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  1. Updates for Friday 13 March 2015

Live Reporting

By Beth Rose and Chirag Trivedi

All times stated are UK

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Have a great weekend

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

That's all for Local Live tonight. Duncan Smith will be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London. Have a good weekend.

Hawking's Little Britain

It's an unusual collaboration, but tonight

Professor Stephen Hawking will get funny for money alongside Catherine Tate and David Walliams in a Little Britain sketch written for Comic Relief.

Catherine Tate, David Walliams and Professor Stephen Hawking

Walliams has also written a sketch involving James Bond stars Daniel Craig and Sir Roger Moore which will be broadcast on

BBC One tonight from 19:00 as part of the Comic Relief programme which will come, for the first time, from the London Palladium.

Road closures due to fire

TfL Traffic News

tweets: Update on the fire at Battersea Arts Centre - Lavender Hill now closed both ways Queenstown Road <> Falcon Road. Avoid the area please.

Dry night

It will stay largely dry overnight but it will become colder, with a northeasterly breeze developing.

Some isolated light rain showers are possible, although temperatures should generally stay above freezing.

Minimum Temperature: 1C (34F).

W1A wins best comedy

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

So I may have ended up on the cutting room floor when it came to W1A but the mockumentary about the BBC starring Hugh Bonneville has just picked up the

best comedy award at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards hosted in London.


Sheridan Smith and Toby Jones won best actress and best actor while Sally Wainwright - whose dramas Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley were both broadcast on BBC One - won the writer's award.

Watch: Cyclist saved by new procedure

A 24 year-old-cyclist has thanked paramedics after London Air Ambulance used a pioneering new technique to

stop her bleeding to death.

Victoria Lebrec

Victoria Lebrec's leg had to be amputated after she was run over by a skip lorry on Clerkenwell Road, central London, last December.

'Roof is gone'

Paul Foxfcroft

tweets: Battersea Arts Centre's rear roof is gone

Battersea Arts Centre Blaze
PAul Foxcroft

'Absolutely tragic'

Sean Lawless

tweets: Absolutely tragic, huge fire at Battersea Arts Centre. Hope it doesn't spread too far through the building.

Battersea Arts Centre blaze
Sean Lawless

Fire seen from Vauxhall

Tony Sandwich

@LondonFire View of the Battersea fire from Vauxhall

Battersea Arts Centre fire
Tony Sandwich

'Everyone is out safe'

About 80 firefighters are involved in tackling the blaze at Battersea Arts Centre which is affecting the roof.

Battersea Arts Centre said: "Everyone is out safe and the fire brigade are working hard to get the fire under control. We'll update you soon."

Roads closed due to fire

PC Ben Perkins

tweets: .
@TfLTrafficNews Lavender Hill Closed between Latchmere Road & Queenstown Road due to fire. Please avoid area.

Battersea Arts Centre blaze
Met Police

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9: DJ Neil Fox has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police for a third time over an allegation of sexual assault against an additional female victim.

Battersea Arts Centre blaze

London Fire Brigade

tweets: 8 fire engines & around 60 firefighters dealing with arts centre blaze in #Battersea. We were called just before 4.15

Battersea Arts Centre blaze

Dr Fox arrested over sexual offence

Radio DJ Neil Fox has been arrested for an alleged sexual offence against a woman in the early 1990s - the third time he has been held over sexual assault allegations.

He was arrested after voluntarily attending a central London police station on Friday and has been bailed.

Ebola: Sixth worker flown back to UK

A sixth British worker has been flown back from Sierra Leone to the Royal Free Hospital in north London, because of a risk of possible infection with Ebola.

The other military healthcare workers being monitored include:

  • Female worker being treated at the Royal Free's isolation unit for Ebola
  • Two workers discharged from the Royal Free without having developed Ebola
  • One worker undergoing precautionary checks at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle
  • One worker discharged from Royal Victoria Infirmary

Guardian editor warned over tripod use

London Evening Standard


The Guardian editor-in-chief has received a

police caution for the unusual offence of using a tripod on Hampstead Heath.

Alan Rusbridger

Alan Rusbridger inadvertently took a picture of a jogger on his iPhone and the man called the police, the Evening Standard reports.

Officers dismissed the complaint but said the Guardian's use of a tripod was forbidden under S11 of LCC bylaws of 1932, banning any "photographic stand apparatus".

Man arrested after punching officer

A 54-year-old man has been arrested after a female police officer was punched in the face and kicked in the stomach at Brixton Underground station yesterday.

Police were called to reports of a drunken man at about 17:15 and as they helped him he lashed out.

He was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police officer. The 26-year-old officer was taken to hospital for treatment to her injuries and has since been discharged.

Assange's lawyer: 'Prosecutor was wrong'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has welcomed moves by Swedish prosecutors to

question him at the Ecuadorian embassy in London over sex allegations made by two Swedish women.

Julian Assange - August 2014

Mr Assange previously offered to be interviewed inside the embassy but Swedish authorities had so far refused. However, that tack has now changed with news the potential charges against Mr Assange would expire in August.

Mr Assange's lawyer, Per Samuelson, said: "This is what we have been asking for.

"I have spoken to Julian and he welcomes this because he wants to clear his name. But he is also irritated because he believes this should have been done earlier."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 16:00 on

BBC London 94.9: The Queen, the prime minister and war veterans have attended a service at St Paul's Cathedral to mark the end of Britain's 13-year campaign in Afghanistan.

Further 'Ebola patients' flown back to UK

Two more British military healthcare workers are being flown to the UK from Sierra Leone for Ebola monitoring.

Hospital arrival

Yesterday, a confirmed case and two members of the armed forces were flown home for treatment at the

Royal Free Hospital in London.

Picture of Tube fall woman emerges

A picture has emerged of a woman being tended to after her

coat caught in a Tube door and she was dragged between the platform and Tube.

The platform at Clapham South station
Philip Hinter

The woman, in her 20s, suffered a broken arm and a black eye when she fell under the train.


RMT has blamed over-crowded platforms, but
Transport for London said the station was not over-crowded at the time.

Watch: Gandhi statue to be unveiled


statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be unveiled in London's Parliament Square tomorrow inspired by photographs of the civil rights leader outside 10 Downing Street in 1931.

Statue of Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi will be the first Indian, and the only person never to have been in public office, to be honoured with a statue in the square.

Fire damage

London Fire Brigade

tweets: Damage caused by this morning's fire at the Adeliza Close flats, #Barking.
Read the full story:

Barking fire

20mph limits for London roads

Commenting on plans to introduce speed limits of 20 mph for some of the busiest roads in central London, the Institute of Advanced Motorists' (IAM) policy director Neil Greig said: "The mayor must be very careful that he does not allow draconian enforcement of 20mph limits to undermine support.

"A recent IAM survey showed that 95% of drivers support 20mph outside schools but only 14% support the use of cameras to enforce them. Most drivers think signs are enough and support 20mph speed-awareness courses as the main way to deal with those who stray over the lower limit."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 14:00 on

BBC London 94.9: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, David Cameron, and past and present members of the armed services have attended a service at St Paul's Cathedral, to mark the end of Britain's 13-year campaign in Afghanistan.

London's tunnels

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

If you're sat at your desk and want to take a quick, virtual journey across the capital, the Londonist has some

great images of London's tunnels.

Mourinho: 'Chelsea will win Premier League'

BBC Sport

Chelsea will win the Premier League title this season, manager Jose Mourinho has predicted.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Getty Images

The Blues were knocked out of the Champions League by Paris St-Germain in midweek but lead the top flight by five points with 11 games remaining.

Rifkind replacement to be selected

Conservatives in Kensington will choose a replacement parliamentary candidate for Sir Malcolm Rifkind tonight after he

stepped down following cash for access allegations.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind
Getty Images

The three candidates are Shaun Bailey, a former adviser to David Cameron, Victoria Borwick, the deputy Mayor of London and Charlotte Vere, whose background is in the private sector.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 14:00 on

BBC London 94.9: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, David Cameron, and past and present members of the armed services have attended a service at St Paul's Cathedral, to mark the end of Britain's 13-year campaign in Afghanistan.

Tottenham cleared to build new stadium

Chris Slegg

BBC London, Sport

Tottenham Hotspur can now push ahead with plans to build a new £400m, 56,000-seat "world class" stadium after

Archway Sheet Metal Works accepted defeat in its attempt to overturn the Compulsory Purchase Order.

Artist impression of Tottenham's new stadium
Tottenham Hotspur

The family run business was the last objector to the legal order. The family business had until today to appeal to the Court of Appeal

against a High Court decision.

Sunny but chilly

This afternoon will be dry and bright with some decent spells of sunshine although it will feel chilly with an easterly breeze.

Top Temperature: 11C (52F).

BBC London news

Alex Bushill

BBC London News

Join me this lunchtime at 13:35 on

BBC One as we find out how London's Air Ambulance saved the life of a cyclist crushed by a lorry using world leading technology.

That and a full weekend weather forecast.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 13:00 on

BBC London 94.9: The Queen, the prime minister and war veterans have attended a service at St Paul's Cathedral to mark the end of Britain's 13-year campaign in Afghanistan.

Screening project seeks Bangladeshi and Pakistani volunteers

Pippa Stephens

BBC London


genetic screening project is aiming to find out why Bangladeshi and Pakistani people in east London are more likely to suffer from certain diseases.

People in a lab

Doctors say the prevalence of diabetes in east London's Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities is around 14% greater than the general population. South Asians are also three times more likely to develop heart disease than the general population.

The project, led by Queen Mary University of London will look to recruit people from Newham, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets.

Woman sexually assaulted on bus

A woman was sexually assaulted on the 134 bus between Goodge Street and Kentish Town,

police have said.

Sex assault suspect
Met Police

The suspect is described as a white man of slim to medium build. He was wearing a dark blue hooded coat, over a suit, and a backpack and may have been travelling to north Finchley, where the bus terminated.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the force.

RAF Flypast

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

Here's a snapshot of the RAF flypast which the BBC News Channel captured.

Watch the broadcast live here.

RAF Flypast