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Council branded 'hypocritical' over plastic cup usage

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Lewisham Council bought 144,000 disposable plastic cups in the 12 months ending March.

The figures have been labelled “hypocritical” by Lewisham and Greenwich London Assembly candidate for the Conservatives, Charlie Davis, since the authority last November moved a motion to ban single use plastics and in February declared a climate emergency.

The cups were bought to stock Laurence House, the Town Hall, Civic Suite and Eros House.

The declaration came a month before the FOI period ended.

But Mr Davis said the authority was not moving as quickly as others to change its practices, such as Greenwich Council, which has pledged to remove single use plastics from its buildings by 2020.

Councillor Sophie McGeevor said the council had already made a commitment to end the use of single and short term use plastic in council buildings, offices, schools and nurseries by May 2022.

But the cabinet member for environment and transport said the council had stopped restocking the cups, but much more needed to be done.

Extinction Rebellion activists block concrete works in east London

Extinction Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion

Members of Extinction Rebellion are currently blocking the entrance to the London Concrete works near Pudding Mill Lane and by Stratford’s Olympic Park.

Around 50 people, on both foot and bikes, with banners saying "The air that we grieve" and "Silvertown Tunnel No", are blocking both the gates stopping any vehicles and workers from entering the site, with four people currently locked to iron pipes.

Eleanor McAree, 25, from Extinction Rebellion Tower Hamlets said: “Concrete has a huge environmental impact and building another tunnel will only make air pollution across East London worse. The air pollution is already at dangerous levels and is affecting the health of children and adults in the area.

"With the siting of this industry right next to two schools, these children face lifelong negative impact on their health.”

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BBC London News

Charlotte Franks has this morning’s top stories from the BBC London newsroom.

Severe accident: M11 Essex southbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Essex southbound severe accident, at J5 for A1168 Chigwell Lane.

M11 Essex - One lane closed and queues on M11 southbound at J5, A1168 (Loughton), because of an accident involving four cars.

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

Severe disruption: A406 London westbound

BBC News Travel

A406 London westbound severe disruption, at A104 Woodford New Road.

A406 London - Road closed on A406 North Circular westbound in South Woodford at Waterworks Corner, because of emergency repairs.

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Severe accident: A202 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A202 London both ways severe accident, between A2215 Clayton Road and Queens Road Peckham Station.

A202 London - A202 Queens Road in Peckham closed and it's slow in both directions between the A2215 Clayton Road junction and the Queens Road Peckham Station junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, from J3 for M20 J1 to J2 for A2.

M25 Kent - Two lanes closed and queues on M25 anticlockwise from J3, M20 J1 (Swanley Interchange) to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange), because of an accident.

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London's evening weather: Clear with light winds

BBC Weather

It will remain dry with largely clear skies and light winds tonight.

This could allow a few shallow mist patches to form in the early hours.

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

Severe accident: A400 London southbound

BBC News Travel

A400 London southbound severe accident, at A40 New Oxford Street.

A400 London - A400 Charing Cross Road in Fitzrovia blocked and queues southbound at the A40 New Oxford Street junction, because of an accident.

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

Snooker hall shooting victim named by police

Detectives investigating a fatal shooting have named the victim as Grineo Daka, 27, from Stratford, east London.

Police said Mr Daka was with two others when he became involved in a row with another group while at the Phoenix Club in Lea Bridge Road, east London and was shot in the early hours of Sunday, 7 July.

A post-mortem examination found he died from a single gunshot wound.

Police said a further two people have been arrested in connection with his death bringing the total number arrested to six including one woman.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Lion King premiere

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were the biggest stars on the yellow carpet at the European premiere of The Lion King held in Leicester Square.

Beyonce, Seth Rogen and Sir Elton John were also on hand to promote the 'live action' reboot, which has been directed by the Jungle Book's Jon Favreau.

Boy critical after electric scooter crash

A teenager is fighting for his life after a second electric scooter crash in two days in London.

The 14-year-old boy suffered a serious head injury after crashing into a bus stop on Saturday, the Met Police said.

He was taken by air ambulance to hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

The crash happened on Monks Orchard Road in Beckenham, south-east London, shortly before midday.

It came one day after YouTube star and TV presenter Emily Hartridge, 35, died after being struck by a lorry while riding an electric scooter.

Ms Hartridge was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at Queen's Circus roundabout in Battersea, south-west London, shortly after 08:30 on Friday.

A DfT spokeswoman said: "Safety is at the heart of all our road laws and it is important that retailers continue to remind people at the point of sale that it is illegal to ride e-scooters on public roads."

Appeal following homophobic assault in Denmark Hill

Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses after a man was assaulted in what is being treated as a homophobic hate crime.

Police were called at approximately 03:05 on Sunday, to reports of a man injured following an assault in Denmark Hill near the junction with Camberwell Road, SE5.

The 29-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment to a head injury. This has been assessed as not life-changing or life-threatening, and the man has been discharged from hospital.

A 19-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of GBH. He has since been released under investigation.

The incident is being investigated as a homophobic hate crime due to comments made prior to the assault. Enquiries into the circumstances continue.

Fire crews tackle house in Twickenham

House fire
LFB

About 40 firefighters and six fire engines have been deployed to tackle a house fire in Twickenham.

London Fire Brigade were called to the property in Sandycoombe Road at 13:540 BST, where most of the ground floor, half of the first floor and half of the roof is alight.

Motorists have been told to avoid the area if possible as local road closures are in place.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

London's weather: Cloud continuing to break up

BBC Weather

Cloud will continue to lift and thin through this afternoon, allowing for an increasing chance of some sunny spells for most places.

Staying dry with light winds.

Maximum Temperature: 18C to 21C (64F to 70F)

Severe disruption: A315 London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A315 London eastbound severe disruption, from Exhibition Road to Ennismore Gardens.

A315 London - A315 Kensington Road in South Kensington closed eastbound from the Exhibition Road junction to the Ennismore Gardens junction, because of a police investigation.

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

Today's photo of London

BBC London News

Tower Bridge
Jason Hawkes

We used this wonderful photo by Jason Hawkes of Tower Bridge 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.

Is this London's most mind-boggling road?
Arrows painted on the Knightsbridge road point in both directions causing confusion for drivers.

Severe disruption: A13 Essex both ways

BBC News Travel

A13 Essex both ways severe disruption, at M25 J30 Lakeside.

A13 Essex - One lane closed and it's slow on A13 at Lakeside, because of a break down. On the roundabout.

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Severe disruption: A101 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A101 London both ways severe disruption, from A200 to A13.

A101 London - A101 Rotherhithe Tunnel in Limehouse closed and queues in both directions from the A200 junction to the A13 junction, because of a break down.

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CCTV images appear to show Eric Michels and Gerald Matovu shopping at Sainsbury's.
Footage is released as Gerald Matovu is found guilty of murdering Eric Michels.
Politics of automation: Factory workers and robots
Humans and robots working together in a factory may excite some tech geeks, but worry others who fear job losses.

Clerkenwell shop fire now under control

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Twelve fire engines and around 80 firefighters were called to a fire at a ground floor shop with flats above on Back Hill in Clerkenwell.

Most of the ground floor of the shop and part of the first floor were alight. Four people left the building before the Brigade arrived. There were no reports of any injuries.

Station Manager Paul Eastland, who was at the scene, said: "There was a lot of visible smoke coming from the fire so residents and local businesses were advised to keep their windows shut."

The Brigade’s 999 Control centre received 12 calls alerting them to the fire.

The Brigade was called at 06:11 and the fire was under control by 0954. Fire crews from Soho, Shoreditch, Islington, Dowgate, Whitechapel, Lambeth, Euston and Paddington were at the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Extinction Rebellion protest at High Court

Extinction Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion

Climate protesters have installed a boat with the message "Act Now" outside the Royal Courts of Justice as part of their action across the UK.

Extinction Rebellion has said thousands of people in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow and Leeds are to "cause disruption" as they highlight climate change.

The group are calling on the government to "halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2015".

Organisers said "hundreds of ordinary citizens [are] willing to be arrested" through action such as blocking roads and staging die-ins.

A protest by the group in the capital earlier this year consisted of 10 days of marches and widespread disruption, leading to more than 1,000 arrests.

Watch: News Headlines from BBC London

BBC London News

Tolu Adeoye has this morning’s top stories from the BBC London newsroom.

Severe disruption: A301 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A301 London both ways severe disruption, from A3200 York Square to A3202 Westminster Bridge Road.

A301 London - Queues on A301 Waterloo Bridge in Waterloo from Imax Roundabout to the A3202 Westminster Bridge Road junction, because of a temporary closure and Extinction Rebellion a demonstration. Congestion to High Holborn, Chancery Lane, Victoria Embankment and Kingsway. Police directing traffic.

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'Poverty link' to youth violence - London mayor

Police
BBC

New figures from Mayor of London Sadiq Khan show what he says is a clear link between poverty in the capital and the rise in serious youth violence.

The data shows that the poorest areas of London are most likely to experience the highest levels of serious crime among youngsters.

The data comes amid fears that the end of the school year could see a rise in knife crime across major cities.

Mr Khan says he's funding 43 summer projects for vulnerable youngsters.

He is also appealing to the government for more cash.

London has experienced a rise in killings since 2012 - and 2018 was the worst year on record for the city for a decade.

Severe accident: A215 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A215 London both ways severe accident, from B214 Albany Road to Westmoreland Road.

A215 London - A215 Camberwell Road in Camberwell closed and queues in both directions from the B214 Albany Road junction to the Westmoreland Road junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - ten bus routes are being diverted.

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

Severe disruption: A202 London westbound

BBC News Travel

A202 London westbound severe disruption, at Durham Street.

A202 London - A202 Harleyford Road in Kennington blocked and queues westbound at the Durham Street junction, because of a lorry that's broken down.

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Severe disruption: A5201 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A5201 London both ways severe disruption, from A5200 Gray's Inn Road to A201 Farringdon Road.

A5201 London - A5201 Clerkenwell Road in Farringdon closed in both directions from the A5200 Gray's Inn Road junction to the A201 Farringdon Road junction, because of a fire at a building. Diversion in operation - bus routes 55 and 243 are being diverted.

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

Severe disruption: A1207 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A1207 London both ways severe disruption, from A104 Dalston Lane to Clifton Grove.

A1207 London - A1207 Graham Road in Hackney closed in both directions from the A104 Dalston Lane junction to the Clifton Grove junction, because of a police investigation.

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Severe accident: A20 London westbound

BBC News Travel

A20 London westbound severe accident, at A2210 Jerrard Street.

A20 London - One lane closed on A20 Loampit Vale westbound in Lewisham at the A2210 Jerrard Street junction, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: A12 London northbound

BBC News Travel

A12 London northbound severe accident, from Harold Court Road to M25 J28 Brentwood.

A12 London - A12 in Harold Hill closed northbound from the Harold Court Road junction to Brentwood, because of an accident.

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