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  1. Updates from Wednesday 28 January 2015

Live Reporting

By Elaine Okyere and Chirag Trivedi

All times stated are UK

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That's all for today's BBC Local Live. Join Rebecca Cafe tomorrow from 08:00 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for London.

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BBC London News



BBC London News at 18:30, we'll have the latest on the disruption to Thameslink services between St Pancras and Farringdon.

About 1,000 have been cancelled since Friday and part of the route will be closed from 21:00 for emergency repair works. BBC London's transport correspondent Tom Edwards will be live at Farringdon rail station.

Also on the programme, the family of a man from Wembley who

suffered a broken neck and brain damage following his arrest outside a club in Bedford say they are furious that the officers involved have not been suspended - despite being investigated by the police.

Cold and windy

Tonight will be cold and windy with mainly dry conditions and clear spells. A few scattered sleet or snow showers are also likely.

Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F)

TfL: Increasing bus workers pay could lead to fare increase

Transport for London has said increasing bus workers pay could lead to a cut in services and fare increases.

Mike Weston,

Transport for London's director of buses, said: "As in all professions, bus drivers have different levels of experience and it is only right that this can be reflected in pay.

"A 'levelling up' of pay to the highest rates would cost around £100 million a year and would result in a cut to bus services, an increase in fares, or both."

Bus workers are due to take part in three 24-hour strikes next month in a row over pay, the Unite union has announced.

Woman arrested over Redbridge hit-and-run

A 42-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run in Redbridge. The victim, Rogacs Mihaly, 53, was found at Latchford Place at the junction with Romford Road at 02:55 on Saturday.

The woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and perverting the course of justice. She has been bailed until late March, the

Met Police said.

Where's the most innovative breakfast in London?

An individually baked brioche loaf filled with sausage, lean bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, spicy baked beans, black pudding and topped with an egg, has been named the UK's Most Innovative Breakfast.

Chef Finn Baire Bat BunnyChow in Wardour Street

The award, which is part of the 2015 Best Breakfast Awards, was given to

Bunnychow in Wardour Street in central London for their Full English Bunny dish.

Care calculator

The BBC has launched an

online guide to the care system for the over-65s

Users can submit their postcode and find out how much each service costs wherever they live in the UK. The "care calculator" covers both residential care and the support provided in people's own homes, for tasks such as washing and dressing.

Russian pair 'still wanted by British police'

Two men suspected of killing Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko

are still wanted by police for murder, a counter-terrorism officer has said.

Alexander Litvinenko in 2002
Alexander Litvinenko died in London in November 2006

Det Insp Craig Mascall told the inquiry into Mr Litvinenko's death there was an "ongoing criminal investigation". Mr Litvinenko died from radiation poisoning in November 2006, following a meeting with two Russians at the Millennium Hotel in central London.

Manager's 'disgust' at nursery raid

A manager has spoken of her disgust as burglars trashed her nursery in Leytonstone, stole equipment and caused thousands of pounds of damage in a Sunday morning raid, reports the

Waltham Forest Guardian.

Trying to prevent radicalisation with humour

Divya Talwar

BBC Asian Network

At a secondary school in East London, a class of Year 9 students have had their English lesson on Shakespeare rescheduled. It has been replaced with another man's work that most of the teenagers are much more familiar with.


The classroom is full of rowdy laughter, as the students watch a film starring Humza Arshad, better known as "Badman" to his fans. Can this British Pakistani comedian, from south London,

prevent British teenagers being radicalised by extremists?

News on the hour

At 17:00, the top headline is: Thameslink passengers have been warned they face even more disruption tonight because the route between St Pancras and Farringdon will close at 21:00 tonight.

There have been significant problems on the line since Friday when a burst water main caused flooding on the track. For regular travel updates

listen to BBC London 94.9.

Star Wars figure sells for £18,000 at auction

A Star Wars toy that cost £1.50 when it came out 35 years ago has

sold at auction for £18,000.

Craig Stevens with Boba Fett figure
Craig Stevens paid £50 for the figure in 1990

The figure, of bounty hunter Boba Fett, was put up for action by Craig Stevens, from Croydon, who is a former chairman of the UK Star Wars Fan Club.

Prince Charles visits St Mary's

The Prince of Wales has been shown medical technology used to train NHS doctors and nurses and treat patients - including a pop-up inflatable operating theatre - at

St Mary's Hospital in Paddington.

Prince Charles at St Mary's hospital
Getty Images

Prince Charles visited the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust to officially open its Surgical Innovation Centre.

Thameslink to be closed from 21:00

Govia Thameslink Railway and
Network Rail will close the rail route between St Pancras and Farringdon from 21:00 because of flooding.

Passengers are advised to expect severe delays this evening.

Since the first water main burst on Friday, Thames Water has found a further four leaks and although these are said to be fixed, water is still coming into the tunnel, Network Rail said. The rail operator said the water company faces a multimillion-pound bill for the disruption.

Jury told not to let 'horror' cloud their judgment

Jurors in the trial of a British doctor accused of performing female genital mutilation have

been urged not to let their "horror" of the practice colour their judgment.

Dhanuson Dharmasena

Dhanuson Dharmasena, 32, is accused of carrying out the illegal procedure on a young mother after she gave birth at the Whittington Hospital, north London.

The married NHS doctor, of Ilford, north-east London, denies the charge. A second man, Hasan Mohamed, 41, denies encouraging and abetting the offence.

Bus drivers to stage three 24-hour walk outs


Bus drivers, who are members of the

Unite union, will walk out for 24 hours on 5 February, 13 February and 16 February as part of a campaign for a single agreement covering pay and conditions.

Unite regional officer Wayne King said: "We firmly believe that there is a simple solution to be had but sadly the refusal by the operators to engage in collective talks is risking the inevitable disruption that strike action will bring to passengers.

"Bus passengers pay one fare, so why don't bus drivers get paid the same rate for doing the same job?"

Thameslink flooding compensation

Train operator Govia said passengers can claim compensation for their delayed journeys at

Murdered wife 'devoted her life to her children'

In a statement, the family of Tahira Ahmed, who was decapitated by her husband, said: "Tahira was the kindest, most patient and gentle individual, who lived for her children and family, she devoted her life to the welfare of her children and their best possible upbringing.

Tahira Ahmed
Met police

"Her life was cut short in the most brutal manner, by a barbaric man, with out-dated and backward ideals. He caused untold damage, which will forever haunt Tahira's family and friends."

News on the hour

Will Shindler

BBC London 94.9

At 16:00, the top headline is: Thameslink passengers have been warned they face even more disruption tonight because the route between St Pancras and Farringdon will close again at 21:00 tonight.

There have been problems on the line since Friday when a burst water main caused flooding on the track.

Listen to BBC London 94.9.

BreakingBus strike announced


Bus workers in London are to stage three fresh 24-hour strikes next month in a dispute over pay, said the

Unite union.

Husband jailed for life for decapitating his wife

Naveed Ahmed was sentenced to life

with a minimum tariff of 22 years at the Old Bailey.

Naveed Ahmed
Met Police

A post-mortem examination found both Ms Ahmed's arms had been broken and she had been stabbed and decapitated.

BreakingMan jailed for decapitating wife


A man who decapitated his wife at their home in west London has been sentenced to life in prison.

Naveed Ahmed, 41, pleaded guilty to the murder of mother-of-two Tahira Ahmed, 38, in Merton Avenue, Northolt on 27 May last year.

Tesco stores to close

Supermarket giant

Tesco has named the 43 stores it is closing across the country as part of plans to cut costs. The following Tesco Express stores in London are to close on 4 April:

  • Belvedere, south east London,
  • South Tottenham High Road, north London,
  • Wealdstone, north west London,
  • Longbridge Road in Barking, east London

Network Rail calls on Thames Water to reimburse passengers

Network Rail has called on
Thames Water to reimburse customers for the disruption caused by burst water mains.

Clerkenwell tunnel

Phil Verster, route managing director, Network Rail, said: "Passengers have suffered a lot this week as a result of Thames Water's burst and leaking pipes. We expect Thames water to reimburse passengers, train operators and Network Rail for the significant consequences of these water leaks."

A spokesperson for Thames Water said "Our insurers are already involved and we'll work closely with Network Rail to review what's happened."

Thameslink flooding at Farringdon

Thames Water teams has apologised after engineers discovered water entering the tunnels near Farringdon station on Tuesday.

The water company is investigating further leaks after a burst water main in a tunnel left the Thameslink rail operator

"unable to run any trains last week returned yesterday.

Chris Featherstone, head of operational control at Thames Water said: "We're very sorry for the delays commuters have experienced since Friday. We know this is a critical job and we've got our best teams working as fast as possible to discover where this water is coming from."

Tower RNLI busiest ever year in 2014

Tower RNLI

tweets: Official
@RNLI statistics for 2014 have been released, which show the service launched 543 times, rescued 104 people and saved 16 lives.

The statistics show it was our busiest ever year in 2014 and that we were the busiest

@RNLI lifeboat station in UK and Republic of Ireland, the station

Mourinho: Stamps 'absolutely accidental'

BBC Sport

Diego Costa's alleged stamps during Chelsea's Capital One Cup semi-final win over Liverpool were "absolutely accidental", says boss Jose Mourinho.

Diego Costa and Martin Skrtel

Costa trod on Emre Can and Martin Skrtel in a second-leg tie that saw the Londoners progress after extra time. Mourinho insisted the Blues striker was blameless, claiming he was only "looking to the ball".

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


At 15:00, the top headline is: Thames Water faces a multi-million pound bill for a burst water main and several other leaks from other water pipes since Friday evening.

Severe disruption has continued all day and the rail route between St Pancras and Farringdon will again have to close tonight from from 9pm.

Passengers are advised to expect severe delays in the evening peak. Don't forget we've travel updates with Billy throughout the afternoon.

Listen to BBC London 94.9.

‘We nearly dropped Churchill’s coffin’

Lucy Wallis

BBC News

On 30 January 1965, millions of people watched the state funeral of Winston Churchill take place at St Paul's Cathedral, but what was it like for

the soldiers who carried his coffin that day?

Lincoln Perkins (in the middle of the image) carried Churchill's coffin with seven other men

"I was telling Sir Winston Churchill, 'don't worry sir, we'll look after you,' and of course I was really talking to myself, but apparently I was talking out loud because you could actually feel him sliding off the shoulders," says Lincoln Perkins.

Star Wars collection could raise £100,000

A Star Wars collector from Croydon, Craig Stevens, has put 75 of his "world-leading" collection of action figures on sale - to fund a new house - and they could raise more than £100,000 at auction, reports the

Croydon Advertiser.

Kenton by-election date set

A by-election in Kenton will take place on March 5 following the death of one of the ward's councillors, reports the

Brent and Kilburn Times.

Old Oak Common development

One of the largest regeneration schemes in London for decades has been approved by the secretary of state for communities and local government.

Old Oak Common map
Mayor of london

Old Oak Common, in north-west London, will create up to 24,000 homes and more than 55,000 jobs, according to the mayor of London's office.

Tube delays

BBC London


On the

London Underground, there are currently delays on the following lines:

  • Minor delays on District Line between Edgware Road and Wimbledon due to an earlier signal failure at High Street Kensington.
  • Minor delays on Docklands Light Railway between Bank and Lewisham due to customer incident earlier at Elverson Road.
  • Minor delays on Jubilee Line due to a trespasser on the track earlier at Wembley Park.
  • Severe delays on Metropolitan Line between Harrow On The Hill and Uxbridge and minor delays on the rest of the line due to earlier signal failure at Neasden and a trespasser on the track earlier at Wembley Park.

Spurs expectation

Andy Rowley

BBC London 94.9

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino admits the weight of expectation is on his side in

tonight's League Cup semi-final second leg against Sheffield United.

Spurs have the advantage after

winning the first leg 1-0 at White Hart Lane. The whole game is live on BBC London 94.9 this evening from 7pm.

Anti-FGM billboard campaign

Ham & High


Two former Belsize Park pupils are set to launch the UK's first billboard advertising campaign against female genital mutilation, reports the

Hampstead and Highgate Express.

The best FA Cup final?

BBC Sport

The best FA Cup final? Watch highlights from the 1987 final. @Coventry_City v @SpursOfficial

Keith Houchen of Coventry City celebrates scoring in the FA Cup Final
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

Qatar bid wins Canary Wharf battle

A Qatari-led bid has

won the battle to take over London's Canary Wharf complex after three of its major shareholders agreed to accept the £2.6bn offer.

Canary Wharf

Earlier this month, Songbird, which owns 69% of Canary Wharf Group,

advised its investors to reject the offer.

On air

BBC London News



BBC London News from 13:30, the family of a 21-year-old student from Wembley who was left with a broken neck after he was detained by police say they are no closer to understanding what happened.

There will also be the latest news on plans to transform Old Oak Common in west London.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


At 13:00, the top headline is: Gary Glitter has broken down in tears at Southwark Crown Court today as he explained to jurors why he'd been in possession of child pornography images.

Listen to BBC London 94.9.