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  1. Updates on 13 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Good evening

Duncan Smith

BBC News Online

That's all from BBC Local Live this week.

Elaine Okyere will be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for London.

This evening's weather

BBC Weather


This evening it will be cloudy and misty with outbreaks of rain continuing overnight, though it should become mainly dry in western areas later.

London weather map

Winds will become light towards dawn, with fog patches forming.

The temperature will drop to 6C (42F).

Coming up

BBC London News


On BBC One from 18:30: The M25 road rage killer Kenneth Noye gets a parole hearing - his victim's mother speaks out.

And find out how many of London's councils are ranked the worst for food hygiene standards in the UK.

Watch: Send-off for longest-serving PC

A man hailed as

the country's longest-serving police officer is retiring after 47 years.

PC Robert Brown

PC Robert Brown, who is known as Bob, joined the Met as an 18-year-old in 1968.

He finished his career in Croydon Borough with colleagues forming a guard of honour for his final shift.

Twickenham forecast

BBC Weather


Off to the rugby tomorrow ?-

here's the latest forecast.

Rugby weather

Traffic delays heading east

BBC London


tweets: Awful heading out to the east tonight. Probs at Beckton Rbout. A13 awful Whitechapel, Aldgate, Upper Thames St etc {BR}

Choir with average age of 89

A choir proved that voices do not tire with age when they were crowned the winners of a singing competition,

reports This Is Local London.

The Rubenettes Choir, from Rubens House, in Ballards lane, Finchley, beat off strong competition in the Jewish Care Sing Off 2015 last week.

The choir is made up of three residents who have the average age of 89, as well as staff members, who gave a performance of the Louis Armstrong hit What a Wonderful World.

V&A exhibition to mark 40 years of theatre

A new exhibition celebrating theatre in the West End and Broadway will open in London and New York next year.

Cooper and Mirren

Curtain Up! will open at London's Victoria and Albert Museum next February - and go to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts the following autumn.

The London leg of the exhibition will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards.

‘Wow factor’ sculpture

London Evening Standard



giant leaf sculpture is planned for Marble Arch to put the "wow factor" into the western end of Oxford Street.

The installation, by British artist Lee Simmons, will feature five stems up to 20 metres long, each with coloured leaves and illuminated at night.

Croydon the deadliest borough for road collisions

Croydon recorded the highest number of road deaths in London between 2010 and 2013,

a Croydon Advertiser study has found.

Thirty-three people died on the borough's roads in that four-year period, with the youngest victims both 14 years old, and the oldest aged 88.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • The father of a man - stabbed to death in a road rage attack by Kenneth Noye - has reacted furiously to news that he may be freed from jail.

Composer and pianist John McCabe dies aged 75

Composer, pianist and former director of the London College of Music, John McCabe has died, aged 75.

John McCabe
Press release

A gifted artist, he had composed 13 symphonies by the age of 11, and his recordings of Joseph Haydn's piano sonatas are considered definitive.

His own compositions included orchestral and chamber music. He was director of the London College of Music between 1983 and 1990.

Tax: 'Right to minimise'

London Evening Standard


London Mayor Boris Johnson says people have a "right to minimise" what tax they pay.

Boris Johnson

He told the

Evening Standard: "I don't want to seem to be dodging the question. I think people have a legitimate right to minimise their tax obligations if they can but they should pay their fair whack. I do think it's important to be transparent."

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • The leaders of nine east London councils have been meeting in Stratford to talk devolution and how it could benefit their residents.

Anger over plans to close station entrance

A plan to close part of a busy tube station for more than two years has sparked outrage among residents,

the Tottenham Journal reports.

From next month, the Wells Terrace entrance to Finsbury Park Station will shut forever, before being replaced by a new western gate in October 2017 as part of an overhaul of the transport hub.

An estimated 27 million passengers use the station every year, and many people are concerned about overcrowding, as well as the inconvenience.

Croydon College submits plan for £3m expansion

Croydon College has submitted a plan for a major £3m expansion project to transform the Park Lane end of its campus,

the Croydon Advertiser reports.

The college submitted an expression of interest to the Department for Education last year but has now put together a more detailed plan for its 'state-of-the-art' innovation and enterprise walk. The college has already raised £2 million from the sale of adjacent land and has now submitted a £1m funding bid to the London Enterprise Panel for the rest of the funds.

Watch: Abbott on Balls, Miliband and Labour tax haven claims

The shadow chancellor "will not touch" the issue of tax havens, despite it being a Treasury issue, a Labour MP has claimed.

Abbott and Portillo

Diane Abbott said the claims were being driven by the party leader, but would not be drawn on why Ed Balls was not getting involved. The shadow chancellor "will not touch" the issue of tax havens, despite it being a Treasury issue, a Labour MP has claimed.

Back to school

A top

Met Police officer has returned to her East Ham school in the hope of inspiring new generation of future officers.

Metropolitan Police

Det Chf Insp Shabnam Chaudhri spent a morning at Plashet Schoo, which attended as a girl.

She said: "I have worked in a number of demanding roles in my career so far and there is nothing more rewarding than being at the forefront of policing such a diverse community. But it all started here at Plashet School."

News on the ho

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • The leaders of nine east London boroughs, who together represent 2.5m people, have been meeting to discuss the possibility of devolving more powers to their councils.

Eggs, bacon, chips and beans

Duncan Smith

BBC News Online

Here is a selection of

readers comments on Facebook and suggestions for
their favourite London cafe:

  • Emma Hegarty: "Chefs Delight in Sydenham High Street!"
  • Martha Mackenzie: "Cally Road Cafe, N7. Amazing."
  • Steve Care: "Bridge the gap opposite Battersea park station"
  • Kim Gordon: "A clean well presented porta-cafe with inside seating area outside The Range Enfield ... Never disappointed"
Scene from a cafe

Police get stuck in the mud

Three police officers

got stuck in mud while chasing a teenage suspect across marshes in south-east London.

London Ambulance Service help the Met
London Ambulance Service took the suspect to hospital

They had been following a van which failed to stop. When it did, two people ran off across Crayford Marshes.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested nearby but a 19-year-old was chased for more than an hour on Thursday night. The teenager was rescued alongside the officers with help from the police helicopter and boat teams.

Kingston bypass blocked

BBC London


tweets: Hinchley Wood (nr Esher) A309 Kingston Bypass is fully blocked btwn Claygate Lane and Manor Rd North following a serious collision

Blind campaigner complains about street 'improvements'

A campaigner is blaming Richmond Council for making her life a misery when she walks through Twickenham town centre,

reports Your Local Guardian.

Jackie Venus, who is registered blind and lives in the town, said despite upgrading King Street the council has created more "clutter" for her to avoid.

Her concerns come in the same week the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) carried out research revealing 95% of people had collided with an obstacle in the street.

Ban on pork in Islington’s primary schools

The Great British banger is off the menu for Islington children as pork has been banned in all the borough's primary schools,

The Islington Gazette reports.

Pork sausages

Islington Council has been criticised by the pork industry for refusing to dish up chops, sausages and bacon to youngsters, although the meat is served in secondary schools.

Despite pork being a cheap meat, the council claims it is too expensive to serve because the authority has to monitor what every child eats in case those whose cultural or religious beliefs forbid pork, eat it by accident.

Barbican weekender

Fans of American rock band The National should enjoy

The Barbican's next marathon weekend in May, their third curated by the group's guitarist Bryce Dessner.

The National

Mountains and Waves: Bryce Dessner and New American Music will feature the world premiere of Wave Movements, a new orchestral work composed by Dessner and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry and a collaboration with Sufjan Stevens.

District Line delays

BBC London


There are minor delays on District Line between Earls Court and Upminster due to local power failure.

Further updates available on the

BBC Travel website.

Fore Street Tunnel closed

BBC London


tweets: A406 The Fore Street Tunnel is shut in both directions all weekend, from this eve 2200 until the early hours of Monday morn {BR}

How times have changed on the beat

Policing was rather different when

the longest-serving PC Robert Brown started out as a 19-year-old constable in 1969:

  • Police were still phoning back to their stations from police boxes on street corners, a practice that ended the following year when personal radios were introduced more widely.
  • Police officers wore the traditional policeman's helmet, which was made of light cork with felt stretched over it.
  • Police on the beat would have had a light wooden truncheon, carried discretely, with a whistle and pocket notebook.

And now in 2015:

  • Officer on the street wears a body armour vest, heavy duty boots and baggy black synthetic trousers provide leg protection.
  • Helmets, not worn as regularly as they used to be, are now made of reinforced fibreglass.
  • All officers carry CS gas spray, and instead of a wooden truncheon an 8in retractable metal asp that can extend to 2ft.
PC Brown

Chance of rain this afternoon

During the afternoon a band of persistent rain will spread in from the southwest

Towards this evening it will become cloudy and misty with fog over high ground with periods of rain.

The BBC weather forecast for London

The temperature will drop to around 5C (41F).

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • Britain's longest serving police officer is retiring today after nearly half a century on the beat in London.

Coming up on the lunchtime news

Sonja Jessup

Presenter, BBC London News

From 13:30 on BBC One: The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced a deal to bring a branch of one of the world's best known museums- the Smithsonian- to the Olympic Park.

We'll have the latest from his visit to Washington.

North London rabbis seek protection

Ham & High


A record number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in the UK last year has led to calls from rabbis and MPs for the government to do more to protect Jewish buildings,

reports the Ham & High.

Hammersmith and City Line delays

BBC London


There are minor delays on the eastbound Hammersmith and City Line between Hammersmith and Liverpool Street owing to a temporary shortage of train operators.

For more updates visit

BBC Travel.

Hazard: He could be 'one of the best in the world' - Nevin

BBC Sport

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard could become "one of the best players in the world" if he gets protection from referees, according to former Blues star Pat Nevin.

Eden Hazard
Getty Images

"If he's going to last his five-and-a-half years he's got to get a bit more protection than he's getting just now,"

Nevin told BBC Sport.

"If he gets that then he could turn out to be one of the best players in the world. If he gets that, then he would be right on the coat-tails of Messi and Ronaldo."

'I've never hurt anyone' - Costa

Diego Costa has had to take a lot of flak about the physical nature of some of his performances this season.

But in a

new interview for Sport Magazine the Chelsea and Spain striker has claimed his challenges are "strong but noble" and that he has never seriously injured an opposition player.

"Check my records, you'll find I've never caused a bad injury to a player," said Costa, who has just served a three-match ban for a stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can in the League Cup semi-final last month.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • The family of a man who was stabbed to death in a road rage incident on the M25 almost 20 years ago has reacted angrily to the news that his killer has been granted a parole hearing.

PC 'overwhelmed' by surprise farewell

Elaine Okyere

BBC London News

The country's longest serving police officer, who retires today, has said he "overwhelmed" by the guard of honour that met him at work today.

PC Brown

PC Brown said: "I am totally amazed I saw some relatives yesterday and they didn't mention anything about this. I'm overwhelmed that everyone turned out today for this.

"I have always wanted to serve and help people and that's been my ethos through my career. I wanted to help people I've always been a PC not everyone can be a Commander - I enjoyed what I was doing. I did CID work and I came back to this role as I enjoyed the variety and i enjoyed helping people."

A&E waits improve

Waiting times for A&E patients in England have improved slightly in the past week, figures show, with NHS bosses suggesting they give grounds for "cautious optimism".

Hospital ward

In the seven days up until last Sunday 92.9% of patients were seen in four hours, up from 92.3% the week before.

It is still below the 95% target, which has not been achieved on a weekly basis since September.

Andy Carroll: West Ham striker suffers medial ligament damage

BBC Sport

West Ham striker Andy Carroll will be out for at least four to six weeks after tearing a ligament in his knee.

Andy Carroll, West Ham
Getty Images

Carroll, playing for the first time since 31 January, picked up the problem in Wednesday's 0-0 draw at Southampton.

"The medial ligament on the inside of his knee has a little tear from a fairly innocuous collision," manager Sam Allardyce said.