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  1. Updates from Tuesday 19 May 2015
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That's all from London Live today. We'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Have a great evening

Dry night but chilly

BBC Weather

Scattered heavy showers are likely during the evening, however these will die out leaving a mainly dry night with clear spells as winds also ease. Turning chilly in rural areas, such as Rickmansworth, by dawn.

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F)

Are cranes a sign of economic growth?

BBC London News


BBC London News this evening, as new figures suggest the number of cranes visible on London's skyline could indicate the capital's economy is growing, reporter Marc Ashdown investigates warnings that small businesses are being hit by rising rents and a lack of affordable space.

Cranes in London
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Also on the programme, the pub called Ye Old Fighting Cocks has drawn criticism from animal rights campaigners - should the venue change its name?

Watch the show live online from 18:30.

Mr. Men in London

A new Mr. Men Little Miss book will see the characters take a day trip to London.

mr Men book
Egmont /TfL

Transport for London and
Egmont will publish Mr. Men in London, a new story which will feature Mr. Busy and other characters joining customers on the Tube. London Transport Museum will also feature Mr. Men in London themed events including storytelling next month.

Bank wants artist for £20 note

The image of a visual artist will appear on the next version of the £20 note - and the Bank of England

wants the public to make nominations.

Mark Carney at London's Victoria and Albert museum

Speaking at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the governor of the Bank, Mark Carney, said people should consider artists "beyond the most obvious and most famous" but they must also be "beyond the grave".

Gatwick Express bans e-cigarette devices

Gatwick Express

tweets: From Sunday the 26th of July Electronic cigarettes devices may not be used on our trains or at our stations

Garden Bridge 'a waste of public money'

Ahead of an appearance at a public meeting to debate the Thames Garden Bridge, Labour mayoral candidate Christian Wolmar spoke to about why he opposes the plans for it.

Artist impression of the Garden Bridge

The £175m footbridge will link Temple with the Southbank but has been criticised over its location and cost. Actress Joanna Lumley came up with the idea for the crossing and it has been designed by London 2012 cauldron creator Thomas Heatherwick.

Police appeal to Nepalese 'fraud victims'

Detectives have sent letters to 60 members of the UK Gurkha and Nepalese community who they believe may have fallen victim to a major investment fraud.

City of London Police suspect hundreds of people could have been affected. Detectives will be holding briefings at military bases to make a direct appeal to serving Gurkhas to come forward if they have invested money in the CWM (Capital World Market) 5% scheme.

The appeal comes after police arrested ten men and three women on suspicion of fraud by false representation and money laundering.

Appeal for van seen near Hatton Garden raid


Met Police are appealing for information about a white Transit van seen in the area around the time of the Hatton Garden raid.

Van in Hatton Garden area
Met Police

Det Supt Craig Turner said: " "It was a white Transit van, index number DU53 VNG, which was caught on CCTV in and around Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd."

The van has not been recovered, and the public is being asked if they know where it is, or if they saw it in the area on 2 April.

Talks continue to avert Bank Holiday rail strike

Tom Edwards

Transport correspondent, London

Network Rail has described some of the details in a union's strike ballot as "genuine nonsense" and "absurd".

It says it will be

legally challenging the TSSA Union in the High Court over plans to strike for 24 hours on Bank Holiday Monday.


In a letter to the TSSA Union, Network Rail says there are inaccuracies in the ballot records in the spellings of job descriptions, too many categories of workers & "absurd" workplaces.

Talks between the TSSA and the RMT and Network Rail aimed at averting the rail strike next Monday are continuing.

A TSSA spokesman said: "Rather than waste everyone's time by complaining about their own employees spelling abilities, we would like NR to devote a similar amount of time and concentration to resolving the dispute and avoiding any disruption to passengers next week.

"They are in danger of failing to see the bigger picture here, keeping the network on the move over the Bank Holiday weekend." TSSA has 3,000 members at Network Rail. The RMT has 16,000.

Bank holiday rail strike facing legal challenge

Tom Edwards

Transport correspondent, London

By quoting "numerous defects" Network Rail is threatening legal action to stop part of the strike. It's not the first time NR has done this - it successfully took action against signallers in 2010. Back then, the RMT hadn't balloted workers at some signal boxes and had balloted others that no longer existed - presumably as its records were out of date.

Network rail worker

What's surprising today is the

timing of this intervention.

South West Trains maintenance

South West Trains

tweets: There are some trains undergoing maintenance or repair, to see if this impacts your journey please see here

Middlesbrough or 'Middlesborough'?

BBC Sport

Wembley officials have apologised to Middlesbrough fans for misspelling their team's name on tickets for the Championship play-off final.

Middlesbrough fans
Getty Images

Tickets for Monday's game with Norwich called the club 'Middlesborough'. A statement said: "Wembley Stadium would like to apologise to Middlesbrough FC and its fans for this mistake, it was a human error."

It added: "These tickets will still be valid for Monday's game. We hope that it does not detract from what will be an excellent game."

Model 'snared in police sting'

London Evening Standard


A gangster who launched a successful career as a male model and musician while on the run in Australia has been snared in a police sting, the

Evening Standard reports.

According to the newspaper Ben Fiberesima, 30, was arrested after police posed as a model agency and booked him for a casting call, but when he turned up he was arrested.

Consultation on night bus changes

Extra bus services are to be launched in London to complement the new all-night Tubes starting later this year, although some existing buses will not run at weekends, under

Transport for London (TfL) plans.

Night bus

TfL is consulting on 20 new bus services and one extended service to help passengers travel to and from underground stations, when the all-night Tubes start on 12 September. However, there might not be as many buses on 17 out of the 117 night bus routes because of the new Tubes, TfL said.

London leads 'excellence in tourism'

London is leading the world in its number of award-winning tourist businesses, according to assessments by TripAdvisor.

As many as 3,210 of the UK capital's hotels, restaurants and attractions qualified for TripAdvisor's 2015 certificate of excellence.

This was a greater number than for any other world city, beating Rome, with 2,763 certificates, Paris (2,760) and New York (2,307).

Chris Ramsey appointed QPR head coach

BBC Sport

QPR have appointed

Chris Ramsey as head coach on a three-year contract.

Chris Ramsey
Getty Images

Ramsey, 53, was given the job until the end of the season in February after Harry Redknapp resigned but failed to prevent Premier League relegation. "When Chris took over the role we were already in a very difficult position," said club chairman Tony Fernandes.

Latest updates

Elaine Okyere

BBC London News

The top stories on London Live

  • Seven men are arrested by detectives investigating the Hatton Garden safety deposit raid.
  • A Met Police officer is
    convicted of assaulting a student whose tooth was knocked out during a protest.
  • Former Bradford MP George Galloway is referred to police over expenses claims. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority made the referral to the Met Police after a complaint by his former assistant. For more listen to
    BBC London 94.9.

Hanging chairs go on display in Selfridges

A new art installation of hanging chairs all individually designed by 90 artists have gone on display in London department store

Selfridges .

New art installation on display in the atrium at Selfridges

The display for the charity

Art Room is part a partnership with Columbia Threadneedle Foundation, to show how the way we work is changing.

Talking paper celebrates 40 years serving blind

Harrow Times

A talking newspaper has

celebrated 40 years of bringing current affairs to blind people in the borough.

The Harrow Talking Newspaper for the Blind was founded in 1975, at first sharing premises with Northwick Park's hospital radio and then fitting out its own studio.

Fire at Earls Court hotel

Fifteen people were evacuated from a hotel in Earls Court after a fire broke out in a ground-floor suite last night.

Hotel in Earls Court
London Fire Brigade

The guests managed to leave the building in Earls Court Gardens before London Fire Brigade arrived at the scene.

Watch manager Matt Wintle says: "The lobby area of the hotel was full of smoke when fire crews arrived at the hotel, but firefighters wearing breathing apparatus quickly brought it under control. Fortunately, there were no injuries."

Afternoon weather

BBC Weather

Sunny spells and scattered showers throughout the rest of the day, with some of the showers turning heavy, with a risk of hail and thunder.

It'll be a cool day and the breezy conditions will take the edge off the temperatures.

Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

'Be patient' Hatton Garden victims told

Detective Superintendent Craig Turner urged victims of the crime to "stay patient", adding: "Police officers will be in contact with them in order that we can restore this property back to its rightful owners."

'Complex' investigation

BBC News Channel

Speaking on the

BBC News Channel, Det Supt Craig Turner said: "This has been an exceptional, complex investigation and I thank everyone for remaining patient. I think this does send a message in relation to this type of crime that is committed within London that the MPS will do as much as they can to bring justice to those victims of crime.

Inside of the vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company
Met Police

Last month the police revealed the burglars first went into the building after 21:00 on Thursday, 2 April and left shortly after 08:00 on Good Friday, 3 April, police said. They returned to the scene soon after 22:00 on Saturday, 4 April and were recorded on CCTV leaving the premises at about 06:40 on Easter Sunday, 5 April.

Police apologise for failing to attend the alarm

In a statement, the Met Police also apologised for failing to attend an alarm which went off while the intruders were in the

Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd with the force acknowledging procedures "were not followed".

"Our normal procedures would have resulted in police attending the scene, and we apologise that this did not happen. In this case, the owners had been notified by the alarm company and a security guard attended the building but saw nothing more than our officers would have done had they been deployed."

Hatton Garden drill hole
Met Police

The police added they were working closely with the alarm industry to improve the call handling at both ends "to ensure nothing like this happens again".

Met portrayed as 'Keystone Cops'

BBC News Channel

Speaking on the

BBC News Channel, Cdr Peter Spindler from the Met Police said: "The Met takes these types of crimes very seriously. At time we have been portrayed as if we have acted like
Keystone Cops.

Cdr Peter Spindler

"I want to reassure you in the finest tradition of Scotland Yard these detectives have done their utmost to bring justice for the victims of this callous crime."

'High value property' recovered

The police added a number of large bags containing high value property were recovered from one address and that officers were confident these are items stolen during the burglary.

Metropolitan Police photo of aftermath of Hatton Garden heist, showing empty safe deposit boxes scattered in front of a hole in the wall
Metropolitan Police

All seven men were taken to a London police station. Searches at the addresses are ongoing.

Hatton garden arrests

In a statement, the Met Police said: "At approximately 10:30 more than 200 officers raided 12 addresses in north London and Kent and arrested the suspects. The men are aged 67, 74, 58, 48, 59, 76 and 50.

"Four were arrested in Enfield, one in east London and two were arrested in Dartford."

Property found

Tom Symonds

Home Affairs correspondent

Tweets: Significant amount of high value property found by police in Hatton Garden raids

BreakingSeven men arrested


The Met Police said 12 addresses in London and Kent were raided and seven white British males aged between 48 and 75 years on conspiracy to steal.


Detectives hunting the gang behind the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Company raid have arrested seven suspects, the Metropolitan Police says.

Why are people paving over their lawns?

Decades ago, there might be strict rules on what householders could do with their front gardens in certain areas. The Becontree Estate in Dagenham, east London, was one such place.

Becontree Estate in Dagenham

But now, much of the estate has followed the UK's trend. The Royal Horticultural Society says British front gardens are disappearing, so

why are people paving over their lawns?

On TV this lunchtime

Alex Bushill

BBC London News

Coming up on the

lunchtime news on BBC One just after 13:35, the former Olympics minister Tessa Jowell has today formally launched her bid to become London Mayor.

She promised to make building more affordable homes her top priority.

Delays on Balham Hill

BBC Travel

On the roads, Balham Hill in Clapham is blocked and there is queuing traffic in both directions at Clapham South Station, because of an accident.

There are also long delays on the A3211 Lower Thames Street in both directions between the Great Tower Street and A3 London Bridge junctions.

For the latest travel news visit the BBC London travel

website or follow

Patients 'waiting longer' at west London NHS trust

A fifth of patients admitted for treatment at a west London hospital trust waited longer than the target 18 weeks for treatment, reports

Get West London.

In February, 80% of admitted patients at London North West Healthcare NHS Trust started treatment within the target time, according to the latest figures from NHS England, missing the target of 90%, the newspaper said.

Three PCs cleared of perverting the course of justice

Ott, 36, of Rochester, Kent, PC Calvin Lindsay, of Leytonstone, east London, and PC Thomas Barnes, of Greenhithe, Kent, both 31, were all found not guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Thomas Barnes (left) and Calvin Lindsay
Central News Service

In court the prosecution had claimed the men came up with a reason to arrest Mr Horner and justify the attack.

Court heard PC's audio recordings

The jury at London's Southwark Crown Court had heard clips of the incident which was captured on the audio recording device that Ott had on his uniform.

PC Andrew Ott
Central News Service

The student protests in 2010 saw riot police pelted with missiles including rocks and concrete blocks, and statues in Parliament Square being daubed with graffiti.

BreakingPolice officer guilty of student protest assault


A jury has found a police officer guilty of actual bodily harm after he knocked a man's tooth out with his riot shield during the 2010 student protests.

PC Andrew Ott, 36, had denied one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The court heard Royal Holloway student William Horner allegedly tried to break free from a kettled area on Parliament Square, when Ott struck out with his shield, knocking out the student's tooth.