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

Have a great Easter and remember the BBC London Travel team will be on hand to help you get about @BBCTravelAlert

Afternoon weather: Cloudy, mild night

BBC Weather

After one or two brighter breaks through the evening, it will be a largely cloudy and mild night. It should be generally dry but with the risk of just one or two light showers towards dawn. 

Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

Watch: Helping hungry children during the holidays

Why chef Levi Roots and Brixton mums are feeding hungry children during the school holidays.

Artist Wearing to create Millicent Fawcett statue for Parliament Square

Artist Gillian Wearing has been named as the artist who will create a statue of suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett to stand in Parliament Square.

It will be the first female statue in the square when it is unveiled next year.

Turner prize winner Wearing said: “Millicent Fawcett was an incredible woman and by honouring her in Parliament Square I believe she will continue to inspire generations to come. 

"I for one am truly grateful for her contribution towards securing the vote for women and I am really thrilled to be working on a monument for her.” 

Millicent Fawcett
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Watch: Thameslink project boss on work at London Bridge

This bank holiday engineering work will continue at London Bridge - we caught up the Network Rail director in charge of the project.

Simon Blanchflower, Director, Thameslink Programme on progress of the project

Watch: 'The Angelina Jolie effect' on women's health

Health experts say there's been a sharp increase in the number of women in London choosing to have a double mastectomy as a precaution against breast cancer. 

It's been dubbed the 'Angelina Jolie effect' after the actress, who had a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of cancer four years ago. 

The 'Angelina Jolie' effect is having a positive impact on women's health
Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku

Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku are nominated for both the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year and young player awards.

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Severe congestion: A406 London southbound

BBC News Travel

A406 London southbound severe congestion, at A13 Alfred's Way affecting A124 Barking Flyover.

A406 London - Queuing traffic on A406 North Circular Road southbound in Beckton at Beckton Roundabout. Congestion to the A124 Barking Flyover junction.

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

London bus knife attack
A man is left with cuts to his head and hand after wrestling for the weapon on a London bus.
Dele Alli deserved main PFA award nomination - Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Dele Alli "deserved" to be nominated for the main PFA award, as he puts in a "great performance" every week.

London Living wage strike to hit capital's Picturehouse chain

Cinema workers are to stage a 24-hour strike in a long-running dispute over pay. 

Union members at five Picturehouse sites will walk out on Saturday as part of a campaign to be paid the voluntary London Living Wage of £9.75 an hour - higher than the Government's £7.50 for workers over the age of 25. 

The stoppage at cinemas in the capital - Clapham, Crouch End, East Dulwich, Greenwich, Hackney, Notting Hill, Stratford, West End and Brixton - will take the number of strike days to more than 40 in the last seven months. 

The Bectu section of the Prospect union has accused owner Cineworld of refusing to negotiate. 

Woolwich Ferry strike on Tuesday called off

A planned strike next week by workers on the Woolwich Ferry has been suspended after progress from talks in a dispute over a "bullying culture".

Members of Unite were due to walk out for 24 hours on Tuesday, threatening disruption to passengers. 

Depending on how negotiations progress with employer Briggs Marine Contractors, which runs the service on behalf of Transport for London (TfL), a decision will be made about whether a 24-hour strike on Friday 21 April goes ahead.

Surveyors get gloomy as property market stagnates

Property surveyors are getting gloomier about the state of the housing market, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics).

Its latest monthly survey shows that stock levels are at a new record low.

While prices carry on falling in central London, Rics said that price rises in the North West were "particularly strong".  

Estate Agent
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Watch: Network Rail boss on Easter engineering works

Rail passengers travelling over Easter are being warned to expect disruption. 

Works will be taking place on a number of main lines in London over the Bank Holiday. 

With fewer people travelling over the Easter weekend, Network Rail say it's the best time to do the work

Horse rescued from Beckton 'swamp'

Photos: Easter fun for London Zoo's meerkat family

Meerkats
PA

Meerkats at London Zoo are getting into the spirit of Easter by brightly coloured eggs filled with vegetables.. 

Meerkats
PA

Severe disruption: A102 London northbound

BBC News Travel

A102 London northbound severe disruption, at A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach.

A102 London - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A102 Blackwall Tunnel northbound in Greenwich at the A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach junction, because of a broken down car.

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

Police officers in 'pig chase' in Redbridge
Two police officers and a jogger tried to apprehend a pig in east London.

New tunnel will 'disrupt and destroy' villages

The new Lower Thames Crossing will "destroy" villages, according to those who live close to the preferred route.

John and Jackie Thacker
BBC

As we reported, the government announced there will be a tunnel linking Gravesend and Tilbury.

The planned route will cut through the Essex countryside from North Ockendon to Orsett and around Chadwell St Mary to Tilbury. 

Jackie Thacker, who lives with her husband John in Orsett, said their Grade II-listed barn could be demolished to make way for this road.

She said: "They're disrupting and destroying the last of the few beautiful villages around Thurrock and the North Ockendon area, the peace and quiet people enjoy at the moment, away from the London encroachment.

"We understand progress has got to happen but not to disrupt and destroy people's lives. Once that road goes through, there's no going back."

The Department of Transport said most of the 47,000 people who responded to a consultation chose the new tunnel as the preferred river crossing option.

The planned tunnel route
Highways England

Severe disruption: A112 Greater London both ways

BBC News Travel

A112 Greater London both ways severe disruption, at A110 Kings Head Hill.

A112 Greater London - A112 Mansfield Hill / Sewardstone Road in Chingford closed and queuing traffic in both directions at the A110 Kings Head Hill junction, because of a broken down lorry.

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

Afternoon weather: Cloudy and dry

BBC Weather

It will turn cloudier through the afternoon but it should stay mainly dry throughout. 

The best of any brightness will be across southern areas with light winds throughout. 

Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

BreakingSoldier pleads guilty to killing two Aldershot runners

A soldier has pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after killing two teenage athletes. 

Stacey Burrows, 16, and Lucy Pygott, 17, were run over while on a training run in Aldershot, Hampshire, on 8 November.

Michael Casey, 24, of St Paul's Road, Tottenham, London, appeared at Winchester Crown Court to admit causing their deaths.

Stacey and Lucy
Family Photo

Chicken Connoisseur heads into print

You may have seen the videos. You may even have eaten the chicken. And soon you'll have the chance to buy the book.

That's because The Chicken Connoisseur, a fast food critic whose YouTube videos have made him a viral sensation, now has the UK's bookshops in his sights.

The reviewer - real name Elijah Quashie - will release The Pengest Munch: In Search of the Nation's 50 Favourite Chicken Establishments on 5 October.

Elijah Quashie
Blink Publishing

The nattily dressed wings man, whose real age is a matter of some debate, has generated more than 22 million views on YouTube with his pithy critiques of poultry purveyors in London.

Watch: The WWII dog tag mystery and search for soldiers' relatives

Dan Mackay wants reunite the tags with any surviving soldier or their family
Middlesex

Middlesex will not support changes to ECB rules required to allow a new city-based Twenty20 competition involving only eight teams.

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Watch: What you need to know about rail travel this Easter

Londoners are being advised to expect disruption on the rail network over this Bank Holiday weekend. 

You can keep up to date with the BBC Radio London travel team, TfL and Network Rail

Box of ornamental guns goes missing in police care

A box of ornamental guns is being sought by police after vanishing from the home of a pensioner who had died.

Officers found a host of live firearms used for decoration when they were called to the address of an unresponsive 70-year-old man, who later died in non-suspicious circumstances. 

The guns were made safe, but police lost track of one box containing around six weapons as they transported them from the east London house on Christmas Day.

The Met said they only realised the set of firearms had disappeared after arriving back at the police station.  

Michail Antonio

West Ham winger Michail Antonio is ruled out for the rest of the season with a "significant injury", manager Slaven Bilic says.

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Memorial Garden marks 20 years since Diana's death

Memorial Garden at Kensington Palace
PA

A new memorial garden has opened at the late Princess of Wales's former home, where her sons Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge, his wife the Duchess and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, now live.

The White Garden at Kensington Palace will mark the 20 years since her untimely death in a car accident in Paris.

Its white flowers and foliage have been inspired by memories of Diana's life, style and image, such as her white "Elvis" Catherine Walker dress, currently on display inside Kensington Palace. 

Formerly the Sunken Garden, it can be viewed from a public walkway and will be at its best until September. 

Garden Bridge Trust chair hits back at Hodge review claiming ' it's full of errors'

Garden Bridge design
Heatherwick Studio

The Garden Bridge Trust has formally responded to a review by Dame Margaret Hodge claiming it contains "many errors and ill-informed opinions".

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

Trust chair Lord Mervyn Davies said: "It is a shame that Dame Margaret has shown disregard for the facts and been selective in her use of evidence to support her own opinions.

"The Trustees' focus remains on the future of the bridge, and the great benefits it will bring to Londoners and visitors alike. The future is in the hands of the mayor.

"Our message to him is that this report, with many errors and ill-informed opinions, is no basis upon which to take decisions about a project that has been through the complex democratic processes by which decisions on developments are made in this city."

Last week Dame Margaret's report recommended the scheme should be scrapped.

Girl, 17, charged with IS-related terror offences

A 17-year-old girl has been charged with terrorism offences, the Metropolitan Police Force has said.

She is accused of communicating with a person in so-called Islamic State, possessing a flight booking to Istanbul with the intention to travel to Syria, and self-radicalising.

Scotland Yard
PA

Virgin Trains East Coast staff to stage 48-hour strike

Virgin Trains East Coast
PA

Staff on Virgin Trains East Coast are to stage a 48-hour strike in a row over the role of guards and jobs, the RMT union has announced.

The stoppage, on 28 and 29 April, follows recent strikes by three other train operators in rows over staffing.

The union said it wanted "explicit clarification" from Virgin on the future role of guards.

Virgin, which operates services between London, north-east England and Scotland, has yet to comment.

Clipper deaths report calls for changes

A report into the deaths of two sailors from London in a round the world yacht race says the organisers must "do more" to increase safety at sea.

Sarah Young
Clipper Ventures/PA Wire

Severe accident: A501 London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A501 London eastbound severe accident, at A41 Baker Street affecting A40 Westway.

A501 London - A501 Marylebone Road in Baker Street partially blocked and queuing traffic eastbound at the A41 Baker Street junction, because of an accident involving two cars. Congestion to the A40 Westway junction.

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