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  1. Updates on Friday 2 September 2016

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Bristol's return to the Premiership ends in defeat after Harlequins come from behind to beat them at Twickenham.

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Rain picture

Saturday's League Two game between Newport and Barnet is abandoned as rain makes the Rodney Parade playing surface unplayable.

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Tonight's weather: Any rain fading to leave clear spells

BBC Weather

Any remaining outbreaks of rain during this evening will gradually fade and ease away eastwards during the first half of the night. 

Clear spells are then likely to develop for many of us, leading to some patches of mist or fog forming by dawn, especially along prone stretches of the River Thames. 

Lows of 12C (54F).

Middlesex paceman Harry Podmore leads his team in an unsuccessful appeal against Warwickshire at Edgbaston

County Championship leaders Middlesex reduce Warwickshire to 74-3 in pursuit of 338 to win, although rain is forecast on Saturday.

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Chris Robertson

AFC Wimbledon sign former Ross County centre-back Chris Robertson subject to international clearance.

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Analysis: The economic bounce back

Kamal Ahmed

Economics editor

Cranes
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The number of cranes that pepper the skyline is a useful indicator of economic activity.

The more cranes there are, the more construction work is going on.

In 2013 a study by the Health and Safety Executive (which oversees the erection of tower cranes) revealed that 60% of them went up in London, despite the city only having 1 in 8 of the population.

The figures showed that the capital was the economic powerhouse of the UK. And that construction mattered.

Today's construction figures are far from gloomy.

Watch: Improvement in air quality say scientists

Scientists at King's College say pollution on our roads is improving overall but more could be done.

Silent disco in canal bed to mark Camden Lock repairs

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Canal & River Trust

A celebration will be held in a drained chamber of Camden Lock to mark the end of three-years of repairs.

The event, a so-called silent disco, will see 160 people dancing to music while wearing headphones on Saturday evening.

The chamber at the north London site will also be open to public as the Regent's Canal marks 200 years.

Eight sets of lock gates on the Regent's Canal were repaired on replaced at a cost of £500,000.

Lock
Canal & River Trust

'Subterranean squad' to tackle mega-basements

A new "subterranean squad" will be making sure Westminster's mega-basements are all in order as well as taxing developers for the work they're carrying out. 

The Westminster City Council group will monitor the noise, dust and traffic impact of developments.  

The new ‘subterranean squad’ will:

  • Make sites coordinate deliveries 
  • Check that developers are keeping neighbours informed 
  • Enforce stricter working hours
  • Provide a point of contact for residents with complaints

It's predicted an average basement scheme will be levied at £8,000 with larger developments coming in at about £30,000.

London Welsh: Former Premiership club faces winding-up order

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Old Deer Park in Richmond
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London Welsh are facing a winding-up order at the High Court on Monday as the club tries to secure investment and avoid going out of business.

Welsh escaped liquidation in April but have since struggled to pay players' wages, while head coach Rowland Phillips left in July and not replaced.

It is one of England's oldest clubs, having been formed in 1885.

Jonas Mikalcius, Will Evans, Nathan Hughes, Joe Marchant

World U20 Championship winners, a Lithuanian powerhouse and a newly qualified Englishman - who are the new faces to look out for this season?

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Southern rail co-owner Go-Ahead reports £100m profits

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Southern rail co-owner Go-Ahead has reported a profit of nearly £100m and apologised for major ongoing disruptions to its railway services.

Earlier this year hundreds of rail services were axed as part of a revised Southern timetable, prompting travel chaos and complaints from passengers.

The profit figures angered unions, with RMT describing Go-Ahead and Southern as "a money-raking disaster".

Go-Ahead's yearly profits before tax rose 26.8% to £99.8m.

London Zoo marks International Vulture Awareness Day

Vulture
Tony Bates/ZSL London Zoo

This striking image of a Rupell’s griffon vulture has been captured by ZSL London Zoo employee Tony Bates, ahead of International VultureAwareness Day tomorrow.

The Zoo is celebrating all things vulture this weekend to raise the profile of the rapidly declining species. 

Populations of three of India’s commonest griffon vultures are now 90% less than they were just a decade ago. 

A spokesman said: "ZSL conservationists and scientists are working in India and Nepal to try and bring these iconic birds back from the brink.”,

Man wanted over rape and false imprisonment

A man is wanted by police in connection with a number of offences including rape, false imprisonment, wounding, possession of a firearm, threats to kill and theft. 

John Hewitt
Blackpool Police

John Hewitt, 36, formerly of Dickson Road in Blackpool, also has links to Essex, Portsmouth, Wales, Norfolk, Thames Valley, Greater Manchester and London. 

He is also known to go under the names of John Wilson, Dean McKenzie, John Burton and John Davies.

Incidents are reported to have taken place between June 2015 and July this year.

Man bailed in south London street brawl murder probe

A man arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 25-year-old who died after a brawl in a busy street has been bailed. 

Reginald Ofei-Berko was found unconscious outside a block of flats in Walworth, south London, on 25 August  after an altercation with a group of men, Scotland Yard said. 

He was rushed to hospital after being discovered just after 15:00 but died a short time later.

A post-mortem examination carried out the next day failed to establish a cause of death, but police said he had injuries consistent with being assaulted. 

A 19-year-old man was arrested on 30 August on suspicion of murder and was bailed on 1 September to return to police on a date later in the month. 

Watch: Campaigners gather to call for action on refugee crisis

The campaign group, Citizens UK gathered at the Home Office to hand in a letter demanding action on the refugee crisis. 

They say they have identified almost 400 refugee children living in the so-called Jungle camp in Calais who are eligible to come to the UK.

The call comes on the anniversary of the death of the Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi. 

Scales of Justice

A City worker is accused of killing a recruitment consultant after his shoe was thrown out of a minicab, appears at the Old Bailey.

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Latest travel: Delays on the Central Line

BBC Travel

Severe delays on the Central Line due to an earlier faulty train at Loughton and earlier signal failure at North Acton. 

Tickets being accepted on Abellio Greater Anglia, local buses, Chiltern Railway and Great Western Railway services.  

Dean Cox

Northampton Town boss Rob Page says he was left frustrated in his attempt to sign Dean Cox from Leyton Orient.

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Watch: Handgun found in Camden Lock

The Canal & River Trust has found an old handgun at the bottom of Camden Lock. 

It was discovered as work was carried out to restore and repair the locks. 

PC Davies explains more about the find
Rosie Cooper and Makayah McDermott

A man is remanded in custody following the deaths of a 10-year-old boy and his aunt who were a hit by a car being pursued by police.

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Watch: Take a journey on the new Crossrail line

Although the Crossrail isn't due to open until 2018, the team behind it have released this video of what a journey will look like. 

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Why are People Voting UKIP?

Wesley Stephenson goes to south Essex to find out why so many residents voted UKIP.
Wesley Stephenson hangs out in the Essex district of Thurrock and tries to find out why so many of its voters deserted Labour and the Tories for UKIP. In the European and local council elections the UKIP vote jumped 163 percent in Thurrock. The council area comprises one of the most marginal Westminster seats in the country, so what will this mean for the general election and can what's happening in Thurrock tell us anything about the rise of UKIP elsewhere in the UK?

Listen: The day London burned down

Three-hundred and fifty years ago today a baker's oven caught fire which quickly spread across the city destroying much of Medieval London.

It took four days to put out the fire that made over 60 000 people homeless. Dr Matthew Green is an author of a history of London called "London, a travel guide through time". 

(Picture: Flames are projected on to the dome of St Paul's Cathedral, as seen from One New Change, as a rehearsal for the London's Burning Festival which will take place on Sunday commemorating the Great Fire of London at St Paul's Cathedral on August 30, 2016 in London, England; Credit: Getty Images)  

Comic book stamps mark Great Fire of London anniversary

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Royal Mail

The 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London is being commemorated with a set of six new stamps.

The fire raged across the city from 2 to 5 September 1666, destroying more than 13,000 houses and 87 churches.

The stamps are designed by comic book artist John Higgins, who has used a graphic novel style of illustration.

They feature scenes from the start, spread and aftermath of the Great Fire, using a street map design.

Higgins has contributed to titles such as Judge Dredd and 2000 AD.

Lambeth Palace Garden opens for charity today

The Crick: Europe's biggest biomedical lab opens

Crick Institute
Crick

Europe's biggest biomedical laboratory, the Francis Crick Institute, opened in London yesterday.

The £650m building, behind St Pancras station and the British Library, will be home to 1,250 scientists.

Named after the co-discoverer of DNA structure, the Crick will examine fundamental questions about how illnesses develop, in order to find new ways to treat conditions such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections and diseases of the brain.

The director of the institute, Sir Paul Nurse, said the Crick would "attract brilliant, bold and creative scientists from the UK and around the world".

Dehydration 'contributed to care home death'

Des Raj Kapur
Kapur family

A lack of fluid intake contributed to the death of an 85-year-old man at a home he went to for two weeks' respite care, an inquest has found.

Des Raj Kapur died in October 2013 after he was found severely dehydrated and barely conscious at the Burroughs Care Home in Hillingdon.

A representative told West London Coroners Court it could not find records of any fluid and food given.

His son Deepak Kapur said he was "angry" at his father's treatment.

Snake sex video doctor found guilty

A GP has been found guilty of having a stash of pornography, including a video of a man having sex with a snake.

Cyprian Okoro, 55, from south-west London was found guilty of five counts of possessing extreme pornography and one indecent image of a child.

The Old Bailey heard the videos were of a "grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise obscene character".

Okoro was bailed for sentencing on 30 September.

Some of the five videos featured women having sex with dogs and one woman having sex with a horse.

Watch: Police appeal for mob who ‘knocked teenager unconscious with chair’

Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Streatham on 30 April. The victim, 19, was attacked by ten black male teenagers, knocked unconscious with a chair and robbed, Met Police say.

Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Streatham on 30 April.

Pedestrian hurt by hit-and-run car being followed by police

A man is in hospital after being knocked downin a hit-and-run by a car that was being followed by police.

Officers in a marked patrol car spotted the dark vehicle driving erratically along Philip Lane in Haringey, north London, at 21:45 last night.

But when they followed and tried to stop it the car sped off, mowing the man down.

Man charged with murder of Oliver Dearlove in Blackheath

Oliver Dearlove
Met Police
Oliver Dearlove with his girlfriend Claire

Detectives investigating the death of 30-year-old Oliver Dearlove in Blackheath have charged a man.

Trevor Timon, 31, of Heavitree Road, Woolwich, was charged today with murder and common assault.

He will appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court later.

Mr Dearlove, from Eltham, had been in a bar with friends in Montpelier Vale earlier in the night before heading to Tranquil Vale. 

The relationship manager at Duncan Lawrie Private Bank died in hospital. A post-mortem examination gave the provisional cause of his death as a head injury.

BBC London News: Today’s headlines

Latest headlines from London

Man charged over police pursuit deaths in south-east London

Makayah McDermott
Oli Regan

A 23-year-old man has been charged with causing the deaths of an aspiring child actor and his aunt who were a hit by a car being pursued by police.

Makayah McDermott and Rozanne Cooper died after the car crashed in Penge, south-east London on Wednesday.

Joshua Dobby, of no fixed address, will appear at Bromley magistrates' court later.

Three girls were also treated for non-life threatening injuries but were released from hospital yesterday.

Travel update: South eastern trains not stopping at London Bridge

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

Cannon Street station has reopened, having been closed since the weekend but South Eastern trains to and from Cannon Street are not stopping at London Bridge for long term works.

There is no step free access at Shadwell station due faulty lift

South West trains are running with delays of up to 5 minutes from Portsmouth Harbour into London due to an earlier points problem near Petersfield.

There are also delays and some cancellations on Southern trains between Victoria and Clapham Junction due to a broken down train. 

Uber wins right to challenge driver English tests

Uber app
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Uber has won the right to take Transport for London (TfL) to court over new rules that would force its drivers to pass English tests.

TfL wanted all private-hire drivers who are not from English-speaking countries to be tested from 1 October.

Uber said it had successfully applied for judicial review of some regulations put forward in TfL's licensing proposals for private-hire drivers.

A TfL spokesman said it was making the changes "to enhance public safety".

The examination would test reading, writing and listening skills.

Today's weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

London Weather: Often cloudy with outbreaks of rain in a few places

Often cloudy with outbreaks of rain in a few places. There may be a few heavier bursts, although these will be quite isolated. 

Some bright spells may develop in the south at first and the west before sunset.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).