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  1. Updates from Thursday 15 January 2015

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Good evening

Andy Dangerfield

BBC News Online

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

I'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the capital.

Winds easing overnight

It will continue rather breezy this evening, with some scattered blustery showers sweeping across the city at times. These showers will fade away this evening. It will then turn drier and colder with a frost developing in prone rural locations near Epping and Rickmansworth. Winds will also ease after midnight.

Minimum temperature: 0C (32F).

Origami boat launched

A giant origami boat captained by a descendent of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel has been

launched on a lake in Southwark.

Boat on the lake
Mike Buck

Engineer Morwenna Wilson, 32, who is a direct descendent of Brunel, captained the maiden voyage.

Diesel drivers targeted

Islington Council is set to charge diesel car owners £96 extra a year for parking permits, reports the

Islington Gazette.

It says the council hopes the move will lead to a gradual abandonment of diesel vehicles before the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) is launched in 2020.

Gallery reopens


Guildhall Art Gallery has reopened after a refurbishment.

Pictures being hung at the Guildhall Gallery

The pictures were re-hung for the first time in 15 years.

Wales international extends deal

Fulham youngster George Williams has

signed an extension to his contract with the Championship club.

George Williams
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The 19-year-old midfielder will remain at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2018, with his new deal having the option of an extra year.

On air

BBC London News



tonight's show at 18:30 with Asad Ahmad, we'll have the latest on the fallout from a teacher being sentenced for having sex with a pupil.

A family from Bexleyheath talk of their outrage at being offered a property in Manchester after their landlord evicted them as he wants to sell the property. Plus, we'll find out why more foreign tourists than ever are visiting London.

Duchess goes back to school

The Duchess of Cambridge has carried out her first engagement of the year by meeting school children at a west London primary.

Duchess of Cambridge meets school children

She was officially naming the Clore Art Room at Barlby Primary in Ladbroke Grove which is dedicated to improving creative therapy to children.


Southern Rail

tweets the 17:57 London Bridge to Brighton will start from East Croydon due to a member of train crew being unavailable.

On the roads, a lane on the A13 at Beckton Flyover is blocked eastbound due to a broken down car. Traffic is already heavy so expect delays.

For the latest information go to our

travel page or follow us on Twitter

Arsenal duo out for three months

BBC Sport

Arsenal pair Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy have been

ruled out for three months each after having surgery.

Mikel Arteta and mathieu Debuchy
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Midfielder Arteta, 32, had a bony spur removed from his left ankle, which the club said has been causing him "significant discomfort" for months, while defender Debuchy had an operation on a shoulder he dislocated in the win over Stoke.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Coming up in the

17:00 bulletin:

  • The former chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre says a judge who gave a suspended sentence to a teacher who had sex with a pupil should never be allowed to hear a similar case again

War Child gigs

The line up for a series of intimate charity shows for War Child has been announced.

The dates are:

  • The Vaccines - Dublin Castle, London, 16 February
  • Duran Duran - Wilton's Music Hall, London, 19 February
  • Ride - 100 Club, London, 19 February
  • You Me At Six - Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London, 22 February
  • Bastille - Sofar Sounds House Party, London, 23 February

Millwall chairman to refund fans

BBC Sport

John Berylson will refund the cost of match tickets for fans who watched Millwall's FA Cup third-round defeat at Bradford City.

Bradford City's Andy Halliday celebrates his side's third goal
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The Lions lost 4-0 to the League One side,

having had defender Mark Beevers sent off after five minutes.


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Boy dies after bus collision

A schoolboy has died after being hit by a bus during rush hour in north London, the Metropolitan Police has said.

Fore Street, Edmonton
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The 13-year-old boy, who has not been named,

was struck on Fore Street in Edmonton at about 08:20.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


At 15:00, the top headline is: the Attorney General has revealed he is unable to review the suspended sentence of a religious studies teacher convicted of having sex with a student because his crimes are not included in the "unduly lenient" sentence scheme.

Listen live.

Free women’s self defence classes

A self-defence expert is giving free tuition to women in Islington and Hackney to protect them against violence on the streets and at home,

according to the Hackney Gazette.

Sev Necati, who grew up near London Fields and has lived in Hackney all her life, began learning self defence after she was brutally attacked by two men in a shop in Dalston, the paper says.

Blooming lovely

Hampton Court Palace

It may be misery for people in some

parts of the country with 100 mph winds and heavy snow but daffodils have already come into bloom at Hampton Court Palace in Richmond Upon Thames.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top local story this hour:

A teenage boy's been killed in a collision with a bus in north London.

Paramedics called to the scene in Fore Street in Edmonton at about 08:20 today tried to save the boy but he was pronounced dead in hospital half an hour later.

'Seventy businesses relocated'

More on the dispute between Tottenham Hotspur and a local business, standing in the way of the

club's £400m stadium redevelopment.

A Spurs spokesman said: "We have already successfully and amicably relocated more than 70 businesses in the area to the satisfaction of all parties concerned and a number of these organisations continue to reside in the borough."

Sex sentence 'cannot be reviewed'

The Attorney General's Office says a suspended sentence handed to a teacher, who had a sex with a pupil,

cannot be reviewed for being too lenient.

Stuart Kerner, 44, from Kent, received an 18-month suspended sentence for two counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust.

The teacher had an affair with the girl, then 16, at Bexleyheath Academy in south-east London.

Spurs stadium dispute firm in court challenge

A business standing in the way of Tottenham Hotspur's £400m stadium redevelopment plans has launched a High Court battle to stay put.

Paul Wood

The owners of Archway Sheet Metal Works

on Paxton Road, Tottenham, are challenging a compulsory purchase order.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


On the 14:00 bulletin: the Attorney General has revealed he is unable to review the suspended sentence of a religious studies teacher convicted of having sex with a student because his crimes are not included in the "unduly lenient" sentence scheme.


to BBC London 94.9 to find out more.

Arteta out for three months

BBC Sport

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta

has been ruled out for three months after having ankle surgery.

The 32-year-old had a bony spur removed from his left ankle which the club said has been causing him "significant discomfort" for months.

Lunchtime News

BBC London News


Coming up on BBC London's lunchtime news: the capital's sporting gender divide - we find out what's being done to get more women involved.

And in the grand reopening of the Guildhall Art Gallery, previously unseen works go on show after a huge renovation project.

Join Katharine Carpenter and the BBC London News team

at 13:30 on BBC One.

Brentford midfielder signs deal until 2016

BBC Sport

Long-serving Brentford midfielder Sam Saunders has signed an extension to his contract with the Championship club.

Sam Saunders
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Saunders has featured for Brentford four times this season, scoring twice

The 31-year-old, who has scored 27 goals in 170 appearances since joining the Bees in 2009,

will remain with the west London club until summer 2016.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The West Ham footballer Ravel Morrison has been cleared of all charges of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and her mother.

Listen live to find out more.

Drug dealer arrested in West Croydon crackdown is locked up

Croydon Guardian


A drug dealer targeted in a major police operation in

West Croydon to tackle drugs has been locked up for five years and four months.

Jason Kissi-Brown was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to three counts of supplying crack cocaine and three counts of supplying heroin on three separate occasions last November.

Portsmouth sign West Ham striker on loan

BBC Sport

Portsmouth have signed West Ham's

Paul McCallum on loan for the rest of the season with fellow striker David Connolly leaving by mutual consent.

Paul McCallum
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McCallum, 21, has had several previous loan spells in League Two with AFC Wimbledon, Aldershot and Torquay.

MI5 and Blue Peter team up

Security service MI5 is taking the unlikely step teaming up of with long-running children's show

Blue Peter - on a mission to find viewers with the skills to be spies.

Blue peter

The BBC programme is launching Project Petra which will enable a number of candidates to be put through their paces in a rigorous selection procedure with mental and physical challenges.

Teen killed in bus crash

BBC London 94.9


A teenage boy's been killed in a collision with a bus in north London.

Listen to

BBC London 94.9 to find out more.

Schoolboy killed by bus

London Evening Standard


A schoolboy has died after being hit by a bus during the morning rush hour in Edmonton, reports the Evening Standard.

The victim was knocked down in Fore Street, just after 08:00,

the newspaper reports.

NBA basketball comes to London

Bill Wilson

Business reporter, BBC News

The glamour of the NBA comes to London tonight for its ninth sell-out game as the sport

continues its drive to take basketball to new markets outside its US heartland.

New York Knicks v Milwaukee Bucks

At the O2 Arena, London this evening, the Milwaukee Bucks will take on the New York Knicks in the fifth "regular-season" competitive game in the UK, and one which sold out in record time.

Spin doctor Campbell assault denial

Alastair Campbell has

denied reports he spat at and assaulted a 61-year old man during a confrontation while out jogging near his north London home.

Alastair Campbell
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The former Labour spin doctor has published a blog after the claims were highlighted on Twitter by Respect MP George Galloway

and reported in the Ham and High newspaper.

Ruth Rendell in critical condition after stroke

Crime writer Ruth Rendell

is in a critical but stable condition after suffering a stroke, her publisher says.

Ruth Rendell
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The 84-year-old, who was born in South Woodford is best known for her series of novels featuring Chief Inspector Wexford.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


In the

11:00 bulletin: An elderly man's died this morning in a house fire in Brentford.

Tune in to find out more.

Millwall's FA Cup defeat "unacceptable"

BBC Sport

Millwall boss Ian Holloway said his team were

"dysfunctional" and their performance "unacceptable" after a 4-0 FA Cup replay defeat at Bradford.

Ian Holloway
Getty Images

The Lions would have secured a lucrative fourth-round tie with London rivals Chelsea with a win but were a man down inside six minutes.

Property in three boroughs worth more than Denmark GDP

Ham & High


Property in Westminster, Camden and Haringey has a combined value of just over £243bn, more than the GDP of Denmark,

the 35th largest economy in the world, according to the Ham & High.