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  1. Updates on Monday 20 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Collapsed building was being demolished


building was being demolished at the time it collapsed and about 200 people were evacuated from the area around Portugal Street, Holborn, London Fire Brigade says.

An air ambulance landing in New Square
Peter D Warwick

LSE evacuated after building collapse

The London School of Economics, in Houghton Street, was evacuated shortly after the building collapse.

Collapsed building in Portugal Street

'It sounded like a plane'

Sitala Peek

BBC News

Ed is a cabbie and was parked in a taxi rank when he heard the building collapse in nearby Portugal Street.

"It sounded like a plane to begin with, then it kept rumbling on, then it sounded like a train and then there was a massive amount of dust coming round the corner from Portugal Street.

"I reckon that was at about 4:15. I was just waiting for someone to get in my cab so I didn't go and investigate."

Man injured in building collapse

Scotland Yard has clarified that a 56-year-old man was injured when the building collapsed in Portugal Street.

'We thought it was a terror attack'

Jade Harrison, who works at the Royal College of Surgeons opposite the collapsed building, says: "There was a big crash and everyone was wondering what was going on.

"There have been building works opposite us. It's come down really badly, they've cleared the roads.

"The first thing that went through everyone's head was that it was a terrorist attack. Then we saw there had been a mishap with the construction. It was so unexpected."

Portugal Street building collapse

People at the scene in Portugal Street, Holborn, have been tweeting images of the collapse.

Building collapse in Portugal Street
Jade Harrison

BreakingWoman injured in building collapse


A 56-year-old woman has been taken to hospital following a building collapse in Portugal Street, the Met Police says.

Watch: A West End renaissance?

For many visiting London, a trip to the West End is a must with the city's theatres enjoying a boom in popularity and ticket sales.

A theatre sign

The Travel Show's Henry Golding

tries to find out the reason behind the trend.

Royalist awaits baby's birth

Royalist pensioner

Terry Hutt has set up camp outside Paddington's St Mary's Hospital ahead of the birth of the royal baby.

Royalist Terry Hutt

The 79-year-old became a minor celebrity two years ago when he did the same for the birth of Prince George.

Mr Hutt, from Weston-super-Mare, says he hopes the baby will be born on 30 April - the day of his 80th birthday.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

John Seaman, 50, from Woburn, has been jailed for eight months for driving his lorry into a 79-year-old pedestrian which resulted in her leg being amputated.

That's the top story on

BBC London 94.9 at 16:00.

Pen and ink artist dies

A Stonebridge

artist who only ever created "one-offs" has died at the age of 48 from a brain tumour, the Kilburn Times reports.

David Bailey, specialised in pen and ink drawings and held an exhibition last year in Wembley which was attended by hundreds of people.

Convicted fraudster showed no remorse

Sentencing judge David Hunt QC noted that Moore had done nothing practical to show his remorse either for

the jail deception or his original conviction for conning big companies out of £1.8m.

Wandsworth Prison
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BreakingIngenious fraudster sentenced to seven years



ingenious fraudster has been sentenced to seven years in jail after conning guards into letting him walk free from Wandsworth Prison.

Neil Moore set up a fake court website and e-mailed instructions for his release in March 2014.

'You wouldn’t get Herod to run a baby farm, would you?'

London mayor Boris Johnson has said giving the Scottish National Party (SNP) a role in the government would be like putting the child-killing King Herod in charge of a "baby farm".

Boris Johnson

The would-be Conservative MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip,

writing in The Daily Telegraph, said Labour leader Ed Miliband would only be able to become prime minister with the support of the "literally anti-British" SNP, which would make him the "plaything" of its leader.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

The top story on

BBC London 94.9 at 15:00: A man has been jailed for eight months after driving a lorry into a pedestrian resulting in the 79-year-old victim's leg being amputated.

Stabbed mother's fears 'were ignored'

Katharine Carpenter

Reporter and presenter

Two days before

Tamara Holboll was stabbed to death by her schizophrenic son in Kentish Town, she rang a social worker to warn officials about her son's mental state, but was told there were no beds available for him in hospital.

Peter Holboll
Met Police
Peter Holboll has paranoid schizophrenia and stabbed his mother to death

A trainee mental health worker assessed the case and said the 76-year-old mother had seemed controlling and her son Peter didn't seem like he would hurt anyone, an inquest hears.

A senior social worker said she felt "hospital was the safest option" but she did not feel there was an imminent risk that day.

Sex assault on Hounslow bus

A woman was sexually assaulted as she travelled on a bus through Hounslow on 9 March, the

Met Police has said.

Sexual assault suspect
Met Police

The 22-year-old was travelling on the Route 285 at Wood Street, Kingston towards Heathrow Airport at about 17:30 when the suspect inappropriately touched her. She challenged the man and he got off at Hampton Road West.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the force.

Loaded Uzi pistol found

A loaded Uzi pistol, £10,000 and 10kg worth of cannabis were found after

Scotland Yard received a tip-off about two cars driving through Greenford yesterday evening.

Loaded Uzi
Met Police
The loaded Uzi was found in the footwell of the VW Passat

A VW Passat was stopped on Ruislip Road, near Ravenor Park, and a Ford Galaxy on the M4 junction with Windmill Road.

Police arrested a 48-year-old woman and three men aged 19, 20 and 44 in relation to the incident and items uncovered. All four remain in custody.

National Gallery staff walk out

Workers at the

National Gallery are walking out in a fresh wave of industrial action over a
long-running row about privatisation.

The National Gallery

Public and Commerical Services Union members are striking for four days starting today and plan to strike again on 1 May to protest at the decision to sell off visitor services ahead of the
General Election.

'Ghost' station uncovered

A "ghost" station which closed a century ago has been uncovered by engineers during work on the £6.5n

Thameslink rail project.

'Ghost' station

Southwark Park station served passengers from 1902 to 1915 before shutting for good.

Project manager Greg Thornett said: "We uncovered the footings for the former platforms while we were preparing the top of the viaduct for new track.

Much of the existing stretch of viaduct will be replaced....but the arch that used to house the old booking hall will remain."

BBC London 94.9

The lead story in the capital at 14:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A man who conned companies out of almost £2m and then tricked staff at Wandsworth Prison into freeing him, is due to be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court later.

'I vomited every hour'

via Facebook

Thanks to Amber Gordon for commenting on the

BBC London Facebook page about hyperemesis gravidarum - extreme morning sickness which can cause some women to vomit more than 30 times a day and leads to others terminating their pregnancies.

Amber said: "I vomited every hour several times for the entire pregnancy. By the 7th month it was just part of my daily routines. While driving 20 mins to work I made two stops to throw up road side.

"My job allowed me to throw up in a garbage can at my desk so that I could continue working. Not my husband, family or work understood the amount of pain or stress I was in. I had to just keep pushing along."

Tube shot

Northern Line

tweets: Recent photo from Tottenham Court Road
upgrade project #TubeImprovements

Tube improvements

Fine and dry afternoon

The rest of the day will be fine and dry with plenty of sunshine and light winds. It will feel noticeably warmer than yesterday.

Top temperature: 18C (64F).

BBC London news

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

Join me this afternoon at 13:30 on

BBC One when we hear about a convicted fraudster who emailed prison staff with fake release papers and then walked out of Wandsworth Prison.

The court heard the plan was "ingenious", but this afternoon, Neil Moore will be sentenced at

Southwark Crown Court. We'll have the latest on
BBC London.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

The top story on

BBC London 94.9 at 13:00
Peter Fox has been arrested at Euston station on suspicion of a double murder on Merseyside. He is being taken back to Merseyside for questioning, police said.

Hockney goes 3D

Artist David Hockney has a new exhibition coming up featuring 3D-style photographs.

David Hockney

The 77-year-old said: "Each photograph has a vanishing point, so instead of just one I get many vanishing points. It is this that I think gives them an almost 3D effect without the glasses."

You can catch the exhibition at the

Annely Juda Fine Art Gallery near Oxford Circus next month.

Finsbury Park Station works postponed

Refurbishment work at Finsbury Park Station has been postponed at the last minute.

Finsbury Park Station

Transport for London said plans to create more space and install lifts and ticket barriers would still go ahead, but the work is linked to a project next door and the developers behind that are not in a position to proceed.

Trendy marathon

London Marathon

tweets: Don't forget our official race hashtag is #LondonMarathon. Let's see if we can get this trending UK & worldwide on Race Day!

Vigil for cyclist Moira Gemmill

There's a vigil tonight to remember

Moira Gemmill who died when her bicycle collided with a lorry close to Lambeth Bridge and Milbank roundabout on 9 April.

Moira Gemmill
Graham Jepson/V&A
Moira Gemmill had been working on delivering major programmes at Windsor Castle


Stop Killing Cyclists vigil at Lambeth Bridge is scheduled to start at 18:30.

Vinyl love-in

Sitala Peek

BBC News

Are you missing the weekend already?

Record Store Day in Berwick Street, London
Record Store Day in Berwick Street, London

Perhaps this will take you back - it's the crowds in Berwick Street enjoying live performances on

World Record Store Day.

Customers in Nashville browse vinyls on World Record Store Day
The scene at Jack White's Third Man Record Store in Nashville

The event has taken off from fairly small beginnings in the US and is now marked around the world.

Berwick Street London crowds on World Record Store Day
Londoners have taken up the call to celebrate World Record Store Day

It was originally established to celebrate independent record stores but has also become become associated with a revival of interest in vinyl music. Hopefully you will have some new music to discover when you get home tonight?

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


double murder arrest is the top story in London at 12:00 on
BBC London 94.9.

Peter Fox was arrested at Euston station earlier on suspicion of murdering Bernadette Fox, 57, and her daughter Sarah Fox, whose bodies were found on Merseyside.

Tesco homes plan criticised

Every little helps, but not when it comes to homes it seems.

Tesco store sign

Tesco is planning to build

fewer than 100 affordable or shared homes for its 705-unit scheme in Tolworth, London News reports.

House fire in Streatham

About 20 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a three-storey house in Streatham.

London Fire Brigade said the second floor and half the roof was alight at the property in Aldrington Road.

Derelict London

Have you ever noticed how many derelict buildings there are in the capital?

Author and photographer

Paul Talling is fascinated by them.

The former News International printing and publishing works in Wapping
Paul Talling/ Derelict London

He regularly updates his website

Derelict London with photos from his latest walks, documenting the decline of bricks and mortar like this former News International printing works in Wapping that is destined to be cleared to make space for up to 1,800 new homes.

'Sex Bomb' and Van Morrison to headline Bluesfest

Tom Jones and Van Morrison are teaming up to

headline BluesFest at
The O2 in November, the News Shopper reports.

Tom Jones

The stars will both play headline solo sets in Greenwich on 8 November and might pair up for a duet too.

Van Morrison

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

The top story in London at 11:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Officers investigating the deaths of a mother and daughter on Merseyside have
arrested a man at Euston Station on suspicion of murder.

Bernadette Fox died of asphyxiation and Sarah Fox was stabbed repeatedly.