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  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 May 2016

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Tonight's weather: Risk of heavy showers in places

BBC Weather

Tonight we'll see a mixture of showers or longer spells of rain which will be locally heavy. Some mist and low cloud will develop, especially over higher ground like Shooters Hill. 

Minimum temperature 13C (55F).

On air: Busy day for the mayor, prisoner used phone to plot prison escape and Johnny Depp, live on the red carpet

BBC London News

Sadiq Khan with Anne Hidalgo
Sadiq Khan greets Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo at St Pancras International earlier

On tonight's show, the new mayor announces his first policy: two for the price of one on bus journeys within an hour.

A prisoner used a mobile phone to plot his escape from a prison van - our reporter Tom Symonds was at Woolwich Crown Court and has the details. 

And from Wonderland to Leicester Square - Hollywood A-lister Johnny Depp joins us at the premiere of his latest film, a sequel to 2010's Alice in Wonderland.

What will become of Upton Park?

Cafes, pubs and street traders face an uncertain future when West Ham leave the Boleyn Ground, their home of 112 years.

West Ham's Boleyn Ground
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The 35,000-seater stadium will be replaced by flats, but food outlets, pubs and street traders face an uncertain future when the Hammers move from E13 to E20.

Mayor withdraws objection to City Airport compulsory order

The mayor has decided to withdraw the Greater London Authority's objection to a proposed compulsory purchase of land owned by City Hall so that the airport can be expanded.

This decision was taken following "new evidence" submitted from the airport, the mayor's office said.

“The mayor continues to support the case for improved noise mitigation measures that will be considered by the Secretary of State when he decides on the planning appeal in due course,” a spokesman added.

Latest travel: M1 reopens after oil spill

The M1 has reopened southbound after an earlier incident and oil spill.

While in Chiswick, the A4 stays closed out of town from M4 Chiswick roundabout to Ealing Road after a fuel spill causing long delays in the area.

Get the latest with BBC London Travel.

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Uber launches wheelchair-accessible vehicles

Uber has launched a fleet of wheelchair-accessible vehicles that can be requested via the app.

London is currently the only location in which UberWav has been made available.

"London [black] cabs have always been easier to access because of their big doors and the space where seats flap up at the back," said Prof Tony Travers, at the London School of Economics.

"I think Uber in London were under more pressure because their main competitors had an advantage," he told the BBC.

Ben Butler murder trial: Defendant's convictions revealed in court

Jurors in the Old Bailey have heard detail of Ben Butler's previous convictions. 

These include:

  • In 2005 he pleaded guilty to common assault after he pushed his former girlfriend to the ground and "straddled her" until police arrived
  • Later that year he accepted a police caution for assault occasioning actual bodily harm after he admitted punching his former girlfriend in the face and kicking her in Morden town centre.
  • A year earlier he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and using threatening words or behaviour after he punched a man he mistakenly thought had attacked a friend.
  • In 2010, he pleaded guilty to battery after he punched another man in a kebab shop in Wimbledon

The trial continues.

Discover humanity's 'obsession' with robots

Humanity's obsession to "rebuild ourselves as machines" is the focal point of a new exhibition at the Science Museum. 

Cygan, a humanoid robot built in Italy in 1957
Called Robots, more than 100 objects will go on show, including a 16th century mechanical monk, steam-powered Victorian "men" made from brass and iron and Cygan (above), a humanoid robot built in Italy in 1957.
Lead exhibition conservator Kate Perks looks at Cygan, a humanoid robot
Visitors will be able to interact with Cygan as well as11 other working robots that will be on display.
Lead exhibition conservator Kate Perks (left) and conservation intern Vanessa Applebaum look at a Bipedal Walker, a UK robot which was one of the first outside of Japan to walk on two legs
If this whets your appetite, you'll have to wait until 8 February 2017 to go see it.

Southern train guards' strike date switched

The date of a planned strike by Southern rail conductors in a dispute over role changes and driver-only trains has been moved to 18 May.

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Southern, which is owned by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and serves Sussex, Surrey and parts of London, Kent and Hampshire, said the changes would make conductors more visible while drivers would operate doors.

It said there would be no job losses or cuts in salary.

But the Rail, Maritime and Transport Unio said under the proposed changes, conductors would be "train-hopping, because you can not cover more trains with fewer people".

Ben Butler murder trial: Partner defends accused's violent text messages

In the wake of Ellie's death, her mother Jenny Gray dismissed the text messages from Mr Butler, saying that while they were "not nice or a nice use of language" it was "how he articulates himself". 

Jennie Gray outside court

She told police: "I have not suffered violence from Ben Butler and am certainly not afraid of him, do not feel threatened or controlled by him."

Ben Butler murder trial: Violent messages sent between couple read out in court

Abusive and violent messages between a father accused of beating his six-year-old daughter to death in a fit of rage and his partner have been heard in court.

According to the messages, Ben Butler's partner Jennie Gray, both 36, was kicked out of the home they shared while she was bleeding heavily after having an abortion.

The next day she wrote: "U threw me out after what else U did. As God is my witness I will never forget. I am bleeding bad still and made worse."

Ben Butler with his daughter Ellie
Rex Features

She added: "I am bleeding and ignoring it and pain. All for U, pretending u didn't make me kill a baby u didn't want. Pretending. I won't forgive u. I wish I was dead."

Mr Butler of Sutton, south-west London, denies murder.

Both Mr Butler and Ms Gray deny a charge of child cruelty. 

Mayor's background in fighting race cases

Sadiq Khan is in the news today over his reply to US presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who said he would make him an exception to his ban on allowing Muslims in to the country. 

Before his life in politics, he worked as a human rights lawyer representing high profile cases including teachers and lawyers who had experienced racial discrimination.    

Sadiq Khan graduating from university
Sadiq Khan

Find out more about his background in this background by BBC London election reporter, Esther Webber.

Families safe after fire in homes

London Fire Brigade

Six adults and a child escaped a row of three terraced houses in East Ham this morning after they were damaged by fire. 

Some gas cylinders were involved so a temporary safety cordon was set up on Parr Road as gas cylinders can explode when exposed to heat.  

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Ex-mayor wins High Court battle over Tower Hamlets redevelopment

The former mayor of London has won a High Court battle triggered by his decision to give the green light to a controversial development in a conservation area. 

A planning judge upheld Boris Johnson's decision to intervene in the case of the historic Norton Folgate neighbourhood in Tower Hamlets, even though errors were made in the planning process. 

Afghans held in Italy 'targeted London'

Hakim Nasiri shown with gun - pic via Italian police

Police in Bari, southern Italy, arrest two Afghans suspected of plotting jihadist attacks in London as well as other European cities. 

Video clips and photos on the two detainees' mobile phones suggest they were going to launch attacks on places including hotels in West India Quay and Royal Victoria Dock.  

Hakim Nasiri shown with gun - pic via Italian police

Afghans held in Italy 'targeted London'

Police in Bari, southern Italy, arrest two Afghans suspected of plotting jihadist attacks in Italy, France and the UK.

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Latest headlines: Trump v Khan, 'Hopper' bus fare planned and new West Ham stadium 'not a fortress'

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BBC News, London

Here are the latest news stories for London:

Woman sub-let council home 'because of construction noise'

Camden New Journal

A woman facing eviction for sub-letting her council home says she felt she had to do it to get away from daily construction site noise outside.

Kathy Hill is due to learn this week whether she will have to surrender her flat on the Brunswick Estate after listing the property on Gumtree.

The Town Hall said there had not been a large number of complaints about the work to the Brunswick Centre, and that it had a duty to clamp down on illegal sub-letting.  

Missing mental health patient arrested over attempted murder

A patient who went missing from a mental health unit has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. 

Reece Davis, 23, was arrested following a stabbing on Monday in Belvedere Road, near Crystal Palace.

Croydon University Hospital

Mr Davis absconded on 5 May while on escorted leave from Croydon University Hospital in south London.

He was spotted in the Streatham Common area at about noon and remains in custody in a police station in south London. 

Who might Labour chose to contest Tooting by-election?

BBC political analyst William Wearmouth says should Labour do what parties in by-elections often do and pick a candidate with local connections, there are a number of candidates from within the ranks of Wandsworth Labour councillors. 

They include:

  • Dr Rosena Allin-Khan – a councillor in the constituency who took a seat off the Conservatives in 2014. She is also a junior doctor in A&E which may make her a strong choice given HMGs current difficulties with the NHS.
  • Cllr Ben Johnson – a councillor for Tooting ward and a Labour Party staffer.
  • Cllr Simon Hogg – a journalist, Battersea councillor and deputy leader of Wandsworth’s Labour group.

 Transport author Dr Christian Wolmar has said that he will seek Labour’s nomination.

Dan Watkins 'likely to stand for Conservatives in Tooting by-election'

BBC political analyst William Wearmouth says it is likely the Conservative Party will re-run their general election candidate, Dan Watkins.

"Mr Watkins, a local businessman and community activist, is popular with local Tories and ran a spirited campaign at the last general election. 

"Shortly after the election the local Conservative Association appointed him their “Parliamentary spokesman” which whilst not a formal reselection, this is probably just a formality. Indeed the Saturday after Sadiq Khan’s mayoral bid, local Conservatives were distributing literature across the constituency which featured Mr Watkins."

Dan watkins

Though yet to formally confirm, Respect Party leader George Galloway has hinted that he may run. He has made a number of hints on social media. 

Labour's candidate in Tooting by-election to be selected on Saturday

Susana Mendonca

BBC Radio London Political Reporter

I’m told the Labour candidates' shortlist will be drawn up by the National Executive Committee tomorrow.

Then there will be a hustings of Labour members in Tooting on Saturday at which the candidate will be selected.

Then the by-election itself, caused by the resignation of London mayor Sadiq Khan, will either be on 9 or 16 June.

At the last general election, Mr Khan held the seat for Labour with a majority of 2,842 votes (5.3%) over the Conservatives.

Afternoon weather: Heavy downpours and thunder in places

BBC Weather

Today will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain across London throughout the day. 

There will be heavy downpours at times, with the risk of thunder too. 

Highs of 17C (63F).

BBC London News: Trump v Khan plus could an old market become gentrified?

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

Mayor Sadiq Khan has hit back at US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who says Mr Khan would be exempt from a ban on Muslims entering the country. 

Mr Trump says he'd implement the law if he wins this year's US elections. 

And could one of London's oldest markets be the victim of gentrification? Join me on BBC One at 13.30. 

Last West Ham game at Upton Park

The east London team play their last game at the Boleyn in Upton Park tonight - next season they're off to the Olympic Stadium. 

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Girl, 10, records railway station security alert

Rail passengers are to hear a security and safety announcement made by a ten-year-old girl.

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has recorded a station message by Izzy, the daughter of a railway worker from Kent.


She tells travellers: "Please help ensure my mummy and daddy come home from work today safely."

GTR said: "It is more important than ever, after the atrocities in Belgium.. to keep a look-out for abandoned bags and suspicious behaviour."

West Ham fans 'sad and emotional' as club leaves Upton Park

With West Ham's move to the Olympic Stadium imminent, club figures and fans pay tribute to the Boleyn Ground, before the Hammers' last match at Upton Park on Tuesday night.

Boleyn Ground 1904-2016: Farewell Upton Park

A fifth of plants at risk of extinction, Kew report says

Rebecca Morelle

Science correspondent, BBC News

Scientists have estimated that there are 390,900 plants known to science.

The new tally is part of a report carried out by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It is its first global assessment of the world's flora.

Andrew McRobb

The study also found that 2,034 new plant species were discovered in 2015.

However, the report warns that 21% of plants are at risk of extinction, with threats including climate change, habitat loss, disease and invasive species.

Veterans head to battlefield in 60 London taxis

More than 60 London taxis carrying nearly 100 veterans are on their way to Ypres - also known as the battle fields of Belgium.

The veterans are being taken there by the London Taxi Benevolent Association For War Disabled.

War veterans outside Buckingham Palace
Graham Pike

The highlight of the trip will be a service at the Menin Gate memorial where the names of the 54,332 British, Irish and Commonwealth men who fell in the region and have no known resting place are engraved on the monument.  

Follow the Taxi Chairty on Twitter for updates on the trip.

'Hopper' bus fare: TfL 'want to impress new boss'

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

"It's London Mayor Sadiq Khan's first big transport policy announcement and perhaps there is little surprise - that from the son of a bus driver - it involves buses. 

"With Tube passengers the fare is decided by the zones. Many have said that is unfair. 

"The idea of a one hour "hopper" has been around for some time, it was part of the Liberal Democrats Mayoral manifesto in 2012 and Transport for London (TfL) have previously said a one hour bus ticket would cost £50m a year. 

"There is also a statement of intent here from TfL who have a new boss to impress and that it will deliver whatever the mayor wants. "

Mayor announces first policy: 'Hopper' bus fare to enable cheaper travel

The new mayor of London has wasted no time in announcing his first policy.

From September, a one hour "hopper" fare, where people will be able to make an additional bus journey for free within an hour of touching in on the first bus, will be introduced.

Sadiq Khan getting on a bus
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"My dad drove the number 44 bus and transport in London has always been a big part of my life.  

"The cost of a fare in London has risen for eight years in a row and now that I’m mayor I am determined to prevent the cost of travel from becoming a barrier to work."

Sadiq Khan hits out at Donald Trump for "ignorant" views

New London Mayor Sadiq Khan has hit back at presidential hopeful Donald Trump who has said he would make him an "exception" to his rule of not allowing any more Mulims into the US.

Mr Khan warned Mr Trump that his "ignorant" view of Islam could make both Britain and the US less safe. 

"This isn't just about me - it's about my friends, my family and everyone who comes from a background similar to mine, anywhere in the world," he said. 

"It risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of extremists. 

"Donald Trump and those around him think that Western liberal values are incompatible with mainstream Islam - London has proved him wrong."

Latest headlines: Trump would make exception for Khan, West Ham's new stadium will 'never be a fortress'

Rebecca Cafe

BBC News, London

Here are the latest news story for London:

Slaven Bilic says Olympic Stadium cannot be 'fortress'

BBC Sport

It will be "impossible" to recreate the Upton Park atmosphere and make the Olympic Stadium a "fortress", says West Ham manager Slaven Bilic.

The Hammers play their final competitive game at their 112-year home against Manchester United on Tuesday.

Upton Park

West Ham will move to the 60,000-capacity London 2012 Olympics venue next season.

"You need to have a hostile atmosphere, be intimidating for away teams. Forget about it - no chance," said Bilic.

Concern for family missing for a week

Police in Newham Borough are appealing for the public's help to find a missing family from Forest Gate.

Survoi Costa, 25, and her two children, Scarlett, aged seven and Scarleon, aged three, were reported missing on Thursday 5 May by social services.

The Costa family
Metropolitan Police

They were last seen at their home in Green Street, E7 on Tuesday, 3 May. 

It is believed that they may be in the company of the children's father, and Survoi's husband, 36-year-old Sumon Costa who is in breach of court imposed bail conditions.  

Donald Trump would make 'exception' for Sadiq Khan

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has said the newly elected mayor of London would be an "exception" to his proposed ban on Muslims travelling to the US.

Because of his faith, Sadiq Khan had expressed concern that he would not be able to visit the US if Mr Trump were elected.

Donald Trump and Sadiq Khan
Getty Images

Mr Trump proposed a ban on Muslims entering the US after attacks in Paris killed 130 people last year.

"There will always be exceptions," the Republican businessman said.

Travel updates: Reduced Southern services due to staff sickness

BBC Travel

On South West Trains, there are delays of up to 20 minutes between Waterloo and Clapham Junction due to overrunning works

There are also delays of up to 15 minutes between Shepperton and Fulwell due to a signalling problem.

On Thameslink, there are delays of up to 15 minutes between St Albans and St Pancras.

Southern is running a reduced service at Victoria and London Bridge due to staff sickness

On the Northern Line, there is no service from  Archway to High Barnet/Mill Hill East due to a person on the track. There are Severe delays from Camden Town to Archway.

Weather forecast: cloudy and wet with risk of thunder

BBC Weather

There will be heavy downpours at times, with a risk of thunder too. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning.

Otherwise, the day will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain across London throughout the day. 

The maximum temperature will be 17C (63F).

Traffic updates: Broken down lorries causing delays

BBC Travel

On the M25 anti-clockwise there is queueing traffic between J17 Maple Cross and J16 M40 due to a broken down lorry, which is now on the hard shoulder and all lanes have reopened.

At Hayes there is heavy traffic on The Parkway southbound between Uxbridge Road and M4 J3

At Beckton there is one lane blocked by a broken down lorry on the A13 westbound at the exit slip for A406 North Circular.

Traffic is queueing at Palmers Green on the A406 North Circular westbound from A10 to Green Lanes.

There is heavy traffic on the M11 from J6 M25 to J4 A406 North Circular.

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