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  1. Updates on Wednesday 31 May

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All times stated are UK

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal are "a long way behind" their rivals and are likely to miss out on a Champions League place next year, says Gary Lineker.

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

However, don't miss our special live page at 22:00 tonight as BBC London broadcasts an election debate featuring a panel of five politicians across the political spectrum with questions from the public.

It will be broadcast on BBC One at 22:45 just after the late evening news.

Tonight's weather: Cooler than of late

BBC Weather

Any remaining showers will ease through the evening with a few clear spells eventually developing, but it will stay cloudier across southern areas.

It will feel cooler than recent nights with light winds.

Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

Residents braced for eight weekends of noisy late night engineering work on Gospel Oak and Barking line

Evening Standard

Watch: Demolition of Tottenham's White Hart Lane continues

New aerials show the demolition of Tottenham Hotspur's former White Hart Lane ground is continuing at pace as the club's new stadium is constructed around it.

Carer denies attempting to murder 90-year-old widow

A carer has denied attempting to murder a 90-year-old widow with a kitchen knife in her West Drayton home.

Pamela Batten suffered a stab wound to the neck and head injuries during the alleged attack in Lilac Place on 27 April.

Abosede Adeyinka, 52, of Hayes, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, an alternative charge of wounding with intent and possessing a kitchen knife at the scene of the alleged attack.

The mother of three, who appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from Bronzefield jail, was remanded in custody ahead of a six-day trial on 23 October.

Severe accident: A107 London westbound

BBC News Travel

A107 London westbound severe accident, between East Bank and Durley Road.

A107 London - A107 Amhurst Park in Stamford Hill closed and queuing traffic westbound between the East Bank junction and the Durley Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Prosecutors will not seek second Rolf Harris retrial

Rolf Harris
PA

Rolf Harris has walked free from court after prosecutors abandoned an indecent assault case against him.

The former entertainer was twice tried over alleged sex attacks on teenage girls in the 1970s and 1980s but after a second jury was unable to reach verdicts on four historical charges, prosecutors said they would not seek a second retrial.

Judge Deborah Taylor formally found him not guilty of all four charges of indecent assault, which he had denied.

Man charged with terror offences after Stansted Airport arrest

A 37-year-old man has been charged under the Terrorism Act after being arrested at Stansted Airport.

Aweys Faqey of north London was charged today with preparing acts of terrorism, following his arrest a week earlier.

He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later.

'Arsene Who?' - Wenger remembers joining Arsenal
In a Football Focus special, Arsene Wenger, who has agreed a new two-year deal with Arsenal, recalls his earliest memories of joining the club.

Family plea for information over Battersea stabbing

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The Met have released an interview with the sister and mother of Malachi Brooks, who was stabbed to death in Surrey Lane on 28 March.

The 21 year old was attacked by three men as he made his way to his home in Battersea, according to police.

One man was arrested on suspicion of murder but was subsequently released with no further action.

Afternoon weather: Warm and sunny with a risk of a shower

BBC Weather

Warm, sunny spells should develop across many areas this afternoon.

A few showers may develop later but they will be light. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

Arsene Wenger

David Ornstein

BBC Sport

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger agrees a two-year contract, extending his 21-year reign at the club.

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Jury discharged in Rolf Harris trial after failing to reach verdicts

Rolf Harris
Reuters

Jurors trying former entertainer Rolf Harris over alleged sex attacks have been discharged after failing to reach verdicts.

The 87-year-old had been accused of indecently assaulting three teenage girls, the youngest of whom was 13, at public events between 1971 and 1983.

But after deliberating for just under five hours at Southwark Crown Court in London, the jury said they were unable to reach verdicts on any of the four charges and were discharged by Judge Deborah Taylor.

It was a retrial for Mr Harris on three of the four counts, after a jury in a previous trial at the same court in January and February failed to reach verdicts.

Severe disruption: M23 Surrey northbound

BBC News Travel

M23 Surrey northbound severe disruption, between M25 J7 and J7 for A23 London Road North.

M23 Surrey - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M23 northbound between M25 J7 and J7, A23 (Purley), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Meet the women and girls who rocked London's Comic Con

DC Cosplay Bunnies at Comic Con
AFP
Fans dressed as their favourite characters at London Comic Con this weekend

Scratch below the surface at London's Comic Con and you might be surprised to find thousands of young women who go because they find it empowering.

It might have a reputation for attracting nerds and geeks, but as one female fan put it: "You feel very accepted, and you get to be whoever you want for a day - it's really special."

Here are some of the female voices from this year's fan convention in London.

Military support reduced in London

Following the Bank Holiday weekend, military personnel who were supporting police across the UK under Operation Temperer are gradually being stood down.

The reduction of military support will continue over the next three days.

This follows the judgement by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre that a terrorist attack was no longer imminent and the threat level being lowered from critical to severe on Saturday.

Extra police resources, which were also in place for the many public events over the extended weekend, have also been stood down.

Houses of Parliament re-open to public after Manchester attack

British Army soldiers stand on guard by the Houses of Parliament in London
European Photopress Agency
Armed forces were deployed to key sites across London following the Manchester attack last week.

The Palace of Westminster has been reopened to the public following the Manchester bomb attack.

Police advised that the Houses of Parliament be closed to non-passholders last week, leading to the cancellation of all tours and events.

A statement on the Parliament website said the site had reopened, but "visitors should continue to expect enhanced security measures upon arrival at Parliament."

There are currently no sitting MPs following Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to dissolve Parliament and stage a snap General Election.

'Shocked' Londoner finds snake in kitchen

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The Met were called to a house in Kew after a snake slithered into a "shocked" Londoner's kitchen.

It is thought the reptile is a pet which escaped from its nearby home.

Trevor Rose, a reptile expert and secretary of the British Herpetological Society, identified the animal as a corn snake "one of the most commonly kept reptiles in captivity".

He said: "They are harmless and tactile, considered a 'beginner' level species as they are very easy to maintain, feeding on small defrosted rodents.

"This one appears to be a healthy full grown specimen, and has obviously escaped from its enclosure in the near vicinity."

Flat damaged after fire

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters were called to a fire at a block flats above a shop in Mount Street in Mayfair.

Part of a third floor flat and part of the flat roof at third floor level were damaged by fire.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

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Driver arrested after pedestrian killed in collision

A 53-year-old man has died after being struck by a car in north London.

Officers were called to Nightingale Road, near the junction with Hertford Road, Edmonton, at around 21:30 last night, following reports of a collision between a car and pedestrian.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver, a 23-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving under the influence of drugs, the Metropolitan Police said.

Arsene Wenger and Stan Kroenke at the FA Cup final

David Ornstein

BBC Sport

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger holds a crucial meeting with the club's owner at which the Frenchman's future was expected to be decided.

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Watch: Tuesday morning's headlines from BBC London

Alice Salfield brings you the latest

Alice Salfield brings you the latest

Tornado seen steaming along

BBC Radio Cornwall

A famous steam locomotive has arrived in Cornwall for the week.

Tornado in Penzance. Pic: Amanda Hosking
Amanda Hosking

The Tornado, the first steam engine to be built in Britain since 1960, arrived in Penzance yesterday afternoon after hauling a passenger service from London Paddington.

Tornado
BBC

It is due to spend some time on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway.

Severe disruption: A13 London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A13 London eastbound severe disruption, at Saracen Street.

A13 London - One lane closed on A13 East India Dock Road eastbound in Poplar at the Saracen Street junction, because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

Man arrested for drug driving after pedestrian is killed

A man has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and causing the death of a pedestrian who died in north London.

Emergency services called to Nightingale Road, near the junction with Hertford Road, Edmonton, at 21:30 last night.

A 53-year old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

The 23-year-old driver stopped at the scene, according to police.

Junction of Nightingale Road and Hertford Road
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Meet the women and girls who rocked London Comic Con

Scratch below the surface at Comic Con and you might be surprised to find thousands of young women who go because they find it empowering.

It might have a reputation for attracting nerds and geeks, but as one female fan put it: "You feel very accepted, and you get to be whoever you want for a day - it's really special."

Here are some of the female voices from this year's fan convention in London.

Fans dressed as their favourite characters at London Comic Con this weekend
AFP
Fans dressed as their favourite characters at London Comic Con this weekend

Today's weather: Warm and cloudy

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy but warm start to the day, following on from some overnight showers.

As the day wears on the cloud should break leading to a sunny day with a few light showers are expected.

Top temperature: 21C (72F)

London weather

BA to operate all flights from today

British Airways is now operating a full flight schedule after an IT failure saw the airline cancel thousands of flights over the bank holiday weekend.

"Our IT systems are now back up and running and we will be operating a full flight schedule at Heathrow and Gatwick," the airline said.

But it warned it "may take some time" to reunite travellers with their bags.

BA chief executive Alex Cruz earlier blamed a power surge for the disruption, which affected 75,000 people.

Queues at Heathrow on 28 May 2017
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Severe disruption: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J29 for A127.

M25 Greater London - M25 lane closed on entry slip road anticlockwise at J29, A127 (Romford), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

BBC London Live updates on Tuesday 30 May

BBC London News

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