Young woman sexually assaulted while sunbathing in park

Bushy Park The victim had fallen asleep in Bushy Park

A 21-year-old woman was sexually assaulted while sunbathing in a south London park.

Met Police were called to Bushy Park, near Hampton Court Palace in Richmond-upon-Thames, at noon on Thursday.

A spokesman said the young woman was attacked after falling asleep while listening to music on her headphones and was awoken by the attack.

The suspect is described as being in his late 20s, and was wearing a white T-shirt and dark tracksuit bottoms.

The area was searched by officers but the suspect was not found.

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    Cloudy evening 17:58:

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    Campaign to free dying inmate 17:54:

    The family of a dying man serving an indeterminate prison sentence has launched a campaign for him to be released, Hackney Gazette reports.

    Jason Grant, 46, of Haggerston, was jailed in July 2006, for attempted robbery, unlawful wounding and possession of an imitation firearm. He has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and told he has weeks to live.

    Abused siblings split up 17:52:

    High Court judge Mr Justice Holman has hit out at Haringey Council for preventing seven abused siblings from seeing each other after their parents were sent to prison, London Evening Standard reports.

    The judge said he felt a "sense of the utmost despair" after it emerged social workers at Haringey organised a "goodbye meeting" last year. The council said "aspects" of the team's compliance with court orders had fallen "unacceptably short of good practice".

    Harassment complainant arrested 17:49:

    A woman who complained to police about being harassed by a local newspaper reporter has been arrested on suspicion of 10 counts of fraud, reports the Evening Standard.

    Scotland Yard came under fire earlier this month after police officers acting on her complaint issued a warning to Gareth Davies of the Croydon Advertiser saying he faced arrest if he continued to contact Neelam Desai, 33, for a comment on allegations against her.

    Video: How babies develop ADHD 17:46:

    Scientists at a laboratory in central London are carrying out tests to try to discover how and why some people develop Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

    A baby during testing

    The Birbeck Babylab studies how babies learn and has already made progress in understanding how autism develops in young children. BBC London's Jean Mackenzie spoke to Dr Emily Jones, from the Birkbeck Babylab, and mothers Fiona Mackay and Sheryne Shillingford-Reed.

    Pensioner impales hand 17:43:

    An elderly man was left in excruciating pain after his hand became impaled on a spike in Hampton yesterday, reports the Richmond and Twickenham Times.

    The 79-year-old tripped on the pavement outside Linden House, in Broad Lane, and fell into a sharp railing at 2.50pm.

    BBC London News 17:40: Chris Rogers BBC London TV

    On the programme tonight, there seems to be no light at the end the tunnel as the long-running dispute over plans to close Tube ticket offices leads to more strike action.

    Also, love is in the London air as padlocks with romantic inscriptions are being locked onto fences around London. But are they art? Or a bit of an eyesore?

    Easter Buddy 17:36:

    Thanks to Deborah Burkmar, of Shepperton, Middlesex, who emailed us this photo of her golden retriever, Buddy (aka Egoli Marvellous Sunshine).


    She says: "Buddy has headgear for every occasion including a spider for Halloween and a reindeer at Christmas.

    "Bud is totally amenable and a super playmate to my grandchildren, aged three and five."

    Hotel hammer attack 17:32:

    Philip Spence, 32, who is accused of three counts of attempted murder after an attack on three female tourists at the Cumberland Hotel in Marble Arch has been remanded in custody.

    Thomas Efremi, 56, of Upper Handa Walk, James Moss, 33, and Carly Baker, 31, both of Hanley Road, also appeared at Southwark Crown Court charged with handling stolen goods. All four will appear at the same court on 3 July.

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    Londoners react to Tube strike 17:19: via Facebook

    We have had a lot of comments on Facebook following the news of fresh Tube strikes over ticket office closures.

    Tube train at Oxford Circus during the last strike A Tube train at Oxford Circus during February's strike

    David S Klinger said: "How would you feel if your job was being axed and you had a family to feed?"

    Alexander James Knight said: "This will only stop when commuters take legal action and claim compensation for loss of wages and inconvenience/disturbance or even "violating the rights of the Tube users in leading their lives without problems".

    'Leaning pillar' of Maida Vale 17:12:

    London Live is tweeting about a post box in Edgware Road which has been dubbed the "leaning pillar of Maida Vale" after it tilted following a hit by an ambulance last month.

    Drivetime with Dotun Adebayo 17:00: BBC London 94.9

    Dotun discusses the Tube strikes announced by the RMT in the last few hours.

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    Victoria station 16:49: Sonja Jessup Presenter, BBC London News

    tweets: Not helping with the Easter getaway: display boards at #Victoria broken.

    Information display boards
    Easter train travel 16:40: Paul Murphy-Kasp Journalist, BBC London

    Engineering works will affect trains in and around London across the Easter weekend with no trains at Charing Cross and a very limited service from London Bridge.

    At Paddington, some lines will be closed which means changes on trains to Heathrow and the west of England, and on the East Coast mainline some lines will be closed between Finsbury Park and King's Cross meaning there is a very limited service.

    Services affected: Southeastern, First Capital Connect, Southern and Thameslink; First Great Western, Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Express; East Coast, First Hull trains and Grand Central trains.

    Abu Hamza prosecution to start 16:30:

    Prosecutors in New York are due to start outlining their case against Abu Hamza al-Masri, the radical cleric who rose to notoriety for preaching violent messages at Finsbury Park mosque in London after the 9/11 attacks.

    The Egyptian-born preacher denies 11 terrorism charges including providing support to al-Qaeda and trying to set up an al-Qaeda training camp in Oregon.

    Video: Love locks in London 16:22:

    Padlocks have begun appearing on bridges and fences across London hung by couples wishing to leave a symbol of their ever-lasting love.

    Love locks in east London

    The idea, which is widespread in Paris, has spread across the Channel but some people think they can be an eyesore. BBC London's Charlotte Franks spoke to Lisa Taylor, from No Love Locks, and Dave Stuart, from Shoreditch Street Art Tours.

    Easter Tube disruption 16:13:

    Disruption over the Easter period:

    • District Line: No trains between Ealing Broadway and Turnham Green from 20:45 tonight
    • Jubilee Line: No trains between Waterloo and Finchley Road
    • Piccadilly Line: No trains between Acton Town and Uxbridge from 20:50 tonight
    • Bakerloo Line: No trains between Harrow & Wealdstone and Willesden Junction on Easter Sunday
    • London Overground: No trains between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction all weekend, and no trains between Watford Junction and Queens Park on Sunday.
    • DLR: No service between Stratford and Bow Church for a week from Good Friday
    'Nuclear option' on Tube strike 15:59:

    Commenting on RMT's decision to strike over five days, London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "It's a great shame that cool heads appear not to have prevailed among the RMT leadership.

    "In choosing the nuclear option by threatening yet more pointless strike action the RMT isn't even supported by a majority of its own union members." He asked the RMT to "call off the strikes" and resume talks with London Underground.

    Overground disruption 15:47:

    BBC London Travel tweets: no TfL Overground between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction due to broken down freight train at Clapham High Street.{BR}

    Sumatran tiger cubs healthy 15:40:

    Three Sumatran tiger cubs born at London Zoo in February are in "rude health", Nic Masters, head vet at the zoo, said after their first health check.

    Sumatran tiger cub

    The triplets - two males and one female - from the critically endangered species were born to five-year-old Sumatran tigress Melati. They have been vaccinated and micro-chipped.

    Londoners react to Tube strike 15:30: via Facebook

    Thanks for your comments on the RMT's plan to walk out on five days over plans to close Tube ticket offices.

    James Babwe Harris said: "Ahh, the spirit of Bob Crow lives on" while Klis Ramdeen-Lessey is dismayed: "I have exams then!!!!"

    Jamie Wolfendale said: "I can understand why they are striking, but it is hardly the brightest move...... it'll just be used to prove how they aren't needed".

    Tube strike 15:18:

    Urging RMT not to resort to strike action, Phil Hufton, London Underground's chief operating officer, said: "Over the past eight weeks, we have met with our trade union colleagues on over 40 occasions, listening to their concerns and making significant changes as a result.

    "There will be no compulsory redundancies and all requests for voluntary redundancy will be honoured. However, the RMT leadership has rejected these changes and has not put forward any credible alternative proposals."

    Tube strike 15:10:

    The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA), which has said it intends to go on strike over a pay row, has told the BBC it will not strike on the five days selected by the RMT for action over Tube ticket office closures.

    The union said its dispute with TfL is on a different issue.

    Marathon experience 14:57:

    Shadow chancellor Ed Balls said of his memorable London marathon experience: "It was the woman who yelled out 'Oh, look, it's the Energy Secretary Ed Davey' that I will never forget".

    Ed Balls (left) and Ed Davey Ed Balls (left) was mistaken for Ed Davey
    Tube strike 14:46:

    The RMT claimed that long-running talks hosted by the conciliation service Acas, aimed at settling the dispute over the closure of ticket offices and subsequent job losses were "wrecked by a combination of management intransigence and the introduction of additional measures" the union said worsened the original plans.

    A statement said: "It has also been made crystal clear to the union that this is just a first tranche of cuts with even harder attacks being lined up for the near future."

    London Underground is yet to comment.

    Tube strike 14:37:

    The RMT has instructed staff not to work from:

    • 21:00 on Monday 28 of April until 20:59 hours on Wednesday 30 April; and
    • 21:00 on Monday 5 May until 20:59 hours on Thursday 8 May.

    also, all members employed in the Fleet grades will be instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:

    • 18.30 on Monday 28 April until 18.29 on Wednesday 30 April; and
    • 18.30 on Monday 5 of May until 18.29 on Thursday 8 of May.
    Tube strike 14:30:

    The dispute centres on the closure of all 260 Tube ticket offices and 960 job cuts.

    Widespread disruption was caused in February when Tube workers took strike action for one day.

    Tube strike announced 14:27:

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out from 21:00 on Monday 28 April for two days and again from 21:00 on Monday 5 May for three days.

    The first two days of action will take place ahead of a May Day event in London in memory of former RMT leader Bob Crow, and politician and campaigner Tony Benn, who died within days of each other last month.

    Tube strike 14:17:

    London Underground workers are to take five days of strike action in the coming weeks over Tube ticket office closures, the RMT union said today. More soon.

    Tower Hamlets foodbanks 14:13:

    Tower Hamlets has seen a steep rise in foodbank usage over the last 12 months with campaigners calling it the "tip of the iceberg", reports

    Easter getaway 14:01: via Facebook

    Thanks for your comments on plans for managing the busy Easter getaway.

    Mike James Reid said: Traffic at Easter shock! We used to leave an hour before dawn to get to Cornwall.

    Ted Pryor said: Never go anywhere on bank holidays been there done that.

    Firearms seizure 13:51:

    Thirty firearms, including assault rifles, sawn off shotguns, Uzi and a Thompson machine gun, and ammunition were seized from an address in Leyton, Met Police said.

    A 51-year-old man was arrested following the intelligence-led operation yesterday morning. Acting Det Supt Gary Bruce said: "The size of the seizure is exceptional and the danger of the these weapons in the wrong hands cannot be overestimated."

    Indian artist at V&A 13:40:

    The final nine paintings made by one of India's most famous artists, MF Husain, will be shown in public for the first time this summer.

    Three Dynasties by MF Husain, courtesy of Mrs Usha Mittal Three Dynasties by MF Husain

    The Indian Civilisation series would be on display at London's Victoria and Albert Museum from 28 May to 27 July, auction house Christie's said.

    Police vehicle in collision 13:30:

    A marked police car was involved in a collision with two other cars outside University Hospital in Lewisham at about 11:00, the Met says.

    London Ambulance says three people were treated at the scene suffering from neck and chest pains before being taken to hospital.

    Dog finds missing 92-year-old 13:20:

    A 92-year-old who went missing from a care home in Claremont Way in Barnet on Wednesday was found by a police dog in a nearby wooded area.

    Mykola Muzyka, who suffers with dementia, had got tangled in the dense undergrowth where the dog was able to track him, Metropolitan Police said.

    Lunchtime news 13:09: Sonja Jessup Presenter, BBC London News

    We'll be hearing from GPs about concerns that some surgeries in London could have to close because of government cuts to funding.

    And we take a look inside the London laboratory that's studying babies to help them understand more about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

    Collision in Lewisham 13:00:

    There has been a collision outside University Hospital on Lewisham High Street. Police are directing traffic past the scene, TfL Traffic News has tweeted.

    Justice 'severely lacking' for shot PC 12:50:

    John Murray, a friend and former colleague of shot officer Yvonne Fletcher, said three decades on justice has been "severely lacking".

    Floral tributes at the memorial for PC Yvonne Fletcher

    He said he believed the Met and the UK government had "lacked the commitment" in solving the murder. Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe responded: "John is very passionate about this case, but he's no more passionate than I am."

    Coldplay at the Albert Hall 12:40:

    Coldplay will perform at London's Royal Albert Hall on 1 July to tie in with the release of their their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories.

    The band are set to release the album on 19 May.

    Robert Elms show 12:25: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    We'll be hearing about the acts featuring in this year's London International Ska Festival from organiser Sean Flowerdew and Robert will be talking to one of the performers, Dennis Bovell.

    Headline acts this Easter weekend include Horace Andy, Derrick Morgan, Keith & Tex, and Ken Parker.

    Cyclist injured 12:17:

    A cyclist, who was training with a friend for the London to Brighton bike ride, has been injured after a hit-and-run incident in Copthorne, West Sussex.

    The 23-year-old from Horley, Surrey, was clipped by the wing mirror of a black Peugeot car yesterday evening as he rode along Copthorne Common Road, Sussex Police said.

    On this day 12:05:

    Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's funeral was held at St Paul's Cathedral on 17 April last year.

    The funeral of Margaret Thatcher
    Lamb-less meals 11:55:

    A series of tests in London and Birmingham takeaways has found nearly of third of lamb meals contained a different meat.

    The Foods Standards Agency (FSA) found that 43 out of 145 samples of lamb takeaways - usually curries or kebabs - were wrongly described, and contained beef which is cheaper than lamb.

    Firearms seizure 11:46:

    Metropolitan Police tweeted: Thirty firearms seized by #WalthamForest#Gangs Task Force in one of the Met's biggest ever gun seizures.

    Guns seized by police
    Arsenal women held 11:34: Tony Leighton Women's football reporter

    Alex Scott's goal ensured FA Cup holders Arsenal opened their Women's Super League season with a 1-1 draw at Notts County.

    The Gunners were poor before the break, but much better in the second half and may well have won the game after right-back Scott levelled.

    Libyan embassy siege 11:25:

    PC Yvonne Fletcher was one of 50 officers policing a protest against Colonel Gaddafi's regime outside the Libyan embassy in St James's Square in 1984 when she was hit by gunfire from a first-floor window.

    Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Tim Fletcher (centre) and Queenie Fletcher (right) Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Tim Fletcher (centre) and Queenie Fletcher (right)

    Her death led to an 11-day siege of the building and the severing of diplomatic links between the UK and Libya. Her parents, Tim and Queenie Fletcher, were present at the memorial along with relatives, friends and colleagues from the Met Police.

    Shot PC Yvonne Fletcher remembered 11:15: Guy Smith BBC London's Home Affairs Correspondent

    tweeted: Met commissioner paying tribute to PC Yvonne Fletcher, killed 30 years ago today. Killer still not caught.

    Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
    Met vows to catch PC's killer 11:04:

    Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said officers are "determined to make sure we catch the person responsible" for the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher, who was killed 30 years ago.

    Memorial plaque of PC Yvonne Fletcher

    The 25-year-old officer was shot dead outside Libya's London embassy in St James's Square, central London, on 17 April 1984. A two-minute silence has been observed at the spot where she was gunned down.

    Barnet FC stadium row 10:54:

    A councillor who voted for Harrow Borough Council not to fight Barnet FC's planning appeal over the Hive stadium says he does not want to put taxpayer's money at risk, reports the Harrow Times.

    Signal problems 10:42:

    National Rail has said a signalling problem between Hayes and Elmers End is causing delays of up to 20 minutes to trains between Hayes and London Charing Cross.

    Mother at 12 10:29: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    Shannon Doyle, from the charity Straight Talking, told Vanessa Feltz that she was 18 years old when she had her child and had thought bringing up a child would be "easy" but later realised the child took up all her time.

    If she could she would wish to change the age at which she had her baby. Children need to be made more aware of how not to get pregnant and the implications of being a teenage parent, Ms Doyle said.

    Crystal Palace result row 10:17:

    Cardiff's 3-0 defeat by Crystal Palace in early April should not be allowed to stand, the Welsh club have said in a five-page letter obtained by the BBC.

    Cardiff City playing Crystal Palace

    The document, sent by club lawyers to the Premier League, alleges Palace boss Tony Pulis knew sporting director Iain Moody was trying to obtain Cardiff's starting line-up before the game.

    North Circular lanes blocked 10:03:

    TfL Traffic News tweeted: [A406] North Circular Road (Westbound) at the junction of Hale End Road - lanes 1 & 2 blocked due to a collision. Q's beyond Waterworks.

    Palace help Arsenal 09:58: Brendan McLoughlin BBC Sport

    Everton handed the initiative back to Arsenal in the race for fourth as their seven-match winning streak ended with a damaging defeat to Crystal Palace.

    Jason Puncheon's half-volley and Scott Dann's header put Palace in control before Cameron Jerome added a third for the Eagles to see them win 2-3.

    Mother at 12 09:50: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    Speaking on the issue of a north London 12-year-old girl becoming a mother, Christine from Stratford told Vanessa Feltz that Britain had lost its moral compass and the "circumstances are appalling".

    Christine says she tells her 12-year-old son not to go up to their friends' bedrooms without an adult's permission. She has also told him that if he becomes a young father he would be stuck in a home looking after the child while his friends built their careers.

    TfL strike over pay row 09:44:

    Supervisors and managers at Transport for London (TfL) have voted to go on strike in a row over pay and pensions.

    The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) said 1,000 staff had backed action by 3-1 in protest at a wage freeze and cuts to their final salary pensions.

    Delays on Eurostar 09:35: Paul Murphy-Kasp Journalist, BBC London

    Eurostar is running with delays of around two hours on all services in and out of St Pancras International station after a person was hit by a train near Lille in France.

    All lines near Lille are blocked while emergency services attend the scene, but Eurostar is advising anyone booked on a train to check-in as normal.

    On this day 09:27:

    In 1984, PC Yvonne Fletcher was shot dead outside the Libyan People's Bureau in central London.

    PC Yvonne Fletcher

    She had been policing a small demonstration outside the embassy.

    Your views 09:16:

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place. We'd like to know what you think.

    A return to Londonistan? 09:05: Frank Gardner BBC security correspondent

    The widely acknowledged failure of the Arab Spring uprisings to deliver democracy to the Middle East is reverberating here in Britain.

    With a backlash under way by some Arab governments against their opponents, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, could London once again become a haven for Arab dissidents bent on removing their own governments, as it was in the 1990s?

    Forensic evidence lost 08:55: BBC London 94.9

    Most cold cases are solved on forensic evidence, something that is missing in PC Keith Blakelock's case, Tony Meisels, the lawyer for Nicholas Jacobs, told BBC London 94.9.

    PC Keith Blakelock PC Keith Blakelock was stabbed 43 times

    He said the "forensic opportunities were generally lost at the time" of the riots in Tottenham in 1985 as the scene was cleared, and without forensic evidence the case would be difficult to solve.

    Seeking compensation? 08:46: BBC London 94.9

    Nicholas Jacobs has a "very strong case" for seeking compensation for being kept in custody for an extra night after being cleared of killing PC Keith Blakelock in 1985, Mr Jacob's lawyer told BBC London 94.9's Breakfast Show.

    Tony Meisels Tony Meisels says his client has a case for being held an extra night

    But Tony Meisels said his client is yet to decide whether he will seek compensation for being put on trial for a murder he did not commit.

    Cleared Blakelock suspect 'frustrated' 08:36: BBC London 94.9

    Tony Meisels, the lawyer for Nicholas Jacobs, who was cleared of the murder of PC Keith Blakelock has said Mr Jacobs was "frustrated" by the Crown Prosecution Service's decision to prosecute him.

    Following the trial Mr Jacobs was "emotional" and needed time to gather his thoughts before speaking to the media.

    PC Blakelock murder 08:26:

    The man cleared of killing PC Keith Blakelock has said he would feel "angry and disappointed at the system" if he was a member of the police officer's family.

    Nicky Jacobs Nicky Jacobs

    Speaking to BBC Newsnight, he said he would be outside court petitioning if he was in their position. Watch the full interview.

    Becoming a mother at 12 08:22: BBC London 94.9

    The father of a 12-year-old girl from north London, who became one of the country's youngest mums after giving birth to a baby girl, says it is better than finding out she is on drugs.

    Some people say social services or even the police should be involved. Vanessa Feltz is asking what do you think? Live from 09:00.

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    Travel 08:14: Paul Murphy-Kasp Journalist, BBC London

    There has been a collision northbound on the A2 Old Kent Road, near Albany Road, which is leading to delays.

    There is congestion on the M25, especially clockwise over the QE2 Bridge and anticlockwise approaching J16 M40.

    Trains and Tubes are all reporting no problems so far this morning. Keep up to date by following @BBCTravelAlert.

    Weather 08:05:

    It's a bright and dry start to the day, as this picture of the River Thames this morning shows.

    River Thames

    It'll be warm by the afternoon before cloud will gradually increase from the north with the risk of the odd light shower through to the evening. Highs of 15C (59F).

    08:00: Debabani Majumdar BBC London News

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    You can tell me your news by emailing or tweeting @BBCLondonNews.



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