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Severe accident: A31 Surrey westbound

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A31 Surrey westbound severe accident, at A3.

A31 Surrey - A31 Down Lane in Guildford entry slip road closed and it's very slow westbound at the A3 junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 London northbound

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M1 London northbound severe disruption, at J4 for A41 Edgware Way Edgware.

M1 London - M1 in Hertfordshire lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J4, A41 (Edgware), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A217 London both ways

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A217 London both ways severe accident, from St Marks Road to A236 Upper Green East.

A217 London - A217 London Road in Mitcham closed and it's slow in both directions from the St Marks Road junction to the A236 Upper Green East junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

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M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, after J10 for A3.

M25 Surrey - Queues on M25 clockwise after J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of a break down earlier. Congestion to around Cobham Services. All lanes have been re-opened.

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 J10 for A3 to J11 for A320 St Peters Way.

M25 Surrey - Two lanes closed and queues on M25 anticlockwise from J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange) to J11, A320 (Chertsey), because of a break down. Congestion to Cobham Services.

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

Evening weather: Thundery rain

BBC Weather

As the night progresses there will be an increased risk for showers, some of which are expected to be on the heavy and thundery side.

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

BBC prepares to host Tory leadership debate

Conservative leadership candidates
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The candidates to be Conservative Party leader - and the UK's next prime minister - are to take part in a live televised debate on BBC One later.

The programme at 20:00 BST hosted by Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis from New Broadcasting House in central London and will be broadcast two hours after Tory MPs vote in the second bout of the contest.

Questions will be from the public but there will not be an audience, opening or closing statements.

The front-runner in the contest, Boris Johnson, says he will be taking part.

MP 'disappointed' over Heathrow masterplan

Greg Hands, MP for Chelsea and Fulham, has said he is "disappointed Heathrow Airport is going ahead with a plan to build a third runway."

A "masterplan" published today proposes to the runway by 2026 and complete its expansion by 2050.

The plan includes diverting rivers, moving roads and rerouting the M25 through a tunnel under the new runway.

Heathrow's expansion has faced fierce opposition, but the airport says it has engaged with local communities and other stakeholders.

The proposals are now open to public consultation until 13 September.

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Greenwich household has waited 47 years for a home

Local Democracy Reporting Service

One household has been waiting for a home in Greenwich for 47 years, it can be revealed.

It comes as an investigation by the Local Democracy Service found that more than 2,000 people have been on the council’s waiting list for a decade or more.

Figures revealed through a Freedom of Information act request show that 60% of the register – 7,275 households – have been on there for three years or more.

In a borough where there are 19,000 families waiting for a home, 18% of them have been on the list for a decade or more, whilst 20% have been on there for at least five years.

The council runs a choice-based lettings system, meaning applicants bid and decide what property is suitable for them.

Asked for the longest period somebody has been on the waiting list, the council admitted: “Currently the longest registered application has been registered for 47 years 4 months.”

Figures revealed to the Local Democracy Service show the average wait for a two bed home in the borough verges into just over two and a half years.

Homeless families waited an average of 976 days for a two bed home last year, a big improvement on the wait faced in 2017/18 of 2,285 days, but still up on 2016/17’s figure of 695.

Currently, homeless households face a four and a half year wait if they are looking for a four-bed home.

Housing has been prioritised by the council since last year’s local election, with the authority preparing to embark on the biggest house building scheme “in a generation”.

The council is spending nearly £2m more on homelessness than it was in 2015 and has borrowed millions to start building 750 new builds.

Responding to the figures, cabinet member for housing, Chris Kirby, said: “There are more people looking for council and housing association homes in Royal Greenwich than there are properties available, and as a result the Council has to allocate homes to people who are most in need.

“When a person is placed on the housing list in Royal Greenwich, based on our allocation policy they will be put into one of four bands – A, B1, B2 and C.

“The majority of housing applicants sit within band C with no priority, so this will naturally lead to a longer waiting time for most people on the list.

“The particular applicant who has been waiting for 47 years, is in band C and was made an offer in 2012, which they refused.”

London Broncos

Team news as London Broncos host Hull Kingston Rovers in Thursday's Super League fixture at the Trailfinders Sports Ground (19:45 BST).

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Man arrested over abduction of boy, eight

Crime scene outside Burgess Park
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A crime scene was in place in and around Burgess Park on Monday

A man has been arrested on suspicion of abducting an eight-year-old boy in Burgess Park in south-east London and kicking and spitting at the officers who tried to detain him.

Police were called to the park in Walworth after reports of a missing child at about 17:20 yesterday.

When officers found the boy, he was in the company of a man not known to him.

A 24-year-old man who was identified as the suspect, ran from police, resisted arrest and attacked officers by kicking and spitting at them.

He was eventually arrested on suspicion of kidnap, two counts of assault on police, common assault, failing to appear at court and for being wanted in relation to a separate matter outside of London.

He was taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody for questioning. The boy has since been reunited with his family.

Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex northbound

BBC News Travel

M23 West Sussex northbound severe disruption, at J10 for A264 Copthorne Way.

M23 West Sussex - M23 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow northbound at J10, A264 (Crawley), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M23 Surrey southbound

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M23 Surrey southbound severe disruption, after J8 for M25 J7.

M23 Surrey - One lane closed and it's very slow on M23 southbound after J8 M25 J7, because of a break down. In the roadworks area.

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

Inside the game set in post-Brexit London

Jimmy Blake

BBC Newsbeat

Watch Dogs: Legion
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The maker of a game set in a post-Brexit London says he wants it to help players "value" people from different backgrounds.

In Watch Dogs: Legion, which takes place in the "not-too-distant future", gamers will control a group of hackers trying to take down a regime which has taken control of the UK through an advanced surveillance system.

Players can recruit any of the thousands of playable characters in the game, all with unique different backgrounds and skill sets, to help them along the way.

Clint Hocking, the game's creative director, spoke to Radio 1 Newsbeat at the E3 gaming conference in LA, saying it was important to feature a diverse range of personalities.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join Queen at Ascot

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to join the Queen on the first day of Royal Ascot.

Prince William and his wife Kate will be hosted by the monarch in the royal box as the five-day event kicks off.

The Queen said in a statement on the official opening programme it was "truly exciting" to see global competitors take part in the races, as a "strong international competition adds further interest and fascination".

Up to 300,000 people are set to attend the 300-year-old event, where, the Queen said, the "horses remain the stars".

The duke and duchess will present the winning trophies in the King's Stand Stakes - a group one race - while acclaimed actor Sir Derek Jacobi will hand out the prizes for the Wolferton Stakes.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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The Duke and Duchess at last year's Royal Ascot

Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

M23 West Sussex both ways severe disruption, at J9 for .

M23 West Sussex - M23 (Spur Road) in Surrey partially blocked and it's heavy at J9, Gatwick Airport, because of a car that's broken down and recovery work.

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Today's photo of London

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Piccadilly Circus
Jason Hawkes

We used this wonderful photo by Jason Hawkes of Piccadilly Circus 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.

Severe disruption: A102 London northbound

BBC News Travel

A102 London northbound severe disruption, from A2203 Blackwall Lane to A13 East India Dock Road.

A102 London - A102 Blackwall Tunnel closed and queues northbound from the A2203 Blackwall Lane junction to the A13 East India Dock Road junction, because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

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M3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, between J2 for M25 J12 and J3 for A322 Bagshot.

M3 Surrey - One lane closed on M3 southbound between J2 M25 J12 and J3, A322 (Bagshot), because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well.

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

Afternoon weather: Showery rain moving in

BBC Weather

Cloud will continue to thicken this afternoon and showery rain will move in from the south, some spells could be on the heavy side.

The chance of some lightning as well.

Maximum Temperature: 16C to 19C (61F to 66F).

Severe accident: A400 London both ways

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A400 London both ways severe accident, at A5204 Goodge Street.

A400 London - A400 Tottenham Court Road in West End blocked and queues in both directions at the A5204 Goodge Street junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 London southbound

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

M1 London - One lane blocked and it's slow on M1 southbound at J1, A406 (Staples Corner), because of a lorry that's broken down.

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

SWR strike: Wheelie bin on train sparks concerns

On a day when South Western Railway (SWR) is experiencing severe overcrowding due to the start of a five-day strike, a number of commuters have wondered why a wheelie bin has been given a special place on one of its trains...

Other passengers have raised security concerns as it was not clear what was in the bin.

SWR later tweeted to say it was most likely transporting lost property to one of its station.

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Severe accident: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

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M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise severe accident, at J16 for M40 J1A.

M25 Buckinghamshire - One lane blocked and queues on M25 anticlockwise at J16 M40 J1a, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

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

M3 Surrey - One lane blocked 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

Long queues due to SWR strike

People across the south region are experiencing delays due to a five-day South Western Railway (SWR) strike.

The strike will likely see services in and out of London disrupted or cancelled as the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) walk out in protest at SWR's "failure" to guarantee the future role of guards.

BBC reporter Tarah Welsh posted a video of long queues outside Surbiton station caused by the strike, which will end at 23:59 BST on Saturday.

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Royal Ascot set to kick off

Five days of top horse racing at Royal Ascot kicks off today.

The event will see the annual attendance of the Queen, whose arrival will be announced by a colourful procession of open-top carriages along the racecourse.

Racegoers heading to Ascot have been urged to allow extra time for travel as a five-day strike begins.

South Western Railway has told passengers that while services may be disrupted they will still be running.

Queen at Ascot
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The Queen attends the event every year

MP supports train guards strike

Labour MP Ian Mearns has joined a picket line this morning in support of striking South Western Railway (SWR) workers.

RMT said staff had been left with "no choice" but to strike, and accused SWR of failing to guarantee guard roles.

SWR said the action was "unnecessary" and it was "cynical" of the union to target events such as Royal Ascot, which will start later.

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Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex southbound

BBC News Travel

M23 West Sussex southbound severe disruption, at J9 for .

M23 West Sussex - M23 in Surrey lane blocked on entry slip road southbound at J9, Gatwick Airport, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M3 Surrey northbound

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M3 Surrey northbound severe disruption, at J4 for A331.

M3 Surrey - M3 in Hampshire lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J4, A331 (Camberley), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Today's weather: Dry, bright start, rain later

BBC Weather

A dry start with some brightness.

However, through the day cloud will thicken and showery rain will move in from the south, some spells could be on the heavy side.

Maximum Temperature: 16C to 19C (61F to 66F).

Earnings climb 7.3% at Gatwick Airport

Gatwick airport
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London's Gatwick Airport has reported a 7.3% rise in annual underlying earnings to £441.4m.

Passenger numbers climbed to 46.4 million, including a 14.3% rise in long-haul passengers.

The airport said the long-haul growth was driven by increased Far East connections, which jumped 45% higher year-on-year.

Overall revenues lifted 6.1% to £810.8m for the year.

Britain's second biggest airport was recently bought by French construction and transport concession group Vinci.