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

Tonight's weather: Dry and clear

BBC Weather

Any showers will ease this evening to leave clear spells, and perhaps a patchy frost or fog in places.

However cloud will increase from the north later in the night, with the odd shower possible here by dawn.

Minimum temperature: 1C (34 F).

Unregistered Jewish schools prompt call for new laws

Jewish men and boys in London

The government must act to help up to 1,500 ultra Orthodox Jewish boys going to unregistered schools in the London borough of Hackney, says a report.

Poor safety and wellbeing and a narrow religious education are key concerns, says a special commission set up by Hackney Council.

The law on such illegal schools is "woefully inadequate", say the authors.

And they say they are "baffled by an apparent lack of desire" by government to rectify the situation.

The year-long investigation was sparked after 34 boys and two teachers from one of Hackney's unregistered schoolshad to be rescued from a Kent beach in 2016 after becoming stranded by the tide when an outing went wrong.

Peer urges inquiry following abandoned 'rape' cases

Liam Allan

A former attorney general has called for an independent inquiry into the system for disclosure of evidence in criminal cases, after two recent high-profile rape prosecutions collapsed.

The Metropolitan Police last month launched an urgent review of around 30 sex cases about to go to court, after the rape trial of Liam Allan was halted.

The child rape prosecution of Isaac Itiary also collapsed.

In both cases, evidence was belatedly disclosed by police in the days before the trial which fatally undermined the case against the defendants.

Labour peer Lord Morris of Aberavon, who served as Attorney General from 1997 to 1999, has now raised his demand for an inquiry in a question in the House of Lords, due to be answered by a Government minister on 29 January.

Lord Morris asked whether the Government was "satisfied that the disclosure procedures in criminal cases conducted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is functioning properly", and whether ministers would now authorise "an independent inquiry on the role of the CPS and its relationship with the police".

The trial of Mr Allan, 22, was halted at Croydon Crown Court in December as it was decided there was "no longer a realistic prospect of conviction".

Severe disruption: M4 Greater London eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Greater London eastbound severe disruption, at J3 for A312 affecting J4B for M25.

M4 Greater London - M4 exit slip road partially blocked and queuing traffic eastbound at J3, A312 (Hayes), because of a broken down car. Congestion to J4b M25.

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

Ross Barkley

Chelsea complete the £15m signing of England midfielder Ross Barkley from Everton on a five-and-a-half-year deal.

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Christmas puppy first of the year to be rescued by shelter

Ronnie the puppy

This is Ronnie, the first pet to be rescued by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's London centre this year.

The eight-week-old mongrel had been bought online as a present. He was brought to the animal shelter, in the south-west of the capital, after his owner became homeless.

The centre's intake manager, Steven Craddock, said: "His new owner did the right thing by bringing him into us where we can look after him and find him a loving new home, which we doubt will take long as he’s such a lovely boy."

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Jason Puncheon

Crystal Palace footballer Jason Puncheon was charged after a disturbance near a Surrey nightclub.

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Theodore Johnson

Johnson met his third victim, Angela Best, while on unescorted leave from a secure mental hospital.

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TfL pays for residents to stay in hotel over 'noisy work'

Arsene Wenger and Mike Dean

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is given a touchline ban and fined £40,000 for his behaviour in the referee's changing room after Sunday's game against West Brom.

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Today's photo of London

This great photo of London from Biggin Hill Airport was sent in to us from Bethany Russell and we used it as the banner image on our live page.

Biggin Hill airport
Bethany Russell

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Theodore Johnson: Woman predicted killer would strike again
Former healthcare assistant Sandra Davis says triple killer Theodore Johnson played the system.

Severe accident: A41 Greater London northbound

BBC News Travel

A41 Greater London northbound severe accident, between B551 Queen's Road and Rundell Crescent affecting A502 Brent Street.

A41 Greater London - A41 Hendon Way in Hendon closed and delays northbound between Hendon Central Station and the Rundell Crescent junction, because of an accident. Congestion on A406 North Circular Road to the A502 Brent Street junction.

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

Man accused of killing Iuliana Tudos to face trial in June

Iuliana Tudos
Iuliana Tudos/Facebook

A man accused of murdering Camden pub worker Iuliana Tudos will face trial in June.

Kasim Lewis, 31, allegedly killed the 22-year-old between 24 December and 27 December.

Ms Tudos, who also called herself Julie, disappeared after finishing her Christmas Eve shift at the World's End pub in Camden.

She was found dead in Finsbury Park, yards away from her home in Upper Tollington Park, north London, on 27 December after her friends became concerned and retraced her steps.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the abdomen and a head injury.

Lewis, of Friern Barnet, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from Wandsworth prison this morning.

A trial date of 11 June was set with a plea and case management hearing on 23 March.

Lewis was remanded in custody by Judge Richard Marks QC.

Severe accident: A4020 Greater London westbound

BBC News Travel

A4020 Greater London westbound severe accident, between Lyndhurst Avenue and Park Avenue affecting A4127 Tentelow Lane.

A4020 Greater London - A4020 Uxbridge Road in Hanwell closed and stationary traffic westbound between the Lyndhurst Avenue junction and the Park Avenue junction, because of an accident. Congestion on Minterne Avenue to the A4127 Tentelow Lane junction, on B454 Windmill Lane to the Jersey Road junction and to the Grosvenor Road junction.

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

Man arrested over spate of cat deaths

Northants Police
Rusty's body was left on the doorstep of its owner's home

A man has been arrested over a number of cat deaths across Northampton.

Five cats were mutilated and killed between August and November 2017.

The 31-year-old was detained in connection with cat mutilations and arsons in the Duston area and also offences in Kingsley Park, police said.

The deaths were being treated as part of a Metropolitan Police probe into several killings across England, including those by the so-called Croydon cat killer.

The man has been released under investigation. Officers have called for anyone with information to come forward.

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BreakingSerial killer Theodore Johnson jailed for 26 years

Serial killer Theodore Johnson, 64, who met his third victim while on day release from a secure mental hospital has been jailed at the Old Bailey for a minimum of 26 years.

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Wormwood Scrubs

Clive Coleman

Legal correspondent, BBC News

The decision to free the sex attacker has been condemned by victims' groups and charities.

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Man charged over Sutton police officer stabbing

A 21-year-old man from Lambeth has been charged over the stabbing of a police officer in Sutton.

Murice Lennon, of Tivoli Road, West Norwood, was charged on Thursday, 4 January with grievous bodily harm with intent to resist arrest, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of cannabis.

Lennon appeared at Croydon Magistrates' Court on Thursday, 4 January and has been remanded in custody to appear at Croydon Crown Court on Thursday, 1 February.

The police officer who was stabbed in the leg remains in hospital in a "stable condition with non-life threatening injuries."

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Afternoon weather: Dry and sunny

BBC Weather

Most places will remain dry with bright or sunny spells, but there is also a chance of occasional showers across London.

The wind will be lighter than yesterday, but temperatures also slightly lower.

Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).

First Dates Fred: More than a maitre d'

Fred Sirieix

Meet Fred Sirieix, known to many as just Fred.

In real life, he's the French restaurant boss at London's Park Lane Hilton hotel. But to TV viewers, he's the charming maitre d' of Channel 4's First Dates eatery.

The match-making show sees singletons venture into the Paternoster Chop House in East London to share a meal with a blind date chosen by the show's producers.

And we, flies on the wall, watch how as the food flows and the romantic sparks fly (or not, as is often the case).

Discover more about Fred here.

Grenfell fraud case adjourned for psychiatric reports

Ian Palmer

BBC News

The case of a woman accused of fraudulently claiming money and supplies following the Grenfell fire has been adjourned for psychiatric reports.

Joyce Msokeri, 46, from Sutton in south London, was charged with six counts of fraud.

Seventy-one people died following the fire at the 24 storey tower block in June last year.

The government pledged £5 million for those affected by the tragedy.

The case will be heard at Southwark Crown Court on 24 January.

Some of John Worboys' victims 'chose not to be updated'

Thomas Mackintosh

BBC London News

John Worboys
Met Police

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has a released a statement in reaction to the Parole Board's controversial decision to release"black-cab rapist" John Worboys from prison.

In full, the MoJ said: "“These were truly horrendous crimes and our thoughts are with the victims for the pain and suffering they have endured.

“In traumatic and distressing cases like this, it is right that victims decide whether and how they want to be kept updated.

“Some victims in this case chose not to be updated.

"Others chose to be informed by phone or email and were contacted immediately; others chose to be informed by letters which were sent straight away, but of course take longer.

“Our priority is to support victims and it is right that we respect their decisions about how they are contacted.”

Severe disruption: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J29 for A127.

M25 Greater London - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M25 anticlockwise at J29, A127 (Romford), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

Oxford Circus station reopens

Following the earlier fire alert at Oxford Circus - which was reported at 11:23.

The London Fire Brigade says it was a "false alarm".

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Oxford Circus Tube station closed

Two crews of firefighters have been sent to investigate a fire alarm which has gone off at Oxford Circus Tube station.

The alarm has forced the station to close, and is affecting Bakerloo, Victoria and Central Line services.

A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said they were made aware at 11.23 GMT and the crews are still in attendance.

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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

London New Year stabbing victims named

Kyall Parnell and Steve Frank Narvaez-Arias
Met Police
Kyall Parnell (left) was stabbed in Tulse Hill, south London and Steve Frank Narvaez-Arias (right) was stabbed in Old Street

Three of the four young men who were stabbed to death in London at New Year have been named.

Eleven arrests have been made over thefour separate stabbings, which happened within hours across the capital.

On New Year's Eve 17-year-old Kyall Parnell and Taofeek Lamidi, 20, were both stabbed in the heart in Tulse Hill and West Ham respectively.

Steve Frank Narvaez-Arias, 20, was stabbed in the chest on New Year's Day at a flat party in Old Street.

A fourth victim, an 18-year-old man who was stabbed in Enfield, has not yet been named by police.

Obiang and Son trade sublime goals as West Ham hold Spurs

BBC Sport

Tottenham v West Ham

Son Heung-min and Pedro Obiang scored two stunning long-range strikes as Tottenham drew with West Ham.

Obiang's 35-yard drive into the top corner was the first shot for David Moyes' Hammers at Wembley, with Spurs having had 20 by that stage.

The hosts dominated the game - both sides' second Premier League match in 48 hours - but were denied by a series of last-ditch blocks and saves.

But Son broke West Ham's resistance with a 30-yard strike beyond Adrian.

John Worboys: Parole reasoning 'should be public'

John Worboys
Met Police

The Parole Board should publish its reasons for deciding to release serial sex attacker John Worboys, according to the chairwoman of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee Yvette Cooper.

Former black-cab driver Worboys is believed to have carried out more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults on women in London between 2002 and 2008.

Victims' groups and charities have condemned the decision to free him.

Labour MP Ms Cooper said the ruling must be scrutinised before his release.

Jill Saward rape charity plans following donations

Jill Saward and Gavin Drake

More than £20,000 has been donated to continue the work of rape campaigner Jill Saward, her husband said.

Ms Saward, 51, who became a victims' rights campaigner after being raped at her father's Ealing vicarage in 1986, died a year ago following a stroke.

Her husband, Gavin Drake, told the BBC he hoped a charity would be launched this year.

In a blog, he said 2017 was his "own personal annus horribilis", but he was looking forward "with a positive mind".

South Tottenham stabbing: Man taken to hospital

Police tape

A man has been taken to hospital after being stabbed in London.

Police were called shortly before 20:20 yesterday to reports of a stabbing in High Road, south Tottenham.

The man was treated at the scene by paramedics.

He was taken to a major trauma centre in east London "as a priority", the London Ambulance Service said. Police said no arrests had been made.

Worboys victim 'absolutely horrified' at release news

One of the victims of 'black-cab rapist' John Worboys is absolutely horrified at news of his release, her solicitor has said.

Harriet Wistrich, who represented two victims, told the BBC that the client she had spoken to was "really, really distressed".

John Worboys, who will be released this month under supervision, is believed to have carried out more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults on women in London between 2002 and 2008.

Travel update: Southeastern train problems

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

Disruption on Southeastern London-bound services via Faversham and Margate where a tree is blocking the line near Herne Bay.

At Green Park station there's no step-free access to the Jubilee Line due a faulty lift.

At Denmark Hill station, there is no step-free access to the northbound Overground platform due to a faulty lift.

For the latest travel updates follow @BBCTravelAlert

Today's weather: Mostly dry, with sunny spells

BBC Weather

Most places will remain dry with bright or sunny spells, but there is also a chance of occasional showers across the London region.

The wind will be lighter than yesterday, but temperatures also slightly lower.

Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F)

BBC London Live updates on Friday 5 January

BBC London News

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