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Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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

M25 Hertfordshire - It's slow on M25 clockwise from J24, A111 (Potters Bar) to J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a break down earlier.

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Man sought by two police forces over violent attacks

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A £5,000 reward is being offered to try and trace a man Kent Police want to question in connection with arson and attempted murder.

Peter O'Brien
Metropolitan Police
Two police forces are trying to trace Peter O'Brien

The victim was left with serious head injuries after the incident in West Kingsdown on 19 August.

Peter O’Brien, 22, from Greenwich, in London, is also being sought by the Metropolitan Police in connection with the supply of Class A drugs and grievous bodily harm, after a woman was punched and strangled, leaving her with a bleed to the brain and a fractured skull.

He has connections to Charlton, Woolwich, Eltham, Kidbrooke, Gravesend and West Kingsdown.

Severe disruption: A3212 London southbound

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A3212 London southbound severe disruption, from A400 Charing Cross to Horse Guards Avenue.

A3212 London - A3212 Whitehall in Central London closed and queues southbound from Trafalgar Square to the Horse Guards Avenue junction, because of Extinction Rebellion a demonstration.

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Olympics 'failed on promise' to cut London health divide

Obese couple
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Promises to tackle the “health divide” between east and west London after the Olympics have failed, according to a report.

East London continues to have higher rates of childhood obesity and inactivity and lower life expectancy, according to the Centre for London think tank.

The Centre for London’s health and wellbeing report suggests the vow to “reduce health inequalities” in 2005 when London won the right to host the 2012 Olympics has failed to materialise.

In 2017-18, more than half of residents in Barking and Dagenham, and Newham were getting the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week.

For children, 67% in Tower Hamlets and 62% in Newham were inactive outside school.

Across London, the proportion of children playing sport has fallen back to the 77% recorded in 2012.

The proportion of secondary school children classed as overweight or obese was 45% in Barking and Dagenham and 44%in Newham last year — about double the rates in Richmond and Kingston.

The report said: "We need to look at the root causes of the problems, such as entrenched poverty, precarious housing conditions and economic uncertainty.

"There are structural and embedded challenges in the city, which policymakers and practitioners must address."

Calls for government to end 'no fault' evictions

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The government must do more to protect tenants in an “often unfair and unforgiving” rental market, a London politician has said.

Labour’s London Assembly housing spokesperson Tom Copley urged the government to swiftly end ‘no fault’ evictions.

Under current legislation, landlords can evict tenants at the end of a fixed-term rental without giving a reason for their decision.

But the process – known as a Section 21 notice – is controversial because it can leave people vulnerable to homelessness.

Last year, 3,180 households in London needed help with housing from their local council because of a risk of homelessness from a ‘no fault’ eviction.

Theresa May’s government announced plans to end Section 21 notices in April, and a public consultation on the private rental sector was opened in July.

The consultation closed this weekend – but there was no housing legislation in the Queen’s Speech on Monday, suggesting it is not a priority for Boris Johnson’s Government.

Mr Copley has now written to the new Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, urging him to push forward with the changes.

A spokesperson for the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “The Government is committed to delivering a fairer, good quality and more affordable private rented sector.

“Our consultation on Section 21 of the Housing Act recently closed and the Government will respond in due course.”

Public health expert warns council over vape scheme

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Hackney Council has been warned it could ‘come to regret’ a promotional partnership with vape stores in the borough by a leading expert in the field.

The Town Hall is funding a 15% discount for vape starter kits through its Stop Smoking Service as part of a promotional push for Stoptober.

However, Professor Martin McKee, a professor of European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, expressed disbelief at the Town Hall’s active promotion of the alternative tobacco products, the long-term health impacts of which are not known.

Professor McKee said: “I find these things completely incredible to be perfectly honest. I just don’t know what’s going on.

“E-cigarettes are not a game-changer the way they’re saying. Most people who use them end up as dual users.

“This means they get the nicotine from both but they get the tar from cigarettes and the flavourings from e-cigarettes, so actually they’re worse off.

“It’s not true that vaping is the quickest and most effective way for people to stop smoking. If these things were so wonderfully effective, we would have had trials showing how fantastic they were.

“Hackney Council may come to regret this decision.”

Public Health England (PHE) estimates vaping is 95% safer than smoking, while underlining that the long-term health impacts of using e-cigarettes are not currently known.

A Hackney Council spokesperson said it was following PHE guidance in using e-cigarettes as an aid to helping people quit smoking.

Severe disruption: M25 London anti-clockwise

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

M25 London - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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London councils retain top rating for children's services

Children's services in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea have been rated as outstanding by inspectors.

Child sat on bench
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Both councils are the first local authorities in the country to sustain and improve upon their previous ‘outstanding’ rating.

The report found their approach was "culturally sensitive, emotionally intelligent that really improves the life chances for children".

In particular, early intervention has meant more children remained safely with their families, inspectors said.

Westminster’s integrated gangs and child exploitation unit was found to be pioneering, protecting many of its most vulnerable children.

The last inspection report was published in March 2016.

Sarah Newman, bi-borough director of children’s services said:“These reports should provide a watershed moment for children’s social work practice in England."

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, after J24 for A111 Stagg Hill.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queues on M25 anticlockwise after J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a broken down crane.

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Severe accident: A110 London both ways

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A110 London both ways severe accident, at Crown Road.

A110 London - A110 Southbury Road in Enfield blocked and queues in both directions at the Crown Road junction, because of an accident.

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Today's weather: Wind and drizzle

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A breezy start with outbreaks of rain and drizzle through the morning.

Gradually clearing and winds easing with sunny spells developing across most of London.

Top Temperature: 16C (60F)

Severe disruption: London both ways

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London both ways severe disruption, in East London.

London - No ferry to run on Woolwich Ferry in Woolwich in the East London junction, because of a technical issue affecting both boats.

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Severe accident: M4 London westbound

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M4 London westbound severe accident, from J1 for A205 to J2 for A4 Great West Road.

M4 London - Temporary closure and stationary on M4 westbound from J1, A205 (Chiswick Roundabout) to J2, A4 (Brentford), because of an accident involving two cars.

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Severe disruption: A1209 London both ways

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A1209 London both ways severe disruption, at Hollybush Gardens.

A1209 London - A1209 Bethnal Green Road in Bethnal Green closed in both directions at the Hollybush Gardens junction, because of a police investigation.

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Severe accident: A20 London both ways

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A20 London both ways severe accident, at A2212 Burnt Ash Road.

A20 London - A20 Eltham Road in Lewisham blocked and it's very slow in both directions at Lee Green, because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: London both ways

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London both ways severe disruption, in East London.

London - No ferry to run on Woolwich Ferry in Woolwich in the East London junction. Expect delays.

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Severe disruption: M4 London westbound

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M4 London westbound severe disruption, before J2 for A4 Great West Road.

M4 London - Queues on M4 outbound before J2, A4 (Brentford), because of a break down earlier. Congestion to Earl's Court through the Hammersmith Bridge roadwork delays. All lanes have been re-opened.

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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 and it's slow on M25 anticlockwise from J25, A10 (Enfield) to J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of an overturned vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M25 London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 London - One lane closed and it's slow 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

Tafida: Family celebrate daughter leaving hospital

Tafida Raqeeb
PA

The family of a severely disabled five-year-old girl have marked her departure for an Italian hospital after winning an "emotional" life-support treatment battle.

Supporters of Tafida Raqeeb gathered outside the Royal London Hospital this morning for a balloon release as the youngster headed to the Gaslini children's hospital in Genoa.

Tafida's parents won a recent High Court fight with hospital bosses in London, when a judge ruled that the youngster could be moved to Italy.

Multi-coloured balloons, which read "flying to Italy" and featured a picture of Tafida, were released in unison.

Tafida's uncle, Abdul Malik, 36, from Whitechapel, said: "It's just amazing to see everyone here today - you know we've had a long fight from day one."

Man dies in Battersea house fire

Tyneham Road in Battersea
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A man has been killed in a house fire in Battersera.

The unnamed man was pronounced dead at the scene as a fire broke out on the ground floor of a property in Tyneham Road in Battersea.

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at a house.

The Brigade was called at 11.40 and the fire under control within half an hour. Fire crews from Clapham, Battersea, Chelsea and West Norwood fire stations attended the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Kinks' guitarist backs campaign to save arcade

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Arcade
Ian Dunn

Rock legend Dave Davies has backed a campaign to save a high street shopping arcade from demolition.

The Kinks guitarist, who grew up in Fortis Green Road, Muswell Hill, called for the Grand Arcade in High Road, North Finchley to be preserved.

Built in the 1930s in the then-popular Art Deco style, the arcade is home to a range of small shops, including a jeweller’s and a photo studio.

But it could be torn down to make way for new flats and shops under regeneration proposals drawn up by Barnet Council.

Mr Davies tweeted his support for the arcade.

He said: “The Grand Arcade is definitely of historical value. We need to preserve places like this in England and in London. It’s only going to benefit the area in the long term.”

Mr Davies, who co-founded The Kinks in 1964 with brother Ray, used to buy guitar strings from a shop in the arcade as a youngster.

More than 1,100 people have signed a petition set up by North Finchley resident Ian Dunn to save the arcade and have it locally listed by the council.

Barnet Council has been approached for comment.