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  1. Updates from Wednesday 19 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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That's all for the BBC London live page today.

Josephine McDermott will be back in the hot seat with all the latest news, travel, weather and sport for London from 08:00 on Thursday.

On air

BBC London News


On tonight's show: Nurses at Great Ormond Street are being made to work extra hours after an accounting blunder, the mayor is accused of planning to cut 90% of City Hall's budget on youth programmes and there's a big rise in Londoners who are at risk of losing their homes.

Also, what's an eagle eyed view like over London? Find out on the show at

18:30 on BBC One.

Cloudy overnight

Staying mainly cloudy overnight, although some cloud breaks developing will allow mist or fog patches to develop which will likely be more widespread over areas like Hampstead Heath.

Lows of 5C (41F).

World Toilet Day

London Fire Brigade says that it attends two incidents a day where people are trapped in a toilet or bathroom.

"We'd like to wash our hands of these jobs,"

it tweets.

Judges to order air quality clean-up

The European Court of Justice has ruled judges must

force ministers to clean up the air as soon as possible.

Cyclist riding past cars
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Green Party London Assembly member Jenny Jones has called on the Mayor to urgently review his air pollution policies in light of the decision.

She said the judgement was "great news for Londoners' health".

Watch again: Mayor being quizzed

If you missed the mayor's question time earlier today, you can catch up on what you

missed here.

Boris Johnson was quizzed on air pollution, Londoners being offered homes to buy before they're being marketed to overseas buyers and London paramedics - he says the ambulance service does not have enough and he has taken this up with the health secretary.

McQueen's next film announced

Oscar-winner Steve McQueen is planning a film about the life of American singer and actor Paul Robeson.

Steve McQueen
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The Londoner, whose 12 Years A Slave won three Oscars including best picture, said he had been interested in the story since reading as a teenager about Robeson's support for the Welsh miners.

Student protests

Police have made

a number of arrests during clashes with campaigners as thousands protested against spending cuts, tuition fees and student debt.

The protest began peacefully when students gathered outside the University of London near Euston, before leaving to march through the capital shortly after noon.

Student protests

But after it reached the Houses of Parliament the atmosphere grew more hostile, and hundreds of police and riot officers were deployed in the area.

Railings around Parliament Square were torn down while others let off flares in nearby streets.

On air

Eddie Nestor

Presenter, BBC London 94.9

On Drive, we'll have the latest on the student protests - one of the organisers of the protest will join me live.

And we'll also be discussing a new government scheme which offers free counselling to parents to instil "basic concepts such as love, compassion and trust".

Join me on

BBC London 94.9 until 19:00.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


In the 17:00 bulletin: West Ham striker Carlton Cole has teamed up with London's Kings College University to try and raise awareness and funds for the Ebola crisis in west Africa.

Carlton Cole
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Cole's mother is from Sierra Leone, one of three countries devastated by the virus.

His Football Fighting Ebola challenge will ask people to video themselves performing a trick with a football before nominating someone else to take part.

Teacher 'said affair was written in the stars'

A school teacher who allegedly pursued a secret sex affair with a student told her it was meant to be,

Inner London Crown Court has heard.

Stuart Kerner, 44, denies two counts of sexual activity with a child and six counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust.

In a video interview with the girl that was played to jurors, she said: "I felt special. But, I dunno, it wasn't really," she told a detective in the interview.

"And admitting that does kind of hurt."

Controversial 'pick-up artist' barred from UK

Controversial US "pick-up artist" Julien Blanc

has been barred from entering the UK by the Home Office.

The self-styled "dating guru" holds seminars claiming to teach men how to attract women but his methods have been widely criticised as sexually abusive.

His tour was due to start in London in February 2015.

Daggers boss understands fans' frustration

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett say he

can accept the frustration of supporters following a run of one win in 10 matches in all competitions.

"Why would you be happy?

"They want to put their anger towards someone and that is me as I pick the team. I have to get over it."

Emma Thompson to be honoured

Oscar winner Emma Thompson is to be honoured at the British Independent Film Awards which will be held at the

Old Billingsgate next month.

Emma Thompson

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


In the

16:00 bulletin:

Hundreds of staff at Great Ormond Street hospital are being asked to work extra hours for free after they were mistakenly paid for six-and-a-half hours' work.

Armed forces' hope for Christmas single

Sounds emitting from Westminster Abbey today come from the armed services as they are busy recording a single they hope will be Christmas number one.

Members of the armed forces take a break from recording a Christmas single

The song called 1914 - A Christmas Carol will raise money for forces charities.

Petition over councillor's I'm A Celebrity tweets


petition has been set up for a west London councillor to step down after she made comments about I'm A Celebrity contestant Gemma Collins on Twitter.

Harrow's Susan Hall made comments about the TV star's body size.

The petition comes as ITV announce that the Only Way Is Essex star

has left the show.

'Dr Babs'

Reacting to being honoured with a doctorate by the University of East London, actor Barbara Windsor asks "why me?"

"I do a job that I absolutely love - I've done it since I was 12 / 13 and it's wonderful."

Barbara Windsor

And on the

18:30 television news, you can find out what people shout at her in the street.

Crossrail for bikes- accessible for disabled cyclists?

One of the responders to the crossrail superhighway is a charity which represents disabled cyclists.

Cycle superhighway design
Transport for London

Wheels for Wellbeing's director Isabelle Clement tells the

Brixton blog that: "In particular we must ensure that the cycle superhighways accommodate all types of cycles (trikes, handbikes, tandems, tag-alongs etc.), offer easy access on and off, and link seamlessly with other cycle routes and other modes of transport.

"This is particularly important for those for whom the cycle is also a mobility aid, who are not able to walk their cycle."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


In the

15:00 bulletin:

The vice president of the student union at London Metropolitan University says why she is taking part in a protest through London against tuition fees.

And hundreds of staff at Great Ormond Street hospital are being asked to work extra hours for free after they were mistakenly paid for six-and-a-half hours' work.

Motorcyclist jailed

An uninsured motorcyclist who killed a 73-year-old grandmother whilst pulling a wheelie on a busy London High Street has been jailed at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Ahrrus Hussain
Met Police

The Met Police said Ahrrus Hussain, 28 was sentenced to four years, nine months after pleading guilty to causing the death by dangerous driving of Raxmo Sharif, in Leytonstone, in July of last year.

PC accused of inventing "pleb" account

Danny Shaw

Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

The policeman who claimed that the former Cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell swore at him and used the word "pleb" has been

accused of inventing the account.

Andrew Mitchell
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PC Toby Rowland said members of the public who witnessed what happened at the gates of Downing Street were "shocked" and he had to warn Mr Mitchell that he faced arrest if he swore again.

James Price QC, representing Mr Mitchell in the High Court libel case, suggested the PC had made up the claims to justify having given the former chief whip the warning.

Reaction to Tower poppies theft attempts

Brigantian In Exhile

tweets: Welcome to London. Nail it down or expect it to be pinched.

While John Webb

wrote: Erm...why not drive to lorries into the Tower of London grounds? They won't be stolen then, surely?

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Sunny spells

Staying rather cloudy this afternoon, but with a few bright or sunny intervals, especially towards Watford.

London weather

Highs of 11C (52F)

In the papers

Councillors have confirmed that new properties built as part of a £4m housing project will only be let to families on their housing register, reports Georgia Diebelius for the

East London Guardian.

The 23 new homes, which work began on last week, are scheduled to be erected in Waltham Abbey sites, Harveyfields, Roundhills and Fairways, by October 2015.

Student protest march

Anna O'Neill

Reporter, BBC London

Tweets: Smoke bombs set off at #studentprotest as protests chant 'power to the people'

Student protest

Anna is following the protest so keep checking her twitter feed for the latest.

Student protest route


Met tweets: The Student March is currently taking place in central London today & are expected at Old Palace Yard at 1500hrs.

Student march
Met Police

Paddington Bear concerns revealed

So what were the film classifiers' concerns over Paddington Bear?

According to

BBC Newsbeat, the film was rated PG because of innuendos such as a a "man disguised as a woman is flirted with by another man" and a scene when the character gets inside a refrigerator.

Thieves try to steal Tower poppies


have been trying to steal ceramic poppies during work to remove them from the Tower of London, the artist who created them says.

Tower of London poppies

Paul Cummins said thieves had been trying to take the poppies ever since they were installed.

Nurses' pay to Carry On Star - BBC London's lunchtime news

BBC London News


Nurses at Great Ormond Street are being made to work extra hours after an accounting blunder.

Hundreds of staff were paid for an extra six-and-a-half hours and are now being made to work extra or deduct the time from their annual holiday.

And after a career starring in Carry On Films and Eastenders, Barbara Windsor has been recognised by the University of East London.

Watch the

bulletin on BBC One at 13:00.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


In the 13:00 bulletin: It's claimed accident and emergency services in north-west London are facing "unprecedented" demand from patients.

That's according to the Harrow West Labour MP Gareth Thomas who complained about it during Prime Ministers Questions in the Commons this afternoon.

Changes to cycle superhighway?

Tom Edwards

Transport correspondent, London

There have been about 20,000 responses to a consultation on cycle superhighways, says the mayor.

He says he understands people's concerns, and that he would not "support measures that lead to excessive paralysis of the traffic".

It seems there will be some changes to the east / west cycle superhighway. I'm told plans will probably take a month.

Get more on this from

Tom's Twitter feed.

'Claims Met covered up boy's murder are grotesque'

The Daily Telegraph

The Deputy Prime Minister has described allegations Scotland Yard helped "cover up" the death of an eight-year-old boy at the hands of a Westminster paedophile ring as "grotesque",

reports the Telegraph.

BBC London's Guy Smith will be looking into the claims in the TV bulletin tonight at 18:30.

Eagle cam captures London on film

via Facebook

Over the past week an Eagle has been been flying between some of London's best-known landmarks.

'Eagle cam'

The Imperial Eagle called Darchan has been brought all the way from the Alps to mark the 50th anniversary of the IUCN's Red List, which compiles the world's most threatened species.

Have a look at he "eagle cam" footage on

BBC London's Facebook page.

In the papers

Wimbledon Guardian reports that police have confirmed that a body which was found on Mitcham Common was a man in his 40s.

Officers are not treating the death as suspicious.

News on the hour

Jason Rosam

Journalist, BBC London

In the 12:00 bulletin, I'll be bringing you the latest on the student protest - the National Union of Students is not supporting it because of safety concerns but Hannah Skethley, who's just finished her degree at UCL, says she'll still be taking part.

And the BBC's legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman will explain what a legal challenge to what critics call the "bedroom tax" is all about.

£100k wage

A third of male workers in the City of London aspire to a wage of £100,000 according to a survey by job site Adzuna.

FTSE sign

Out of 1,000 people asked, they found that just 15% of women aspired to that wage.

Teachers strike off

The Haringey Independent says teachers look set to stop a strike following a "significant agreement" between head teachers and union representatives.

Cuts debate

In response to reports

in the Guardian that say the mayor is considering cuts of 90% to youth and education projects, Labour members of the London Assembly say they may seem like "optional extras" but for many young people, they "make a world of difference".

Labour Group Education Spokesperson, Jennette Arnold said: "Boris Johnson may be focused on his next job in Parliament but he has a duty to responsibly see out his term working for all Londoners.

"These cuts however suggest more a policy of scorched earth, drastically cutting funding to important projects and leaving his successor to pick up the pieces."