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Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, from J10 for A329 to J8 for J9 A404.

M4 Berkshire - Two lanes closed on M4 eastbound from J10 A329(M) Wokingham to J8 J9 A404(M) Maidenhead, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M3 Surrey southbound

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

M3 Surrey - Temporary closure on M3 southbound from J2 M25 J12 to J3, A322 (Bagshot), 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, from J27 for M11 J6 to J26 for A121.

M25 Essex - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise from J27 M11 J6 to 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

Severe accident: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

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

M25 Buckinghamshire - It's slow on M25 anticlockwise at J16 M40 J1a, because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex southbound

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M23 West Sussex southbound severe disruption, before J9 for .

M23 West Sussex - One lane closed on M23 southbound in Surrey before J9, Gatwick Airport, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M25 London anti-clockwise

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M25 London anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road to J24 for A111 Stagg Hill.

M25 London - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise from J25, A10 (Enfield) to J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a break down.

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

New funding to help autistic pupils 'prepare for adulthood'

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A school for children with a diagnosis of autism (ASD) is to receive millions in funding for a new sixth form for its students, the only one of its kind in Hackney.

The Garden School in Stoke Newington, which has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted twice and hosts 150 students, has been vocal about the need for a post-16 provision for the borough for years.

Now Hackney Council has approved just over £1.5m in central government grant money to fund a feasibility study and future expansion of a new site for the sixth form, with the Garden to put up £500,000 for the remaining investment.

A Garden School spokesperson said: “It’s early days, but it obviously is really exciting news for our parents in particular, because there is no specialist post-16 provision for students with a diagnosis of autism like this in the borough, and we’ve been requesting it for four or five years.

“All indicators are that we will get this post-16 provision, as the council seems to be onside as well. Because it’s on another site, we’ll be able to develop a lot more focus on preparation for adulthood.

“What we want to do is set them up for the next stage of their life, and see how we can move them into the community and find supportive settings and placements."

The sixth form new site would prevent students having to leave their community for their education.

Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

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M3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, at J2 for M25 J12.

M3 Surrey - One lane closed and queues on M3 southbound at J2 M25 J12, because of a car that's broken down.

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Severe disruption: A2 Kent westbound

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A2 Kent westbound severe disruption, at M25 J2.

A2 Kent - A2 in Darenth exit slip road to M25 Anticlockwise towards Dartford Tunnel is closed westbound at Darenth Interchange, because of a vehicle on fire.

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Severe disruption: A302 London both ways

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A302 London both ways severe disruption, between A3211 Victoria Embankment and Lambeth Palace Road.

A302 London - A302 Westminster Bridge in Westminster closed in both directions between the A3211 Victoria Embankment junction and the Lambeth Palace Road junction, because of a demonstration.

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Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, from J17 for A412 Denham Way to J18 for A404 Rickmansworth Road.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queues on M25 clockwise from J17, A412 (Maple Cross) to J18, A404 (Chorleywood), because of an accident involving three cars.

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, from J9 for A243 to J10 for A3.

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

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

Severe accident: M3 Surrey both ways

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M3 Surrey both ways severe accident, from J3 for A322 Bagshot to J2 for M25 J12.

M3 Surrey - Two lanes closed and queues on M3 from J3, A322 (Bagshot) to J2 M25 J12, because of an accident involving a van and a car.

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

Severe accident: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe accident, from M25 to J5 for M26 J5.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and it's heavy on M25 anticlockwise from M25, Clacket Lane Services to J5 M26 J5, because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: M25 London clockwise

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M25 London clockwise severe disruption, from J14 for A3113 Airport Way to J15 for M4 J4B.

M25 London - Two lanes closed and queues on M25 clockwise from J14, A3113 (Heathrow) to J15 M4 J4b, because of a break down. Congestion to J13 (Staines).

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Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

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M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J1A for A206 to J31 for A1306 Lakeside.

M25 Kent - Two lanes closed and delays on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise in Essex from J1a, A206 (Swanscombe) to J31, A1306 (Lakeside), because of a break down.

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Severe accident: A205 London both ways

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A205 London both ways severe accident, from Dryburgh Road to Malbrook Road.

A205 London - A205 South Circular in Putney closed and queues in both directions from the Dryburgh Road junction to the Malbrook Road junction, because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: A302 London westbound

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A302 London westbound severe disruption, between A3211 Victoria Embankment and Lambeth Palace Road.

A302 London - A302 Westminster Bridge in Westminster blocked westbound between the A3211 Victoria Embankment junction and the Lambeth Palace Road junction, because of a police investigation.

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Severe disruption: London both ways

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London both ways severe disruption, around Parliament Square.

London - Roads in Westminster partially blocked around the Parliament Square junction, because of a police investigation.

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Woman, 85, dies after being hit by car

An 85-year-old woman has died after being hit by a car in Worcester Park, south-west London.

Sheila Cutting was taken to a south London hospital in a critical condition after the crash on Saturday, but died in hospital yesterday.

The driver of the black Vauxhall Corsa stopped in Kingsmead Road and has assisted police with their enquiries, according to the Metropolitan Police.

The force is appealing for witnesses.

Officers are particularly keen to hear from anyone with dash cam footage or who witnessed the crash, which happened at about 17:15 on Hampton Road, near its junction with Balmoral Road.

There have been no arrests.

Severe accident: M25 London anti-clockwise

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M25 London anti-clockwise severe accident, from J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road to J24 for A111 Stagg Hill.

M25 London - One lane closed and queues on M25 anticlockwise from J25, A10 (Enfield) to J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of an accident.

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Crime on Night Tube up by almost a third

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Night Tube
Dominic Lipinski

Crime on the Night Tube rose almost a third last year, new figures have revealed.

Violence, sexual offences and theft from passengers were all up on the previous twelve months.

Conservative assembly member Susan Hall, who uncovered the increase through a mayoral question, attacked Sadiq Khan’s “complacent attitude to tackling crime”.

There were 32% more violent attacks on the Night Tube in 2018/19 compared to the previous financial year, rising from 208 to 275 offences.

Reports of sexual assault rose 10% last year, up from 56 to 62.

But the biggest increase was thefts from passengers, which rose 50% from 305 to 452.

Trespass and vandalism, robbery, bike and vehicle crimes, and theft of TfL property all fell last year.

Overall, crime was up 27%, with 970 crimes compared to 762 in 2017/18.

The Night Tube has been running for three years, with the first line opened in August 2016, shortly after Sadiq Khan became Mayor.

Trains now run on the Victoria, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Central lines on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Mayor said Transport for London (TfL) was working closely with the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police to keep passengers safe.

Responding to Ms Hall’s data request, he said: “London Underground remains a safe, low crime network, with very few people ever witnessing or experiencing crime.”

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne and A20 London Road.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and it's slow on M20 westbound between J4, A228 (Leybourne) and A20, Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit, because of a break down.

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Moulin Rouge! The Musical to hit the West End

The Broadway production of Moulin Rouge! The Musical will come to the UK in 2021 in London's West End.

The jukebox musical based on the 2001 film, which starred Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, has been 10 years in the making and includes many of the songs from the big screen version.

Having made its debut in Boston in 2018 before moving to New York's theatre district this year, Moulin Rouge! The Musical will open at the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2021.

Directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers and with a book by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan, the show promises to entertain audiences with a "world of splendour and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory".

It is inspired by Baz Luhrmann's Oscar-winning film, which was set in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris during the Belle Epoque period at the turn of the 20th century.

Another dead whale found in Thames

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Whale hoisted out of Thames
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A dead whale has been found in the River Thames near Gravesend just over a week after a humpback whale seen swimming in the same stretch of water died.

Early indications believe it may be a fin whale.

It was hoisted by crane out of the water this morning.

Whale
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Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J2 for A20 London Road and J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and it's slow on M20 eastbound between J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit) and J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: A4 London both ways

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A4 London both ways severe disruption, in Central London.

A4 London - Queues on A4 Trafalgar Square in the Central London junction, because of a temporary closure and extinction rebellion a demonstration. Congestion to Lambeth Bridge along Millbank. Along Northumberland Avenue. Vauxhall Bridge road from Victoria to the river and South Side of the River between Waterloo and Lambeth Bridge.

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Severe disruption: London westbound

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London westbound severe disruption, between A3211 Victoria Embankment and A3212 Whitehall.

London - Northumberland Avenue in Charing Cross blocked and queues westbound between Embankment Station and Trafalgar Square, because of a demonstration. Congestion to. Diversion in operation - Affecting 14 London Bus Routes.

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Adam Barrett on the sidelines at Millwall

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Brentford and Millwall (15:00 BST).

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Nathan Jones

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Nathan Jones' Stoke City and Fulham.

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Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

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M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, before J27 for M11.

M25 Essex - One lane blocked and queues on M25 anticlockwise before J27 M11, because of a broken down van.

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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.

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Stop and search rises in London

The use of Section 60 stop-and-search powers soared in the last year, according to official figures.

It quadrupled in the year to March 2018, with police in England and Wales carrying out 2,501 searches, up from 631 the previous year, according to an equality impact assessment of the measure.

This was the first rise in nine years and driven by the Metropolitan Police which carried out 1,836 searches - six times the number in 2016/17.

There were 18 forces which conducted at least one stop and search under S60 last year.

The Met accounted for the majority (73%) of all S60 searches in 2018. In total during this time period 140 arrests took place as a result of S60 authorisations, of which 49 were related to the possession of weapons.