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  1. Updates on 12 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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That's all from BBC Local Live for today. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across London.

Dry but chilly night

BBC Weather

A dry night is in prospect with clear spells, some prolonged. Winds falling light and turning quite chilly in places with a grass frost in rural locations, such as The Chilterns and the North Downs.

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F)

Turner Prize hope for London collective

A red-brick terraced housing estate in inner-city Liverpool has been shortlisted for this year's Turner Prize.

Assembly collective
Assemble/Tate Britain

The work by a London-based collective, Assemble, to transform the run-down Toxteth estate - Granby Four Streets - is in the running for the annual arts award, now in its 31st year.

The houses, built in around 1900, fell into disrepair after the local council snapped up many of the properties following the Toxteth riots in 1981.

BreakingThree arrested over canal suitcase murder


Police have arrested three men in connection with the murder of a woman whose

body was found in a suitcase in the Grand Union Canal, in Little Venice, west London.

Grand union canal

The men, aged 38, 34 and 30, were all arrested on suspicion of murder, at separate residential addresses in north west London. They remain in custody at north London police stations.

Heathrow expansion and the Jam

BBC London News


BBC London News this evening, as Boris Johnson vows to fight Heathrow airport expansion but says he won't resign from Parliament if the government backs a third runway, our correspondent Marc Ashdown has the latest.

And the story behind how the band the Jam split - from their former drummer Rick Buckler.

Rick Buckler

Comedy show for Camden charity

Top comedians are coming out in force to support women and children who have faced domestic violence, reports the

Camden New Journal.

Joy Carter, Shazia Mirz and Roisin Conaty will take to the stage at Dingwalls in Camden Lock, for Hestia, a housing and support charity which supports women and children in Camden, the newspaper said.

Star Wars at Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds London is taking Star Wars fans into their favourite scenes in a new immersive experience.

wax figure of Star Wars character Chewbacca on display at "Star Wars At Madame Tussauds
Getty Images

From Saturday, 16 of the heroes and villains from some of the most iconic moments featured in Star Wars Episodes I - VI will be on display.

Kickstart a healthy lifestyle

Westminster Council

tweets: Learn tips on leading a healthy lifestyle with your family, sign up to MiniKickStart at Queen's Park Children's Centre

Racist Feltham prison murder inspired new film

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

"I definitely remember the murder, I was 16 at the time and it always stuck in my mind," says filmaker Leeshon Alexander.

Zahid Mubarek


new movie We Are Monster tells the story of 19-year-old Zahid Mubarek, who was killed by his cellmate Robert Stewart at Feltham Young Offenders Institute in 2000. Stewart was a known racist.

Zahid's family say huge improvements still need to be made to the prison service, despite recommendations being made after an inquiry into his murder.

Police hunt men who tricked couple with dementia

Officers have released an image of a man they would like to speak to after two men tricked an elderly couple and stole their life savings. The men knocked on the door of the couple's home in Ealing on 24 April.

Burglary suspect

The woman and man, who are in their 80s and both suffer from dementia, were asked for their bank cards and PIN numbers, and believing the suspects were from their bank they handed over the information. Shortly afterwards, the couple's lifesavings were withdrawn from a bank in Ealing Broadway.

Det Con Richard Thomas said: "The victims are emotionally upset and are wrongly blaming themselves for this incident. I urge anyone who recognises the man in the image or has information to contact me as a matter of urgency so others do not fall foul of these heartless criminals."

New exhibition of surrealist Giacometti's work

Surrealist sculptor Alberto Giacometti's work is to be exhibited in a new show at the

National Portrait Gallery.

Bust of Annette by Alberto Giacometti

The artist, famed for his trademark thin standing figures, also regularly painted, sketched and sculpted portraits.

Giacometti: Pure Presence will focus on his relationships with sitters including his wife, writer Jean Genet and philanthropist Lord Sainsbury. The exhibition will open on 15 October.

Labour leadership bid contenders

BBC London 94.9

On Drivetime with Eddie Nestor on

BBC London 94.9, the latest on Chuka Ummna's bid for Labour leadership - our political correspondent Susana Mendonca will be taking a look at his chances.

Also on the programme, Eddie will speak to the author behind a report from Imperial College which says there's "clear evidence" that reforms to GPs' working practices in 2004 forced more children with conditions like asthma and diabetes to go to A&E.

Latest updates

Elaine Okyere

BBC London News

Our top stories on London Live:

  • Streatham MP Chukka Umunna has become the second person to announce their intention to stand for the
    Labour leadership.
  • Final designs for the proposed Garden Bridge are
  • Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith has repeated his threat to quit the Conservative Party if Heathrow Airport is expanded. For more listen to
    BBC London 94.9.

Only the lid left

London's police helicopter NPAS London

tweets: They've nearly finished putting a lid on it! Thought you might all like an update #stadium #Olympics #2012

Olympic Stadium

Homeowner 'to appeal' council's paint job order

London Evening Standard


The property developer who painted red and white stripes on her Kensington townhouse today insisted she would defy a council order to remove them, the

Evening Standard has revealed.

Kensington townhouse

Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring was accused of carrying out the paint-job to "get her own back" on her neighbours who objected to her plans to rebuild the property, but speaking to the Standard she said she would appeal the order in the courts.

Viking Star's maiden voyage

The Viking Star has embarked on her maiden voyage weaving through the Thames Barrier and passing The O2, the Royal Naval College and Canary Wharf.

Viking Star
Viking Ocean Cruises

With a gross tonnage of 47,800 tonnes, 465 cabins and the ability to accommodate 930 passengers the vessel, which is part of a new cruise line, is officially classed as a 'small ship',

Viking Cruises said.

Sussex v Middlesex

Kevin Hand

BBC London 94.9 cricket reporter

Middlesex look to have struck the decisive blow in taking the wicket of Michael Yardy with the last ball before tea in Day Three leaving Sussex 147-6 in pursuit of 287.

Neil Dexter's medium pace has taken four wickets in the session including that of Yardy, who is the only man in the match so far to reach 50.

The pitch has behaved better in this innings than at any other stage of the match but even Dexter's pace has found inconsistent bounce from the cracked surface. If Middlesex do claim the win it would be a third victory in their opening four matches.

London Fire Brigade team returns from Nepal

BBC London's Emilia Papadopoulos

tweets: So much respect for
@LondonFire & what they've done in #Nepal. Today they let us into training.
@BBCLondonNews 18:30

Emilia Papadopoulos

Bow bus crash

Travellers have been taken to hospital after a bus hit the central reservation of a road in east London. London Ambulance Service's Chris Hawkswell

tweeted: "We have taken 18 patients with minor injuries to three hospitals after the bus had an RTC on Bow Road."

Bus crash at Bow
London Ambulance

The Bow Road flyover was partially closed after the incident at 12:45 but it has since fully re-opened eastbound.

Labour's mayoral candidates

These Labour candidates have so far declared their intention to run in 2016:

  • Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington
  • Dame Tessa Jowell
  • David Lammy, Tottenham MP
  • Christian Wolmar, journalist

London mayoral race: Dates for the diary

The General Election may be over, but attention is now turning to who will stand in next year's London Mayoral election. PA

tweeted the following key dates for the contest in terms of Labour's campaign:

  • 18 May - Nominations open for Labour's London mayoral candidates
  • 20 June - First hustings for Labour's London mayoral candidate
  • 31 July - Labour's London mayor candidate announced

London entrepreneur Ivan Massow, former footballer Sol Campbell, deputy mayor for policing Stephen Greenhalgh and Andrew Boff, of the London Assembly, have already put their hats in the ring as Conservative candidates for next year's contest.

How do you cope with an eye injury?

BBC London 94.9


BBC London 94.9 Jo Good is talking about eyes.


Broadcast Assistant Gurpreet is sporting an eye patch after badly scratching her eye, so Jo is asking have you ever injured your eye and how did you cope? Get involved in the discussion by calling 020 7224 2000 or text 81333 and start your message with 'London'.

2012 Olympics 'changed my life'

Get Inspired

With BBC Sport

When the London 2012 Olympics began 29-year-old civil servant Jen Offord was a sport sceptic, but by the end of the games Ms Offord had been so wooed that she set out to get active by trying out

every single women's Olympic sport.

Jen Offord
Jen Offord

"It does sound quite cheesy but the Olympics changed my life," she said. "Once I had opened myself up to the possibility that I might enjoy sport - through doing the Olympic challenge - it was impossible not to."

Hounslow adult rehab services in new partnership

Health and social care rehabilitation services for Hounslow adults are to be brought together under an new partnership initiative between Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust (HRCH) and

Hounslow Council.

The Hounslow Community Recovery Service will bring together therapists, specialist nurses, and rehabilitation assistants from HRCH with social workers, occupational therapists and support workers from the council.

Frank Sims, chief executive of HRCH, said: "It is an exciting step forward in working closely with partner agencies to ensure local people are able to access the health and social care professionals they need to see through a single team and service."

Latest updates

Elaine Okyere

BBC London News

Our top stories on London Live:

  • River Thames Garden Bridge
    designs unveiled
  • Post-mortem examination on woman's body found inside a suitcase in a London canal has
    proved "inconclusive"
  • A woman's been taken to hospital after an advertising billboard fell on to her as she walked along a street in Tooting. For more listen to
    BBC London 94.9.

Good Samaritan 'sparks bomb scare'

A Good Samaritan sparked a bomb scare this morning at a police station after leaving a discarded suitcase outside, reports the

Richmond & Twickenham Times.

The newspaper quoted Sgt Ben Wickens, who said: "A good Samaritan put a discarded suitcase outside and didn't realise what damage it would cause."

'Violent brawl' cafe to become karaoke bar

Islington Gazette


A cafe where mass brawls forced police to close it down may become an Eritrean karaoke bar, the

Islington Gazette reports.

Cafe Sham, in Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, was stormed by officers and hit with a three month closure order in December following a series of violent incidents, the newspaper said.

Chuka joins the race

Laura Kuenssberg

Chief correspondent, Newsnight

This morning Chuka Umunna confirmed that he is running for the leadership of the Labour party. He joins Liz Kendall, the only other candidate who has so far gone public with her plans to run, but within days Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham are expected to join the race.

(From top left clockwise) Liz Kendall, Chuka Umunna, Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper


two issues preoccupying lots of Labour MPs right now are how long the contest should be, and whether or not the party should skip a generation for its next leader.

Mayor 'would not resign' over Heathrow runway

Boris Johnson would not resign from Parliament and force a by-election if the government backs a third runway at Heathrow.

Boris Johnson MP
Getty Images

Speaking on

LBC, Mr Johnson said: "I might be better off to staying in parliament to fight the case frankly." Previously the newly elected MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip and Mayor of London said he would "lie down with you in front of those bulldozers" to stop any expansion.


Davies Commission, which is examining the options for airport expansion at Heathrow and Gatwick, is due to report in the summer.

Live: Sussex v Middlesex

Kevin Hand

BBC London 94.9 cricket reporter

Middlesex should have more than enough runs on the board to win this match having set Sussex 287, the highest total of the match, to win.

The visitors were skittled for 209 as they're final four wickets batted for an hour and a half this morning but the pitch appears to have deteriorated further with the bounce causing a great deal of alarm.

The Middlesex wicketkeeper, John Simpson, only just managed to get his head out of the way of a full delivery that exploded from Steve Magoffin before falling to a short of a length delivery from the same bowler that rolled to middle stump.

School redevelopment plans 'appalling'

Ham and High


Highgate School has pledged to work with the community over plans to build a large basement as part of its extensive redevelopment project, reports the

Hampstead and Highgate Express.

The newspaper said the plans have been described as "appalling" by the Highgate Conservation Area Advisory Committee, which is concerned about the impact of building a large basement in the centre of the village.

Bright skies

BBC Weather

Skies will brighten though around lunchtime with plenty of sunshine developing for the afternoon.

BBC Weather temperature chart

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F)

On air

BBC London News


BBC London News on BBC One at 13.40, the latest update on the condition of a woman who was injured after an advertising billboard fell on to her in Tooting.

Mellison Road, Tooting

Plus, more details of how the controversial River Thames Garden Bridge will look.

Two London MPs in Labour leadership team bid?

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy wants to stand for deputy leadership of Labour Party. Could we end up with two Londoners at the top?

Nepal earthquake victims' resilience 'shocking'

BBC Radio 4 Today

Listen again to London Fire Brigade's David O'Neill who recently returned from Nepal where he worked to help people affected by the earthquake.

London Fire Brigade in Nepal
London Fire Brigade

He said: "The most shocking thing out there was the way in which we were greeted by these resilient people when we arrived by helicopter. We were greeted with food and drinks which is what they primarily needed." Listen to his story


Whose London

BBC London 94.9

In Whose London on the Robert Elms show on

BBC London 94.9, Robert will be joined by map expert Tom Harper and cartographer Stephen Walter.

Plus, American singer-songwriter Barna Howard will be live in the studio talking about his new album Quite a Feelin'.

Officers investigate Plumstead stabbing links


Met Police are investigating whether two stabbings in south east London are linked. Both incidents took place in Plumstead. Officers said:

  • A 17-year-old boy was stabbed on 29 April about 14:00 in Barnfield Gardens, during a fight between a group of men. He was taken to hospital and later discharged.
  • The second incident took place yesterday at 03:20 at an address in Barnfield Gardens where officers found a 19-year-old man suffering stab wounds. He was taken to hospital, but his injuries are not life threatening. It is understood he was attacked in nearby Wrottesley Gardens.

Det Insp Maria Harris, from the Trident Gang Crime Command, said: "At this early stage we do not believe these two attacks to be random and are investigating the possibility that they could be linked in some way."

Latest updates

Elaine Okyere

BBC London News

Our top stories on London Live:

  • A post-mortem examination on a woman's body found inside a suitcase dumped in a London canal
    proves "inconclusive"
  • Boris Johnson says he
    will not quit as an MP if a Conservative government approved a third runway at Heathrow.
  • Streatham MP Chuka Umunna confirms he wants to replace Ed Miliband as leader of the Labour party. For more listen to
    BBC London 94.9.

Murder investigation into suitcase body

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman's body was

found in a suitcase in the Grand Union Canal on Sunday.

Grand Union Canal

Officers believe they know the identity of the woman, but formal identification has yet to take place. A post-mortem examination carried out yesterday was inconclusive and further tests will be carried out, police said,

Det Ch Insp Simon Ashwin, from the Met Police, said: "I would like to appeal to the local community who live on, or use the Grand Union Canal. Did you see anything suspicious over the last two weeks that may help us?"