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Frank de Boer

Crystal Palace confirm former Ajax and Inter Milan boss Frank de Boer as their new manager on a three-year contract.

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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 Monday with all the latest videos, news, sport, travel and weather.

Have a great weekend.

Tonight's weather: Dry start but drizzle at dawn

BBC Weather

Cloud will tend to increase through the evening to leave a cloudy night across London.

After a dry start to the night, rain or drizzle will develop towards dawn, and it will remain rather breezy.

Minimum temperature: 16C (61F).

Sir Peter Hendy nominated to chair LLDC

Sir Peter Hendy
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Sir Peter Hendy on a previous visit to BBC Radio London to meet Eddie Nestor

Former Transport for London Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy has been nominated to be appointed as the new chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation.

The LLDC was established by the previous Mayor, Boris Johnson, to build on the success of the 2012 Olympic Games and drive forward regeneration, growth and investment in east London. It has full planning powers and works closely with the four neighbouring boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Sir Peter will oversee the growth of the Olympic Park as well as delivering new neighbourhoods offering 50% of affordable homes.

The first item on his to-do list is the recommendations the mayor made into the finances of the London Stadium.

Sir Peter said: “Having kept London’s transport networks moving during the course of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, I am delighted to now have the opportunity help secure the continuing legacy of the Park, creating a new area of the city bringing economic growth, thousands of jobs and new homes.”

The appointment is subject to a confirmation hearing before the London Assembly.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council to install sprinklers in all its tower blocks

Hammersmith and Fulham is to install sprinklers in all of the borough's tower blocks.

In a statement, the council said: "In Hammersmith & Fulham, we have 15 council housing blocks of 12 storeys or more. Our tallest buildings are three, 23-storey blocks on Edward Woods estate in North Kensington.

"We have reviewed fire safety, and have fire risk assessments for all these blocks. We also have some of the country's best independent experts validating our Fire Risk Assessments as part of our action plan following the Shepherds Court fire in August 2016.

"We are working on plans to install sprinkler systems in all our tower blocks. We understand how concerned people are following the Grenfell Tower fire.

"We currently have fire officers visiting our estates to talk to residents and check fire safety arrangements, and letters have been sent to all residents in high-rise blocks.

"In light of the events at Grenfell Tower, we are seeking urgent advice from LFB on whether they intend to change their advice on high-rise safety."

Dangerous superbugs found on Tube prompts deep clean plan

Tube station platform
BBC
The deep clean should keep these passengers happy

The cleaning of London Underground is to be enhanced amid warnings that eight of the world's most dangerous superbugs exist on the network.

Industrial vacuum cleaners and magnetic wands will be used each night during the summer to remove metal particles, dust, oil and grease from around 50 stations and five tunnels.

An investigation published last month by London Metropolitan University and taxi insurers Staveley Head found 121 different types of bacteria and mould on public transport in the capital.

Eight of the most threatening bacteria to human health were discovered on the Tube, with the Victoria line deemed to be the dirtiest route.

Grenfell Tower: Celotex announces decision on cladding

Hadleigh-based Celotex has announced it is to stop the supply of a cladding system in buildings over 18m tall, following the Grenfell Tower fire.

The company had previously revealed it supplied insulation boards in the refurbishment of the west London tower block.

In a statement, Celotex said: "Celotex is shocked by the tragic events of the Grenfell Tower fire. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this devastating human tragedy.

"We have been supplying building products for over 40 years and as a business our focus has always been to supply safe insulation products to make better buildings.

"We want to do everything that we can to support the government's ongoing response to the tragedy.

"We continue to offer our full cooperation with the investigations. Celotex notes the comments made by Scotland Yard at this morning's briefing in respect of the insulation used in Grenfell Tower. In view of the focus on rainscreen cladding systems and the insulation forming part of them, Celotex believes that the right thing to do is to stop the supply of Celotex RS5000 for rainscreen cladding systems in buildings over 18m tall with immediate effect (including in respect of ongoing projects), pending further clarity."

Watch: Ling - Orient owners are "proper people"

Lucy Oliva

BBC London

Speaking to BBC Radio London, new Leyton Orient director of football Martin Ling says the club's new owners are "proper people".

Yesterday a consortium led by Nigel Travis completed his takeover of the club.

Ling returns to Orient after a spell as manager between 2003 and 2009.

Martin Ling has taken over as the club's director of football
Frank de Boer

Frank de Boer could help Crystal Palace to the Europa League if he takes charge at Selhurst Park, says brother Ronald.

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Watch: Hope for cancer breakthrough after substantial donation

Guy's and St Thomas's hopes to make a breakthrough in bladder cancer research, after a massive donation from the widow of a former patient.

Dianne Roberts is giving the trust £1.79 million to set up a biobank and perform clinical trials after her husband Graham died from the disease.

Despite being one of the 10 most common cancers, the 7th biggest killer, only 0.5%of research funds is spent on exploring diagnostics and treatment.

Man charged with sex offences dating back to the 80s

A man has been charged with sexual offences against two women in London.

Mark Dixie, 46, is accused of raping the first alleged victim in 1987.

He is alleged to have indecently assaulted and caused grievous bodily harm to another woman in 2002.

Rob Davis, from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "The CPS has considered a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police relating to allegations made against Mark Dixie of historic sexual offences against women.

"Following a review of the evidence, the CPS has authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Mark Dixie, with three offences against two women - one of rape in 1987, and indecent assault and causing grievous bodily harm on another woman in 2002."

Scotland Yard said all of the alleged offences took place in Greater London.

Mr Dixie will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court, by video-link, on 28 June.

Serpentine Pavilion display unveiled

Architect Francis Kéré has brought a piece of Burkino Faso to this year's Serpentine Pavilion.

The brief was to bring a sense of light and life to Kensington Gardens in central London.

Mr Kéré is the first African architect to design for the pavilion display.

Severe disruption: A202 London southbound

BBC News Travel

A202 London southbound severe disruption, at A302 Victoria Street.

A202 London - A202 Vauxhall Bridge Road in Westminster closed and queuing traffic southbound at Victoria Station, because of an incident.

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

Watch: Met Police launches campaign urging moped owners to boost their security.

More than 15,000 scooters, motorcycles and mopeds were taken in London in the last year.

Hotpoint fridge freezer notice after Grenfell fire

Peterborough-based Hotpoint has issued a "product notice" about some of its fridge freezers after police confirmed the fire which destroyed Grenfell Tower in London started in one of its models.

Product notice from Hotpoint
Hotpoint

Seventy-nine people are feared dead after the blaze destroyed 151 homes in the Kensington tower block on 14 June.

The government has ordered immediate testing of the Hotpoint fridge freezer that was involved.

Grenfell Tower
PA

Hotpoint, which has its headquarters in Peterborough, is urging anyone who has a white Hotpoint fridge freezer model number FF175BP or graphite fridge freezer model number FF175BG to register their appliance with the manufacturer to receive any updates.

"We have been made aware of a possible incident involving a Hotpoint branded fridge freezer, manufactured between March 2006 and July 2009, model numbers FF175BP (white) and FF175BG (graphite)," the company says on its website.

If you've got one, you can get further details by clicking here.

Film exposes London's sex industry underworld

Scene from the Receptionist
Mirror Stage Films

In 2009, a Chinese woman called Anna killed herself near London's Heathrow Airport. Her friends later learned that she had been working as a prostitute in an illegal massage parlour.

One of those friends, Jenny Lu, a Taiwanese art school graduate, began a journey to find out about her secret life.

It resulted in Lu's first feature film, The Receptionist, which premieres in Taiwan on Friday and at the Edinburgh Film Festival in the UK next week.

Some readers may find aspects of this story upsetting.

Afternoon weather: Dry, cloudy and breezy

BBC Weather

A dry, though rather cloudy and breezy day. However, a few sunny spells are possible from time to time and in that breeze it's going to feel cooler and fresher than it has recently.

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

Chief Constable Dave Thompson on strain faced by police over unprotected funding
West Midlands Chief Constable Dave Thompson on the strain faced by police over unprotected funding.

British Steel fire crews raise money for Grenfell Tower victims

Fire crews at British Steel in Scunthorpe will climb flights of stairs equivalent to the height of Grenfell Tower today, in full breathing equipment.

It's to raise money and spread awareness of what the London crews will have had to deal with during the fire at the block of flats last week.

John Armson from the firm that provides fire crews for the steel plant, says the fire fighters are determined to send out a positive message.

Grenfell Tower
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Grenfell Tower: Police say fire started in fridge-freezer
The Metropolitan Police added that insulation and cladding on the building had failed safety tests.

WATCH: Premier Inn urgently reviews cladding

Premier Inn has told BBC Newsnight that it was “extremely concerned” about the cladding on three of its hotels.

It said an urgent review found hotels in Maidenhead, Brentford and Tottenham did not appear to comply with government guidance for tall buildings - although it did appear to be a less flammable type than that used at Grenfell Tower.

The hotel chain said an independent expert has assured them that the hotels were safe to stay open given their "robust" safety measures including fire detectors and smoke alarms in every room.

BBC Newsnight's report on Premier Inn's urgent review of cladding

Islington tower block's cladding tests positive for ACM

Braithwaite House
Google

Cladding on a tower block in Islington has tested positive for the presence of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM).

In a statement regarding Braithwaite House, near Bunhill Row, Cllr Diarmaid Ward, Islington Council's executive member for housing and development, said: "Last night we received results of tests on cladding on the side of Braithwaite House, and they have confirmed the presence of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM).

"We're arranging to have the cladding, which is only on the sides of the building, removed as soon as we possibly can by a specialist contractor.

"We're also stepping up safety measures in the block immediately, with fire safety patrols taking place day and night from today until the panels are removed.

"Our housing staff were at Braithwaite House last night to carry out fire checks and clear any obstructions in communal areas. We're also taking advice from London Fire Brigade and will follow all their recommendations.

"We know this news will be distressing to residents. We have organised a drop-in session with residents today and also there will be an information point at St John's Street Area Housing Office."

BreakingDarren Osborne charge with terrorism-related murder over mosque attack

Darren Osborne has been charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder after a van drove into people near Finsbury Park mosque, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Severe disruption: A102 London northbound

BBC News Travel

A102 London northbound severe disruption, at the mouth of the tunnel affecting Woolwich Road Flyover.

A102 London - Queuing traffic on A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach northbound in Greenwich at the the mouth of the tunnel junction, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to the Woolwich Road Flyover junction.

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

BreakingGrenfell Tower block failed a safety test

The Grenfell Tower blaze in London started with a fridge fire and its outside cladding failed a safety test, police say.

Forest Row based construction firm Rydon carried out the recent multi-million pound refit of the building in Kensington, which left 79 people missing or presumed dead

Grenfell tower fire
BBC

Bridge strike leaves train service at a standstill on Thameslink

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

Services are at a standstill on Thameslink between Herne Hill and West Norwood, and between Herne Hill and Streatham, due to a vehicle hitting a bridge at Tulse Hill.

Tickets being accepted on local buses and Southern services

Watch: Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack on the cause of the Grenfell Tower fire

Grenfell Tower blaze in London started with fridge fire and outside cladding failed safety.

BreakingFaulty fridge 'started Grenfell Tower fire'

The Grenfell Tower fire started in a faulty fridge and insulation and tiles on the block have failed safety tests, Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack has said.

Watch: News headlines from BBC London

BBC London News

Alex Bushill has this morning's top news stories.

TfL celebrates Pride London ahead of two-week LGBT+ festival

Pride arrives on the transport network
Transport for London

To celebrate Pride and show support for the LGBT+ community, Transport for London (TfL) is transforming parts of the network with a new rainbow design.

#loveislove can be seen above the Oxford Street entrance of Tottenham Court Road station and has been incorporated into rainbow roundels at Tottenham Court, Road, Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus Tueb stations.

It has even been added to 50 Santander Cycles.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “Here in London, you’re free to love whoever you want to love and be whoever you want to be. That’s just one of the reasons why our city is seen as a beacon for the LGBT+ community and has such a vibrant, thriving scene – one that is bursting with colour, and contributes hugely to the life and soul of London.

“As commuters make their way across the capital, they’ll be greeted by rainbow colours taking pride of place at Underground stations, bus stops and Santander Cycles around Soho, sending a strong message of support to London’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

"This Pride, I look forward to celebrating the capital’s diversity and showing that London is open to all people, regardless of background, religion, race, gender, disability, age or sexuality.”

The Pride Festival in London starts tomorrow until 9 July. The annual parade takes place on 8 July.

Pride Festival
Transport for London
Martin Ling

Leyton Orient name Martin Ling as director of football, less than 24 hours after the National League club was taken over.

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