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Summary

  1. Updates on 7 May 2015
  2. All the results and latest reaction to the general election in London from 22:00 tonight

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All times stated are UK

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Goodbye for now

Sitala Peek

BBC News

That's it from me for now, but Beth Rose and Chirag Trivedi will have all the latest London election results and live coverage for you after the polls close at 22:00.

BBC election studio
BBC

In the meantime, you can read a full guide on what to expect as the results start to come in on the

BBC's main General Election 2015 website.

Dry but increasingly cloudy

BBC Weather

Dry this evening although turning increasingly cloudy from the south as the night goes on. There'll be a few clear periods towards the north, however one or two outbreaks of rain are possible during the early hours across the south. Winds will be light and it will be a mild night.

Lows of 5C (41F).

VE Day - your memories

BBC London 94.9

Broadcast Journalist Stevan Bennett has produced some fascinating interviews with Londoners who remember the day the capital celebrated Victory in Europe 70 years ago tomorrow.

Audio page for VE Day
BBC

Enjoy listening to all of them here.

Evening news

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

As the nation goes to the polls some Londoners have been stopped from having their say at the ballot box.

The problem is in Hackney where due to an IT glitch dozens of people found their name wasn't on the councils 'printed register'.

Elsewhere voters have been sent to the wrong polling station in Hounslow. That's coming up on

BBC London News at 18:30.

'This is your victory'

Ministry of Defence

"It is the victory of the cause of freedom in your land.."

Veterans
Ministry of Defence

Members of the public and the Armed Forces have

recreated Winston Churchil's VE Day speech to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

"How will you celebrate?" asks the

Ministry of Defence.

You're never too old to learn

A Met Police initiative is pairing young people with older internet users in Hillingdon to help educate people about cyber crime.

Operation Falcon and
Age UK interactive workshops cover topics such as hacking and retail crime and teach people how to identify scams, fraudulent emails and risky websites.

A spokesman said: "We are already witnessing some very special friendships evolving between the young and old participants, helping to bridge the gap and challenge any misconceptions which lay between them." There are now plans to roll out the workshops to the rest of west London.

VE Day memories

BBC London 94.9

Vanessa Feltz's show featured some amazing stories and memories of VE Day as the country marks 70 years of Victory in Europe tomorrow.

VE Day
BBC

If you missed her show this morning

listen here on BBC iPlayer.

Pop-up start-up mentoring event

A free start-up mentoring event is taking place at Old Street station until 10 May.

The pop-up co-working hub is open from 08:00 until 20:00 with accountants and lawyers on hand to offer professional advice.

The event has been organised by

Launch22 charity that seeks to help aspiring entrepreneurs from less affluent backgrounds get a foothold in business.

Chimney collapse

London Fire Brigade tweeted this picture of the chimney collapse which put a man in hospital this afternoon in Camberwell, south London.

Chimney collapse
London Fire Brigade

Latest updates

Sitala Peek

BBC News

Our top stories on London live:

Man hurt in chimney fall

A man has been taken to hospital after being trapped in rubble when a chimney collapsed at a house.

The accident occurred at a home on Southampton Way in Camberwell, south London, at around 14:00. A second man was also taken to hospital while a woman was treated at the scene.

London Fire Brigade station manager Bruce Grain said: "Firefighters worked in difficult conditions to safely rescue the casualty from the rubble."

Hit and run victim named

A 31-year-old man who died from a head injury after being hit by a car in Streatham has been identified as local resident Abdinajib Awale.

A 29-year-old man has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and failing to stop at the scene of the collision that happened in Tooting Bec Road at the junction of Dr Johnson Avenue, Streatham, early on Saturday.

Vishing - what is it? And how do you protect yourself?

Sitala Peek

BBC News

Vishing scams have been around for a while.

Woman answering the phone
BBC

Unlike phishing, where fraudsters seek to obtain sensitive details and password information with the intention of committing identity fraud,

vishing is a phone scam where victims are duped into transferring money from an online bank account.

"The bank will never call you for your pin, it will never ask you to transfer money and it will never send someone to your home to collect your card," Craig Jones, from

Financial Fraud Action UK says.

Hounslow Council send voters to wrong polling station

Election 2015

Hounslow Council has apologised after sending voters in Bedfont to the wrong polling booth.

Polling card
ALAMY

Potentially up to 3,000 people may have received a polling card with the wrong address printed on it.

Election rules require you vote at the station you have been assigned.

The council is running a shuttle bus service between polling booths in Southville Road and Bedfont Library between 17:00 and 22:00.

Court told of vishing scam for Syria funds

Sitala Peek

BBC News

The five men allegedly rang up elderly people and posing as police officers convinced them to transfer money into an account between 15 February 2014 and 6 May 2015, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard.

The men were remanded in custody and will next appear at the Old Bailey on 21 May.

A 32-year-old woman arrested yesterday morning on suspicion of money laundering has also been bailed.

In addition, a 46-year-old woman was arrested at an address in north London on suspicion of child abduction, in connection with a separate investigation into a young girl believed to have travelled to Turkey. The 46-year-old has been bailed too.

Harlequin's winger farewell match

BBC Sport

Harlequin's winger Ugo Monye could make his last appearance at Twickenham Stoop tomorrow after 230 appearances for the club.

Ugo Monye
Getty Images

He announced he would retire at the end of the season and has 14 England caps and played two tests for the British and Irish Lions.

The

Quins play Bath tomorrow night in the final home game of the season.

Five in court over Syria extremism links

Sitala Peek

BBC News

Five men have appeared in court accused of conspiracy to defraud, linked to extremists travelling to Syria.

The five are: Makhzumi Abukar, 23, of Holloway, north London, Sakaria Aden, 21, of Stoke Newington, Mohamed Dahir, 22 of Finsbury Park, Yasser Abukar, 23, from Holloway, and father-of-four Anderson, 38, of Luton in Bedfordshire.

They are accused of targeting at least eight victims and defrauding them out of £400,000 in total.

Political battleground

Voters have been braving the polling station at the Greenwich Heritage Centre at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich - despite the tank.

Royal Arsenal in Woolwich
Lori Smith

London cyclist in fatal crash named

Sitala Peek

BBC News

A 58-year-old cyclist who was fatally injured while cycling along a dual carriageway has been named as Paul Maguire of Westbourne Terrace, London.

He was hit by a van on the A5 near the Staffordshire and Tamworth border at about 16:40 on Tuesday.

Twitter troll abandons appeal case

A man who sent abusive Twitter messages to London politician Stella Creasy has

abandoned an appeal against his conviction.

Peter Nunn
PA

Peter Nunn, was sentenced to 18 weeks in jail last year for sending indecent, obscene or menacing messages.

Nunn, who has already served his sentence, had lodged an appeal which was due to be heard at the Old Bailey. However, the 34-year-old from Bristol backed out at the last minute.

Latest updates

Our top stories on London Live so far:

Where will you be on VE Day?

Sitala Peek

BBC News

The Ministry of Defence has plotted an

events map of VE Day celebrations around the UK.

Map of the UK
Google Maps

An official VE Day beacon will be lit at the Tower of London tomorrow to mark 70 years since the end of World War Two in Europe. For more details and other events taking place visit the

MoD Tumblr page.

Heist victims 'may lose roof over their heads'

Harry Levy, president of the London Diamond Bourse (LDB) trade association, said: "You never recover money from these big robberies."

He said a number of the dealers who attended the meeting were uninsured.

"A lot of them claim they have lost their livelihoods. I said that they would have problems getting a fund going to recover money because we are regarded as unworthy individuals - it's not like a natural disaster where they've lost the roof over their heads and they haven't got any money to buy food.

"But eventually some of them will find they have lost the roof over their heads because they won't be able to meet their mortgages, they can't trade any longer."

Heist loss recovery 'limited'

A group of victims of the Hatton Garden jewellery raid have been told the chances of

recovering their losses are "very limited".

Hatton Garden
Met Police

Some 25 people - including some who have lost their livelihoods - gathered to discuss what action they can take after a gang of thieves ransacked 72 safety deposit boxes over the Easter weekend.

The meeting took place at the London Diamond Bourse (LDB), a trade association based just a few metres from where the burglary took place at the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Company in London's famous jewellery quarter.

Speaking after the meeting, Harry Levy, president of the LDB, said: " I was very pessimistic when I spoke to the people who have lost everything. I said that the possibilities of recovering money are very limited in this case. "

Staying dry and fine for most

BBC Weather

It's going to be a mostly dry afternoon, but with the odd shower around.

Light winds will make it feel lot warmer than of late. Max temp: 17C (63F)

Living through the war in Greenford

Ealing Times

John Phipps was six when World War Two broke out.

V1 flying bomb
Getty Images

He told the

Ealing Times: "My most vivid memory of living in Greenford was when the very first V1 or Doodlebug came over and landed not far from our house in Ravenor Park Road - or at least it felt like it was near, but was probably quite a few miles away!

"We were in a reinforced box room as a shelter and had a neighbour giving us a running commentary, which scared the life out of us!"

'Transport Armageddon at Victoria'

"Transport Armageddon at #Victoria. All trains cancelled..."

tweets Leigh Hine.

Departure screen at London Victoria
Leigh Hine

A signalling problem is causing problems on services into and out of London Victoria. For updates follow

@BBCTravelAlert

Voting problem in Hackney

BBC London News

Voting is not proving as easy as it should do for some people in Hackney thanks to an IT problem, which means that up to 50 people have not been registered correctly on the electoral roll.

Hackney Council says most people should able to vote in spite of the IT error and it has advised people to present themselves at a polling station, so election officers can help. There's more on that story this lunchtime on

BBC London News at 13:40.

London Victoria delays

BBC Travel

A signalling problem at London Victoria is causing

delays of up to 60 minutes to trains to and from the station. There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 14:00.

People are being advised to avoid the station if they can.

Gatwick Express is also severely delayed, so it may be best to use

@TLRailUK from Blackfriars, Farringdon, St Pancras and City Thameslink.

Stella Creasy Twitter troll drops appeal

Sitala Peek

BBC News

A man who sent abusive messages on Twitter to Labour politician Stella Creasy threatening to rape her has dropped his appeal against the

conviction and the 18 week sentence which he has now served.

Peter Nunn
PA

A lawyer for Peter Nunn, 34, from Bristol, said his client had decided against appealing because his mother was ill, his partner had left him and he had childcare commitments.

Ms Creasy, the then MP for Walthamstow, said in her victim impact statement in 2013 the threats had caused her misery and lead her to install a panic button in her home.

Should the Hatton Garden heist victims sue the firm and police?

Danny Shaw

Home affairs correspondent

Do the Hatton Garden heist victims have a strong case to sue the safety deposit firm and the Met Police for the "loss of their livelihoods"?

Vault within the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit firm
BBC

That is expected to be the main topic of discussion at an informal meeting today organised by the London Diamond Bourse trade body and attended by seven safety deposit box victims.

'Even doctors can't afford to live in London'

Ham and High

Anaesthetist Dr Christina Stamoulis, 29, trained at the

Royal Free and
Whittington Hospitals in London but recently moved back to her home town of Birmingham because of the high property prices.

The Royal Free London Hospital
Google Maps

She told

Ham and High she came to London because the training opportunities were really good but she did not have enough on a junior doctor's salary of less than £70,000 to afford to buy anywhere.

"I found that my savings at the end of the month were fairly limited, and definitely not enough to save a deposit for a home near the hospitals where I was working. Living near the hospital is becoming more important the closer I get to being a consultant because when you're on call, you really need to be able to get to the hospital within half an hour."

Latest updates

Sitala Peek

BBC News

The top stories on London live:

Jimmy Greaves leaves intensive care

BBC Sport

Ex-England and

Tottenham striker
Jimmy Greaves is out of intensive care after suffering a severe stroke on Sunday.

Jimmy Greaves
Getty Images
Jimmy Greaves scored 220 league goals for Tottenham from 1961 to 1970

His family say he is sitting up in bed.

U21s Chelsea v Liverpool Nepalese fundraiser

BBC London 94.9

The proceeds of tonight's under 21

Premier League match at Aldershot between Chelsea and Liverpool are to be donated to the Nepal earthquake relief fund.

Devastation in Langtang village
Reuters

More than

7,500 people are known to have died in the earthquake, and aid agencies have warned the lack of shelter and sanitation could lead to outbreaks of disease.

The ticket money from tonight's match has been donated in recognition of the links between Aldershot Town and the local Nepalese community.

How do you rate your ambulance service?

Sitala Peek

BBC News

The chief inspector of hospitals wants you to tell him about the care you or your family has received from

London Ambulance Service.

London Ambulance Service staff
London Ambulance Service

The responses will help inspectors decide what areas to look at when they carry out a formal inspection next month.

Wiggins wants to break hour track record in London

Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins intends to put cycling's iconic hour track record "out of reach"

when he rides in London on 7 June.

Sir Bradley Wiggins
Getty Images
Wiggins recently left Team Sky to return to the track

British rider Alex Dowsett, 26, set a new record of 52.937 kilometres in Manchester on Saturday.

Britain's first Tour de France winner Wiggins will bid to smash that time at the Olympic Velodrome next month.

Hackney Electoral Commission urges voters to get in touch

BBC London 94.9

BBC London 94.9 learned yesterday up to 100 people in Hackney may be unable to vote today because of a problem registering, despite applying to register before the April deadline.

Now the

Electoral Commission has issued this advice: "We are aware of the issues in Hackney, which we understand at this stage relate to specific problems they have identified with their IT system.

Any voter that has concerns about whether they are registered, for instance because they have not received a poll card, should contact their

electoral services team in Hackney to check this and if needed, to find out where their polling station is."

Squatters to be evicted from nursery

Hendon and Finchley Times

Squatters occupying a nursery school facing demolition are due to be evicted, the Hendon and Finchley Times reports.

People from outside the Doris Valley Estate have moved onto the site of Valley Pre-School in Rossiter Fields after the school's lease expired at the end of March.

The school was forced to close to make space for new housing and the council has been granted a possession order to move the squatters on.

Election night survival guide

London Evening Standard

Newspaper

Are you planning to stay up for the election results tonight? The

Evening Standard has produced a guide to pulling an all-nighter that includes such gems as:

  • eat wisely - avoid stodgy food that will make you sleepy and opt for protein instead
  • jump around - get the blood flowing to feel refreshed
  • have a siesta to pep you up

If you're hosting or attending an election party, you can get in touch by emailing london.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweeting

@BBCLondonNews