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  1. Updates on Friday 2 June

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Goodbye from BBC London Live

BBC London News

Updates for London have now ended for the day but we'll return at 08:00 on Monday with the latest videos, news, sport, travel and weather.

Have a great weekend.

Tonight's weather: Cloudy with a risk of rain

BBC Weather

Skies will be largely cloudy this evening and overnight with some showery outbreaks of rain at first, possibly turning thundery at times. However, it will be largely dry by dawn, barring the odd shower. It will be another mild and humid night across London. Minimum temperature: 15C (59F).

Sutton mayor's tribute to predecessor and community stalwart Lal Hussain MBE

Councillor Lal Hussain
London Borough of Sutton

The Mayor of Sutton Councillor Jean Crossby has paid tribute to former mayor Lal Hussain MBE who passed away on Wednesday.

She said: "Councillor Hassain served as Mayor between 2000 and 2001 and spent a further four years between 2002 and 2006 as Councillor serving the residents of the borough.

"Lal Hussain was extremely active in our community, particularly nthe Wallington area. He was the Secretary of the Muslim Cultural and Welfare Association of Sutton until his death.

“It is a tribute to the generosity of Lal Hussain MBE that as recently as 2010 he and his wife Abida packed up 55 food boxes to be distributed amongst those caught up in the 2010 Pakistan floods.“I’d like to extend our condolences on behalf of everyone at Sutton Council as we pay tribute to a dear colleague, and offer our heartfelt sympathies to his family.”

General election 2017: Have your views changed over the campaign?

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As polling day in the general election is less than a week away, the BBC has asked a range of voters from across the political spectrum:

Has your view about who you will vote for changed over the run up to the election? If so, why? If not, please also give details.

Liberal democrats-big chance to change so many things

Elena, Twickenham

Yes, I was on the fence between Greens and Labour, but now Labour's manifesto is out I think it's great and I will vote for them

Katharine, SE London

No, I'm still undecided, as I neither the potential Conservative, nor Labour front benches fill me with great confidence.

Clive, SE London

So far my view has not changed as I intend to vote for the person - not the Party. My opinion of the material produced centrally by all the Parties leaves me in despair. Not one of them is crediting the electorate with either sense or logic!!!

Paul, North London

No, my view has not changed. I am not impressed with what the Conservatives are offering compared with other parties (especially regarding education), but they are still the party I will vote for - mostly because we HAVE TO leave the EU.

K, Enfield

Protest outside Russian embassy in London over Chechnya gay men 'purge'

Sir Ian McKellan (far left)

Sir Ian McKellen said it was a point of deep "principle" as he joined hundreds of protesters outside the Russian embassy in London voicing their anger against a "purge" of gay men in Chechnya.

The actor was among scores of people outside the embassy near Kensington Gardens on Friday to demand that Russia takes decisive action against those responsible for a brutal persecution of gay men earlier this year.

In April reports emerged of gay people being abducted, tortured and even killed in an anti-gay "purge" in the southern Russian federal republic.

Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported about 100 gay men were rounded up, tortured and killed by police, with others held in detention centres.

Foreign minister Sir Alan Duncan raised the issue in the Commons in condemnation of the attacks, calling it "beyond contempt" and promising to raise concerns with allies in Europe and the Commonwealth.

Flowers laid on a flag outside the Russian embassy in London
Flowers laid on a flag outside the Russian embassy in London

BA delays: Insurers clash with airline over expenses

Aiport check-in

Insurers have clashed with British Airways over covering the cost of expenses incurred by passengers caught up in last weekend's travel chaos.

The BA website suggests that customers should initially make a claim on their travel insurance for expenses such as meals during the delays.

But the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and a consumer rights expert say responsibility is with the airline.

BA said it would update the language, but its website has yet to change.

Saturday's IT fiasco grounded hundreds of flights and disrupted the travel plans of tens of thousands of passengers around the world.

Severe disruption: A102 London northbound

BBC News Travel

A102 London northbound severe disruption, from A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach to A12 Blackwall Tunnel Approach affecting A2.

A102 London - Delays on A102 Blackwall Tunnel northbound in Greenwich from the A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach junction to the A12 Blackwall Tunnel Approach junction, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Sun In The Sands Roundabout.

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

Morgan Ferrier

Dagenham & Redbridge sign forward Morgan Ferrier on a two-year deal from National League rivals Boreham Wood.

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Severe disruption: A1201 London westbound

BBC News Travel

A1201 London westbound severe disruption, between A503 Seven Sisters Road and A503 Seven Sisters Road affecting Woodberry Grove.

A1201 London - A1201 Stroud Green Road in Finsbury Park closed and queuing traffic westbound between Twelve Pins Traffic Lights and Finsbury Park Station, because of roadworks. Diversion in operation - via Blackstock Road, Rock Street, A1201. Congestion on A503 Seven Sisters Road to the Woodberry Grove junction.

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

Watch: Harry Walton on tackling London's air quality.

Ahead of the polls young Londoners tell us what issues matter most to them.

Twenty-eight-year-old Harry Walton says London's pollution has had a detrimental effect on his health.

Ranked: The 10 London boroughs where property is most demand

Elaine Paige joins first panto cast since 1966

Elaine Paige

Actress Elaine Paige is returning to pantomime for the first time in more than 50 years as she joins the cast of Dick Whittington.

She will take on the role of Queen Rat at the London Palladium's Christmas show this year, the same venue where she starred alongside Lulu in Babes In The Wood in 1966.

Best known for her roles in West End and Broadway musicals, the 69-year-old tweeted: "I'm behind you! So excited to be performing in my first panto since 1966."

She will also be joined by Ashley Banjo and his dance troupe, Britain's Got Talent champions Diversity, who will play The Sultan and his Entourage.

Man arrested in Hackney for extradition to Turkey

A 51-year-old man has been arrested in Hackney on warrant for extradition to Turkey.

Alaettin Kalender was arrested in east London this morning. The Met says he is suspected of being a member of a terrorist organisation.

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later.

Severe accident: A20 London westbound

BBC News Travel

A20 London westbound severe accident, between A208 Court Road and West Hallowes affecting B263 Green Lane.

A20 London - A20 Sidcup Road closed and stationary traffic westbound between the A208 Court Road junction and the West Hallowes junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Fiveways.

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

Severe accident: A1203 London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A1203 London eastbound severe accident, at Cartwright Street.

A1203 London - One lane blocked on A1203 East Smithfield eastbound in Wapping at the Cartwright Street junction, because of an accident involving pedestrian. Police directing traffic. Traffic is coping well.

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

Graham Taylor train engine unveiled

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A London Midland engine named after the former Watford and England manager, Graham Taylor, embarks on its maiden voyage at 13:36.

It's after a commemorative plaque on the side of a Class 350 model was officially unveiled by Taylor's widow, Rita, on platform 10 of Watford Junction station.

Rita Taylor, Graham Taylor’s widow
Halkin UK

The naming ceremony included speeches and music from a string quartet before football memorabilia was auctioned off for charity.

Football shirts
Halkin UK

The train engine will retain its new name for the rest of its working life.

It will be used on the West Coast Main Line, which passes through stations serving some of the places where Taylor was a manager, including Watford, Aston Villa, Wolverhampton and Wembley.

Woman 'led away by men who raped her' in Covent Garden
The woman had been out with friends when she was approached by three men in Covent Garden.

£10k reward put up after victim dies three months after baseball bat attack

Satnam Singh
Met Police

A £10,000 reward has been put up to help solve the murder of a 45-year-old man in Hayes.

Satnam Singh was attacked in At Lee Road, near the junction with Ayles Road, on 6 March at about 22:20 as he walked with a friend.

According to a witness, a man in a mobile phone was following the pair and then a silver car drive up and a white man got out and attacked them with a baseball bat before driving off.

Mr Singh was taken to hospital and his condition deteriorated and he doed on Tuesday as a result of his injuries and bronchial pneumonia.

His uncle Jasbinder Singh Siekham spoke of his family's grief:

"Satnam was my nephew, he was also my friend. Satnam's wife simply cannot understand what's happened and I'm struggling to comfort her.

"The whole family is devastated by this terrible attack. We all need to understand why this has happened and who has done it. We need to find peace."

To give information and qualify for the reward, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111 or The reward is valid for three months.

Bluewater has now reopened after a small fire

Bluewater has now reopened after a small fire

Kent Fire and Rescue say Bluewater Shopping Centre has reopened after a small fire in the Winter Garden area of the building.

Bluewater has now reopened after a small fire

Afternoon weather: Hot and humid with risk of heavy showers

BBC Weather

It will be hot and humid today and this will trigger some heavy showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon.

We won't all get them, but where we do they could lead to surface water flooding and difficult driving conditions.

Maximum temperature: 24C (75F).

Graham Taylor train engine to be unveiled

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A London Midland engine named after the former Watford and England manager, Graham Taylor, will be unveiled today.

One of the company’s Class 350 models has been fitted with a commemorative plaque, which will remain for the rest of its working life.

Graham Taylor
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A ceremony will be held at 12:00 on platform 10 of Watford Junction station, which will include speeches and music from a string quartet.

But the company has warned that members of the public may be refused entry to the platform if numbers exceed safe levels.

The train will be used on the West Coast Main Line and pass through stations serving many places where Taylor was manager including Watford, Aston Villa, Wolverhampton and Wembley.

A London Midland train on a platform.

Steve Helfet, head of West Coast services at London Midland, said: "We hope that passengers travelling on this train will take a few moments to remember Graham, a true football hero."

Scott Duxbury, chairman at Watford Football Club, said: "London Midland’s respectful suggestion about Graham was put to his family for approval and we’re delighted they accepted this offer.

"Alongside other planned tributes, this gesture is a mark of just how widely Graham’s work and warm personality were appreciated across our town."

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish

Crystal Palace are looking to appoint a long-term manager who will not treat the club as a "stepping stone", says chairman Steve Parish.

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Chelsea paid £150.8m by Premier League after winning 2016-17 title

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Chelsea were paid £150.8m by the Premier League after winning the 2016-17 title - 50% more than the top earners in 2015-16.

The 2016-17 season was the first of the latest TV deal and saw a total of almost £2.4bn paid to the 20 clubs - up from £1.6bn last season.

Bottom club Sunderland got £93.471m - more than the £93.219m 2015-16 winners Leicester pocketed the previous season.

The figures are based on broadcast and commercial deals plus prize money.

Willesden GP describes pressures on doctors
Dr Adrian Richardson's practice in Willesden nearly closed in 2016 after three partners left.

General election 2017: Tough choices for London's NHS

Karl Mercer

Political reporter, BBC London

NHS logo
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The simple statistics for the NHS in London make stark reading and tell you why trying to sort it out and protect it for the future is both incredibly important and extremely challenging.

Every year in the capital:

  • There are 60 million GP consultations - that's about 165,000 every single day
  • The NHS spends nearly £18bn
  • There are currently up to 8,000 GPs in about 1,400 practices
  • There are 60,000 nurses across the NHS, local authorities and voluntary sector
  • In 2016-17 there were 1,040,128 elective operations reported in London

They are big numbers that require big solutions, along with a big dose of political support. But change of that scale could be hard to deliver.

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

Woman raped by 'at least two men' in Covent Garden attack

Long waits for surgery 'have tripled in four years'


The number of patients waiting six months or more for surgery has tripled over the past four years in England, the Royal College of Surgeons has said.

In March, nearly 130,000 people had been waiting for operations after being referred by a consultant, compared with 45,000 in March 2013.

But nine out of 10 patients were still treated within 18 weeks, data shows.

The surgeons said they were concerned that many more patients would wait longer for surgery in the future.

Watch: Friday morning's headlines from BBC London

Victoria Hollins brings you the latest top stories for London.

Sex workers in Kilburn area on alert after body of woman found in her flat

A murder inquiry has been launched after a woman was found dead in her flat in Kilburn, north west London.

Police were called to the property in Fernhead Road at about 01:00 after concerns were raised about the resident's welfare.

They found the body of a 32-year-old woman, a sex worker.

Following a post mortem examination it was revealed she had died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

DCI Nicola Wall said: "We know that the victim lived alone and her family who live in Italy last heard from her on 21 May.

"Officers attended her home address on 29 May following concerns raised by a neighbour and the decision was taken to force entry into the property.

"We have established that victim was in the Kilburn area on 22 May but we further need to understand her movements from this date onwards.

"Whilst enquiries are ongoing to establish the motive for the attack, it is considered likely that the motive is linked to the victim being a sex worker.

"I would urge sex workers in the London area to be extra vigilant at this time, we are working hard to identify the attacker but we urgently require their assistance.

"If you have any concerns about a recent client's behaviour, especially where threats or violence have been used do come and speak with us."

One in 13 ethnic minority workers are in insecure jobs, says TUC

Factory workers
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Members of the black, Asian and ethnic minority communities are a third more likely to be in insecure work than white workers, says the TUC.

One in 20 white employees are on zero-hours or temporary work contracts.

The figure for ethnic minority workers is one in 13, according to the TUC report, which uses figures from the government's Labour Force Survey.

The report said the recent increase in temporary work was affecting the black community especially.

Today's weather: A bright start, possible showers later

BBC Weather

A bright morning although occasional showers will develop with a risk of localised thunderstorms, hail and torrential downpours possible in the afternoon in some places.

It will feel hot and humid in hazy sunny spells between showers.

Maximum temperature: 25C (77F).

Today's travel: Jubilee line facing delays

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

There are minor delays on the Tube's Jubilee Line between Stratford and Waterloo following an earlier signal failure.

London Overground is reporting no service between Queen's Park and Euston due to a faulty train at South Hampstead. London Underground is accepting tickets via reasonable routes.

National Rail is reporting disruption to train services between Braintree and London Liverpool Street, which it says it expects to last until 13:00.

BBC London Live updates on Wednesday 2 June

Claire Timms

BBC London News

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We'll be bringing you updates of all the latest news, sport, travel and weather in London until 18:00.

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Severe accident: A406 Greater London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A406 Greater London eastbound severe accident, at A1055 Montagu Road affecting A10 Great Cambridge Road.

A406 Greater London - Queuing traffic on A406 North Circular Road eastbound in Edmonton at Kenninghall Interchange, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Great Cambridge Interchange.

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

NHS sign

Karl Mercer

Political Correspondent, BBC London

Change in the NHS is expensive and also politically difficult - so what are parties promising?

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Severe congestion: A102 London southbound

BBC News Travel

A102 London southbound severe congestion, at A13 East India Dock Road.

A102 London - Queuing traffic on A102 Blackwall Tunnel southbound in Poplar at the A13 East India Dock Road junction. All lanes have been re-opened.

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