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  1. Updates from Friday 6 February

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Have a good weekend

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

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for London.

Until then, have a great weekend. If you have nothing planned, you can listen to the football commentaries or,

hear James Bowen read from his acclaimed book Street Cat Bob.

Street Cat named Bob

Below freezing

There will be some clear spells at first with a frost for a time overnight.

However, thicker cloud will spread from the north after midnight, perhaps with the odd spot of light rain by morning. Lows of -2C (28F)

FGM arrest

A 42-year-old woman has been arrested for conspiracy to commit Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) at Heathrow Airport,

Scotland Yard said.

Officers arrested the woman, a British national born in Zimbabwe, this afternoon just before she was about to get on a flight to Ghana via Amsterdam.

Evening news

BBC London News


Coming up on the

18:30 news on BBC One:

  • Ten million pounds and rising - the Met cost of policing the Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange
  • Find out why a loophole in the law could see London getting more council-run schools
  • A barrister has been jailed for an Olympic bomb hoax - he claimed there was a plot to kill the Queen with a nuclear missile
  • And Stephen Fry talks about hosting the Baftas and his favourite film of the year

It's Friday!

The Met's helicopter team

tweeted earlier: It's #Friday #London !! Say hello to the #weekend Good luck
@EnglandRugby and
@WelshRugbyUnion #rugby #SwingLow

London from above

'Two in voting booth'

A social worker has told a judge she became concerned when she saw

two people in one voting booth at a local election in east London.

At the Election Court - part of the High Court - four petitioners allege Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman used "corrupt and illegal practices" in May last year.

He denies any wrongdoing.

Art and football collide for charity

Football freestyler John Farnworth bravely performs tricks in front of a host of paintings created by some of the world's most sought after artists.

Football freestyler John Farnworth performs in front of Takashi Murakami's Lionel Messi and a universe of flowers, at the launch of Sotheby"s fund raising auction "1 in 11"

Here he is performing in front of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami's Lionel Messi and a universe of flowers.

Pictured above at the top of this webpage is Damian Hirst's effort.

The artworks are being sold by

Sotheby's as part of its fund raising auction "1 in 11" auction, a worldwide campaign launched by FC Barcelona Foundation.

Weekend football commentary on BBC London

Pete Stevens

Sport editor, BBC London

Tomorrow, the north London derby sees

Tottenham take on Arsenal. You can hear full commentary for the first half on BBC London digital radio and
BBC London online.

The second half, from about 13:50, you'll also be able to hear it on

BBC London 94.9fm.

Then at 15:00, hear

Leicester City v Crystal Palace on BBC London 94.9fm and
online and
QPR v Southampton on BBC London digital radio and

Meanwhile on Sunday, it's

West Ham v Man Utd at 16:45. Hear that commentary on London digital radio and


BBC London


There are no incidents on the roads which have caused severe delays at the moment and there's a good service on the Tube other than the ongoing engineering works at Tottenham Court Station.

Underground disruption

But keep up-to-date with

our website and listen to travel bulletins on
BBC London 94.9 every 15 minutes from 17:00.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Wikileaks says it's "embarrassing" that Scotland Yard has reportedly spent £10m guarding the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge since Julian Assange sought refuge there in 2012.

Hear more at 17:00.

Judge supports pharmacist's sacking

A pharmacist who sold prescription-only medicines to a BBC London undercover reporter deserved striking off for his "shocking" conduct, the High Court has ruled.

A judge said she accepted a fitness to practise committee's finding that Hussain Jamal Rasool's actions were "fundamentally incompatible" with his registration as a pharmacist.

He was caught by an investigation for a BBC Inside Out documentary which aired in 2012.

Watch the full story at

18:30 in our news bulletin on BBC One.

Save the birds

London Fire Brigade

tweets: #Stonethecrows We rescued this stuck bird in #Holborn but remember, call
@RSPCA_official first for animal rescues.

Firefighter saving a bird


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

We'd like to know what you think.

Complaint over 'homophobic' chants

An official complaint has been made to Tottenham Hotspur over homophobic chants from fans,

says This Is Local London.

Stabbings are 'such a waste'

London Evening Standard


Doreen Lawrence has issued a

heartfelt plea to young Londoners to stop carrying knives, saying every death "takes me back to when my son was killed".

Doreen Lawrence

"Too many young people are losing their lives," she told the Evening Standard.

"Whenever any young person loses their life, it just takes me back to what happened to Stephen. What a waste. It is such a waste."

News on the hour

Will Shindler

BBC London 94.9

In the

16:00 bulletin, I'll be bringing you the latest on a
London jihadist being jailed, claims heard in the High Court
against the election of Tower Hamlets' mayor, and a police officer understood to be under investigation in relation to the
Rotherham child abuse scandal has died.

London headlines

If you missed anything, here's a quick recap of the main stories for London today:

'Most wanted' arrested

A prolific burglar was arrested by undercover police officers this morning,

reports Victoria Oliphant for the Harrow Times.

Officers from Harrow Crime Squad raided an address in Hide Road, Harrow, early this morning and arrested a man dubbed their "most wanted burglar".

Queen's anniversary marked

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery performed a 41 Gun Royal Salute in Green Park earlier.

Gun salute

It was to mark the 63rd anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne.

Vehicle theft arrests

Nearly 100 people have been arrested by officers investigating keyless vehicle theft.

The Met said 84 people, including 16 on suspicion of motor vehicle theft, were arrested during a week of coordinated activity to tackle the crime.

Air ambulance patients

London's Air Ambulance

tweets: 63 out of our 152 patient last month were injured in road traffic collisions.

Its January statistics also show it helped 38 people who were stabbed or shot and 32 who had fallen from a height.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


In our headlines at 15:00:

A London jihadist, who was pictured on social media sites holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier, has been told he will spend at least eight years in jail.

Who's in the BBC

If you happen to be passing the BBC's Broadcasting House today, you may have thought you saw someone well known but you can't quite remember who they are.

Rochelle Humes

If so,

BBC Taster, a new trial website from the corporation, might be able to help you out as they' have photographs of all the famous people who have graced the BBC's studios each day.

Community Cuppa

Press Association

Reports: People are being invited to host tea parties at home, at work or in their community to raise funds for a London hospice.

This year the third Great Big Community Cuppa campaign will run throughout May with the aim of bringing residents together over a cup of tea in aid of

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice.

Bafta rehearsals

The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden is where a host of stars will gather on Sunday for this year's Bafta awards.

Stephen Fry with a Bafta mask
Getty Images

Stephen Fry, who is hosting the awards again, is busy rehearsing today.

You can watch the awards on

BBC One from 21:00. on Sunday.

Afternoon weather

This afternoon will be bright and mainly dry with some sunny spells at times. The bitter north-easterly breeze will make it feel very cold, especially over high ground.

Lows of 5C (41F).

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The Met is carrying out a proactive operation at Heathrow Airport to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

A number of passengers on a flight which came in from Kenya earlier this morning were spoken to. No offences were identified, but individuals were given guidance about the risks involved with FGM.

Hear more in the

14:00 bulletin.

Wilshere's 'not a smoker'

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere is

"not a smoker" after a picture emerged on social media of the midfielder holding a shisha pipe.

The 23-year-old has been reprimanded by his manager before for

twice being photographed smoking.

Arsene Wenger with Jack Wilshere

Wenger said Wilshere had apologised, but added: "One second of your life does not define who you are.

Lunchtime news

BBC London News


Victoria Hollins will be bringing you

today's lunchtime news just after 13:30

The top story is work on a new rail line linking Reading to Heathrow could begin in two years.

She'll also have the latest on lorries being banned in London and London Mayor Boris Johnson visiting the US.

Jihadist sentence sends 'powerful message'

Commander Richard Walton, head of the Counter Terrorism Command said: "The images and video of Khawaja in Syria are horrific and deeply disturbing."

Imran Khawaja
Met Police

He added: "Khawaja chose to become a terrorist, engaged in weapons training in a terrorist training camp and faked his own death in order to conceal his entry back into the UK.

"This sentence sends a powerful message to those who plan or prepare acts of terrorism overseas or here in the UK."

Leyton Orient match postponed

BBC Sport

Tomorrow's League One match between Rochdale and Leyton Orient postponed due to a frozen pitch.

News on the hour

Will Shindler

BBC London 94.9

A British jihadist from Southall who went to fight in Syria then used social media to fake his own death in an attempt to sneak back into the UK has been jailed.

The BBC's Dominic Casciani was at Woolwich Crown Court - hear his report in the

13:00 bulletin.

Faked death

Imran Khawaja, from west London, spent six months in Syria during which he was pictured posing with severed heads.

Imran Khawaja

He was arrested in Dover last June after faking his death and trying to return to the UK undetected.


admitted preparing for acts of terrorism, attending a camp, receiving training and possessing firearms.

London in the papers

London stories making the national newspapers today include:

  • The Guardian is lamenting on the "death of bohemian London" as squatters are evicted from a Soho club
  • The mosaic at Tottenham Court Road station is set to be removed as part of the Crossrail development despite a campaign to protect it,
    The Times says
  • Cyclist who has driven buses in London for 12 years catches dangerous drivers on his head cam,
    reports The Express

Wilshere out

Jack Wilshere will miss the north London derby this weekend as Arsenal take on Spurs,

reports BBC Sport, who are at a press conference with manager Arsene Wenger.

Writers banned

This Is Local London reports: Two internationally recognised writers who were barred by Home Secretary Theresa May from visiting Greenwich in the aftermath of soldier Lee Rigby's brutal murder by Islamic extremists have lost a legal bid to challenge her decision.

Wimbledon's year-long affair

Bill Wilson

Business reporter, BBC News

Getting Wimbledon prepared for its annual tennis tournament is an all-year-round affair.

Getty Images

Work starts on the last day of the previous year's event.

Find out what

they're doing in my report.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


A former children's doctor has been found guilty of indecently assaulting young girls at Stoke Mandeville Hospital at the same time Jimmy Savile was abusing patients on the wards there.

Michael Salmon was convicted of 11 out of 16 charges.

The BBC's Duncan Kennedy's report can be heard in the

12:00 bulletin.

'Extended sentence'

Khawaja, from Southall, has been jailed for an extended sentence of 12 years plus an extended licence of five years,

reports the BBC's Dominic Casciani who was in court for the sentencing.