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  1. Updates on Monday 26 February

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All times stated are UK

Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring for Liverpool against West Ham

Neil Johnston

BBC Sport

Mohamed Salah scores for the sixth straight game as Liverpool climb into second place in the Premier League with an entertaining win over West Ham.

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Liam Cooper

Leeds United end their 10-match winless run with victory over Brentford to boost their play-off hopes.

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Millwall's players celebrate

Millwall climb to 12th in the Championship thanks to Ben Marshall's second-half goal against struggling Burton Albion.

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Isaiah Haastrup and aunt

Isaiah Haastrup's parents, from south-east London, say treatments exist that could help their son.

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BBC London News

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Have a great weekend.

CCTV shows man brandish hunting knife at shop owner

CCTV footage has been released by police as part of a bid to track down a robber who brandished a hunting knife at a shop owner in south-east London.

AT 20:15 GMT on 1 February the man walked into a mini supermarket on Brook Street in Erith.

Waving the large blade knife, he threatened the 45-year-old store owner and demanded cash from behind the counter.

The suspect emptied the contents of the till into a white plastic bag.

During his raid, a woman and boy entered the store and the suspect asked them to wait outside.

He went out and asked the pair what they wanted from the shop before going back inside, stealing eight packets of cigarettes, two canned drinks and some sweets, and giving them to the woman and boy.

He then walked away into Northumberland Heath Park.

The suspect is described as a black man about 5ft 6in tall. He was wearing dark coloured clothing, including a black Nike tracksuit, scarf, hat and gloves.

Evening weather: Very cold

BBC Weather

Areas of cloud through tonight, especially at first but there will be some clear spells too.

Rather cold with many areas seeing a frost develop.

Minimum Temperature: -2C to 1C (28F to 34F).

Moped driver seriously injured in crash with lorry

A moped driver in his 30s was seriously injured when he crashed into a stationary lorry in east London this morning.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 09:28 GMT to reports of a collision on the A1203 Limehouse Link.

The moped rider was taken to a nearby hospital.

The driver of the lorry stopped at the scene and is assisting police with their enquiries. He has not been arrested.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses or people who might have dashcam footage of the crash.

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The play remembering the victims of Grenfell

Young actors living in the shadow of Grenfell Tower are staging a play about the community in the lead up to the fire that killed 71 people in June last year.

The play tells the story of discussions between locals and housing officials before the blaze happened.

Comic exhibition opens at the O2

DC exhibition
Jonathan Hordle

An exhibition showcasing costumes worn in comic book films such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman has been unveiled in south-east London.

There will be more than 40 costumes on display in the DC exhibition, including ones worn by Christopher Reeve in Superman, Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman, Heath Ledger as The Joker in Batman, and Christian Bale in Batman.

Original comic books and artworks with a combined value of about £21.5m will also be on show.

DC exhibition
Jonathan Hordle

Many of the costumes have never been on display.

The exhibition follows on from a popular first run in Paris earlier this year.

DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroeswill be at the O2 arena until 9 September 2018.

DC exhibition
Jonathan Hordle

London airport could be world's 'most scenic'

Newham man due in court to face rape charge

A 20-year-old man from Newham is due in court to face charges of rape and robbery.

Nayed Hoque, of Little Ilford Lane, in Manor Park, is accused of raping a stranger - a woman in her mid 20s - in Shoreditch on 17 February.

Hoque has been remanded in custody after being charged with two counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of robbery

Ambassadors Theatre could be demolished

Ambassadors Theatre
The Ambassadors Theatre is in London's West End

Stage impresario Sir Cameron Mackintosh has won planning permission to demolish the Grade II listed Ambassadors Theatre, leaving only its façade, and replace it with “a modern and flexible” new building.

The theatre, which first opened in June 1913, would be renamed The Sondheim Theatre, in honour of the American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, include extra rehearsal rooms, an extended stage, an overhauled exterior and provide "full accessibility", documents supporting the project state.

The new venue would also be dedicated to hosting productions from the subsidised sector that would not normally have the opportunity to transfer to the West End.

Sondheim theatre
Citizens Design Bureau
The theatre would be renamed the Sondheim
The new Sprague Room
Citizens Design Bureau
The new Sprague Room will retain the original domed auditorium by architect WGR Sprague who designed the theatre

Sir Mackintosh's plan, which was approved by Camden council's planning committee last night, is backed by theatres including the National, the Donmar Warehouse, the Almeida and the Young Vic.

However, The Victorian Society - a charity championing Victorian and Edwardian buildings, has objected because it says the project would result in "substantial harm to a heritage asset".

It has asked the government to intervene on the project and the request is currently being determined.

Sir Mackintosh bought the Ambassadors and Victoria Palace Theatre from Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, who had owned the Victoria Palace since 1991 and the Ambassadors since 2007.

Sir Cameron
Sir Cameron now owns several West End theatres

Sipping acidic fruit teas can wear away teeth, says study

Sipping acidic drinks such as fruit teas and flavoured water can wear away teeth and damage the enamel, an investigation by scientists has shown.

The King's College London team found that drinking them between meals and savouring them for too long increased the risk of tooth erosion from acid.

The research, in the British Dental Journal, looked at the diets of 300 people with severe erosive tooth wear.

It said the problem was increasing as people snacked more.

'Fat cat' academy bosses face challenge over pay

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

Pupils sit exams

The bosses of academy trusts running large chains of schools in England are going to be challenged by education ministers over "fat-cat" pay.

Lord Agnew says the government's school funding agency is to write to multi-academy trusts asking how pay over £150,000 relates to school performance.

The chief executive of Harris Federation - which runs 44 primary and secondary schools in London - became the first in the state sector to earn over £500,000.

Head teachers say the public needs to be "reassured" over school spending.

Lord Agnew, in a letter to academy trusts, has warned that the funding agency would soon be contacting multi-academy trusts paying above £150,000 - and that if performance is going down, pay for chief executives should also be cut.

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Afternoon weather: Dry and cold

BBC Weather

A dry afternoon with variable cloud and sunny intervals. Remaining chilly.

Maximum Temperature: 2C to 5C (36F to 41F).

Londoners urged to 'make the most' of green spaces

Brockwell Park in Lambeth
Brockwell Park in Lambeth is one of London's many parks

Londoners are to be urged to make the most of the capital's green spaces during a week of activities and events in July.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today announced the National Park City Week which will kick off on 21 July and include guided walks, talks, food-growing events and community clean-ups.

The week, a spokeswoman for the mayor's office said, will seek to "encourage Londoners to make the most of those green spaces few people know about" such as community gardens, canal footpaths and small meadows.

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The week will also launch London's effort to become the world's first national park city in 2019, with at least 50% of the city made up of green space by 2050.

Currently, 47% of the capital is green space.

Mr Khan said: “By making our city one of the greenest on earth, we can improve air quality, conserve wildlife and develop a green infrastructure to benefit all Londoners.

“I urge community groups and Londoners to help me by getting involved in National Park City Week - host an event or get out and explore your local area – whether it be a woodland, a community garden or one of our fantastic Royal Parks, there’s something for everyone.”

Singer Lulu returns to the West End


Singer Lulu is returning to the West End stage after 30 years to join the cast of 42nd Street.

The 69-year-old will play Dorothy Brock in the production at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

She replaces Sheena Easton, who will finish her run in the production on March 19.

The Shout star last appeared in the West End, in The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, at the Savoy Theatre in 1987.

Met Commissioner 'to visit Glasgow for ideas on how to stop knife crime'

Cressida Dick

Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick will visit Glasgow to seek a solution to stop London's rising knife crime problem, according to The Guardian.

Recent figures showed there is more knife crime in London than anywhere else in England and Wales.

Last year, the number of teenagers being killed in London returned to its worst levels since 2008

Since the start of 2018 a total of 16 people, of which five were teenagers, have been knifed to death in London.

Ms Dick is expected to meet with people from Police Scotland's Violence Reduction Unit (VRU).

The VRU was set up in 2005 and began to view violence as a disease, rather than a police matter.

This so-called "public health approach" saw officers work with teachers, social and health workers to collate and share knowledge of people involved in gangs.

In January, Ms Dick told the London Assembly that it was time to treat London's knife crime problem as a public health issue.

Today's photo

Piccadilly Circus
Jason Hawkes

We used this stunning photo by Jason Hawkes of Piccadilly Circus as our banner, but we want a new picture every day to show off the capital.

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

Sex establishment licences in London fall by a two-thirds

Sex establishment graph

Lap dancing clubs, sex shops and sex cinemas numbers in England have fallen by a third in the past five years, the BBC has learned.

Data supplied by local authorities in England suggest the number of active licences in London has fallen by two-thirds since 2013.

The City of Westminster Council, which takes in Soho, an area synonymous with the British sex industry, has seen the biggest fall in the number of active licences, from 31 in 2013 to four at the beginning of 2018.

Louella Michie Bestival death: London man re-arrested

Louella Michie

A London man has been re-arrested by police investigating the death of a 25-year-old woman at the Bestival festival.

Louella Michie, the daughter of Holby City actor John Michie, was found dead in woods on the edge of the festival site at Lulworth Castle early on 11 September.

Dorset Police said a 28-year-old man, known to Ms Michie, has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and drug supply offences.

He had previously been detained on suspicion of murder and released while inquiries continued.

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Alex Bushill has this morning’s top stories from London.

London Overground extension begins tonight

London Overground train

The latest extension to the London Overground is set to begin tonight.

Trains on the network will now run through the night from New Cross Gate to Highbury and Islington.

This extra part of the Night Tube now links the London Overground with the Victoria Line.

Today's weather

BBC Weather

London's weather for Friday 23 February, 2018

It looks set to be a cold morning, but there will be plenty of sunshine.

This afternoon is expected to be dry with more sunny intervals, but remaining chilly and breezy.

Temperatures are expected to reach as high as 5°C (41F).

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Surveyors remove a sample of the cladding from one of the Glasgow Harbour properties

David Allison

BBC Scotland News

The cost of removing cladding from an apartment complex could be tens of thousands per property.

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Severe accident: A1199 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A1199 London both ways severe accident, at Wallace Road.

A1199 London - A1199 St Paul's Road in Canonbury blocked in both directions at the Wallace Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M4 Greater London westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Greater London westbound severe accident, at J4 for A408 Heathrow Spur.

M4 Greater London - Queuing traffic on M4 westbound at J4, A408 (Heathrow Spur), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident.

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

Isaiah Haastrup and aunt

Lanre Haastrup says his 12-month-old son could die within days and he needs to be able to see him.

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The Oliver Cromwell at Bentley, between Manningtree and Ipswich stations

The Oliver Cromwell arrived at Norwich railway station from London Liverpool Street 45 minutes late.

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