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  1. Updates on Friday 15 April 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Tonight's weather: Rain will begin to ease this evening, with lighter rain tomorrow

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    The rain will ease across London this evening, and although there may still be the odd spot around overnight, most places will be dry.

    Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F)

  3. On air: A mother's caesarean pleas & remembering the man behind 'Mind The Gap'

    Riz Lateef

    BBC London presenter

    Coming up on BBC London News.

    A mother whose baby died after complications during his birth has spoken about how her pleas for a caesarean were ignored.

    And we'll be remembering Phil Sayer, the voice behind the "Mind The Gap" announcements on the Tube who died last night.

    Phil Sayer and his family
    Image caption: Phil Sayer and his family

    Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. George Galloway 'would stand in Tooting by-election' if Sadiq Khan wins

    Susana Mendonca

    BBC Radio London Political Reporter

    George Galloway

    George Galloway, the Respect Party's London Mayoral candidate, has told me if Labour's Sadiq Khan is elected, he'll stand in the subsequent Tooting by-election

    Mr Galloway has previously been an MP in London when he was the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow between 2005 and 2010.

  5. No London MPs running London Marathon

    The London Marathon takes place in just over a week's time and organisers have announced which Westminster's MPs are taking part.

    Runners in London Marathon

    While the likes of Labour's Dan Jarvis and Wales Secretary of State Alun Cairns are running, there is a notable absence from any London-based members.

    Of the eight MPs who are running, only Conservative Amanda Sollowayand and Simon Danczuk from Labour will be making their debuts with the other six having run before.

  6. Travel: Delays in Blackwall Tunnel and on Hendon Way

    BBC Travel

    There are long delays southbound on the Blackwall Tunnel between the A13 East India Dock Road junction and Blackwall Lane because of an earlier broken down vehicle.

    And a lane is closed on the A41 Hendon Way northbound in Brent Cross between the Wessex Gardens junction and Brent Cross flyover because of flooding.

    For the latest travel updates visit the BBC London travel page or follow @BBCTravelAlert

  7. QPR 'belong in the Premier League' - Nasser El Khayati

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    Nasser El Khayati

    Nasser El Khayati says Queens Park Rangers are "a team whose home is in the Premier League, not the Championship".

    Speaking to BBC Radio London the Dutch forward said the club needed "to push as hard as possible this season to be ready for next season."

    The R's, relegated from the top flight last season, are currently 11th in the Championship table.

  8. Strikes postponed on Piccadilly line

    Planned strikes on the Piccadilly line have been put back a week after "good progress" was made in peace talks.

    Piccadilly Tube train

    RMT members were due to stage two 24-hour walkouts from next Tuesday over claims of a breakdown in industrial relations.

    Following the discussions, the union said the new stoppages will be postponed to the following week.

  9. Church leaders criticised after trainee vicar jailed

    Church leaders have been heavily criticised by a judge after a former trainee vicar was jailed for grooming and raping two teenage girls.

    Judge Philip Katz QC said a press statement by the capital's Church of England diocese after Timothy Storey was convicted may have been "a shameful misrepresentation of the truth".

    Timothy Storey

    Judge Katz also questioned the evidence of one diocese official who appeared at Storey's trial, and said the man's superior had "arrogantly refused" to give a statement to prosecutors.

    After jailing Storey for 15 years, the judge told the court: "It seems to me that there was a wholesale failure by those responsible at that time for safeguarding, to understand whose interests they should have been safeguarding."

  10. Church youth leader 'serious danger to public' - judge

    A judge said the "insidious" behaviour of a former church youth leader who groomed and raped two teenage girls he befriended at religious summer camps meant he was still a serious danger to the public.

    As a result Philip Katz QC ordered Timothy Storey, 35, to serve an extended period of four years on licence, on top of his 15 year custodial sentence.

    Judge Katz said Storey had manipulated both teenagers "into situations where you knew it was going to be their word against yours".

    He added: "They both trusted you, as did many others. Your behaviour also demonstrates rank hypocrisy."

  11. The sexism female expats are still having to endure

    A Londoner who moved to Brazil in 2014 says that in terms of women's equality, she often felt as if she had gone back in time to the 1950s.

    Sheila Taylor

    Writer and photographer Sheila Taylor moved to Rio do Janeiro for work and said she found herself confronting male chauvinism that the UK had given up decades ago.

    In one case when she was arguing with a friend's male colleague, she said she was labelled as a "brava" meaning that she was "out of control" for arguing so forcefully with a man.

    Read more the sexism other female expats have endured when moving abroad here.

  12. Abuse detective admits 'sexually touching' girl

    A detective working in a child abuse investigation unit has admitted sexually touching a young girl more than 10 years ago. 

    Detective Constable Christopher Maitland pleaded guilty at London's Southwark Crown Court to two counts of sexually touching a child under the age of 13 on or around 6 June 2005. 

    The 40-year-old, who works in the Metropolitan Police's sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, is currently suspended from duty. 

    Wearing a grey jumper and standing with his hands clasped and head bowed, Maitland spoke only to plead guilty to both charges. 

    He had pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates' Court in March to five charges of taking and seven charges of making indecent images of a child. 

    He will be sentenced for a total of 14 sexual offences on 13 May at Southwark Crown Court, Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said.

  13. Woman raped on Putney Heath

    A woman was raped by man as she walked along a lane in Putney Heath on Tuesday night.

    The woman, in her 20s, was heading along Roehampton Lane towards Alton Road at about 22:00 when she was assaulted by the man.

    Scotland Yard said the suspect was aged in his late 20s to early 30s, had olive complexion and black hair. He was wearing a dark jacket and baggy trousers.

    Police have appealed for anybody with information to contact them.

  14. Analysis: How the mayoral campaign turned nasty

    Susana Mendonca

    BBC Radio London Political Reporter

    Elections are rarely chummy affairs - but over the past few days relations between the two leading candidates in London's mayoral race have become distinctly unfriendly.

    Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan

    Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith has been accused of running a "desperate" and "racist" smear campaign against his Labour opponent Sadiq Khan.

    Clearly incensed at the accusation - which he rejects - Mr Goldsmith has pushed full steam ahead with his claims that the Labour candidate has given "oxygen to extremists".

    Mr Khan, in turn, fiercely denies this.

    None of the above sounds particularly positive. Ask either of these candidates who is being negative, though, and they will tell you it's the other guy.

    You can see a full list of all the mayoral candidates here.

  15. Met policemen help deliver baby

    Two Met police officers helped deliver a baby when they came across a woman who was in labour on West Ferry Road this morning.

    Two officers with family

    The officers were on routine patrol when they discovered the heavily pregnant woman leaning against a bollard in distress at about 04:00.

    The PCs realised the mum-to-be was in the final stages of labour, as the baby's head was crowning, and safely delivered a baby girl who was placed into a police jacket to keep warm.

    The woman, baby and her husband, who had been trying to get assistance from a local medical centre, were taken to Barkantine Medical Birthing Centre for further attention and are said to be doing well.

    PC Rob Ruston said he was "just doing my job".

  16. Camden calls for HS2 compensation

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    Camden Council is petitioning the House of Lords calling for more compensation for residents living along the route of the planned HS2 railway.

    People living between 120m and 300m of the high-speed line can claim a lump sum of up to £22,500 if they live in a rural area, but this is not available in London.

    The leader of Camden Council said it was "simply not fair" that local people could endure disruption until 2033 "without a penny of compensation".

  17. England forwards extend stay at Saracens

    BBC Sport

    England forwards Maro Itoje and George Kruis have extended their contracts with Premiership champions Saracens.

    Maro Itoje (left) and George Kruis

    Second-rowers Itoje, 21, and Kruis, 26, will now remain at the north London club until the summer of 2019.

    "They have been in superb form this season for both club and country, and they are only going to get better," said Sarries boss Mark McCall.

  18. The barber shops turning gender neutral

    The cost of a simple cut and blow dry for a woman is typically around £50 in the capital, but it's almost always significantly less expensive if you're a man.

    However, a barber shop in north London is joining a growing trend of charging for the style, not the gender of the head being coiffured.

    Klara Vanova cutting hair

    Klara Vanova runs Barberette in Hackney, which she describes as a "hairdressing hub, not a salon" and a gender neutral barber shop.

    She says set up her business in 2012 "because of my experience having short hair myself".

  19. Watch: 46 miles doable for beginners - Sir Bradley Wiggins

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    Video caption: A feel of a professional race - Wiggins

    Sir Bradley Wiggins has been helping launch the new RideLondon 46-mile cycling challenge.

    Britain's first Tour de France winner says the event is a "fantastic opportunity for people at an entry level".