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  1. Updates on 24 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Sitala Peek

BBC News

That's it from me today. Good luck if you're taking part in the marathon on Sunday.

BBC London Live will be back with you from 08:00 on Monday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the capital. Have a great weekend.

Becoming unsettled and cool

BBC Weather

It will be mainly cloudy this evening with patchy rain towards the east.

Temperatures will stay mild tonight beneath the thick cloud cover. Min temp: 9C (48F)

BreakingMan charged in connection with Syria preacher death

A 61-year-old man has been charged in connection with the

fatal shooting in Wembley of a preacher from Syria, Abdulhadi Arwani.

Khalid Rashad, of Monks Park Drive, Wembley, was charged with possession of an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose and possession of ammunition for a firearm without a certificate.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

BBC London 94.9 live at the marathon

Andy Rowley

BBC London 94.9

It's the London Marathon on Sunday and as always

BBC London 94.9 will be bringing you roadside coverage of every ounce of blood, sweat and tears poured.

BBC London staff at Marathon

Coverage starts at 0830 on Sunday with reporters on the start line ready for the elite wheelchair races that start at 09:00, plus:

  • The elite women runners set off at 09:20
  • The elite men's race gets underway at 10:10

Listen live to BBC London 94.9 as we bring you all the colour of the largest annual charity fundraising event in the world and we'll be at landmarks like the start line in Blackheath, the Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, the Embankment and the finish on the Mall.

Gang members jailed for 'frenzied' double murder

Sitala Peek

BBC News

Two east London gang members have been jailed for a "frenzied, adrenaline and probably a drug-fuelled" double murder, carried out in order to obtain their rivals' client list.

Alex Bernard, 21, and Casey Jones, 19, lured drug dealers Aaron Carriere, 21, and Josiah Manful, 20, to a quiet street in Leytonstone, east London, and stabbed them 24 times in less than 60 seconds on 1 March, 2014.

A judge at the Old Bailey jailed them both for life with Jones ordered to serve a minimum of 34 years and Bernard ordered to serve a minimum of 31 years.

What impact did industrialisation have on our bodies?


Museum of London is comparing 500 skeletons of medieval Londoners with 500 skeletons from industrial-era city dwellers to see what impact mechanisation may have had on our bodies.

Human skulls
Museum of London

Jelena Bekvalac who is leading the project said: "The most tangible evidence we have for the long-term consequences of the industrialisation process upon us is, quite simply, written in our bones."

A skull
Museum of London

The study will also assess the impact of diseases on our bodies and the results will be published online.

Boy, 14, accused of terrorism denied bail

A 14-year-old boy has appeared before Westminster magistrates accused of inciting acts of terrorism in Australia and has been refused bail,

reports ABC's Europe correspondent Barbara Miller.


case has been referred to the Old Bailey, she adds.

The boy who cannot be named for legal reasons is the youngest person in the UK to be charged with a terrorism offence, reports

BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford.

Flash crash trader remains in custody

Sitala Peek

BBC News

A financial

trader accused by US authorities of contributing to the 2010 Wall Street crash has failed to post bail and must remain in custody in London this weekend.

US stock markets
US stock markets plunged in minutes, before rebounding just as quickly

Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, from Hounslow, is wanted by US authorities on charges of wire fraud, commodities fraud and market manipulation.

He is fighting extradition to the US but has failed to pay the £5m bail set by Westminster magistrates for his release.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

London's Conservative mayor Boris Johnson and Labour leader Ed Miliband have exchanged insults today over the future of the capital's economy.

The mayor claims Mr Miliband would be forced by the Scottish Nationalists to direct money away from London, but the Labour leader denies this. That's the top story on

BBC London 94.9 at 17:00

Rahman court judgement 'should be respected'

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

Ed Miliband told me he disagrees with Ken Livingston's view (

which aired on Eddie Nestor's Drivetime show last night) that the decision of Tower Hamlets voters to elect Lutfur Rahman should "not have been overturned by an unelected bureaucrat".

He said: "I disagree with Ken on this one. I think the court has made its judgement. It's reached its findings and it should be respected."

Costumed runners in marathon bid

As if running the London Marathon wasn't hard enough, these entrants are guaranteed to be spotted wearing these elaborate costumes on Sunday.

London Marathon runners

Andy Church, Heather Smith and Laura Jones from Witney, who are attempting to run as the fastest marathon in a three-person costume, join Debbie Leeland and Paula Marshall (fastest three legged), Paul Simons (fastest marathon dressed as a bottle), Thomas Bolton (fastest marathon dressed as a telephone box), Gemma Kirkham (fastest marathon dressed as a framed painting) and Jerry Know (fastest marathon dribbling two basketballs).


Driver jailed after evading £60 speeding fine for five years

Sitala Peek

BBC News

A driver who changed his name by deed poll to 'Mr X 'in order to evade a £60 speeding fine has been jailed for perjury and perverting the course of justice.

Ashley X, of Clyfford Road, Ealing, was filmed driving his Honda sports car at 67mph (107kmph) in a 50mph (80kmph) zone of the M11 in Essex in 2009.

"For five years he tried to deny the offence," police said, by claiming that his cousin was behind the wheel and forging a letter to support the bogus account. X has been sentenced to nine months in jail and was ordered to pay £1,200 in court costs.

Alan Rickman weds school sweetheart

Congratulations to actor Alan Rickman, 69, has married his partner of 50 years Rima Horton.

Rima Horton and Alan Rickman

The pair met when they were at school when he was 19 and she was 18. They have lived together in London for 50 years and recently wed in secret in New York, he told the

German magazine Bild.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Boris Johnson has claimed a Labour/SNP deal after the election could put London's economy at risk. The Mayor was speaking in Stanmore earlier and warned Ed Miliband would be "hobbled" by the Scottish Nationalists, and forced to steer investment away from London. That's the top story on

BBC London 94.9 at 16:00.

'I will stand up for London'

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

Ed Miliband said funding would not be sent elsewhere if London needed it.

Ed Miliband

"I'm going to stand up for the whole of the United Kingdom and London's incredibly important to me. It's an incredibly important driver of economic growth throughout the country, but it's also important because as I say it's a tale of two cities.

"There is a divided London and that's what we've got to change so all of our policies to put working people first, building homes, dealing with local wages they're absolutely crucial to London."

'Conservatives are losing the argument'

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

Ed Miliband said in response to claims of negative campaigning by the Boris Johnson: " I'm not worried about it because I think it defeats the Conservative party. I think Mr Positive has gone negative if that's what's happened to Boris Johnson. It shows its a desperate campaign and they're losing the argument."

Following Mr Johnson's claim that any future Labour/SNP deal would damage London's economy, Mr Miliband said: "HSBC has said the number one risk is getting out of the European Union and Boris Johnson's party is drifting towards exist from the European Union. That's the biggest threat.

"Frankly Boris is trying to stir up England versus Scotland. He should be defending the UK."

'Good news' about Hammersmith Flyover

BBC Travel


Transport for London says work on the westbound carriageway heading out of London has been completed ahead of schedule over the past two weekends and no longer needs to be closed.

Hammersmith Flyover

"That's good news for everyone," a spokesman said.

Video: Should we increase airport capacity?

As the 2015 general election approaches, the BBC is looking in detail at some of the big challenges the next government will face.

Runway at Heathrow airport
Getty Images

Airport capacity is an issue that affects many thousands of voters, but has not been given too much attention by political parties in this campaign.

Business Editor Kamal Ahmed

looks at the pressure to expand airports, or build new ones.

BreakingMan pleads not guilty in beheading case

Nicholas Salvador, 25, is accused of murdering Palmira Silva, 82, found beheaded in the garden of her home in Edmonton last year.

He has appeared at the Old Bailey and entered a not guilty plea to murder - by reason of insanity. He also pleads not guilty to assault by actual bodily harm - by reason of insanity.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Met Police and government officials should have intervened in Tower Hamlets politics before Lutfur Rahman's case went to the election court, a local blogger and author has claimed.

Police have yet to act after a High Court election judge found the

former mayor guilty yesterday of corrupt practices. That's the top story on
BBC London 94.9 at 15:00.

'Mr Positive has gone negative'

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

Ed Miliband has told BBC London 94.9 that "Mr Positive has gone negative if that's what happened to Boris Johnson" - in response to the

mayor claiming a Labour/SNP deal would wreck London's economy.

Hatton Garden heist 'like real life Ocean's Eleven'

The head of the Met's Flying Squad has compared the

heist in Hatton Garden over Easter to the blockbuster film
Ocean's Eleven.

Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd

Det Supt Craig Turner gave his

first interview since the raid on last night's
Crimewatch on BBC One and offered a £20,000 reward to help catch the gang that pulled off what could turn out to be Britain's biggest ever heist.

The hole in the vault

Will HSBC headquarters really quit the City?

Kamal Ahmed

Business editor

If HSBC were to leave the UK - and that is a very big, costly, politically difficult if - it would be a significant moment for the City and Britain's place as the home of major global banks.

HSBC cash machines

It has confirmed today that it is reconsidering whether London is the best place for its HQ. Here's

my take on how likely it is to go.

Red telephones boxes

BBC News Magazine

tweets: The are now fewer than 10,000 traditional red telephone boxes left in the UK

Old telephone boxes

Do you live near one? Does it still work?

Send us a photo

"The most astonishing sight in British sport"

BBC Sport

Are you ready for the

London Marathon? Perhaps this will get you in the spirit:

"When we came off of Tower Bridge 35 years ago we took a right hand turn and we got into an area of London that was kind of run down, old factories, a lot of boarded up buildings..."

"It was a rainy day and there were a lot of cobblestones".

Dick Beardsley and Inge Simonsen cross the finish line of the first London Marathon hand in hand

Dick Beardsley and Inge Simonsen crossed the finish line of the first London Marathon hand in hand. Here they relive that moment of true sportsmanship.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 14:00:

Labour's Jim Fitzpatrick, who's standing for re-election as the MP for Poplar and Limehouse, has told BBC London 94.9 he hopes yesterday's ruling on Lutfur Rahman's election fraud will mean a fresh start for Tower Hamlets.

Cheers for Miliband

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

Ed Miliband is at a rally with supporters inside an Ealing community centre.. Cheers as he says he'd repeal health and social care act. #GE2015

Ed Miliband

Video: What is at stake when London votes?

BBC London

General Election 2015

There are just under two weeks to go until London goes to the polls to decide which party should represent its 73 seats.

What's at stake when London votes?

In the 2010 election, while the country opted for Conservative, Labour edged ahead in the capital.

Jeremy Vine takes a look at what is at stake in London.

Afternoon weather

BBC Weather

Generally a dry and bright afternoon, with some sunny intervals. Feeling pleasantly warm in any bright or sunnier spells. However, cloud will continue to increase from the southwest during the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

Tower Hamlets' mayoral election

Claire Timms

BBC News, London

We've just received this statement from

Tower Hamlets Council: "Following the election judgment on 23 April, which found against Mr Lutfur Rahman and Mr Alibor Choudhury, Tower Hamlets Council has now published notices for the elections of an executive mayor and councillor for the Stepney Green ward.

"These combined elections will be held on 11 June 2015. They will be delivered by John Williams, the council's acting returning officer, who was cleared of all allegations related to fraudulent practice in the delivery and administration of the 2014 Mayoral elections."

'A Labour/SNP deal threatens London'

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

Boris Johnson has claimed a Labour/SNP deal after the election could put London's economy at risk.

The mayor, was speaking earlier in Stanmore, warned Ed Miliband would be "hobbled" by the Scottish Nationalists, and forced to steer investment away from London.

Boris Johnson

He says the capital's economy is driving the whole of the UK and claims the Labour leader could threaten that: "What is the hope for investment in London from a Miliband government that is in the pocket of the Scottish Nationalist Party?

What can any Mayor of London hope to achieve in any negotiations with the government if that Lab government must in turn negotiate for every penny packet of spending with the Scottish Nationalist Party?"

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Pressure is mounting on Scotland Yard to act on allegations of electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets.

Peter Golds, leader of the Conservatives in the borough, says the Met has ignored complaints dating back decades and one of the four people who succeeded in getting

Lutfur Rahman forced out as mayor claims they were obstructed and intimidated by police as they tried to gather evidence for the election court case.

That's the top story on

BBC London 94.9 at 13:00.

Man killed in knife and hammer attack

Daniel Sandford

BBC News, Home Affairs

Ben Fasina was attacked with knives and hammers in Thamesmead, last October, the Old Bailey heard.

Alvin Ansah-Baaphy, 23, Bliss Duodo, 22, and Louis Henry, 22, are accused of the murder and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.

They deny all charges.

Mr Ngolo denies conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm.

Accused 'ordered attack from prison'

Daniel Sandford

BBC News, Home Affairs

A 25-year-old man was murdered in a "brutal" revenge attack ordered by a convicted drug dealer from his prison cell, a court has heard.

Steven Ngolo, 22, was serving a sentence for supplying cannabis and allegedly gave instructions to attack Ben Fasina who had apparently robbed a low-level drug courier.

Ngolo, who was being held in Thameside Prison in south-east London, was livid when he heard about the robbery and was recorded on his prison phone urging others to take retribution, Mark Fenhalls QC, prosecuting, said.

Chris Dercon to leave Tate Modern

Chris Dercon is to leave the Tate Modern in 2017 after six years in charge of the museum.

Chris Dercon

Dercon, an art historian, documentary filmmaker and cultural producer, is to take up a position with Berlin's experimental Volsbuhne Theatre.

Rail upgrade 'raises hack risk

A hi-tech signalling system which will eventually control all of Britain's trains

could potentially be hacked to cause a serious crash, according to a scientist who advises the government.

Crashed train

Prof David Stupples, from City University in London, told the BBC plans to replace ageing signal lights with new computers could leave the rail network exposed to cyber-attacks. UK tests of the European Rail Traffic Management System are under way.

Network Rail, which is in charge of the upgrade, acknowledges the threat.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top story at 12:00:

Scotland Yard's facing growing criticism for failing to act on allegations of electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets.

The leader of the Conservatives in the borough says the Met's ignored complaints dating back decades. One of the four people who succeeded in getting Lutfur Rahman forced out as mayor claims they were obstructed and intimidated by the police as they tried to gather evidence for their court case.

Kidman to return to London stage

Nicole Kidman is to return to the London stage, 17 years on from her critically acclaimed West End debut.

Nicole Kidman

The Australian actress will play scientist Rosalind Franklin in the UK premiere of Photograph 51, directed by Michael Grandage.

Teen remanded over Anzac Day terror charges

A 14-year-old British boy accused of inciting a terrorist beheading and an attack on an Anzac Day event in Australia has been remanded at Westminster Magistrates' Court to youth detention accommodation.

Do you know this hit and run cyclist?

Sitala Peek

BBC News

Police want to trace a cyclist who collided with a woman near Tower Bridge and left her lying face down on the footpath.

The 44-year-old woman had been walking down Abbey Street with her husband at about 18:00 on 14 April.

Cyclist involved in a collision in Southwark
Met Police

They crossed the road at the junction of Tower Bridge and met an oncoming cyclist on the footpath. The woman fell to the ground and suffered significant facial injuries, police said.

"If not for her husband and a member of the public stopping to help she would have been left on that footpath," Sgt David Hunt said.