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  1. Updates on Thursday 16 June 2016

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By Tim Stokes and Chirag Trivedi

All times stated are UK

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

Tonight's weather: Cloudy but mainly dry

BBC weather graphic

Tonight will be cloudy but mainly dry with light winds.

Some mist and fog will form here and there, most likely on Hampstead Heath.

Minimum Temperature: 13C (55F)

On air this evening: Anger over Heathrow car park & gramaphone DJs

Coming up on BBC London News this evening:

Black cab drivers have accused Heathrow of creating a "virtual rank" after the airport opened a car park for private hire vehicles.

Woman with gramaphone player

And we'll find out about the growing demand for "vintage DJs" who ply their trade by playing old records on gramaphones.

Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

The striking architecture of London's urban prisons of the past

"Old and inefficient" urban prisons are being shut as part of government plans to modernise infrastructure in England and Wales.

HMP Holloway
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This summer, the biggest women's jail in western Europe, HMP Holloway, is due to close with inmates already being transferred to two prisons in Surrey.

Drawing of Brixton's treadmill
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Imposing buildings like Holloway and Wormwood Scrubs might not suit 21st Century detention - but they were architecturally striking.

Wormwood Scruubs church

See more historic images of London's inner city jails here.

Attempted child abductions in Wimbledon

Police have stepped up patrols in Wimbledon and Raynes Park following three reports of attempted child abductions or suspicious behaviour in the past ten days.

Met officer wearing fluorescent jacket
Met Police

Merton Police said nobody had been harmed in the incidents and the descriptions of the vehicles and drivers given by the children are different and involve both male and female drivers.

Officers said they "are working with local authority partners to ensure appropriate personal safety advice is available to schools in the area".

Watch: Have you made your mind up on EU referendum?

Voters in Kingston-upon-Thames are asked if they know how they will vote next Thursday, as British voters get to choose if they want to remain in, or leave, the European Union.

Daily Politics reporter Mark Lobel does not ask which way they will vote, but if they have already made up their mind, or whether campaigners have a chance to win them over.

He wheeled along the mood box, a plastic bin with balls, in an unscientific test of public opinion.

England fans in high spirits at Camden's Koko

Surrey beaten by Hampshire in One-Day Cup

BBC Sport

Gareth Berg's death bowling proved the difference as Hampshire beat Surrey by six runs in a One-Day Cup thriller.

Kumar Sangakkara
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With Surrey needing 11 to win off the final over, paceman Berg (4-64) took the wickets of Tom Curran and Gareth Batty as Surrey finished on 283-9.

The side have only one victory in four matches and are seventh in the league.

Sadiq Khan Tweets about MP 'shooting'

This afternoon's weather: Thundery showers with sunny intervals

After a mainly dry start, some showers will soon develop.

BBC weather graphic

These showers will become heavy and thundery in places by this afternoon with localised downpours possible.

However, there will be a few sunny intervals between the showers.

Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F)

Listen: Charlie Sheen on BBC Radio London

Jo Good and Charlie Sheen

Hollywood star Charlie Sheen has been paying a visit to the BBC Radio London studio.

You can hear his interview with Jo Good again here.

London gets ready for England v Wales

People across London are settling down to watch England v Wales in Euro 2016.

Send us your #ENGWAL videos and pictures on Twitter to @BBCLondonNews with the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

Watch the match on BBC One or follow the updates online.

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Welsh fans gather for big game

Watch: Man seriously injured following Southfields pub assault

The Met have released footage of an assault in a Wandsworth pub which left a man with serious facial injuries.

The victim was returning to The Old Fields Public House on Replingham Road in Southfields on 27 March at 22:50 after leaving 20 minutes earlier to buy groceries when he got into an argument with another man outside.

He was followed inside the pub by the man and two others who the attacked him.

The three men then left the pub and ran off towards Augustus Road while the injured man was taken to a south London hospital.

Scotland Yard have appealed for anybody who recognises the attackers to contact police.

On air this lunchtime: EU referendum & vintage DJs

Sonja Jessup

BBC London News

Coming up on BBC London News this lunchtime:

With only a week to go until the EU referendum, we look at what impact either result could have on the capital.

And we find out about the growing demand for "vintage DJs" who ply their trade by playing old records on gramophones.

Join me at 13:25 on BBC One.

Coach smashes into cars and a house in Queensway

Five people suffered minor injuries after a coach smashed into cars and street furniture before crashing into the wall of a house in Queenway earlier.

Emergency services on Bayswater Road

London Fire Brigade said two fire engines and about 10 firefighters attended the crash in Bayswater Road after they were called at 09:50.

Nobody was trapped in the coach and those injured were treated by London Ambulance Service crews.

Emergency services on Bayswater Road

Bayswater Road remains closed in both directions with heavy traffic in the surrounding area.

It’s cool to be kind – the People’s Fridge is taking off

Brixton Blog & Bugle

Brixton People’s Fridge project has taken off. It has already achieved more than three-quarters of its £1,000 funding target through a Crowdfunder appeal after only a couple of days.

Andy Murray faces first British opponent for 10 years at Queens

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport

Andy Murray will face a British opponent for the first time in 10 years when he takes on Aljaz Bedene at Queen's Club later.

Andy Murray and Aljaz Bedene

The pair will meet in the second round of the Aegon Championships at about 14:00.

British number three Kyle Edmund opens plays at 12:30 against France's Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Top seed Murray last faced a fellow Briton in 2006, when he lost to Tim Henman in Bangkok.

How will you be watching the football?

England supporters in pub
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England face Wales at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis this afternoon in the European Championships.

But how will you be following the game?

Why not let us know and send us your pictures and videos. You can tweetemail or leave a message on our Facebook page.

Charlie Sheen visiting BBC Radio London

Charlie Sheen will be speaking to Jo Good on BBC Radio London this lunchtime from around 13:00.

View more on twitter

You can listen here.

Ilford school ditches unisex toilets plan over gap under doors

BBC Newsbeat

An Ilford school has dropped plans for unisex toilets over a privacy issue.

Little Ilford Secondary School

Little Ilford secondary's proposal was based on the cubicles being "floor to ceiling" and entirely secure.

But they say they've now been told there's a gap of at least 10cm at the bottom of the doors.

More than 50 parents and students revealed concerns over unisex toilets at a recent meeting with staff but the school says the plans have been scrapped because of the doors.

Cannabis factory found in Thornton Heath

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Scotland Yard said the cannabis factory was found by officers from the Home Office Immigration Service who were carrying out a warrant at the address in St Christopher's Gardens.

The Met were called and four men were arrested for immigration offences and the cultivation of cannabis.

The men are currently in custody at a south London police station.

Boy held on suspicion of encouraging terrorism

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of encouraging terrorism by police in east London.

Scotland Yard said counter-terrorism officers visited the residential property at 08:15 and the boy was taken to an east London police station where he remains in custody.

Police are currently carrying out searches at the address.

Cordon removed from around Blackfriars Station

Scotland Yard has confirmed the cordon set up near Blackfriars Station after a suspicious vehicle was found on the Thames walkway has been stood down.

Car on Thames walkway

Central line part suspended because of signal failure

Migrants found in back of lorry in Romford

Ashton Road

Eleven migrants, including three children, have been found in the back of a lorry in Romford.

Police were called to Ashton Road, Harold Hill, after banging was heard coming from the lorry on Wednesday morning.

The eight adults were arrested on suspicion of illegal entry into the UK while the three children were taken into police protection.

Polling stations open in Tooting by-election

Polling stations have opened in Tooting, Balham, Earlsfield and Wandsworth Common as people in the area choose their new member of parliament.

Sadiq Khan
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A by-election was called last month after Sadiq Khan stepped down as MP to concentrate on being Mayor of London.

The polls close at 22:00.

You can see a full list of candidates standing in the by-election here.

Cordon set up around suspicious vehicle parked near Blackfriars Station

Police have cordoned off part of Bankside beside Blackfriars Station because of a suspicious vehicle found parked on the Thames walkway.

Black car on Bankside

Images from social media show a small black car parked in the alley between Blackfriars Bridge and Waterloo Bridge.

Police and ambulances around Blackfriars

Scotland Yard said specialised officers are at the scene and the cordon had been set up as a precaution.

Black car on Bankside

'Sickness is genuine' - Southern trains conductor

A Southern rail conductor has countered claims that he and his colleagues are failing to turn up for work as a form of unofficial strike action.

Southern train

Southern managers are embroiled in a bitter dispute with the RMT union and have said services have been cancelled due to a sudden increase in sick leave.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the conductor said if the sickness rate had gone up, it was due to the "initial impact of the consequences" of the strike action.

Britain's biggest rail franchise in chaos

Richard Westcott

Transport correspondent

With hundreds of cancellations every day, for months, passengers on board Southern trains are at the end of their tether.

The company is currently cancelling five times more trains than the operator with the next worst record.

Southern train

Bearing the brunt of the mayhem are people using the line linking London to Brighton, which is already one of the most congested routes in Britain.

Those passengers are stuck in the middle of a venomous industrial dispute over whether the conductor or the driver shuts the doors on their trains.

That may not sound like the kind of issue to bring a railway to its knees, but there is more to it than that.

Sport England figures show drop in sports activity since London 2012

The number of people playing sport in England has fallen since the 2012 London Olympics, despite the Games' pledge to "inspire a generation."

Latest figures show 15.8 million people play sport or exercise at least once week, a drop of 0.4% since 2012.


Former Sports Minister Richard Caborn said the fall was "disappointing" and a sports charity said the Games' promised long-term legacy had not yet emerged.

Sport England said participation had risen by 1.7 million since 2005.

Third woman alleges Clement Freud abuse

A third woman has come forward claiming she was sexually abused by the late Liberal MP Sir Clement Freud.

Vicky Hayes, 64, told ITV News that the politician, who died in 2009, had raped her in the mid-1960s when she was 17.


Her allegation follows accusations from two other women who say they were abused by Freud as children.

In response to those claims, Freud's wife widow Jill Freud, 89, said she was "deeply saddened and profoundly sorry for what has happened to these women".

Travel updates: Accidents on M25 and A208

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of an accident involving a lorry and a car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened but congestion is stretching to J27 M11.

On the A208 Chislehurst Road in Petts Wood there is blocked and queuing traffic in both directions at the Sherborne Road junction, because of an accident. A diversion is in operation for bus route 61 and congestion is stretching to the Petts Wood Road junction and to the Marlings Park Avenue junction.

Eagle Way in Brentwood is partially blocked at the Clive Road junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

Tower Bridge is due to lift at 10:45 for trawlers Christina S, Resolute and Atlantic Challenge.

On the trains, there is a reduced service on Southern between Victoria and Brighton, between Brighton and Ashford International, between Milton Keynes Central and Clapham Junction and between Southampton Central and Brighton due to a shortage of train drivers and conductors. 

Today's weather: Dry start with showers later

After a mainly dry start, some showers will soon develop. These showers will become heavy and thundery in places by the afternoon with localised downpours possible. 

However, there will be a few sunny intervals between the showers. 

The maximum temperature will be 19C (66F) 

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Tim Stokes

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