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  1. Updates for Monday 23 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Josephine McDermott and Chirag Trivedi

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all for the live page today. Thanks for joining us.

The service will return at 08:00 on Tuesday for more live updates. Travel updates continue with Fiona McKinnon


Coming Up

BBC London News



18:30 on BBC One:

  • "Too soft and scared" - a leading French lawyer claims the UK is failing to tackle the crime of FGM
  • The Crossrail worker has died after almost a ton of concrete collapsed on him in a tunnel
  • And we look at the role social media may have played in the radicalisation of three east London teens believed to be heading to Syria

Clear spells overnight

Some clear spells and a scattering of showers overnight, however most parts should be dry by morning.

Temperature scale

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

Watch: London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week is underway with more than 250 designers showcasing their work.

Look behind the scenes.

Burberry collection modelled
Getty Images

Murals vandalised

Croydon Guardian


reports vandals have destroyed week-old murals by the all women movement Femme Fierce intended to help make the St George's Walk area of Croydon an arts quarter.

Developer's 'hypocrisy'

Tim Donovan

Political Editor, BBC London

A Chinese billionaire who is building a 524ft (160m) tall luxury hotel has complained about a smaller block of flats being built next door because it would spoil the view.

Wang Jianlin's company Dalian Wanda said a planned 242ft (74m) tall building on the New Covent Garden Market site could jeopardise plans for an opulent five-star hotel in Nine Elms near Vauxhall.

Helen Monger, from the Friends of Vauxhall Park group called it "breathtaking hypocrisy".

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has refused to call in the plans.

Bridge designs

via Facebook

On Facebook, we're asking what you think of some of the entries in a competition to find a design for a bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico in south-west London.

One of the entries
Wandsworth Council
One of the entries
Wandsworth Council

Karran Torrance

writes: Excellent. As a resident of Pimlico I do hope the new Thames Bridge is built!

'Bafflingly complex refunds'

London Assembly Labour member Val Shawcross has criticised Boris Johnson's reversal in policy saying: "What Londoners need from the Mayor and his colleagues is a real solution not a political fig leaf which comes nowhere near resolving the problem Boris has created.

"Instead what they have been left with is a bafflingly complex system of refunds, which will only benefit a tiny proportion of travellers."

Fares change

Andy Dangerfield

BBC News Online

Thousands of commuters are to receive refunds after

London Mayor Boris Johnson reversed a policy on
caps on transport fares.

The mayor's office said:

  • Around 25,000 people were adversely affected by the removal of daily off-peak caps in Zones 4-6
  • Transport for London will provide automatic refunds to those who incur a higher fare than the former off-peak daily cap in outer London (Zones 4-6) twice or more in a week
  • Refunds, including for the period from 2 January, will commence in April and then be paid monthly

Porn evidence at abuse trial

Catholic priest Anthony McSweeney, 68, broke down in tears at his sex abuse trial as he recalled his gay and S&M pornography collection. He denies molesting three teenage boys at Grafton Close children's home in Hounslow, west London, between 1979 and 1981.

But he admitted being shown a child sex porn film by his close friend, the care home manager John Stingemore, 72, (pictured below) who was found dead weeks before the beginning of his trial.

John Stingemore

Read up on previous evidence here.

Social media work

The Prime Minister added: "Given reports that one of the girls was following as many as 70 extremists online, this case underlines the importance of the work we're doing with social media companies."

Missing Schoolgirls

BBC News Channel

Prime Minister David Cameron has told MPs that new arrangements are needed with airlines to ensure unaccompanied teenagers boarding flights to Turkey are questioned.

David Cameron

He said the

missing Bethnal Green Academy girls appear to have been "radicalised and duped" by the "poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism while at home on the internet in their bedrooms".

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9



headlines this hour include:

  • David Cameron says he's "horrified" by the way three schoolgirls from London appear to have been "radicalised and duped" in their bedrooms by Islamic extremists

22 mobiles stolen at gig

Ham & High


Reports a man is accused of pickpocketing 22 people at a gig at the Electric Ballroom in Camden where Indie band Cribs were performing.

Labour responds to Rahman claims


remarks in the High Court by Lutfur Rahman that the Labour Party bears the "hallmarks of institutional racism", a London Labour party spokesman said the allegation was "simply wrong and without any foundation whatsoever".

He said the party had been "at the forefront of the fight for racial equality".

'Refused help before death'

London Evening Standard


reports an inquest has heard a man jumped to his death in Debenhams in Oxford Street after a psychiatric hospital refused to admit him.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9



headlines this hour include:

  • The headmaster of a school in east London has appealed for information about three of its pupils who ran away to Turkey during half-term amid fears they are on their way to Syria to join Islamic State.

Selection a 'blunder'

Broadcaster Mohammed Shafiq

tweets: In a huge blunder bradford west Labour Party select Amina Ali of tower hamlets to face @georgegalloway over local candidates

Craft beer increase

The Irish Independent

tweets: Craft beer demand rises - 30 new breweries
open in London

Watch: Noel Gallagher on Mourinho

BBC Sport

Singer Noel Gallagher appeared on Match of the Day 3 and gave his views on the recent behaviour of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho among other topics.

The panel

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9



headlines this hour include:

  • The school in east London, attended by three girls who are believed to be heading to join Islamic State in Syria, has said there's no evidence that they were radicalised there.
  • Both the Conservative Party and Labour have said the actions of two MPs at the centre of new "cash for access" claims warrant further investigation.

Gender-abortion vote

Today MPs will vote on whether to amend the serious crime bill to

make abortion based on foetal gender a crime.

Green London Assembly member Jenny Jones

tweets: It's not illegal already?! MT@montie: Unborn girls aborted in Britain because they're girls. Time to make it illegal.

Lutfur Rahman Labour claims

Lutfur Rahman, independent mayor of Tower Hamlets, has told a

special High Court hearing the Labour Party bears "hallmarks of institutional racism".

The former council Labour leader said he was part of a "new generation of ethnic minority candidates" in the party and "always felt a degree of ambivalence" from colleagues in the hierarchy.

The inquest was told that when the concrete fell on Mr Tkacik, the area had not finished being sprayed with concrete, and that work had stopped only so the machine could be refilled.

When Mr McGrath was asked if there were any rope or chains in front of the exclusion zone at the time of the accident, he replied: "There was not."

No one is facing prosecution for the death, the officer confirmed. A report from the medical attendant who was at the scene stated that Mr Tkacik had died from "blunt force trauma to the head and chest".

Mr Tkacik, of Hackney Road, east London, had been working in the UK to earn money to send home to his family in Slovakia so he could pay for his daughter Esther to go to university, a statement from his wife Renata said.

Rene Tkacik

The jury was shown a digital reconstruction of the 80ft (24m) deep tunnel in Fisher Street in Holborn where Mr Tkacic was killed - which was so deep it took an emergency team six minutes to reach him from ground level.

Crossrail worker crushed to death

A "hugely experienced" construction worker was crushed to death when nearly a tonne of concrete collapsed on him in a tunnel, an inquest has heard.

Rene Tkacik, 44, was working on a Crossrail site in central London on 7 March last year when the wet concrete poured down on him, after which he lay unconscious for 15 minutes before medical staff arrived, St Pancras Coroner's Court heard.

More sunshine and showers

The winds will strengthen this afternoon and some scattered showers will develop. Some of the showers could be heavy and wintry with hail and sleet mixed in, especially over high ground but There will be further sunny spells.

Maximum Temperature: 7C (45F).

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9



headlines this hour include:

  • The school in east London, attended by three girls who are believed to be heading to join Islamic State in Syria, has said there's no evidence that they were radicalised there.

Westfield terrorism risk

Following warnings about a

terror threat to Western shopping centres, Westfield has issued a statement saying: "There is no evidence of an imminent threat to our shopping centres but as always Westfield Corporation will take every available step to keep our shopping centres safe for staff, retailers and customers.

"Westfield Corporation's policy is to not publicly discuss security procedures, however our heads of security in the US and UK continue to coordinate their activities with police and government agencies."

Fortune for fire brigade

London Fire Brigade

tweets: #Soho fire station was blessed yesterday during #ChineseNewYear celebrations. It will bring good luck & fortune.

Chinese ceremony at Soho fire station
London Fire Brigade

West Ham racism allegation

Following video footage which purports to show West Ham fans chanting anti-Semitic abuse on the Tube, a British Transport Police spokesman has said: "We are encouraged the public has the confidence to report incidents of inappropriate and offensive football-related behaviour to us."

Tottenham heroics

Murray Burnell

BBC London 94.9

Harry Kane again provided the heroics for Tottenham as he equalised with the final kick of the game to

prevent West Ham collecting a third successive win at White Hart Lane.

Harry Kane
Getty Images

It finished 2-2, but the Hammers were 2-0 up with 10 minutes to go.

Lunchtime News

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

Join me at 13:35 on BBC One as we look at French criticism of the UK authorities for not following their lead and doing more to stamp out Female Genital Mutilation. We'll also have a sprinkling of Oscars and London Fashion Week for you to enjoy.

News on the hour

Will Shindler

BBC London 94.9

The headlines on

BBC London 94.9 this hour include:

  • The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, is writing to the Prime Minister urging him to bar MPs from having second jobs.
  • Labour's Jack Straw and the Tory MP for Kensington Sir Malcolm Rifkind have both denied any wrongdoing after they were secretly filmed apparently offering their services to a private company in return for thousands of pounds.

In a

media briefing the principal also said: "This situation follows an earlier disappearance of a student in December of last year.

"The police spoke to that student's friends at the time and further to this, they indicated that there was no evidence that the girls were at risk of being radicalised or absconding.

"The police have also confirmed that the families of the missing girls were unaware of their plans to leave the country."

He added: "There is no evidence that radicalisation of the students took place at the academy."

Academy principal makes statement

Mark Keary says access to social media is "strictly regulated" at Bethnal Green Academy. He says students are unable to access Twitter or Facebook on academy computers.

He adds from the increasing number of similar incidents it is clear it is "an international issue increasing in severity". He says the school is "constantly reviewing safeguarding procedures".

Missing girls statement

BBC News Channel

Bethnal Green Academy principal Mark Keary is making a statement about three of his pupils who are believed to have gone
to Syria to join Islamic State militants.


Crossrail worker inquest

Tom Edwards

tweets: Legal team & family & campaigners ahead of inquest into death of worker Rene Tkacik

Campaigners outside inquest
Leigh Day