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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Updates for Tuesday 24 March 2015

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Beth Rose

BBC News Online

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

Freezing night

It will become mainly dry this evening, with showers becoming just light and isolated. There is a chance of cloud lingering near eastern places like Dartford, but it will be colder and clearer further west.

Minimum temperature: 0C (32F).

On air

BBC London News


On the programme at 18:30 on

BBC One: We have the latest on the World War Two bomb which has been disrupting life for residents in Bermondsey.

Bermondsey bomb
Rupert Frere

And the online retailer Amazon hits the West End as it enters an already crowded market selling theatre tickets for shows in the capital.

Mackay fans line the streets

Crowds lined the streets of Edinburgh earlier as the hearse carrying the coffin of former Tottenham legend Dave Mackay left Tyncastle Stadium

for his funeral at the Mansfield Traquair Centre.

Dave Mackay funeral

The midfielder died in hospital earlier this month at the age of 80 after a long illness.

Bermondsey bomb 'bravery'

via Facebook

Thanks to Jamie Shepherd who commented on the

BBC London's Facebook page about the new pictures we've posted of the Bermondsey bomb and the Army personnel dealing with it.

Bermondsey bomb
Rupert Frere


said: "I was there last night delivering sand to the bomb squad for them to build a retaining wall around it, watched them work for a while 'brave' doesn't do them justice."

Teenager shot in West Dulwich

A 17-year-old boy is in a critical condition after being shot in the stomach in West Dulwich,

Scotland Yard has said.

South Croxted Road
Google Maps

Police were called to South Croxted Road at about 15:03 after being alerted by the

London Ambulance Service to a male suffering a gunshot wound.

He is being treated in a south London hospital. South Croxted Road has been closed.

'Insufficient evidence'

The IPCC's recommendations were prompted by there being insufficient evidence to conclude whether the firearms officer, known as V53, did - or did not - shout "armed police" before fatally shooting Mr Duggan.

IPCC recommendations would 'provide evidence'

IPCC deputy chair Rachel Cerfontyne said: "This death has had huge ramifications for the Tottenham community and beyond.

Pamela and Mark Duggan
Pamela Duggan with her son Mark

"This has meant all of those directly involved, the family and police officers have had to endure a huge amount of public scrutiny.

"If implemented, my recommendations would not only shorten the investigative process, they would provide investigators with immediate, accurate and incontrovertible evidence, which would be of benefit to all."

Recommendations after Duggan shooting

Although armed officers involved in the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan have been cleared of any wrongdoing the IPCC made recommendations to Scotland Yard which include:

  • All radio communications taking place during undercover firearms operations should be recorded
  • Covert armed response vehicles should be fitted with in car data recording systems

Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Patricia Gallan said: "The recommendations will now be carefully reviewed by both ourselves and the

Association of Chief Police Officers."

'Do not underestimate the impact of his death'

In response to the IPCC report Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Patricia Gallan said: "It may be almost four years since the death of Mark Duggan but I do not underestimate the impact his death still has on his family, the community and the officers involved.

"And now the IPCC, having examined all of the evidence, have produced a report which says that the operation was appropriate in the circumstances and the IPCC found no wrongdoing or misconduct for any armed officer involved in the police operation.

"These conclusions have not been made lightly and the IPCC have produced a very careful and full explanation of their findings."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9: An investigation has concluded Mark Duggan was throwing a handgun away when he was shot and killed by police in Tottenham. Tune in for the latest.

Duggan police face misconduct investigations

The IPCC said it was "surprising" no police officers saw the gun leaving Mr Duggan's hand but found

"no credible evidence" to suggest it was planted.

Kevin Hutchinson-Foster denies providing Mr Duggan with a gun
Met Police
Kevin Hutchinson-Foster

It also said one officer was facing misconduct proceedings and a second had a case to answer for gross misconduct after they potentially failed to "act promptly" after Kevin Hutchinson-Foster, who supplied the gun, had used it six days earlier to pistol whip a man during a fight.

The IPCC said even if police had responded it was "highly unlikely" the gun would have been taken off the streets before it was passed to Mark Duggan.

Gun thrown away was 'most plausible explanation'

Last year an inquest jury said Mr Duggan had been lawfully killed - but did not have a gun in his hand when he was shot.

Mark Duggan
Jeff Moore

The firearm was found behind railings in a grassed area 14 feet away.

According to the IPCC the "most plausible explanation" is Mr Duggan was in the process of throwing the weapon away when a police officer fired two shots at him.

BreakingDuggan was 'throwing handgun' when shot by police


An investigation has concluded Mark Duggan was throwing a handgun away when he was shot and killed by police in Tottenham, north London.


Independent Police Complaints Commission found the police operation targeting Mr Duggan was "appropriate".

Mr Duggan was shot in August 2011 sparking riots across England.

London First urges action on Crossrail 2

David Leam, Infrastructure Director at London First, the business membership organisation leading the private sector campaign for Crossrail 2, said: "It took over 20 years to get Crossrail 1 agreed - we can't afford to wait that long again if we want London to be able to withstand the strain of a population growing by 100,000 a year.

"As Crossrail 1 has shown, we have world class capability when it comes to these kinds of projects.

"Crucially it has also shown that demands on the public purse can be kept to a minimum - only a third of the funds for Crossrail 1 came from central government. We need Crossrail 2, we have the skill to build it, and now it's time to get on with it."

Crossrail 2 route 'safeguarded'


route for Crossrail 2 has been "safeguarded" by the
Department for Transport, protecting it from potential redevelopment plans that could affect it being built while the precise details of the project continue to be reviewed.

Crossrail 2 route
Mayor of London

Crossrail 2 will run through a tunnelled section from Wimbledon in the south to New Southgate and Tottenham Hale in the north. It will also serve some destinations in Surrey and Hertfordshire using the existing National Rail network.

Lord donates £75k to Dambusters memorial

Businessman and philanthropist Lord Ashcroft has stepped in to stop the sale of medals belonging to the last surviving Dambusters pilot.

Les Munro

Les Munro (pictured), 95, one of only two New Zealanders to have taken part in the 1943 raid, had planned to auction his decorations to pay towards the upkeep of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park.

But Lord Ashcroft has donated £75,000 to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund in return for gifting his decorations and medals to a museum in his native New Zealand.

The Museum of Transport and Technology in Auckland, where the medals will go on display, have also donated £10,000.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 16:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: HSBC is to relocate the head office of its UK retail bank to Birmingham in a move that will see around 1,000 jobs transferred from London.

CPS: Brooks' victim 'utterly defenceless'

Brixton man

Desmond Brooks has been sentenced to 29 years in prison for the murder of his ex-wife, Keisha McKenzie, his ex-girlfriend Joan Wade and Ms McKenzie's sister Saffron Yeboah-Simpson who was 17 at the time.

Desmond Brooks
Met Police

After sentencing Tim Thompson, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for London, said: "Brooks attacked Keisha as soon as she opened the door to him. She was utterly defenceless and had no chance to escape. His other two victims both made brave efforts to escape the attack which may have ultimately saved their lives.

"Due to the overwhelming evidence in this case Brooks was left with no choice but to plead guilty. I hope that his sentence today brings some small comfort to the victims and their families."

'Stunning' that Tube upgrade 'considered good news'

Responding to

TfL's announcement the Circle, Metropolitan, District and Hammersmith & City lines are set to benefit from a £5.54bn upgrade,
London Assembly Transport Spokesperson Val Shawcross said: "The idea that the Mayor thinks today's announcement is something to boast about is stunning.

"Not only are these upgrades now expected to complete four years later than planned, the new contract comes after the Mayor and TfL wasted over £85m of taxpayer money on the disastrous failure of the previous Bombardier deal."

In June 2011

Bombardier Transport was awarded the contract to replace and upgrade the signalling of the sub-surface railway on the four lines but
TfL had to pay the company £80m to end the contract after it failed to deliver the work.

£5.54bn investment for Tube lines

The District, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Tube lines are set to benefit from a £5.54bn funding investment in a bid to improve the speed of the services,

Transport for London has announced.

Exterior shot of the Tube train
Trasnport for London

TfL says Circle line trains will arrive every four minutes instead of 10 with trains on the other three lines arriving every two minutes helping to reduce delays by up to a third.

The money will also include 191 new air-conditioned walk-through trains with the work set to be completed by 2022.

Court house 'to be turned into members club'

Two Swedish brothers who bought The Old Sessions House court house in Clerkenwell Green for £13.5m are planning to turn it into a "social gathering point" that includes a private members' club and a rooftop swimming pool according to the Islington Tribune.

Chelsea's Costa to miss Euro qualifier

BBC Sport

Chelsea striker

Diego Costa will miss Spain's Euro 2016 qualifier against Ukraine and a friendly with the Netherlands after picking up a hamstring injury during Chelsea's 3-2 win at Hull on Sunday.

Diego Costa
Getty Images

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top story at 15:00:

A man who stabbed his wife to death and seriously injured two other women has been jailed for life at the Old Bailey.

Cheese toastie?

The Independent

First there was the Porridge Cafe in Shoreditch and then the Cereal Killer Cafe in Brick Lane and now a new cafe called The Melt Room is set to open in Soho serving only cheese toasties.

According to The Independent you can order a variety of fillings....

but the end result will always include cheese.

Ambulances on stand-by

Tactical Advisor at London Ambulance Service Chris Hawkswell

tweets: #Bermondsey: Ambulances at the RVP whilst the Army work to make the bomb safe.

Graham Brown

City Police committee

City of London Police

tweet: We're inviting applications for an independent person to serve as a member of
@CityPolice Committee. Interested?

Hail and thunder expected

There will be some sunshine around this afternoon, but scattered showers are set to develop and these could be heavy at times with some hail and thunder.

Top temperature: 10C (50F).

New pictures of Bermondsey bomb site

Army photographer Rupert Frere has taken new images of the Bermondsey building site where the military is trying to deal with an unexploded WWII bomb.

Bermondsey Bomb
Rupert Frere

He said a protective wall had been erected around the bomb to try to protect the surrounding buildings.

Bermondsey bomb
Rupert Frere

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 14:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Army engineers are continuing their efforts to diffuse a Second World War bomb discovered on a building site in Bermondsey yesterday.

Disability centre hits back at council claims

Waltham Forest Guardian


Waltham Forest Disability Resource Centre has hit back at
Waltham Forest Council claims that it is missing targets ahead of it losing council funding from next month.

The Waltham Forest Guardian reports that councillor Angie Bean, cabinet member for adult services, said the centre had been missing targets since 2011, but manager,

Peri Stanley, told the paper it had "actually achieved 97.6% of its current attendance target".

Lunchtime news

Katharine Carpenter

Reporter and presenter

Join me just after 13:30 on

BBC One when we'll have the latest on the Second World War bomb discovered in Bermondsey. Army engineers are still trying to diffuse it, two local primary schools remain closed and residents have been evacuated from houses nearby.

Bermondsey bomb
Rupert Frere

We'll also have news of a massive police operation in Bexley and Alina will be here with the weather.

Tennis world record attempt

A Wimbledon bar manager is hoping to break a tennis record by playing the greatest number consecutive three-set singles tennis matches over 72-hours to raise money for the

Tennis For Free and the
Elena Baltacha Foundation.

Mike Mitchell, 35, hopes to play between 40 and 45 opponents throughout the challenge on 2 - 5 June at

The Wimbledon Club.

You can find out how to watch Mike's attempt by emailing

Years & Years announced for Big Weekend

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

London group Years & Years and Catfish and the Bottlemen from Wales have been added to the

line-up for Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich in May.

Years & Years

Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine are also performing at Europe's biggest free ticketed music event. The full line-up will be announced in April with 50,000 tickets available from next Tuesday.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 13:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: Bomb disposal experts are continuing to work on an unexploded WWII bomb found by construction workers in Bermondsey yesterday.

BreakingMan sentenced to 29 years for triple knife attack


A Brixton man has been jailed for life with a minimum of 29 years at the Old Bailey for carrying out a "ferocious" knife rampage.

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

Yesterday Desmond Brooks, 42, of Redlands Way, pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his estranged wife 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.

Night flights for Emirates cable car

Transport for London

tweets: From Saturday, with
@EmiratesAirLDN 'Night Flights' you can ride until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays

Cable car

'Corruption at heart' of Tower Hamlets

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, has been accused of having "corruption" at the "heart" of his administration by a lawyer representing four disgruntled voters who have accused him of electoral fraud.

Lutfur Rahman

Barrister Francis Hoar told the Election Court at the High Court accounts given by Mr Rahman were unlikely to be true unless sustained by other evidence.

The four voters want Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey, to declare the result of the May 2014 mayoral election void and order a re-run but Mr Rahman denies any wrongdoing.

Mr Mawrey is expected to deliver a ruling later in the year.

Behind the scenes

BBC London transport correspondent Tom Edwards

tweets: Filming in London Underground Control Centre

London Underground control room

And a

close up of the screens.

London Underground control room

Severe delays on Central Line

Central Line

tweets: Update: Service resumed with severe delays due to an earlier customer incident. Tickets valid on local buses and Abellio Greater Anglia.