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  1. Goodbye

    BBC London News

    Updates for London have ended for the day but we'll be back at 8:00 on Monday.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Tonight's weather: Mainly dry and clear

    BBC Weather

    An outside chance of a light shower this evening, in to tonight but in general, it looks like staying dry with some clear spells. Light to moderate westerly winds.

    Minimum temperature: 8 to 11°C (46 to 52°F).

  3. Jenna Coleman joins All My Sons for Old Vic season

    Jenna Coleman

    Jenna Coleman will star in a new production of All My Sons at the Old Vic, the theatre announced as it unveiled its line-up for next year.

    Merlin actor Colin Morgan will appear alongside Coleman, who is well known for TV roles in series including Victoria and Doctor Who.

    US actors Sally Field and Bill Pullman had already been announced for the show, which will run from April.

    The season is Matthew Warchus's fourth as artistic director.

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  4. Have your say over plans for Ilford town centre

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Redbridge Council wants to plant new trees, repave streets, install cycle stands and add more street lights.

    The authority is planning to make a series of changes to Ilford town centre and has launched a consultation.

    The areas due for improvement include the pedestrianised area of High Road between the junctions with Clements Road to the east and west plus the northern footpath to the junction of Cranbrook Road.

    The council began work on the central section of High Road, where it meets with Chadwick Road, last year and is now consulting residents on the next phase of changes it has planned.

    So far, people have registered complaints about high and inconsistent kerbs in the town centre, overcrowded bus stops and a lack of clear cycle lanes to stop people cycling on the pavements.

    Have your say and find out more about the plans

  5. Charlton Athletic supporters demonstrate over ownership issues

    BBC Sport

    Charlton and Blackpool supporters joined together to protest outside the EFL's office in London
    Image caption: Charlton and Blackpool supporters joined together to protest outside the EFL's office in London

    Supporters from Charlton Athletic and Blackpool have staged protests outside offices of the English Football League, claiming its inaction is failing to push through changes in ownership at their respective clubs.

    Two Charlton fans met with EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey in London.

    Harvey assured them he will bid to meet directly with Addicks owner Roland Duchatelet as soon as possible.

    Blackpool fans held a similar demonstration in Preston.

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  6. Councillors to do 'dementia awareness training'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Health experts and councillors are undertaking training in dementia awareness in a bid to encourage businesses in Kensington and Chelsea to be more aware of the condition.

    Members of the health and well-being board were challenged to complete the training by the council’s social care director Bernie Flaherty.

    About 300 people in the borough are diagnosed with dementia each year, with the numbers set to rise as people live longer.

    Ms Flaherty said: “There are a large number of people, even if you don’t know it, who have dementia. We want to make sure people are dementia friendly and are willing to help.”

    She said if the board did the training it could encourage the community to become more dementia-aware.

    Board members Spencer Sutcliffe, London Fire Brigade’s borough commander, West London Clinical Commissioning Group’s chairman Dr Andrew Steeden and Sarah Addenbrooke, the councillor in charge of adult social care, are among those who accepted the challenge.

    The CCG has commissioned specialist memory assessment service from Central and North West London NHS Trust.

  7. Banning TfL fast food adverts will not 'dent' revenue, mayor says

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Banning junk food adverts on Transport for London (TfL) networks will not “dent” its revenue, insists the Mayor of London.

    In May, Sadiq Khan announced he would be banning all junk food adverts on the capital’s transport network to tackle childhood obesity.

    During Mayor’s Question Time yesterday Conservative London Assembly member, Gareth Bacon raised concerns that Mr Khan’s plans would cause a drop in TfL’s advertising revenue – of which junk food adverts contribute an additional £13m.

    But Mr Khan defended his decision. He said: “I don’t expect the loss of junk food adverts will make a dent in revenue.

    “Cancer Research research has shown that advertising does affect children’s food choices, the proposed ban will reduce a child’s direct exposure to this.

    “If we don’t address it we are placing a strain on the NHS.”

    A total of 40% of children in London are overweight.

    Mr Bacon said he had spoken to “industry experts” who were worried about the impact the loss of junk food adverts and wanted to know exactly how Mr Khan would be replacing the revenue from them.

    Mr Khan said: “We don’t expect any change as we expect brands to advertise healthier food instead.

    “Even if there is a small drop in advertising revenue that will be a small price to pay.”

  8. Today's photo of London

    BBC London News


    We used this wonderful photo by Jason Hawkes of The Shard 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

  9. Damien Hirst makes 50 redundant in 'corporate' cull

    Newport Street Gallery
    Image caption: Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall displays works from Hirst's private collection

    Damien Hirst is making 50 staff at his company Science Ltd redundant across its London and Gloucestershire locations.

    The job cuts, which have been made in a range of areas, are mostly in corporate functions of the business such as finance and IT.

    A spokesman for the company said: "Damien has made the difficult decision to make some changes at his company, Science Ltd.

    "These changes are not driven by a need to reduce costs but by his desire to cut the corporate elements of the business to get back to a simpler way of working focusing on his art."

    It is thought Hirst has just bought a new studio space in London's Soho for around £40 million.

    Sources close to the company said the redundancies would help to scale back some parts of the business but invest in others.

    Science Ltd is a holding company for all the ventures and projects related to Hirst's artworks.

    This includes building and installing pieces and the Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall which displays works from his private collection.

    Hirst, one of the Young British Artists (YBAs) who dominated the 1990s UK art scene, has created works which sold for record amounts.

    In 2008 a two-day auction of his work broke records for the most raised in a sale dedicated to a single artist, making more than £111 million.

    New research from Artnet showed that all but two of his 19 works resold publicly in the last decade have fallen in value.

  10. Taxi drivers take congestion charge fight to City Hall

    Taxi protest

    Taxi drivers across London who could face a daily congestion charge of £10.50 have taken their fight to the Mayor of London’s doorstep.

    Cab drivers could soon no longer be exempt from paying the daily levy under proposals put forward by Transport for London (TfL).

    The charge was introduced in 2003 and is imposed on drivers travelling through central London from 07:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday.

    Campaigners, who are part of the Independent Workers union of Great Britain (IWGB) protested outside of City Hall yesterday, where they called on Sadiq Khan to reverse these plans or make taxi operators pay the charge instead.

    Yaseen Aslan, taxi driver and co-founder of IWGB, said: “We represent the majority of ethnic minority drivers and expect Sadiq Khan to go out of his way and help people like us.

    “It is shocking we have to protest against a Labour mayor.

    “We want more workers rights and to stop taxi companies exploiting drivers.

    “We need more done to make sure our rights are not being abused.”

    Mr Aslan said that taxi drivers have to work a minimum of 35 hours a week just to offset the costs they face before making any money - these include petrol, licencing and insurance costs.

    If they had to pay a daily charge of £10.50 every day this would seriously impact upon their incomes.

  11. Afternoon weather: Chance of a shower

    BBC Weather

    Staying mostly dry with just the chance of the odd shower or two early this afternoon. Clouds gradually easing allowing for more frequent and longer spells of sunshine.

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

  12. CiN to bring down the auction hammer in Selsdon

    Inside Croydon

    Children In Need, the BBC’s annual charity telethon, will be filming a fund-raising celebrity edition ofBargain Huntat Farleigh Golf Club in Selsdon on 3 October.

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