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  1. Updates on Friday 17 March

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Crystal Palace

Matthew Henry

BBC Sport

Crystal Palace earn their third successive victory thanks to an own goal by Watford's Troy Deeney at Selhurst Park.

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Arsenal players react to West Brom scoring

Phil Dawkes

BBC Sport

Craig Dawson scores twice as West Brom inflict a big blow to Arsenal's hopes of a top-four finish with victory at The Hawthorns.

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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 at 08:00 on Monday with the latest videos, news, sport, travel and weather.

Have a great weekend.

Tonight's weather: Windy and cloudy

BBC Weather

During this evening and overnight it'll be mild but rather cloudy and windy, with the odd spot of rain at times. The winds should begin to ease during the early hours though. 

Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

Watch: Can performance help us to see animals as they really are?

Actors have been improvising performances for an audience of sheep, pigs and goats in Peckham. 

Researchers are trying to gauge the reactions of the animals as part of  Wellcome Collection 's 'Making Nature' exhibition.  

Which is the most popular Six Nations sausage?

England may have won this year's Six Nations tournament with a game to spare, but the question still remains off the pitch: which nation can boast to have the most popular sausage?

Wonder no more, for a butcher in west London has created six different flavours of sausages, with each one representing one of the six nations.

Statement from John De'Viana's solicitor
John De'Viana's daughters falsely accused him of abuse but he said he would always love them.

'Less fashionable' outer London areas are 'fastest selling in capital'

Danish art group commissioned for Tate exhibit

Tate Modern
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An art collective from Denmark called SUPERFLEX have been signed up to work for Tate Modern's Turbine Hall.

Previously its work has included a free beer-making kit and flooding a replica of a McDonald's restaurant.

SUPERFLEX will reveal its commission in October.

The gallery's director Frances Morris said: "We are delighted to announce that SUPERFLEX will undertake the Hyundai Commission in 2017.

"Their work raises timely questions about the role of the artist in contemporary society, exploring how we interpret and engage with the increasingly complex world around us. 

"I can't wait to see how they tackle these themes within the unique scale and public context of Tate Modern's Turbine Hall."

The Hyundai Commission for 2017 opens on 3 October.

Man jailed for assaulting police officer and stealing his dog

A man has been jailed for assaulting a police officer whose car was taken with a police dog in the back.

Pudding Lane, Chigwell
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The attack happened in Chigwell, Essex, on 31 October when the officer  tried to breathalyse a driver

Tony Turner, 36, of Vincent Road, Dagenham, was charged with a number of offences including assault and aggravated vehicle-taking. 

He was imprisoned for 30 months at Chelmsford Crown Court. 

Turner was given 18 months in prison for occasioning actual bodily harm plus 12 months for possessing identity documents with intent. 

The judge sentenced him to 15 months' imprisonment for aggravated vehicle-taking to run concurrently. 

Man dies charging iPhone while in the bath

Richard Bull
Rex Features

A man was electrocuted as he charged his mobile phone while in the bath, an inquest has heard.

Richard Bull died when his iPhone charger made contact with the water at his home in Ealing, west London.

A coroner ruled his death was accidental and plans to send a report to Apple about taking action to prevent future deaths.

Safety campaigners have warned about the dangers of charging mobiles near water following the inquest.

Angelina Jolie discusses refugee crisis with Archbishop of Canterbury

Justin Welby and Angelina Jolie
@JustinWelby

Angelina Jolie has met the Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss the refugee crisis and the prevention of sexual violence in conflict. 

The Most Rev Justin Welby shared three photographs from the meeting on Twitter, showing the pair sitting down to tea and in conversation by a mantelpiece at Lambeth Palace. 

He added the caption: "Privilege to welcome UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie. Discussed refugee crisis, South Sudan and prevention of sexual violence in conflict."

The Hollywood star, a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), recently made her first appearance as a guest lecturer at the London School of Economics.   

Justin Welby and Angelina Jolie
@JustinWelby

Walking Tube maps 'to include Zone 3'

Woman walking her dog in London
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London's walking Tube maps have been extended to help people travelling outside the centre of the capital. 

The maps, which highlight the walking time and steps between stations, now include Zone 3 and National Rail stations for the first time. 

They were released at Transport for London's first major walking conference to discuss how to make the city better for pedestrians. 

TfL's managing director for surface transport, Leon Daniels, said: "We recognise the influence that travel choices have on how healthy people can be in London. 

"If we do things differently, such as helping to reduce car use by providing nicer places to walk, live and work, we can help deliver amazing health benefits to Londoners. 

"Our new walking Tube map is designed to help people who want to get more active and try making more of their journey on foot." 

NUJ responds to George Osborne appointment as editor of Evening Standard

George Osborne's successor will have a say in whether he can take new job

Zulfiya Chinshanlo

Three weightlifters from Kazakhstan are stripped of Olympic gold medals won at London 2012 after new tests found them guilty of doping.

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BreakingMother who covered up son's death for 11 years jailed

Daniel De Simone

BBC Home Affairs producer

A mother has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for covering up the death of her child for over a decade. 

Victoria Gayle, 32, pleaded guilty in December to preventing the lawful burial of her son Kyzer Gayle, who is said to have died in 2005 at little over a year old.

His death only came to light last year following the accidental death of Gayle's young daughter. 

Investigations are underway into possible official failings. 

Judge Susan Tapping told Gayle “your little boy was denied a decent burial for so many years” and that she had spun a “web of lies." 

The judge said the case was "perhaps unique” and “the full truth of his sad and short life will never be known.”

MPs urge caution over Westminster repairs

More scrutiny is needed of plans to spend billions of pounds renovating the Houses of Parliament, MPs say.


          Parliament with scaffoldingImage copyrightAP Image caption Experts say the Palace of Westminster needs extensive renovation costing billions of pounds
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The Commons Treasury Committee said no final decision should be taken on how to proceed until it had investigated the options.

Proposals have been put forward to move MPs and peers out of the building while urgent repairs take place.

Afternoon weather: Cloudy and breezy

BBC Weather

It'll gradually turn cloudier and breezier through the day and there'll be some outbreaks of rain in a few places by the evening. 

Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Chelsea's Pedro 'dreaming' of winning the Premier League
Chelsea midfielder Pedro says it would be a dream come true if the Blues can hold onto the dominant lead and lift the Premier League title.

In the court: Father sobs after acquittal

John De'Viana
PA

BBC journalist James Bryant was in court as John De'Viana was unanimously acquitted at Snaresbrook Crown Court over child cruelty charges.

"The jury didn't take long to decide who was telling the truth in this case. A case where a father has had to listen to his two daughters in a public courtroom falsely accuse him of serious allegations. 

"Allegations of child cruelty. 

"The jury took just under an hour and a half to unanimously agree that John De'Viana wasn't guilty on both counts. That he didn't abuse his daughters in any way. He didn't punish them. He didn't force them to play tennis. It took him a brief moment to digest the words not guilty from the jury foreman.

"He then held his head in his hands and sobbed as the judge said he was free to leave the court. 

"He struggled though, weeping in a corner and had to helped out of the courtroom. 

"Outside he stood by his solicitor who read a statement on his behalf. He said he hoped other parents and coaches weren't put off training with children. He also said he loved his daughters and always would."

Watch: Analysis of George Osborne's appointment as Evening Standard editor

BBC Media Editor Amal Rajan

Watch: St Patrick's Day Parade at Kensington Palace

moped heli footage
The pursuit was filmed by a police helicopter on the North Circular Road in north London and the M11.

Biodiversity at Heathrow

Helen Mark visits Heathrow to discover how the airport encourages biodiversity.
Helen Mark visits Heathrow Airport to discover what steps they take to encourage biodiversity and assesses the impact the proposed third runway will have should the decision be made for it to go ahead. 

Heathrow has thirteen sites of Conversation, and Helen speaks to to the Airport's Biodiversity Manager Adam Cheeseman about the species he finds there including the Black Bee. Environmental Operations Manager Russell Knight explains how they've encouraged fish species to return to their rivers, and how they plan to create a green fringe around the proposed new runway. Helen also asks how much difference biodiversity can make to a project of this scale. 

She visits Colne Valley Park, part of which will be taken up by the new runway, and asks Stewart Pomeroy about the challenges of balancing the needs of the Park with the need for development, and to Mathew Frith from the London Wildlife Trust about the potential impact on the Park's bird and fish species. She also speaks to Colin Rayner who farms land around Heathrow about what life's like for him now and what he thinks the future will be should permission for a third runway be granted. 

This programme has been amended since first broadcast. Comments made that St Mary's Parish Church and the Great Barn at Harmondsworth were under threat from the proposed third runway were not correct and have been removed.

Producer: Toby Field.
dagenham rape cctv
The suspect followed a woman off the bus and threw her to the ground before she fought him off.

Former Chancellor Osborne to edit Evening Standard

Tennis coach dad acquitted

The 54-year-old was acquitted at Snaresbrook Crown Court of abusing his two daughters, whom he was alleged to have spent years obsessively trying to make into sporting stars.

BreakingFather cleared of child cruelty charges

Tennis coach John De'Viana, from Ilford, east London,  has been found not guilty on two counts of child cruelty.

Watch: CCTV of attempted rape in Dagenham

Suspect
Met Police

Police have released CCTV footage of a man they want to talk to in connection with the attempted rape of a woman in Dagenham.

It happened on Becontree Avenue just before 18:40 on Monday, 6 March.

The man ran off after the victim punched him in the stomach. A passing driver then stopped to call the police. 

The suspect is described as being in his 30s with fair hair and a short brown beard wearing a grey top with a white shirt underneath. He wore blue jeans.

13th Bishop of Woolwich consecrated today

Dr Woyin Karowei Dorgu
Diocese of Southwark

The new Bishop of Woolwich is consecrated at Southwark Cathedral today.

Dr Woyin Karowei Dorgu will be the 13th Bishop of Woolwich after being ordained Deacon in 1995 and Priest in 1996.

He has served all his ministry in the Diocese of London - at St Mark's in Tollington Park and St John in Upper Holloway since 1998.

He was born in Nigeria and worked as a medical doctor before ordination.

Croydon axes IVF funding in 'London first'

Couples in south London are believed to be among the first in the capital to be denied access to IVF on the NHS.

IVF
Science Photo Library

Croydon's Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which commissions healthcare for the borough, said it made the decision to help save £836,000 per year.

It was placed in  financial special measures  in 2016 for NHS overspending.

NHS oversight group NICE recommends women under 40 can be offered up to three free IVF cycles on the NHS, but the final decision lies with the CCGs.