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  1. Updates on Friday 7 April

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All times stated are UK

Amy Macdonald

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald in this week's Premier League predictions.

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

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine.

Tonight's weather: Dry, clear with a risk of frost by morning

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with clear spells for most parts with light winds. However, some mist and fog patches will develop by the end of the night as well as a touch of ground frost in prone locations. 

Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

Westminster Bridge bike and pedestrian improvements start on Tuesday after delay

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

Works to improve Westminster Bridge for cyclists and pedestrians will start on Tuesday. 

They had been postponed after the terror attack on the bridge on 22 March.

Artists impression of the Garden Bridge over the River Thames.

Dame Margaret Hodge's review said it would be better to accept the loss of axing the project.

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Severe disruption: Greater London westbound

BBC News Travel

Greater London westbound severe disruption, at A314 Hanworth Road.

Greater London - High Street in Hounslow blocked and queuing traffic westbound at the A314 Hanworth Road junction, because of an incident.

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

Watch: Garden Bridge should be scrapped

A project to build a bridge covered with trees and shrubs across the Thames in London should be scrapped, a review has found.

Dame Margaret Hodge's review  said it would be better to ditch the Garden Bridge than risk uncertain costs.

GP practices close in record numbers

Doctor
PA

Record numbers of GP practices closed last year, forcing around 265,000 patients to move, data suggests.

A Freedom of Information request by  Pulse magazine  revealed 57 practices closed in 2016, with a further 34 shutting because of practice mergers.

The Royal College of GPs said doctors could no longer cope with growing patient demand without more funding.

NHS England said investment in general practice had increased by £1bn over two years.

Kick-start your career with street cricket

#GetInspired

As the County Cricket season gets underway today,  England opener Haseeb Hameed gives his support to a different form of the game....

Street Cricket: From tape balls to playing at the highest level

If you want to find out more about how to get into cricket, take a look at the Get Inspired guide.

Surrey in healthy position at tea

Surrey 239-2 v Warwickshire - Tea

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

A better session from Warwickshire with the ball but Surrey are still in a fine position. Rory Burns fell to Keith Barker for 71 breaking an opening stand of 154 with Mark Stoneman.

Stoneman dominated the afternoon and moved to a century on his Surrey debut with his 17th boundary. Rikki Clarke bowled an excellent spell from the Pavilion End and Warwickshire were rewarded with the wicket of Scott Borthwick for 23, caught by Clarke off Hannon-Dalby.

Kumar Sangakkara joined Stoneman just before tea and Surrey will look to push on during the final session. Warwickshire may still wish they had given themselves the chance to bat first.

Award for Rotherham-born artist

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Congratulations to Rotherham-born artist Jason Davies, who's work won first prize in the painting category at the London Biennale in Chelsea.

Here's the pieces he submitted to judges:

The Roof by Jason Davies
Jason Davies
Harbouring Thoughts by Jason Davies
Jason Davies

Mr Davies, who started painting in 2002, said that painting "saved his life".

Stolen Torah scrolls found by roadside after police appeal

We reported yesterday that two valuable Torah scrolls had been stolen from the house of two a Rabbis in Barnet.

They have now been found on a roadside in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, and returned to Rabbi Larry Tabick and Rabbi Dr Jackie Tabick.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information to trace the suspect, who was disturbed at the property in Ashbourne Grove at 17:30 on 22 March during the break-in.

He is described as white, around 5ft 10 ins and dressed in black with a scarf across his face.

PC Louise Bates, of Barnet CID, said: "It is fantastic that these scrolls have been found and returned to their owners, but our efforts to try and find the person who carried out the burglary continue.

“The scrolls were found in bushes near the Bentley Heath Cricket Club on Wagon Road. Have you seen anyone dumping anything at the roadside there in the last few days? We would like to hear from you."

Antonio Conte

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte dismisses reports linking him with a return to Italy this summer and says he is happy at Stamford Bridge.

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Essex jockey set for the Grand National

BBC Sport

An Essex jockey says he's nervous, but can't wait to take part in tomorrow's Grand National at Aintree .

Danny Cook pictured riding Yesyoucan at Haydock in 2012
Getty Images

Danny Cook, who grew up in Romford and has a home in Brentwood, is riding one of the favourites.

He's told BBC Essex today is all about looking after his horse Definitly Red (there's a missing e in his name, it is believed whoever filled out the horse's registration papers wasn't a great speller). 

Cook (pictured riding Yesyoucan at Haydock in 2012) said: "He [Definitly Red] had a gallop this morning, not a hard gallop. That should put him spot-on ready for tomorrow.

"You have got to keep him fresh as well as fit - to find a happy medium."

Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, between J2 for A2 and J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange) and J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of an accident involving lorry and a car.

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

London Fire Brigade urges smokers to vape instead

Man smoking e-cigarette
Getty Images

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) is encouraging smokers to take up vaping instead to reduce the risk of house fires. It says cigarettes remain the biggest of cause of fatal fires but there have been no recorded deaths or injuries as a result of vaping or e-cigarette fires..

To mark World Health Day, fire chiefs are advising smokers to quit smoking altogether but concede that vaping holds fewer fire risks than cigarettes.

In the past three years LFB has recorded only 14 e-cigarette fires compared to just over 3500 smoking related fires - 255 times more fires caused by tobacco smoking and unsafe disposal of smoking materials.  

Smoking remains the third largest cause of accidental house fires for the past five years in the capital and the single largest cause of death, the LFB adds.

Afternoon weather: Dry and sunny

BBC Weather

It will be dry with spells of sunshine and light winds this afternoon. In the strong spring sunshine it will feel warm for many of us. 

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Watch: Controversy over the gender neutral toilets at The Barbican

The Barbican Centre says it will carry out a review of its decision to scrap male and female toilets in favour of "gender neutral" loos.

Garden Bridge Trust chair responds to damning report into project

Commenting on the publication of the report by Dame Margaret Hodge MP into the Garden Bridge in which she calls for it to be scrapped , Lord Mervyn Davies, Chairman of the Garden Bridge Trust, said: “We are pleased that Dame Margaret has finally published her report after six months of uncertainty. 

"We will be studying the report in detail and seeking a meeting with the Mayor to discuss next steps.  

"The Trust remains as determined as ever to make the Garden Bridge happen which will bring huge benefits to London and the UK.”

'Burns has played some lovely shots'

Surrey 43-0 v Warwickshire

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

Rory Burns
Getty Images

A solid start from Mark Stoneman and Rory Burns for Surrey. Both have been tested by Keith Barker and Chris Wright but runs have started to flow from the bats of the Surrey opening pair.

Burns has played a couple of lovely shots off the back foot but there is enough there to keep the bowlers interested.

New Covent Garden flower market opens and City A.M. goes along to take a look

Hollesley Bay prisoner fails to return

Police are hunting for a convicted drugs offender who failed to return to open prison while on temporary leave.

Michael Chapman
Suffolk Constabulary

Michael Chapman, 28, was given leave from Hollesley Bay on compassionate grounds for a day release on Thursday morning and was due to return by 19:30.

He was last reported to have been seen in the Hounslow area of west London yesterday afternoon.

Chapman is serving an eight-year prison sentence for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

He is described as white, 6ft 1in (185cm) tall, of thin build, with green eyes, brown hair and a partial black beard.  

He has a tribal tattoo on his chest and a 2in (5cm) scar on his right wrist. He was wearing black clothing and has a West Country accent.

Members of the public are advised not to approach him.

Arsene Wenger targets keeping all Gunners fans happy
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger faces questions about fan protests, Alexis Sanchez's contract and the focus of the team going into the final games of the season.

Severe disruption: A3214 London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A3214 London eastbound severe disruption, between Storey's Gate and A302 Parliament Square.

A3214 London - A3214 Great George Street in Westminster closed eastbound between the Storey's Gate junction and the A302 Parliament Square junction, because of a memorial event.

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

Severe disruption: A302 London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A302 London eastbound severe disruption, between B323 Buckingham Gate and A302 Parliament Square.

A302 London - A302 Victoria Street in Westminster closed eastbound between the B323 Buckingham Gate junction and the A302 Parliament Square junction, because of a memorial event.

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

Race hate crime on the Tube soared by 57% after Brexit vote

Severe disruption: A102 London southbound

BBC News Travel

A102 London southbound severe disruption, between A12 and A102.

A102 London - One lane closed and slow traffic on A102 Blackwall Tunnel southbound in Poplar between the A12 junction and Greenwich, because of a broken down car.

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

Ipswich Town: McCarthy sends out a warning to Fulham

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mick McCarthy believes tomorrow's hosts Fulham will face a very different Ipswich Town to the one they comfortably beat 2-0 at Portman Road in December .

Mick McCarthy
BBC

"We were hopeless, so it’s a lot easier when you're a good team playing against a hopeless team on the day," said the Blues boss.

"We never got after them. Maybe that was down to my tactics the way we played that day. 

"I don't know, maybe we all had a good Christmas, there were a lot of mitigating factors.

"They were very good, and they are a very good team and if you let them play they can really hurt you, so we won't be letting them play on Saturday."

Analysis: Garden Bridge report is brutal and damning

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

This is 40 pages of brutal, uncompromising criticism of nearly every part of the once flagship Garden Bridge project. I can't remember reading a report so damning of a transport project.

Procurement, finances, business cases, value for money, previous mayors, deputy mayors and transport officials get an absolutely withering assessment.

This was meant to be an oasis of green calm hanging above the Thames.

Now a report has basically recommended it be cancelled and the taxpayer take a £60m hit on a project whose overall cost is now upwards of £200m.

It will be very difficult for the project to withstand this.

The big question now is will the present Mayor Sadiq Khan just let it wither or kill it?

Latest on the story

Read Dame Margaret Hodge's report in full .

Watch: Friday morning's headlines from BBC London

Victoria Hollins brings you the latest top stories for London.

Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez wants to stay with the club if terms can be agreed, says manager Arsene Wenger.

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Hospital parking 'unreasonably stressful', says RAC

Car park sign
Getty Images

Too many hospitals in England have "unreasonable" rules that cause unnecessary stress when it comes to car parking, an RAC investigation suggests.

The report reveals many hospitals force drivers to pay as soon as they arrive - so some patients may overestimate and overpay for their stay.

And a third of hospital trusts only offer car park payments in cash - with no credit or debit card options.

The two NHS organisations representing hospitals declined to comment.

CCTV shows murdered Pardeep Kaur being 'followed'

The CCTV shows Pardeep Kaur and a man walking beneath the Harlington High Street flyover

Footage showing a woman being "followed" by a man before she was sexually assaulted and killed in west London, has been shown in court.

The Old Bailey was told the CCTV shows Pardeep Kaur walking beneath the Harlington High Street flyover on 17 October 2016, with a man walking behind her.

Ms Kaur's body was found in undergrowth near the bridge nearly a week after she was reported missing. Prosecutors allege the man in the footage is Vadims Ruskuls.

Mr Ruskuls, 25, denies murder.  

Today's weather: Dry and sunny

BBC Weather

Any early mist or fog soon clearing then dry with sunshine, although some cloud may develop in places. 

Feeling warm by the afternoon in many areas, but somewhat cooler near coasts where a sea breeze develops.

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

Today's travel: Charing Cross tube station close for fire alert

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

Charing Cross tube station is currently closed as a result of a fire alert. Northern and Bakerloo lines train are not stopping at the station. 

Otherwise there is a good service on public transport. 

For the latest follow us on Twitter   @BBCTravelAlert   .    

London attack: Fifth victim dies

Andreea and her partner Andrei
Met Police handout
Andreea and her partner Andrei

A fifth victim of the Westminster terror attack has died, the Met has confirmed.

Thirty-one-year-old Andreea Cristea was being treated in hospital since 22 March and life support was withdrawn yesterday.

Miss Cristea was on holiday with boyfriend Andrei Burnaz, when they were driven at by Khalid Masood on London's Westminster Bridge. 

A statement by her family, and her partner Mr Burnaz, reads:

"After fighting for her life for over two weeks, our beloved and irreplaceable Andreea - wonderful daughter, sister, partner, dedicated friend and the most unique and life loving person you can imagine - was cruelly and brutally ripped away from our lives in the most heartless and spiritless way.

"She will always be remembered as our shining ray of light that will forever keep on shining in our hearts.

"Andreea is now unfortunately not able to have part of the money that was raised for her recovery, so we would like to donate it to charity. She would not have it any other way.

"There are no words to even begin to describe the crushing pain and emptiness that is left in our hearts.

"Our family, together with Andrei, are deeply touched and eternally grateful for the unimaginable efforts and never-ending dedication provided to her and us by the entire medical personnel of each and every hospital involved. Their kindness and empathy are beyond compare.

"We would not have been able to live through these trying and tragically hurtful weeks without the support of the Metropolitan Police, the UK Government and every department involved.

"Our hearts and love go out to our two Family Liaison Officers, Detective Sergeants Tony De-Wilde and Geraint Jones, who stood beside us every single step of the way. You were our lifeline and we will never be able to thank you enough."