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  1. Updates from Tuesday 18 November 2014

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That's all for the BBC London live page today. Rebecca Cafe will be in the hot seat with all the latest news, travel, weather and sport for London from 08:00 tomorrow.

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On BBC London News at 18:30, Fatima Khan, the mother of the Streatham surgeon who died in a Syrian prison, will tell Riz Lateef why she wants the case taken to the Hague.

Fatima Khan
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And, the capital's first Gurkha and Nepalese cemetery is opened in west London as a thank you to the Gurhkas for their 200 years of military service.

Showers will die away

This evening and tonight, any showers will soon die away, leaving many places dry. There is a chance that some low cloud, mist and fog patches will form, especially through the Thames Valley from midnight. Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

Mozart miniature auctioned

A rare 1777 portrait miniature of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart given by the composer to his cousin Maria Anna Thekla Mozart, and capturing the 21-year-old at a key moment in his life, is estimated to sell for between £200,000-£300,000 at auction at

Sotheby's in London.

A rare portrait miniature of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
PA

Million Mask appeal

Police are trying to track down 12 people following disorder during the Million Mask march in central London on 5 November.

Million Mask suspects
Metropolitan Police

If you recognise anyone, you can call the Public Order Command on 020 8246 0076 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Julien Blanc hint

Today in Parliament

The Home Office minister James Brokenshire has given the Home Office's strongest hint yet that the controversial

pick-up artist Julien Blanc is likely to be refused entry to the UK.

Giving evidence to the Home Affairs Committee, Mr Brokenshire said: "I find his views utterly repugnant and his misogynistic perspective I think could promote an abusive view of relationships."

Rotherhithe Tunnel traffic

BBC London

Travel

A breakdown at the northbound Rotherhithe Tunnel has now been cleared, but slow traffic continues in both directions with delays back along Jamaica Roadd through Bermondsey.

For more travel updates,

visit BBC London's travel pages.

'Peak beard' reached?

Ruth Adams, lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries at King's College London,

debates how hipsters can be defined in light of an Australian academic warning we have reached "
peak beard".

Hipster Olympics
Getty Images

Road delays

BBC London

Travel

After an earlier accident earlier at St George's Circus, Waterloo Road and Westminster Bridge Road are both open.

But now there's been an accident on nearby London Road with traffic down to one lane heading southbound towards Elephant and Castle, so delays continue through Waterloo. For more travel updates,

visit BBC London's travel pages.

Tube Delays

BBC London

Travel

There are miinor delays westbound on the District line from Dagenham East to Tower Hill because of an earlier broken down train.

For more travel updates,

visit BBC London's travel pages.

Tech City courses

A new Government-backed scheme will make courses on

digital skills from Cambridge University available to everyone for free, according to the chairman of Tech City UK, a collection of start-up technology businesses based in east London.

Crossrail phased launch planned

Crossrail tunnelling drill
PA

All of 40 Crossrail stations will include step-free access by the time trains are running across the network from December 2019.

Crossrail is to launch in stages from May 2018 as follows:

  • Heathrow to Paddington - May 2018
  • Paddington to Abbey Wood - December 2018
  • Paddington to Shenfield - May 2019
  • Full through service (including services to Reading) - December 2019

News on the Hour

Will Shindler

BBC London 94.9

Headlines this hour include:

  • A depressed mother who smothered three of her children then tried to kill herself at the family home in New Malden has been sent to a psychiatric hospital.
  • The Conservative Party in Tower Hamlets has complained to the police about remarks made by Ken Livingstone at a rally in support of the borough's mayor Lutfur Rahman.

Christmas Scandi-style

London Evening Standard

Newspaper

We can all learn how to enjoy the Yuletide season the Scandinavian way, according to the

Evening Standard.

Over the next few weeks there are various Scandinavian events on in the capital including, a cider lodge at the Southbank winter, on now, and Nordic Yulefest in Dalston from 6-21 December.

Postcard teen raises £1,000

A Highgate teenager has launched his first business selling postcards of Highgate Village scenes to raise money for the restoration of the historic Lauderdale House, says

Ham and High.

Roch Briscoe, 14, sold thousands of his postcards, called N6 cards, at a launch party at Lauderdale House in Highgate Hill on Saturday, raising £1,000 on the night, towards the £2.1m needed for the restoration.

'Mansion tax' and house prices

London Evening Standard

Newspaper

Estate agents Savills has warned the fear of a "mansion tax" should Labour win the next General Election, could put a squeeze on London's housing market, according to the

Evening Standard.

Fashion show coming to London

The Victoria's Secret fashion show is coming to London for the first time on 2 December at Earl's Court, writes

The Metro.

Taylor Swift
AP

Performers at the show will include Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran.

News on the hour

Will Shindler

BBC London 94.9

Headlines this hour include:

  • A depressed mother who smothered three of her children then tried to kill herself at the family home in New Malden has been sent to a psychiatric hospital.
  • The Conservative Party in Tower Hamlets has complained to the police about remarks made by Ken Livingstone at a rally in support of the borough's mayor Lutfur Rahman.
  • A 16-year-old who admitted stabbing another boy to death in a row over the sale of a £90 bicycle has been given a life sentence

Dagenham & Redbridge v Southport

Dagenham & Redbridge will be without striker Ade Yusuff, who is cup-tied having appeared for Chatham Town earlier in the competition.

Rhys Murphy and Jamie Cureton provide alternative options for the Daggers, in tonight's FA Cup first-round replay tonight, away to Southport.

Walking on hot coals

Walking on hot coals is being used as a tool to help young unemployed Londoners make their first step into the job market, says the

Hounslow Chronicle.

It is one of the bizarre tasks a group of 21 unemployed youths completed during a six-week course to boost their confidence, improve their skills and find a career.

Bike row boy jailed

A 16-year-old who admitted stabbing another boy to death in a row over the sale of a £90 bicycle has been handed a life sentence.

Danny Drake
Metropolitan Police

Danny Drake knifed 17-year-old Alim Uddin seven times at a block of flats in Brixton, south London, on 4 May this year.

South-east London favourites

A bizarre poll by YouGov, designed to find out the favourite things of people from south-east London, has apparently found their favourite celebrity is Dustin Hoffman, while the most popular TV show is the National Lottery.

The catch, though, is that the survey only contained 25 respondents, writes

newsshopper.co.uk.

Marylebone Road partially blocked

BBC London

Travel

Marylebone Rd is partially blocked eastbound at Baker Street, because of a broken down Parcelforce truck, adding to queue's back over the Marylebone Flyover towards Paddington.

For more travel updates visit

BBC London's travel pages.

King's Cross Fire tributes

@LondonFire

Floral tribute
London Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade

tweets: Fire crews from Euston & Soho, including Steve Bell who was at the Kings Cross fire laid flowers at a ceremony today.

News on the hour

Will Shindler

BBC London 94.9

The headlines this hour:

  • A depressed mother who smothered her three young disabled children and then tried to kill herself at their home in south-west London has been sentenced to a hospital order.
  • The Conservative Party in Tower Hamlets has complained to police about remarks made by Ken Livingstone at a rally in support of the borough's mayor Lutfur Rahman.

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M4 safety concerns

Safety concerns have been raised over proposals to turn

part of the M4 into a "smart motorway".

About 32 miles (51km) between London and Theale, Berkshire, would be widened in both directions to four lanes, using the hard shoulder.

Love for London

Josephine McDermott

BBC News Online

It seems the beautiful video of planes navigating London is giving you the feel-good factor this afternoon on

Facebook.

"Amazing,"

writes Patty Graybeal Hinten. "Fantastic,"
writes Azeez Ahmad and "How I love England!,"
writes Ninos Ishaia.

Financial Fair Play: Charlton criticise changes

BBC Sport

Charlton

have criticised the changes to Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations which were recently agreed by Championship clubs.

The Addicks were one of six clubs to vote against the alterations, which will allow larger losses from 2016-17.

The rules allow losses to go beyond a £15m cap but not exceed £39m over three seasons (averaging £13m a season).

Walthamstow cinema progress

Pub company Antic has said it is looking forward to putting the former EMD cinema in Walthamstow "firmly back at the heart of Walthamstow". A statement said: "It has lain fallow long enough and thus we shall lose no time in moving things forward".

The cinema
PA

The building has been owned by a church since 2003 but not gained planning permission.

News on the hour

Will Shindler

BBC London 94.9

The headlines this hour:

  • A depressed mother who smothered her three young disabled children and then tried to kill herself at their home in south-west London has been sentenced to a hospital order.
  • The Conservative Party in Tower Hamlets has complained to police about remarks made by Ken Livingstone at a rally in support of the borough's mayor Lutfur Rahman.

Mother 'devoted' to care of children

Judge Sweeney said: "In July 2011 you and your husband spent all the money that you had, and all the money that you could borrow, on the purchase and adaptation of a house in New Malden to cater for all the needs of the children.

The family home
PA

"Your husband worked all hours to make the necessary money, and you devoted yourself entirely and ceaselessly to the care of the children."

Clarence psychiatric history

Judge Mr Justice Sweeney said psychiatrists deemed Tania Clarence to be suffering from a major depressive episode. He said there was a history of psychiatric illness in her family affecting her grandmother, who killed herself, and her mother who attempted to.

Tania Clarence in court
Julia Quenzler

At university in South Africa she suffered a depressive episode that lasted for about two years. A year after marriage she suffered a second episode.

Read his sentencing remarks in full.

Sunny Spells

The afternoon will see a mixture of sunny spells with perhaps one or two rain showers.

Maximum Temperature: 11 C (52F).

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The top story this hour is:

  • A mother who killed three of her children at the family home in New Malden has been sent to a psychiatric hospital and told she won't be released until she's recovered from her mental illness.

'Neglect allegations unfounded'

The solicitor also said Mr Clarence was assisting Kingston Borough Council in their review of the circumstance of the case but wanted to make clear that allegations of neglect had been "wholly unfounded".

Elderly crossing sign

via Facebook

This morning Vanessa Feltz asked if the elderly crossing traffic warning sign should be banned for being discriminatory.

Ann Marston

writes: Well I walk with difficulty, use a walker or stick. I don't mind the sign not that anyone takes any notice if you are not safe on the pavements through mad cyclists. Why would motorists take notice any way?