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  1. Updates on Friday 17 February

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Lucas Perez

Phil McNulty

Chief football writer at Wembley Stadium

Arsenal reach the FA Cup quarter-finals as goals from Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott beat non-league Sutton United.

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Harry Kane

Patrick Jennings

BBC Sport

Harry Kane scores a hat-trick as Tottenham reach the FA Cup quarter-finals with a comfortable win at Championship side Fulham.

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Premier League leaders Chelsea reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with victory over Wolves in an entertaining tie at Molineux.

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Millwall goal

Michael Emons

BBC Sport

Ten-man Millwall secure a stunning upset with a last-minute winner to beat Premier League champions Leicester City and reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

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

Have a great weekend.

Tonight's weather: Dry but mist and fog likely

BBC Weather

Mostly dry overnight, with variable amounts of cloud, perhaps thick enough at times for the odd spot of drizzle towards the Chilterns and Downs. Where breaks in the cloud do occur, some mist and fog is likely to form. 

Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

R-Patz or Sienna: Who had a museum sleepover?

The British Museum was hailed as the real star of The Lost City of Z premiere, with the film's stars gushing over the venue.

But who, out of Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller, had once had a sleepover among the museum's artefacts?

Brick Lane hosts its first tattoo convention


Britain's biggest convention for tattoos takes place this weekend in east London and more than 1,000 inkings are expected to be sketched and drawn.

The event - Tattoo Collective - aims to showcase the best local artistry and hosts 150 studios from across Britain and Ireland at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane.

Miki Vialetto, co-founder of the event, said: "There are tattoo enthusiasts here from Switzerland, Italy and from Spain. It's a good opportunity for them to see what the UK and Ireland can give. 

"We expect easily 1,000 tattoos to be drawn."


Hammersmith soldier who won the Victoria cross is remembered 100 years on

The extraordinary bravery of a soldier from Hammersmith during the First World War was remembered today. 

One hundred years ago - Lance Sergeant Frederick Palmer captured an enemy trench - and defended it for hours - under heavy fire. 

He was awarded the Victoria Cross and today he was honoured at a special ceremony.

The Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham, Mercy Umeh, spoke to BBC London.

Mayor Hammersmith & Fulham, Mercy Umeh

Severe disruption: A12 London northbound

BBC News Travel

A12 London northbound severe disruption, at A106 Wick Road affecting A2.

A12 London - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, and severe delays on A12 northbound at Hackney Wick, because of a car fire. Congestion on A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach to Sun In The Sands Roundabout.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Southern crisis: 'We need a politics aside approach'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Aslef members have rejected a deal with Southern rail that would have ended a long-running industrial dispute.

It had been arguing with parent firm, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), over driver-only operated (DOO) trains.

Members of the drivers' union rejected the deal by 54.1% to 45.9%. The turnout was 72.7%.

Watch: Francesca Simon's tips for aspiring writers

BBC Radio London

Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon gives her tips on writing stories.

She also spoke to Robert Elms about her role as a judge in the BBC's 500 words competition.

You can hear the full interview here

Severe accident: A222 Greater London both ways

BBC News Travel

A222 Greater London both ways severe accident, at A215 Spring Lane.

A222 Greater London - A222 Lower Addiscombe Road in Addiscombe blocked and queuing traffic in both directions at the A215 Spring Lane junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Future of Ealing Hospital discussed at public meeting

'Caribbean' temperatures set for London next week

BBC Weather

 A blast of Caribbean hot air could push UK temperatures over that of Menorca, Majorca and Sardinia next week. 

The air mass is set to continue the unseasonable warmth of the last week as parts of the UK prepare for highs of 17C on Monday, following a spell of mild weather. 

The cloud of hot air is making its way over the Atlantic Ocean from Florida and parts of the Caribbean, and is expected to reach the British Isles over the weekend, the Met Office said. 

London,  Aberdeen and Wattisham  in Suffolk are all tipped as likely locations for the highest temperatures, with the east of the country broadly enjoying the best of the warmth.

Why not match these mums?


Six months ago, many of these mums were just watching their kids play.

Now they're getting ready to play in the FA People's Cup....

FA People's Cup 2017: Football mums will show daughters how it's done

It’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup – the deadline to sign up is midnight on Sunday. 

Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

Find out all the details here.

Watch: RFU patron Prince Harry watches England train at Twickenham

Prince Harry watches on as England prepare for their next Six Nations match, against Italy next Sunday.

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Small firms warn over business rates hike

Matthew West

BBC News, London

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Small firms in London could be forced to close when a sharp rise in business rates is introduced in April, industry leaders have warned. 

It comes as the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said 74% of small businesses in London cited the imminent rise in rates as their biggest concern. 

The rise follows the first revaluation of commercial values since 2010. The FSB urged the chancellor to raise the threshold for business rate relief in next month's Budget. 

The survey of 129 businesses found four in 10 expected their rates bill to increase by more than 20%, the FSB said. 

Simon Pitkeathley, chief executive of Camden Town Unlimited Business Improvement District (CTU), said: "The new business rates will drive firms out of London, force some businesses to cut staff or close down altogether."

How business rates are calculated

Business rates are calculated using the value of property but also take into account things like the value of equipment and the sector the business operates in. 

They are the third biggest outgoing for many small businesses after rent and staff costs.

More: Business revolt grows over 'outrageous and unfair' rate change

Caroline Lucas: 'It's time for the government to step in'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas says she's not surprised Aslef members have voted to reject a deal with Southern.  

Watch: A message of love through music

A teenager at Shooting Stars Chase hospice in Hampton, south west London, has written a song to communicate with his crush. 

Afternoon weather: Sunny spells and mild

BBC Weather

After a cloudy but mostly dry start, some brighter spells are likely to develop this afternoon, perhaps with some sunshine in places but it will feel mild. 

Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Watch: Luton Airport rail link will shorten journey times

London Luton Airport have submitted plans for a rail link between the airport and Luton Airport Parkway rail station. 

At an estimated cost of £200 million, it would mean passengers could get from central London to the airport in half an hour. 

The airport in Bedfordshire is the fifth biggest and fastest-growing in the UK and is already in the middle of a £110 million investment programme.

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal manager will decide on future in March or April
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he will decide on his future at the club in March or April, but will definitely be managing somewhere next season.

Hammersmith's WWI hero honoured in centenary memorial

Lance Sergeant Frederick Palmer
Hammersmith & Fulham
Lance Sergeant Frederick Palmer wearing his Victoria Cross

A ceremony is taking place this morning in Hammersmith to honour one of the borough's "most courageous residents" who received the Victoria Cross for gallantry during WWI.

Lance Sergeant Frederick Palmer's company fell victim to machine gun fire but he managed to gather six comrades, cut through barbed wire and rushed the enemy trench in Courcelette in northern France.

Despite an incessant barrage of bombs and rifle grenades, he held the captured trench for three hours.

He was eventually blown off his feet by a bomb but got up again to defend the trench.

Representatives from the armed forces are joining to pay tribute to Frederick Palmer on the 100th anniversary of the battle.

Mayor Mercy Umeh will lead the event in Shepherds Bush to dedicate a memorial paving stone.

Lance Sergeant Palmer died in 1955 and his Victoria Cross is on display at the Tower of London.

Shepherds Bush memorial
Shepherds Bush memorial this morning

Severe accident: A12 Greater London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A12 Greater London eastbound severe accident, at Mawney Road affecting A1112 Whalebone Lane.

A12 Greater London - A12 in Romford blocked and queuing traffic out of town at the Mawney Road junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Moby Dick.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger says he will definitely be managing next season, whether that is at Arsenal "or somewhere else".

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Severe disruption: A316 Greater London northbound

BBC News Travel

A316 Greater London northbound severe disruption, at B361 affecting Redway Drive.

A316 Greater London - Heavy traffic on A316 Chertsey Road into town in Twickenham at Whitton Road Roundabout, because of an event at Twickenham Rugby Ground. Congestion to the Redway Drive junction. Also affecting B361 Whitton Road at Twickenham Stadium, A310 London Road between A305 York Street and B361 Whitton Road and A305 The Green from Staines Road to A310 London Road.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

House prices in Hackney have risen by 700% since 1996