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  1. Updates on Wednesday 29 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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That's all from the London Live page today, Elaine Okyere will be guiding you through all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow.

From 22:20 tonight we'll be running a special live page covering the BBC London TV election debate on BBC One. Do join us then. Have a good evening.

Dry night but breezy

BBC Weather

It will be a mainly dry night with skies largely clear throughout. Although it will remain fairly breezy at times, it will turn chilly with a patchy grass frost in more rural areas.

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F)

Woman stalked for 12 years asks for legal reform

Claire Waxman, from Willesden,

says stalkers must be stopped from using a loophole in the legal system to harass their targets.

Claire Waxman

She was stalked for 12 years by a Elliot Fogel, who was jailed yesterday for breaching a restraining order.

Despite the order, he had used the civil courts to harass her by claiming defamation over comments she had made in media interviews.

Ms Waxman says civil and criminal courts must work more closely to stop this tactic.

London's 'boomerang generation'

BBC London News

On tonight's programme from 18:30: Imagine leaving home, getting a job, starting a family, but then having to move back in with your parents because you can't just afford to buy in London.

With the chronic lack of affordable housing, this has become a reality for some. And according to a new report more and more young people are finding themselves returning home - the so-called "boomerang generation".

BBC London's Emilia Papadopolous reports.

Neil Harris named manager of relegated club

BBC Sport

Millwall have appointed Neil Harris as their manager, less than 24 hours after relegation to League One was confirmed.

Neil Harris
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Demolished pub 'must be rebuilt'

A 1920 Maida Vale pub - demolished by the owners while it was being considered for listed building status - should be rebuilt, Westminster City Council officers say.

The pub before it was demolished
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The Carlton Tavern in Carlton Vale was unexpectedly bulldozed on 8 April and is believed to have been the only building in the street to have survived WW2 bombing.

After demolition
Westminster City Council

Councillor Thomas Crockett says he's been inundated with calls for the pub to be rebuilt and officers have recommended the same.

TV election debate special

Andrew Neil


Tonight I'll be hosting a special BBC London general election debate with:

  • Priti Patel (Conservative)
  • Sadiq Khan (Labour)
  • Richard Hilton (UKIP)
  • Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrat)
  • Shahrar Ali (Greens)

It's broadcast at

22:50 on BBC One. You can join the debate on
Twitter #londondebate and on our London Live page.

London walk for cancer charity

A political campaign director is taking part in a 50km walk around London with friends and colleagues to raise money for Dimbleby Cancer Care.

Richard Dimbleby
Richard Dimbleby was the BBC's first war correspondent

Kyle Taylor will be leading his own team of 10 alongside broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby for the charity's 50/50/50 event - an endurance challenge in celebration of the charity founded in memory of Dimbleby's father, Richard (pictured), who died 50 years ago this year.

The 30-year-old, head of office for Bermondsey and Old Southwark parliamentary candidate Simon Hughes, said: "The charity is very close to my heart as I am a trustee for it. As such, I like to be hands-on and as well as sitting on the board, I enjoy taking part in its fundraising challenges.

East India Dock Tunnel congestion

BBC Travel

The A13 is closed and there is very slow traffic eastbound at the Movers Lane junction due to an accident involving a motorbike and a van. There is congestion to the East India Dock Tunnel.

The A206 Woolwich is closed, causing slow traffic in both directions between the Prospect Vale junction and Woolwich ferry roundabout. The bus routes 161, 177, 180 and 472 are being diverted.

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BBC News, London

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Smooth Tube

BBC London


The Tube is currently running smoothly apart from

these engineering works

Ballot papers stolen in London

More than

70,000 ballot papers have been stolen after a van containing them was taken by thieves.

Ballot paper

The vehicle, which was carrying the papers destined for the Hastings and Rye constituency in East Sussex, was stolen while in the London area.

A Hastings Borough Council spokesman said it was believed the papers were not the target of the theft but measures were being put in place so that none of the 72,300 stolen documents could be used in next week's election.

Teen found guilty of terror grooming

A teenager has been

convicted of grooming a vulnerable young man after being inspired by the 2013 killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

Kazi Islam
Julia Quenzler

Kazi Islam was said to have used "flattery and threats" in exchanges on social media to try to persuade Harry Thomas, 19, to kill two soldiers and buy ingredients for a pipe bomb.

Islam, 18, of Newham, east London, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of preparing to commit acts of terrorism. He claimed he was conducting research.

RHS boss admits £700,000 theft plot

A former Royal Horticultural Society boss has admitted plotting to steal £700,000 from the charity over a 10-year period.

Stuart Medhurst, 54, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to steal, and one count of fraud by abuse of position when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court in London.

The former RHS operations manager, of no fixed address, admitted conspiring to steal sums of £360,859.51 and £317,110 from the famous gardening organisation between January 2004 and January 2014. He also pleaded guilty to abusing his position to buy items for himself - valued at £43,895.05 - with charity funds.

Find your constituency

Election 2015

There's eight days to go until the general election on 7 May. Find who's standing in your area with

BBC Election 2015.

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Abandoned Tube station

TfL has released more images of a tunnel at the abandoned Down Street tube station, which

BBC London's Tom Edwards had access to yesterday.

Tunnel underneath Downing Street
Getty Images

It is thought to have been used by Winston Churchill during World War Two as a wartime bunker and is now up for rent, under plans to raise money by leasing disused sections of the underground railway. What could you do with a space like this?

QPR campaigns to stay in west London

Queen's Park Rangers are urging candidates standing in the general election to help keep the football club in west London.

They say they have spent the past 18 months looking for a location in the area to build a new stadium, as the current site is too small.

And they are concerned the site they have found, at Old Oak Common, is "potentially uncertain".

Attack on pregnant mother 'despicable'

The attack on a pregnant mother

pushed off a bus and punched by a man in Barking is "despicable", say police.

Bus stop
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The Met Police adds the woman's five-year-old daughter, travelling with her at the time, was "left traumatised after seeing her mother being assaulted".

Sir Peter Hendy's comments 'crass'

Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union, representing ticket inspectors, has hit back at comments by TfL boss

Sir Peter Hendy that inspectors are "like the Gestapo".

He said they have a difficult enough job "without these sort of crass comments from Sir Peter adding to their often stressful working day".

Mr Cortes added: "We know from personal experience that the commissioner can sometimes be short-tempered and difficult.

"We can cope with him but we do not think it is either wise or sensible of him to pick on a group of people who cannot answer back and don't even work for him anyway."

'You will not win', girl tells alleged attacker

A London girl

has written an open letter to the youth charged with sexually assaulting her on a street near her home in Camden.

Ione Wells, 20, told the youth: "My community will not feel we are unsafe walking back home after dark. We will get on the last Tube home, and we will walk up our streets alone, because we will not ingrain or submit to the idea that we are putting ourselves in danger in doing so.

Ione Wells
Instagram/Ione Wells

"We will continue to come together, like an army, when any member of our community is threatened, and this is a fight you will not win."

She has launched a #NotGuilty campaign that such assaults are never the victim's fault.

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New Media Editor, BBC London

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Recording of BBC London election debate

London's cultural scene "too narrow target'

The shadow culture secretary criticised London's cultural scene for often serving a narrow range of people.

Ms Harman says: "I go to the opera house, in the stalls, the cheapest tickets - I look around, I don't see anybody from black, minority ethnic backgrounds, I don't hear any working class accents.

"It's the same with the proms. That's got to be sorted."

'Artists being priced out of London'

BBC London 94.9

Ms Harman

told Robert artists in London not being able to afford the rent in the city was a "huge issue".

"You can't restrict to those people whose parents can afford to pay enormous rent. It is a real equality issue,."

She said fixing the problem and making sure new spaces weren't "just inhabited by Starbucks" was down to housing policy and councils.

"We need these people. Arts flourish from the largest pool of talent," she added.

'We want to do more' to diversify, says Harriet Harman

BBC London 94.9

Labour's culture secretary

Harriet Harman spoke to Robert Elms earlier about her party's plans for arts and culture but she kicked off with her views on diversity in politics: "We used to have no non-white members of parliament and we said that is not representative".

Harriet Harman

She said "we haven't got as far as we want" with diversifying and there were 16 BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) Labour MPs but that "we want to do more".

Ms Harman said it was vital to "recognise there is a problem" and not "go oh, it's all about merit, it's all about political correctness".

Live cricket: Somerset v Middlesex

Kevin Hand

BBC London 94.9 cricket reporter

Somerset remain in the ascendancy as they have been throughout the match but

Middlesex have given themselves a real chance of another remarkable run chase.


Almost a year to the day since they chased 472 against Yorkshire, they're 148-4 at lunch in pursuit of 408 on a good batting track with a particularly short boundary on one side.

Skipper Adam Voges is 34 not out and the key to the visitors' hopes but they were given a fine start by the impressive young opener Nick Gubbins, who made his second fifty of the match only to fall just before the interval.

Lego royal baby

Unable to contain its excitement for the imminent royal birth,

Lego has made a baby out of tiny plastic bricks being presented to the world by figures of Kate Middleton and Prince William, reports Get West London.

A Lego spokesperson said it wanted to "give people the first glimpse of what they could see".

Capital 'has 43 homes for those on average incomes'

There are just

43 homes available in London for people on average incomes, and some of those are on houseboats, reports London Loves Business.

People on houseboats
Getty Images

The site says out of the 43, one is a mobile home and four are houseboats.

More than 80% of the UK's housing market is out of reach for families bringing in the average wage, it adds.

Labour responds to proposals for Tower Hamlets

Labour Councillor Rachael Saunders says the people of Tower Hamlets deserve "democratic and accountable leadership".

She says the mayoral elections on 11 June should be "free and fair".

"Over the coming weeks and months we need a Labour government in Westminster and a Labour Mayor of Tower Hamlets who would have a better plan to fix the problems created by the last Tory-led government and Lutfur Rahman's divisive politics," she adds.

Lookalike Charles and Camilla wait outside hospital

Charles and Camilla look-alikes Guy Ingle and Wendy Crawley pose with royal enthusiast Terry Hutt outside the Lindo wing at St Mary's Hospital in London.

Lookalike Charles and Camilla

Kate Middleton is expected to give birth to her second child in the next few days.

Delays in South Kensington

BBC Travel


accident on the A3218 Old Brompton Road is causing delays in both directions in South Kensington at the Glendower Place junction.

The station at Royal Oak is closed to the Circle and Hammersmith and City lines due to engineering works.

Weather: Brighter this afternoon

BBC Weather

Rain will soon clear away east this afternoon, turning brighter with sunny spells developing, although some showers are still possible.

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

New powers proposed for Tower Hamlets

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has proposed

additional intervention powers for commissioners in Tower Hamlets.

The powers will enable the borough to safeguard good governance throughout the council until a new mayor and top officer are "fully bedded in".

Mr Pickles has appointed two new commissioners, Chris Allison, who has policing and security experience and Alan Wood, who has a background in children's services.

Delivery time changes 'could reduce congestion'

The time of business deliveries in London

could be changed in order to ease congestion, Transport for London suggests.

Lorries in London

Retiming deliveries outside the peak hours of 07:00 and 13:00 could reduce journey times and lower exhaust emissions, it said.

Latest headlines

Pippa Stephens

BBC News, London

Our top stories on London Local Live today include:

  • A
    Camden girl writes a heartfelt letter to the man she says assaulted her
  • Two more government-appointed commissioners are being sent in to manage Tower Hamlets council
  • TfL boss apologises for "Gestapo" comment about ticket inspectors

Watch: Who will win super-close Hampstead?

Hampstead and Kilburn is a key marginal seat in London and the closest three-way seat in the country.


Last year Labour's Glenda Jackson won by 42 votes, but this year she is not standing.

A key issue in the area is housing, as many of the borough's wealthier people could be hit by a mansion tax, while others are moving out as they cannot afford to live there.

BBC London

talks to the candidates hoping to win the seat.

Appeal after pregnant woman punched in Barking

Detectives are appealing for witnesses at a bus stop in Barking where a pregnant woman was attacked at about 16:00 on Monday.

A man attacked and pushed the 30-year-old woman off the route 173 bus as he said there was not room for her and her nine-month old baby, who was in a pushchair.

When she was off the bus, he allegedly punched her repeatedly in the face, chest and shoulders.

Men fight to board rush hour train


men have been fighting to get on a train at Hither Green station during the morning rush hour, reports This Is Local London.

Onlookers at the station, which has been busy since the start of building work at London Bridge, said the two men "resorted to pushing and shoving" and that one tried to pull the other off the train.

TV Election debate

Election 2015

With a week until polling day, there is a special programme from BBC London tonight.

Andrew Neil hosts the show where Londoners get to put their questions to some of the capital's leading politicians.

Watch the debate on

BBC One at 22:50.

You can follow and contribute to the debate on on our special live page from 22:00 on the

BBC London website.

Parents 'puzzled' when new graduates return home

Parents of young adults who return to the family home after university are often

"puzzled" about how to manage the relationship, suggests a small study.

Young man with parents

Living together again "is often not a strongly positive experience" for parent or child, say London School of Economics (LSE) researchers.

But with up to half of new graduates living at home it may "become a new social norm", they add.

TfL boss: My comment is 'excessive'

Mr Hendy wrote to David Brown, chief executive of the Go-Ahead Group, and David Statham, managing director, to apologise for the comments.

He says: "I am quoted in Management Today being offensive about Southeastern trains and its staff.

"My comment is unjustified and excessive and I apologise. I know everyone there is doing their best to offer a good service in the context of the franchise you have and the infrastructure you operate on."