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  1. Updates on Tuesday 31 May

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By Sitala Peek and Rebecca Cafe

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Evening weather: Outbreaks of drizzle

BBC Weather

Further outbreaks of light rain or drizzle are expected overnight. 

Tomorrow will be a dull and damp day, with cloudy skies and further isolated outbreaks of rain or drizzle throughout. 

Lows of 11C (52F)

On air: Housing crisis, ambulances struggling, transport friendly buggies and garden design on the move

BBC London News

On tonight's show, we reveal the true extent to which London councils are struggling to deal with the growing housing crisis

Huge numbers of patients are waiting more than 30 minutes inside an ambulance outside hospitals and two police officers deny gross misconduct and lying about their actions during an incident which left a 15-year-old boy fighting for his life.

Also, see what buggies are "London transport friendly", and an award-winning gardener's Chelsea creation is off to an estate in Brixton. 

All this and more on BBC One at 18:30

Controversial plans for high-rise Leyton development set for approval

East London and Guardian Series

A new 300-home, high-rise development in Leyton looks set to be awarded planning permission next week.  

NHS choir to play main stage at Glastonbury Festival

The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir are set to open Glastonbury Festival.

The choir beat Justin Bieber to be the Christmas number one, and has also signed to his record label.

This year's Glastonbury will also see Damon Albarn perform, accompanied by Africa Express and The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians.

Blackwall Tunnel reopens southbound

BBC Travel

The A102 Blackwall Tunnel in Poplar has reopened southbound from the A13 East India Dock Road junction to the A2203 Blackwall Lane junction following an earlier broken down vehicle.

Follow @BBCTravelAlert on Twitter for the latest updates.

EasyJet announces plan to bar late passengers less than 30 minutes before take-off

If you're planning on flying with EasyJet from Gatwick Airport, make sure you leave enough time to go through security as the airline has said passengers will no longer be able to board if there is less than 30 minutes to take-off.

Customers have previously been allowed to make a dash for the plane even though gates officially close half an hour before take-off. 

Shooting with The Rolling Stones

Photographer Gered Mankowitz explains how he captured the band for the cover of their album Between the Buttons.  

Watch the full programme on BBC One at 19:30 tomorrow.

How the cover of a Rolling Stones's album was made

Henry Moore's 'Old Flo' belongs to Tower Hamlets - court rules

Henry Moore's sculpture Draped Seated Woman belongs to Tower Hamlets Council, a lengthy legal dispute has decided.

The council was involved in an ownership battle with Bromley Council who claimed rights to the sculpture in 2012.

Henry Moore’s Draped Seated Woman
Tower Hamlets

The High Court ruled in July last year that Tower Hamlets Council was the legal owner of the sculpture known affectionately as Old Flo.

Bromley Council launched an appeal which was thrown out by the Court of Appeal. 

Defendant a 'crazed taxi driver with delusions of being stalked by MI5'

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said the defendant was a "crazed taxi driver" with delusions of being stalked by the MI5. 

He said Mr Zimmerman, who was distinctive in a cowboy boots and hat carrying a mandolin, survived the ordeal because: "Although he suffered three jagged wounds to the front of his neck, none of them caused any damage to any of the major blood vessels in that area."

 The prosecutor hailed the bravery of passers-by who leapt to Mr Zimmerman's defence and tried to halt Mr Mire's attack.   

Overground service suspended between Romford and Upminster

BBC Travel

A fallen tree is blocking the Overground between Romford and Upminster. Tickets are being accepted on London Underground and London buses.

Fallen tree blocking Westerham Hill

BBC Travel

There's disruption at Grays Road in Westerham Hill because of a fallen tree. The A233 Westerham Hill in Westerham Hill is currently closed.

On the roads: Accident on A1263

BBC Travel

The A13 Leamouth Road in Leamouth is closed southbound  between the A13 East India Dock Road junction and the Lower Lea Crossing roundabout, because of an earlier accident.

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

Met commissioner quizzed on safety, the referendum and working with the new mayor

BBC Radio London

Met Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe will be grilled by Eddie Nestor on Drivetime shortly.

He'll be answering questions about the number of stabbings in London, his working relationship with the new mayor and how the referendum might impact the city's safety. 

Leytonstone Tube station stabbing trial: Muhidden Mire denies attempted murder

Will Ross

BBC News

The trial has opened at the Old Bailey of a man accused of trying to murder a passenger at Leytonstone Tube station.

Muhiddin Mire, 30, attacked a man with a knife but has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder. 

In his opening statement, the prosecution told the jury that on 5 December last year, the defendant attacked 56-year-old Lyle Zimmerman from behind by the ticket barrier, and, after pulling him to the ground, kicked him in the head and body before he began attacking him in the neck with a knife. 

The prosecutor told the jury that Mr Mire suffers from mental illness and had suffered delusions going back as far as 2006. 

The trial continues. 

Photos of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast revealed

BBC Entertainment and Arts

The first set of photographs featuring some cast members of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in costume has been released.

Actor Sam Clemmett has been revealed as the character Albus Severus Potter - the cursed child referred to in the title - in Charlie Gray's portraits.

It's also been announced Poppy Miller will take on the role of Ginny Potter - Harry's wife.

Previews of the play begin at London's Palace Theatre on 7 June.

Adele tells fan to stop filming and enjoy the gig

Adele had a few choice words for a fan who was filming her show instead of enjoying the moment. 

Currently on the road with her Adele Live 2016 tour around Europe, the singer said on stage: "I want to tell that lady as well, can you stop filming me with a video camera because I'm really here in real life. You can enjoy it in real life, rather than through your camera."

Getty Images

She continued: "Can you take your tripod down? This isn't a DVD, this is a real show. I'd really like you to enjoy my show because there's lots of people outside that couldn't come in."

Somewhat ironically, the exchange was caught on camera by another member of the audience and it was posted online

London councils 'fail to meet affordable homes targets'

London boroughs are failing to ensure developers provide the agreed quota of affordable housing, figures obtained by the BBC show.

The London-wide annual target for new units of affordable housing is 17,000, although councils set their own levels.

Oli Scarff/Getty

Only 8,550 such units were built in developments with affordability requirements in 2015-16 - down from 10,962 the previous year.

Lewisham was the only borough to meet or exceed all its targets over the past three years.

Harry Kane: The making of Tottenham & England striker

The leading scorer in the last Premier League season, Harry Kane is leading England's line this month in the European Championships. 

At 22 years old, just two years after his first Premier League start, the Tottenham striker appears unstoppable.

Harry Kane at Leyton Orient
Simon O'Connor

Now, for a special BBC Radio 5 live documentary, the coaches, players and managers pivotal to his remarkable rise reveal the secret stories and key characteristics that transformed a six-year-old stand-in goalkeeper from the north London suburbs into the most exciting young forward his country has produced in a decade.  

Time Out set to announce stock market flotation plans

Media group Time Out is reportedly poised to unveil plans for a stock market flotation expected to value the firm at up to £225m. 

Time Out, which has transformed itself into a global digital media and e-commerce group in recent years, is said to be planning its initial public offering on 13 June at a price valuing the group at between £185m and £225m. 

It wants to raise £90m by selling new shares to fund expansion of its food markets business and pay down debt, according to reports. 

Millwall to let go of seven players

BBC Sport

Millwall have confirmed seven players will leave the club following Sunday's League One play-off final defeat.

Carlos Edwards, Ed Upson, Lee Martin and John Marquis are among the players told they will not be offered deals.

The Lions missed out on promotion to the Championship after a 3-1 defeat by Barnsley at Wembley.  

Heathrow celebrates 70 years by marking 'iconic moments'

Heathrow, one of the world's busiest airports, is celebrating 70 years.

The Beatles departing plane

Actress Joanna Lumley will unveil a series of plaques to mark the airport's "iconic moments" from the past seven decades.

England rugby team departing plane

Since the airport opened to commercial flights on 31 May 1946, more than 20 million flights have taken off, taking two billion passengers around the world.

Concorde on runway

New York, Dublin and Dubai have been the most commonly visited cities from the airport.

Small explosion near Paddington

There has been a small explosion in Paddington.

The Met said it was believed to have been an electrical fault. 

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Lunchtime news: Failed housing targets, police officers deny gross misconduct and Chelsea garden heads to Brixton estate

BBC London News

On today's lunchtime news: 

  • Two thirds of London boroughs have not met their own affordable housing targets over the last three years, including the council whose housing policy was overseen by the mayor's new deputy for housing
  • Two police officers have denied gross misconduct and lying about their actions during an incident which left a 15-year-old boy fighting for his life
  • And a feature garden at Chelsea Flower Show is making its way to an estate in Brixton

Find out more at 13:30 on BBC One

Pele sells off his life in the beautiful game

Bill Wilson

BBC business reporter

Edson Arantes do Nascimento - more commonly known as Pele - has received an array of strange and exotic items from around the world, first in his playing days, and then as a roving sporting and humanitarian ambassador.

They include everything from elaborate crowns and ceremonial daggers, model ships and jet fighters, to more prosaic clocks, dishes, and freedom-of-the-city keys from various municipalities. 

Pete's football shirt

 He has now decided to sell a lot of them off at Julien's Auctions in London in June - you can see the collection until 6 June.   

London's lunchtime weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of drizzle

BBC Weather

Rather cloudy this afternoon with outbreaks of drizzle.

Feeling cool in the northerly breeze. 

Highs of 14C (57F)

Arsenal defender chosen for Euro title defence

BBC Sport

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has been included in Spain's squad for the defence of their title at Euro 2016.

The right-back has been promoted from the stand-by list after Dani Carvajal suffered a thigh injury in Real Madrid's Champions League final win over Atletico Madrid.

Hector Bellerin
Getty Images

Bellerin, 21, won his first full cap in a warm-up win over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday night.  

Two teenagers stabbed as groups clash outside college

Islington Tribune


Four young men have been arrested after a City and Islington College student and another youth were stabbed in Clerkenwell on Monday afternoon.  

'I'd beg Terry to play for England again'

BBC Sport

Roy Hodgson will name his 23-man squad for Euro 2016 today. 

John Terry won't be in it, but the Chelsea defender's former international team-mate Danny Mills believes he should be. 

In fact, Mills has told 5 live he would have begged Terry to come out of retirement for the tournament.

You can listen to more from Mills here.

No council-run public toilets in Wandsworth

Public toilet

Wandsworth is one of ten areas in the UK which have no council-run public toilets at all, the BBC has learned.

Freedom of Information requests found that at least 1,782 facilities have closed across the UK in the last decade.

The Local Government Association said councils were trying to keep toilets open but faced squeezed budgets.

AFC Wimbledon icon released after play-off final win

BBC Sport

Adebayo Akinfenwa

Iconic AFC Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa revealed he has been released by the club - seconds after helping them win the League Two play-off final at Wembley.

Akinfenwa - nicknamed "The Beast" - asked managers to "hit me up on WhatsApp" in his post-match interview.

The 34-year-old scored a 101st-minute injury-time penalty in the 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle.

Mayor attacks Boris Johnson's housing record

Tim Donovan

BBC London, Political Editor

Current London Mayor Sadiq Khan has had another go at Boris Johnson's record, this time on protecting private tenants. 

The former mayor's accredited landlord scheme had target of 100,000 but only 1,800 signed up.  

Mosque, circus, Neverland UK … the best failed ideas for Battersea Power Station

The Guardian

Watch: London-based architects tackle the housing crisis

A team of young London-based architects are showcasing some new ideas in Venice about how to design and build comfortable homes, at a time of severe housing shortages.

The Architecture Biennale provides an opportunity for architects and designers to share new projects arranged in different pavilions.

Will Gompertz visited the British one which focuses on the housing theme.

London boroughs are failing to secure affordable homes from developers

BBC London News

Figures obtained by the BBC show most London boroughs are failing to secure enough affordable homes from developers.

On average they have met two thirds of their affordable housing requirements over the past three years. 

But at least 16 boroughs failed to meet their own targets for three years in a row. 

The figures also show a rise in the amount of money councils are receiving from developers through planning applications.