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  1. More news, sport, weather and travel on Monday from 08:00
  2. Updates for Friday 27 February 2015

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Good night

Duncan Smith

BBC News Online

That's all for this week's BBC Local Live for London.

Join Beth Rose from 08:00 on Monday where she'll have all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates. Have a splendid weekend.

Cloudier this evening

BBC Weather


It will be dry for most of this evening and overnight with clear spells to begin with.

London's weather

Later it will become more cloudy and breezy with some light drizzle arriving in the west by the end of the night.

The temperature will drop to 5C (41F).

Have a sniff

A project to enhance artworks with smells, sounds and even tastes will come to Tate Britain later this year.

"Tate Sensorium" is the winner of the gallery's £70,000 IK Prize, which asks inventors to use the digital technology to connect audiences with artworks.

Describing the project as a "reunion of the senses", the winners said: "Imagine having the overwhelming sound and sulphurous smell of a volcano erupting when you take in the enormity of a John Martin painting, or experiencing the tastes, smells and sounds associated with Hogarth's The Roast Beef of Old England."

River god back in London

A section of the 2,500-year-old Elgin Marbles loaned to Russia last year has returned to the

British Museum to take centre stage in a new exhibition.

River God

The sculpture of the river god, Ilissos, will go on show away from the other marbles.

They have been in the museum since 1816 and, apart from spending the war years safely stashed in a Tube Station, none had ever left until the sculpture was sent to Russia where more than 139,000 people saw it before its return this year.

Coming up

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

Join me

at 18:30 on BBC One when we speak to the family who lost their 14-year-old daughter to a motorist who was high on drugs.

They have campaigned for a change in the law after the driver was freed after just eight weeks - and now, they've got it.

Join me for that and more including a bit of Comic Relief.

Army sergeant in court on rape charge

A British army sergeant accused of

sexually abusing female recruits as young as 15 appeared in court today to face another charge of rape.

Edwin Mee, 45, of Tavistock Road, Croydon, allegedly targeted 11 victims, aged between 15 and 25, on military bases.

The Scottish soldier denies 17 counts of sexual assault, three rapes and one count of assault by penetration.

'Over the top' homes plan rejected

The Times Series


Plans to build more than 130 homes on a council estate have been rejected amid fears they would cause overdevelopment, the Hendon Times reports.

There were cheers from a packed public gallery as Barnet Borough Council's planning committee voted against the proposals for the Granville Road estate, in Childs Hill, in Hendon Town Hall this last night.

Developers 'disappointed' over Crystal Palace talks

A spokesman for Chinese developers the ZhongRong Group, who wanted to rebuild Crystal Palace, has expressed disappointment

after Bromley Council pulled out of exclusive talks.

Aerial view
ZhongRong Group
The original Crystal Palace burnt down in 1936

In a statement the firm said: "We are obviously disappointed that we are yet to reach agreement with the Bromley Council about the Crystal Palace rebuild plan. In particular, at the expiry of 16 months exclusivity agreement, the extent of the demise and Leasehold arrangement are still outstanding, which we found them critical and necessary for the whole development.

"We are open and keen to work with the Bromley Council to sort out the critical issues, and also welcome other alternatives or proposals if no further consensus with the Council."

Soap dodgers

BBC London 94.9



Drivetime with Eddie Nestor: How clean are you? A
report has found that only 38% of men and 60% of women washed their hands after using the toilet.

And an article in

a national newspaper earlier this week raised alarm when it went into detail about the frequency of showering by some people.

What do you think? Call 020 722 4200.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • A man who preyed on two vulnerable women, luring them into his car before sexually assaulting them, has been jailed for 18 years at Wood Green Crown Court today.

Carole King has a friend in London

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical - has extended its West End run by eight months,

reports The Stage.

Carole King with Beautiful actress Katie Brayben
Dan Wooller

The show - which stars Katie Brayben in the title role - was previously booking until June 13, but will now run at the Aldwych Theatre until February 26 next year.

The singer-songwriter called the musical about her early life "a wonderful gift" as it made its West End debut in London earlier this week.

Gym closure upsets members

Get West London

A popular gym is closing its doors for the final time this weekend - after giving members just over one week's notice.


Get West London reports some members have been kept in the dark over the fate of LA Fitness in Northwood, only finding out the shock news after speaking to other users.

It also raises the prospect of some members not knowing of the club's closure until they turn up to use it.

Cinemas up for sale

Duncan Smith

BBC News Online

Some of London's most famous cinemas might be changing hands following the news that the owner of Odeon cinemas plans to

put the chain up for sale - with an asking price of around £1bn.

Odeon Leicester Square
Getty Images

The Odeon Leicester Square - one of the most famous cinemas Britain - is among the classic picture palaces owned by the company.

You can find out more about London's

cinema heritage here.

Ten mile tailback

BBC London


There are delays of up to two hours on the M25 anticlockwise after J16, M40, owing to an earlier overturned vehicle.

Tailbacks now stretch for 10 miles. All lanes have re-opened.

For travel updates are available on the

BBC Travel London website.

Budding news hounds gather

The Docklands & East London Advertiser


Pupils from Bow's Central Foundation Girls' Secondary considering careers in journalism were among students from 15 schools taking part in News Academy's 12th London conference at News UK headquarters near London Bridge,

reports the Docklands & East London Advertiser.

Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt, a former broadcast journalist, opened the conference with his views on the media.

The News Academy's director Duncan White said: "The programme was an ideal opportunity for budding young journalists to get the help and advice needed to start a successful career in journalism."

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • A Catholic priest has been convicted for the sexual abuse of a child in Hanworth in south-west London, more than 30 years ago.

Sir Bradley in Croydon?

Sir Bradley Wiggins could be racing around the streets of Croydon when a major cycling event comes to the town centre this summer,

the Croydon Advertiser reports.

European Photopress Agency

The Pearl Izumi Men's Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Women's Grand Prix will hit North End, Surrey Street, George Street and Church Street on the evening of 2 June.

Priest faces prison

Judge Alistair McCreath warned McSweeney he faces prison. Bailing him, the judge said: "You are not to come to court in four weeks thinking to yourself that the judge gave me bail and therefore I'm not to go to prison, because that would be a false hope."

Responding to today's verdict, Gillian Norton, chief executive of Richmond Council, said: "The council is sorry that a child in its care was indecently assaulted.

"The assault happened 35 years ago and clearly the service leadership and management laid bare in court were totally unacceptable." She added that "rigorous checks and controls" are now in place.

Wide gap in regional house prices

BBC Business

Estate agents

The gap between the most expensive and the cheapest regional average house prices in England and Wales is more than £350,000,

figures show.

Average property prices in London were £458,283 in London compared with £97,974 in the North East of England in January, Land Registry data shows.

Bomb 'shakes the earth'

Firefighters felt the earth move as they watched bomb disposal experts blow up a shell this morning,

reports The Surrey Comet.

Esher firefighters were called to Apps Court Farm in Walton after a 12-inch round was found in a house on the farm during a clear-out. It is believed a man living at the farm brought it back from France about four years ago.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top story at 15:00:

David Cameron has defended the work of the security services, amid questions about how the Islamic State militant known as 'Jihadi John' was able to leave the UK for Syria.

Priest 'preyed on boy'

Anthony McSweeney

McSweeney (pictured) preyed on the boy with his close friend John Stingemore, 72, who managed the care home and was found dead in January - weeks before his trial.

Wearing a black suit and red tie and carrying a walking stick, McSweeney stared straight ahead as the jury of six men and five women returned their verdicts at London's Southwark Crown Court.

He was cleared of three indecent assaults on two other boys at the care home and taking a pornographic photo of one of these boys.

BreakingPriest guilty of sexually abusing boy


A Catholic priest dubbed the "fat vicar" is facing jail after he was found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy at a children's home.

Father Anthony McSweeney, 68, preyed on the vulnerable youngster while working at Grafton Close Children's Home in Hounslow, west London, between 1979 and 1981.

McSweeney was also found guilty of making indecent images of children.

Did you see this theft?

Mobile phone snatch
City of London Police

Detectives hunting a bike-riding mobile phone snatcher are appealing to any eagle-eyed pedestrians who might have spotted the crime.

On 26 January at 17.15 on Fetter Lane EC4, a 41-year-old man had his phone snatched from his hand by a man speeding past on his bicycle.

If you were in the area at that time

watch this video to see if it jogs your memory

'I felt sick'

Retired City of London Police officer Mark Dilliway paid £117 for an appointment - which is free of charge from the government.

"There was a button there to arrange an urgent appointment," he said.

It was not until he rang the official Passport Office that he realised his mistake.

"They said you haven't made the appointment through any of our offices, you've made it through a third party. That was when I felt sick. I just could not believe I'd fallen for it," he said.

Richard Howard, the 28-year-old director of UK Services and Support Ltd, denies his website misleads people into believing it is the government site.

Passport website sues its customers

Shari Vahl

Reporter, You and Yours

Person looking at their passport


unofficial passport website has sued more than 150 of its own customers after they tried to cancel or refused to pay believing they had been misled.

Some who used said they thought they were on the government's official website when trying to book appointments for urgent passports. The website said they are disclaimers which users did not read.

Cost of stamps to rise


The cost of

first and second class stamps are each to rise by 1p from 30 March, Royal Mail has announced.

This will take the price of a first class stamp to 63p and a second class stamp to 54p.

Glitter's 'evil crimes'


NSPCC spokesman has reacted to
the jailing of former pop star Gary Glitter for 16 years.

He said: "Glitter devastated the lives of his victims by sexually abusing them and then compounded this evil crime by taking the coward's way out and pleading not guilty, so forcing them relive their trauma in court.

"His victims showed enormous courage in bringing him to justice and telling the court the sickening things Glitter had done to them."

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • Labour is claiming the high price of housing in London is harming the capital's economy.
  • London's so-called Boris Bikes are turning red, after Transport for London signed a new agreement with the banking group Santander.

Blue skies, turning grey

BBC Weather


This afternoon the blue skies we have been enjoying over London will start to become cloudier.

The BBC weather forecast for London

It will be chilly early in the night. Cloud will later thicken with occasional rain gradually spreading from the west after midnight.

Five mile queues

BBC London


Two lanes are closed and traffic is queuing for five miles on M25 anticlockwise after J16 M40 owing to an overturned lorry.

For more travel updates visit the

BBC Travel website.

Largest ship ever to visit the Thames

The London Port Athority

tweets: Last pics of today's largest ever #thames visitor at
@andrewjbowen now heading for Algeciras

Large ship

Coming up

BBC London News


Just after

13:35 on BBC One: The banking giant, Santander, has been revealed as the new sponsor of the mayor's cycle hire scheme.

Boris Johnson announced this morning the bikes will now be rebranded in red and white as part of a seven-year sponsorship deal worth £44m.

BBC London's political correspondent Karl Mercer will be reporting.

Met statement on Gary Glitter sentencing

Detective Chf Insp Michael Orchard from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command has called former pop star

Gary Glitter's lack of remorse "indefensible".

Gary Glitter aka Paul Gadd
Metropolitan Police

Of Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, he said: "Paul Gadd has shown himself to be a habitual sexual predator, who took advantage of the star status afforded to him by targeting young girls who trusted him and were in awe of his fame. His lack of remorse and defence that the victims were lying make his crimes all the more indefensible.

"I would like to commend the bravery of the victims for coming forward. The courage and strength required to report allegations of this nature cannot be underestimated; and without their testimonials we would have no case to bring to court."

"Paul Gadd was the first individual arrested under Operation Yewtree. This goes to highlight the complexities involved in dealing with offences of this nature and our determination to pursue all lines of inquiry."

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • Gary Glitter has been jailed for 16 years at Southwark Crown Court for a series of sex attacks on three young girls in the 1970s.

Sinatra sings Sinatra, his way

The son of Frank Sinatra, Frank Jr, will bring a full orchestra with him when he sings his father's songbook at the

Royal Albert Hall this summer.


Celebrations for Ol' Blue Eye's centenary year are centring around London with a series of concerts also

planned at the Palladium to mark the occasion. The Chairman of the Board - who died in 1998 - would have turned 100 on 12 December.

Labour reacts to new cycle hire sponsorship

Labour's London Assembly Transport Spokesperson Val Shawcross said she hoped the

new sponsorship deal will be a "new start" for London's cycle hire scheme.

"Whilst money is important this deal shouldn't just be about the bottom line, it should be about finding a partner who will take an active role in promoting and championing cycling in London. I very much hope that is the case with Santander.

"When combined with the improvements to cycling infrastructure we have been long promised, this partnership has the potential to mark a new start for cycling in the capital making it that much easier for Londoners to get on their bike," she said.

Boris bikes go into the red

London mayor Boris Johnson has premiered the

new-look cycle hire scheme - with red Santander branding replacing the Barclays blue.

Boris on a bike
Getty Images

Santander beat Coca-Cola in the new sponsorship deal which is believed to be worth about £7m a year.

Dog walker attacked on Heath

Ham & High


A popular Hampstead dog walker feared he had fallen victim to dog thieves after being attacked while out on the Heath,

reports the Ham & High.

Joe Thomason, 23, whose company Green Dog Walking serves numerous Hampstead dog owners, was walking with six dogs on Sandy Heath around 15:00 on Tuesday when he was attacked by a man also walking on the Heath.

The attacker, described as a stocky 5ft 8in man in his 30s with grey hair and an Irish accent, confronted Mr Thomason after one of the dogs ran up to him barking.