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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 14 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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Good evening

Duncan Smith

BBC News Online

That's all from the BBC's London Local Live service for today.

Andy Dangerfield will be here on Thursday from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the capital.

Wind and rain tonight

Rain and strong to gale force winds will be spreading east this evening, with severe gales around southern coasts.

BBC weather map
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Rain will clear to just scattered showers in the west by dawn. The temperature will drop to 6C (43F).

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At 18:30 on BBC One: About 1,600 Metropolitan Police officers are to be issued with body worn cameras by spring next year. It is hoped the cameras will be effective in gathering evidence.

100 words for 100 years of buses

More than 100 years of buses is being celebrated by

Transport for London with 100 one-line poems displayed at Walthamstow, North Greenwich and Kingston (Cromwell Road) bus stations from today.

Two London-based artists, Jay Bernard and Yemisi Blake, were commissioned by Art on the Underground - TfL's public arts programme - to create visual artworks based on people's experiences of travelling by bus.

Work to begin on Pinewood Studios development

Building work on the first phase of the Pinewood Studios development is set to begin this month,

reports Get Bucks.

Pinewood studios
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The studios in Iver Heath received permission from the government to expand on to green belt land following an appeal, and before Christmas, South Bucks District Council approved the design of the first phase of the £200m plan.

Watch: Exhibition shines spotlight on stage design

A new exhibition - which is heading to London - is shining a spotlight on British stage designers, calling them "the unsung heroes of live entertainment".

Stage design
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Tim Muffett went to meet some of the designers responsible for putting on some of the most high-profile events.

You can watch his video report here.

On air

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On Drivetime with Eddie Nestor: By 2030, two million people in the UK will be over the age of 65 without children. One in four women born in the 1970s will reach 45 without giving birth.

This month a conference, the first of its kind, will be held for childless adults over 50 to meet and discuss their care needs in later life.

Do you have children? Or did you choose to not have them and why? Call 020 7224 2000.

News on the hour

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The headlines

this hour include:

  • The chief executive of Network Rail admits his organisation is "not delivering" on a huge programme of improvements

Police renew murder appeal

Police will be on the streets on Marylebone near Lisson Grove tonight to renew appeals for information over

the murder of 18-year-old Bilal Mirza on 8 January.

Bilal Mirza
Metropolitan Police

Det Ch Insp Noel McHugh said: "Despite the fact that someone has been charged, it is imperative that we gather as much evidence as possible to establish exactly what took place."

Protests over possible library closures

Campaigners are urging Barnet Council not to "ruin the fabric" of local life by closing well-loved libraries,

reports The Times Series.

The council is currently consulting on whether to close libraries, make them smaller or run them solely with volunteers.

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Accident in Hammersmith

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tweets: Qs A219 Shepherd's Bush Green Southbound - accident in Hammersmith causing congestion around the Hammersmith Gyratory {BR}

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The headlines

this hour will include:

  • One of the bosses of Network Rail has told MPs that there was no alternative but to switch passengers to an "entirely unsuitable" Finsbury Park station when King's Cross was shut over Christmas because of over-running engineering works.

London to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Politicians, dignitaries and religious leaders will join survivors for

Holocaust Memorial Day in London on 27 January, exactly 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Survivors will feature in six Moving Portraits, a collection of images which will be projected on to the Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre and shown on big screens across the UK.

Paula Radcliffe to end marathon career in London

Britain's Paula Radcliffe will end her marathon career in London in April, organisers have announced.

Paula Radcliffe
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The 41-year-old, who has won the London event three times, last competed over 26.2 miles in Berlin in September 2011.

Rail boss faces MPs over Christmas delays

A Network Rail boss has admitted that Finsbury Park was "entirely unsuitable" when King's Cross could not open due to the Christmas rail engineering works overruns.

Robin Gisby
BBC

But Robin Gisby, Network Rail's network operations managing director, told MPs on

the House of Commons Transport Committee: "Any other decision would have caused even more discomfort for passengers."

You can watch the committee

on BBC Democracy Live.

Blogger 'was not watching' X Factor

Celebrity blogger Savvas Morgan said that when Tulisa Contostavlos was a judge on X Factor he was living in Los Angeles and was not watching the programme, which was not aired there.

Mr Morgan was appearing today at Tulisa Contostavlos'

appeal hearing against her conviction for assaulting him at V Festival in Chelmsford.

Minister meets cat

We couldn't resist sharing this photo of the Minister for Heritage, Ed Vaizey, meeting seven-week-old kitten Whittington.

Cat with the minister
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Whittington, one of 1,323 stray cats, was renamed by the minister when he visited

Battersea Dogs & Cats Homes to award Whittington Lodge Grade II Listed status.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The headlines

this hour include:

  • One of the bosses of Network Rail has told MPs that there was no alternative but to switch passengers to an "entirely unsuitable" station when King's Cross was shut over Christmas because of over-running engineering works.

Watch: Lunch at London's Sky Garden

Alex Bushill

BBC London News

The sky garden, London's newest public space at 20 Fenchurch Street - dubbed the Walkie-Talkie - has been criticised for its "airport-style security" and cold temperatures that have forced staff to wear ski jumpers inside.

Sky garden on top of "walkie talkie" tower
BBC

I took architect Dominic Papa from S333 Architecture and Urbanism for lunch to get an expert's opinion on the design and garden.

Tulisa Contostavlos appeals against assault conviction

X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos from Friern Barnet, north London, is appealing against

her conviction for hitting Savvas Morgan during an altercation at V Festival in Chelmsford.

Tulisa
BBC

She said at the trial that Mr Morgan had a "strange obsession" with her.

Addison Lee wait for European Court ruling

Minicab firm

Addison Lee will find out later if it will be able to use bus lanes in the capital alongside black cabs.

In a longstanding dispute between

Transport for London and Eventech - who own the cars used by the minicab firm - the company has argued that the current bus lane policy is an infringement of the freedom to provide services.

The

European Court for Justice will make the ruling later.

Concern over 21-storey block in Kingston

Residents have expressed concerns over plans to build a 21-storey block of flats at Kingston's historic former post office site,

reports Your Local Guardian.

Developer St George has submitted a planning application to Kingston Council finalising its vision for the Ashdown Road car park, part of the town. The proposals include keeping the listed buildings and demolishing others to make way for a 21-storey residential block in Ashdown Road.

Watch: Hugh Grant takes on friend's play

Actor Hugh Grant is starring in a play alongside 25 people with learning disabilities.

Hugh Grant
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The Drama Group is based on a book co-written by Grant and hid friend Nigel Hollins.

News on the hour

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The headlines

this hour include:

  • A 17-year-old girl from Hackney has appeared in court accused of being part of a group of youths who lured a teenage boy to his death.
  • The former deputy head of a school in south-east London has avoided a prison sentence after he was found guilty of an affair with a 16-year-old pupil.

West Londoners are 'miserable'

People living in Hounslow, Ealing, Hillingdon and Harrow are the most miserable inhabitants of London, according to a Cambridge University study,

reports Get West London.

The least agreeable people were found in western central London, an area that has the highest crime rate, busiest pedestrian traffic, and some of the highest housing prices in the world.

Sport tonight

Pete Stevens

Sport editor, BBC London

Tonight on the

BBC London 94.9 Sports Show with Phil Parry, we will have full commentary on the FA Cup 3rd replay between Bradford City and Millwall.

You can listen to the match on BBC London 94.9 fm and BBC London online kick off is at 19:45.

Meanwhile you can hear the other replay between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley on

BBC London Online, that match kicks off a 20.00.

Cold and rain ahead

Cloud and rain will reach western parts of the region by this evening, which will start frosty with icy patches.

The BBC weather forecast
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Rain and strong to gale force winds start spreading east this evening.

Temperatures will rise to 11C (52F).

On air

Louisa Preston

Journalist, BBC London

Today at 13:30 on BBC One we're talking to a bookshop owner who says it's important to sell the Charlie Hebdo magazine to show solidarity with France.

And the Metropolitan Police issue officers with body-worn cameras.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9

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The headlines

this hour include:

  • A 17-year-old girl from Hackney has appeared in court accused of being part of a group of youths who lured a teenage boy to his death.
  • The former deputy head of a school in south-east London has avoided a prison sentence after he was found guilty of an affair with a 16-year-old pupil.

Girl in court over stabbing murder

A 17-year-old girl has appeared in court accused of plotting, with a group of youths, to lure a teenage boy to his death.

Jeremie Malenge
Metropolitan Police

The girl, from Hackney - who cannot be named for legal reasons - appeared before the Old Bailey charged with

the murder of Jeremie Malenge (pictured), also 17.

Last night two boys - a 14-year-old from Hackney and a 17-year-old from Redbridge, north-east London - were charged with murder.

TfL responds to bus lane judgement

Leon Daniels,

Transport for London's managing director of surface transport, has responded to a ruling over who can use bus lanes. The court ruled black cabs were distinct from minicabs, so being allowed to use bus lanes did not amount to an economic advantage.

He said: "Our policy on bus lanes was upheld by the High Court. We welcome the opinion from the Advocate General and now the European Court of Justice, but ultimately await the decision of the Court of Appeal.

"As this process continues we are maintaining our well-understood and effective policy that helps to keep London moving in the interest of everyone."

Runaway horse in Wimbledon

A runaway horse startled walkers after throwing its rider and making its way back to the stable at high speed yesterday,

reports This Is Local London.

An alarmed eye-witness said she was almost knocked down on Wimbledon Common by the errant horse, which it later transpired had come from the Ridgway Stables in Wimbledon Village.

'Gun shot' crash victim named

A man found dead in a burning car that had hit a bus stop in London

has been named as father-of-two Michael Paxman.

The fatal crash happened near the Old Kent Road junction with Albany Road
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The 32-year-old was seen driving a black Audi RS4 on the Old Kent Road at 02:20 on Sunday. Emergency services were called to the crash seven minutes later.

The Met said it is still investigating why there were holes in the car but said despite speculation there was no supporting evidence that the vehicle had been shot at in the moments before Mr Paxman's death.

Teacher 'gave in to temptation'

Sentencing Stuart Kerner, Judge Joanna Greenberg QC said of the teenage pupil with whom Kerner had an affair: "Her friends described her, accurately in my view, as stalking you.

"If grooming is the right word to use, it was she who groomed you, (and) you gave in to temptation."

The judge said Kerner was "emotionally fragile" due to complications with his wife's pregnancy.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9

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The headlines

this hour include:

  • A 14-year-old boy has become the latest person to be charged with murdering a teenager from Dalston who was stabbed to death in Hackney.

Teacher sentenced for affair with pupil

An ex-religious studies teacher has received a suspended 18-month jail sentence after he was found guilty of having an illicit sexual affair with a teenage pupil.

Stuart Kerner, 44, had sex with the girl at school and at his home when she was 16. Judge Joanna Greenberg QC said it was apparent that the victim had become "obsessed" with Kerner.

Third bolt falls from 'Cheesegrater'

A number of large steel bolts are being replaced on the Cheesegrater skyscraper in London after a third bolt fell off.

London skyline
AFP

British Land said the third bolt fractured and was caught by tethering which had been put in place around the Leadenhall Building.

Watch: A sunny afternoon

Occasional wintry showers will clear away to the east followed by a mostly dry afternoon.

The weather from the BBC
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Cloud and rain will reach western parts by this evening.

The top temperature will be 7C (45F).

Bus lanes judgement

Tom Edwards

Transport correspondent, London

tweets: Reliably informed EC bus lanes judgement returns to Court of Appeal then last appeal is with Supreme Court.