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  1. Updates for Wednesday 6 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK


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

Dry and clear night

BBC Weather

Any showers this evening should clear to leave the rest of the night drier and clearer. The winds will be strong at first, particularly across Hampstead Heath and other areas of high ground, but will gradually ease through the overnight period. It will be cooler than of late but it will stay frost-free.

Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

Shocking leaflet claims 'voting is worse than terrorism'

Simi Raj, from Neville Road, Newham, has received a "horrifying" election leaflet apparently urging her not to vote because it was "worse than terrorism" and would be against Islam.

Election leaflets giving misguided information
Simi Raj

"I went out to do the school-run and when I came back I noticed this shocking flyer," she said. "I don't think it has anything to do with religion or Islam, but it is appalling."

Newham Council says it is investigating the matter.

Bearded dragons found in stairwell


RSPCA is appealing for information after two bearded dragons were found in a stairwell in a south London block of flats.

Bearded dragon
A bearded dragon

The reptiles were discovered on the concrete steps in the flats on Lettsome Street in Camberwell.

The animal charity said they were so cold when they were found the inspector thought they had already died but after carefully being warmed up and fed food and water, the bearded dragons were saved.

Would you move to Birmingham for £7,000?

London Evening Standard


Wandsworth Council has been accused of social cleansing for offering council residents up to £7,000 to move to a privately managed property in Birmingham, the

Evening Standard reports.

Birmingham house

It wrote to residents outlining the "opportunity" to move to "low-rental homes" that "normally have access to a garden" and in some instances have their own driveway.

The council said it was not forcing anyone to move but it thought some residents might want to make a fresh start outside the capital.

Fears drug dealers may return as Asbos expire

Camden New Journal

Cocaine dealers could be about to return to Camden's streets as prison terms and Asbos begin to expire, the

Camden New Journal reports.

PC McGann says Camden had been a prolific issuer of banning orders, but with police cuts, officers were unable to deal with problems in this way anymore.

His warning comes after a McDonald's in Covent Garden applied for a late-night licence.

Traffic lights on the blink

BBC Travel

On the roads, in West Kensington the A4 Talgarth Road is very slow around North End Road as the traffic lights aren't working properly, causing long delays on North End Road, Fulham Broadway and Gunter Grove.

Fleet Street is slow East from Aldwych to St Paul's. And Greater Anglia have 20 minute delays through Stratford after an earlier signal failure.

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Middlesex bowler on career-best haul of 13-103

BBC Sport

Middlesex bowler James Harris

says his career-best figures in the victory over Durham were "a long time coming".

James Harris
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The 24-year-old, who moved to Lord's from Glamorgan at the end of 2012, took 9-34 in the second innings to finish with match figures of 13-103.

"I've had two very lean years which has hurt me," he told

BBC London 94.9.

Tottenham striker says he hums fans' tribute song

BBC Sport

Tottenham's Harry Kane says he

hums the song Spurs fans sing in tribute to him.

Hary Kane
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Kane has scored 30 goals for Tottenham this season and won the Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year award in April.

Spurs supporters have celebrated the 21-year-old's success on the pitch with the refrain: 'He's one of our own.'

Anti-poverty campaigner wins council costs fight

Anti-poverty campaigner and retired vicar Paul Nicholson, from Tottenham, north London, has won his

High Court case over council costs.

Mr Nicholson

believed it was wrong for Haringey Council to issue people with a £125 bill for pursuing people who fell into arrears with their council tax payments.

He said the £125 cost was disproportionate to the cost incurred and was being used to punish people. He refused to pay his council tax bill as a matter of principle, triggering a court cost and has had a magistrates' costs order overturned by the High Court.

Harman defends gender-segregated Labour meeting

The deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman says while it wasn't ideal, a segregated Labour meeting for men and women in Birmingham was better than having no women present at all at the community meeting at the weekend.

The Labour candidate for Camberwell and Peckham told

LBC "sex-segregation in seating is not a good idea, but it's better than "men only" meetings. We want to have meetings where men and women are on equal terms and sitting together."

Glossary of election terms

Election 2015

Politics is awash with terms and phrases that are beloved of commentators and politicians alike.

Here is a guide to some of the key terms.

Hackney voter registration problem

BBC London 94.9

About 100 people in Hackney are believed to be experiencing problems with their voter registration, in spite of applying before the April deadline, Hackney Borough Council says.

Ballot box

The council says it has not received the applications from the Department for Work and Pensions.

If this has happened to you, please tweet your experience to


Gurkhas mark 200 years of British Army Service

This Ministry of Defence photo is of servicemen of the Royal Regiment of Gurkhas participating in the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace earlier as they celebrate 200 years of service in the British Army.

Gurkhas taking part of Changing of the Guard
Ministry of Defence

Neighbours praised over gang attack

Neighbours were praised by a judge for their "courage and public spiritedness" for helping catch members of violent gang who rampaged through their back gardens.

Armed with knives, bricks, lumps of wood, a broken chair and a golf club, up to 10 young men pursued two other "extremely scared" men as they attempted to take refuge behind homes in Russell Grove, Stockwell, south London, on 16 August.

"Quick-thinking" Lorna Collings reacted by photographing the gang while another neighbour, Jonathan Cater, went outside to confront them before police arrived. Today, one of the gang, architecture degree drop-out Junior Sadiq, 27, was jailed for 42 months at the Old Bailey after he admitted violent disorder.

Was motorist's £714 dinner bill taking the Michael?

Sitala Peek

BBC News

An Audi garage has baulked at

paying a £714 dinner bill for a customer whose £20,000 car was damaged on its forecourt.

Watford Audi offered to pay for a meal for two as a good will gesture for damaging Siobhan Yap's new A3 convertible before she could take delivery of it.


She treated herself and her mother to a meal at L'Atelier de Joel Robouchon Michelin-starred restaurant in Covent Garden and said the garage should have "specified a price limit". The garage says it was an excessive amount to spend and it will only reimburse half of the bill.

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Princess Charlotte leaves Kensington Palace

Sitala Peek

BBC News

Four-day-old Princess Charlotte has left Kensington Palace and is being taken to the Queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

Princess Charlotte

The Duke of Cambridge will spend the rest of his two weeks' paternity leave with the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and the newborn at their recently refurbished family home Anmer Hall.

Anmer Hall

What CAN'T you do in a polling station?

Tom de Castella

BBC News Magazine

The process of voting in a UK polling station hasn't changed much in years.

But what is and isn't allowed in there?

Burning questions like: "Can I take a selfie?" and "Can I bring my pet?" are all answered. Take note

'Like London Fashion Week for the craft sector'

BBC Arts


London Craft Week - the equivalent of Fashion Week for people who make things.

A craftsman at work
Daniel Harris at London Cloth

Designers and skilled craftsmen and women throughout the city, will show you how they make items like jewellery and watches and artisan food.

The event makes its debut today and runs until 10 May. BBC Arts Get Creative explores

what is on offer for visitors.

London doctor and nurse deny slavery charges

Sitala Peek

BBC News

A doctor and his wife from Perivale in north-west London have denied holding a person in slavery and servitude.

Emmanuel Edet, 60, and his wife Antan, who was a senior nurse, effectively "owned" a young Nigerian man as a slave for 24 years, a court has heard.

Ofonime Sunday Inuk was 14 when he moved in with the couple on the basis he would clean and look after their children in return for a wage and education, but that never materialised, the court heard. The case continues.

Meera Syal CBE!

Actress and writer Meera Syal, with her husband Sanjeev Bhaskar, after she was presented with her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal, awarded by the Prince of Wales at an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, earlier.

Meera Syal

Afternoon weather

BBC Weather

Becoming increasingly cloudy through the afternoon, with some showers merging to give longer spells of rain. Turning drier and brighter through into the evening. It will be windy, with gales possible across Hampstead Heath.

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Mee 'targeted young female cadets'

Mee's victims were young female cadets, mostly from abroad, but based in Croydon, south London. He was found not guilty of three counts of sexual assault yesterday.

The divorced father of five, who wore his white hair in a top-knot throughout the trial, carried out a campaign of sex attacks on women aged from 15 to their early 20s in 2010 and 2011.

He would stay late at the careers centre and conduct interviews with applicants out of hours to "deliberately" target his victims.

Army sergeant guilty of more sex attacks

An army recruitment sergeant who used his power to "abuse and bully" women as young as 15 has been found guilty of three further counts of sexual assault.

Edwin Mee

Edwin Mee, 46, was convicted by majority verdict on three outstanding counts at London's Southwark Crown Court today, having been

found guilty of a list of offences - including rape - by jurors yesterday.

The Glasgow-born defendant stared straight ahead as the foreman recorded guilty verdicts, but he shook his head silently as judge Alistair McCreath thanked jurors for their role in the trial.

Terror police arrest seven over Syria fraud allegations

Counter-terrorism police investigating fraud allegations linked to extremists travelling to Syria have

arrested six men and a woman, Scotland Yard says.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism command attended six addresses in London and one address in Luton, Bedfordshire.

Landlady fined £160k over fatal fire

Landlady Surinder Rana has been fined £160,000 for breaching fire safety laws after a fatal flat fire in Hounslow,

GetWestLondon reports.

Sukhi Sana was rescued from the smoke-filled kitchen at 41 Cromwell Road on 8 August 2011 but died in hospital shortly after.

Nine other people were living in the property which lacked smoke alarms or an adequate fire exit route.

Man hurled dog at Tube station wall

London Evening Standard


A Freedom of Information request by the

Evening Standard has revealed horrifying stories of animal cruelty on the Tube.

Great Portland Street Station
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They include:

  • A woman in Walthamstow Central who in December 2012 twice bit a dog towards the rear of its body close to its bottom
  • An owner who hit a dog with a leash and then "threw the dog against the wall with a lot of force" at Great Portland Street Station
  • A man who threw a dog off the train onto the platform and kicked it as he left Shortlands station in Bromley in July 2014

'I haven't done anything wrong' - City trader says

Sitala Peek

BBC News

A City trader accused of contributing to the 2010 Wall Street "flash crash" has told a court: "I haven't done anything wrong apart from being good at my job."

Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, from Hounslow, is charged with wire fraud, commodities fraud and market manipulation.

He is

fighting extradition to the US and appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court earlier in a failed bid to remove a £5m bail condition.

'Climb out of your bubble' - politicians told

The Rail and Maritime Transport union (RMT) says it is "shocking" there has been so little debate on transport policy during the election campaign when thousands of voters have suffered

major disruption to their journeys on London's rail and Tube in the past five weeks.

Passengers were rescued from a train stranded because of electrical problems last week
Passengers were stranded between Wandsworth Common and Clapham Junction last week

"It's about time the political class climbed out of their little bubble and faced up to what's going on in the real world," the union's general secretary Mick Cash said.

Commuters were again hit by long delays and cancellations because of earlier signal failures at Surbiton affecting train services into Waterloo today.

VE Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament will be lit up in a V shape this weekend to celebrate the

70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Trafalgar Square VE Day 1945

On Sunday the Band of the Grenadier Guards will perform music from the era to present day on the steps opposite Nelson's Column.

There will also be a

parade by veterans and service personnel, as well as a flypast. A service of Remembrance will be held at the Cenotaph, followed by a concert in Horse Guards Parade, and a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.

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Victim felt 'tainted and violated' but showed 'real courage'

Danny Shaw

home affairs correspondent

In an impact statement read to Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court Oxford University student

Ione Wells said she felt "tainted and violated" and suffered flashbacks hearing her attacker's footsteps.


CPS said it was a terrifying attack which no-one should have to experience and Ms Wells had shown "real courage" throughout the case.

Life on the General Election trail in London

BBC London 94.9's political correspondent Susana Mendonca has been on the campaign trail for the past month following party leaders around the capital,

but how close has she managed to get?

Clegg, Miliband and Cameron
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Ione Wells sex attacker sentenced

A 17-year-old who

sexually attacked 20-year-old Ione Wells as she was walking home in Chalk Farm, has been given a two-year detention order.

Ione Wells

The attacker cannot be named for legal reasons but must spend about 12 months in a young offenders' institution and will spend the rest of the order under supervision.

Ms Wells wrote an open letter to her attacker using the hashtag #NotGuilty which inspired other sex attack victims to share their stories.

Goodness Gracious Me-era!

Comedy writer and actress

Meera Syal will be made a CBE later during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in recognition of her services to drama and literature.

Meera Syal

London's Regent Street Cinema reopens

Pippa Stephens

BBC News, London

A 119-year-old cinema in central London is reopening to the public after more than 30 years behind closed doors.

An artist's impression of the cinema by Tim Ronalds Architects
Tim Ronalds Architects

Regent Street Cinema was the first place to show a film in the UK, the Lumiere brothers' Cinematographe, which toured the world in 1896.

Now, the

cinema has been rebuilt in an art-deco style by architect Tim Ronalds after it was closed to be used for lectures by its owner, the University of Westminster, in 1980.