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  1. Updates on Friday 7 July

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A woman writes on a message wall near to the Grenfell Tower block

A summary of events at the west London tower block, which became engulfed in flames.

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Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

BBC Sport brings you live coverage of the Davis Cup semi-finals matches as France meet Serbia and Belgium take on Australia

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Charlie Gard

Clinicians and medical researchers argue unpublished data suggests his condition could be improved.

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Goodbye from BBC London Live

BBC London News

Updates for London have 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 and muggy

BBC Weather

It will be mostly dry this evening with some pleasant warm sunshine across London.

The cloud may increase at times overnight with chance of a few spots of rain. It will feel warm and muggy once again.

Minimum temperature: 17C (63F).

Family pays tribute to latest tower victim to be formally identified

Sheila - resident of Grenfell Tower
Met Police

One of the victims who died as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire has now been formally identified, the Met says.

Sheila's family, said: "Sheila was a resident of Grenfell Tower for 34 years who absolutely adored her family and gave her many friends much love and inspiration.

"A very active and well-respected member of the local community, Sheila was cycling around London, performing yoga daily and swimming regularly in the Kensington Leisure Centre until she was 80 years old.

"With her exploration of the alternative, in her lifetime she amassed a wealth of knowledge, wrote poetry and philosophical and political thoughts, and created some highly original artwork - nearly all of which now sadly lost in the fire at Grenfell Tower.

"Sheila leaves two sons, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. As a family we are heartbroken as to this senseless tragedy that took her far too early, and will do all we can to honour her name."

Hounslow first to spend on safety after Grenfell

Evening Standard

BreakingGOSH applies to High Court for fresh hearing on Charlie Gard

Great Ormond Street Hospital has said it has applied to the High Court for a fresh hearing in the case of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard "in light of claims of new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition".

King's College London 'considers campus in Dresden'

King's College
BBC

King's College London could become the first British university to open a European campus since the referendum.

King's has been collaborating with Technische Universität Dresden on a research initiative, known as Transcampus, since 2015.

But, according to Times Higher Education, an "offshore King's College Europe" is now on the cards.

King's College confirmed that it was discussing potential further collaborations with TU Dresden.

'It will change your life forever'

#GetInspired

So says Ben Nutt - winner of Premiership Rugby's BreakThru Achiever award this week - about HITZ, the grassroots rugby programme he joined at London Irish that has helped him turn his life around.

Ahead of arguably the biggest game in world rugby tomorrow, it's worth taking a minute to remember those at the other end of the pyramid - volunteers whose efforts are the foundation of our domestic game and have been rightly rewarded by the organisers of English rugby's top-flight.

You can read more about Ben and the other winners here.

Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards
BBC
John Tomlin

Two people have "life-changing" injuries after a corrosive substance was thrown on to them.

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Severe accident: A2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

A2 Kent eastbound severe accident, near A2260 Southfleet Road affecting A2.

A2 Kent - A2 Watling Street in Gravesend blocked, stationary traffic and long delays eastbound near Northfleet, because of an accident involving three cars and a motorbike. Congestion to Falconwood Interchange.

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

Severe accident: M4 Greater London westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Greater London westbound severe accident, at J4 for A408 Heathrow Spur affecting J3 for A312.

M4 Greater London - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M4 westbound at J4, A408 (Heathrow Spur), because of an accident. Congestion to J3, A312 (Hayes).

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

Rainbow fire engines? It must be Pride!

Lido celebrates 80th birthday

Brockwell Lidois celebrating its 80th anniversary this weekend.

It was officially opened in 1937 by the then mayor, Ellis JP, threw a schoolgirl named Thelma Phelps into the pool.

The anniversary will be celebrated with a massive jump in at 16:30.

Brockwell Lido
Fusion

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between M25 J3 and J2 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 eastbound between M25 J3, Swanley Interchange and J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Watch: Canal around Olympic Park opened up

Kamo Mokotjo

Brentford sign South Africa international midfielder Kamo Mokotjo from Dutch club FC Twente for an undisclosed fee.

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The UK
A decision to light up Parliament marks 50 years since the part-decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.

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Severe disruption: A232 Greater London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A232 Greater London eastbound severe disruption, between High Street and Sutton Court Road.

A232 Greater London - A232 Carshalton Road in Sutton closed and queuing traffic eastbound between the High Street junction and the Sutton Court Road junction, because of a fuel spillage. Diversion in operation - 51,80,151,164,213,280,413,470,613,627,S3,S4,X26. Congestion to the Landseer Road junction.

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

Bedene breaks with amazing lob shot

BBC Sport

The latest on court two at Wimbledon...

Hertfordshire's Aljaz Bedene has lost the first set, in a tense tie-break with Gilles Muller which he lost 7-4.

But he's started the second set superbly with an early break of Muller's serve courtesy of this amazing lob...

Bedene breaks with amazing lob shot

The current score in the second set Bedene 3-2 Muller.

Per Mertesacker

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker will retire at the end of the 2017-18 season to take charge of the club's academy.

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Afternoon weather: Very warm

BBC Weather

Today will be dry, with some bright or sunny spells, although it may turn a little cloudier through the day. With light winds it will stay very warm across London.

Maximum temperature: 26C (79F).

Ibrahima Cisse

Championship side Fulham sign Standard Liege midfielder Ibrahima Cisse on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

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May: Vandalism fears shouldn't stop Thatcher statue

Bust of Baroness Thatcher
Fine Architecture

Concerns that a statue of Lady Thatcher may be vandalised should not stop it going ahead, Theresa May has said.

Those behind the bronze "life size and-a-half" statue, created by the sculptor Douglas Jennings want it to go up in Parliament Square.

But there have been a series of objections, including the possibility it could be vandalised and that it does not have the Thatcher family's backing.

The Parliamentary Estate has also objected to the proposal.

Do you know this man? Renewed appeal after Brick Lane attack

Suspect
Met Police

Police are renewing appeals for information to help identify a suspect in a serious assault in Brick Lane last year after the victim was left in hospital for three months.

On 1 November police were called shortly after 21:10 after a 43-year-old man was struck in the mouth and suffered a fractured jaw.

CCTV cameras on Brick Lane caught the moment the suspect came out of a nearby shop and walked straight into the victim's girlfriend. When the victim asked the suspect to apologise to his girlfriend, the suspect refused and punched him in the face.

The victim, Jeremy Potter, of Islington, was taken to an east London hospital for treatment. He stayed for four days to receive intensive surgery on his jaw, and was not discharged for a further three months.

As a result of the single punch he had two metal plates inserted in his jaw and reconstructive surgery.

He is suffering from nerve damage to the side of his face, which may result in permanent loss of feeling.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged in his mid-40s, 5ft 10ins tall with a bald head with short brown hair on the sides and a brown beard.

He was wearing large black rimmed glasses, a grey jacket over a red top, beige trousers and brown shoes. He was carrying a white shopping bag labelled 'Religion'. He was also smoking a cigar.

Mr Potter said: "I was just doing what I thought was right by asking for an apology for my girlfriend and as a result I've got a permanently disfigured jaw and am having to come to terms with life without feeling in my lower face."

Memorial

Friday marks 12 year since 52 people died and hundreds were injured when four suicide bombers attacked the city in 2005.

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Cycle hire scheme to extend to Brixton

Bike
Mayor of London

The Santander Cycles scheme is to expand to Brixton later this year, the mayor of London has announced.

Seven new docking stations, providing space for up to 200 bikes, are to be installed across Brixton after funding was agreed with Lambeth Council.

Comment: Why you shouldn't take London for granted

7/7 survivor on how her life has changed since the attack
Martine Wright lost both her legs, 80% of her blood, was in a coma for 10 days.

Hospital absconder wanted in connection with robbery of widow spotted

Sanchez Edwards
Met Police

An escaped mental health patient who is being sought in connection with a robbery involving a 92-year-old widow has been spotted on CCTV at an east London Tube station.

Sanchez Edwards, 28, has been spotted on cameras at Bethnal Green Tube Station last night at 19:02.

Earlier this week, the man wanted for questioning in connection with the robbery in Hackney was identified and named as Mr Edwards - an absconder from a medium-secure mental health unit in Hackney.

The first sighting was at Bethnal Green London Underground Station and they show Mr Edwards getting off a train. He is wearing very dark clothing and black and white trainers.

In the days since the street robbery on 27 June, the female victim has been medically examined.

The elderly woman has cracked her ribs due to the force she was dragged along the floor and is in considerable pain. The bruising on her legs has increased significantly.

One of her legs is entirely bruised as well as her hip and stomach. In addition she sustained a head injury as she struck the ground.

Victim
Met Police
The victim suffered extensive bruising