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  1. Updates on Friday 8 February

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  1. 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 good weekend.

  2. Tonight's weather: Chance of blustery showers

    BBC Weather

    It looks set to remain windy overnight. There will be clear spells, but also the chance of a few blustery showers spreading in from the west, especially before midnight.

    Minimum temperature: 5 to 8°C (41 to 46°F).

  3. Video content

    Video caption: CCTV shows Desmond O'Beirne murder in Trafalgar Square

    Murder detectives release CCTV of 51-year-old Desmond O'Beirne being attacked in Westminster.

  4. Sponsored 13-mile walk for Big Issue

    Big Issue

    A sponsored walk in aid of Big Issue sellers which had to be cancelled last year because of the Beast from the East is being held next month.

    The 13-mile night event will be held in central London on 8 March with the aim of raising £100,000 to support homeless and vulnerably housed Big Issue vendors across the country.

    Stephen Robertson, chief executive of the Big Issue Foundation, said: "Homelessness, rough sleeping and other poverty indicators are getting worse.

    "The Big Night Walk is a challenge but we live in challenging times. The event engages directly with the spirit of support and positivity that our event participants bring to the Big Issue and the work of The Big Issue Foundation."

  5. Housing complaints cost Brent Council £50,000 in payouts

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Brent Council handed out almost £50,000 in compensation last year following housing complaints.

    Its housing department received 800 complaints across 2017/18 covering subjects including poor repairs, lack of enforcement and communication issues.

    More than four in 10 of these cases resulted in the council accepting at least some responsibility – though just 10% led to a pay-out.

    Cllr Margaret McLennan, deputy leader of Brent Council, explained that, where appropriate, the authority was happy to admit culpability.

    She said: “If we recognise that we are at fault, we will hold our hands up and say so.

    “But in terms of complaints, things are going well – we are improving the service in the face of constant pressure, which is a good sign.”

    She reiterated the council’s commitment to dealing with complaints as quickly and efficiently as possible.

    This included the fact that the number of stage one complaints – those answered within 20 days – against the council dropped by 16 from the year before.

    However, stage two housing complaints – those which required a 30-day response time – increased by 18 in the same timeframe.

    In terms of complaints taken further to the Local Government Ombudsman, eight were upheld, eight were dismissed and four were closed after initial enquiries.

    Cllr McLennan said that when it comes to protecting the council’s interests – again, where appropriate – compensation amounts had dropped by more than £700 from 2016/17.

    However, the number of cases where the council admitted responsibility had increased by roughly two per cent.

  6. Today's photo of London

    BBC London News

    London Eye

    We used this wonderful photo by Jason Hawkes of the city's 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.

  7. The stay-at-home sons and daughters of the housing crisis

    Hannah Richardson

    BBC News education and social affairs reporter

    Moving in or moving out?

    A million more young adults in the UK are living with their parents than were two decades ago, research suggests.

    A quarter of 20- to 34-year-olds do so, the study, by think tank Civitas, says.

    This rises to 41% in London, where housing is most expensive, but falls where it is cheapest - north-east England (14%) and Yorkshire and the Humber (17%).

    And for 23-year-olds across the UK, the proportion living with parents has risen from 37% in 1998 to 49% in 2017.

  8. Images of stolen Chingford church chalices released

    Chalice

    Police have released images stolen from a Chingford church in a bid to find the burglar who took them.

    Chalices, a chatton and a ciborium were all taken in the break-in is thought to have occurred overnight between 21 and 22 November last year at the All Saints Church on Old Church Road.

    PC Nicole Garcia said the items were "of great importance to the church and its congregation".

    "I would urge anyone who has been offered them for sale to contact us," she said.

    ciborium
  9. Sir Lenny Henry says his mum was racially abused

    Sir Lenny Henry

    Sir Lenny Henry has spoken about the racial abuse his mother faced when she arrived in the UK, at the launch of a BBC show about the Windrush generation.

    "People followed her down the street and asked her where her tail was," the actor revealed at a screening of Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle this week.

    "This is the stuff our grandparents and parents experienced," he continued.

    Yet Henry said people like his Jamaican parents also received kindness and that that should be recognised as well.

    "It's also important to talk about the good things - the people who were nice, who were kind, that facilitated relationships and working experiences," he told an audience in east London on Tuesday.

  10. Video content

    Video caption: Alfie Lamb: Crush death boy and accused seen on CCTV

    CCTV is shown in court of Alfie Lamb with his mother and her boyfriend before he was crushed by a car seat.

  11. Council dumps disastrous idVerde outsourced parks contract

    Inside Croydon

    Croydon’s 127 parks and open spaces are being tended by council workers this week for the first time in nearly five years, after a disastrous £16million out-sourced maintenance contract was finally dumped.

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  12. Council to celebrate Hindu and Buddhist New Year

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    For the first time ever, Hindu and Buddhist New Year will be officially celebrated by Sutton Council.

    The council agreed to promote all major religious festivals following a motion from Councillor Param Nandha last week.

    He said: “In this difficult time of division in our nation and communities, it is a well timed chance to celebrate another nation’s faith and culture, and to reinforce the values that all parties in our borough have been proud to support and proclaim.

    “Our differences, and the opportunities arising from them bring us closer together and bring us a better understanding of ourselves as Suttonites, Londoners and as Brits.”

    Schools and community groups will be contacted to promote the events.

    Council leader, Councillor Ruth Dombey, said: “Learning about other faiths and other traditions and deepening our understanding of other cultures makes our communities more cohesive and enriches our lives.

    “Festivals are the way that a community comes together. Traditional clothes, traditional foods, traditional dances and processions are a time honoured way of marking our joy and sharing it with others.”

    This year the new year will be celebrated on 14 April.