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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates for Thursday 26 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.

Chilly night

Any remaining cloud will soon clear eastwards during the evening, leaving a dry remainder of the night with clear periods developing. Winds will ease late in the evening, leading to a chilly night with a frost developing in prone spots like the Lea Valley.

Minimum temperature: 1C (34F).

BBC London news

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

On the programme tonight: Are the authorities doing enough to prevent young people travelling to Syria to fight?

MP's themselves believe more should be done, but what exactly is the answer?

And the mystery of Piccadilly's Porters Rest. Never seen it? Then you should tune in at 1830 on

BBC One.

Tenants get new flats after squatters removed

The first council tenants are set to be handed their keys next week to 22 two-bedroom flats after

Lambeth Council reclaimed the Rushcroft Road properties in Brixton from squatters and redeveloped them.

Rushcroft Road properties
Lambeth Council

Children travel for free on Heathrow Express

From tomorrow children under 16 will be able to travel for free on the

Heathrow Express as part of the company's plan to increase the number of leisure travellers using the 15-minute service.

Fraser Brown, director of the service, said: "Two thirds of the people who use our service are travelling on business. We want to encourage more leisure passengers, families in particular, to use our service."

London Bridge train bosses held to account

The managing director of

Network Rail and the chief executive of
Govia Thameslink Railway will be held to account tomorrow by the
London Assembly Transport Committee over the
delays and cancellations have affected hundreds of thousands of London commuters at London Bridge.

Scene of overcrowding in January 2015

The meeting takes place tomorrow at 15:00 at City Hall or it can be watched online


Harrison retires over head injuries

BBC Sport

London boxer Audley Harrison has retired from boxing for a second time after

revealing he is suffering the effects of head injuries.

Audley Harrison
Getty Images

The 2000 Olympic super-heavyweight champion says he now suffers from vision and balance problems, moodiness and irritability. He says his decision was prompted by research into concussion and brain injuries, and after seeing medical specialists.

Digital magazine launched to fight extremism

Muslim leaders have launched a digital magazine in the fight against extremist groups like Islamic State.

Imams gathered at a London summit to launch Haqiqah, which translates as The Reality, a magazine aimed at offering a counter-narrative to the radical rhetoric.

Walcott 'did not row with Wenger'

Arsenal winger

Theo Walcott says he has not had a row with manager Arsene Wenger and revealed he has yet to open contract talks with the club.

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott (left) and manager Arsene Wenger
Getty Images

Walcott's current deal expires in summer 2016 and Wenger said he expects protracted talks over a new contract.

Homeless 'live in bin sheds for a year'

Rough sleepers have been using bin sheds as makeshift homes in the Campsbourne Road area of Hornsey for more than a year, the Haringey Independent reports..

Haringey Council told the paper it was aware of the issue and assured local residents who had complained that it was "promoting information about shelters and ways to find help" for them.

Takes one to know one

A ring-tailed Lemur happily sits with a model in the new walk-through Lemur enclosure at

London Zoo.


Jones to join Harlequins

BBC Sport

Former Wales prop

Adam Jones is to join Premiership side Harlequins from Cardiff Blues in the summer.

Adam Jones
Getty Images

The 34-year-old retired from international rugby in January, having won 95 caps for his country and four Six Nations titles.

Last school 'to become academy'

Croydon Advertiser


The last remaining local authority and only non-faith secondary school in Croydon is

planning to become an academy, the Croydon Advertiser reports.

Edenham High, in Shirley, is currently consulting over a plan to become part of an academy group run by
Greenshaw High School in Sutton after head teacher Richard Rudd said it was the "only way we can get capital investment".

Local currency gets revamp

The Brixton Pound has undergone a revamp with a new logo,

new website and plans for contactless payment to be in operation by the end of the year for the local currency scheme.

Brixton Pound
Brixton Pound

Charlie Waterhouse, who designed the logo, said: "Its distinctive octagonal shape...will deliver greater standout and consistency at all sizes. The Brixton Pound continues to say Up Yours in the most distinct and engaging fashion."

The local currency was launched in 2009.

A1 lane blocked

BBC London


One lane is blocked on the A1 causing queuing traffic on Upper Street northbound in Islington at Highbury Corner, because of a broken down lorry.

And there is queuing traffic on the A4 Haymarket southbound between the Coventry Street junction and the A4 Pall Mall junction due to roadworks.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our lead story at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A London law student has been found not guilty of targeting Tony and Cherie Blair - after a trial held largely in secret.

Archdeacon of Hackney appointed Bishop

The Venerable Rachel Treweek,

Archdeacon of Hackney, is to become the next
Bishop of Gloucester, the Church's first female diocesan bishop.

The Venerable Rachel Treweek

The Ven Treweek said: "It is an immense joy and privilege. I am surprised and, I have to admit, even a little daunted by the prospect, but my overwhelming feeling is one of excitement to be coming to join with others in sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the people of this diocese."

Lib Dem election poster unveiled

Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary of the Treasury Danny Alexander talks with Lord Paddy Ashdown, during the unveiling of a Liberal Democrat election poster, in central London earlier.

Lib Dem election poster unveiled

Watch: 'Sport should take mental health responsibility'

BBC Newsnight

BBC Two, 22:30

Former QPR player Clarke Carlisle who attempted to kill himself says that sport's governing bodies need to accept responsibility for dealing with mental health issues.

Clarke Carlisle

He said the responsibility of dealing with mental health has been

"passed from pillar to post" by sporting organisations.

Wimbledon buys 'that' tennis poster dress

The museum at

Wimbledon has been revealed as the mystery buyer of the white mini-dress worn in the iconic Athena Tennis Girl poster.

Tennis dress
Fieldings Auctioneer


All England Tennis Club paid £15,500 at auction last July for both the dress and racket made famous in the 1970s poster, at the time choosing to keep their identity a secret.

Boroughs publish devolution plan

Eight London boroughs have

published a plan on how they believe devolution could work in their sub region of the capital.

Barking and Dagenham, Enfield, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest propose new powers including:

  • A pooled budget for adult skills
  • Removing restrictions on borrowing related to housing to enable councils to build more homes.
  • A stronger role in transport planning and control over local bus routes.
  • Power to intervene in any schools which are coasting or failing

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top story at 16:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Whitechapel has been identified as having the unhealthiest high street in London.

Former Chelsea manager dies

BBC Sport

Former Chelsea manager Ron Suart has died at the age of 94, the club has announced.

Ron Suart

Suart, who was assistant to Tommy Docherty and Dave Sexton, took charge of first-team affairs from October 1974 until April 1975.

He also spent time managing Wigan, Scunthorpe United and Blackpool.

Household Cavalry rider falls

London Evening Standard



Household Cavalry trumpeter fell from his horse after it slipped on mud in Hyde Park earlier this morning, the Evening Standard reports.

'Fraudulent' security college Ashley Commerce cancels courses

Ed Davey

BBC London News

All courses on offer at a college exposed

selling fraudulent security qualifications for cash have now been cancelled, the BBC has learned.

Undercover researchers filmed Ashley Commerce College in Ilford sitting or forging exams for untrained students to become security guards or bodyguards.

Haji Yunis
Businessman Haji Yunis presided over malpractice a senior MP described as scandalous.

Some 20 courses have now been cancelled while authorities investigate. About 90 would-be students have been refunded.

College director Haji Yunis told the BBC he was cooperating with inquiries.

'Pilots under enormous scrutiny'

Professor Bor, who specialises in aviation psychology in Belsize Park, north-west London, said pilots are subject to "enormous scrutiny" and it would be rare for airlines not to identify a pilot suffering mental health problems.

"The very first thing the aviation authorities and investigators will do is go through his personal background and look at his professional life, in terms of his relationships, finances, flying record and medical record," he said.

"They will also be interviewing pilots he has flown with over the last few weeks to see if there is anything about his behaviour, attitude or professional conduct that could be potentially relevant here.

"It's an extremely rare thing for a

pilot to crash his own plane."

Joan Collins made a Dame

Actress Joan Collins has been made a Dame at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace, receiving the accolade from the Prince of Wales.

Dame Joan Collins and her daughter
Dame Joan Collins and her daughter

Afterwards she said: "Not in a billion years did I think I would be made a Dame, it never even crossed my mind. It wasn't anything I ever aspired to, I just wanted to be jobbing actress, a working actor and somebody who could still perform."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top story at 15:00:

A jury in London has cleared an alleged extremist of plotting to kill Tony Blair.

London psychologist analyses 'suicide co-pilot'

Investigators will delve in to the personal life of Andreas Lubitz, co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps, to uncover any clues about his mental state after the revelation that the

he deliberately crashed his own plane, an aviation psychologist said.

Professor Robert Bor, a specialist aviation psychologist in London, said Lubitz could have been attempting to destroy all evidence of his suicide bid by flying in to a mountain.

The cost of a good lunch

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

Thanks to those of you who have been commenting on the

BBC London Facebook page about the average Londoner spending £830 a year on lunch rather than making their own at home. Apparently that
reflects how healthy the economy is.

But Robert Johnson

said: "If you pay it perhaps that is a sign of your financial health or maybe laziness or not having time to make your own before leaving home."

I'm ashamed to say Robert has probably described my situation perfectly with the noun "laziness". How about you?

Boxer Harrison retires

BBC Sport

tweets: Former Olympic champion Audley Harrison has retired from boxing. More to follow.

Audley Harrison

London taxi firm to build £250m factory

The firm that makes the London taxi is to build a new £250m factory, creating up to 1,000 jobs.

Chinese firm

Geely said the new state-of the-art research, development and assembly facility for the London Taxi Company would be built in Coventry.

Electric London black taxi
London Taxi Company

The group said it was preparing for the introduction of the next generation electric and ultra-low emission London Black Cab.

Afternoon weather

Things are going to continue to turn drier and brighter from the west this afternoon. Despite some lengthy sunshine it'll still fairly feel cool in the brisk winds.

Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our lead story at 14:00 on

BBC London 94.9: An extra £25m is to be allocated to help London's Black Cab drivers replace their vehicles.

Behind the scenes

BBC London reporter Victoria Hollins

tweets: This is what it looks like when Russell Brand comes to visit #TrewEraCafe #Hackney

Russell Brand

Head of the River

Transport for London River

tweet: Head down to the river to watch 400 crews take part in the annual
Head of the river race this Sunday.

Lunchtime bulletin

BBC London News


On the programme just after 13:30 on

BBC One: MPs call for "a relentless battle for the hearts and minds of Britons" who might be considering joining extremist groups.

What are you having for lunch?

The annual lunch bill for those working in London and grabbing a sandwich when failing to take in their own packed lunch is £830, according to analysts


Chicken sandwich

Does the expenditure actually reflect financial health?

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story in the capital at 13:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A London law student has been found not guilty of targeting Tony and Cherie Blair in an act of terrorism, after a trial held largely in secret.

Fifty Shades director 'won't direct sequel'

Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson has confirmed she will

not be directing the next two planned sequels in the franchise.

Sam Taylor-Johnson (L) EL James (R)

The artist and film-maker has previously said the relationship between her and the book's west London author EL James "was definitely not an easy process", so her departure is not a surprise for some.