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  1. Updates from Thursday 5 February 2015

Live Reporting

By Rebecca Cafe and Chirag Trivedi

All times stated are UK


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

Join us from 08:00 tomorrow where we'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for London.

Have a good evening.

On air

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

Join me at 18:30 on BBC One and hear the Unite union argue with one of London's bus companies over why its members should be paid the same amount for doing the same job and why the bus company doesn't agree.

And find out about the firm from Finchley dressing the stars at the Oscars and Bafta awards.

Snow flurries

It will be mainly dry with clear spells overnight, however the odd snow flurry is still possible at times, perhaps giving a dusting in places by dawn.

Lows of -1C (30F)

Orchids Festival

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew in west London is showing off its flowers ahead of its Orchids Festival.

Display at Kew Gardens

Pictured here are Bromeliaceae.


festival runs from 7 February until 8 March.

Tech City

According to this

Tech Nation report, more than 250,000 people in London work in the technology sector.

That's quadruple the number of Bristol and Bath, the second highest employee area of tech staff.

Gary Glitter guilty

Det Ch Insp Michael Orchard from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: "Paul Gadd has shown himself to be a habitual sexual predator, who took advantage of the star status afforded to him by targeting young girls who trusted him and were in awe of his fame.

Gary Glitter
Met Police

"His lack of remorse and defence that the victims were lying make his crimes all the more indefensible. I am pleased the jury was able to see through this."

Gadd will be sentenced on 27 February.

Kiss topples Capital

The Guardian

Kiss has toppled its rival Capital to become the

number one commercial station in London for the first time.

The dance music station pulled in 1.91m listeners in the final three months of last year, leapfrogging Capital which fell back to 1.87m according to the latest Rajar figures.

Bus strike

BBC London


We've just looked up how many vehicles were on the road during the last strike.

At 16:50 on the 13 January there were 1,642 vehicles.

So it looks like fewer drivers are taking part this time.

News on the hour

Will Shindler

BBC London 94.9

A British jihadist who posed with a picture of a dead Syrian soldier has apologised for his actions, saying he'd let his country down.

Imran Khawaja, who's from London, was arrested in Dover last summer while trying to get back into the UK after faking his own death.

Hear what happened in court in my

bulletin at 17:00.

Glam rock star to paedophile

With his outrageous sequinned clothes, big hair and platform shoes, Gary Glitter was among glam rock's most glamorous stars.

Gary Glitter

But behind the image hid a darker side, which was slowly uncovered with a string of sex crime convictions since 1999.

His darker side has been revealed further as he is convicted of abusing three young girls, one aged less than 10, in the 1970s.

Bus strike

BBC London


As the afternoon rush hour takes hold, we've calculated what bus services are running during the strike.

Five of the capital's busiest services are not in operation. They are:

  • Number 18 from Euston to Sudbury
  • Number 207 from White City to Hayes bypass
  • Number 83 from Ealing Hospital to Golders Green
  • Number 53 from Whitehall to Plumstead Station
  • Number 36 from New Cross Gate to Queen's Park


BBC Local Live brings you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place.

We'd like to know what you think.

Gary Glitter guilty

The 70-year-old, real name Paul Gadd, was convicted by a jury of five men and seven women.

Gary Glitter

He was found guilty of one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13.

The former glam rock star was cleared of two counts of indecent assault and one count of administering a drug or other thing in order to facilitate sexual intercourse.

BreakingGary Glitter found guilty


Former pop star Gary Glitter

has been found guilty of abusing girls, including attempted rape, by a jury at Southwark Crown Court.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Coming up in the 16:00 bulletin: Award-winning actor Eddie Marsan criticises a lack of diversity in the British film industry.

The Londoner, who's appeared in films such as Sherlock Holmes, War Horse and Happy Go Lucky, was speaking to BBC London 94.9 ahead of this weekend's British Academy Film Awards.

You v Mourinho

BBC Sport

How long would it take to earn as much as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho or Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez?

Jose Mourinho

Find out with

BBC Sport's pay calculator.

Wonga won't face criminal probe

Payday lender Wonga will not face a criminal investigation after sending fake legal letters to customers, police have confirmed.

Wonga logo

City of London Police said that, after a "thorough review", it has concluded "there is not sufficient evidence to progress a criminal investigation".

Last June,

Wonga said it had agreed with the City regulator to pay £2.6m in compensation for the letters it sent from non-existent law firms.

Mass brawl 'out of control'

Croydon Guardian


A Coulsdon bar could be stripped of its licence following a mass brawl which sparked "a complete loss of control" at the venue.

Read more.

Bus strike

BBC London


We reckon 71 bus routes are operating a full service, 281 have a reduced service and 191 have no service.

Keep up-to-date with

BBC Travel.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Transport for London says 51% of London's bus services are running despite drivers going on strike.

The trade union Unite says it doesn't believe as many buses are running as TFL says.

Hear what Leon Daniels from TfL has to say about Unite's demand for equal pay for all drivers in the

15:00 bulletin.

Locals 'too frightened' to come forward

A Labour activist who took legal action after accusing the mayor of a London borough of "electoral fraud" has told a judge how locals have been "too frightened" to come forward.

A police officer stands outside a polling station in Tower Hamlets

Debbie Simone said she had joined thee other voters in launching a court bid to unseat Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman because others wanted to but were afraid.

Mr Rahman says there is "little if any" evidence of wrong-doing against him.

Wanted man

Police are looking for this man, Karim Boujettif, who is wanted in connection with a residential burglary in Belgravia on 3 December.

Karim Boujettif
Met Police

Anyone who may have seen the 33-year-old has been urged to

contact police or

Former housemaster jailed

Det Sgt Kirstie Martin, of the Met's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: "David Lowe was a well-respected and talented teacher.

"He knew the boys he targeted felt hugely loyal to their schools and their teachers. He used this knowledge to abuse his position of trust in a truly terrible way."

She added: "Despite the abuse his victims, now all adults, somehow found the courage to relive their experiences.

"That courage has directly secured Lowe's conviction and we can only hope that they can now find some closure."

Uxbridge shooting victim 'targeted'

Detectives investigating the death of Redwan El-Ghaidouni say he was

shot dead in a targeted attack.

Det Ch Insp Noel McHugh said the attack was "not in any way random".

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Transport for London says just over half of its buses are running despite the day long strike in a dispute over pay.

The Unite Union says that figure is "laughable" and "wildly optimistic" and says the strike's being solidly supported.

More on our

14:00 bulletin.

Food fight

David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands


there culinary life outside London?

One of the nation's own top restaurant critics would rather leave the country than sample the "rubbish" delights of Birmingham.

But is the capital's food far superior?

Family 'pleaded with fighter son'

The family of a British man who fled London to fight in Syria pleaded with him to come home,

a court has heard.

Imran Khawaja
Julia Quenzler

Imran Khawaja faked his death and tried to return to the UK undetected but was arrested as he arrived at Dover and last week admitted terror offences.

Sun and snow

A mixture of sunny spells and scattered wintry showers is expected this afternoon. Showers will fall as sleet in urban areas but as snow in more rural parts with small amounts of settling.

Maximum Temperature: 6C (43F).

Lunchtime news

BBC London News



today's lunchtime news on BBC One, our transport correspondent Tom Edwards cuts through the spin on today's bus strike to find out what impact is it having.

We'll also have a full weather forecast.

Bus strike

TfL claims 51% of bus services as currently running.

Transport bosses also say public transport passenger numbers remained at almost 90% of normal levels this morning, meaning "London kept moving and working".

See if

your route has been affected.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Two men have been charged in connection with a suspected homophobic attack in Surbiton three months ago.

Find out more as well as the other top London stories in the

13:00 bulletin.

Former housemaster jailed

Lowe invited the youngsters to his flat and "spanked" them when they had broken school rules. He also crept into the vulnerable pupils' dormitory and touched them intimately while carrying out night-time checks.

During sentencing, Judge Martin Beddoe told Lowe: "What you did has remained more or less a secret for the best part of 35 years until now.

"But for the courage of all 10 complainants, in particular those most affected, a secret it would have remained."

More skyscrapers approved

The rapid pace of development on the Isle of Dogs continues as a 53 storey skyscraper at South Quay has been approved. has more.

Magna Cartas reunited

Three of the original Magna Cartas have gone on show in the Queen's robing room at the Houses of Parliament.

People looking at a Magna Carta

It's to mark 800 years since the historic document was written.

BBC Newsround has a good round-up of what the Magna Carta is and why it's so important.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Coming up at 12:00: The Director of Public Prosecutions has defended the decision to bring charges against a doctor from Ilford even though a jury found him not guilty of performing female genital mutilation on a young mother shortly after she'd given birth at the Whittington Hospital.

Dhanushon Dharmasayna's lawyer, Ali Hussain, says the case should never have been brought to court.

Fire under control

London Fire Brigade

tweets: The fire in the café basement in Eversholt St #Euston is now under control. Firefighters will remain at the scene damping down hotspots.

Former housemaster jailed

A former housemaster at a prestigious Catholic boarding school has been jailed for 10 years for sexually abusing pupils.

David Lowe

David Lowe, 61, took advantage of boys as they slept in their dormitory beds and during singing lessons at Westminster Cathedral Choir School, Southwark Crown Court heard.

FGM case 'reviewed thoroughly'

The case of a doctor found not guilty of carrying out female genital mutilation was "reviewed thoroughly" before it went to trial,

the director of public prosecutions has insisted.

Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena

Alison Saunders told the BBC: "We prosecute the cases referred to us. We cannot go out and target anyone."

Dhanuson Dharmasena was cleared of performing the illegal procedure on a woman in a London hospital.

Bus strike

Tom Edwards

Transport correspondent, London

Unite is accusing Transport for London of peddling disinformation after transport bosses said 48% of bus services were running - the union claims this figure is "laughable".

TfL says that at 09:20 this morning, 3,382 out of 7,014 buses were running.

Members want to negotiate a single pay structure not a single day rate for all drivers.