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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday
  2. Updates for Monday 23 March 2015

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Beth Rose

BBC News Online

That's all for Local Live today on our new-look website. I'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London.

Cloudy night

It will be a mostly cloudy night with outbreaks of rain edging in from the northwest, with the odd heavy burst possible. Any outbreaks of rain will start to ease and clear eastwards towards dusk, but it will remain rather cloudy and mild.

Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

Christina Mackie artwork unveiled


Tate Modern has unveiled a three-part installation by artist Christina Mackie, created for the annual Tate Britain Commission 2015 which invites artists to make new work in response to the spaces of the Duveen Galleries in Tate Britain.

Christina Mackie

TfL receives applicants for property development

Transport for London (TfL) has received more than 50 applications from property developers keen to form a partnership and
develop 50 of its properties, helping to generate £3.4bn in non-fares revenue.

South Kensington Station
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South Kensington station is on the list as one property which could be redeveloped and leased out

Over the next 10 years, TfL wants to capitalise on its property portfolio which it claims includes more developable sites in central London than anyone else, mainly in zones one and two, across 10m sq ft.

On air

BBC London News


On the programme at 18:30 on

BBC One: Hundreds are evacuated from their homes and businesses after a World War II bomb is discovered in Bermondsey.

And fines for "idling" in the West End - Westminster Council is to charge motorists for keeping their engines running while stationary.

500 days to go

Members of Team GB, including Paralympian Manni Sehmi, posed with Brazilian Ambassador to the UK Roberto Jaguaribe and UK Sport's Simon Morton earlier at the Embassy of Brazil in London to mark 500 Days until the Rio Olympics 2016.

500 days to go

London features in World Monopoly

The Independent

Monopoly maker Hasbro has announced the positions of major cities on the new World Edition board.

London sits alongside Moscow and Tokyo in an orange slot while Lima, Peru, and Hong Kong, China replace the top spots normally occupied by Park Lane and Mayfair.

'We had to urgently leave the house'

The London Fire Brigade are still attending a

suspected unexploded WWII bomb on Henley Drive in Bermondsey.

Local resident Ben Holland said: "Police came and knocked on my door at around 10:00 and they said I urgently had to leave the house. There wasn't even time to take the essentials.

"Everyone congregated outside and was very shocked, some people were only in dressing gowns and police wouldn't even let us walk past the building site where the bomb was found.

"The managing agents of the property then left a voicemail on my phone saying that we had to arrange alternative accommodation for the next 24 hours. I'm not sure where I'll go as I'm not allowed to even get my car."

Carole King musical 'to be made into film'

Beautiful, the Tony-winning and Olivier-nominated musical about the early life of Carole King (pictured), which made its West End debut last month, is to be

turned into a film by Sony Pictures.

Carole King
Getty Images

Tom Hanks' Playtone production company will produce the movie, to be written, like the musical, by Douglas McGrath.

Beautiful dramatises King's formative days as a songwriter and her gradual emergence as a solo artist.

WWII bomb travel-related issues

Here's the latest on how an unexploded WWII bomb is affecting tea-time traffic in the Bermondsey area.

The A100 Tower Bridge in Bermondsey is closed causing severe delays southbound between the A1203 East Smithfield junction and the A200 Queen Elizabeth Street junction, after the unexploded bomb was found in The Grange.

Diversions are in operation for bus routes 1, 42, 78, 188, C10 and RV1.

The situation is also affecting the A2198 Long Lane at Borough Station, Grange Walk at The Grange, the A2206 Grange Road between Caledonian Market and The Grange and the A100 Tower Bridge Road between Bricklayers Arms and A200 Queen Elizabeth Street.

Rare war paintings and drawings 'saved'

Grants worth £300,000 have helped stop a large number of works by cartoonist and illustrator William Heath Robinson being

sold and potentially broken up.

Two cartoons by William Heath Robinson

The collection, which includes many of his best-known WWI and WWII cartoons, was put up for sale in 2011 but the

William Heath Robinson Trust has now bought the 410 drawings and paintings.

The collection, which includes rare early sketches and advertising commissions, will be displayed at the new Heath Robinson Museum in Pinner when it opens in April 2016.

Paramedic 'delayed treatment to get hair cut'

An 85-year-old man, who collapsed from severe blood poisoning, was forced to wait for 20 minutes in the back of an ambulance with his wife while a paramedic went shopping in Marks and Spencer, a tribunal has heard.


Health and Care Professions Council also heard Dominic Colella delayed a patient with a head injury from being taken to hospital so he could have his hair cut.

Mr Colella, who has since resigned from the

London Ambulance Service, is facing two counts of misconduct, however, he failed to turn up to the hearing because he was working, the panel heard.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9: The DJ, Neil Fox, known to listeners as Dr Fox, has been charged with nine sex offences, including three allegedly involving girls under 16.

Image of 'WWII bomb site'

Josh Reinke

@bbclondonnews This photo shows the building site where the Bomb in Bermondsey is and police personal at scene.

Bermondsey WWII bomb site
Josh Reinke

'WWII bomb not expected to affect trains'

Network Rail

tweets: #LondonBridge Unexploded WW2 bomb near railway in #Bermondsey - not expected to affect trains, check
@nationalrailenq before you travel.

'Well-rehearsed emergency plans'

Southwark Council is providing rest centres for residents of the 1,200 properties which have been evacuated following the discovery of an unexploded WWII bomb in The Grange area.

Leader of the council, Peter John said: We have well-rehearsed emergency plans in place and our first priority is to make sure residents are safe and cared for.

"We would urge all evacuated residents to go along to one of our rest centres in Canada Water where we will be providing hot meals and tea and coffee to all affected."

Man admits murder in triple knife attack

A man has admitted murdering his estranged wife and carrying out a frenzied knife attack on two other women in July 2013.

Keisha McKenzie and Desmond Brooks
Met Police
Keisha McKenzie and Desmond Brooks

Desmond Brooks, 42, pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing Keisha McKenzie, 28, the attempted murder of his new partner Joan Wade, then 46, and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Ms McKenzie's sister Saffron Yeboah-Simpson, who was 17 at the time.

Judge Stephen Kramer remanded Brooks in custody at Broadmoor Hospital. He will be sentenced at the Old Bailey tomorrow.

Boris would 'go for Clarkson's TG job'

The Mayor of London held a question and answer session on Twitter earlier.

Asa Bennett

asked: @MayorofLondon #askboris Do you want Jeremy Clarkson back on #TopGear?

Boris Johnson

replied: am mega clarkson fan but if a vacancy wd def let my name go forward. #askboris @asabenn

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 16:00 on

BBC London 94.9: The Magic FM DJ, Neil Fox - known to listeners as Dr Fox - has been charged with nine sex offences, including three allegedly involving girls under 16.

Bassist leaves Bloc Party

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

Bassist Gordon Moakes has said he's left London band Bloc Party to concentrate on his side project Young Legionnaire which is made up of former Automatic singer-songwriter Paul Mullen, Moakes and drummer Dean Pearson.

Gordon Moakes
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Bloc Party have started work on their fifth studio album, the follow-up to 2012's Four.

1,200 properties evacuated

Southwark Council has said about 1,200 properties have been evacuated in the Grange area of Southwark after an unexploded WWII bomb was discovered by builders carrying out work.

Residents from the Neckinger Estate, Vauban Estate, St Saviour's Estate south of Abbey Street, Aylwin Estate, Alscott Way and Curtis Way are not allowed to return to their homes and should go to

Canada Water library or the
Seven Islands Leisure Centre which have been set up as rest centres.

Two schools have also been evacuated. Kintore Way has been evacuated and relocated to Spa School while Harris Academy Bermondsey have sent their students home.

DJ charged

The Magic FM presenter, known as Dr Fox, was arrested earlier this month and in December.

The charges were announced after Fox attended

Charing Cross police station in central London.

Scotland Yard said the investigation was not part of its Operation Yewtree inquiry into Jimmy Savile and others.

Tower of London joins Twitter

Tower of London

tweets: 1,000 years of history. 140 characters. Hello Twitter!

Battersea Arts Centre gets £1m

Battersea Arts Centre is set to get £1m in funding from the government to help with its redevelopment following a

blaze which broke out in the Grade II-listed building earlier this month which destroyed most of the Grand Hall.

Battersea Arts Centre

Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid, said: "The Arts Centre are having to divert all their available resources into dealing with the aftermath" and said the money would go "towards the ongoing redevelopment work to help get this important south London venue back on track".

DJ 'denies each and every allegation'

Neil Fox

Lawyers for DJ Neil Fox, who has been charged with nine sex offences involving six victims, today said he "categorically denies each and every allegation that has been made against him".

The offences related to the three juveniles are alleged to have taken place between 1991 and 1996.

The other three complainants were allegedly attacked by the radio presenter between 2003 and 2014.

Kercher family in Knox extradition call

Meredith Kercher

The family of murdered student Meredith Kercher (pictured) wants Amanda Knox to be extradited from the US if her conviction is upheld in Italy on Wednesday, their lawyer has said.

Ms Kercher, a 21-year-old student from Coulsdon, Surrey, was sexually assaulted and stabbed to death in her bedroom in 2007 while studying in Perugia, Italy.

Her flatmate Knox, a student from Seattle, and Knox's then boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, spent four years in jail for the murder but were acquitted on appeal in 2011.

Knox returned to the US before an

appeal court threw out the acquittal and reinstated her and Sollecito's guilty verdicts last year.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top story at 15:00:

Police, fire crews and paramedics are at a building site in Grange Walk in Bermondsey, where a suspected unexploded WWII bomb has been discovered.

BreakingDJ charged with sex offences


DJ Neil Fox, 53, of Fulham, has been charged with nine sex offences involving six victims, three of which were juveniles at the time of the alleged offences.

He is due to appear on bail at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 16 April.

'Discworld' micropub set to open

A former computer programmer is set to open a new micropub in Blackfen, Bexley named The Broken Drum

after the tavern in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.

Andy Wheeler has used his redundancy money to transform the disused nail bar in Westwood Lane into a tiny tavern which is set to open on 3 April, This Is Local London reports.

Video: Licensed security guards 'working fraudulently'

Thousands of

licensed security guards could be working in the UK fraudulently after buying qualifications for cash, a BBC London investigation has found.

Jobseekers must sit mandatory exams to get a Security Industry Authority card.

Tony Bainbridge

But undercover researchers infiltrated colleges happy to sit or forge exams for untrained students in return for money.

With a fraudulently obtained SIA licence obtained through one of the colleges, the researcher got a job offer at a power station and an interview to guard Canary Wharf.

The Russian massage

Will Smale

Business reporter, BBC News, Soccerex, Rio

As leisure activities go, you would imagine that lying naked on a wooden table while two topless Russian men hit your back with bunches of oak leaves would only appeal to a very specialist group of enthusiasts.

Ms Bobkova chatting to her business partner at Banya Number One, fellow Russian ex-pat Andrei Fomin

But the "venik" massage was brought to London by Russian ex-pat Ksenia Bobkova who turned from starting up an investment company to

running London's first banya.

Photo shoot halted for 'WWII bomb'

Photographer Jonathan Gregson

tweets: I knew today's ad shoot was going too well. The whole team has just been evacuated from the studio due to the #WWII #bermondseybomb!

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 14:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: An unexploded Second World War bomb has been found in south London, causing road closures and traffic problems.

Met releases 'bomb' information

Scotland Yard has just realised some information on the unexploded WWII bomb found by builders in Bermondsey earlier this morning at The Grange in Southwark.

In a press briefing it said: "At this early stage, the unexploded bomb is thought to be approximately 5ft long and 1000lbs in weight.

"A cordon and a wider exclusion zone of 400 meters has been put in place as a precaution, whilst we deal with the incident."

Heathrow pledges Scotland links

Heathrow Airport has promised a review of airport charges to
boost air links to Scotland if its expansion plans are approved.

Getty Images

The UK is set to expand its airport capacity to meet growing demand for air travel, meaning an extra runway will be built in the south-east of England.

The Airports Commission, headed by Sir Howard Davies, is currently considering the three short-listed options - a new runway for Heathrow, a new runway for Gatwick, or the extension of an existing runway at Heathrow.

Man dies in flat fire

A man died in a fire at a house converted into flats on Vale Grove in Acton last night.

London Fire Brigade said it was called to the blaze at about 22:52 and the body of the man was found in a ground floor flat.

A further seven people managed to leave the building before the Brigade arrived, all uninjured.

Lunchtime bulletin

Katharine Carpenter

Reporter and presenter

Join me just after 13:30 on

BBC One when we'll have the latest on the unexploded bomb that's been discovered on a building site in Bermondsey - it's caused traffic chaos in the area.

And we'll be finding out why James Dyson is ploughing £12m into training female engineers.

First Great Western signs deal

First Great Western has
signed a deal to run trains through the Thames Valley for another four years and is set to buy new commuter trains for services between Oxford, Reading and London.

An artist's impression of the new high-speed trains

The trains will be longer, faster, and carry more passengers than the current ones - increasing capacity through Reading by a quarter and helping to ease overcrowding.

Ask Boris

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is holding a question and answer session on Twitter.

Netherland site Britblog

asked: Whats your tip for a tourist in London who already visit the famous things (like the Eye and the Tower)? #askboris


replied: just hang out at the incredible olympic park or in the shade of one of our 20,000 new trees #askboris

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story in the capital at 13:00 on

BBC London 94.9: An unexploded Second World War bomb has been found in south London, causing road closures and traffic problems.