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  1. Updates on 13 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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That's all from BBC London Live for today. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 for more news, sport, weather and travel from across the capital. Have a good evening.

Late sunshine, chilly night

BBC Weather

It will be a fine evening with some late sunshine, but it could be a chilly night with mostly clear skies.

Minimum temperature: 9C (48F)

Call to make London a national park

A new crowdfunding campaign is being launched

to make London a national park.

Brockwell Park near Herne Hill

Campaigners are hoping to raise £30,000 and say the project would encourage people to plant more trees and wildflowers.

Chadwell Heath family death

BBC London News


BBC London News at 18:30, Alice Bhandukravi will report live from Chadwell Heath where a mother and her twin daughters have been found dead at a property and their father has been found hanging at a nearby reservoir.

And Charlotte Franks reports on how more criminals are blowing up cash machines to commit robberies.

Apprentice runner-up launches crowdfund campaign

The Voice


A runner up on the BBC One show The Apprentice could have nude tights for all skin tones in shops as early as this year, depending on the success of a crowdfunding campaign,

the Voice newspaper reports.

Bianca Miller, from Thornton Heath, told the Voice: "I wanted to give potential customers an opportunity to get on board to prove that this is something that is needed."

Help single homeless people, councils told

The Supreme Court has said

councils must do more to help single homeless people. In a landmark ruling the court found local authorities were failing to recognise homeless people in vulnerable situations.

Homeless man sat on a London street with his dog. 01/04/2015. road. wealth gap. rich and poor. Begger. Homelessness.

Ruling on the cases of three homeless men, the court found one, Patrick Kanu, was wrongfully denied care. Mr Kanu was deemed not to be a priority for housing assistance when he applied to Southwark Council last year, despite suffering from "multiple physical problems as well as psychotic symptoms and suicidal ideation".

The decision will change the "vulnerability test" by which councils decide which homeless people should be provided housing.

'Chemical powder' dumped in Gospel Oak

Ham and High


A kilogram of suspicious powder and liquid dumped on a pavement in Gospel Oak sparked an investigation by the London Fire Brigade, reports the

Hampstead & Highgate Express.

The newspaper said three fire engines and fire officers were called to Gordon House Road at 08:40 after passers-by spotted potentially hazardous chemical powder fly-tipped on the side of the road. Following some tests, the power and liquid was found to be non-hazardous.

Kensal Rise oil spill kills wildlife

An oil spill along the Grand Union canal near Abbey Road in north London has been attended by the Environment Agency (EA).

Oil slick
Ramin Saifollahi Fakhr

Local resident Maggie Allen reported "much damage to aquatic birds and wildlife, with fledglings drowning and many dead birds".

The EA said they had put a boom around the spillage at Abbey Road but it had not worked and that it was unsure what the cause was.

Man absconds from Hackney mental health unit

The public have been warned not to approach a 32-year-old man who has absconded from a mental health unit in Hackney.

Jason Peirara
Met Police

Jason Peirara, who suffers from a form schizophrenia, absconded while he was on escorted leave from the John Howard Centre in Kenworthy Road.

He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, black trousers and lime green trainers with a pink tick at Hackney Central Underground Station yesterday, but officers believe he may have travelled to East Ham where he has family. The

Met Police urged anyone with information contact officers.

Latest updates

Elaine Okyere

BBC London News

The top stories on London Live:

Prince's private letter about Smithfield Market

Private letters sent by the Prince of Wales to Labour ministers a decade ago have been published after a lengthy legal battle.

Letter from Prince Charles
Cabinet Office

In 2005 the Prince corresponded with the then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Tessa Jowell

supporting the listing of key buildings at Smithfield Market.

He wrote: "As you know, I attach the greatest importance to preserving, restoring and re-using such precious heritage townscapes and I can only pray that the Deputy Prime Minister will take your advice and give the most careful consideration to development plans."

Dropped murder case 'bound to fail'

Three men due to stand trial over a shooting which left an innocent teenager dead were formally acquitted by a judge today after it was revealed the case relied on the evidence of a single gang member.

Joseph Burke-Monerville
Met Police

Shahed Nowaz, 19, from Feltham, Roshane Reid, 21, from north London, and Scott Andrews, 27, from east London, were due to stand trial at the Old Bailey on Monday for the murder of Joseph Burke-Monerville. Mr Burke-Monerville, 19, from Islington, died in hospital after being shot on Hindrey Road in Clapton in February 2013.

James Scobie QC, for Mr Andrews, said late disclosed material had revealed that the prosecution was "flawed right from the very beginning" and "bound to fail".

Delays expected due to Tower Bridge lift

TfL Traffic

tweets: Tower Bridge is due to lift this evening at 5.30pm, 6.15pm and then again at 9.30pm and 10.15pm. Expect delays around these times.

Sadiq Khan on why he wants to be London mayor

BBC London 94.9

Sadiq Khan has announced he wants to run as Labour's candidate for Mayor of London, and after 17:00 he will join Eddie Nestor on

BBC London 94.9 to tell him why he's thrown his hat into the ring.

MP 'prioritises' saving Ealing Hospital

Saving Ealing Hospital from cuts will be the re-elected MP for Ealing North's priority when he moves back to office in Westminster, reports

Get West London.

Stephen Pound told the website: "My immediate job is to find out what is happening with the £8bn welfare cuts and immediately booking to see Jeremy Hunt about what is happening at Ealing Hospital."

Leyton Orient manager leaves club

BBC Sport

Leyton Orient have announced that Fabio Liverani is to leave his role as manager of the club by mutual consent.

Fabio Liverani
Getty Images

His assistants, Maurizio Cantarelli and Marcello Donatelli, will also be leaving. For more on the story go to

Sportsdaty live page.

Chelsea Flower Show river bus changes

TfL River

tweets: The RB2 timetable will change 19th-23rd May for #RHSChelsea Flower Show, check it out here:

Family deaths: Police attended property on Monday

Police are standing outside Juniper Court where the

deceased family are believed to have lived. Officers said they attended the property on Monday evening but there was no response or sign of any disturbance, the family were last seen on Sunday.

The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the Met's directorate of professional standards is reviewing the police response.

Juniper Court, Romford

Mother-of-two Zoya Habibani, 24, lives in the same block as the family and described them as "really friendly", adding: "It's really sad." She said she thought the family were originally from India.

Amateur gardener has designs on Chelsea

London amateur gardener Paul Harris is hoping to make a name for himself at the

RHS Chelsea Flower Show next week.

He's one of six short-listed finalists in the

BBC Two's Great Chelsea Garden Challenge.

Paul Harris

"I hope I will win this show, it will be like jumping on a great big trampoline to catapult me into building my own garden design company," he said.

Latest updates

Elaine Okyere

BBC London News

The top stories on London Live:

  • A father is found hanging near a reservoir after his
    two teenage daughters and their mother were found dead in a property nearby in Chadwell Heath.
  • An Auschwitz survivor, who now lives in north London, says she is "fearful" of giving evidence at the trial of a former Nazi guard.
  • Tooting MP Sadiq Khan tells BBC London he wants to be Labour's candidate for Mayor of London. David Lammy and Diane Abbott are already in the running. For more listen to
    BBC London 94.9.

Wolmar bids to be Labour's mayoral hopeful

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

Transport journalist Christian Wolmar has just announced his desire to be Labour's mayoral candidate: "After three years of grassroots campaigning and more than 2,000 miles of cycling, it's a relief that the process has finally opened!

Christian Wolmar

"The capital needs a mayor who puts communities back at the centre of decision making and who tackles the affordability crisis before it becomes too late. That's why my campaign will be based on three key areas: making London more affordable, liveable and sustainable.

"The Tory Government in Westminster means London needs to ensure a Labour mayor to promote the interests of all those in London - from those struggling with the challenges of living in the city to those working hard to get ahead in life. I will be that mayor."

Thameslink overhead wire problems

National Rail

tweets: Trains between West Hampstead Thameslink and Sevenoaks may be disrupted because of overhead wire problems.

Hate at first sight

BBC London 94.9


BBC London 94.9, Jo Good is asking is it wrong to take an instant dislike to someone?

Have you ever felt hate at first sight? Get in touch with Jo by calling 020 7224 2000 or text 81333, start your message with the word London.

Increase in gangs blowing up cash machines

Charlotte Franks

BBC London News

The number of cash points blown up by criminal gangs in London has increased by 2,000% in a year, according to a Freedom of Information response from the Met Police.

CCTV image of ATM exploding

Criminals targeted 21 cash points in 2014 in the capital compared to just one in 2013, pumping them with flammable gas before igniting them. Watch my report


When the Prince of Wales met Ant and Dec

The Prince of Wales joked and laughed with TV presenters Ant and Dec during a visit to an Oxford Street department store.

(From left) Prince Charles, Anthony McPartlin, and Declan Donnelly,

The Prince went to Marks and Spencer's Marble Arch branch to learn how a group of young people have got to grips with a four-week work placement scheme organised by M&S and the

Prince's Trust.

Good deeds in Brixton

Brixton Blog

A "Help Mob" has been organised in Brixton for this Saturday.

The Free Help Guy, an anonymous person who "believes in doing what you can to help others", wants to support restaurant The Ultimate Jerk Centre who give free food to the homeless everyday.

Holocaust survivor Susan Pollock 'fearful'

An Auschwitz survivor has said she is "fearful" of giving evidence at the trial of a former Nazi guard, 70 years after she was sent to the camp.

Susan Pollock

Susan Pollock, 84, who now lives in north London,

is expected to testify against Oskar Groening at a court in Germany later.

Mr Groening, 93, is accused of assisting in the murder of 300,000 victims of the Holocaust.

Family deaths father found dead at reservoir

Police are investigating the deaths of a man, a woman and two girls aged 13, whose bodies were found at two separate addresses in east London.

Officers said the woman and teenagers were discovered at a house in Chadwell Heath at 13.10 yesterday.

Detectives confirmed that just after 08:00 today the body of a man, found in Woodford Reservoir, Walthamstow, was that of a 45-year-old man they were looking for in connection with the earlier deaths.

BreakingFamily found dead in east London

A father has been found hanging near a reservoir in east London after the bodies of his two teenage daughters and their mother were found in a property nearby, Scotland Yard said.

Key dates in Labour's mayoral candidate search

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

The frontrunners in this race? My little birds tell me: Tessa and Sadiq but anything's possible - and watch out for any stragglers who might still be limbering up, as applications do not close until next Wednesday.

The first hustings, where they all get together and tell an audience of Labour members why they should be chosen, is on 17 June.

Postal votes are sent to Labour members on 1 July and the winning candidate will be announced on 31 July. Just in time for a nice summer break before the real race for London Mayor begins.

Labour's other mayoral runners and riders

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

There are the ones who had already told us they were running for Labour's mayor of London candidate.

Over the weekend it looked like Tottenham's David Lammy fancied his chances at both London Mayor and the Labour leadership, but we were told on Monday he no longer has his eye on Labour's top job. I wonder whether his colleagues told him he might have a better chance here in London?

David Lammy (left) and Tessa Jowell

Transport expert Christian Wolmar is another name that I'm told has been in the mix for three years.

And then there is Dame Tessa Jowell who told us "Yes, Yes, Yes" when she was asked on Eddie Nestor's show on Friday. The former Dulwich MP and the woman who helped bring the Olympics to London is not formally announcing until next week.

Labour's London mayoral race starts

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

And they are out of the traps - like poised greyhounds who've been cooped up for weeks waiting for the General Election campaign to end, Labour's mayoral candidates couldn't wait to get going as applications opened today.

Dianne Abbott (left) and Sadiq Khan
BBC/Getty Images

First to tell us she had formally put in an application: Hackney's Diane Abbott, who's no stranger to standing for top jobs, after all she was the only woman to stand for the Labour leadership back in 2010.

This lunchtime it was Tooting's Sadiq Khan's turn to unveil the worst kept secret of the day that he will be running too.

Warm sunny afternoon

BBC Weather

Today will be a fine day with plenty of warm sunshine and light winds, though some more cloud will bubble up this afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

Cashpoint robberies

BBC London News

Coming up on

BBC London News this lunchtime, reporter Charlotte Franks will have the latest on the news that gangs are increasingly stealing money from cashpoints across the capital by using chemicals to blow them up.

And a new campaign has been launched to try to turn London into a national park. Tune in at 13:40.


Sadiq Khan MP said in a

tweet "I'll roll up my sleeves and fight for all Londoners #TogetherWeKhan"

Sadiq Khan MP

Royal Navy photography awards

This image of a member of the 42 Commando Royal Marines at Buckingham Palace won the Commandant General Royal Marines Prize, in the Royal Navy's annual photographic competition.

Dismounting the Guard at Buckingham Palace,

The Peregrine Trophy awards are the highest award a photographer can win within the Royal Navy Photographic Branch.

Sadiq Khan confirms mayoral bid

Susana Mendonca

BBC London 94.9 political reporter

tweets: Worst kept secret. Hot on heels of @HackneyAbbott next #labourlondonmayor candidate to announce is @SadiqKhan He's on @bbclondon949 at 5

Man in court over body in suitcase

A man has appeared in court

charged with the murder of Marta Ligman, the woman whose body was found in a suitcase in the Grand Union Canal on Sunday.

Grand Union Canal

Thomasz Kocik, 38, of Buckingham Road in Brent, north west London, was remanded in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court.

He is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday.

Latest updates

Elaine Okyere

BBC London News

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