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West Ham's Aaron Creswell and Mark Noble

Greg O'Keeffe

BBC Sport

David Moyes says he is disappointed with West Ham's "big players with big reputations" after his first game in charge ends in a 2-0 defeat at Watford.

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Lachie Turner

Exeter Chiefs overcome an error-strewn performance to beat Harlequins at Sandy Park and go top of the Premiership.

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Albert Adomah

Albert Adomah scores twice to help Aston Villa consolidate their position in the Championship play-off spots with a win at QPR.

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Tonight's weather: Dry, mostly clear and frosty

BBC Weather

Dry and cold during the evening and night with clear spells. This will lead to a fairly widespread rural frost, with perhaps a few mist patches too.

Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).

Sarah Clarke is first female Black Rod in 650 years

Sarah Clarke
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Black Rod - a Parliamentary role that can trace its origins back 650 years - is to be a woman for the first time.

Sarah Clarke is currently in charge of organising the Wimbledon tennis championships.

She will be known as The Lady Usher of the Black Rod when she starts her new job early next year.

Teen stabbed at school in Westminster

The Met Police said officers were called to a stabbing of a 16-year-old at Westminster Kingsway College in Grey's Inn Road, central London this afternoon.

Police said that the victim has been taken to hospital and has non life-threatening injuries.

They said no arrests have been made, and that enquries continue.

Max Smith, who camped overnight for the OVO store opening

Hannah Moore

Newsbeat reporter

Newsbeat meets the Drake fans who queued for hours, as the rapper's first European shop opens in London.

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London sees record tourism despite terror attacks

Tower Bridge

London has seen a record number of overseas tourists visit the capital in the first six months of 2017.

Nearly 10m overseas visitors came to London up to June, a 13% increase on the same period in 2016.

Over the same period the UK was hit by three separate terror attacks outside the House of Parliament, on London Bridge and in Manchester Arena.

The biggest influx in visitors to London came from the United States, despite comments from President Donald Trump that parts of London had become "no go zones".

Over 1.3m US citizens came to the UK - a 30% increase in last year - along with 1.1m French and 710,000 German tourists.

Andrew Cooke, acting Chief Executive Officer at London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional agency for the capital, said: "North America is our most important market for tourism by a long way and we look forward to welcoming many more visitors from there and beyond in the months to come.”

Police 'fail to act on moped phone snatch'

Islington Gazette

When Stuart Hazeldine became the latest moped phone snatch victim, he thought there was a good chance of getting the device back when the “Find My iPhone” app said it was in Elia Mews, Islington.

But despite giving such a solid lead to police, officers didn’t act – and Stuart has now probably lost it forever.

'We need to make sure no students face immense hardship'

Thomas Mackintosh

BBC London News

Momin Saqib, student president of King's College London
Momin Saqib
Momin Saqib, president of King's College London Students' Union

The student president of King's College London has called on the university to ask why its students have paid more than £380,000 in library fines.

Over a three-year period King's College received £388,602 through library charges - the highest compared to any other university in London.

Details on King's College's website says students face a "maximum of a £20 fine per item for each instance of late return or renewal."

Reacting to the BBC's figures Momin Saqib, president of King's College London Students' Union, said: "It's unfair that our students have paid the highest amount.

"But, I do understand that resources and books are in high demand.

"After these figures we are certainly looking to work with the university to find out why this is so high."

A summary of the library charges issued by King's College reveal that students can either take a four week loan where any late renewal is 10p per day overdue; a one week loan where the charge is 30p per day overdue or a 24-hour where the tariff is 50p per hour overdue.

Laptops which are loaned out are charged at £5 per hour overdue and the fine for the loss of a book depends on the price of it.

Mr Saqib added: "We need to work together to make sure no students have to face immense hardship - but to also have a structure that means our students understand the importance of returning books and resources on time."

Library fine data
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Islington launches diesel parking charge

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From January drivers of diesel vehicles in Islington will have to pay an additional parking charge of £2 an hour above the normal cost.

Islington Council said it will be the first UK local authority to raise the price of short-stay parking for diesel vehicles across an entire borough, to take on pollution.

Claudia Webbe, executive member for environment and transport at the council, said: "We hope that this measure will encourage owners of diesel vehicles to switch to cleaner, more sustainable modes of transport and lead to improved air quality in the borough".

The RAC's roads policy spokesman Nick Lyes warned the move would "further antagonise drivers of diesel vehicles in the borough" after Islington established a surcharge for residents' permits in 2015.

Appeal after man 'brutally' beaten for watch in Westminster

Seven suspects are being sought after a man was "brutally" beaten for his Rolex.

The Met has today released CCTV footage of several people they would like to speak to, after a member of the armed forces was beaten for his Rolex watch in Mayfair.

On 11 August, at about 02:45 the victim was making his way home when he was approached by a man and a woman in Hanover Square.

They began walking and talking with him. Shortly after he was "set-upon" by five men and the victim was pushed to the floor.

Detectives say the victim was then surrounded, punched and kicked before his £20,000 Rolex watch was stolen.

The man was rushed to hospital with a broken nose and a fractured eye socket.

Det Con Daniel Northcott said: "The victim, who is a serving member of the armed forces, had purchased the watch as a family heirloom to pass down to his young child and is extremely devastated by the loss.

"It has caused considerable emotional distress amongst the victim and his family."

Marko Arnautovic

David Moyes says club record signing Marko Arnautovic must be a team player to be part of his plans at West Ham.

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Travel: 'Severe delays' on London Overground

TfL is warning rush hour passengers they could face major disruption on part of the London Overground line.

There are currently "severe delays" between Hackney Downs and Chingford following an earlier signal failure at Clapton.

Tickets are being accepted on London Underground, and TfL says there is a "good service" on all other lines.

London Overground train

Severe accident: A404 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A404 London both ways severe accident, at Park Road affecting Neasden Interchange.

A404 London - Queuing traffic on A404 Craven Park in both directions in Harlesden at the Park Road junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on A4088 to the Neasden Interchange junction and on A4000 Station Road to the Willesden Junction Station.

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

The photographer who became a warrior

Beth Rose

BBC News

Heather Agyepong
Heather Agyepong

The female warrior Yaa is a "badass" according to photographer Heather Agyepong who has re-imagined the leader for images which fall from the ceiling of the Tate Modern in her latest show.

They depict strength, but also reveal how the stereotype of the "strong, black woman" led to her own depression.

Agyepong was born and raised in London, the daughter of immigrant parents from the Ashanti tribe in Ghana. Yaa is a celebrated Ghanaian warrior from the same tribe - they may or may not be related.

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Viridor getting twitchy as thousands sign twitchers’ petition

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Celebrities sleep rough in London for charity

Dan Olsen, Olivia Buckland, Alex Bowen and Willow Robinson
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Among those rough sleeping were (l-r) singer Dan Olsen, Love Island couple Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen, and singer Willow Robinson

Actors, musicians and TV stars slept rough on the streets of London last night to raise money for homeless services.

Youth homelessness charity Centrepoint hosted its annual Sleep Out, which sees famous faces bed down outdoors for a night alongside more than 1,000 members of the capital's business community.

Radio presenter Scott Mills, actress Sadie Frost, singers Dan Olsen, Willow Robinson and Love Island stars Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen slept on the streets of Greenwich Peninsula, south east London.

Centrepoint deals with more than 9,000 16 to 25-year-olds each year.

The charity aims to raise more than £250,000 to help to provide beds, mental health support and help to access education, training and employment to young rough sleepers.

Woman denies causing diet-drug death

A woman charged with causing the death of a student by providing her with a potentially lethal slimming aid has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

Eloise Parry, 21, from Shrewsbury, took diet pills containing the drug DNP before she died in hospital in April 2015.

Mary Roberts, 32, from Southall in west London also pleaded not guilty to breaking an EU food safety convention by supplying the DNP drug and not guilty to a money laundering charge.

Eloise Parry
Parry family

A co-defendant, 32-year-old Albert Huynh from Northolt in north-west London, was also charged with manslaughter and the food safety offence, but chose not to plead. An application to dismiss charges against him will be made on 18 December.

A third man, 30-year-old Bernard Rebelo from Beckton in east London, had pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter and food safety charges at a hearing on 17 October.

A trial is scheduled to start on 30 April 2018.

PC Shaun Cartwright pays tribute to PC Palmer who died in the Westminster terror attack.
A friend and colleague of PC Keith Palmer has paid tribute to the officer, who was killed outside the Houses of Parliament in the Westminster terror attack in March.

New entrance opened at Bond Street station after £300m upgrade

Transport for London has unveiled a completed £300 million upgrade of Bond Street Tube station in central London.

It says this will increase capacity at the station by 30 per cent.

The new entrance also provides step-free access for the first time at the station.

Val Shawcross, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “The Mayor is committed to making London’s transport network more modern, affordable and accessible.

"It’s vital that all Londoners can get around our capital safely and easily and that’s why we’re so pleased that Bond Street has today become the 72nd step-free tube station."

Bond Street entrance

Trial date fixed for man accused following fatal fail-to-stop

The trial of a man accused of a fatal hit and run near Hadleigh last year will take place at Ipswich Crown Court in February.

Cyclist Colin Taylor, 72, died in a collision on the B1115 near Hitcham last November.

Mark Tuffs, 51, from Dagenham, East London, denies causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving.

Afternoon weather: Dry, sunny and cold

BBC Weather

A dry afternoon across London with some good sunny spells and some patchy cloud.

It will feel chilly in light, mainly westerly winds.

Maximum Temperature: 9C (48F).

Severe accident: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe accident, between J29 for A127 and J30 for A13 Lakeside affecting halfway before J28 A12.

M25 Greater London - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J29, A127 (Romford) and J30, A13 (Lakeside), because of an accident involving lorry and two cars. Congestion to halfway before J28 A12.

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

Send us your photo of London

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Have you taken a photo of your part of London which you think would be suitable?

If so, email it in high resolution (2048 x 1152 or 1680 x 945) to

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Travel: Delays on Central line

TfL is reporting minor delays between Epping and Leytonstone while a signal failure at Woodford is fixed.

The disruption is currently only affecting westbound services.

London Underground Central line

£10,000 reward after man, 26, shot in Southall

Khalid Abdi Farah
Met Police

A week on from the murder of Khalid Abdi Farah in Southall, detectives are revisiting the scene to appeal for more witnesses to come forward.

A reward of up to £10,000 is being put up by Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Officers will be in the area of Lady Margaret Road late tonight and into the early hours of tomorrow.

Detectives are particular keen for infomration about a first general black VW Tiguan SUV which may have been used in the attack. It was later found burnt out in West Drayton.

Khalid, 26, was shot while sitting in a Ford Focus at about 01:25 last Saturday. A black VW Tiguan had pulled up and an occupant went up to Khalid on foot and shot him in the chest.

a police Chief Constable walks alongside a police officer

Wide variations in the earnings of top officers in England and Wales are revealed by the Home Office.

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Cause of Clerkenwell Road fire 'under investigation'

Clerkenwell Road fire
Dan Booth

London Fire Brigade (LFB) has opened an investigation into the cause of a fire which broke out at a central London office block last night.

Six fire engines - from Soho, Shoreditch, Euston, Islington, Dowgate and Lambeth fire stations - were called to tackle the Clerkenwell Road blaze at 17:26.

It took 35 firefighters until 19:55 to bring the fire under control.

There were no reported injuries, but the LFB say part of the roof and a stack of insulation were damaged by the fire.

London Terror attack: 'Police saved my bacon'

BBC Radio 5 live

Police officers and members of the emergency services attend to a person injured in an apparent terror attack on London Bridge
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A man who was stabbed in the neck during the London Bridge terror attack has recalled how his life was saved by an off-duty police officer.

Geoff Ho, the Business Editor at the Daily Express, said the emergency services "saved my bacon and the bacon of everyone else in the area" during the attack on 3 June 2017.

Off duty police officer Sam Philpot, who had been on a date in nearby Borough Market, volunteered to assess Mr Ho's wounds and take him to a nearby ambulance for emergency treatment.

As part of BBC Radio 5 Live's Blue Lights Day, Mr Ho told how he was stabbed "in the process of trying to defend one of my friends and buy some of the other people some time".

Despite having throat wounds Mr Ho was able to call the police to "give instructions and descriptions" of the terror suspects.

"Everything was heightened and going in slow motion" he said.

Mr Philpot, who remained at borough market for a further 10 hours to aid the on-duty police officers, told the BBC "I just did what needed to be done".

Seeing police officers was "the greatest amount of relief in my life times one hundred," Mr Ho said.

"They're heroes and they deserve to be appreciated" he said.

Eight people were killed and 48 were injured, including four unarmed police officers who attempted to stop the assailants.

Geoff Ho
Geoff Ho said "everything was heightened and going in slow motion" after he was stabbed in the neck during the London Terror attacks.

Travel: 'Severe delays' on the District line

There is still major disruption on part of the District line following a signal failure at Southfields this morning.

TfL say there are "severe delays" between Earl's Court and Wimbledon - as well as "minor delays" between Turnham Green and Ealing Broadway; and between Earl's Court and Edgware Road.

London Undergroudn tickets are being accepted on local London Bus routes and South Western Railway services.

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Explorer Benedict Allen set to fly home

Benedict Allen

British explorer Benedict Allen is expected to be helicoptered out of the jungle in Papua New Guinea on Friday, the UK High Commissioner there says.

He had been looked after by Christian missionaries after trekking large distances and missing his flight home, the BBC's Frank Gardner said.

The 57-year-old from London had taken no means of communication with him, prompting his family to mount a search on Monday.

He was spotted alive and well yesterday near a remote airstrip.