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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather tomorrow at 08:00
  2. Updates for Monday 9 March 2015

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Beth Rose

BBC News Online

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

Risk of frost

This evening will be cloudy with some occasional light rain, but later the skies will clear leaving a dry cold night with a risk of frost.

Minimum temperature: 1C (34F).

Working Process exhibition

A visitor looks at one of the photos at the Nick Waplington Alexander McQueen

Working Process exhibition which opens tomorrow at the Tate Britain.

Working Process

Drones banned from Royal Parks

Flying drones or model aircraft in or over any of London's eight

Royal Parks has
been prohibited, reports the Wandsworth Guardian.

Evening news

BBC London News


On the programme at 18:30 on

BBC One: A former senior Met officer says a scheme to prevent people from being radicalised has become "a toxic brand".

And the Mayor of London is accused of failing youngsters after revealing he won't meet his target for creating 250,000 apprenticeships by next year.

Fulham midfielder suffers knee injury

BBC Sport

George Williams
Getty Images

Fulham midfielder George Williams will be out for around six months after

rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament while on loan at MK Dons.

'Parliament trespasser' in court

A man has appeared in court following a security alert at the Palace of Westminster.

Braydon Liam Anderson, 23, of Portland Place, Northampton, entered no pleas at Westminster Magistrates' Court to charges of criminal damage and trespass on a protected site.

He is accused of damaging up to £20,000 of property during an eight-hour stand-off with police on Saturday night when he was on parliament's roof. He was remanded in custody.

'Jihadi John' 'wanted to harm Tanzania'

Mohammed Emwazi, the man known as "Jihadi John" from west London,

wanted to carry out "acts of terrorism" in Tanzania, its home affairs minister believes.

Mohammed Emwazi

Mathias Chikawe said Emwazi was refused entry to Tanzania in 2009 for being drunk and abusive, but it was believed he "wanted to harm us".

'Stagger your journeys'

Due to problems at London Bridge passengers are being advised to stagger their journeys or use alternative routes as

trains are delayed or cancelled this evening.

Rail tickets will be accepted by London Underground on Tube services between London Victoria and London Bridge and on TfL bus services between Croydon and London Bridge via the Tulse Hill and Forest Hill areas.

Southern ticket holders are also being accepted by London Overground on train services via Forest Hill, Thameslink services between Brighton and London Blackfriars, Southeastern services between London and Tunbridge Wells, and London Tramlink between West Croydon and Beckenham Junction.

Aim high, Lord Sugar urges teens

Lord Sugar

Lord Sugar has issued a rallying cry to students to make the most of their time in education, understand how lucky they are and aim high in life.

The peer, who was officially opening a state-of-the-art new technical college in Tottenham, north London, called on students to "exploit the millions of pounds that have been put into this, suck it in and absorb it".

Speaking to the students at the University Technical College, Lord Sugar said: "I'm like you, I am no different than you, I came from the same places that you came from. That's what you've got to aspire to."

Queuing traffic

BBC London


There is queuing traffic on the A2 eastbound between Kidbrooke Interchange and the A205 Westhorne Avenue junction, because of an earlier overturned vehicle.

And there is congestion on the A3217 Sloane Square westbound in Chelsea between Sloane Square Station and the A3220 Beaufort Street junction.

Palace of Westminster intruder report due

John Bercow, the speaker of the House of Commons, has said security officials will produce a written report tomorrow on how an intruder managed to climb onto the roof of the Palace of Westminster on Saturday evening.

Emergency crews at the scene

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 17:00: Network Rail is warning travellers that London Bridge Station is expected to be extremely busy again this evening.

Trains start running from London Bridge


tweets: We are now starting to run our scheduled services in and out of London Bridge following an earlier broken down engineering train.

'Shock' of rowing coach's body find

The headmaster of

Latymer Upper School, David Goodhew, has said it has been a
"shock" to learn the school's rowing coach's body has been found in the Thames.

Michael Hill

Michael Hill, 48, went missing on 2 February after falling from a coaching boat near Putney Embankment. His body was found last night.

Letter to save English National Opera

Heads of the world's most prestigious companies have signed a public letter condemning funding cuts at the London-based

English National Opera.

They described it as

"a showcase for talent and innovation" in a letter to the Financial Times after
Arts Council England said the organisation must improve its business model and placed it under "special funding arrangements".

Gruffalo in the garden

The Gruffalo helped Lucy Bayfield and Mert De Sousa Vieira from

All Saints Church of England Primary School in Barnet plant saplings earlier as part of
Yorkshire Tea and the
Woodland Trust's million tree pledge campaign. The initiative helps children understand the importance of planting and preserving trees.

The Gruffalo

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 16:00: Network Rail is warning travellers that London Bridge Station is expected to be extremely busy again this evening, and passengers should try and avoid using it during the rush hour, if they can.

'Inconsistency' in C-section rate

A study by

City University London has found a
wide variations in the rate of caesarean sections carried out in Europe.

It found found 25% of births in the UK are by C-section, compared to a low of 14.8% in Iceland and a high of about 52% in Cyprus which highlighted a clear "lack of consensus about best practice" between countries of the EU, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland.

Professor Alison Macfarlane said: "We would hope that this data would be consistent but it clearly isn't."

City jobs increase

The number of new jobs in the City of London increased by almost a fifth last month compared to a year earlier, according to recruitment firm

Astbury Marsden.


It said there were 3,100 new roles in February.

Associate director, Christopher Adeyeri, said it was a result of "positive economic noises emanating from the US and the Eurozone" as well as oil prices stabilising and concerns over a Greek exit from the Eurozone subsiding temporarily.

Eto'o to receive Euro tolerance award

Former Chelsea player Samuel Eto'o will receive a European tolerance award tonight from the

European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation.

Samuel Eto'o

Network Fare reports it and Eto'o are being recognized for their stance and action against growing racism, anti-Semitism and intolerance in sports.

West End leads Olivier Award nominations

Memphis the Musical and Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

lead the nomination for this year's Olivier Awards with nine and eight short-listings respectively.

Beverley Knight in Memphis and Katie Brayben as Carole King in Beautiful

The Oliviers take place at the Royal Opera House in London on 12 April.

Harry Potter star to premier show

East End Review

Harry Potter star

Harry Melling, who played Dudley Dursley, is getting ready to premier his one man show Peddling at the
Arcola Theatre in east London later this month.

Harry Melling

The 25-year-old actor wrote and stars in the show about a pedlar boy trying to make sense of his life. It has previously been performed in New York.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top story at 15:00: Train passengers using London Bridge station are facing more travel misery today following chaotic scenes last week.

Puppy smuggler fined by courts

London Evening Standard


A woman who ran an illegal pet shop from her Southfields flat,

selling smuggled designer puppies, has been ordered to pay more than £6,000 by Lavender Hill Magistrates' Court, according to the Evening Standard.

Behind the scenes

BBC London reporter Alice Bhandhukravi

tweets: With James McAvoy for #OlivierAwards nominations - he & Mark Strong Gillian Anderson Penelope Wilton up for awards

James McAvoy

Shared ownership homes

Haringey Council

tweets: Our first shared ownership homes have been given the green light as part of our
housebuilding programme

'Anything leaving London Bridge?'

Jack Williams

tweets: Is anything gonna leave London Bridge this afternoon?

Delayed trains
Jack Williams

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 14:00: The RMT union's called for urgent action to put a stop to what it calls a recurring nightmare at London Bridge, which it says is like a "tinder box".

Wind and rain

Cloud will continue to thicken from the west accompanied by strengthening winds and a band of mainly light rain will spread across the area through the afternoon. That will clear east during the evening.

Top temperature: 11C (52F).

St Katharine Dock fire

London Fire Brigade

tweets: The fire at #StKatharineDocks is affecting a 10 tonne motor yacht. Our fire boat and 3 fire engines are at the scene.

Fire boat

London Bridge disruption

BBC London


There is ongoing disruption for

Southern and
Thameslink services into London Bridge as a result of a broken down freight.

  • There are no Thameslink services going in or out of London Bridge
  • Replacement buses being used between Oxted and Uckfield
  • London Bridge-Brighton services are running between East Croydon and Brighton only
  • The problem is also having a knock-on effect on Southern trains in and out of Victoria Station

Lunchtime news

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

Join me at 13:35 on

BBC One to hear why the families of the girls who are believed to have left east London to join IS militants in Syria, are demanding an apology from Scotland Yard.

And get a glimpse of some painstaking art, pioneered by an artist from London.

Commonwealth Day

Westminster Abbey

tweets: The theme of this year's #CommonwealthDay is #YoungCommonwealth, represented at the Abbey today with 1,000 school aged children

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 13:00: A former senior Muslim met police officer has said the government's Prevent strategy, which aims to stop people becoming terrorists, has become "a toxic brand".

Top of the Pops

London group Years & Years - the BBC's Sound of 2015 winners - secured their first number one on the UK singles chart yesterday.

Years and Years

They sold 101,000 of their latest song, King, bumping Ellie Goulding into second place.

'He'll kill you'

Croydon Advertiser

The police are hunting a husky owner after a

jogger was surrounded and chased by four huskies as he went running in Beddington Park in Croydon last week.

The runner, in his 60s, said one of the dogs growled at him while its female owner shouted out "'he'll kill you, he'll kill you".

Watch: Londoner claims silver in Prague

BBC Sport

London's Dina Asher-Smith won silver in the women's 60m this weekend to equal the British record for the event at the European Indoor Championships in Prague.

Dina Asher-Smith wins 60m silver
Getty Images

You can watch the 19-year-old's race