Sadiq Khan’s former policing adviser has joined the Liberal Democrats, saying his children were no longer safe in London due to rising violence.
Leroy Logan, a former police superintendent, said he quit the Labour Party over the London mayor’s failure to “grasp” knife crime.
Mr Logan will now become policing adviser to the Lib Dem mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita.
Mr Khan has been approached for comment.
Speaking at the Lib Dem’s conference he said: “I’ve seen my children and their generation grow up in fear.
“It’s so tangible. It’s been normalised to such an extent it can happen anywhere, not just small pockets of deprived areas.”
Mr Logan said the mayor of London “doesn’t really understand” knife crime, and has “isolated himself” on the issue.
“He’s surrounded himself with people who think they are problem solvers, but are creating more problems on the street because they’ve lost touch with what is going on.”
Mr Logan previously criticised the choice of Lib Peck to run London’s Violence Reduction Unit – a role he had also applied for.
Ms Benita, who is running London’s 2020 Mayoral election, said: “Sadiq has wasted his mayoral term in not addressing this issue with the urgency it needs.
“While he continues to blame other people, our young children in London continue to be traumatised, petrified and at risk. There is so, so much more we can do.”
Fulham will be without midfielder Harry Arter after he was sent off in the draw at Cardiff, so Stefan Johansen could come into the starting XI.
Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is looking to score for the eighth successive game for club and country.
Unbeaten West Bromwich Albion will make a decision on Kieran Gibbs (groin) following his return to training.
Boss Slaven Bilic may bring in Kenneth Zohore up front for Charlie Austin, who is yet to score in the league.
But Bilic says it is still too early for Egypt defender Ahmed Hegazi, who has not played since his ankle operation after the African Cup of Nations.
- Fulham are unbeaten in their last seven league games against West Bromwich Albiob, although this is their first Premier League meeting since February 2014.
- Albion are winless in each of their last 15 league trips to Fulham since a 2-1 victory in October 1967, when Jeff Astle and Tony ‘Bomber’ Brown scored the goals.
- Fulham have put together 126 sequences of 10 or more passes in open play this season – 47 more than any other Championship team.
- The Baggies have won the most points from losing positions in the Championship this season (11). The Baggies have gone behind in five of their six games and lost none.
- The two teams to complete the most successful passes in the opposition half this season are Fulham (1,347) and West Brom (1,308).
- Grady Diangana’s three Championship goals this season for Albion have been worth five points. No Championship player has won more points for their team this season.
A social media blackout, a “crazy amount of belief” and a “table that does not lie” – welcome to the closest Super League relegation fight ever.
Four clubs, equal on points with one game to go, are all at risk of the drop.
One coach has simply labelled “the ramifications” of the do-or-die night on Friday the 13th as “destructive”.
BBC Sport looks at how Wakefield and London, two sides that face each other in a relegation showdown, as well as Huddersfield and Hull KR are dealing with the biggest week of their season.
How they line up on ‘fright night’
‘No need to ram message down players’ throats’
A social media blackout has been imposed on Wakefield’s players as head coach Chris Chester tries to get them to focus on the game and not its consequences.
“The players know enormity of what is at stake on Friday night,” he told BBC Radio Leeds.
“The social media blackout is to take pressure away from them and have them solely focused on getting a result.
“It (relegation) has not been discussed. They don’t need me ramming it down their throats.
“The one thing the guys will be on Friday is ready.”
A boost for Wakefield, who have struggled for long periods with an injury-hit squad, is that 33-year-old England centre Ryan Atkins is due to make his long-awaited return.
Atkins, who started his career with Trinity in 2006 before going on to spent a decade at Warrington, was to complete his more next season but Trinity brought his switch forward.
“He’s been a real positive influence on the group for the last three or four weeks since he’s been here,” Chester said. “He’s played in all the big games and knows what to say.”
What it will take to stay up? Wakefield’s home game against London Broncos has been billed as a relegation showdown, and victory certainly means Wakefield stay in Super League. If London beat Wakefield for the third time this season, then Trinity could go down if both Huddersfield and Hull KR win – but even then their better points difference may save them.
So, how do Wakefield find themselves facing the drop?
BBC rugby league reporter Matt Newsum
“Injuries have been the crux of Wakefield’s struggles against the drop, robbing Chester’s side of several major performers like prolific winger Tom Johnstone for pretty much the whole season, prop David Fifita for large chunks and as well as influential back-rower Tinirau Arona at a key time.
“Injuries have not helped their loss of form, with an alarming late-season slump remaining a concern for Chester – who at least acquired smart loan signings such as Morgan Escare for the run-in.”
‘An absolute write-off of a season’
England winger Jermaine McGillvary said the players take responsibility for the relegation trouble Huddersfield Giants finds themselves in.
The winger said they “need to stand up and be counted” when they host Catalans Dragons, a side they have failed to beat in their last three meetings.
“The table doesn’t lie, we deserve to be where we are,” McGillvary said.
“I’m not sulking because I think we deserve to be higher, we have been shocking all year. The season has been an absolute write-off regardless of what happens.
“Everyone is hurting, not just the players but staff, fans and everyone involved. It’s all our, the playing staff’s, fault.”
The “positive”, the long-serving Giants winger added, is that they remain in control of their destiny.
“There are three other teams in the situation as well and it is still in our own hands,” he said.
“If we get a win against Catalans we stay up. It is all down to us.”
What it will take to stay up? A win at home against Catalans Dragons, a side who have nothing to play for, assures survival. Defeats for London or Hull KR will also mean they are safe – even if they fail to triumph themselves.
What’s been behind Huddersfield’s woes, leaving them third from bottom and in real danger of relegation after 28 games?
BBC rugby league reporter Matt Newsum
“Huddersfield lost key playmaker Danny Brough last winter – coincidentally to Wakefield – and their chopping and changing in the halves since has not helped their attacking rhythm.
“They have one of the best wingers in the competition in McGillvary, who has again stood up with 16 tries, but it is defensively where Giants have struggled – conceding second most points in the league. Injuries have also hampered the Giants, limiting the outings for powerful forwards such as Joe Wardle and Seb Ikahihifo.”
‘Relegation causes destruction’
Hull KR boss Tony Smith has refused to let his players get paralysed by fear as they try secure the club’s Super League status with a trip to play-off-bound Salford Red Devils.
A late Jay Pitts try for London in their 20-16 win against Rovers a week earlier set up the final-night drama for the four clubs, when a Broncos defeat would have relegated them and spared Smith’s men as well as Huddersfield and Wakefield.
“We understand the ramifications of this week, as we understood the ramifications of last week,” he told BBC Radio Humberside.
“It is not being taken lightly but we are not going to sit around an worry about things when we have to take them into our own hands.
“The best way to do things is in a positive manner, with a smile on your face and looking forward to the challenge rather than feel like the pressure is getting to us.”
Smith, who suffered relegation in his first season as coach in Britain with Huddersfield in 2001, said the drop would “cause destruction”.
“It can hurt, and hurt clubs for many years,” he said.
“We are determined to get things great here over the next few years and we will regardless of which competition, but we certainly want to be in Super League and have that as our starting position.”
What it will take to stay up? Stopping Salford’s seven-game winning run is a good place to start. If they upset the form guide in Greater Manchester they survive. But they could still lose and stay up, even if bottom club London Broncos win. That would involve Huddersfield losing at home to Catalans by 13 points more.
But why, with one of Super League’s leading coaches, are Hull KR dicing with relegation?
BBC rugby league reporter Matt Newsum
“Hull Kingston Rovers gambled on sacking veteran super coach Tim Sheens and bringing in Tony Smith, who has eked out some impressive results since arriving. Inconsistency, however, has plagued them.
“A bit like their city neighbours, you never know what to expect. Danny McGuire’s brains and guile work when the pack is firing, and the Robins are certainly capable if scoring points but as recent defeats from winning positions by relegation rivals Huddersfield and London show, they can struggle to finish teams off – and that lack of ruthlessness has cost them.”
Broncos ‘know’ they can survive
Half-back Brock Lamb flew in to London to aide in their salvation – the former Newcastle Knights and Sydney Roosters play-maker just wishes he could have made it to the UK capital sooner.
The 22-year-old says the Broncos, the club with Super League’s smallest budget which has tried to stay in the top flight by keeping the promotion-winning side together, have quickly become “family”.
Resilience has been the hallmark of their campaign, and the 20-16 win over Hull KR to set up the desperate relegation situation on Friday night is the finest example of how they have defied the odds this season.
“The belief in the side at the moment is crazy,” Lamb told BBC Radio London. “It is a good squad and we just want to win.
“It is the last time this team will ever play together. We have people leaving and some staying. We want to send them out with a bang and hopefully stay up to do it for the club and the fans.
“I wish I had come here earlier so I could have experienced it from the start. It has been awesome in the last six weeks because everybody just believes. We have had a few poor games but the next training day everyone is ready to rip in again. Everyone knows we can do it.”
What it will take to stay up? Beating relegation rivals Wakefield in West Yorkshire is realistically the only thing that will keep London Broncos from making an immediate return to the Championship.
They were tipped to be easy pickings in Super League this season, but will London really escape relegation?
BBC rugby league reporter Matt Newsum
“London Broncos were barely expected to win a game this season let alone be in with a shout of survival. While they have shipped plenty of points, they have remained pretty competitive.
“They are not the biggest, or strongest, but they have won games and hurt teams by out-enthusing opponents, smothering them with aggressive line speed and then hitting them with quick breaks from a pacy back-line.
“Their fans have stuck with them, there is some pride in how their ‘behind-the-eight-ball’ side has got accustomed to Super League given their unexpected promotion.
“Unlike their fellow strugglers, they will not be dreading the end-of-season review, whatever happens. They have also recruited smartly for an end-of-season boost, as ex-Newcastle Knights and Sydney Roosters half-back Brock Lamb has already formed a smart understanding with lock Luke Yates – his former Knights team-mate.”
Police are hunting a cyclist who headbutted a worker to the ground after a near-miss on a pedestrian crossing.
The cyclist ran a red light in Farringdon Street in the City of London at around 13:45 GMT on 22 August, narrowly avoiding hitting the pedestrian who was crossing the road.
He then got off his bike, came back towards the businessman and headbutted him in the face.
The 57-year-old man needed stitches to a wound above his eye, and suffered ligament damage to his arm, police said.
PC Fisk, from the City of London Police, said: “We are asking the public to help us identify this cyclist, whose needlessly violent actions has left a member of the public with some nasty injuries.
“If anyone has any information about the man who carried out this assault, please contact us. He is described as a white man in his 40s, around 5ft 10ins, of medium build, with short greying hair.”
Transport for London (TfL) will install a 20mph speed limit on all central London roads it manages from next year, following a consultation.
The scheme would see a new limit along 5.5 miles (8.9 km) of roads including Millbank, Albert Embankment and Borough High Street by May 2020.
There were nearly 2,000 responses to a public consultation which ran for five weeks until 10 July.
TfL said: “We know that lower speeds save lives; it’s that simple.”
The plan is part of the mayor of London’s Vision Zero scheme, which aims to eliminate all road deaths in the capital by 2041.
The affected roads include all those managed by TfL within the congestion zone, along with the Aldgate Gyratory.
The height of pedestrian crossings will be increased in seven “high-risk” locations, such as on the Embankment and outside Tate Britain.
Of the 1,912 public responses, about half said the plans would lead to more people walking. Some 59% said many more people would choose to cycle.
Nearly 50% of respondents believed the proposals would have no impact on the number of car journeys. Some 58% believed the number business journeys would not be affected.
Penny Rees, of TfL, said: “It’s clear people agree that making our roads safer will encourage Londoners to travel in more active and sustainable ways.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Every single death on London’s streets is one too many so I’m really pleased that Londoners have backed our plans.”
Roads which would have the new limits are:
- Albert Embankment
- Lambeth Palace Road
- Lambeth Bridge
- Victoria Embankment
- Upper Thames Street
- Lower Thames Street
- Tower Hill
- Aldgate gyratory including: Leman Street, Prescot Street, Mansell Street, Minories and Goodman’s Yard
- Borough High Street
- Great Dover Street
- Blackfriars Road
- Part of Druid Street (between Tower Bridge Road and Crucifix Lane)
- Crucifix Lane
- Part of Bermondsey Street (between Crucifix Lane and Tooley Street)
- Part of Queen Elizabeth Street (between Tooley Street and Tower Bridge Road)
Transport bosses have said they also hope to introduce lower speed limits on 93 miles (150km) of streets run by TfL across London over the next five years.
Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, Florence Eshalomi, said: “We suggest the Mayor considers going further to areas outside of the Congestion Charge Zone where walking and cycling should be safer.
“Every life lost on the road is tragedy. Particularly when the cause is a driver not obeying the speed limit.”
Passengers are facing travel disruption after an entire London Underground line was suspended due to a signal systems failure at the main control centre.
One commuter tweeted that he “hated the Northern Line”, which was suspended just before 06:00 BST.
The Tube line connects transport hubs Waterloo, King’s Cross and Euston and is used by more than 800,000 people every day.
Most of the service had reopened by 11:00, Transport for London said.
Commuter Mario Toubes-Rodrigo said he missed his pre-booked train to Milton Keynes because it took 75 minutes to make a journey that normally takes 20 minutes.
“I waste so much time and money on the Northern line,” the microbiologist said.
“I get up to leave my house even earlier and pre-book my train tickets to avoid problems but I still end up having to buy on the day tickets and turning up late to work.”
There is still no service on the Northern Line between Camden Town and Kennington via Charing Cross.
Tube tickets are being accepted on Southeastern and Thameslink trains, as well as on trams and buses.
The Metropolitan Line has minor delays as a result of the signals failure. Problems were also reported on the Bakerloo line, but have since cleared.
Replacement buses through London were reported to be overcrowded, with one commuter complaining it was “everyone for themselves”.
The delays come as schools open for the new term this week and commuters on social media complained of having to queue to access stations.
People also said they had been forced to miss trains from King’s Cross and Euston because of the disruption.
Brian Woodhead, London Underground’s director of customer service, said: “I am extremely sorry for the disruption suffered by customers on the Northern Line today following a signalling system failure at our control centre.
“Our engineers are working hard to fix the problem and restore a full service as quickly as possible.”
A man has died and another is in hospital following a stabbing at a Tube station.
Police were called to Elephant and Castle station at about 23:30 BST on Sunday and found two men with stab wounds in a street nearby.
A 24-year-old man died on Monday and a 25-year-old is in a serious condition.
British Transport Police said it was “a shocking act of violence” and two men had been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.
Officers said they were treating the man’s death as murder.
Det Ch Insp Sam Blackburn said: “This was a shocking act of violence and we are working tirelessly to identify and trace those responsible.
“While the investigation is still at an early stage, at this time we believe there was an altercation between two groups of men inside the Underground station and it is here the victims sustained their injuries before making their way onto the street.”
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish says Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha “deserves” to play for a “top club”.
Palace rejected bids from Arsenal and Everton in the transfer window as they value the 26-year-old at around £80m.
Parish told the Daily Mail it will be “difficult” to keep Zaha, but the club need to find a replacement first.
“I’m sure it has a happy ending for everybody,” said Parish. “That’s what I want to generate and I’m sure we’ll make that happen.”
Zaha, who is in his second spell with Palace having coming through the youth ranks at the club before moving to Manchester United in 2013, signed a contract extension last summer that runs until 2023.
“The situation was not right for anybody this summer,” added Parish. ‘We didn’t have a bid of the value we place on the player.
“I’ve watched him every week for 10 years – he scored the first goal in the first game after we bought the club when he was 16. So there’s even a bit of me that wants to see what he can do at a top club, and I certainly wouldn’t want to be the person who stopped that.
“I feel he deserves to get there. I hope it happens and sometimes it mystifies me he’s not up there already.”
He added: “We’re lucky to have him. But if that top club comes along and the money’s right, he’s an extraordinary talent and it’s going to be very difficult for us.
“Wilfried won’t be here forever, and we must be ready for him to go, if he does go. The last day of the transfer window, however, is not going to be it.”
Fleabag must have sounded like an odd prospect on paper when it was first performed in 2013.
A monologue about an unnamed woman with a considerable sexual appetite who, while mourning the death of her best friend, runs a guinea pig-themed cafe, is an unconventional premise to say the least.
But the TV series which the original play birthed has since become hugely successful and made a bona fide star out of its creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
The second and final series concluded earlier this year and now Waller-Bridge is back in the West End performing the original play. “As a hot ticket, it’s on a par with Harry Potter, as high on the list as Hamilton,” wrote Dominic Cavendish in The Telegraph.
It’s a fair assessment – the press night on Wednesday evening was an A-list event. Cast members from the TV show like Andrew ‘the hot priest’ Scott and Fiona Shaw rubbed shoulders with Oscar-winner Rami Malek, 6 Music presenter Lauren Laverne and journalist Caitlin Moran.
But it’s the fans queuing at the stage door every night to meet Waller-Bridge who are the real testament to just how much the show has connected with audiences on a deep, emotional level. Young women in particular saw a lot of themselves in Fleabag, and grapple with the show’s same issues surrounding dating and feminism.
For fans who don’t have tickets, Fleabag is also being broadcast live in cinemas on 12 September and it could be the last chance to see Waller-Bridge play her most famous role.
Here are a few things to know about how Fleabag differs on stage and screen.
1. The core storyline is the same as the first TV series
Ironically, considering the theatre show came first, those who have watched Fleabag as a BBC series will feel like they’ve had several spoilers for the play.
Whether it’s the dates Fleabag goes on, the interactions she has with her family, or the underlying grief and guilt she feels about the death of Boo, there won’t be many surprising twists for Fleaophiles.
“After the TV show, the play felt like going to a gallery and looking at the artist’s sketchbooks,” said Kate Wyver in The Guardian. “The show is just so much more developed, so the play can’t help but feel a little disappointing.”
“I liked seeing the original source material,” added Laura Snapes in the same article. “But the play was originally such a bolt from the blue. If you see it now, you’re always aware: that’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge. When it’s freighted with the phenomenon, it doesn’t work.”
2. There’s no hot priest
The second series of Fleabag focused on the lead character’s relationship with a priest, played by Andrew Scott. The pair’s relationship was the focus of scrutiny from fans and critics alike.
“Why are we so horny for Fleabag’s Hot Priest?” asked The Huffington Post in one of many, many think pieces about the storyline.
“The real bedrock of [series two] was tied up with the idea of religion,” Waller-Bridge told BBC News earlier this year. “I was starting to write jokes about perspectives on the Christian faith and Catholicism, and that bled into the show.
“I liked the idea of Fleabag meeting her match in someone with the same intelligence and wit she has who leads a completely different life.”
Sadly, however, the hot priest is nowhere to be seen in the stage show. While some jokes and plotlines from the play are sprinkled through the second series (such as Fleabag’s sister’s disastrous haircut), the central storyline involving the hot priest was entirely new and written specifically for TV.
There was only ever meant to be six episodes of Fleabag, which is why the play has far more similarities to the first series than the second.
3. But there are still some surprises in the stage show
Many of the jokes in the play haven’t featured in the TV series, so there’s still plenty to enjoy with the stage version.
But that also applies to some of the more heart-breaking elements of the plot.
“There’s one emotional absolute gut-punch in the stage version that – presumably having been deemed just too upsetting for telly – may be new to much of the audience, noted Holly Williams in The Independent. “Guinea pig lovers be warned: it destroyed me.”
4. The staging is minimal, but effective
A monologue show in the West End is a pretty rare event, particularly in a large theatre space, and its success is reliant on a powerhouse performance from a single actor.
Speaking about seeing the play in the Wyndham’s Theatre, Holly Williams in The Independent wrote: “She probably wouldn’t have written this kind of show for such a grand old space. It inevitably feels rather small, just Waller-Bridge sat on a tall stool on an empty stage.”
Although Fleabag darts around from her cafe to job interviews to taxi rides to dates, those surroundings are left entirely to the theatre audience’s imagination as Waller-Bridge barely shifts from the tall stool she’s sitting on for the 65-minute duration.
The only aides are the changes in lighting and a few audio clips of some of the other characters, to help viewers with the different scenarios.
5. The “fourth wall” dynamic is different
A key element of the TV series was when Fleabag “broke the fourth wall” to speak to the viewer directly, adding in-jokes and her own analysis to the situation she was in.
The play is different, insofar as Fleabag is effectively addressing the audience for most of the show, but she does still clearly separate the moments where she’s speaking to another character. There are benefits and drawbacks to the slightly different dynamic she has with the audience on stage.
“Delivering a manner of monologue – she does many voices, and there is disembodied dialogue at certain moments – Waller-Bridge shows herself to be skilled at story, deadpan comedy and one-liners” wrote Craig Simpson of the Press Association.
“Added to this is a stunning ability to mime and do impressions which sets the stage show apart from the restrictions of a TV show, where her sudden comic personifications become scenes and other characters, actors with faces of their own.”
6. There is still a lot of sex
From literally the first scene of the first TV series, it was clear Fleabag wasn’t a show to watch with your family. But that is partially what has driven its appeal.
While the impact of porn on young people felt like more of a hot topic in 2013 than now – other elements of the show haven’t dated, and if anything feel more relevant now.
“I now wince a little at all the reviews of its original run – mine included – describing it as filthy, as if female sexual desire was inherently unclean,” acknowledged Natasha Tripney in The Stage.
“The show would never have achieved quite such a level of success if it were simply a collection of gags about anal sex and [pleasuring herself] over Obama. It’s subtler and smarter than that, incisive about self-sabotage, grief and the endless pressures women put upon themselves.”