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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday
  2. Updates on 17 April 2015

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live this week. Do join Beth Rose and Sitala Peek on Monday from 08:00 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Have a great weekend.

Dry but cold night

BBC Weather

It will be another dry night with clear spells, but it will gradually become a little colder by dawn, although the wind should prevent a frost.

Minimum temperature: 5C (41F)

Micropub shuns mobile phones

Romford Recorder

Upminster has its first micropub, reports the

Romford Recorder.

Upminster Tap Room, a small building in Sunnyside Gardens near the junction with St Mary's Lane, will offer a selection of local ales and bar snacks - but anyone caught using their phone will be fined £1, the newspaper says.

Vinyl revival benefits sick pets

Vinyl record
Getty Images

Sales of second-hand vinyl albums and singles are benefiting sick pets by almost £50,000 a year, according to the

People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA).

Following a recent surge in popularity for vinyl, it says three of its charity shops in London are among its "top shops" in the UK for selling the most records a year.

Over the last 12 months, the PDSA shop in Kilburn sold 1,122 records, with its Kentish Town branch selling 958, and West Ealing 944.

On air

BBC London News


BBC London News at 18:30, ahead of the FA Cup semi final at Wembley police are warning anti-social behaviour by football fans is on the rise.

Also on the programme, Sir Kenneth Branagh makes a return to the London stage as he

sets up his own theatre company, with Dame Judi Dench, Rob Brydon and Lily James among stars set to perform in a season of plays.

Dame Judi Dench/Sir Kenneth Branagh
Johan Persson

Weekend engineering works

If you're out and about this weekend in the capital be aware the following London Underground lines have

engineering works:

  • Central Line: No service between North Acton and Queensway. on Saturday and Sunday due to track and drainage replacement work at White City. Replacement buses will operate.
  • London Overground: No service between South Tottenham and Barking due to Network Rail infrastructure works on Sunday. Replacement buses will operate.
  • Northern Line: No service between Tooting Broadway and Morden on Sunday while track improvement work are carried out. Replacement bus services will operate.

How do London mansions pay for Scottish nurses?

Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

The Scottish Labour Party has published its general election manifesto and one of its key features will be a commitment to use "mansion tax" money to pay for more nurses in Scotland. So,

how is that possible?


Leader Jim Murphy said that a tax will be levied on homes valued at more than £2m, most of them in south-east England, that this will pay for 1,000 nurses in Scotland, and that he doesn't care if Londoners don't like that.

Marine police unit put through their paces

MPS on the water

tweets: Tactical Marine Skills training today, you may have seen us putting our ribs through their paces. #fitforpurpose

Tactical Marine Skills training
Met Police

From Paddington to Sierra Leone

BBC London 94.9

Coming up on

BBC London 94.9, Eddie Nestor will hear from the doctor who swapped his job at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington for a month on the frontline in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone.

Plus, the supermarket security guard who's been hailed a hero after protecting two teenagers who had been attacked with a sword.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


top story in the capital at 17:00: A Catholic state-funded boys' schools has won a High Court action over a finding that its admissions criteria was socially selective, discriminatory, and unfairly disadvantaged children from less well-off families.

A judge in London said that this conclusion by the school's adjudicator relating to The London Oratory School, was "flawed" and must be quashed.

Finsbury Park works postponed

Planned works for Mon 20 April have been postponed until further notice the Victoria line has

tweeted. The Wells Terrace entrance will remains open.

Report It To Stop It video gets 100,000 views

Buzzfeed Online


A video about a female commuter being sexually harassed on the London Underground has been watched more than 100,000 times in just a couple of days, reports


Image from Report it to stop it video
Transport for London

The website says the clip, "Report It to Stop It", was produced by

Transport for London as part of its Project Guardian campaign in association with the
British Transport Police, the Metropolitan police, and the City of London police.

'Most wanted' fugitives caught

Two fugitives who featured on the UK's most wanted list have been captured in Europe within 24 hours of each other, the

National Crime Agency. Jayson McDonald was found hiding under a bed in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, while Paul Monk was captured at his luxury villa in Alicante on the Spanish coast.

Paul Monk (left) and Jayson McDonald

Mr Monk, 54, from Romford, east London, was allegedly involved in the handover of one kilo of cocaine in Cockfosters, London, while Mr McDonald, 37, of Acton, west London, is suspected of conspiring to import and supply heroin and cocaine as part of a Europe-wide organised crime network.

Police appeal over Wood Green assault

A image has been released of a man police would like to speak to in connection with a serious assault in Lymington Avenue, Wood Green, on 12 April.

Nigel Mahon
Met Police

Police would like to hear from anyone who may know the whereabouts of 28-year-old Nigel Mahon.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


top story in the capital at 16:00:

  • One of England's oldest and most distinguished Catholic state-funded boys' schools has won a High Court action over a finding that its admissions criteria was socially selective, discriminatory and unfairly disadvantaged children from less well-off families.

Preparations for a Royal birth

The barriers for journalists and photographers have already started going up outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London where the Duchess of Cambridge will be giving birth to her second child.

Lindo Wing at St Mary"s Hospital


Duchess is due to give birth later this month.

School demonstrated adjudicator's decision was 'flawed'

Mr Justice Cobb said the school had "succeeded in demonstrating" the adjudicator's conclusion "that the governing body of the

London Oratory School, in Fulham, had operated an admissions system which was socially selective, discriminatory and unfairly disadvantageous to children from 'less well-off' families was flawed, and was reached by a process which was procedurally unfair to the school".

However, he rejected the school's challenge against the adjudicator's conclusion it was not permissible to include "Catholic service" as one of its faith-based over-subscription criteria.

Catholic service could include activities like reading or singing in the choir, playing an instrument, altar serving or flower arranging.

London Oratory School wins selection claims action

A top Catholic state-funded boys' schools has won a High Court action over a finding that its

admissions criteria was socially selective, discriminatory and unfairly disadvantaged children from less well-off families.

London Oratory School
The school is said to have broken the Schools Admissions Code 105 times

A judge said the conclusion reached by an education watchdog relating to The London Oratory School was "flawed" and must be quashed.

Mr Justice Cobb said the Office of the Schools Adjudicator's decision on the issue was "reached by a process which was procedurally unfair to the school".

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


top story in the capital at 15:00:

Four men have been jailed for attacking a man in West London after he challenged their intimidating behaviour on a bus.

'Fans abuse Chelsea because we are boring'

BBC Sport


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said his team receive the most

social media abuse because they are "boring".

Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out said that of 130,000 abusive Premier League posts on social media this term, Chelsea had more than any other club.

Mourinho, whose team have a seven-point lead with a game in hand, said: "I think it is because we are boring.

"We have been top of the league since day one. That is something people in this country don't like."

National Theatre boss quits

Tessa Ross has unexpectedly

stepped down as chief executive of the National Theatre, just six months into the job.

Tessa Ross and Rufus Norris
National Theatre

Ross, a former head of Film4, joined the theatre alongside its new artistic director Rufus Norris last year. Announcing her resignation, she said: "It has become clear to me that the new leadership structure, with a separate role of chief executive, is not right for the NT at this time."

Air ambulance to fly longer hours

London Air Ambulance is flying longer hours during the summer. Until 2 September the helicopter will be used until 21:21, previously it could only fly until at 18:45 each day.

London Air Ambulance team

Chief Executive Officer Graham Hodgkin said: "Previously, due to affordability, we couldn't contract the additional pilots and fire crew needed to cover the summer months but thanks to those who have donated to the Your London, Your Helicopter campaign so far, we have now been able to do that."

Culture 2020 consultation

Lambeth Council

tweets: 1 week left to respond to Culture 2020 consultation, please let us know your views

Kane up for two PFA awards

BBC Sport

Tottenham's Harry Kane is one of four players to make the shortlist for both the

Professional Footballers' Association Player and Young Player of the Year prize.

Harry Kane

Manchester United keeper David De Gea, Chelsea forward Eden Hazard and Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho could also win both awards.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 14:00:

Official figures show unemployment has fallen to its lowest level in seven years. The jobless total was down by 76,000 in December to March, and by 10,000 in London.

Great Portland Street fire 'under control'

Fire in Great Portland Street
Ben Nunn

London Fire Brigade

tweets: The fire on Great Portland St in #Marylebone is under control. To clarify it wasn't in the BBC building © @BenNunnUK

Afternoon weather

BBC Weather

Sunny spells across east London will continue to move southwards this afternoon. However, there will be a keen easterly breeze which will mean it's likely to feel a bit cooler compared to recent days.

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

London mayor and department minster?


Mayor of London Boris Johnson has not ruled out becoming a minister in the first year of a Tory government but said David Cameron would not be in favour of such a move.

During a visit to the site of a new hotel in North Greenwich, Mr Johnson said: "I just don't see how. It's not for me to rule out, the Prime Minister has already made his views pretty clear about that."

RNLI crews salvage sinking vessels in Teddington

A floating restaurant and several other

vessels began sinking yesterday evening after a pontoon failed in Richmond-Upon-Thames.


The crew at Teddington lifeboat station were called at 01:07 to reports of vessels taking on water.

Crew member James Kavanagh said: "The river was littered with floating debris and owners of the rowing boats tethered to the pontoon were frantically trying to salvage as much as they could."

There were no injuries and any floating debris was returned to the riverside, the RNLI said.

NW3 burst water main

Thames Water

tweets: #NW3: Sorry to customers in #NW3 who are experiencing low pressure or no water. Our team are working to fix a burst main in the area.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

The top stories

in the capital at 13:00:

  • Detectives investigating a fatal stabbing at a bar in Leyton last night say they think it was linked to an altercation earlier in the evening
  • A fire's broken out at a building under refurbishment in Great Portland Street. The blaze is believed to have broken out in the lift motor room on the building's roof.

More than 30 calls over building fire

Great Portland Street is blocked southbound at New Cavendish Street due to a building fire,

tweets TfLTrafficNews. London Fire Brigade also
tweets: We've taken thirty-five 999 calls to the very visible fire on Great Portland Street.

Great Portland Street fire
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Francis Barber's biography

BBC London 94.9

On the Robert Elms show on

BBC London 94.9, author Michael Bundock will discussing his new book, which is the first ever biography of Francis Barber, a Jamaican slave who became Samuel Johnson's heir.

And stay tuned from 14:30 for some Funky Friday music.

Building fire in Great Portland Street

London Fire Brigade have been called to reports of smoke coming from a building under refurbishment on Great Portland Street in London. Ben Nunn

tweeted this picture.

Great portland Street

Protein could boost cancer immunity

Scientists have found a protein they believe can help boost immunity to cancer and viruses.

Researchers from

Imperial College London say the discovery could open the door to new therapies.

Experiments on mice and human cells showed it promoted an increase of cytotoxic T cells, which kill cancer cells and cells infected with viruses.

The study, published in the journal Science, involved researchers at Queen Mary University of London, ETH Zurich and Harvard Medical School.

Why was this house painted in stripes?

Why is it believed this house in London's Kensington district was painted red and white?

House in Kensington

If you know the answer try your luck at BBC Magazine's

Quiz of the week's news

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

The top story

in the capital at 12:00: Detectives investigating a fatal stabbing at a bar in Leyton last night say they think it was linked to an altercation earlier in the evening.

Roadworks delay bus route

TfL Bus Alerts

tweets: Route 68 is delayed up to forty minutes due to roadworks. Because of this most buses will run between Euston and Camberwell.

Air passengers 'almost at pre-recession levels'

The number of people flying in and out of UK airports is almost back to pre-recession levels, the

Civil Aviation Authority says.

However the numbers of air transport movements differed when comparing London airports with the rest of the UK, There were 31,000 more air transport movements at the London airports in 2014 than in 2013, but the number of movements at all other UK airports fell by 4,000.

Chelsea receive 'most abuse' from trolls

BBC Sport

Chelsea football club received more abuse on social media than any other top-flight club, according to a

study by anti-discrimination group Kick It Out. The league leaders were the subject of 20,000 discriminatory posts between August 2014 and March 2015, the study found.

BBC sport graphic

Kick It Out wants to form an expert group to tackle internet trolls.