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Davinson Sanchez

David Ornstein

BBC Sport

Tottenham confirm the signing of centre-back Davinson Sanchez from Ajax in a reported club record £42m deal.

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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 news, sport, travel and weather.

Have a great weekend.

Tips for a special parkrun weekend

#GetInspired

It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

This Saturday, 19 August, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

And, if you've never heard of of done a parkrun, it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps....

Katherine Grainger's 5 steps to Parkrun

UK tourism sector booms as sterling falls

Rob Young

Business presenter

Tourists outside Buckingham Palace
Getty Images

Tourism has been one of the most successful parts of the UK economy recently, thanks in part to Brexit.

The weaker value of the pound since the Brexit referendum vote means that the UK is now a much cheaper destination than it used to be.

Many mainland Europeans, Americans and Chinese people are taking advantage of that.

That's clear from the cacophony of different languages and accents outside Buckingham Palace, and on the streets around the Palace of Westminster.

"It's a little more economical than it was a few years ago," says one visiting American tourist.

"Thanks to the euro, London is not more expensive than in France," a French tourist adds.

Stoke striker playing in Grenfell charity game

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

The Stoke City striker Peter Crouch is going to appear in a special football match next month in aid of the community affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

A range of free sports programmes over the summer is ending in a 90-minute match at QPR's Loftus Road on 2 September.

Game 4 grenfell shirt
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Game 4 Grenfell will feature ex-professionals, celebrities and musicians.

Organisers say Crouch will appear alongside his childhood friend Gregg Jules, a firefighter directly involved in the relief effort at the tower.

Tonight's weather: Showers dying out but staying breezy

BBC Weather

This evening will see further showers move across Greater London, however many areas will tend to turn dry after midnight.

The rest of the night will then be largely dry with some clear spells, however it will stay on the breezy side.

Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Watch: Grenfell kids stage classic musical

Schoolchildren who live and study in the shadow of Grenfell Tower have been putting on a production of Bugsy Malone.

Here, they tell Caroline Davies, what it means to them.

Watch: Have you got what it takes to become a picnic spy?

Londoners are being offered the chance to spend their weekends in the park and get paid for it.

Keep Britain Tidy has launched a project to record what picnickers do with their litter in the hope it will help them to better understand the issue of "abandoned picnics" in the capital's green spaces.

The environmental charity is looking for eight observers who will be paid £11 per hour.

The advert says any potential applicants should be flexible, as they will only be needed on sunny days over August and September.

Keep Britain Tidy is recruiting spies on litter dropping picnickers.

Visits to UK rise amid fall in pound

Tourists watching parade
AFP

The number of overseas residents visiting the UK rose to 3.5 million in June, up 7% from the same month last year, according to official figures.

While in the UK, the visitors spent £2.2bn, a rise of 2%, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

The increase comes as the weak pound makes the UK more affordable for visitors, but also follows terror attacks in London and Manchester.

Meanwhile, UK residents took 7.2 million trips abroad, a 4% increase.

Black British stars celebrated at National Portrait Gallery

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Sir Trevor McDonald. Naomi Campbell and Tinie Tempah
National Portrait Gallery
Sir Trevor McDonald. Naomi Campbell and Tinie Tempah

Naomi Campbell and Tinie Tempah are among 37 black British musicians, actors, politicians, models and sports stars who will feature in a major new National Portrait Gallery exhibition.

Running next year, the exhibition will also feature actor Sir Lenny Henry, journalist Sir Trevor McDonald, singer Laura Mvula and actress Thandie Newton.

It is the gallery's biggest acquisition of Afro-Caribbean sitters.

Leadenhall Market is fully let for the first time in five years

Severe accident: A105 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A105 London both ways severe accident, between Woodberry Grove and Hermitage Road.

A105 London - Very slow traffic on A105 Green Lanes in both directions in In Harringay between the Woodberry Grove junction and the Hermitage Road junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on A503 Parkhurst Road to Nags Head, to the B105 Lordship Park junction, on B150 Woodstock Road to the Upper Tollington Park junction and to the Burgoyne Road junction.

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

Man stabbed to death in Brixton

A murder investigation has been launched after a man in his 30s was stabbed in Atlantic Toad, Brixton at lunchtime.

He was found with stab injuries at 12:50 by police and died a short while after in a south London hospital. No arrests have been made.

Severe disruption: B223 London both ways

BBC News Travel

B223 London both ways severe disruption, between A23 Brixton Road and A2217 Coldharbour Lane.

B223 London - B223 Atlantic Road in Brixton closed in both directions between Brixton Station and the A2217 Coldharbour Lane junction, because of a serious police incident.

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

Reward offered after woman, 82, strangled with dog lead on her doorstep

Catherine Smith
Met Police

Crimestoppers are offering a £5,000 reward for information after an 82-year-old woman was strangled with a dog lead in an attack on her own doorstep.

Catherine Smith was found covered in blood in Lydhurst Avenue, south London sometime after 13:00 BST on 27 July.

She first saw her attacker - described as a slim, black woman, about 5ft 5ins (1.67m) tall - while walking her dog near Streatham Hill.

When she returned home, the woman was waiting for her and repeatedly asked for money before later forcing her way into the house and attacking her.

The reward is being offered for information that leads to arrest and conviction.

ICYMI Watch: Trellick Tales

Reporter Dan Freedman meet the residents of Trellick Tower, a high-rise block in Notting Hill.

London-based Redcar steelworks job is a 'sick joke'

Redcar steelworks
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An MP has called a job overseeing the regeneration of the Redcar steelworks a "sick joke" as is it based in London.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is advertising for a project lead for the Tees Valley's Mayoral Development Corporation.

Redcar's Labour MP Anna Turley said the job should be based in the Tees Valley.

Conservative Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen said it needed to be in London to liaise with government departments.

Severe accident: A21 Greater London southbound

BBC News Travel

A21 Greater London southbound severe accident, at A222 Widmore Road.

A21 Greater London - Very slow traffic on A21 Kentish Way southbound in Bromley at the A222 Widmore Road junction, because of an accident involving a lorry and car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to the A2212 College Road junction, on A222 Widmore Road to the Shawfield Park junction and on A222 High Street to Swan And Mitre Traffic Lights.

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

Afternoon weather: Sunny intervals and blustery showers

BBC Weather

This afternoon will see a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers across the area.

The showers may turn heavy at times, and will be accompanied by a blustery wind.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Football: 'New signings will be involved' in Stoke game

BBC Sport

The Stoke City manager says he's looking to involve all his summer signings in this weekend's game when they host Arsenal.

Bruno Martins Indi
Getty Images

The Potters have signed Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting on a free transfer, Bruno Martins Indi (pictured) and Josh Tymon both for £7m this summer and have also brought Kurt Zouma and Jese Rodriguez in on season-long loans.

We are hoping to involve all the signings we have brought in over the summer on Saturday. Some will start and others will be on the bench. We view the players we have brought in as regular starters. If we compare where we were at the end of last season I think we are stronger."

Mark HughesStoke City manager

Couple's bid to step out on all Britain's railway stations

Vicki Pipe and Geoff Marshall
BBC

A London couple have reached the Scottish Highlands in a challenge to document all 2,563 railway stations in England, Scotland and Wales. But what set Vicki Pipe and Geoff Marshall on such an epic journey?

The two railway enthusiasts are nearing the end of their project to create an online documentary.

The adventure has already seen them spend three months on trains and station platforms. All going well, they should reach their final destination this weekend.

So far, the Highlands leg of their journey has taken them to somewhere special - the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which famously appeared in the Harry Potter films.

"I have to say that was very cool," says Vicki, after crossing the viaduct. "For any Harry Potter fan you just think about the journey to Hogwarts."

Today's photo of London

London skyline
Jason Hawkes

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

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.

Nathan Sowter

Middlesex leg-spinner Nathan Sowter signs a new two-year contract, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2019 season.

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Witnesses sought after footie fan fall-out

Witnesses are being sought following a clash between Reading and Fulham supporters after the home game in Reading last weekend.

The incident involving up to 20 men included "a number of physical and verbal altercations", and happened at around 19.15 BST next to the drop off point on Station Approach at Reading train station.

No arrests have been made to date.

Thames Valley Police want to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or recoded any video footage at the scene.

Photo released after woman raped in Seven Sisters

CCTV still of man
Met Police

Police have released a CCTV picture of a man they are trying to find after a woman was raped on the way home from a night out in Seven Sisters.

The victim, in her 30s, was out with work colleagues in Club Zumbale on High Road, N15, on 28 May when she spoke to a man.

She began walking home at 04:40 and was approached by the same man in a park.

When she arrived home at 06:00 she did not remember any sexual contact but a later medical examination revealed she had been attacked.

The man is described as a clean shaven thin man of Spanish or Portuguese origin, who is around 5ft 7in tall and has black bushy hair.

Robert Snodgrass

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass has been told he can leave the club on a permanent basis or on loan.

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Severe disruption: London both ways

BBC News Travel

London both ways severe disruption, between A4 Hyde Park Corner and The Mall.

London - Constitution Hill in Westminster closed in both directions between the A4 Hyde Park Corner junction and The Mall junction, because of the Changing the Guard. Also affecting The Mall between Marlborough Road and Constitution Hill and Birdcage Walk between A3214 Buckingham Gate and A3214 Great George Street.

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

Watch: Today's headlines from BBC London News

Alice Salfield brings you today's stories from across the capital.

Watch: London's Night Tube marks its first anniversary

The Night Tube in figures

Datapic
BBC/Getty Images

As the Night Tube marks its first anniversary, BBC London has analysed data from Transport for London (TfL) on how many people entered and exited each Tube station every half an hour between 19 August and 18 February.

It shows that:

  • Fairlop is the least used station, as it is used by fewer than five people 70% of the time
  • The most popular night was 17 December, with 226,641 movements - entries and exits
  • The least popular night was 30 December, with 84,837 entries and exits across all stations
  • Up until 18 February, there was an average 72,390 entrances a night and 80,860 exits
  • The most entries and exits happened between 00:30 and 01:00 while the fewest occurred between 05:30 and 06:00
Graph
BBC

'London united with Barcelona' - Sadiq Khan

Eight millionth journey expected on Night Tube anniversary

Commuters on Night Tube
Reuters

About 300,000 journeys are being made every weekend on London's Night Tube service, analysis reveals.

The service, which runs on Friday and Saturday nights, launched on 19 August last year with two lines running. It has run on five lines since December.

The eight millionth journey on the Night Tube is expected to take place this weekend as the service marks its one-year anniversary.

The mayor's office says 3,600 jobs are supported by the Night Tube.

Today's weather: Sunny intervals and blustery showers

BBC Weather

Mostly dry at first this morning with sunny spells. Showers are likely to develop towards the middle of the day though, leaving a sunshine and showers theme for the afternoon.

Some of the showers could turn heavy with a risk of thunder too. It will be windy generally, making it feel cool.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F)