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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow
  2. Updates for Thursday 19 February 2015

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Good evening

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

Rainy and cloudy

The rain will clear away, but it will remain cloudy, along with a few showers. The temperatures will stay above freezing.

Minimum temperature: 5C (41F)

On air

BBC London News


BBC London News at 18:30, will have the latest on the man prevented from boarding a Paris Metro train by Chelsea football fans chanting racist slogans. The man, who has been named as Souleymane S, said: "These people, these English fans... should be locked up."

Also on the programme, reporter Yvonne Hall will be live in Victoria where a cyclist was killed in in a collision with a lorry.

Southwark Park Road closed

BBC London News


On the roads, Southwark Park Road in Southwark closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B203 Dunton Road junction and the St James's Road junction, because of an accident.

For the latest travel updates visit the

BBC London travel website.

'Is this fair and safe for cyclists?'

Cyclist Edward Pyne emailed expressing his sadness at the death of a cyclist in Victoria this morning. He wrote: "I'd never usually take a picture of such a sad event but the reason I have is to highlight something for all to see.

Victoria Street
Edward Pyne

"I've ridden down there a few times before and its an absolute death trap - crammed in with eight foot fences either side and nowhere to go - and construction vehicles arriving and leaving all day including rush hour. My question to Boris is this fair and safe for cyclists? Are you doing all you can do to ensure the safety of cyclists in London?"

Union concern over 'cast off' trains

Alex Moss

BBC News

Proposals to run old London Underground trains on routes in northern England would see travellers getting the south's "cast offs", a union has said.

Refitted District Line carriages are being offered as an affordable way to replace ageing Pacer trains.

One of the London Underground trains that is being refurbished

The Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) said it did not want second hand trains on the northern network.

Blur to play Hyde Park

Blur are heading back to Hyde Park with their first album in more than a decade.

Blur performing in 2012

They'll headline the British Summer Time festival on 20 June. Speaking at a news conference, frontman Damon Albarn joked: "I love it because I can cycle to work".

Formula E Championship in Battersea Park

The London race of the all-electric

FIA Formula E Championship has received planning approval to be held within the grounds of Battersea Park.

Artist impression proposed Formula E layout
Formula E

Wandsworth Council approved the London ePrix which will encompass two separate races on 27 and 28 June.

Be careful who you swear at on a train

BBC Trending

What's popular and why

"I was on my way into work on the Tube on Monday morning during rush hour. I stood to one side to let a lady get by, and ended up blocking a man momentarily. He shoved passed me, almost knocking me over, and shouted" said Matt Buckland.

He saw the man again though - when he turned up for job interview....

Tweet by recruiter Matt Buckland

His tweet-by-tweet account of the scenario has now gone viral. He told

BBC Trending: "It was totally awkward."

The art of Chinese writing

Duchess of Cornwall in London

To celebrate the start of Chinese New Year, the Duchess of Cornwall has been shown the art of Chinese calligraphy during an official visit to Chinatown in central London.

Police issue CCTV photo in Enfield baby death case

Police investigating the death of a six-week-old baby boy have

released a photo of a woman they want to speak to. The woman in the photo was seen at Tooting Broadway station, in south London, on Thursday 27 November at 20:40.

woman at Tooting Broadway
Met Police

She was believed to have seen the baby before he died last November. The child was found in Russell Road, in the borough of Enfield, unconscious and unresponsive and was pronounced dead at hospital.

Mayor set to give evidence

A mayor accused of electoral fraud is due to start giving evidence at a special High Court hearing tomorrow.

Lutfur Rahman
Getty Images

Lawyers say Lutfur Rahman (pictured) - independent mayor of Tower Hamlets, east London, and leader of a party called Tower Hamlets First (THF) - is likely to spend two days answering questions at an Election Court trial in London.

Four voters have taken legal action against Mr Rahman. They want Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey, who is sitting as a judge at the trial, to declare the result of the May 2014 mayoral election, which saw Mr Rahman elected for a second term, void and order a re-run.

Mr Rahman denies wrongdoing.

Visitor numbers drop at top London art galleries

Will Gompertz

Arts editor

Two of London's most prestigious fine art galleries have seen

UK visitor numbers fall significantly over the last five years, official figures show. A few days ago, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport sent out a press release stating: "Latest statistics for Government-sponsored museums show two million more visits were made than previous year."

National Gallery

But look beneath the surface and a slightly different picture emerges. In the case of The National Gallery and The Tate Galleries, UK visits have actually dropped by a conspicuous 20% since 2008/09.

TfL on Drivetime with Eddie Nestor

BBC London 94.9


On Drivetime with Eddie Nestor on

BBC London 94.9, Leon Daniels, the managing director of surface transport at Transport for London, is now live on air talking about road safety after a cyclist was killed in a collision with a lorry in Victoria this morning.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


At 17:00 the top story on

BBC London 94.9 is: A 19-year-old man from Camberwell has been found guilty of plotting to behead a British soldier.

Brusthom Ziamani had been inspired by the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, in Woolwich, in 2013.


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Cause of Paddington deaths revealed

A convicted rapist - who is believed to have killed his parents in a double murder - died of multiple injuries, a post mortem has found. Ashraf Amrani

was found dead on the roof of a property on Westbourne Park Road, Paddington, on Friday.

Westbourne Park Road, Paddington

When police went to inform his family, the bodies of his parents Hassan and Zohra Amrani were found at their home in Landor House on the same street. Post-mortem examinations found the cause of death for Mr Amrani were lacerations incised wounds to the abdomen and Mrs Amrani was killed by a blunt force trauma to the head and strangulation injuries.

Single staffing structure 'opportunities'


Wandsworth Guardian reports a single staffing structure between Richmond and Wandsworth councils would "open up new opportunities" for both boroughs, claims a new report.

Child murder trial jury retires

The jury in the trial of a mother and her lesbian lover accused of killing her daughter has retired to consider its verdicts at the Old Bailey.

Polly Chowdhury (left) and Kiki Muddar
Julia Quenzler

Polly Chowdhury, 35, and Kiki Muddar, 43,

are accused of murdering eight-year-old Ayesha Ali at their home in Chadwell Heath in August 2013. They both deny the charges.

Ziamani case illustrates 'terror threat'

Police have said 19-year-old Brusthom Ziamani, who was

found guilty of preparing a terrorist act at the Old Bailey, showed how people can quickly develop extremist views when radicalised.

Commander Richard Walton, from the Met Police's Counter Terrorism Command, said: "This case starkly illustrates one of the threats we currently face in the UK. Ziamani was an impressionable young man who became radicalised then rapidly developed an extremist, violent mindset. Over a series of months he ultimately developed a desire to carry out a terrorist attack on British soldiers."

Chinatown dining

Time Out London


Time Out has a guide to where to eat in Chinatown to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Gerrard Street in China Town
Getty Images

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9



BBC London 94.9 the top headlines at 16:00 include:

  • A 19-year-old from Camberwell has been found guilty of plotting to behead a British soldier.
  • A woman in her 30s has become the fourth cyclist and at least the 30th person this year to die on London's roads.

Hampton Court Palace water works

TfL Traffic News

tweets: Thames Water works continue near Hampton Court Palace - due to end on Sunday. Queues on both Upper Sunbury Road and Hampton Court Way.

After the verdict was delivered, Ziamani's lawyer Naeem Mian told Judge Timothy Pontius: "Of course the sentence will be one of considerable length but nevertheless he is a young man who has no previous convictions at all."

The court heard Ziamani had been inspired by the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in 2013, researched Army cadet base sites and boasted of a plot to "kill soldiers".

During the trial, jurors were told how Ziamani had "reverted" to Islam at the beginning of 2014 and was arrested after he had shown his ex-girlfriend weapons.

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Brusthom Ziamani,
Elizabeth Cook/PA

Ziamani had fallen in with members of al-Muhajiroun - an extremist organisation - after he was "kicked out" of home for converting to Islam in early 2014, the court was told.

He attended the group's talks in the basement of a Halal sweet shop in Whitechapel, east London.

Ziamani, 19, of Camberwell, London, was arrested with a bag containing a 12in knife, a hammer and an "Islamic flag" in east London in August 2014.

Brusthom Ziamani

He will be sentenced on the 20 March.

BreakingZiamani guilty of beheading plot


Brusthom Ziamani, 19, has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of plotting to behead a British soldier after being inspired by the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top headlines at 15:00 include:

The Queen has reopened Canada House in Central London after the building underwent redevelopment costing £130m.

On arrival she was greeted by two Mounties sat on horses named George and Elizabeth - gifts to the monarch from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

London workers most productive in UK, says ONS

Jonty Bloom

Business correspondent, BBC News

The Office for National Statistics has produced

a regional breakdown of productivity and it makes for interesting reading.

The gap is huge, in Central London the average worker is producing 42% more every hour than the national average. In Cornwall they produce 28% less than the national average.

Knife attack witness appeal

Newham Recorder

A wounded father and son, who were stabbed after chasing two suspected car thieves in Church Road, Manor Park, are appealing for help to bring their attacker to justice, reports the

Newham Recorder.

Terry wants longer Chelsea contract

BBC Sport

John Terry wants

to extend his Chelsea playing career by another 12 months.

John Terry

The 34-year-old centre-back, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has made 656 appearances in 16 years for the Blues.

"The club know my position," said the former England captain. "I want to stay. Hopefully my performances are showing that and they can keep me."

Miliband's old school 'bought by HSBC'

Labour leader Ed Miliband has told the

Camden New Journal it was "just one of those things" that HSBC bank had once been able to buy half his former school.

The newspaper said he was told the bank had acquired half of Haverstock School, in Chalk Farm, through its infrastructure investment company back in 2007.

Queen reopens Canada House

The Queen at Canada House

The Queen arrived to officially reopen the newly refurbished Canada House near Trafalgar Square earlier greeted by some Mounties.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9



top story in the capital at 14:00: A woman in her 30s has become the fourth cyclist and at least the 30th person this year to die on London's roads.

The year of the sheep, goat or ram?

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have been visiting London's Chinatown to mark the start of Chinese New Year. The couple arrived to a fanfare of colour, drums and dancing dragons.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Chinatown
Getty Images

But is it the year of the sheep, ram, or goat? Watch

this video to find out.

Die-in for killed cyclist

The campaign group

Stop Killing Cyclists are organising a vigil and die-in on 2 March from 18:00 on Victoria Street, near Bressenden Place, where
a woman in her 30s was killed in a collision with a lorry this morning.

Cyclist died near 2013 bike crash site

London Assembly Green member Darren Johnson pointed out the site, where a woman died today after a collision with a lorry, was near where

Katharine Giles was killed in a crash on her bike two years ago.

He said: "We appear to have had zero action to address problems with construction lorries around this area."

Baby Olivia Stanca dies after life support withdrawn

A couple dropped a High Court battle over a decision to withdraw life support from their one-year-old daughter after

accepting nothing more could be done, their lawyer said.

Olivia, daughter of Maria and George Stanca, from Walthamstow, east London, died at Great Ormond Street Hospital overnight. She was born with cancer and developed complications from her treatment, said solicitor Anne-Marie Irwin.

'Worst traffic'

Billy Reeves

BBC London Travel

There is very heavy congestion in central London at the moment - some of the worst I have ever seen.

Billy Reeves and the travel camera

Breesenden Place is shut for accident investigation work after a fatality this morning and combined with ongoing roadworks around Parliament Square, Stamford Street, Southampton Row and Pall Mall it is causing major problems around Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park Corner and the West End.

For the latest travel updates follow

@BBCTravelAlert on Twitter and listen to
BBC London 94.9.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9



top stories in the capital at 13:00:

  • A woman in her 30s has become the fourth cyclist this year to die on London's roads.
  • EastEnders will celebrate its 30th birthday tonight, after more than 5,000 episodes.