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  1. Updates on Thursday 27 May 2016

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Updates for London have now ended but we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest videos, news, sport, travel and weather. Have a great Bank Holiday weekend

Tonight's weather: Dry and bright

BBC Weather

Dry and bright this evening. Some showers tomorrow. 

Lows of 10C (50F).

Hooligan clampdown ahead of Euro 2016

BBC London News

About 200 football hooligans are being targeted by the Met ahead of the start of the European Championships in France next month.

Map of Euro Championship stadium venues in France
BBC Sport

The aim is to make sure anyone with a banning order is prevented from travelling abroad.

Jim Wheble has the details coming up on BBC London News from 18:30 on BBC One.

M4 one lane blocked because of a broken down van

BBC Travel

There's lots of queuing traffic on the M4 westbound between J1, A4 (Chiswick Roundabout) and J2, A4 (Brentford) because of a broken down van. 

For more updates visit the BBC London travel page.

Dog croons to EastEnders theme tune - because, why not?

News Shopper

A singing dog who is EastEnders’ biggest four-legged fan is looking for a new owner to watch the shenanigans in Howl-bert Square, after 400 days in Brands Hatch kennels.  

EU referendum: Sian Berry says marriages under threat

The Daily Politics

London Assembly Green Party member Sian Berry explains her claim that 100,000 marriages in the capital are under threat if the UK leaves the European Union, because of immigration rules.

Daily Politics presenter Andrew Neil questioned her on whether his marriage, last year to a Swede, could be under threat in the 23 June referendum.

Sian Berry on a claim that 100,000 London marriages are under threat if the UK leaves the

UK's largest new housing development planned for Lee Valley

One of the largest housing developments in the UK is to be built in north London.

Homes development

Enfield Council says the multi-billion pound scheme will create 10,000 new homes, a third of which will be classified as 'affordable'.

Developer Barratt Homes and Segro have yet to release the prices of any of the homes.

Driver shortages hitting Southern Railways services

BBC Travel

There are reduced services on Southern Railways between Victoria and Brighton, between Brighton and Ashford International, between Milton Keynes Central and Clapham Junction and between Southampton Central and Brighton because of a shortage of drivers and conductors through sickness.

For more travel updates visit BBC London's travel page or follow @BBCTravelAlert

The true story behind the teenage war hero Jack Cornwell

Bethan Bell

BBC News Online

Who was the London boy sailor Jack Cornwell and why is his grave being honoured with Grade II Listed status?

He was only 15 when he joined the Royal Navy - and only 16 when he died less than a year later. 

Jack Cornwell

The Battle of Jutland - a 72-hour onslaught 100 years ago - was his first encounter with the enemy, and also his last.  

The working-class lad was the youngest recipient of the Victoria Cross in World War One; the highest military decoration awarded for valour in the face of the enemy.  This is his story.

Chelsea fan Baddiel predicts Mourinho's career at MUFC

BBC Radio London

David Baddiel

Chelsea fan David Baddiel has given his reaction to Jose Mourinho’s move to Manchester United. 

He told BBC Radio London’s Maria McErlene: "Mourinho will do very well for a couple of years and then he will get very cross about something and everything will go wrong. 

That’s my absolute shot in the dark for what might happen with Mourinho because it’s what’s happened every other time. 

The former Fantasy Football League presenter went on to say: I very much like Mourinho. When he first came to Chelsea in 2004/5, before he started playing the very negative football that he went on to play, he actually didn’t play that to begin with and he was incredibly exciting and he’s done lots of brilliant stuff for the club.

"I just think when things go wrong for Jose, which they have done on occasion, he doesn’t tend to change what he’s doing or responds to thing. 

"He just decides “no, everyone hates me, everyone else is wrong” and then things don’t get any better."

Severe disruption at Dartford Tunnel M25

BBC Travel

Long delays on the M25 anti-clockwise in Kent because of a broken down lorry. Queues are affecting J3 for M20 in Kent.

For the latest travel updates visit the BBC London travel page.

London Fire Brigade cuts have 'negatively hit response times'

Islington Tribune


Fire brigade response times have soared in neighbourhoods where stations were axed as part of £29m cutbacks, a study has found.

Fire fighters

Govia Thameslink authorised by government to cancel services

Under a new contract Southern Railway will be allowed to increase cancellations by a third to 32,000 per year. 

Govia Thameslink which runs Southern Railway said the cancellations took into account disruptions for Network Rail improvement works at London Bridge and Thameslink.

It is in dispute with the RMT union over the role of conductors.

The RMT said this new agreement would inflict "more misery" on passengers.

The 158-year-old tin tabernacle of Hackney is to go under the auctioneer’s online hammer

Loving Dalston

Community news website

Tin tabernacle
Loving Dalston

The little corrugated-iron church, above, in Hackney is to go to auction with a guide price of less than £2 million. Erected for Presbyterians in 1858, it is probably the oldest surviving “tin tabernacle” in England.  

London's latest headlines: Mourinho heading to Man Utd and scissor attack

Sitala Peek

BBC News, London

Here is a selection of the top stories in our newsroom this afternoon:

Lord appointed to lead London's counter-terror review

A review of police armed response is to be carried out as part of counter-terror review.

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Man injured after shooting in Brixton

Police were called to a Brixton park earlier after reports of shots being fired.

Officers were called to Max Roach Park, off Brixton Road, SW9,  just after 14:30 and one man in his 20s was found with gunshot wounds. They are not thought to be life threatening.

Forearms officers were called out and there are no arrests as yet.

Trams marked on the Tube map

For the first time, the Tube map now includes trams.

TfL is releasing posters of the latest version next week. It now shows tram connections between Wimbledon station on the District Line and West Croydon on the Overground.

It also warns of closures on the so-called ‘Goblin’ line from Gospel Oak to Barking, as Network Rail upgrades the route.

New Tube map

Watch: Will it be rain or shine for the Bank Holiday weekend?

Elizabeth Rizzini looks at what weather is in store for the capital over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Primary school class witness Walthamstow stabbing

This Is Local London

A class of primary school children watched on while a teenager was stabbed on a Walthamstow street.

Ben Butler trial: Jennie Gray cross examined and trial breaks for half-term

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

Ellie's mother Jennie Gray was invited back to the witness box to be cross-examined.

She has already pleaded guilty to perjury and denies child cruelty relating to her six-year-old who was found dead at home in Sutton in 2013. Ellie's father Ben Butler denies child cruelty and murder.

Jennie Gray and Ellie Butler

Ms Gray was asked to explain why she did not know Ellie's term dates, to which she replied she had not checked her emails.

She was asked by the jury why she had not researched Ellie's head injury online and replied she did not think it was significant.

The court also heard Ellie was administered three times the recommended level of radiation during a hospital head scan in 2007 which could have left her with a cancer risk in later life.

The trial has been adjourned for half-term and is scheduled to restart on 7 June with a final defence witness.

Twenty three London 2012 competitors 'failed retrospective doping tests'

BBC Sport

Olympics chiefs claim 23 London 2012 competitors from five different sports and six countries have failed retrospective doping tests.

The results come ahead of the Rio Olympics.

London accent 'killing off regional twang', study finds

The Daily Telegraph

A University of Cambridge study into English dialects has found that words and accents from London and the south east have spread across the country in recent decades, killing the regional twang.  

Find out which words have become casualties to the London pronunciation.

Map of Britain
Science Photo Library

Tory MP demands rail service be handed to TfL ‘immediately’

Inside Croydon

Nearly after first making the threat, Chris Philp, the MP for Croydon South, has written to the transport minister to demand the immediate withdrawal of the multi-million-pound franchise from Govia Thameslink Railway for operating Southern and other commuter train services. He says he has acted now after nearly 1,000 train services were disrupted on one day earlier this week.

London's afternoon weather: Patchy cloud with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It'll be an afternoon of patchy cloud and warm sunny spells for all of us. It will feel pleasantly warm in the light winds and sunshine. 

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F) 

Is London ready for terror attacks? Plus, Saracens' Premiership hopes - coming up later

BBC London News

The new mayor of London has just appointed Lord Toby Harris of Haringey to review the capital's counter-terrorism preparations. Our political editor Tim Donovan can bring you more detail on that story. 

Plus, we speak to Saracen's director of rugby Mark McCall as his team look set to win the Premiership tomorrow, having won the European cup two weeks ago. 

That's all coming up this lunchtime from 13:30 on BBC One

Mark McCall
BBC Sport

Mourinho officially joins Manchester United

It has been one of the worst kept secrets of the last few weeks, but Manchester United have finally announced that former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will be their new manager.

He replaces Dutchman Louis van Van Gaal, who was dismissed on Monday,two days after the club's FA Cup win.

"Jose is quite simply the best manager in the game today," said United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Mourinho's contract

Mourinho announced it by posting a picture of his contract as his first ever Instagram image

Ben Butler coverage

The BBC's home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw is at the Old Bailey for the Ben Butler murder trial.

Follow his tweets for updates. 

Man injured after shooting

A 28-year-old man is in a serious but stable condition after he was shot in Greenwich.

Met Police said shots were fired at a car in Armitage Road at 20:40 last night. 

Armed police officers attended, and the injured man was found in nearby Feltram Way. His condition is not life threatening.

The gunman is believed to have run off with another man and then got away in a small dark coloured car along Woolwich Road.

No arrests have been made.  

Travel: Route closure advice

TfL has released information about how travelers can get around London as parts of the Gospel Oak to Barking route will be closed foe engineering works.

The route will be unavailable for eight months.

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Man injured on face after being attacked with scissors

A man in his 60s is in hospital with facial injuries after he was assaulted with a pair of scissors.

The attack happened on Hamilton Road in Southall at 08:15 this morning. 

A man was arrested at the scene and has been taken to custody at a north London police station. 

Ben Butler trial: US medical expert undecided

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

A nueroradiologist from the US has been recalled to give evidence in the trial of a man accused of killing his six-year-old daughter found dead at their home in Sutton.

Ben Butler, 36, denies murdering his daughter Ellie and denies child cruelty.

Speaking for the defence, Dr Julie Mack told the Old Bailey she could not be sure whether swelling on Ellie's skull was caused by bleeding from more than one impact.

However prosecution experts say there were two sites of impact on Ellie's head, one of which may have been caused by an accidental fall, but not two.   

Warnings over football bans ahead of Euro 2016

About 180 Londoners with banning orders have been urged to surrender their passports before Euro2016 or face arrest,   

The Met Police said letters had already been sent out.

Euro 2016 logo

Supt Jon Williams from the Met's Public Order Unit said: "Violence and hooliganism will not be tolerated in football and these bans are imposed to ensure that the real fans can go and watch football games without fear of violence."  

Story of the youngest recipient of the Victoria Cross in WW1

Bethan Bell

BBC News Online

Jack Cornwell was only 15 when he joined the Royal Navy - and only 16 when he died less than a year later. 

The Battle of Jutland - a 72-hour onslaught 100 years ago - was his first encounter with the enemy, and his last.  

The working-class lad from London was the youngest recipient of the Victoria Cross in World War One; the highest military decoration awarded for valour in the face of the enemy.

So what is the story of Jutland Jack?

Jutland Jack
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Man shot in car in Greenwich

A 28-year-old man is recovering in hospital after shots were fired at a car in south-east London.

Police were called to Armitage Road in Greenwich on Thursday night  and found the man with a gunshot wound in nearby Fairthorn Road. 

No-one has been arrested.

Father told 'keep quiet or face the consequences'

The ex-boyfriend of a woman accused of making a false rape claim told her grieving father to "keep quiet or face the consequences", a court heard.

Alexander Economou, 37, denies harassing David de Freitas, whose daughter Eleanor killed herself days before she was due to appear in court.

Eleanor de Freitas
Family handout

Ms de Freitas, 22, accused Mr Economou of rape in 2013 but no case was brought against him.

He denies one charge of harassment without violence.

Gang member giuilty of prison van escape plot

The final member of a gang which launched a failed bid to free a prisoner - during which one accomplice was killed - has been found guilty.

Eren Hasyer had denied attempting to aid the escape of Izzet Eren as he was being driven to Wood Green Crown Court in a custody van.

Eren Hasyer
Met Police

Accomplice Jermaine Baker was shot dead by police during the escape attempt in December 2015.

Jurors at Woolwich Crown Court cleared Hasyer, 25, of a firearms charge.