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  1. Updates on Wednesday 10 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Beth Rose

All times stated are UK

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Beth Rose

BBC News Online

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

BBC London news

BBC London News


On the programme at 18:30 on

BBC One: A new network of quiet cycle routes is set to open next year, but will they persuade reluctant cyclists onto two wheels?

And a top police officer warns that a cyber attack on the city by Islamist terrorists is a "very real threat".

Civil partnership becomes marriage

Mary Portas and Melanie Rickey have converted their civil partnership into a marriage, at Westminster City Hall on the

first day of the new regulation.

Mary Portas and Melanie Rickey

Congestion charge suspended

The Congestion Charge will be suspended for a week over the Christmas period,

Transport for London has confirmed.

Congestion charge zone in London

There will be no charge for driving in the Congestion Charging Zone From 25 December until 1 January 2015.

Three-week deadline

What can you achieve in three weeks at work?

Alexandre Desplat
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BBC Arts reporter

Vincent Down interviews film composer Alexandre Desplat, in between recording sessions at Abbey Road with the London Symphony Orchestra.

The composer manages to score entire films in 21 days with his portfolio including The Imitation Game, The King's Speech and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Clear spells and ground frost

There will be some good clear spells, but still the odd shower here and there. Winds will moderate sufficiently to give isolated areas of ground frost along the Lea Valley and in other sheltered areas by morning.

Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F).

Road closures and bus routes

The A5 Burnt Oak Broadway is closed in both directions with very slow traffic in the area due to building fire between North Road and Oakleigh Avenue. Bus routes 32, 142, 204, 251 and 292 are being diverted.

And Chelsea are at home in the Champions League tonight, which means a closure for Fulham Broadway before and after. Kick off is 19:45.

Robshaw and Evans ruled out

BBC Sport

Harlequins flanker

Chris Robshaw and fly-half Nick Evans have been ruled out of the European Champions Cup match against Leinster in Dublin.

Chris Robshaw
Chris Robshaw

Robshaw, 28, is struggling with a shoulder injury and has been referred to a specialist while Evans, 34, has groin and back problems and went off after 11 minutes of Sunday's home win over Leinster.

BBC theme park announced

Rides based on BBC shows such as Top Gear and Doctor Who could form a central part of a £2bn theme park near Dartford, it has been announced.

Paramount Pictures entertainment resort
London Resort Company Holdings

London Resort Company Holdings said it had signed a deal with BBC Worldwide to let it feature famous BBC programmes and characters at the entertainment resort which it is hoped will open in 2020.

Londoners benefit from phone-vote money

Nine Londoners are among those who have benefited from a share of £300,000 raised by phone voting on BBC One shows like The Voice.

Jermaine Jackman on The Voice
BBC/Wall To Wall

The money has been split between 32 choreographers, playwrights, directors and producers including London poet Jasmin Ann Cooray and dancer Antonio de la Fe.

News on the hour

The lead story at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A teenager has been sentenced to life in prison today after stabbing a rival to death in a park in Feltham.

Murder arrest after man hands himself in

A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Joseph Burke-Monerville after he handed himself into a police station,

Scotland Yard has said.

Joseph Burke-Monerville

On Tuesday three men were arrested for the murder of the 19-year-old who was shot in the head in Clapton last year.

Coming up

BBC London 94.9


On Drive Time with Eddie Nestor: Why do some people find it difficult to talk about death? According to research by the

Dying Matters Coalition,
almost half of Britons say they feel uncomfortable talking to someone who has been recently bereaved.

What's your experience? You can

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

Watch: Mourinho warns youth players must be used

Chelsea manager

Jose Mourinho has warned the club must use its youth team players or face closing their academy programme.

Jose Mourinho warns of Chelsea academy neglect
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Tonight he has named seven teenagers in his squad to face Sporting Lisbon, with England Under-19 midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek set to make his competitive debut.

Police hunt 'ankle grabber'

A man who threw himself to the floor at Euston station to grab women's ankles and cause them to fall over is being sought by police.

Man sought by police

The man grabbed three women's legs, causing two to fall over, at Euston station at about 21:30 on Saturday, 15 November as people returned from watching England v Slovenia. One woman who had sciatica and back pain required hospital treatment,

British Transport Police said.

News on the hour

The lead story at 16:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A gang led by Gambian diplomats who secretly imported nearly 30 tons of tobacco and then sold it from their London embassy, has been jailed for a total of 33 years.

Animal parts main sentenced

A man who

purchased body parts from protected animal species, including the skull of a chimpanzee and a brown bear claw has received a suspended jail term of 10 months.

Met police
The skull of a young chimpanzee

Peter Prineas, 52, of Poverest Road, Orpington, south-east London, admitted the offences at Croydon Crown Court.

Frozen in Dagenham

Families in Dagenham have turned their row of homes into a setting inspired by Disney hit film Frozen for Christmas - complete with figurines in the garden.

Christmas lights

Watch BBC London news later when Katharine Carpenter will be there for at 18:30 on

BBC One.

Pub fire


London Fire Brigade

tweets: As you can see the whole of the roof of the pub in Burnt Oak, #Edgware was destroyed. Thankfully no injuries.

Burnt Oak pub

'Difficult scheme' praise

Boris Johnson has announced that work will start in May on a

£120m network of "quietways" for cyclists to ride through the city without using main roads.

London Assembly Green Party Member Darren Johnson said: "Quietways have to be more than a network of new signs and publicity. The minimum Londoner's need from Quietways is a 20mph speed limit on all routes and funding to deal with all the dangerous junctions."

He added: "I welcome the fact that the Mayor is now willing to fund the difficult schemes which he previously labelled as expensive and unpopular."

Christmas pop up shops

London24 has compiled a list of this year's

coolest Christmas pop-ups across the capital.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at noon on

BBC London 94.9: A London MP says he's received violent, anti-Jewish abuse, including death threats. Lee Scott, who represents Ilford North, said he has been targeted mainly by phone.

Chelsea Ladies make signing

Chelsea have further strengthened their squad by

signing Doncaster Belles midfielder Millie Bright.

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes and Eniola Aluko
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The 21-year-old was on the shortlist for the Women's Super League 2 Player of the Year award last season.

5 Seconds....too late

5 Seconds of Summers' guitarist Michael Clifford could be away from the band for days to come after

losing his passport before boarding a plane from New York to London.

Getty Images

The other members Ashton Irwin, Luke Hemmings and Calum Hood flew without him and played a gig at the O2 Arena on Sunday night.

Rainbow crossing for marriages

A rainbow crossing has been rolled out in Trafalgar Square to mark the day same-sex couples can convert their civil partnerships into marriages following changes to legalisation.

Rainbow crossing
Transport for London


Transport for London crossing will be in place near Nelson's Column until 19:00 with couples invited to have their pictures taken on it in celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender diversity.

Police officer hit by van

London Evening Standard


Two men have been arrested and a police officer is being treated in hospital after he was

hit by a van as he tried to stop a driver along Grove Vale in East Dulwich, the Evening Standard reports.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 14:00 on the capital on

BBC London 94.9: A property tycoon who served three months in prison while he was fighting a bitter divorce case has died after falling on to railings in Marylebone.

London's 'weatherbomb'


BBC London 94.9 reporter Richard Main

tweets: London is quite enjoying this #weatherbomb

Regent's Street

Top tweets for 2014

Tweets by members of pop group One Direction - and about the World Cup -

preoccupied UK Twitter users in 2014 with
Harry Styles's tweet celebrating the band's fourth anniversary the most retweeted with 359,000 re-tweets.

Harry Styles

In terms of news, the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in March was the most talked event by UK users in 2014 which was followed by the Scottish independence vote and the inquest of Mark Duggan, who was shot by police in Tottenham in 2011.

Pub fire


London Fire Brigade

tweets: We're currently dealing with a fire at a pub on Burnt Oak Broadway in #Edgware. Four fire engines & around 20 firefighters are at the scene.

Sunny but cold

The rest of the day will feel cold with strong winds. There will be lengthy spells of sunshine and many areas should remain dry, but a few isolated rain showers can't be ruled out for one or two places.

Top temperature: 8C (46F).

BBC London news

Sonja Jessup

Presenter, BBC London News

Coming up at 13:30 on

BBC One: Dozens of
elderly residents have been moved out of a Surrey care home after inspectors warned they were at significant risk of harm.

Reading station

And if you're heading home for Christmas, will you actually be get back? We've got all the

details on major engineering works in London over New Year.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 13:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A nursing home on the London-Surrey border has been ordered to close down immediately after the Care Quality Commission said its 25 elderly residents were at significant risk of harm.

Londoner preparing for X-factor final

It's the final week on the X-Factor with Londoner Fleur East tipped to win on Sunday when the finalists perform at Wembley Arena.

Fleur East

Fleur from Walthamstow chats to Newsround about how she almost gave up after her audition and how she is feeling about the final.

Weekend memories and plans

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

It might only be Wednesday but I'm sure many of you are looking back fondly at the weekend just past or looking enthusiastically towards the next. If you've not yet made plans, the Londonist has a

list of things to do this weekend.

Cycle Quietways 'welcome but late'

Boris Johnson has announced the first "quietways" - backstreet routes for cyclists - will open in May.


London Assembly Labour Group's Val Shawcross said: "The Quietways will provide an excellent alternative for less confident cyclists as well as those who just want to avoid London's incredibly busy main routes.

"It is disappointing though that it has taken 7 years for Boris Johnson to start putting in the quality cycling infrastructure we so badly need."

Sexual health birthday

@Burrell Street

The sexual health clinic

tweets: 2 years ago today we opened our doors. We are still London's only 7 day a week sexual health service.