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  1. Updates on Friday 30 June

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Isaac Shawo, Khadija Saye and Mohammed Alhajali

Police say at least 80 people are believed to have died as families seek news of missing loved ones.

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

Have a great weekend.

Tonight's weather: Cloudy, some rain and mild

BBC Weather

It is going to turn cloudier overnight with some rain for a time, though this should have cleared by dawn.

It will be a mild night, especially in the centre of London.

Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

Flowers at Grenfell

Tom Symonds and Daniel De Simone

BBC News

Documents show the aluminium cladding was less fire-resistant than zinc, saving nearly £300,000.

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Deputy leader of RBKC follows leader and resigns

Rock Feilding-Mellen
BBC

Deputy leader of Kensington & Chelsea Borough Council Rock Feilding-Mellen has just announced his resignation following news that leader Nick Paget-Brown is to step aside following criticism of their response to the Grenfell Tower fire.

Mr Feilding-Mellen said: “This is my first written statement since the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower and I would like to start by expressing the deep sorrow, grief, and shock that I share with everyone else who lives in North Kensington.

"It was the most horrific and traumatic tragedy, which will affect all those who lived through it or witnessed it for many years to come. It is almost unbelievable that such a horrendous event could happen in the United Kingdom in the twenty-first century. Like all my neighbours, I feel heartbroken and my most deeply felt condolences go out to those who have lost their loved ones.

“I have served as a Councillor since 2006 and was appointed Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, Property and Regeneration in 2013. I have always tried my utmost to meet my responsibilities with integrity, hard work, and a commitment to serving the interests of all residents of the borough.

"It has been suggested several times since the tragic event of the 14 June that I should resign, but until now I have felt that it was my duty to do whatever I could personally to back the Council’s efforts to help the fire’s victims, to encourage all of the dedicated officers within the Council as they worked tirelessly for the relief effort, and to support the Council’s Leader. It will be for others to judge whether it would have been better for me to resign immediately, but I would have found it hard to forgive myself if I had ducked out at such a moment of crisis for the borough.

“Nick has now announced his decision to resign as Leader, and so I will no longer be Deputy Leader. I will continue to serve the residents of the Borough as best I can as a Councillor, and I will of course co-operate in full with the public inquiry.”

Grenfell Tower fire: Council leader resigns
Kensington and Chelsea Council leader steps down over criticisms of the Grenfell Tower fire response.
Angelo Ogbonna

West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna signs a new five-year deal to keep him at London Stadium until 2022.

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Do you have a photo of London?

We used this wonderful photo by Jason Hawkes of the city's skyline as our banner today, but we want a new picture every day to show off the capital.

London
Jason Hawkes

Have you taken a photo of your part of London which you think would be suitable? If so, email it in high resolution (2048 x 1152 or 1680 x 945) to london.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

McDonald's shuts down 3,000-strong unofficial party in Dalston

A McDonald’s restaurant in Dalston, east London, has pulled the plug on an unofficial party that almost 3,000 people were due to attend, writes The Caterer website.

The party was organised by party promoters Turn It Up London in celebration of the restaurant’s new 20-cover roof terrace.

The Facebook event page, which was set up on 21 June, said: “Dalston McDonalds now have an outdoor roof terrace. Bring nuggets. Limited seating available.” The party was planned for 7 July to run from 15:00 to midnight.

However the invitation has now been cancelled after the fast food chain expressed safety concerns.

Battersea firefighters to hold open day tomorrow

BreakingRBKC leader steps down in response to tower tragedy

Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council leader Nicholas Paget-Brown has said he is stepping down following criticism of the response to the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Two guilty of car jack killing

CCTV footage shows Dagenham car attack

Two men have been found guilty of the manslaughter of 33-year-old Raja Ali in Dagenham on 25 September, who was stabbed to death after his car was ambushed by a rival drugs gang.

Abubakar Bana, 26, of Station Lane, Hornchurch, Essex was found guilty of manslaughter.

Jordon Archambie, 20, of Hesketh Road, Stratford was found guilty of manslaughter.

Daniel Welch, 34, of Winstead Gardens, Dagenham, was found guilty of violent disorder.

Zakar Yunas, 22, of Rokeby Street, Stratford was found guilty of violent disorder.

Mussa Jalo, 21, of Norfolk Road, Dagenham and Bana and Archambie had pleaded guilty to an offence of violent disorder at the start of their trial.

Sentencing was adjourned until 3 July.

Free bus service between Westway and hotels

Mahlon Romeo

Millwall full-back Mahlon Romeo signs a contract extension to stay with the Championship club until 2019.

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How far could you go in one of these?

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Rob Groves preparing for his handcycilng trip around the coast of England and Wales
Rob Groves

Rob Groves, 61, is getting ready to handcycle 2,500 miles around the coast of England and Wales, starting off in Brighton this Sunday, 2 July and finishing in London on Friday, 28 July.

Read all about Rob's former life as a bodybuilder, his journey into handcycling, his aims for the ride and how you can keep up with it here.

40,000 boxes of excess clothes donated to Grenfell victims

High Court order for overturning press ban on council meeting

Severe accident: A301 London northbound

BBC News Travel

A301 London northbound severe accident, between A301 Waterloo Bridge and A4200 Kingsway.

A301 London - A301 Strand Underpass (Kingsway Tunnel) in Aldwych closed northbound between the A301 Waterloo Bridge junction and Holborn, because of accident investigation work. Diversion in operation - for bus route 521.

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

Sadiq Khan

The award will see 32 boroughs bid for more than £1m of funding for cultural events and initiatives.

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Severe accident: A2208 London southbound

BBC News Travel

A2208 London southbound severe accident, between B204 Catlin Street and St James's Road.

A2208 London - A2208 Rotherhithe New Road in Bermondsey blocked and stationary traffic southbound between the B204 Catlin Street junction and the St James's Road junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - Routes Affected: 381.

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

BreakingChief of Grenfell tenant management organisation steps aside

Robert Black, the chief executive of Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, which manages Grenfell Tower, is stepping aside so he can "concentrate on assisting with the investigation and inquiry", the group said.

Five Crossrail stations facing building delays

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

"On time and on budget" is the mantra Crossrail have used thousands of times over the years. They can't though use it anymore.

I've learnt that five new Crossrail stations that are due to be built in west London by Network Rail are to be delayed.

Acton, West Ealing, Hayes and Harlington and Southall were due to be finished by the end of this year.

Ealing Broadway was meant to competed by 31 Janaury 2018. That's all gone out of the window and they'll now be upgraded by summer of 2019.

CGI of what West Ealing station will looking like
Crossrail

Today in West Ealing the building site is empty with little work completed - it was meant to be finished by the end of next month.

Local residents in West Ealing like Dr Ben Sherliker have been fighting for months, if not years, to get answers from Network Rail but he says they have been kept in the dark.

They were told there were only "minor delays".

Ealing Council says it will now also have to delay its work around the stations.

Building site at West Ealing station
bbc

The new Crossrail trains will start on the west London section next summer and the longer platforms will be there but the new stations built next to the old ones will be ready.

The council has concerns the increased numbers of passengers could be a safety risk as they'll have to use the old, unsuitable station buildings.

Ealing Council also has considerable doubts the stations will be finished by 2019.

Why this has happened remains a mystery but it's no secret Network Rail's budget are under pressure. Crossrail also points out 85% of the project is completed.

A spokesperson for Crossrail said: “Network Rail is a key partner in delivering the Crossrail project and is upgrading the existing railway in west London in preparation for Elizabeth Line services.

"Network Rail’s planned works will deliver the station upgrades at Acton Main Line, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Southall and Hayes & Harlington by December 2019 when Elizabeth line through services commence from Reading, Maidenhead and Heathrow."

West Ealing station
BBC

Severe accident: A105 Greater London northbound

BBC News Travel

A105 Greater London northbound severe accident, at A406 North Circular Road affecting A109 Bounds Green Road.

A105 Greater London - A105 Green Lanes in Bowes Park blocked and queuing traffic northbound at Clockhouse Interchange, because of an accident involving two cars. Congestion to Saint Michaels Church Traffic Lights, on A406 Bowes Road (North Circular Road) to the A1110 Bowes Road junction and on A406 North Circular Road to Great Cambridge Interchange.

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

David Mooney

National League side Leyton Orient re-sign striker David Mooney following his release by Southend United.

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Afternoon weather: Bright and warm with a risk of showers

BBC Weather

It should be fairly bright this afternoon, and warm in any sunshine. However some showers could develop and these may be heavy and thundery.

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

Five Crossrail stations delayed

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

West Ealing
Crossrail

Five Crossrail stations which were due to be built by Network Rail by the end of 2017/early 2018 have been delayed until 2019.

The stations are West Ealing, Southall, Ealing Broadway, Acton and Hayes & Harlington.

Local residents and councils are extremely disappointed at the delay. I'll have more on this during the BBC London news bulletin at 13:30 on BBC One.

From the Old Bailey: 'Attack on a defenceless schoolboy'

Quamari wkith his mother Lillian Serunkuma
Capital City Academy
Quamari wkith his mother Lillian Serunkuma

A 15-year-old boy has been found guilty of the murder of student Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes who was stabbed to death outside the gates of his school in north-west London.

The defendant, who cannot be named because of his age, had a string of convictions for violent behaviour and for possessing a knife at school when he was aged 13.

Prosecutors described the case as a "deliberate, planned attack on a defenceless schoolboy."

Quamari, 15, was taken to hospital after being stabbed, but before he died from his injuries managed to tell one of the nurses the name of his attacker.

He was attending school at the Capital City Academy in Willesden on 23 January when he left school as normal, the court heard.

"He was happy and unconcerned as he walked out of the school gates, singing and exchanging banter with his school friends as he walked," said prosecutor Sally O'Neill QC.

But within three minutes of leaving school he was chased and stabbed by a masked boy, dressed in black, who had been waiting for him at the corner.

Witnesses described Quamari shouting that he was going to be stabbed and "running for his life" back to the school.

He was unable to outrun the other boy who grabbed him and stabbed him three times in his back, shoulder and upper leg before running off.

One of the witnesses, a girl, recognised the attacker as the defendant and almost immediately rang him, the court heard.

The defendant told her he was in south London.

"He was not. He was in Willesden," said the prosecutor.

The masked figure was caught on CCTV waiting for Quamari to come out of school.

"This wasn't a school argument getting out of hand and someone getting hurt because one of them had a knife," said Sally O'Neill QC.

"Whoever did this to Quamari Barnes was waiting for him and as soon as he saw him, he chased him, caught him and stabbed him three times."

The court was told the reason the attack may never be known, but a possible reason was that a mutual friend of Quamari's dared the defendant to come to north-west London - thinking he wouldn't as he lived in Norwood at the time.

Qumari was one of the defendant's followers on Instagram.

The defendant refused to go into the witness box to give evidence during the trial.

However, his barrister, Kirsty Brimelow QC, told the court that the case was "riddled with doubts" and that the police had simply "joined with the playground chat"

The defendant will be sentenced on 28 July.

Boy, 15, guilty of murdering Quamari Barnes outside his school

Tributes to Quamari outside his school
BBC
Tributes were paid to Quamari outside his school

A 15-year-old youth has been found guilty of the murder of 15-year-old student Quamari Barnes who was stabbed to death outside his school in Willesden on 23 January.

The defendant, who cannot be named because of his age, was found guilty by a majority of 10-2 at the Old Bailey.

Quamari was attacked near his school Capital City Academy.

At the time his Aunt Sylvia Tella said: "A young life was cut brutally short outside of school.

"He was not a bad boy. That's always the excuse, 'oh he was involved with drugs or he was involved with guns or he was part of a gang'. This one wasn't. This one was a good boy. This one was a credit to his family."

His cousin Rachel Odunton said aty a vbigvil held days after the killing: "He wasn't in a gang. He wasn't running the streets. He went home and did his homework. I miss him so much.

"We need to get people off the streets now, it's not safe. Quamari wasn't involved in any of this. He was a good boy and he was humble and he loved everybody in his family. He was a special boy, he wasn't just anybody so this sort of thing needs to stop now.

"Wherever you are from it doesn't matter. We are one community and we need to join together now because this matters."

BreakingGovernment rebukes K&C council over aborted meeting

Downing Street has rebuked Kensington and Chelsea council over an aborted meeting last night about the Grenfell Tower tragedy, saying: "The High Court ruled that the meeting should be open and we would have expected the council to respect that."

'Violent' robber sought after attack on widow, 92

Suspect
Met Police

An image of a man wanted in connection with a "violent robbery" on an elderly woman in broad daylight has been released.

The 92-year-old was walking north on Hoxton Street in Hackney at about 14:40 on Tuesday after posting a letter when the suspect followed her into an alleyway.

He made several attempts to grab her handbag and used such force she was pulled to the ground, the Met says.

The victim screamed and refused to let got of her bag so he dragged her along until she was in so much pain she had to let go.

The suspect ran back into the alleyway and turned right heading north on Hoxton Street. Her bag contained a £50 Virgin mobile phone, her Freedom Pass, documents and £100 cash.

The woman sustained extensive bruising all over her body.

She lost her husband of 70 years recently and is being support by her family. Her neice says she is distraught and now too terrified to leave her house.

The suspect is described as black with short black hair, wearing a hooded jacket and dark coloured trousers.

Detective Inspector Paul Ridley, from Hackney CID, who is leading the investigation, said: "I have been involved in many serious cases, however the devastating psychological trauma of this victim is possibly the worse I have encountered.

"The events have emotionally moved the initial officers that tended to the lady in the aftermath as well as the investigation team, especially witnessing this inconsolable elderly lady sobbing about the robbery and recent tragic events.

"I cannot comprehend how anyone could target a frail lady in her 90s using this amount of violence, it is truly horrific."

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis begs fans to support manager Arsene Wenger and promises "top quality" signings.

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