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  1. Updates from Tuesday 3 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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That's all for Local Live today. Duncan Smith will be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London. Have a good evening.

Yoda moves to London

A waxwork of Yoda is set to come to London as part of an attraction featuring 11 different sets from the Star Wars films.


Workers at

Madame Tussauds used oil paint for his distinctive green skin and inserted his wispy grey hairs by hand.

'More time'

MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, Zac Goldsmith,

tweets: 90 minutes for hundreds of MPs to debate and then vote on whether to permit human genetic engineering. Surely we could have found more time.

Below freezing

This evening and tonight there will be a few light outbreaks of sleet or snow, but on the whole it will be dry.

Clear spells will allow temperatures to drop, particularly in Richmond Park and other more rural spots, with a widespread frost and some icy patches expected.

Minimum Temperature: -2C (28F).

EastEnders would become 'blancmange'

EastEnders boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins has said he will

not bring minority characters into the BBC soap just to fulfil diversity quotas.

Still from EastEnders

He told the Radio Times defining such characters with plots around ethnicity, sexuality or disability would turn the soap into "a blancmange".

Teatime bulletin

BBC London News


On the programme at 18:30 on

BBC One: A London student who joined rebel forces in Syria and posed with guns is
jailed for preparing acts of terrorism.

Handout photo issued by Crown Prosecution Service of David Souaan brandishing a weapon

And the chief executive of the

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, which specialises in spinal injuries, says NHS patients are treated in third world conditions.

Airport consultation closes

The Airports Commission consultation on

three plans to expand Heathrow or Gatwick Airports closes today.

The world's biggest passenger airliner, the giant 555-seater Airbus A380, arrives at London's Heathrow airport


consultation includes analysis of the cost of each proposal, the effect on communities of noise, property loss and construction, as well as the economic benefits and impacts.

The Airports Commission's final report will be published in the summer.

If you thought London was chilly....

Former City of London maritime lawyer and endurance swimmer

Lewis Pugh dives into the Antarctic Ocean as he embarks on one of the "most dangerous swims ever undertaken in the world".

Lewis Pugh

The swimmer is taking to Antarctica's Southern Ocean, braving sub-zero water temperatures, leopard seals and killer whales in nothing more than his Speedos to raise awareness of the need to protect the region's Ross Sea.

Train disruption

National Rail

tweets: #RayleighTrains Disruption between Southend Victoria / Southminster and London Liverpool Street
expected until 20:00

Ex-spy death inquiry

BBC News correspondent Jane Peel

tweets: Marina #Litvinenko says famous photo of her sick husband in hospital bed published to show what had happened to "healthy, good-looking man"

PM answers Met Police funding query

BBC London 94.9


Prime Minister David Cameron has told

BBC London 94.9 the government has "maintained the funding for counter-terrorism policing...because that's a particularly important concern right now".

He was speaking in response to Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe telling the radio station he was "not sure" how the force could make further savings of up to £800m while also fighting terrorism.

Mr Cameron said: "They have coped very well up to now with falling crime, even thought there are have been quite tight budgets.

"We're also doing everything we can to make sure we all confront the poisonous narrative of Islamist extremism that has poisoned so many young minds."

E-cigarette users 'must follow smoking rules'

Camden Council staff who use e-cigarettes have been
issued with the same rules as smokers and must not use them within 50 metres of town hall buildings while wearing uniforms or Camden ID, the Camden New Journal reports.

Missing man is 'rowing coach'


Port of London Authority and
British Rowing have confirmed the man they are searching for in the River Thames in Putney is a rowing coach who it is believed fell from his coaching boat near Putney Embankment last night.

Putney embankment

In a joint statement, they said: "The search of the Thames up and downstream of Putney is continuing but we regret that he remains missing this afternoon.

"Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends...An investigation into the causes of the incident has begun."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story in the capital at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A London student has been jailed for three and a half years for planning to fight in Syria.

Man steals £1k from blind man

A blind man who thought he was paying a plumber £650 for repairs to his boiler had £1000 taken from him by a man claiming to be the workman.

Police want to speak to this man
Met Police

The money was taken on 10 November in Romford. Items of jewellery belonging to his dead wife was also taken.

Police want to speak to the man pictured in relation to the incident.

Behind the scenes at Parliament



Michael Cockerell presents the first of a four-part series tonight called Lifting the Lid which looks behind the scenes at the House of Commons over a year.

He follows two relatively new female MPs - Charlotte Leslie and Sarah Champion - learning the ways of the House and David Cameron and Ed Miliband reveal what happens at prime minister's questions.

It's on

BBC Two at 21:00.

Search for Thames 'help' man continues

BBC London reports Gareth Furby

tweets: Met police continuing to search Thames near Putney, London for man reported shouting for help from river. Search began before 9pm last night

Transfer round-up

Chelsea's £23.3m signing of winger Juan Cuadrado was the

biggest deal completed on transfer deadline day as Premier League spending in the January window matched last year's £130m.

Aaron Lennon, Wilfried Bony and Juan Cuadrado
Getty Images

While Crystal Palace was the busiest top-flight club on deadline day, signing four players including Wilfried Zaha.

Spurs' Levy blocked from transfer

Daniel Levy

stepped in to stop striker Emmanuel Adebayor leaving Tottenham for West Ham on transfer deadline day.

Tottenham Hotspur forward Emmanuel Adebayor
Getty Images

The Spurs chairman refused West Ham's bid to seal the loan deal after the 30-year-old Togo striker had agreed terms.

QPR second bottom of premier league

Harry Redknapp, 67, leaves Queens Park Rangers second bottom of the Premier League with 19 points from 23 games.

League table
BBC Sport

Jihad plan student 'vulnerable to extremist views'

Sentencing David Souaan at London's Old Bailey, Judge Peter Rook told the student that due to his age and immaturity he had been "vulnerable to extremist views" to which he was exposed to after he left Serbia to study in London.

David Souaan
Met Police

Souaan's lawyer, Ali Bajwa QC had called for leniency saying the defendant was an "emotionally immature and naive" young man who also had the misfortune of being personally affected by two civil wars - in the Balkans when he was just five years old and in Syria from the age of 16.

Jailed student posed with guns 'to look cool'


David Souaan, who will be detained at a young offender's institution, was arrested after fellow students became concerned at his radical views on Islam and he showed off pictures of himself posing with guns in Syria.

Handout photo issued by Crown Prosecution Service of David Souaan brandishing a weapon

In his defence, Souaan told jurors he posed for pictures with guns because he wanted to look "cool".

Jihad student jailed for three and a half years

The prosecution said student David Souaan had visited Syria in December 2013 and was on his way back to fight when he was arrested at Heathrow Airport on 31 May last year.

Photo issued by Crown Prosecution Service of David Souaan brandishing a weapon

The Birkbeck College student, who comes from a wealthy family in Serbia, denied the charge and insisted his earlier visit to Syria was to collect his grandfather's belongings. Sentencing him at the

Old Bailey, Judge Peter Rook told Souaan his case was at the lower end of the scale but nevertheless serious.

Student jailed for Jihad plan


A Muslim student who wanted the black flag of the Islamic State to fly over Downing Street has been jailed for three and a half years after being found guilty of planning to join rebel forces in Syria.

David Souaan, 20, was convicted in December of preparing for terrorist acts in the war-torn country following a trial at the Old Bailey.

Coaches take temporary charge of QPR

Coaches Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey have been

placed in temporary charge of QPR until further notice. In a statement announcing his departure from QPR, Harry Redknapp said his relationship with the club's chairman Tony Fernandes has been one of the highlights his footballing career.

Mr Fernandes said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Harry for everything he has done for QPR during his time in charge. We part on good terms and I would personally like to wish him all the best for the future."

Redknapp needs 'immediate surgery'

Harry Redknapp thanked QPR and its supporters for their "tremendous support" while he was at the club.

Harry Redknapp

In a statement on the

QPR website, he said "Sadly, I need immediate surgery on my knee which is going to stop me from doing my job in the coming weeks. It means I won't be able to be out on the training pitch every day, and if I can't give 100% I feel it's better for someone else to take over the reins."

Redknapp leaves QPR

Harry Redknapp

has quit as QPR manager, claiming knee replacement surgery would dent the club's Premier League survival fight.

Redknapp had been charge of the club for just over two years.

BreakingHarry Redknapp leaves QPR


Harry Redknapp leaves QPR after tendering his resignation.

Bankrobber calls for Banksy protection

London art dealer Robin Barton, from the

Bankrobber gallery, who hopes to buy a Banksy mural from Cheltenham, has said it needs to
be removed or protected while it remains on the wall.

Banksy's Spy Booth artwork in Cheltenham

Over the weekend, Mr Barton instructed a scaffolding company to remove covers from the site, saying he was "no longer prepared to pay" for its protection and hoped "an individual or community cartel will finally wake up to the simple fact that if nothing is done to protect this mural from deteriorating weather conditions, come the spring there will be no mural".

He plans to buy the work and exhibit it in LA.

Met Commissioner: Tasers 'if we needed it'

BBC London 94.9


Speaking on

BBC London 94.9, Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said Tasers were with specialist teams but this could be extended to more officers "if we needed it".

"If we did give it to everybody it takes a long time to train them," he said.

"We would do it if we needed it, we would have to equip our officers, but at the moment we do not think that need is there."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 14:00 on

BBC London 94.9: The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has told BBC London 94.9 he doesn't believe his officers should carry tasers.

Terror arrest

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of encouraging acts of terrorism,

Scotland Yard has said.

The man was arrested in east London and has been taken to a central London police station for questioning while an address is searched as part of the investigation.

Baby murder charge mother in court

A woman has appeared in court accused of murdering her two-month-old baby daughter even though a body has not been found.

Federica Boscolo-Gnolo is charged with killing Farah Boscolo-Gnolo. The 31-year-old, of Chioggia, north-east Italy, was arrested last Thursday after she reported the baby girl's disappearance from a hotel in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Appearing at the the Old Bailey, she was remanded in custody to return to court on 27 April.

'Unusual suspects'

The Met Police in Enfield

tweet: Not one of the usual suspects found in sub-urban Enfield - MS

Met Police

BBC London News

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

Join me at 13:35 on

BBC One to find out why the Chief Executive of the country's leading hospital in spinal surgery says it's on the brink of closure because his staff are working in "third world" conditions.

Thames hunt after capsized boat


RNLI in Chiswick has been searching for a missing person after a capsized coaching vessel was spotted in the River Thames at Putney Embankment.

Putney embankment


Coastguard and
Met Police helicopter team were involved in searching for a missing man from about 19:30 last night and have continued looking this morning. So far no one has been found.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 13:00 on

BBC London 94.9: The Met Police Commissioner has admitted to BBC London 94.9 he's "not sure" how the force will make further savings which could total £800m.

Sleet or snow showers

The rest of the day may see the odd light shower of sleet or snow, but this afternoon will be largely dry. Despite the sunny spells it is going to feel cold out.

Top Temperature: 4C (39F).

Gallery strike: 'Change is essential'

About 250 workers are involved in a strike at the

National Gallery in protest at plans to switch visitor services to a private company.

National Gallery


Public and Commercial Services union described the sell-off plan as "reckless" and said the dispute had worsened following the suspension of a union rep closely involved in the row in what it called a "disproportionate act of bad faith".

Nicholas Penny, director of the National Gallery, said: "If the National Gallery is to continue to thrive as a public entity with reduced public money, change is essential."