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  1. Updates on 28 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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That's all from BBC Local Live for today. Pippa Stephens will be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across London.

Don't forget BBC London 94.9's political reporter Susana Mendonca will answering any of your housing/election questions on Facebook in an hour.

Ask a question now.

Here's a final thought on a billboard in London.

Estate agents sign saying "It rains more in Rome than it does in London. Quit whinging"

Dry evening but rain on the way

BBC Weather

It should be a dry evening with clear spells. Later in the night cloud will increase with scattered showers developing after midnight and rain arriving in the west by dawn.

Minimum temperature: 7C (44F)

British Council for Offices awards

Four London offices have been recognised as the best workplaces in South East England at the annual

British Council for Offices regional property sector awards.

(Clockwise from top left) Stephen Street, Bentnick Street, 10 Hammersmith Grove and Brand Union
British Council for Offices

The winners are:

  • Best Commercial Workplace - 10 Hammersmith Grove, in Hammersmith
  • Projects up to 2000msq - 20 Bentinck Street, in Marylebone
  • Best Workplace Fit Out - Brand Union Building, in east London
  • Best Refurbished / Recycled Workplace - 1 & 2 Stephen Street, in Fitzrovia.

What do you think of your workplace? Does it measure up to these ones? Get in touch via email

Thank you from the Duke and Duchess

Royal fans who have spent more than a week camping outside the Lindo Wing in Paddington, where the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth, received a special delivery direct from

Kensington Palace.

Royal fans outside the Lindo wing

Luxury pastries were dropped off to the group of five at their tents as a thank you for their support, as anticipation of the birth of Kate and William's second child mounts. Kathy Martin, 50, from Beckenham, London, said: "It was really special - and we noticed straight away that they were wrapped in pink ribbons. We think it's a sign they are having a girl."

Brent robberies appeal

Officers have released photos of three men they would like to speak to in connection with burglaries in Brent.

Ali Gelle, Hicham Wadda and James Martine
Met Police
Left to right: Ali Gelle, Hicham Wadda and James Martine
  • James Martine, 32, is wanted in connection with a burglary at Cricklewood Broadway on 24 April 2013.
  • Ali Gelle, 37, is wanted in connection with a robbery in Chatsworth Road, on 3 March 2014.
  • Hicham Wadda, 44, is wanted in connection with a burglary in High Road, on 5 November 2014.

Can you spot the fake?

The identity of a replica painting which was hung at Dulwich Picture Gallery as part of a "spot-the-fake" challenge

has been revealed.

The replica and the original of Jean-Honore Fragonard's Young Woman
Dulwich Picture Gallery

Since February, Jean-Honore Fragonard's 18th Century work Young Woman has been replaced by a counterfeit, produced in China. Nearly 3,000 visitors cast a vote - but only 10% guessed correctly.

On air

BBC London 94.9


BBC London News from 18:30: as London's Nepalese community collect supplies for the victims of the Nepal earthquake, BBC London reporter Emma North has been speaking to them and will be live at a candlelit vigil in Trafalgar square.

Plus, the 'ghost' Tube station which could become a gallery.

Dog poo DNA discussion


Thanks for all your comments on

BBC London's Facebook page about plans for Barking and Dagenham Council to use
dog poo DNA tests to catch owners who fail to clean up their pet's mess.

Image on pavement
  • Carl Thornton asked: "Can we do the same for humans, notably those who drop their cigarette butts and litter the streets of London?"
  • Amedeo Felix said: "How much does a DNA test cost?"
  • However Ruth Virginia is all for it, she said: "Do it! I have seen people who walk their dogs and let them poo on your lawn! Sick of trashy people who have little respect for themselves or anyone else."
  • Whereas Peter Wooding simply said: "Barking council sounds about right."

What do you think? Is it a barking idea? Join in the discussion on


Officer dismissed for 'tipping off son'

News Shopper


A Bexleyheath police officer jailed for tipping off his son that he was suspect in a Sidcup mugging

has been sacked from the police force.

The Met said Darren McCabe, 50, had breached the "standards of professional behaviour by discreditable conduct".

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Elaine Okyere

BBC London News

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Oxford St reopens

TfL Traffic News

tweets: Oxford St reopened btwn Marble Arch & Portman St following an earlier incident.

Mapping constituency opinion polls

Election 2015


map of constituency-level opinion polls reveals where close battles are being fought with just over a week to go before the general election.

Interactive map

The latest research suggests that the Conservatives may gain Twickenham from the Liberal Democrats, while Labour may gain Hendon, Harrow East, Ealing Central and Acton from the Conservatives.

'Flash crash' trader to face custody hearing

A financial trader accused of contributing to the 2010 Wall Street "flash crash" is due to appear in court tomorrow after failing to raise the cash needed to make bail.

Navinder Singh Sarao, who is fighting plans to extradite him to America to face trial,

was granted bail at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London last Wednesday, but he cannot be released until he provides security of £5 million and £50,000 from his parents as well as meeting other conditions.

Tube station shut

Fiona McKinnon

BBC London Travel

tweets: #MarbleArch Tube station is shut & Oxford St is closed bth wys btwn Marble Arch & Portman St bcs of a security alert. Buses on diversion. Fi

Hackbridge fire 'under control'

A detached house and garden shed in Hackbridge, south-west London, were damaged by fire this morning.

Hackbridge fire
London Fire Brigade

The building on Hackbridge Road was badly damaged and a garden shed was completely destroyed by the blaze.

London Fire Brigade said there were no reported injuries and the fire was brought under control by 12:00.

Your housing election questions answered

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

With London's population growing by 100,000 per year, how can London's housing shortage be solved?


Maybe you're renting and wondering will I ever be able to buy a home? Or you've got a home but are struggling to keep it? With nine days to go until

election day I'll be answering all your questions about housing and the election. Post your questions on our
Facebook page and I'll answer as many as I can tonight from 19:00.

Ghost station or gallery? You decide

Tom Edwards

Transport correspondent, London

Transport for London is seeking expressions of interest to

open its disused spaces to the public.

View down a disused underground walkway

There are seven sites, including closed Down Street Tube station (pictured), in Mayfair, that it thinks could be turned into restaurants or art galleries and it will work in partnerships or lease the spaces out to entrepreneurs.

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Elaine Okyere

BBC London News

Our top stories on London Live:

Homeowner told remove red stripes

A homeowner who painted her multimillion-pound house in red and white candy stripes, infuriating her neighbours, has been ordered to cover up the paint job.

Kensington House

Residents claim the owner painted the house after neighbours objected to plans to demolish the building and replace it with a new house and two-storey basement.

Kensington and Chelsea Council said it has served the owner with a Section 215 notice ordering her to get rid of the controversial stripes. She must repaint the house by 3 July or lodge an appeal by 5 June.

Communication failure believed to be 'power failure'

More on our story about an outage with the emergency services' communications system Airwave this morning.

In a statement, the

Met Police said: "The issue, believed at this stage to be a power failure, has now been resolved and Airwave Solutions Ltd are putting in place measures to avoid a repeat. Maintaining our service to the public and officer safety were our first considerations during the outage period, and measures were put in place to ensure it was maintained."

Brixton's anti-gentrification protest

The Guardian

The Reclaim Brixton demonstration expressed fears that the area's character is being diluted and displaced. But the Foxtons estate agent is unlikely to go away, and the people it sells houses to won't stop coming,

argues Dave Hill.

Somerset v Middlesex

Kevin Hand

BBC London 94.9 cricket reporter

Somerset have assumed a strong position at lunch on the third day as they're 77-1 in the second innings leaving by 168.

Middlesex added only 11 runs to their overnight score of 306-7 but were hampered by a sore upper back for their number 10, Tim Murtagh, which has prevented him batting or bowling so far today.

The pitch appears to have settled down from a lively start on the first day and rain could also aid the visitors unless they can produce a collapse similar to the hosts first innings.

Disgraced former Tower Hamlets mayor to appeal

A politician forced to step down as mayor of Tower Hamlets after a judge found him guilty of corrupt and illegal practices is preparing an appeal.

Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets

An Election Commissioner concluded Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman breached election rules and

must vacate his post immediately last week.

A statement on the

Mayor Luftur Rahman website said: "Lutfur Rahman will be appealing the judgment made against him at last Thursday's election court. He continues to reject all claims of wrongdoing and we hold that the integrity of the court system was marred by the bias, slurs and factual inaccuracies in the election judgment."

Afternoon weather

BBC Weather

It will be a predominantly dry afternoon with sunny spells, although an isolated shower is possible. It will feel rather chilly, especially in the breeze.

Maximum temperature 13C (55F).

Food awards on Robert Elms

David Friend

Senior journalist, BBC London

Crystal Palace Food Market

Tweets: Find out why
@CPFoodMarket is up for a
@BBCFoodProg award on
@RobertElms between 2 and 230. #bbcfoodawards

'Honey trap' woman 'deceitful from the outset'

At the Old Bailey, Orlando Pownall QC said Granger had worked with the elderly since she was 18 and had only got involved with the plot to murder Mr Hassan because she was in love with Jackson.

Leonie Granger with Mehmet Hassan arriving at the Palm Beach Casino
Met Police

However, Judge William Kennedy said she had been "deceitful from the outset" and had "lost her sense and compassion" when she got involved in the scheme. He added that she clearly cared more for Jackson than he cared for her.

'Wicked' murderers jailed for life

Kyrron Jackson, 28, and his friend Nicholas Chandler, 29 were found guilty of the

murder of Mehmet Hassan and jailed for life with a minimum term of 36 years.

Leonie Granger, Kyrron Jackson and Nicholas Chandler
Met Police
Leonie Granger, Kyrron Jackson and Nicholas Chandler

Sentencing, Judge William Kennedy described the murder of Mehmet Hassan as "pitiless and wicked", adding: "It was quite simply an act of brutality which defies reason and compassion."

Leonie Granger, from Gillingham, Kent, was sentenced to 16 years for manslaughter at the Old Bailey.

What is airwave?

On its website

Airwave describes itself as a network which "enables critical voice and data communications for the Police, Fire & Rescue and Ambulance Services in Great Britain".

Police 'lucky' during communications failure

Danny Shaw

Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

One police source said "we were very lucky to avoid anything too bad" during the complete failure in the telephone communications system used by the three blue light services - police, fire and ambulance - in London.

London Ambulance Service said it lost Airwave for less than 40 minutes and its impact on its operations was minimal.

Emergency services communications failure 'unusual'

In a statement, communications provider

Airwave, said: "We can confirm that at just after 09:00 this morning the Airwave Network in the London area experienced an issue with intermittent communications. To minimise disruption to our customers and while diagnostic tests were being run, Airwave took the decision at 09:34 to switch to our standby network in order to restore a full service.

Metropolitan Police
The emergency services communicate using a telephone system known as Airwave

"Switching to the standby network started at 09:38 and full service was restored within two minutes, by 09:40. Over the past year, our resilient Network has consistently delivered over 99.97% availability, making an issue of this kind extremely unusual."

BreakingEmergency services communication 'failure'

The telephone communications system used by police, fire and ambulance in London suffered a failure this morning, reveals Danny Shaw, the BBC's home affairs correspondent.

Between about 09:00 and 09:40 the system, known as Airwave, which helps the emergency services communicate securely, stopped working. One police source said: "We were very lucky to avoid anything too bad".

Airwave confirmed there'd been "an issue with intermittent communications".

Murder 'culmination of ruthless greed'

Police said

Mr Hassan's death was the "culmination of the ruthless greed" of Jackson and Chandler.

The pair are due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey for Mr Hassan's murder shortly and we'll be bring the details as soon as possible.

Professional poker player was beaten to death

On the night of his murder, Mr Hassan had taken Granger to the Mayfair restaurant Nobu before going on to the Palm Beach Casino where he gave her £1,000 in cash to gamble with.

Mehmet Hassan
Met Police

Later, he took her back to his Islington flat where she made her excuses and left in a taxi - but not before letting in her boyfriend Kyrron Jackson, 28, and his friend Nicholas Chandler, 29, both from London.

The pair tied Mr Hassan up and beat him to death.

Jackson and Chandler were found guilty of Mr Hassan's murder earlier this month.

Granger 'targeted' casino player

Care assistant Leonie Granger, 25, deliberately targeted 56-year-old Mehmet Hassan in March last year after meeting him in a Mayfair casino.

Leonie Granger
Met Police

The court heard he was oblivious to the sting as he dated the woman he knew as Rachel.

'Honey trap' murder sentence


Leonie Granger has been jailed at the Old Bailey for 16 years for setting a 'honey trap' for a professional gambler who was kicked to death for his winnings.

'Bomb-maker' on trial in UK

An alleged British bomb-maker accused of murdering an American soldier with a roadside improvised explosive device in Iraq has gone on trial in the UK.

Anis Abid Sardar, 38, from Wembley, appeared at

Woolwich Crown Court where he is accused of making bombs in Syria that were planted on the western outskirts of Baghdad throughout 2007.

One of them is said to have caused the death of 34-year-old Sgt First Class Randy Johnson, of 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, on 27 September 2007.

'West End to West Croydon'

Croydon Guardian


The founders of a new theatre have ambitious plans to bring the West End to West Croydon, reports the

Croydon Guardian.

A 230-seat auditorium, rehearsal space and a recording studio are part of the plan for the performing arts centre the Barn Theatre, which is due to open by September.

Tennis competition to honour student

A friendly tennis competition has been held to honour a student who died aged 14 earlier in the year, reports the

Epping Forest Guardian.

The newspaper said students and staff from Davenant Foundation School, in Loughton, gathered for the informal session to mark the memory of Year 10 student Harri Varda, who died in January.

Chelsea retain FA youth cup

BBC Sport

Chelsea retained the FA Youth Cup with a 5-2 aggregate win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea youth team

The Blues led 3-1 from the first leg but fell behind to Kelechi Iheanacho's close-range finish.

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BBC London News

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