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Goodbye from BBC London Live

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Updates for London have now ended for the week 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: Cloudy and dry

BBC Weather

It will be a rather cloudy night for most, although some clearer spells are likely, especially across eastern parts. 

There will also be a risk of some mist and fog patches, especially along prone stretches of the River Thames, however it should remain dry and mild.

Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

Watch: Closing Parliament for repairs 'most efficient' option

Vacating the Palace of Westminster to carry out urgent restoration work is the most economic and efficient option, says Parliament's spending watchdog.

The World Heritage Site has asbestos, leaks, old electrics and is said to be at high risk of "catastrophic failure".

Further delaying a decision on a total overhaul may inflate costs by up to £85m a year, MPs said.

Eye blinks help jail sex abuse ex-vicar from Bournemouth

A former vicar has been jailed for sexually abusing a choirboy who gave evidence using eye-tracking technology which turned his blinks into words.

St Matthias' Church
Derek Harper

Cyril Rowe, 78, from Bournemouth, was sentenced to four years for three counts of indecent assault at London's St Matthias' Church in the late 70s. 

His victim Michael Kelsick died of motor neurone disease in a hospice before hearing the guilty verdicts. 

The 47-year-old was the first person to give evidence in a UK court using Eyegaze technology.

Jack Monroe wins Katie Hopkins libel tweet case

Jack Monroe
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Jack Monroe sued Hopkins over tweets she said caused "serious harm" to her reputation

Food blogger Jack Monroe has won £24,000 damages in a libel action against columnist Katie Hopkins after a row over two tweets.

Ms Monroe sued the writer over two war memorial tweets she said caused "serious harm" to her reputation.

Ms Hopkins posted tweets in May 2015 asking her if she had "scrawled on any memorials recently".

Ms Monroe said that meant she had either vandalised a war memorial or "condoned or approved" of it.

The case arose after Twitter users highlighted the daubing of a London memorial to the women of World War Two - written profanities were directed at the Conservative Party during an anti-austerity demonstration.  

In his  judgement  Mr Justice Warby ruled that the publications had caused "Ms Monroe real and substantial distress" and she was entitled to "fair and reasonable compensation".

After the ruling, Ms Monroe, who also campaigns over poverty issues, said: "It's taken 21 months but today the High Court ruled that Hopkins statements to/about me were defamatory.

"I sued her for libel, and I won."

Severe disruption: A118 Greater London both ways

BBC News Travel

A118 Greater London both ways severe disruption, at A406 North Circular Road affecting A13 Alfred's Way.

A118 Greater London - A118 Ilford Hill in Ilford partially blocked and queuing traffic at the A406 North Circular Road junction, because of a broken down van. Congestion on A1020 Royal Docks Road to the A13 Alfred's Way (East Ham And Barking By-Pass) junction.

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

Newsreader posts photo after 'hit and run' accident

Sky News presenter Dermot Murnaghan has shared a picture of his injuries after being involved in a hit-and-run attack. 

He said the incident, which kept him off air for two days, took place in Kentish Town, north London, yesterday.

Posting a picture of himself with large grazes to his left cheek and chin, he wrote on: "Here's why I haven't been on air for 2 days. A hit and run in Kentish Town yesterday. Police were fantastic." 

The broadcaster, 59, presents the Sky News Tonight With Dermot Murnaghan programme.

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Accountancy worker jailed over attempt to join so-called Islamic State in Syria

 A man who tried to travel to Syria and join Islamic State (IS) to mete out what a judge described as "death, destruction and disorder" has been jailed for nine years. 

Jabed Hussain, 22, who lived in Acton, west London, admitted two counts of preparation of terrorist acts after being caught by an undercover police officer. 

Bangladeshi-born Hussain initially attempted to travel to Syria but was detained by Turkish authorities at the Turkey-Syria border and returned to the UK. 

He then changed his name by deed poll to Ishaq Jabir Hussain and attempted to apply for a passport in this new name in order to evade the authorities. 

But he was unsuccessful and was arrested on 28 April. The former accountancy firm worker showed no emotion as he was sentenced at the Old Bailey.

Joshua Dobby jailed for ploughing into child actor and aunt

Rozanne Cooper, 34, and her nephew Makayah McDermott, 10
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Rozanne Cooper, 34, and her nephew Makayah McDermott, 10, died in Penge on 31 August

The drug addict son of a millionaire has been jailed for 12 years for mowing down a child actor and his aunt in a stolen car to evade police. 

Convicted car thief Joshua Dobby, 23, was out on licence when he ploughed into Makayah McDermott, 10, and Rosie Cooper, 34, as they walked along Lennard Road in Penge, south London.

He stepped over the badly maimed body of another young child to make good his escape. 

Dobby, who had 53 previous convictions dating back to the age of 13, admitted two counts of manslaughter and injuring the girl in August last year. 

 As he was sentenced to 12 years with a further three on extended licence, Makayah's grieving grandfather accused Dobby of treating his family as "worthless" and "expendable".

Joshua Dobby
Met Police
Joshua Dobby

BreakingDrug addict jailed for manslaughter after Penge deaths

Drug addict Joshua Dobby, 23, who mowed down a child actor and his aunt during a high-speed police chase has been jailed at the Old Bailey for 12 years with a further three years on licence.

Heathrow passenger numbers hits 5.27m in February

Heathrow Airport saw 5.27 million passengers pass through its terminals in February representing a 1.7% rise on the same month in 2016, which included a leap day. 

A spokesman said the growth was due to the use of larger, fuller aircraft. 

Chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: "Heathrow is off to a flying start in 2017. 

"We're delivering the best service of any major airport in Europe to record numbers of passengers and boosting British exports with record cargo volumes."

Watch: What do park users think of speed bumps for cyclists?

Speed bumps are to be introduced on cycle paths in Hyde Park to discourage riders travelling at up to three times the speed limit.  

Libor requests need not break rules, court hears

A prosecution witness in the trial of two bankers for manipulating Libor interest rates has accepted banks could put rates higher or lower without necessarily breaking the rules.

City
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Former Barclays traders Ryan Reich and Stelios Contogoulas are accused of conspiracy to defraud by rigging Libor.

The Libor rate is meant to track how much banks pay to borrow cash from each other.

But the jury at Southwark Crown Court has heard that it could be manipulated.

Severe disruption: A106 Greater London northbound

BBC News Travel

A106 Greater London northbound severe disruption, at A106 Eastway.

A106 Greater London - A106 Ruckholt Road in Leyton closed and queuing traffic northbound at New Spitalfields Market, because of a vehicle fire.

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

Afternoon weather: Cloudy but dry

BBC Weather

It's looking like a cloudy afternoon for London with perhaps one or two sunny breaks; but staying dry and feeling quite mild. 

Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

London prison has record number of fires

The number of fires in prisons in England and Wales has reached record levels, according to official figures.

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Reports of sex offences on London transport double

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AFP

Reports of sexual offences on London's transport network have doubled to over 2,000 a year in the last five years, according to new figures.

Arrests for sexual offences on the network have also increased by 36% since 2015.

The "Report it to stop it" campaign has been re-launched as police estimate 90% of people still do not report offences.

The Mayor of London encouraged Londoners "to speak up and report unwanted sexual behaviour".

New figures released by Transport for London (TfL) show annual reports of sexual offences have doubled from 1,023 to 2,087 in 2015/16 after the project began.

Impvasion: Lincoln by numbers

Alex Rhodes

BBC Lincolnshire Live

Our very clever colleagues over at BBC Sport have put together a fascinating article looking at the numbers behind the recent success .

They compare Danny Cowley's amazing win percentage with the top managers in the Premier League and frankly they don't stand up!

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BBC Sport

Meanwhile fans are literally flocking from all over the globe to see the game; we've spoken to people coming from New York, Australia and Hong Kong:  

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FA Cup 'Arsenal fans may support Lincoln', says Luke Waterfall

Some Arsenal fans may turn up "wanting us to win", says Lincoln defender Luke Waterfall before their FA Cup quarter-final at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.  

National League leaders Lincoln are the first non-league team since 1914 to make the last eight of the competition.

They come up against a Gunners side in disarray - they have lost five of their past seven games, including two 5-1 defeats by Bayern Munich, and seen protests against manager Arsene Wenger.


          Arsene Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal since October 1996
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Severe accident: A215 Greater London both ways

BBC News Travel

A215 Greater London both ways severe accident, at Elm Park Road.

A215 Greater London - A215 South Norwood Hill in South Norwood closed and queuing traffic in both directions at the Elm Park Road junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - for buses 196 and 410.

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

Closing Parliament for repair work 'most efficient' option

Vacating the Palace of Westminster to carry out urgent restoration work is the most economic and efficient option, says Parliament's spending watchdog.

Palace of Westminster
AP

The World Heritage Site has asbestos, leaks, old electrics and is said to be at high risk of "catastrophic failure".

Further delaying a decision on a total overhaul may inflate costs by up to £85m a year, MPs said.

A business case could be made by 2019 but vacating the site was unlikely to take place before 2023, they were told.

Tennis coach cruelty case: Dad admits 'fun' began to wane

The ex-tennis coach whose daughters accuse him of cruelty has admitted the fun appeared to be going out of the game for his elder child when she was just six years old.

John De'Viana is accused of subjecting daughters Monaei and Nephe to years of physical and emotional abuse.

He told the jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court he had reported so-called pushy parents.

Mr De'Viana, of Ilford, east London, denies two counts of child cruelty.