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  1. Updates from Thursday 18 December 2014

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live for today. Andy Dangerfield will be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across London.

Rain turning heavier

Outbreaks of rain and drizzle will continue into the evening, turning heavier and more persistent for a time, before clearing later in the night. Clearer and colder conditions will follow and the winds will ease later. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

From Brick Lane with Love

Humanitarian charity

ChildrenPlus has launched its winter campaign called From Brick Lane with Love.

ChildrenPlus has launched its winter campaign called From Brick Lane with Love.
ChildrenPlus

It aims to raise money to distribute 1,000 meals to the homeless in London this winter and sponsor street children in Bangladesh.

Brits line-up announced

Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith have all signed up to appear at next year's Brit Awards ceremony.

They are the first names to be announced for the event in February

at the O2 Arena in Greenwich.

Bus drivers strike action

London bus drivers have voted in favour of strike action in the New Year over pay disparities, the Unite union has announced.

Unite protestors
Unite

Transport for London

has been informed of the ballot but is yet to comment.

Rentals to outpace sales in 2015

Ham & High

Rent rises in central London are expected to exceed house price growth next year, as pre-election jitters continue to keep the property market subdued,

writes Prudence Ivey of the Ham & High.

On air

BBC London News

TV

On BBC London's teatime bulletin: concerns over a growing number of Muslim girls targeted online and being enticed to go to Syria.

And will the new A&E unit at Northwick Park Hospital help to meet emergency demand in west London?

Join Riz Lateef and the rest of the BBC London News team

at 18:30 on BBC One.

Churchill painting sells for £1.8m

A painting by Sir Winston Churchill has been sold for almost £1.8m at auction.

The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell by Winston Churchill
PA

The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell, which depicts the pond at his Kent home and was painted in 1932,

was auctioned at Sotheby's in London yesterday.

Council cuts: have your say

BBC London 94.9

On Drivetime with Chris Rogers: the government says the latest funding cuts for councils in England are a "fair settlement".

But Labour's Shadow Local Government Secretary Hilary Benn says the cuts are far from modest - and will have a severe impact on services.

Join the discussion

on BBC London 94.9 or call 020 7224 2000.

Rail delays

There ware delays of up to 20 minutes on Southeastern trains at Charing Cross because of signalling problem.

For more travel updates,

visit BBC London's travel website.

Tell us what you think

Andy Dangerfield

BBC News Online

We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

Tell us what you think.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The Unite union has announced that London's bus drivers have backed industrial action in a dispute over pay disparities between the capital's 18 bus operators.

Listen to

BBC London 94.9 to find out more.

Autism link to air pollution

James Gallagher

Health editor, BBC News website

A link between autism and air pollution exposure during pregnancy

has been suggested by Harvard scientists.

Woman with face mask
Thinkstock

Prof Frank Kelly, the director of the environmental research group at King's College London, told the BBC: "I think if it was this study by itself I wouldn't take much notice, but it's now the fifth that has come to the same conclusion."

Woman stabbed in rush-hour

A woman has died after being found collapsed with stab wounds during the morning rush-hour,

Scotland Yard says.

The victim, in her 40s, was found in a busy street in Harrow at 07:47.

Cuts 'what we'd expected'

Conservative Westminster City Councillor Melvyn Caplan responded to the

government announcement of funding cuts to English councils saying: "While we're still analysing the detail of the settlement, the figures appear to be largely in line with what we'd expected."

"Not only will Westminster City Council be freezing all our residents' council tax bills again next year - the eighth year running - we are also committed to maintaining council tax support payments so that those who need the most help don't pay any council tax at all," he added.

Domestic abuse poster winners

Posters designed by two students urging teenagers to speak out on domestic abuse will be displayed around

Hounslow next week.

Posters for children speaking out over domestic abuse
Hounslow

Wiktoria Grabowska 15, of Heston Community School and Anel Pieterse 15, The Green School, in Isleworth, designed their posters as part of the Learning to Respect programme, which aims to reduce domestic violence.

Bus drivers back strike action

London's bus drivers have backed industrial action in a dispute over pay disparities between the capital's 18 bus operators, the Unite union has announced.

There are pay gaps of more than £3 an hour for new starters' pay varying from £9.30 to £12.34 an hour depending on the company,

Unite says.

One day in London video

Forty photographers came together to create a crowd-sourced time lapse video of London filmed on one day - 6 December.

The video features the City of London skyline, the Houses of Parliament and

the BBC's central London New Broadcasting House newsroom.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

A murder investigation has been launched in Harrow after a woman was found stabbed this morning in Alexandra Avenue.

Listen to

BBC London 94.9 to find out more.

Ride London raises £10m for charity

BBC London transport correspondent Tom Edwards

tweets: £10m raised for charity by entrants to .
@RideLondon 2014 up from £7m in 2013

Watch: Extraordinary moment

How do you put on a nativity

with children who have severe and complex needs?

Alex in his wheelchair as Joseph
BBC

"It's quite chaotic and can be quite demanding in the weeks leading up to the performance," says Stephen Kilgour, deputy head teacher of a special school in Southwark, London.

England lock to miss Six Nations

BBC Sport

England and London Wasps lock Joe Launchbury is to undergo surgery on a neck injury and

will miss the 2015 Six Nations.

New Year's Eve in Islington and Hackney

Hackney Gazette

From Elvis to Joey Essex: Don't panic if you haven't made plans, there's no shortage of ways to ring in 2015,

says Alex Bellotti.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed it's investigating three possible murders of children allegedly committed by a paedophile ring involving prominent figures in the 1970s and 1980s.

Full story in our next bulletin at 15:00.

The Gherkin's design

The City of London's 30 St Mary Axe - nicknamed The Gherkin -

would never have been built without the use of computers to test its design.

Computer design of the Gherkin
Foster + Partners

Computer Aided Design showed the size of the structure would cause whirls of wind at its base, hence computer models were used to design a shape that minimised them.

Praise for Redbridge Council

Labour and Co-operative Party MP for Ilford South Mike Gapes

tweets: Just praised Labour led Redbridge Council which is improving services but already facing £70m cuts by Con Dem government and more today

'Financial position is very bleak'

Mayor Jules Pipe, chair of London Councils, said: "The financial position is already very bleak looking ahead. The Local Government Finance Settlement 2015/16 does nothing to improve the outlook.

"We are only half way through the Government's austerity programme and so far the boroughs have taken on an unequal share given that councils control less than 10 per cent of total government spending.

"Civil servants and national politicians must think much more ambitiously about how local services can be delivered."

Council savings 'not enough'

In a statement

London Councils, which represents the 32 boroughs and the City of London, claimed even if councils in London switched off all the street lights, closed libraries and parks, and stopped sweeping the streets, the money saved would not be enough to
fund essential local services such as elderly care, child protection and schools at current levels into the future.

Funding 'cut of 1.8%' for councils

English councils will face an average cut of 1.8% in their overall spending power,

the government has announced.

Minister Kris Hopkins said the funding grants settlement for 2015-16 was "fair for all parts of the country".

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

Met Police are investigating three alleged murders as part of an inquiry into historical child abuse.

Tune into

BBC London 94.9 to find out more at 14:00.

Council block Chihuahua

BBC London's Emilia Papadopoulos

tweets: The council block chihuahua! Just drove past this in Limehouse. #London

council block chihuahua
BBC

Abuse inquiry

Detectives said they were also examining whether children were abused in the 1970s and 1980s

at locations including "military establishments".

The appeal has been made as part of Operation Midland, which stems from allegations made by a man known as "Nick", who says he was abused by a paedophile ring including high-profile people.

Lunchtime news

BBC London News

TV

On the 13:30 programme: London's councils are bracing themselves for more cuts after the government's latest spending announcement. What are the implications for the capital?

And we hear from the director Tim Burton about his latest film and life in London.

Join the BBC London team

at 13:30 on BBC One.

Child abuse inquiry

Met officers have made a public appeal for information relating to Dolphin Square estate in Pimlico, south-west London.

Dolphin House estate
Google

Allegations of a paedophile ring

involving prominent figures in the 1970s are being investigated.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

An airline passenger who ignored Boris Johnson's pleas to calm down on a flight to London from Malaysia has pleaded guilty to assault and being drunk on an aircraft.

To find out more,

listen to BBC London 94.9. at 13:00.

Daniel Morgan murder

Home Secretary Theresa May has appointed two new members to an inquiry looking into the 1987 murder of Daniel Morgan in Sydenham.

Daniel Morgan
PA

They are Professor Rodney Morgan, Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Bristol, and Samuel Pollock, the chief executive of the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

It is alleged Mr Morgan, a private detective from Wales, was on the verge of exposing police corruption before he was found dead from an axe wound to the head.

Police investigate three alleged murders

Detectives are investigating three alleged murders at locations including military establishments as part of a child abuse inquiry,

the Met has said.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse said no confirmed identities or bodies of victims had been found.

X Factor winner

Croydon's X Factor winner Ben Haenow is looking forward to coming home next week to cook his family Christmas dinner,

Croydon Advertiser reports.

"I'm living out of a suitcase this week but I'm going to try and find a place somewhere," he told the paper. "Croydon is my home town so it will most likely be around there."

Boris flight man had five doubles

An airline passenger who ignored London Mayor Boris Johnson's pleas to calm down on a flight from the Far East downed five double whiskies before headbutting a flight attendant,

Uxbridge Magistrates' Court has heard.

Boris Johnson on a plane
Tom Oakes

David Morris, 43, was on a plane from Kuala Lumpur when he unleashed a drink-fuelled tirade against cabin crew. He has pleaded guilty to assault by beating and being drunk and will be sentenced at a later date.