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  1. Updates on Thursday 12 January

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Slaven Bilic & Dimitri Payet

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic says Dimitri Payet needs to "change his attitude" to play again but the club is "not going to sell him".

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An empty Piccadilly Line train at Stamford Brook underground station

Strike action will be escalated by London Underground (LU) workers from 6 February unless a dispute over ticket office closures can be resolved, a union has warned.

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Good evening from BBC London Live

Claire Timms

BBC London News

Anya and Kiran
BBC
Anya and Kiran enjoying the snow...while it lasts

Updates for London have now ended for the day but we'll be back tomorrow morning with the latest videos, news, sport, travel and weather.

It is expected that overnight rain, sleet and snow will create very icy conditions as the temperature drops below zero so we'll be guiding you through the rush hour should the weather cause any problems.

Keep checking BBC Weather and BBC Travel for the very latest information on the roads and the Tube

Tonight's weather: Rain, sleet and snow will clear but ice hazard likely

BBC Weather

Rain, sleet and snow will clear southeastwards this evening with clear skies following, and this will lead to widespread ice forming on untreated surfaces overnight. 

Winds will remain strong throughout the night leading to a widespread and sharp frost. Minimum temperature: -1C (30F).

Greenlight for £200m regeneration of Hackney estate

Nightingale Estate architects plans
Hackney Council

£200m plans for the regeneration of the Nightingale Estate in Hackney, east London, were approved last night.

The plans include 400 new homes in Clapton and is part of Hackney Council's 3,000-home estate regeneration programme. The council says more than half of homes are for social rent and shared ownership.

Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, said: “This fantastic development, with its high-quality design, is the result of years of close work with local residents, and will bring hundreds of desperately needed new homes for Hackney. 

“I’m proud that we are building thousands of new homes ourselves through our Estate Regeneration Programme – with more than half for social rent or shared ownership. 

“Last night’s decision means we can now get to work on delivering more homes for residents struggling to find an affordable place to rent or buy.”

Watch: Woman rescued from car in Battersea

An elderly woman had to be rescued from her car after it overturned following a collision in Battersea. 

London Fire Brigade were called at 13:03 to Parkgate Road and sent two engines and a fire rescue unit. 

The woman was quickly released from the car and was treated at the scene by the paramedics.  

City worker makes South Pole history

A city worker, who was diagnosed with cancer just weeks after both his best friend and mum died of the disease, has made history by conquering the South Pole.

Rob Smith reached the South Pole on Monday evening after becoming the first British explorer to pioneer a new route, battling temperatures as low as minus 35 Celsius.

Rob Smith (left) has made history
BBC
Rob Smith (left) lost part of his ear to frostbite during the trek
Rob at the South Pole
BBC
Rob made the trek to raise £50,000 for Cancer Research

Severe disruption: M11 Greater London northbound

BBC Travel

M11 Greater London northbound severe disruption, at J4 for A406.

M11 Greater London - M11 partially blocked and long delays northbound at J4, A406 (Redbridge), because of flooding.

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Snow starting to arrive in parts of west and south London

Chirag Trivedi

BBC News

Snow has arrived in Croydon.

Croydon snow
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Princess Diana celebrated throughout 2017 to mark 20th anniversary of her death

Princess Diana
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The 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, is to be marked by a year-long celebration of her qualities of kindness, compassion and service. 

The Diana Award - a charity established to promote the Princess's belief in the positive power of young people - will commemorate her life with a range of events from the launch of a major international award, a groundbreaking app and a national Kindness Day. 

Earl Spencer, Diana's brother, will be involved in the events honouring his sister's legacy. He will host an exhibition at the family's home, Althorp, that will showcase individuals "Walking in her Shoes", and a gala fundraising event for the Diana Award in June. 

In honour of the Princess, the charity has also launched its international Legacy Award for 20 exceptional young people who have excelled at creating positive social change.

Diana's sons, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, are supporting the award and are likely to be involved with some of the many events this year, although no details have been released. 

Wembley pays tribute to former England manager Graham Taylor

Severe disruption: A2212 London northbound

BBC Travel

A2212 London northbound severe disruption, at B226 Chinbrook Road.

A2212 London - A2212 Baring Road in Grove Park closed northbound at the B226 Chinbrook Road junction, because of large pothole in the road.

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Corbyn: Government 'pulling strings' in Southern dispute

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

EXCLUSIVE: The Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has accused the government of "pulling the strings" in the Southern rail dispute. Speaking to me earlier today, he said the situation "cannot go on".  

Carl Winchester

Cheltenham Town sign Northern Ireland's Carl Winchester on a free transfer and West Ham's Alex Pike on loan.

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Sebastian Polter

Queens Park Rangers sell striker Sebastian Polter to German second-tier side Union Berlin for an undisclosed fee.

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Plane in front of the moon

The government says tighter rules at three London airports will mean quieter aircraft are used.

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Watch: Corbyn invites Trump to Finsbury Park mosque

Labour leader and Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn has invited Donald Trump to visit a London mosque

'They just don't care'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The Transport Secretary has condemned the Labour Party for failing to speak out against the unions behind the Southern rail crisis, which has led to disruption for thousands of South East commuters. 

Severe accident: A504 London both ways

BBC Travel

A504 London both ways severe accident, between Lawrence Road and A503 Broad Lane.

A504 London - A504 West Green Road in Tottenham closed in both directions between the Lawrence Road junction and the A503 Broad Lane junction, because of an accident.

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Clockwise from top left: Belmarsh Prison, HMP Woodhill, HMP Frankland and HMP Manchester

Prison inmates in Durham, London, Manchester and Milton Keynes were caught with a banned terror group's magazine, it is revealed.

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Watch: Jeremy Corbyn on Tube ticket office closures

Labour leader and Islington North MP, Jeremy Corbyn, spoke to our Political Editor, Tim Donovan. See more at 18:30 on BBC One.

BreakingAnother strike announced on Southern

Southern railway guards are to stage a fresh 24-hour strike on January 23 in their long-running dispute over staffing, the RMT union announced.

What is thundersnow?

Appeal to trace 'distressed' woman who was 'dragged into car'

Detectives are trying to trace a woman who was seen in a "distressed" state in Feltham early this morning.

Officers are investigating reports of a woman being pulled into a car at about 03:30 in Staines Road near SHaftesbury Avenue, Feltham.

It is reported the woman was shouting for help. She is described as white and wearing a green coat with fur trim around the hood.

Watch: The latest on the Heathrow cancellations

The BBC's Frankie McCamley has the latest on the disruption at Heathrow airport.

Flights have been cancelled amid warnings of blizzard conditions set to sweep across the UK on Thursday.

London's Heathrow Airport said airlines had pre-emptively cancelled 6% of its usual daily flights - 80 out of 1,350 departures and arrivals - with disruption expected from 15:00.

Frankie McCamley

Severe disruption: A12 London southbound

BBC Travel

A12 London southbound severe disruption, at A102 Blackwall Tunnel affecting A118 High Street.

A12 London - Queuing traffic on A12 Blackwall Tunnel Approach southbound in Poplar at the A102 Blackwall Tunnel junction, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Bow Interchange.

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car in street near congestion charge sign

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has become embroiled in a political row over his proposals for an additional congestion charge.

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Heathrow cancels flights after snow forecast

Heathrow Airport said it will cancel 80 flights out of the 1,350 scheduled today as it prepares for forecasts for snow later.

It said that wintry weather would mean  fewer aircraft can take off and land at its two runways. 

The airport operates at full capacity and so has no extra room to reschedule flights during inclement conditions. 

"We have taken the decision to reduce the flight schedule on Thursday, to allow airlines to rebook passengers onto un-allocated seats ahead of time where possible," 

Heathrow is advising passengers to check before travelling. 

Pub next to Chiltern Firehouse faces row over celeb spotting rinkers

Mayor should re-think Tube ticket office closure stance - Corbyn

Tim Donovan

BBC London, Political Editor

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on London’s mayor Sadiq Khan to re-open ticket offices in some of the capital's Tube stations. 

The issue was at the heart of the one-day strike by Tube workers which broughtchaos to the capital on Monday.

The mayor has refused to re-open ticket offices which were closed by the previous mayor Boris Johnson – but he has vowed to put 200 extra staff in some Tube stations and ensure they are more visible. 

But the Labour leader said today that did not go far enough and the mayor should think again. 

He told BBC London, “In some places it’s helped but in some places it’s not enough and I do think there’s a need to have a ticket office, particularly in the big interchange stations. That surely can be discussed and negotiated.” 

Mr Corbyn refused to condemn the union members who went on strike on Monday – unlike Mr Khan who said the action was “unnecessary” – and refused to say whether he would be prepared to join striking underground workers on a picket line. 

“I regret the strike happened”, said the Labour leader. 

Jeremy Corbyn
PA

Representatives of the RMT union are due to meet tomorrow to decide whether to take further strike action, but Mr Corbyn wouldn’t urge them not to strike. 

“I will urge them to get around the table as quickly as possible, and TfL to do the same. Two sides are not in agreement, over the closure of ticket offices fundamentally. That is an issue that many of us campaigned on. It’s not a question of telling people what to do. It’s about asking both sides to come together.” 

The Labour Leader responded to Tory criticisms that his offer earlier this week to join Aslef workers on a picket line was a “kick in the teeth” for commuters. 

“What’s a kick in the teeth is Southern Rail, its administration of that system, the ludicrous government payments direct to Southern Rail whether they run trains or not, and genuine and legitimate concerns about safety by both the public and those who work on the service itself.

“I think the government should intervene and ensure the trains are safely run, there is an effective and good service on it and also talk to our mayor Sadiq Khan about how TfL could extend its remit by running rail services in London and the suburbs.

BreakingUnions threaten to escalate Tube industrial action

Industrial action by London Underground workers will be escalated from February 6 unless a dispute over jobs and ticket office closures is resolved, the RMT union said.

Slaven Bilic angry with Dimitri Payet's refusal to play for West Ham
West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic says he is "angry" that Dimitri Payet has refused to play for the Hammers as he seeks a move away from the London Stadium.

Afternoon weather: Heavy rain, possibly snow

BBC Weather

Cloud and rain, heavy at times, will move eastwards across London during the day. Rain will turn to snow over the hills, and perhaps to some low levels into the evening rush hour, with some disruption possible in places. It will be feeling rather cold. 

Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

Aker offices in Aberdeen

Hundreds of jobs are set to be lost at oil services firm Aker Solutions with about 100 at risk in Aberdeen and London.

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Watch: New Chelsea stadium plans approved

Chelsea Football Club have been given permission by the local council to build a new £500m 60,000-seat stadium.  

Chelsea stadium
Olivier Giroud

Arsenal players Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin extend their deals with the club.

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Christian Benteke

Manager Sam Allardyce says striker Christian Benteke has "a major part to play" at Crystal Palace and he has bids in for "three or four players".

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