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  1. Updates on Friday 23 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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That's all for today's BBC Local Live.

Join us at 08:00 on Monday where we'll have the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for London.

Until then, have a good weekend.

Breezier with occasional rain

A milder, breezier evening than of late, with low cloud and occasional rain arriving through the evening.

At times the rain will become heavy, perhaps giving misty conditions in places. This should clear through by the early hours leading to a late frost and some icy patches.

Lows of 0C (32F).

Coming up on TV

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

Join me at 18:30 and see the moment a have-a-go hero was confronted by a machete after he tried to stop a gang of robbers in Liverpool Street.

And the show must go on! We meet the theatre team who refused to let a total power cut in south-west London stop them from taking the final curtain call.

Chef and manager jailed

Della Callagher, 46, died from food poisoning after eating a Christmas meal served at the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch in December 2012.

Della Callagher
National News

The pub's chef and manager were

both jailed today for perverting the course of justice after they were found guilty of fabricating food safety records relating to the cooking of turkey meat.

Councils set to share staff

The GMB union says it is very concerned about the impact the proposals to share Wandsworth and Richmond council staff will have on employees.

Regional officer Paul Grafton said this announcement, to create a single staffing structure across the two boroughs by March 2017, would lead to "massive job losses on top of those which have already taken place".

National Gallery staff to go on strike

The PCS union's general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "This reckless sell-off plan risks damaging the worldwide reputation of what is one of the UK's greatest cultural assets, and we are determined to stop it."

National Gallery

Councils to share staff

Wandsworth and
Richmond councils' plan to share staff will be focused on reducing spending on senior management, the authorities have said.

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: "The time is now right to make further savings behind the scenes whilst helping to ensure Wandsworth's residents enjoy the same levels of key services as they do now."

Council 'slammed' over property

Ham & High


Tenants of a property taken over by Camden Council because its landlord had left it infested with cockroaches and open to raw sewage have

accused the council of being even worse managers.

We have been handed a letter signed by more than half of the 12 tenants at the HappyVale Hotel in Mornington Crescent, complaining that conditions at the bedsit-style property have become "much worse" since it was taken over in June of last year.


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Watch: Bystander tackles robber

CCTV has been released of a bystander

tackling a machete wielding robber after a smash-and-grab raid on a luxury City of London jewellers.

man tackles machete-wielding robber
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Three men on mopeds reportedly used sledgehammers to smash the shop windows before fleeing.

Officers chased three of the men to a car park in Gravel Lane where one man was arrested. The two others remain on the run.

Life after London bombings

Saffron Howden

Sydney, Australia

Gill Hicks lost both legs and was close to death after she was caught in an explosion in the London underground in 2005.

Gill Hicks in Adelaide, January 2015

But her own determination and a strong empathy for the plight of others has helped her

create a "second life".

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Coming up

in the 17:00 bulletin, hear the latest on:

Rail investment London-centric?

via Facebook

MPs have claimed that rail investment had been

focused on London "for far too long".

On BBC London's Facebook page, John Parker wrote: "As long as the trains are in working condition, safe, and comfortable - I really do not see a problem.

"London is the country's front yard, so to speak, so naturally more effort would be made to have it looking the best."

But Mark Hill says: "That's why most people outside of the south east think all governments are londoncentric!"

Have your say.

Eastenders stars to reminisce

Former soap adversaries Pam St Clement and Barbara Windsor spend a night in on the sofa watching old EastEnders clips and reminiscing over life in Walford for a Gogglebox-style show, Back To Ours, beginning on iPlayer next week.

Pam St Clement and Barbara Windsor

BBC Entertainment says the spin-off series forms part of anniversary celebrations for EastEnders, which celebrates 30 years in February.

Weekend football

Pete Stevens

Sport editor, BBC London

This weekend on BBC London 94.9, it's the FA Cup fourth round.

On Saturday, Crystal Palace are away to Southampton - hear the match on 94.9fm and


We'll also have commentary for Sunderland v Fulham

online and on BBC London digital radio, while commentary of Tottenham v Leicester will be
online only.

Farringdon floods

Tom Edwards

Transport correspondent, London

Thameslink services tonight cut to almost a quarter due to this severe flooding at Farringdon.

This is due to deep flooding from a 16 in (40cm) burst water main in a tunnel between Farringdon and St Pancras International.

For more travel updates visit

BBC London Travel or on Twitter

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


City of London Police are appealing for witnesses to a smash and grab at a jewellers in Liverpool Street to get in touch.

A police officer and city worker were threatened with a machete during the armed robbery just after 14:30 yesterday.


16:00 bulletin has more detail.

National Gallery staff to go on strike

Staff at the National Gallery have voted to go on strike over plans to bring in a private company to manage services including ticketing, security and information.

The Public and Commercial Services union said its members at the London gallery had backed walkouts by more than nine to one.

Night Tube costs

Tom Edwards

Transport correspondent, London

TSSA Union claims minutes of a meeting show London Underground admits night Tubes will not break even until 2033 and will lose £19m in first year.

Councils set to share staff

Proposals announced today by

Wandsworth and
Richmond would see the creation of "a single staffing structure" across the two boroughs by March 2017.

The councils predict savings of up to £10m per year in each authority. In a statement Wandsworth Council said savings are required as local government "makes its contribution to reducing the national budget deficit".


BBC London's Charlotte Franks

tweets: Filming at London Ambo HQ today... Just trying to get the dolly in the right position.

Filming at London Ambulance Service HQ

Tube worker stabbed at station

Nick Brown, LU's Chief Operating Officer, said:

"This was a horrible, unprovoked attack towards our Customer Service Assistant who was just doing his job.

"Our staff should be allowed to carry out their daily work duties without fear of attack from the public.

Thanks to the work and efforts of the British Transport Police this offender has been arrested and we will continue to work with our policing partners to identify offenders and push for the toughest penalties for anyone who abuses our staff."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Coming up at 13:00: A London Tube worker has been stabbed in the face this morning at Lancaster Road tube station.

Tottenham Court Road gets green light

Plans for a £41m revamp of Tottenham Court Road have been given the go ahead by

Camden Council.

New park plans
Camden Council

The project will create five new public spaces, including a new pedestrianised plaza at the foot of the Centre Point building.

A new park is planned for Alfred Place off Tottenham Court Road.

Hammers want Scotland captain

BBC Sport

West Ham are

interested in signing Darren Fletcher from Manchester United, says Hammers boss Sam Allardyce.

The Scotland captain, 30, has made 342 appearances for United but just five starts under boss Louis van Gaal and has six months left on his contract.

Farringdon floods

National Rail has tweeted this picture of the flooded track between Farringdon and St Pancras.

Farringdon flooding

Thameslink say some trains are running from Farringdon but this may change.

Passengers have been advised to keep across its

Twitter feed for the latest.

Paddington delays

A signalling problem at London Paddington is causing delays of up to 30 minutes to all services to and from the station.

Network Rail says there is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 15:30.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


In the

14:00 bulletin, Colleen Harris will have the latest on the man who was stabbed in the face at Lancaster Gate Station.

Girl was 'going out' with Gary Glitter

A 12-year-old girl who allegedly had sex with Gary Glitter told her brother she was "going out" with the singer,

Southwark Crown Court has heard.

The alleged victim - now aged 50 - says the singer had sex with her at a hotel after a show in Leicester, in 1977.

Gary Glitter, 70, - whose real name is Paul Gadd - denies 10 charges relating to three girls.

Chef and manager jailed

Della Callagher died and 30 others fell ill

after eating at the Railway Hotel on Christmas Day 2012.

The Railway Hotel pub

Clostridium perfringens bacterium, a common cause of food poisoning, was found in samples taken from the affected diners.

Lunchtime news

Victoria Hollins

Journalist, BBC London

On the

lunchtime news: A former hedge fund manager has been jailed for 13 years for conning investors out of more than £350m- we'll hear from our reporter at Southwark Crown Court.

The Tottenham Court Road area is going to get a multi-million pound facelift, including plans to part pedestrianise the road itself. We'll hear from cab drivers who are opposed to the plans.

And it looks set to be one of the hits of London's cultural calendar- tens of thousands of more tickets have gone on sale for the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the V&A.

Bright and breezy

A bright afternoon with some sunshine, although an increasing breeze will eventually bring cloudier conditions in by dusk.

Top temperatures of 6C (43F)

Jeweller talks fashion

Brenda Emmanus

Journalist, BBC London

Jeweller Shaun Leane talks work and friendship with the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen ahead of the long awaited V&A exhibition.

Brenda Emmanus with jeweller Shaun Leane

See the interview on BBC London's lunchtime news at

13:30 on BBC One.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Coming up at 13:00: A London Tube worker has been stabbed in the face this morning.

Police were called to the booking hall at Lancaster Gate just after 10:30.

A 40-year-old man was arrested at the station, and the member of staff has been taken to hospital.

The station re-opened shortly after midday.

Taxi drivers set to challenge Tottenham Court Road plan

Proposals for a £41m revamp of Tottenham Court Road include banning cars during daylight hours six days a week.

An artist's impression of improvements to be made on Tottenham Court Road
Camden Council

But the plans - which include banning taxis - are set to be legally challenged by the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA).

Chef and manager jailed


A pub chef and his manager have been jailed for perverting the course of justice after a Christmas dinner served in December 2012 at the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch, east London, left a woman dead from food poisoning.

Chef Mehmet Kaya was jailed for 12 months while manager Ann-Marie McSweeney was sentenced to 18 months by Snaresbrook Crown Court.

A&E tracker

Waiting times in A&E units in England have improved to their best level since November - but the target is still being missed, figures show.

But how well is your local A&E coping?

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the BBC News tracker to see.

New Malden redevelopment announced

Another major New Malden redevelopment project will go to public consultation next month,

reports the Surrey Comet.

Plans to create 93 flats in New Malden House, the former Spillers Building in Blagdon Road, will go on show in February, at the redevelopment site.