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  1. More news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow
  2. Updates for Wednesday 4 March 2015

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live for today. Beth Rose will be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across London.

Fine, dry and cold

It will stay fine and dry this evening with some sunshine before dusk. Overnight, it will remain dry with clear skies, leading to the risk of a frost developing in places, especially in rural locations outside Esher and Rickmansworth.

Lows of -2C (28F).

On air

BBC London News will have the latest on the Ayesha Ali killing, after the eight-year-old's mother and her female lover were convicted of her manslaughter earlier.

Also on the programme, Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche, who starred in The English Patient and Chocolat, speaks to BBC London about her new theatre role in the Greek tragedy Antigone.

Tune into the show from 18:30.

Kanye West surprises Camden fans

Excited fans queued up in Camden Town last night, hoping to catch a glimpse of Kanye West, who took to the stage at KOKO for a surprise gig, the

Camden New Journal reports.

Kayaks at the Curve

Swiss artist Roman Signer is showcasing a new installation at the Curve at the

Barbican Centre using the kayak, a longstanding symbol and form in his work for three decades.

Roman Signer: Slow Movement exhibition
Getty Images

The kayak has been specifically made for the show, Slow Movement, and navigates the 90-metre long gallery as if moving through a canal. The free exhibition runs until 31 May.

Football commentary

Emma Jones

BBC London

Lots of football on

BBC London 94.9 tonight.

We've got full commentary of West Ham versus Chelsea on BBC 94.9fm with

@nickgodwinsport and

Plus on our website you can hear all the action as

QPR take on Arsenal and
Tottenham play host to Swansea.

Pornographic artwork viewed through peephole

A pornographic artwork that caused controversy when it was first shown 20 years ago has gone on display - but it can only be viewed through a peephole.

Dinos and Jake Chapman
Getty Images

The restricted viewing is to prevent minors from seeing Bring Me the Head of..., by British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, which features two actresses playing with a model head with a phallic nose. Rack 'em Up: British Contemporary Editions 1990-2000 runs at

Shapero Modern until 27 March.

On air

BBC London 94.9


On Drivetime with Eddie Nestor now, hear an extended interview with the father of eight-year-old

Ayesha Ali, who was killed by her mother and her female lover.

Also on the programme, BBC London 94.9 reporter Dayne Martin, who has cerebral palsy, speaks to Eddie about issues around access and disability in the capital after a

BBC London investigation exposed failures in schemes which serve disabled people.

Listen to the show on

BBC London 94.9.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The top stories at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9:

  • A mother and her lesbian partner have been convicted of killing her eight-year-old daughter. Ayesha Ali had more than 50 injuries when she was found dead in her bedroom at their home in east London, in 2013. Polly Chowdhury and her partner Kiki Muddar were found guilty of manslaughter.
  • A man's pleaded guilty to mugging a 93-year-old man in Soho. Stanley Evans had just returned from a trip to the shops when Soloman Bygraves attacked him and robbed him of £5 in the entrance hall of his block of flats.

Bone marrow register film appeal

A friend of a 24-year-old leukaemia patient who spent his final days in hospital doing all he could to support other cancer sufferers has made a film to continue his campaign, reports the

Wimbledon Guardian.

The newspaper said Kevin Kararwa launched an appeal from his isolation ward in King's College Hospital last year to get 2,400 people of African and Caribbean heritage to join the bone marrow register.

Bus driver attack suspect sought

Police have released images of a man they want to speak to after a bus driver was stabbed in the eye in south London.

Suspect officers would like to speak to
Met Police

The victim was driving a route 227 bus on High Street, Penge, on 30 June 2014 when the incident happened while the driver was held at a red light. The suspect made off towards Cottingham Road.

Boomerang exhibition opens

A new solo show by Cameroon-born, Belgium-based artist Pascale Marthine Tayou has opened at the

Serpentine Galleries in Kensington.

Pascale Marthine Tayou poses for photographs at Serpentine Galleries
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The Boomerang exhibition will include new work made specifically for the gallery and the range of works demonstrate the artist's ability to combine issues of individual and national identity and global consumption.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The top stories at 16:00 on

BBC London 94.9:

  • A mother and her lesbian partner have been convicted of killing her eight-year-old daughter. Ayesha Ali had more than 50 injuries when she was found dead in her bedroom at their home in east London, in 2013.
  • Counter-terrorism police have arrested two men in London on suspicion of money laundering.

Ayesha was an 'innocent child'

Anna O'Neill

Reporter, BBC London

Ayesha Ali
Metropolitan Police

Ayesha's father Afsar Ali told

BBC London 94.9: "I visit her grave often I pray and I'm a religious person and I would pray for her that one day we will meet her in heaven. She was just an innocent child, she didn't deserve to be dead."

You can listen to the full interview on Drivetime with Eddie Nestor from 17:00.

Most wanted foreign criminals sought

A man who battered his victim to death with a baseball bat is among 17 people

wanted by the Met's extradition unit.

Wanted men (clockwise from top left): Rouf Uddin, Alexandru Cucu, Janusz Kedziora, Balint Budi, Jan Hiszpanski, Patryk Kokoryk, Mantas Jurgsat and Krzysztof Malkowski
Met Police

The force is appealing for help in finding dangerous criminals who are wanted by authorities across Europe.

'Cash-for-Jihad' fraud arrests

More on the arrests by counter-terror police investigating large-scale fraud linked to UK extremists travelling to Syria.

Today's arrests are linked to reports of vulnerable and elderly victims being "cold called" over the phone by a suspect impersonating a police officer, who informs them their bank account has been compromised, Scotland Yard said.

Victims are then tricked into transferring money to an account under the control of the suspect, with one elderly victim losing around £150,000.

The men, aged 29 and 23, were arrested at addresses in west and east London respectively and are being held in custody in a police station in south London.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The top story at 15:00 on

BBC London 94.9:

Boris Johnson has called on the government to devolve rail services to London following last night's chaos at London Bridge station.

Breaking'Extremist' fraud arrests


Counter-terror police investigating large-scale fraud linked to UK extremists travelling to Syria have arrested two men in London on suspicion of money-laundering, Scotland Yard said.

London Bridge commuter experiences

via Facebook

Thanks for all your comments on your experiences of commuting at London Bridge Station on the

BBC London Facebook Page. We asked for your views after these pictures from last night showed travellers jumping the barriers. Network Rail said the delays had been caused, in part, by a person being hit by a train.

London Bridge Station

Kat Andreakou said: "In general, the last few months in particular have been horrible in terms of the London Bridge station services. Not ONE train I've waited for has arrived on time and there is such traffic in and out of the station that a 15 minute journey can take even more than half an hour. I avoid travelling to/from LB as much as I can nowadays."

However Sean Barlow said: "Of the people criticising, I wonder how many of these are trained in crowd management/crowd safety. This was an unfortunate incident certainly, but nothing more than that."

M&S 'may pull out of Croydon'

Croydon Advertiser

The spectre of Marks & Spencer

pulling out of Croydon has been raised by a senior management official.

Peter Line, head of retail for M&S' South Division, told the compulsory purchase inquiry into the Westfield/Hammerson Partnership's plans to redevelop the Whitgift Centre, that uncertainty about its store's position in the development cast doubts on future trading prospects.

Network Rail 'understands' London Bridge difficulties

Dave Ward, from Network Rail, said: "I understand how difficult last night was for many of our passengers and they showed great patience and understanding in what was a very tough situation.

"The railway around south London is so busy that if one train is delayed by just one minute it will delay 17 other services as a result. At peak time, the effect of closing the railway even for 45 minutes has massive effect and we have to manage our stations carefully to help get people home safely. We will as a matter of course be reviewing our plans and the events of last night to see what, if any, lessons can be learned."

Mayor: London Bridge 'completely unacceptable'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson called on Londoners to get more control over the railways after the disruption at London Bridge yesterday evening.

London Bridge station
Teilo Colley /PA Wire

He said: "This chaos must end now. The scenes at London Bridge last night were completely unacceptable. It is a disgrace that Network Rail and the train operating companies have failed once again to get a grip of the situation at London Bridge. The case for giving Londoners more control over their railways is overwhelming."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top story at 14:00:

A mother from east London has been convicted of the manslaughter of her eight-year-old daughter.

Call for urgent action over London Bridge

Unions have called for urgent action after police were called to London Bridge station when thousands of travellers were left stranded as services ground to a halt during last night's rush hour.

London Bridge Station

Mick Cash, leader of the

Rail, Maritime and Transport union said: "RMT is sick and tired of the excuses about the continuing chaos at London Bridge which led to horrific scenes at the station last night."

Pensioner denies rape and imprisonment

A 74-year-old man has denied raping and imprisoning three female followers for more than 30 years in an appearance at Southwark Crown Court.

Aravindan Balakrishnan is said to have kept three women as virtual slaves in his home in Brixton, south London.

Aravindan Balakrishnan


denies 25 offences, which include four counts of rape and one of false imprisonment. He also denies 19 counts of indecent assault and one of cruelty to a person under the age of 16.

He was arrested in November 2013, with his wife Chanda Pattni - she was released and no further action was taken against her.

Video: 'Life will never be the same again'

The father of Ayesha Ali and former husband of Polly Chowdhury, who has been found guilty together with her lover Kiki Muddar of the child's manslaughter,

says life will never be the same again.

Ayesha's father, Afsar Ali

Afsar Ali says he will forever replay the moments leading up to the death of his daughter Ayesha who was found dead in her bedroom with more than 50 injuries in east London, in August 2013.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The top stories at 13:00 on

BBC London 94.9:

  • A mother has been found guilty of killing her eight-year-old daughter in east London.
  • Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old boy in Islington have now arrested three people, aged 17, 18 and 21, on suspicion of murder.

Muddar 'groomed' Chowdhury for sex

Chowdhury thought Muddar was the conduit for her mystery soulmate Jimmy, whom she only knew on Facebook and text, the court heard. There was also a spirit guide called Skyman who encouraged Chowdhury to get close to her and punish her daughter Ayesha, the jury were told.

It was only after

Ayesha's death that Chowdhury realised Muddar had "groomed" her for sex and none of these characters were real. The police investigation revealed the extent of the online contact between the women, which included:

  • 140,000 lines of data from texts, WhatsApp, Viber and emails
  • 40,000 messages on a laptop
  • 1,450 voice recordings from Muddar's phone backed up on a computer
  • 17,000 pages of Facebook messages

Police had to 'unpick web of lies'

The court heard it was not clear when the

physical abuse of Ayesha started but on the morning of 28 August 2013 Muddar left the house in Bedwell Court and sent a text to Chowdhury which said: "Has something happened? My hearts going mental?"

When she returned to the property Muddar had purchased a new shower hose, the police said this inferred the old shower hose had been used to assault Ayesha so a replacement was needed.

Image of shower hose in Chadwell Heath flat
Met Police

Det Insp Donna Convery, from the Met Police, said: "In all my years as a police officer I have never come across a case of this nature. It took us months to unpick and investigate the web of lies that Kiki Muddar had constructed. Through the use of specialist officers we were able to evidence beyond doubt the roles that both these women played in emotionally and physically abusing Ayesha."

Ayesha wrote letters about her punishments

Teachers noticed Ayesha's demeanour started to change from April 2013,

five months before her death, the court heard. The psychological abuse ramped up to the extent that Ayesha kept a diary on how she was trying to be good.

Letter written by Ayesha Ali
Met Police

The police investigation found the eight-year-old had to spend hours shut in her room as punishment for perceived bad behaviour.

Muddar 'able to manipulate' Chowdhury

Rebecca Cafe

BBC News

The court heard Ayesha Ali was caught in the middle of a

dangerous relationship between her mother Polly Chowdhury, who suffered from low self esteem, and Kiki Muddar, who had a narcissistic personality disorder.

Polly Chowdhury(left) and Kiki Muddar
Met Police

Kevin Browne, a professor of Forensic Psychology & Child Health, said Muddar was able to manipulate Chowdhury because she was a vulnerable person with a negative sense of self.

He said: "There were two individuals being cruel, with the dominant one encouraging the cruelty probably out of jealousy as she didn't want the attention on the child and instead wanted it all on her."

Killed eight-year-old wrote good and bad lists

The court was shown a list of good and bad things

Ayesha Ali was supposed to have done, partly written in her own handwriting.

Ayesha's list
Met Police

Among her chores, she was required to scrub the toilet - something she was ordered to do twice on the day of her death.

The jury heard the eight-year-old was severely punished by the women, Chowdhury admitted smacking her and hitting her with a wooden spoon and Muddar had been giving her a cold bath for wetting herself the night she died.

Ayesha Ali died from blows to the head

Post-mortem examinations revealed

Ayesha Ali died as a result of damage to the head from a blow or blows.

Ayesha Ali
Met Police

The police said on arrival at the flat in Bedwell Court, Chadwell Heath on 29 August paramedics found Ayesha's lifeless body on her bedroom floor and it was obvious that she had been dead for some time.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The top story at 12:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A mother from east London has been cleared of murdering her 8-year-old daughter. But after more than 30 hours of deliberations, the jury at the Old Bailey's found Polly Chowdhury and her lover Kiki Muddar guilty of the manslaughter of Ayesha Ali in Chadwell Heath.

'Complex and unconventional relationship' led to child's death

Rebecca Cafe

BBC News

In a case that involved fictional spiritual guides, fake online relationships and pretend illnesses, a mother and her former female lover have both been found guilty of killing her daughter. It was a

complex and unconventional relationship that led to the death of Ayesha Ali.

In 2013 Chowdhury, Muddar and Ayshea moved to Bedwell Court in Chadwell Heath. According to the prosecution, it was here the women started to share a bedroom and Muddar stepped up her manipulation of Chowdhury. She created a fictional online persona who corresponded with Chowdhury through Facebook and text messages.

Muddar sent 40,000 messages to lover


Ayesha's death, Muddar reacted dismissively when she told a paramedic: "She was a naughty child and mum thought she was possessed by the devil." The court also heard a phone call between Muddar and a friend in which she threatened to kill the eight-year-old girl.

Muddar sent more than 40, 000 messages to her lover, saying: "Your daughter is evil, you never disciplined her today", "Your daughter will pay", and "You have no right to ever love or like your evil daughter", the jury heard.