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  1. Updates on Friday 3 February

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Harry Kane

Tottenham re-establish a nine-point gap to Premier League leaders Chelsea with a workmanlike victory over Middlesbrough.

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Jermain Defoe

Jack Skelton

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Sunderland score four first-half goals to thrash Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park as the Black Cats move level on points with their relegation rivals.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Chris Sutton

MOTD pundit and former Chelsea striker

Arsenal lack the consistency to challenge for the title even if they beat Chelsea on Saturday, says Match of the Day pundit Chris Sutton.

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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 all the latest videos, news, sport, travel and weather.

Have a great weekend.

Tonight's weather: Breezy, heavy rain and then frosty

BBC Weather

Breezy at first, with further heavy rain for a time. Wind and rain should ease around midnight, with skies clearing behind. Turning colder with clearer skies, bringing a risk of frost and patchy ice by dawn. 

Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).

Top London football clubs urged to pay voluntary Living Wage for staff

Top flight football clubs are being asked to ensure contract staff such as cleaners and caterers are paid the voluntary Living Wage.

Citizen UK has written to the chairmen of Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham stating that staff working on match days are often on low pay.

Chelsea and Everton are leading the football league of Living Wage employers, joining almost 3,000 other businesses and organisations paying the voluntary rate of £9.75 an hour in London and £8.45 outside the capital. 

The Government's National Living Wage stands at £7.20 an hour for workers over the age of 25.

Tory MP joins campaign against NHS cuts to baby milk

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Workers rescued from refinery blaze

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Two workers had to be rescued from the roof of an oil refinery after a large fire broke out inside the storage facility on the Kent-London border.

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters are tackling the blaze after being called to the refinery on Manorway in Erith at 13:10 GMT.

London Fire Brigade says the three-storey building contains two oil refinery cylinders.

The cause of the blaze is not currently known.

Two men had escaped from the ground floor of the building before fire crews arrived.

Burning oil refinery in Erith
David Letchford
Burning oil refinery in Erith
David Letchford

January - a mish-mash of a month

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a month of contrasts weather-wise across the capital but above all - it's been COLD!

Curious really - seeing as we're entering the month of February on a very mild note with temperatures in double figures.

The official numbers from the Met Office have been crunched and on the whole, across London and the South East it has been around 2C colder than average at night.

Snow in Coulsdon
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Chelsea v Arsenal: 3-0 defeat always in my mind - Antonio Conte
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says it is "important to remember" his side's 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in September and learn from it.

BreakingFresh talks between union and train operator

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The RMT union has agreed to meet Southern Rail next week, in the long-running dispute over driver-only operated trains.

Aslef members are due to vote on an agreement reached with the operator yesterday.

Southern train
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Has Sadiq Khan caved in to the unions? - Conservatives

Conservative London Assembly member Keith Prince said he suspects Sadiq Khan has "caved in" to the RMT to get next week's Tube strike suspended.

“Of course it’s good news that the strikes are off, but if the RMT’s statement is true then Sadiq Khan has caved in and bought off the RMT by spending tens of millions of pounds on unnecessary jobs.

“Plus he has shown the RMT and the TSSA that they can get their way by striking and threatening to strike. That will only encourage more strikes in the future.”

The mayor's office said the proposals agreed with both unions would see an additional 325 new members of staff, 200 of whom will be in full-time positions.  

A 25-year-old man from north-east London will serve at least nine years in prison after stabbing two men.

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Mayor welcomes Tube strike suspension

Following the news that next week's Tube strike by the RMT has been suspended, London mayor Sadiq Khan has issued this statement:

“Like all commuters in London I’m delighted that we have been able to get the Tube strikes suspended – it shows what we can achieve by talking and engaging with staff. 

“This is an excellent deal that will ensure commuters get the service they need at Underground stations, and it will fix the mess created by the previous Mayor.”

CCTV released after violent robbery in Newham

Police investigating a violent robbery on a shopkeeper in Newham have released CCTV footage identifying four men they would like to talk to.

Shortly before 21:00 on 23 October a man walked into a shop on Hermit Road, picked up two trays of eggs and left the store without paying.

The 41-year-old shopkeeper followed the man out of the store. 

Once outside, the victim was confronted by the man along with three other men, who followed him back into the store and then kicked and punched him.

The victim tried to fight back but one of the men brandished a bottle and hit him over the head with it. 

While this was happening, one of the suspects walked behind the counter and took a quantity of cash from the till.

All four men then fled the scene and got into a black vehicle which drove off in the direction of Bethell Avenue.

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Tube strike off: 60% of job cuts reversed - RMT

Planned strikes by London Underground workers from Sunday evening over jobs have been suspended. 

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union were due to walk out for 16 hours from 18:00 on Sunday and again for 15 hours from 10:00 on Tuesday, threatening travel chaos in the capital. 

The RMT said that following talks with the company, almost 60% of the original job cuts have now been reversed.

BreakingTube strike suspended

Next week's Tube strike has been suspended.

Lewisham pioneers smart benches to charge phones and access Wi-Fi

Two rescued in oil storage refinery blaze

Danny Rose

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham defender Danny Rose will see a specialist to confirm the extent of his knee injury.

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Praise for Frank Lampard

Afternoon weather: Stronger winds

BBC Weather

Winds will continue to strengthen through the afternoon. We'll also see the cloud will thicken and outbreaks of rain could start to push in later on. 

Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

Spurs looking for strong league finish - Christian Eriksen
Tottenham attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen says he hopes his side have learned from their experience last season and finish this campaign in a strong fashion.

Met officer admits getting girl, 14, to perform sex act on Skype

An officer with the Met Police has admitted getting a 14-year-old girl to perform a sex act on Skype.

Alistair Leiper pleaded guilty to three counts of attempting to engage in sexual activity in the presence of a child, and one of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Leiper will be sentenced on 3 March after the 37-year-old engaged in a series of online video chats with two teenagers, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Ordering a pre-sentence report Judge Joanna Korner QC said: "With something as serious as this I will need to know whether he is dangerous."

Audio: Former Essex teacher's 'sense of pride' in Lampard's achievements

The former teacher Chelsea, West Ham and England footballer Frank Lampard has described his "sense of pride" in the midfielder's achievements.

The former England international has retired from football aged 38.

He made the comments following Lampard's decision to retire, announced yesterday, bringing to an end a 21-year professional career.  

Chris Bouckley, former football master at Brentwood School which Lampard attended, said: "He Lampard was such a lovely boy and you always want the best for him. An outstanding player."

Chelsea v Arsenal: Arsene Wenger tried to buy N'Golo Kante twice
Arsene Wenger says he tried to buy Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante twice, saying the reason he did not join Arsenal "is quite obvious when you look where he has gone".

Severe disruption: A1203 London westbound

BBC Travel

A1203 London westbound severe disruption, between A1261 Aspen Way and The Highway.

A1203 London - Queuing traffic on A1203 Limehouse Link Tunnel into town in Limehouse between the A1261 Aspen Way junction and The Highway junction, because of an earlier broken down vehicle.

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Ex-teacher 'witnessed something special' in Lampard at RAF base

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The former teacher of England player Frank Lampard has described the moment he thought the footballer was a special talent.

Frank Lampard
PA

He made the comments following Lampard's decision to retire, announced yesterday

Chris Bouckley, former football master at Brentwood School, said Lampard Jnr's rise to football fame developed in rural Cambridgeshire, in a game against RAF Wittering. 

Frank Lampard
PA

"He was 14, maybe 15 years old playing in an 18-year-old side," said Mr Bouckley. 

"On the way back from a pre-season tour we played against a team from RAF Wittering.

"During the game, Frank wandered into midfield from the full back position and probably after the third time I asked him to hit it, he smacked one into the top right hand corner.

"Everyone on the pitch just stopped, and it was that kind of moment where you thought 'wow'. We've just seen something special."

Former Brentwood teacher speaks of Lampard's early promise

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The former Essex schoolteacher of West Ham, Chelsea and England footballer Frank Lampard has spoken of the midfielder's early development as a player.

Frank Lampard
West Ham United FC

He made the comments following Lampard's decision to retire, announced yesterday, bringing to an end a 21-year professional career.  

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Chris Bouckley, former football master at the fee-paying Brentwood School which Lampard attended, said: "When he was eight or nine he was a good player, but did not stand out.

Frank Lampard
PA

"It was a football school so there were other children with talent. What was different with him was that he gave everything, whether it was cross-country running or swimming.

"He always gave 110%."

Travel advice if Tube strike goes ahead

Watch: Indian inspired orchid festival at Kew Gardens

If you need some colour to brighten up your February, head to Kew Gardens because this year's Orchid Festival, which begins tomorrow, promises to be one of the best yet.

Inspired by the sights, sounds and culture of India, visitors will be treated to sights like these.

Tube delays from overcrowding triple in five years - report

Judge overrules mother's opposition to meningitis vaccination

A baby should be vaccinated against infections which can lead to meningitis despite his mother's opposition, a High Court judge has ruled. 

Syringe
Science Photo Library

The seven-month-old boy's mother said the Haemophilus Influenza Type b (Hib) vaccine and the pneumococcal conjugate (PCV) vaccine could cause adverse reactions. 

But social services at Barnet Council in north London said vaccination was in the youngster's best interests - and Mr Justice MacDonald agreed. 

The judge has delivered a ruling after analysing competing arguments at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.