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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 16 January 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return from 08:00 Monday

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By Andy Dangerfield and Chirag Trivedi

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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

News tonight

BBC London News

TV

On BBC London's news: the criminal who masterminded a gun-running operation - from his cell inside Wandsworth prison.

And hundreds of Londoners queue up to buy the magazine Charlie Hebdo while Muslim leaders ask for calm.

Watch BBC London's TV bulletin

at 18:30 on BBC One.

Passenger jailed for Boris assault

An airline passenger who

ignored warnings from Boris Johnson to calm down on a flight from the Far East has been jailed for six months.

Boris Johnson on a plane
Tom Oakes

David Morris, 43, unleashed a drink-fuelled tirade against cabin crew which saw him headbutt an attendant while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Heathrow.

Clean Bandit: White boys dominating Brits is a problem

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

Despite saying he's "hysterical" about his band's two nominations, Clean Bandit's Milan Neil Amin-Smith tells Newsbeat

he's not too comfortable with "all white boys" leading the way.

Jack Patterson, Luke Patterson, Grace Chatto and Milan Neil Amin-Smith
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Amin-Smith (pictured far right) says "It seems a bit weird and a problem".

The winners of the 2015 Brit Awards will be announced at a ceremony at London's O2 on 25 February with performances from Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith among others.

‘Friends’ join up with Tower Hamlets to save Joiners’ Arms gay pub

Hackney Gazette

Newspaper

Campaigners from the gay community in London's East End

have won backing from the Town Hall to save their local boozer which has now been declared an "asset of community value".

The victory came last night—four days after the last pint was pulled at the Joiners Arms when the lease on the premises in Hackney Road, near Shoreditch, finally ran out.

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On the

BBC London 94.9 Sports Show with Phil Parry from 13:30 you can listen to full commentary on three matches involving our local sides.

Burnley v Crystal Palace is the match on BBC London 94.9 and BBC London online, also on BBC London digital radio.

Through your TV and BBC London online you can listen to the game between

QPR and Manchester United plus you can hear coverage of the match between
Tottenham and Sunderland on BBC London online.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

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The top headline at 17:00: Scotland Yard has expressed 'heightened concern' about the potential terror risk to Jewish communities in the UK.

Listen to BBC London 94.9.

Mayor: New team will 'improve public safety'

Launching the Met Police's Roads and Transport Policing Command in Islington, north London, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "Improving roads and public transport safety is one of my top priorities.

Boris Johnson riding a bicycle in Islington
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"This new command means that for the first time ever we now have a single team focusing on doing just that."

Harvey for West End

A production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, Harvey, is to transfer to the West End in March. Notting Hill star James Dreyfus plays Elwood P Dowd - the affable man who has a six foot invisible rabbit for a friend - with Maureen Lipman as his sister, Veta.

Maureen Lipman and James Dreyfus
Gregg Stone

The show will run at the

Birmingham Rep, from 6 February, before transferring to the
Theatre Royal Haymarket in March.

James Stewart famously played the role of Elwood in a 1950 big screen version of the play and went on star in the Broadway and London revivals in the 1970s.

Hunt for YouTube 'assault' cyclist

A cyclist who filmed an argument with a van driver in which he appears to have been knocked off his bike and assaulted

has been urged to contact police.

Video of alleged cyclist assault
YouTube user DrMorocho

A video posted on YouTube shows a bike in collision with a van, before the driver and the cyclist argue and the driver appears to punch the cyclist. Essex Police said it was aware of the video, which is believed to have been filmed on the Essex/London border.

News on the hour

Will Shindler

BBC London 94.9

In the

news at 16:00.

A senior counter terrorism officer says chief constables across the UK are reviewing how to strengthen the protection of their officers, in the light of the alleged plot in Belgium and last week's deadly attacks in Paris.

Fuel fraud arrests

Two people have been

arrested on suspicion of a £200,000 fuel fraud after raids in Gillingham and Rochester in Kent, and Belvedere in south London.

Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said the pair were suspected of illegally selling kerosene as duty-paid diesel. Kerosene, or red diesel, is used by the farming industry and is "marked" with a dye to designate its lower tax duty. It can be up to 40% cheaper than diesel typically sold at petrol stations.

Police team to tackle road safety

A new police team has been created to improve safety and security on London's road and transport networks.

Met Police's Roads and Transport Policing Command
BBC

More than 2,300 officers will work with Transport for London (TfL) as part of the Met Police's Roads and Transport Policing Command. The new command has joined together the work previously done by the MPS Traffic Operational Command Unit and the Safer Transport Command.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

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On the

15:00 bulletin: A former manager of a children's home in south west London, who was due to stand trial next month for child abuse, has been found dead at his home in Sussex.

Crawley re-sign Crystal Palace goalkeeper

BBC Sport

Crawley Town have re-signed Crystal Palace goalkeeper Lewis Price on loan until the end of the season.

Lewis Price
Empics
Price has made 16 appearances for Crystal Palace since joining the Eagles in 2010

The 30-year-old Wales international had a spell with the League One strugglers earlier this season,

making four appearances for the West Sussex club.

Rotherham sign Crystal Palace defender

Championship side Rotherham United

have signed Crystal Palace defender Zeki Fryers on a month-long loan deal.

Zeki Fryers
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Zeki Fryers is an England Under-21 international

The 22-year-old joined the Eagles from Tottenham on 1 September

but has made just two appearances for the Premier League strugglers.

Ex-prostitute wins children back

A former prostitute has won a Barnet family court battle for the return of her two daughters after fighting to beat a drug habit.

The youngsters, aged eight and five, had been taken away from the woman and placed with a relative about four years ago after social workers became concerned.

But the relative has died and a judge has ruled that they should live their mother, who would get support from social services staff.

Met roads unit launch

BBC London transport correspondent Tom Edwards

tweets: Mayor launching restructured Met roads unit

Boris Johnson
Andy Dangerfield

Rubber glove 'found inside Greggs pasty'

London Evening Standard

Newspaper

A mother has told of her shock after finding part of a rubber glove inside a Greggs pasty she bought for her three-year-old daughter,

the Evening Standard reports.

Karly Hodson, 29, bought the cheese and onion pasty for £1.20 this week from the bakery in Forest Gate, east London.

Caravaggio case lost in court

The former owner of a disputed Caravaggio has lost his battle for compensation from auction house Sotheby's of London.

Cardsharps
ALAMY
The original Cardsharps is housed in Kimbell Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

Lancelot William Thwaytes sold The Cardsharps at Sotheby's in 2006 for £46,000 after being told it was by a follower of the Old Master.

The new owner subsequently insured the painting for millions - after her partner, an art expert, claimed it was in fact an original Caravaggio.

Sotheby's maintains the painting is not by the artist.

Lunchtime news

BBC London News

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On BBC London's lunchtime news: the country's largest single policing command is launched to reduce injuries on London's roads.

And beating the Melbourne heat, we speak to the Londoner and British Number 1 about burning rubber to win the Australian Open.

Tune into BBC One at 13:30.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

On the

13:00 bulletin: a former manager of a children's home in south west London, who was due to stand trial next month for child abuse, has been found dead at his home in Sussex.

Fridge fires

In the last five years in London there were 368 accidental dwelling fires cause by fridges and freezers in which 66 people were injured and seven people died,

London Fire Brigade says.

Mostly dry afternoon

Most of London will be dry this afternoon with some bright or sunny spells developing and just a small chance of an isolated shower.

Winds will be lighter than yesterday but it'll still feel cold out. Maximum temperature: 7C (45F).

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

At 12:00, the top headline is: ambulance response times in London are to be extended by two minutes in a pilot aimed at reducing the pressure on the service.

Tune into

BBC London 94.9 to find out more.

Man accused of sex abuse found dead

A former children's home manager has been found dead just weeks before he was due to stand trial over alleged historical sex abuse. Sussex Police has confirmed.

John Stingemore, 72, was due to stand trial next month charged with a string of indecent assaults on children following an investigation into alleged

abuse at Grafton Close Children's Home in Hounslow.

Ginola 'to run for Fifa presidency'

BBC Sport

Former Tottenham footballer David Ginola

says he will stand against Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency.

David Ginola
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David Ginola was PFA player of the year while at Tottenham in 1998-99

But despite the announcement, it is not certain Ginola, 47,

will actually be able to carry through his intention.

Homeless families housed in Birmingham

Wandsworth Council is to house its homeless families as far away as Birmingham, Leicester and West Bromwich, because it is too expensive to house them in the borough, the

Wandsworth Guardian reports.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

Coming up on the 11:00 bulletin: ambulance response times in London are to be extended by two minutes in a pilot aimed at reducing the pressure on the service.

Listen live to find out more.

Sam Smith leads Brits nominations

Pop star Sam Smith leads the charge at this year's Brit Awards, with five nominations,

it has been announced.

Sam Smith
AP
Smith's hit singles include Stay With Me and Money On My Mind

This year's ceremony takes place in the O2 arena in Greenwich, on 25 February.

A&Es given safe nurse staffing rules

A&E units in England are being given strict guidelines

on how many staff they need on duty to provide safe care.

The draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends one nurse for every four cubicles.

'Cyber attack war games' to be staged

The UK and US are to carry out "war game" cyber attacks on each other as part of a new joint defence against online criminals.

The first war game will involve the Bank of England and commercial banks, targeting the City of London and Wall Street, and will be followed by "further exercises to test critical national infrastructure",

Downing Street said.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

At 10:00, the top headline is: Accident and Emergency departments have again failed to meet their target of seeing 95 per cent of patients within four hours.

Listen to

BBC London 94.9 live to find out more