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  1. 'Harrowing' 999 call played to jury in Ellie Butler child murder trial
  2. Evacuations after 'WW2 bomb' found on Lewisham building site
  3. 'Bionic woman' Claire Lomas banned from 10k race
  4. Boris Johnson attacked over Obama 'part-Kenyan' comment
  5. Bike couriers launch legal fight over workers' rights
  6. House prices rise in UK's big cities, says Hometrack
  7. Updates on Friday 22 April 2016

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Tonight's weather: Cloud and rain clearing overnight, sunny spells on Saturday

BBC Weather

It will remain cloudy with further rain through this evening. 

Overnight cloud and rain will gradually clear south leaving mostly clear skies by dawn. 

A touch of frost is possible in prone rural spots in the north of the area, such as around the Lea Valley. 

Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F). 

On air: Bicycle couriers' court case could have implications for half a million people

BBC London News

On air tonight: Many bicycle couriers spending up to 50 hours a week cycling round London delivering parcels and being told what to do, when to do it and to wear a company ID are not entitled to holiday pay, the national minimum wage and other employment rights.

This is as couriers are classed as self-employed. 

Now four bicycle couriers are taking their companies to an employment tribunal in a case that could impact on the working lives of as many as half a million people, as BBC News legal correspondent Clive Coleman reports.

Watch: What will the weather be like on Sunday for the Marathon?

Who will be the millionth runner to pass the finish line in the London Marathon?

London Marathon: Records and the #oneinamillion runner

Running blind: How do you run the London Marathon without sight?

Beth Rose

BBC News Online, London

The London Marathon is a riot of colour and food for the eyes with its stream of runners and city skyline, but what do you get from it if you're blind?

Dave Heeley

Preparation for the London Marathon takes months of dedication, long training runs which increase over time and sporting perseverance through the dead of winter.

But training has to be a little more organised and a lot more trusting for the 32 visually impaired runners and their guides taking part in this weekend's event.

Met Police Borough Commander suspended over claims of 'inappropriate behaviour'

Met Police

The Borough Commander of Richmond and Twickenham has been served with a notice of investigation and suspended from duty today, following reports of alleged inappropriate behaviour.

The allegations were first reported to the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) on Wednesday and are being investigated as potential gross misconduct.

The matter has also been referred to the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). 

Another person has been placed on restricted duties in connection with the same investigation and was served with a notice of investigation in relation to allegations of failures in duty.

Questions remain over truck arson attack

A man was spotted on CCTV squeezing through the railings at Mulberry Automotives in Bexley and setting a truck on fire.

Met Police

He poured the contents of a fuel can over the cab of a lorry at about 22:00 on 19 January then ran off towards some scaffolding as the truck ignited.

The suspect caused an estimated £30,000 worth of damage and was wearing light coloured clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or call Crimestoppers anonymously.

Why so many celebrities have died in 2016

The deaths of Prince and Victoria Wood this week come off the back of a number of other celebrity deaths this year, including Londoner David Bowie: so are more celebrities dying than usual?

Bowie through the ages

Man arrested on suspicion of sex attacks in Streatham

A 28-year-old man has been arrested in Thornton Heath in connection with a number of sex attacks against women in the Streatham area.

Police have forensically linked three separate attacks against women on Sunday 20 December, Monday 21 December and Sunday 27 March.

In the first case a 29-year-old woman was attacked from behind, punched and knocked to the floor where she was assaulted until a passerby interrupted the attack.

In the second case a 20-year-old woman was followed as she was walking along Streatham Common. She was attacked in an alleyway and sexually assaulted on the ground. In the third case a woman in her 20s was again approached and attacked from behind and assaulted in Granville Gardens.

Thirteen-mile queues on the M25 and Bakerloo Line delays

BBC Travel

On the Bakerloo Line, there are minor delays between Queens Park and Harrow & Wealdstone, due to an earlier fire alert at Warwick Avenue. Good service on rest of line.  

On the roads, clockwise the M25 is congested between J30 (Lakeside) and J27 for M1. There are queues for 13 Miles.

Blackwall Tunnel Approach is slow in the southbound direction, from the East Cross route. 

And there is a black cab demonstration on Pancras Road, between St Pancras and Kings Cross Stations. 

Did you accidentally leave your cat at Sunridge Park Railway Station?

Sonny, a black, long-haired male cat, was found at Sunridge Park Railway Station in Bromley on Saturday night. 


He was discovered inside a cat carrier outside a closed ticket office with a bin bag full of cat toys, biscuits, cat litter and worming tablets.

RSPCA inspector Ellen Thomas said: "It is unusual for a cat to be dumped with quite so many treats and goodies with him. His carrier was brand new, and he had everything a loving owner might need to give him a happy life.

"He seemed to have been so cared for - it was almost as if someone had left him accidentally when they got on the train."

Questions over Sadiq Khan's background 'legitimate'

The Daily Politics

Discussing the state of the mayoral race, Ayesha Hazarika, a former political adviser to Harriet Harman, said it was "legitimate" to raise the issue of whether Labour's Sadiq Khan shares the view of people he's shared a platform with in the past. 

However, she said "to go on and on and on seems a bit desperate" and warned that the Conservatives would look back on it as a "grubby" campaign.

Daily Politics

Harry Phibbs, a Conservative councillor in Hammersmith, said it was "ridiculous" to say Mr Khan shouldn't be asked about his past. 

He argued Mr Goldsmith has a "positive manifesto which hasn't had much attention" and that could help him on polling day. 

Find out more about who's standing in the London elections.

Turner's painting set in Rotherhithe features on the new £20 note

Artist JMW Turner and his painting The Fighting Temeraire, set in Rotherhithe, will feature on the new design of the Bank of England's £20 note to enter circulation in 2020.

New £20 note
Bank of England

The English Romantic artist was chosen from a list of public nominations - the first time the Bank has asked who should appear on a specific banknote.

The note, to be made of polymer, will eventually replace the current £20 note featuring the economist Adam Smith.

Did a theatre in Shoreditch host plays by Shakespeare in 1576?

As the country marks 400 years since William Shakespeare's death, experts revisit stories and events in his life. 

One such story about him is that, when he left Stratford, he put his early plays such as Romeo and Juliet on in the "First Globe", a theatre which records show opened in 1576, among drinking taverns in Shoreditch. 

Theatre excavation

In 1594, the newly formed Lord Chamberlain's Men, led by James Burbage, moved in. 

Listed as part of this troupe was writer and actor William Shakespeare. 

BreakingTwo men handed life sentences for 'drive-by' plot

Tarik Hassane and Suhaib Majeed receive life sentences for a "drive-by" plot to kill UK police or soldiers.

Tarik Hassane
Met Police

Earlier in the trial, the court heard how Mr Hassane - who is accused of pledging his allegiance to IS during his time studying in Sudan - is said to have carried out online reconnaissance of targets at Shepherd's Bush police station and the Parachute Regiment Territorial Army Barracks at White City.    

Latest headlines: Boris Johnson under fire for Obama comment, Cipriani trial to continue

Pippa Stephens

BBC News Online, London

  • Jury hears parents call 999 after Ellie Butler's 'fatal fall'
  • England rugby star Danny Cipriani's trial for drink-driving will continue after a judge dismissed an application to have the case thrown out
  • Boris Johnson attacked over Obama 'part-Kenyan' comment

Nine mile tailbacks choking M25

BBC Travel

The M25 is struggling clockwise at the moment from J28 to J30. Three lanes have been closed following a multi-vehicle crash which is causing nine miles of queues.

For more travel updates follow @BBCTravelAlert

House prices rise in UK's big cities, says Hometrack

House prices in cities such as Liverpool, Cardiff and Southampton rose sharply in the first three months of the year, a survey has suggested.


Hometrack, which monitors property prices in 20 UK cities, suggested that the increase was driven by interest from buy-to-let investors.

It recorded house price growth of 4.1% in Liverpool and London in the first quarter of the year.

This was the fastest rise among cities across the country, it said.

BreakingEngland rugby star's trial for drink driving in Fulham will continue as judge dismisses application

England rugby star Danny Cipriani's trial for drink-driving will continue after a judge dismissed an application to have the case thrown out. 

The player, 28, is accused of being so drunk his eyes were "glazed", slurring his words and not being able to stand straight after he crashed his black Mercedes into a taxi at 05:15 on 1 June last year. 

Danny Cipriani

Senior District Judge Howard Riddle ruled Mr Cipriani has a case to answer after the defence said there was not "sufficient" evidence the breathalyser test in the police station was working properly.

The player denies drink-driving in Fulham, west London.  

An American in Paris show to dance into West End in 2017

Broadway musical hit An American in Paris, inspired by the Oscar-winning MGM film classic starring Gene Kelly, is to open in the West End next year.

Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope will reprise their roles in the West End
Matthew Murphy

The show, directed by British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, tells the story of an American GI falling in love in post-war Paris.

The Broadway production won four Tony awards in 2015, with Wheeldon picking up the prize for best choreography.

It will open at London's Dominion Theatre on 21 March 2017.

Boris Johnson attacked over Obama 'part-Kenyan' comment

Boris Johnson has come under fire for comments about President Barack Obama's "part-Kenyan" ancestry.

Boris Johnson

Writing in the Sun, the London mayor criticises Mr Obama's call for Britain to remain in the EU, calling it "downright hypocritical".

He points to claims Mr Obama had an "ancestral dislike of the British Empire" because of his own heritage.

Labour's Diane Abbott branded the comments "offensive" and Lib Dem Lord Campbell said they were "unacceptable".

'Bionic woman' Claire Lomas banned from 10k race

A paralysed woman who became the first person to complete a marathon in a "bionic" suit four years ago has been banned from entering a 10k race.

Claire Lomas completed the London Marathon in her suit in 2012
Getty Images

Claire Lomas, from Leicestershire, walked the London Marathon in 17 days in the suit after she broke her back in a horse-riding accident in 2007.

Orgnaiser of the Vitality London 10k said UK Athletics rules prohibit the use of motors.

Ms Lomas said she was "disappointed" by the ruling.

Jailed tycoon Asil Nadir transferred to Turkish prison

Tycoon Asil Nadir, who was jailed in the UK for stealing millions of pounds from his Polly Peck empire, has been transferred to a prison in Turkey.

Nadir was convicted in 2012 of the theft of nearly £29m from the major UK conglomerate in the late 1980s.

Asil Nadir
Getty Images

He was jailed for 10 years after an Old Bailey trial, and ordered to pay £5m in compensation.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said he had now paid £2m in legal aid and the compensation, and could be transferred.

Weather update: Increasing chance of rain

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudier and cooler afternoon than on Thursday, with a continuing easterly wind. 

There is an increasing chance of seeing intermittent light rain from the south, perhaps eventually becoming more persistent by the evening. 

Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F).

On air: Will a music venue linked to Eel Pie island where the Rolling Stones played spring back to life?

BBC London News

Coming up on air at lunchtime: Could one of London's defunct but most iconic music venues be about to come back to life? 

Eel pie island

It was based on Eel Pie island in the River Thames at Twickenham in the 1960s and was where the Rolling Stones started out. 

Now campaigners want to open a museum, with a linked music venue, resurrecting the island's famous name. BBC London's Gareth Furby reports.

Tottenham's Harry Kane is a top-class striker, says Peter Crouch

London 24

Stoke City Striker Peter Crouch is gushing with praise for Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane.

"I remember when I was at Spurs and he was basically just breaking through. He was a goalscorer, you could tell that, but he is a top-class centre-forward now.

“I think he is a clever player and he has got two good feet, I think he has got everything, really, that you need as a centre forward."

Jack Susianta canal death: Police 'did all they could'

An inspector in charge of police trying to help a teenager who drowned in a canal has said he was right not to ask officers to go into the water.

Jack Susianta drowned after jumping into Regents Canal in Walthamstow Marshes in July 2015.

The 17-year-old had suffered a psychotic episode and escaped through a window from his home in Hackney.

Jack Susianta

Acting Insp James Reynolds told an inquest police had to carry out an assessment before taking action.

This would take into account the conditions of the water and if officers could swim, and involve communicating a rescue plan, St Pancras Coroner's Court heard.

Possible unexploded WW2 bomb found in Lewisham causing travel disruption in the area

A device, believed to be a World War Two bomb, has been found on a building site on Boone Street in Lewisham, say police. 

Lee High Road has been cordoned off following the discovery of the ordnance

Police officers and specialist officers are currently at the scene.

A 200m cordon is currently in place and will be for some time, says the Met.

A local school and a number of properties have been evacuated "as a precaution", it added and a number of road closures are currently in place, causing significant disruption to the area.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if at possible.

Latest headlines: President Obama visits London, possible unexploded wartime bomb found in Lewisham

Pippa Stephens

BBC News Online, London

  • 'Harrowing' 999 call played to jury in Ellie Butler child murder trial
  • Four London bike couriers a launch legal fight over workers' rights
  • Part of Lee High Road near Lewisham has been cordoned off after a device - possibly an unexploded wartime bomb - was found on a building site

999 call 'inaudible with screaming and shouting'

In the 999 call played to the Old Bailey's jury, Ben Butler comes on the phone and swears at the female operator as he confirms the address to send the ambulance, saying Ellie has "fallen down". 

Jennie Gray is then instructed to give her daughter CPR with breaths followed by 30 chest compressions.   

Ben Butler Jennie Gray
Julia Quenzler

As the call was played, Ms Gray broke down in tears in the dock. Much of the call was inaudible with screaming and shouting as the operator repeatedly tells the couple to "calm down". 

Mr Butler denies Ellie's murder and Ms Gray has pleaded not guilty to child cruelty. 

'It's my daughter, she's not breathing' - 999 call from panicked mother

In the case of Ellie Butler, the prosecution said a post-mortem examination ruled out an accidental fall and her death was put down to Mr Butler either beating her over the head with a heavy object or throwing her against the floor or wall.   

Graphic designer Ms Gray, her mother, has admitted perverting the course of justice by hiding or destroying evidence after rushing home from work to protect her partner. 

Ben and Ellie Butler
Rex Features

The 15-minute call to emergency services was played to the Old Bailey jury. 

During the call, Ms Gray screams and shouts telling the operator: "It's my daughter, she's not breathing."

Mr Butler denies Ellie's murder and Ms Gray has pleaded not guilty to child cruelty. 

Breaking'Harrowing' 999 call played to jury in Ellie Butler child murder trial

A harrowing 999 call has been played in the trial of a father accused of battering his six-year-old daughter to death in a fit of rage. 

Ellie Butler was found by medics with catastrophic head injuries in her bedroom on the afternoon of 28 October 2013. 

Her parents Ben Butler and Jennie Gray, both 36, called 999 two hours after she was fatally hurt while home alone with her father and another child, the Old Bailey heard. 

Mr Butler, of Sutton, south-west London, denies Ellie's murder and along with Ms Gray has pleaded not guilty to child cruelty over an earlier shoulder injury. 

Video: President Obama arrives in London

President Obama has arrived in London from Saudi Arabia.

On his final scheduled trip to the UK before he leaves office, he will have lunch with the Queen, but the political focus of his visit is on what he will say about why he thinks Britons should vote to stay in the EU.

Barack Obama
Getty Images

Arsenal beat West Brom 2-0

BBC Sport

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez scored twice last night as his club beat West Brom to strengthen their hopes of a top-four finish.

The Gunners had drawn their previous two games but Sanchez settled the nerves with a neat finish on the turn from outside the area.

Alexiz Sanchez
Getty Images

West Brom's Gareth McAuley hit the bar with a header but that was as close as they came to a goal.

And Sanchez's driven free-kick secured the win for Arsenal, who move up to third, five points behind Tottenham.

Relive Arsenal's win over West Brom.

Bike couriers launch legal fight over workers' rights

Four London bicycle couriers are taking their companies to a tribunal in a bid to get employed workers' rights, including paid holidays and the minimum wage.

If successful, the case could have a huge impact on the growing number of workers who are being wrongly categorised as self-employed.

The couriers are considered self-employed contractors despite working for one firm for about 50 hours a week.

Bike courier

The courier companies say the tribunal claims are unfounded.

The often-long working day of a London courier involves weaving through the city's crowded and congested streets in the saddle covering 60 to 70 miles, to be normally paid between £2 and £3 per delivery, depending on distance.

Legal dispute about longer Gatwick Express trains centres around safety

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) says it is "reluctant" to take the Aslef union to court in a dispute over driving longer Gatwick Express trains.

A spokesman says: "Drivers have safely operated the doors on Gatwick Express services for many years so passengers will find their refusal to drive the new trains baffling." 


They say the trains will increase capacity and reliability and give a more comfortable travelling environment for passengers.  

But the union maintains longer trains operated only by drivers are unsafe and it believes passengers want guards on trains.

Court battle for Thameslink and Aslef over driving longer Gatwick Express trains

Govia Thameslink Railway is taking legal action against the rail union Aslef after its members' refusal to drive new, longer trains on the Gatwick Express. 

It will take its case to the High Court in London today after accusing union members of refusing to drive the first services that were due to operate in 12-car formation in recent days. 

The union is planning to ballot its members for industrial action over the dispute, saying it has never reached an agreement for the new trains on the Gatwick Airport to London Victoria service.

Heavy traffic on the M25 and delays due to roadworks

BBC Travel

There is heavy traffic on the M25 this morning, both on the clockwise and anticlockwise routes. 

Traffic is moving slowly on the M25 clockwise between Clacket Lane Services and J6 A22 Godstone and between J10 A3 Wiseley Interchange and J11 A317 Chertsey.

On the anticlockwise route, traffic is busy between J21 M1 and J19 A41 in Watford and between J16 M40 and J15 M4 at Thorney Interchange.

In Forest Hill, Sydenham Hill is closed northbound at Sydenham Rise due to overrunning roadworks, with bus route 363 on diversion.

There is also queuing traffic on the A406 North Circular Road westbound in Wembley at Ikea due to roadworks, which is leading to congestion to Staples Corner.

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