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  1. Updates on Friday 28 July

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Images showing the advance of a fire at Grenfell Tower

Images, maps and graphics explaining what happened when fire took hold of a Grenfell Tower, West London, killing at least 80 people.

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Police at scene

Two men were left with "life-changing" injuries when a noxious liquid was thrown at them.

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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: Heavy rain

BBC Weather

It will be a dry start to the evening but rain will quickly arrive, becoming heavy in places, accompanied by strong winds.

The rain will move away through the early hours with clear skies following on behind. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

How luxury London flats led to the downfall of Pakistan's prime minister

Nawaz Sharif has resigned as Pakistan's prime minister, after the Supreme Court barred him from public office.

That ruling followed a probe into his family’s wealth, after the release of the Panama Papers revealed Mr Sharif’s children owned offshore companies and assets which were not declared on his family’s wealth statement.

The trail leads from the British Virgin Islands to luxury apartments in Mayfair.

How the #PanamaPapers led to Nawaz Sharif's downfall

U-turn on fire door risks at tower block

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Watch: London's underground post train back on track

The BBC's Richard Collings gets the first ride on the Post Office's miniature underground letter train, originally built in 1915 and now reopened as part of a museum telling the story of the UK's postal system.

London's underground railway runs again

Arrest over Bethnal Green acid attack

A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an acid attack in Bethnal Green.

The attack happened at 19:00 on Tuesday when two men - aged 23 and 24 - were attacked with a noxious substance in Roman Road.

The victims were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.

Police say whilst their condition is not life-threatening is "life changing".

Watch: David Barda, Data Protection Solicitor on the seriousness of the data breaches

Hundreds of sensitive documents have been stored in an unlocked room on a south London estate.

The paperwork related to child protection and rent arrears issues, showing names, addresses, and other confidential information.

It was left at the Gardun Estate in Clapham. The data regulator can fine up to half a million pounds for breaches.

Lambeth Council has now secured the site and ordered an urgent review.

Hundreds of sensitive documents have been stored in an open room on a South London estate.

Severe disruption: A10 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A10 London both ways severe disruption, between A104 Dalston Lane and Downham Road.

A10 London - Queuing traffic on A10 Kingsland High Street in both directions between Dalston Junction and the Downham Road junction, because of a demonstration and all traffic being temporarily held.

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

Kensington MP says council colleague 'beaten up' over Grenfell fire

Violence and abuse has been directed at those working for the authorities behind Grenfell Tower despite them having no links to the disaster, Kensington's MP has revealed.

Emma Dent Coad claimed life had become "very unpleasant" after internet trolls targeted her over past roles at both the council and the organisation managing the tower.

Grenfell Tower
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One council colleague was assaulted in the street several weeks after the fire, but had no history with the building, she claimed.

Anger has mounted that a refurbishment of the council-owned block was allowed to go ahead with flammable materials installed in its exterior.

Ms Dent Coad claimed neither her roles on the board of the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation or on the council's Housing and Property Scrutiny Committee afforded influence over which materials were used in the refurbishment of the building.

More than 80 people were killed in the blaze which devastated the 24-storey building on 14 June.

Mermaids gather to compete for UK title

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Natalia Suvorova from London

The UK's top mermaids are gathering this weekend in Northampton to battle it out for the national Miss Mermaid crown. But just what is it that motivates someone to don a tail and morph into a creature that is half-woman, half-fish? The BBC has dived into this unusual world to find out more.

"For me, mermaids are the spirit of nature and dreams," says Miss Mermaid London, 32-year-old Natalia Suvorova.

UK's top mermaids battle it out for the national Miss Mermaid crown

Afternoon weather: Breezy and feeling cool

BBC Weather

Cloud will continue to thicken and it will become breezy, with some sporadic outbreaks of rain.

There will be the occasional bright spell too, but it will feel cool for late July. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Man denies Grenfell fraud charges

A man has denied pretending his family died in the Grenfell Tower fire to get almost £10,000 from the victim relief fund.

Anh Nhu Nguyen entered pleas of not guilty on two counts of fraud by false representation when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court earlier.

The 52-year-old claimed he lived in the North Kensington block and that his wife and son had died in the blaze, a previous court hearing was told.

Mr Nguyen, of Beckenham, south-east London, is accused of conning charities and Kensington and Chelsea Council out of almost £10,000 by posing as a victim of the disaster for almost two weeks.

He was allegedly given a hotel room, clothing, food, electrical items and cash after he went to Westway Sports Centre, which had been set up as a relief hub, claiming to have lost all his possessions, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard last month.

Mr Nguyen was remanded in custody and his trial is expected to take place at Southwark Crown Court in the week beginning 4 December.

More than 80 people were killed in the blaze which devastated the 24-storey building on 14 June, leaving scores of others homeless.

Crossrail death firms fined £1m

Rene Tkacik
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Companies working for Crossrail have been fined £1m for three sets of failures, one of which led to the death of construction worker.

Renè Tkáčik, 44, died when nearly a tonne of wet concrete poured onto him.

The two other incidents saw a worker injured when a tipper truck crushed his leg, while another man was injured when a high pressure mixture struck him.

The companies admitted the health and safety breaches at Southwark Crown Court.

BFK - joint venture contractors comprising of BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) and Kier Infrastructure and Overseas - were fined £300,000 in relation to Mr Tkáčik; £600,000 for the serious leg injuries to Terrence Hughes and £165,000 for the injuries Alex Vizitiu who hurt his head and hip injuries.

They were taken to court by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

'Brazen' jewel thieves sought after daylight theft at Chelsea art fair

CCTV of suspects
Met Police

Two men are being sought in connection with the theft of diamond rings worth millions from a busy art fair.

CCTV images of the pair have been released by police after the items were stolen at the Masterpiece London 2017 in Chelsea on 4 July.

Three rings, collectively worth more than £2 million, are believed to have been taken from a cabinet at the Royal Hospital Chelsea event at around 17:30, police said.

Both men were wearing "distinctive brightly coloured driving shoes", said Detective Sergeant Chris Taylor.

"This was a brazen theft carried out in the middle of the afternoon when there were lots of people attending the event at Royal Hospital Chelsea.

"We have carried out extensive inquiries and reviewed CCTV footage, and we have released images of two men we would like to trace and speak to."

There have been no arrests

Diamond Ring
Met Police
One of the stolen diamond rings

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Prince Harry to visit Newham young activity project

Prince Harry will visit a summer holiday project aimed at keeping youngsters active, fed and occupied during the break from school.

Harry will travel to east London to learn about the Fit and Fed campaign, providing children and young people from the London Borough of Newham with access to free activity sessions and lunches throughout their summer holidays.

Launched this month, Fit and Fed is a response to the pressing issues of holiday hunger, isolation, and inactivity that many children across the UK experience during the school break.

Black cab diesel scrappage scheme announced for London

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Transport for London (TfL) and the mayor have launched a £42m fund to encourage owners of the oldest, most polluting diesel black cabs to retire them.

Taxis contribute to London's poor air quality.

City Hall says trom today, the owners of black cabs which are between 10 and 15 years old can check whether they are eligible for TfL's ‘delicensing’ scheme and then apply for a grant of up to £5,000 in exchange for retiring their taxi.

For example, the owner of a 10-year-old taxi would receive the highest amount of £5,000, scaling down to £1,500 for a vehicle aged between 14 and 15 years old.

The three-year scheme aims to speed up the process of tackling London’s filthy air, greening the capital’s taxi fleet, and working towards the goal of making London a zero-carbon city by 2050.

No more new diesel taxis will be licensed in London at the end of 2017.

Severe accident: A5 London southbound

BBC News Travel

A5 London southbound severe accident, at A4003 Willesden Lane affecting B451 Brondesbury Road.

A5 London - A5 Kilburn High Road in Kilburn partially blocked and queuing traffic southbound at the A4003 Willesden Lane junction, because of an accident involving a lorry and motorbike. Congestion to the B451 Brondesbury Road junction and to the B520 Iverson Road junction.

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

Watch: London's Postal Museum opens

Man accused of Grenfell fraud due in court

A man accused of pretending his family died in the Grenfell Tower fire to get almost £10,000 from the victim relief fund is due to appear in court later.

Anh Nhu Nguyen allegedly claimed he lived in the North Kensington block and his wife and son had died in the blaze, a previous hearing was told.

The 52-year-old is expected to enter pleas on two charges of fraud by false representation when he appears at Southwark Crown Court in London.

Mr Nguyen, of Beckenham, south-east London, is accused of conning charities and Kensington and Chelsea Council out of almost £10,000 by posing as a victim of the disaster for almost two weeks.

He was allegedly given a hotel room, clothing, food, electrical items and cash after he went to Westway Sports Centre, which had been set up as a relief hub, claiming to have lost all his possessions, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard last month.

Man critical after Tube station stabbing

A man is in a critical condition after he was stabbed near a Tube station.

The victim, aged in his 20s, was attacked near Southgate station in north London shortly before 01:00.

Meanwhile in Notting Hill in west London, a 27-year-old man's been stabbed after two men tried to steal his motorbike at about 02:30.

They failed and his injuries are not thought to be serious.

Sixty blocks 'fail new Grenfell fire test'

Cladding and insulation used in at least 60 tower blocks has failed a new fire safety test, the BBC understands.

The test was more thorough than previous checks after the Grenfell Tower fire, which just examined cladding from high-rise buildings.

Grenfell tower block
Reuters

The new test checked the cladding in combination with the foam insulation that was used in Grenfell.

That combination is used in at least 60 other blocks. Only nine - in Salford - have been identified so far.

Today's weather: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

A few showers are possible at first, but otherwise it will be largely dry with bright or sunny spells this morning.

The cloud will start to thicken during the afternoon and it will become breezy, with outbreaks of rain arriving later.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

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Severe accident: A4 London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A4 London eastbound severe accident, between A306 Great West Road and Gliddon Road.

A4 London - A4 Hammersmith Flyover in Hammersmith closed eastbound between the A306 Great West Road junction and the Gliddon Road junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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