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London's weather: wet start, drier later

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Mostly cloudy with a few isolated showers at first, but turning drier and brighter later in the afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 11C to 14C (52F to 57F).

Train driver describes 'horrific' impact of trespassers
In Eddie Fanton's long career as a train driver he has had to cope with a death on the track.
Haringey Borough goalkeeper Douglas Pajetat

With a police investigation under way, Haringey chairman Aki Achillea describes the abandonment of their FA Cup match against Yeovil amid reports of racial abuse by fans as 'soul-destroying'.

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Severe disruption: London both ways

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London both ways severe disruption, around Kensington.

London - Expected delays on Roads around the Kensington junction, because of a demonstration.

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

Severe disruption: A3212 London both ways

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A3212 London both ways severe disruption, between Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square.

A3212 London - Expected delays on A3212 Whitehall in Central London between the Trafalgar Square junction and the Parliament Square junction, because of a demonstration.

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

Severe accident: A13 London westbound

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A13 London westbound severe accident, at Sidney Street.

A13 London - A13 Commercial Road in Tower Hamlets closed and it's slow westbound at the Sidney Street junction, because of an accident.

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

Pochettinho we need to build confidence'
Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino believes Spurs can bounce back from their recent dip in form once they build up their confidence.

Severe disruption: London eastbound

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London eastbound severe disruption, on Whitehall and Parliament Square.

London - Road closures due to the earlier People's Vote march on Roads eastbound in Central London on the Whitehall and Parliament Square junction. Diversion in operation - 33 bus routes are now running no further into central London than Victoria, Lambeth or Westminster Bridges, Oxford Circus, Aldwych, Holborn, Tottenham Court Rd, Marble Arch, Queensgate, South Kensington or Sloane Sq.

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

Severe disruption: A304 London both ways

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A304 London both ways severe disruption, between B318 Harwood Road and A3220 Gunter Grove.

A304 London - A304 Fulham Road in Fulham closed in both directions between the B318 Harwood Road junction and the A3220 Gunter Grove junction, because of football at Stamford Bridge.

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Severe roadworks: A5200 London northbound

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A5200 London northbound severe roadworks, from A501 Pentonville Road to A5203 Wharfdale Road.

A5200 London - A5200 York Way in Kings Cross closed one way street from Kings Cross Station to the A5203 Wharfdale Road junction, because of resurfacing work.

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

Severe disruption: A404 London both ways

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A404 London both ways severe disruption, at Hazel Road.

A404 London - A404 Harrow Road in Kensal Green closed and it's slow in both directions at the Hazel Road junction, because of a fire at a building.

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: 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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

Crime on Night Tube up by almost a third

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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.”

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.

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.

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

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.