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  1. Updates on 11 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Elaine Okyere and Chirag Trivedi

All times stated are UK

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That's all for today from BBC Local Live in London.

We'll be back again from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

On BBC London news

BBC London News


BBC London News from 18:30, as Boris Johnson returns to government as a newly elected London MP, our political correspondent Karl Mercer will have the latest from City Hall where his opponents are casting doubt over his ability to govern the capital.

Boris Johnson

Also on the programme, our reporter Alpa Patel will be live at the Grand Union Canal where a woman's body has been found in a suitcase.

Dry and clear evening

BBC Weather

It should remain largely dry overnight with clear spells. Late in the night cloud will increase bringing some outbreaks of light rain by morning.

Minimum Temperature: 9C (48F)

Women's World Cup squad unveiled

England boss Mark Sampson has named his

23-strong squad for the Women's World Cup. The team includes Arsenal's Siobhan Chamberlain and Chelsea's Eniola Aluko.

England woman's squad

North Circular Road in Walthamstow closed

The A406 North Circular Road in Walthamstow is closed and there is queuing traffic and long delays westbound at Crooked Billet Interchange, because of an accident involving a car and a transit van.

For the latest transport news follow


Disabled passengers can 'turn up and go'

Disabled passengers are being invited to

"turn up and go" at National Rail stations in and around London without having to book assistance 24 hours in advance. The trial scheme launched by the rail industry will cover journeys between 36 stations.

David Sindall, head of disability & inclusion for the Rail Delivery Group, said: "Our Turn Up and Go scheme, being trialled in London, aims to give disabled passengers more choice and lets them make last-minute travel plans. The trial will help us assess whether a similar London-wide scheme is feasible in the future."

She Guardian sculpture unveiled

A new sculpture by the artist Dashi Namdakov has been unveiled in Marble Arch.

She Guardian sculpture by Dashi Namdakov in Marble Arch
Getty Images


Halycon Galley said the bronze statue, which is next to Cumberland Gate, depicts a female feline protecting her young.

On air

BBC London 94.9


BBC London 94.9, Eddie Nestor will be talking about the general election aftermath and David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson will not be made a minister but will attend separate Tory "political cabinet" meetings - so how will this fit in with his job as London mayor? Get involved in the discussion by calling 020 7224 2000.

Nurse who 'gave prisoner razor blades escapes suspension'

A prison nurse who gave razor blades to a suicidal inmate has escaped being banned from the medical profession even though her patient then slashed his wrists, reports the

Hampstead & Highgate Express.

The newspaper said Ms Akinola appeared before the Nursing and Midwifery Council where she was found to have failed to consult a care plan - indicating the prisoner was a self-harming risk - before handing over razors.

Man rescued from collapsed building in Ealing

Firefighters have rescued a man who was trapped after a building collapsed in west Ealing.

Collapsed house in Ealing
London Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade (LFB) crews were called at about 15:00 to the building on Grosvenor Road, which was under construction. The second floor of a house had collapsed to first floor level, LFB said.

Station Manager Chris Frewin said: "The USAR team have rescued a man who was trapped and he is being treated by the London Ambulance Service. Another man has also been treated for minor injuries."

Conservative councillor lied about barrister qualifications

A Tory councillor has

admitted pretending to be a qualified barrister to get ahead. Monika Juneja, 36, who became deputy leader of the Conservative group at Guildford Borough Council, repeatedly lied about her degree and law qualifications, a court heard.

She forged a document which stated she had 2.1 degree in sociology from Greenwich University. Juneja pleaded guilty to three counts of forgery, obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception and "wilfully pretending to be a barrister.

'Flower bombing' war memorials

Women's Institute members have been

"flower bombing" war memorials after the Women's War Memorial in Whitehall was defaced on Saturday.

Flowers on memorial
Cambridge Blue Belles

The words "Tory scum" were painted on the Whitehall war memorial during protests against austerity.

London Met staff to strike

Staff at

London Metropolitan University are to strike in protest over 165 job cuts.

About 67% of

University and College Union (UCU) members at the university voted for strike action, while 71% supported action short of a strike. UCU said its members will meet tomorrow to discuss the next steps.

UCU regional official Barry Jones said: "Our ballot result shows that many staff firmly believe making more cuts is the wrong direction for London Metropolitan University."

Islington and Camden to challenge Mount Pleasant development

Islington and Camden councils are planning to go to the High Court over London Mayor Boris Johnson's approval of the Mount Pleasant luxury development, reports the

Islington Tribune.

An artists impression of the Mount Pleasant plans

The two boroughs, which criticised the lack of affordable homes, will make a joint application for a judicial review against the Royal Mail development, the newspaper said.

Police investigate double stabbing


tweeted this picture of George Street in Croydon where two teenagers were stabbed.

Geoge Street

Double stabbing in Croydon

Two teenagers are receiving hospital treatment after being stabbed in Croydon. The

Met Police were called to George Street shortly before 14:00 where they found two victims in their late teens.

Both were taken to separate hospitals in south London for treatment although their injuries were non-life threatening. Officers are investigating the incident.

CQC: Two London care homes 'inadequate'

Two care homes in London have been rated as inadequate following recent inspections by the

Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Foxbridge House, in Bromley, and VitalCare Services Limited, in Ealing, were told the watchdog would be considering taking further action against them following the inspections. Sixteen care homes and homecare agencies were rated as good and eight were told they require improvement in the latest round of CQC reports.

Petition to save Hounslow's green spaces

A petition to save green spaces in west London has been launched in the wake of plans for three school buildings on open land in the borough, reports

Get West London.

The website said Marie Richardson started the petition on the website 38 Degrees in response to proposals for a new primary school at Brent Lea Recreation Ground, in Brentford.

Pupils 'too nervous to eat before exams'

Thousands of London children feel too nervous to eat before sitting their SATS exams, according to the
National Association for Primary Education.

It found that one in five 10 to 11-year-olds were too stressed to eat and almost two-thirds said they feared not getting a good result would impact upon their future.

Champagne for Number 10

BBC politics producer Sean Clare

tweets: 12 bottles of Bollinger just delivered to 10 Downing Street. Told it was from "friends up north"

Gates at Downing Street

Cabinet re-shuffle recap

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

Justine Greening stays at international development, Theresa Villiers keeps her job as Northern Ireland Secretary and Iain Duncan Smith remains as Pensions Secretary. While Boris does not get a post as he is going to concentrate on London mayoralty, but he will attend political cabinet meetings.

David Cameron and newly elected Conservative MPs

On the Labour front - David Lammy says he's not standing for party leadership and Sadiq Khan has resigned as shadow Justice Secretary, what could that mean I wonder?

In regards to the Lib Dems - I just spotted a very down looking Vince Cable walking past me. He didn't want to comment as yet but he promised he would speak to BBC London soon, after losing his seat in Twickenham.

Latest updates

Elaine Okyere

BBC London News

The top stories on London Live:

  • A
    woman's body is found in a suitcase in the Grand Union Canal.
  • Scotland Yard's revealed its officers had to transport people to hospital more than 9 hundred times last year because ambulances didn't turn up in time. For more listen to
    BBC London 94.9.
  • Tooting MP and former shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan has resigned from the shadow cabinet.

Man fined after escalator slide fractures woman's back


tweets: A man's been fined £4000 after deciding to slide down an escalator handrail at Holborn station - fracturing a 67-year-old woman's back.

Met challenges Worboy's victims payout

DSD alleged that she suffered a depressive disorder as a result of her treatment by officers during the 2003 investigation, while NBV claimed that she suffered serious distress, anxiety, guilt and an exacerbation of post-traumatic disorder and depression because of her treatment during 2007.

Today the Met's counsel Jeremy Johnson QC told the Court of Appeal the challenge related to points of principle and nothing he said was to detract from the bravery of the women, who would keep their damages whatever the outcome.

Met challenges Worboy's victims payout

The Metropolitan Police have challenged a ruling which led to two women who were seriously sexually assaulted by London cabbie John Worboys being awarded compensation totalling £41,250.

John Worboys
John Worboys was jailed in 2009 for a string of sex attacks on women in his taxi

One of the women, identified only as DSD, was the first of Worboys' victims to make a complaint to the Met in 2003, while the other, NBV, contacted them after she was attacked in July 2007.

Between 2002 and 2008, Worboys, who was jailed for life in 2009, carried out more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults using alcohol and drugs to stupefy his victims.

In 2014,

the High Court ruled that the Met was liable to the women for failures in its investigation and, last year, said that DSD and NBV, who brought their claims under Article 3 of the Human Rights Act, which relates to inhuman or degrading treatment, should receive #22,250 and £19,000 respectively.

Khan resigns from shadow cabinet

Tooting MP Sadiq Khan has resigned from the shadow cabinet.

Sadiq Khan
Labour Party

Mr Khan, a close ally of Ed Miliband who is expected to put himself forward as Labour candidate for next year's London mayoral election, said: "This is an opportunity for others to take on a leading role as we start the fightback for 2020."

Man in serious condition after Barnet collision

A man is in a serious condition in hospital following a road collision in Barnet. Officers were called at 09:40 to reports of a car in collision with a moped in Great North Road at the junction with Greenhill Parade.

The moped rider, a man believed to be in his 30s, was taken to an east London hospital with a head injury, which is not thought to be life threatening.


Met Police said they believe the moped was travelling in the same direction as a silver Ford Focus which collided with the moped forcing it into the oncoming traffic, the moped was then in collision with a red VW Golf.

Body in canal

BBC London News


BBC London News, reporter Alpa Patel will be live at the Grand Union Canal where the body of a woman has been found in a suitcase.

Also on the programme, the Tottenham MP David Lammy rules himself out of the next Labour leadership contest.

Warm and sunny afternoon

BBC Weather

This afternoon should be mainly dry and very warm with sunny spells for most.

BBC Weather temperature chart

Maximum Temperature: 23C (73F).

Lord Sugar quits the Labour Party


Lord Sugar has quit the Labour Party because he "lost confidence" in its business policies.

Lord Sugar

In a statement, Lord Sugar said: "In the past year I found myself losing confidence in the party due to their negative business policies and the general anti-enterprise concepts they were considering if they were to be elected.

"I expressed this to the most senior figures in the party several times." He added he would continue to work in the House of Lords.

Willesden restaurant to donate profits to charity

An Indian and Nepalese restaurant has opened in Willesden with all of its profits going to charities in Nepal while building young people's entrepreneur skills in the capital, reports the

Kilburn Times.

Moped theft crackdown

News Shopper



News Shopper says a police crackdown on moped and bike thefts in Bromley has seen six arrested in one week.

Cray Valley, Penge and Mottingham have seen a rise in people stealing mopeds, scooters and bikes, the newspaper says.

Baftas hosted in London

At the

TV BAFTAs in London last night, Happy Valley won the best drama series, Graham Norton - who hosted the ceremony - won the best comedy entertainment programme and Sherlock won the audience award.

Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock

There were two awards for Ant & Dec, the football drama Marvellous and The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, about a teacher who was wrongly linked to a murder in Bristol.

Honeytrap feature film

BBC London 94.9

Robert Elms will be joined on his show on

BBC London 94.9 by writer and director Rebecca Johnson who will be revealing all about her debut film Honeytrap, which centres on gang culture in London.

Reggae group Vibronics will also be playing live in the studio with French collaborators Brain Damage, the groups have made an EP about the forgotten soldiers of World War One.

Petition over 'terrifically bland' building plan

Almost 7,000 people have signed a

petition to stop
King's College London demolishing a row of Victorian buildings on the Strand to make way for a new, larger academic building.

Pressure group

Save Britain's Heritage said the new building would be "terrifically bland".

Arsenal v Swansea City

TfL Traffic News

tweets: It's
@Arsenal v
@SwansOfficial in
@premierleague tonight, kick off 8pm. Expect increased pedestrians & traffic around Emirates Stadium.

Great North Road closed in New Barnet

BBC Travel

The Great North Road in New Barnet is closed and there is queuing traffic in both directions between the Odeon Cinema and Whetstone, because of a serious accident.

for the latest travel news visit the BBC Travel


Libor rate-rigging saving lives?

Bloomberg Business reports the London Air Ambulance is seeking funding for a second air ambulance from an unusual source - libor fines.

London Air Ambulance
Andres Silva

Farage: Voting system 'unfair'

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

Fomer Ukip leader Nigel_Farage tells me on

@VanessaOnAir voting system is unfair. UKIP came 2nd in 5 London seats #GE2015

Nigel Farage and Susana Mendonca

Body found in canal was a woman

Detectives have revealed the person

found in a suitcase in the Grand Union Canal was a woman. Officers were called to the canal near Delamere Terrace, in Little Venice, at about 14:30 yesterday.

Grand Union Canal in west London
Jack Hardy/PA Wire

Officers said they could not confirm how long the body had been in the water and a post mortem would be scheduled in due course. No arrests have been made.