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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather updates for London tomorrow from 08:00
  2. Updates from Tuesday 17 February 2015

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Good evening

That's all for today's live page. Andy Dangerfield will be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more live news, travel, sport and weather updates.

Frosty night

It will remain largely clear for most of the night. Frost will develop quite widely.

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

Year of the Sheep

Lillian Sun
Royal Mint

The Royal Mint has issued this photo Lillian Sun, aged six, from Mengis Dance School in Battersea, south London, with its Lunar Year of the Sheep commemorative coin.

Chinese New Year is celebrated from Thursday until 22 February.

Coming up

At 18:30 Riz Lateef brings you

BBC London News:

  • A jewellery shop owner armed with a baseball bat chases after thieves during a smash and grab raid in Twickenham
  • How victims of gang violence will be supported in the capital's major trauma centres, and
  • A year after a huge sinkhole opened under a house there are growing calls for compensation for residents.

Oldest Chelsea Pensioner's century

Chelsea Pensioner's oldest resident Peter Carrie (pictured below in the 1930s) celebrates his 100th birthday tomorrow.

Peter Carrie

He is the only resident eligible for the Bomber Command Clasp (instituted last year) because unusually as well as serving in the British Army (a prerequisite for becoming a Chelsea Pensioner), he also served as an RAF flight engineer on Lancaster Bombers.

High hopes

Paloma Faith

Hackney-born singer Paloma Faith has been talking about her mum's ambitions for her.

The star says: "My mum gets upset when I say I am working class. She goes 'I worked bloody hard for you not to be working class.

"At least you are lower middle class.'"

Historic cinema to re-open

Chingford Guardian reports the announcement of a plan to re-open a historic cinema for screening films was met with a "loud cheer" of approval at a community meeting.

Plans are being put together for a 50-seat auditorium at The Regal building in Hale End Road, Highams Park, to show independent films.

Watch: Pancake-cam

Journalists earlier claimed victory in the annual parliamentary pancake race around Victoria Tower Gardens. The Shrove Tuesday charity event pits the press against politicians.

Parliamentary pancake

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9



headlines this hour include:

  • A 25-year-old from Islington has been jailed for 10 years for slashing the face of another man last August.

Hammersmith Bridge crash

London Fire Brigade

tweets: We're attending a road traffic collision on #Hammersmith Bridge. A car has hit street furniture. Avoid if possible.

Smash and grab fightback

The moment a shopkeeper chased axe-wielding robbers from his jewellery shop, has been

caught on CCTV footage.

CCTV footage
Metropolitan Police

The 41-year-old fought back with a baseball bat after the robbers burst into the family-run business in Whitton High Street, Richmond, yesterday morning. They took tens of thousands of pounds worth of watches and jewellery.

Victoria Hollins will have more in the 18:30 programme.

'Abusive priest took pictures'

A man has told Southwark Crown Court he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest at Grafton Close Children's Home in Hounslow, west London, during the 1980s.

On the second day of

Father Anthony McSweeney's trial, the witness said he took photographs of him after sexually assaulting him.

Fr McSweeney, of Old Brighton Road North, Pease Pottage, West Sussex, denies four counts of indecent assault.

Horse Guards' pancakes

The Horse Guards' Troopers will have pancakes when they come off duty today. The Horse Guards spokesman Corporal Ngarandi says lemon and sugar is the preferred filling.

Troopers Jarman (left) and Clark make pancakes, for themselves and the other Life Guards on duty, in the Horse Guards kitchen

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9



headlines this hour include:

  • Police are appealing for help to trace a woman who apparently grabbed a baby's throat in a branch of Boots in central London.
  • Boris Johnson is being urged to make police contact points "fit for purpose" by the London Assembly's Police and Crime Committee.

Firearms found in empty house

Firearms have been found inside an empty house in Twickenham, south-west London.

The Met says officers were called to Grimwood Road yesterday and recovered a number of firearms and ammunition.

The property was secured overnight and another police search this morning turned up more ammunition inside the house.

There have been no arrests and there is no suggestion the find is terrorism-related, says the Met.

Seven-year dispute

How the new stadium might look
Tottenham Hotspur
The club hopes the new stadium will be ready for the 2018/19 season

The firm describes itself as a "wonderfully old-fashioned family business" producing metal items for the catering and hospitality industry.

The owners have been in a dispute with Spurs for the last decade over its redevelopment plans.

A Tottenham club spokesman said: "We have already successfully and amicably relocated more than 70 businesses in the area to the satisfaction of all parties concerned and a number of these organisations continue to reside in the borough.

"Whilst we were able to accommodate all these other businesses' requests, in the instance of Archway, we have been unable to reach agreement over the period of the last seven years."

Spurs ground order 'unlawful'

A business standing in the way of Tottenham Hotspur's £400m stadium redevelopment has claimed at the High Court that an invalid compulsory purchase order is being used to force it out.

Archway Sheet Metal Works is asking a judge to quash the "unlawful" order.

If the application succeeds it would be a major blow to controversial plans for the new 56,000 capacity stadium complex.

Garden bridge challenge

In view of the

legal challenge against the plans for a garden bridge, Lambeth Council, which approved the plans in November, said the authority believed the idea was "creative and ambitious idea", with the potential to become an "attractive landmark at Waterloo".

The bridge

A spokesman said: "The committee imposed a number of conditions, and directed that these matters are referred back to ensure full public scrutiny prior to their final agreement."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top headlines at 15:00:

Specialist youth workers are to be placed in major trauma units across London to help tackle gang violence.

Beaten pigeons found

Two boxes filled with about 16 dead and dying pigeons were found by the RSPCA last Wednesday.

The abandoned boxes

The charity believes the mixture of wood and wild pigeons had been beaten repeatedly. They were found in at the entrance of Southall Recreational Ground in Leamington Road, Southall. Call 0300 123 8018 with information.

Police contact points

London Mayor Boris Johnson is being urged to make police contact points that have replaced police stations in many London boroughs "fit for purpose".

Neighbourhood officers have set up shop in places like coffee shops and supermarkets but the London Assembly's Police and Crime Committee says they're badly advertised, underused and people often mistakenly think the officers staffing them are having a break.

Assistant Commissioner Helen King told

BBC London 94.9 they are a cost effective way of providing a service in places where people want to go, rather than keeping open ageing and costly police stations.

Fulham exits

BBC Sport


Fulham manager Kit Symons admitted his side are still a work in progress, there have been more player exits at Craven Cottage.

George Williams

Montenegro international Elsad Zverotic has had his contract terminated by mutual consent, while midfielder Dino Fazlic has joined Croatian side NK Zadar on a permanent deal.

George Williams (pictured) has been loaned to MK Dons for the rest of the season.

News on the hour

Our top headlines at 14:00 include:

  • Church of England bishops have just issued a letter warning that people feel detached from politics.
  • The Conservatives have set out plans to make unemployed 18 to 21-year-olds do compulsory community work if they want to keep their benefits.

'Black and white terms racist'

Describing people as "black" and "white" is racist and needs to be changed, a Tooting GP has argued, the

Wandsworth Guardian reports.

Dr Allswell Eno says people should be described by their heritage, such as European, Asian or Polynesian, and colour is "debasing to humans".

More pancake peculiarity

Ian Davidson

tweets us: Livery Guild Pancake race, Guildhall London

Livery Guild Pancake Race
Ian Davidson

Pub of the Year

A former business analyst who left his London job to pursue his love of beer has

won Pub of the Year for his village inn in Gloucestershire.

Salutation Inn landlord Peter Tiley

The Salutation Inn in Ham, near Berkeley, was awarded the title by the

Campaign for Real Ale, who described Peter Tiley's venture as "a gem".

Porridge Cafe opens

The Independent

reports following the interest in the Cereal Killer Cafe, London has its first Porridge Cafe.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9



headlines include:

  • Police are appealing for help to trace a woman who apparently grabbed a baby's throat in a branch of Boots in central London.
  • Officers are questioning three men believed to be behind an illegal website used by tens of thousands of people every day to download films and TV shows for free.

Watch: Big Ben batter art

Josephine McDermott

BBC News Online

We've had the London Air Ambulance in batter today from

@WadeyLady001, now here's
Big Ben from Visit London.

Big Ben in batter

London teacher Mars mission bid

News Shopper


reports a Beckenham lab technician, who works at Sedgehill School, is one of just five Britons shortlisted for a one-way trip to colonise Mars. She says: "I think it's time for humans to leave the Earth and start living somewhere else."

Here's more on the project.

Westminster ricin charge

Joe Inwood

Journalist, BBC Look North

A man has appeared in court charged with attempting to purchase the chemical weapon ricin over the dark web.

Mohammed Ammer Ali, 31, from Liverpool, was charged after a joint sting operation between the FBI and North West Counter Terrorism Command. He appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court in a brief hearing this morning, where he spoke only to confirm his name and address.

Lunchtime news

Sonja Jessup

Presenter, BBC London News

A year on from a huge sinkhole opening up under a house in Hemel Hempstead calls are growing for compensation for dozens of residents. And specialist youth workers are to be placed in major trauma units in hospitals across London to help tackle gang violence.

Join me just after 13:30 on BBC One.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9



headlines at 12:00 include:

  • A woman who reached into a pram and grabbed a baby boy by the throat in a branch of Boots in central London is being hunted by the police.
  • Boris Johnson is being urged to make the police contact points that have replaced many London police stations "fit for purpose".

Chelsea take on PSG

BBC Sport

Diego Costa will start in tonight's Champions League match in France, as Chelsea take on Paris St-Germain for the second year in a row - this time meeting in the last 16.

David Luiz
Getty Images

Defender David Luiz (pictured right) helped Chelsea overcome PSG in the quarter-finals of last year's Champions League, but he will line up for the French side.

'MPs lose pancake race'

Stephen Pound, Labour MP for Ealing North (pictured in white) tells Nikki Bedi the MPs lost a

pancake race this morning against journalists.

Stephen Pound in Pancake Race
Getty Images
Patrick Wintour competes in the annual Parliamentary Pancake Race
Getty Images
Guardian journalist Patrick Wintour competes

The annual race takes place in Victoria Tower Gardens.

UKIP 'mosque licences'

Ham & High


Hampstead and Kilburn UKIP candidate Magnus Nielsen

tells the paper: "My great aim is to licence the mosques and licence the clergy so that if the clergy are preaching doctrine that is in contravention of UK law and human rights then they lose their licences."

Discrimination officer quits

The Voice


reports Carol Howard (pictured) who was awarded £37,000 after she
sued the Met Police over a "malicious" and "vindictive" campaign of race and sex discrimination, has quit the force.

Carol Howard