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  1. Updates for Wednesday 25 February 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return from 08:00 on Thursday

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Duncan Smith

BBC News Online

That's all for BBC London Local Live today. Josephine McDermott will be back tomorrow with all the news, sport, travel and weather update for London.


A mild night ahead

BBC Weather

This evening will be cloudy with occasional rain spreading eastwards overnight.

BBC weather forecast

Southwesterly winds will be light at first, but strengthening later with possible gales on coasts.

The temperature will drop to a mild 9°C (48°F).

Coming up

BBC London News


From 18:30

on BBC One: A report finds officers overstretched and not visible just two years after the biggest shake up in policing.

And a man whose heart was pierced in three places when an angle grinder fired into his chest praises the medical team who saved his life.

Prince in print

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have met staff at the

London Evening Standard as they gathered news and wrote stories for today's editions.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess will meet the young staff of

First News as she officially opens its offices later.

With more than two million readers, First News claims to be the most successful children's newspaper in the world.

New director appointed

King's College NHS

tweets: King's appoints new Director:

Sporting chances for women

BBC News School Report

Inspiring Women in Sport has held a career speed networking event at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park.

BBC School Reporters
BBC Sport

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, founder of the volunteer campaign to encourage schoolgirls to look for a career in sport, told

BBC News School Reporters from Little Ilford School: "There were other generations of women before me, who made it possible for me to work, travel freely, have a current account and to be able to decide about my life.

"These are things we take for granted but they are not to be taken for granted in other parts of the world."

The Brits are coming

Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Taylor Swift will share the spotlight at this year's Brit Awards,

which take place at London's O2 arena later.

Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Taylor Swift
Reuters / Getty Images

The multimillion-selling trio will each perform, and Sheeran and Smith go head-to-head for the night's biggest prize, Album of the Year.

Here is a full list of nominees.

Crowded platforms

Commuters faced a miserable journey into work this morning with broken down trains causing chaos at some stations,

reports the Croydon Advertiser.

Platforms at Crystal Palace station were packed with commuters queuing on the stairs to get to their trains.

There were signalling problems and a broken down train at Norwood Junction also causing problems.

Wilshere out for Arsenal

BBC Sport

Some early team news ahead of tonight's Champions League tie at the Emirates.

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere looks set to be rested for the last-16 first leg against Monaco after ankle surgery.

Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Mikel Arteta (ankle), Abou Diaby (calf) and Mathieu Debuchy (shoulder) are also unavailable.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • The prime minister has been urged to set up an inquiry into the events surrounding the three missing London girls who are now believed to be in Syria.

Coming up

BBC London 94.9



Drivetime with Eddie Nestor from 17:00: Imposing fines of up to £500,000 on the companies
plaguing people with cold calls and nuisance text messages is to become easier under changes to the law being made by the government.

Simon Hughes, Justice Minister and MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, will be on air to discuss the change.

What do you think? Call 020 7224 2000.

Chancellor backs Air Ambulance

London's Air Ambulance held a special reception at 11 Downing Street last night where chancellor George Osborne backed the charity's campaign to raise £6m for a new helicopter.

George Osborne, Graham Hodgkin and Mary Macleod
London’s Air Ambulance

Mr Osborne said: "London's Air Ambulance provides a vital service across the capital and has saved thousands of lives since it was established.

"I am right behind their campaign to buy a second helicopter and that's why I have already awarded £1m from Libor funds to this brilliant charity.

"I am also pleased to confirm that the charity will receive an additional £250,000 to improve its facilities."

MBE for kidney donation teacher

A teacher from east London, who

donated a kidney to a seriously ill pupil at his school, has been given an MBE by the Duke of Cambridge.

Ray Coe

Ray Coe, who works at Royal Docks Community School in Newham, helped 13-year-old Alya Ahmed Ali after she suffered renal failure.

Road delays in central London

BBC London


Traffic is queuing on the A3212 Parliament Square in Westminster owing to an earlier Fire Brigade Union demonstration.

All lanes have reopened, but congestion is stretching to Lambeth Bridge and on the A400 Charing Cross Road to Leicester Square Station.

For more updates, visit

the BBC Travel website.

Arrest over terror funding

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of funding terrorists in the Syrian conflict,

Scotland Yard has said.

He was arrested in north London and taken to a central London police station where he remains in custody. Two properties are now being searched in north London.

It's all a bit woolly

Artist Sheila Hicks is pictured taking the weight off her feet on her new installation at

London's Hayward Gallery.


Visitors will also be welcome to sit on and interact with the piece, made from large bundles of coloured fabric and visible to passing traffic.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • A man in north London has been detained under the Terrorism Act by the police. The investigation relates to the funding of people fighting in Syria.

Tower block plan 'worst scheme ever seen'

A housing expert has described a plan to cut council housing at two tower blocks and create homes for the private market as "the worst and most risky improvement scheme I have ever seen",

reports This Is Local London.

Cloud and wind this afternoon

This afternoon there will be

more cloud and wind with outbreaks of light rain spreading from the west by evening.

BBC weather

Tonight will be mild with patchy light rain at times. The lowest temperature will be 9C (48F).

According to Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), there is a worrying trend of young professionals turning to the drugs.

She said: "It's fair to say it is becoming a much more normal thing to do among some groups of young men who are concerned about the way they look...injecting steroids has become a solution."

Roy Jones, from the South Westminster service, said: "Our numbers are increasing on a regular basis.

"I've been working with steroid users for 16 years and when I first started, the guys taking them were body builders in their 30s.

"Now the average age I see is 23."

'More young men' using steroids

a drugs charity has warned.

Steroids in bottles
Getty Images

South Westminster Drug and Alcohol Service said an increasing number of young male clients were seeking support for anabolic steroid use.

Home Office figures show 60,000 people used steroids in the UK in 2014. But the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said it was the "tip of the iceberg" and advised gyms to supply sharps bins for needles.

Bercow warns MPs of 'cash for access' penalties

Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw will "cop it" if they have broken parliamentary rules in the "cash-for-access" row, Commons Speaker John Bercow has said.

Jack Straw, Malcolm Rifkind

The two were secretly filmed allegedly offering their services to a private firm for cash. Both deny wrongdoing. Mr Bercow told Sky News it "may well be errors of judgement have been made, and if that is so then they will cop it.

They will face the music, they will suffer a penalty as a result."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • Anti-terrorism officers have arrested a 22-year-old man in north London on suspicion of terrorist funding.

Olympic Stadium to host England Test

BBC Sport

England rugby league team will play one of their three-match Test series games against New Zealand in the Olympic Stadium in London on Sunday, 7 November.

Olympic Stadium

It will be the first rugby league fixture at the 54,000-capacity venue.

Hull's KC Stadium will kick off the series on Saturday, 1 November, while Wigan's DW Stadium stages the final Test on Saturday, 14 November.

Thousands respond to library consultation

More than 2,000 people responded to a consultation into cuts to Barnet's library service,

reports the Barnet & Potters Bar Times.

Barnet Borough Council is planning to cut £2.85m from the service, which could see libraries closed, reduced in size or left unstaffed by making greater use of volunteers.

Physiotherapist jailed for sex attacks

Ham & High


The Ham & High reports on the case of a perverted physiotherapist from Kilburn who sexually assaulted two women when they visited his practice for a job interview has been jailed.

Mohammed Reza Abbasi, 45, of Goldhurst Terrace, who carried out his attacks after claiming he could heal by using hypnosis at his business premises in Finchley Road. Abbas was convicted of two counts of sexual assault and jailed for two years.

Police volunteer retires after 50 years

He has survived gunfire, two knife attacks and made more than 300 arrests during his police career. But now

Metropolitan Police volunteer Mike Herring is to hang up his hat and truncheon after nearly 50 years in the force.

Metropolitan Police Volunteer Mike Herring
Metropolitan Police

Senior police officials praised Mr Herring, who served as a Metropolitan Special Constabulary (MSC) Officer and then a Metropolitan Police Volunteer, for going "above and beyond" what was expected of him.

By July 2015 Mr Herring will have clocked up 36,000 hours of voluntary service. He is pictured (centre) with the Lord Mayor of Westminster Audrey Lewis Westminster borough commander Paul Rickett.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • Anti-terrorism officers have arrested a 22-year-old man in north London on suspicion of terrorist funding.

Mayor claims he is answering questions

Lutfur Rahman has responded to criticism that he has been filibustering in court.

"If you are constantly going to filibuster like this, then I will ask for more time," Mr Hoar told Mr Rahman. "Because that is what you are doing."

Mr Rahman denied the allegation. He told Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey: "I am answering questions."

Man 'engulfed in a ball of fire'

A man who tried to stop mice entering his flat by blocking their holes with expanding aerosol foam was "engulfed in a ball of fire" when the foam containing a propellant gas ignited,

London Fire Brigade has said.

The brigade was called to the Mill Hill Road property in Acton on Sunday and rescued the occupant who was treated in hospital for burns to his hands and arms.

Plan to make London 'the greatest capital city on Earth'?

The Conservative MP for South Croydon, Richard Ottaway, has suggested to the PM that

the announcement by Chancellor George Osborne last week is a commitment to "make London the greatest capital city on Earth."

The Prime Minister

David Cameron responded by saying the plan is "about being incredibly ambitious and out-pacing the growth of New York."

Coming up

BBC London News


From 13:30

on BBC One: A leading needle exchange says record numbers of young men are using steroids when they are body building.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • The British Transport Police have issued photos of seven men they want to identify in connection with racist chanting at St Pancras station following Chelsea's Champion's League match in Paris last week.
  • A 19-year-old man has been arrested today after a woman was attacked and sexually assaulted in an alleyway in Hendon on 13 February.

Glenda Jackson questions PM over letter

Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn Glenda Jackson suggests that No 10 has used government resources to deal with party political matters, claiming there has been a "gross misuse of national property and revenue".

Glenda Jackson

The PM says that he will look into the matter and praises the work of the No 10 correspondence unit.

Bus crashes into bus stop

Shulem Stern

tweets: Broad Lane, Tottenham

bus crashed
Chaim S

Bus driver taken to hospital after crash

The driver of a route 41 bus which collided with a bus stop in Broad Lane, Tottenham, has been taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Bus collides with bus stop
Chaim S

No one else is thought to have been injured in the crash, which happened just after 11am but it has resulted in localised traffic congestion in north London.

New Bermondsey scheme gets £20m loan

News Shopper


A £1bn Lewisham regeneration scheme delivering 2,400 new homes is set to become one of London's first Housing Zones,

the News Shopper reports.

The 30 acre former Surrey Canal site will house 6,000 new residents and a new overground station. The paper reporst that New Bermondsey will also deliver 2,000 new jobs and London's largest indoor sports centre, Energize.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • Figures from the Department for Transport show that since 2009 there've been nearly 23,000 accidents and 80 deaths involving cyclists in London.

Broken down train

BBC London


There is disruption on Southern services due to two broken down trains on the network and signalling problem at London Bridge.

For more updates visit the

BBC Travel website.