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  1. Updates on Friday 17 May

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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 great weekend.

  2. Evening weather: Patchy rain and drizzle.

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy night with areas of patchy rain and drizzle.

    A few mist patches are set to develop too, in the gentle breeze.

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

  3. EasyJet chief defends Champions League final flight costs

    Johan Lundgren

    EasyJet's chief executive, Johan Lundgren, has defended his airline's high ticket prices to fly to Madrid for the Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool on 1 June.

    Football fans complained to BBC Radio 5 live that flights around that date cost £1,000 instead of £250 normally.

    But Mr Lundgren said the price was higher than average because there had been an "enormous" surge in demand.

    "That is actually how the system works," he said.

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    Severe congestion: A13 London westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A13 London westbound severe congestion, at A1011 Manor Road.

    A13 London - Queuing traffic on A13 East India Dock Road westbound in Canning Town at Canning Town Flyover.

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

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    Severe accident: M25 London both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M25 London both ways severe accident, at J29 for A127 Southend Arterial Road Romford.

    M25 London - Two lanes blocked and stationary traffic on M25 at J29, A127 (Romford), because of an accident involving two lorries and a car earlier on. Congestion to J27 the M11 interchange.

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

  6. Watch: From London to the far side of the Moon

    Video content

    Video caption: From London to the far side of the moon

    A giant replica of the Moon that has been displayed all over the world has made its way to the Natural History Museum in London.

    The model, designed by artist Luke Jerram, is six metres (19.7ft) in diameter and shows detailed Nasa images of the lunar surface.

    It has been circling the globe since 2016, lighting up spaces from Bilbao to Beijing.

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    Severe disruption: A13 London eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A13 London eastbound severe disruption, between A117 and A406 North Circular.

    A13 London - A13 Newham Way in Beckton closed and stationary traffic eastbound between Beckton Flyover and Beckton Roundabout, because of a police incident.

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

  8. Battersea baseball bat murder sentencing delayed

    Ian Tomlin

    The sentencing of two men convicted of the murder a man who was beaten to death and stabbed outside his home in Battersea, has been delayed.

    Ian Tomlin, 46, was attacked inside the communal area of his block of flats in October by Gary Beech, 48, and Michael Swan, 45.

    Mr Tomlin (pictured) was struck so hard the bat "split", the Old Bailey heard during the trial.

    Beech, of Cromwell House, and Swan, from Wandsworth, were due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey today - however Swan has requested a new barrister to represent him.

    Judge Rebecca Poulet told the defendant that he would be expected to represent himself if he could not arrange a new lawyer within the next two weeks.

    The judge told Mr Tomlin’s family how sorry she was the sentencing could not proceed today.

    Beech, of Charlotte Despard Avenue, and Swan, of Enterprise Way, are due to be sentenced on 31 May.

  9. Plans to build 20 street gyms made from melted down knives

    Steel Warriors

    New community gyms - made from melted down knives - will be built in areas impacted by knife crime.

    The new community spaces will be made using steel from knives that have been taken off the street, melted down and recycled.

    The Co-op project, named "Steel Warriors" will aim to build 20 open air free-to-use gyms across the UK with two new gyms built this year.

    Steve Murrells, CEO, Co-op, said: “Knives will be taken off the streets and melted down to create new community spaces for people to come together to learn and build new skills through street workouts which enhance their physical and mental wellbeing."

    Steel Warriors has already built one gym in Tower Hamlets.

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    Severe disruption: M25 London clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 London clockwise severe disruption, from J29 for A127 Southend Arterial Road Romford to J30 for A13 Lakeside.

    M25 London - One lane blocked on M25 clockwise from J29, A127 (Romford) to J30, A13 (Lakeside), because of a broken down car.

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

  11. Grenfell tests begin at Hammersmith and Fulham estate

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Lynsey Creaser
    Image caption: Lynsey Creaser grew up on the Edward Woods estate

    Tests for contaminants from the Grenfell Tower fire are under way at one of Hammersmith and Fulham council’s largest housing estates.

    The council has commissioned RPS Consulting to do the survey at the Edward Woods estate.

    Experts are getting ready to take soil samples at the estate – the closest part is just over half a mile away from the tower.

    Hammersmith and Fulham Council says some exploratory work has already been done and experts have walked over the area. Tests on soil samples will get under way this month.

    Ward councillor Andrew Jones said he was obviously concerned following the fire and the council plans to discuss the findings with residents in June.

    The council commissioned RPS Consulting to carry out tests following a report by fire toxicology expert Professor Anna Stec.

    She discovered high levels of contaminants which could cause cancer and respiratory illnesses including asthma at test sites close to the tower.

    Ward councillor Andrew Jones said he was obviously concerned following the Stec report. He said : “We plan to discuss the findings with residents in June.”

    The government has already appointed AECOM to do independent tests at sites around the tower.

    Their tests in Kensington and Chelsea borough will be overseen by a scientific advisory group chaired by the government’s chief scientific officer, Patrick Vallance.

    Initial results from those tests will be shared with the North Kensington community next month before a second stage of tests, if needed, get under way.

    Lynsey Creaser who grew up on the estate said she was worried about the debris which came off the tower.

    “It did look like metally stuff. They did say that some of the things might not be good for people to breathe in,” she said.

    Paul Graham who has lived on the estate for 20 years said he was "not particularly worried", but added: “I suffer from asthma. I do not want to have any contamination.”

    Hammersmith and Fulham council said it “takes very seriously the concerns of residents about the potential impact on their health and land of the Grenfell Tower fire.”

    A spokesman said: “The government is leading an environmental monitoring programme and we await information to determine what further action may be necessary. “We’ve also decided to seek our own expert advice in the meantime.”

    The council has also set aside £20m for new fire doors and other safety measures.

  12. Moped driver killed in collision

    Homesdale Road

    A moped driver has been killed in a road traffic collision in Bromley.

    Police were called just before 08.00 BST on Thursday, to reports of a grey ford transit in collision with a black moped in Homesdale Road, near the junction with Masons Hill.

    The moped rider, was pronounced dead despite treatment from the London Air Ambulance servce.

    The victim is believed to be a 28-year-old man.

    The driver of the van stopped at the scene. He was not arrested and is assisting police with the investigation.

  13. Afternoon weather: Sunny intervals but chance of a shower

    BBC Weather

    There will be some bright or sunny intervals this afternoon, but with the chance of a few showers too.

    A fairly cool-feeling afternoon in the moderate to fresh east to north-easterly winds.

    Maximum Temperature: 12C to 15C (54F to 59F).