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  1. Updates from Wednesday 31 December 2014

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Happy New Year!

We've come to the end of Local Live for today and for 2014. Josephine McDermott will be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London.

New Year's Eve fireworks
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Have a good evening, however you're celebrating, and Happy New Year!

Chilly night

This evening and tonight it will be rather chilly at first, especially in rural spots, however cloud will develop through the evening and overnight allowing temperatures to recover.

A few light outbreaks of rain are also possible at times with a brisk south-westerly wind developing overnight.

Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).

On air

Sonja Jessup

Presenter, BBC London News

I'll have the

evening news at 18:20 on BBC One. How will London Ambulance Service cope tonight on their busiest night of the year? There are concerns as services are stretched close to breaking point. We'll be live from their headquarters in Waterloo.

Public detain 'armed robber'

Four members of the public chased and detained a man earlier today who has been arrested on suspicion of an armed back robbery in Station Square, Petts Wood.

Bromley Borough commander, Ch Supt Chris Hafford, said: " I would like to praise the bravery of those who helped detain the man...and I will certainly be looking to get in touch with them to commend them."

Behind the scenes

Chris Slegg

BBC London, Sport

With 261 days left until the Rugby World Cup I met England 2015 CEO Debbie Jevans earlier.

Chris Slegg interview

You can catch my interview with her on

BBC London News at 18:20 tonight.

New Year's Day football

BBC London 94.9

The BBC London sports show from 14:00 will have these live commentaries tomorrow:

  • Aston Villa v Crystal Palace - KO 15:00 on radio and online
  • West Ham v West Brom - KO 15:00 on DAB, through your TV and Online
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - KO 17:30 on radio, DAB through your TV and online


Phil Cartwright

BBC Sport at Lakeside Country Club

Hitting the World Championship's first nine-dart finish

changed Paul Lim's life - he relives his historic Lakeside moment 25 years on after learning to play the game in a west London pub.

Paul Lim

The art to see in 2015

Will Gompertz

Arts editor

After all that Christmas cheer and mince pies topped with lashings of double cream it is time for some art.

Claude Monet, Poplars in the Sun, 1891
National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

Here's my pick of the exhibitions coming to the UK in 2015.

Love or hate New Year's Eve?

BBC London 94.9

Chris Rogers is presenting Drivetime tonight and is talking about New Year's Eve - Love it? Hate it? Making plans? Hiding under the covers? - he wants to know how you're preparing to see in 2015.

You can

listen live on BBC London 94.9 and contact the team on 020 7224 2000.

Honours in maths

A man who runs free maths classes for primary age children in London has been

recognised in the New Year Honours list with an MBE.

Gbolahan Bright
Gbolahan Bright

Gbolahan Bright has been running the

Bright Academy maths clubs for the past 20 years and has taught about 500 children, 50 of whom gained their GCSE while still at primary school.

Guess the striker

Guess which striker has the best ratio of goals per Premier League game in 2014? Here's a picture of one of their goals.

Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United
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Find out the answer


Disruption and congestion

BBC London


A burst water main on the A5204 Wigmore Street in Marylebone is causing disruption and there is congestion from Battersea Bridge to the B305 Westbridge Road due to roadworks.

Also, don't forgot there will be lots of road closures and changes to public transport services due to tonight's New Year's Eve celebrations.

BBC Travel has the latest information.

Crowd control

Network Rail's London Victoria team

tweets: A crowd control system will be in place from 11pm this evening for passengers wishing to access both the mainline and underground station

Ebola patient given experimental drug

Ebola patient

Pauline Cafferkey is receiving an experimental anti-viral drug and blood from survivors of the disease, doctors at London's Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead have said.

Dr Michael Jacobs said Ms Cafferkey was in isolation but was talking and reading and they would monitor her condition closely over the next week.

Battersea Power Station chimney 'down'

BBC Journalist Rob Corp

tweets: This redevelopment of Battersea Power Station actually looks like it's happening. One of the chimneys down already.

Battersea Power Station

New Year's Eve fireworks in numbers

  • 85 organisations are involved in planning this year's London New Year's Eve fireworks
  • A crew of more than 300 will set the fireworks off
  • 3,000 stewards will be on hand
  • The display includes 12,000 fireworks
  • 50,000 projectiles will be fired from 5,500 cues
  • There are also 2,000 lighting cues
  • 100,000 people are expected to view the spectacle along the Thames

Murder victim named

A man who died following reports of an assault in a street in north-east London

has been named by police.

Yogesh Desai, 57, was found in Richmond Road, Ilford, with a stabbing injury at about 03:30 on 28 December.

He was taken to an east London hospital where he died just before 08:00. A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place tomorrow.

A 30-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail until February. He was initially arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

NYE road closures

Scotland Yard's event team

tweets: Rd closures for the #londonfireworks will be starting.
Visit: for more details #NYE2015

Road closure map
Met Police

Taxi 'could cost £75' tonight

Taxi firm

Uber tells
BBC London 94.9 a typical cab ride in London at 02:00 tomorrow could cost more than £75, with demand expected to be highest between 00.30 and 04.30.

NYE advice

London Ambulance Service

tweets: Going out to celebrate #LondonNYE? Don't forget to plan your journey home + look after your friends
More advice here

Olympic officer receives honours

A former chief superintendent with the

British Transport Police, who oversaw policing for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has received the Queen's Police Medal for distinguished service in the
New Year Honours.

Dave Wildbore

Dave Wildbore, 53, from Biggin Hill, was also involved in counter-terrorism operations and was operational commander for events including Trooping the Colour and the Tour de France in London during his career which spanned five decades.

Woman dies in fire

A woman

died in a fire at a block of flats in south Croydon earlier this morning, London Fire Brigade said.

More than 20 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze on Pampisford Road, which damaged a flat on the second floor. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Warmer afternoon

The rest of today will become cloudier and breezier through the afternoon, although it will remain dry and feel less cold than recent days.

Top temperature: 6C (43F).

Ebola screening tests under scrutiny

Procedures for screening health workers returning to the UK after treating Ebola patients

will be reviewed after an infected nurse flew from London to Glasgow despite raising concerns.

Pauline Cafferkey

Pauline Cafferkey told officials at Heathrow she felt unwell but was allowed to continue her journey. She was diagnosed in hospital the next day.

Final sunrise

London's Port Authority

tweets: Last #thames sunrise of 2014, as many people's preparations for #NYE2015 begin in earnest

Thames sunrise
London Port Authority

The organisation added that tonight is expected to be it's busiest of the year.

Lunchtime bulletin

Sonja Jessup

Presenter, BBC London News

On the programme now on

BBC One: London's emergency services are getting ready for a very busy night- we'll be ahead at all the New Year's Eve preparations.

And how Brixton Prison's inmates have taken up bakery to help cut re-offending rates.

Why Pardew would swap Newcastle for Palace

Phil McNulty

Chief football writer

Alan Pardew leaving Newcastle United to take over as Crystal Palace manager may be seen by some - when placed in the context of scale, potential and Premier League placing - as a step down into a relegation fight.

So why did Pardew finally feel it was time to end his loveless marriage with the Toon Army and what will await him at Palace after a reconciliation with the club where he distinguished himself as a player?

Zarate 'not good enough for West Ham'

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce will let Argentina striker Mauro Zarate join QPR on loan

because he "wasn't good enough" to play regularly at Upton Park.

Mauro Zarate
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Mauro Zarate has scored twice in eight appearances for West Ham since he joined from Velez Sarsfield

Man arrested over swastika graffiti

A man has been arrested on suspicion of racially motivated criminal damage after swastikas were found on a number of cars and properties in north London.

Police said cars were vandalised in Osbaldeston Road, Stoke Newington, between Sunday and Monday.

Pilot: 'Just doing my job'

A pilot praised for the way he landed a Virgin Atlantic jet at London's Gatwick Airport after discovering a problem with its landing gear has said

"I was just doing my job".

Virgin plane
Getty Images

David Williams landed the Virgin Boeing 747 which was carrying 447 passengers and 15 crew on Monday.

He had to circle over southern England for several hours dumping fuel before making a bumpy but safe landing just before 16:00.

The first UK mobile phone call

Mobile phone

A VM1 phone from 1985, the first product sold by Vodafone, alongside a smartphone, on display at a store on Oxford Street in London to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first commercial mobile phone call in the UK.

'Forgotten' chapel to re-open

A Victorian chapel tucked away in the historic Oxford House community centre in Bethnal Green is being

reopened to the public for the first time in decades after being awarded money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the East London Advertiser reports.

'Busiest night of the year'

London Ambulance Service has said it is preparing for its busiest night of the year and has issued a plea that people only call 999 for medical help as a last resort.

London ambulance

Last year it received more than 600 calls an hour compared to an average of about 250.

The service will be assisted by 125 first aiders from

St John Ambulance, which will be running 11 treatment centres in the capital.

New Year's Eve with Jo Good

Jo Good

BBC London 94.9 presenter

If you didn't get tickets to the fireworks display at the Southbank to see in 2015, why not join me for my

New Year's Party on BBC London 94.9 from 22:00?

As always I'll have great music and entertainment over four hours. See you then!