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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 9 April 2015

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That's all from Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London. Have a good evening.

Mother duck

Think you're busy? This mallard is grappling with 17 ducklings.

Duck and ducklings
WWT. Org. Uk

She lives at the

WWT Wetlands Centre in Barnes, where staff say the chicks may not actually all belong to her. Mallards have a habit of laying their eggs in the nests of others....

Dry with light winds

BBC Weather

There will be plenty of sunshine through the evening then another dry night with light winds. Fog patches will develop inland again as temperatures dip, particularly in the east in places like Loughton.

Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).

Teen cautioned over Welbeck tweet

A teenage boy arrested after sending an allegedly racist tweet aimed at Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has been cautioned.

The 15-year-old was held and questioned on suspicion of racial abuse following the posting of a message on Twitter.

Mayor Boris tours south London

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has been touring south London to rally support for three Conservative parliamentary candidates.

Boris Johnson

He focused on the Liberal Democrat seats of Kingston and Surbiton and Sutton and Cheam before going to the marginal Conservative seat Croydon Central.

Sale of ceramic poppies raises millions

All of the ceramic poppies from last year's

installation at the Tower of London have been sold, say the organisers.

An aerial view from The Shard (4 November 2014)

It said 860,000 poppies had gone to new homes and the final few were being delivered. Each of the six charity partners, including Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion, received £1.2m.

Ex-Spurs stars to play for charity

TV host Mark Wright is to lead a team of celebrities against a side of ex-Tottenham players for a charity football match.

Actor Daniel Mays is managing the team of famous faces, which also includes Heart FM's JK and model and actor Paul Sculfor, for the game hosted by

Haven House Children's Hospice in Woodford Green and
St Joseph's Adult Hospice in Hackney.

Among the Spurs legends taking to the pitch at Leyton Orient FC are Teddy Sheringham, Mark Falco and Darren Anderton, and actress Pauline Quirke, whose mother was cared for at St Joseph's, will lead out the celebrity team which also includes her son, Charlie Quirke.

On air tonight

BBC London News

On the programme at 18:30 on BBC One, reporter Emma North is live at Alexandra Palace talking about the high levels of air pollution predicted in the capital tomorrow.

It's estimated such pollution causes 4,000 people in London to die prematurely each year.

Video: Star born out of busking

A self-taught

north London musician has gone from busking in Paris to being one of the most listened to artists on the internet.

Benjamin Clementine

Benjamin Clementine, from Edmonton, fell in love with the piano at the age of six. He speaks about his road from homeless in France to performing a sell-out show at the Barbican.

Suspension for paramedic who 'failed' public

A paramedic who ignored a 999 call from a woman, thought to be pregnant, because he wanted to finish his shift on time has been suspended for 12 months.

Tribunal chair Julian Weinberg told Edmund Daly he "seriously undermines" public confidence and he had "failed to make service users his main concern".

Mr Daly was an

London Ambulance Service team leader at the time.

Pollution worries - hot air?

via Facebook

Thank you to all of you who have commented on our

Facebook page about the pollution warnings today.

Tina Brown

says: "It is from the continent the bad air today, not from the UK, due to the movement of air and low cloud base. We are working on air quality and it has improved fabulously.

Pollution in London

"You should have lived here in the 1980's. London is brilliant."

Jay Wilcox

writes: "Isn't it time the EU issued rules to these dirty air countries in the EU and told them to clean up their act or pay Britain for their dirty air.

"I'm sick of hearing that its one rule for the EU and one rule against the UK, it has never been an equal playing ground."

Rape poster

BBC London 94.9


Drivetime tonight, Eddie Nestor will be speaking to feminist journalist Victoria Smith about the anti-rape poster
currently causing controversy.

Call the show on 020 7224 2000.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 17:00: Scotland Yard has revealed there's no sign of forced entry to the building in London's jewellery district that was raided by thieves over the Easter weekend.

Lindo Wing confirmed for royal birth

Kate and William

The Duchess of Cambridge plans to give birth to her second child at the

Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London, it has been confirmed.

The royal couple do not know the sex of their child, officials also said. It is believed Catherine's due date is in the second half of this month.

Prince George, Prince William and Prince Harry were all born in the wing.

Heat map helped conquer Holborn fire

London Fire Brigade

tweets: Invaluable images from @NPAS_Redhill helped us see where the hotspots were at #Holbornfire

Infra-red maps showing Holborn fire

Coach bursts into flames

A coach caught fire at a busy road interchange on an A2 sliproad to the M25 near Dartford in Kent.

Dartford coach fire

The single-decker coach had only the driver abroad. Crews were at the scene for an hour at 10:30 this morning, say

Kent Fire & Rescue Service.

Severe delays on Piccadilly line

London Underground

tweets: Severe delays between Acton Town and Heathrow / Uxbridge due to an earlier faulty train. Minor delays on the rest of the line.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 16:00: It has emerged a Syrian-born imam shot dead in north London said in 2012 that he had been sentenced to death by the Syrian regime.

Abdul-Hadi Arwani's body was found in a car in Wembley on Tuesday.

Breast cancer risk test

Scientists have predicted the

odds of women developing breast cancer by looking for errors in their DNA.

It is hoped the findings could transform breast screening, preventive treatments and even hormone replacement therapy to accurately predict the risk of breast cancer.

The work was led by researchers at the Institute of Cancer Research in London and the University of Cambridge.

Nominations for the election close

BBC London

General Election 2015

Nominations for candidates for the general election, along with local and mayoral polls, close today at 16:00.

An initial list of general election candidates is anticipated to be released by 18:00 tomorrow.

For the candidates so far, the BBC's Election 2015 site

has a constituency A-Z listing the known candidates so far.

'We are anxiously waiting for news'

Nick Beake

Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

Met press conference in Hatton Garden this afternoon

One man, Aadil Shaikh, 32, said his father had a box inside.

He said he couldn't get hold of the owners and there'd been little information from the police.

"We're all anxiously waiting for some news. It's criminal to make you wait for 76 hours for any sort of dissemination of information. Why have so many people been made to wait?"

The police say they are in the process of contacting owners.

Retired victim 'cleared out'

Nick Beake

Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

One man said police had told him his box had been cleared out.

He recently retired and claimed he had jewellery and watches worth hundreds of thousands of pounds inside his box.

Questions were fired at the officer. Was it an inside job? Had anyone been arrested? How much had been taken?

All he would say is that it's early days, and the investigation continues.

'Chaotic scenes, dust and debris'

Nick Beake

Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

More than 50 journalists packed the street in Hatton Garden as a senior officer from the Flying Squad explained there was no sign of forced entry on the outside of the building.

But inside, he spoke of a chaotic scene with dust and debris hampering the investigation.

Det Chf Insp Paul Johnson said thieves had disabled the communal lift on the second floor and then used the lift shaft to climb down into the basement, where the vault is.

Also gathered were people who owned safety deposit boxes. Some complained that the police hadn't given them enough information.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 15:00: London's Mayor Boris Johnson has told BBC London this afternoon "one cycling death is too many".

He was speaking after a woman died following a collision with a lorry on Lambeth Bridge this morning.

What's in the box?

Jon Kelly

BBC News Magazine

Safe deposit box

A raid in London's jewellery district has affected the owners of many safe deposit boxes.

Once they stored people's most treasured possessions, now they're a service that banks no longer offer.

What's inside them these days?

Hatton Garden jewel heist

Nick Beake

Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

Police say reports that officers attended an alarm here on Friday night will be part of the investigation. Alarm only raised Tues morning.

'Angle grinder, concrete drills and crowbars'

Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd
Getty Images

The Met statement goes on: "They forced open shutter doors into the basement where HGSD is located, then made their way to the vault, where they used a heavy duty drill - the make was a Hilti DD350 - to bore holes into the vault wall. The wall is two metres thick and made of re-enforced concrete.

Once inside they forced open up to 70 safety deposit boxes.

The scene is chaotic. The vault is covered in dust and debris and the floor is strewn with discarded safety deposit boxes and numerous power tools, including an angle grinder, concrete drills and crowbars."

Met statement on Hatton Garden raid


Scotland Yard statement reads: "Initially, police were called at 08:10 on Tuesday, 7 April, to Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd (HGSD) following reports of a burglary which took place over the Easter Bank Holiday.

The building where the theft took place is made up of a number of businesses, with a communal entrance. The safety deposit business is in the basement.

There was no sign of a forced entry to the outside of the building. The thieves have disabled the communal lift on the second floor and then used the lift shaft to climb down into the basement."

'No forced entry' in jewellery raid

BBC News


tweets: "No sign of forced entry" to exterior of building in "sophisticated" #HattonGarden jewellery raid - police

Cycle safety 'improving' despite 'sad' death

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

London Mayor Boris Johnson has told BBC London 94.9 cycle safety in the capital is improving

despite the death of a cyclist this morning.

Bike under wheel of lorry
The cyclist died close to Lambeth Bridge at 09:30 this morning

The woman was killed in a collision with a lorry near Lambeth Bridge in central London. Mr Johnson expressed his condolences but said a lot was being done:

"It'll be no conciliation to the victim's family and friends when I say that the numbers (for cycling collisions) are down when you consider the huge increase in cycling, but one is too many and we need to keep investing in cycling infrastructure improvements. You're seeing that in the huge programme of cycling superhighways of mini-Hollands, of quietways, all the things we're investing in.

"It's about £1m pounds in cycling now and it's quite interesting to see yesterday, Paris announced a cycling vision for Paris which is more or less identical to ours.

"They want a big east-west super highway and a big north-south cycle super highway, so I think we're on the right track. But obviously what happened this morning is very sad."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 14:00:

The London Fire Brigade says there's no evidence arson was to blame for last week's fire in Holborn after one former head of Scotland Yard's Flying Squad suggested it may have been started by a gang which raided a vault in Hatton Garden, less than a mile away.

Afternoon weather

BBC Weather

It will be another fine afternoon to come with plenty of spring sunshine for all areas. With light winds, it will feel warm with temperatures well above average for the time of year.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Demolished pub

BBC London News


Just after 13:35,

the programme will be looking into the story of the Carlton Tavern in Kilburn,
which has been torn down without permission.

The pub was sold last year and an application submitted to Westminster Council for it to be demolished. But the plans were rejected.

The council says it's taking legal advice about whether any future action is possible.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 13:00: Passengers have escaped injury after their coach caught fire at a busy road interchange.

Pictures posted on Twitter showed the coach engulfed in flames and emitting plumes of black smoke at an A2 slip road to the M25 near Dartford. The slip road was closed while firefighters tackled the blaze.

Boris quizzed about housing

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

Mayor Boris Johnson is being questioned by young people at a housing development in Sutton. He tells them that Sutton won't turn into the new Croydon re high rise housing.

Peace and love

London's hippies in the 1960s are making an appearance on local website London24, including singer Joan Baez performing at Trafalgar Square in 1965.

Joan Baez and Bob Dylan
Joan Baez performing with Bob Dylan in 1963

Awaiting Boris

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

tweets: Waiting for Boris @MayorofLondon at housing development in Sutton where Tories hope to unseat Lib Dems #GE2015