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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather tomorrow at 08:00
  2. Updates for Thursday 5 March 2015

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK


Beth Rose

BBC News Online

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

Dry night

This evening and tonight it will remain largely dry. There will also be a good deal of cloud and this, along with a steady breeze, should prevent a frost.

Top temperature: 4C (39F).

'Dumped' puppy put down

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a Rottweiler-cross puppy had to be put down after she was found dumped in a cardboard box by some bins in Ashton Road, Enfield on Tuesday.

Puppy found in Enfield

Another puppy, thought to be from the same litter because of his similar colouring, was found nearby. He has survived but there are signs of mistreatment.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the

RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

Sleep Easy

Some Kingston and Merton residents are preparing to sleep rough in solidarity with the growing number of homeless people in London.

Sarah Ansah and Myke Catterall

According to the

Greater London Authority 2,565 people were recorded as sleeping rough in London on any one single night between October and December 2014, an increase of 13% compared to 2013.

Sleep Easy takes place in the Memorial Gardens in Kingston and outside the Holy trinity Church in Wimbledon tomorrow night from 1900.

Teatime news

BBC London News


On the programme at 18:30 on

BBC One: Schools are being urged to educate children as young as seven about gang violence.

And commuters hit by days of delays and overcrowding at London Bridge should get compensation - after the problems were described as "inexcusable".

Cycle track extension begins

Jon Stone

tweets: Camden's Royal College St. cycle track extension south to St Pancras now under construction! (confirmed by workers)

Camden cycle track
Jon Stone

Underground dating

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

If you thought the Tube was a safe-haven from social media and dating websites,

think again.

The Evening Standard reports 24-year-old David Marsden has set-up the Spark app which enables users to send a "spark" or alert to the person they like the look of via the Underground's Bluetooth network.

Handily, the recipient only receives the Spark when the pair have parted Tube carriages saving any blushes, but they then have just 24 hours to respond to the potential love interest.

Tandem begins

French publication The Local reports the London-Paris project Tandem, which will see each city share and swap its cultural highlights,

has started.

The next five months will see the David Bowie exhibition, London's Philharmonic Orchestra and much more on show in Paris while London is set to benefit from Monet paintings and actress Juliette Binoche.

What are they reading?

BBC London 94.9 reporter Anna O'Neill

tweets: #WorldBookDay Luca, Anna, Lucy, Edward &Ines fm St Martins have been telling
@BBCLondon949 wt they r reading

World Book Day

Council chief cycles to Cannes

Hounslow council's regeneration chief Brendon Walsh has set off on a 850-mile bike ride to Cannes to raise money for children's charity
Coram and to raise the profile of the borough at
MIPIM - the international property fair.

Brendon Walsh
Hounslow Council

Mr Walsh, 53, said: "I did the same trip last year and it was tough then. I am getting on a bit now so it will be even tougher but it's all for a good cause! "

Housing grant corruption 'absolutely untrue'

A supporter of Lutfur Rahman, the mayor of

Tower Hamlets, has denied money for housing was allocated as a result of corruption.

Rabina Khan, a

Tower Hamlets First member of the council, said allegations that the mayor's party only gave housing grants to supporters was "absolutely untrue".

Four voters have taken legal action against Mr Rahman - independent mayor of Tower Hamlets - at a special election court and want Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey to declare the result of the May 2014 election void. Mr Rahman denies any wrongdoing.

Parliament 'should move to York'

Parliament should be moved to York when major repairs are carried out at the Palace of Westminster, senior Conservative MP Anne McIntosh has said.

Palace of Westminster
Getty Images

Ms McIntosh referenced a book by Commons Leader William Hague which considered the history of Parliament sitting in North Yorkshire, but Mr Hague said somewhere closer to Westminster may be a more likely location.

The Houses of Parliament are set to undergo £3bn worth of repairs.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A former Tory MP has denied being part of a rent-boy ring with cabinet ministers, or taking part in sex parties at Dolphin Square - an estate in Pimlico - that used to be home to more than 80 politicians.

Whitfield joins EastEnders


June Whitfield is set to join EastEnders in a one-off appearance later this year.

June Whitfield/Jan Harvey

The 89-year-old star will star opposite Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace) in May, although no further details have been given.

Actress Jan Harvey is also making a cameo on the show, in a role relating to Sharon Mitchell.

2.4bn have tooth decay

More than 2.4bn people have untreated tooth decay across the globe, a study led by Professor Wagner Marcenes of
Queen Mary University of London has estimated.

Tooth decay

The scientists analysed 378 studies involving some 4.7m people between 1990 and 2010 and said the results were alarming considering it is know how to both treat and prevent decay.

Behind the scenes

BBC London sport reporter Chris Slegg

tweets: Meet the London women looking to cross the Pacific in a 29ft rowing boat. The
@coxlesscrew on
@BBCLondonNews 6.30pm

Coxless crew

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 16:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: Police have searched the home of a former Tory MP after receiving what they described as "credible" allegations of child sexual abuse by members of the establishment in the 1970s and 80s.

Ration fashion

With World War Two rationing came the

re-invention of fashion and London stepped up to the mark offering dress-making classes and Selfridges pioneered a range of accessories.

Dress-making class, London, 1943

Now a new exhibition at the

Imperial War Museum looks at how conflict abroad meant fashion at home had to change.

Authors reveal top books

Children's author, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, and TS Eliot Poetry Prize winner David Harsent have revealed their favourite books to the

University of Roehampton and Wandsworth Guardian as part of World Book Day. Find out what they said

Volunteers monitored while on LSD

A group of 20 volunteers have become the first people in the world to have their

brains scanned while high on LSD.

Professor David Nutt, neuropsychopharmacologist

The 15 men and five women were given a 75 microgram injection of LSD and while none reported a bad experience three said they felt some anxiety and temporary paranoia.

The study at

Cardiff University, conducted by Professor David Nutt (pictured) who is based at
Imperial College London, needs £25,000 for the data to be analysed.

Met complaints over LGBT event

Scotland Yard is investigating complaints about the way a group of people attending an LGBT event at Parliament were addressed by officers on 4 February.

Labour's Kerry McCarthy raised the incident in the Commons chamber earlier after receiving complaints from some of her constituents who said officers had "repeatedly addressed them as sir even though they made it quite clear they didn't wish to be addressed in that way."

BBC defends 'Jihadi John' coverage

The BBC has defended its coverage of the unmasking of Islamic State terrorist Mohammed Emwazi as "Jihadi John" after some viewers accused it of glamorising his cause.

Mohammed Emwazi
Emwazi is believed to be the masked jihadist in several IS beheading videos

Emwazi was named last month and details about his family life and education in west London were uncovered by journalists.

The BBC said it had received some complaints from viewers and listeners who felt there had been too much coverage but it said the story was "globally significant" and the identification of Emwazi was "an important development".

It added: "We don't believe that our coverage has glamorised him or Islamic State."

Best bookshops

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

If there was ever a day in the year to buy a book

World Book Day would be it and I'm pleased to announce that the
Metro's Top 11 UK bookstores includes no less than five London bookshops.

Happy reading!

Road named after equalities campaigner

A new road in King's Cross is to be called

Wollstonecraft Street in honour of 18th-century writer and equalities campaigner Mary Wollstonecraft, the Camden New Journal reveals.

Rail compensation 'needed'

London Bridge congestion

Compensation is needed for passengers caught up in severe delays at London Bridge, Rail Minister Claire Perry has told MPs.

She said talks were ongoing with the station's management team and

Network Rail to ensure rebuilding work does not compromise travel, but it was really about passengers "trying to get home after a long day at work".

Thousands of travellers were left stranded at London Bridge on Tuesday when services ground to a halt during the evening rush hour, with the

warning the overcrowding resulted in "life-threatening chaos".

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 14:00 on

BBC London 94.9:
Scotland Yard detectives investigating, alleged child sexual abuse, by establishment figures in the 1970s and 80s have raided the home of a former Conservative MP.

Council pays £37k in pothole compensation

Haringey Borough Council has paid out more than £37,000 in compensation to motorists whose cars have been
damaged by potholes in the borough since 2011, This Is Local London reports.

Dry and mild afternoon

It will be a dry afternoon although there will also be a good deal of cloud spreading in from the northwest.

Where there are some bright or sunny intervals it will feel mild.

Top temperature: 11C (52F).

Compensation request for London Bridge passengers

The Conservative MP for Mid Sussex, Sir Nicholas Soames, has asked the House of Commons: "Will you consider giving all those people who have had to travel into London Bridge...

compensation on the cost of their tickets to reflect the very, very serious conditions that they've had to deal with?"

Commuters at London Bridge Station
@Blowers Son

It follows commuters being seen to jump over and crawl beneath ticket barriers to avoid the crush at the south London station on Tuesday night caused by signal failures.

BBC London News

Katharine Carpenter

Reporter and presenter

Join me at 13.38 on

BBC One when we'll have a round-up of today's top stories. Firstly news that The Luton and Dunstable hospital is changing its guidelines after a baby was stillborn. The hospital admitted it should have checked for a heartbeat more quickly.

And we take a look as the latest installation on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth is unveiled.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 13:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Police have searched the home of a former Tory MP after receiving what they described as "credible" allegations of child sexual abuse by members of the establishment in the 1970s and 80s.

Wax wars

Madame Tussauds' sculptors reveal the first glimpses of the wax figures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo as part of the multi-million pound expansion, being created in collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm, which is set to open on 16 May.

Madame Tussauds sculptors

Gift Horse unwrapped

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent

The 10th sculpture on the vacant Fourth Plinth of Trafalgar Square has just been unveiled by London mayor Boris Johnson.

Fourth plinth

It's called Gift Horse - a bronze, skeletal, rider-less horse with an electronic ribbon tied to its leg displaying live prices from the London Stock Exchange.

German artist Hans Haacke based his work on an engraving in George Stubbs' 1766 work The Anatomy of a Horse and is said to be a comment on the link between power, money and history.

Farewell to Mexican president

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh bid farewell to the President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto and First Lady Angelica Rivera at the Grand Entrance at Buckingham Palace,

Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Edinburgh, First Lady Angelica Rivera and President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at midday on

BBC London 94.9: Police have searched the home of a former Tory MP after receiving what they described as "credible" allegations of child sexual abuse by members of the establishment in the 1970s and 80s.