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  1. More news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on 22 April 2015

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Beth Rose

BBC News Online

That's all for Local Live today. Join Sitala Peek from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London. Have a good evening.

Teatime bulletin

BBC London News

On the programme at 18:30 on

BBC One: Police crack down on moped theft after they see a 30% surge in the crime.

Silvertown development
Thirteen Communications Ltd

And thousand of new homes and jobs in Silvertown, but will this regeneration scheme deliver for the people of east London?

Getting cloudier

BBC Weather

You can expect some bright or sunny spells this evening, although it will progressively turn cloudier from the east, with some mist patches likely by the morning. It should just about remain frost-free.

Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

Fancy a pignic?

First there was the

cat cafe, and then the
owl bar and now a
pop-up Pignic has been set up enabling people to enjoy a "piggy educational evening" surrounded by piglets, London 24 reports.


Council aims to create energy company

Barking and Dagenham Council is hoping to create its own energy company to slash its £6m yearly energy bill and to provide cheap heating and lighting to the borough.

Wind turbine in Barking and Dagenham
Barking and Dagenham Council

The plan could see wind turbines installed, a water turbine on the River Roding and solar panels on schools, the town hall and other council-owned buildings.

The council hopes to have the company established by the end of the year.

African cuisine scene set to 'explode'

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

The chef behind a Ghanaian pop-up restaurant in Clapham has, unsurprisingly, told the Evening Standard London is set to see an "explosion" in the the popularity of African food.

Not wanting to be the one to stand in the way of a potential trend have a read of

why Zoe Adjonyoh believes the cuisine is soaring in the city.

Commuters 'lose their temper'

According to new research 26% of Londoners have lost their temper while commuting.


The statistics from the

Canary Wharf Group also found 30% of the 751 Londoners they polled found commuting "extremely stressful".

What are your travel habits like? Do you turn instantly irate at the slightest delay, or do you breeze through the grind? Get in touch by

emailing us

Road closures

BBC Travel

The A1203 Limehouse Link Tunnel in Limehouse is closed and there is queuing traffic in both directions between the A1261 Aspen Way junction and The Highway junction, because of a car fire. It is also causing congestion on the A1261 Aspen Way to the A1206 Preston's Road junction.

And the A4200 Kingsway in Holborn is closed northbound between the A4 Aldwych junction and Holborn Station. Diversions are in operation for buses via Fleet Street, Farringdon Street and Charterhouse Street to Holborn Circus. The closure is also affecting the traffic flow on the A301 Strand Underpass at A301 Waterloo Bridge.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our lead story at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Children as young as 12 have been targeted in police raids today in a crackdown on a £28m racket in the theft of motorbikes and mopeds in London.

London marathon launch

BBC London 94.9

tweeted earlier: #handinhand Paula cuts the tape for the 2015 London Marathon

Paula Radcliffe

Peculiar polling stations

Laurence Cawley

BBC News


Royal Geographical Society,
The Hellenic Centre in Marylebone and a school bus are just three 'places' set to be used as polling stations in London for next month's election.

Polling station
Getty Images

Find out about other peculiar polling stations around the country.

Lib Dems: London should get 'less arts funding'

BBC London

General Election 2015

Liberal Democrat culture spokesman John Leech has told Robert Elms on

BBC London 94.9 he believes London should see its share of money for arts and culture reduced in favour of other parts of the country.

John Leech

He said: "I think it's fair to say that London has done very well. London is always going to do better than other parts of the country because it's our capital.

"But I think in terms of its share, probably yes (it should get less), because London also has a unique ability to raise money through private support.

"In some parts of the country getting that corporate support is much tougher...."

Political puzzle

BBC London

General Election 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron and Mayor of London Boris Johnson play non-political games with three-year-old Stephanie during a general election campaign visit to Advantage Children's Day Nursery in Surbiton.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Mayor of London Boris Johnson

When asked about the Conservative's pledge to provide more childcare places and longer hours of subsidised childcare Mr Cameron said many of the childcare places planned would be in London.

He said: "You can see a good portion here in London because the demand is here in London. There are so many people that want to work more hours or want to work more days and I think by giving people the option of 30 hours rather than 15 hours plus the tax relief on child care we're giving. I think there'll be great demand here in London."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

The lead story in the capital at 16:00 on

BBC London 94.9: London's Mayor Boris Johnson has this afternoon warned against the possibility of an SNP-Labour deal after the General Election.

Boris Johnson is an 'extra striker'

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

Prime minister David Cameron has told

BBC London 94.9 Boris Johnson is an "extra striker" in his team while visiting a nursery in Surbiton - a key marginal held by the Liberal democrats.

David Cameron

Mr Cameron said: "Boris is a key member of the team and I'm delighted that a very successful mayor of one of the world's greatest cities is coming back into Westminster eventually to be part of the government of the whole country. It's like having an extra striker on the pitch."

Asked if he was worried about polls suggesting he could lose several key marginal seats in London Mr Cameron said : "We're very keen to hold every seat we have. We've got excellent members of parliament in London. London has seen a real economic revival. That's down to the Conservative government. But also down to a excellent mayor of London. The two now coming together to take the country forward. That'll be great for Britain, but great for London."


Runners in this Sunday's London Marathon are being encouraged to

cross the Finish Line hand-in-hand with another runner to mark the first race-winners 35 years ago.

Virgin Money London Marathon

Dick Beardsley and Inge Simonsen crossed the line in 1981 after deciding to cross the together and finish the race in a dead heat.

Good luck to the 37,000 runners expected to race on Sunday.

Multi-billion pound Silvertown development approved

A multi-billion pound development in Silvertown in east London has been given the go ahead by Newham Council.

Thirteen Communications Ltd

The 62-acre Royal Docks site will provide offices, leisure facilities and 3,000 new homes.

It is also hoped the scheme will create more than 20,000 jobs over the next 10 years.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 15:00:

A murder investigation has begun in Peckham after a 20-year-old local man was shot and stabbed last night

Female teacher in court over sex abuse

A former female teacher at a top London school has appeared at Southwark Crown Court accused of historic child sex abuse against a 14-year-old boy.

Carol Chandler

Carol Chandler (pictured), 53, of Ercall Lane, Wellington, Shropshire, allegedly molested the boy at St Paul's School in Barnes between 1983 and 1985.

She has been charged with three counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency and is next due before the court on 9 July. She has been released on bail.

Concussed Quins player 'may not return this season'

BBC Sport

Harlequins' England full-back Mike

Brown might not play again this season because of on-going concussion issues.

England full-back Mike Brown is taken off on a stretcher

The 29-year-old has not played since he was knocked out during the Six Nations game with Italy in February and continues to have daily headaches.

May bank holiday rail disruption revealed

Passengers will have to contend with disruption caused by a big programme of

Network Rail (NR) engineering work over the May Day bank holiday weekend, with a number of major London stations affected.

Liverpool St

Liverpool Street station will be particularly badly hit, with services starting and finishing at Ingatestone station in Essex on Sunday 3 May and on bank holiday Monday 4 May.

Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo East and London Bridge high level platforms 1-3 will be closed at various points over the weekend with no

Southeastern services from these four London stations, and diversions into Victoria/Blackfriars or trains terminating at New Cross in south London.

Two of the four lines between Slough and London Paddington will be closed over the weekend while there will be an amended timetable for trains using Waterloo.

Fine and warm

BBC Weather

This afternoon will see a continuation of the fine and pleasantly warm conditions, however, there will be more cloud around compared to yesterday.

Top temperature: 18C (64F).

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our lead story at 14:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A 36-year-old London trader, Navinder Singh Sarao, who's accused of helping trigger a multi-billion pound stock market crash in 2010, has told Westminster Magistrates' Court he will fight extradition.

Bromley house fire

London Fire Brigade

tweets: Crews attending the
house fire in #Bromley are working hard to stop the fire spreading:

Bromley house fire

Farage: 'London is the toughest city' for minimum wage

BBC London

General Election 2015

UKIP leader Nigel Farage spoke to Vanessa Feltz on

BBC London 94.9 earlier and he told her his party's tax plans would benefit Londoners the most.

Nigel Farage
Getty Images

He said: "We wouldn't bring in a mansion tax. We would get rid of a bedroom tax. We would absolutely campaign for no tax for those on minimum wage and we would campaign for an immigration policy which is based on the Australian points system....nowhere would benefit more from this than London."

He added: "If you're living on the minimum wage, London is the toughest city to live in."

Getting into the vault

The Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company is based in the basement of a building shared with a number of businesses with a communal entrance.

There was no sign of forced entry to the outside of the building and the

thieves disabled the communal lift on the second floor and used the lift shaft to climb down into the basement.

Met Police

They then forced open shutter doors giving them access into the basement and ultimately the vault

Vault cage door
Met Police

Forensic examination of heist 'completed'

Det Supt Craig Turner, head of the Flying Squad said: "We have now

completed our forensic examination of the scene.

Hatton Garden and route
BBC/Met Police

"The hours of forensic work and inquiries have been vital in order to ensure we are able to exploit all investigative opportunities to their fullest extent.

"Those safety deposit boxes not opened by the thieves during the burglary have been left secured as they were found throughout the examination."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our lead story at 12:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: Nigel Farage has told BBC London 94.9, people are "splitting hairs" after he said the party had a "half-black" spokesman.

Heist items to be DNA profiled

Scotland Yard has said during its investigation its "recorded, packaged and recovered" about 400 items many of which can be DNA profiled and checked for fingerprints.


Digital forensic specialists have also recovered thousands of hours of CCTV footage which they are going through.

Met confirm more heist details

Danny Shaw

Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

Scotland Yard had said previously that the thieves drilled through a two-metre thick concrete wall. They now say that information was wrong and the hole that was drilled through the concrete was 50cm deep.

Officers also said they had contacted all but six of the 56 deposit box owners who have had their property stolen.

Hatton Garden heist timeline

The gang of thieves spent four days drilling and taking items from the Hatton Garden vault. Here's the

CCTV timeline of events:

Thursday April 2

  • 21.19: Staff at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd lock up for Easter
  • 21.23: A man arrives and makes his way downstairs towards the vault. Minutes later three more men get out of a white van and drag wheelie bins into the building

Friday April 3

  • 00:21: Scotland Yard is told an intruder alarm has been activated
  • 08.05: Three gang members chat before loading items into the van and driving off

Saturday April 4

  • 21.17: A ginger-haired man returns and goes downstairs towards the vault. He is joined by two more men just over an hour later

Sunday April 5

  • 06.10: The gang spends 20 minutes retrieving bags from the vault before loading equipment into the van, including wheelie bins, and driving off

Tuesday April 7

  • Scotland Yard says it is made aware of the heist

The diamond district and its secrets

Emma Atkinson

BBC News

The facts surrounding the Hatton Garden jewellery heist with its "audacious" thieves sounds like the screenplay from a heist movie.

Man inspecting a large diamond
Getty Images

But what is really known about the

capital's somewhat-secretive diamond district?

The heist gang and van

The Met previously released these CCTV images of the gang of thieves who carried out the

Hatton Garden raid.

hatton Garden CCTV
Met Police

The gang visited the vault twice over the Easter weekend, and used this white van as their vehicle to transport the tools for the heist and to remove the contents from the 56 boxes.

heist van
Met Police

The vault's door and the way through

This was the door the thieves were faced with during the

Hatton Garden raid.

Hatton Garden door
Met Police

To get around having to open it they drilled this whole through the wall.

Hole in vault
Met Police

What Hatton Garden police were faced with

These images show what the Metropolitan Police were faced with when they arrived at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company after thieves spent four days raiding it.

Hatton Garden raid
Met Police

This shows the hallway leading to the vault.

Hallway in Hatton Garden vault
Met Police

'Audacious' thieves

Jawad Iqbal

Analysis and insight editor

The thieves who broke into the Hatton Garden vault over four days and got away with jewellery and other items from 56 boxes have been described as "audacious" by the

Met Police.

Jewels on display at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd store in London


how did they do it and what do we know so far?

BreakingFlash crash trader case: Extradition hearing in August


A financial trader

arrested in the UK after US authorities accused him of contributing to the 2010 Wall Street "flash crash" is set to have a "full extradition hearing" in August, Reuters reports.

The US Department of Justice wants to extradite Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, from Hounslow, west London, on charges of wire fraud, commodities fraud and market manipulation.

The crash wiped billions of dollars off the value of US shares in minutes.

Thieves drilled through 1.5ft concrete

The heist suspects drilled through the 1.5ft (50cm) deep concrete wall of the vault using a heavy duty drill.

Met Police

There was no sign of forced entry and the thieves disabled the communal lift and used the lift shaft to climb down into the basement.

Police have also created

this graphic illustrating how they believe the suspects got into the vault.