Commuters have been told not to travel from London Waterloo during the rush hour after a fire closed nine platforms.
The lineside blaze damaged cabling outside the station, meaning trains cannot use platforms 16-24.
Network Rail said “significant damage” had been caused to equipment, meaning trains will be delayed or cancelled.
Disruption is expected for the rest of the day while the Thursday morning rush hour may also be affected.
Network Rail said its engineers would be working through the night to fix the damage.
Waterloo is the busiest and largest railway station in the UK.
The platforms which are closed are normally used by trains serving Windsor, Reading, Hounslow, Richmond and Kingston.
However, services from other platforms are also being affected because trains have to be diverted or revised.
- Circular services via Hounslow, Richmond, Strawberry Hill and Kingston have been cancelled
- Trains between Waterloo and Windsor & Eton Riverside are diverted via Kingston
- Trains between Waterloo and Exeter/Salisbury are terminated and will restart from Basingstoke
Passengers were warned that services on other routes may also be subject to short-notice cancellations or delays.
In a joint statement, Network Rail and South Western Railway said commuters were “strongly advised to use alternative routes where possible and check their journeys before travelling at southwesternrailway.com for ticket acceptance and service details”.
Some passengers took to social media to express their frustration at the travel disruption.
One Twitter user described the situation as an “absolute shambles”, while others complained about being given the wrong or no information at all by train station staff.
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (day two):|
|Middlesex 384 Malan 166; Carey 4-54 & 189-5 Robson 73*, Simpson 56|
|Glamorgan 171 Lloyd 67; Helm 5-53, Roland-Jones 4-45|
|Middlesex (7 pts) lead Glamorgan (3 pts) by 402 runs|
Middlesex have a formidable lead of 402 over Glamorgan at 189-5 in their second innings, going into day three in Cardiff.
Sam Robson (73*) and John Simpson (56) have strengthened the visitors’ grip.
Toby Roland-Jones (4-45) made the most of a helpful pitch as Glamorgan were hustled out for an inadequate 171.
David Lloyd’s 67 was the top home score, while Tom Helm (5-53) wrapped up the innings with his fifth wicket after his first-evening purple patch.
Lloyd shared half-century stands with Billy Root and Chris Cooke before the visitors’ seamers re-established control, as Glamorgan’s last five wickets mustered just 28 runs.
A lead of 213 runs was not enough to persuade Dawid Malan to enforce the follow-on, wanting to avoid batting last on the most bowler-friendly Championship pitch of the season in Cardiff.
Although Middlesex slumped to 85-4, they were never under pressure thanks to their first-innings lead, and the Robson-Simpson century partnership blossomed in the evening sunshine to grind down Glamorgan hopes of avoiding a first defeat of the campaign.
Glamorgan vice-captain David Lloyd told BBC Sport Wales:
“A very difficult day, they hit their lengths more regularly than we did, then we started well with the ball in the second dig but it’s always tough when you’re chasing the game.
“It’s a wicket where you have to be positive and get forward because it’s starting to go more up and down- it’s about looking to score rather than sit there and wait for things to happen.
“We’ve showed in previous games that we can battle draws out so you never know, we’ll have to try to bat the rest of the game and we can do it if we get our mindsets right.”
Middlesex bowler Tom Helm told BBC Radio London:
“It took a bit longer to get the fifth one than I had in my head last night, but Toby had four and I’m very happy with it.
“If you get the ball in the right area, the odd one zips through and it changed a bit from day one.
“There’s so long left in this game, we can bat for as long as we want and it’ll be interesting to see how the morning goes, they’ll come out fired up but we’ll see how we go.”
Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel on the club’s pre-season tour of the US.
The 33-year-old France defender is out of contract at the end of the 2019-20 season and is a reported target for French clubs Bordeaux, Rennes and Lyon.
“We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions,” said Arsenal.
“We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.”
Bordeaux have reportedly offered Koscielny a three-year deal.
The central defender joined Arsenal in the summer of 2010 for a fee of around £10m.
A frustration that had been brewing for some time – analysis
BBC Sport’s David Ornstein
Towards the end of last season, Arsenal and Koscielny were in negotiations over a contract extension – most likely for an additional year on top of his remaining 12 months.
The conversation was progressing positively but then Arsenal were beaten by Chelsea in the Europa League final, a result that has had major repercussions for the Gunners.
As well as causing significant damage to their recruitment plans and possibilities, it also changed certain situations regarding existing players and none more so than Koscielny.
The 33-year-old is understood to have become increasingly discontent since his return in December from an Achilles injury, primarily over the management of his playing schedule and the direction in which he feels the team and club are moving.
While Koscielny was optimistic that Champions League qualification could lead to a better future for both parties – hence the contract talks – missing out exacerbated his misgivings and led him to decide the time had come to move back to France.
On returning from a summer break and with firm interest from clubs in his homeland, Koscielny informed Arsenal of his wish to leave and hoped his nine years of service and professionalism until this point would help achieve an amicable resolution.
However, Arsenal rejected the request and made it clear that they need and expect the Frenchman to honour his contract and be a key part of their squad in the coming campaign.
Given that head coach Unai Emery was happy with Koscielny’s performance in 2018-19 and already faces other issues in central defence, the view was that he could only go if a bid landed that reflected his value and importance to Arsenal.
Koscielny argues that Arsenal are reneging on an agreement that would allow him exit as a free agent during the current transfer window, something the Gunners strenuously deny.
He is also thinks Arsenal have – or will receive – an “acceptable” offer, but some privy to the proposal admit that “acceptable” is subjective and others insist there is nothing on table.
When Koscielny told Emery in a face-to-face meeting on Wednesday morning that he would not be joining the team on their pre-season tour to the USA, the Spaniard was furious.
Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi later sent Koscielny a message expressing bitter disappointment and warning the player that not travelling would be in breach of contract.
Koscielny replied emphasising his stance and on arrival at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground on Thursday morning the captain confirmed he would not be boarding the flight.
He will be required to train alongside the players who are not on the America trip – mainly youngsters – with disciplinary proceedings under way to determine his punishment.
Arsenal officials are fuming about the situation, which from a sporting perspective gives them a headache in central defence – an area they were already looking to strengthen this window.
They are close to completing the 30m euros signing of William Saliba from Saint-Etienne, however the 18-year-old will be loaned back to the Ligue 1 side for the entirety of next season.
Meanwhile, Rob Holding is recovering from a knee injury and there are concerns over the development and readiness of Konstantinos Mavropanos to provide a credible option.
Arsenal are keen to sell Shkodran Mustafi but the German is under contract until 2021 and has no desire to depart.
A driver targeted cyclists and police outside the Houses of Parliament in an attack designed to “kill as many people as possible”, a court has been told.
Salih Khater aimed his car at members of the public before swerving towards police officers in Parliament Square, his trial at the Old Bailey heard.
His actions of 14 August 2018 were “designed to cause maximum death and injury”, the jury was told.
Mr Khater, 30, of Birmingham, denies two counts of attempted murder.
Opening the case for the prosecution, Alison Morgan QC said the defendant first drove at cyclists waiting at traffic lights, before driving at officers guarding the side entrance to the Palace of Westminster and then crashing into a security barrier.
She said: “He caused widespread fear and chaos but miraculously, and contrary to his intentions, he did not kill anyone that day.
“Those who were faced with a vehicle being driven at them at high velocity somehow, and largely by their quick responses, managed to avoid death or very serious injury.”
Ms Morgan told jurors Mr Khater’s reason for the attack was unclear.
But she suggested that by targeting officers guarding the Palace of Westminster, the defendant had a “terrorist motive”.
She added: “Using his car in the way that he did, driving in the manner and direction he did, the prosecution alleges that it is obvious that he intended to kill as many people as possible.”
Jurors were shown CCTV footage of the defendant’s silver Ford Fiesta driving at cyclists before crashing into barriers as two uniformed police officers dived out of the way.
Footage also showed Mr Khater driving through Parliament Square at 01:00 BST, allegedly conducting reconnaissance.
He returned about six hours later and completed four laps of the square before launching the attack, jurors were told.
The Sudanese national, who was granted asylum in the UK in 2010, had shown signs of “paranoia” about British authorities in the months leading up to the attack, the court heard.
Ms Morgan told the jury: “The defendant selected an iconic site. This was no coincidence.”
Mr Khater has also pleaded not guilty to two alternative charges of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm.
The trial continues.
Fan groups from Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have called for support from Europe to demand Uefa improve access to major finals.
The four clubs contested the Champions League and Europa League finals last season but issues around ticket prices and travel prompted heavy criticism.
The fan groups hope their six-point proposal wins approval by Football Supporters Europe (FSE) on Saturday.
FSE represents fans across Europe and can take the proposals to Uefa.
Liverpool’s Spirit of Shankly Supporters’ Union, Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust and Chelsea Supporters Trust believe support from FSE is vital in trying to create change.
The groups say “supporters deserve much better when the finals are played”.
What are the six proposals?
- Allocations: 80% of the total number of tickets for the finals should be made available to the supporters of the two competing teams (40% each) with the remaining 20% to be for sponsors, the football family, key stakeholders and a small general sale or ballot.
- Affordability: Pricing for the finals should be fair and affordable, with at least 45% of general admission tickets priced at the lowest category of 70 euros (2019 prices). There could be a stretch pricing policy so there is a choice for fans.
- Capacity: Only stadiums with sufficiently large capacities should be selected. This would allow more tickets to be made available for the fans of both teams as well as the football family. It is proposed the ideal capacity for a Champions League final is in the region of 75,000 or greater, and for the Europa League final in the region of 55,000 or greater.
- Accessibility and facilities: Any stadium considered must have the highest standards on accessibility for people with disabilities including travel access to the stadium. Any stadium considered must also have sufficient food and drink outlets and washrooms for all supporters, the ability to operate an e-ticketing system and not have been subject to a Uefa charge for treatment of fans or crowd management within the last 24 months at the time of selection.
- Infrastructure: Final venues should be cities with excellent transport links, including capacity to deal with many additional charter flights and, ideally, good rail links to other cities and airports within reasonable travel distance. There should also be bed space capacity to deal with an extremely high number of visitors.
- Equality: Host countries should apply no discrimination of any kind to any player or to supporters who wish to travel to the final. Countries staging finals should guarantee to abide by a human rights and equality policy that includes ensuring no discrimination or restriction on entry is applied to any player or supporter.
Liverpool secured a Champions League final win over Tottenham in Madrid on 1 June, while Chelsea claimed the Europa League with victory over Arsenal in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 29 May.
In the build-up to the finals, supporters’ groups told BBC Sport they would raise issues fans were facing early in the next season rather than wait to see how teams reaching the finals in 2019-20 were treated.
Liverpool and Tottenham were given 33,286 of the 68,000 tickets for the Madrid final, with tickets appearing on resale website Stubhub priced from 3,450 euros (£3,012).
Arsenal and Chelsea shared just 12,000 of 68,700 seats for their final, with fans highly critical of the logistical difficulties involved with getting to Baku.
The family of a heavily pregnant woman who was stabbed to death her bedroom in south London were woken by her “screams”, police have said.
Kelly Mary Fauvrelle, 26, who was eight months pregnant, died in the early hours of Saturday and her baby Riley was pronounced dead on Wednesday.
Det Ch Insp Michael Norman said Ms Fauvrelle was the victim of a “sustained and vicious attack”.
He said police were yet to establish a motive for the “double homicide”.
The Met has also released CCTV which shows a figure walking towards Ms Fauvrelle’s home at about 03:15 BST on Saturday, then running away just over 10 minutes later.
Det Ch Insp Norman, from Homicide Command, said whole Ms Fauvrelle’s family – her mother, two brothers, sister and sister’s baby son – were in the house on Raymead Avenue, Croydon, at the time of the attack.
“The family were alerted just before 3:30 in the morning by the sound of screams which was clearly Kelly,” he said.
“Kelly’s sister was the first person to go into the room, by that point there was no-one else there.”
He said police and paramedics did “everything they possibly could to try to save Kelly’s life and it was clear they were going to be unsuccessful” and then delivered the baby by Caesarean section.
Ms Fauvrelle was pronounced dead at the scene and the baby – named Riley by the family – died in hospital.
Det Ch Insp Norman said “we have to remain open minded” regarding a motive to the attack and there is a “need to build as complete a picture of Kelly as we possibly can”.
He said that Ms Fauvrelle’s bedroom was at the rear of the ground floor and there was a communal passageway so “potentially the obvious access point would be through the kitchen”.
“There is no sign of a forced entry but that does not mean, through accident, the premises were insecure,” he added.
Police said Riley’s father was not currently being treated as a suspect.
Local MP Steve Reed raised the murder in Parliament during Wednesday’s Prime Minister’s Questions and said: “The police now believe this may have been a random attack by someone unknown to the family.”
In response, Prime Minister Theresa May said “we were all shocked when we saw this terrible act”.
A 37-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released with no further action, while a 29-year-old man held over the same offence was bailed until a date in August.
A suspected stowaway who is believed to have fallen from the landing gear of a flight into Heathrow Airport has been found dead in a London garden.
The body – believed to be that of a man – was found in Clapham just before 15:40 BST on Sunday.
The individual is believed to have fallen from a Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi, police said.
A neighbour said the man fell a metre away from a resident who had been sunbathing in the garden.
The man, who did not want to be named, said he heard a “whomp” so he looked out of an upstairs window and saw the body and “blood all over the walls of the garden”.
“So I went outside, and it was just then the neighbour came out and he was very shaken,” he said.
The Metropolitan Police said a post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course and his death was not being treated as suspicious.
Kenya Airways said the aircraft was inspected and no damage was reported.
A bag, water and some food were found in the landing gear compartment on the aircraft when it landed.
A spokesman for the airline said: “The 6,840km (4250-mile) flight takes eight hours and 50 minutes. It is unfortunate that a person has lost his life by stowing aboard one of our aircraft and we express our condolences.
“Kenya Airways is working closely with the relevant authorities in Nairobi and London as they fully investigate this case.”
It is not the first death of this kind on the Heathrow flight path.
In June 2015, one man was found dead on the roof of notonthehighstreet.com’s headquarters on Kew Road, Richmond, while another was found in a critical condition after they both clung on to a British Airways flight from Johannesburg.
In August 2012, a man’s body was found in the undercarriage bay of a plane at Heathrow after a flight from Cape Town.
Former Fulham and Liverpool forward Ryan Babel has signed a three-year contract with Turkish champions Galatasaray.
The 32-year-old Dutch international was a free agent after his contract at Fulham expired at the end of the season.
Galatasaray said Babel has received a £1.79m signing-on fee and will earn £2.24m a year.
After leaving Liverpool in 2007, Babel had spells at Hoffenheim and Ajax.
He has already played twice in Turkey, for Kasimpasa and Besiktas, as well as Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates and Deportivo de La Coruna.
He has won 57 caps for the Netherlands, scoring eight goals.
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Britain’s Johanna Konta beat Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to reach the third round of the Nature Valley International at Eastbourne.
The world number 19 was 5-3 down in the second set but fought back to secure victory in one hour 37 minutes.
Konta, 28, will play Ons Jabeur in the third round after the Tunisian defeated Mandy Minella 2-6 6-2 6-1.
“There was so little in this match. I felt she was playing better than me for most of that match,” Konta said.
“I’m really pleased to have stayed tough and created as many opportunities as possible.”
Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber progressed by beating Sam Stosur 6-4 6-4 and plays Rebecca Peterson in the last 16 after the Swede saw off Lesia Tsurenko 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.
Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki beat German Andrea Petkovic 6-4 6-4 but the Dane faces a tougher challenge in the third round, where she will play eighth seed Aryna Sabalenka.
Second-set wobble for Konta
Konta had to save two break points in the fourth game of the match before a drop shot-volley combination saw her break Sakkari for a 3-2 lead.
Having taken the first set, the French Open semi-finalist appeared the more likely player to break through in the second set until a fall seemed to unsettle her and Sakkari broke to love for a 5-3 lead.
However, she was unable to serve out the set and Konta wrapped up the win in a tie-break with a forehand winner.
Earlier, France’s Alize Cornet knocked out Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina 7-5 6-2 in a match delayed by rain on Monday. She will play Zhang Shuai in the third round after the Chinese player saw off Daria Gavrilova 6-3 6-1.
Sixth seed Simona Halep enjoyed a straightforward 6-2 6-0 win against Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and plays Polona Hercog in the third round, but former US Open champion Sloane Stephens squandered a one-set lead against 2018 Wimbledon semi-finalist Jelena Ostapenko to lose 1-6 6-0 6-3.
Ostapenko will face world number 52 Ekaterina Alexandrova, who beat Belinda Bencic 6-7 (6-8) 6-2 6-3.
The Swiss 10th seed was playing her second match of the day after rain pushed her first-round game back.
Dutch third seed Kiki Bertens defeated Yulia Putintseva 6-4 6-1 and next plays Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam, who upset 16th seed Anett Kontaveit 6-3 6-4.
Boris Johnson has refused to answer questions about reports of a row between him and his partner in which police were called.
Speaking at a Tory Party hustings in Birmingham, Mr Johnson said people did not “want to hear” about the reported row between him and Carrie Symonds.
The Guardian had said Ms Symonds was heard telling the Tory MP to “get off me” and “get out of my flat”.
Police said they spoke to all occupants of the address, who were safe and well.
In the first of 16 hustings events, Mr Johnson and Jeremy Hunt made their pitches to an audience of party members to succeed Theresa May as prime minister.
Mr Johnson was asked about the incident a number of times by hustings moderator Iain Dale, an LBC radio presenter, but each time avoided answering the question.
After being accused by Mr Dale of ducking the question, Mr Johnson did not respond directly, instead saying: “People are entitled to ask me what I want to do for the country.”
Mr Dale pressed again, telling Mr Johnson: “If the police are called to your home it makes it everyone’s business.
“You are running for the office of not just Conservative Party leader, but prime minister, so a lot of people who admire your politics do call into question your character, and it is incumbent on you to answer that question.”
In response, Mr Johnson accepted this was “a fair point” and said he “was a man who keeps to political promises”.
Pressed another two times on the issue, Mr Johnson said it was “pretty obvious from the foregoing” he would not be making further comments on the incident.
Mr Dale was jeered by members of the audience at one point during the exchange, but Mr Johnson responded by telling the crowd “not to boo the great man”.
The report of the row between Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds in the Guardian said a neighbour had told the newspaper they heard a woman screaming followed by “slamming and banging” in the early hours of Friday.
It said that in the recording – heard by the Guardian, but not by the BBC – Mr Johnson was refusing to leave the flat and telling the woman to “get off” his laptop before there was a loud crashing noise.
Ms Symonds is reported to be heard saying that the MP had ruined a sofa with red wine, adding: “You just don’t care for anything because you’re spoilt. You have no care for money or anything.”
‘Important public interest’
The neighbour who made the recording has since come forward to explain his reasons for contacting the Guardian about the row.
Tom Penn, 29, said he and his wife had concerns for their neighbour’s safety.
He told the paper: “Once clear that no one was harmed, I contacted the Guardian, as I felt it was of important public interest.
“I believe it is reasonable for someone who is likely to become our next prime minister to be held accountable for all of their words, actions and behaviours.
“I, along with a lot of my neighbours all across London, voted to remain within the EU. That is the extent of my involvement in politics.”
Mr Johnson’s relationship with Ms Symonds – a former director of communications for the Conservative party – became public after Mr Johnson and his wife, Marina Wheeler, announced they were divorcing in 2018.
Ms Symonds was seen in the audience during Mr Johnson’s leadership campaign launch on 12 June.
By BBC News political correspondent Jonathan Blake
Nobody can say that Conservative Party members don’t have a choice.
The contrast between the two candidates to be their new leader and the UK’s next prime minister was clear to see on stage in Birmingham.
Both men gave performances which reaffirmed their strengths and weaknesses as politicians.
Boris Johnson delivered soaring rhetoric, swerved the specifics and worked the room with cheeky asides and shameless flattery.
Jeremy Hunt stressed his serious side, played it straight and gave carefully considered answers.
Mr Johnson looked a little uncomfortable at times, asking at one point “how much longer have we got?”
Mr Hunt seemed keen to convey a softer side – his best friend coming out on the last day of school was one of many anecdotes.
Supporters of each will have likely left the event further convinced that their favourite is the man for the job – and those yet to decide have some food for thought.
One down, 15 to go.