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Man dies after being hit by purple Rolls Royce

A man has died after he was struck by a purple Rolls Royce at Hyde Park Corner in the early hours of this morning.

Emergency services were called to the area at 03:15 over reports of a collision.

The 66-year-old pedestrian was found seriously injured and died soon after.

Scotland Yard said the driver of the car had stopped after the crash and there had been no arrests.

Det Con Chris May said it had happened on a "very busy section of road and I am sure there would be a number of people who witnessed the collision".

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, from J9 for A243 to J10 for A3.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and queues on M25 clockwise from J9, A243 (Leatherhead) to J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of a break down.

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#GreaterLondoner: Rosamund Kissi-Debrah

BBC London

Rosamund Kissi-Debrah
BBC

My daughter became ill very suddenly.

She had an asthma attack, respiratory failure.

Ella was bubbly, happy, determined and clever.

But she died aged seven.

I realised I was powerless.

I wanted to find out why she became ill suddenly and why it was so severe.

We found a correlation between her hospital visits and spikes in air pollution.

But that is yet to be proved and why we’re going to the High Court with a new inquest.

I’m campaigning to raise awareness about the seriousness of asthma and the health impacts of air pollution. I’ve been everywhere from my local library to the World Health Organisation.

Two out of three deaths from asthma could be avoided.

I don’t see any victory when children continue to die.

A victory would be a decline in asthma deaths and we are so far away from that.

I never give up hope. If I thought that nothing would change then I wouldn’t get out of bed.

I will always have my down days. Ella’s birthday, the anniversary of her death.

But knowing that children could be saved keeps me going.

Why should our children continue to suffer?

What is more precious than the life of a child?

Ultimately the air just needs to be clean.

Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, Lewisham

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Former Brentford striker, Junior Agogo, dies at 40

Junior Agogo
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Former Championship striker Junior Agogo has reportedly passed away, aged 40.

The Ghanaian striker suffered a stroke back in 2015 which left him debilitated just two years after retiring from playing.

According to a number of reports in Ghana, he passed away in London on Thursday morning.

He suffered a stroke in 2015 and struggled with his speech afterwards, telling a BBC Four documentary in 2017 he felt anxious about his language.

Agogo was a star of the national team and the poster boy of the 2008 African Cup of Nations hosted in Ghana.

He scored 12 goals goals in 27 caps during the height of his career between 2006 and 2009.

Agogo played 39 times for Barnet FC in the 2002/3 season, scoring 19 goals, and went on to play for Bristol Rovers and Nottingham Forest.

More support in Barking for domestic abuse victims

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Women experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence in east London will get increased specialist support from the autumn.

This week Barking and Dagenham council signed a three-year contract with charity Refuge to provide new specialist domestic and gender based violence services.

A council spokesman said the partnership will create a new service that will provide residents who are experiencing domestic abuse “with more timely access to high quality support”.

Refuge will offer a programme of peer mentors, local training, community champions and support for schools.

Rent hikes force closure of Crystal Palace indie shops

Inside Croydon

There’s growing concern among residents in Crystal Palace that their much-loved, trendy Triangle at the top of the hill, nestled between a couple of conservation areas and buzzing with characterful independent shops, bars and the inevitable cafés, is about to be stripped of its identity, thanks to the buying power of one of the world’s biggest businesses, and some greedy landlords.

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Severe disruption: A3213 London westbound

BBC News Travel

A3213 London westbound severe disruption, from A3214 Buckingham Palace Road to Ebury Street.

A3213 London - A3213 Eccleston Street in Victoria closed one way street from the A3214 Buckingham Palace Road junction to the Ebury Street junction, because of gas main work.

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Grazing sheep to return to Hampstead Heath after decades

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Sheep will graze freely on the rolling grasslands of Hampstead Heath for the first time in decades.

On Tuesday a small flock of five Oxford Down and Norfolk Horn sheep will be released onto the North London park for a week-long trial.

Their grazing could prove an eco-friendly way of looking after the centuries-old Heath, according to the City of London Corporation, which runs it.

“Grazing is known to play a major role in boosting species-rich wildlife habitats and reducing the use of machinery,” the Corporation said.

“Unlike mowing, grazing produces a mosaic of vegetation heights and types, improving ecological sites for species including amphibians, small mammals, invertebrates and wildflowers.”

Man charged over sexual assault

Officers investigating a serious sexual assault in Southwark have charged a man.

It took place on 6 August in Cotham Street.

William Gordon, 34, of Churchyard Row, Southwark is due to appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates' court.

Another man in his 50s, arrested on Monday on suspicion of sexual assault, has been released with no further action.

Increasing violence at Pentonville Prison, inspectors warn

Violence fuelled by gangs, drugs, debt and "volatile young prisoners" has "increased markedly" at HMP Pentonville, inspectors have warned.

HMP Pentonville
PA Media

An unannounced inspection of HMP Pentonville was unsafe and plans for activities, rehabilitation and release were not good enough and drugs remained "hugely problematic", with more than a quarter (29%) testing positive during a random drug test.

In the last six months there have been 264 assaults on staff and inmates and 61 fights, compared with 196 and 65 respectively during a previous inspection.

The problems were "clear and serious" with the prison failing to meet "undoubtedly great challenges", according to the watchdog's report.

But Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke said: "The relatively new governor and his senior team "appeared finally to be getting to grips with longstanding problems".

The Victorian jail's four wings - which are largely unchanged since it was built in 1842 - now hold up to 1,310 adult men, with nearly 10% being under 21.

Phil Copple, at the Prison and Probation Service, said: "We are under no illusions as to the scale of the challenge at HMP Pentonville, but I share the inspectors' confidence in this management team and fully expect to see real improvements.

London's weather: Dry, warm and sunny

BBC Weather

There should be a good deal of dry, fine and warm weather today, with sunny spells and some fair-weather cloud developing too. It will be rather warm too.

Maximum temperature: 21 to 24°C (70 to 75°F).

Severe disruption: A3211 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A3211 London both ways severe disruption, from Temple Place to A400 Northumberland Avenue.

A3211 London - A3211 Victoria Embankment in Temple closed in both directions from Temple Station to Embankment Station, because of a police investigation.

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Severe accident: A4 London westbound

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A4 London westbound severe accident, from Constitution Hill to A302 Grosvenor Place.

A4 London - A4 Duke Of Wellington Place (Hyde Park Corner) in Belgravia closed westbound from the Constitution Hill junction to the A302 Grosvenor Place junction, because of a serious accident involving a car. Diversion in operation - 25 bus routes are being diverted.

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These Somali women are exploring their history through textiles
A British-Somali textile designer runs a weekly textile workshop to help elderly women reconnect with their heritage.

Severe accident: A4201 London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A4201 London eastbound severe accident, at A40 Oxford Street.

A4201 London - A4201 Regent Street in West End blocked and queues eastbound at Oxford Circus, because of an accident.

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Man charged with brandishing knife and hammer

A man accused of brandishing a knife and hammer near a Home Office building has been charged by police.

Oluwaleke Yisa, 30, of Harton Street, Deptford, south-east London, will appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court.

He faces one count of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and one of possession of a knife in a public place.

Members of the public flagged down police officers at around 12.45 yesterday after an armed man was seen near the government building in St Thomas Street, near London Bridge, apparently making threats to kill.

The building, Becket House, is an immigration service office.

The incident came days after Dominic Hornberger, 29, from Birmingham, allegedly attacked a government worker near the Home Office in Marsham Street, Westminster.

He is accused of GBH with intent and possession of a knife after a man in his 60s, who works for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, was attacked in Marsham Street in Westminster on 15 August.

Mr Hornberger was remanded in custody to appear at Southwark Crown Court on 13 September.

Pipe bomb discovery in park sees man jailed

A man has been jailed after forensic specialists identified his DNA on an improvised firearm found buried in Hampstead Heath.

Dominic Van Allen
Met Police

Dominic Van Allen, 46, of no fixed abode was jailed for five years for two counts of possessing a disguised prohibited firearm.

Blackfriars Crown Court heard how officers on patrol in the park, found a concealed encampment on 11 November in which there was a hide containing what appeared to be a pipe bomb. A bullet was also discovered in the undergrowth.

Van Allen who pleaded not guilty to the offences was found guilty on 16 August following a trial.

Acting Det Ch Sup James Harman of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command said:

“It’s not known what Van Allen’s motives for having the gun were. If not discovered by police, it could have been used in crime and seriously injured or potentially killed someone. His sentence is a reminder to anyone with a gun - improvised or otherwise - that there are severe consequences for having it."

Pipe bomb
Met Police

#GreaterLondoner: Patrick Samuel, 40

Patrick Samuel
BBC

I was vomiting in the school bathroom. It was the side effects of the medication for my autism symptoms.

I fell, hit my head on the toilet and was knocked unconscious.

That was my last day as a trainee teacher.

My carer put an A3 pad in front of me and a pencil in my hand.

He said, if you want to talk, then draw.

I drew a portrait of myself. Half my face was OK and the other half was dead and rotting.

I wrote: “Some days you just want to scream. But it’s OK because it’s not all days.”

Later on I drew a character sitting in a straitjacket in a padded room.

I thought that's where I was heading and I was afraid of that.

I was drawing all these things I couldn't talk about.

Then I thought, maybe other people can see this as well.

So I spoke at the Autism Show London and went to my first exhibition, called art for autism.

Now I paint every day.

I speak in schools, conferences and at health events.

I've designed a computer game focused on autism and improving vocabulary.

I’ve been signed by a record label and I'm releasing my second album.

When I see colours, shapes and patterns, I also hear them.

And when I hear sounds, I see them as bursts of light and colours, shapes and patterns.

I translate what I paint into music. Sound has colour.

Art gives me focus, calm, the ability to express myself, to order my thoughts.

It helps me become aware of what I'm thinking about.

If you give me a piece of paper and a pencil, I can draw what I'm hearing, what I'm feeling, what I've been dreaming about and what's bothering me.

And then I can talk about it.

I hope it’s helping show that people with autism don't have to be boxed in.

We can be the change that we want to see in the world.

Patrick Samuel, 40, Enfield

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Food bank future Greenwich remains in doubt

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Food bank in Greenwich
LDRS

The future of a heavily in-demand food bank remains unclear despite Greenwich Council easing back from deadline to move facilities by December.

The charity, based at a distribution centre in Eltham, has handed out more than 7,000 food packages to desperate residents in the last year.

However, the centre – set up with rooms stocked with long-life food and other goods organised by dedicated volunteers – faces closure as the council looks to build new homes.

The charity was initially served a “notice to quit” by December, having turned down one offer form the council to move to a premises understood to be in Thamesmead.

Uprooting workers and the focal point of the charity would have resulted in losing volunteers and cast uncertainty on the future of the service.

A move as far as Thamesmead would seriously challenge the charity as many volunteers are based in the west of the borough.

A spokesman for the council has now confirmed the charity will be able to stay until the new year.

Councillor Matt Hartley, Leader of Greenwich Conservatives, said: “The council needs to do all it can to help the food bank find an alternative site – and hold off until this is sorted. I would also hope the council will support them in the logistics of the move, which are considerable.”

Severe accident: A205 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A205 London both ways severe accident, at Thurlow Hill.

A205 London - A205 South Circular in Tulse Hill blocked and queues in both directions at the Thurlow Hill junction, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: A302 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A302 London both ways severe accident, from Parliament Square to B326 Great Smith Street.

A302 London - A302 Broad Sanctuary in Westminster blocked and queues in both directions from the Parliament Square junction to the B326 Great Smith Street junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - bus routes 11, 24, 148 and 211 are being diverted.

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Severe accident: A404 London both ways

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A404 London both ways severe accident, from B451 Mortimer Road to Ravensworth Road.

A404 London - A404 Harrow Road in Kensal Green blocked and queues in both directions from Kensal Green Station to the Ravensworth Road junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - Bus Route 18 is currently being diverted.

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Probation service requires improvement

A probation service which supervises almost 29,000 offenders must improve, according to inspectors who found that work relating to keeping people safe "needs to be much better".

HM Inspectorate of Probation carried out a routine inspection of London Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), which supervises 28,819 low and medium-risk offenders across the capital.

They looked at 10 aspects of the CRC's work and rated performance against half of these as "good", half as "requiring improvement", and gave an overall rating of "requires improvement".

Justin Russell, Chief Inspector of Probation, said the service delivered by London CRC has continued to improve since the last inspection, but in relation to case supervision, it "needs to be much better."

London CRC is owned by MTC, which said: "Today's report recognises the hard work, commitment and professionalism of MTC and the London CRC in turning around a service that for many years prior to the probation reforms fell short of the standards the public rightly expects.

"We have significantly upgraded the services we deliver and these will continue to improve in the months ahead."

Croydon appoints first FGM support worker

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Croydon has appointed its first specialist social worker to help tackle Female Genital Mutilation and support those affected.

It is thought about 3,000 women in the borough have been affected by the procedure whereby a women or girl's genitals have been deliberately cut, injured or changed without medical reason.

In the UK it is illegal and carries a 14 year prison sentence for carrying it out or helping it take place.

In the past two years Croydon's Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) received 122 referrals where FGM was the greatest concern.

A study by City University in 2015 estimated that from 2005 to 2013 there were 827 girls born to women with FGM in Croydon and in 2011 there were 136 girls between the ages of 0-14 years with FGM living in Croydon.

FGM graphic
BBC

Councillor David Wood said: "I am pleased our FGM specialist will be embedding themselves into the local community where they will be best placed to build trust and offer help to those affected and at risk of this procedure, as well as assisting colleagues in health, the police, education, social care and other frontline services."

The new post will be based in Croydon's Early Help team and will also support other social workers in responding appropriately to cases.

It is jointly funded by the council and the National FGM Centre - a joint partnership between Barnardo's and the Local Government Association.

The social worker will also develop preventative work for cases involving breast flattening where a pubescent girls' breasts are ironed, pounded or massaged to make the breasts disappear or delay their development.

London weather: It's getting warmer

BBC Weather

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There will be a good deal of dry and fine weather today with lengthy hazy sunny spells and some fair-weather cloud.

The odd shower is also possible.

Maximum Temperature: 19C to 22C (66F to 72F).

Severe accident: A3 London southbound

BBC News Travel

A3 London southbound severe accident, from Grantham Road to Jeffreys Road.

A3 London - A3 Clapham Road in Vauxhall closed and queues southbound from the Grantham Road junction to the Jeffreys Road junction, because of an accident involving lorry.

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Does the future of farming exist beneath city streets?
In a disused air raid shelter one company is growing crops, but what are the pros and cons of vertical farming?