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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on 16 April 2015

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That's all from us today, Elaine Okyere is back tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00.

Dry night

BBC Weather

This evening will be bright with patchy cloud and sunshine, although there is perhaps the chance of the odd shower for some. Overnight it will be dry with increasing amounts of clear spells towards dawn.

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

'Bring back Bob' campaign

Bob Marley
Rex Features
Bob Marley died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36

A campaign to raise £5,000 to recreate a mural of legendary reggae singer Bob Marley in Brockley, south-east London, has been launched.

The artwork will be

the centrepiece at the first Brockley Street Art Festival taking place between 29 May and 6 June.

An image of Bob Marley was first painted in Coulgate Street more than 40 years ago.

It was replaced in 2005, but the site was demolished last year to make way for a housing development.

'Sunset safaris' at London Zoo

Watch nocturnal animals such as lemurs come to life as

London Zoo is set to hold late night every Friday from 5 to 17 June.


Scientists and conservationists will be telling stories from the field and evenings will include theatre and live music.

Tea-time news

BBC London News

On BBC One at 18:30: It's well known that money generated in the capital through
taxation subsidises the rest of the country. Last year £34bn pounds raised in taxes left London - the highest amount ever.

But should we be able to keep more of the money we make?

Listen again: Sporting legacy

BBC London 94.9

Phil Parry and Paul Osbourne hosted a fascinating show last night looking at sport funding and participation in London and, in particular, the legacy of the London 2012 Games.

Athlete Louise Hazel (pictured), who specialises in the heptathlon, told Phil many of her sporting colleagues ended up on Job Seeker's Allowance after the 2012 Games because they saw their funding cut.

Louise Hazel
Getty Images

And, Alan Watkinson, Mo Farah's former P.E teacher in west London, said schools wanted to be involved in offering sport to pupils, but the subject often loses out.

Go to BBC iPlayer to hear the special show.

Gypsy musical returns to London

The musical Gypsy returns to the West End

for the first time in 40 years, winning rave reviews for Imelda Staunton.

Imelda Staunton in Gypsy
Imelda Staunton plays Momma Rose

Angela Lansbury, who starred in the original London production, was among the first night audience at the Savoy theatre.

The production won a standing ovation from the audience mid-show.

Trial date for imam murder accused

Leslie Cooper, the man charged with the murder of Syrian-born preacher Abdul Hadi Arwani, will stand trial at the Old Bailey in October.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 17:00: Police investigating the murder of a former Syrian imam, who was found shot dead in Wembley last week, have arrested a 53-year-old woman on suspicion of terror offences.

She is the third person to be arrested in connection with the death of Abdul Hadi Arwani.

Mother charged with son's car fire murder

Tommy Sheldon
Hampshire Police
Tommy Sheldon died two weeks after being pulled from the burning car

The Dartford mother of a five-year-old boy

has appeared in court charged with his murder after he died in a car fire.

Tommy Sheldon died two weeks after being pulled from the inferno by a passer-by in Merdon Castle Lane, Hursley, Hampshire, on 11 August.

His mother Teresa Sheldon, 38, from Leyton Cross Road, Dartford, has also been charged with the attempted murder of another person, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The death of the campaign poster

Brian Wheeler

Political reporter

The parties keep launching election posters but when was the last time you actually saw one in the street? Are we witnessing the death of political advertising?

It all started with a group of

young Conservatives in a car park in north London.

Election campaign poster

There had been memorable general election posters before 1978's "Labour isn't working" but it was that image of a queue of unemployed people - actually the teenage children of Hendon Tory Party members - with a simple, but clever, tagline, plastered across a giant billboard, that changed the whole game.

Labour poster
BBC News

Labour recently unveiled its own take on Labour Isn't Working - depicting a queue of people outside a waiting room, with the legend: "The doctor can't see you now".

It was, naturally, a digital only production but the fact that it was spoofing a poster that is nearly 40 years old demonstrates the enduring power of that campaign.

Artist sculpts out of cheap metal to deter thieves

Artist Conrad Shawcross has made his latest giant

public sculptures out of cheap metal in the hope that it will deter thieves.

Conrad Shawcross
Shawcross, pictured with his latest work, The Nervous System

His looping creations, Three Perpetual Chords, are set to be unveiled on Saturday in London's Dulwich Park.

Cat with '12 wives' seeks home

Get West London

A feral cat nicknamed

Henry VIII due to his 12 "wives" is looking for a new home, says Get West London.

The cat, in the care of Hounslow Animal Welfare Society, was found in a group of 25 living in a garden.

Six of the female cats have been re-homed, but six remain looking for a home along with Henry.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 15:00: Police investigating fraud linked to UK extremists travelling to Syria have charged three men from London with money laundering and fraud offences today.

Wenger 'confident' Walcott will stay

BBC Sport

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is confident

Theo Walcott will sign a new deal with the Premier League club.

The 26-year-old has a year remaining on his current contract and has been linked with a move to Liverpool.

Trio charged in 'Syria' fraud probe

Three London men have been charged following an investigation into fraud linked to UK extremists travelling to Syria.

Warsame Sheik, 29, of White City Estate, west London, Anrul Islam, 23, of Hedgemans Road, Dagenham, east London, and Mohammed Youssfi, 37, of Fulham Road, south-west London, have been charged with various money laundering and fraud offences, Scotland Yard said.

All three were charged with being concerned in the acquisition, retention, use or control of criminal property and with acquiring, use or possession of criminal property in relation to alleged offences between 28 May and 6 June 2014.

Does London get too much arts funding?

David Friend

Senior journalist, BBC London

Robert Elms and Jude Kelly

Jude Kelly, the Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, has been speaking to BBC London 94.9's Robert Elms.

She was asked if London gets too much funding when it comes to the arts.

Her answer might surprise you...

Rugby game to remember WW1 soldiers

Two rival rugby clubs will wear kits replicating those worn in 1915 to play a match commemorating those who died during World War One,

says the Croydon Guardian.

Sutton & Epsom and Streatham & Croydon clubs, rivals since the 1800s, will play against each other on 18 April to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 15:00:

The artistic director of the Southbank Centre Jude Kelly has told BBC London 94.9 this afternoon that London gets too much funding compared to the regions.

Outdoor swimming 'like being hit by lightning'

Newsbeat looks at the risks of swimming outdoors following news of a young man drowning in a London pond last night.

It looks at cold water shock and the current advice on being safe while swimming, such as checking the depth of the water, not getting into the water after drinking or taking drugs and swimming with someone else.

Royal baby preparations

St Mary's Hospital, Paddington

Workmen are setting up barriers for the media outside the Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, where the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth later this month.

'Boney M singer’s brother in terror arrest'

London Evening Standard


The brother of the lead singer of Seventies pop group Boney M has been

arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after first being quizzed over the murder of a Syrian-born preacher.

Muslim-convert Burnell "Bernie" Mitchell, 61, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder on Tuesday by counter terror detectives investigating the killing of Abdul Hadi Arwani in Wembley.

'Things get worse for people who can't buy their freedom'

via Facebook

Thank you for all of your comments on our Facebook page about the

primary school placements story.

Phil Crofts

writes: "So politicians use words like choice, free (schools), right (to buy) but behind the carefully chosen words, things get worse for those people who can't buy their way into freedom, choice, etc."

Paula Marrs

writes: "Local schools for local children sounds sensible to me."

Pond death man named locally

Victoria Hollins

Journalist, BBC London

tweets: The pond on Hampstead Heath where a young man died last night. He's been named locally as Moshe Yitzchok greenfeld.

Hampstead Heath pond

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 14:00: Police investigating the death of a Syrian-born preacher who was shot in a car in Wembley have arrested a 53-year-old woman on suspicion of terrorism offences.

She's the third person to be questioned in connection with the death of Abdul Hadi Arwani - yesterday a 36-year-old man appeared in court charged with his murder.

Vintage couture in Bermondsey

The man Vogue magazine dubbed "vintage King" will be exploring the

history of vintage dresses throughout the 20th century tonight in Bermondsey.

Woman in a ball gown in Paris

William Banks-Blaney will talk through 25 vintage dresses by the French couturier Christian Dior to Spanish designer Mariano Fortuny, including fetish wear and luxury clothing.

On air now

BBC London News


BBC One we are talking to BBC London's Victoria Hollins after a body was recovered at Hampstead Heath ponds. There were reports of someone in trouble in the water just after 17:30 yesterday evening but it took rescuers nearly six hours to make their discovery.

Luxury flats planned for old Wapping site

As debate over affordable housing for Londoners intensifies, plans are unveiled for yet more luxury flats in the city.

Rupert Murdoch's old News International site in Wapping

include £660,000 Manhattan-style flats with one bedroom, reports the East London Advertiser.

The development will include hotel-style facilities such as 24-hour concierge, communal lounge, car parking and a health and fitness complex with a gym, swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, squash court and virtual golf.

Alice Gross remembered at Ealing carnival

The Hanwell Carnival in Ealing is dedicating its acoustic music tent to murdered schoolgirl Alice Gross, who was a local musician, this year.

Children at Hanwell carnival
Hanwell Carnival
Alice (left) dressed as a clown for the 2013 carnival poster

"Alice's Acoustic Tent" will feature young and local musicians.

Alice's family has set up a memorial fund which has so far raised more than £20,000 to help 90,000 young people make music and overcome challenges in their lives.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 13:00: London Fire Brigade is warning about the hidden risks of the capital's rivers, lakes and canals following the death of a teenager on Hampstead Heath.

It's thought the young man drowned after he got into trouble while swimming in one of the bathing ponds on the hottest day of the year so far.

Train delays around Vauxhall

BBC London


There are some

delays and diverted trains in the Vauxhall area due to emergency works.

On the A406, there are severe delays in both directions in Ealing and Ealing Common. There is congestion to Chiswick roundabout and Hanger Lane Gyratory.

Service is disrupted on the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines.

Fears over mental health ward closure

Hackney Gazette

Proposals to close a mental health ward are concerning older mental health patients and their carers,

reports the Hackney Gazette.

Beds at The Lodge's Larch Ward in Homerton Hospital, for patients over 65 with acute problems like depression, schizophrenia, mood disorders or anxiety, could be axed under the plans.

People would have to travel two-and-a-half miles for treatment, which many are worried about as they can't travel on public transport, says Healthwatch Hackney.

Eight foot wide house goes on sale for £750k

In case you missed it yesterday, a two bedroom house measuring

8ft wide has gone on the market for £750,000, reports the Evening Standard.

The house, in Barnsbury, has a 4ft 11in study and is described by estate agent Foxtons as "well-proportioned".

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 12:00: Child protection campaigners say it's "beyond bizarre" that a veteran politician won't be prosecuted for alleged child sex abuse in the 1970s.

The Crown Prosecution Service says it wouldn't be in the public interest to charge Lord Janner, who's 86, because of his severe dementia.

DJ Neil Fox in court

Three of the nine offences DJ Neil Fox is

charged with relate to three juveniles, and are alleged to have taken place between 1991 and 1996, one at Chessington World Of Adventures theme park.

The other three complainants were allegedly attacked by the DJ between 2003 and 2014.

Neil Fox

One woman claims she was repeatedly assaulted at the Capital Radio studios in Leicester Square.

Mr Fox, from Fulham in south-west London, is charged with seven counts of indecent assault and two charges of sexual touching, against the six woman who were aged between 14 years old and 36 years old at the time.

The radio presenter elected to have his trial at a magistrates' court, and will next appear for a case management hearing on 30 April.

BreakingFurther arrest for imam murder

One more person has been arrested and a second person is being questioned for further offences in connection with the murder of Syrian-born imam Abdul Hadi Arwani in Wembley on 7 April.

Abdul Hadi Arwani
Metropolitan Police
Abdul Hadi Arwani was found with gunshot wounds in a car in Wembley

Detectives say they have arrested a 53-year-old woman in Brent on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.

And a 61-year-old man, arrested yesterday, will also be questioned on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.

Election quiz

East London Lines

As the general election looms, a quiz on East London Lines website claims

it will help you decide who to vote for.

Questions include tuition fees, immigration, housing and EU membership.

Court hearing as UK breaks pollution laws

A Supreme Court hearing in London later will look into the UK's breach of EU limits for air pollution. We'll bring you a decision when it's announced.

Air pollution, St Pauls' Cathedral London

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 11:00: A Labour peer will not be prosecuted for alleged historic child sex abuse because of the severity of his dementia.

The Crown Prosecution Service says it wouldn't be in the public interest to charge Lord Janner, who denies any wrongdoing.

Two years ago his home in Barnet was raided by police investigating allegations dating back to the 1970s, when he was an MP in Leicester.