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Charlie Gard with his parents

Why Charlie's parents have decided to end their legal battle over their son's treatment.

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George Elokobi

Leyton Orient sign defender George Elokobi and striker Macauley Bonne, both from Colchester on two-year deals.

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Charlie Gard

The US doctor offering to treat Charlie Gard will meet the baby's medical team to discuss his care.

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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: Sunny and bright until sunset and remaining dry

BBC Weather

I hope you get the chance to step outside this evening as all of London is going to stay sunny and bright until sunset.

It will stay dry all night but cloud will begin to gather by dawn. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

Watch: The Para-athlete going for gold at the London Stadium

The World Para Athletics Championships begins at London Stadium this evening.

Among those going for a medal for Great Britain on the opening night is former Surrey schoolgirl Abbie Hunniset.

The 21-year-old who has cerebral palsy has already taken part in club throw events at the London Anniversary Games and the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Para-athlete, Abbie Hunniset

Community holds silent march around Grenfell Tower

Members of the grieving community who live within the shadow of Grenfell Tower have held a silent walk around the charred husk of the burnt-out block.

The event was in honour of those who were killed in the fatal fire a month ago in west London.

It was also a chance for residents, who are trying to work through trauma, to come together in support and mark the night which changed their lives.

They called it a private residents event and it was held away from the cameras.

Samia Badani, chairman of the Bramley House Residents Association, broke away from march early because it became "difficult" for her.

She said: "The more we walked and came towards the tower, the more memories there were for me and it was very hard. "Maybe because it was a silent march, I remembered too vividly and it was too much for me."

Half of London police stations to close

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There are currently 73 operational police station front counters, down from 136 since 2013

Half of London's police station front counters will close under new plans announced by the Mayor of London.

Sadiq Kahn said budget constraints had left him "no choice". Scotland Yard estimates it will need to make £400m of savings by 2020 under current funding.

Under proposals each of the Met's 32 boroughs will be left with one 24-hour counter. There are currently 73 working counters, down from 136 since 2013.

The Home Office said Scotland Yard has had a "broadly flat" budget since 2015.

Mr Khan set out the new plans in a consultation document on public access and engagement published on Friday.

City Hall says that closing "poorly-used" front counters will save £10m each year - equivalent to the cost of 170 police constables.

Since 2010, the Met has had to find £600m of savings.

Young male stabbed in Brick Lane

A male in his late teens or early 20s was taken to hospital this afternoon after being stabbed in Brick Lane.

The incident happened at about 16:20. He was taken to hospital and there is no update on his condition just yet. There haven't been any arrests.

East London acid attack victim treated by police

East London acid attack victim treated by police

One of the victims of last night's acid attacks was treated by the side of the road by police officers in Hackney.

Two boys aged 15 and 16 have been arrested after corrosive substances were thrown in people's faces in five attacks across north-east London.

Two men on a moped carried out the attacks over 90 minutes in Hackney, Stoke Newington and Islington last night.

One of the victims suffered "life-changing injuries".

Holby and House of Elliott star heads to London stage as a nun in Doubt, A Parable

Former Holby City and House of Elliott star Stella Gonet will take on the role of a foreboding nun and school principal in Doubt, A Parable, as it moves to the London stage.

John Patrick Shanley's Bronx-based play will see her portray the conservative Sister Aloysius Beauvier, who questions a progressive priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student.

Known for her two-year stint as Jayne Grayson in the BBC hospital drama and her leading role As Beatrice Elliott in The House Of Eliott, the 57-year-old described her new job as a highlight in her career.

Stella Gonet, Judy Flynn and Louise Lombard in House of Elliott
L to R: Stella Gonet, Judy Flynn and Louise Lombard in House of Elliott in 1994

Firefighters running from Exeter to London

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Firefighters from the Devon & Somerset Fire Service are running 200 miles from Exeter to London today to help their colleagues who attended the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

They explain why here:

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Kyle Walker

Manchester City complete the signing of Tottenham and England right-back Kyle Walker for an initial £45m on a five-year deal.

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Severe disruption: M4 Greater London westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Greater London westbound severe disruption, at J1 for A4 affecting Earl's Court.

M4 Greater London - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M4 westbound at J1, A4 (Chiswick Roundabout), because of a broken down lorry. Congestion on A4 West Cromwell Road to the Earl's Court junction.

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

Grenfell fire: Samuel West reads a firefighter's account

'We could see it was a bad one, the sky was glowing'
"Am I giving enough? Can I do more? Come on. THINK!" Actor Samuel West reads a firefighter's account of his night saving lives in the Grenfell Tower fire.

He described his experiences in a letter he sent to the campaign group Save The UK Fire Service, which they posted on their Facebook page. 

(Image: Firefighters resting after Grenfell    Credit:Getty Images)

Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J30 for A13 Lakeside and J29 for A127.

M25 Essex - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J30, A13 (Lakeside) and J29, A127 (Romford), because of a rolling road-block.

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

BreakingAcid attack: Second suspect arrested

A second suspect, a 15-year-old boy, has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery after five acid attacks took place in less than 90 minutes in London, the Metropolitan Police said.

Severe accident: M4 Greater London both ways

BBC News Travel

M4 Greater London both ways severe accident, between J4 for A408 Heathrow Spur and J4A for A4.

M4 Greater London - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M4 between J4, A408 (Heathrow Spur) and J4a, A4 (Heathrow Spur Road), because of an accident.

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

Strategy targets legal highs and chemsex

Legal highs

So-called "legal highs" and "chemsex" drugs will be targeted in a government move aimed at cutting illicit drug use.

Figures from the Home Office show the number of 16 to 59-year-olds taking drugs has fallen from 10.5% to 8% in the past decade.

But the department is worried about the use of new psychoactive substances (NPS), performance enhancing drugs and prescribed medicines.

A "national recovery champion" will help users "turn their lives around."

Severe accident: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe accident, between J29 for A127 and J30 for A13 Lakeside affecting J27 for M11.

M25 Greater London - Delays and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J29, A127 (Romford) and J30, A13 (Lakeside), because of an accident involving a lorry and a car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on halfway to J27 M11.

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

Croydon schools to go car free

Croydon is to trial pedestrian zones next to schools so parents and their children walk more and use cars less.

Three schools have signed up to the six-month council scheme from September aimed at improving road safety, reducing pollution and getting people to walk more.

The pedestrian zones will be in place on school days along the roads approaching:

• Woodcote Primary in Dunsfold Rise, Coulsdon (including Fairfield Way and Meadow Rise) • Heavers Farm Primary in Dinsdale Gardens, Selhurst • St Chad’s Catholic Primary in Alverstone Gardens, Selhurst.

Afternoon weather: Dry and sunny later

BBC Weather

It will stay dry all afternoon. Cloud will gradually break up and the best of the sunshine is likely to be later in the day.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Tower climb to raise money for Grenfell victims

Staff from Herefordshire housing association will be climbing up the cathedral today to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The team from West Mercia Homes will be given a blessing from the Dean of Hereford before climbing the 218 steps of Hereford Cathedral tower.

Hereford Cathedral

They'll also be joined on the 140ft (43m) climb by staff and tenants from the Supported Housing for Young People Project, which helps young people with housing in the county.

Severe accident: A1205 London southbound

BBC News Travel

A1205 London southbound severe accident, at A11 Mile End Road affecting A106 Victoria Park Road.

A1205 London - A1205 Burdett Road in Mile End closed and queuing traffic southbound at Mile End Underground Station, because of accident investigation work. Police directing traffic. Congestion to the A106 Victoria Park Road junction.

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

Isobella Fraser, Resham Khan, Imran Khan

George Mann

BBC News

What is leading to the rise in acid attacks in the UK and what can be done to stop them from happening?

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Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, at J1 for A40 affecting Freezeland Way.

M40 Buckinghamshire - Queuing traffic on M40 northbound at J1, A40 (Denham Roundabout), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on A437 Western Avenue to Master Brewer.

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

Teenager who died at gorge named

Falls of Bruar
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Mr Ahmed's body was recovered from the the Falls of Bruar on Thursday

A 19-year-old man whose body was recovered from the Falls of Bruar in Perthshire yesterday has been named as Ali Ahmed from East London.

A major search and rescue operation was launched on Wednesday evening after Mr Ahmed was reported missing.

It is understood the teenager was with friends who attempted to rescue him when he got into difficulty in the water.

Police Scotland said its thoughts were with Mr Ahmed's family.

Britain's 'fame' school celebrates 25 years

A school that counts a host of well known stars such as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis and the new Spiderman actor Tom Holland as its alumni, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Conceived as Britain's answer to Fame, the 1980 film set in New York's High School of Performing Arts, the Brits School has consistently produced students who have reached the top levels of creative industries, most notably in the music business

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Brits school
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Brits School
Brits School

Watch: Unite Union's Jerry Swaine calls asbestos in buildings 'a ticking time bomb'.

There are claims that the number of people who could contract cancer from asbestos poisoning in the capital's hospitals is a "ticking time bomb".

BBC London has found ninety four per cent of hospitals contain asbestos- which is deemed safe, as long as it's not disturbed. But a leading lawyer for the Unite Union claims the number of people dying from a form of lung cancer is increasing.

Severe accident: A222 Greater London both ways

BBC News Travel

A222 Greater London both ways severe accident, at B2210 Parkhill Road.

A222 Greater London - A222 Hurst Road in Bexley closed at the B2210 Parkhill Road junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - for London buses 229 and 269.

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

Hospital asbestos 'a ticking time bomb'

Charlotte Franks

BBC News, London

The number of people who could contract cancer from asbestos poisoning in London's hospitals is a "ticking time bomb", it has been claimed.

BBC London has found 94% of hospitals in the capital contain asbestos.

Asbestos sign

About 1,000 people have died from mesothelioma since 2011 in London, seven of which were doctors and nurses.

The Unite union and a leading lawyer in asbestos claims both say the figure is increasing, but the Health and Safety Executive said hospitals were safe.

Student killer had breached bail 24 times

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Bail breaches by a man from Derby who killed a student in Leeds six years ago were handled in a "fundamentally flawed" manner, an IPCC report has found.

Jagdip Randhawa

Jagdip Randhawa, 19, (pictured), from Hounslow, hit his head on a pavement after he was punched by boxer Clifton Ty Mitchell in Leeds in 2011.

He died in hospital five days later.

Mitchell, now 26, from Derby, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for seven years in 2012.

He'd breached bail conditions for a previous violent offence 24 times in the preceding five months but no action was taken.

The procedure in place at the time of the incident was fundamentally flawed and was not fit for the control of persons deemed by the court system to require active monitoring. This process was in my opinion so flawed that none of the staff operating under it appeared to recognise the ongoing issues with this one individual and see the obvious opportunities missed."


Derbyshire Police has said procedures have since been reviewed and were now more robust.

A picture of danger asbestos removal sign

Charlotte Franks

BBC News, London

The warning comes as BBC London reveals that 94% of hospitals in the city contain asbestos.

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