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  1. Updates on Wednesday 7 January 2015

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Good evening

Duncan Smith

BBC News Online

That brings the BBC London Local Live to an end for today. Elaine Okyere will be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, travel, sport and weather from across the capital.

Coming up on the programme

BBC London News

TV

Tonight on BBC London News rail bosses apologise for delays at London Bridge station after thousands of commuters have their rush hour journeys disrupted.

Watch at

18:30 on BBC One.

Angela Merkel visits British Museum

The Prime Minister has accompanied Angela Merkel to an exhibition on the history of Germany at the British Museum.

David Cameron and Angela Merkel inspect a 1953 Volkswagen Beetle during a visit to the British Museum in central London
EPA

The economy and EU reforms are expected to be the focus of talks between Mr Cameron and the German Chancellor in Downing Street.

Labour: 'London Bridge is frankly embarrassing'

London Assembly Labour Group Transport spokesperson Val Shawcross has called

delays and overcrowding at London Bridge Station "frankly embarrassing".

She said: "The continuing chaos at London Bridge is frankly embarrassing, its not just delays but the lack of organisation and crowd management in the station is making the experience for passengers unbearable."

Vigil in Trafalgar Square

The Independent

There will be a vigil in Trafalgar Square tonight in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo

http://ind.pn/1Fm8l8v

Coming up

BBC London 94.9

Radio

Remaining cloudy

Skies will remain cloudy across the region overnight with further outbreaks of rain, perhaps heavy in places, but with winds slowly easing by the end of the night.

BBC weather
BBC

The top temperature will be 8C (46F).

News on the hour

The headlines

this hour include:

  • More problems are expected at London Bridge station tonight, following the severe overcrowding at the station during the last two evening rush hours.

Disability centre facing closure

A centre providing vital support to disabled people says it is facing closure when its funding ends this year,

the Guardian Series reports.

Waltham Forest Disability Resource Centre in Crownfiled Road, Leytonstone, has been providing education, sport and social activities to some of the borough's most vulnerable people since 1988. However council funding has been withdrawn from April, leaving its future in serious doubt.

London Overground disruption

BBC London

Travel

Replacement bus service are running on London Overground between Willesden Junction and Shepherds Bush and there are severe delays between Clapham Junction and Shepherds Bush owing to problem with line-side equipment between Willesden Junction and Kensington Olympia.

For more updates visit the

BBC London Travel website.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The headlines

this hour include:

  • A teenage boy has become the seventh person to be killed in London so far this year after he was stabbed to death in Hackney.
  • More problems are expected at London Bridge station tonight, following the severe overcrowding at the station during the last two evening rush hours.

Brentford 'could stay' at Griffin Park

BBC Sport

Brentford chief executive Mark Devlin is hopeful the club may be allowed to play matches at Griffin Park if they are promoted to the Premier League.

Griffin Park
Getty Images

The 12,763-capacity stadium, the west London club's home since 1904, does not currently meet top-flight standards.

"We've met with the Premier League and they've been good enough to give us a steer," Devlin told BBC London 94.9.

Rise in violent crime

The Times

The

newspaper has taken a closer look at the different types of violent crime.

It said wounding and GBH has increased by 25% and the common assault was up 40% compared to 2013.

The Met has attributed the rise to a change in the way certain offences are classified but the paper's crime correspondent said the force cannot say for sure that violence isn't on the rise while overall crime continues to fall.

Elgin Marbles: British Museum considers more overseas loans

The Independent

The British Museum is considering three further overseas loans from the Elgin Marbles - but a reluctance to entertain the sculptures' return to Greece is set to provoke renewed anger in Athens,

The Independent reports.

Greek art
Reuters

Last year the British Museum allowed part of the Marbles to leave the country for the first time when it lent the headless statue of Ilissos, a Greek river god, to the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

Delays after collision

TfL Bus Alerts

tweets: Route 183 H11 H12 H13 subject to delay & diversion Bridge Street Pinner blocked B/W directions between Love Lane & High Street due to a RTC.

Network Rail and Southern Railway apologise

Network Rail and Southern Railway have apologised for the "unacceptable disruption and delays" to passengers at London Bridge this week resulting in

severe overcrowding on the concourse.

In a joint statement the companies said: "This is not the level of service that customers deserve, expect or that we want to deliver."

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The headlines

this hour include:

  • A teenage boy has become the seventh person to be killed in London so far this year after he was stabbed to death in Hackney.
  • Boris Johnson says he shares commuters' frustration with the severe overcrowding at London Bridge during the last two evening rush hours.

The luxury London bubble has burst

The Daily Telegraph

The price of an upmarket London home fell by more than 4% in the last three months of 2014 as political uncertainty and stamp duty rises collided,

the Daily Telegraph reports.

Central London homes priced around the £4m mark, deemed to be the threshold for luxury, were hit hardest by George Osborne's stamp duty overhaul, falling by 4.2% in Q4 and 1.3% over course of 2014, according to Savills.

Twister over Chigwell

Basestar

tweets: @BBCLondonNews Twister in the skies over Chigwell this afternoon! Oh my! thats a surprise! Mark.

Twister
Twitter/@Basestar_Events

Pinewood Studios redevelopment to begin

Construction work will begin at Pinewood Studios this month after South Bucks District Council approved the design of the first phase of their £200 million redevelopment proposal,

reports the Bucks Free Press.

Pinewood studios
PA

Residents in Iver Heath had campaigned against the redevelopment which would see the studios - where new Star Wars and James Bond films have been in production - almost double in size.

Merton faces worst housing crisis in London

Merton is facing the most severe housing crisis in London, with just one per cent of expected housing demand over the next decade catered for by planned new homes,

according to Your Local Guardian.

The figures released by real estate company CBRE reveal Merton's population is expected to grow by nearly 20 per cent over the next five years - about 15,000 extra households - the newspaper reports.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The headlines

this hour include:

  • Scotland Yard says an apparent sharp rise in violent crime in London over the last year is largely down to changes in the way certain offences are classified.
  • A man who raped a sex worker in Hackney has been jailed for eight years.

London Overground delays

BBC London

Travel

Services have been suspended on London Overground between Willesden Junction and Shepherds Bush and there are severe delays between Clapham Junction and Shepherds Bush due to signal failure at Shepherds Bush.

For more travel updates visit

BBC Travel News.

Pryce to play Shylock at Globe

Jonathan Pryce will play Shylock in the Shakespeare's Globe's upcoming production of The Merchant of Venice.

Jonathan Pryce
Getty Images

The award-winning actor will take on the role of Shakespeare's infamous money lender as part of the theatre's 2015 summer season

Wind and rain

Cloud will thicken this afternoon with strengthening winds, and with occasional rain spreading to the west.

Weather forecast
BBC

Later it will stay cloudy with further outbreaks of rain overnight, perhaps heavy in places.

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

JMW Turner's Twickenham house 'saved'

A house designed and owned by JMW Turner is to be restored and opened to the public after receiving a £1.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Twickenham Villa of JMW Turner RA engraved by WB Cooke c1814, with later colouring, from an original watercolour by William Havell
Heritage Lottery Fund

Turner built Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham in south-west London, in 1813, and used it as his country retreat until 1826.

Mayor reacts to Paris shooting

Boris Johnson

tweets: Freedom of expression is the cornerstone of a democratic society. London like Paris stands for the right to free speech that belongs to all

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The headlines

this hour include:

  • A teenage boy has become the seventh person to be killed in London so far this year after he was stabbed to death in Hackney.
  • Boris Johnson says he shares commuters' frustration with the severe overcrowding at London Bridge during the last two evening rush hours.

Coming up

Sonja Jessup

Presenter, BBC London News

On today's lunchtime news: we ask rail bosses what's gone wrong at London Bridge station - after a second day of misery for commuters.

And we meet the little boy who survived against all odds- after being diagnosed with a cancerous tumour.

That's all coming up at

13.30 on BBC One.

No Woolwich Ferry

BBC London

Travel

tweets: No Woolwich Ferry today 1330-1630.Ferry won't run at high tide on certain days,whilst TfL renew parts of linkbridges
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/river

Warning over flying drones

The Daily Telegraph

Police have warned that flying unmanned drones over crowds or near landmark buildings is illegal, reports The Daily Telegraph.

The warning was issued amid fears that the new "must have" aerial gadgets was being used to harass and spy on people.

It follows a surge in footage published on YouTube taken from drones flying over the London Eye, Tower Bridge and other attractions. One video showed an ascent to the top of the Shard.

Passengers face third day of delays

Passengers have directed a torrent of abuse at Southern Rail after a third day of delays on trains on its network,

This Is Local London reports.

London Bridge Rail Delays

Tom Edwards

Transport correspondent, London

has been

tweeting:

  • Political pressure building on @networkrail to sort problems at London Bridge. Govt says "unacceptable" - Mayor says "shares frustration"
  • Just spoke to Network Rail boss extremely sorry about London Bridge admits embarrassing & unacceptable
  • 2 problems: Concourse overcrowding which should be fixed by Friday & timetable does not fit new infrastructure
  • Rail boss says will be more cancellations tonight so number of trains can fit to new signalling platforms. Check before travelling

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The headlines

this hour include:

  • A teenage boy has become the seventh person to be killed in London so far this year after he was stabbed to death in Hackney.
  • A man who raped a sex worker in Hackney has been jailed for eight years.

London MPs attack mansion tax plan

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has rejected claims he is trying to "buy" Scottish votes with money "expropriated" from London.

Jim Murphy, Diane Abbott
Getty Images

Mr Murphy has pledged that a UK-wide "mansion tax" would allow a future Labour government to create 1,000 new nursing posts in Scotland. Labour MP Diane Abbott accused him of "unscrupulous" behaviour, but Mr Murphy insisted his plan was "sensible".

Rise in violent crime

Here's more detail on the apparent sharp rise in violent crime in London in the last year.

According to the

Met's website, violent crime against a person has increased by nearly 29% from April to November 2013 and the same months in 2014.

Watch: Rich, Russian and Living in London

BBC iPlayer

Catch up on the BBC Two film looking at the Russian elite who have chosen to make London their home on BBC iPlayer.

Rich, Russian and living in London
BBC

The programme features the lives of the uber-wealthy, including an entrepreneur, an art collector and a supermodel.

Support grows for ‘under threat’ Curzon Soho

A petition in support of London's Curzon Soho is gathering pace following reports that the arthouse cinema may face demolition,

Screen Daily reports.

Curzon Soho
BBC

The petition, hosted by 38 Degrees, generated close to 6,500 signatures in 24 hours after it was revealed that the cinema may be knocked down to make way for the £25bn Crossrail 2 development.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The headlines

this hour include:

  • Scotland Yard says an apparent sharp rise in violent crime in London over the last year is largely down to changes in the way certain offences are classified and better internal recording.
  • Network Rail is coming under political pressure to tackle the overcrowding at London Bridge during the last two evening rush hours.