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  1. Updates on Thursday 19 May 2016

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By Tim Stokes and Chirag Trivedi

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

Travel: Signal failure at Farringdon

BBC Travel

A signal failure at Farringdon is causing severe delays on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines. The Metropolitan line is also part suspended between Baker Street and Aldgate because of the problem.

There is queuing traffic on Tower Bridge road in Bermondsey between the Bricklayers Arms and Tower Hill around the roadworks area.

And an accident on the A214 Trinity Road in Wandsworth has partially blocked the road southbound between the Windmill Road junction and Magdalen Road junction.

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

On air this evening: Southwark Council in court & Sadiq Khan makes arts push

Riz Lateef

BBC London presenter

Coming up on BBC London News this evening:

Southwark Council says it could take months for it to seize back homes that were illegally rented out with the help of one of its own employees - we'll have a special report.

Sadiq Khan with dancers
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And we'll hear from Sadiq Khan who has declared that the arts are as important an issue for the capital as housing and security.

Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

Watch: Shop burgled in Bermondsey

Scotland Yard has released footage of a Co-op being burgled in Bermondsey.

The CCTV shows three men smashing the lower half of the glass front door, then entering the shop and jumping behind the counter.

After putting quantities of tobacco, cigarettes and scratchcards into a bag the men leave the building.

Police said the burglary took place between 04:00 and 04:45 on Monday 9 May and have called for anybody who recognises the men to contact them.

Tonight's weather: Any clouds will clear after midnight

BBC weather chart

Through this evening and overnight, a band of cloud and some rain or drizzle will cross all parts, clearing shortly after midnight, leaving the rest of the night dry.

There is the small chance of some mist forming, particularly around the Chilterns.

Minimum Temperature: 12C (54F)

David Haye hopes to raise £50k for injured boxer Nick Blackwell

BBC Sport

David Haye and Mark de Mori
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London boxer David Haye hopes Saturday's fight with Arnold Gjergjaj at the O2 Arena will raise more than £50,000 for Nick Blackwell.

Blackwell has said he will not fight again after sustaining serious head injuries in his middleweight fight against Chris Eubank Jr in March.

Haye has pledged to donate 10% of the money from ticket sales for the bout.

Hounslow Council builds 'largest solar array'

The London Borough of Hounslow claims to have created the largest array of solar panels ever put up by a local authority.

Western International Market

The installation of 6,000 solar panels on the roof of Western International Market will generate half of the site's required electricity, the council says.

The site is west London's largest wholesale market for fresh produce and flowers, and uses around 3.5 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity to provide climate controlled facilities to around 80 wholesalers and buyers.

Man arrested over Hackney fire

A 28-year-old man has been arrested after a man died following an explosion at a block of flats in Hackney.

The man was one of four inside the building in Stamford Hill when the fire broke out yesterday afternoon.

Fire engines outside flats

A 31-year-old man died after being taken to a specialist burns unit in Essex.

A 29-year-old man and a 28-year-old men both remain in a critical condition in hospital.

The man who has been arrested was being treated in a central London hospital but was discharged earlier.

Scotland Yard said he was held "in connection with the incident" and remains in custody in an east London police station.

Critics 'plus one' tickets policy ends at the National Theatre

The National Theatre is to introduce a policy banning critics from bringing so-called "plus ones" to performances.

National Theatre

Traditionally, theatres and music venues issue two tickets to every attending critic, so they can bring a friend or colleague to shows.

But the National Theatre website now states that, from August, critics will have to purchase any extra tickets.

The company said the move would allow them to offer more seats to critics from online and broadcast media.

360-degree behind the scenes at Wembley

BBC Sport

Doctor critically injured in Las Vegas crash leaves hospital

A junior doctor from Camden who was critically injured when he was hit by a truck in Las Vegas has been discharged from hospital.

Writing on a fundraising page set up by friends, Dr Sebastian Kola-Bankole revealed he was able to "walk out of the hospital, slowly but unaided" three months and three days after the crash.

Dr Sebastian Kola-Bankole
Ros Sarai

He said he was "honoured to be part of a truly humbling story" and thanked "friends, colleagues, acquaintances and strangers... from the bottom of my heart".

Nearly £200,000 was raised as part of the campaign after it was discovered Dr Kola-Bankole did not have travel insurance.

Watch: The man known as the British Schindler

A special service will be held at the Guildhall later today in memory of Sir Nicholas Winton who rescued more than 600 children from Czechoslovakia after the Nazis invaded the country in 1939.

Richard Galpin looks at the life of the man behind Kindertransport.

British Museum reopens following protest

Greenpeace protesters

The British Museum has confirmed it has reopened following the earlier protest by Greenpeace campaigners.

The museum was shut for several hours after activists climbed the columns outside the institution to protest BP's sponsorship of a new exhibition.

Alan Pardew 'can't put a price' on FA Cup victory

Chris Slegg

BBC London sports journalist

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew says the 1990 FA Cup final, where the Eagles drew 3-3 with Manchester United before losing in the replay, transformed the club.

Speaking at a media conference, the Palace chief said you "couldn't put a price" on what winning on Saturday would do.

The London side take on Man Utd at Wembley at 17:30.

Daughter 'fatally injured playing on stairs' - Ben Butler

A father accused of killing his six-year-old daughter in a violent rage said she probably died while he was asleep and claimed: "Children fall over."

Ben and Ellie Butler
Rex Features

Ben Butler, 36, told the Old Bailey Ellie Butler was probably fatally injured while she was playing on the stairs with new puppy Minnie weeks before she died in October 2013.

But prosecutor Ed Brown QC said there was no evidence that Ellie was a "clumsy" child at school.

Mr Butler also said he would "die" for his daughter and denied being dishonest to the jury.

The former car salesman, from Sutton, denies murder and child cruelty. 

AFC Wimbledon book place in League Two play-off final

BBC Sport

Lyle Taylor's extra-time goal booked AFC Wimbledon a spot in the League Two play-off final after a thrilling semi-final second leg at Accrington Stanley.

Adebayo Akinfenwa
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Having lost the first leg 1-0, Stanley levelled the tie through Josh Windass' penalty after Scott Brown was fouled.

Piero Mingoia's screamer then put the hosts ahead, before Adebayo Akinfenwa's header took the game into extra time.

And Taylor slotted in to make it 2-2 on the night and send the Dons through to the final against Plymouth on 30 May.

Final Greenpeace activist led away from British Museum by police

Ayshea Buksh

BBC London reporter

The final Greenpeace protester has come down from the columns surrounding the British Museum and been led away by police.

However the anti-BP banners are still attached to the columns.

Protesters at British Museum

The British Museum remains closed with the police cordon still in place.

Police cordon around British Museum

Murder investigation launched after woman dies in Hampstead

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a woman at an address in Maitland Park Villas, Hampstead.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service early this morning to reports of an injured woman in her 40s. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Maitland Park Villas

A Post Mortem examination is due to take place at St Pancras Mortuary tomorrow.

A man in his 40s was arrested close to the scene on suspicion of murder. He is believed to be a resident at the same address.

Weather: Fine and warm with some sunshine

BBC Weather

Cloud will continue to break up to reveal some sunny spells this afternoon. Apart from the odd light shower, most places will stay dry.

It will feel fairly warm in the sunshine with light winds.

Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F).

BBC weather chart

Charing Cross reopens after evacuation

Charing Cross Station has reopened after an earlier evacuation to investigate the smell of smoke.

London Fire Brigade confirmed they left the scene around 12:15.

The incident is still causing some delays, Transport for London confirmed.

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On air at lunchtime: Museum closed by protest & Southwark Council in court

Sonja Jessup

BBC London News

We'll be live at the British Museum after it was forced to close following a protest by Greenpeace.

Greenpeace protest at British Museum

And why Southwark Council is having to go through the courts to get back its own council properties after one of its own employees helped illegally rent them out.

Join me on BBC One at 13:30pm.

Charing Cross evacuated due to fire alarm

Emma Jones

BBC London

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All passengers were asked to leave Charing Cross station at about 11:45 "due to a reported emergency".

Four fire engines are currently present at the station.

Fire engines outside Charing Cross station

ASLEF 'disappointed' by Govia legal action

ASLEF has released a statement after Govia Thameslink Railway issued papers at the High Court to mount a legal challenge against a strike ballot by the union on its Southern and Gatwick services:

ASLEF is disappointed that GTR is taking legal action against our ballot of Southern and Gatwick Express drivers. We have yet to take any industrial action. The result of the ballot is due on Monday 23 May following which ASLEF’s executive committee will determine the union’s next steps.

ASLEF spokesman

Queen was at home when man scaled Buckingham Palace wall

It is believed that the Queen was at Buckingham Palace last night when a 41-year-old man scaled a perimeter wall.

Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen"s Speech from the throne
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Yesterday she attended the State Opening of Parliament and she is due to be at a garden party at the Palace this afternoon.

The man was found in the palace grounds at about 20:40, Scotland Yard said.

'BP responsible for one of the worst oil spills in history' - Greenpeace

A Greenpeace activist has been speaking about why the environmental group are protesting against BP's involvement with the British Museum.

Activists climb British Museum columns

Activist Elena Polisano said BP was "responsible for one of the worst oil spills in history" and was committed to digging up and burning more fossil fuels.

She said: "We know that the deal between the British Museum and BP is currently being negotiated inside and we're asking the museum to drop BP."

BP 'proud to have partnered the British Museum'

Greenpeace protesters climb the British Museum

The British Museum remains closed after 14 Greenpeace activists climbed the columns outside the British Museum in protest against the BP's sponsorship of a new exhibition.

A spokesman for BP said the firm "has a long history as a major supporter of arts and culture in the UK".

"We are proud to have partnered the British Museum for 20 years, supporting significant exhibitions such as the new Sunken Cities exhibition," he said.

Buckingham Palace statement on security breach

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace has released this statement after a man scaled a perimeter wall and was found in the grounds last night:

"We never comment on security, which is a matter for the police."

Man located in Buckingham Palace grounds

Police said the 41-year-old was located in the grounds by police seven minutes after the alarm was activated when he climbed over the perimeter wall at Buckingham Palace.

Buckingham Palace

He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site and remains in custody.

Commander Adrian Usher, head of the Met's Royalty and Specialist Protection, said "at no time was any individual at risk."

The man was not armed and no Taser were deployed.

BreakingMan scales wall at Buckingham Palace

A 41-year-old man has been arrested after scaling a perimeter wall at Buckingham Palace last night, police have said.

Watch: Cheers as protest banners unfurled at British Museum

Ayshea Buksh

BBC London reporter

Fourteen people climb up museum columns

Ayshea Buksh

BBC London reporter

Protesters climbing British Museum columns

I've been told 14 people have climbed up the columns outside the British Museum but the direct action by Greenpeace involves 80 people.

Police have cordoned off the museum but Great Russell street is still open. However, it is congested as people stop to see what is happening.

Greenpeace statement on British Museum protest

Greenpeace says it is protesting outside the British Museum because it objects to BP using the "spectacular" exhibition as a way to clean up "the polluting realities of its business."

"We're here today taking a stand because of the irony of an oil company sponsoring an exhibition whose name practically spells out impacts of climate change. What were they thinking?" the environmental group said.

police cordon around British Museum

The protest, which has shut the museum, was planned for the opening day of the summer exhibition about two lost Egyptian cities that lay buried under the sea for thousands of years.

Arts sector 'as important as housing and security' - Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan says supporting the capital's arts, culture and the creative industries is one of his "core priorities".

Sadiq Khan joins Londoners from across the capital as they do their warm-ups at City Hall for the International Big Dance Pledge

The new mayor said the sector was "up there with housing, the environment and security" and he would be developing a "comprehensive Culture Strategy" including protecting grassroots music venues and appointing a "Night Czar".

Earlier he was outside City Hall with dancers for a preview performance ahead of the worldwide Big Dance Pledge event which begins tomorrow.

Sadiq Khan and dancers outside City Hall

British Museum closed due to Greenpeace protest

The British Museum has been temporarily shut because of a protest being held by Greenpeace.

Protesters climbing British Museum columns
Mark Hazell

The group says it is campaigning against the institution's deal with oil company BP to sponsor its "Egypt's lost Worlds" exhibition.

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Govia starts legal action over Gatwick Express strike ballot

Govia Thameslink Railway is mounting a legal challenge against a strike ballot by the drivers' union Aslef on its Southern and Gatwick services.

The company said it had issued papers at the High Court and expects the matter to be considered at a hearing next week.

Gatwick Express train
Gatwick Express

The firm secured an injunction last month against Aslef in a dispute over the introduction of longer trains on the Gatwick Express but the union still pressed ahead with an industrial action ballot.

A Govia spokesman said: "We only launch legal action reluctantly, but it is our responsibility to do everything we can to seek to protect our passengers against further industrial action."

Memorial service to be held for Holocaust hero

A memorial service will be held later for Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued hundreds of children from the Holocaust in the months before World War Two.

Sir Nicholas Winton

The service at London's Guildhall will be attended by 400 people, including 28 of those he saved, and Czech, Slovak and UK government representatives.

Sir Nicholas organised the "Kindertransport" in which 669 mostly Jewish children came to Britain by train from Czechoslovakia in 1939.

He died on 1 July last year aged 106.

East London postcode RM 'luckiest' for most lottery wins

The east London postcode RM is the luckiest location for major National Lottery wins, Camelot has revealed.

The postcode, which includes Romford, Dagenham and Hornchurch, has had more winners of £50,000 or higher per head than anywhere else in the country

Lottery ticket

RM is followed by TS (Teesside) in the North East and WA (Warrington) in the North West for the most winners since the National Lottery began.

A total of 4,250 millionaires have been created since the draw began in 1994.

Conservative candidate chosen to contest Sadiq Khan's Tooting seat

A local businessman has been chosen by the Conservatives to try and win back Tooting from Labour in a by-election after the new London mayor Sadiq Khan stepped down as an MP. 

Dan Watkins, 38, stood as Conservative parliamentary candidate for 2015 against Mr Khan, losing by 2,842 votes. 

Dan Watkins

He has run a business in Earlsfield since 2006 and is a Governor at Oak Lodge School for the Deaf in Balham. 

He faces Labour councillor and junior doctor Rosena Allin-Khan on June 16. 

Mr Watkins lives with his wife Tamara, a social worker, and his one-year-old son Harry. 

He said: "I am hugely honoured to have been selected as the Conservative candidate in an area I have called home for 15 years and where I am proud to now be raising my family."  

Travel: Severe delays on Jubilee line