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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather updates tomorrow from 08:00
  2. Updates for Tuesday 3 March 2015

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Have a lovely evening

Elaine Okyere

BBC London News

That's all from me and BBC Local Live today. I'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Dry with some cloud

Any remaining showers will die away during the evening to leave a largely dry night with variable cloud and clear spells. There could be some patchy frost in sheltered spots, with westerly winds easing a little by the morning.

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F)

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Royals welcome Mexican President

Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto and his wife Angelica Rivera have met the Queen and Prince Philip at the start of the three-day state visit. The visitors were shown items in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace.

Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, his wife Angelica Rivera and the Queen and Prince Philip

Earlier, as Mr Pena Nieto and Ms Rivera arrived in Whitehall by car a royal salute of 41 guns was fired in nearby Green Park by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

Ed Balls: EU withdrawal 'disaster' for London

Pulling Britain out of the European Union would be a "disaster" for London, shadow chancellor Ed Balls has warned.

In a speech to business organisation

London First, Mr Balls said: "Walking out of the EU would be a disaster for London. It would put our capital's future success at risk - costing us jobs and trade, investment and influence. Britain exiting the EU is now the biggest risk to London's prosperity in the coming years."

Woman charged with Notting Hill murders

A 36-year-old woman has appeared in court

charged with the murder of a four-year-old girl and a man in his 40s.

The pair were found dead by police at a property in Colville Square, Notting Hill at 20:00 on Friday. The woman, who is charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Son pleads not guilty to father's murder

The son of a nightclub tycoon has appeared in court to deny murdering his father.

Police at the scene of the murder

David West, 44, of Jermyn Street, near Piccadilly, entered a not guilty plea at the

Old Bailey and was remanded in custody. The defendant's 70-year-old father, also called David West, was found stabbed to death at his home in Ormond Yard behind Jermyn Street, on 13 December.

Killed cyclist's family appeal for witnesses

The family of a

15-year-old cyclist stabbed to death broke down in tears today as they appealed for witnesses to come forward. Alan Cartwright was attacked on Caledonian Road in Islington, north London, on Friday.

Michelle Watson and Cherrie Smith

Alan's mother Michelle Watson said: "It was so quick, he just carried on riding and two minutes up the road he is collapsed and dead. It's like it's not real. I would say to witnesses, if you've got any sort of conscience come forward because a brother and son is dead."

International Piano Series

Southbank Centre

tweets: Nothing planned tonight? Buy Tickets for Sunwook Kim's @intpianoseries recital: Bach, Beethoven and Mussorgsky

Met to be investigated over royal wedding 'murder'

The Met Police is referring itself to the

Independent Police Complaints Commission over allegations of corruption regarding the investigation into the disappearance of an eight-year-boy on the day of the 1981 royal wedding.

Vishal Mehrotra

Vishal Mehrotra disappeared while he was walking back to his home in Putney after watching the parade for the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. His remains were found in remote marshland close to the Hampshire-West Sussex border in 1982.

In a statement, the Met said: "Met were made aware of a complaint alleging corruption relating to the Met Police's original missing person investigation into the disappearance of Vishal Mehrotra via the press.

"This complaint has been referred to the Met Police's Directorate of Professional Standards. This matter will shortly be referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission."

Ben Kinsella's dad speaks out over Islington stabbing

BBC London 94.9


As the family of a 15-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in a street attack appeal for witnesses, the father of another teenager who was killed in the same borough speaks to Eddie Nestor on

BBC London 94.9.

George Kinsella, the father of Ben, will be speaking to Eddie following

the death of Alan Cartwright who was killed last Friday.

Mafia boss' lawyers to fight extradition order

The lawyers of a convicted Mafia boss who was ordered by a judge to return to Italy have lodged an appeal against his extradition.

Domenico Rancadore

Domenico Rancadore was arrested in August 2013 after he was found living in Uxbridge, west London, under the alias of Marc Skinner. Last month a judge ruled the 65-year-old, who has lived in London for more than 20 years,

must be extradited to Italy.

Crossrail death had 'contributory factors'

BBC London's transport correspondent Tom Edwards

tweeted that the jury at St Pancras Coroner's Court recorded a narrative verdict, but said Rene Tkacik's death while working was working on a Crossrail site in Holborn, in March 2014 had accidental contributory factors including:

  • His state of mind due to isolation and a lack of English
  • Different processes for concrete trimming were not consistent
  • The definition of the exclusion zone was unclear and changed from time to time with no physical demarcation.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The top stories at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9:

  • The family of a 15-year-old cyclist stabbed to death in a street attack in north London, broke down in tears today as they appealed for witnesses to come forward.
  • It's been revealed that the father of Mohammed Emwazi, the man dubbed 'Jihadi John' has been questioned by Kuwaiti officials, who are trying to put together a profile of his son.

Crossrail death: Narrative verdict

The jury at an inquest into the death of a construction worker who was crushed to death as nearly a tonne of wet concrete poured on him has recorded a narrative verdict.

Rene Tkacik
leigh day

Rene Tkacik, 44, of Hackney Road, east London, was working on a Crossrail site in Holborn, central London, on 7 March 2014 when

the accident happened.

Elschenbroich to perform with Docklands Sinfonia

The Docklands & East London Advertiser


International cello virtuoso Leonard Elschenbroich is returning to east London next week to perform with Docklands Sinfonia, reports

The Docklands & East London Advertiser.

Fashion on the ration

From 'onesies' to wear in the air raid shelter to jewellery created from aeroplane parts, new exhibition Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style looks at how fashion survived and even flourished under the rules of rationing in 1940s Britain.

Models pose in 1940s outfits

The exhibition opens on Thursday at the Imperial War Museum London and you can

book tickets now.

PC dismissed after misconduct hearing


Met Police officer, who was attached to Specialist Operations, has been dismissed after being found guilty of gross misconduct.

PC Annaleisa Gordon, 50, was found to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour. In October 2013 Gordon was found guilty of a data protection offence after Southwark Crown Court heard she conducted searches on the MPS systems on her ex-husband.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The top stories at 16:00 on

BBC London 94.9:

  • Police investigating the murders of a man and a child in Notting Hill have charged a 36-year-old woman with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
  • A 50-year-old Met Police Officer has been dismissed without notice today after being found guilty of gross misconduct by a misconduct hearing.

Weasel hitches a ride on a woodpecker

Amateur photographer Martin Le-May, from Essex, has recorded this extraordinary

image of a weasel riding on the back of a green woodpecker as it flies through the air.

Woodpecker flying with weasel on back, Hornchurch Essex
Martin Le-May

The photograph was taken at Hornchurch Country Park in east London on yesterday afternoon. Mr Le-May said: "I heard a distressed squawking noise and feared the worst. I soon realised it was a woodpecker with some kind of small mammal on its back."

Parliament Square delays

TfL Bus Alerts

tweets: Routes 3 11 12 24 53 87 88 148 159 211 453 around Parliament Sq are experiencing severe delays due to ongoing carriageway works. The account
added: London Underground are accepting bus ticket holders within Zone 1

Delays on A13 Alfred's Way in Barking

On the roads, two lanes are closed on the A13 Alfred's Way at the East Ham and Barking By-Pass eastbound between Beckton Roundabout and the Gascoigne Road junction, because of an accident and recovery work. There are queues to Canning Town Flyover and on A117 Woolwich Manor Way to the A1020 Royal Docks Road junction.

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Chessington Fire under control

London Fire Brigade

tweets: The fire in #Chessington is now under control with help from

The brigade

added: Half of one house was damaged by the fire in #Chessington and the house next door was damaged by smoke. Thankfully, no injuries.

Tower Hamlets mayor followed law 'to the word'

A party led by a mayor accused of electoral fraud followed the law "to the word", a special High Court hearing has heard.

Four voters have taken legal action against Lutfur Rahman - independent mayor of

Tower Hamlets, east London, and leader the Tower Hamlets First (THF) party - at an Election Court trial in London.

Alibor Choudhury, a THF member of Tower Hamlets Council, said: "We set up the party with the intention of it being temporary." He added: "We have followed the letter to the word so far." Mr Rahman denies wrongdoing.

'Jihadi John' tape: I'm no extremist

A recording has emerged in which the Islamic State fighter Mohammed Emwazi

denied being an extremist and complained about UK security services.

Mohammed Emwazi

In the tape, Emwazi - known as "Jihadi John" - said MI5 had threatened him and tried to "put words into my mouth".

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top story at 15:00:

The family of a 15-year-old cyclist stabbed to death in a street attack in North London broke down in tears today as they appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Area evacuated

Residents had to be evacuated from their homes after a two-storey house collapsed in Romford, the

London Fire Brigade said.

Site of home collapse in Romford
London Fire Brigade

Watch Manager Jason Frisby said: "The building fractured the incoming gas supply main when it came down, so eight people from neighbouring properties were evacuated and a temporary 50 metre exclusion zone has been put in place. As soon as the gas supply has been isolated, the exclusion zone will be lifted and residents will be able to return to their homes."

Romford house collapses

Firefighters have said builders working on a house which collapsed on Rodney Way, in Romford, were lucky to have not been injured.

Collapsed home in Romford
London Fire Brigade

The end of terrace property was under refurbishment when it completely collapsed at 06:20.

London Fire Brigade watch manager Jason Frisby said: "Fortunately, it was unoccupied at the time it collapsed and no-one was injured. Had it collapsed when the builders working on the house were inside, they may not have been quite so lucky.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The top stories at 14:00 on

BBC London 94.9:

  • The mother of a 15-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in Islington has described his death as senseless and says she's been left angry and numb.
  • The President of Mexico has arrived in London for a three day state visit.

North Finchley power cuts

Businesses and homes in North Finchley have been hit by power cuts, reports the

Hendon & Finchley Times.

A spokesman for UK Power Networks, which supplies power in the area, confirmed engineers are working to restore power to 150 properties, the newspaper said.

One-third miss first school choice in London

Students in a classroom


a third of families in London did not get their first choice of secondary school, after places were allocated on National Offer Day. In London, 68% of applicants got their first preference, fewer than in the previous two years. The Department for Education says it has invested "more than £5bn to create more than 445,000 new school places".

Lambeth Council said 82% of applicants in the borough were offered a place at their first or second-choice school. Let us know your experiences - email

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CCTV of Alan Cartwright being stabbed
Met Police

This lunchtime we have the CCTV footage released by the police of the moment a 15-year-old boy was stabbed in the chest as he cycled along the Caledonian Road in Islington.

Detectives say Alan Cartwright had no chance to defend himself and have appealed for witnesses. That and a full weather forecast just after 13:30.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The top story at 13:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Police have described as "truly shocking" CCTV footage of the moment a 15-year-old boy was stabbed as he cycled with friends along the Caledonian Road.

Barnet care home 'failing' to provide care

Barnet Supported Living Services in Barnet, north London, has been warned it must make improvements or face further enforcement action by the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England.

During an unannounced Care Quality Commission inspection in August 2014, inspectors found they were failing to provide care which was safe, effective, responsive or well led. The

report found there were issues around how some medicines were stored and recorded and infection control related to personal care.

WOW festival

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend a festival celebrating the achievement of women and girls at the Southbank Centre this week.


Women of the World or WOW festival will feature a headline bill of speakers including Labour Party deputy leader Harriet Harman, director of rights group Liberty Shami Chakrabarti, singer-turned-activist Annie Lennox, actress and women's rights campaigner Salma Hayek Pinault and author Caitlin Moran.

Sir Simon Rattle to join LSO


Sir Simon Rattle is to join the London Symphony Orchestra from September 2017, it has been confirmed.

Sir Simon Rattle
Getty Images

Sir Simon said it was "a very obvious step - the idea of coming home and having a position in this fantastic city". He is currently director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, where he has been since 2002 and has three years left on his contract.

Free football coaching

Wandsworth Council

tweets: Young people on Surrey Lane estate offered free football coaching sessions on brand new £30k floodlit astroturf pitch

Ladybirds and Lennie James

BBC London 94.9



BBC London 94.9, Robert Elms is discussing Ladybirds - not the insects the books. He will be joined by the author of the new book Ladybird by Design, written by Prof Lawrence Zeegan.

Also on the programme is the actor Lennie James who will be talking about his new Sky 1 show Critical.

Terry hopes to go out 'on a bang'

BBC Sport

John Terry insists he has

"a few years left" at Chelsea and says he will not play for another club. The Blues captain, whose contract is up at the end of the season, scored the opener in Sunday's 2-0 Capital One Cup final win over Tottenham at Wembley.

John Terry, Didier Drogba and Branislav Ivanovic

"If this is my last year, then I hope it goes out on a bang," said Terry. "But I am feeling great at the minute and it would be the wrong time to go."