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  1. Updates from Thursday 4 December 2014

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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

Join Josephine McDermott from 08:00 tomorrow where she'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London.

Cloudy with further drizzle

It will be mostly cloudy overnight with further light rain or drizzle in places.

Then it will become drier from the west with a few cloud breaks by morning, which could see a touch of frost first thing.

Lows of 1C (34F)

Early Christmas meal for veterans

Princess Anne met D-Day veterans during a Christmas Party for the

Not Forgotten Association at St James' Palace, London, earlier.

Princess Anne meets veterans

The association is a national tri-service charity which provides entertainment, leisure and recreation for the serving wounded, injured or sick and for ex-service men and women with disabilities.

Ambulance crisis and train fire

Alice Bhandhukravi

Presenter, BBC London

Tonight on the programme we reveal a state of crisis in the London ambulance service - with staff shortages and warnings of lives being at risk.

And the investigation into a fire on a rush hour train which forced passengers to flee.

Footage shows pickpocket in action

Tonight's Crimewatch show has footage of a shopkeeper being pickpocketed at his store on Archway Road, north London.

Man being pick pocketed

The man can be seen touching the shopkeeper on the arm. After waiting, he gestured with his hand and somehow the shop worker appeared to be mesmerised and rooted to the spot.

The man then leant into the victim's pocket and took his wallet.

Unearthing London's past

Films capturing life in London throughout the 20th century are being screened in streets across the capital.

The never seen before archive footage is travelling around in a mobile cinema.

The project also calls on Londoners to donate their own footage, which in turn will build up a more comprehensive archive of London life on film.

Get involved.

Behind the scenes on Boris' tour

Tim Donovan

Political Editor, BBC London

If it felt like London's mayor was among friends in Malaysia, that was because he was.

Boris Johnson in Kuala Lumpur

Find out why

with my report on his Far East investor trip.

Rowsell goes for gold

BBC Sport

Joanna Rowsell is hoping for a

golden end to an impressive year at this weekend's UCI Track Cycling World Cup in London - but adds that February's World Championships are her main goal.

The London 2012 Olympic champion, 25, said: "It would be nice to get another gold medal.

"But I'm not targeting this event as one to peak for. It's all about the World Championships in Paris."

Feltz inducted into academy

BBC London 94.9


Our very own Vanessa Feltz has been inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame.

Jo Whiley & Vanessa Feltz
Getty Images

The morning show presenter was

recognised alongside Radio 2 presenter Jo Whiley.

On air

Eddie Nestor

Presenter, BBC London 94.9

On tonight's show, we're discussing the ruling that a
child born with foetal alcohol syndrome is not legally entitled to compensation after her mother drank excessively while pregnant.

Julia Brown, from the Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Trust, gives her response to the verdict.

I'll also be speaking to someone who witnessed the

train explosion at Denmark Hill last night.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


In the 17:00 bulletin, a man's been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Helen Dillon in Neasden earlier this year.

Justice Cruickshank, 55, was found guilty of the murder following a two week trial at Isleworth Crown Court.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 22 years.

Council cutbacks

Lewisham Council says it has to make cuts to its youth service offerings following cuts in government funding.

As part of its plans to save £85m by 2018, it wants to

cut staff and the programmes it offers as well as generate more income.

Before it does this, it

wants to hear your views.


There is currently no service between Wembley Park and Stanmore while engineers fix a signal failure at Stanmore. There are minor delays rest of the line.

Tube board

Keep up-to-date with

BBC Travel.

Immigration officers to be investigated

Three immigration officers are to be criminally investigated after the

collapse of a trial over allegedly sham marriages.

The Reverend Nathan Ntege
Rev Nathan Ntege

Rev Nathan Ntege, 55, had been accused of conducting a "matrimonial conveyor belt" of 500 bogus weddings at a church in south-east London.

But his trial fell apart in October when the judge said officers had lied on oath and concealed evidence.

Transport union campaigning

Tom Edwards

Transport correspondent, London

Tweets: So far for all the strikes, campaigns & lobbying ticket office closures going ahead. However April pay deal will be very interesting.

Ticket office closures

Get West London reports the Uxbridge will be among one of the first ticket offices to close next year.

It says work is due to start next April and last up to two months.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


In the 16:00 bulletin, seven people have been arrested in separate anti-terror operations in south Wales and south-east London.

Two men are being held in London, one on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism and the other on suspicion of conspiring to supply fraudulent documents.

Classic illustrations go on show

An annotated page from "The Snowman" by Raymond Briggs has gone on display at Sotheby's auction house.

Snowman illustration
Getty Images

It is part of a selection of annotated first edition books from the world's "greatest living illustrators and authors" including contributions from Michael Bond, Raymond Briggs, Quentin Blake, Lauren Child, Terry Gilliam, Judith Kerr.

They will be

auctioned to raise money for "House of Illustration" on 8 December.

Why Coe doesn't want mayor job

Dan Roan

BBC sports editor

Lord Coe has launched his manifesto for the election for the presidency of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

This means he no longer wants to stand for London mayor -

he tells me why.

Car fire

London Fire Brigade

tweets: The bangs heard from #Chelsea car fire on Fernshaw Road were the tyres exploding & not anything sinister. Crews called it "run of the mill".

In the papers

A campaign to get more officers back on the streets has been launched just days after a loaded "spray and pray" machine gun was discovered at an address in Hornsey, reports

Tottenham Journal says.

Ambulance service's record week

London Ambulance Service

attended a record number of seriously ill and injured patients last week - the busiest week for Category A calls in the history of the service.

London Ambulance Service

Between 24 and 30 November, ambulance crews in London attended 10,187 Category A patients - a 10% increase on the year before and 4.5% more than expected.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top local story this hour:

London Underground is pressing ahead with plans to close Tube ticket offices and transfer staff on to platforms and other station areas.

'Negotiating in good faith'

Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union, said: "There has been no agreement yet with the rail unions on ticket office closures or the running of an all night tube service next year.

"We have been negotiating in good faith to reach a fair settlement.

"It seems that Boris has not. If he wants to pick a fight with the rail unions, he seems to be going the right way about it."

Ticket office closures

Ticket offices at London's tube stations will start closing as early as February.

Closed ticket office

Transport for London says "underused" offices will shut down as part of its controversial plans to save £50m a year by cutting jobs and moving staff onto ticket halls and platforms.

The RMT Union has staged a number of strikes over the plan and says it will continue to fight the changes.

Child abuse 'highly under-reported'

One of London's most senior police officers has said child abuse is hugely under-reported to the police.

Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick - who

recently announced her resignation - was speaking at City Hall during a meeting about child sexual exploitation.

Fine over Kate Moss hoarding fall

A building firm responsible for the collapse of a 15ft Kate Moss billboard

which crushed more than a dozen shoppers on Oxford Street has
been fined £10,000.

The one tonne of fencing plastered with the supermodel's face fell on top of about 20 shoppers outside the Mango fashion store in March 2012, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard.

Who is London’s favourite fictional Londoner?


1,000 Londoners reaches 50 profiles, the project is wondering who is the fictional character that best represents the city?

Michael Caine as Alfie
Getty Images

Who gets your vote? Michael Caine as Alfie or maybe Oliver Twist? Or how about the Wombles? Email

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


In the 14:00 bulletin: Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Edmonton in the early hours of Sunday morning have made further arrests.

Khiry Ford, 23, died after being stabbed in Haselbury Road.

Three males were arrested this morning on suspicion of murder and robbery. All three remain in custody at a north London police station.

Train delays

National Rail

tweets: Delays between Dalston Junction and Surrey Quays now expected until 14:30 #Shadwell

Warnock 'tried to sign Kane'

BBC Sport

Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock

says he tried to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane at the start of the season.

Kane, 21, has scored 11 goals for Spurs, but only recently established himself in their Premier League squad.

On air

Sonja Jessup

Presenter, BBC London News

Coming up on

our lunchtime news programme: the second fire on a Southeastern train in just over a week- we speak to commuters who had to flee after sparks and flames were spotted.

And why an MP says Essex Police should pick up the bill for the giant fly-tipping site in Purfleet.

Don't be a 'brolly wally'

If you need to use a brolly today, the

Londonist has a guide on how not to be a "brolly wally".

Couple stand under an umbrella
Getty Images

Its main bugbear is the humble golf umbrella which it says should only be used if more than two people are using it.


All parts of London will see a dull and mostly overcast afternoon with outbreaks of mainly light rain or drizzle.

Highs of 6C (43F).

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The Conservative backbencher Mark Pritchard has been arrested and bailed over an allegation.

Hear fellow Conservative MP Mark Garnier's reaction in the

13:00 bulletin.

Heathrow extends compensation scheme

Heathrow has said it will

extend its property compensation scheme if a third runway is built.

Heathrow compensation map
Heathrow Airports Ltd
About 3,750 homeowners would be offered compensation if a third runway was built

In May, the airport said it would pay 25% above market value for 750 homes that would need to be compulsorily purchased.

The offer has now been extended to 3,750 homes close to the new runway that would not need to be bought.

Spot checks cause road delays

Commuters reported traffic chaos this morning as police stopped motorists on a busy road in rush hour,

reports the Wimbledon Guardian's Becky Middleton.

Police officers confirmed they had been spot-checking drivers in Morden Road, Morden, and it was inevitable some traffic build-up would occur.

Violinist criticised for child cough complaint

Renowned violinist Kyung-Wha Chung shocked audiences at the Royal Festival Hall by

publicly berating the parents of a coughing child.

Kyung Wha Chung

The South Korean prodigy told the parents: "Maybe bring her back when she's older."

Her remarks did not go well with other violinists, with Thomas Gould saying: "

it was difficult to be charmed by her" but composer Sasha Valeri Millwood said she was thankful the violinist had
drawn attention to this issue.

MP in rape arrest

Chris Mason

Political correspondent, BBC News

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed to the BBC a 48-year-old man voluntarily attended a north London police station on Tuesday where he was arrested, following an allegation of rape in central London.

"He has been bailed to a date in early January 2015 pending further enquiries."

Mr Pritchard's arrest is noted in Hansard, the parliamentary record, which says: "A letter addressed to the Speaker, dated 3 December 2014, from the Metropolitan Police, relating to the arrest of Mark Pritchard, Member for The Wrekin (The Speaker)."

MP in rape arrest

BBC News Channel

Conservative MP Mark Pritchard has been arrested and bailed over an allegation of rape in central London, the

News Channel reports.

Mr Pritchard is the MP for The Wrekin in Shropshire.