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  1. Updates from 12 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live today. Join Duncan Smith tomorrow at 08:00 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London.

Still a chilly night

It will still feeling chilly for most tonight although a southerly breeze will develop later.

The cloudy conditions will continue with a few showers developing.

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

Ziamani 'should not be convicted for repulsive views'

A teenage Muslim convert accused of planning to behead a British soldier should not be convicted for having "repulsive" views,

jurors at the Old Bailey has heard.

Court sketch of Brusthom Ziamani

Brusthom Ziamani "is not on trial for his opinions" his defence lawyer Naeem Mian said.

Ziamani, of Camberwell, south London, denies a charge of preparing an act of terrorism on or before 20 August last year.

David Byrne to curate Meltdown Festival

Talking Heads co-founder David Byrne is to curate this year's Meltdown Festival at London's Southbank Centre.

David Byrne
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The 62-year-old singer said it would be "exciting" to follow in the footsteps of fellow music stars such as Jarvis Cocker, David Bowie, and Ray Davies.

On air

BBC London News


From 18:30 on BBC One: Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said he will ask Scotland Yard to see if issuing radiation devices to police officers could help in the fight against terrorism.

And rail regulators say the Christmas engineering work led to "unacceptable" service levels.

AFC Wimbledon sign York defender

AFC Wimbledon have signed York City

centre-back Dave Winfield on a one-month loan deal.

What did Henry VIII really want in a wife?

Henry VIII was perhaps Britain's most famous king. Big, bold and brash, he is the epitome of 'Merrie England'.

Henry VIII

His marriages to a succession of six women became something of a Tudor soap opera. So, what did he want in a wife, and, more specifically, a queen?

Find out more at BBC iWonder.

M4 delays

BBC London


Traffic is queuing on the M4 westbound after Junction 1, the A4 Chiswick Roundabout, owing to an earlier broken down vehicle.

The is congestion on A315 Chiswick High Road to the B490 Acton Lane junction, on A205 Kew Bridge to the A315 Kew Bridge Road junction and on A4 Cromwell Road to the B325 Gloucester Road junction.

For the latest updates go to our

travel page or follow us on Twitter

Channel 4 journalist apologises to mosque

Channel 4 journalist Cathy Newman has offered her "sincere apologies" after she claimed she was "ushered" out of a London mosque during a visit.

The broadcaster initially told her 79,000 Twitter followers she was "respectfully dressed, head covering and no shoes but a man ushered me back onto the street", but apologised after CCTV footage seemed to show her speaking to someone in the South London Islamic Centre in Streatham before leaving on her own.

Appeal over mystery phone number

Officers investigating the murder of a student said someone dialled a number from his mobile phone, minutes before he was stabbed in the heart.

Samuel Guidera
Met Police

Samuel Guidera (pictured), 24, was attacked and robbed in Sydenham, south-east London, on 12 February 2011.

Police believe the student's killer may have got his attention by pretending they wanted to use his phone.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said he will ask Scotland Yard to see if issuing radiation devices to police officers could help in the fight against terrorism.

Highgate 'not England’s top town centre'

Ham and High


Struggling independent shopkeepers battling to survive have

dismissed new figures revealing that Highgate has the fewest number of empty shops in the country, saying they do not reflect reality.

Highgate is classed as one of the top town centres in England for boasting a 0% vacancy rate, according to statistics released by retail data organisation the Local Data Company.

Worst speeding in London revealed

Figures from the

Institute of Advanced Motorists have revealed motorists driving at speeds up to 123mph in central London.


Accident on M1

BBC London


tweets: Two lanes blocked by an accident on M1 Northbound around J11 #Dunstable {BR}

Former pop star in hotel play

Former S Club 7 member Hannah Spearritt and actress Finty Williams lead the cast of new play The Armour at London's Langham Hotel next month.

Ben Ellis's play was commissioned to mark The Langham's 150th anniversary. Three inter-linked stories set in different centuries will play out in different rooms around the venue.

The Armour will run at the hotel off Regent Street from 3 March to 4 April.

London venues 'not up to scratch'

Will Gompertz

Arts editor

One of the world's most eminent conductors has told the BBC Britain's concert halls are

not up to international standards.

Sir Simon

Sir Simon Rattle has three years left on his current contract with the Berlin Philharmonic and rumours are circulating in the music world that he could be heading for London.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • A teenager accused of being inspired by the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby to hatch a plot to behead a soldier told jurors he was just "ranting and raging" when he wrote that he wanted to die a martyr.

Bid to find Tube sex attack victim

A woman was allegedly groped by a man who put his hand under her clothes as she sat on the Piccadilly Line between Northfields and Hammersmith.

The woman was heard by passengers to say "help me" after the man covered her moth with his hand during the assault on Saturday 31 January between 23:30 and midnight. The man was later arrested but

British Transport Police are now seeking the woman.

The London Tube Tongues map

A variation on the London Underground map has been created which lists the most popular language, other than English, spoken in the area surrounding each station.

Tube Tongue map
Tube Tongues

Visit Tube Tongues is created by Oliver O'Brien, a researcher at University College London Department of Geography.

Tortoise's shell 'smoking' after fire

A hibernating tortoise rescued from a garage blaze in Wimbledon last night has been nicknamed Smoky as its shell was actually smoking when firefighters got to it,

the Wimbledon Guardian reports.

The tortoise was rudely awakened after months of sleep by fighters who raced to the property and trampled their way in to put out the blaze. They were shocked to discover the shell-dwelling reptile amongst plants in the garage in Sandbourne Avenue.

The blaze was contained to the garage and the tortoise is to be taken for a check-up by vets.

Radiation detectors for London?

Boris Johnson says radiation detectors could be introduced in London to protect the city from possible dirty bomb attacks.

Boris Johnson with Bill Bratton

Supermarket-style self check-out technology could also be used to identify suspicious packages to bolster safety in the city, he suggested following a meeting with New York's police commissioner Bill Bratton.

"What we need to do is to get a better understanding of the risks versus the investment," he said, adding that he would raise the issue with Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Headlines this hour include:

A teenager from Camberwell, accused of being inspired by the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby to hatch a plot to behead a soldier, has told a court he only expressed extremist views to "fit in" with a Muslim group.

Ebola healthcare workers discharged

Two military healthcare workers flown to the UK with suspected Ebola have been

discharged from hospital in east London.

They were kept under supervision after needle-stick injuries while on the frontline of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

They were flown back to London on 31 January and 2 February.

They have not developed symptoms of the virus and have now been discharged.

Hazard: Chelsea supportive

Eden Hazard and Jose Mourinho
Getty Images

As you've been hearing on BBC London 94.9, Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard has

signed a new five-and-a-half year deal with Premier League leaders Chelsea.

The 24-year-old, signed for a reported £32m from Lille in 2012, has scored 13 times in 36 appearances this season.

"Since I came here in 2012, I have always felt good and the club has been very supportive to me," Hazard said.

Aussie duo given MCC lifetime membership

The Daily Mail

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie and his former Australia team-mate Justin Langer have been awarded honorary life membership of Marylebone Cricket Club,

reports the Daily Mail.

The pair, who won seven Ashes series between them, join former Baggy Green team-mates Steve Waugh, Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting in being honoured by the MCC, which own Lord's and is the custodian of the laws of the game.

Leyton Orient owner says club will succeed

BBC Sport

Leyton Orient owner Francesco Becchetti is adamant he will bring

success to the east London club.

The O's have struggled following the Italian's takeover last summer and are currently bottom of the League One table, six points from safety.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

the hour include:

  • Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has today signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

Construction on the up

There are encouraging signs for London construction after steady growth in 2014, positioning 2015 to be a strong year with forecasted growth at 5.3%.

London skyline

A report from

Barbour ABI shows construction output was on the increase in 2014, with London leading all regions with £28bn, 23% of the UK total, and contracts awarded in London also increasing by over 10% year on year.

Let there be more energy efficient light

The Docklands & East London Advertiser

New street lights around Canary Wharf are being installed to help the Canal & River Trust

reduce its energy consumption by 37 tonnes of CO2 a year.

The lamps are also expected to cut the charity organisation's yearly electric bill for lighting up the east London docks by £10,000 and maintenance costs by £8,000. The old lights put out more than 46 tonnes of CO2 a year — the new LED lamps are bringing it down by 80 % to just nine tonnes.

England name unchanged side to face Italy

BBC Sport

Jonathan Joseph and George Kruis will make their

first Twickenham starts on Saturday after England named an unchanged side to face Italy.

Jonathan Joseph was among the try-scorers for England in Cardiff

Bath's Joseph was among the try-scorers when England opened their Six Nations campaign with a 21-16 win over Wales.

England coach Stuart Lancaster said it was important to "build some consistency" and that Italy would be "fired up" at the weekend.

On air

Sonja Jessup

Presenter, BBC London News

I'll have the lunchtime news for you

just after 13:30 on BBC One:

We hear from the father who's preparing to sue Essex Police over serious mistakes made during an investigation into his son's death. Les Balkwell's son Lee was crushed as he tried to clean the mixer at a farm in 2002.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • The barrister defending a teenager accused of plotting to behead a soldier has opened his case, telling the jury he can't be convicted for having "repulsive" views.

Zippin' up our boots

BBC London 94.9


Robert Elms will be comparing recordings of Back To My Roots for this week's cover to cover on this afternoon's programme which is on air now until 15:00.

Robert will be playing versions of the hit song by Richie Havens and Lamont Dozier.

Muslims in Britain: What figures tell us

The BBC digs beneath the surface

of a report on how the Muslim population of England and Wales behaves and gains an intriguing insight into a community of 2.7m.

Mosque in Birmingham
Getty Images

Watch: Chelsea players 'try to sway referees'

BBC Sport

Everton manager Roberto Martinez

accused Chelsea's players of trying to sway the referee during a bad-tempered 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Roberto Martinez
BBC Sport

Willian's late winner came after Gareth Barry's red card and a fracas in which Branislav Ivanovic escaped censure for a clash with Everton's James McCarthy.

"It's very clear that what the home team are trying to do is influence the referee," Martinez told BBC Sport.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • The barrister defending a teenager accused of plotting to behead a soldier has opened his case, telling the jury he can't be convicted for having "repulsive" views.

English National Opera: Is the fat lady tuning up?

Will Gompertz

Arts editor

tweets: The ENO is cut from Arts Council England's National Portfolio. That is a big deal, way beyond the naughty corner. Is the fat lady tuning up?

Muslim population increases

The Muslim population of England and Wales increased by more than a million in the space of a decade - and three-quarters are concentrated in London, the West Midlands, the North West and Yorkshire and Humber.

Muslim pupils

An analysis of 2011 Census data for the

Muslim Council of Britain suggests the Muslim population had increased 75% from 1.5m in 2001 to 2.7m, with a third
below the age of 15.