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  1. Updates on 20 October 2017

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Henry Hicks

Nick Beake

Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

A disciplinary panel rules police were not technically "in pursuit" when Henry Hicks, 18, crashed.

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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 the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Have a great weekend.

Tonight's weather: Rain spreading east

BBC Weather

After a dry start this evening, a band of persistent and locally heavy rain will spread across London from the west overnight.

The rain will clear to the east by morning though, to leave clear spells and occasional showers.

It will also turn increasingly windy. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

Mel Giedroyc to appear on London stage in Shakespeare adaptation

Mel Giedroyc

Former Great British Bake Off host Mel Giedroyc will be treading the London boards in a contemporary adaptation of a Shakespeare play.

The comedian and presenter, 49, will star in Much Ado About Nothing at the Rose Theatre Kingston next year.

Director Simon Dormandy said Ms Giedroyc was an "outstandingly subtle, powerful actor, as well as a very funny one" and would be an "unforgettable Beatrice" when the production opens in April at the London theatre.

Her theatre credits include Luce at the Southwark Playhouse, The Rocky Horror Show at the Playhouse Theatre and New Boy at Trafalgar Studios.

Severe accident: A1201 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A1201 London both ways severe accident, between A503 Seven Sisters Road and A503 Seven Sisters Road affecting A1 Holloway Road.

A1201 London - Queuing traffic on A1201 Station Place in both directions in Finsbury Park between Finsbury Park Station and Twelve Pins Traffic Lights, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on A503 Parkhurst Road to Nags Head and on A503 Seven Sisters Road to Manor House.

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

Storm Brian: Travel disruption expected

Trampoline found on tracks
Network Rail

Storm Brian could lead to travel disruption over the weekend, Network rail has warned.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for strong winds and potential flooding as the Atlantic storm hits parts of southern and western England and Wales tomorrow.

Temporary speed restrictions will be in place and additional track clearing teams will be deployed, due to an increased risk of debris falling on to railway lines from 70mph (112kmph) winds.

Network Rail, working with train operators, has activated its weather contingency plans for some routes and is advising passengers to plan for possible travel disruption.

Passengers are advised to check before they travel.

Severe accident: A232 Greater London both ways

BBC News Travel

A232 Greater London both ways severe accident, between A224 Court Road and Spur Road.

A232 Greater London - A232 Spur Road in Orpington closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Orpington By-Pass and the Spur Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Meera Syal to star in musical Annie in West End

Meera Syal
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Meera Syal will be following in the footsteps of Miranda Hart and Craig Revel Horwood to play Miss Hannigan in the stage production of Annie.

he Kumars at No 42 and Goodness Gracious Me actress will take on the role from the end of November until the musical finishes its West End run.

She said she was "excited" but "terrified" but that donning the "threads, wig and make-up" helped her get into the role.

"You get into the clothes and you go 'right, I know where I'm going now'," the 56-year-old said.

Woman arrested after man found stabbed to death

A 21-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was found with fatal stab wounds at an address in north-west London.

The London Ambulance Service notified the police at 0200 today that it had been called to reports of a stabbing at Lakeside Drive in Park Royal.

Emergency services found the mortally wounded 29-year-old at the residential property, but he was declared dead there shortly before 0300, the Metropolitan Police said.

The female suspect was at the scene when officers arrived, where she was arrested before being taken to a north London police station.

Police said the death was being treated as unexplained while further inquiries were being carried out to establish the exact circumstances of the death.

The man's next of kin are being informed, the force added.

UK's biggest careers fair to open in London

The largest careers fair in the UK will be opening in London later this year.

Skills London 2017 will be free to attend, and will be taking place at the ExCel Centre on the 24 and 25 November.

Organised by business lobbyist London First, there will be more than 40,000 jobs and apprenticeship opportunities on offer from more than 200 exhibitors.

Jasmine Whitbread, chief executive of London First, said: “London’s leading employers are stepping up to help young people make the most of their potential."


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Severe disruption: A232 Greater London both ways

BBC News Travel

A232 Greater London both ways severe disruption, between A232 Spur Road and Spur Road.

A232 Greater London - A232 Spur Road in Orpington closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A232 Spur Road junction and the Spur Road junction.

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

Hicks family refuse to comment after officers cleared of gross misconduct

Nick Beake

Home affairs correspondent, BBC London

Henry Hicks
Henry Hicks died after his moped collided with another vehicle on Wheelright Street in Islington

Four Metropolitan police officers involved in a fatal pursuit of a teenage suspect have been cleared of gross misconduct.

The officers, referred to as A, B, C and D were following 18-year-old Henry Hicks at more than 50mph when he crashed on a moped near Pentonville prison in north London in December 2014.

The panel at the four-day hearing ruled the accusations against the officers were not proven as they were not technically in a police pursuit at the time.

The Hicks family left within seconds of the decision being announced and made no comment.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission previously found officers broke policy by acting without authorisation and last summer an inquest jury ruled Mr Hicks was trying to get away from officers who were engaged in a pursuit.

The officers had suspected Henry Hicks had been dealing drugs and that his moped may be stolen.

BreakingOfficers cleared of misconduct in Henry Hicks death case

Four Metropolitan Police officers have been cleared of gross misconduct regarding the pursuit and death of 18-year-old Henry Hicks in Islington, north London, in 2014.

Arsenal legend Paul Merson plays for local Welsh club

BBC Sport

It is not often a former England international and Premier League star signs for your local club.

But that is exactly what has happened to Welsh fourth-tier club Caerau of Maesteg.

Arsenal legend Paul Merson has come out of retirement to play for the team after being persuaded by friend and Caerau secretary Dai Hooper.

The 49-year-old made his debut against Pontyclun on Wednesday, but did not quite go to plan as the match was abandoned after an hour because of floodlight

Severe disruption: M4 Greater London eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Greater London eastbound severe disruption, between J3 for A312 and J2 for A4.

M4 Greater London - One lane blocked and delays on M4 into town between J3, A312 (Hayes) and J2, A4 (Brentford), because of a broken down car.

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

Afternoon weather: Briefly brighter

BBC Weather

A drier, brighter and calmer afternoon to come across Greater London, with some sunshine for a time.

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

'Muscle' car driver to face murder trial over moped rider's death

A driver faces trial for allegedly crashing into a moped, killing one teenager and injuring another, after his Ford Mustang "muscle" car was clipped.

Bradley Clifford, 23, from Enfield, north London, is charged with the murder of 18-year-old Soban Kahn and the attempted murder of Joshua Francis, 19.

The pair were riding on a moped when it crashed in Enfield on 5 August.

It is alleged that Mr Clifford deliberately drove at the scooter after the wing mirror on his high-performance Ford Mustang EcoBoost car was smashed.

The plumber appeared at the Old Bailey via video-link from custody.

Judge Mark Lucraft QC set a trial date of 9 April next year and a plea and case management hearing on 12 January.

The defendant, who spoke only to confirm his identity, was remanded in custody.

'Millennial' railcard to be launched next year

School funding cuts are ‘cruel and unfair’ say Croydon heads

Inside Croydon

A survey of Croydon’s headteachers has found that 95 per cent of them are either “unhappy” or “very unhappy” with their school’s funding from the Government.

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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

100 Women: Undercover in London, catching harassers on the tube
BBC 100 Women go undercover on the Tube with British Transport Police officers catching offenders.

Oxbridge uncovered: More elitist than we thought

The dominance by the top two social classes of Oxford and Cambridge University admissions has been revealed by newly released data.

Four-fifths of students accepted at Oxbridge between 2010 and 2015 had parents with top professional and managerial jobs, and the numbers have been edging upwards.

The data, obtained by Tottenham MP David Lammy, also shows a "shocking" regional bias, with more offers made to Home Counties pupils than the whole of northern England.

London and south-east England received 48% of offers from both Oxford and Cambridge.


BBC Radio London named Local Radio Station of the Year

BBC London News

BBC Radio London has been named Local Radio Station of the Year at the radio industry's most prestigious award ceremony, the Arias.

The judges praised the "intrepid local journalism" in a year that's seen four terrorist attacks in London as well as the fire at Grenfell Tower.

And Vanessa Feltz won a silver medal for her breakfast show, which is attracting record audiences.

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Childcare costs rise up to seven times faster than wages

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Childcare costs for young children have risen up to seven times faster than wages since 2008, a study suggests.

TUC research shows that average costs in England for parents with a one-year-old rose 48% between 2008 and 2016, while average wages increased 12%.

London and the East Midlands saw the biggest increase - childcare rose seven times faster than pay, the study said.

The government said it had doubled the free childcare available to working parents of three and four-year-olds.

Travel update: Metropolitan Line part-suspended

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

The Metropolitan Line is suspended between Chalfont and Latimer and Amersham after a signal failure at Amersham.

A signalling problem at Norwood Junction is causing cancellations and 20 minute delays through the station on Southern and Tham eslink.

It’s also causing minor delays on London Overground between New Cross and West Croydon.

And there are minor delays on London Tramlink between Arena and Beckenham Junction due to a signal failure.

For the latest information follow @BBCTravelalert.

Today's weather: Damp start, drier and brighter afternoon

BBC Weather

A good deal of cloud at first for London with residual outbreaks of rain in places.

Becoming drier and brighter into this afternoon with some sunny intervals. Strong winds at first, easing.

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

BBC London Live updates on Friday 20 October

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Severe accident: A201 City Of London both ways

BBC News Travel

A201 City Of London both ways severe accident, between A201 New Bridge Street and Bride Lane affecting A3200 Southwark Street.

A201 City Of London - A201 New Bridge Street blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between Ludgate Circus and the Bride Lane junction, because of an accident. Congestion to the A3200 Southwark Street junction.

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

Walthamstow Wetlands: New urban reserve opens in London
The new nature reserve in north London is one of the largest urban wetlands in Europe.

Severe accident: A102 London northbound

BBC News Travel

A102 London northbound severe accident, between A106 Cassland Road and Ballance Road.

A102 London - A102 Kenworthy Road in Hackney closed northbound between the A106 Cassland Road junction and the Ballance Road junction, because of an accident involving two cars. Traffic is coping well.

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

The London Eye lit up to mark Diwali
The landmark was lit up in the colours of Diwali for the first time.