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  1. Updates on Friday 6 January

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Good evening from BBC London Live

BBC London News

Updates for London have ended for the day but we'll be back 06:00 on Monday with full coverage of the planned 24-hour Tube strike which starts at 18:00 on Sunday.

Have a good weekend.

Tonight's weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

It'll be rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain moving southwards this evening and tonight. The rain will gradually petering out from the north towards dawn. However, it will stay cloudy, with lot of low cloud and hill fog, particularly over the Chilterns. 

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

Watch: Calendar created by homeless people

This year’s MyLondon calendar is made up of photographs taken on single-use cameras that were handed out last July to around 100 people affected by homelessness.

Paul Ryan joined Radio London's Robert Elms this morning - you can listen to the interview here

Man gets life for Hornchurch pub stab murder

James Roberts, 32, of Hornchurch, has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 23 years for the murderof Aiden O'Mahony, 60, who was stabbed to death at a pub in Hornchurch on10th January 2016.

Aiden O'Mahony
Met Police
Aiden O'Mahony's passions were Tottenham Hotspur, his family and his dog Lily

Watch: Sutton fan celebrates his team in song

BreakingAmbulance system failure 'might have led to patient death'

Ambulance workers
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The London Ambulance Service is investigating whether computer failure in the early hours of New Year's Day may have contributed to the death of a patient.

BBC News can reveal that at least one 999 patient died during the period that the computers were down.

A major investigation is being carried out to determine the cause of the problems and the full clinical impact.

The Care Quality Commission said it would inspect the trust next month.

Agyness Deyn to play detective in new London-based drama

Agyness Deyn

Model-turned-actress Agyness Deyn has signed up to star as a sleuth in a new BBC1 crime drama. 

The 33-year-old British former catwalk star has been cast as a detective in Hard Sun, set in contemporary London. 

The Way Back actor Jim Sturgess, 38, will play her crime-cracking partner in the "pre-apocalyptic" drama. 

The six-hour show has been penned by Neil Cross, who created the hit crime series Luther.

Filming starts in London this month and the series airs this year.

14 years in jail for woman who tortured 'sugar daddy' pensioner with hot iron

A mother-of-three has been jailed for 14 years for beating up a "Sugar Daddy" pensioner with a Canals of England picture and torturing him with a hot iron. 

Gordon Bland, 79, offered Samantha Butler, 40, cash to "help her out a bit" after meeting her in his local pub, the Royal Albert, on 9 July.

When they got back to his flat in Crystal Palace, south-east London, she immediately hit him over the back of the head and vowed to kill him, he said. 

She went on to batter him with a picture frame, throttle him with an electrical cable and branded him with his own iron at least three times during the hour-long assault which was only brought to a halt when a neighbour called police.

Mr Bland, a porter, suffered numerous injuries, including bleeding on the brain, and spent the next five weeks in hospital.

Butler, of St Aubyns Road, Upper Norwood, south London, admitted causing Mr Bland's wounds but denied trying to kill him and claimed the iron must have fallen on him. 

City worker admits manslaughter after shoe prank

A City worker has admitted killing a recruitment consultant with a single punch after his shoe was thrown out of a minicab window. 

Alexander Thomson, 32, was on a night out with former colleagues on 26 August when he reacted to the prank by lashing out at Thomas Hulme and hitting him in the head. 

At the time, the group of four were inside a minicab on Farringdon Street, Clerkenwell.

Mr Hulme, 23, from Tooting, south London, died the following evening and Thomson was charged with manslaughter. 

The defendant, of Broomwood Road, Clapham, south London, appeared before the Old Bailey. 

His lawyer Lisa Wilding QC noted he had "matters recorded against him" in the past. She said: "Alexander Thomson recognises a custodial sentence will be the expected sentence following his guilty plea.

"He now abstains completely from alcohol." 

Thomson will be sentenced on 10 March.

Access to skilled EU workforce 'vital' for London, report finds

Maintaining London's access to skilled EU workers after Brexit is "vital" for the capital's future prosperity, a report has found.

The report says Brexit will provide both challenges and opportunities for the city

Authors London First said business leaders were worried any restriction on skilled migration would "impede London's ability to attract talent".

The organisation said leaving the EU also presented new opportunities to the city but other investment was required.

Theresa May has not confirmed her plans for freedom of movement after Brexit.

Nearly half of London's mental health trusts had 100% bed occupancy in 2016 - report

Michael Buchanan

Social Affairs Correspondent, BBC News


BBC News has learned that nearly half of mental health trusts in London had 100% bed occupancy rates last year, indicating that every bed was full on every single day of the year. 

The figures, contained in an official NHS document, show that 4 of the 9 mental health trusts were completely full - Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust, Central and North West London, Oxleas and the South London and Maudsley. 

The average occupancy rates for all 9 trusts was 96% for adult acute beds; the average for the NHS in England as a whole was 92%. Guidance from the Royal College of Psychiatrists states that 85% is the "optimal" bed occupancy level, as they say "delays in admission, which result from higher rates of bed occupancy, may cause a person's illness to worsen and may be detrimental to their long-term health." 

Research out this morning showed that delayed discharges from hospitals - a key reason for beds being full - were increasing much quicker in mental health trusts than in acute (physical health) trusts.

Watch: Fabric due to reopen later tonight

Fresh allegation of property theft in Hatton Garden burglary revealed

Daniel Sandford

Home Affairs Correspondent

Hatton Garden burglary
Met Police

The Metropolitan Police has said: "In June 2016, police received an allegation of theft from a security box relating to the Hatton Garden burglary in April, 2015. 

"The victim is alleging the loss of a substantial amount of property. The investigation is ongoing." 

I understand that last year the CPS  told the court and the defence that there was a victim of the Hatton Garden burglary who was claiming the loss of a substantial amount of property that did not form part of the £14 million estimate put at trial. 

The court was informed that police were in the process of obtaining further evidence in relation to this. Sky News is saying the estimated value of the new property is £7m.

TfL warns of 'severely reduced' services as Tube strike goes ahead

Transport for London warns there will be a "severely reduced" service across the network on Sunday evening and all day on Monday. 

Passengers were advised to complete their journeys by 18:00 on Sunday, and that most Zone 1 stations are likely to be closed throughout the action. 

There will be no services on the Victoria or Waterloo & City lines, or from busy stations such as Waterloo, King's Cross, Euston, London Bridge, Paddington or Victoria. 

TfL has said it was committed to addressing recommendations in a recent report by London Travelwatch into the closure of ticket offices and has started working with the unions to review the staffing model and put more station staff roles back where needed. 

Management failures led to strike talks collapse - RMT

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

RMT leader Mick Cash said: "Despite huge efforts by the union negotiating team London Underground have failed to come up with any serious plans to tackle the staffing and safety crisis caused by the axing of nearly 900 safety-critical station jobs. 

"As a result of the management failure to face up to the current crisis the talks have collapsed and all industrial actions remains on. It is up to London Underground to take full responsibility for this situation and to come back to us with a serious set of proposals. "

'It's difficult to deliver change while the staff are on strike'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, says Southern Rail's ongoing problems can only be fixed once the unions call off their industrial action.

BreakingTube strike is on

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

Tube strike talks have broken down so the strike is on. Expect significant disruption on Sunday night and all day Monday.

Hospital order for carer who killed his father

 A mentally ill carer has been locked up indefinitely for battering his 81-year-old father to death while under the "intolerable" pressure of looking after both his handicapped parents. 

Mohsin Manji, 45, had paranoid schizophrenia for some 25 years yet had taken sole day-to-day responsibility for his bedridden disabled father and dementia-suffering mother. 

At the time of the killing at the family's home in Harrow in November 2015, Manji heard voices of "evil spirits" and had got the idea that his father Amirali Manji was some sort of "zombie", a court heard. 

 At an Old Bailey hearing, Manji, of Kingshill Drive,  pleaded not guilty to murder but admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

Prosecutor Mukul Chawla QC accepted the plea and the defendant was handed a hospital order and a restriction order "for the public protection" without limit of time.

Watch: BBC London's Tom Edwards with the Tube strike latest

Commuters are being warned to expect considerable disruption on Monday, with the majority of central London stations closed, if a tube strike goes ahead as planned.  

The dispute is around ticket office closures. Talks between unions and tube bosses stalled yesterday but resumed again this morning. Our Transport Correspondent Tom Edwards has the latest

Tube strike latest

Tube strike: how it will affect you if it goes ahead

Woman facing jail for iron attack on 'sugar daddy' pensioner

 A woman is facing jail for beating up a "Sugar Daddy" pensioner with a Canals of England picture and torturing him with a hot iron. 

Gordon Bland, 79, offered Samantha Butler, 40, cash to "help her out a bit" after meeting her in his local pub. 

When they got back to his flat in Crystal Palace, south-east London, she immediately hit him over the back of the head and vowed to kill him, he said.

She went on to batter him with a picture frame, throttle him with an electrical cable and repeatedly brand him with his iron. 

Butler, of St Aubyns Road, Upper Norwood, south London, admitted causing Mr Bland's wounds, which included bleeding on the brain, but denied trying to kill him and claimed the iron must have fallen on him. 

A jury at the Old Bailey deliberated for less than an hour to find Butler not guilty of attempted murder but guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. She will be sentenced later.

Afternoon weather: Cloud increasing and rain later

BBC Weather

Cloud amounts will gradually increase from the northwest through the rest of today, with outbreaks of rain arriving through the late afternoon and evening. It will feel rather cold for most. 

Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

Jamie Oliver

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is closing six of his 42 UK Jamie's Italian restaurants but is expanding the chain overseas.

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Severe accident: A23 London southbound

BBC Travel

A23 London southbound severe accident, at A214 Gleneagle Road affecting B221.

A23 London - A23 Streatham High Road in Streatham closed and long delays southbound at the A214 Gleneagle Road junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - for 10 bus routes. Police directing traffic. Congestion on High Road to Streatham Hill.

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Mark Savage

BBC Music reporter

Soul singer Ray BLK is the first unsigned artist to top the BBC's influential Sound Of... award.

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Tube strike talks taking place

'I don't have the power to force unions to stop striking, I wish I did'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Transport Secretary says the unions should call off their industrial action on Southern, after this week's report by the Office of Road and Rail.

London road breaches annual air pollution limit in five days

Mist and pollution hang over the London skyline

A south London road has breached its annual air pollution limits for 2017 in just five days.

Readings taken at an air quality monitoring station in Brixton Road found excessive levels of NO2, linked to nearly 5,900 early deaths a year.

Green Party London Assembly Member, Caroline Russell said: “Too many people have had their lives shortened, their asthma and other respiratory problems worsened and their quality of life reduced as a result of weak Mayoral policies and Government inaction."

Police hopeful after '#awkward' social media appeal

Kingston Police tweeted the note addressed to Tracey Dyke, who is suspected of multiple burglaries, accusing her of "blanking" them.  

The open letter has met with a mixed response online, but officers are hopeful that the appeal will work. 

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No 'pleasure' for Fabric boss despite club's return By Jimmy Blake

BBC Newsbeat

The director of Fabric says he can't be happy despite the nightclub re-opening later after it faced closure.

Islington Council took away the London venue's licence in September after several drugs-related deaths, saying it had a "culture of drug use".

The legendary nightspot will be back in business tonight, but with stricter anti-drug and security rules.

Cameron Leslie told Newsbeat: "I don't think there's any kind of pleasure or relief that we've reached this point."

BBC Sound Of 2017 winner: Ray BLK
Ray BLK, the Sound Of 2017 winner, explains how her south London neighbourhood shaped her music

Boy, 14, seriously hurt in stabbing

A 14-year-old boy has been seriously injured in a stabbing in west London.

Police were called out to a bus stop on Goldhawk Road near the junction with Ashchurch Grove, at about 19:50 yesterday to find the boy injured. It is thought he was stabbed in nearby Ravenscourt Park.

His condition is potentially life-threatening, say police.

#Awkward Kingston Police burglary letter gets mixed respons

A police force's open letter to a suspected burglar - which included emojis and hashtags - has met with a mixed response online.

Kingston Police tweeted the note addressed to Tracey Dyke, who is suspected of multiple burglaries, accusing her of "blanking" them.


RMT's Mick Cash 'to meet Chris Grayling' on Southern dispute

The RMT rail union has said it will "take up an offer of direct talks with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling" to solve the Southern guards dispute.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash

The Department for Transport said Mr Grayling "reiterated his offer of talks to RMT and Aslef union leaders".

He was "happy to discuss with them" but asked them both "to suspend their action as a show of good faith".

But it said ASLEF refused and there was no indication from the RMT that it would call off the strike.

investigation into fire that destroyed a boat overnight

Investigation begins into fire that gutted a boat in Deptford overnight. No-one injured, says London Fire Brigade.

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Severe accident: A209 London both ways

BBC Travel

A209 London both ways severe accident, at Bastion Road.

A209 London - A209 Wickham Lane in Plumstead closed in both directions at the Bastion Road junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - for buses 96 and 422.

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Watch: Friday's news headlines on BBC London

Alice Salfield has the top London stories this morning.