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Low cloud to spread

BBC Weather

After a sunny evening across the city, low cloud will spread quickly westwards to affect most places by midnight with a few fog hill patches also likely during the early hours of tomorrow.

Minimum temperature: 2C (36F)

Homeless camper finds flat

A homeless man who lived in a tent in South Norwood Country Park over the winter has found a flat,

reports the Croydon Guardian.

South Norwood Country Park
Croydon Council

Steven Mattin lived in the park for seven months and was refused help from Croydon Council, but was re-housed with the help of estate agents Caridon Property Services.

It helped him apply for emergency funding for a deposit on a flat and for housing benefit to cover some of the £724 rent.

Coalition song

Green Party video
Green Party

The Green party will be hoping a music video shot by a London advertising agency helps it score election victory when it is

aired tomorrow night.

Shoreditch-based Creature of London directed the film, which portrays actors playing David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage in a boy band called Coalition.

Their song has "been at number one for about 200 years", the party say.

Busking in Paris

BBC London News

On tonight's tea-time news on BBC One at 18:30, Benjamin Clementine, a self-taught musician who's gone from busking in Paris to becoming one of the most listened to artists on the internet, speaks to BBC London's arts correspondent Brenda Emmanus.

The 25-year-old, raised in Edmonton, will be talking about his road from homelessness to fulfilling his dream.

A feast fit for a Lord

House of Lords


The peers' dining room at the House of Lords is

opening up to the public for the first time.


Diners can choose from a three-course menu including slow cooked ox-cheek, game terrine, potted sea trout and crab - at £35 per person - but are advised to "dress smart".

The rooms will be open between 14 April and 8 May.

Tea-time traffic

BBC Travel

There are delays on First Great Western services of up to 30 minutes between Paddington and Slough due to earlier signalling problems.

Two lanes are closed and traffic is queuing due to a multi-vehicle accident on the M25 clockwise between J20 on the A41 (Kings Langley) and J21 on the M1.

The A4200

Kingsway is still closed with severe delays in both directions in central London.

Plaque to honour Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury, the former frontman of Queen, will have a blue plaque dedicated to him in his hometown of Feltham,

reports Get West London.

Freddie Mercury

The English Heritage sign will likely be placed near his home on Gladstone Avenue where he lived in the 1960s.

Police chase men who stole cannabis

Three men have been arrested after stealing a "large quantity" of cannabis plants from a house being used as a factory for the drug,

the Met Police say.

The men forced their way into the house and took around 100 plants, shuttling them into a Honda Civic, at the address in Harold Hill in east London.

After seeing police, the men dumped the Honda and drove away in another car before being arrested on the M11. All three are in a north-east London police station where they remain in custody.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 17:00: Two women have told Southwark Crown Court how they were 'smacked on the bottom' by an Army recruiting sergeant during the application process for a career in the armed forces.

Edwin Mee allegedly targeted 11 women, some as young as 15, while working as a recruiting sergeant in Croydon. Mr Mee denies all the charges.

Jihadi brides

BBC London 94.9

Tonight on

Drivetime just after 17:00, Eddie Nestor will be talking to Fatima Salaria, director of the
BBC Two documentary Jihadi Brides airing this evening.

A girl wearing a Hijab

The documentary hears from some of the parents of girls who have run away from home to join the so-called Islamic State.

Eddie will also be talking to experts about air pollution, as London is set to have the worst fog in a year on Friday.

Hunt for killer of Errol McKenzie

A reward of

£20,000 has been offered by police for information leading to the killer of a man shot dead in east London five years ago.

Errol McKenzie was shot three times in the chest at close range on 11 April 2010, at the Seymour Road playing fields in Leyton.

Errol McKenzie
Metropolitan Police
Errol McKenzie died from a gunshot wounds to the chest

He had travelled back from Tottenham the night he died but police don't know how.

Footballer suspected of shoplifting at Harrods

Ex-Premier League footballer Andrea Dossena

has been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at London department store Harrods, the BBC has learned.

Andrea Dossena
Getty Images

The Leyton Orient defender, who used to play for Liverpool, was held in Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, yesterday.

London 'warmer than Athens' tomorrow

With highs of 18C (64F) tomorrow, London will be warmer than Athens, which will peak at 11C (52F),

says BBC Weather.

Map of the world with London and Athens

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 16:00: Detectives from Scotland Yard are hunting thieves who raided a safety deposit vault in Hatton Garden.

Female teacher in court over sex abuse allegations

A teacher has appeared in court in connection with alleged historic child sex abuse at a southwest London public school.

Carol Chandler, 53, is accused of indecently assaulting a boy under the age of 16 in the 1980s at the St Paul's School in Barnes.

She appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court and her case was adjourned until 21 April at Southwark Crown Court.

Would abolishing non-dom rule be bad for London?

Robert Peston

Economics editor

Kensington: A ghetto for the super-rich?
Getty Images

The second after I spoke on the Today Programme about Labour's plan to abolish long-term non-dom status I was phoned by a banker I've known for years who said he was desperately worried that the

reform would be hugely damaging for London.

How so?

Well he pointed to foreign tycoons such as Lakshmi Mittal who have moved to London and brought chunks of their multinational businesses here - and have therefore created useful employment.

Are non-doms bad for UK?

Robert Peston

Economics editor

Among the UK's 120,000 or so non-doms,

not all are tax-avoiding multi-millionaires and billionaires.

Some are foreign doctors or nurses recruited by the NHS, some are foreigners with skills badly needed by British companies, others are students - all of whom come to Britain for a while, often for the benefit of this country, but regard their homes as some other part of the world.

Ed Miliband says he does not want to send a signal to these non-doms that they are not welcome here.

'It is you who needs the Army'

Edwin Mee, the Army sergeant accused of rape and sexual assault, "kept girls to himself" rather than pass them on for a final stage of interview, as is protocol, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Mee allegedly asked one of the girls to see the body piercing in her stomach area and then slapped her bottom when she took a test.

After she complained, he allegedly told her "it is you who needs the Army".

Army 'bully' allegedly raped teenage girls

Edwin Mee

An Army recruitment sergeant described as "bullying"

abused his position of trust and power to rape young female cadets in Croydon, a court heard.

Edwin Mee (pictured), 45, allegedly carried out the attacks on 11 victims, some as young as 15, when he was working at an Army recruitment centre.

Prosecutor Rosina Cottage told court he "gauged" the girls' vulnerability to talk to them about sex, touch them and "most serious of all to rape those over whom he had established the strongest control".

Dulwich bridge crash

Train at Dulwich
Southwark News

Southwark News has captured this impressive photo of the train stuck on a bridge at Dulwich after a lorry crashed into it earlier.

London Fire Brigade said no one was injured and it managed to transfer all 89 passengers onto another train to continue their journeys.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 15:00:

Scotland Yard says detectives are working to identify and contact the owners of between 60 and 70 safety deposit boxes that were raided in Hatton Garden.

Out and about in Croydon Central

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

Have been out today with the Croydon Central frontrunners. Conservative Gavin Barwell

@BackBarwell and Labour's Sarah Jones
@LabourSJ #GE2015 I'll tell
@BBCLondon949 what they said later.

UKIP candidate Peter Staveley told me he is spending more time campaigning in a neighbouring constituency than his own. Other candidates will be listed on in coming days.

Artists being priced out of the city 'an issue'

Mr Vaizey told Robert Elms on his BBC London 94.9 show: "What is galling for artists is when they go to an area like Shoreditch and after being there for 10 years the prices have gone through the roof. I do agree this is an issue."

Tracey Emin
Tracey Emin started out selling her artwork from a shop she owned with fellow artist Sarah Lucas in Shoreditch in 1993

He says artists' spaces should be planned for when housing developments are built, along with facilities such as GP's surgeries.

"We should think wider than theatre," he adds.

Afternoon weather

It will be another dry afternoon with cloud developing at times but still plenty of strong sunshine. It will be warm again for most and feel pleasant in light winds.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F)

Passengers transferred after bridge crash

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

Dulwich bridge crash
London Fire Brigade

A lorry has crashed into a rail bridge which had a passenger train travelling across it at the time.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said it was called at about 11:25 after a "grabber" on the lorry hit the bridge in Village Way, north Dulwich.

LFB said no one was injured and it managed to transfer all 89 passengers onto another train to continue their journeys.

Passenger Paul Coggins said he was trapped on the train for over an hour.

Network Rail said an engineer is currently on site inspecting the bridge further and should any structural defect be found, then it will have to stop trains for repairs to be made.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 14:00:

The debate on whether London gets too much arts funding compared to the rest of the UK is 'misleading', Culture minister Ed Vaizey has told Robert Elms in a wide-ranging interview about arts and culture.

Lorry hits bridge at Dulwich

London Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade

tweets: A lorry has hit a railway bridge narrowly missing an on coming train near in #Dulwich. No injuries © @Paul_Coggins

Cuts 'difficult' for arts

On the subject of cuts to arts funding, Culture minister Ed Vaizey told Robert Elms on

BBC London 94.9: "It has been a difficult time."

He says he is trying to get more black, Asian and minority ethnic people in the media as "by no means are we at the end" of the process.

Mr Vaizey says he will also look at what the obstacles are for people from low income, disadvantaged backgrounds getting into the theatre.

Lunchtime news

Louisa Preston

Journalist, BBC London

Coming up just after 13:35 on BBC One: The mother of a London girl has spoken for the first time about her shock after finding out her daughter had joined the so-called Islamic State.

Ed Vaizey 'UK culture booming'

Robert Elms

Presenter, BBC London 94.9

Culture minister Ed Vaizey is speaking to Robert Elms on

BBC London 94.9.

Ed Vaizey

He says his job has got more credibility over the past few years as the arts are "doing well" with the film industry, animation, video gaming industry "booming".

He says: "Our creative industries are our "calling card" around the world."

Train services suspended

Billy Reeves

BBC London Travel

Train services are suspended on Southern between London Bridge and West Croydon, and between London Bridge and Beckenham Junction due to a road vehicle hitting a bridge at Queen's Road, Peckham.

Clegg's wife campaigns in north London

Nick Clegg's wife hit the campaign trail today in London, insisting the Liberal Democrats "deserve" to be re-elected in May after putting the country above their party for five years "at great personal cost".

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez and Lynne Featherstone

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez appeared alongside Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone, who is battling to defend a near 7,000 majority in the north London seat of Hornsey and Wood Green.

Ms Gonzalez Durantez rarely appears alongside her husband, but is expected to campaign for women candidates until 7 May.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 12:00: It is claimed more than 100,000 people a year don't get the care and support they need towards the end of their lives.

Researchers at the London School of Economics say the palliative care system needs a major overhaul to meet growing demand from an ageing population.

Severe delays around King's Cross

BBC Travel

There are

severe delays on the A5203 eastbound due to an accident on York Way at King's Cross. The road is closed eastbound at the A5200 York Way junction.

There is also severe disruption in Holborn, both ways on the A4200 between the A4 at Aldwych junction and Holborn station due to last week's


Tory resit plan for pupils with poor Sats results

Sean Coughlan

Education correspondent

Pupils in England who get poor results in their Sats at the end of primary school

will face a resit in secondary school if the Conservatives form the next government.

It would mean 100,000 pupils taking a new test in English and maths during their first secondary year.

Hammersmith Flyover to close

The Hammersmith Flyover will be closed westbound for the next three weekends,

says Transport for London.

The closures, caused by work to waterproof and resurface the road, will start on 22:30 on Friday until 05:00 on Monday from the 10, 17 and 24 April.

Passport checks for 'all passengers'

Data on all passengers leaving the UK will be collected and handed to the Home Office

under a scheme being phased in at ports and border crossings.

Passport check
Getty Images

Transport staff will record details of all travellers leaving by commercial air, sea and rail transport, particularly affecting people using cross-channel ferries and the Channel Tunnel.

Arsenal midfielder 'ready' for return after ankle injury

BBC Sport

Jack Wilshere (right)
Getty Images

Arsenal midfielder

Jack Wilshere says he is ready for a first-team return after playing for the Under-21 side following a serious ankle injury.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 12:00: A jury has been told an Army recruitment sergeant abused his position of trust to rape or sexually assault female cadets as young as 15 in south London.

Edwin Mee allegedly attacked 11 victims while he was working at the Mitcham Barracks Army Careers Centre in 2010 and 2011. The 45-year-old from Croydon denies all 17 charges against him.