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  1. Updates on Monday 4 July 2015

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

Tonight's weather: Light rain overnight

BBC Weather

There will be some brightness this evening, but a little patchy light rain too. 

Becoming cloudy overnight, with further patchy rain spreading eastwards, most persistent over higher ground such as the Chilterns. 

Rain will begin to clear at the end of the night with most places dry by dawn. Lows of 14C (57F).

'Serious concerns' academy may close

Existing school building on Durand Academy's site for boarding school

A chain of academies could face closure amid

The Durand Academy Trust (DAT) runs an infant and junior school in Stockwell, south London and a boarding school for older pupils in Midhurst, West Sussex.

The Department for Education said the trust had been issued with a pre-termination warning notice and had until 1 August to respond.

The trust has been asked by the BBC for a comment but has not yet replied.

Watch: 'Unity' events taking place in London

'Unity' events are taking place at stations across London

'Unity' events have been taking place at stations across London. 

It comes as the Metropolitan Police confirms there has been a rise in racist abuse since the EU referendum vote. 

Home Affairs Correspondent Nick Beake spoke to one of the organisers - Tahmid Islam from London Citizens - about what was trying to be achieved.

Hackney Council by-election candidates announced

The list of candidates to take over Sophie Linden's position as a borough councillor for Hackney Central has been announced. 

The candidates are:

  • Sophie Conway, Labour
  • Russell French, Liberal Democrats
  • Mustafa Korel, Independent
  • Siobhan MacMahon, Green Party
  • Christopher Darlington Sills, Conservatives

Ms Linden stood down as deputy leader for the council after she was made the deputy mayor for policing and crime.   

The election will take place on 21 July. 

Swansea City agree fee for QPR's Leroy Fer

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Leroy Fer
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Swansea City are set to make Leroy Fer their first summer signing after agreeing a fee reported to be £4.75m with Queens Park Rangers.

The 26-year-old finished last season on loan at the Liberty Stadium, making nine appearances for the Swans.

The Netherlands midfielder still had a year to run on his QPR contract but had previously stated his desire to remain with Francesco Guidolin's team.

Ninety years of dressing the Queen - new Buckingham Palace exhibition

Curator Caroline de Guitaut is pictured here adjusting displays during a press preview for Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen"s Wardrobe, an exhibition at Buckingham Palace  

Buckingham Palace

In the photo - left to right - you can see the Auxiliary Territorial Service overalls and cap worn by Princess Elizabeth whilst serving in the wartime ATS.

Next is a pale blue and gold evening dress by Sir Norman Hartnell, worn by The Queen on a State Visit to The Netherlands in 1958, a turquoise silk shift dress with silver floral embroidery by Hardy Aimes, worn by The Queen for an official portrait in the White Drawing Room by Cecil Beaton at Buckingham Palace in 1968, and an outfit and hat designed by Sir Norman Hartnell worn by The Queen to the wedding of Princess Anne to Captain Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey in 1973.

Finally, you can see an outfit and hat designed by Angela Kelly worn by The Queen to the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in 2011.

Three former Barclays employees convicted in Libor rigging trial

Three former Barclays employees have been found guilty of rigging the Libor interest rate between 2005 and 2007.

From left to right: Jonathan Mathew, Jay Merchant, Alex Pabon
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From left to right: Jonathan Mathew, Jay Merchant, Alex Pabon

Jay Merchant, 45, was convicted unanimously at Southwark Crown Court of manipulating the key financial rate.

Jonathan Mathew, 35, and Alex Pabon, 38, were found guilty by majority verdict after a ten-week trial. The trio will be sentenced on Thursday.

The Libor rate is used by banks to set prices of financial products.

Met statement on Alice Gross inquest finding

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse has just issued this statement following the findings following the inquest into the death of teenager Alice Gross, who was

He said: "One of the key issues examined during the inquest was if the Met had discovered Zalkalns’ conviction for murder in Latvia then could we have requested deportation proceedings against him following his arrest in July 2009 on suspicion of indecent assault.

"If we were to arrest a foreign national it is now our policy to check their overseas offending history. In 2009, that was not the case, in the Met or policing nationally, and this check was not done. 

"However, even if we had identified Zalkalns' conviction in that year it would not have changed the outcome of his arrest.

"We recognise that had we carried out that check in 2009 then it would have meant that our investigation into Alice’s disappearance may have identified him as a suspect slightly sooner. 

"Sadly, in reality nothing would have changed as all the evidence strongly points to the fact that both Alice and Zalkalns were dead prior to them being reported missing."

Race crime in London

A woman from east London explains how she was shocked to hear someone tell her to leave the country even though she was born here and has lived in the city her entire life. 

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Richmond council plans £60,000 cuts to children in care

Richmond & Twickenham Times

The most vulnerable children in Richmond borough are facing almost £60,000 in cuts to their funding including cash for birthday presents and job-interview clothing.

At a Richmond Council corporate parenting group meeting plans were unveiled to scale back on funding for children in care to bring it in line with that paid by Kingston council.

Private college in west London ordered to pay £5,000 to former student

A private college has been ordered to pay £5,000 to a former student who claimed that a certificate for a course she completed was issued a year late.

Monika Maldrik says she finished all the assignments for a Higher National Diploma in health and social care management at ABI College, west London.

Ms Maldrik says the delay meant she "lost a year".

The college says it will contest the order made by the County Court Money Claims Centre in May.

Monika Maldrik

Arsenal face Notts County, Sheffield host London Bees

BBC Sport

Arsenal Ladies
The FA

Holders Arsenal Ladies will host Notts County in the Continental Cup quarter-finals, a repeat of the 2015 final and one of three all-top flight ties.

Monday's quarter-final draw also pitted league leaders Manchester City against Doncaster Rovers Belles, while in-form Birmingham City will host Liverpool.

London Bees, who knocked out Chelsea Ladies on penalties on Saturday, will travel to fellow-Women's Super League Two side Sheffield FC Ladies.

Squatters evicted from derelict London nursery

The Guardian

About 30 people have been left homeless from a squat that transformed a derelict plant nursery in the heart of London into an off-grid, sustainable living hub.  

Six jailed for 'drug ambulance' plot

Seized ambulance
Several drug smuggling trips were made in to the UK from the Netherlands

Six men, including one from Crystal Palace in south London, have been jailed for distributing drugs imported in specially modified ambulances.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the quantities of cocaine, heroin and ecstasy involved were "truly colossal".

The drugs were hidden in secret compartments sealed with riveted panels inside Dutch ambulances entering the UK by ferry ports.

The sentences

  • James Gibson, 56, from Cinder Lane, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire: 20 years for conspiracy to import and supply Class A drugs, and concealing criminal property
  • Petrit Kastrati, 42, from Oakwood Drive, Crystal Palace: 17 years and six months for conspiracy to import Class A drugs
  • Raymond DeSilva, 60, from Cranbourne Road, Slough: 16 years for conspiracy to import Class A drugs
  • Jonathan Floyd, 47, from Whitethorn Avenue, Burnage, Manchester: 15 years for conspiracy to import and supply Class A drugs and driving while disqualified
  • Darren Owen, 48, from Balham Close, Rushden, Northamptonshire: 15 years for conspiracy to import and supply Class A drugs
  • Richard Clarke, 36, from Tots Gardens, Acton, near Sudbury in Suffolk: 11 years for conspiracy supply Class A drugs

Coroner 'likely to make recommendations to Home Office'

After the jury returned with its conclusions earlier this afternoon, coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox read out a list of recommendations she was "highly likely" to make to the Home Office in relation to foreign national cases. 

Last week, she told the jury evidence given at the inquest did not support conclusions that would "imply that any actions or inactions" of the Home Office or police "caused or contributed" to Alice's death. 

Alice's father Jose Gross, sister Nina and mother Ros Hodgkiss were present in court as the jury forewoman read out the conclusions reached. 

During the proceedings, Ms Hodgkiss read a prepared statement to the jury in which she said the family "remain stunned" that Zalkalns was "not monitored or even known about in any way" after he came to the UK.

Arnis Zalkalns
Met Police
Arnis Zalkalns

Youth music fund for Alice Gross

Following Alice’s death, her parents established Alice’s Youth Music Memorial Fund in tribute to Alice who was a keen singer, songwriter and musician. 

The fund supports the work of Youth Music, a national charity provided life-changing music-making opportunities for young people who face difficult challenges in their lives. 

These include disability, poverty, mental health issues and living in care. Funds have so far been raised through sponsored runs, charity concerts, local community events and private donations.

Alice Gross: Schoolgirl unlawfully killed

Alice Gross

Schoolgirl Alice Gross was "unlawfully killed" in a sexually motivated attack, an inquest jury has found. 

The 14-year-old is believed to have died at the hands of builder Arnis Zalkalns, who had served a prison sentence for murdering his wife in his native Latvia. 

On the sixth day of the inquest at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, a jury of eight men and three women announced their "final conclusions" relating to Alice's death. 

They found that her death was "consistent with compression asphyxia". 

Alice disappeared from her home in Hanwell, west London, on 28 August 2014. 

Her body was found on 30 September after Scotland Yard conducted its biggest search since the 7 July bombings.

Zalkalns was found hanged in a park on 4 October and police said the 41-year-old would have been charged with Alice's murder had he been alive.

Afternoon weather: Muggy with thickening cloud

BBC Weather

Today will be bright or sunny with variable cloud amounts. 

It'll feel warm or muggy in the sunshine and light winds but the cloud will thicken later. 

Maximum temperature 21C (70F).

BreakingInquest jury returns verdict on Alice Gross

An inquest jury has found that teenager Alice Gross was "unlawfully killed" in a sexually-motivated attack.

The schoolgirl, described as "hugely talented" by the coroner, disappeared from her home in Hanwell, west London, on August 28 2014.  

London Stock Exchange agrees merger

Tube driver on being flashed with a laser: "It's like looking into the naked sun"

In the last three years, there have been 151 incidents of train drivers being hit by lasers.

The British Airline Pilots' Association want legislation to tackle the attacks however this has been delayed until after the referendum.

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Street closed in Southwark due to police incident

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

In Southwark, the A200 Tooley Street is closed each way between A100 Tower Bridge Road and Bermondsey Street due to a police incident near Fair Street.

Amended Southern rail timetable 'loses 350 trains a day'

Union protest

Southern Rail is to axe 350 services a day (15% of its daily service) under an amended timetable drawn up in response to ongoing disruption, a union has claimed.

The RMT said it was given the figure at a meeting with parent firm Govia Thameslink (GTR).

GTR said its amended timetable would be a temporary measure until staffing returned to normal.

The government said the current situation was unacceptable and it was aware changes were being considered.

Industrial action by RMT members and high levels of staff sickness have contributed to disruption of Southern services from the south coast into London.

BBC Kent's Tanya Gupta said: "The BBC understands the Clapham Junction to Milton Keynes service and Tonbridge to Redhill service will be completely removed, and trains will be removed from the Littlehampton to Portsmouth South Sea, Brighton to Southampton and Brighton to Seaford services."

BBC London News: How campaigners are fighting to tackle race hate crime

BBC London News

Coming up at 13:30 on BBC One: The Met has confirmed there has been a rise in racist abuse since the Brexit vote 10 days ago. 

It's part of the growing amount of "race hate" crime in London over the past year, according to police.

In an attempt to show greater 'unity' - campaigners stood outside dozens of train stations this morning, with a message of peace. 

CCTV: Investigation after rotting pork meat thrown at mosque

Police are investigating a religiously-aggravated hate crime in which a bag of rotten pork meat was thrown at a mosque.

A man approached Finsbury Park mosque in north London at about 04.15 on 26 May several times and waited until there was no one around, before throwing the bag on to the steps.

Rotting pork meat thrown at mosque

The man, who ran off towards Rock Street, is described as being in his late 30s, white, bearded and around 5ft 9ins. 

Officers said he was wearing a light-coloured woollen hat, light-coloured coat with a folded-down collar, light-coloured trousers and dark shoes.

Water to start returning back to normal following burst water main

People affected by the water problems in the Wimbledon area should see services start to return to normal, according to Thames Water.

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Wimbledon fans soak up the sun at start of week two

Wimbledon fans in the sun

Wimbledon fans slathered on the factor 50 cream as they basked in the sun ready to cheer Andy Murray on for his latest tilt at the title. 

There were clear skies above SW19 for the start of the second week of Wimbledon, a far cry from the rain-blighted first week. 

Disruptions almost every day last week forced organisers to schedule play for middle Sunday - dubbed People's Sunday - for just the fourth time in the tournament's 130-year history. 

But the forecast for the Championships' second week looks good, with tennis fans likely to have rain-free uninterrupted play. 

Tenancy law change causing more women to be homeless

Inside Croydon

The number of homeless women in Croydon, many of them forced to sleep rough, is on the increase according to the annual report from Nightwatch, the charity which provides food and support for some of the borough’s most vulnerable people.  

Prankster tests Tube users on homophobic bullying

Rebecca Cafe

BBC News, London

How did Londoners react when a prankster decided to test people on homophobic bullying?

Julis Dein, 21, played a homophobic character who harassed a gay couple who were played by actors.

According to the New Bullying Prevention, the results were overwhelmingly hopeful.

Warning: Some of the video contains bad language.

That awkward moment your ex's London Pride proposal goes viral


Remember the police officer who proposed to his boyfriend at London Pride last weekend?

Parade spectators applauded as the two embraced for a kiss. It was a magical moment that summed up the spirit of the day for Pride-goers… well, most of them.

But not everyone was feeling the love after the ex of the man being proposed to asked people to take it down a notch.

Police proposal at London Pride

'Issue of identity' big problem says London Mayor Sadiq Khan

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said one of the biggest problems is the issue of identity and sense of belonging. 

Speaking to al Jazeera, he said: "We need to recognise that it is possible to have what I call multiple identities.   

"You can be British, a European, a Londoner of Asian origin, of Islamic faith, a husband, a father – they’re not mutually exclusive."

He was speaking about the fall-out from the EU referendum result which has seen an increase in hate crime.

It comes as people are holding unity events across London Tube stations today to offer support to communities impacted by this. 

Unity campaign at Brixton Tube station

Boris Johnson: Government has 'failed to explain benefits of Brexit'

Boris Johnson has accused the government of failing to explain how the vote to leave the EU can be made to work in the UK's interests.  

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said this could not wait until there was a new prime minister in September.  

Boris Johnson
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He also said the Remain side's portrayal of Britain's place outside the EU had led to a "contagious mourning" like that which followed the death of Princess Diana in 1997. 

Selling sex in London: Jenny's story

Jenny Medcalf was once an escort, she now helps sex workers. She offers them warm clothing, sweets, crisps, condoms and support. 

What is it like to sell sex in London?

Paddy the police dog trains to sniff out explosives with Metropolitan Police

Richmond & Twickenham Times

For centuries, man has relied on its best friend for companionship, but for the Metropolitan Police, and London, dogs are an important part of the force.   

MP experiences racist threats

David Lammy, the MP for Tottenham, has said he has received racist tweets following the EU referendum result. 

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Alice Gross: Inquest jury considering verdict

The jury in the inquest into schoolgirl Alice Gross' murder has retired to consider its verdict.

On Friday, coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox told them that they should not consider whether the Home Office or the police caused or contributed to her death as the evidence did not support that.

Alice Gross

Instead, they must consider:

  • If Zalkalns had been convicted of murder in Latvia in 1998 and whether he was "recognised as having a murder conviction on entry to the UK in 2007" and in following entries and exits into the UK
  • If, from 4 November 2011, there was a "universal system in place at the UK border to check persons leaving and entering the UK against a 'watch list'" and if he was ever on this list
  • If there was a watch list, did the Latvian authorities ever place him on it
  • Would the list have "afforded the opportunity to detain him and potentially prevent his entry into the UK or removal from it"
  • Whether in 2009 there was a system to check for foreign convictions for those arrested by the police
  • Was a foreign conviction check for Zalkalns carried out on his arrest in 2009
  • If such a check had been carried out, would it have detected his Latvian convictions
  • And if Zalkalns "came to the attention of the UK authorities between 2009 and Alice's death in 2014"

Teenager stabbed to death in Notting Hill

A 16-year-old boy has died after a stabbing incident in Notting Hill last night.

Police were called at approximately 20:45 last night to Portobello Road W11, by London Ambulance Service after reports of a male being stabbed. 

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and next of kin have been informed.