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  1. Updates on Friday 13 January

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  1. Good evening from BBC London Live

    BBC London News

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

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Tonight's weather: Dry. clear and bitterly cold

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry and largely clear tonight as the winds ease. It'll feel bitterly cold too, with a sharp frost expected.

    Minimum temperature: -2C (28F)

  3. 'We're looking for players of all ages and abilities'

    #PeoplesCup

    Video content

    Video caption: Gary Lineker invites you to take part in the 2017 FA People's Cup

    Have you ever dreamt of walking out onto the pitch at Wembley or lifting a cup in front of 90,000 fans?

    The 2017 FA People's Cup - the UK's biggest free five-a-side football competition - is offering the chance to do just that.

    Find out about the 16 different categories and dates of the competition here - then find out where your nearest venue is and how to sign up here.

  4. Thames Barrier to close early tomorrow

    BBC London Travel

    BBC Radio London Travel

    Travel presenter Bill Reeves says: "The Thames Barrier will close overnight at 03:00 due to a high spring tide.

    "The barrier is closed under storm surge conditions to protect London from flooding from the sea. It may also be closed during periods of high flow over Teddington Weir to reduce the risk of river flooding in some areas of west London including Richmond and Twickenham.

    "The Thames Barrier has only been closed 176 times since it became operational in 1982."

  5. Watch: 'Student halls' for adults in Willesden

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    Video caption: Gareth Furby reports
  6. DNA techniques and double jeopardy laws bring serial rapist to justice

    Tom Symonds

    Home Affairs Correspondent

    Michael Chandler
    Image caption: Michael Chandler: "A menace to all women"

    A serial rapist with six convictions has admitted raping a seventh woman 31 years ago, after prosecutors used the so-called double jeopardy laws, and modern DNA techniques to bring him to justice.  

    Michael Chandler, 53,  was cleared in 1988 of carrying out the attack on a 19-year-old woman in Harrow. 

    But faced with the new evidence, he admitted the offence today at the Old Bailey. 

    The Director of Public Prosecutions made a rare appeal against the ‘double jeopardy’ rule which prevents a suspect being charged twice for the same offence. 

    Since a change in the law in 2003, the Court of Appeal can now quash an acquittal and order a retrial in serious cases when "new and compelling" evidence is produced. 

    Several high-profile convictions have followed, including murder convictions for two of the killers of Stephen Lawrence. 

    For the first time since the new law, in the Chandler case the application to overturn the ‘double jeopardy’ rule was not opposed at the Court of Appeal.

    Chandler has also pleaded guilty to the rape and false imprisonment of an eighth woman in 1986, following a similar ‘cold case review’. 

    Police had kept the victims’ clothes and used a method of matching very small amounts of DNA to Chandler. 

    One of the victims was 19 when she was attacked by Chandler wearing a balaclava and holding a knife, who had jumped out at her while she was sitting on a park bench.  He then dragged her to an area near a railway line and raped her. 

    She said in a victim impact statement that the incident had “completely screwed my head and it has done so all of my life.... I found it impossible to trust any man.  I don’t trust anyone except my animals.  They are the only ones I can rely on.” 

    The second victim who was raped by Chandler while her husband was in the house, said she had “never properly dealt with what that man did to me.” 

    Chandler is currently serving six life sentences for the crimes he was convicted of in 1988 - which included breaking into the homes of some of his victims and raping them. 

    He was described by a judge at the time as a "menace to all women". 

    The guilty pleas are a success for Metropolitan Police officers working on ‘cold’ cases which are now being solved through the use of improved forensic science. 

    They follow research from the Crown Prosecution Service suggesting that more modern techniques could reverse the outcome of historical cases. 

    Chandler will be sentenced on Monday.

  7. Urine test reveals what you really eat

    James Gallagher

    BBC News Website, Health Editor

    Food

    A urine test that can reveal how healthy your meals are has been developed by scientists at Imperial College London, Newcastle University and Aberystwyth University.

    They think it could be used to improve nutritional advice or in weight loss because people are notoriously bad at recording their own eating habits.

    The test, detailed in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, detects chemicals made as food is processed by the body.

    The research team believe it could be widely available within two years.

    The urine samples are analysed to determine the structure of the chemicals floating around in it using a technique called a proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

    This gives clues to both recent meals and long term dietary habits.

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    Severe accident: A110 Greater London both ways

    BBC Travel

    A110 Greater London both ways severe accident, at Pole Hill Road.

    A110 Greater London - A110 Kings Head Hill in Chingford partially blocked at the Pole Hill Road junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - for bus routes 313, 379 and 385.

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    Severe disruption: A13 Greater London eastbound

    BBC Travel

    A13 Greater London eastbound severe disruption, at A1306 London Road affecting A1306 Ripple Road.

    A13 Greater London - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A13 eastbound in Wennington at Wennington Interchange, because of emergency repairs. Congestion to Goresbrook Interchange.

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  10. Average deposit in London passes £100k mark

    Cash and houses

    The average deposit in London now stands at £100,445, according to research by Halifax bank.

    While the average price paid by a first-time buyer across the UK as a whole in 2016 was a record £205,170, in London it was nearly double that at £402,692, which was another all-time high.  

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    Severe disruption: A102 London northbound

    BBC Travel

    A102 London northbound severe disruption, from A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach to A12 Blackwall Tunnel Approach.

    A102 London - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on A102 Blackwall Tunnel northbound in Greenwich from the A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach junction to the A12 Blackwall Tunnel Approach junction, because of a broken down car.

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  12. Watch: Hundreds of butterflies on display despite cold weather

    In the glasshouse at RHS Gardens in Wisley hundreds of butterflies are on display this weekend. 

    Wendy Hurrell spoke to Anna Platoni to find out more. 

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    Video caption: RHS Wisley
  13. Cold and sunny Thames today

    Thames

    This stunning photo of the Thames and Tower Bridge at sunrise this morning comes courtesy of Chris Murray

  14. Teachers in Bromley get up early to clear snow for pupils

    Teachers

    A group of teachers at Bickley Park School in Bromley got in to work extra early this morning to deal with overnight snowfall.

    They arrived at 07:00 with spaces and salt to ensure the route to classes at the boys prep school in Page Heath Lane was safe for pupils to navigate.

    Headteacher Patrick Wenham said: “The snow has caused some disruption to travel and some nearby schools have had to close their doors for the day, but the Bickley Park team were determined that classes should continue as normal.

    “My thanks go to those staff who came in extra early to ensure the paths in and around the school were safe for our pupils, and the public.

    “Classes will be continuing as normal today but we will be making the most of the snow, as we know how much fun it can be for youngsters.”

  15. Watch: Average cost of a first time home in London reaches all time high

    There were more first-time home buyers in 2016 than at any time since the start of the financial crisis, according to research by the Halifax.

    In London the average price of a first time home has reached an all time high.  

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    Video caption: Watch: Average cost of a first time home in London reaches all time high
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    Severe disruption: both ways

    BBC Travel

    both ways severe disruption, between A117 and A2204 New Ferry Approach.

    - Vehicle ferry not operating on Woolwich Ferry in both directions in North Woolwich between North Pier and South Pier, because of high tide.

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