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  1. Updates on Friday 13 January

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Southern rail service

A long-running dispute over the role of conductors on the Southern rail network has resulted in a series of strikes. Just how bad have the operator's commuter services become?

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Good evening from BBC London Live

BBC London News

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

Have a great weekend.

Tonight's weather: Dry. clear and bitterly cold

BBC Weather

It will be dry and largely clear tonight as the winds ease. It'll feel bitterly cold too, with a sharp frost expected.

Minimum temperature: -2C (28F)

'We're looking for players of all ages and abilities'

#PeoplesCup

Gary Lineker invites you to take part in the 2017 FA People's Cup

Have you ever dreamt of walking out onto the pitch at Wembley or lifting a cup in front of 90,000 fans?

The 2017 FA People's Cup - the UK's biggest free five-a-side football competition - is offering the chance to do just that.

Find out about the 16 different categories and dates of the competition here - then find out where your nearest venue is and how to sign up here.

Thames Barrier to close early tomorrow

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

Travel presenter Bill Reeves says: "The Thames Barrier will close overnight at 03:00 due to a high spring tide.

"The barrier is closed under storm surge conditions to protect London from flooding from the sea. It may also be closed during periods of high flow over Teddington Weir to reduce the risk of river flooding in some areas of west London including Richmond and Twickenham.

"The Thames Barrier has only been closed 176 times since it became operational in 1982."

Watch: 'Student halls' for adults in Willesden

DNA techniques and double jeopardy laws bring serial rapist to justice

Tom Symonds

Home Affairs Correspondent

Michael Chandler
Met Police
Michael Chandler: "A menace to all women"

A serial rapist with six convictions has admitted raping a seventh woman 31 years ago, after prosecutors used the so-called double jeopardy laws, and modern DNA techniques to bring him to justice.  

Michael Chandler, 53,  was cleared in 1988 of carrying out the attack on a 19-year-old woman in Harrow. 

But faced with the new evidence, he admitted the offence today at the Old Bailey. 

The Director of Public Prosecutions made a rare appeal against the ‘double jeopardy’ rule which prevents a suspect being charged twice for the same offence. 

Since a change in the law in 2003, the Court of Appeal can now quash an acquittal and order a retrial in serious cases when "new and compelling" evidence is produced. 

Several high-profile convictions have followed, including murder convictions for two of the killers of Stephen Lawrence. 

For the first time since the new law, in the Chandler case the application to overturn the ‘double jeopardy’ rule was not opposed at the Court of Appeal.

Chandler has also pleaded guilty to the rape and false imprisonment of an eighth woman in 1986, following a similar ‘cold case review’. 

Police had kept the victims’ clothes and used a method of matching very small amounts of DNA to Chandler. 

One of the victims was 19 when she was attacked by Chandler wearing a balaclava and holding a knife, who had jumped out at her while she was sitting on a park bench.  He then dragged her to an area near a railway line and raped her. 

She said in a victim impact statement that the incident had “completely screwed my head and it has done so all of my life.... I found it impossible to trust any man.  I don’t trust anyone except my animals.  They are the only ones I can rely on.” 

The second victim who was raped by Chandler while her husband was in the house, said she had “never properly dealt with what that man did to me.” 

Chandler is currently serving six life sentences for the crimes he was convicted of in 1988 - which included breaking into the homes of some of his victims and raping them. 

He was described by a judge at the time as a "menace to all women". 

The guilty pleas are a success for Metropolitan Police officers working on ‘cold’ cases which are now being solved through the use of improved forensic science. 

They follow research from the Crown Prosecution Service suggesting that more modern techniques could reverse the outcome of historical cases. 

Chandler will be sentenced on Monday.

Urine test reveals what you really eat

James Gallagher

BBC News Website, Health Editor

Food
AP

A urine test that can reveal how healthy your meals are has been developed by scientists at Imperial College London, Newcastle University and Aberystwyth University.

They think it could be used to improve nutritional advice or in weight loss because people are notoriously bad at recording their own eating habits.

The test, detailed in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, detects chemicals made as food is processed by the body.

The research team believe it could be widely available within two years.

The urine samples are analysed to determine the structure of the chemicals floating around in it using a technique called a proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

This gives clues to both recent meals and long term dietary habits.

Severe accident: A110 Greater London both ways

BBC Travel

A110 Greater London both ways severe accident, at Pole Hill Road.

A110 Greater London - A110 Kings Head Hill in Chingford partially blocked at the Pole Hill Road junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - for bus routes 313, 379 and 385.

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Vanessa Feltz: Secrets of the phone-in

Severe disruption: A13 Greater London eastbound

BBC Travel

A13 Greater London eastbound severe disruption, at A1306 London Road affecting A1306 Ripple Road.

A13 Greater London - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A13 eastbound in Wennington at Wennington Interchange, because of emergency repairs. Congestion to Goresbrook Interchange.

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Average deposit in London passes £100k mark

Cash and houses
PA

The average deposit in London now stands at £100,445, according to research by Halifax bank.

While the average price paid by a first-time buyer across the UK as a whole in 2016 was a record £205,170, in London it was nearly double that at £402,692, which was another all-time high.  

Severe disruption: A102 London northbound

BBC Travel

A102 London northbound severe disruption, from A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach to A12 Blackwall Tunnel Approach.

A102 London - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on A102 Blackwall Tunnel northbound in Greenwich from the A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach junction to the A12 Blackwall Tunnel Approach junction, because of a broken down car.

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Watch: Hundreds of butterflies on display despite cold weather

In the glasshouse at RHS Gardens in Wisley hundreds of butterflies are on display this weekend. 

Wendy Hurrell spoke to Anna Platoni to find out more. 

Cold and sunny Thames today

Thames
Chris Murray

This stunning photo of the Thames and Tower Bridge at sunrise this morning comes courtesy of Chris Murray

Teachers in Bromley get up early to clear snow for pupils

Teachers
Bickley Park School

A group of teachers at Bickley Park School in Bromley got in to work extra early this morning to deal with overnight snowfall.

They arrived at 07:00 with spaces and salt to ensure the route to classes at the boys prep school in Page Heath Lane was safe for pupils to navigate.

Headteacher Patrick Wenham said: “The snow has caused some disruption to travel and some nearby schools have had to close their doors for the day, but the Bickley Park team were determined that classes should continue as normal.

“My thanks go to those staff who came in extra early to ensure the paths in and around the school were safe for our pupils, and the public.

“Classes will be continuing as normal today but we will be making the most of the snow, as we know how much fun it can be for youngsters.”

Watch: Average cost of a first time home in London reaches all time high

There were more first-time home buyers in 2016 than at any time since the start of the financial crisis, according to research by the Halifax.

In London the average price of a first time home has reached an all time high.  

Severe disruption: both ways

BBC Travel

both ways severe disruption, between A117 and A2204 New Ferry Approach.

- Vehicle ferry not operating on Woolwich Ferry in both directions in North Woolwich between North Pier and South Pier, because of high tide.

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Trains held as swan sits on line

Snow train
Passengers are stuck for hours without heating and toilets after their train broke down because of ice on the tracks.

Afternoon weather: Sunny afternoon but bitterly cold

BBC Weather

Conditions will improve this afternoon, with sunny spells developing as the rain, sleet and snow clears southwards. 

It will however feel bitterly cold with a strong north-westerly wind.

Maximum temperature: 4C (39F).

Watch: Central London snow caught on BBC roof camera

This was the scene at the BBC in London earlier today. 

You can get the forecast for where you are on the BBC Weather site. 

Boy, 12. 'lured into house and sexually assaulted by man in London'

Severe accident: A406 Greater London westbound

BBC Travel

A406 Greater London westbound severe accident, after A105 Green Lanes affecting A10.

A406 Greater London - Queuing traffic on A406 North Circular Road westbound in Palmers Green after Clockhouse Interchange, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Great Cambridge Interchange.

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Watch: Mime lesson for BBC broadcaster

Mime London is a festival of visual theatre taking place this month. 

One of the organisers visited the BBC to pass on some skills. 

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Watch: Record fines for illegal skin whitening creams

Trading Standards say traders are "poisoning for profit".

Traffic woes

To add to a light dusting of snow this morning, there is a collapsed manhole cover on London's A2.

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Severe congestion: M4 Greater London eastbound

BBC Travel

M4 Greater London eastbound severe congestion, between Heston Services and J2 for A4.

M4 Greater London - Slow traffic on M4 into town between Heston Services and J2, A4 (Brentford).

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Images released of suspect in 'vicious assault' on Croydon bus driver

Suspect in Croydon
Met Police

Police have released CCTV stills of a man they wish to speak to in connection with a "vicious assault" on a bus driver in Croydon.

The alleged incident happened on 16 April at about 01:35 on a route 75 bus while it was stationary outside Fairfield Halls in Croydon.

The 53-year-old victim was checking the upper deck of the bus when he heard the bus door open. he went downstairs and was punched and kicked several times by the alleged attacker.

The driver sustained a cut to his forehead and substantial bruising. He has recovered from his injuries but still suffers emotional trauma, say police.

The suspect is  aged between 25 and 35, large build and approximately 6ft with tied back afrio style hair and a beard. He word a green hooded "Puffa" style coat

Buckingham Palace trespasser detained under Mental Health Act

Buckingham Palace
PA

A man who clambered over a gate at Buckingham Palace has been detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act.

Daniel Sheehan, 21, no fixed abode, was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday after admitting two counts of trespass.

Police caught Sheehan trespassing close to the palace's south gate on 7 October 2016.

No members of the Royal Family were thought to have been at the palace at the time.

BreakingMP quits to run the V&A

Tristram Hunt to quit as Labour MP to be London's V&A Museum's director, triggering by-election in Stoke-on-Trent Central.

'Muddled Brexit will hit London, then whole country - mayor

Sadiq Khan
PA

A "muddled" Brexit threatens to cost London dear in jobs and investment, mayor Sadiq Khan has warned. 

Mr Khan accused the Government of having no clear strategy just two months before Prime Minister Theresa May plans to trigger formal exit negotiations by invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. 

"It's deeply concerning that we still appear to have "muddled thinking" at the heart of government," he said. 

"The only thing that would be as damaging as a hard Brexit would be a muddled Brexit. 

"And - unfortunately - it looks like that is where we are heading unless there's a change in tact and direction from our government," Mr Khan told business and political leaders during an address at the Mansion House. 

The mayor said a negative Brexit impact for London would hit the whole country.

Watch: How the snow fell in London last night

Footage from Thursday's snowfall in London.

London snow

Driver denies road-rage offences as Jeremy Vine helmet film sparks court case

A driver who was allegedly involved in a road-rage clash with BBC Crimewatch host Jeremy Vine as he cycled home from work is to go on trial later for a series of motoring offences. 

Shanique Syrena Pearson, 22, of Vauxhall, south-west London, has denied driving without reasonable consideration for other road users, using a vehicle without a valid licence and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

A video clip showing a row in Hornton Street in Kensington, west London, on 26 August was posted online and viewed thousands of times. 

Mr Vine, 51, wears a helmet camera for the commute from his home in Chiswick, west London, to BBC offices near Oxford Circus.

The trial is expected to begin at 14:00 at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court.

Medium congestion: A406 Greater London both ways

BBC Travel

A406 Greater London both ways medium congestion, at A112.

A406 Greater London - Queuing traffic on A406 North Circular Road in both directions in Walthamstow at Crooked Billet Roundabout. Congestion to Woodford.

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Watch: Friday morning's headlines from BBC London

Sonja Jessup has the capital's top stories.

Sonja Jessup