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  1. Updates on Friday 21 April 2017

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Tonight's weather: Clear spells and feeling fresher

BBC Weather

Cloud and patchy light rain and drizzle will soon clear to leave a dry night across London, with clear spells developing.

It will feel fresher for many, with the brisk southwesterly breeze easing. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Londoners walks 560km around capital to help it become a National Park City

Daniel Raven-Ellison
National Park City

Ealing man Daniel Raven-Ellison has completed a 560km (348 miles) walk around London in a bid to make the capital the world's first ever National Park City.

He walked all 32 of the city's boroughs, 242 parks, 23 rivers and crossed the Thames 11 times.

He started on 23 June in Enfield and ended his walk today in Temple.

London can become a National Park City once the majority of elected ward teams have declared their support for the bid.

So far the mayor of London and 238 ward teams have given their backing across 30 boroughs - the support of 86 more ward teams ti required.

Daniel said: “I have enjoyed an extraordinary walk around London and have been greeted by welcoming, inspiring and enthusiastic Londoners in every borough I've visited.

"I've learned that some of the most exciting and brilliant places in the capital are often the smallest, but where the community has come together to make the very best of them - even if they are only temporary.

"The work done to bring people together to enjoy art, play, grow food and medicines and create habitats in places like Phytology at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, the Eastern Curve Garden in Dalston, the Hub and Friends of Lordship Rec in Haringey and Meanwhile Gardens in Westbourne Park are just three world-class projects that all Londoners should be proud of.

"The reality is that while places like these build community, improve our mental health, the city's resilience and make the city far more enjoyable to live in, there are not nearly enough of them.

“Making London a National Park City is about seeing London not just as a city, but ad a landscape that we all help to shape. if every Londoner transformed one square metre of concrete into a planted area or a pond, the majority of the capital would be physically green and blue. This would boost London's wildlife, reduce flood risk and make the city even more beautiful.”

Daniel’s Big Walk - the final numbers:

  • 11 crossings of the Thames
  • 23 rivers and canals crossed
  • 32 boroughs passed through
  • 43 starts and finishes at tube and rail stations
  • 100+ people joined the walk
  • 160 hours walking
  • 242 parks
  • 563 kilometres walked
  • 787,835 steps
  • 1 baby, 2 dogs and 3 mayors joined the walk to help make London the first National Park City

The Gospel Oak to Barking electrification works that were meant to finish last month have been delayed until January 2018

City AM

'Oliver Twist' luxury flat development in Fitzrovia to have controversial separate entrance for affordable homes

Evening Standard

Businessman guilty in plot to pass off horsemeat as beef

Andronicos Sideras
PA
Andronicos Sideras

A businessman has been found guilty of being part of a near-£200,000 conspiracy to pass off 30 tonnes of horsemeat as beef, much of which went on to enter the food chain.

Andronicos Sideras, 55, of Soutgate, north London, one of the owners of meat manufacturer Dinos & Sons, mixed the meats together before it was sold on to other firms in a plot which deceived consumers and food processors.

The jury of five men and seven women at Inner London Crown Court took 10 hours and 17 minutes to deliver a majority guilty verdict following a four-week trial.

Ulrik Nielsen, 58, owner of FlexiFoods, and his "right-hand man", Alex Beech, 44, had already pleaded guilty to their part in the plot.

The court heard how Danish-owned company FlexiFoods would buy horsemeat and beef from suppliers across Europe and have it delivered to Dinos in Tottenham, north London.

Labels and paperwork were fabricated to make the mixed meat appear like pure beef, before it was sold on to food manufacturers making products for a "vast range of well-known companies", prosecutor Jonathan Polnay told the trial.

Dinos is a provider for several Greek restaurants, supermarkets and other producers.

Sideras claimed he was not part of the conspiracy and had only stored the product for FlexiFoods but the jury found him guilty of one count of conspiracy to defraud between 1 January and 30 November 2012, the same charge to which Nielsen and Beech had earlier pleaded guilty.

Dinos had a number of infringements for mislabelling products between 2007 and 2012.

Sideras was released on bail ahead of sentencing alongside Nielsen, of Gentofte in Denmark, and Beech, from Sutton-on-Hull, on Monday at the same court.

Severe accident: A21 Greater London northbound

BBC News Travel

A21 Greater London northbound severe accident, at B265 Homesdale Road.

A21 Greater London - A21 Masons Hill in Bromley closed and queuing traffic northbound at Dripping Tap Traffic Lights, because of an accident involving 4x4.

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

Mayor urged to bin TfL's Fiveways scheme

Inside Croydon

A London Assembly Member has called on Mayor Sadiq Khan to get Transport for London to go back to the drawing board with its latest proposals for the Fiveways junction on the Purley Way and “come back with a set of proposals which work for people, not just cars”.

Nyrome Hinds, of Forest Road, E17, was sentenced to 32 years in prison
Two men are captured on CCTV shooting a man and robbing his wife.

South London train passengers warned to expect extending waiting times for trains in August

Passengers in south London are being warned of waiting times of up 45 minutes at some stations as Network Rail carries out the largest upgrade scheme at Waterloo next month.

Between 5 and 28 August, platforms 1-10 will close to allow Network Rail's engineers to extend platforms 1-4 to make way for longer 10-car trains as well as modify platforms 5-8.

During this period fewer trains will run across the South West Railway.

As a result stations across the network will be busier and so passengers need to expect longer waiting times for trains.

Waiting times
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Passengers are also being urged to avoid changing at Vauxhall and Clapham Junction.

Afternoon weather: Breezy and rain possible

BBC Weather

Cloud and rain will spread eastwards across parts this afternoon, becoming light and patchy in the process.

It will turn drier from the west later with some sunshine developing around Staines and Chertsey by the end of the day, but staying breezy.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66 Deg F)

Girl, 17, remanded over terror charges

Daniel De Simone

BBC Home Affairs producer

A 17-year-old girl has appeared in court charged with the preparation of terrorist acts.

The girl, from London, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court dressed in a tracksuit and spoke to confirm her name.

She is alleged to have communicated with a Daesh fighter in Syria and arranged to receive weapons in order to conduct an attack in the UK.

It is further claimed she received instructions on how train and use weapons, and reached out to another person to receive assistance in completing the plan.

The teenager was previously charged in April with the preparation of terrorist acts by planning to travel to Syria.

She has been remanded in custody before a scheduled appearance at the Old Bailey on 11 August.

Banksy's balloon girl 'favourite artwork'

Banksy's mural of a girl letting go of a heart-shaped balloon has been voted the nation's favourite artwork.

The image, which was daubed onto a London shop 15 years ago, was chosen above the likes of Constable's Hay Wain and Jack Vettriano's Singing Butler.

A Bonhams' employee adjusting a version of Banksy's Balloon Girl
PA

Some 2,000 people chose their favourite artwork from a shortlist drawn up by arts editors and writers.

The Fighting Temeraire, by JMW Turner, and Antony Gormley's The Angel Of The North sculpture completed the top five.

Half of Waterloo Station will close so platforms can be extended.
Ten platforms are set to close while they are extended to allow longer trains.

Man due in court over Croydon hammer attack

A 34-year-old man has been charged with murder after a "much loved sister and friend" who was attacked with a hammer died from her injuries.

Florina Pastina, 36, was attacked at an address in Croydon last Wednesday and died two days later.

A 25-year-old man and 25-year-old woman were also injured in the attack, police said.

Lucian Stinci, of Alpha Road, Croydon, is due before magistrates in Wimbledon later.

The Metropolitan Police said Stinci was also charged with the attempted murder of a 25-year-old man, assault causing actual bodily harm to a 25-year-old woman, and possession of a Class A drug.

Paying tribute, the family of Ms Pastina said: "We are heartbroken at the loss of a much loved sister and friend, who was a well respected teacher. "Such a beautiful and kind person, who had so much more to give."

Severe disruption: London both ways

BBC News Travel

London both ways severe disruption, between A4 Hyde Park Corner and The Mall.

London - Constitution Hill in Westminster closed in both directions between the A4 Hyde Park Corner junction and The Mall junction, because of the Changing the Guard. Also affecting The Mall between Marlborough Road and Constitution Hill and Birdcage Walk between A3214 Buckingham Gate and A3214 Great George Street.

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

Acid attack suspected as men targeted in east London

Two men have been targeted in a suspected acid attack in east London

The Met Police said the men, thought to be in their late teens, flagged down officers in Bethnal Green at 19:00 BST on Tuesday.

Bethnal Green acid attack: Two victims treated at scene

Both men were taken to hospital. Police said it was still not known what liquid was thrown at them in Roman Road.

No arrests have been made. A Met Police spokesman said inquiries were ongoing and a crime scene remained in place in the area.

Waterloo station extension work explained

Passengers are being warned to expect severe disruption at one of the main commuter stations serving the South.

Half of Waterloo station will close from 5 August so platforms can be extended.

Half of Waterloo Station will close so platforms can be extended.

Severe disruption: M4 Greater London eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Greater London eastbound severe disruption, at J2 for A4.

M4 Greater London - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M4 London-bound at J2, A4 (Brentford), because of a broken down car.

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

Watch: CCTV footage of a shooting in Leyton

Nyrome Hinds, of Forest Road, E17, was sentenced to 32 years in prison

Two men have been jailed after a man was shot and his wife was robbed in Leyton.

The attack happened in November 2016.

Nyrome Hinds, of Forest Road, Walthamstow, shot his victim in the leg and stomach and was sentenced to 32 years in prison.

The shots caused a leg fracture and multiple bowel injuries. The victim has since been discharged from hospital.

David Sterling, of Cologne Road, SW11, pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of a firearm.

He was sentenced to eleven and a half years in prison.

The victim's wife's watch was stolen but she was not injured.

Travel update: Severe delays on Piccadilly Line

Rob Oxley

BBC Radio London, Travel reporter

The Piccadilly Line has severe delays between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge and minor delays Acton Town to Rayners Lane because of "a temporary shortage of trains”.

The rest of the Tube and the mainline trains have a good service.

Follow BBC London Travel for the latest.

Council knew of Grenfell Tower emergency access fears

Kensington and Chelsea Council was warned as early as 2010 that building a new secondary school at the base of Grenfell Tower could block emergency vehicles' access, the BBC has learned.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said during the fire "access was an issue", with "huge difficulties" getting past parked cars.

Grenfell Tower
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Narrow streets and bollards also caused fire crews problems.

The council said it could not comment because of an ongoing inquiry.

Heathrow Terminal 5 baggage system 'broken again'

Today's weather: Bright start, rain later

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and bright start with sunny spells once any early mist or fog clears.

However, cloud, rain and strengthening winds will spread sporadically from mid-morning onwards.

It will turn drier from the west later with some sunshine developing around Staines and Chertsey by the end of the day, but staying breezy.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

BBC London Live updates on Wednesday 26 July

Claire Timms

BBC London News

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Banksy's balloon girl 'favourite artwork'

Banksy's mural of a girl letting go of a heart-shaped balloon has been voted the nation's favourite artwork.

The image, which was daubed onto a London shop 15 years ago, was chosen above the likes of Constable's Hay Wain and Jack Vettriano's Singing Butler.

A Bonhams' employee adjusting a version of Banksy's Balloon Girl
PA

Some 2,000 people chose their favourite artwork from a shortlist drawn up by arts editors and writers.

The Fighting Temeraire, by JMW Turner, and Antony Gormley's The Angel Of The North sculpture completed the top five.

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Chairman Daniel Levy defends Tottenham's lack of transfer activity and says it is "impossible" for other clubs to maintain their spending.

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Severe accident: A402 London westbound

BBC News Travel

A402 London westbound severe accident, at A4204 Palace Gardens Terrace.

A402 London - A402 Notting Hill Gate in Notting Hill blocked westbound at the A4204 Palace Gardens Terrace junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A112 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A112 London both ways severe accident, between Victoria Dock Road and A1020 Connaught Bridge.

A112 London - A112 Victoria Dock Road in Custom House blocked in both directions between the Victoria Dock Road junction and the A1020 Connaught Bridge junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - affecting four bus routes: 147, 300, 325 and 473.

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