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Summary

  1. Met Police probed over abuse 'corruption'
  2. Man in court over BBC sex assault
  3. Syria-bound UK teens stopped in Turkey released on bail
  4. British Museum tops UK visitor attractions
  5. Rail users braced for Easter engineering delays
  6. Updates for Monday 16 March 2015

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By Duncan Smith

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Duncan Smith

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That's all for London Local Live tonight. I will be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

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Polished performance at the Palace

Items from the Royal Collection used during state banquets in Buckingham Palace are being spruced in preparation for public display.

Woman with candelabra
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Items from the collection will go on display during the summer opening of Buckingham Palace.

A few showers tonight

BBC Weather

Latest

It will be a mainly cloudy

evening and night. There will also be some light showers.

Weather map
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A few clear intervals are possible, giving a chance of a frost in rural areas.

The temperature will drop to 6C (43F).

Coming up on the early evening news

BBC London News

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From 18:30 on BBC One: The campaign to stop more girls travelling to Syria - the Met reaches out to Muslim mothers. And the woman from South London who was asked to change her hairstyle to get a job.

Boris wades in

London Mayor Boris Johnson has been planting flowers at the

Royal Botanical Gardens where he joined Kew staff and students to plant young Victoria Amazonica waterlilies in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

Boris in the water
PA

Decision to scrap 'life-line' bus service criticised

A decision to scrap a bus service has been branded "disgusting" by users who say they rely on it,

reports the East London and West Essex Guardian Series.

The 505 operated by Arriva and Network Harlow runs every hour from Chingford through Waltham Abbey to Harlow town centre. The paper reports that the service will end on 9 May after Arriva said it was running at a loss and was no longer sustainable.

Boy, 15, arrested over 'racist' Danny Welbeck tweet

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of sending a racist tweet aimed at Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck.

Danny Welbeck scores for Arsenal
AP

The post was made after Welbeck netted the winning goal during an FA Cup quarter-final clash against his former club Manchester United on 9 March.

London Bridge disruption

National Rail

tweets: Disruption to and from London Bridge until at least 18:00 #LondonBridge
http://ow.ly/KoNjE

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9

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The headline

this hour include:

  • A woman from east London has been jailed today for possessing material likely to be useful for terrorism.

Government to decide on Swiss Cottage tower plan

Ham & High

Newspaper

A controversial proposal to build what would be one of Camden's tallest residential towers is set to be decided by the communities secretary,

the Ham & High reports.

Eric Pickles has called in an appeal over a rejected planning application that would see a 24-storey tower built in the heart of Swiss Cottage.

Edgware Road slow

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

tweets: There's now one lane open for Edgware Road northbound. Still slow from Marble Arch.

A cold afternoon

BBC Weather

Latest

It will continue to feel cool everywhere

this afternoon.

Weather forecast
BBC

Later it will remain cloudy with only a few cloud breaks, and some showers. The showers will be mainly light, and will become isolated by the end of the night.

The temperature will drop to 6C (43F).

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9

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The headlines

this hour include:

  • The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to investigate numerous allegations of corruption by Scotland Yard, relating to child sex offences from the 1970s to the 2000s.

Man in court over BBC sex assault

A man arrested as part of

Operation Yewtree has appeared in court accused of sexually assaulting a woman while she worked at the BBC.

Walid Moussa, 74, is charged with seven counts of indecent assault on a female over 16 years old between July 1983 and July 1984. The offences are all said to have taken place in London. He indicated a not guilty plea.

He was released on bail and will appear at Harrow Crown Court on 27 March.

Crackdown on Islington’s 'mouse-infested shoebox homes'

Islington Gazette

Newspaper

New rules to stop unscrupulous landlords forcing tenants to live in tiny, mice-infested homes have been passed by Islington Council,

reports The Islington Gazette.

On Thursday, Islington Council's ruling executive nodded through new licensing restrictions designed to protect the 3,500 people living in shared homes along Holloway Road and Caledonian Road.

The paper reports that there are high rates of poor property management along the two roads including faulty fire alarms, poor electrics and mice-infestations.

New 'shadow-less' skyscrapers planned

Wired

We mentioned a few minutes ago how the evolution of London's skyline is set to gather pace.

On the same theme

Wired is reporting on plans to keep London light by building skyscrapers that reflect sunlight to minimize shade.

Architects at NBBJ in London decided to see if they could come up with an entirely shadow-less building. They used computer modelling to design a pair of buildings, one of which works like a gigantic, curved mirror.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

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The headlines

this hour include:

  • The Metropolitan Police is to be investigated over allegations that senior officers were involved in covering up child sex abuse over four decades.

The sky's the limit

London's skyline is changing - and it's about to change a lot more according to new data which finds 263 tall buildings over 20-storeys are proposed, approved or under construction.

London skyline
Reuters

The figure from

New London Architecture (NLA) includes 76 proposed or in the planning system, 117 with planning approval but not yet on site, and 70 under construction. The number of towers under construction is up 56% from the 45 projects contained in the 2014 survey.

Controversial landlord licences for Croydon

Croydon Guardian

Newspaper

Croydon Council is to press ahead with a controversial licensing scheme designed to clamp down on rogue landlords, reports

the Croydon Advertiser.

But the council has slashed the fee it will charge private landlords to sign up after fears it would lead to knock-on rent rises for tenants.

Shops desert High Street

BBC Business

The number of High Street shops fell sharply last year after many more stores closed than opened, research suggests.

empty shop
PA

The Local Data Company, which based its analysis on the top 500 UK town centres, said a net total of 987 high street shops disappeared in 2014, almost three times the 2013 total.

Overall, it said 5,839 outlets closed last year, equivalent to 16 a day.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9

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The headlines

this hour include:

  • A 62-year-old man who tried to escape abroad after being arrested for cheating at poker and using false IDs at casinos in London has been sentenced to a total of 18 months imprisonment today at Southwark Crown Court.

Tube services suspended

Piccadilly Line

tweets: No service between South Harrow and Uxbridge due to a person on the track. Good service on the rest of the line.

World War One boost to tourist attractions

The Daily Telegraph

World War One centenary commemorations, including the sea of poppies at the Tower of London and the Matisse exhibition at the Tate Modern, helped attract record tourist numbers to the UK last year,

figures reported in The Daily Telegraph reveal.

Poppies around the Tower of London
BBC

An estimated five million viewed the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red display, which saw the moat at the Tower of London filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies, while visits to the Imperial War Museum in London, rose 153% to 914,774.

Coming up

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At

13:35 on BBC One: All the news and weather for London including the story of a woman from South London who says she was left shocked and embarrassed after she was asked to change her hairstyle to get a job.

New police building nears completion

A milestone in the construction of a new police training facility has been marked by Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and London's Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Stephen Greenhalgh.

Topping out ceremony
Metropolitan Police

The £70m redevelopment of the Peel Centre in Hendon has reached the tallest point of construction.

The new construction is being financed by the

Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) through the sale of under-used and outdated police buildings.

News on the Hour

The headlines

this hour include:

  • The police watchdog is to investigate alleged corruption within the Met, including allegations that it covered up child sex offences because they involved MPs and police officers.

Killer 'on cocktail of cannabis and ethylone'

Judge Paul Worsley QC sentenced Malachi Lindo to life with a minimum of 14 years behind bars.

He said: "It was a brutal attack. In the early hours of September 4 last year, having taken a cocktail of cannabis and ethylone, you attacked a complete stranger in the street and literally smashed his head in. It was an unprovoked and tragic killing.

"It is argued and agreed by psychiatrists that you were suffering at the time a drug-induced psychosis."

Brick killer jailed for life

A law degree drop-out has been jailed for life for smashing a stranger's head with a brick while high on a synthetic drug.

Malachi Lindo
Met Police

Tesco worker Malachi Lindo, 27, had taken ethylone before he killed 51-year-old Philip Steels in Enfield, north London, in the early hours of 4 September last year.

Football results

Yesterday two London teams were playing and the results were:

  • Man Utd 3 - 0 Tottenham: Manchester United bounced back from last week's FA Cup exit by beating top four-chasing rivals Tottenham.
Chelsea's Diego Costa head in a goal against Southampton at Stamford Bridge
AFP
  • Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton: Chelsea moved six points clear at the top of the Premier League after drawing with Southampton in what was a superb contest at Stamford Bridge.

In pictures: A new vision of London

Photographer Lewis Bush's latest work, Metropole, centres around the construction sites in London, capturing them in stark black and white.

London images
LEWIS BUSH

BreakingMet corruption claims 'most serious'

The Met said it had voluntarily

referred corruption allegations to the IPCC.

Sarah Green, deputy chairwoman of the IPCC, said: "These allegations are of historic, high-level corruption of the most serious nature.

"We will oversee the investigations and ensure that they meet the terms of reference that we will set.

"Allegations of this nature are of grave concern and I would like to reassure people of our absolute commitment to ensuring that the investigations are thorough and robust."

Postmen 'refuse' to deliver to block of flats alone

The Daily Mail

Nervous postmen are refusing to deliver to a block of flats unless they are escorted by a band of female pensioners,

reports the Daily Mail.

Post van
PA

Royal Mail will only bring post to the 153 flats on three days a week - instead of the usual six - and even then, will only deliver through letterboxes if accompanied by a 69-year-old female councillor.

The paper reports that the "bizarre arrangement" began six months ago after a 34-year-old woman living in the flats was accused of assaulting a postman, as well as sending threatening emails to Royal Mail.

BreakingMet probed over abuse 'corruption'

The police watchdog is to investigate alleged corruption in the Metropolitan Police dealing with claims of child sex offences from the 1970s to the 2000s.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said the allegations were of "historic, high-level corruption of the most serious nature".

A new chapter for Foyles

Will Smale

Business reporter, BBC News

I talk to accountant-turned-business leader Sam Husain to find out how he turned around the fortunes of one of the UK's oldest and best-known booksellers -

Foyles of London.

Foyles' former flagship store
BBC

Phone boxes and buses top design poll

A poll has found what people think are the greatest British designs of all time - with the red telephone box and London's iconic Routemaster double-decker bus coming top.

London bus
PA

Design expert Professor Catherine McDermott, of

Kingston University in London, led a panel of judges to create a longlist of great British designs, which was then put to a poll of 2,000 adults to find the 25 favourites.

People chose designs as diverse as the first-class postage stamp and Wembley stadium, as well as the miniskirt and the Savile Row suit.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9

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The headlines

this hour include:

  • Scotland Yard has responded to criticism from the parents of the
    three girls from Bethnal Green who went to Syria last month by launching the next phase of an awareness campaign.