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  1. Updates from Thursday 22 January 2015

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That's all for the London live page today. We're back with more live news, travel, sport and weather updates from 08:00 tomorrow.

Sub zero overnight

It will be dry tonight with clear spells. A frost will form widely with mist and freezing fog patches. Mainly light winds.

Temperatures tonight
BBC

Minimum temperature: -2C (28F).

Bye Guy

A final goodbye for BBC London's home affairs correspondent Guy Smith leaving today after 13 years. Can you guess who left this message in his leaving card?

Guy Smith's leaving card
BBC

Answer: Entertainment Correspondent Brenda Emmanus.

Arrest over 2012 murder

A man wanted in connection with the murder of Margaret Sheehy in Kingston in 2012 has been arrested on his return to the UK, police have said. Sean Heiss, 30, of no fixed abode will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Here's how the Kingston Guardian reported her death at the time.

New Turbine artist

Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas, who is noted for his sculptures crafted from found objects, is to be the next figure to fill the Turbine Hall at

London's Tate Modern.

Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites
BBC

Brain injury damages

An "energetic and inquisitive" seven-year-old girl whose mind is trapped in a body that will not do what she wants has won £10.1 million damages.

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust accepted liability for the serious brain injuries suffered by Eva Totham during her delivery in October 2007 but disputed some of the damages claimed.

Bakerloo Line suspension

BBC Travel

tweets: Service suspended on Bakerloo Line between Stonebridge Park and Harrow And Wealdstone due to signal failure at N #Wembley {BR}

City robbery

Michael Jarman

tweets these pictures following the
Liverpool Street smash and grab.

Robbery cordon
Michael Jarman
Crime scene
Michael Jarman

Overground delays

National Rail

tweets: Delays to
London Overground services between London Euston and Watford Junction

Housing protest

Anna O'Neill

Reporter, BBC London

tweets: Hackney Heroine Pauline Pearce is here at #WestHendon protest march @BBCLondon949 @Eds30

Pauline Pearce
BBC

Hear Anna's report at 17:20.

Cigarette packaging

Eddie Nestor

Presenter, BBC London 94.9

On

BBC London 94.9 shortly, we're asking 'Will plain packaging on cigarettes help people give up smoking?'. Call 020 7224 2000 with your views.

News on the hour

Will Shindler

BBC London 94.9

The

headlines this hour include:

  • Lord Brittan, who in 1983 became the youngest home secretary since Winston Churchill, has died of cancer aged 75.
  • Detectives investigating three separate reports of a man or men approaching schoolchildren in Lambeth, and suggesting they go with them have arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of attempted abduction.

London sub-culture

Josephine McDermott

BBC News Online

Vice looks at London sub-cultures - normcore, cutester and health goth. No idea what they are? Read on. Hannah Ewens' journey took in a onesie shop selling £160 baby grows.

Hot to trot

And here's one photo Guy Smith, who leaves BBC London today, would probably rather forget:

Guy Smith on a Shetland pony
BBC

Lambeth vigilance

A 24-year-old man has been arrested after officers received reports of attempted child abductions in an area of south London.

Chief Insp Nick Collins said: "As a precaution we have increased patrols in the area and are talking to local schools. I would also ask parents and carers to take the opportunity to remind their children how to stay safe and not to go with strangers."

Three men on mopeds

City of London Police were called at about 14:30. They said they followed three men on mopeds and one was arrested in a car park in Gravel Lane.

Gravel Lane
Google Maps

City smash and grab

Police are looking for two men after a smash and grab at a jewellers in Liverpool Street.

City of London Police say an officer was threatened with a machete and a sledgehammer was used in the raid.

TfL Bus Alerts

tweets: Buses around Croydon are experiencing serious delays due to emergency burst water main works on St James's Rd / Wellesley Rd, til Fri 23 Jan

News on the hour

Will Shindler

BBC London 94.9

The

headlines this hour include:

  • The death has been announced of the former Conservative Home Secretary, Leon Brittan.
  • Detectives investigating three separate reports of a man or men approaching schoolchildren in Lambeth, and suggesting they go with them have arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of attempted abduction.

London dog map

Andy Dangerfield

BBC News Online

I've been on

Jo Good's Barking Hour revealing what is London's favourite pooch and asking does your postcode play a role in which puppy you pick?

Find the top five dogs

in your postcode on our interactive map.

London's music tastes

London Evening Standard

Newspaper

reports a poll has suggested people living in north London listen to classical music on their way to work while south Londoners prefer pop, rock and reggae.

Goodbye Guy

Josephine McDermott

BBC News Online

Today is BBC London home affairs correspondent Guy Smith's last day after 13 years. He is leaving for a job in PR.

His TV colleagues have kindly been mining the archive to mark the occasion. There's a touch of Partridge about this one:

Guy Smith aged 12
BBC

Johnson in Iraq

Boris Johnson has made a surprise visit to the Kurdistan region of Iraq to see the work being done to tackle Islamic State terrorists. The mayor will also use the short trip, which was made at the invitation of Kurdish prime minister Nechirvan Barzani, to boost trade links.

Brittan 'extraordinary commitment'

Lord Brittan (pictured left), who was recently caught up in a row over allegations that he failed to act on evidence of child abuse by senior figures in Westminster in the 1980s, died at his home in London.

Leon Brittan in 1985
PA

His family said: "We salute his extraordinary commitment to British public life as a Member of Parliament, Minister, Cabinet Minister, European Commissioner and Peer."

News on the hour

Will Shindler

BBC London 94.9

The

headlines this hour include:

  • Detectives investigating three separate reports of a man or men approaching schoolchildren in Lambeth and suggesting they go with them, have made an arrest
  • The latest crime figures show burglaries are falling at a greater rate in London than the rest of England and Wales

BreakingBrittan dies

BREAKING NEWS

Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan died last night at his home in London after a long battle with cancer, his family has said in a statement.

London Art Fair

London Art Fair started yesterday and is on until Sunday. The contemporary art show features 128 galleries and is on at Business Design Centre in Islington. Among the artwork on display is this self-portrait by Lucian Freud.

Lucian Freud
BBC

Arrest over attempted child grabs

A 24-year-old man has been arrested after officers received

reports of attempted child abductions in an area of south London.

Police are investigating three separate approaches which took place in a small area of Lambeth.

The Met had warned parents about a man or men approaching school children and suggesting they go with them.

The man is being held at a south London police station and has been arrested on suspicion of attempted child abduction. Patrols have been increased in the area, the police said.

'Unnatural behaviour' file

Allegations of "unnatural sexual" behaviour at Westminster contained in a file found at the National Archives may have already been seen by an inquiry into the Home Office's handling of historic sex abuse claims,

Theresa May has said.

University lecturer Dr Chris Murphy uncovered the once-classified document late last year at the archives in Kew.

Snapshot London

A window cleaner works on a building near Barclays in the financial district of Canary Wharf.

Canary Wharf window cleaner
Reuters

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

Our top local story this hour:

Latest figures show burglaries are falling at a greater rate in London than the rest of England and Wales.

Met 'magic'

MPS Helicopters

tweets: View from this mornings patrols over central London #magicbeans

View from the helicopter
MPS Helicopters

Coming up

Victoria Hollins

Journalist, BBC London

On BBC One at 13:30: We'll be speaking to a head teacher in Lambeth after a series of attempted child abductions.

Researchers are asking people in Surrey how last year's floods are affecting their health and wellbeing.

And life's about to get a little easier for eels in London's rivers. Find out how.

On this day

Lord Byron
Thinkstock

In 1561 the Elizabethan statesman and writer Francis Bacon was born in London and in 1788 Lord Byron (pictured), English poet, was born George Gordon in London. He succeeded to his title through an uncle and was known for being "mad, bad and dangerous to know".

News on the hour

Will Shindler

BBC London 94.9

The

headlines this hour include:

  • The latest figures show burglaries are falling at a greater rate in London than the rest of England and Wales
  • Cilla Black, Peter Andre, Darren Day, and the EastEnders star Jessie Wallace have accepted "substantial damages" from Mirror Group Newspapers for phone hacking, the High Court has heard

Comedy Film Festival

BFI

tweets: Get ready to laugh your socks off!
LOCO London Comedy Film Festival begins today.

Sun jury discharged

The jury in the case of four Sun employees accused of paying officials for stories has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict at Kingston Crown Court.

Glitter 'plied girl with champagne'

Singer Gary Glitter plied a 12-year-old fan with champagne, and autographed her gold jacket backstage before inviting her into a hotel room and having sex with her,

Southwark Crown Court has heard.

Gary Glitter
PA

He denies all the charges against him.

Mansion tax debate

The Economist

asks what would constitute a "mansion" outside of London. It varies "wildly", the magazine says while according to analysis by London estate agent Knight Frank, 2.5% of all residential properties in Greater London would breach the £2m mansion tax threshold.

Johnson tax payment

Boris Johnson
BBC

Boris Johnson, who has dual US-UK nationality, revealed last year he had been hit by a demand from the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in relation to the profit he made on the sale of a home in north London.

He has now paid the bill he previously called "absolutely outrageous".