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  1. Updates for Wednesday 11 March 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates are back from 08:00 Thursday

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By Duncan Smith

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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

A cloudy night

BBC Weather

Patchy rain will ease this evening, but it will remain mainly cloudy through the night with possible hill fog in places.

Weather forecast

The temperature will drop to 8C (46F).

Coming up

BBC London News



18:30 on BBC One: The row over a delay to a decision on whether the Metropolitan Police can use water cannon on the capital's streets.

And householders across London are facing a postcode lottery when it comes to receiving broadband.

Abandoned Woolwich hotel could have new life

News Shopper


A Woolwich hotel site which was left abandoned midway through construction has been bought by developer Berkeley Homes,

reports the News Shopper.

The shell of the six-storey Beresford Street building was built several years ago before owners Key Homes Group went into administration. Now Berkeley Homes, which is developing the Royal Arsenal, has purchased the site and is looking for a hotel operator to complete it.

No smoking at the bus stop

All 12,500 bus shelter across London will have no smoking signing by the end of April,

Transport for London has announced.

No smoking

Chris Kershaw, TfL's head of bus infrastructure, said: "Transport for London has a no smoking policy across the entire transport network and it is important that customers know this extends to our bus shelters."

No smoking signs are already installed at 2,700 bus shelters.

Oxlade-Chamberlain faces scan wait

BBC Sport

Arsenal face an anxious wait to find out the extent of the

hamstring injury to winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal

The 21-year-old, who pulled up during

Monday's 2-1 FA Cup win at Manchester United, was having a scan on Wednesday.

His results will not be clear until later in the week, but Oxlade-Chamberlain is unlikely to face West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday.

Strike warning at the Globe

Shakespeare's Globe has been given seven days to avert strike action, amidst a dispute over tour guides' pay.

Globe theatre

Union Bectu says tour guides are paid £11.24 per hour, less than half of what guides get at the nearby Royal Opera House.

A spokeswoman for the Globe said it was "keen to enter into meaningful negotiations" but called Bectu's demands "unrealistic" and "out of line with the salaries of other staff at the Globe".

Coming up

BBC London 94.9


From 17:00 with Eddie Nestor: More than four hundred thousand people have
signed a petition saying the BBC's Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson should stay. He has been suspended by the corporation after allegations he hit a producer in an incident last week.

On Drivetime we're asking... is the presenter too valuable to fire or do you think he should be given the sack?

Call 020 7224 2000.

Road closure

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

The A400 Kentish Town Road in Camden Town is closed northbound at the A503 Camden Road junction, owing to an accident.

There is congestion on A4201 to the Gloucester Gate junction and on Camden High Street to the Plender Street junction.

For more travel updates visit the

BBC Travel London page.

Motorist is stabbed after bus crash

London Evening Standard


A driver smashed into a bus and was then stabbed in the leg by people in a car behind him in a road rage clash in north London,

The London Evening Standard reports.

Scene of the scrash

The motorist, who was driving a black Peugeot, crashed into the bus in Stamford Hill, north London, at about 21:17. After the smash two occupants of a Vauxhall leaped out of their car and damaged the Peugeot, before stabbing the driver in the leg.

Controversial sports centre plan approved

Plans for new £23m sports facilities in Walthamstow were controversially approved last night after thousands called for further public consultation,

The Guardian Series reports.

Campaigners packed into council chamber as the planning committee heard impassioned speeches pleading for further dialogue over plans for the Pool and Track site in Chingford Road.

Queen meets Sri Lankan president

The new president of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena and his wife Jayanthi have met the Queen during a private audience at Buckingham Palace today.

Audience with the Queen
Getty Images

Mr Sirisena also

met prime minister David Cameron in London on Tuesday.

Man dies after apparent hit-and-run

A pedestrian in his 60s has died after a collision with a lorry in Stepney,

Scotland Yard has said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The lorry, described as a tipper truck, failed to stop at the scene.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • Three people who assisted the men responsible for shooting dead a young mother in Kilburn have been found guilty today at the Old Bailey of helping them to evade capture in the hours after the shooting.

Handwriting expert at election hearing

Handwriting expert Robert Radley told the judge in a report at the High Court hearing into Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman: "A large number of 'X' marks on the ballot papers can be divided into a relatively small number of specific groups of inks which, within themselves, cannot be differentiated one from another.

"Consequently, there has to be a very high level of coincidence for such numbers of indistinguishable inks to appear if indeed these ballot papers have been written with different pens."

CCTV image released after Lewisham sex attack

Met detectives have released a CCTV image of a man they are trying to trace after a serious sexual assault on a 29-year-old woman in Lewisham on Sunday.

CCTV images

The woman was attacked at around 02:45 while walking along Ashwater Road. The suspect threatened her with a knife before the assault.

Handwriting expert at election hearing

A handwriting expert who examined ballot papers is today due to give evidence at a High Court hearing where a mayor has been accused of electoral fraud.

Four voters have taken

legal action against Lutfur Rahman - independent mayor of Tower Hamlets and leader of a party called Tower Hamlets First.

Barrister Francis Hoar, who represents the group of four, said Robert Radley was an expert document examiner, who had examined more than 100 ballot papers and postal voting statements.

He said Mr Radley had found that Xs on some ballot papers were "strikingly similar" and written in a "very similar type of ink".

Men, 19, jailed for £88,000 fraud

Two men have been jailed for a courier fraud scam in which they duped vulnerable people out of more than £88,000.

Rahim Choudhury and Abdul Shafee

Rahim Choudhury and Abdul Shafee, both 19, of Quaker Street, London, tricked elderly people across south-west England by pretending to be police.

They were sentenced to 38 months and 15 months in prison respectively at Bristol Crown Court.

Both admitted conspiracy to commit fraud charges.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • A man who launched an unprovoked knife attack on a Paddington shopkeeper has been convicted of attempted murder at Southwark Crown Court.

Police recover 14 kilos of class A drugs

Around 14 kilos of class A drugs have been seized

by Met police from an address in Crayford.

Officers found the drugs after stopping a man nearby who was carrying what they believed to be cocaine at 10:00 yesterday. He was arrested along with another man.

Both men, aged 42 and 49, remain in custody pending further enquiries.

Three on Conservatives' Kensington election shortlist

The Conservatives have

shortlisted three candidates to stand in Kensington in May's election following Sir Malcolm Rifkind's decision to leave Parliament.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind
Getty Images

Charlotte Vere, Shaun Bailey and Victoria Borthwick have been nominated, with local party members set to decide at a meeting on Friday.

Watch: Gillian Anderson backs Comic Relief charity

Actress and women's rights supporter Gillian Anderson has

visited a drop-in centre in for vulnerable women in London.

Gillian Anderson

The Women at the Well centre in King's Cross is supported by donations from Comic Relief.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • A man in his 60s has died following a collision with a lorry in Stepney this morning.

Commercial Road delays

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

Traffic is queuing in both directions on the A13 Commercial Road in Whitechapel which is closed at the Sidney Street junction owing to an accident.

A diversion is in place affecting bus routes 15, 115 and 135.

For more update visit the

BBC Travel page.

Two men still 'critical' after separate attacks in Kingston

One man is dead and two more remain in critical condition in hospital after a day of tragic events in Kingston yesterday,

the Surrey Comet reports.

Police said yesterday another man had died after suffering severe burns on Friday. The Metropolitan Police told the paper one man, stabbed in Tolworth Broadway last night, was still critical in an update this morning.

Selfie sticks banned

The National Gallery in London has banned selfie sticks, saying it has placed them in the same category as tripods, which are banned "in order to protect paintings, individual privacy and the overall visitor experience".

Selfie stick with smartphone

The National Gallery ban follows other galleries around the world, including the Smithsonian museums in Washington.

On air

BBC London News


In the lunchtime bulletin on

BBC One we report on the families who say the government's announcement today about the new proton beam therapy unit at University College London is too late for them.

Rain is coming

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken during the afternoon as a band of rain moves across from the west, with most parts seeing some rain during the evening.

Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F).

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines this hour include:

  • Chelsea play the second leg of their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain tonight, but the Frenchman who was the victim of racial abuse by a group of fans on the Paris metro before the first leg has said he won't be there after turning down Jose Mourinho's offer of a seat at Stamford Bridge.

Water Cannon decision deferred

Danny Shaw

Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

The Home Secretary will not make a decision about whether to authorise the use of water cannon on mainland Britain until after the election.

It's understood work is still going on to evaluate the equipment which has been purchased by the Mayor of London for use by the Metropolitan Police.

Previously Theresa May had indicated that a decision would be made by April.

Should selfie sticks be banned?

BBC Newsround

The National Gallery in London has announced it is banning the use of selfie stick as some art experts have warned they could be 'damaging' and get in people's way.

Selfie stick posing

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines this hour include:

  • Chelsea play the second leg of their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain tonight, but the Frenchman who was the victim of racial abuse by a group of fans on the Paris metro before the first leg has said he won't be there after turning down Jose Mourinho's offer of a seat at Stamford Bridge.

Going slow through Croydon?

Croydon Advertiser


Speed limits across much of Croydon are likely to be cut to 20mph if £1.5m plans are given the go-ahead next week,

The Croydon Advertiser reports.

Croydon Council says lowering the speed limit throughout the borough will reduce the risk of accidents, cut congestion and pollution levels, encourage less car use and discourage rat-running in quieter streets.

The plans are due to be considered by the council's cabinet on Monday 16 March.

Coming up

BBC Democracy Live

The prime minister David Cameron will be answering questions from MPs in the House of Commons from midday.

BBC Democracy Live

You can follow all the parliamentary action on

BBC Democracy Live.

Racist fans haunt Paris man

BBC Sport

The man

pushed off a Paris train by Chelsea fans in February has spoken of his ongoing trauma and claims he cannot work as a result of the racist act.

The Frenchman, named only as Souleymane, was offered to attend tonight's second-leg meeting between Chelsea and Paris St-Germain but rejected the offer from the London club, who have suspended five supporters for their action.

"I still hear the voices of those people who pushed me because of the colour of my skin," Souleymane told RTL radio. "I can't go to work anymore. I live with racism but it's the first time I've had to go to a doctor to ask for pills to calm myself down."

Jeremy who?

Jason Rosam

Journalist, BBC London

Tweets: Amazed at the amount of people who've never heard of Jeremy Clarkson! Chatting to people on Park Lane this morning about the #fracas

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The headlines

this hour include:

  • The Frenchman who was the victim of racial abuse by a group of Chelsea fans on the Paris metro last month has turned down Jose Mourinho's offer of a seat at Stamford Bridge for tonight's return leg.

'Toxic fumes are hurting my family' resident claims

Islington Gazette


Furious residents have branded a new two-way system an "environmental and health disaster",

the Islington Gazette reports.

In November, the southern end of Caledonian Road was opened up to traffic in both directions in a bid to remove it from the "horrific" King's Cross gyratory, as part of Islington Council's war on one-way systems.

But people living nearby complain of traffic noise so loud they can't sleep while toxic fumes pumping out of the estimated 1,000 vehicles a day that chug past their homes.

Police appeal over Lewisham rape

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was raped in south-east London.

Officers were called at about 02:45 on Sunday after a 29-year-old woman was attacked while walking along Ashwater Road in Lewisham. The suspect threatened her with a large kitchen knife before raping her. The suspect, who was described as a black man wearing a blue hooded top with stripes down the arm, fled in the direction of Baring Road.