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  1. Updates on Friday 11 August

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BBC Athletics commentators Steve Cram and Brendan Foster

Mark Lawrenson takes on BBC athletics commentators Brendan Foster and Steve Cram on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

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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: Cloudy overnight with patchy rain

BBC Weather

It will remain cloudy this evening and overnight with further outbreaks of light rain or drizzle across much of London. However, mist and murk may form over the hills as the night progresses too.

Minimum temperature: 15C (59F).

Shortlist of designs for new library announced

Southemere Village,
Peabody
The library will be at the heart of the new Southemere Village housing project in Thamesmead

A shortlist of designs for a new £5m state-of-the-art library in Bexley have been unveiled.

The library will be at the heart of a new 1,600 home building project at Southemere Village, in Thamesmead, run by housing association Peadbody.

A 2015 report by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy found 178 libraries had closed in England between 2009-15.

John Lewis, Executive Director Thamesmead at Peabody, said: "We’ll be working with the local community, the council, and design experts to make sure we get the best possible result for the area."

The shortlisted teams (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Adam Khan Architects
  • Architecture 00 Ltd / Studio Weave
  • Bisset Adams Ltd
  • Keith Williams Architects
  • Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Norway

Heathrow poor for disabled travellers, regulator says

Heathrow Airport has been rated poor for disabled travellers in a report from the UK's aviation regulator.

Some passengers were not treated with "dignity and respect" with waits of one to two hours to get off planes cited, the Civil Aviation Authority said.

Manchester, East Midlands and Exeter airports also received the low rating, but 26 airports were given a good or very good rating.

Heathrow said it was addressing the issues raised in the report.

Bournemouth and Southampton were among those rated good.

Heathrow signs
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'National park city' bid for London

Sarah Lee

BBC London

Park
BBC
The plan will see more parks and wildlife habitats protected

London could become the world's first "national park city" by 2019, under plans set out by the city's mayor.

Sadiq Khan has unveiled a £9m greener city fund to help improve green spaces for communities, as he launched his draft environment strategy for the capital.

The funding will help make more than 50% of the capital's area green by 2050, he said.

Overall, 47% of London is currently green space.

Ellie Butler's jailed parents appear at pre-inquest hearing

Gaetan Portal

BBC News

Ellie Butler
PA
Ellie Butler died while at home with her father in 2013

The parents of six-year-old girl murdered by her father appeared by video link from jail at a pre-inquest hearing into her death.

Ben Butler was convicted of the murder of Ellie last June.

Ellie's mother Jennie Gray, who was jailed for child cruelty and perverting the course of justice after a trial at the Old Bailey, appeared alongside her former partner on a video screen in a court room at South London Coroner's Court.

The pair interrupted proceedings at the hour-long hearing on a number of occasions as they listened in to former High Court Judge Dame Linda Dobbs, who is sitting as a coroner, outline a timetable for the inquest into Ellie's murder in her bedroom in South London in October 2013.

Ben Butler, who was jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years, told Dame Linda that he had been told "I wouldn't get legal aid" when asked if he had made a formal application.

Both Butler and Gray complained they had no legal representation during the hearing.

Dame Linda told them both they should formally apply for legal aid within 14 days.

At one point during the hearing Jennie Gray attempted to ask the Coroner about the scope of the inquest saying that it should include the circumstances of Ellie's death - at this point Dame Linda told the pair "I am not an appeal court".

Butler claimed he had an appeal pending although a police source told reporters that no such application had been made.

Jennie Gray had an application to appeal her conviction turned down by a single judge in July.

She has now made a new application which will go to a tribunal to consider.

Dame Linda told the court the inquest would be carried out under the "ambit" of article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights (Right to Life) and would consider whether the "authorities knew or ought to have known of a real and immediate risk" to Ellie's life.

She said the inquest would also consider "whether there were failures on the part of the authorities, agencies or individuals to protect Ellie's life and prevent her death."

Neal Gray, Ellie's grandfather, said he hoped that the inquest would provide answers after "five years" of waiting and said he he was "glad things are moving on."

The inquest is expected to start in the spring and last at least two weeks.

June 2016: Ben Butler jailed for murdering daughter Ellie after custody battle

Ben Butler and Jennie Gray
AP

Record passenger numbers for Heathrow in July

Heathrow has recorded its best-ever month as a record number of passengers flew to and from the airport.

More than 7.5 million people used the airport in July, while trade also rose at the fastest-ever rate, with 143,000 tonnes of goods being transported.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: "Britain's global gateway is hard at work this summer holiday season.

"July was the best month in Heathrow's history.

"With more passengers than ever and trade growing at the fastest rate ever recorded, Heathrow is helping Britain show the world our country is open for business."

The train where kids get a carriage to themselves
A rail operator is trialling family-friendly carriages designed to keep children occupied on journeys.

London Midland: Your takeover questions answered

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Train
West Midlands Rail

Trains in the West Midlands are to be run by a new operator from December - but what does this mean for passengers?

West Midlands Trains Ltd says it will put £1bn into improving the routes it takes over from London Midland.

The plans include 400 new carriages, free wifi and space for an extra 85,000 passengers on rush-hour services in Birmingham and London.

BBC News website readers sent in questions about the takeover and here are some of the answers.

Brighton winger Kazenga LuaLua

Brighton winger Kazenga Lualua returns to Championship side QPR on loan for a second time, joining the club until January.

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Watch: Breathing new life into a 1930s cinema

A historic east London cinema which lay derelict for over 30 years is to be transformed into a major new arts centre.

The former Savoy Cinema in Hackney will be renovated after plans were given the green light following hundreds of letters of support from residents.

The project will cost £3 million.

Men from poor backgrounds 'twice as likely to be single'

Man on street
Christopher Furlong

Men from poor backgrounds are twice as likely to be single in their early 40s than those from rich families, new research suggests.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) also found this group were likely to earn less and marry women with lower incomes.

It said the trends made poverty more likely to continue from one generation to the next and reduce social mobility.

The government said it wanted to "build an economy that works for everyone".

Danny Rose

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino accepts Danny Rose's apology regarding his recent comments about the club in a newspaper interview.

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Night Tube 'in crisis' over staff shortages - RMT

Tube at night
Getty Images

One of the London Underground (LU) lines running services through the night is in "crisis" because of a lack of drivers, a rail union has claimed.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said that last weekend only seven trains ran on the Piccadilly line instead of the normal 22, warning the situation could last until Christmas.

LU said some drivers were absent due to sickness.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "Tube bosses need to send out a clear signal that they are addressing the driver shortage issues which have reduced the Night Tube on the Piccadilly Line to chaos."

Brian Woodhead, London Underground's Operations Director for the Piccadilly line, said: "I apologise to customers who were unable to use Night Tube services on the Piccadilly line last weekend because some train drivers were absent due to sickness.

"The Night Tube has been a real success in supporting London's night time economy and we are fully focused on running a reliable service on the Piccadilly line."

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Bus evacuated after driver sprayed with fire extinguisher

A bus had to be evacuated after its driver was sprayed by a fire extinguisher by a moped gang.

Police were called after a powdered substance was thrown at the driver of the number 281 bus in Whitton Road, Hounslow today

The driver was treated at the scene and his injuries are not life-threatening or life-changing, say police.

No arrests have yet been made.

Afternoon weather: Dry with sunny spells, but clouding over later with rain

BBC Weather

It will be dry and bright for much of the afternoon with some good spells of sunshine.

However, later on it will become cloudier from the west, with some patchy rain. It will also become breezy.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Arrests over Jermaine Goupall killing

Georgia Road cordon
BBC
The boy was found by officers in Georgia Road in Thornton Heath, Croydon

A 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of 15-year-old Jermaine Goupall in Thornton Heath, south London, Scotland Yard said.

Aspiring architect Jermaine was fatally wounded after being confronted by three armed men wearing balaclavas on Tuesday night.

The victim's family said the boy was in the "wrong place at the wrong time" when he was attacked, just a two-minute walk from his family home.

Police investigating the death said they appreciated why some witnesses might be reluctant to come forward, but appealed for their evidence to be brought to light.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Lynes said: "I'm really keen to hear from anyone who was out with Jermaine that night.

"I can understand that you may be worried about coming forward, but I would like to reassure you that experienced detectives will deal with you sensitively. "We will help you through the process of talking to us, as it is vital we get information to help us catch the men responsible.

"Also, if anyone saw the attack on Jermaine please get in contact with us and tell us what you saw."

South London estate to be evacuated over safety fears

Ledbury estate residents say they are "angry and confused"

Hundreds of residents are to be evacuated from four tower blocks over safety fears.

Residents of the Ledbury estate in south-east London have been told they will have to move out after structural problems were found.

A survey, ordered in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, found cracks in the walls leaving it vulnerable to "collapse" if a gas explosion occurred.

Southwark Council said it was doing "all it could" to help residents.

Gas supplies have been turned off and residents offered temporary hotplates to cook meals.

Oxford Circus: Tube station evacuated
Passengers are seen covering their noses as smoke fills a train at Oxford Circus station.

Two taken to hospital after Oxford Circus fire

London Ambulance Service says four, not six, people were treated for smoke inhalation after the small fire on a Bakerloo Line train at Oxford Circus.

Of those four, two were taken to hospital as a precaution.

Transport for London said the cause was an electrical fault and a "comprehensive investigation" was now underway.

The station has since reopened.

"The cause of the smoke was an electrical fault under one of the carriages, which resulted in a small fire that was quickly extinguished. Understandably this was a distressing incident for our customers, for which I give my sincere apologies. A comprehensive investigation into how this incident could have occurred is now under way. Our Sarah Hope Line, which is set up to help those affected by incidents on the transport network, is also available to offer support."

Nigel HolnessLondon Underground's director of network operations

Oxford Circus fire caused by 'electrical fault'

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

London Underground tells me the cause of the incident at Oxford Circus this morning was an electrical fault under one of the carriages.

It resulted in a "small fire" that was quickly extinguished.

Gatwick worst for summer holiday flight delays

Airport queue
Oli Scarff

Air passengers leaving Gatwick have suffered the longest average delays during summer getaways from major UK airports, BBC analysis reveals.

Those travelling to and from the UK on EasyJet flights have waited the longest among the 10 busiest airlines.

Figures collected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) during the last two summers reveal the typical delays.

All flyers using EasyJet had an average delay of 24 minutes, and those leaving from Gatwick waited 27 minutes.

Tube station reopens after fire alert

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

Oxford Circus station is now open following this morning's fire alert.

Bakerloo service running again after fire alert

Service has resumed with severe delays on the Bakerloo Line following a fire alert.

Oxford Circus remains closed, says Transport for London.

Severe accident: A312 Greater London both ways

BBC News Travel

A312 Greater London both ways severe accident, between Rosslyn Avenue and A315 Staines Road.

A312 Greater London - A312 Harlington Road West in North Feltham closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the Rosslyn Avenue junction and Minimax Corner, because of an accident.

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

Footage shows smoke in carriage

Oxford Circus: Tube station evacuated

Severe accident: A23 London northbound

BBC News Travel

A23 London northbound severe accident, at Carlisle Lane.

A23 London - Queuing traffic on A23 Westminster Bridge Road northbound in Lambeth at the Carlisle Lane junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Tube passengers treated for smoke inhalation

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We were called at 08.53 today to reports of an incident on board a Bakerloo line train at Oxford Circus tube station.

"We sent an ambulance crew, our Hazardous Area Response Team and an incident response officer to the scene, with the first of our medics arriving in less than five minutes.

"We treated four patients at the scene for smoke inhalation and have taken two to hospital as a precaution."

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Severe disruption: A102 London northbound

BBC News Travel

A102 London northbound severe disruption, between A102 Approach and A12.

A102 London - Queuing traffic on A102 Blackwall Tunnel northbound in Greenwich between the A102 Approach junction and the A12 junction, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Woolwich Road Flyover.

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

Eyewitness saw smoke filled Bakerloo line train

Smoke filled Bakerloo line train
Tom Singer
Tom captured this image of smoke coming out of the Tube carriage

Tom Singer, who was at Oxford Circus station as it was evacuated, has told the BBC he saw a smoke filled Bakerloo line Tube train coming into the platform.

“As we were waiting on the platform you could smell something coming in, as the train was coming in, and as it got closer the smell got stronger and stronger.

He added that as the train came in it was clear that one of the train carriages had been evacuated and then when the train came to a stop people “came pouring out”.

He said: “There were a lot of people with hands over mouths and coughing a lot coming off of the train.”

“It looked like it was just one carriage that had the problem.”

He said he also saw smoke coming from underneath the Tube train.

Police hunt Lewisham temple robbers

Suspects
Met Police

Witnesses to a robbery outside a Hindu temple on Clarendon Road in Lewisham are being urged to come forward.

The incident happened on 20 June at about 16:40 when a 52-year-old woman whjo was standing outside the temple was appraoched by a suspect wearing a crash helmet.

The suspect grabbed her gold necklace and tried to get it off her neck but the victim resisted and was dragged to the floor before the chain broke free. It is valued at £600.

The robber got onto the back of one of two mopeds and rode off.

Detectives want to trace the three suspects involved.

Suspect 1 was wearing a white shirt, dark blue jacket with grey trousers and black shoes. Suspect 2 wore blue shoes and a grey tracksuit with white stripes. Suspect 3 wore a grey hooded top, dark trousers and white trainers.

They all wore black crash helmets.

Lewisham robbery CCTV

'Scary moment on the Bakerloo'

Fiona Crosy tweeted: "Very scary moment on the Bakerloo: emergency alert at Oxford Circus and then as we went through the tunnel the carriage filled with smoke."

Oxford Circus: "Everyone started to run"

Sarah Lee

BBC London

A busy Friday morning at rush hour, the end of a long week and the last thing you expect is a Tube station fire.

I was on the escalator at Oxford Circus when a tannoy went off asking for an investigator to report to an incident immediately.

I knew then that something wasn't right.

Three seconds after this, I could smell smoke and an alarm was sounded.

"This is an emergency announcement. Could everyone please evacuate the premises", it said.

Everyone began to run towards the exit in panic.

No injuries have been reported - but nevertheless it was a scary situation for anyone involved.

Passengers had to 'run out'

Tube passenger Daniel Wiliams tweeted: "The train I was just on at Oxford Circus set fire and the carriage filled up with smoke. All had to run out. Madness.

"Most reacted in a very London way haha - just kept quiet and sat there til we could leave. Some were panicking as you'd expect. Bit surreal."