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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 news, sport, travel and weather.

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend.

Tonight's weather: Warm and muggy night

BBC Weather

A fine and sunny end to the day, will then be followed by a warm and muggy overnight period.

It will also remain dry, with clear skies and light winds. Minimum temperature: 15C (59F).

Watch: Election 2017 - The London Debate

As Londoner's prepare to elect their new leaders we'll be bringing together some of the city's leading politicians to debate the issues that matter to you. #GE2017London

Join us on BBC One at 22:45 on Tuesday.

London's politicians answer your election questions. Tell us what issues matter to you.

Time for (iced) tea at London Zoo on hottest day of the year


You can't have a hot day in London without new photos of animals at ZSL London Zoo's residents enjoying the sunshine.

Today is no exception and here we have some of the zoo's gorilla troop enjoying frozen iced tea, sweetcorn and seeds in Gorilla Kingdom.

Happy days!


#GE17 policies: Housing

Question: What should we be doing to address the need for more low cost housing? Does any party have policies you think would help?

Build more housing and encourage and give incentives to Londoners to move out of London

Nuha, West London

Build more affordable housing. Increase the tax allowance for lower paid. Lower rates, and take control of energy suppliers. The Labour Party is heading in the right direction

Tom, Twickenham

Building more homes, making more new builds include affordable rents, cap rents in London. From what I can remember, Labour and the Lib Dems have the best ideas for tackling the affordable housing shortage

Sophie, North London

In the 60s when I went to school everybody I knew lived in a council house which was within everbodys means. Why can we not set up a nationalised building company and along with the governments Compulsory Purchase Order powers start building cheap (but comfortable) houses and flats that can only be rented to British citizens with absolutely no right to buy rules attached? No wonder there are greedy landlords out there when a months rent covers a months mortgage and profit. It used to be that a months council rent was about 25% (or less) of a months mortgage repayment which made buy to let a nonsensicle option to choose so if we get back to this (good) disparity things will change. Only Labour could do this....

Gary, Croydon

FA Cup: Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says Arsenal can "save" their season
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says Arsenal will be very tough opponents in Saturday's FA Cup final as the Gunners try to "save" their season.

Landowner wants to remove painting of 'old fashioned prostitute' from Fitzrovia pub

Security in London ramped up ahead of Bank Holiday

Armed officers at Euston yesterday
Armed officers at Euston station yesterday

Ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend the Met has revealed it has increased policing levels and "deployed a range of different operations and tactics" to protect the capital after the threat level was raised to "critical" earlier this week.

Chief Superintendent Jon Williams who in charge of public order policing in the MPS said: "We are doing everything we can to keep London safe."

Extra armed officers, freed up by military support providing static guarding at key locations, will be on duty.

They will be carrying out foot patrols with borough and specialist colleagues, or roving patrols in cars.

There will also be additional armed officers at some of the events planned in London across the weekend.

The public will have seen more police officers than normal over the last few days as they travel to work, socialise or holiday in the capital, which will continue for as long as it is necessary.

Chf Supt Williams added: "I would ask people to be our eyes and ears - if you see something suspicious tell a police officer or member of security staff.

"If you are out in London this weekend or at an event talk to our officers, they are there to reassure, help and keep you safe."

Severe accident: A3214 London southbound

BBC News Travel

A3214 London southbound severe accident, at Elizabeth Street.

A3214 London - A3214 Buckingham Palace Road in Belgravia closed and stationary traffic southbound at the Elizabeth Street junction, because of an accident.

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

'Greedy' finance director stole £6m from employer to fund lavish lifestyle

Michael Collins
Met Police

A "greedy" finance director who stole £6m from his employer and frittered away a fortune on Savile Row suits and luxury holidays has been jailed for more than five years.

Over 16 years, Michael Collins, 66, siphoned off the money while working as executive finance director of London-based insurer The Mediterranean Insurance and Reinsurance Company Limited (MedRe). Analysis of company accounts revealed an unsupported debt of £6m linked to a number of cheques deposited into Collins' personal bank accounts.

To cover his tracks, Collins filled in false entries in a ledger and used the phrase "other debtors" to describe the cheque deposits.

As a result of his actions, MedRe was unable to pay more than £10m to its creditors and was put into administration in December 2015.

Collins said he carried out the fraud by asking a co-signatory to sign a blank cheque before adding his own signature and paying the money into his account.

He said he would then add false details, or instruct his clerk to, in the company ledger.

Collins, from Bromley, south London, pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position of trust and false accounting and was jailed at the Old Bailey for five years and four months.

Security stepped up at Twickenham for Wasps' final

Extra armed police officers will be deployed on Saturday at Twickenham for the Premiership rugby final between Wasps and Exeter and the FA Cup Final at Wembley, Scotland Yard has said.

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Sporting events and venues in England say they are conducting major security reviews.

Police Scotland said it was reviewing all "significant events" taking place within the next 14 days and has increased the number of armed police on patrol.

FA Cup: Eden Hazard hopes to win his first FA Cup trophy
Eden Hazard says clubs like Chelsea always "want more and more" success and he hopes to help the team win their first FA Cup trophy for five years.

'Arsenal's players haven't turned up'

Arsenal v Chelsea, FA Cup final, Saturday 17:30 BST

Alan Shearer

Ex-England striker on BBC Radio 5 live

Arsenal's players haven't turned up enough for Wenger this season. At times they have probably hidden behind him too much.They need to win that one tomorrow.

I can't understand why Wenger hasn't announced what he's doing, because it's certainly had an affect on performances.

The Cup final will be a very good game. Arsenal injuries and suspensions, Chelsea will be full of confidence after lifting the Premier League title last week.

Severe accident: A5200 London westbound

BBC News Travel

A5200 London westbound severe accident, between King's Cross Bridge and A501 Euston Road affecting Sidmouth Street.

A5200 London - A5200 Gray's Inn Road blocked and queuing traffic westbound between the King's Cross Bridge junction and Kings Cross station, because of a multi-vehicle accident. Diversion in operation - 10, 30, 46, 59, 73, 91, 205, 214,390, 476. Police directing traffic. Congestion to the Sidmouth Street junction and on Great Percy Street to the A201 King's Cross Road junction.

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

Tube bomb-maker's mum: 'My son is not a terrorist'

BBC News England

The mother of a jailed bomb-maker Damon Smith says her son is "just a vulnerable little boy".

The 20-year-old, from Newton Abbot, has been jailed for 15 years for planting a home-made bomb on a London Tube train last year.

His mother, Antonitza, who moved from Devon to live in London with her son when he started university last autumn, said it was "a stupid prank".

General Election 2017: Parties differ over London transport

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

Lurking under the shadow of Brexit and not getting much in the way of attention, are the main parties transport policies.

Experts and campaigners despair that transport doesn't get the prominence during elections they think it deserves considering it affects everyone.


Remember that much of transport policy in London is devolved to the mayor, however there are some differences in how the main parties are approaching it.

While there is not a huge amount of detail - for example none of the parties outline what they will do with rail fare increases - here are some highlights

Severe disruption: both ways

BBC News Travel

both ways severe disruption, between A117 and A2204 New Ferry Approach.

- Vehicle ferry not operating on Woolwich Ferry in both directions in London between North Pier and South Pier, because of high tide.

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

Severe congestion: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe congestion, between J31 for A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock and J1A for A282 affecting J29 for A127.

M25 Essex - Delays on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise between J31 A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock and J1a, A282 (Swanscombe). Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

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

Watch: Man 'five seconds from drowning' rescued from River Thames

A London lifeboat rescued a man who was "seconds away" from drowning in the River Thames.

It coincides with the launch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's "Respect the Water" campaign.

Watch: Video capture moped phone snatch

Arsenal v Chelsea 2002 - where are they now?

Arsenal v Chelsea, FA Cup final, Saturday 17:30 BST

An FA Cup quiz featuring Emmanuel Petit and Boudewijn Zenden - what more could you want on a Friday?

Play along here.

Boudewijn Zenden
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Pablo Zabaleta

West Ham will sign defender Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer once his Manchester City contract expires in June.

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Afternoon weather: Dry, sunny and hot

BBC Weather

It will be dry, sunny and hot again everywhere. A warm breeze will develop, particularly on the Chilterns.

Maximum temperature: 26C (79F).

Jailed bomber mum: 'My son is not a terrorist'
The mother of a jailed bomb maker says her son is "just a vulnerable little boy".

Severe congestion: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe congestion, at J1B for A282.

M25 Kent - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J1b, A282 (Dartford).

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

BBC London News at 13:30 on BBC One

Sonja Jessup

BBC London News

Join me at 13:30 on BBC One for the BBC London lunchtime news.

Coming up: a student is jailed for planting a home-made bomb on the Tube and the Met reveals its security plans for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Essex cause chaos

Surrey 67-5 v Chelmsford (at Lunch)

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

A busy morning at Chelmsford. When Rory Burns won the toss he would have been delighted to say, "we will have a bat thank you".

An hour later, Surrey found themselves 31-5 and scratching their heads about what had happened. The answer: Matt Quinn and Jamie Porter were outstanding with the new ball and there was far more for the bowlers than conditions indicated.

Kumar Sangakkara is a very good man for a crisis and he has steadied things a touch. At the other end Sam Curran has illustrated his excellent temperament but Essex will settle down for lunch and be very happy with their morning's work. Infact they might just be pinching themselves.

Fire at Wimbledon practice courts

London Fire Brigade said it was called to a fire at Wimbledon's practice courts at approximately 12:33.

Four crews are currently at the scene.

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Severe disruption: M4 Greater London westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Greater London westbound severe disruption, after J2 for A4 affecting Earl's Court.

M4 Greater London - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M4 out of town after J2, A4 (Brentford), because of a broken down recovery lorry. Congestion on A4 West Cromwell Road to the Earl's Court junction.

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

Wimbledon fire extinguished

Mario Testino auctions off his private collection
Mario Testino is auctioning off his private collection of art to raise money for his museum in Peru.

Four fire engines attending Wimbledon fire

Blaze at Wimbledon tennis courts

Angus Kinnear

Leeds United appoint West Ham's Angus Kinnear as their new managing director, replacing the outgoing Ben Mansford.

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Tube bomb-maker: Damon Smith 'needs help not prison' - mother

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The mother of a Devon student jailed for 15 years for planting a home-made bomb on a London Tube train has blamed her son's Asperger's syndrome for his actions.

Twenty-year-old Damon Smith, from Newton Abbot, left a rucksack packed with explosives and ball bearings on the Jubilee Line last October. It did not go off.

Damon Smith. Pic: PA

He claimed it was a prank but was found guilty of possession of an explosive substance with intent earlier this month.

During his sentencing at the Old Bailey, Smith's barrister told the court that Smith was young and vulnerable, with a natural disability which clouded his judgement, and that he would never do anything like this again. The judge was asked for "mercy" and told the "unique" student had "learned his lesson".

The judge said the seriousness of what Smith did "cannot be overstated" and he was driven to treat Smith "as a dangerous offender".

Antonitza Smith

Smith's mother, Antonitza, who moved from Devon to live in London with her son when he started university last autumn, said it was "a stupid prank which has ruined his life".

She added: "He needs help not prison."

Essex exceptional with the ball

Surrey 46-5 v Essex

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

I certainly didn't see this coming under blue skies on what looks like the perfect day to bat.

The ball is nipping about and the Essex bowlers have been exceptional. Matt Quinn has three wickets and Jamie Porter the other two. When Surrey won the toss, Porter and Quinn might have groaned, but they have caused havoc.

Kumar Sangakkara is still there and Surrey have to believe that batting will get easier. After what we have seen so far, that might not be the case.

Kumar Sangakkara
Rex Features

Tube bomb-maker: Damon Smith's offence 'cannot be overstated'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A man from Devon who left a home-made bomb on a Tube carriage in London has been told "the seriousness of what you did cannot be overstated" by the judge who has jailed him for 15 years.

Judge Richard Marks QC told Damon Smith, from Newton Abbot, at the Old Bailey: "I am driven to treat you as a dangerous offender."

The 20-year-old former altar boy was convicted earlier this month of making or possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life.

Damon Smith
Metropolitan Police

The device, which he built at home with a £2 clock from Tesco after finding an online article, did not explode on the Jubilee Line train last October.

The judge said: "It is fortuitous that your device did not explode. It would have had the potential to cause injury and serious damage along the carriage."

During a search of his home, officer found a shredded article on how to build a bomb and a "shopping list" of bomb materials was found on his iPad. A blank firing pistol, a BB gun, a knife and knuckleduster were also discovered.

Devon bomb-maker jailed as judge says he 'doesn't think it was terror-related'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A Devon student has been jailed for planting a home-made bomb on a London Tube train.

Twenty-year-old Damon Smith, from Newton Abbot, left a rucksack packed with explosives on the Jubilee Line last October when he was aged 19. It did not go off.


His mum, Antonitza, blames his Asperger's syndrome for his actions.

The judge, Richard Marks QC, said "I don't think it was a terror-related incident". But he told Smith that a substantial sentence had to be passed.