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  1. Updates from Wednesday 18 March 2015

Live Reporting

By Beth Rose

All times stated are UK

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Have a good evening

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

Teatime bulletin

BBC London News


On the programme at 18:30 on

BBC One: As he prepares to leave the army, Prince Harry announces his next challenge to help injured servicemen and women.

And the man from Brixton who found rare maps from the battle of Waterloo in a book owned by his mother.

Mist and fog

There will be clear spells initially this evening but it will cloud over across most parts with mist and hill fog forming, especially over the North Downs.

Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F).

Caravans pitch up

A convoy of caravans has pitched up in a Wimbledon recreation ground car park - one month after two groups were evicted from different car parks around the borough,

reports the Wimbledon Guardian.

Five caravans moved into Haydons Road Recreation Ground next to the children's playground yesterday, taking up all the parking space for recreation ground users.

The Big Picture: Tape art

Tape artist Max Zorn, who uses a scalpel and brown packing tape to create backlit artworks, is exhibiting his work as artist-in-residence at London's Sanderson hotel.

Tape art
Max Zorn Artist

Zorn said: "London has always been a European city of inspiration for my work, from the skyscrapers to the subjects of particular eras in time." This artwork is called Exposed.

Cafe takeaway

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

First we brought you

news of the cat cafe, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium was opening and now you can order a takeaway in feline form.

Cats in cafes

The management team have announced on their website that they've introduced a

re-homing programme to allow guests to adopt cats from the Cat Emporium, from time to time.

West Ham's Tomkins under the knife

West Ham United defender

James Tomkins has undergone surgery on a dislocated shoulder but should return to action before the end of the season.

West Ham's James Tomkins
Getty Images

The 25-year-old suffered the injury after falling awkwardly in training.

Queuing traffic

BBC London


There is queuing traffic on the A5204 Goodge Street in Fitzrovia at the Charlotte Street junction due to roadworks and traffic is also queuing on the A12 southbound between Old Ford and the A102 Blackwall Tunnel junction.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9: The Mayor of London will get more planning powers to build more homes in the capital and there'll be further investment in transport, particularly between Croydon and Brent Cross.

Train delays at Euston

BBC London


London Midland trains are disrupted between Milton Keynes Central and London Euston and there are also delays on
Virgin Trains between from Birmingham International, Manchester Piccadilly and Crewe into London Euston due to overhead wire problems.

Man summoned to court over drone

A man has been summoned to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court over allegations he

flew a drone over London landmarks and at several football grounds during matches.

Drone generic

Nigel Wilson, 42, of Rockingham Grove, Bingham, is accused of 17 breaches of the Air Navigation Order and is due before the court on 16 April.

New bridge designs unveiled

Four designs have been shortlisted for a £40m bridge spanning the River Thames in south-west London.

River Thames bridge designs
Ove Arupt & Partners ltd

Wandsworth Council is using an international competition to select a design for a cycle and pedestrian crossing between Pimlico and Nine Elms.

Budget 2015: Satirical take

Satirical artist Kaya Mar shows off his latest painting on Abingdon Green outside the Houses of Parliament following Chancellor George Osborne's Budget statement.

Satirical artist Kaya Mar

Wrestling 'pirate' arrested

A man has been arrested accused of illegally uploading 3,000 wrestling and martial arts videos to "pirate" websites which have been downloaded two million times costing sports' rights holders millions of pounds in lost revenue.

The 55-year-old was held in an early morning raid in Coalville, Leicestershire, in connection with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) material.

City of London Police said the man is believed to be one of the internet's biggest illegal uploaders of WWE and UFC material.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 16:00 on

BBC London 94.9: The chancellor George Osborne has delivered his final Budget of this parliament and he's announced more planning powers for London's mayor in a bid to build more homes in the capital.

Stanford University 'arrives' in London

Sean Coughlan

Education correspondent


Stanford University is set to start teaching in London from the autumn with the Stanford Ignite entrepreneurship course.

Stanford campus

It's not quite the all-American university experience as it will be run from an office block in Canary Wharf with some seminars done over the web, but it will provide any students with a certificate for the three-month course which has already been run in New York, Bangalore and Beijing.

Sports and arts in Lambeth

Lambeth Council

Join us tonight 7pm, Myatts Field N. to discuss future of parks, libraries, archives, events, sports & arts #culture2020

Budget 2015: As expected for London

Tim Donovan

Political Editor, BBC London

Much of what was mentioned in his Budget about London was something he trailed before.

The key things are giving the mayor more planning controls over river wharfs - about 50 of them - to try and speed up the development of houses.

And a Public Land Commission, people are calling it a Doomsday Book, to try and identify exactly how much brownfield land there is around, again, to try and boost housing.

Amy Winehouse film to be made

BBC Newsbeat

tweets: The director of Senna is making a film about Amy Winehouse

Amy poster

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 15:00 on

BBC London 94.9: The Mayor of London will get more planning powers to build more homes in the capital and there'll be further investment in transport particularly between Croydon and Brent Cross.

Hazy sunshine

It will be mainly dry this afternoon with variable amounts of cloud and some hazy sunshine. It should feel pleasant out in the light winds.

Top Temperature: 12C (54F).

Red carpet: Game of Thrones

The cast of the fantasy TV series Game of Thrones will be at the Tower of London tonight for the world premiere of the fifth series.

Tywin Lannister stands in the Throne Room

It's the first time the show, based on the books by George RR Martin, has premiered in Europe.

Heathrow Express delays

Heathrow Express

tweets: Our train service is currently running with delays due to another operator's broken-down train - Sorry for this. #hexupdates

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 14:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: The chancellor George Osborne has delivered his final Budget of this parliament and he's announced more planning powers for London's mayor in a bid to build more homes in the capital.

Budget 2015: #Fact

Between 12.30pm and 13.30 more than 65,000 people tweeted using the hashtag #budget2015

Budget 2015: 'Don't believe it'

There are no niceties from Ed Miliband as he launches an attack on George Osborne's budget by calling it a "Budget people won't believe".

Ed Miliband

Don't forget you can watch every update, comment and telling-off from the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons as it happens

here, while I'll be providing you with the London take.

Budget 2015: 'Comeback country'

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

George Osborne has concluded his Budget by saying it was the budget for a "comeback country".

Leader of the opposition Ed Miliband will be giving his rebuttal and opinions shortly, but what do you think? Let me know by tweeting


Budget 2015: Orchestras set to benefit

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

The creative industries are set to benefit with TV and film tax credits becoming more generous and there is to be a new tax credit for orchestras which could be good news for the capital's organisations.

Budget 2015: Regeneration and new transport for London

George Osborne has described London as the "global capital of the world" and said "we want it to grow stronger still".

He said: "Today we confirm new investment in transport, regeneration from Brent Cross to Croydon, new powers for the mayor over skills and planning and new funding for the London Land Commission to help address the acute housing shortage in the capital.

"For we don't pull the rest of the country up, by pulling London down. Instead we will build on London's success by building the Northern Powerhouse."

Budget 2015: Armed service charities to get £75m

George Osborne has announced £75m will be given to armed forces charities to help veterans of every regiment who fought in Afghanistan.

He said the decision came, in part, following the

Service of Commemoration held at St Paul's Cathedral last week and the consideration of how important the work of the armed services was.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 13:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: Two single mothers from London who were forced into temporary accommodation after suffering domestic violence have narrowly lost their legal challenge against the government's benefits cap.

Budget 2015: Yorkshire beats London on jobs

George Osborne has kicked off Budget 2015 by saying "Britain is walking tall again".

Chancellor George Osborne

He says employment is growing fastest in north-west England, with Yorkshire creating the most jobs in the last year - he made a point to say it was a departure from the usually assumed London-centric jobs boom.

Commuters should 'get more compensation'

Stay with us for coverage of the Budget along with our usual updates.

BBC London transport correspondent Tom Edwards

tweets: Labour MPs at
@transportgovuk say passengers should get more compensation for London Bridge disruption. Minister looking at it.

Budget 2015

George Osborne is on his feet. After all the leaking and second-guessing, Budget 2015 is under way.

Budget: Behind the scenes

Chancellor George Osborne, chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and their treasury team leave 11 Downing Street before heading to the House of Commons to deliver the annual Budget statement.

Treasury team

Budget 2015

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

There's only a few minutes until George Osborne unveils his Budget at 12:30, if you want a blow-by-blow account my colleagues are

covering it here.

But if you just want a few London titbits, stick with me.

Delay in Ealing maternity services closure

Health bosses in west London are expected to delay a decision about when Ealing hospital's maternity services are to close until after the general election.

The unit was earmarked for closure two years ago, but it's now the second time the

NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group has delayed telling people when it is to shut.

The closure is part of controversial plans to

reorganise health care across West London.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 12:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: The chancellor is preparing to deliver his final budget before the general election, having promised no gimmicks and no big giveaways.

Monaco not worthy winners - Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Monaco did not deserve their place in the Champions League quarter-finals after failing to register a shot on target in the second leg of their tie.

Arsenal v Monaco

The Ligue 1 side advanced on away goals after beating Arsenal 3-1 at Emirates Stadium before losing 2-0 in Monaco.