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Evening weather: Clear and dry

BBC Weather

A drier evening period is expected, as most of the earlier showers clear away to the east.

Thereafter, skies should generally be clear and winds should be light.

Minimum Temperature: 10C to 13C (50F to 55F).

Met Police announces winners of picture competition

picture of female police officers
Met Police
Mia Clarke, 13, from Fulham Cross Girls’ School, won the key stage three category

Winners of a schools art competition to celebrate 100 years of women in the Metropolitan Police Service have been announced.

The winner of the oldest age group, Mia Clarke, painted a representation of police women from five different eras, stretching from 1919 to the present day.

She said: “My artwork represents the journey which police women went through.

"They are looking either way at one another as a sign of gratitude and respect."

The other winners were Joshua Dunn and Anna Orphanou for key stage one and two respectively.

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Met Police
Anna Orphanou, aged nine, from Green St Primary School, won the key stage two category

The contest, which was launched at the start of the year and ran until the end of April, attracted 270 entries from children from 34 schools across London.

Det Supt Jane Corrigan, who led the competition, said: “We were so impressed by the quality and range of entries, which made judging them very tricky."

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Met Police
Joshua Dunn, aged six, from St. James R.C. Primary, won the key stage one category

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, at J10 for A329.

M4 Berkshire - M4 lane closed on entry slip road and it's very slow eastbound at J10 A329(M) Wokingham, because of an accident.

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

Today's photo of London

BBC London News

London
Jason Hawkes

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.

Allergy row man calls for plane nut ban
A British holidaymaker has accused an airline of discrimination after it forced him off a plane when he told cabin crew he had a nut allergy.

'Let it grow' - Reading to protect rare plant after Twitter backlash

Reading Borough Council says it will now act to protect a rare orchid growing on a verge in the town.

The Himantoglossum hircinum orchid was found by Reading University graduate and plant expert Dr Stephanie while on her way to the shops over the weekend.

Plant expert, Rupert Wilson, took to Twitter to share pictures of the plant and criticised the council for initially saying it wasn't "geared up" to protect what was thought to have been an extinct species.

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The authority had stirred controversy after initially responding saying the plant might have already been cut down by one of its mowers.

But Mr Wilson said the orchid is protected under The Wildlife and Countryside Act, which makes it an offence to dig it up or destroy it and moving it would require a licence.

The council later admitted its initial response had been "a bit hasty" and said it will "seek to protect" the plant.

Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, from J2 for M25 J12 to J3 for A322 Bagshot.

M3 Surrey - One lane closed on M3 southbound from J2 M25 J12 to J3, A322 (Bagshot), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

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M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe disruption, from J11 for A505 Dunstable Road Dunstable South to J11A for A5 Dunstable Northern Bypass Dunstable.

M1 Bedfordshire - Two lanes closed on M1 northbound from J11, A505 (Dunstable South) to J11a, A5 (Dunstable), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Kitten found buried under soil after run-in with tractor

The owners of a kitten that had a run-in with a tractor and became buried under the soil are being asked to come forward.

Meadow (black fur)
RSPCA

The six-week-old black kitten, which has been named Meadow, was discovered by a farmer in his field in Ash Green, near Aldershot, earlier this month.

The animal survived "unscathed", the RSPCA said.

It is now being cared for at Milbrook Animal Centre in Surrey.

Severe accident: M3 Surrey northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Surrey northbound severe accident, at J2 for M25 J12.

M3 Surrey - M3 lane closed on exit slip road and it's very slow northbound at J2 M25 J12, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

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M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J26 for A121.

M25 Essex - M25 exit slip road partially blocked anticlockwise at J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Boy, 17, arrested on suspicion of spreading terrorist material

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of spreading terrorist publications.

The teenager, from south-west London, was detained this morning by officers from the Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Command.

He is suspected of dissemination of terrorist publications, but the force would not say what they relate to.

The boy is being questioned at a police station in south London while his home is searched.

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, at J22 for A1081 London Colney By Pass St Albans.

M25 Hertfordshire - M25 lane closed on exit slip road clockwise at J22, A1081 (St Albans), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

London City Airport reveals new animation of future passenger experience

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CITY AIRPORT

London City Airport has released a two-minute animation which offers a glimpse of the future plans for the airport.

The video ‘fly-through’, conveys what the passenger experience will be like following a £500m transformation, with new facilities launching in 2022.

Peter Adams, Chief Development Officer for London City Airport, said: “We are building a new and impressive gateway for London in the heart of the Royal Docks, on the doorstep of the city and fast-changing East London boroughs.

"This new animation brings to life for the first time what customers can expect - be they international visitors to London, leisure city breakers or business travellers. London City Airport will offer an amazing modern airport experience while retaining the speed and efficiency that we know our passengers love.”

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

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M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, at J5 for A4 London Road.

M4 Berkshire - M4 lane blocked on exit slip road westbound at J5, A4 (Langley), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M25 London clockwise

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M25 London clockwise severe disruption, at J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road.

M25 London - It's very slow on M25 clockwise at J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a break down earlier. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Woman, 83, in hospital after William and Kate convoy crash

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An elderly woman is in a serious condition in hospital after a road accident involving the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's police escort.

Prince William and Kate were travelling from London to Windsor when the woman, 83, was hurt on Monday.

The accident involved a marked police motorbike in the convoy, and the police watchdog is now investigating.

Kensington Palace said the royal couple are "deeply concerned and saddened" and have been in touch with the woman.

The woman - who is called Irene, according to the palace - was taken to hospital in a critical condition following the collision on Upper Richmond Road in Richmond, south-west London at around 12:50 BST on 17 June.

She is now in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Severe disruption: M23 Surrey southbound

BBC News Travel

M23 Surrey southbound severe disruption, between J8 for M25 J7 and J9 for .

M23 Surrey - One lane closed and it's slow on M23 southbound between J8 M25 J7 and J9, Gatwick Airport, because of a break down.

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

Tributes on two-year anniversary of Finsbury Park attack

Mr Ali
PA

The Met Police have paid tribute to Makram Ali, who was killed after he was hit by a vehicle after leaving a prayer meeting at Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park on this day in 2017.

Darren Osborne, 48, was found guilty of murdering Mr Ali, 51, after deliberately ploughing into a crowd of people two years ago.

Sentencing him, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb told Osborne: "This was a terrorist attack. You intended to kill."

Mr Ali's family said they could not imagine the trauma he felt as he died.

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Severe accident: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey clockwise severe accident, at J7 for M23 J8.

M25 Surrey - M25 lane blocked on exit slip road and it's slow clockwise at J7 M23 J8, because of an accident.

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

Afternoon weather: Rain with brighter spells later

BBC Weather

Rather cloudy at first this afternoon with further showers or longer spells of rain at times.

Later in the afternoon, brighter skies will slowly start to feed in from the west.

Maximum Temperature: 17C to 20C (63F to 68F).

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J17 for A412 Denham Way to J16 for M40 J1A.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queues on M25 anticlockwise from J17, A412 (Maple Cross) to J16 M40 J1a, because of a car on fire.

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

Severe disruption: A406 London eastbound

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A406 London eastbound severe disruption, at A112 Chingford Road.

A406 London - Road closed and queues on A406 North Circular eastbound in Chingford at Crooked Billet Interchange, because of a police investigation. Diversion in operation - up the exit slip road and back down the entry slip road.

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

Severe disruption: M4 London eastbound

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M4 London eastbound severe disruption, at J3 for A312 The Parkway Hayes.

M4 London - M4 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow eastbound at J3, A312 (Hayes), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: A3 London northbound

BBC News Travel

A3 London northbound severe disruption, at Hook Rise South.

A3 London - One lane blocked, severe delays and queues for four miles on A3 into town in Hook at Hook Junction, because of a car that's broken down. Congestion to A244 (Esher Common Roundabout). Travel time is 70 minutes.

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

'A stranger tried to kill me on the Tube'

Tobias French was about to get the Tube home when a stranger attempted to push him into the path of an oncoming train.

His attacker was found guilty of attempted murder and is due to be sentenced later.

Now Mr French, who is from Bracknell in Berkshire, is warning other commuters to be aware when they are standing on the platform edge.

Dramatic CCTV pictures of the attack show how close he came to being hit.

A second commuter, Sir Robert Malpas, was pushed on to the tracks minutes later and suffered a broken pelvis and head injury.

Paul Crossley, 46, of Leyton, east London, was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder at the Old Bailey in October 2018.

Severe disruption: A3216 London southbound

BBC News Travel

A3216 London southbound severe disruption, from A3217 Kings Road to Turks Row.

A3216 London - A3216 Lower Sloane Street in Chelsea closed southbound from the A3217 Kings Road junction to the Turks Row junction, because of a gas leak. Diversion in operation - bus routes 11, 211, 137, 360 and 452 are being diverted.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J13 for A30 Staines By Pass to J12 for M3.

M25 Surrey - One lane blocked on M25 anticlockwise from J13, A30 (Staines) to J12 M3, because of a car that's broken down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

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M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise severe accident, from J16 for M40 to J15 for M4.

M25 Buckinghamshire - Three lanes closed and queues on M25 anticlockwise from J16 M40 to J15 M4, because of an accident involving lorry and car. Congestion to J17 A412 (Maple Cross).

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

Watch: Latest news headlines

BBC London News

Sonja Jessup has this morning's top stories from the BBC London newsroom.

Severe disruption: M1 London southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 London southbound severe disruption, before J1 for A406 North Circular.

M1 London - Two lanes closed and it's slow on M1 southbound before J1, A406 (Staples Corner), because of a broken down van.

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

Severe accident: A5 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A5 London both ways severe accident, from Wood Lane to Julius Caesar Way.

A5 London - A5 Brockley Hill in Stanmore closed and queues in both directions from the Wood Lane junction to the Julius Caesar Way junction, because of an accident.

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

Weather: Risk of thunderstorms

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster