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  1. Updates on 14 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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That's all for London Live today. Join us from 08:00 tomorrow for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Have a good evening.

Rain to clear by tonight

BBC Weather

This evening and tonight it will be cloudy at first with any rain gradually clearing away through the first part of the night, leaving the rest of the night dry with light winds and some clear spells developing.

Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Magna Carta stitched up

Here's a first look at the top corner of Cornelia Parker's 13-metre long Magna Carta (An Embroidery) which depicts the Magna Carta Wikipedia page as it appeared last year on the document's 799th birthday.

Cross stitch Magna Carta

Among those who contributed to the work are Antony Gormley, Caitlin Moran, Edward Snowden, Germaine Greer, Julian Assange (who stitched the word Freedom), and almost 40 prisoners.

The embroidery goes on display at the

British Library from tomorrow, until 24 July.

Teatime bulletin

BBC London News

On the programme at 18:30 on

BBC One: A lorry driver is jailed for three and a half years after killing a cyclist in Holborn.

And Boris Johnson tells reporter Marc Ashdown the capital could get extra powers to spend stamp duty on large construction projects like Crossrail 2.

Press call for Hockney exhibition

British artist David Hockney sat in front of some of his work, at the launch of an exhibition of his work earlier.

David Hockney

Called David Hockney: Painting And Photography, the show is on at

Annely Juda Fine Art on Dering Street in central London opening tomorrow.

Dasaolu prepares for 'controversial' Gatlin race

BBC Sport

European 100m champion James Dasaolu from London is

preparing to take on America's Justin Gatlin in the Diamond League opener in Doha this weekend.

All eyes will be on the race with it being Gatlin's first 100m race of the season - the American has been dividing opinions after returning to the sport in 2010 following a second doping ban.

I wannabe married

Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell is expected to tie the knot with her Formula One boss boyfriend, Christian Horner, at Syon House in southwest London tomorrow.

Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner

Council redundancies 'cost more than £1m'

Staff redundancies at

Waltham Forest Council have
cost more than £1m over the past five years, according to This Is Local London.

Despite pay-outs to over 500 members of staff the number of full time equivalent (FTE) agency workers have increased from 229 in 2011, to 432 this year.

Under Bond Street

Tom Edwards

Transport correspondent, London

tweets: Been down new Bond Street LU station. Small area & tunnelling so delicate they mine in places by hand. More 1830 bbc1


Queuing traffic and congestion

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on the A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach northbound at the Tunnel junction, due to an earlier broken down vehicle.

And on the A205 a traffic light failure on London Road in Forest Hill at the A2216 Dartmouth Road junction is causing congestion.

District line delays

BBC Travel

On the District Line there are minor delays between Wimbledon and Edgware Road due to signal failure at Wimbledon Park.

Latest updates

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

Our top stories on London Live:

  • Lorry driver Barry Meyer has been jailed for causing the death of cyclist Alan Neve
  • Former Premier League footballer
    Clarke Carlisle is banned from driving for three years after admitting drinking and driving
  • Boris Johnson tells BBC London the capital could get extra powers to spend stamp duty on large construction projects like Crossrail 2

Where's mine?

Earlier, Mayor of London Boris Johnson spoke to customers (who obviously didn't save him a toastie) in the cafe at the

Community Shop in west Norwood.

Boris at the Community Shop

It allows members to buy food reduced by up to 70% of normal retail prices by selling surplus products that larger retailers can't use.

Double charge convictions for lorry driver

Meyer was convicted of causing death to a cyclist by careless driving, as well as causing death by driving while uninsured and unlicensed at Blackfriars Crown Court.

Alan Neve
Met Police

Alan Neve, 52, from Poplar, was pronounced dead at the scene.

BreakingLorry driver jailed for cycle death


Lorry driver Barry Meyer has been jailed for three and half years years for causing the death of cyclist Alan Neve by careless driving in Holborn in July 2013. He has also been banned from driving for 10 years.

Spurs' keeper Brad Friedel to retire

BBC Sport

Spurs goalkeeper

Brad Friedel will retire at the end of the season.

Brad Friedel
Getty Images

The 43-year-old American moved to England to join Liverpool in 1997 and has also played for Blackburn and Aston Villa. If he plays in either of Spurs' last two league games this season he will become the oldest player in Premier League history.

Human hair artist wins art prize

London-based artist Zhu Tian, who has made her name by binding herself to gallery curators using cling film, and sewing human hair onto high heel shoes,

has won the £5,000 Catlin Art Prize for up-and-coming artists.

Zhu Tian with Babe
Yiannis Mouzakitis

The award is given to emerging talents who have been out of art school for a year, and in Zhu Tian's case she graduated from the

Royal College of Art's MA in sculpture.

Virgin's own goal

Fans of Swindon Town and Preston North End are being warned they could

struggle to reach Wembley for their League 2 play-off final next week due to a lack of trains.

Preston North End
Getty Images

Planned engineering work means there will be no trains from Swindon on the Great Western line while services from Preston will be disrupted by work on the West Coast line operated by Virgin Trains, despite the company being Preston North End's sponsor.

Virgin said: "It's unfortunate timing - and slightly embarrassing for us, bearing in mind our connections with Preston. So we are looking at what we can do on the Monday morning because the feedback we have had says a lot will be staying down for the night." The other train companies have apologised.

Arrest decision made 'when Syria three found'

A decision on whether three London schoolgirls feared to have fled Britain to join Islamic State (IS) will face any action will be made when they return,

police have said, following suggestions that three British jihadi brides were on the run from IS.

Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum
Met Police

Shamima Begum, Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana who all attended Bethnal Green Academy disappeared from London in February and flew to Turkey, before crossing the border into Syria.

Assistant Met Commissioner Mark Rowley said: "Obviously we are working with the families, trying to investigate where they are and what they are up to and as and when they come into the west and we have contact with them we will make a decision based on the evidence at the time."

London's first rainbow cab

A black cab has been decorated in rainbow livery to mark

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on Sunday.

Rainbow cab

The cab will also join

Transport for London's rainbow bus in this year's
Pride in London parade on 27 June.

Martyn Loukes from TfL said: "Having a traditional black cab, which is famous all over the world, wrapped in a rainbow flag shows what a truly diverse city we are."

Clarke Carlisle 'driving erratically'

District judge Susan Williams told Clarke Carlisle that, although he had made a "positive contribution" in the world of others in football, that she had to

sentence him for the risk he had created in driving "erratically".

Clarke Carlisle

She told Carlisle that " if you are not in control of your vehicle in a road in central London you represent a danger to people".

'Beheading plot' trio face court

Three men arrested three days before Remembrance Sunday will go on trial in October over an alleged beheading plot.

Nadir Ali Sayed, 22, from Hounslow, west London, Yousaf Shah Syed, 19, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and Haseeb Hamayoon, 27, from Hayes, west London, are accused of planning acts of terrorism.

BreakingClarke Carlisle sentenced

Former Premier League footballer Clarke Carlisle has been banned from driving at Highbury Magistrates' Court for three years and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid community work after pleading guilty to a drink-driving offence.

Latest updates

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

Our top stories on London Live:

Paloma Faith to play Tinkerbell

Singer Paloma Faith will play Tinkerbell in a new TV version of Peter Pan which will feature Stanley Tucci playing Captain Hook, and Laura Fraser as Mrs Darling.

Paloma Faith

The modern two-hour ITV drama will begin at Great Ormond Street Hospital which has benefited from a bequest entitling it to royalties from JM Barrie's classic tale, and has also seen scenes filmed in Luxembourg and and Dorset.

365 miles in 10 hours

The Samaritans

tweets: Are you passing through St Pancras today? If so say hi to our wonderful cyclists, taking on 365 miles in 10 hours!

Samaritans cyclists

70 years of the silver screen

A pensioner from Swiss Cottage has been declared the

Odeon's best customer after going to the cinema every week since 1937 and watching 7,300 films - equating to 469 days watching the silver screen.

John Gale

The first film John Gale saw was The Dolly Sisters in 1945, but he also remembers the opening of A Hard Day's Night in 1964 with queues stretching down Finchley Road, as well as Brief Encounter and recent space epic Gravity.

To celebrate, the Odeon has given him 70 free tickets which he hopes to use to watch films from his favourite seat - H5.

Cool pool

Aerial photographer Jason Hawkes

tweets: #London's latest all natural outside pool, opens soon in King's Cross #kxpondclub

King's Cross pool
Jason Hawkes

Cloudy and rainy afternoon

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be cloudy with some heavy rain, before clearing away to the southeast this evening. The cloud, wind and rain will make it feel cool for the time of year.

Top temperature: 11C (52F).

Richmond's last wedding

Newly married couple Julie Saunders and Paul Jafrate, who had been planning to get wed for a decade, tied the knot last week and became the

last couple to marry at Richmond Register Office before it closes, This Is Local London reports

Watch: Brass bands and ballet

Brass bands and ballet are an unlikely combination, but they have collaborated together in a new work marking the 30th anniversary of the end of the miners' strike.

Tredegar Town Band
Benedict Johnson/Rambert

Mark Baldwin's

Dark Arteries sees Rambert's dancers share the stage with the 32-piece Tredegar Town Band.

Will Gompertz went down to

watch rehearsals ahead of the show's debut in Sadler's Wells.

BBC London news

Katharine Carpenter

Reporter and presenter

Join me just after 13:30 on

BBC One when we'll hear more from the Mayor after he indicates London could keep some of the cash raised through Stamp Duty for large scale infrastructure projects.

And a first look at the UK's largest heart hospital which has opened in the East End.

Terror arrests reach 700

Nick Beake

Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

The number of terrorism-related arrests made by police across England, Wales and Scotland has reached more than 700,

Scotland Yard has revealed.

It said half of the 338 people who travelled to Syria in 2014/15 and who are classed as a "significant concern" are from London.

Greece rejects legal action over Elgin Marbles

Greece has ruled out taking legal action against the UK to reclaim the Elgin Marbles from the
British Museum and decided the country would pursue a "diplomatic and political" approach to retrieving the sculptures instead.

The Elgin Marbles

It comes after the country rejected the advice of London barrister Amal Clooney, who had urged Greece to take Britain to the

International Criminal Court over the Marbles, which were taken from Greece's Parthenon by Lord Elgin 200 years ago.

Commuter car park plans blocked

Controversial plans for a new 80-space commuter car park set to be built on green belt land by Theydon Bois station

were blocked last night by planners at
Epping Forest District Council, the Epping Forest Guardian reports.

QPR's Ramsey will know 'within a week' about job

BBC Sport

Chris Ramsey says he will

discover "within a week" whether he will continue as manager of relegated QPR.

QPR manager Chris Ramsey
Getty Images

He was placed in charge until the end of the campaign after Harry Redknapp quit in February, but could not prevent the club slipping back down after only one season in the top flight.

70% of houses on Kensington street are 'second homes'

London Evening Standard


Seven out of 10 properties on Ashburn Place in Kensington and a third of the 1,519 properties in Chelsea's Sloane Avenue are classed as second homes according to a

Kensington and Chelsea Council database, the
Evening Standard reports.

Latest updates

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

Our top stories on London Live:

  • Boris Johnson tells BBC London the capital could get extra powers to spend stamp duty on large construction projects like Crossrail 2
  • Claudia Winkleman
    relives the 'horrific' moment her daughter was injured in a Halloween fire
  • More than 1,000 cases of superbugs are discovered in London's hospitals.
  • Detectives are believed to be working with the Indian police to trace relatives of a
    family found dead in Chadwell Heath

Stephen's fund raises £4.5m

A year on from the death of teenage cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton and a fund set up by him has raised

more than £4.5m for the
Teenage Cancer Trust.

Stephen Sutton
Sutton family

The Trust said its 18-bed unit at London's

University College Hospital had benefitted from money for refurbishment work and units in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Oxford had also received funds.

Nearly a quarter of Stephen's total was donated after he died on 14 May 2014 - and people are still contributing which the Trust has called a "tidal wave of generosity".