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  1. Updates on Friday 27 January

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Sean Goss

Queens Park Rangers sign midfielder Sean Goss from Manchester United for £500,000, on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

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Goodbye from BBC London Live

BBC London News

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

Have a good weekend.

Tonight's weather: Patchy and light rain but milder

BBC Weather

It'll be cloudy at first with misty patches and some hill fog over the Chilterns and other high ground. 

Patchy and mainly light rain will develop later in the night but it will be milder than recent nights. Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

'Superhead' wins appeal over teaching ban

A "superhead" has won a High Court appeal against a ban from teaching over allegations of financial mismanagement and conflicts of interest involving £1m worth of IT contracts.

A senior judge ruled that a "less intrusive measure" than a ban could and should have been adopted against Greg Wallace, the former executive headteacher of the Best Start Federation of schools in Hackney, east London, because of the public interest in maintaining his "exceptional contribution to education". 

Mr Wallace was barred for a minimum of two years after the Department for Education(DfE) overruled a recommendation from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) that a ban should not be imposed because of his "inspirational example" as an educator.

Brexit bill: How people think their Labour MPs should vote
People in Wakefield and Brixton give their opinions on whether their Labour MPs should back legislation paving the way for the UK's departure from the EU.

Preparing for Chinese NY: The lowdown

Chinese New Year may be all about food and fireworks to onlookers but preparations involve a lot more than meets the eye.

Kamay Kan, 27, lives in north London and has been telling Newsbeat about all the work that goes into making sure the new year gets off to a good start.

"I feel like the traditions are something that's quite important to keep," she says. 

"A lot of people just simplify it and have a meal together - my mum's the person I know who does the most."

Kamay Kan
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Kamay Kan
England fan jailed for pushing man in front of Tube
An England football fan has been jailed for 10 years for pushing a man on to live Tube tracks shortly before a train arrived.

Arrest over Hackney stabbing

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in Hackney on suspicion of attempted murder following a stabbing incident on Monday.

The 20-year-old male victim was found with a number of stab wounds in Harrowgate Road at about 18:00. He is said to be in a stable condition in an east London hospital.

Police believe he was chased by a number of people before the attack.

Images of Crossrail build released

Crossrail has released images of how the Elizabeth Line is progressing.

The route will link 40 stations through London and the south east, between Reading and Shenfield.  

The line has been named after the Queen and is set to open in December next year.

Aerial view of Farringdon ticket hall
Crossrail
Aerial view of Farringdon ticket hall
Old Oak Common
Crossrail
Old Oak Common
Bond St station
Crossrail
Bond St station

New Tube strikes completely unnecessary - LU boss

Steve Griffiths, London Underground's chief operating officer, has responded following the earlier news that two further Tube strikes have been called in a row over jobs and ticket office closures.

Mr Griffiths said: "This threat of strike action is completely unnecessary. 

"We invited both unions to continue talks at Acas today in a bid to resolve this dispute. 

"We are still in talks with the TSSA union but the RMT refused to join us today.

"We urge the RMT to continue talking to us so that we can reach a resolution."

Football fan who pushed Polish man on to live Tube track is jailed

Chris Cole
British Transport Police
Christopher Cole

An England football fan who pushed a Polish builder on to live Tube tracks 34 seconds before a train arrived has been jailed for 10 years.

Christopher Cole, 32, had been drinking and was angry at Russian fans' behaviour during Euro 2016 and did not want England to be seen as "wooses", the Old Bailey heard. 

He got drunk and picked an argument with David Pietraskzek, 21, on a Central Line train after mistaking him as Russian on 9 June 9. 

When they arrived at Bond Street Station, Cole followed him on to the Jubilee Line platform and shoved him on to the live rail. 

The victim was badly bruised but managed to leap out of the way just seconds ahead of an oncoming train. 

The incident was caught on CCTV and showed a crowd of shocked travellers immediately step in to help the young victim. 

Cole admitted attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

Car stop PC: 'It's not racist it's fact'
The Met Police will be investigated over footage of a driver who was told it was a "fact" that black men who wear "gangster-style clothes" commit crime.

Severe disruption: A3218 London both ways

BBC Travel

A3218 London both ways severe disruption, between A4 Cromwell Gardens and Harrington Road.

A3218 London - A3218 Thurloe Place in South Kensington closed in both directions between the A4 Cromwell Gardens junction and the Harrington Road junction, because of a building fire.

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Maximum disruption for the public as new Tube strikes are announced

Zero strikes promise by Sadiq Khan 'long gone'

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

The last Tube strike over the levels of staffing had a huge impact with many stations closed in zone one. Buses and overland rail stations couldn’t cope.

You can expect a similar disruption in the week beginning Sunday 5 February.  Unusually, the RMT union will be striking in two blocks of 16 hours and 15 hours.

That means the disruption could easily stretch over four days - as trains and station staff will be all over the place -  from the Sunday night through to the Wednesday.

But station staff on strike will not lose four days' pay. It is designed to have maximum disruption.

LU admits that the Tube needs more staff following ticket office closures, but so far the numbers being offered have not convinced the RMT.

Also the Mayor Sadiq Khan had promised “zero strikes”, and said he would work closely with the unions. That promise is long gone.

There will be probably be talks next week. 

Cauley Woodrow

Burton sign Lasse Vigen Christensen and Cauley Woodrow from Championship rivals Fulham until the end of the season.

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Tube strikes called despite lengthy talks

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out for 16 hours from 18:00 on 5 February and for 15 hours from 10:00 on the 7th. 

The action was called despite lengthy talks with LU under the chairmanship of the conciliation service Acas, which have failed to break the deadlocked row. 

The RMT and Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) staged a 24-hour strike earlier this month which crippled Tube services.

BreakingTube strikes announced

London Underground workers are to stage a 16-hour strike from 5 February and a 15-hour walkout from the 7th in a row over jobs and Tube ticket office closures, the RMT union said.

Sam Allardyce hopes Crystal Palace complete Patrick van Aanholt signing
Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce confirms that he is hoping to be reunited with Patrick van Aanholt, who played for him at Sunderland.

Severe accident: A3212 London both ways

BBC Travel

A3212 London both ways severe accident, at A3203.

A3212 London - A3212 Millbank in Westminster closed at Lambeth Bridge, because of an accident.

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Afternoon weather: Cloudy, dry and milder than yesterday

BBC Weather

It will remain rather cloudy this afternoon in London, but should be mostly dry. It will be much milder than yesterday though. 

Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

Seven arrests in police clamp down on drug dealing

Tim Addicott

BBC Radio Norfolk

A 24-year-old man from London has been charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin and six other people have been arrested in the past few days in Norfolk as part of a campaign to stop drug dealing codenamed Operation Gravity. 

The man and a local woman in her 30s, later released on bail, were arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs after a raid on a property in Saffron Square in Norwich yesterday. 

Three people were arrested this morning in a campaign targeting criminals coming into the county to deal drugs.

Officers were called to reports of suspicious activity in Middle Market Road in Great Yarmouth at 00:40 this morning. A property in Swirles Place was raided and officers discovered a quantity of Class A drugs and cash. 

A man in his 30s from Great Yarmouth, a male in his late teens from the London area, and a woman in her 30s from Great Yarmouth, are in police custody being questioned. 

Another man, also from London, was arrested for suspected drug dealing in Ordnance Road in Great Yarmouth yesterday. 

And on Wednesday, more class A drugs were found after searches in Netherwood Green in Norwich and Apsley Road in Great Yarmouth. 

Two men from London were arrested, as well as a man from Norwich, and another from Great Yarmouth.

Severe accident: A118 London both ways

BBC Travel

A118 London both ways severe accident, at A116 Rabbits Road.

A118 London - A118 Romford Road in Manor Park closed at the A116 Rabbits Road junction, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: A13 Greater London westbound

BBC Travel

A13 Greater London westbound severe accident, after A1153 Lodge Avenue Flyover affecting Marsh Way.

A13 Greater London - One lane closed and queuing traffic for three miles on A13 into town in Barking after the A1153 Lodge Avenue Flyover junction, because of an accident and recovery work. Congestion to Dagenham.

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Brentford FC sign PSV Eindhoven winger

Florian Jozefzoon has signed for the Bees.

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bbc-coverageFriday's WBBL action

Barking Abbey v Oaklands Wolves

There's a double header of British Basketball across the BBC this Friday evening, later on London Lions face Bristol Flyers at the Copper Box but before that the WBBL takes centre stage as Barking Abbey host Oaklands Wolves.

Barking Abbey are performing slightly better of the two sides, currently sat in fifth place on 12 points whilst Oaklands Wolves will be hoping to register their first points of the season as they sit bottom of the WBBL table.

You can watch all the action live on the BBC Sport website, app and selected connected TV's from 17:00 GMT by clicking here and if you want to learn more about the BBC's coverage from the BBL and WBBL in 2016/2017 click here.

Barking Abbey v Oaklands Wolves
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Haseeb Hameed and Ben Duckett

England pair Haseeb Hameed and Ben Duckett are named in the MCC team for March's Champion County game against Middlesex.

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'I feel like we've won the FA Cup'

#PeoplesCup

FA People's Cup: Watch the best goals from 2016 finals

As we look forward to a weekend of FA Cup action, watch some of the best goals from the FA People's Cup - the UK's biggest free five-a-side tournament - and what it means to those who lifted the trophy.

You can get involved in the 2017 FA People's Cup, in one of 16 categories, now! Find out how to sign up here.

Voting to invoke Article 50 isn't 'voting with the Tories' - Diane Abbott

A Labour shadow minister has resigned after party leader Jeremy Corbyn told his MPs to back legislation that will trigger the UK's divorce from the EU.

Other Labour MPs and frontbenchers have also suggested they will defy the three-line whip, saying they need to represent their constituents in areas where more people voted Remain in the referendum.

Shadow home secretary and MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington Diane Abbott tells Radio 4's Today that voting to invoke Article 50 is not a question of "voting with the Tories" but about getting the Brexit process started.