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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 24 February 2015

Live Reporting

By Josephine McDermott and Chirag Trivedi

All times stated are UK

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That's all for the live page today. There will be more live news, travel, weather and sport from 08:00 tomorrow. Meanwhile travel updates continue

@BBCTravelAlert.

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BBC One at 18:30 with Riz Lateef:

Hackney Heroine seat announced

The Voice

Newspaper

reports the London riots' 'Hackney Heroine' is to stand for parliament. Straight-talking Pauline Pearce rose to fame for confronting rioters has been selected to contest a Hertfordshire parliamentary seat for the Liberal Democrats in May.

Wolves v Fulham commentary

Pete Stevens

Sport editor, BBC London

On the BBC London 94.9

Sports show with Nick Godwin from 7pm you can hear full commentary of the Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham. The game kicks off at 7.45pm.

Meanwhile, over on BBC London digital radio you can hear the Mark Forrest show.

Owl bar

News of the

London cocktail bar featuring live owls opening next month has been trending today. Entry is through a random ballot and over 25,000 people have already signed up, reports Mashable.

Football League matches tonight

Murray Burnell

BBC London 94.9

Charlton go to Derby tonight and
Watford are at home to Rotherham.
Wimbledon travel to Cambridge in League Two.

Patchy frost

Clear spells and lighter winds this evening will allow a patchy frost to form in places. Later in the night it will turn cloudy with showery rain in the early hours. The rain may have an element of sleet at first over higher parts.

Minimum temperature: 1C (34F)

Temperature range
BBC

Girls 'no longer in Turkey'

Shamima Begum, Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana travelled to Istanbul on 17 February.

They flew from Gatwick to Turkey after telling their parents they were going out for the day.

Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum
Met Police

The Metropolitan Police says it "now has reason to believe that they are no longer in Turkey and have crossed into Syria".

MPS 'working with Turkey'

Officers from the MPS Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) say they are continuing to work closely with the Turkish authorities on the investigation into the three missing teenagers.

Bethnal Green Academy pupils Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, both 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, travelled to Istanbul on 17 February.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the incident room via the free phone Anti-Terrorist Hotline number on 0800 789 321.

BreakingThree girls smuggled into Syria

Three missing London teenagers were smuggled into Syria from Turkey four or five days ago, the BBC understands.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The

headlines this hour include:

  • Former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind who is standing down as Conservative MP for Kensington, has admitted he made "errors of judgment" by suggesting he couldn't live on his £67,000-a-year parliamentary salary.
  • The men who created the sea of poppies at the Tower of London last year have been honoured at Buckingham Palace.
Poppies installation
Getty Images

Fans wait outside

Lots of fans have been waiting outside the entrance BBC London shares with Radio One today. Some were waiting for

Ed Sheeran earlier and others Taylor Swift, just named the world's most popular artist for 2014.

Fans waiting for Taylor Swift outside Radio 1
BBC

Newsbeat reporter Kat Collins caught up with the 'Swifties' who camped out for their idol.

Watch: Earliest photos displayed

The first exhibition in the UK featuring salt and print photographs - the earliest form of paper photography - opens at
Tate Britain today.

William Fox Talbot's photo of Nelson’s Column under construction, 1844
Wilson Centre for Photography

Mayor responds over Kensington seat

A spokesman for Boris Johnson said: "There has been some speculation from commentators and bookmakers connecting the Mayor with the Kensington seat. This is inaccurate. The Mayor intends to see out his full term and will be standing at the General Election as the Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The

headlines this hour include:

  • Former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind is standing down as MP for Kensington and has admitted he made "errors of judgment" after being caught up in the "cash for access" scandal.
  • Scotland Yard has rejected a claim that it took too long to alert Turkey about three east London teenagers who might be trying to join Islamic State in Syria.

'Become an issue'

BBC News Channel

Sir Malcolm Rifkind tells Norman Smith: "I attach a great deal of importance to the work of the committee. It's quite obvious, whether fairly or unfairly, this has become an issue."

He added: "I don't think I've done anything wrong."

Sir Malcolm Rifkind
BBC

Merton cuts meeting

The Wimbledon Guardian

reports unions are hosting a public meeting tonight because of "grave concerns" about £32m of cuts to public services in Merton.

Alice in London

Alice in Wonderland is 150 this year. Londonist has a

rundown of London locations linked to the book.

Mad hatters tea party
Reuters

Kidbrooke murder

Police have begun a murder investigation after a woman was found stabbed to death in Langbrook Road, Kidbrooke, Blackheath, at about 01:00. She is believed to be in her 50s. Officers are trying to trace her next of kin.

A 63-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder.

Church failed to pay minimum wage

The

Apostolic Church in London has been named amongst
70 firms that failed to pay workers the minimum wage last year.

The worst offender was care provider

East Midlands Crossroads, which owed £37,500 to 184 workers but the London church owed £8,300 to workers.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The

headlines this hour include;

  • The Conservative Party has said it "respects and supports" Sir Malcolm Rifkind's decision to stand down as MP for Kensington at the next election, after he was caught up in a "cash for access" scandal
  • Wonga, the London-based payday loan company, is cutting 325 jobs - a third of its workforce.

Chelsea MP tweets

Following Sir Malcolm Rifkind's resignation, Greg Hands, Conservative Chelsea and Fulham MP

tweets: Am looking forward to the AGM of the Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham Conservatives on Thursday. Am predicting a very good attendance.

Honours for Tower poppy creators

The men who created the sea of poppies at the Tower of London last year have been honoured at Buckingham Palace.

hyhy
PA

Sculptor Paul Cummins and theatre designer Tom Piper (pictured) from London were both made Members of the British Empire.

The Duke of Cambridge "planted" a ceramic poppy himself marking the centenary of World War One.

Kevin Kilbane complains over West Ham chant

Kevin Kilbane has made a complaint to the Football Association over

an alleged chant by West Ham fans mocking disabled people.

Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane
Getty Images
Kilbane made 110 appearances for the Republic of Ireland

The ex-Republic of Ireland winger has received abusive messages on social media since his complaint was revealed.

Mayor accused of lying in court

Francis Hoar had earlier also accused Mr Rahman of being a liar.

He said Mr Rahman had told a "number of lies" over the years and had lied to the court.

"I am not lying," Mr Rahman told the court. "Not in any circumstances. I have no reason to lie."

The hearing continues.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The

headlines this hour include:

  • Sir Malcolm Rifkind is to step down as the Conservative MP for Kensington and as chairman of Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee.
  • Scotland Yard has denied accusations that it took three days to inform Turkey about the three east London schoolgirls who it is feared may have travelled to Syria to join Islamic State.

Francis Hoar said there were statistics which showed that more than 97% of "quotes" in East End Life had been from Mr Rahman or members of his cabinet.

But Mr Rahman, who is giving evidence for a third day, said: "East End Life is a fantastic newspaper. It has been around for the last 20 years and it is not a propaganda machine for me."

He said the newspaper was delivered to every household in the borough and added: "Opposition members are placed in the paper."

Mayor defends council newspaper

A mayor accused of "electoral fraud" has told a special High Court hearing his council's newspaper is not a "propaganda machine for me".

Lutfar Rahman
PA

Four voters have taken legal action against Lutfur Rahman - independent mayor of Tower Hamlets, east London - at an Election Court trial.

They want Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey, who is sitting as a judge, 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.

And a lawyer representing the group of four said the Tower Hamlets Council newspaper East End Life - which carries the strapline "News from Tower Hamlets Council and your community" - was "part of" Mr Rahman's "propaganda machine".

Sunny afternoon

The afternoon will be mainly dry with some sunny spells and the wind slowly easing.Maximum Temperature: 9C (48F).

Eating peanuts 'could prevent allergy'

Researchers at

King's College London have shown that
eating products containing peanuts early in life appears to prevent young children from becoming allergic to them.

Peanut butter sandwich
Thinkstock

Trials on 628 babies prone to developing peanut allergy found the risk was cut by over 80%, although specialists have warned at-risk families should not experiment with peanut products without medical advice.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The

headlines this hour from Colleen Harris include:

  • Former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind is standing down as MP for Kensington, after being caught up in the "cash for access" scandal.
  • Scotland Yard has denied accusations it took three days to inform Turkey about the three east London girls who it is feared may have travelled to Syria to join Islamic State.

Fulham face Wolves

Murray Burnell

BBC London 94.9

Fulham hope to move clear of the Championship's relegation zone as they

travel to Wolves this evening. The Whites are just five points above the drop-zone and take on a Wolves side targeting the play-offs.

'Did not play well'

BBC News Channel

Former intelligence and security committee chairman Kim Howells told BBC News that Sir Malcolm's comments about needing to earn more money because he came from a business background did "not play well with the general public".

On his comments about having lots of free time, Mr Howells said: "I did not want to say anything yesterday but when I heard that it really stuck in my craw. There are people on that committee who will be working extremely hard to read all that material and I always assumed that the chairman did the same."

Coming Up

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

At 13:38 on BBC One: Would you rather see more graveyards or open woodland and spaces? That's the question facing London. Our growing population needs a place to rest when the time comes, but as people in Southwark are finding out, plans for more burial space aren't popular with voters.

Camberwell Old Cemetery
BBC

London Fashion Week final day

It's the last day of

London Fashion Week today, with the final 10 shows kicking off with London graduate
Ashley Williams' first individual show.

Backstage at Lulu Lui
Getty Images

Commons vote

Labour say they plan to hold a Commons vote on Wednesday on banning MPs from taking second jobs.

Nutella fire family

London Evening Standard

Newspaper

reports the family whose home was destroyed in a fire sparked by a Nutella jar say they have been left with "just the shirts on their backs".

Their pet Jack Russell terrier Chilli died from the effects of smoke.

Newham death

The death of a man on the Greenway in Newham, east London, this morning is being treated as suspicious, say police.

Officers were called at about 01:30 to a man suffering serious injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The

headlines this hour include:

  • Sir Malcolm Rifkind is to step down as the Conservative MP for Kensington and as chairman of Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee.
  • Scotland Yard has denied accusations that it took three days to inform Turkey about the three east London schoolgirls who it is feared may have travelled to Syria to join Islamic State.
  • A 63-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was stabbed to death in Blackheath.