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  1. Updates on 14 April 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return from 08:00 Wednesday

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By Pippa Stephens

All times stated are UK

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That's all from us today. Please do join us tomorrow for the latest news, travel and weather updates from 08:00. Have a good evening!

Dry and clear with light winds

BBC Weather

Feeling relatively mild despite it being a clear night.

Some local mist patches may also develop.


Forecaste Kawser Quamer says "overnight it'll be clear and cool."

Minimum Temperature: 8C (46F)

Sheffield Wednesday v Brentford

BBC Sport

Chris Long could miss his third game in a row for Brentford after suffering a knee injury.

Midfielder Lewis Macleod is back in contention from a hamstring injury but may still lack match fitness.

Kick-off at Hillsborough is at 19:45 tonight - read

the full preview here.

Women's fiction prize shortlist includes debut work

A debut novel about a female bee

is one of six titles to be shortlisted for the 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

Clockwise from top left: Rachel Cusk, Laline Paull, Kamila Shamsie, Sarah Waters, Anne Tyler, Ali Smith

The Bees, by Laline Paull (top centre), joins titles by Rachel Cusk (top left), Kamila Shamsie (top right) and Sarah Waters (bottom right) on this year's shortlist. Also nominated are Anne Tyler (bottom centre) and Ali Smith (bottom left).

The winner of this year's prize will be announced at the Royal Festival Hall in London, on 3 June.

On air this evening

BBC London News


BBC London TV news this evening: Imagine having your supper served up every evening without you having to lift a finger.


That's the idea behind "robo-chef" who is capable of preparing any dish you fancy. It is the brainchild of a London-based robotics company. BBC London's Tarah Welsh has been finding out more.

Bolton v Charlton

BBC Sport

Charlton travel to Bolton tonight without Callum Harriott who has an ankle problem but Frederic Bulot, Alou Diarra (pictured left) and Tony Watt are all in with a chance of playing.

alou diarra
Getty Images

Chris Eagles could play against his former club but skipper Johnnie Jackson has not recovered from a leg injury.

Kick-off tonight is at 20:00 and you can read

the full preview here.

London swelters on the hottest day of the year

Londoners mobilise outside to enjoy the sun as temperatures soar to 23C (73F) - around 10C higher than the average for this time of year.

Boat owners in the sunshine on the Regent's Canal
Getty Images

London is likely to trump holiday favourites such as Spain, Italy and Greece in the coming days, forecasters say.

The capital city will enjoy the UK's warmest temperatures, likely to top 24C (75F) on Wednesday.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

In the news at 17:00: A man's been stabbed during a robbery in Lewisham.

Accident on M25 and broken down lorry in Tower Hamlets

BBC Travel

Three has been an accident on the M25 -

the road is blocked and there is queuing traffic clockwise between junction 25 and 26.

Tower Hamlets is also seeing severe delays on the A1203 on The Highway eastbound at the A1202 Dock Street junction due to a broken down lorry.

There are

severe delays on the Circle line clockwise.

No parking outside Royal Baby hospital

Parking restriction notices have been put in place outside the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth.

Parking signs

The yellow signs are in front of the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington.

They come into force tomorrow and run until 30 April - meaning the child is expected by then.

Millwall v Wigan

BBC Sport

Defender Jos Hooiveld (pictured) faces a fitness test as

Millwall prepare to host relegation rivals Wigan tonight at The Den after picking up a knock in training.

jos hooiveld
Getty Images

Winger Paris Cowan-Hall could return after a month-long ankle injury.

Full team news here.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

In the news at 16:00: Detectives are appealing for information following an assault on a teenage girl in Tottenham over the weekend.

Police were called at around 21:00 on Saturday to reports of a man attacking a 15-year-old with a pole in Topham Square near to Risley Avenue.

Police believe a number of people filmed the attack on their mobile phones and have urged anyone who has any footage or information to get in contact.

Chiswick lady who lost her memories asks for help to bring them back

An elderly resident who used to live in Turnham Green

has asked for help in bringing back her memories of growing up in wartime London, according to local blog Chiswick W4.

Eileen Toll, now in her 80s, suffered head injuries after a road traffic accident and has many gaps in her memories.

She lived on Woodstock Road from 1939 to 1975 and was known as Elieen Batson.

LU apologises for this morning's problems

Steve White at London Underground (LU) says he apologises for the earlier disruption on the

District, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines.

Some of the delays were caused by signalling problems.

He says LU is undertaking maintenance work at "key locations" to reduce delays.

Anger over plans to demolish 'historic' Strand buildings

Plans by

King's College London to demolish a row of historic buildings on the Strand are being "strongly objected to" by the Victorian society.

The Strand
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The society says the plans are damaging and will lead to a "blander" London and cause "substantial harm" to the significance of the area.

Demolition would also harm the setting of the Grade I-listed buildings of Somerset House and St Mary le Strand, it says.

Reaction to King's College planned demolition

Thanks to Mike Coxhead, a PhD student at King's College London, who has written in about its proposed demolition of buildings on the Strand.

Mike Coxhead
Brian Cantwell

He says the college's departments have suffered funding and staff cuts in order to fund the redevelopment.

The "violent destruction" reflects King's preoccupation with its image over quality of education, he adds, and warns its "education and research will rapidly disappear along with the Strand's historic buildings" as long as students and education are seen as commodities in this way.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

In the news at 15:00: A man will appear in court after being charged with the murder of Syrian-born preacher Abdul Hadi Arwani.

Leslie Cooper, 36, will appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court this afternoon. Mr Arwani, a critic of the Assad regime, was shot dead in Wembley Park on 7 April.

A history of social housing

From Lloyd George's promise of "homes fit for heroes" to Margaret Thatcher's dream of a property-owning democracy, housing has been at the centre of British politics for more than a century.

social housing
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Key pledges ahead of the 2015 general election show it's rarely mattered more.

BBC Political reporter Brian Wheeler looks at why.

Man charged with preacher murder

A man has been charged with the murder of Syrian-born preacher Abdul Hadi Arwani (pictured) ,

who was found shot dead in his car in north-west London.

Abdul Hadi Arwani
Family handout/PA/Metropolitan Police

Leslie Cooper, 36, will appear before Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court later.

Mr Arwani, a British national, was believed to be a critic of President Bashar al-Assad - The father of six was found shot dead in the Greenhill area of the city on 7 April.

Jamieson struggles in London

Nick Hope

BBC Olympic sports reporter

The big talking point from the opening morning of the British Championships in London concerns

the form of 2012 Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson.

Michael Jamieson

2014 was a tough year for the Scottish swimmer after the pre-Commonwealth Games favourite was beaten to Glasgow gold by team-mate Ross Murdoch.

Jamieson has qualified for tonight's 200m breaststroke final, but only with the seventh quickest time and he is some four seconds short of the World Championship qualification mark - so could miss out on selection."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

In the news at 14:00: A man will appear in court after being charged with the murder of Syrian-born preacher Abdul Hadi Arwani. Leslie Cooper, 36, will appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court this afternoon.

Paramedic called to aid of ‘collapsed bird’ finds dying pigeon

London 24


In case you missed it yesterday afternoon,

an ambulance was called out to a dying pigeon in Southall.


Paramedic Rachel Lack says she arrived on the scene to four people clustered around a faltering bird, which had collapsed on the floor.

"I asked if they had called an ambulance for the pigeon and they said they had," she says. "They were surprised to learn that the ambulance service is for humans and not animals".

Coming up on air

BBC London News

On the

lunchtime news today: We will be hearing from transport correspondent Tom Edwards as Tube users suffer a third day of disruption because of a signal failure on the underground.

The problem was at Edgware Road, affecting the Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines as well as the Metropolitan line.

BreakingMan charged with imam murder


A man has been charged with the murder of Abdul Hadi Arwani who was found shot dead in his car in Wembley.

Leslie Cooper, 36, has been charged and will appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court in London today, the Crown Prosecution Service says.

Mr Arwani was a critic of the Assad regime in Syria.

Red stripes painted on Kensington townhouse

London Evening Standard


A property developer had bright

red stripes painted on the front of her Kensington townhouse following a dispute about a rejected basement extension.

Red and white striped house

The owner, a property developer, has not been seen since. The council is deciding whether to take action to remove the stripes, which appeared in the middle of the night.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 13:00: David Cameron has launched the Conservatives' election manifesto with a promise to double free childcare for three and four-year-olds whose parents work.

Housing campaigner arrested

A demonstration took place in east London last night after a local housing campaigner was arrested for squatting.

Jasmine Stone, whose housing group Focus E15 was supported by comedian and campaigner Russell Brand, was arrested yesterday afternoon and held at Waltham Forest Custody Centre. She was released without charge.

Middlesex replace Voges with Burns

BBC Sport

Middlesex have signed Australian

Joe Burns as their overseas player for June-July.

Joe Burns
Getty Images

Australia's Adam Voges was to be their captain and overseas player for the whole season but was called up for the Ashes Tour. He will leave after the first month of the season.

Read more on the

BBC Sportsday Live page.

Demonstration causes delays at Kings' Cross

BBC Travel

There are

severe delays on the A501 Euston Road due to a demonstration which is also causing congestion around Kings' Cross station. Police are redirecting traffic.


Circle and Hammersmith & City lines are disrupted due to engineering works.

Missing 12-year-old girl found


Police in Newham who were looking for 12-year-old Evelin Mezei from Newham say they found her at 11:00 this morning "safe and well".

Evelin Mezei
Met Police

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 12:00: A charity claims nearly half of London's 15 to 26-year-olds are nervous about their job prospects and one in eight believe they'll never have the career they want.

Action for Children, which carried out the survey, says young people need to be given more help to get on to the job ladder to give them a sense of worth.

'Robo-chef' for the home launched

Jonathan Amos

Science Correspondent

A London-based company

has made a robotic chef for the home, which learns by capturing the movements of a human when they are preparing a meal.

Moley Robotics kitchen
MOley Robotics

Moley Robotics is demonstrating its concept at this year's Hannover Messe - a big trade fair for industrial technology held annually in Germany.

Former Eurovision singer and election candidate dies

Ronnie Carroll, a former UK Eurovision contestant

who was due to stand in the 2015 general election in north London, has died at the age of 80.

Ronnie Carroll, pictured in 1963

He represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1962 and 1963 with Ring-A-Ding Girl and Say Wonderful Things, finishing fourth both times.

Mr Carroll was due to stand as an independent in the election in the

Hampstead and Kilburn constituency.

Should skyscrapers taper off?

via Facebook

Thanks for all your Facebook comments about

London's proposed skyscraper without a shadow:

Bill Ross

says: We should have the same laws that New York City had in the early part of the 20th century - all skyscrapers had to taper off towards the top. The Walkie Talkie would never have been allowed, although the law must have been relaxed by the time the World Trade Center came into existence.

Ryan Clarke

says: Well as long as these buildings don't
set people's cars on fire again!

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 11:00: Police are trying to trace a man caught on CCTV with a 12-year-old girl an hour after her mother reported her missing from her home in Stratford.

Evelin Mezei, who's from Hungary, only came to the UK six months ago and has never gone missing before.

RAF officer facing jail for breaking commuter’s back while sliding down Tube handrail

London Evening Standard


An RAF Flight Sergeant could be jailed

for breaking a Tube passenger's back in a "prank that went wrong".

Frans Bekker, 50, tried to slide down a handrail at Holborn station in an attempt to show his table-tennis team-mates he "could still move", a court heard.

Police bid to find missing girl

Police investigating the disappearance of a 12-year-old girl in east London have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to.

CCTV image of Evelin Mezei with the man
Met Police

Evelin Mezei has only been in this country for 6 months and the image shows her at about 22:30 last night in Romford Road in Newham, east London.

Evelin Mezei
Met Police

Police are hoping to trace the man as he is the last person to have had contact with the girl.

Kate Winslet admits 'fear of Alan Rickman' at London premiere

Kate Winslet says she would not have been able to act in her latest film had she not managed to

overcome her fear of co-star Alan Rickman, reports the Metro.

Kate Winslet, Helen McCroy and Alan Rickman

She says: "When I first met Alan I was absolutely terrified. I was 19, he was Alan Rickman, and he's got that voice, and I remember meeting him in the hair and make-up trailer and thinking, 'I'm going to die. He thinks I'm rubbish."

She made the comments at the premiere of A Little Chaos in Kensington last night.

Watch: How to make a skyscraper's shadow disappear

As more and more tall buildings puncture the city's skyline, Londoners may fear they are doomed to walk in the gloom, cut off from what little sunlight the capital has to offer.


But a new technology developed by an architecture firm based in London's Tech City

might solve this problem.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 10:00: The Greens are launching their manifesto this morning, with a promise to raise the top rate of tax of 60% for the highest earners.

They are calling for an end to austerity with a promise to take back the NHS from the private sector, cut public transport fares by 10%and provide free social care for the elderly.