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  1. Updates from Wednesday 3 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Duncan Smith

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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

Rebecca Cafe is back tomorrow from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for London.

Coming up

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

Join me this evening at

18:30 on BBC One when we'll look at the detail of the Autumn Statement made by the Chancellor today, analysing it's impact on London and the people who live and work here. But we'll also have something completely different.

With four Oscars between them, we speak to a very famous actor and director-actor about their new film which gets its world premier in Leicester Square tonight.

M4 congestion

BBC London


Traffic is queuing and one lane is blocked on the M4 westbound between Junction 1, A4 (Chiswick Roundabout) and Junction 2, A4 (Brentford).

Visit the

BBC Travel website for more updates.

A cold evening ahead

This evening will be cloudy with outbreaks of slight rain, continuing overnight though with some brief clear spells possible.

BBC weather forecast

Cloud cover should keep temperatures above freezing, though it will still feel cold.

The lowest temperature will be 3C (37F).

Football tonight

Phil Parry

Journalist, BBC London Sport

Tonight on BBC London 94.9 and Online: Full commentary of Chelsea v Tottenham. Plus regular updates from Arsenal and Southampton.

All the build up from 19:00.

Croatian play 3 Winters has female soul

Vincent Dowd

Arts reporter, BBC News

A new play at the National Theatre is set against a background of decades of turbulence in Croatia.

Playwright Stivicic says that when she started work on 3 Winters, memories of her own family in Croatia inspired parts of the fictional Kos family, whose success and sadnesses are the heart of her story.

London can cope with climate change

The Daily Telegraph

As climate change is blamed for

pushing temperatures up to what is expected to be their highest annual peak since records began, experts say London is well prepared to deal with the worst of it,
The Daily Telegraph reports.

Kerry Constabile, who leads work on cities and regions for the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's climate change team, said the city had "one of the most advanced climate adaptation plans in the world", reports the paper.

Road congestion

BBC London


The A219 Wood Lane in White City is closed and traffic is queuing northbound between the A40 Westway junction and the Du Cane Road junction owing to a burst water main and emergency repairs.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines this hour include:

  • The mother of an autistic boy stabbed in the neck in an unprovoked attack has told BBC London 94.9 her son has now lost all his independence.
  • A London council is set to become the first in the country to limit basement developments.

Teenagers celebrate their achievements

Teenagers from across London joined one another at Wembley Stadium to celebrate the positive contributions they make to their communities in breaking down postcode prejudices,

The Brent & Kilburn Times reports.

The event, now in its second year, celebrated the achievements young people from disadvantaged communities have made through programmes centred on film and football.

Coming up

BBC London 94.9


On Drivetime from 17:00 with Eddie Nestor: Stamp duty will be cut for 98% of people who pay it, fuel duty frozen and air passenger duty for children under 12 will be abolished from next year.

These are just some of the changes announced

in the Autumn Statement.

What do you think? Call 020 7224 2000.

Croydon University Hospital A&E 'worse than expected'

A new report has labelled Croydon University Hospital's A&E department as one of the worse in the country,

reports The Croydon Advertiser.

A Care Quality Commission report has Croydon fifth in the list of "worse than expected" areas, following responses to a series of questions on areas including waiting times, staffing and patient experience.

Council defends £9m spent on communications and PR

Tottenham & Wood Green Journal Newspaper

Sports news correspondent, BBC London

Haringey Council has defended an attack from the opposition Liberal Democrats for spending more than £9m on communications and PR over the past four years,

the Tottenham & Wood Green Journal reports.

Marketing spends, campaigns and salaries for staff at the council and its housing arm Homes for Haringey totalled £9,143,084 between 2010/11 and 2013/14, prompting calls from the Lib Dems to reduce the outlay.

Korean War veterans memorial

Alice Bhandhukravi

Presenter/Reporter, BBC London

tweets: Here it is, the long awaited memorial to the British veterans of the Korean War, honoured today in Whitehall

War memorial

Student protest

Anna O'Neill

Reporter, BBC London

tweets: Students shout "cops off campus" and clap as they arrive at SOAS @BBCLondon949


News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines this hour include:

  • The mother of an autistic boy stabbed in the neck in an unprovoked attack has told BBC London 94.9 her son has now lost all his independence
  • The fiancée of Lee Rigby - the soldier murdered near Woolwich Barracks last year - has said she is relieved and thankful that his killers have lost appeals against their sentences

Road blocked


tweets: A312 Hampton Road West eastbound at Canterbury Road, lane one(of two) blocked due to a collision. Approach with caution. Traffic flowing ok

Student protests: No arrests made

The police said the protest at Tavistock Square is described as "peaceful" and no arrests have been made.

The protest is now reported to be over.

Student protests: 'Handful' of people involved

However a spokesman for Universities UK, the membership organisation for university heads, said there was only a "handful" of people in the reception area and people were coming and going as normal.

Student protests: entrances barricaded

Joe Inwood

Journalist, BBC Look North

There are around 40 students in the reception area of

Universities UK offices in Tavistock Square and chairs have been used as a barricade at the entrance.

Up to 20 police officers present and a noisy protest outside the building.

Evening Standard's front page

London Evening Standard



Evening Standard front page this evening:

Evening Standard front page
Evening Standard

Clock to get facelift

A much-loved clock tower has been dismantled to undergo a makeover thanks to Lottery funding,

reports Your Local Guardian.

The Grade II listed Mitcham clock tower was built in 1898 to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and has stood in the town centre since 1990.

News on the hour

Matthew Schofield, Newsreader, BBC London 94.9


The headlines on

BBC London 94.9 this hour include:

The mother of an autistic teenager stabbed in the neck in an unprovoked attack has told BBC London 94.9 of the moment police told her what had happened.

Sixteen year old Eammon Finn was walking alone just a few streets from his home to the local youth club in Pimlico in June.

Student protests

Joe Inwood

About 60 students are continuing their occupation of the

Universities UK offices on Tavistock Square.

Student protest

They are opposed to what they call the "marketisation of higher education", and they have twice forced the doors of the central London building. About eight officers are now on the scene.

Snooker club in search for members

A snooker club that has been open for more than 70 years is looking for new members to keep it open for decades to come,

the Times Series reports.

Snooker balls
Getty Images

The Edgware Constitutional Club, in Manor Park Crescent, Edgware, is opening its doors for new members to play snooker.

Vice chairman of the club Terry Griffiths said: "We don't really understand why people aren't coming to play."

Basement developments restricted after ruling

Limits on the scale of basement developments in West London will come into force next year after the

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea asked for greater powers to set guidelines for work that can be carried out.

It means from January, no developments will be allowed under listed buildings and guidelines will restrict digs to a single storey. Construction management plans must also be submitted alongside planning applications.

Polluted air

Ham & High


Camden will have the second-highest number of residents in London exposed to deadly air pollution by the end of the decade,

reports the Ham & High.

A new report from campaign group Clean Air London has revealed Camden trails only Westminster in a list of London boroughs expected to have the highest number of people exposed to dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) by 2020.

News on the Hour

The headlines on

BBC London 94.9 this hour include:

The mother of an autistic teenager stabbed in the neck in an unprovoked attack has told BBC London 94.9 of the moment police told her what had happened.

Sixteen year old Eammon Finn was walking alone just a few streets from his home to the local youth club in Pimlico in June.

Many Londoners dismiss 'red flag' cancer signs

Londoners are putting their lives at risk by dismissing cancer warning signs after more than half of people taking part in a survey by

University College London said they'd experienced at least one 'red flag' cancer symptom in the previous three months.

Cancer Research UK, which funded the study, said it was important to get any symptoms checked out by a GP.

Mayor fights crime in the skies

A spokesman for Boris Johnson has confirmed the Mayor of London attempted calm an abusive and apparently drunk passenger on a flight to London.

Boris on a plane
Tom Oakes

The spokesman said: "The mayor along with a number of other passengers and members of the cabin crew did make several attempts to calm the gentleman concerned but to no avail. We understand the gentlemen was restrained by the crew and detained by police on arrival at Heathrow."

Showers peter out during the day

There will be showery rain, chiefly to the south and east of London which will tend to peter-out during the day.

The weather forecast

Towards the end of the day most places will be dry.

The top temperature will be 9C (48F).

Coming up

Alex Bushill

BBC London News

A man in his 30s has died after a wall collapsed on a construction site on the Isle of Dogs.

And how the mayor was caught up in a mid-air drama as he tried to calm an abusive passenger on his flight back from Malaysia.

All that and a full weather forecast

at 13:30 on BBC One.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines this hour include:

  • One of the two men found guilty of the murder of Fuselier Lee Rigby in Woolwich has lost his attempt to appeal against the conviction.
  • The mother of an autistic boy stabbed in the neck in an unprovoked attack has told BBC London 94.9 her son has now lost all his independence.

Flight path changes challenged by MP

An MP has taken the debate on flight path changes, that "will cause misery" for people living beneath it, to Parliament,

The Is Local London reports.

Under the proposal, most planes travelling to and from the airport would be installed with new navigation technology, enabling flights to use a narrower flight corridor over Leyton, Leytonstone and Wanstead.

Mr Cryer put forward the early day motion in the House of Commons on Friday, which was the most popular motion of the morning, the paper states.

Legal challenge against ban on heterosexual civil partnerships

The Guardian

London couple Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have launched a legal challenge against the ban on members of the opposite sex entering into civil partnerships - a development the prime minister, David Cameron, has condemned as likely to undermine the institution of marriage,

reports The Guardian.

Their test case is believed to be the first attempt in the British courts to make partnerships available to heterosexual people.

Islington police top London stop and search figures

Of 266 stops made by officers in September, 27.1% led to arrests - compared to 20.4% in Hackney and just 18.7% in Camden,

reports the Islington Gazette.

The rate is up from 18.3% in September 2013 when 469 searches were carried out, 203 more than the same month this year.

Central Line not stopping at Tottenham Court Road for a year

The Central Line will not be stopping at Tottenham Court Road station - one of the busiest stations on the London Underground - from 3 January - early December 2015,

Transport for London has said as £1bn works on the station continues.

Meanwhile the junction of Charing Cross Road by Centre Point has been opened to traffic and pedestrians again after closing in late 2010.