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  1. Updates for Monday 9 February

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

Duncan Smith will be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for London.

Patches of fog overnight

Tonight it will stay dry with patchy cloud and clear spells.

London weather

Light winds, frost and patches of fog will develop.

The temperature will drop to 4C (39F).

Thames party boat heading home?

The Scotsman

The iconic steamer the TS Queen Mary - formerly a floating entertainment venue

on the Thames - is to return to her home port on the Clyde with a view to once again serving as a cruise ship around the west coast,
reports the Scotsman.

Labelled as "one of the crown jewels of Scottish shipbuilding", she is one of the last surviving Clyde-built steamers in the world.

Ranjan Chowdhury, the 45-year-old London businessman who owns the ship, has announced plans to tow the vessel back to Glasgow from where she currently rests in Tilbury Docks.

Fight to save Victorian mansion

Campaigners hoping to save a Victorian mansion from demolition have signed up a crack team of experts to fight their corner ahead of a last-ditch David and Goliath-style battle,

the Ham & High reports.

Community groups in Hampstead and Highgate are fighting against plans to demolish Athlone House on the edge of Hampstead Heath and replace it with a so-called "Arabian nightmare" eight-bedroom family home with basement car park and swimming pool.

On air

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

From 18:30 on BBC One: Going underground with London's busiest roads, that's the
big idea from London's Mayor, Boris Johnson. He announced the plan - not on one of London's busiest routes - but in America. Find out why.

And let your senses go wild with a new way of having a night out in Hackney.

Queen's favourite dog breed 'under threat'

BBC Radio 4 Today

The Queen's favourite breed of dog, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, has been listed on the vulnerable list by the Kennel Club for the first time in its history.

The queen and some corgis
Getty Images

Caroline Kisko, from the Kennel Club,

told Today: "Any breed that has fewer than 300 registrations in a year ...we classify as being vulnerable".

Corgie owner Susie Wiles described the breed as "super little dogs" that "wouldn't hurt a fly".

Social care fears as cuts meeting loom

Lewisham's mayor will consider £26.8m in cuts this week as austerity takes a further chunk out of the council's budget,

the News Shopper reports.

A mayor and cabinet meeting will look at the cuts - part of £39m in savings pencilled in for 2015/16, with £85m overall planned over the next three years - all blamed on cuts to local authority funding by central government.

Underground roads

via Facebook

More reaction from

Facebook to the idea of
building underground roads in London:

Dave Brewster wrote: Perhaps Boris would then turn the existing roads into cycle lanes! Or make them green walkways. It have them as bus lanes. The options are endless.

Sean Barlow wrote: Not going to happen due to the scheme being prohibitively expensive. Likewise, a southward extension of the Bakerloo line beyond Elephant & Castle has never and will never happen because of prohibitively high costs.

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Self diagnosis

BBC London 94.9


Chris Rogers is sitting in for Eddie Nestor: A woman suffering from acute stomach pains
discovered she had cancer, but only after looking up her symptoms on the internet.

Have you ever self diagnosed? What fears do you have about a GP and why would you rather self diagnose than go to your local surgery? Call 0207 224 2000.

Ramsey would 'jump' at QPR job

BBC Sport

QPR caretaker manager Chris Ramsey (pictured right) says he would be delighted if he was offered the job on a full-time basis.

QPR caretaker manager Chris Ramsey (right) and coach Kevin Bond
Getty Images

The club have made

contact with Tim Sherwood as they look to replace Harry Redknapp, who resigned last week, and have placed Ramsey in temporary charge.

Council leader backs tunnel plan

The Leader of Kingston Council Kevin Davis is backing Boris Johnson's
proposal for a new underground road for London.

Conservative Mr Davis specifically supports a tunnel for the Tolworth section of the A3.

He said: "It will cost money but the amount of land released will generate significant new housing investment and bring together communities separated by the A3 when it became a dual carriageway in the 1920s."

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • A 19-year-old man from Camberwell has gone on trial today accused of planning to murder a British soldier.
  • A 42-year-old woman arrested on Friday at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of aiding and abetting female genital mutilation has been released on police bail.

Hospitals make up false alarm top 10

Chase Farm Hospital has been listed in the top 10 for false fire brigade callouts across London,

reports This Is Local London.

The hospital on The Ridgeway, Enfield, had the third highest number of false alarms in 2014 of any place in the capital with a total of 66 false alarms.

The top 10 offenders were all hospitals with St George's Hospital, in Tooting, taking top spot with 168 false alarms in 2014.

Gambon 'can't do' stage roles due to memory loss

Veteran actor Sir Michael Gambon has revealed he is no longer able to play roles on stage due to problems remembering lines.

Sir Michael Gambon
Getty Images

"It's a horrible thing to admit, but I can't do it," he told the Sunday Times. "When the script's in front of me it takes me forever to learn it," the 74-year-old continued. "It's frightening."

A member of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre acting company, Sir Michael went on to win three Olivier awards for performances in National Theatre productions.

Underground roads cost 'staggering'

Val Shawcross, Labour's London Assembly transport spokesman, has criticised Boris Johnson's plan for

underground roads in London.

She said the mayor "has a habit of mooting these kind of grand plans" but added the detail on how the proposal would work was "absent".

"The costs of a project like this would be staggering - not to mention the dramatic impact and disruption building works would cause," added Ms Shawcross.

Police concerned as motorist disappears

A motorist disappeared after crashing his car in Tottenham over two weeks ago, police have said.

Ambrose (also known as Jay) Ball, 30, was seen driving his silver BMW from The Fox pub on Green Lanes, Palmers Green towards Tottenham on Saturday, 14 January.

At 03:14 his BMW crashed into the central reservation on Watermead Way at the junction with Sedge Road. Mr Ball has not been seen since. Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Mayor shows 'stunning lack of respect' on US trip

Caroline Pidgeon

Caroline Pidgeon (pictured), leader of the Liberal Democrats on the London Assembly, has accused London mayor Boris Johnson of showing a lack of respect for Londoners by announcing

proposals for underground roads whilst on a trip to the US.

She said: "Making such a key announcement about London's future on the other side of the Atlantic might lead to good headlines for one day for the mayor, but it is not the best way to make long term public policy. It also reveals the mayor's stunning lack of respect for Londoners."

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • An Old Bailey court has heard how a teenager from Camberwell was arrested as he made his way to behead a British soldier.

Old Royal London Hospital sold for £9m

The historic Royal London Hospital has been sold to the local authority for £9m with plans to turn it into a new civic centre for London's East End, reports

The Docklands & East London Advertiser.

Royal London Hospital

Tower Hamlets Council announced it had purchased the old hospital site opposite Whitechapel station, which has been empty just two years since the new hospital complex opened in 2013 just behind.

Teen 'arrested on way to behead soldier'

A teenager was arrested as he made his way to behead a British soldier,

a court has heard.

Brusthom Ziamani, 19, of Camberwell, south-east London, was carrying a rucksack containing a 12-inch knife and a hammer when he was arrested on a street in east London in August 2014.

The Old Bailey heard he idolised the killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby and had researched the location of Army cadet bases in south-east London. Mr Ziamani has pleaded not guilty.

'Huge disruption' caused by underground roads

via Facebook

In response to the

proposals from Boris Johnson for new underground roads,
Alison Farham writes: We've got many of them in Brisbane. All toll roads. Huge disruptions for years & years. Expensive to drive from one side of Brisbane to the other & if the tolls are not paid within 3 days you're charged about $25 for them to send you a bill.

Bad weather hampers mayor's visit

Boston, USA

Press Association photographer Stefan Rousseau filed this picture of deserted streets in Boston, Massachusetts, as Boris Johnson was forced to curtail the scale of his trade mission in the US city amid severe winter storm warnings.

BBC London political reporter Karl Mercer is accompanying the mayor on his visit and will be discussing at

18:30 on BBC One Mr Johnson's plans to create underground roads in the capital.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


In our 15:00 bulletin:

A 19-year-old man from Camberwell has gone on trial accused of planning to murder a British soldier.

George Benson to perform in Greenwich

Ten-time Grammy winner George Benson and Kinks star Ray Davies are among the names announced as live music returns to Greenwich's World Heritage Site this summer,

reports the News Shopper.

Following the success of last year's performances, which included Goldfrapp, Jools Holland and Russell Watson, Greenwich Music Time will return in July.

Number of registered voters drops

More than 1,500 people have dropped off the electoral register in Enfield in the past year, according to Edmonton MP Andy Love and reported in

the Enfield Independent.

Chowdhury 'received texts from the dead'

Jo Black

BBC News

Polly Chowdhury has told the Old Bailey she received text messages on her phone believing they were from Kiki Muddar's friends. Some of the messages were from a man called 'Dave' who was supposed to have died.

When asked why she thought these were messages beyond the grave, Polly Chowdhury explained that she thought other people had also received the same message. She told the court sometimes the friends contacted her because they were concerned for Kiki Muddar's health.

Ms Muddar had told Polly Chowdhury she was suffering from cancer and pneumonia.

Mother 'believed in black magic'

Jo Black

BBC News

Polly Chowdhury (left) and Kiki Muddar (right) deny the charges

A mother accused of murdering her daughter has told a jury how she believed in angels, spirits and black magic. Polly Chowdhury, 35, and her lover Kiki Muddar, 43, are both charged with killing eight-year-old Ayesha Ali in Romford in 2013.

The little girl died from a head wound and had more than 50 injuries to her body. Both women deny murder.

The Old Bailey has already heard the relationship between Polly Chowdhury and Kiki Muddar described as unconventional and complex and involved fictional characters.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • A 19-year-old man from Camberwell has gone on trial accused of planning to murder a British soldier.

Permanent site for free school found

Turing House School has identified a permanent site close to the borough's border with Hounslow, a source has revealed,

the Richmond & Twickenham Times reports.

The secondary free school, which left parents and children in the lurch when it failed to open last year, hopes to open at a temporary site in Livingston House, Teddington, this September.

Tube tunnels for bikes 'ludicrous'

Cycling campaign groups have criticised a concept design proposing cyclists use disused Tube tunnels to get around London safely.

Concept design

Design company Gensler won an award for its concept using "an untapped surplus of disused space".

But Jim Davis, who works for an architecture firm and founded the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain, said: "Sticking cyclists in a tunnel is ludicrous."

On air

BBC London News


On BBC One just after 13:35: The Mayor of London has been visiting the USA's biggest underground highway project - and has earmarked five sites where a similar scheme might work in capital.

Political correspondent Karl Mercer will be reporting from Boston.

Muslims protest against Charlie Hebdo

The Independent

Thousands of British Muslims gathered near Downing Street yesterday to protest against the publication of "insulting" cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohamed,

the Independent reports.

Recent republishing of cartoons and depictions of the prophet is a "stark reminder" that freedom of speech is "regularly utilised to insult personalities that others consider sacred," a leaflet issued by the Muslim Action Forum said.

Campaign to save library

Library campaigners will put forward plans to help save a Harrow library this week,

the Harrow Times reports.

Campaigners will present their proposals for the Bob Lawrence library, which they hope will increase the number of users, use space more efficiently and make money.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned about a man who disappeared after crashing his car in Tottenham more than three weeks ago.

'Train won't fit'

David Friend

Senior journalist, BBC London

tweeted earlier: Here's a new one. Stuck outside Victoria Station because the
@SouthernRailUK 'train won't fit'. No room at the Inn.

Breakfast in Peckham

Labour leader Ed Miliband talked to Tom Gray and Sarah Phillis and their children at the family's home in Peckham, south-east London, as

the party unveiled plans for a significant boost to paternity leave if it wins the election.

Breakfast with Miliband

Mr Miliband was joined by deputy leader Harriet Harman. For more of the days' political news visit


In pictures: Awards night

Baftas galore! Catch up on all the fun of the

Bafta Film Awards from last night.

Julianne Moore, Mike Leigh, Patricia Arquette and JK Simmons

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned about a man who disappeared after crashing his car in Tottenham more than three weeks ago.
  • Campaigners in Hampstead have vowed to continue their fight after Camden council approved plans to build a seven-storey block of luxury flats on a site adjacent to three schools.

Behind the gargoyles of a fairytale palace

A new BBC/Open University television documentary,

Inside the Commons, goes behind the scenes of the Gothic fairytale fabric of Charles Barry's 19th Century building to show parts of Parliament never before seen by viewers.

Abseilers clean and inspect the famous Westminster clock face
BBC Pictures/Atlantic Productions

The new four-part television series is presented by the political documentary-maker, Michael Cockerell - best known for insightful televisual "portraits", as he calls them, of politicians including Margaret Thatcher, Enoch Powell and Michael Foot.

The second episode is on

tomorrow at 21:00 on BBC Two.

Going underground

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has been visiting Boston's "big dig" regeneration project, to see how it has helped improve air quality and speed up traffic. Here is an artist's impression of how

a similar plan might work in London.

Artist's impression
Mayor of London

Mr Johnson said: "It's the sort of thing we can do in Hammersmith where the A4 is a very old mouldering flyover, which we could take underground, releasing a huge amount of land that could be turned into a park, several parks, and other amenities, plus releasing a lot of land for housing."

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