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  1. Updates on Friday 22 December

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General view of Bradford

Daniel Wainwright

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The equivalent of a small garden shed in London, but five times that in Bradford.

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Jack Robinson

Jack Robinson's double gives QPR their first away success of the season with a narrow win at lowly Birmingham City.

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Barnsley keeper Adam Davies

Barnsley hold on to end a run of five Championship defeats with a goalless draw against Brentford.

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Millwall midfielder Jed Wallace celebrates scoring the opening goal against Middlesbrough at the Den

Millwall extend their unbeaten run to three Championship games as they beat Middlesbrough at The Den.

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

Have a great weekend.

Tonight's weather: Mostly dry and frosty

BBC Weather

Although the odd shower can't be ruled out this evening, most parts will see a dry night with long clear spells and a widespread frost developing. Minimum temperature: -1C (30F).

London to get share of £1.2m fund to celebrate women's vote

Millicent Fawcett who was an English feminist, political and union leader, and writer
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Millicent Fawcett was an English feminist, political and union leader, and writer

London is one of seven cities in England to get a share of a £1.2m government to fund for projects to celebrate the centenary of women's right to vote.

Minister for women and equalities Anne Milton said: “A huge congratulations to London, one of our ‘Centenary Cities’ that have been recognised for their proud connection to the suffrage movement.

“Less than 100 years ago, women could not vote and could not stand as candidates for Parliament.

"By remembering and celebrating those individuals who fought to get the right to vote we are continuing to push for all our political institutions to reflect women’s representation in society.

"Next year will be an important and exciting year across the country.”

The first female statue in Parliament Square - Millicent Fawcett - will also be unveiled in 2018 as part of the ‘Centenary Cities’.

South Western Railway consulting on December 2018 timetable

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If you want your say about changes to South Western Railway's railway from December next year, the firm's consultation is due to close on 22 December.

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Romford childminder jailed over baby girls' assault

A registered childminder found guilty of seriously assaulting two baby girls in her care has been jailed for 16 years.

Anouska Coleman, 37, of Lancing Road, Romford, north-east London, was convicted of two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent following an earlier trial at Basildon Crown Court.

She was sentenced at the same court today to 16 years in prison, the Metropolitan Police said.

One of the baby girls was nine months old and the other was seven months old.

Detective Chief Inspector Keith Paterson said: "The parents of these two baby girls put their trust in Coleman to look after them and she abused that trust in the most awful way.

"The lives of the girls and their families have been hugely impacted and the girls will carry the scars of the injuries they have sustained at Coleman's hands through the rest of their lives.

"We may never really know how or why Coleman injured these defenceless babies, but ultimately she caused their injuries and must now face the consequences of her actions."

Charities join forces to tackle homelessness in London

Homeless person

Eighteen homeless charities have joined forces to launch a new campaign to help rough sleepers in London.

The coalition, called the London Homeless Charities Group, will offer Londoners an easily accessible single donation point, with all funds generated going equally to all 18 charities.

The group have been joined by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan who also announced that City Hall run homeless shelters will open everyday of sub-zero temperatures in London, rather than making shelters available for people when three consecutive days of freezing temperatures were forecast.

The mayor said: "We must continue to take action because one person sleeping rough is always one too many.“

Festive drinkers 'risk death on railway'

Drunk man veering towards rail tracks
Network Rail

More than 7,400 alcohol-related incidents were reported on the rail network in 2016-17, figures show.

Of the 7,419, Network Rail said 16% took place in "the festive period", 24 November to 2 January.

The organisation has released a video of inebriated people falling on to tracks, as part of a warning to passengers to take care.

Dangers, it said, included falls on platforms, ignoring level crossing warnings and violence among passengers.

Full breakdown of the worst stations for alcohol-related incidents

Arrests over Finsbury Park rape

Two men have been arrested in connection with a rape in Finsbury Park.

The alleged attack took place between 23:00 on 23 September and 01:00 the following day.

Two men, both aged 32, presented themselves to two different police stations this week. Both were arrested on suspicion of rape and have since been released under investigation.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey could miss five Premier League games with a hamstring injury picked up against Southampton.

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FA release statement on FA Cup / Royal Wedding clash

Murdering dad denied legal aid for daughter's inquest

Ben Butler had a conviction for shaking Ellie when she was a baby quashed
Met Police

A man with an "evil temper" who murdered his six-year-old daughter faces the prospect of representing himself at the inquest into her death after being refused legal aid.

Ellie Butler suffered "catastrophic" head injuries after what the trial judge described as a "brutal assault" by her father, Ben Butler, in October 2013.

The previous year, a family court judge had ruled that Ellie should be returned to Butler's care.

The 38-year-old, from Sutton, south London, who was jailed for life last year, told a preliminary hearing that he was "completely out of the loop".

Ben Butler and Jennie Gray
Met Police

The court heard a lawyer had agreed to act for Butler temporarily for free while he appealed against the decision to deny him legal aid.

Dame Linda Dobbs, the retired High Court judge appointed to oversee the proceedings, said it would be "highly desirable" for Butler to have a lawyer at the inquest, which starts in March.

But Dame Linda said there was a "risk" that neither Butler, nor his former partner, Jennie Gray, would be legally represented.

Gray, 38, who was jailed for child cruelty and attempting to pervert the course of justice, followed the hearing by a separate prison video-link and at one point complained that she hadn't received legal documents that had been sent to other people involved.

Decisions on the scope of the inquest and whether a jury will be required will be made in the New Year.

Afternoon weather: Sunny but cold

BBC Weather

There will be sunny spells through the rest of the afternoon, but it will be cold in the northerly wind.

The odd shower is possible, perhaps turning to sleet across higher hills like the Chilterns.

Maximum temperature: 5C (41F).

Liam Allan

A judge calls for an investigation after vital phone evidence was disclosed at the last minute.

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The BBC's Clive Coleman gives his analysis of the collapse of Liam Allan's rape trial.

Families 'struggle' without washing machines

Kevin Peachey

Personal finance reporter

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Some households face an "intolerable struggle" as they are living without basic household appliances, a charity has said.

Some did not have the money to buy or replace washing machines, cookers and fridges, the Turn2Us charity said.

Others rely on high-cost credit, such as hire purchase, to have these appliances in their home.

ButTurn2Ussaid there was little awareness of charitable grants available to help struggling families.

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HS2 redundancy pay 'shocking waste' of taxpayer cash

HS2 artist impression

Unauthorised redundancy payments made by the state-owned company managing the HS2 rail project were a

The Public Accounts Committee said the firm overseeing construction of a high-speed rail line offered staff terms "well in excess" of authorised levels.

The MPs blamed "weak internal processes" at HS2 for overpayments to 94 people totalling £1.76m.

An HS2 spokesperson acknowledged "a serious error" had been made.

The company made the payments in 2016-17 after shedding 94 staff in a move from London to Birmingham.

Man sought after attack on private car hire driver

CCTV footage has been released today of a man being sought in connection with a serious assault on a private hire car driver in south-east London.

The incident happened at 02:00 on 12 August after the victim had driven a man to a BP garage in Harrow Manorway in Abbey Wood.

On the forecourt an argument broke out when the customer refused to pay the fare. He used his mobile to call another man who came to the garage and assaulted the victim by punching him in the face.

Both men then fled.

The private hire vehicle customer later went to a south London police station on 2 October and was interviewed under caution.

The suspected attacker continues to be sought by police and he is described as black, in his 30s to early 40s, wearing a black t-shirt with a large Adidas logo and a khaki coloured cap.

Sushi restaurant which seats nine 'UK's best dining experience'

A £385-a-head sushi restaurant in London is the best dining experience in the UK while Manchester is the fastest improving city for food lovers, according to a respected guide.

The Araki in the capital's Mayfair, which seats nine people and recently gained three Michelin stars, beat Bristol's Casamia and The Ledbury in London in the poll of thousands of diners for the Harden's Best UK Restaurants guide.

The guide named Manchester the fastest improving city, with 66 restaurants achieving a listing, although none made the top 100.

Car crashes into west London basement

Car on its head on Lancaster Terrace, London
Louie St Claire
Police cordoned off Lancaster Terrace after the crash

A car crashed into a building in west London and ended up stuck vertically in a basement.

The crash happened on Lancaster Terrace - by Lancaster Gate Tube station near Hyde Park - at 05:17 this morning.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. The Metropolitan Police said he did not require hospital treatment.

Louie St Claire, who was walking past the scene from Paddington station, said "it was quite a sight".

He added: "I was commuting to work from Windsor. I've never seen anything like it. Everyone was taking photos."

Man dies after catching fire

John Nolan
Met Police
John Nolan, 70, lived on Tenterden Road, in Tottenham

A retired construction worker died after catching on fire in Haringey, police have revealed today.

Police are treating the death of 70-year-old John Nolan as "unexplained".

Emergency services were called to Orchard Place at about 13:00 on Sunday, 17 September.

The fire was quickly extinguished and Mr Nolan, who was originally from County Mayo in Ireland, was airlifted to a specialist hospital outside of London but later died of severe burns.

PC Damien Ait-Amer, of the Metropolitan Police Service, said: "We have spoken with a number of witnesses who saw Mr Nolan ablaze, but we have yet to establish how the fire started.

"Mr Nolan was a well-liked member of the community and none of our enquiries so far have indicated that he had been involved in a dispute of any sort. Nor does any account given by witnesses suggest that he had been in contact with another person at the time of the fire."

An inquest will open at Barnet Coroner's Court on 13 March.

Cars crash on Great Portland Street

Car crash

The was a serious car crash in a busy central London road this morning.

Police said the cars were in collision on Great Portland Street at about 06:30.

No-one was seriously hurt and no arrests have been made.

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Lambeth Palace: The home of the Archbishop of Canterbury

You probably have never noticed it but tucked behind high walls opposite Westminster, along the banks of the Thames lies Lambeth Palace, home to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

The Palace has something of an interesting past... and now you can explore the ancient corridors with Tricia Shannon, events and tourism manager.

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

CCTV released in four-car fatal hit-and-run

CCTV image of lorry
Met Police

Police are continuing to search for two drivers involved in a suspected multiple hit-and-run in which a woman died.

The 29-year-old was hit by a lorry as she used a pedestrian crossing in south London while the traffic lights were green.

It is thought she was then struck by another lorry and two cars, and officers said none of the drivers stopped at the scene.

Two of the drivers have come forward to police but officers have now released images of two vehicles - a white lorry and a black car - they wish to trace as part of their investigation.

CCTV image of black car
Met Police

The two drivers have been released under investigation.

The victim is believed to originally be from Poland and formal identification will take place later.

Parents giving children alcohol too young, researchers say

People drinking alcohol
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Parents could be storing up problems for their children by introducing them to alcohol too young and ordering takeaways too often, researchers in London have warned.

Two universities found that one in six parents gives their children alcohol by the age of 14, when their body and brain are not yet fully developed.

Many parents may believe they are acting responsibly - but that's not backed up by research, experts said. Regular takeaways were a risk to the heart, a separate study said.

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Today's photo of London

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London's Tower Bridge
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We used this wonderful photo by Jason Hawkes of London's Tower Bridge 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

Night Overground services launched by mayor of London

London Overground train

Night-time Overground services have been launched on the East London line.

All-night services will run on Fridays and Saturdays between Dalston Junction and New Cross Gate.

The launch extends the existing Night Tube services, which have seen more than nine million journeys and helped cut evening journey times.

Night Overground services will not call at Whitechapel station initially due to Crossrail works, which will finish in summer 2018.

Today's weather: Sunshine and some wintry showers

BBC Weather

It will be fine with sunny periods for many on Friday after a frosty start, with only isolated showers, these falling as snow on the hills.

Feeling cold in the brisk northerly wind.

Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

London weather

Travel update: Southeastern cancellations and Tube delays

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

Cancellations on Southeastern between Hayes (in Kent) and Charing Cross after a train broke down earlier.

Minor delays on the District Line from Earls Court to Wimbledon, Richmond and Ealing Broadway after a trespasser on the line earlier at Parsons Green.

For the latest travel updates follow @BBCTravelAlert

BBC London Live updates on Friday 15 December

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Severe accident: A13 London westbound

BBC News Travel

A13 London westbound severe accident, between B121 White Horse Road and Pitsea Street affecting A1261 West India Dock Road.

A13 London - A13 Commercial Road in Limehouse closed and queuing traffic into town between the B121 White Horse Road junction and the Pitsea Street junction, because of an accident. Congestion to the A1261 West India Dock Road junction.

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

Severe accident: A4209 London northbound

BBC News Travel

A4209 London northbound severe accident, between A402 Bayswater Road and Gloucester Terrace affecting Queensway Station.

A4209 London - A4209 Lancaster Terrace in Lancaster Gate partially blocked and slow traffic northbound between Lancaster Gate Station and the Gloucester Terrace junction, because of an accident involving a car leaving the road and recovery work. Diversion in operation - Bus routes 46 and 274 are affected. Congestion on A402 Bayswater Road to the Queensway Station junction.

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

Severe disruption: both ways

BBC News Travel

both ways severe disruption, between A117 and A2204 New Ferry Approach.

- Vehicle ferry not operating on Woolwich Ferry in both directions in London between North Pier and South Pier. Between 6:10 and 7:10

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


Overground services will run 24 hours on the East London line on Friday and Saturday nights.

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