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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Updates on 21 April 2015

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Sitala Peek

BBC News

That's all for Local Live today. Beth Rose will bring you more news, sport, travel and weather for London from 08:00 tomorrow. Have a good evening.

Dry and chilly tonight

BBC Weather

It's going to be largely fine and dry tonight but will feel chilly.

A touch of frost is possible overnight, especially in the suburbs, with more sunny spells tomorrow.

Min temp: 3C (37F)

Scrapyard fire in Poplar

Three people have been helped to safety after a fire broke out at a scrapyard in east London.

Smoke from the scrapyard fire
Liam Dyas

London Fire Brigade was called to Ailsa Street in Poplar at about 14:23 where they found two portable buildings and 20 tonnes of rubbish alight.

Delays still affecting Central Line

BBC London


Delays are still affecting the Central Line following

a train derailment at Holland Park overnight.

There are also 20 minute delays on

C2C between Barking and Fenchurch St after a person was hit by a train.


There is also disruption on

Eurostar services because one of the Channel Tunnels is closed. For more updates go to
BBC London Travel page or follow

Man jailed after branding teens with hot iron

A man who burst into a hostel in Bromley, south London, and

branded two teenagers with a hot iron in a row about money, has been jailed for 22 years.

Morgan Riley-Kidney, 22, barged into the room on 31 July 2014 and threatened a pregnant 17-year-old with a gun before holding a clothes iron to her breast and arm for 10 seconds, the

Independent reports.

When the second victim, a 19-year-old woman, returned to the hostel he unplugged the iron and branded her face and neck.

Riley-Kidney had previously admitted three counts of grievous bodily harm with intent, plus kidnap, false imprisonment and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Cashier foils £4,800 damp fraud

A cashier in Croydon has helped prevent a 68-year-old man from Thornton Heath, south London, being defrauded of thousands of pounds in a cold-calling scam.

The conman rang up claiming there was damp in a party wall that urgently required the resident to use dehumidifiers for which he was expected to pay a £4,800 deposit.

The man was uneasy about the request and double checked with his bank cashier before withdrawing the money, and she quickly contacted

Trading Standards.

Racist spitter challenged on Tube

A man has been racially abused for politely challenging a passenger who was seen spitting on the Tube.

The men were travelling on the Victoria Line between Seven Sisters and King's Cross at about 14:30 on 26 March.

Kings Cross station
Google Maps

The spitter launched into a tirade of racist abuse which lasted until the victim left the train at King's Cross,

British Transport Police (BTP) said.

Anyone with information should contact BTP or call

Crimestoppers anonymously.

Ghost station

Sitala Peek

BBC News

A "ghost" station which is more than 100 years old has been uncovered by
Thameslink workers in south London.

"Do they have to destroy it?", and "Any skeletons?" ask readers on

BBC London's Facebook page. You also asked to see some more pictures, so here you go:

Network Rail project manager looks at the remains of Southwark Park station
Network Rail/PA
Workers have uncovered a former ticket hall and platforms of a ghost station in south London
Network Rail/PA
Workers have uncovered a former ticket hall and platforms of a ghost station in south London

A lot of the existing stretch of viaduct will be replaced by ramps but the arch used to house the old booking hall will be preserved.

As for skeletons, none found so far.

Duke goes on leave ahead of birth

Prince William has started his official leave from his job as an air ambulance pilot, ahead of the birth of his second child.

A spokesman for Kensington Palace, his official residence, said his next round of training was due to start on 1 June.

The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge

Some fans are already camped outside of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington where the Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth in the next few days.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

John Burgess, 27, from Dulwich, was

struck by a Tube train at Stockwell Station as he 'bent down' to pick up a bag and has died in hospital, police say. That's the top story on
BBC London 94.9 at 17:00

Politicians get crafty

Nick Clegg (l) and Vince Cable show off their pottery making skills

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and the business secretary Vince Cable have taken part in an adult education pottery class on the campaign trail in Richmond.

Tube death man named

John Burgess, 27 and from Dulwich, is believed to have been

struck by a Tube train while he was bending down to pick up a bag. He died in hospital on 13 April, police have revealed this afternoon.

Air Ambulance
Tim Frisby
Mr Burgess was taken to hospital by air ambulance but died three days later

An inquest was opened and adjourned on 16 April and his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Banker reaches sexism settlement

An executive at Goldman Sachs who claimed she was denied millions of pounds in bonuses because she is a woman

has reached a settlement with the investment bank.

Sonia Pereiro-Mendez alleged she was discriminated against after telling her bosses she was pregnant.

Sonia Pereiro-Mendez

The mother-of-two had sued for sex and maternity discrimination. The firm has always denied the allegations.

The full employment tribunal was due to begin today but talks led to a resolution.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Black cab drivers have been staging a "go slow" protest along Oxford Street today since 14:00 over issues including illegal touting and threats to regulations. That's the top story in the capital on

BBC London 94.9 at 16:00.

Black cabs along a side street during the protest
Black cabs driving slowly on Great Portland Street towards Oxford Street

How much is a complimentary ticket?

"How much is a complimentary ticket?" WhatsOnStage has compiled a list of the

funniest comments made by West End audiences.

Eurostar hit by Belgian strike

Eurostar has had to axe its Brussels services tomorrow due to a national strike in Belgium.

The Channel Tunnel high-speed train company will not be operating to and from the Belgian capital, with a reduced service starting and finishing at Lille in northern France.

Eurostar has also had to cancel one of tonight's London to Brussels services, which had been due to leave London St Pancras at 19:34. In addition, this evening's London-Brussels 18:04 train was departing 30 minutes later.

Services between London and Paris are unaffected.

Bexleyheath shopping centre fire

London Fire Brigade

tweets: Smoke in the #Bexleyheath shopping centre was caused by a discarded cigarette which had started a small fire.

Firefighters at Bexleyheath

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

The top story in the capital on

BBC London 94.9 at 15:00: Thousands of commuters have been hit by the part closure of the central line this morning after an engineering train derailed overnight.

Army rape accused denied attacks

The officer allegedly carried out the attacks on women aged from 15 to their early twenties between October 2010 and September 2011, when he was suspended.

Lisa Wilding QC, defending, at Southwark Crown Court, asked Mr Mee: "The allegations against you are that in respect of two complainants, that you raped them, and in respect of the others that you touched them sexually, what do you say generally about those allegations?"

Mee replied: "That never happened ma'am."

The court was told that Mee was medically discharged from the Army in April 2014.

Army rape accused denies attacks

An Army recruitment sergeant who served with the Special Forces in Iraq denied sexually attacking 11 female cadets saying it "never happened" and told a court the Army was his "life".

Edwin Mee
Edwin Mee denies 17 counts of sexual assault, three rapes and one count of assault by penetration

Edwin Mee, 46, is said to have abused his position of trust and power to abuse or rape 11 alleged victims while working at an Army careers centre in Croydon, south London.

Known as Jock, the Scottish officer is accused of carrying out the attacks on women aged from 15 to their early twenties between October 2010 and September 2011.

Glove 'had victim's DNA on it'

The court heard Mr Beatson-Asiedu died from a single stab wound to the front of the chest.

Sarah Whitehouse QC, for the prosecution, told the court that within about an hour of the attack, he told a girlfriend he had been involved in a "madness" and allegedly asked her to look after a pair of black gloves.

Ms Whitehouse said those gloves were passed to police and DNA which may have come from the victim was found on one of the gloves.

Jeffrey Okafor denies murder.

CBBC actor murder accused 'confessed'

A man accused of stabbing a CBBC star to death confessed to his girlfriend and then fled to Nigeria on his brother's passport, Woolwich Crown Court has heard.

Carl Beatson Asiedu

Jeffrey Okafor, 24, of East Dulwich, is accused of murdering 19-year-old Carl Beatson-Asiedu outside Club Life nightclub, near Vauxhall station, in the summer of 2009.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9

Four Tube workers have been released from hospital following the derailment of an engineering train at Holland Park overnight. The derailment caused massive disruption and severe delays on the Central Line.

That's the top story on

BBC London 94.9 at 14:00.

Sunny and warm

BBC Weather

It's feeling lovely and warm out there in the sunshine.

Max temp about 19C (66F)

London care homes rated

The health and social care watchdog

Care Quality Commission has inspected 31 care homes and care agencies in London.

It rated 20 as good, three as poor and identified eight that could be improved.

Riverdale Court in Bexley,
Lynton Hall Nursing Centre in Kingston upon Thames, and
Park Lodge in Kingston upon Thames were rated as inadequate.

Central Line resumes with 'severe delays'

Transport For London's Central Line
tweets: Services have resumed but with severe delays on the whole line. Updates to follow.

Lunchtime bulletin

BBC London News


BBC London this lunchtime there will be more on that
Central Line Tube derailment which may have affected your morning commute.

Passengers waiting outside Wood Lane Tube station
Vivan Jayant
Passengers waiting outside Wood Lane Tube station

Plus the

Victorian 'ghost' station discovered by Thameslink workers and a full weather report at 13:30 on
BBC One.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Four Tube workers have been released from hospital following the derailment of an engineering train at Holland Park overnight. The derailment caused massive disruption and severe delays on the Central Line.

That's the top story on

BBC London 94.9 at 13:00.

Conwoman tries to steal £1m Hyde Park townhouse

"Having someone try and

nick your entire house is a first," a retired pension fund investment manager has told the Evening Standard.

A Polish fraudster tried to sell a family's £1m home near Hyde Park, without them knowing anything about it, the paper reports.

Tamara Pacskowska, 56, from Croydon, admitted fraud and possessing false ID and was given a two year suspended jail sentence.

Queen's birthday

The Queen is
celebrating her 89th birthday at Windsor Castle today.

The Queen

In honour of the day, the

King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery - in full dress uniform - rode past Buckingham Palace at midday heading towards Hyde Park to stage a 41 gun royal salute using six First World War-era 13-pounder Field Guns.

The Band of the Royal Artillery will also play a selection of celebratory music close to the firing position.

Gay couple verbally abused


gay couple were verbally abused when they walked into a JD Sports store in Eltham, the News Shopper reports.

JD Sports shop window - generic

A male customer was allegedly obstructed and then laughed at by a member of staff. The store has said it will investigate.

Groundhog Day returns

The Old Vic's new director Matthew Warchus is hoping to take us back to 1993 with a
musical production of Groundhog Day.

Matthew Warchus
Manuel Harlan

Warchus takes over from Kevin Spacey and says it's "sophisticated meaty stuff in a romantic comedy package" that is the "perfect" production with which to launch his inaugural season.

Police identify pedestrian hit by bus

Carol Elizabeth Thomas, 50, from Chiswick has been named as the pedestrian killed in a collision with a bus in Shepherds Bush on Wednesday.

Scene of the fatal bus crash in Shepherds Bush
Danny Muller

She was hit in Westfield Way at about 07:24 on 15 April and

died at the scene.

The bus driver was arrested and bailed pending further enquiries.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

More details are emerging about the Tube derailment at Holland Park overnight which caused severe disruption on the Central Line today. Four workers were hurt when an engineering train derailed.

They suffered injuries including whiplash and have been released from hospital now, the RMT union says. That's the top story on

BBC London 94.9 at midday.

Tube workers hurt in derailment


Tube workers who were hurt when an engineering train derailed on the Central Line at Holland Park overnight have been released from hospital according to the
RMT union.


Rail Accident Investigation Branch is looking into what happened.

Shopping centre evacuated over fire fears

London Fire Brigade

tweets: #Bexleyheath shopping centre has been evacuated. Crews are using thermal image cameras to locate any fire sources

Thermal imaging equipment
London Fire Brigade

Meet the royal baby 'superfans'

With royal baby number two expected any day now, some

superfans have already started camping outside St Mary's Hospital in Paddington in anticipation of the latest arrival.

A royal baby 'superfan' waits outside St Mary's Hospital in Paddington

The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth in the

same private wing where the couple's first child Prince George was delivered.