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  1. Updates on Tuesday 2 December 2014

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Good evening

That's all for today's BBC Local Live.

Join Duncan Smith tomorrow from 08:00 where he'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for London.

Breastfeeding and evictions

Eddie Nestor

Presenter, BBC London 94.9

On tonight's show, I'll be discussing how a mother from Streatham was told by staff at Claridges Hotel
to cover up so that she did not cause offence to other guests.

Lou Burns
Lou Burns

And are evictions a serious problem in Newham? Shelter says it is the worst affected borough where one in every 36 homes is at risk. The mayor Sir Robin Wales tells me what's being done.

Prince visits WWI exhibition

Prince Philip paid a visit to the

First World War In The Air exhibition at the RAF museum in Hendon this afternoon.

Prince Philip at the First World War In The Air exhibition at the RAF Museum in Hendon, north London

The exhibition, which is in one of the original aircraft hangars, includes aircraft such as the Sopwith Camel, the Avro 504K and the Albatross DV.

On the programme tonight

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

On tonight's show, find out how the area around Stratford's Olympic Park is to be given another multimillion-pound cash injection to transform it into a massive arts centre.

And be prepared to say goodbye to London's only floating bookshop which is getting a sinking feeling about its future. Tune in to BBC One at 18:30.

Rain eases but frost due

The rain will ease away during the evening leaving some clearer spells overnight. In any clear spells a touch of ground frost is possible, most likely in rural areas such as the Lea Valley.

Highs of 3C (37F).

Check the forecast where you live.

Hollywood icon celebrated

Style icon and Oscar-winning actress Audrey Hepburn is to be celebrated in

an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Audrey Hepburn
Courtesy of Norman Parkinson Archive

The show will chart her rise from West End chorus girl to one of Hollywood's most photographed stars and also document her later humanitarian work.

Classic images of the Breakfast at Tiffany's actress will be displayed alongside rarely seen family photos.

Football commentaries

Pete Stevens

Sport editor, BBC London

Tonight the Sports Show with Nick Godwin comes from the Hawthorns where West Bromwich Albion play West Ham United. Kick-off is at 20:00 and you can hear full commentary on BBC London 94.9 FM and

BBC London online.

Also online you can hear full coverage of the Premier League matches between

Crystal Palace and Aston Villa kick off 20:00 and
Swansea City versus Queens Park Rangers kick off 19:45.

Mother loses judicial review bid

The mother of a young woman who died in hospital has

lost her High Court legal challenge against the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman.

Irene Morris has been trying for more than three years to obtain the medical records of her late daughter Alexis (pictured) from Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation.

Woman whose medical records have become the subject of a legal challenge

The judge, Mr Justice Jay, said he had "considerable sympathy" for Mrs Morris and that she had been "given the run around" by the Trust, who "hadn't covered themselves in glory".

Brand responds to 'snide' interview

Russell Brand has been the talk of Twitter today following his outcry when former BBC London journalist Paraic O'Brien asked him how much his home is worth.

Comedian Russell Brand hands in a petition on the New Era estate to Downing Street

The comedian was being

interviewed for Channel 4 as he handed in a
petition on the New Era estate in east London.


his response to the interview - which has been watched more than 500,000 times - Brand said he does overact but that he genuinely cares about the estate.


TfL Traffic News

tweets: CCTV shows the least congested route heading east tonight is A124 Barking Road through East Ham.

Get up-to-date travel information with

BBC Travel.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The home care system is teetering on the verge of crisis with the most vulnerable people seeing a different carer every week, according to a major review by a London MP.

Sutton Lib Dem MP and former care minister Paul Burstow says if the system isn't in crisis yet, it soon will be.

Find out why in the

17:00 bulletin.

Guard denies 'carpet karaoke' restraint

A G4S guard accused of killing an Angolan deportee by restraining him on an aeroplane at Heathrow

has denied he ever used a technique dubbed "carpet karaoke".

Terrence Hughes, 53, was one of three guards who were escorting Jimmy Mubenga from the country on 12 October 2010 when he collapsed in his seat before take-off.

Staff at Mr Hughes' previous security firm had used a technique of pushing a seated person's head forward - compressing the diaphragm - to stop them spitting, jurors were told.

However, "carpet karaoke" as it was referred to, was later deemed to be "malpractice" by the company, prosecutor Mark Dennis QC said.

'Serious overcrowding'

Today has seen the announcement that

500 buses will be brought into use in London by 2020-21.

Reacting to the news, the Assembly's Liberal Democrat leader Caroline Pidgeon said: "We should never forget that every day passengers make twice as many bus trips as by the Tube.

"The daily reality for bus passengers is serious overcrowding, seven days a week."

Concern over culture hub

Have your say on Facebook

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BBC London's Facebook page, people have been discussing plans to expand the Olympic Park into a culture hub.

Olympic Park

Rona Hunnisett wrote: "What about the rest of London, where libraries are being closed left, right and centre? What about Croydon, where the council is selling off its cultural assets with no one batting an eyelid?"

Get involved and let us know what you think.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


In the

16:00 bulletin, BBC London's Nick Beake has all the details on how the city is set to benefit in the Autumn Statement.

And Jenny Jones, from the Green Party, says she warmly welcomes the investment in 500 buses but adds "the devil will be in the detail".

London's longest paper chain

We've had Black Friday and Cyber Monday, now it's Giving Tuesday.

And, as

Time Out blogs, it's time to grab some papers and scissors to contribute to London's biggest paper chain which aims to be as long as the Millennium Bridge.

Paper chain

Woman dies on plane

The Daily Mail

A 23-year-old passenger

has died on a transatlantic flight from London.

She was on a United Airlines flight from Heathrow to the US, which landed at Newark Airport in New Jersey yesterday evening.

Why London buses have white roofs

An interesting

factoid courtesy of Bloomberg.

Aerial shot of buses
Getty Images

The reason the vast majority of London buses have white roofs is that they reflect sunlight, thus keeping the vehicles cooler.

This small adjustment is just one example of the capital's green credentials - London has "one of the most advanced climate-adaptation plans in the world", according to a UN official.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Coming up

at 15:00, Guy Shrubsole, from Friends of the Earth, says the government's
flood defences plan is not enough and it should instead prevent housing development on flood plains and do more to tackle global warming.

Princess frocks go on show

Dresses worn by the late Princess Diana have gone on display ahead of an

auction in the US.

Princess Diana's dresses
Getty Images

The dresses include the ivory silk chiffon Zandra Rhodes evening gown worn to the May 1997 London Palladium Birthright benefit; a petal pink silk Catherine Walker gown worn in Autumn 1983 to the reopening of the Savoy theatre and to a performance of La Boheme at the London Coliseum.

Miniaturist author explains big success

Author Jessie Burton explains how she went from a City PA to having the

best-selling literary debut hardback of the decade.

Jessie Burton

Her book The Miniaturist tells the story of a young bride, Nella Oortman, who is given a miniature replica of her own house whose contents seem to mirror real life.

Gambling limit debate gets support

Casino-style gambling on the high street could become a thing of the past after a campaign by Newham Council attracted enough support to enable it to lobby the government.


Newham Recorder says its proposal to slash the maximum bet per spin on a Fixed Odds Betting Terminal from £100 to £2 has been backed by 92 councils.

'You cannot control players'

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes it is up to players to "control what they say"

when they publish material on social media.

Arsene Wenger

Wenger was speaking after Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli apologised for a post which appeared to contain anti-Semitic and racist references.

"We can only warn them of the potential dangers but you cannot control a player 24 hours a day," he said.

In the papers

Major work to improve Tottenham Hale by scrapping the gyratory system and overhauling the bus station terminal has finally been completed,

reports Tottenham Journal.

It says the new bus station and public space has taken a year to realise, and forms part of TfL's wider £110m overhaul of Tottenham Hale's roads and public transport interchange.

Seeing art in a police station

Jenny Scott

BBC News

Police stations are among the most recognisable buildings in our town centres but many are now being put to new use. So what is it like eating dinner,

going to school or enjoying a spa break in the cells?

The Old Police Station
The Old Police Station

In London, artist Antony Gross has turned a former Met Police station into an art gallery.

"Members of the public get quite excited with the idea of being in the cells and yet not being an offender. It's quite a unique experience," said building manager Mario Cordeiro.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


In the 13:00 bulletin, the housing charity Shelter claims almost 400 Londoners a day are at risk of being evicted or having their home repossessed.

It's quoting figures from the Ministry of Justice which suggest the worst affected borough is Newham where one in every 36 homes is at risk, followed by Barking and Dagenham and Haringey.

On air

BBC London News


In the lunchtime news, Nick Beake has the full round-up of how London is going to benefit from
£350m of government funding.

And the campaign to save London's only floating bookshop.

Cloudy with rain

It will be a cloudy afternoon with outbreaks of rain or drizzle moving southeastwards. It will feel chilly in brisk northeasterly winds.

Highs of 8C (46F)

Rail delays

BBC London


There are delays heading in and out of Paddington which will last until at least 14:00,

National Rail says.

This is due to a signal problem near Ealing Broadway.

For the latest travel news go to our

travel page or on Twitter

Absconder charged

A man who had absconded from a psychiatric hospital in Woolwich has been charged with 11 offences after he was found and arrested yesterday.

They include aggravated burglary, blackmail, theft, common assault and criminal damage.

He will appear before Bromley magistrates later.

Henry leaves New York Red Bulls

Former Arsenal striker

Thierry Henry has left New York Red Bulls after four-and-a-half years with the MLS club.

Thierry Henry in action for New York Red Bulls
Getty Images

The 37-year-old's final match was a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

The Hobbit premiere

The team behind the third and final Hobbit film

walked the green carpet for its world premiere in Leicester Square last night.

Martin Freeman

Sir Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was streamed live to more than 160 countries from the Odeon cinema some fans having camped out on the streets for five days.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


London stories in the

12:00 bulletin include: £350m to be given to fund projects in the City, more buses to be introduced and an absconder from a psychiatric hospital is charged with 11 offences after he was found.

Airport opening extension

Biggin Hill Airport has submitted an application to change its operating hours to Bromley Council following the results of a public consultation.

This Is Local London reports that the proposed hours are 06:30 to 23:00 from Monday to Saturday and 08:00 to 23:00 on Sundays and public holidays.

Funding announcements

Many schemes have been awarded funding today in various announcements.

Here's a round-up:

  • £150m for regenerating housing estates across London
  • £141m to go towards a culture hub in the Olympic Park
  • £55m for an Overground extension to Barking and Riverside
  • £2m to prepare the business case for Crossrail 2
  • £200m earmarked for 500 new buses for London

Boy hit by a bus

Paramedic David Nicholson

tweets: An eventful morning. 13 year old male vs bus with multiple injuries. Taken to a major trauma centre.

Damage to bus

London24 has more information.

London is over


here's the report from the Office for National Statistics that shows 58,220 people aged from 30 to 39 left London between June 2012 and June 2013.

This is a record number, and a 10% increase on 2010. And according to

Stylist, Birmingham is the place Londoners are heading to.

Tube breaks record

London Underground has broken the record for passenger numbers for the second time in three weeks.

Earl's Court

On Friday, 4.725 million journeys were made on the Tube.

The new record shows an increase of almost four per cent compared to the same day last year.