought to be missing has not been resumed.

Thursday's headlines from BBC London News

Sonja Jessup brings you the latest.

Sonja Jessup

Camber Sands drownings: five victims 'from Greater London area'

Sussex Police believes that five people who died in the sea at Camber Sands were in their late teens and early 20s and from the Greater London area.

Ramsey injury 'preventable' - Coleman

BBC Sport

Aaron Ramsey receives treatment
Rex Features

Chris Coleman believes the hamstring injury that has ruled Aaron Ramsey out of Wales' opening 2018 World Cup qualifier on 5 September could "possibly" have been prevented.

Wales boss Coleman expected Euro 2016 star Ramsey to miss the season's start.

But the midfielder was injured in Arsenal's Premier League opener against Liverpool and will not face Moldova.

"It's disappointing he's got an injury. Could it have been prevented? Possibly, yes," said Coleman.

A tale of two mayors

Mayor pledges London is 'open to the world' on Paris visit

Sadiq Khan and Anne Hidalgo

Sadiq Khan has vowed ties between London and Paris will become closer than ever despite the UK's Brexit vote as he visited the French capital on his first foreign trip. 

The London Mayor was meeting his Parisian counterpart Anne Hidalgo for talks on trade, security and measures to tackle air pollution. 

Mr Khan insisted the French community in London would "always be welcome" amid concerns about the status of European Union citizens in the UK following the referendum result. 

He travelled to Paris on the Eurostar train and avoided any Jeremy Corbyn-style difficulties in finding a seat - posting a picture on his Twitter feed of himself working at a table. But Mr Khan may need to brush up on his language skills - he said he was "on route to Paris" rather than the French-derived phrase "en route". 

Mr Khan said: "London and Paris are two of the greatest commercial and cultural cities in the world and we have much to gain from working even closer together post-referendum. 

"We have a thriving French community in London, who make a massive contribution to the economy and the vibrancy of our city, and I want to reassure them that they'll always be welcome. 

"I'm here in Paris to make it clear that London is open - open to the world, open to trade, open for new business ventures and collaborations, open to new ideas, new talent and people. 

"Following the EU referendum result, I'm working to ensure London remains the best place in the world to do business and that we have the powers we need to protect jobs, wealth and prosperity." 

'Tiff' between two easyJet cabin crew causes flight delay

An easyJet flight from London Gatwick to Belfast was delayed by over an hour after two members of the cabin crew were removed from the plane following a row. 

The flight was due to take off at 14:45 yesterday but was held up after what the airline confirmed was a "verbal disagreement". 

TV presenter Dan Lobb was on board the plane and posted a series of messages about the incident. 

He wrote: "This is a first. My easyJet flight has returned to gate because the cabin crew have had a tiff! One crew member being offloaded. Delayed." 

 An airline spokesman said: "EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY835 from London Gatwick to Belfast returned to stand to replace two crew members following a verbal disagreement between them. 

Sadiq Khan arrives in Paris

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

Sadiq Khan with Anne Hidalgo

Sadiq Khan has been greeted by Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo at Gard de Nord as he embarks on a day of meetings with business leaders to discuss post-Brexit opportunities.

He will also be discussing air pollution with Ms Hidalgo and what schemes the French have introduced to reduce car emissions.

CCTV released after Coulsdon man killed at pool party

Images of a man who was shot dead at a pool party have been released as part of a witness appeal.

Ricardo Hunter
Surrey Police

The CCTV pictures show Ricardo Hunter a few days before his body was found at a mansion in Headley, near Epsom, on 25 July.

Surrey Police said it wanted more party-goers to come forward with information about the death of Mr Hunter, who was from Coulsdon.

Three people arrested over his death have been released on bail.

Fulham see off top-flight Boro in extra-time

BBC Sport

Championship side Fulham came from behind to knock out Middlesbrough in the EFL Cup second-round.

Fulham"s Lasse Vigen Christensen (centre) celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the EFL Cup

Top-flight Boro took the lead in the ninth minute as David Nugent headed in debutant Fabio's back post cross.

Cauley Woodrow was denied by Brad Guzan for the hosts shortly after before Julien de Sart inadvertently deflected Scott Malone's strike into his own net.

With penalties looming, Lasse Vigen Christensen turned in Malone's low cross for a place in round three.

The Cottagers will take on Bristol City in round three.