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Linda Serck

BBC News, Berkshire

The BBC takes a look at the world of the competitive mermaid, as the UK's national competition is staged.

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Severe accident: A437 Greater London both ways

BBC News Travel

A437 Greater London both ways severe accident, at Swallowfield Way.

A437 Greater London - A437 Dawley Road in Hayes blocked in both directions at the Swallowfield Way junction, because of an accident.

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Grenfell tower: Council leader 'pleased at investigation'
Elizabeth Campbell said she would co-operate fully in a police probe into the disaster.
Commuters on a Southern Railway train from West Sussex to London Victoria station

The data showed on the most crowded train 1,366 people typically crammed into carriages designed for 640.

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Good evening 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 Friday with all the latest videos,news, sport, travel and weather.

Keep checking back here for any breaking news throughout the evening.

Evening weather: Showers dying out

BBC Weather

Showers will tend to ease through towards dusk with some late evening sunshine.

A largely dry night is expected with clear spells, although the odd shower can't be ruled out.

Minimum Temperature: 13 Deg C (55 Deg F)

Beattie, 3, raises money for Grenfell nursery children

A three-year-old girl from Bristol is raising money for children affected by the Grenfell Tower block fire.

Beattie saw the images of the tower block burning in London in June and told staff at Charlton Nursery she wanted to do something to help.

It inspired them to organise a week of fundraising activities, and the money raised will go to the Grenfell Nursery which was based in the tower.

Beattie will travel to London to hand over the cheque.

Charlie Gard with his parents

Why Charlie's parents have decided to end their legal battle over their son's treatment.

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London Olympics opening ceremony anniversary

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Take a look behind-the-scenes to see how the opening ceremony was put together here.

Grenfell cladding fails official fire test
Government tests reveal the design of cladding at Grenfell Tower was unsafe, Chris Cook reports.

Piccadilly line maintenance workers' dispute resolved

Piccadilly line Tube train
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A dispute by maintenance workers which affected Tube travel on the Piccadilly line has been resolved.

Services on the route, which serves Heathrow Airport, were hit after members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union launched an overtime ban in a row over claims of "casualisation" of jobs.

Piccadilly Line general manager Tony Matthews apologised earlier for the delays which he said was due to "a temporary shortage of trains caused by industrial action by some of our staff at one of our Piccadilly Line depots."

RMT leader Mick Cash said the dispute had been resolved, adding: "This is a major breakthrough for the union on casualisation and is solely down to the resolve and solidarity of our members."

Severe accident: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe accident, between J29 for A127 and J28 for A1023 Brook Street affecting halfway before J30 A13 Lakeside.

M25 Greater London - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J29, A127 (Romford) and J28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to halfway, Lakeside.

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

Afternoon weather: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

Today will see a mixture of sunshine and scattered showers. Some of the showers are likely to be heavy at times, perhaps with the odd rumble of thunder.

It will be a breezy day and feeling cool in the showers.

Maximum Temperature: 20C (68F).

All aboard! Southern train tops overcrowding list

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

The country's most overcrowded train is a Southern service running through Sussex and into London, new figures reveal.

The 07:16 service from East Grinstead to London Bridge typically squeezes 1,366 people into a dozen carriages designed for 640.

The Department for Transport, which released these figures, said additional carriages cannot be added to the train but when the Thameslink Programme is completed next year there will be extra services on routes south of London to boost capacity.

Southern train
BBC

It's not the only local service to face overcrowding, the 06:57 Brighton to Bedford and 16:26 Bedford to Brighton trains both feature in the list of the 10 busiest trains in England and Wales.

The figures relate to standard class passengers on weekday services in autumn last year. The average proportion of passengers carried in excess of capacity on peak services in major cities was 3.8%.

People are rightly angry that they pay more in fares year after year, but never get a seat, and have to stand crammed into someone else's armpit. With such high levels of overcrowding, the Government cannot expect people to pay for yet another fares hike in January."

Lianna EtkindCampaign for Better Transport

Cambridge train service one of the busiest in country

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A train from Cambridge to the capital has been found to be the second busiest service across England and Wales.

The 07:55 Great Northern service to King's Cross has a seated capacity of 202, yet more than 400 usually cram on to the train, Department for Transport (DfT) data shows.

Train at Cambridge station
John Sutton/Geograph

Here's the Top Five:

  1. 07:16 East Grinstead to London Bridge (640 capacity and 1,366 passengers carried)
  2. 07.55 Cambridge to London King's Cross (202 capacity and 426 passengers carried)
  3. 17:08 Sutton to St Albans City (391 capacity and 758 passengers carried)
  4. 06:57 Brighton to Bedford (630 capacity and 1,215 passengers carried)
  5. 16:00 Manchester Airport to Edinburgh (191 capacity and 357 passengers carried)

The figures relate to standard class passengers on weekday services in autumn last year.

The average proportion of passengers carried in excess of capacity on peak services in major cities was 3.8%.

Lianna Etkind, of the Campaign for Better Transport, said: "The latest statistics show that overcrowding continues to make passengers' lives a misery.

"People are rightly angry that they pay more in fares year after year, but never get a seat, and have to stand crammed into someone else's armpit.

"With such high levels of overcrowding, the government cannot expect people to pay for yet another fares hike in January."

Anthony Smith, chief executive of passenger watchdog Transport Focus, said: "Continuing to invest in new trains, better frequency, track capacity and improved signalling will ultimately give passengers a better chance of getting a seat or at least stand in some comfort.

"In return for continuing fare rises passengers expect continued investment and improvement."

Images showing the advance of a fire at Grenfell Tower

Images, maps and graphics explaining what happened when fire took hold of a Grenfell Tower, West London, killing at least 80 people.

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Industrial action causing Piccadilly Line delays

Rob Oxley

BBC Radio London, Travel reporter

The past two mornings the Piccadilly Line has had severe delays on parts of the line because of ‘a shortage of trains’ TfL have now confirmed this is because of industrial action in the depots.

There are currently severe delays on the entire line. There should be around 78 trains for a good service. Right now only 45 trains are running.

TfL has spoken to the RMT union and it expects the industrial action to be withdrawn soon.

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.

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Fresh appeal after man murdered for Rolex watch

CCTV released in fresh appeal for Rolex robbery killer

Two suspects are still at large after a man was shot and stabbed to death for his Rolex watch.

Police are hunting the thieves who rode up to Danny Pearce, 31, on a moped and launched a "horrendous" attack when he refused to hand over his property.

He had been on a night out with his girlfriend and was walking home from Oliver's Jazz Club, in Greenwich, south east London, when he was confronted by the two men on King William Walk at 12.15am.

The men demanded Mr Pearce hand over his Silver Rolex Datejust 2 2017 Rolex watch, worth thousands of pounds.

When he refused to give in to their demands, one of the men chased and stabbed him with a large knife, while the second suspect started shooting at him with a handgun as he ran for his life.

The men only ceased their assault when Mr Pearce's girlfriend shouted to tell them she would give them the watch if they stopped.

CCTV footage taken moments before the murder shows the men - both dressed in dark clothing and wearing helmets - at a Texaco petrol station in Creek Road.

Artist Alasdair Gray set for first London exhibition
Artist Alasdair Gray is set to have the first exhibition of his work in London.
RideLondon 2017 Get Inspired Scrapbook

Get Inspired challenges eight cyclists to tell us in exactly 100 words why taking part in Ride London 2017 is special to them.

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