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  1. Updates from Friday 30 January 2015

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That's all for this week's BBC Local Live for London.

Join Beth Rose from 08:00 on Monday where she'll have all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates. Have a great weekend.

Cold and breezy

It will be a cold and breezy night with some clear spells allowing frost and icy stretches.

Some wintry showers are possible early tomorrow, with a risk of slight snow accumulations across The Chilterns by the morning.

Lows of -2C (28F)

Remembering Churchill

Churchill wreath

Earlier, the Churchill family threw a wreath into the Thames after the barge Havengore, which carried the body of the late former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, sailed up to the Houses of Parliament to retrace the route of

his funeral 50 years ago.

Churchill famously adopted the 'V for Victory' gesture during WWII.

'Losers', drunks and sport

BBC London News


Boris Johnson has been criticised for describing men who join religious extremist groups such as Islamic State as "losers" who are likely to be users of pornography.

We'll also be looking at a scheme whereby drinkers in Croydon could be breathalysed to stop drunk people getting into pubs and club and why are an increasing number of young Londoners applying to go to university?

Plus all the sport news ahead of a full weekend of action.

Join us at 18:30 on BBC One.

Drake set for Wireless

This year's line-up for the Wireless Festival

has been announced.

After being forced to cancel last year due to illness, Canadian rapper Drake is set to headline this year's event in Finsbury Park.

Drake and Nicki Minaj

He'll be joined by David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J and Avicii.

Read all about it


If you're planning a relaxing weekend, then take a look at

Buzzfeed's guide to the best books which feature London.

These include Brick Lane by Monica Ali, the Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon and Londoners by Craig Taylor.

Churchill remembered

Thanks to Annmarie Meredith for

tweeting us pictures of the commemorations for Winston Churchill's funeral.

Churchill commemoration

See the

BBC's coverage of the anniversary event.

EasyJet backs Heathrow

Budget airline easyJet, which has its biggest UK base at Gatwick, has come out in favour of expanding Heathrow airport.

In a submission to the

Airports Commission, the airline company said expanding Heathrow would provide greater passenger and economic benefits.

The Press Association says the move will be seen as a surprise, but easyJet will argue it would happily set up a base at Heathrow in addition to Gatwick if expansion was allowed.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Four men who attacked and savagely beat a university lecturer in his home in Wimbledon have been jailed.

Det Insp Daniel O'Sullivan, who led the investigation, tells us in our

17:00 bulletin, it was thanks to people coming forward with information that one of the men was found.

Chelsea close to signing winger

Ben Smith

BBC Sport

Chelsea are close to finalising a

£23.3m deal to sign Fiorentina's 26-year-old winger Juan Cuadrado.

Juan Cuadrado

The Colombian has already agreed personal terms with the Premier League leaders and the clubs are concluding the final details of the move.

Hospital helipad work begins

Work has begun to build a £3.5 million helipad on the roof of King's College hospital,

blogs Ross Lydall.

The breakthrough, after years of fundraising, was heralded as a major advance for trauma patients among the 5.5 million population of south-east London and Kent.

At present, helicopters have to land in Ruskin Park, with critically ill patients transferred by road ambulance to the hospital, in Denmark Hill - which takes 25 minutes.

Clowning around

Coulrophobics avert your peepers now,

says the Londonist as a pratfall of clowns are set to descend on east London this Sunday, for the 69th Annual Clowns Service.

Clown service

Back in 2013, BBC London's Andy Dangerfield went along to the service, which pays homage to the man seen as the father of modern clowning - Joseph Grimaldi.

News on the hour

Paul Murphy-Kasp

Journalist, BBC London

Join me for the

16:00 bulletin where I'll have the latest news for the capital.

This includes

four men being sentenced for a brutal aggravated burglary.

I'll also have the latest on a

police marksman pleading not guilty to murder, a report by King's College which found more than a
third of children in England are obese or overweight and men who provide sperm so that lesbians can become pregnant should not be described as a "donor".

Smokers and swimming in the Thames

Vanessa Feltz

Presenter, BBC London 94.9

If you've missed any of the show this week, listen to the highlights on

my podcast.

This week we talked about whether pregnant smokers should be offered vouchers to give up and plans for a swimming pool in the Thames.

Remembering Churchill

Earlier, Randolph Churchill and Celia Sandys, the great-grandson and granddaughter of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, laid a wreath at his statue on Parliament Square to mark the 50th anniversary of his funeral.

Winston Churchill's granddaughter and great grandson lay at wreath

QPR 'not close' to making signings

BBC Sport

QPR are "not close" to any signings before the transfer window closes on Monday,

says boss Harry Redknapp.

Rangers sold striker Jordon Mutch to Crystal Palace on Wednesday but had a bid for Wolves forward Bakary Sako turned down.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top local story at 15:00:

Six hundred fully grown cannabis plans have been discovered in a raid in a building near Orpington.

'Vindicated by sentence'

BBC News Channel

Paul Kohler

Speaking outside court to BBC News Paul Kohler said: "

I feel vindicated by the sentence but I don't want to be vindictive about it.

"I take no pleasure in their deservedly long sentence - and it is a long sentence, and that's right and proper.

"It will be difficult for them, as it should be, but I'm not going to sit here and jump up and down looking delighted about it."

Showers with sunny spells

One or two showers are likely this afternoon with sunny spells, then it should be mainly dry by evening. Winds will be brisk throughout.

Lows of 6C (43F).

Churchill's final journey recreated on Thames

Recreation of Churchill's final journey 50 years ago

Crowds gathered to

remember Winston Churchill and watch a flotilla recreate his final journey on the River Thames.

While the numbers today could not match those of 1965, people still lined the banks to reflect and acknowledge the nation's debt to its great wartime leader.

Among them was Susan Potter, who grew up in London and was a girl when Churchill was Prime Minister. Now living in Australia, she said: "Churchill is so famous in my life. He wasn't perfect but we owe him a lot, even today."

Filming in process

If you head down to BBC Broadcasting House in Portland Place you may catch a glimpse of Hugh Bonnevillle filming the new series of


Filming W1A

Victim's court plea

In his witness statement,

Mr Kohler wanted to know why the men had targeted his home.

Paul Kohler arrives at court with his wife Samantha MacArthur
Paul Kohler arriving at court with his wife Samantha MacArthur

In sentencing, the judge told the defendants: "This explanation would help them all but your mitigation did not help at all or was at odds with what others had said.

"Without this explanation he understandably questions the true value of any remorse expressed."

Victim 'repeatedly punched in the face'

Paul Kohler
Paul Kohler said the attack destroyed the calm of a family evening

The four men burst in wearing scarves to conceal their identities and blue latex gloves.

Tychon shouted "Where's the money?" and Mr Kohler screamed "You've got the wrong address", the court heard.

Mr Kohler was pushed to the floor and Honc sat on him and repeatedly punched him in the face while another man kicked him in the head.

He was also threatened by Tychon, who held a wooden cabinet door over his head ready to swing it down on him.

Two of the burglars went upstairs, pushed Ms MacArthur and covered her face, threatening to hurt her if she moved.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The BBC's Keith Doyle was in for court for the sentencing of four men jailed for attacking university lecturer Paul Kohler in Wimbledon.

Hear his report on what happened in the

14:00 bulletin.

Watch: Victim describes attack

Days after he was attacked,

Mr Kohler was interviewed by BBC London.

He said: "It is phenomenally terrifying... you almost stand outside of it and look on as if it's some gangster movie."

Previous convictions

The court heard that, apart from Honc, all the other defendants have long criminal records in their home country, with 32 convictions between them.

Pawel Honc, Mariusz Tomaszewski, Dawid Tychon and Oskar Pawlowicz
Met Police
Clockwise L-R: Pawel Honc, Mariusz Tomaszewski, Dawid Tychon and Oskar Pawlowicz

Pawlowicz has also been convicted in the UK for a raft of offences including sexual assault and affray.

'Drugs and alcohol a factor in attack'

Sentencing the men, Judge Susan Tapping said they had targeted Mr Kohler's house either because they had the expectation of finding items of "significant value" to steal or because they chose the wrong address to collect a debt.

She said all the defendants had been under a combination of drugs and alcohol on the day of the attack.

Paul Kohler
Met Police

Paul Kohler, 55, suffered a fractured eye socket, a fracture to his left jawbone, a broken nose and bruising that left him "utterly unrecognisable" during the attack at his home in Wimbledon, south London, last August.

Jail sentences outlined

The details of the burglars and their jail sentences are:

  • Pawel Honc, 24, of no fixed abode, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and aggravated burglary. He was sentenced to 19 years
  • Mariusz Tomaszewski, 32, of Crusoe Road, Mitcham, south London, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and aggravated burglary. He was also sentenced to 19 years
  • Oskar Pawlowicz, 30, of Pitcairn Road, Mitcham, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary. He was jailed for 13 years
  • Dawid Tychon, 29, of no fixed abode, also pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and was sentenced to 13 years

BreakingBurglars jailed


Four Polish burglars who took part in a raid which left university lecturer Paul Kohler "savagely" beaten have been given sentences at Kingston Crown Court of up to 19 years.

Lunchtime bulletin

Sonja Jessup

Presenter, BBC London News

I'll have the lunchtime news just after

13:30 on BBC One.

This'll feature news that more pupils from London have applied to British Universities than ever before- and figures also show a record high in the number from disadvantaged backgrounds applying.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


A gang of burglars who beat a university law professor until he was "utterly unrecognisable" will be sentenced this afternoon.

Find out more in the

13:00 bulletin.

Costa banned

BBC Sport

Chelsea striker Diego Costa

has been banned for three matches after stamping on Liverpool's Emre Can.

The Blues player will miss tomorrow's Premier League meeting with title rivals Manchester City at Stamford Bridge

Qatari royals' home plan rejected

BBC London 94.9's Anjana Gadgil

tweets: The Regents Park villa where Qatari royals wanted a £200m palace. Westminster (council) said no

Regents Park villa

The Guardian reports that they wanted to knock two homes together to create a lavish palace with 17 bedrooms, 14 lounges, four dining rooms, a swimming pool, a cigar lounge, a cinema and a juice bar.

Nuisance calls

Redbridge police

tweet: Several reports by the elderly stating that they have had calls from someone claiming to be a police officer asking for personal information.

They add: "This caller is not part of the police, please do not provide any personal information over the phone."

Watch: Churchill's funeral

BBC Parliament is showing a repeat of its live transmission of

Winston Churchill's funeral.

Winston Churchill's funeral

Held 50 years ago today, events are taking place throughout the day to remember the former war-time leader.

Boris: Extremists are losers

BBC Politics

Boris Johnson has described men who join religious extremist groups such as Islamic State as

"losers" who are likely to be users of pornography.

The Mayor of London told

The Sun those turning to violence had low self-esteem and were unsuccessful with women.

He cited an MI5 report into extremism that had compiled psychological profiles of jihadists.

News on the hour

Will Shindler

BBC London 94.9

In the

news at 12:00, I'll have all the news in London you need to know including a police marksman pleading not guilty to murder, the city's housing crisis and Winston Churchill is remembered - hear what his great grandson has to say about the events being held today across London.

Your Dippy photos

Yesterday we reported the Natural History Museum in London was to replace the plaster-cast model of a Diplodocus skeleton, known as 'Dippy', with a full skeleton of a blue whale in 2017.

Dippy in the middle of a gala dinner, 2013. Photo by Robert Cato
Robert Cato

We asked you for some of your photos and stories of the most-famous dinosaur in Kensington and here they are.