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  1. Updates for Thursday 2 April 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return on Tuesday at 08:00

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By Beth Rose and Chirag Trivedi

All times stated are UK

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Happy Easter

That's' all for Local Live this week. Elaine Okyere will be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London.

Have a fantastic Easter weekend and don't forget to

look at the BBC London travel guide for all the planned disruption to transport networks across the capital and beyond.

Light rain expected

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of mainly light rain will spread eastwards across London during the evening, with the rain becoming a little heavier and more persistent later in the night.

Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F).

Slow moving traffic

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there is queuing traffic on the A214 Tooting Bec Gardens southbound in Streatham between the A216 Mitcham Lane junction and the A23 Streatham High Road junction, because of an accident involving a lorry.

And traffic is moving very slowly on the A4 westbound in Knightsbridge between Hyde Park Corner and the Hans Crescent junction.

Stay up to date on the

BBC Travel page.

New zones at Museum of London


Museum of London opens to new free areas tomorrow looking at the old and new of London.

Museum of London artefacts
Museum of London

Looking for Londoners will display recent archaeological discoveries including items found during excavations at Dickens Square in Southwark.

While Show Space presents some of the museum's more recent arrivals that make connections with what's happening in London right now. The current display focuses on Spring and Londoners' attempts to introduce nature into the capital.

Amy: The documentary

The teaser trailer to a new documentary about Amy Winehouse has been released.

Amy Winehouse
Getty Images

Simply called Amy, it's from from the makers of the documentary Senna, about the late F1 driving champion Ayrton Senna - which attracted great reviews from critics, both F1 fans and non-fans alike.

Kingsway remains closed

BBC Travel

The A4200 Kingsway in Holborn is closed and there are long delays in both directions between the A4 Aldwych junction and Holborn Station, because of the ongoing fire.

The closure is also affecting the A4200 Southampton Row between A40 Vernon Place and A40 High Holborn as well as local bus services.

Stay up to date on the

BBC Travel page.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 17:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: Firefighters are continuing to tackle an underground fire in Holborn more than 24 hours after it broke out.

Hampton Court Palace celebrates 500 years

Hampton Court Palace is preparing for its 500th anniversary this weekend after construction began in 1515 under the original owner, Cardinal Wolsey.

Hampton Court

Celebrations will begin at the palace with a giant projection across the front façade in the first of a series of events.

Journeys 'four times longer than usual'

Traffic information company

Inrix has warned journeys to Heathrow and Gatwick airports could take four times longer than usual as it's anticipated the Easter getaway will peak today.


It's expected that millions in the capital will take to the roads with the worst congested routes in the south-east being twice as busy as last year.

Visit the

BBC Travel website for the latest information.

Benedict Choco-batch


life-size model of Benedict Cumberbatch has been created using chocolate to celebrate him being voted the dishiest dramatic actor on UK TV, by

Chocolate Benedict Cumberbatch

The sculptor which took 250 hours to complete and weighs 40kg (six stone) will be on display at Westfield Stratford City tomorrow.

Author nominated for debut writer prize

London author

Jessie Burton is one of 10 novelists in contention for a £10,000 prize for her bestselling and award-winning novel The Miniaturist.

Jessie Burton and her debut novel
Getty Images/Picador

The novel tells the story of a young bride in 17th Century Amsterdam whose miniature replica of her own house begins to mirror events in her own life.

A shortlist for the

Desmond Elliott Prize for debut novelists will be revealed on 15 May, with the winner announced on 1 July.

Harry goes on Australian attachment

Kensington Palace

tweets: Prince Harry will begin a four-week attachment to the Australian Defence Force on Monday:

Prince Harry

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 16:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: Firefighters are still trying to put out a major fire which completely closed down Kingsway yesterday.

#Cityread month

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries

tweets: April is #cityread month! Borrow "Rivers of London" & meet author @Ben_Aaronovitch at Kensington Cen. Lib. 20 April

Woman arrested over terror funding

A woman has been arrested in south London on suspicion of raising funds for terrorism.

Scotland Yard's terror unit said the 44-year-old was in custody while officers continued to search the residential property she was found in.

Ill crane driver rescued 100ft up

London Fire Brigade

tweets: We rescued a crane driver taken ill
100ft off the ground in #Peckham

Peckham crane

National Grid on the Holborn fire

Here's the latest statement from the National Grid on the

Holborn fire: "National Grid is working to isolate the 8" gas pipe in Kingsway, Holborn which has been damaged by the recent fire in the utility tunnel.

"We are working with the emergency services and other utilities during this incident.

"The priority is to safely isolate the gas pipe and minimise the effect on gas supplies in the area.

"This is a challenging operation due to the fire's location, access to our gas pipe and other utilities in close proximity. We cannot just turn a valve and switch off the gas because of safety reasons and impact on the gas network.

"We continue to work with the emergency services and other utility companies during this incident."

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 15:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: Firefighters say they're dealing with a "technically difficult" incident as they continue to tackle the underground electrical fire which caused "pavements to explode" in central London yesterday.

City of London Festival launch


City of London Festival will return to the capital this summer. The event will feature a Wren Church Marathon challenge with morn-to-midnight choral performances and a performance of 1960's musical How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, featuring Apprentice star Nick Hewer and a chorus of office choirs.

Trapeze artist Natasha McGhie, with string quartet Bowjangles, during City of London Festival launch event

Trapeze artist Natasha McGhie, with string quartet Bowjangles, performed at the launch of the Festival, at the Sky Garden on top of 20 Fenchurch Street. This year sees the return of the Festival's giant inflatable Bowler Hat, which will used as a venue for comedy, cabaret and circus performances.

Mamma Mia cancelled due to Holborn fire

Mamma Mia

tweets: Due to circumstances beyond our control today's matinee (2 Apr 2015 3pm) of MAMMA MIA! has been cancelled More Info:

Palace makes £23m profit

BBC Sport

Crystal Palace made a pre-tax profit of £23m and enjoyed a record turnover in their first season back in the Premier League.

James McArthur (left)

The club were promoted from the Championship in 2013, when they made only £3.5m profit on a £14.5m turnover.

Dry afternoon

It should be a largely dry afternoon with some periods of sunshine, although these are likely to be rather hazy, with an increasing amount of cloud.

Top temperature: 11C (52F).

QPR boss: 'Being black harms job prospects'

QPR boss

Chris Ramsey has said being black will make it more difficult to find work should he leave Loftus Road.

Chris Ramsey
Getty Images

The 52-year-old will remain in charge of the Premier League side until the end of the season but said "any manager of any race" struggles to find work but it is more difficult "as a black man".

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 14:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: Firefighters say they're dealing with a "technically difficult" incident as they continue to tackle the underground electrical fire which caused "pavements to explode" in central London yesterday.

Have your say on the NHS

BBC London

General Election 2015

Do you want to have your say on the NHS at the

@BBCLondon949 live election debate? Monday 20 April? E-mail for details.

Bus delays

TfL Bus Alerts

tweet: Buses in Central London are on diversion and subject to hour delays due to a fire at Kingsway. Check yr route

Watch: Latest footage of Holborn fire

via Facebook

Go to the

BBC London Facebook page to watch the
latest footage from the
fire in Holborn which is continuing to burn more than 24 hours after it started.

Holborn fire

Marble-throwing protestor sentenced

A protester who tried to

disrupt Prime Minister's Questions by throwing marbles at MPs in the House of Commons has been give a 12-week suspended sentenced.

Steven Abberley, 28, from Sutton, sparked a security alert during the debate on 22 October after a loud bang was heard as the marbles hit the glass security screen, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard.

Abberley, pleaded guilty to using threatening words and behaviour and also admitted criminal damage after scrawling offensive graffiti on a wall on the parliamentary estate last May.

BBC London news

Alice Bhandhukravi

Presenter/Reporter, BBC London

On the programme just at 13:30 on

BBC One we'll have the
latest on the fire in Holborn and the latest on the weather.

Easter lemurs

Lemurs at

London Zoo dig into hollowed out papier mache eggs filled with steamed vegetable to celebrate Easter.

Easter lemur
Easter Lemur

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 13:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: Firefighters say they're dealing with a "technically difficult" incident as they continue to tackle the underground electrical fire which caused "pavements to explode" in central London yesterday.

Blackwall Tunnel partially closed

TfL Traffic News

tweets: The Blackwall Tunnel is closed northbound due to a broken down vehicle. Tailbacks are reaching Blackwall Lane.

Blindfolded student smashes Rubik's Cube world record

Thunderbirds Are Go

A replica of Thunderbird 4 travels past the Houses of Parliament to celebrate the launch of ITV's new television series Thunderbirds Are Go.


Easter travel information

Paul Murphy-Kasp

Journalist, BBC London

If you're itching to get on that train, plane or bus to start your Easter weekend then maybe just cast your eyes over our

Easter travel information guide first to make sure your plans don't go amiss.

Oxford University rowers rescued by RNLI

Oxford University's women's rowing team had to be rescued by
Chiswick RNLI yesterday during choppy conditions while training for the University Boat Race.

Oxford University's Women's Boat Club rescued

While passing through Putney the RNLI noticed an eight was swamped and the coaches were in the process of removing athletes to a nearby barge.

The RNLI helped rescue the team and the sunken eight was later recovered.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story in the capital at noon on

BBC London 94.9: Several London theatres are still without power following yesterday's fire under a pavement in Holborn.

Debating the debate in Ealing

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

I've seen Labour on its campaign trail outside Northfields tube in Ealing Central & Acton constituency this morning.

Labour campaigning - Northfields

Rupa Huq for Labour told me she believes constituents would watch the

Leader debate tonight and it could give parties a boost ahead of the General Election.

The other local candidates were not available to talk to me, but you'll hear more from them on BBC London TV later.

Three colleges 'could join forces'

Three colleges - Redbridge, Newham and Tower Hamlets colleges -

could join forces to form a federation in response to "unprecedented cuts" to funding, the Wanstead and Woodford Guardian reports.