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  1. Updates for Monday 5 January 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume from 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Elaine Okyere

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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

Cloudy and breezy

Wendy Hurrell

BBC Weather, London

A cloudy and breezy evening ahead with some outbreaks of rain and drizzle towards the end of the night.

BBC weather website

It will be a mild night across the capital.

Minimum Temperature: 7C (44F)

On air

Nick Beake

BBC London News Correspondent


BBC London News at 18:30, I speak to the homeowners who have been forced to sell their properties because they cannot afford to make them safe from future flooding.

And our sports reporter will also be live at AFC Wimbledon as the side prepare to meet Liverpool in the FA cup third round.

Wimbledon v Liverpool

BBC Sport

AFC Wimbledon defenders Adam Barrett and Jake Goodman

will play the last games of their loan spells in the FA Cup third-round tie against Liverpool.

Full-back Barry Fuller returns from a hamstring injury and midfielder Sammy Moore has recovered from illness.

Kick-off is at 19:55

Poet or rapper?


George The Poet, who's come fifth in the
BBC's Sound of 2015 insists he is both rapper and poet.

George the Poet
Paul Hampartsoumian/Rex

"In William Blake's poem London, you find a lot of very regimented thought. I would argue that I did start off writing in a traditional poetry form but the extension of that was I was performing them. But if you took the music away, the essence was exactly the same as what William Blake was offering."

Trafalgar Tree recycled

The most famous Christmas tree in London has been removed from Trafalgar Square to be recycled.

Norwegian Spruce in Trafalgar Square
Westminster City Council

Westminster City Council said the 68ft 10in (21m) Norwegian Spruce was headed for the shredder to be converted into mulch. The tree has been tweeting throughout its stay in London from

Ebola nurse 'critical but stable'

A British nurse who contracted Ebola while working at a treatment centre in Sierra Leone

remains in a critical condition but stabilised yesterday, Jeremy Hunt has told the Commons.

Pauline Cafferkey

The Health Secretary said Pauline Cafferkey continues to receive the "best possible care" at the Royal Free Hospital in north London.

News on the hour

Will Shindler

BBC London 94.9

The lead story at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Boris Johnson's hit back at his critics who've accused him of failing to tackle London's housing shortage, saying under his mayoralty more new houses are being built than at any time since 1981.

Waterloo station sexual assault

Officers have released the image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an attack at Waterloo underground station.

CCTV image of man police would like to speak to

British Transport Police said a 66-year-old woman was sexually assaulted at about 18:40 on 3 December.

Vehicle hits bridge on Old Street

Roads and transport MPS

tweets: Old Street EC1bridge strike

Old Street
MEt Police

Old Street is currently closed in both directions after a vehicle hit a bridge. For the latest news follow


Old Street closure

BBC London


Old Street is closed in both directions between A1202 Curtain Road junction and the A10 Shoreditch High Street junction because of a vehicle hitting a bridge. Buses are being diverted.

For the latest updates follow

BBC London Travel on Twitter or visit the
BBC Travel website.

More arrests after Kings Cross fire

Two more people have been arrested after the bodies of two men were found following a fire at a flat in central London.

Stelfox House, Penton Rise, Kings Cross

A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, while a 44-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of obstructing police. Yesterday a 42-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of murder, she remains in custody at a north London police station.

Burnley v Spurs coverage

Phil Parry

Journalist, BBC London Sport

On the

BBC London 94.9 Sports Show tonight we'll have full commentary from the FA Cup third tie between Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur.

The match kicks off at 19:45 and you can listen to the game on BBC London 94.9 or via

BBC London website.

News on the hour

Will Shindler

BBC London 94.9

The lead story at 16:00 on

BBC London 94.9: London's mayor has announced plans to allocate £225m to two schemes he hopes will encourage the building of more affordable homes in the capital.

Population set to break records

London Evening Standard


London's exploding population is on the brink of hitting an all-time high, with estimates suggesting the landmark of more than 8.615 million could be reached by early February, reports the

Evening Standard.

London skyline

Creature count

Sumaratan tiger cubs were just one of the 750 species counted as part of

London Zoo's annual stock take.

Sumatran tiger cub

The stock take confirmed the zoo has five Sumatran tigers, of which three are cubs.

Victoria street roadworks

TfL Traffic News

tweets: A202 Bressenden Place j/w Victoria St- temporary closure e/b into Victoria St at present (emergency roadworks). Q's on approach.

Rare car stolen

A rare classic blue convertible Austin Healey has been stolen from a garage in south-west London.

Austin Healey
Met Police

Police are appealing for witnesses after the car went missing on Christmas eve. The vehicle, which was built in 1955, is estimated to be worth in the region of £100,000. The owner Pascal Maeter said the car was a 50th birthday present from his wife that he had spent 18 months restoring.

Copying classic vinyl

Recording equipment that would have been used at London's world famous Abbey Road Studios by The Beatles is being used once again

to create records on vinyl.


Music enthusiast Pete Hutchinson from the Electronic Recording Company is using the machines so that people can hear what the albums would have sounded like when they were first released.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 15:00 on

BBC London 94.9: The mayor of London has unveiled two major housing initiatives. One is an extension of an existing shared ownership scheme, the other will allow some people to buy a home outright without the need for a deposit or a mortgage.

FA Cup final flashback

As AFC Wimbledon prepare to take on Liverpool in the FA Cup third round this evening, one former member of the Crazy Gang looks back on a similar clash more than 20 years ago.

Former Wimbledon midfielder Vinnie Jones
BBC Sport

Former Wimbledon midfielder Vinnie Jones reveals how his side

the 1988 FA Cup final against Liverpool.

Counting animals

The animals are being counted as part of

London Zoo's annual stock take.

Squirrel monkeys at the London Zoo stock take

These squirrel monkeys are part of the zoo's European Endangered Species Programme and are usually found in Bolivia, Peru and Brazil.

Springfield Park consultation

Haringey council

tweets: Today is the last day of our consultation on improving Springfield Park. Have your say here:

'Affordable' housing funding announced

Andy Dangerfield

BBC News Online

London's mayor has announced plans to allocate £225m of funding in two schemes he hopes will encourage the building of more affordable homes.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson meets builders working on the new Erith Park housing development

Boris Johnson said the first scheme would deliver a boost to shared ownership and help home seekers on lower incomes, while he is also investing in a housing product for buyers who struggle to save a deposit for their home.

But a Labour spokesman said the "homes it will deliver represents a drop in the ocean".

News on the Hour

The lead story at 14:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Ed Miliband's kick-started Labour's general election campaign, telling supporters it will be a "once in a generation fight about who our country works for".

Customers stranded in Mumbai

Nearly 40 British Airways (BA) passengers have been stranded in Mumbai Airport

after they missed a connecting flight.

Passengers stranded in Mumbai Airport
Sean Read

One passenger said children and disabled people were among those forced to sleep on the floor after delays affected a connecting flight. BA said it is trying to help customers. Musician Sean Read, from Hackney, London, said he was unsure when he would return home.

Air Ambulance maintenance work

London's Air Ambulance will not be operating from today for 18 days due to maintenance work.

London's Air Ambulance
London's Air Ambulance

In a statement, the London Air Ambulance said: "During this time we will continue to provide 24/7 advanced trauma care for London, delivering the same medical team, expertise and equipment to scene via our rapid response cars."

On air

BBC London News



BBC London News at 13:30, victims of last year's floods in Berkshire say they have been forced to sell their home because they could not afford to make them safe from future flooding. We'll speak to one family who had to leave.

Also on the programme, a memorial in Biggin Hill created to remember the air crew who died in the Battle of Britain is being forced to close after the Ministry of Defence decided to withdraw funding.

On air

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 13:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Boris Johnson's hit back at critics who have accused him of failing to tackle London's housing shortage, saying during his time as mayor more new houses are being built than at any time since 1981.

London Collections: Men

Singer Tinie Tempah has had his final fitting for a bespoke suit made from specially commissioned London Tweed ahead of the London Collections: Men shows.

Tinie Tempah has a final fitting with Stephen Allen

The fitting was ahead of the

Autumn/Winter 2015 menswear fashion shows which begin on Friday.

Greengrocers: Tesco store 'will kill us'

Greengrocers in Haverstock Hill in north-west London have warned that the arrival of a Tesco Express store "will kill us" and "would be one more step towards Belsize becoming another faceless high street", the

Camden New Journal reports.

Alternative prosthetics

At university Sophie de Oliveira Barata studied special effects prosthetics for TV and film, and wondered if she could use her skills to make limbs that looked more unusual and "spoke from people's soul".

prosthetic limb
Omkaar Kotedia

This led to

Sophie setting up the Alternative Limb Project which makes bespoke, design-focused prosthetics at a studio in north-west London.

On air

BBC London 94.9



BBC London 94.9, Robert Elms will be joined by the printmaker Tobias Hill as part of his listed Londoner series.

He'll also be speaking to musicians Jamie Morrison and Fyfe Dangerfield about their new song Water.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 12:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Ed Miliband's kick-started Labour's general election campaign, telling supporters it will be a "once in a generation fight about who our country works for".

Labour: Housing funding 'drop in the ocean'

The London Assembly Labour Group has welcomed the announcement that the London mayor will be investing in affordable homes but warned more need to be done to tackle the issue crisis.

Housing spokesperson Tom Copley said: "Whilst this new scheme is welcome the fact is it will not be fully delivered for another five years and the small number of homes it will deliver represents a drop in the ocean compared with what London is crying out for.

"As with anything the devil of this announcement will be in the detail. I hope that this truly is new money and not the Mayor funding this project by cutting other affordable housing budgets."

Sound of 2015

Spoken word artist

George The Poet has come fifth in the BBC Sound Of 2015 list.

George The Poet

A Cambridge politics graduate, he has described his poetry as a reaction against the materialism of modern rap. George The Poet, whose real name is George Mpanga, grew up on the Stonebridge Park estate in Harlesden, north-west London.

50 things for 2015

London Evening Standard


If you're looking 50 things to do in London in 2015 the

Evening Standard has a compiled a list.

Highlights include James McAvoy returning to the stage in The Ruling Class, a revival of Peter Barnes' 1968 satire about the English nobility.

Rail delays

London Bridge rail station which was closed over Christmas due to major engineering work has reopened, but commuters have been hit by delays.

Commuters at London Bridge train station in London

There were delays of up to 45 minutes due to a signalling problem, it affected passengers using

Southern services. Southern and
Thameslink trains were unable to stop at London Bridge from 20 December until 4 January due to the engineering work.