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West Ham United Women sign Germany's Julia Simic from Bundesliga side SC Freiburg and drop 'Ladies' from their name.

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Harry Kane given freedom of Waltham Forest

Harry Kane
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Harry Kane has been given the freedom of his home borough for his heroics captaining England at the Wold Cup in Russia.

Waltham Forest councillors unanimously voted to award the England and Tottenham striker the council's highest honour.

Born in Leytonstone in 1993, Kane spent his childhood in Waltham Forest, attending both primary and secondary education in the borough.

Waltham Forest Council Leader, Clare Coghill, said Kane has "shown incredible perseverance and maturity throughout his career and to be captain England at a World Cup at the age of 24 shows just how much leadership qualities he possesses".

“I’m proud that our borough welcomed his Irish father, that his family could make their home here, and he received the opportunities to make the most of his footballing talent," she added.

Waltham Forest has a history of raising world class footballers that become England captains. David Beckham was born in the same hospital as Kane and attended the same school.

Councils are allowed to give freedom of the boroughs to "persons of distinction". Becoming a freeman was once associated with grazing sheep on public land, but this is no longer the case.

Tonight's weather: Cloudy evening with possible showers

BBC Weather

Rather cloudy this evening and before midnight with some showers possible. It will then turn mainly dry during the early hours with some clear spells developing.

Minimum temperature: 15 to 18°C (59 to 64°F).

Anyone for tennis in Gunnersbury Park?

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Eight new state-of-the-art tennis courts will be available to use at Gunnersbury Park from 1 August.

The new macadam courts are the first phase of the Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub which, when completed, will also include a multi-use sports centre, a gym, two external floodlit artificial grass pitches and natural grass cricket and football pitches.

The complex will be managed by charitable social enterprise GLL.

From 1 August the courts will be available to book at a cost of £9 per hour, while a range of activities, coaching and competitions will be launched over the summer.

These include a free children's summer camp for children aged five to 10 years which is funded by the John Lyon Foundation.

Regular coaching sessions on the courts will begin in September.

There will also be a dedicated Tennis Manager to look after the courts, financed by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

'Calculated' Brent flasher jailed for indecent exposure

Mark Nevin
Met Police

A man who lay in wait for lone women before exposing himself to them has been jailed for four years and seven months.

Mark Nevin, 39, from Barnet, left some of his victims "too anxious to walk alone at night" after carrying out a string of attacks between October 2017 and February 2018.

Nevin carried out all his crimes at a bus stop on Watford Way at its junction with Westside in Barnet. He would wait for lone females before getting their attention and exposing himself and walking away.

He was only caught after one of his victims made a note of his car's registration.

PC Jay Thorn said: "The way Nevin carried out his offences was extremely calculated and disturbing.

"In his pursuit for sexual gratification he has now left some of his victims too anxious to walk alone at night."

Nevin was sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty to six counts of incident exposure at Harrow Crown Court, including breach of a sexual harm prevention order and engaging in sexual activity with a child.

South Western Railway workers to strike on eight days

SWR train
BBC

Commuters on South Western Railway are set to experience a wave of fresh strike action.

As part of the RMT union's long-running dispute over the future role of guards, members will walk out on eight dates between next Thursday and the beginning of September.

The 24-hour planned strike dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, 26 July
  • Saturday, 28 July
  • Tuesday, 31 July
  • Saturday, 4 August
  • Saturday, 11 August
  • Saturday, 18 August
  • Friday, 31 August
  • Saturday, 1 September

London's heatwave in pictures

BBC Weather Watchers

Royal Museum Greenwich
Emily Wheeler
Royal Museum Greenwich
Emily Wheeler

The grounds outside the Royal Museum Greenwich are feeling the effect of London's continuing heatwave.

Most of London hasn't seen any rain since May, and Greenwich is suffering - as photos sent in by weather watcher Adrian Wheeler, taken two months apart, show.

Press ethics inquiry judge given Freedom of City

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Sir Brian Leveson
PA

The judge who presided over the inquiry into the ethics of the press has been approved to receive the freedom of the City of London.

The Right Hon Sir Brian Leveson, who became the head of criminal justice in England and Wales last year, was one of 41 nominees for freedom.

They were approved at the Court of Common Council meeting at Guildhall yesterday.

Sir Brian, who is President of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Courts, was nominated by Sheriff Timothy Hailes and seconded by Deputy Charles Lord.

Prince Charles recreates home at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace
Reuters

Ever wondered what Prince Charles keeps on his shelves?

Members of the public can get a glimpse of the Prince of Wales' home, as he moves some of his most treasured items to the Queen's home, Buckingham Palace, for an exhibition to mark his 70th birthday.

More than 100 pieces - from private paintings and personal photographs to ornaments and soft furnishings - have been selected by Prince Charles for the "Prince and Patron" exhibition.

Visitors will be transported to the drawing room of Clarence House, or the prince's Gloucestershire country retreat Highgrove, without leaving the Ball Supper Room of the palace.

"This is a very personal show," Vanessa Remington, senior curator of paintings at the Royal Collection Trust, said.

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Severe accident: A23 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A23 London both ways severe accident, from A2217 Acre Lane to Electric Avenue.

A23 London - A23 Brixton Road in Brixton closed and stationary traffic in both directions from the A2217 Acre Lane junction to Brixton Station, because of an accident.

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

Robber grabs train passenger by the neck

Suspect
BTP

Police are trying to track down a robber who grabbed a train passenger around the neck in an attempt to steal his bag.

The victim, a 43-year-old man, was asked by the suspect if he could use his phone to make a call while waiting for a train at Canada Water station at 06:45 on 20 May.

When the victim boarded the train to New Cross Gate, the suspect sat next to the victim and asked what was in his bag.

Feeling intimidated, the victim stood up to move away but was grabbed round the neck by the man who then attempted to pull his bag from his shoulder.

Other passengers intervened and the suspect left the train at New Cross Gate station.

The victim was bruised and severely shaken by the incident, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

BTP have released a CCTV image in a bid to track down the suspect.

Today's photo of London

BBC London News

Millennium Dome
Jason Hawkes

We used this wonderful photo by Jason Hawkes of the Millennium Dome 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 london.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

Afternoon weather: Sunny spell, risk of thundery showers

BBC Weather

There will then be some sunny spells this afternoon, although cloud will build.

There is the chance of a few showers breaking out and these may be heavy and thundery in nature.

Maximum temperature: 23 to 26°C (73 to 79°F).

The joys of living independently in old age

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Rosen House
LDRS

A councillor has spoken of the joys of living independently during old age as he helped open a new retirement development.

Cllr Krishna Suresh, a former Mayor of Harrow, visited Rosen House, in Hindes Road, to speak with developers about the new complex, which is made up of one and two-bed apartments.

He was joined by Cllr Sasi Suresh, former Mayoress of Harrow, for the ribbon-cutting as they enjoyed a guided tour of one of the borough's newest developments for retirees.

He said: "Living independently and securely is extremely important; and with a growing number of people reaching retirement age I'm delighted developments such as this are being built to provide people in Harrow and beyond with a number of options to make the most out of their later years."

Fire brigade on stand-by for fire risk at beauty spot

Inside Croydon

There’s growing concerns, ahead of another hot and dry weekend, for the safety of a Croydon beauty spot from fires, coupled with mounting anger at the carelessness and “eco-vandalism” of some who might be planning to hold barbecues at Croham Hurst.

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Number of recorded stalking offences has trebled in four years
Dave Mooney was stalked for eight years by a man he met in the Croydon karaoke bar he works in.

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

Florian Jozefzoon

Derby County sign winger Florian Jozefzoon from Championship rivals Brentford for an undisclosed fee.

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MPs criticise rape case failures

Crime
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MPs have criticised the director of public prosecutions over failings in the disclosure of evidence in rape and serious sexual assault cases.

A number of rape trials collapsed last year after it emerged vital evidence had not been given to defence lawyers.

A new report from the Justice Select Committee said Alison Saunders did not recognise the severity of the issue and there was "insufficient leadership".

Ms Saunders said addressing problems in the system was her "top priority".

The trial of Liam Allan was stopped in December at Croydon Crown Court, days before the prosecution of Isaac Itiary at Inner London Crown Court was halted.

High Court decision due on police station closures

Paul Kohler suffered a fractured eye socket, broken nose and severe internal bleeding
BBC

A university lecturer who was the victim of a violent attack is to find out the result of his High Court challenge against a decision to close more than half of London's police stations.

Paul Kohler, 59, believes the only reason he survived a brutal beating in 2014 was because officers were able to get to his home from the local station in Wimbledon, south west London, within eight minutes of the 999 call made by his daughter.

At the heart of the case is a challenge over plans by the London Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime to close 37 of the current 73 police stations acrossthe capital.

A spokesman for the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "These closures are the result of cuts to the police budget since 2010, which have seen officer numbers drop below 30,000 for the first time in 15 years, meaning buildings had to be closed in order to save an additional £8m a year and protect the front line of policing as much as possible."

Two judges will announce their decision in the case in London later.

Tube workers to go on strike again

Fresh strikes are to be held by London Underground maintenance workers in disputes over pay.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union based at the Ruislip depot will stage two 12-hour strikes over the weekend of 3 and 4 August.

General secretary Mick Cash said: "Despite previous industrial action there has been no serious move by London Underground to resolve these disputes, which is why we have been left with no choice but to press on with a campaign of strike action in the pursuit of justice for our members."

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Today's weather: Fine start, cloudy later

BBC Weather

A mainly fine start. There will then be some sunny spells through the day, but with cloud building, especially in the afternoon.

A few showers could break out, these may be heavy and thundery.

Maximum temperature: 22C to 25C (72F to 77F).

Travel update: East Midlands Trains cancelled

BBC London Travel

BBC Radio London Travel

On East Midlands Train, services between Luton to St Pancras line currently closed and services being diverted due to a tree fire near overhead lines at St Albans.

Services between Corby and St Pancras have also been cancelled.

On Ryanair, a strike by pilots affecting some flights between UK and Ireland - passengers should check before they travel but if they haven't already been notified of a cancellation, their flight is expected to operate as normal.

For the latest updates follow @BBCTravelAlert

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Severe disruption: A13 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A13 London both ways severe disruption, from Albert Gardens to Westport Street.

A13 London - A13 Commercial Road in Stepney closed in both directions from the Albert Gardens junction to the Westport Street junction, because of a police incident. Diversion in operation - local bus routes 15, 115, 135, N15 and N550 are being diverted.

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

Severe disruption: A3205 London westbound

BBC News Travel

A3205 London westbound severe disruption, from Savona Street to Prince of Wales Drive.

A3205 London - A3205 Battersea Park Road in Nine Elms blocked westbound from the Savona Street junction to the Prince of Wales Drive junction, because of an overturned vehicle.

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

Severe accident: A201 London westbound

BBC News Travel

A201 London westbound severe accident, from Elephant And Castle to Elephant And Castle.

A201 London - A201 New Kent Road in Elephant And Castle closed westbound from the Elephant And Castle junction to the Elephant And Castle junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - Eleven local bus routes are being diverted.

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

Severe accident: A402 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A402 London both ways severe accident, from Ravenscourt Gardens to B409 Stamford Brook Road.

A402 London - A402 Goldhawk Road in Stamford Brook closed in both directions from the Ravenscourt Gardens junction to the B409 Stamford Brook Road junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - local bus route 237 is being diverted.

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

Corey Anderson and Lewis Gregory celebrate Somerset's victory over Middlesex in the T20 Blast

Somerset win at Middlesex while Derbyshire pick up their first victory of this season's T20 Blast against Northamptonshire.

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Severe accident: A105 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A105 London both ways severe accident, between A1004 Alderman's Hill and A111 Bourne Hill.

A105 London - A105 Green Lanes in Palmers Green closed in both directions between the A1004 Alderman's Hill junction and the A111 Bourne Hill junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - affecting two bus routes: 329 and W6.

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

Severe disruption: A101 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A101 London both ways severe disruption, in East London.

A101 London - A101 Rotherhithe Tunnel in Surrey Docks closed and queuing traffic in both directions in the East London junction, because of a broken down van.

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

Severe disruption: London both ways

BBC News Travel

London both ways severe disruption, on the Thames.

London - Vehicle ferry not operating on Woolwich Ferry in Woolwich on the the Thames junction.

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