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  1. Army recruitment officer guilty of sex attacks
  2. HSBC will make move decision 'in months not years'
  3. Blood test 'boost' in ovarian cancer fight
  4. Jimmy Greaves faces 'slow recovery' after stroke
  5. 'Birthplace of cinema' reopens in London
  6. Updates from Tuesday 5 May 2015

Live Reporting

By Beth Rose

All times stated are UK

Have a good evening

Beth Rose

BBC News

That's all for Local Live today. Sitala Peek will be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London.

Have a good evening.

Election 2015: Behind the scenes

BBC London sports reporter Ian Williams

tweets: Getting ready for election night outside the BBC. But where is Peter Snow? #Swingometer


Breezy with scattered showers

BBC Weather

It will be breezy at times overnight with some clear spells across the region, but also a scattering of showers, especially this evening and later in the night.

Minimum Temperature: 8C (46F).

Soldier rape jury sent home for night

Jurors in the

case of army recruitment sergeant Edwin Mee have been sent home for the night to continue their deliberations tomorrow.

Earlier, the 46-year-old from Croydon was convicted of 10 sexual assaults, two rapes and one count of penetration. He was found not guilty of three counts of sexual assault.

The jurors at Southwark Crown Court have a further four counts of sexual assault and one of rape to consider.

Teatime bulletin

On the programme at 18:30 on

BBC One: From Hendon to Surbiton in the final dash for votes. But just how valuable has the mayor been for Tories in London?

Boris Johnson and David Cameron in London

And the

blood test which could help the diagnosis of ovarian cancer, trialled here in the capital.

Woolwich Ferry not running

BBC Travel

Woolwich Ferry is not running due to a technical issue which is causing long queues on the A12 southbound,

BBC Travel reports.

And the A404 Manor Park Road in Harlesden is closed due to a police incident.

Tube prank man fined over broken back


RAF flight sergeant who broke a Tube passenger's back after he tried to jump on to an escalator handrail has been ordered to pay £4,000 to his victim.

Frans Bekker

Frans Bekker, 51, lost control and fell down the escalator at London's Holborn station colliding with a number of people, including Linda Soulsby, who suffered a fractured vertebra, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard.

Bekker pleaded guilty to endangering the safety of a person conveyed by railway at an earlier hearing.

No.10 gardeners balloted over strike action

Workers who maintain and clean Royal Parks in London and the gardens at 10 and 11 Downing Street are to be balloted for strikes in a row over pay.

Andrew Marr interviews Prime Minister David Cameron in the Downing Street garden
Andrew Marr interviews Prime Minister David Cameron in the Downing Street garden

Members of the

GMB union employed by contractors
OCS will vote over the next week on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action over plans to switch from weekly to monthly pay.

The GMB warned that any action could hit events such as the State Opening of Parliament and Trooping the Colour.

Council 'spends £90m buying back homes'

The Mirror

The Mirror reports that

Westminster City Council has
spent more than £90m buying back some of the council flats it sold off during the 1980s and 1990s, under the Right to Buy policy.

The council has bought back 295 ex-council homes at an average cost of £307,593 - up to 22 times more than they were sold for.

Greaves faces 'long road to recovery'

Former England and Tottenham striker

Jimmy Greaves faces a "long and slow road to recovery" according to his wife, after suffering a severe stroke on Sunday.

Jimmy Greaves
Getty Images

The 75-year-old, who is fourth on the list of all-time England goalscorers, is "conscious but unable to speak", his agent Terry Baker added.

Jurors deliberate on further sex charges

More on the conviction of army recruitment sergeant Edwin Mee at Southwark Crown Court for sex attacks on female cadets.

The jury, who retired to consider their verdicts a week ago, are continuing to deliberate on four counts of sexual assault and one of rape.

Female cadets raped by Mee

The court heard Mee

abused his power to "bully and groom" young female cadets, with his attacks escalating from hitting women on the bottom to raping a vulnerable recruit.

He was convicted of 10 sexual assaults, two rapes and one count of assault by penetration. He was found not guilty of three counts of sexual assault.

Mee exploited position of trust

Mee, 46, of Tavistock Road, Croydon was accused of exploiting his position of trust and power to abuse women while working at Army offices in Croydon.

Edwin Mee

He had denied all the allegations against him.

BreakingArmy recruitment officer guilty of sex attacks


Army recruitment sergeant Edwin Mee, 46, has been found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of 13 sex attacks on seven female recruits.

Jurors acquitted him of three offences and are still considering others.

Watch: Street art in Fitzrovia

Fitzrovia is becoming a canvas for spray painting with more than 100 local characters photographed as part of an art project with the most popular images being transformed into street art, which has been painted on traffic light control boxes.

Street art portrait and Ella Taylor-Palfrey

The works will stay in place for the next five years, unless nature takes its toll or if there is a change of infrastructure.

Two injured in River Thames wall fall

A man was rescued by the

RNLI yesterday after suffering spinal injuries when he fell 25ft from the River Thames wall in Woolwich.

Lifeboat helmsman Mick Neil said: 'It appeared two men were on a night out when one of them went over the handrail and fell about 25ft onto the exposed river foreshore below.

"His friend then slid down the vertical river wall in an attempt to help him, suffering cuts, bruises and an injury to his ankle."

Both men were rescued, despite the tide coming in, and taken to hospital.

Nepal collection 'overwhelming'

BBC London reporter Ayshea Buksh

tweets: Nepalese aid group in #Greenwich say they have been 'overwhelmed ' by donations. #Nepal

Nepal collection - London

Renters 'at risk' of ID theft

Renters face the greatest risk from identity thieves owing to their domestic set-up and lifestyle, credit reference agency
Experian has found.

This group also tend to use mobile and online services more often, offering more opportunities for thieves to find personal details with one in six targeted, it found.

Fraud prevention service

Cifas said that digitally-savvy young adults were increasingly becoming targets, at fraud hotspots in London, Leicester, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.

What happens when fire destroys stately homes?

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC Local Live

After Clandon Park House in Surrey was gutted by fire last week I've looked at

what happens to grand stately homes when they are destroyed in a blaze.

Hampton Court in 2010

At Hampton Court in 1986 a fire swept through the historic building after starting in the "grace and favour" apartment of 86-year-old widow Lady Daphne Gale, who unfortunately died in the blaze.

Queen visits Princess Charlotte


Queen has met her new great-granddaughter Princess Charlotte for the first time at Kensington Palace.

The Queen after visiting her great-grand-daughter

The princess, who is fourth in line to the throne, was born on Saturday at London's St Mary's Hospital, weighing 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg).

Terror police make airport arrests

Four British men have been arrested at Gatwick Airport, by

Scotland Yard's terror police.

West Midlands Police officers

The men had flown to Turkey last week but were refused entry upon arrival and were flown back to the UK on Saturday.

The men - aged 32, 36, 37 and 38 - have been bailed until mid-June, the Met said.

Listen: Artists' 'shaking things up'

Will Gompertz

Arts editor

The YBAs - or young British artists - emerged from art colleges in the 1990s and took the art world by storm after their work was bought up and marketed by Charles Saatchi.

The man who fostered much of this new talent was Michael Craig Martin, a conceptual artist and painter who tutored aspiring artists at London's Goldsmiths College.

I spoke to him for the Today programme, and looked back to

when the YBAs were shaking things up around the world.

Moving banks

Howard Mustoe

Business reporter

Changing your bank account can seem a hassle in itself, but what about if you had to move an entire bank, as HSBC has hinted it may relocate its HQ away from London.

HSBC logo
Getty Images

Some shareholders think a higher dividend would be available if the bank moved from London to a city with lower taxes and looser capital controls, but it also needs to find a stable business environment and preferably a location with clients and bankers to hire - so

where could it go?

The BEST pitch for PM?

BBC Political correspondent Ross Hawkins

tweets: THE best pitch of the election. Sonny from St Paul's wanted to be in our film so wrote letter. Says he's a future PM

Sonny's letter

HSBC move decision 'within months'

HSBC has said it will make its decision about whether to move its headquarters out of London

"within months" rather than years.

An HSBC branch in Switzerland

The bank said if it did move only 250 jobs out of the 48,000 UK-based HSBC employees would be transferred to the new location.

More details are set to be released on 9 June.

Tune in for David Nicholls

BBC London presenter Robert Elms

tweets: David Nicholls talking about his new novel 'Us' & his adaptation of 'Far from the Madding Crowd' at 2.30pm today

David Nicholls

You can

listen live to the programme on BBC London 94.9.

Dry afternoon

It will be mainly dry this afternoon with a chance of showers following, especially during the evening.

Weather chart
Chirag Trivedi

Winds will strengthen in the afternoon and become strong and gusty with gales possible over the higher ground of the North Downs.

Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F).

One goalkeeper away from glory?

BBC Sport

Arsenal could challenge for the Premier League title if they

sign a "world-class" goalkeeper, according to ex-international Phil Neville.

David Ospina
Colombian David Ospina, 26, is Arsenal's current number one goalkeeper

He said: "I look at David de Gea and he has won five or six games for Manchester United with important saves. If Arsenal get a keeper in, they can be a championship-winning team."

RCA named 'top' arts university


Royal College of Art has been named the world's leading university of art and design by league table specialists

Tracey Emin with My Bed
Getty Images
Tracey Emin exhibited My Bed at the Tate Gallery

Its alumni includes Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Tracey Emin.

Behind the scenes

BBC reporter Ayshea Buksh

tweets: Off to #Woolwich to do update on #Nepal aid efforts with

Peal of bells for Princess Charlotte

A full peal of bells will ring out from St Paul's Cathedral later to mark the birth of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

Princess Charlotte

Twelve ringers will take to the bell tower at 5pm to attempt the four-hour peal.

Dave Bassford, Secretary of the

St Paul's Cathedral Guild of Ringers, said: "We've had ringers on stand-by all over Southern England for a few weeks now."

Ex-teacher pleads guilt to child sex offences

A former teacher at a private junior school in Barnes has pleaded guilty to possessing and making thousands of indecent images of children.

Anthony Fuggle was the first person to be charged under the Met's Operation Winthorpe, which was set up to investigate allegations of abuse at St Paul's Prep School and its junior school Colet Court where he taught Classics.

He will be sentenced next month.

BBC London News

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

Join me at 13:35 on

BBC One to find out what's stopping aid, collected by London's Nepalese Community, from being sent back to the people who need it most.

And catch the street art taking over a posh part of the capital.

Education pledges for the capital

Marc Ashdown

BBC London News

Few can forget the mauling the Lib Dems suffered for breaking their tuition fees pledge. Not surprisingly, there are precious few lines being drawn in the sand this time around.


what are the parties offering in terms of education policy in the capital?

Birthplace of cinema re-opens

The birthplace of films, the

Regent Street Cinema is re-opening today after the
University of Westminster spent three years restoring it.

Still image from Lumiere Brothers film

In 1896 it became the first place in the country to show moving pictures with a production of a train moving into a station by the Lumiere Brothers.

Where is the gay vote?

BBC Radio 4 Today

As part of programme's coverage of 100 seats in the 100 days to the election, Dave McMullan attended an election debate at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in South London to find out where the pink vote is.

Royal Vauxhall Tavern

One attendee warned against complacency since the introduction of gay marriage while another suggested gay voting trends had changed - to find out how,

have a listen.

New tram delivered

Croydon Advertiser


Croydon has taken delivery of the first of its four

brand new trams, according to the Croydon Advertiser.

Russell Brand 'mysteriously came back' and other stories

BBC London

General Election 2015

London Mayor and Tory candidate Boris Johnson is speaking alongside Prime Minister David Cameron around London today.


For all the latest on what they're talking about - including why Boris said "we successfully exported Russell Brand to America - but he's mysteriously come back" follow the bespoke

GE2015 Live Page.

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BBC News

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