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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday
  2. Updates for Monday 30 March 2015

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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Beth Rose

BBC News Online

That's all for Local Live on the first day of the election campaign. I'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Have a good evening.

Teatime bulletin

BBC London News


On the programme at 18:30 on

BBC One: The election campaign is underway and we're on the Thames to hear from London's floating voters.

Scene outside Old Street Station
Leonie Chao-Fong

And tragedy on the Tube as a

man dies trying to save his brother from being hit by a train.

Wet and windy night

Cloud will thicken this evening with drizzle developing and perhaps some heavy rain before midnight. It will then become drier with a few blustery showers during the rest of the night.

It will also be very windy, with a risk of gales developing in places, especially over the Chilterns.

Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

The children with 'serious Minecraft habits'

A consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist who runs a technology addiction unit at the private

Nightingale Hospital in London has said he is
seeing children with a serious Minecraft habit.

Minecraft screenshot of a valley

Dr Richard Graham said the game makes the external world "slower, paler, less stimulating" for many young people.


BBC's Jolyon Jenkins looks at whether parents should worry about their children playing the game or not.

Uber account 'hacked for New York rides'

News site Motherboard

has reported that login details for Uber are being offered for sale for as little as $1.


BBC was contacted by one London-based user on Sunday who reported that someone else was booking rides in New York using his account without his permission, and had clocked up a $556 bill.

Chinatown will 'disappear'

London Evening Standard


The West End's

Chinatown will "disappear in five years" according to the Evening Standard which said rising rents and soaring property prices were squeezing out oriental restaurants.

Chelsea boss 'proud of Davison'

BBC Sport

Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes has said she is

"proud" of winger Gemma Davison after her performance saw the Blues beat Notts County 2-1 yesterday.

Gemma Davison
The FA

Source of brook's pollution discovered

The cause of pollution running into the Wealdstone Brook has been

identified as waste from 339 household appliances following an investigation by
Thames Water, the
Environment Agency and
Harrow and
Brent borough councils, the Harrow Times reports.

Top of the Pops

Jess Glynne has topped the UK singles chart for the first time as a solo artist with her track Hold My Hand.

Jess Glynne

The 25-year-old Londoner got two number ones last year as a guest vocalist on Clean Bandit's Rather Be and Route 94's My Love.

"To get a number one in my own name is one of the most insane feelings," she said.

Listen again: Vanessa's housing debate

BBC London

General Election 2015

This morning Vanessa Feltz hosted a lively debate on housing aboard a boat on the Thames, with sea sickness and all, to kick off BBC London 94.9's coverage of the 2015 general election.

BBC London

If you missed it you can

listen again here.

Road closure

BBC London


The B105 Manor Road in Stoke Newington, north London, is closed in both directions between the Bouverie Road junction and the Lordship Road junction, because of a police incident. Diversions are in place for bus route 106.

And the A3205 Battersea Park Road in Battersea, south London, is partially blocked causing queuing traffic at the Macduff Road junction, because of an accident.

Delays on the trains

BBC London


There are severe delays between Queen's Park and Harrow & Wealdstone due to an earlier trespass incident at Willesden Junction although there is a good service on rest of the line.

And on the London Overground services between Euston and Watford are expected to be delayed until 17:30 due to the

same incident.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story in the capital at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Police say a 35-year-old Londoner who was killed on the Northern Line at the weekend had been trying to save his brother who had fallen onto the tracks.

Cyclist stabbed five times in 'unprovoked attack'

A man cycling to the shops on Saturday evening in Greenford was stabbed five times in a "vicious and unprovoked" attack,

Scotland Yard has revealed.

Ridding Lane
Google Maps

The 33-year-old was cycling along Ridding Lane when three men pushed him off his bike and stabbed him in the legs, chest, armpit and back.

He got back on his bike before collapsing and being taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

The first suspect is described as black, about 25, 6ft and slim and was wearing dark clothing. The other suspects were also black and skinny and aged about 21 or 22.

Harlequins sign Visser

Scotland international

Tim Visser will join Harlequins from Edinburgh at the end of the season.

The Netherlands-born winger has spent four years playing in Scotland, having been signed by Edinburgh following two years with Newcastle.

Election buses rolled out

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

The election buses for the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Parties have been snapped parked up in Westminster as campaigning officially gets under way.

Election buses

Let's hope the drivers know they could be

charged £20 if they are caught idling in the borough rather than parking the vehicles.

Emin's bed returns

Artist Tracey Emin stands alongside her installation entitled My Bed, as it returns to

Tate Britain for the first time in 15 years.

Tracey Emin

Burst water main closes road

BBC London


The A109 Bounds Green Rd has been closed between A406 Telford Road and Cline Road due to a burst water main and flooding.

It's causing queues on the A406 each way at Tewkesbury Terrace, from Colney Hatch and the A105 Green Lanes. Bus 221 is also on diversion.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top story at 16:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: Police say a 35-year-old Londoner who was killed on the Northern Line yesterday - had been trying to save his brother who had fallen onto the tracks.

Chelsea Pensioners meet the police

Metropolitan Police on the Water

tweet: A warm welcome goes out to the Chelsea Pensioners from everyone at the MPS Marine Police Unit. Enjoy your visit!

Chelsea pensioners
Met Police

Father Time's weather vane bends

Lord's cricket ground's famous Father Time

weather vane has been damaged by high winds in London.

Weather vane

The weather vane, which was given to the MCC in 1926 has been bent to a 90-degree angle from its original position.

'Parents don't recognise' childhood obesity

Researchers from the

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and
Great Ormond Street Hospital have warned that
parents hardly ever spot obesity in their children.

They studied almost 3,000 families in Redbridge, Islington and three other areas and found nearly a third underestimated the weight of their child.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top story at 15:00:

The mother of Coulsdon student Meredith Kercher has said she was shocked by the verdict acquitting Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito of her daughter's murder in Italy.

Tube rescuer dies helping brother

Outside Old Street Tube
Leonie Chao-Fong

It has emerged that a man who

died after being hit by a Tube train was attempting to rescue his younger brother who fell on to the tracks.

The 35-year-old, from London, was found at Old Street Station after police were called at 00:22 yesterday.

His 32-year-old brother, from Manchester, who is thought to have accidently fallen on to the tracks, is in a critical condition in hospital.

British Transport Police has described the man's death as a "tragic accident".

Watch: Acquittal is 'end of nightmare'

Raffaele Sollecito, who was acquitted on Friday of murdering Coulsdon student Meredith Kercher in 2007, has told a press conference the ruling is an

"end to the nightmare" following his acquittal.

Raffaele Sollecito

He described the last seven years and five months as "unbearable", and that there had been "too many horrible moments".

Fraud office fined for privacy breach


Serious Fraud Office has been fined £180,000 by the privacy regulator after confidential court documents turned up at a storage unit in east London after being sent to the wrong person.

The documents formed part of an investigation into the defence contractor BAE Systems. It is the first time the fraud office has been fined by the

Information Commissioner's Office, who said the public would be "rightly shocked" that information from such a sensitive case was not kept secure.

Mr and Mrs Theatre

If the career of multimillionaire husband and wife theatre impresarios Rosemary Squire and Howard Panter was ever made into a play, then a red car would probably play a central role in the first act.

Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire

The car in question was a small BMW, which Ms Squire had to use as her office when they bought their first theatre, the Duke of York, in London's West End.

This was back in 1992. With the help of a number of wealthy friends, the couple had managed to raise £3.05m to purchase the Grade II listed in building in Covent Garden.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 14:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: The man accused of killing Meredith Kercher, the exchange student from Coulsdon who died in Italy more than seven years ago, has spoken in public for the first time since he and Amanda Knox were cleared of murder by Italy's highest court.

Dickens desk goes on display

The desk where Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations

is finally on public display thanks to a £780,000 grant.

Charles Dickens' desk
National Heritage Memorial Fund
The desk is now on display at Charles Dickens' former home in Doughty Street

The Charles Dickens Museum in London has been given the grant to buy the desk and chair, which has always been in private ownership.

'Busy 2015'

Tower RNLI

tweet: Its been a busy start to 2015 for us with just under 80 call outs & saving 5 peoples lives. Thank you for all your continued support.

Restaurant to 'charge £65 for cancellations'

London Evening Standard


Shoreditch restaurant The Clove Club is set to

charge diners £65 per person if they cancel their booking within 24 hours of their reservation, according to the Evening Standard.

Chef Isaac McHale told the paper it was necessary to ensure the restaurant remains affordable but would probably "ruffle a few feathers".

Lunch time bulletin

BBC London News


On the programme just after 13:30 on

BBC One we've got the latest on the start of the election campaign as well as a full weather forecast.

Video: Afghanistan meets London in Hackney's Finest

Neerja Naik in Hackney's Finest
Trinity Film

A Cambridge graduate who left a career in investment banking makes her acting debut in a gritty gangster film set in London's east end.

Neerja Naik plays a biker girl originally from Afghanistan in Hackney's Finest - a film that pits a bunch of drug dealers against a group of corrupt policemen over a period of 24 hours.

BBC Asian Network's Shabnam Mahmood met the West London actress to talk about her role in the film and her plans for the future.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top story at 13:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A leading Liberal Democrat has described as "ridiculous" an opinion poll that suggests the party could be virtually wiped out in London and left with only one MP - Vince Cable in Twickenham.

Cabbie jailed for sex assaults

London black cab David Perry driver who sexually assaulted two women when they fell asleep in his taxi

has been jailed for 10 years.

David Perry
Met Police

The 52-year-old admitted four counts which include attempted rape and sexual assault after his DNA was found to match both attacks, which happened in January 2013 in north and east London.

Wind and rain to increase

Cloud will continue to increase this afternoon with outbreaks of occasionally heavy rain slowly spreading in from the west. It will become increasingly windy later, with the strongest winds over the higher ground of Hampstead Heath.

Top Temperature: 12C (54F).

A new dawn

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

You may already be feeling a bit election-weary and I know it's officially the afternoon but this image of the sunrise above Churchill's statue and parliament was too good to ignore.


Convicted burglar absconds

Police are trying to trace a convicted burglar who has absconded from a mental health unit in Homerton in east London.

Peter Kerrigan, 26, is serving an 11-year sentence but disappeared yesterday afternoon while on escorted leave from the John Howard Centre. He has links to Brent and Maidstone.

Tube 'rescuer' hit and killed by train


man has been hit and killed by a Tube train as he attempted to save another man who had fallen onto the tracks.

Scene outside Old Street Station
Leonie Chao-Fong

The 35-year-old, from London, was found at Old Street Station after police were called at 12:22 yesterday. A second 32-year-old man, from Manchester, thought to have fallen onto the tracks by accident, is in a critical condition in hospital.

Cameron arrives at Buckingham Palace

That's it for Vanessa's election debate on board the Golden Star boat complete with sea sickness and all.

Cameron at Buckingham Palace

But if you're still keen for more election news, then David Cameron has just arrived at Buckingham Palace for a final audience with the Queen during which he will inform her parliament has been dissolved.

You can

watch live coverage here.