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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates for Wednesday 25 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 tomorrows with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London. Have a good evening.

Cold and breezy

After a calm evening, tonight will be dry with clear spells but turning increasingly cloudy later on. It will feel cold and become breezy by dawn with outbreaks of rain pushing their way across London from the west.

Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).

Teatime bulletin

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On the programme at 18:30 on

BBC One: Motorists are warned of disruption as the biggest road building scheme in a generation gets underway.

And five Chelsea fans, suspected of being involved in a racist incident on the Paris Metro, appear in court and say they will fight moves to ban them from attending future football matches.

'Graffiti gran' wins eviction reprieve

A great grandmother who was threatened with eviction after breaching her tenancy by painting farmyard animals in the hallway of her Finsbury council block, has

won a reprieve.

Islington Council told the Islington Tribune that Jo White could stay at her flat providing she sought permission for any future artistic projects.

'Jigsaw puzzle' station structure completed

The structure of the new

Crossrail Custom House station in the Royal Docks has been completed in a year and a day.

Crossrail Custom House station

Described as a "giant jigzaw puzzle" the work involved transporting 825 station components from Sheffield and assembling them on site in London.

MPs 'monitored by Scotland Yard during 1990s'

Dominic Casciani

Home affairs correspondent

Peter Francis
Peter Francis: transformed his appearance as he went deep undercover

A former undercover police officer has told

BBC News that Scotland Yard kept intelligence files on MPs during the 1990s.

The former Special Branch officer, Peter Francis, says he saw 10 files which he and others regularly updated.

He says he personally gathered information on three MPs as part of his work infiltrating left-wing groups.

Free play focuses on homelessness

A play based on the real life experiences of homeless people is being

performed at YMCA Surbiton tomorrow night.

Try it for a Weekend

Try it for a Weekend is about the traumas and difficulties of being homeless and how people can become dehumanized.

It has been written with text generated from interviews with those living on the streets and will be performed for free by the

Benchmark Theatre Company from 19.30, although a £3 donation is suggested.

Renters 'lose out on £1.3m'

Families in London who rent rather than buy their homes will be more than £1.3m worse off over their lifetime than those who can buy a home in their 20s according to the housing charity


The new study suggests there are worrying disparities between three emerging groups - "first time flyers", "first time triers" and "renting lifers".

Dons manager to have hip op

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley is likely to miss Saturday's trip to Tranmere Rovers as he is

due to have a hip operation tomorrow.

Neal Ardley

The 42-year-old said: "I need some bone shaved off and I have a tear around the hip joint which affects my left side. I can still take training, but the operation is more for my well-being."

A23 Brixton Road closed

BBC London


The A23 Brixton Road in Kennington is closed with queuing traffic in both directions between St Mark's Church and the South Island Place junction due to a fire at a restaurant.

Diversions in operation for bus routes: 3, 59, 133, 159 and 415.

It is also causing congestion on the A3 southbound to Kennington Station, on the A202 Harleyford Road to Beehive Traffic Lights and on the A3 northbound to Stockwell Station.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our lead story at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9: The consultants behind controversial plans to redevelop Euston Station as part of the HS2 high speed rail line have come under attack in Parliament.

'Racist' Chelsea supporters oppose football ban

Five Chelsea supporters suspected of preventing a black man from boarding the Paris Metro ahead of the club's match against Paris St Germain last month, will fight applications to impose football banning orders on them, a court has heard.

Image of a man being pushed off the metro in Paris
The guardian

Scotland Yard is applying for the orders. District Judge Mary Connolly told Waltham Forest Magistrates' Court they involved severe restrictions to civil liberties and were designed as a preventative to stop potential troublemakers from travelling to football matches.

The French commuter, known as Souleymane S, said the incident "destroyed" him and had "traumatised" his children.

Reaction to Clarkson decision

BBC London 94.9


On drive time with Nikki Bedi: We'll have reaction to the

BBC's decision not to renew Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson's contract and we're live at a community boxing gym in New Cross for a surprise visit from WBA champion boxer, David 'The Hayemaker' Haye.

Jeremy Clarkson
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listen live to BBC London 94.9 and contact the team on 020 7224 2000.

Woman found dead after property fire

A woman was found dead following a fire at a property on Shrewsbury Road in Forest Gate, last night.

More than 20 firefighters were called to the blaze at about 23:30. It was brought under control within the hour.

Residents in neighbouring properties were also temporarily evacuated from their homes due to the smoke, but no one else was hurt.

Carlisle 'no shame' over suicide

BBC Sport

Former QPR defender

Clarke Carlisle has said he feels "no shame" about his suicide attempt in December when he was hit by a lorry.

Clarke Carlisle

The 35-year-old said: "People are delicate stepping around it - there's no shame invested in it for me. I attempted suicide because I was very unwell."

On Monday, he

pleaded guilty to drink driving and failing to provide a sample to police on 20 December, at London's Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court, and will be sentenced on 14 May.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our lead story at 16:00 on

BBC London 94.9: An Italian court's ruling on whether to uphold the conviction of American Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend, for the killing of London student Meredith Kercher, has been put back until Friday.

Fold-up bike championships to take place

As part of the

Prudential RideLondon festival of events, St James's Park will host the
10th Brompton World Championships on 1 August.

People riding on Brompton bikes

The event takes the form of a Le Mans style start as 575 smartly-dressed competitors from around the world dash to unfold their bikes before setting off on the 1.3-mile circuit.

It starts on The Mall, takes in Horse Guards Parade and Buckingham Palace before finishing back on The Mall.

Sergeant suspected over data breach

Croydon Advertiser


A police sergeant has resigned following allegations he

passed information from crime reports to a council officer, the Croydon Advertiser exclusively reports.

Paul Potter is alleged to have passed information to Alan O'Brien, an antisocial behaviour enforcement officer.

Mr Potter resigned from the

Met but the
Crown Prosecution Service will decide whether to bring criminal charges against him, while
Croydon Council confirmed to the paper Mr O'Brien had been suspended pending an internal investigation into "data misuse".

Beer-swilling pig barred from pub

London Evening Standard



beer-swilling pot-belly pig has been banned from a London pub after customers became fed up of her stealing drinks and headbutting them at the Conquering Hero, in West Norwood, according to the Evening Standard.

Frances Bacon

Owl cafe delayed after complaints

A week-long owl café in Soho designed to "educate urbanites" about the plight of wild birds has been

put back until April after organisers received a flood of animal cruelty complaints, London 24 reports.

Ruling on Kercher murder conviction delayed

Meredith Kercher

An Italian court's ruling on whether to uphold the conviction of American Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend for the killing of British student Meredith Kercher (pictured) will likely be delayed until Friday, a judge said.

Italy's highest court had been expected to reach its decision today but the prosecution's closing arguments were going more slowly than expected. The president of the panel of judges, Gennaro Marasca, told reporters before adjourning for lunch "Friday may be the day to conclude the hearing".

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top story at 15:00:

An Italian court's ruling on whether to uphold the conviction of American Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend, for the killing of London student Meredith Kercher has been put back until Friday.

'World's healthiest' city

NHS England London

tweets: We've launched 13
transformational programmes 2help London become world's healthiest global city by 2020 #healthyLDN

Design of the Year 2015

A woman studies a wooden dyed mosaic seat, which is one of the 76 nominated projects for

Design Of The Year 2015, ranging from furniture of the future to clothes and cars, on display at the
Design Museum.

Design of the Year 2015

Paramedic 'shopped while patient waited'

During the misconduct hearing of paramedic Dominic Colella the Health And Care Professions Council heard an 85-year-old man, who collapsed from severe blood poisoning, was forced to wait 20 minutes in an ambulance until Mr Colella returned from Marks and Spencer with two bags of shopping.

And in a second incident he delayed a patient with a head injury from being taken to hospital so he could have his hair cut.

Mr Colella admitted abandoning his colleagues and patients, but the panel said his failure to turn up to the hearing meant they could not know if he appreciated the seriousness of his actions and there was a "risk of repetition".

24-hour Tube pay talks resume

Pay talks between

London Underground (LU) and unions are to resume over the
introduction of a new 24-hour Tube service in September on some lines at the weekend.

Mind the Gap
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Unions are pressing for a four-day week for its members but LU's operating officer Nick Brown said: "The current economic climate means that there remains considerable pressure on our finances.

"We have therefore begun, and will continue, discussions with our trade union colleagues on a new pay agreement, that is affordable, sustainable and fair."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 14:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: The Metropolitan Police is facing a court bill of more than £400,000 over the "unlawful" tasering of an innocent businessman.

Hazy sunshine

Most places will hold onto the light winds and sunny skies this afternoon, with only limited amounts of cloud. However, the sunshine could turn hazier late in the day.

Top temperature: 11C (52F).

Clegg plays cricket at launch

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched

The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation, project to tackle mental health discrimination in sport, at the Oval in London earlier.

Nick Clegg

Paramedic guilty of misconduct

A paramedic who abandoned his colleagues and patients to go shopping and have his hair cut while they waited in an ambulance has been found guilty of misconduct at a health tribunal.

Dominic Colella twice "held his colleagues to ransom" by forcing them to wait until his return so seriously-ill patients could be driven to hospital, the

Health And Care Professions Council heard.

The panel has retired to consider what sanctions to impose against Colella.

BBC London news

Louisa Preston

Journalist, BBC London

On the programme just after 13:30 on

BBC One: We'll hear more about the state catholic school attended by Nick Clegg's son which has launched a high court challenge after it was accused of discriminating against some pupils because of their background.

And will a £4bn modernisation programme of London's roads keep the capital moving?

Boris Johnson 'tweaks' Garden Bridge funding

Tim Donovan

Political Editor, BBC London

Boris Johnson has said he won't release the £30m he's pledged to

build the new Garden Bridge across the Thames until its upkeep is guaranteed from private funds.

The bridge
AFP/Getty Image

The mayor has toughened his stance after Labour accused him of misleading the public over the annual £3m maintenance cost when he claimed it wouldn't come from the taxpayer. It later emerged his officials had guaranteed to underwrite it, if the bridge's charitable trust failed to raise the money.

The mayor told the

London Assembly this morning he said that to speed the bridge through the planning process at
Westminster Council.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our lead story at 13:00 on

BBC London 94.9: The Metropolitan Police is facing a court bill of more than £400,000 over the "unlawful" tasering of innocent black businessman, Daniel Sylvester.

Ally Pally chief on £18.8m Lottery funding

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of the

Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust said: "Today marks a hugely positive and significant step in realising our aspirations to bring the Victorian Theatre and BBC Studios back to life and fulfil the potential of the Palace and its remarkable history."

Final PMQs: London Bridge station

House of Commons


Jim Dowd, the Labour MP for Lewisham West, is fed up with the "abysmal service" at London Bridge station.

It's a "debacle", he says - and goes so far as to call for a compensation scheme.

"The pressures are immense," David Cameron replies. "You cannot criticise this government for failing to invest in London's transport infrastructure." No word on compensation for commuters, though.

Ally Pally secures £18.8m Lottery funding

Alexandra Palace has been awarded £18.8m from the

Heritage Lottery Fund to transform it into a visitor attraction.

Alexandra Palace
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The £28m regeneration will centre on the eastern end of the building, bringing its theatre and a former TV studio space back into use.

A camera man filming

Watch: Bermondsey bomb is detonated

The unexploded WWII bomb found by builders in Bermondsey on Monday has been safely detonated on the Isle of Grain in Kent this morning, and

we were there to film it.

Bermondsey bomb detonated

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our lead story at noon in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: Italy's Supreme Court is due to decide today whether to uphold the convictions of the American student Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of the London student Meredith Kercher in 2007.

Watch: Meredith Kercher murder case background

Italy's highest court will rule on whether or not to uphold the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of Coulsdon student Meredith Kercher who was stabbed to death in Perugia in 2007.

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito

The hearing follows eight years of convictions and acquittals, which the BBC's Gavin Lee

rounds up and looks back on.

Surrey sign Pietersen

BBC Sport

Surrey have announced the signing of cricketer Kevin Pietersen on a contract that will see the player representing the county this summer.

Pietersen will be available for the opening game of the LV County Championship season on Sunday, April 19.