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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday
  2. Updates on 13 April 2015

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That's all from us today, we will be back at 08:00 tomorrow bringing you all the latest news, weather and travel for London. Have a good evening.

Sunny spells and a light breeze

BBC Weather

It will be fine during the evening with sunny spells for many and a light breeze. While many areas should retain largely clear skies overnight, some southern places such as Epsom may see areas of low cloud and mist spread northwards overnight.

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

Boy quizzes London Fire Brigade

A six-year-old boy has written to London Fire Brigade to ask "why they didn't use foam" to fight the Holborn fire, after

having watched BBC News.
Here's why LFB didn't.

Picture from six-year-old child
London Fire Brigade

Appeal after acid attack and stabbing

Police are appealing for information after a teenage boy was stabbed and a 20-year-old had acid thrown into his face in Fulham. south-west London.

Officers were called to St Marks Close at 00:40 on 10 April after a 19-year-old was stabbed and a 20-year-old man was dragged into a car, which police say is a silver Mercedes C220 Estate.

Around 10 minutes later, they found the man, thought to have been forced into the car, on Beverley Way. He had been attacked with acid and assaulted.

'Mad men' cats need new home

Seven neglected cats at

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home named after Mad Men characters are looking for new homes.

Peggy, Betty, Joan, Megan, Sally, Dawn and Trudy were brought to the centre after being found abandoned in a box with no food or water at a local dog boarding kennels.

Star Wars exhibit prepared at Madame Tussauds

Wax figures of Princess Leia and Jabba the Hutt are being set up at Madame Tussauds as part of a new Star Wars exhibition which will open to the public on 16 May.

Madame Tussauds' Princess Leia and Jabba the Hut

Health tourism focus

BBC London News

How much is health tourism costing London taxpayers?

Tonight's programme at 18.30 on BBC One looks at figures from King's College Hospital, which was out of pocket £7.8m for treatments from overseas patients last financial year.

QPR to ban fans who hurled 'missiles' at pitch

BBC Sport

Queen's Park Rangers say they will "indefinitely" ban any fans who threw "missiles" such as coins and plastic bottles at the pitch during their match against Chelsea yesterday.

CCTV footage of the incident is being reviewed by the club, who say they will liaise with police.

Professor Green named Calm patron

Hackney-born singer and songwriter Professor Green, 31, has been named the new patron of Calm, the charity dedicated to preventing male suicide in the UK.

Professor Green
Getty Images

Calm (

Campaign Against Living Miserably) has supported more than 30,000 callers over the last year via its helpline and webchat.

£5 mugging victim 'could have died'

Judge Recorder Andrew Mitchell said the

attack on 92-year-old Stanley Evans could have been fatal.

He said: "The victim in the case could easily have died, not through any other reason than just snatching something from him, and causing him therefore to fall down, and he could have just gone at that age."

The judge added he was a "very small, frail man".

Delays on M25 after pile-up

BBC Travel

The M25 anticlockwise is down to a single lane between J7 at the M23 and J6 at Godstone after a multi-vehicle collision.

Traffic is queuing back through J7.

There are severe delays on the Hammersmith and City Line between Liverpool Street and Barking after a signal failure at Whitechapel and on the Metropolitan line south from Wembley Park to Aldgate.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 17:00: A man is in a stable condition in hospital after having a corrosive liquid thrown in his face.

It's also thought the 20-year-old student swallowed some of the liquid and has injuries to his throat.

The man is believed to have been dragged into a car in Fulham and was later discovered by police officers in Kingston.

Live cricket: Middlesex v Nottinghamshire

Kevin Hand

BBC London 94.9 cricket reporter

Middlesex scrambled to 158-7 at tea on day two at Lord's as Nottinghamshire forced an inexplicable middle order collapse in the afternoon session.

James Harris at Middlesex hits out
ALLSPORT/Getty Images
James Harris at Middlesex hits out

Replying to the visitors 298, the hosts had a nervy scrap to avoid the follow of 249 as wicketkeeper John Simpson has steered the tail with his unbeaten 26.

Middlesex's chances in the match have been further hampered by the broken hand suffered by their batsman Dawid Malan in the field yesterday.

A&E waiting times

Fifteen out of 22 patients who spent more than 12 hours waiting in A&E in the week ending 5 April were at King's College Hospital,

NHS England figures show.

Mugged OAP was 'easy victim'

Solomon Bygraves, who is homeless and has 21 convictions for 49 offences, had his head in his hands as the sentencing hearing began earlier.

Mr Evans, a retired camera assistant who worked on films such as Brighton Rock in 1947, was not in court for the sentencing.

His lawyer Richard Sedgwick said there appeared to be some evidence of "targeting". "Mr Evans presents as an easy victim," he added.

Breaking£5 pensioner mugger jailed

The man who mugged a 93-year-old for £5 has been sentenced to 30 months in jail.

Stanley Evans

Solomon Bygraves, 29, robbed Stanley Evans (pictured) in the entrance to his block of flats in Soho as the older man returned from a shopping trip.

Southwark Crown Court heard in Mr Evans' statement: "He tried to con me by offering to help me with my bags, I believe purely to get into the block of flats to rob me."

Appeal after Ilford hit and run

The Met Police are appealing for information and a potential witness following a hit and run collision which left a woman in a critical condition.

The 42-year-old was crossing the road outside an easyGym when she was hit in Winston Way, Ilford, by a dark coloured car, believed to be a Vauxhall Vectra.

Police say the driver of a silver Audi could have vital information about the incident, which happened on Saturday at 01:48.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 16:00: Rush hour travellers have had a "nightmare Monday" commute across London after a series of unrelated rail and Tube train delays.

Seven separate failures affected Southeastern passengers through London Bridge, which then created overcrowding at Victoria and Canada Water. Network Rail and Transport for London have apologised to passengers.

'Frack free' zone declared

Waltham Forest Guardian

Campaigners have taken their battle to protect the planet one step further in Waltham Forest by declaring Walthamstow Village a 'frack free' area,

reports Zoie O'Brien.

'Don't lurch to the right or left' - Clegg's urges Londoners

Mr Clegg adds: "The last thing a big thriving city like this needs is a lurch to the right or the left.

Nick Clegg

"The only way we are actually going to balance the books, do it fairly and invest in our schools, in our nurseries, in our colleges, in our NHS is by electing more Liberal Democrat MPs on 7 May."

'Don't dance to the tune of Nigel Farage' - Clegg pleads

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

Deputy PM Nick Clegg wraps up: "The last thing that London needs and the last thing that this country needs is a lurch to the right.

"Just imagine a conservative minority administration dancing to the tune of Nigel Farage, in hoc to the swivel-eyed brigade on the right wing of the conservative backbenches.

"Just imagine an Ed Miliband administration dancing to the tune of Alex Salmond."

Video: Edmonton family seeks answers over woman's death

The family of a woman from north London, who died in India last month,

are demanding answers about the circumstances surrounding her death.

Seeta Saini

The husband of Seeta Saini, from Edmonton, says she passed away during her sleep. Indian police, investigating the death, have confirmed they are carrying out forensic tests.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 15:00:

Police are continuing to a question a man on suspicion of conspiring to murder a Syrian preacher who was found shot dead in his car in Wembley.

London 'benefited from Lib Dems'

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

Nick Clegg said if his party "hadn't stepped up to the plate back in 2010" the economy in London "would not now be growing as it is".

"We wouldn't have more people in work than ever before; we wouldn't have all the apprentices that are now taking up apprenticeships and have the millions of people who got tax cuts because we raised the point at which they pay income tax.

"The pensioners of London wouldn't be getting a fairer deal, little kids at primary school wouldn't be getting healthy meals at lunchtime. The list goes on. I'm really proud of that and I'm hear to campaign on that record."

Clegg defends Lib Dems' record

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

The deputy PM Nick Clegg has told BBC London 94.9 he's determined to make sure his party doesn't lose any of its seats in London.

Nick Clegg in south London today
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg in London today

The Lib Dems currently hold seven seats in London, which both Labour and the Conservatives are fighting to take out of their hands.

Speaking from Carshalton Mr Clegg said he did not listen to polls that paint a dismal outcome in the capital for his party: "I'm determined to make sure that doesn't happen... I'm just a campaigning politician. I believe passionately that the Lib Dems have done a great job in government."

Woman and child in hit and run

A woman and a child are in hospital after a car hit them during morning rush hour in Wood Green.

The car struck them in High Road at about 08:40. A second child was also hit and has minor injuries.

The driver stopped at the scene but no arrests have been made.

Video: Clegg 'mobbed' in south London

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

Nick Clegg is in there somewhere. He was

mobbed by supporters and a few protesters outside St Helier's Hospital in south London on campaign trail visit #GE2015

Live cricket: Middlesex v Nottinghamshire

Kevin Hand

BBC London 94.9 cricket reporter

Cricket bat and ball

Middlesex reach lunch on 70-2, a reasonably solid start to their innings under leaden skies in London.

Nottinghamshire earlier fell short of a third batting point as they were skittles for 298.

The pitch and ball are behaving well for an early season match but the hosts must this afternoon beware their Achilles heel of recent seasons - the middle order collapse.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 14:00:

Network Rail has apologised after seven separate signal problems caused major problems for passengers in south London this morning.

Police look for 'vulnerable' teen

Rossana Manuel
Metropolitan Police

A "vulnerable" teenage girl who went missing from

Abbey Wood on 28 March is still missing, say police.

Rossana Manuel, 15, went missing from Shaw Close and has since been seen travelling on a 53 bus from Greenwich towards Deptford on on 10 April.

She is black, around 5ft 4ins tall, of slim build with long plaited afro-style hair, police say, and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black jacket and grey coloured trainers.

Clegg's London ambitions

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

tweets: My vine of Nick Clegg popping into a bakery in Carshalton on the campaign trail #GE2015. He says that his candidates will hold onto seven London seats.

Lunchtime news

BBC London News

In our 13:35 bulletin on BBC One: The family of a woman from north London, who died in India last month, are demanding answers about the circumstances surrounding her death.

The husband of Seeta Saini, from Edmonton, says she passed away during her sleep. Police, trying to discover why she died, have confirmed they are carrying out forensic tests.

Esher 'number one tax hotspot'

Esher in Surrey is Britain's number one income tax hotspot, due to celebrity neighbours and commuter links to the City,

research by an accountancy firm shows.

Mick Hucknall

Frank Lampard, Gary Lineker, Mick Hucknall (pictured) and Chris Tarrant all live in the area, which has seen the average income tax rise by 8% between 2012 and 2013.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 13:00: A body found in a canal in Paddington last Tuesday has been confirmed as an 85-year-old man who had been reported missing from St Mary's Hospital.

Stanley Henry came from Stratford and police say his death isn't being treated as suspicious.

Clegg 'checks out' art gallery

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

tweets: Nick Clegg arrives in Carshalton... Checking out a local art gallery first #GE2015

Lib Dem 'battle bus' in Carshalton

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

tweets: It's also a good day to spot the Lib Dem battle bus in Carshalton... journos and press officers waiting for its arrival #GE2015

Nick Clegg with his tour bus

Rail delays and disruption in Wood Green

BBC Travel

There will be delays of up to

70 minutes to, from and via London Bridge for the next few hours.

The A105 High Road in Wood Green

is closed due to an accident. There are severe delays on the road both ways between Gladstone Avenue junction and Turnpike Lane station. Nine bus routes in the area are diverted.

On the Jubilee line, there are severe delays following this morning's signal failure.

Prince challenges Farage to Hyde Park duel

Polish prince Janek Żyliński, whose father led a cavalry charge against the Nazis in 1939 saving 6,000 Jews,

has challenged UKIP leader Nigel Farage to a duel in Hyde Park.

Nigel Farage
Will Mr Farage be up for the challenge?

He says: "I have had enough of the discrimination against Polish people. The most idiotic example I have heard of has been

Nigel Farage blaming migrants for traffic jams on the M4.

"Enough is enough. I would like us to meet in Hyde Park one morning and solve this matter as an 18th century Polish aristocrat and an English gentleman would traditionally do. Are you up for it, Mr Farage?"

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 12:00: Dame Angela Lansbury says she felt like "a million dollars" after she was named Best Supporting Actress at the Olivier Awards for her performance in Blithe Spirit.

At 89 it was her first West End role for 40 years - and her first ever Olivier.

Drowning man in Thames saved

In case you missed it over the weekend: a man whose body went into shock at the cold temperatures of the Thames was saved from drowning in the river last night.


The RNLI says it found the man under Cannon Street struggling to swim, due to the shock of the cold water, and managed to grab him "just before he went under the surface".