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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather tomorrow from 08:00
  2. Updates for Monday 2 March 2015

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All times stated are UK

Have a good evening

Beth Rose

BBC News

That's all for Local Live today. Elaine Okyere will be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London. Have a good evening.

Wintry showers

This evening and tonight it will mainly be dry with some clear spells allowing a touch of frost to develop in some sheltered spots.

Scattered showers, some of which will be wintry, will also move in from the west early tomorrow morning.

Minimum temperature: 0C (32F).

Arrest after hammer attack

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two women were attacked with a hammer in South Norwood, south-east London.

Officers were called to Portland Road at about 18:10 yesterday to reports of a man armed with a hammer. The women in their 20s were taken to hospital, although their injures are not considered life threatening.

Evening bulletin

BBC London News


On BBC London news at 18:30 on

BBC One: After CCTV emerged of three East London schoolgirls heading to Syria, the Home Secretary promises to look at ways of preventing others making the same journey.

And in a record year for applications, only a third of pupils in the capital get their first choice of secondary school.

Broncos coach quits for 'family reasons'

London Broncos head coach, Joey Grima has

stepped down.

Joey Grima

Grima took over from Tony Rea in May last year and was under contract until 2016, but said he was returning to Australia for family reasons.

Mel Brooks in London

Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks, the man behind Blazing Saddles and The Producers, is coming to London for his first ever UK solo show on 22 March.

One of the few people ever to achieve an EGOT (winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award), he will share his memories of a career in showbusiness - hopefully including the night Sid Caesar dangled him out a window for writing a bad joke.

"I am thrilled to bring this introspective retrospective of my life and career to the West End stage," Brooks said.

"It will be an evening the audience will never forget - whether they want to or not!"

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for The Prince of Wales Theatre show.

20% discount on starter-homes


200,000 homes will be made available to first-time buyers in England by 2020 if the Tories win the election, David Cameron has promised.

First-time buyers under the age of 40

can also register to buy new homes at a discount of 20% with homes worth £250,000 outside London - or £450,000 in London - eligible for the scheme.

Labour said the plan was inadequate and housing groups warned affordable rented schemes would lose out as a result.

Swimmer completes "terrifying" swim

Lewis Pugh, the British endurance swimmer and former lawyer in the City of London, has completed a swim at Bay of Whales in Antarctica describing it as "the most terrifying place I've ever swum".

Lewis Pugh

The oceans campaigner swam 350m in the Ross Sea, the most southerly stretch of open sea on Earth, which was named by explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton due to the number of killer whales in the area.

Mr Pugh broke the world record for the most southerly swim for the second time in 10 days, as he battles to complete a series of swims in the freezing waters of the Antarctic to raise awareness of the need for a vast protected area in the region's Ross Sea.

Ilford set to be illuminated

Ilford is set to benefit from a £270,000 project to illuminate the town centre with energy saving light bulbs.

Redbridge Council said
260 new energy efficient lanterns would be installed and older lamp columns replaced. The council hopes the scheme will save it more than £12,000 in energy costs each year.

Free parking to be scrapped

Romford Recorder

Brentwood Borough Council has approved plans to

scrap free parking in council-owned car parks after it raked in £60,000 during a trial period.

The Stokes to headline festival

The Strokes have signed up to headline the

British Summer Time gigs in Hyde Park on 18 June.

Julian Casablancas of The Strokes

The New York band will play alongside Blur, Kylie Minogue, The Who and Taylor Swift in their first London show for five years.

Minor delays on Under and Overground

BBC London


There are minor delays on the Circle line clockwise due to an earlier faulty train at Farringdon.

And on the Overground between Sydenham and West Croydon there are also some delays due to signalling problems. Tickets are being accepted on the DLR, Tramlink and local bus services.

Eurostar suspended

BBC London


The Eurostar remains suspended after a person was hit by a train between Ashford and Ebbsfleet earlier today.

Emergency services are still in attendance and services are expected to be cancelled or delays for some time.

Check the website for the latest information.

Mugshot released of Facebook killer

Police have released the mugshot of 34-year-old Kane Boyce who has been sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of 20 years, for the murder of his girlfriend.

kane Boyce and Paula Newman
Met Police

The Old Bailey heard Boyce became obsessed with the idea that Paula Newman, 20, was having an affair via Facebook.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9: The Home Secretary is pledging to track down the terrorist suspect known as 'Jihadi John'.

First all-electric bus route

Bus route 312 which links South Croydon to Norwood Junction will become London's first all-electric bus route from September.

The buses on the route, operated by

Arriva, will have much lower noise and vibration levels compared to conventional buses as well as lower maintenance and running costs. It is hoped a further seven electric bus routes will follow.

Croydon Advertiser journalist Polly-Albany Ward is posing this question:

Why is Croydon run by men?

When it comes to making big decisions in Croydon, those in power have one thing in common - they are almost all men. So does Croydon have a gender agenda? Or has this happened through accident, rather than design, she writes.

Transgender character for EastEnders

EastEnders' producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins has announced he is looking for an actor to play

the soaps first transgender character, although work on the story is yet to start.

EastEnders title

He said: "The power of EastEnders is we can change the world a little. You can change it gently and influence people who would be, maybe, quite bigoted."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 16:00 on

BBC London 94.9: The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has defended the government's monitoring of terrorism suspects, following the disclosure that Mohammed Emwazi was known to the security and intelligence services, before he travelled to Syria.

Street blocked for demo

BBC London


Victoria Street has been blocked at Storey's Gate, just west of Parliament Square because of a demo.

Bus routes 11, 24, 88, 148 and 211 are on diversion.

Life sentence over Facebook murder

A dangerous "charmer" has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend after believing she was having an affair on Facebook.

Kane Boyce, 34, was heard to shout "log on, log on" as he attacked Paula Newman, 20, after she refused to hand over a password to one of her accounts.

At the Old Bailey Boyce was sentenced to life with a minimum of 20 years.

Duke on parade

The Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh visited RAF Northolt in west London earlier to present a new Standard to 32 (The Royals) Squadron.

Attempted murder of police officers case

A man who threatened a baby with a knife and then stabbed a police officer when he tried to intervene has appeared at Camberwell Magistrates' Court.

The 20-year-old, charged with the attempted murder of two police officers, was remanded in custody ahead of a hearing at Woolwich Crown Court on 16 March.

A PC in his 30s received stab wounds to his shoulder and head which required stitches. The baby was not harmed,

Scotland Yard said.

'No alcohol' at Owl bar

London Evening Standard


Alcohol will no longer be served at London's first owl bar, the Evening Standard reports

Annie the Owl, will open in Soho on 19 March with guests enjoying the bar while in the company of six owls, although more than 23,000 people have signed a petition calling on

Westminster Council to ban the event over animal welfare issues.

Terry rules out England return

John Terry
Getty Images

Former England captain John Terry has

ruled out an international return, but admits he misses big games at Wembley.

Terry, who retired from England duty in 2012, skippered Chelsea to League Cup success over Tottenham on Sunday.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top story at 15:00:

Police are investigating reports of racist behaviour by Chelsea fans on a train from London to Manchester, just weeks after their supporters were filmed blocking a black man from boarding a Paris Metro train.

Euston station 'could be finished in 2040'

Tom Edwards

Transport correspondent

The redevelopment of Euston station is meant to be the jewel in the High Speed train line HS2, but the plans have changed so many times, it's becoming difficult to keep up.

Now it seems that the plan is to go back to elements from the original scheme which involves platforms for the high speed lines being placed to the west of the station.

The existing station would be developed but it would be done in stages and take much longer than originally envisaged with

Camden Council, saying the completion date could be extended from 2026 to 2040.

School places

Ealing Council

tweets: High school offers:
Here's what to do after you have received your offer:

Watch: Behind the scenes of Crossrail

Crossrail Project

tweets: Video:
Take a behind the scenes tour of #Crossrail's work to bring the 130 year old Connaught Tunnel back to life

Watch: Queen's coin portrait updated

The portrait of the Queen on Britain's coins has been

updated for the first time in 17 years.

A new two-pound coin in front of the Arnold Machin coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II during an unveiling ceremony for the latest coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II at the National Portrait Gallery in London

The BBC's Victoria Fritz reports from the

National Portrait Gallery where she spoke to Gordon Summers, chief engraver at the Royal Mint.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 14:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Any suggestion that the Islamic State fighter nicknamed Jihadi John was radicalised at school in St John's Wood is "ludicrous", according to his former headteacher at the Quintin Kynaston Academy.

Eurostar is suspended


Eurostar has been suspended after a person was hit by a train between Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International.

The line is currently closed with many trains expected to be delayed or cancelled.

Wintry showers

It will be a cold and windy afternoon with the chance of some isolated showers that could be on the wintry side. Despite this, there should be some prolonged spells of sunshine throughout the day.

Top temperature: 7C (45F).

Photographing the black British experience

A new exhibition featuring work by black photographers and drawn from the Victoria and Albert's collection has opened at two venues - both at the V&A itself and at the Black Cultural Archive in Brixton.

Photo by Neil Kenlock
Neil Kenlock

Lunchtime bulletin

BBC London News


On the programme at 13:30 on

BBC One: Some of London's leading consultants have raised concerns about the safety of patients treated in private hospitals in the capital.

And a 20-year-old man is remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with the attempted murder of two police officers.

'Racist' football fans on train

Police are investigating allegations of racist and abusive behaviour from football fans on a train from London to Manchester last night.

British Transport Police said they were called to "meet a Euston-to-Manchester Piccadilly train at Stoke, following reports of racist and abusive behaviour by a number of passengers, said to be football fans".

It said it asked four passengers to leave, with a further four volunteering to get off the train.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 13:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A former headteacher of Mohammed Emwazi - now known as the IS militant 'Jihadi John' - says he was quiet and hardworking at school, and never a cause of huge concern to staff.

Girl injured as man and girl, 4, die

Police investigating the deaths of a man and four-year-old girl in Notting Hill have revealed a second child was taken to hospital with injuries.

Colville Square
Google Maps

The bodies were found at about 20:00 on Friday at a Colville Square property. Post-mortem examinations are due to be carried out this week.

Police said the second girl remains in hospital in a "stable condition" while a 36-year-old woman, arrested in connection with the deaths, is in custody.

Watch: Sprinkler soaks commentator

BBC Sport

Watch as BBC Match of the Day commentator Jonathan Pearce gets an

unexpected soaking by a sprinkler at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

Jonathan Pearce gets soaked by a sprinkler
BBC Sport