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  1. Updates on Friday 27 July

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  1. Video content

    Video caption: Charlotte Brown: First date speedboat owner describes crash

    Jack Shepherd told police he never asked if Charlotte Brown could swim.

  2. Goodbye

    BBC London News

    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.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Tonight's weather: Isolated thundery storms

    BBC Weather

    Thunderstorms will develop in places through this evening and the first half of tonight, bringing locally frequent lightning and some hail. However, some places will escape the storms.

    Minimum temperature: 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F).

  4. The sweet smell of rain....

    BBC London News

    Parts of London have been enjoying a brief respite from the ongoing heatwave and BBC London weather presenter Wendy Hurrell is no exception....

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  5. Orlando Bloom twice halts Killer Joe 'over iPad'

    Orlando Bloom

    Actor Orlando Bloom halted a theatre performance of Killer Joe twice on Thursday to ask an audience member to put her iPad away, reports said.

    Eye-witness accounts on social media said Bloom made unscripted interruptions to berate the theatre-goer at London's Trafalgar Studios.

    "I need YOU to put iPad AWAY NOW!" he shouted, according to a tweet bytheatre critic Mark Shenton.

    In a statement the show's producers confirmed an "incident" took place.

    "The Trafalgar Studios is a very intimate performance space, which can make the use of electronic devices by any audience member extremely distracting for the company," the statement continued.

    Bloom has not commented publicly.

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  6. Greenwich signs off on £100+k job

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Council bosses have signed off on advertising for a £100k job currently being filled on an interim basis.

    Greenwich councillors agreed to search for a new senior assistant director of health and adult social care after a year of agency workers filling the position.

    Officers at the council called for the £112k job to be filled "without delay".

    A year after the original post-holder resigned, it was agreed last night to advertise for a permanent fixture.

    The council's spend on agency staff has increased by 12% in the last year, from £15.9m to £17.9m.

    The total amount of agency staff employed by the council in the last year, excluding schools, was 297 - accounting for 7% of the workforce. The largest job assignments being filled by agency staff were social care workers, followed by council admin staff.

    According to a report heard last night: "Agency workers in local government are essential to meet variations in activity levels, cover vacancies and short-term staff absences and to bring in specific skills for short periods of time."

  7. Labour reveal candidate to challenge veteran London MP

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Labour has announced its new parliamentary candidate for Chingford and Woodford Green.

    Faiza Shaheen will go head to head with the area's current and long-serving MP, Iain Duncan Smith, at the next general election.

    Ms Shaheen grew up in Chingford, is the director of a think-tank and has a PhD and MSc from the University of Manchester.

    Ms Shaheen said: "It is a great honour to be selected to fight the seat of Chingford and Woodford Green for Labour. I grew up in the constituency which makes me doubly humbled to be selected by local members.

    "The Tories do not represent the views of the people I know in Chingford: the parents who have seen funding for their schools slashed; the people who are worried about crime but have seen police numbers decimated; and the people who want to see Brexit delivered in a way which will protect our economy and secure workers' rights."We have a real chance at the next election to unseat Iain Duncan-Smith, put Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street and show the Tories that they can no longer take us for granted."

  8. How curry conquered Britain

    BBC Ideas

    Short films for curious minds

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    Video caption: Food historian Annie Gray on that very British dish - curry.

    Food historian Annie Gray reveals the story of that very British dish – curry.

  9. 'It's too hot': Meeting finishes early after few questions

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A committee set up to hear the conclusions of a full external audit of Camden Council's finances ended after just an hour yesterday, with one councillor complaining that it was "too hot".

    The Audit and Corporate Governance Committee was sitting yesterday to hear the findings of the audit of the Council's 2017/18 Statement of Accounts, Pension Fund and the value-for-money conclusion for the year.

    However, after a short period of questioning by Cllr Abdul Quadir (Lab, Haverstock), representatives from accountancy firm KPMG, who were presenting the report, were excused from the meeting after half an hour without being quizzed by any other committee members.

    Other councillors present, including Cllr Richard Olszewski (Lab & Co-op, Fortune Green), Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation, Cllr Oliver Cooper (Con, Hampstead Town), Leader of the Opposition, and Cllr Alison Kelly (Lab, Haverstock), Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee, were given a chance to ask questions of the auditors, but did not do so.

    Cllr Cooper was heard to complain: "It's too hot."

    Cllr Quadir, who chaired the meeting, remarked on its conclusion: "That is the shortest auditing committee meeting I've ever attended."

  10. McKellen is 'magnificent' in the West End, critics say

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    Ian McKellen as King Lear and Danny Webb as Gloucester
    Image caption: Sir Ian McKellen as King Lear and Danny Webb as Gloucester

    Sir Ian McKellen's performance as King Lear has been described as "spellbinding" and "magnificent" as the production opens in the West End.

    The play has transferred from the Chichester Festival Theatre to the Duke of York's Theatre, where the actor made his West End debut in 1964.

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  11. Today's photo of London

    BBC London News

    Thames

    We used this wonderful photo by Jason Hawkes of the River Thames skyline 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.

  12. Fire crews tackle another fire in Wanstead Flats

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    Six fire engines and about 40 fire engines have been sent to Wanstead Flats in Leytonstone to tackle another grass fire.

    London Fire Brigade said about two hectares of grass and shrubs are alight.

  13. Man visits London for 100th birthday

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    Video caption: Raymond made his first visit to London since World War Two, to mark his 100th birthday.

    A man from Bristol has made his first visit to London in more than 70 years to mark his 100th birthday.

    The last time Raymond Kendall visited the capital, World War Two was taking place and he travelled by steam train.