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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 Tuesday with all the latest videos, news, sport, travel and weather.

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend.

Tonight's weather: Dry and clear

BBC Weather

A dry and clear night for most with light winds throughout. Where skies remain clear some mist or isolated fog patches may form, especially in prone rural locations such as Lea Valley.

Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

Watch: The unique theatrical experience for deafblind children

A production for children who are deafblind is being staged for the first time.

The Oily Cart theatre company, based in south London, have produced a show for those who are deafblind with or without any cognitive impairment.

Kubla Khan is a multi sensory performance of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem enhanced by live music, touch, taste and smell.

The interactive performance is limited to six young people at a time, each supported by an adult carer to maximise their involvement.

Man, 27, dies of stab wounds after being found in Islington

A 27-year-old man died in the early hours of this morning after being found with stab wounds last night in Islington.

A murder investigation has now been launched.

The victim had been found at about 18:50 last night in Mitchison Road but he died at 02:30 today in an east London hospital.

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How legal drafting may be central to fire safety debate

Chris Cook

Newsnight Policy Editor


One of the emerging themes in the post-Grenfell investigations into fire safety across England is that policy on fire safety is something of a mess. Standards have not been upheld by the sector. But it is important to note that the government has questions to answer, too.

Severe accident: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe accident, between J28 for A1023 Brook Street and J29 for A127.

M25 Greater London - Very slow traffic on M25 clockwise in South Weald between J28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout) and J29, A127 (Romford), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J27 M11.

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

Roe Green Park

The teenage boy kicked and stamped on his victim before raping him, the court heard.

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Rhodri Colwyn Philipps abandons appeal over Gina Miller post

Rhodri Colwyn Philipps

A viscount has abandoned his appeal against a conviction for posting malicious Facebook messages after a judge warned his 12-week prison sentence could be increased.

Rhodri Colwyn Philipps was last month found guilty on two counts of making malicious communications.

An online post offered £5,000 to anyone who ran over businesswoman Gina Miller, and another related to an immigrant.

A judge said there was a "risk" his sentence could increase if he appealed.

Vilson Meshi death: Pair sentenced for manslaughter

Vilson Meshi
Essex Police

Two teenagers have been jailed over the death of a man who was burned alive in his car when a marine flare was thrown into it.

Vilson Meshi, 30, was found in a burnt-out Audi A4 in Pitsea, Essex, on 27 February 2016.

At Chelmsford Crown Court Keani Hobbs, 18, of Pitsea, Essex, and a boy, 16, from Camberwell, south London, who cannot be named because of his age, were convicted of manslaughter.

Hobbs was given a nine-year sentence and the boy was detained for six years.

Both defendants were also convicted of theft and their sentences for that offence will run concurrently to the sentence for manslaughter.

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The suspect is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court, where extradition proceedings will begin.

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Eden Hazard

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he is surprised that Belgium have picked Eden Hazard for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

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Robert Snodgrass

Aston Villa complete the signing of winger Robert Snodgrass from West Ham United on a season-long loan.

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Severe disruption: A102 London southbound

BBC News Travel

A102 London southbound severe disruption, from A13 East India Dock Road to A2203 Blackwall Lane.

A102 London - Slow traffic on A102 Blackwall Tunnel southbound in Poplar from the A13 East India Dock Road junction to the A2203 Blackwall Lane junction, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on A12 Blackwall Tunnel Approach to Old Ford.

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

42% of Grenfell Tower charity donations distributed so far

The Charity Commission has issued an update on the distribution of Grenfell Tower charitable donations.

  • £7.8m has been distributed to date
  • 42% of the total raised has now been distributed
  • An extra £2m has been distributed in the last week

£18.8m has been raised so far.

Did you know that old pound coins end up in Dagenham?

Severe accident: M4 Greater London westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Greater London westbound severe accident, between J4 for A408 Heathrow Spur and J4B for M25.

M4 Greater London - Queuing traffic on M4 westbound between J4, A408 (Heathrow Spur) and J4b M25, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J2, A4 (Brentford).

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

Notting Hill Carnival route map

Time Out London

‘Deplorable’ LibDem councillor ‘lied and lied’ over charity thefts

Inside Croydon


Chelsea winger Kenedy is given a formal warning by the FA for social media comments made on a pre-season tour of China.

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Illegal puppy import man banned from keeping animals

Met Police

A man who illegally imported puppies for profit has been banned from keeping animals for five years.

Alexandru-Constantin Ghita, 28, of Old Reading, Harrow, was convicted of trading an unlicensed pet shop on 17 August.

On 18 June police were called to an address in Waller Drive, Northwood, to reports of a suspected burglary in progress.

Officers attended and found no evidence of a break-in but did discover six young puppies running loose in a cluttered garage with no natural light or water.

Four French bulldogs and two pugs were seized by police.

A veterinary surgeon determined they had originated from abroad and were under-age to have been lawfully imported.

The dogs will now be re-homed.

Met Police
Stephen Port

How was Stephen Port able to kill four young men, even though police had arrested him and taken his DNA after the first death?

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Cameron Carter-Vickers

Championship side Sheffield United sign Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers on a season-long loan deal.

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Severe accident: A40 London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A40 London eastbound severe accident, between Great Cumberland Place and A40 Marble Arch.

A40 London - One lane closed and heavy traffic on A40 Marble Arch eastbound in In Mayfair between the Great Cumberland Place junction and the A40 Marble Arch junction, because of an accident involving a car, lorry and bicycle.

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

Afternoon weather: Dry, light winds and plenty of sunshine

BBC Weather

It will be a bright and mainly dry day across London with warm sunshine and light winds.

Maximum temperature: 24C (75F).

Cyclist injured in Marble Arch collision

Police are dealing with a road traffic collision in Marble Arch. Officers were called at 10:50 to reports of a collision at Marble Arch, outside the underground station. A car was reported to have been in collision with a HGV lorry which then struck a cyclist. The male cyclist - no further details - suffered a serious leg injury as a result. London's Air Ambulance and London Ambulance Service have attended the scene. Road closures are in place while emergency services deal with the incident.

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Today's Big Picture

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Aerial shot of the Thames and London Eye
Jason Hawkes

Today's big picture on BBC London Live is an aerial shot taken by photographer Jason Hawkes.

If you'd like to see your photo of London appear on our banner email us but it must be landscape and 2048 x1152

London's first Chief Digital Officer unveiled

Theo Blackwell
Mayor of London

Theo Blackwell has been appointed London's first Chief Digital Officer.

He will report directly to London mayor Sadiq Khan and he will given the task of helping him ensure the capital becomes a global tech hub to help "transform the way public services are designed and delivered".

Mr Blackwell was previously Head of Policy & PublicAffairs for the video games industry's trade body Ukie.

He said: "The new Chief Digital Officer post is an amazing opportunity to make our capital even more open to innovation, support jobs and investment and make our public services more effective.

"The pace of change over the next decade requires public services to develop a stronger relationship with the tech sector. Our purpose is to fully harness London's world-class potential to make our public services faster and more reliable at doing things we expect online, but also adaptable enough to overcome the capital's most complex challenges."

Bank holiday engineering works
Major engineering work will take place across the Bank Holiday weekend, causing disruptions for commuters.

Traffic diverted after collision in Marble Arch

Brexit campaign 'harmed integration,' MPs claim

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he poisonous tone of last year's Brexit campaign has led to the demonisation of immigrants, the head of a group of MPs has said.

The group - chaired by anti-Brexit Labour MP Chuka Umunna - warns in a report that anti-immigrant rhetoric is making it harder for new arrivals.

It calls for government action to encourage "meaningful social mixing".

Leave Means Leave said there was nothing poisonous about wanting to take back control of Britain's borders.

Champions League: Tottenham meet holders Real Madrid in group stage

Champions League
Getty Images

Tottenham will face holders Real Madrid in the group stage of the Champions League.

Spurs were drawn in Group H alongside the Spanish giants, German side Borussia Dortmund and Apoel of Cyprus.

The draw pits the Premier League runners-up against Wales winger Gareth Bale, who left Spurs for Real in a world record deal in 2013 and will be coming up against his old club for the first time.

Scottish champions Celtic face a tough test in a group with Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain and Anderlecht.

Severe disruption: London both ways

BBC News Travel

London both ways severe disruption, between A4 Hyde Park Corner and The Mall.

London - Constitution Hill in Westminster closed in both directions between the A4 Hyde Park Corner junction and The Mall junction, because of the Changing the Guard. Also affecting The Mall between Marlborough Road and Constitution Hill and Birdcage Walk between A3214 Buckingham Gate and A3214 Great George Street.

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

Alan Titchmarsh vows to save Queen's tree in M25 row

Alan Titchmarsh

TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh has hit out at a road-widening scheme that threatens a swathe of Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) woodland.

The RHS said there were two options to widen the A3 in Surrey as part of M25 improvements and one would take out a bank of trees including giant redwoods.

The scheme could see RHS Wisley lose 500 trees, including one planted by the Queen to mark her silver jubilee.

Highways England said the gardens would benefit from "better, safer access".

Council on standby to take back control of public libraries

Inside Croydon

Severe disruption: A40 London westbound

BBC News Travel

A40 London westbound severe disruption, between Holles Street and Old Cavendish Street.

A40 London - A40 Oxford Street in Oxford Circus closed and slow traffic westbound between the Holles Street junction and the Old Cavendish Street junction, because of a burst water main and emergency repairs. Diversion in operation - Bus routes 7, 10, 23, 94, 98, 113, 139 and159 are affected.

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

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BBC London News

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