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  1. Updates on Monday 22 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Beth Rose

BBC News Online

That's all for Local Live today. I'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London. Have a good evening.

Occasional drizzle

This evening and tonight it will remain cloudy and mostly dry, although there will be the occasional spot of light rain or drizzle at times.

It will stay windy and mild throughout with a minimum temperature of 9C (48F).

Coming up on TV

BBC London News


On the programme at 18:30 on

BBC One: The capital's homicide rate plunges down to levels not seen since the 1960s.

And as the Russian economy hits the rocks, we explore the impact it's likely to have on the capital's property market.

Pensioner jailed for pedestrian death

An elderly man who drove his car on to the pavement, killing 33-year-old Desreen Brooks, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Geoffrey Lederman was 83 at the time of the crash in North London in November 2012.

He mistook the accelerator in his classic Mercedes sports car for the brake, Blackfriars Crown Court heard.

Jumping through hoops


Metropolitan Police perform during day seven of the Olympia London International Horse Show at Olympia.

Horse of the Year

Final rehearsals

St Paul's Cathedral choristers rehearse ahead of several Christmas services in the capital.


Man arrested in DJ murder probe

Detectives investigating the killing of a radio DJ stabbed to death in a block of flats in Pimlico have arrested a teenager at Heathrow Airport.

Luke Jackson, 33 from Sydenham, was pronounced dead at Lumley Flats at about 18:00 on Friday.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being questioned. A 65-year-old woman previously arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail.

Blocked roads and congestion

BBC London


The A1011 Manor Road, in West Ham, is partially blocked southbound at the A112 New Plaistow Road junction because of an accident. It means bus route 276 is being diverted.

And there is very slow traffic on the A5 Edgware Road northbound in Crickelwood, between the Dollis Hill Avenue junction and Staples Corner.

There's queuing traffic on the A219 Wood Lane in both directions in White City at Wood Lane Station.

Happy couple from the air

Scotland Yard's helicopter team

tweets: Congratulations from all of C Team to the happy couple
@Fulham_Palace who were waving back. #wedding

Wedding party
Met Police

Hairy heels

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

They may be a bit of a challenge to look at on screen, but if it's your kind of thing then these stilettos covered in real human hair will be at the

Young Gods 2015 Exhibition at the Griffin Gallery, in Latimer Road, between 8 January and 6 February.

Hairy shoes
Zhu Tian

Artist Zhu Tian said she embellished the Dior heels with hair because she wanted to play with the "fetishist sexualisation of high heels".

I don't know about you, but I won't be asking for a pair for Christmas.

Actress wins Book of the Year

A literary thriller set in 17th Century Amsterdam has been voted

Specsavers Book of the Year, beating titles including Us, by David Nicholls, and Nathan Filer's The Shock Of The Fall.

Jessie Burton

Actress-turned-writer Jessie Burton wrote her debut novel The Miniaturist while appearing on stage - including while undertaking a stint at London's National Theatre.

Power outage at Stansted Airport

The social media team at Stansted Airport have tweeted a trio of messages saying

a power failure is currently affecting certain parts of the airport - although the main terminal building and runway are unaffected.

Thy say flights are still operating, but there are delays.

Charge over shooting death

A man has been charged with the murder of Joseph Burke-Monerville (pictured) and two further counts of attempted murder, Scotland Yard says.

Joseph Burke-Monerville

Shaheed Nowaz, 19, of no fixed addressed, appeared at the Old Bailey and has been remanded in custody to appear at the same court on 2 March 2015 alongside Scott Andrews, 27 , from Hackney and Roshane Reid, 20, from Hackney.

Joseph, from Islington, was shot on 16 February 2013.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story in the capital at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Geoffrey Lederman, an 83-year-old man who drove his car on to the pavement in north London killing 33-year-old Desreen Brooks, is sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Cabbies in walking challenge

Three London Black Cab drivers are planning to walk 24 miles from Kew Bridge to Tower Bridge, crossing 19 bridges, to raise funds for disabled children's charity the

Freddie Farmer Foundation.

Sean Blackman, Paul Keogh and Micky Boyd will take on The Three Amigos challenge on 7 February.

They are hoping to raise enough funds to purchase a specialised piece of equipment called a TheraSuit, which helps disabled children gain the strength and endurance needed for movement.

Pub lunch

A north London pub opened its doors to serve free Christmas meals to the homeless and hungry after the offer was retweeted nearly 10,000 times

People eating a Christmas meal at the pub

The William IV pub, in Islington, was helped along in its plan by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who donated vegetables, and taxi companies which dropped people off at the pub for free.

Austin going nowhere: Redknapp

Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp insists any January

bids for top scorer Charlie Austin would be rejected.

Charlie Austin
Getty Images

Austin, 25, has scored 11 goals this season, including a hat-trick in QPR's 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion which lifted them out of the bottom three.

City bonuses 'expected to rise to £125k'

A survey of 1,500 senior staff in London's financial services sector has found

they're expecting their bonuses to rise by an average of 21% this year.


The recruitment firm

Astbury Marsden says that would take the average bonus up to just under £125,000 despite political and public pressure to curb bonuses.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story in capital at 16:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Geoffrey Lederman An elderly man who drove his car onto the pavement in north London, killing 33-year-old Desreen Brooks, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Shetland pony Grand National


The BBC Sports team

Watch the Shetland Pony Grand National at Olympia

Shetland Grand National

Mild afternoon

The rest of the day will be windy and mostly cloudy, although a few brighter intervals are also likely. Some areas over higher ground may also get some drizzle but it will feel mild for this time of year.

Top Temperature: 12C (54F).

Crossrail station proposal

Crossrail has submitted proposals for a new station building at Hayes at Harlington.

Hayes and Halington station proposal

The glass and steel building will include a new footbridge, waiting room and platform extensions.

Hillingdon Council will now consider the plans.

Arsenal: 'Bad memory' moments

"Bad memories" of last season's 5-1 defeat at Liverpool might have

affected Arsenal's display during Sunday's 2-2 draw, Arsene Wenger has claimed.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Gunners' boss Wenger said of the first half display: "Maybe bad memories played a part. Some players weren't at their best. We played with the handbrake on a little bit in the first half especially."

Apprentice winner: 'London is land of opportunity'


Mark Wright has been named as this year's Apprentice winner and is set to receive a £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar.

The winner of the latest series of the BBC programme The Apprentice Mark Wright, 25, celebrates with Lord Sugar in London

After learning of his win, Mr Wright said: "London particularly is a land of opportunity for young people to start businesses. You can start a business here from your kitchen bench and turn over a million quid - what other place in the world can you do that?"

Man charged over pensioners death

A man from east London has become the third person charged over the

death of 84-year-old David Hick who was struck and killed by a car in Bruton, Somerset, on 14 October.

David Hick

Joseph Breen, 38, of Crowmarsh Gardens has been charged with perverting the course of justice. Robert Finlay, 47 and Felicity Wheeler, 31, both of Rickhayes, Wincanton, have already been charged. All three will appear at South Somerset Magistrates' Court on 20 January.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story in the capital at 15:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Pimlico last week have made a second arrest.

An 18-year-old man was held at Heathrow Airport yesterday afternoon on suspicion of murder and taken into custody at a north London police station where he remains. Luke Jackson, was found with stab wounds at Lumley Flats in Pimlico on Friday and died at the scene.

Whitaker fourth on Catwalk IV

BBC Sport

British showjumper Robert Whitaker narrowly missed out on the Olympia World Cup podium, finishing fourth with Catwalk IV in London.

Robert Whitaker

Germany's Marco Kutscher took victory ahead of countryman Daniel Deusser.

Windy and cloudy

It will be a windy and mostly cloudy afternoon, although a few brighter intervals are also likely. Cloud may thicken at times to bring a few patches of drizzle mainly over high ground.

It will feel mild with temperatures reaching a maximum of 12C (54F).

Watch: The Christmas helpers

The Royal Mail signed up 19,000 seasonal workers this year to help out at Christmas,

but who signs up to be a post person at Christmas, and why do they do it?

Postal worker with Santa hat

Video journalist Dougal Shaw went to London's main sorting office, Mount Pleasant, and spoke to full-time staff members Shannon and Dave, as well as temporary workers Mohammed, Katherine and Oliver.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 14:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: A 19-year-old man has been remanded in custody at the Old Bailey after being charged with the murder of Joseph Burke Monerville in Clapton last year.

'Lowest homicide rate in decades'

Scotland Yard has revealed that for the first time since the 1960s the number of homicides in London will likely fall below 100.

Det Ch Supt Mick Duthie said: "There are less guns on the streets of London. Not long ago....we were looking at 25-30 deaths involving firearms a year, this year we've had four."

London's air ambulance and emergency services were cited as one reason for fewer deaths and improved survival rates.

Homicide 'below 100'

Daniel Sandford

BBC News, Perugia

For the first time since the 1960s, the number of homicides in London looks like it will fall below 100.

In 2001 there were more than 200, and in 2007 more than 150 but so far this year there have been 93 according to the

Met Police.

Season's greetings


BBC London's transport correspondent Tom Edwards

tweets: Tfl postcard ...

TfL Christmas card

The Apprentice stars in studio

BBC London News


On the lunchtime programme at 13:30 on

BBC One: An investigation begins after a teenager dies in a moped crash during a police pursuit.

Mark Wright, 25, an Australian digital marketing sales manager who lives in London and Bianca Miller, 25, from London

And Lord Sugar's newly appointed Apprentice, Mark Wright, and the show's runner up, Bianca Miller, speak to us what makes a good apprentice.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story in the capital at 13:00 on

BBC London 94.9: For the first time since the 1960s, the number of homicides in London looks like it will fall below 100.

New chief named in Maddy search

A new detective has taken over leading the hunt into missing Madeleine McCann.

Det Ch Insp Nicola Wall from

Scotland Yard, who was with the homicide and major crime command, has replaced Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood, who is retiring.

'It girl' arrested over first-class lounge denial

Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has been cautioned by police after a "disturbance" at Heathrow Airport.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

The 42-year-old "It girl" was

arrested by armed officers following her reaction to being refused access to a first-class lounge, according to The Sun.

Council to cut £90m

Barnet Borough Council will have made cuts worth up to £90m by the end of the decade, according to the Barnet and Potters Bar Times.

The authority faces having to cut £17.3m from services between 2015 and 2016, and a further £73.5m from 2016 to 2020.