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Goodbye from BBC London Live

BBC London News

Updates for London have 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: Chilly overnight

BBC Weather

After a fine end to the day, it will turn chilly overnight with largely clear skies leading to some patchy fog and grass frost.

Some cloud could filter in from the north by dawn, along with a strengthening breeze.

Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Does the Bridge Theatre's opener deserve top Marx?

Richard Bean cast
Manuel Harlan

Leading lights from the UK's theatrical community rallied round on Thursday to help launch London's latest playhouse.

Jonathan Pryce, Sam Mendes, Sir Lenny Henry and Dame Penelope Wilton were all in the audience for the first night of Young Marx at the new Bridge Theatre.

Richard Bean and Clive Coleman's play is the first to be staged at the 900-seat venue, next to Tower Bridge.

The theatre is the brainchild of Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, the former bosses of the National Theatre.

Jealous ex-boyfriend jailed after murdering 'first love'

A jealous ex-boyfriend has been jailed for life for killing his first love in a frenzied knife attack after she moved on with a mutual friend.

Polish labourer Grzegorz Kosiec, 23, had struggled to come to terms with the split before he stabbed Westminster University architecture student Karolina Chwiluk on the evening of 4 May.

He picked up a kitchen knife and repeatedly stabbed the 20-year-old in Mile End, east London, as his flat mates desperately tried to intervene.

At the Old Bailey, prosecutor Tom Kark said: "This was no doubt a frenzied and violent attack and she had no chance to defend herself."

Kosiec had pleaded guilty to her murder and wounding Dawid Czerwiwski, 24, and Monika Fijak, 42.

Bakerloo Line work overruns to hit Monday rush hour

Transport for London (TfL) has warned the Bakerloo Line won't fully reopen in time for Monday morning's rush hour following weekend engineering work.

The entire line will be closed tomorrow and on Sunday.

On Monday the section through central London between Piccadilly Circus and Queen's Park isn't due to reopen until at least 10:00 with a very limited service on the rest of the line.

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Paranoid schizophrenic jailed for life after lecturer stabbed to death

Daniel Young
Met Police
Daniel Young was on his way to work when he was attacked

A "dangerous" paranoid schizophrenic has been jailed for life for stabbing a university lecturer to death in a random attack.

Mark Loveridge, 39, had been cared for in the community since 2015 even though he had a history of violence and drug abuse which made his mental health worse.

He had stopped taking medication before he carried out unprovoked knife attacks on two young men as they made their way to work on 19 January 2016.

Daniel Young, 30, died after being stabbed in the stomach in a park near Morden Tube station in south London.

After his arrest, the defendant claimed he was being "framed" but eventually admitted his involvement once damning DNA evidence linked him to the crimes.

He pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Young by diminished responsibility and to wounding the second victim, Kamil Bulat, with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm.

Judge Mark Lucraft QC rejected a defence plea for a hospital order, saying Loveridge was a "dangerous" man and posed a "high risk" in the future.

He handed Loveridge a life sentence with a minimum term of 15 years, which will be served in Broadmoor psychiatric hospital until he is well enough to be transferred to jail.

Car hitting pedestrians CCTV released

The Met Police have released CCTV footage of a car deliberately ramming pedestrians outside a south London bar, leaving a man "unconscious" on the pavement.

Several people were left injured after the vehicle mounted the pavement outside Mekan Restaurant, Catford, following an "altercation" on 16 September.

Police said the vehicle made several more manoeuvres, deliberately targeting pedestrians before driving away.

No serious injuries have been reported but the attack "could have had fatal consequences", police said.

Husband of missing woman is heading to London toy shop to trace her

The husband of a woman missing for almost two weeks is travelling to London toy shop Hamleys where he hopes to be reunited with his wife.

Jock Brown is urging 47-year-old Karen Brown from Clydebank to meet him at the Regent Street store, where there has been a possible sighting of her.

He said the family are "extremely worried" about the new grandmother who left home in the early hours of Saturday 14 October.

She was last seen by her husband and daughter Chloe on the Friday night when she returned from work at Asda in the West Dunbartonshire town.

Rita Ora to switch on Oxford Street Christmas lights

Rita Ora
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Singer Rita Ora will switch on Oxford Street's Christmas lights next month - saying "it means a lot to me".

The "Switch On" event, on 7 November marks the start of the festive shopping season. X Factor stars Matt Terry and 5 After Midnight will perform live throughout the evening.

Anywhere singer Ora, 26, said: "London is my home so switching on the Oxford Street lights means a lot to me.

"I used to love coming to Oxford Street to see the Christmas lights when I was younger so this means even more to me."

Get ready for Greenwich Mean Time!

Afternoon weather: Dry, bright and sunny

BBC Weather

The rest of the day will be mostly dry and sunny for London and with light winds it will feel pleasant.

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Water receding after flood at Euston Station

London businesses back English tests for cab drivers

The majority of London businesses are in favour of a controversial proposal to introduce mandatory English language tests for taxi drivers, a poll shows.

Transport for London (TfL) had wanted to introduce the written tests earlier this year, but its introduction is being delayed due to a legal challenge by app-based cab service Uber.

A survey of more than 500 businesses in the capital carried out by ComRes now shows that 83% of respondents support the policy.

The poll was commissioned by London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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Morrissey announces London dates in UK tour


Morrissey has announced his first full UK tour since 2015.

The live shows in February and March 2018 will follow the release of his new album Low In High School.

The former Smiths frontman will play shows in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham, Brighton and London's Royal Albert Hall and Alexandra Palace, as well as the 3Arena in Dublin.

Tickets for the UK shows go on sale on 3 November at 10:00 with priority access from 1 November at 10:00.

Water restored to estate - but residents can't drink it yet

Man faces life in jail after stabbing ex-girlfriend

A 23-year-old Polish man is facing a life sentence later for stabbing his former girlfriend to death.

Grzegorz Kosiec killed architecture student Karolina Chwiluk as she visited friends in Mile End, east London, on 4 May.

The 20-year-old suffered multiple knife wounds at the hands of the labourer, who also attacked two other people.

At an earlier hearing, Kosiec pleaded guilty to murder and wounding Dawid Czerwiwski, 24, and Monika Fijak, 42.

The defendant, who is in custody, will be sentenced at the Old Bailey by Judge Mark Lucraft QC.

The cat killer stalking suburbia

scooter the cat

For the past two years, a serial killer has been attacking pet cats in Britain, leaving behind him a trail of fear and mistrust.

The first reported victims were clustered around Croydon in South London - so the press named him the Croydon Cat Killer.

But killings were later reported all around London, prompting a second nickname, the M25 Cat Killer.

In fact, his hunting ground has spread even further than this - to the Isle of Wight, Kent, Birmingham, Wirral and Sheffield.

‘Enough is enough’ on knife crime says Borough Commander

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Croydon’s police Borough Commander, Jeff Boothe, has called on the borough’s residents to say “enough is enough” on knife crime. Full story

Platforms closed after Euston burst water main

Three platforms at London Euston were closed this morning after a burst water main left huge puddles across the platform.

The station said that platforms one, two and three were closed prior to services beginning, with sleeper services - moved to another platform - the only trains affected.

Water leak
London Euston Station
London Euston station tweeted pictures of the leak this morning.

Platform three has now reopened, while services intended for platforms one and two are being moved to stop delays.

Thames Water said it was aware of the burst main on Eversholt Way, near the station, and have been working with staff at Euston to clear the issue by 11:00.

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London Fire Brigade also says four basement flats have been flooded in Eversholt Street and six businesses were affected.

BreakingTrain line between Rugby and Coventry reopens

The railway line between Coventry and Rugby has now reopened, says Virgin Trains.

Services between London and Birmingham will resume, though extensive delays will be on-going for sometime while the timetable recovers.

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£10,000 reward offered in hunt for Ziggy Worrell-Owusu's killer

Ziggy Worrell-Owusu
Met Police

A year ago today 19-year-old Ziggy Worrell-Owusu was stabbed at a party in Ilford and detectives are still hunting his killer.

A £10,000 reward is being offered for information which leads to a successful prosecution.

The teenager from Hackney was at a party in the Basement Shisha Lounge in Goodmayes Road in the early hours of 27 October - a day after his 19th birthday.

A fight broke out and witnesses say Ziggy was trying to break it up when he was stabbed in the groin.

He died later in hospital.

Belinda Owusu, Ziggy’s sister, said: “It's been one year since Ziggy was taken away from us. Yesterday would have been his 20th birthday.

"Whilst we visit where he rests now, we have been unable to heal not knowing how or why this happened, and who took him from us.

"Again, we plead that anyone who may know anything to come forward with any information. We miss him everyday and will carry him with us always.”

Man faces life after killing university lecturer

Daniel Young
Met Police
Daniel Young

A mentally ill man, with a history of drugs and violence, could be facing life in jail later for stabbing a university lecturer to death in a random attack.

Mark Loveridge plunged a knife into Daniel Young's stomach, leaving him for dead, in a park near Morden Tube station in south London on 19 January 2016.

Mr Young, 30, was en route to start the second day of his "dream job" as a teaching fellow in tourism and hospitality at Coventry University London Campus in Whitechapel.

The defendant, who has paranoid schizophrenia, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Young by diminished responsibility.

NHS trusts 'at fault' over cyber-attack

Nurses in hospital
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NHS trusts were left vulnerable in a major ransomware attack in May because cyber-security recommendations were not followed, a government report has said.

More than a third of trusts in England were disrupted by the WannaCry ransomware, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

At least 6,900 NHS appointments were cancelled as a result of the attack.

NHS England said no patient data had been compromised or stolen and praised the staff response.

Travel: Waterloo delays

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

Delays between London Waterloo and Wandsworth Town are reported due to a broken down train between.

There is a revised timetable on Southeastern trains due to leaf-fall.

Today's weather: Dry and bright

BBC Weather

A cloudy start with patches of mist around London, will quickly lift.

A dry and bright day with light winds.

Top temperature: 15C (59F).

BBC London Live updates on Friday 27 October

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Good evening from BBC London Live

BBC London News

Updates for London have ended for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Keep checking back here throughout the evening for any breaking news.

Tonight's weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of drizzle

BBC Weather

The skies will be mostly cloudy across London through the first part of the night with occasional rain or drizzle.

However, it will be dry and chilly with some clear spells by morning. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

'Imposing' Mayfair square to get makeover

Grosvenor Square
Grosvenor Britain and Ireland

Have you ever visited London's second largest garden square?

Mayfair's iconic garden square is to undergo a makeover after a report found Londoners think the neighbourhood is "imposing" and "unwelcoming".

Research, conducted for Grosvenor Britain and Ireland - which manages estates in Mayfair and Belgravia - found 58% of Londoners believe the West End spot it is only for the affluent.

Only 9% were familiar with Grosvenor square, despite being the capital’s second largest garden square.

Grosvenor Britain and Ireland will run an international competition next year to help shape the square’s future.

"We want the square to be a haven where locals and visitors can enjoy the best of the city, whilst helping make Mayfair more appealing”, Will Bax, Executive Director of Grosvenor, said.

Man charged with manslaughter 21 years after death

A 41-year-old man from Westminster has been charged with manslaughter and arson, following the death of a man in 1996.

Richard Curtin, of Great Peter Street, appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court earlier.

He was charged with manslaughter, arson with intent to endanger life and assault by beating, following the death of Paul Smith on 6 October 1996.

Mr Smith was from Violet Lane in Croydon and died aged 38, according to the Metropolitan Police.

Mr Curtin was remanded in custody and is due to appear at the Old Bailey on 22 November.

Man left unconscious after being attacked outside Marks & Spencer

Injured man
Met Police

A man was found unconscious and with head injuries after he was attacked outside a Marks & Spencer in Woodford on Sunday morning.

The 30-year-old victim was discovered after police and paramedics were called to the supermarket on George Lane shortly after 02:00.

Scotland Yard said the attacker - described as a black man, 5ft 7ins tall, with short hair that was longer on top - was seen walking towards South Woodford Station before leaving in a grey car.

They have appealed for any witnesses to contact them.

Today's photo of London

The O2
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

Las Vegas Sands to build London-themed resort in China

Roulette wheel

US gaming giant Las Vegas Sands has unveiled plans for a London-themed resort in Macau.

The resort is part of plans to spend $1.1bn (£830m) on renovating the firm's five properties in China's gambling enclave.

Sands said that the revamped resort would feature some "recognisable landmarks".

The move comes as Macau's gambling revenues begin to bounce back after a Beijing-led crackdown on corruption.

Suspects sought after Hyde Park assault

Met Police

Police looking for three people in connection with an assault on a 60-year-old woman have released images of the suspects.

Officers were called to reports of the woman being attacked at around 21:30 on 13 September in Hyde Park at a gender recognition talk.

The victim had been filming when one of the suspects approached her and attempted to snatch her camera and memory card.

An altercation broke out and resulted in the woman being punched in the face by a male suspect, before being knocked to the ground where she was kicked a number of times.

The search is on to find new child stars for West End shows

There are more than 200 child actors working in the West End at any one time.

School of Rock the musical has just had its run extended in the West End.

Now the producers are holding open auditions across England to find the next round of children to play the roles.