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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 21 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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Beth Rose

BBC News Online

That's all for Local live today. Rebecca Cafe will be back from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London.

Have a good evening.

Sleet in places

This evening and tonight there will be some isolated light rain or sleet in places, but this should die away by midnight.

A good deal of cloud will persist into the early hours, but any breaks in the cloud could allow the odd mist or fog patch to form.

Minimum temperature: -2C (28F).

Teatime news

BBC London News

TV

On the programme at 18:30 on

BBC One: Find out more about the man who claims he was left brain damaged after taking part in a drugs trial.

And we hear from the prisoner of war who survived an epic walk from Poland into Germany.

Met warning after men approach girls

Detectives in Lambeth are investigating three reports of a man or men approaching schoolchildren and suggesting they go with them.

The first incident occurred on Thursday at about 17:00 in Sancroft Street, when a 10-year-old girl was approached.

The second happened yesterday at 07:20 in Kennington Lane when an 11-year-old girl was approached by two men and the third happened today at 08:30, also on Kennington Lane, when a 16-year-old girl was approached by a man. Scotland Yard is linking the incidents.

Canary Wharf gets helicopter

Canary Wharf is set to get a new helicopter service which will fly important documents out to financial districts around the world.

DHL helicopter
DHL

The DHL chopper will transport important documents to Heathrow Airport, enabling them to be flown out of the UK on passenger planes and delivered to financial hubs in New York, Boston and Chicago within one day.

Listen: Hidden parliament

Plenty of what goes on in Parliament almost never gets reported - outside of the main debates and the big committee hearings, all kinds of law-making and discussion goes on, almost invisibly.

House of Lords interior
AFP/Getty Images

Mark D'Arcy goes on a day's safari to

find out what happens away from the camera's prying eyes.

Should fathers be present at childbirth?

BBC London 94.9

Radio

On Drivetime with Eddie Nestor: Research by

University College London has found the
presence of partners may exacerbate the pain of childbirth rather than being a calming influence.

Eddie admits he was there for the birth of his children "because I had to be, not because I wanted to be", so is it important for fathers to be present?

You can listen live to the debate on

BBC London 94.9 and contact the team on 020 7224 2000.

Arsenal sign Bielik

BBC Sport

Arsenal have signed teenage midfielder Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw for a reported £2.4m.

Krystian Bielik
Arsenal.com

Bielik, 17, who underwent his medical at Arsenal last week, signed for Legia from their Polish rivals Lech Poznan in July and has made six appearances in all competitions this season.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The lead story at 17:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9:

A court at the Old Bailey's heard a mother and her lesbian lover, killed her daughter after developing a relationship centred around fictional characters.

Women Fashion Power

Curator Donna Loveday adjusts a Gareth Pugh dress worn by Lady Gaga made of shredded black bin bags as part of the Women Fashion Power exhibition at the

Design Museum.

Women Fashion Power
PA

Vulnerable children 'not protected'

Vulnerable children in Waltham Forest are not being properly protected by the council, according to an
Ofsted report.

Waltham Forest Guardian said Ofsted found the authority was failing to meet minimum requirements in all safeguarding categories.

Councillor Mark Rusling said he was pleased with the feedback and was "confident that we'll be able to deliver improvement plans".

Child's eye view of micro scooter

Even wondered why scooters are so popular with children? Well take look at a journey on wheels with four-year-old Arlo as he takes a

tour of two south east London parks on his micro scooter.

View of scooter
BBC

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The lead story at 16:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: A mother and her lesbian lover, killed her daughter after developing a relationship centred around fictional characters, a court at the Old Bailey has heard today.

Poisoned spy inquest set to open

The

public inquiry into the death of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko is set to open at the
Royal Courts of Justice next week.

Alexander Litvinenko
Getty Images

Mr Litvinenko died more than eight years ago at

University College Hospital after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210. He had been meeting two Russian men one of whom was a former KGB officer.

'Evil daughter'

The Old Bailey was told that in the months leading up to Ayesha's death

Ms Muddar repeatedly communicated her hatred of the child to her lover, with texts such as: "You have no right to ever love or like your evil daughter" and "Your daughter will pay".

Before Ayesha's death at the family home in Chadwell Heatha neighbour heard a child sobbing and screaming in the night, the court heard.

Ms Muddar and Ayesha's mother, Polly Choudhury, deny murder as the trial continues.

Fictional Facebook 'soulmate'

Ayesha was found dead in her bedroom after suffering more than 50 injuries to her head, body and limbs, including carpet burns, jurors were told.

Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC said Kiki Muddar and Polly Chowdhury struck up a close friendship and in 2012, Ms Muddar moved in home forcing Ms Choudhury's husband to sleep downstairs.

Police cordon in Broomfield Road
BBC

Ms Muddar also

created a fictional Facebook character called Jimmy Chowdhury who Ms Choudhury believed was her soulmate. When a sexual relationship developed between the women Ms Choudhury allegedly believed she was having sex with her soulmate "through the medium of Kiki".

Woman 'hated' lover's daughter

A mother and her lesbian lover killed her "evil" daughter after getting caught up in a web of fictional characters on Facebook and text, the Old Bailey has heard.

Kiki Muddar, 43, created a set of male alter egos and controlled and seduced Polly Chowdhury, 35, turning her against her eight-year-old daughter Ayesha Ali who was found dead at their Chadwell Heath home in August.

Muddar is alleged to have expressed her hatred for the child in a series of phone calls and texts and even pretended to have cancer, blaming the eight-year-old for making her condition worse. Both women deny murder.

Watch: Police spy 'should be sacked'

In 2014, the

Metropolitan Police paid £425,000 to a woman whose child was fathered by a man she did not know was an undercover police officer.

Bob Lambert
BBC

Former Special Branch detective Bob Lambert has apologised for his actions but his

critics are campaigning for him to be sacked from his job at
London Metropolitan University.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The lead story at 13:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: A mother has gone on trial accused of the murder of her eight-year-old daughter.

Polly Chowdhury, 35, and another woman, Kiki Muddar, 43, of Ilford, who are alleged to have had a sexual relationship, are accused of murdering Ayshea Ali.

Football gossip

BBC Sport

According to the Daily Mirror Tottenham are hoping to persuade Everton to

sell them Belgium winger Kevin Mirallas - who missed a penalty against West Brom on Monday - and are willing to offer Aaron Lennon, also 27, in part exchange.

Kevin Mirallas
PA

While

Chelsea want to sign Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado, 26, but may have to sell Germany forward Andre Schurrle, 24, and 22-year-old Egypt winger Mohamed Salah first.

'Severe delays'

London Underground's Metropolitan line

tweets: Severe delays to all destinations due to an earlier signal failure at King's Cross.

Operation Whipcord arrests

Twelve men and a woman aged between 16 and 30 have been arrested after dawn raids in Southwark as part of Operation Whipcord which is cracking down on drug and gang-related crime in the Bermondsey and Walworth areas.

Aerial image of raid
Met Police

A total of 21 warrants were executed from 04:00 with officers seizing weapons including CS gas, knives and a Taser as well as uncovering quantities of class A and B drugs, including what is believed to be a kilo of cocaine and £10,000 in cash.

'Mindfulness opera' to open

The

world's first "mindfulness opera" will feature silence, yoga, communal eating and washing up when it is launched by the
Barbican in September.

Frederic Wake-Walker and Rolf Hind
Carys Lavin

The four-hour show Lost in Thought is based on an extended meditation, including periods of rest and will see performers including mezzo-soprano Lore Lixenberg mingle with the audience.

Star Wars fan to sell £100k memorabilia

A Star Wars fan from Croydon is

selling his collection of toys estimated to be worth up to £100,000 so he can buy a house for his wife and child.

Darth Vader and R2-D2
Vectis Auctions

Craig Stevens, the former chairman of the UK Star Wars Fan Club and a Lego artist, has been collecting the toys since he was seven and he has a rare Boba Fett figure which is expected to sell for about £15,000.

His collectables are being sold through Vectis Auctions in Stockton.

Mother's 'lover created fictional hate characters'

Rebecca Cafe

BBC News

During the opening speeches the prosecution alleged Ms Mudhar created fictional characters to turn the mother, Polly Chowdhury, against the child.

One character, a spiritual Muslim man called skyman, apparently communicated to Ms Chowdhury via text messages and said thing's such as "your daughter will be destroyed" and "you have no right to ever love or like your evil daughter".

Mother and 'lover' tried over daughter's death

Rebecca Cafe

BBC News

A mother has gone on trial accused of the murder of her eight-year-old daughter.

Polly Chowdhury, 35, of Broomfield and another woman, Kiki Muddar, 43, of Ilford, who are alleged to have had a sexual relationship, are accused of murdering Ayshea Ali.

At the Old Bailey the prosecution alleges that Ms Mudhar expressed a hatred of Polly Chowdhury's daughter and created fictional characters to turn the mother against the child. Both deny the charges.

Met criticised over £500k posters

The mayor's policing unit has been criticised for spending £500,000 on a poster campaign praising the

Met's efforts to tackle crime.

Met poster campaign
BBC

Andrew Dismore from the

London Assembly's Labour party said the money should have been spent on frontline services, and would have paid the salaries of 17 extra police officers for a year.

During Mayor's Question Time Boris Johnson responded: "It is important to inform the public about what their officers are doing and what is going on in their neighbourhoods."

Winter flurries possible

The rest of today will remain cold and rather cloudy with the odd wintry flurry possible at times, especially across the North Downs.

Top Temperature: 3C (37F).

Lunchtime programme

BBC London News

TV

On the programme at 13:30 on

BBC One: A man is suing a pharmaceutical company for more than £1m for brain injuries he believes he suffered after taking part in an experimental drug trial.

And with the UK facing a shortage in engineering jobs, a computer firm has teamed up with University College London in a bid to encourage more young people to go into computing.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The lead story at 13:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: A 21-year-old woman from Hounslow has pleaded not guilty to advising a man how to travel from the UK to Syria.

Radio opportunity

BBC London 94.9

tweets: Looking for first time runners in this years
@LondonMarathon for
@bbclondon949 please contact Jamie.collins@bbc.co.uk

Watch: Top toys for 2015

The London Toy Fair has been running for 62 years, and is a chance for toy makers to show off their products for the new year.

Pikachu dancing with London Toy Fair visitor
BBC

The BBC visited the event to

get a flavour of what was on offer.

45% support Gatwick expansion

A YouGov poll says there is growing support for the expansion of

Gatwick Airport.

Croydon Advertiser reported the

survey, on behalf of the airport's owners, showed 45% of Londoners believe Gatwick is the best choice for a new runway, compared with 39% favouring
Heathrow.

#SaveKeith

Following a day on the London Eye Fleur Bragaglia

tweets: Have you seen Keith? Lost yesterday around Waterloo Station. #savekeith

keith
Fleur Bragaglia

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The lead story at midday in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: A 21-year-old woman from Hounslow has pleaded not guilty to advising a man how to travel from the UK to Syria.

Wireless charging and a latte please

Ten

Starbucks branches will start offering more than just coffee, cake and paninis in London by the end of this month with
free wireless phone charging.

Powermat
Powermat

Customers will be given an adaptor to put on their phone which will then pick up the free wireless charge.

Branches on Princes Street, Kingsway, Wardour Street, Pentonville Road, Harewood Place, Berkeley Street, Great Portland Street, Moorgate, Fleet Street, and Euston Tower will be the first to get it.

'Amazing views'

Gavin Hath

tweets: Yesterday's arrival in #London
@LondonCityAir
@British_Airways #LondonToyFair Amazing views

Flying into London
Gavin Hatch