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  1. Live updates on Friday 19 May

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  1. Goodbye 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: Scattered showers

    BBC Weather

    It will be cloudy this evening with scattered showers. Overnight, the showers will gradually ease, with some clear spells developing but turning chilly as a result.

    Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

  3. Watch: Dementia: Why son fears for mum's future care

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    Video caption: Dementia: Why son fears for mum's future care

    In 2014, Andriani was suffering from dementia, and sold her small house in London to pay for residential care.

    The 64-year-old's condition has deteriorated rapidly since then, while the costs to care for her have risen from £60,000 to £100,000 a year.

    Her son, Alex, tells the BBC her story, and why he wants to see "a radical overhaul" of the way social care in England is funded.

  4. Apple store thief spared jail despite 'dreadful criminal record'

    A thief with a "dreadful criminal record" who went on a stealing spree at one of Apple's largest stores, totalling almost £10,000, has been spared jail.

    William Hickey of Coleman Road in Belvedere was charged with five counts of theft from the technology giant's Covent Garden shop between 4 and 25 January.

    Across four days, the 34-year-old took an iPhone 7 worth £800, a MacBook Pro costing £1,800, and three further MacBook Pro's each valued at £2,350.

    Sentencing Hickey at Southwark Crown Court, Judge Christopher Hehir said: "You have a dreadful criminal record.

    "You commit a number of acquisitive offences all the time to feed your drug habit and you really deserve to go to prison today."

    But Judge Hehir said he could see a glimmer of hope and some chance of breaking the cycle, and said he would deal with Hickey leniently.

    He handed the father-of-three 16 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, adding: "This really is a unique and once only opportunity that I am offering you."

  5. Hawking: We must start colonising other planets

    Top physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has repeated his warning that human survival depends on finding a new home beyond the Earth.

    The search for other planets to colonise should start now, he believes.

    Speaking in London at a press conference previewing the Starmus science and arts festival taking place in Norway next month, the professor said: "I strongly believe we should start seeking alternative planets for possible habitation.

    "We are running out of space on Earth and we need to break through the technical limitations preventing us living elsewhere in the universe."

  6. High Court judge 'should oversee Westminster terror attack inquests'

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    Image caption: Three of the five victims: PC Keith Palmer, Kurt Cochran and Aysha Frade

    The Home Secretary wants a High Court judge to oversee the inquests of those who died in the Westminster terror attacks.

    James Eadie QC, for the Government, told a pre-inquest hearing today this was the best way of achieving an "efficient, effective and speedy inquest".

    This was on the basis there may be sensitive national security material relating to the incident which could only be viewed and assessed by a designated judge.

    He made his submissions at a hearing of Westminster Coroner's Court, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

    Dr Fiona Wilcox, senior coroner for Westminster, said it was an "important issue" and invited submissions from interested parties to be sent to the chief coroner for consideration.

    Inquests into the deaths are not expected to be heard before early next year - and decisions have yet to be made on the number of inquests and whether they will all involve a jury.

    Five people were killed by Muslim convert Khalid Masood in the March 22 attack.

    He drove his car into people on Westminster Bridge before stabbing Pc Keith Palmer inside the grounds of the Palace of Westminster.

  7. #GE17 issues: Re-nationalisation of the railways - your views

    Trains

    Labour has proposed the railways should be re-nationalised. What are your views? What other transport or infrastructure issues need tackling, in your view, if any?

    Here are the views of some Londoners the BBC has interviewed:

    Back to the bad old days of nationalisation? I don't think so!

    Gilly, Enfield

    Transport systems such as TFL are overpriced, overcrowded and understaffed.

    Sally Gordon, North London

    Fine, but what is the detailed plan, ambition behind this - to improve x, to build x? Easy to nationalise but where's the strategy? Pavements need to be urgently tackled, there is far too much focus on minorities, such as cyclists and building them super highways and other nonsense. Pedestrians are the majority and the pavements are being ignored and are in terrible condition.

    Clive Woods, South East London

    Don't really use the national railway but I think its a good idea for it to be re-nationalised.

    May, West London

    Yes, they should be re-nationalised and brought under one control - not owned by foreign countries as some are. The fares should be restructured and simplified.

    Irene Keith, South West London

    What do you think? Email us

  8. Stephen Port case: Victims families 'appalled' at police inquiry progress

    Stephen Port

    Families of victims of a serial killer are appalled at the inquiry into police failings associated with the case.

    Stephen Port, 42, was sentenced to life imprisonment in November 2016 after being found guilty of four murders.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it has compiled 7,000 pages of material on the case, and is committed to finding answers.

    But victims' relatives are dismayed that none of the police officers under investigation have been interviewed.

    Between June 2014 and September 2015, Port murdered Anthony Walgate, 23, originally from Hull, Gabriel Kovari, 22, from Lewisham, south-east London, Daniel Whitworth, 21, from Gravesend, Kent, and Jack Taylor, 25, from Dagenham, east London.

  9. Watch: Moped attack in Ilford

    This is the moment a motorcyclist was attacked with a fire extinguisher after being surrounded by seven suspects on mopeds in Ilford.

    Detectives are investigating a "spate of moped-enabled thefts" in east London.

    There were seven reported offences across two days in April in the Barking and Dagenham area, which the officers believe were carried out by the same group of suspects.

    In this case, the suspects were unsuccessful and fled the scene.

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    Video caption: Motorcyclist attacked in Ilford
  10. Are London schools set to lose or gain?

    Marc Ashdown

    Classroom

    Education is emerging as one of the key domestic policy battlegrounds in this election.

    Parents and head teachers are keeping the issue of funding in the headlines, and all the main political parties have made a play for votes with eye-catching policies.

    Before we look at those in more detail, let's consider funding. Is there enough money going into our schools? The answer, from classrooms across the capital at least, is a resounding no.

    The Conservatives parrot the "record levels of investment going to schools" line almost as readily as the "strong and stable" leadership mantra. But many heads would sooner they changed the record entirely.

  11. Watch: Why young Londoners should vote in the general election

    Rachael Farrington from Voting Counts wants to get more young Londoners to vote in elections, regardless of their political leaning.

    In the EU referendum, only 64% of voters aged 18-24 went to the polls compared to 90% of over-65s. She says if young voters don't take part in elections then policies will continue to be geared towards older voters.

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    Video caption: Rachael Farrington from Voting Counts pleads the case for young people to go to the polls
  12. Boy, 13, charged after rape of schoolboy

    A 13-year-old boy has been charged with the rape and kidnap of a boy, 13.

    The incident took place at Roe Green Park off Kingsbury Road, Kingsbury on Tuesday.

    The teenager who was arrested on Wednesday - was charged on Thursday with one count of rape of a male under 13; one count of causing or inciting a child under 13 into sexual activity and one count of kidnap.

    He will appear in custody at Willesden Magistrate's Court on Friday.

    Roe green Park off Kingsbury Road
  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A12 Greater London westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A12 Greater London westbound severe accident, between Brook Road and King George Avenue affecting Seven Kings Park.

    A12 Greater London - A12 in Newbury Park closed and stationary traffic westbound between the Brook Road junction and the King George Avenue junction, because of an accident. Police directing traffic. Congestion to the Seven Kings Park junction.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  14. PC to stand trial over alleged attack on suspect's car

    A Met officer allegedly caught on camera attacking a suspect's car will stand trial on 18 December.

    Joshua Savage, of Wanstead in east London, is accused of common assault, possession of a bladed article, and criminal damage to a windscreen.

    The 27-year-old, who is on restricted duties with the Met following the alleged incident on 16 September, entered not guilty pleas to all three counts.

    The video, filmed by the driver, allegedly shows the officer launching the confrontation in Vicars Road in Camden, north-west London.