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  1. Updates from Wednesday 11 February

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That's all from BBC Local Live for today. Duncan Smith will be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across London.

In the meantime, if you're watching the London skies this evening at about 19:13 it may be possible to see the

International Space Station.

Dry and cloudy evening

It will remain dry through the evening, with a good deal of cloud in most places. Some isolated mist patches may form in low-lying areas, but there is no frost or fog is expected.

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F)

New Royal Navy coin


£2 coin which commemorates the Royal Navy's efforts in World War One is to become the rarest coin in UK circulation, the Royal Mint has said.

coin designed by military artist David Rowlands
Royal Mint

The Mint has issued 100 of the coins in partnership with visitor facilities on HMS Belfast in London. Some visitors to the shop of the restored warship may find one of the coins in their change.

Johnson: Clinton 'wants more UK support' against Islamic State

Hillary Clinton has told the London mayor that it is "very, very clear" the UK must do more to support the Kurds in the fight against Islamic State.

Boris Johnson and Hilary Clinton

Mr Johnson said after the 50-minute meeting: "Secretary Clinton was very, very clear that she thinks there should be more engagement, more support from the West, from the UK, in backing the Kurds, backing the Peshmerga against Isis."

Boris Johnson is on a US tour to boost London businesses.

Watch: The science behind cravings

A new exhibition at London's Science Museum is exploring what influences our appetite and cravings.

Exhibition Cravings: Can Your Food Control You?, at

What your mother ate while pregnant can have an influence over taste and flavour preferences in babies.

BBC Breakfast's Tim Muffett went to the Science Museum to find out more.

Road congestion

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On the roads, there are delays on Devons Road in Bromley-by-Bow due to temporary traffic lights and emergency repairs at the Brickfield Road junction.

There is also queuing traffic on A12 northbound between Lea Interchange in Leyton and Redbridge Roundabout in Wanstead. For more travel updates visit the

BBC Travel London website.


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Allardyce: No coach 'more sophisticated'

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says "there is no coach more sophisticated" than him in the Premier League.

Sam Allardyce

Allardyce, 60, was speaking ahead of the

Hammers game against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium. "I don't think there is any coach more sophisticated than me any more," said Allardyce. "That's not trying to criticise any other coaches.

RMT boss 'cut off' during radio interview

London Evening Standard


A trade union boss was today cut off on live radio during an interview over a planned Tube strike, the

Evening Standard reports.

Steve Hedley, assistant general secretary to the RMT union, launched into a tirade after being asked about strike action in support of a driver who allegedly failed a breath test on LBC, the newspaper said.

News on the hour

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The top stories in the capital at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9:

  • The Prime Minister has promised Hillingdon hospital will get "the attention it deserves" after a report by the Care Quality Commission criticised staffing levels and the state of the buildings.

Meet the manager

Docklands Light Railway

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Loneliness box

Macmillan Cancer Support is launching an isolation box at Paddington train station, in central London, to highlight the problem of loneliness.

Macmillan Cancer Support's isolation box at Paddington train station,
Macmillan Cancer Support

The charity said the experiential box, which allows people outside to see in but the person inside cannot see out, aims to evoke the same feelings of loneliness and isolation many cancer patients experience after being diagnosed.

Inside the "Not Alone" Isolation Box the stories of four cancer survivors will also be played.

Man charged with wife's murder

A 65-year-old man has been charged with the murder of his wife at their home in south-west London, the

Met Police has said.

Linda Mills, 60, was found at a property in Stanley Avenue, New Malden, on Monday. Raymond Mills, of Stanley Avenue, appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court and was remanded in custody.

Goldsmith denies Swiss account

Zac Goldsmith, Conservative MP for Richmond Park, has denied he ever had a Swiss bank account after claims in

The Guardian he had held an account in the country with HSBC.

Zac Goldsmith

He said: "I have never had a Swiss bank account, and do not control any Swiss bank accounts. I have never sought or been given tax minimisation advice by HSBC, directly or indirectly. The media commentary around this is therefore wrong."

Edgware fire under control

London Fire Brigade

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Adoption event

Havering Council

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News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The top stories in the capital at 16:00 on

BBC London 94.9:

  • London's buses will run a normal service on Friday and next Monday after the Unite union announced that it's postponing two strikes.
  • Heathrow's had a record-breaking start to the year with nearly 5.5 million passengers travelling through the airport last month.

Eastenders actress trial

Giving evidence at Bexley Magistrates' Court, the warden, Iyabo Adetokunbo, said she approached Ms Henry after she saw her drop a cigarette on the ground and asked for her details for a fixed penalty notice, but Eastenders actress Linda Henry hurled racial abuse at her outside a Jamie Oliver restaurant.

Linda Henry

"I was upset," she told the court. "We have a job to do. I was doing my job. She littered. I approached her. That really, really upset me. I can't describe how I felt."

A trip to the moon screening

A screening of the silent film, A Trip to the Moon, by Georges Méliè will be shown at the

Hackney Picturehouse this evening.

The night will start with a brief introduction to Radio Astronomy before the film screening and a selection of videos about the majestic beauty of the Cosmos. Doors open at 19:30 and tickets cost £9.00.

TfL welcomes bus strike postponement

Leon Daniels, TfL's Managing Director of Surface Transport, said: "We welcome the postponement of the strikes and are delighted that bus passengers will not be further inconvenienced. We continue to urge Unite and the bus companies to meet individually to resolve their differences."

Bus drivers had been due take part in

24-hour strikes on Friday and next Monday.

The actress, of Kelvington Road, south-east London, has played feisty barmaid Shirley in EastEnders since 2006.

Linda Henry in EastEnders

She is also known for her role as Yvonne Atkins in the ITV drama Bad Girls between 1999 and 2003.

Ms Viney said: "(She) told her that throwing litter was a zero-tolerance offence in Greenwich Borough and the Crown say that Ms Valiris responded by saying 'do you know who I am? I'm Shirley'."

The court heard that, having previously refused to hand over any personal details, Henry now gave the warden limited information, including what the litter officer suspected to be a false postcode.

The incident allegedly took place near Jamie's Italian in Greenwich, south-east London, on 14 September last year.

Thea Viney, prosecuting, told Bexley Magistrates' Court that a black female warden and her black male colleague approached Henry and her partner after seeing them smoking in Nelson Road.

She added that when the Greenwich Town Council wardens challenged the actress, who has been charged under her married name Valiris, she told them they had no "photographic evidence".

EastEnders actress 'hurled race abuse'

EastEnders actress Linda Henry told a community warden "Do you know who I am? I'm Shirley", before hurling racial abuse at her outside a Jamie Oliver restaurant, a court has heard.

Linda Henry

The 55-year-old, who plays Danny Dyer's on-screen mother, Shirley Carter, in the BBC One soap, is said to have launched into the tirade after being reprimanded for dropping a cigarette butt outside the premises.

denies one count of using threatening or abusive words that were likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, and that the alleged offence was said to have been racially aggravated.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The top story in the capital at 15:00 on

BBC London 94.9:

Two 24 hour strikes planned by London bus workers on Friday and next Monday have been postponed, according to Unite.

Concerns over Hillingdon Hospital

The Royal College of Nursing said it was "deeply worried" to hear of one nurse having to look after 20 patients at once in the Hillingdon Hospitals Trust CQC report, reports

Get West London.

Lynda Bellingham memorial

Well-wishers are gathering to remember the

actress Lynda Bellingham who died in October.

photo montage of actress Lynda Bellingham

The actress, best known for her long-running role as a mother in the Oxo TV adverts, had been battling colon cancer. The memorial service is taking place at St Stephen's Church in London.

Election fraud claims 'not personal vendetta'

At the Election Court - part of the

High Court - the four petitioners wants the result of the May 2014 mayoral election declared void and order a re-run.

Mr Erlam said: "It's not a personal vendetta against Lutfur Rahman. It's about democracy. It is to be defended and fought for and it should not be taken for granted." Mr Rahman denies wrongdoing.

Petitioners want Tower Hamlets election re-run

The group of four voters, which include Angela Moffat Andy Erlam and Azmal Hussein, have mounted a challenge under the provisions the Representation Of The People Act.

Angela Moffat, Andy Erlam and Azmal Hussein

Lawyers for the group have made a series of allegations, including "personation" in postal voting and at polling stations, and ballot paper tampering.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The top story in the capital at 14:00 on

BBC London 94.9:

Two 24 hour strikes planned by London bus workers on Friday and next Monday have been postponed, according to Unite.

TfL 'refutes' interference in bus strike dispute

Leon Daniels,

Transport for London's managing director of surface transport, "categorically refuted" Unite's claims, insisting the organisation had not asked bus companies to sign a confidentiality agreement.

The Unite union had raised concerns that Transport for London had been "interfering" in the dispute in an "unlawful" manner.

Up to '15,000 votes forged' in east London election

As many as 15,000 votes may have been forged or affected by intimidation at a local election last May, a court has heard.

Lutfur Rahman

Former political adviser Andy Erlam is leading a group of four voters who have taken legal action against Lutfur Rahman, independent mayor of Tower Hamlets, east London, and leader of a party called Tower Hamlets First.

Mr Erlam said his "guesstimate" was between 10,000 and 15,000 votes in the 2014 local council and mayor elections in Tower Hamlets had been forged or affected by intimidation.

Unite said they are seeking legal assurances from Transport for London (TfL) over claims the transport body had been interfering in the dispute in an unlawful manner.

Bus queue

In a statement, the union said it was requesting TfL's board members sign a neutrality statement vowing not to block talks aimed at resolving the dispute. Unite officer Wayne King said: "We call on the capital's bus operators to seize this window of opportunity and join us collectively in talks at Acas. There can be no excuses for them not to."


Unite union said that, in "an act of goodwill", the strikes would not go ahead and called on the bus operators to take part in talks to resolve the dispute.

Union members want an end to differences between firms that can see staff salaries differ from £17,000 to £25,000.

London bus drivers were due to walk out for 24 hours on 13 and 16 February in a row over pay differences.


It would have been the latest action ins a series of strikes. The last one was

held last Thursday.

BreakingBus strike off


Strikes planned by London bus workers on Friday and next Monday have been postponed, the Unite union has said.

On air

Louisa Preston

Presenter, BBC London


BBC London News at 13:35, Boris Johnson is meeting Hillary Clinton in New York as he continues his tour of the United States.

And we hear from the rich and famous trying to save a Grade II listed house in Twickenham designed by the artist JMW Turner.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The top stories in the capital at 13:00 on

BBC London 94.9:

  • Anne Naysmith, who was knocked over in Chiswick High Road in the early hours of yesterday morning, was reportedly a homeless former concert pianist who was living in a car park.
  • The government's unveiling new driverless vehicles ahead of the start of trials on public roads in four locations from this summer, including one at Greenwich peninsular.

Vote in Redbridge Youth Election

Redbridge Council

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