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Luchita Hurtado has opened her first solo art exhibition at London's Serpentine Gallery.

Afternoon weather: Dry and clear

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Any patchy cloud will disperse this evening, along with any isolated showers fading, to leave a dry and largely clear night with a few mist patches in places.

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

Tidemill protestors leave camp

Bridie Witton

Local Democracy Reporter, Southwark

Campaigners protesting the Tidemill garden and Reginald House demolition plans have left their camp on the green, but vow their protest is not over.

The camp sprung up after scores of bailiffs evicted campaigners from the Tidemill garden with security guarding the site from last October costing Lewisham Council more than £1 million, figures suggest.

Protestors had pushed for new plans to be drawn to keep the garden and 16 flats at Reginald House.

An eviction hearing was expected today but campaigners have agreed to leave the green to avoid having to pay costs to the council, a Save Tidemill Save Reginald spokesperson said. This comes after an initial eviction hearing was adjourned to allow the campaigners to file a defence.

The spokesperson said: “We are withdrawing amicably from the protest camp, but our campaign against this misplaced development continues.

“Through the council’s failure to recognise the human rights issues involved in the protest camp, we have secured a two and a half month delay to the plans for the site, which should have encouraged Lewisham Council and Peabody to think again,” they said.

But the campaign, which has been ongoing since 2012, will continue to push for demolition plans for Reginald House to be dropped, they said. “We continue to demand that the council give up on the proposed destruction of Reginald House, where 80 per cent of residents want to stay but have been denied a ballot by the council,” the spokesperson added.

“We put up 72 white crosses to commemorate the trees that were destroyed in the garden, and we have continued to secure community support for resistance to these ill-conceived plans. Plans between the council and Peabody include the demolition of the garden and 16 homes in Reginald House to make way for a 209-house development – with 104 new homes to be let at ‘genuinely affordable’ rent.

Cabinet member for housing, Cllr Paul Bell, said he was pleased the scheme could now progress.

He said: “I am pleased that we can progress the scheme to house people, and hope we can avoid any unnecessary eviction.

“I respect their right to protest. We all live in a democracy,” he added. When asked if he would do anything differently, he said the council would internally review the saga “in due course”.

“With everything, we need to look at what worked, and what could’ve worked better,” he explained.

Lewisham Homes and Lewisham Council U-turned on plans for a housing development in Sydenham following stiff local opposition, but the council “couldn’t have that detailed re-look” at the Tidemill development, he said.

“But I think the 104 new social homes speaks for itself,” he added. “We have a long way to go. I am pleased now the scheme which is very delayed can go forward.” Demolition work at the garden began the same day Lewisham declared a climate emergency, in a move campaigners branded as hypocrisy.

Air pollution at nearby Deptford Church Street was found to be at six times the safety levels recommended by the World Health Organisation, according to experts at Goldsmiths.

Afternoon weather: Fine, dry and warm

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A dry, fine and rather warm afternoon, with sunny spells and some fair-weather cloud developing.

Winds will be light.

Maximum Temperature: 20C to 23CC (68F to 73F).

Travel update: Jubilee Line problems

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There is currently no service on the Jubilee Line between Finchley Road and Waterloo and severe delays on the rest of the line due to track fault at Bond Street.

And there are delays of up to 20 minutes on Thameslink between Blackfriars and St Pancras International due to signalling problem.

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London's status as top place for company HQs 'not secure'

London and the UK continues to be the top destination to base headquarters for multinational companies although its status could be under threat, a new report has found.

Think tank Centre for London found that the capital and the South East had attracted more investment than other world cities including New York, Singapore, Berlin, Hong Kong, and Paris since 2003.

The paper, called Head office: London's rise and future as a corporate centre, found that access to talent was the main reason companies choose to base themselves in the city.

Nevertheless, the report's authors warned that London's status is far from secure and could have been affected by the EU referendum.

For example, the think tank found that the number of business trips to London have fallen for the first time since 2009, while business spend in the city has fallen from £3.24bn in 2015 to £3.07bn in 2017.

Nicolas Bosetti, research manager for the Centre for London, said that "while many sectors are seeing a slimming down and scattering of their head office functions, London has bucked the trend."

"The headquarter economy underpins London's standing as a global city, and it is vital that local and national decision makers remain focused on strengthening the city's offer," he said.

New exhibition takes a dip in London's hidden rivers

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A new exhibition looking at the capital's hidden waterways is set to open at the Museum of London Docklands.

Secret Rivers looks at lost waterways such as the Effra, Walbrooke and Neckinger which have all played crucial but very different roles in how the city has developed.

The show includes historic artifacts, digital works and drawings to show what different rivers were used for.

For example, visitors can see a Medieval three person toilet seat which was used over the River Fleet when it became an open sewer. The Fleet would later be buried as part of London's Victorian sewer system.

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The exhibition also looks at how some of London's lost rivers have been resurfaced and incorporates campaigns where people have called for historic waterways to be returned to the streets, like the Tyburn in Mayfair.

Co-curator Thomas Ardill said it shows just how much of a river city London is and how important those waterways have been.

"You can't know London without understanding its rivers," he said.

Secret Rivers, which is free to view, opens to the public on Friday and will run until 27 October.

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These 18-year-olds are voting for the very first time in the European Parliament elections
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Three people deny more than £120k Grenfell fraud

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Three people have denied falsely claiming more than £120,000 meant for Grenfell Tower fire survivors.

Carmel Daly, 49, and Robert Kenneally, 51, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday accused of claiming a total of £47,802 in accommodation, goods and services.

The couple, both of Warwick Lane, West Kensington each denied one count of fraud between 14 June 2017 and 23 August 2018.

In a separate hearing, Daniel Steventon, 37, of Brondesbury Villas, Kilburn, denied claiming handouts worth £74,225 between 16 August 2017 and 4 May 2018.

All three defendants sat together in the dock as the two cases were heard one after the other and spoke to confirm their names, addresses, dates of birth and nationalities.

All three were bailed by District Judge Michael Snow ahead of an appearance at Isleworth Crown Court on 18 June.

Jaden Moddie murder trial date moved to November

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Two London men charged with the murder of teenager Jaden Moodie are expected to face trial in November.

The 14-year-old was knocked off a moped and stabbed to death in Leyton on 8 January this year.

Ayoub Majdouline, 18, of Lily Gardens, Wembley, and Yousuf Dubbad, 21, from Leyton, are both accused of his murder.

Mr Majdouline is also charged with possession of a bladed article.

Mr Dubbad appeared for a hearing at the Old Bailey today and spoke only to confirm his name and age and gave his nationality as British.

Judge Richard Marks vacated the original trial date of 8 July for Ayoub Majdouline and directed there should now be a five-week trial provisionally starting on 18 November.

Both are remanded in custody.

Man 'critically injured' after Mitcham stabbing

A man is in hospital with life threatening injuries after a stabbing in Mitcham this afternoon, the Met Police has confirmed.

Officers were called to Lammas Avenue at 12:00 BST to reports of two males fighting - one of the men suffered injuries to his leg and arm.

The Met say a Section 60 order has been put in place throughout different parts of Mitcham while initial investigations are being carried out.

There have been no arrests as yet.

Afternoon weather: Warm, dry and sunny

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This afternoon and evening are also expected to be dry and sunny, and it will feel pleasantly warm too.

Maximum temperature: 18 to 21°C (64 to 70°F).

Arrested teen girl 'hit with baton and Tasered'

The Metropolitan Police is being investigated over "the level of force" used to detain a teenage girl in Newham who was hit with a baton and Tasered.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) became aware of the incident which happened on 8 May at about 19:20 on Roman Road.

IOPC's Sal Naseem said: "Having reviewed the complaint and viewed body worn video footage of the incident we decided that this matter requires an independent investigation.

"It is important for everyone involved that we understand the circumstances surrounding this incident."

The Met Police said it made the referral to the IOPC.

Investigation after body found in Feltham wasteland

An investigation has been launched after the body of a man was found on a wasteland at an industrial estate in Feltham last night.

Two crews of firefighters were called to Armdale Road at 23:54 to deal with the blaze.

The Met Police said officers are treating the death as unexplained and are trying to find out more details of the victim.

The cause of the fire, which was under control by 01:06, is also under investigation - the London Fire Brigade has said.