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  1. Updates on 21 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Beth Rose

BBC News

That's all for Local Live today. Just to re-cap on today's strike action: the

RMT and TSSA have called off their Network Rail strike this Bank Holiday Monday. However, Aslef members are voting on whether Tube staff should strike in a
row over pay for the new Night Tube.

First Great Western

I'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Have a great evening.

Dry but cool night

BBC Weather

It will be dry overnight with some good clear periods, although some cloud may spread into western parts later. It will feel fairly cool, especially in rural areas, but it will remain frost free.

Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

Teatime bulletin

BBC London News

On the programme at 18:30 on

BBC One: The rail strike might be off, but
Tube drivers could walk out in a row over late night services.

And the shocking state of many of the capital's rented homes as demands are made to protect tenants.

Bomber caught by sticky tape

Steve Swann

BBC News Home Affairs team

Wembley taxi driver

Anis Sardar has been convicted of the murder of US Sgt Randy Johnson (pictured), who was killed by a homemade bomb while on patrol in Iraq eight years ago.

Sergeant Randy Johnson

As I discovered, it was a

piece of sticky tape that gave him away.

'Listen to Tube staff' - Shawcross

The union

Aslef has announced it's
balloting Tube drivers for strike action in a row over pay for new all-night services.


London Assembly transport spokeswoman Val Shawcross said: "The night Tube will be a great thing for London but it's important it's done properly. That means recognising the impact it will have on staff who will make the night Tube possible and listening to their concerns.

"Instead, last year the mayor announced a start date for the night Tube without any proper consultation with the staff and unions."

Son 'killed mother before fleeing with credit cards'

A jobless man strangled his mother to death before fleeing to Spain with her credit cards, the Old Bailey has heard.

Sean Heiss, 30, from Surbiton, is accused of murdering 58-year-old Margaret Sheehy at her home in Springfield Road, Kingston in June 2012.

The court heard Ms Sheehy had been planning to sell her flat to live mortgage-free and had considered paying off some of her son's debts, but the weekend before her death, the mother-of-two had told colleagues she had changed her mind.

Mr Heiss denies murder.

DeGale vows historic win

BBC Sport


James DeGale has vowed to become the first British boxer to win Olympic gold and a pro world title when he fights Andre Dirrell for the vacant IBF super-middleweight title on Saturday.

James DeGale
Getty Images

DeGale, 29, fights 31-year-old American Dirrell - whose only defeat was by Carl Froch in 2009 - in Boston.

Jeremiah Duggan verdict

Ham & High


tweets: Jeremiah Duggan inquest: The verdict in full

Mitcham man charged over terrorism

A man has been charged with preparing to travel to Somalia to join Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab,

Scotland Yard's terror unit has said.

The 20-year-old from Mitcham was charged under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act and will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Bear's Den bow out to Hozier

The "surprise" ended for London folk trio Bear's Den this afternoon after they lost out to Hozier's Take Me To Church in the Best Song category of the Ivor Novello's.


Ed Sheeran won Songwriter of the Year.

Fake beauty product arrests made

Two people have been arrested in connection with an investigation into fake beauty products as part of

City of London Police's
Wake up - don't fake up! campaign.

Counterfeit hair straightness and perfume
City of London Police

A 52-year-old man and 46-year-old woman were arrested at a property in Hanwell and are suspected of running a beauty website selling suspected counterfeit branded perfumes ranging in price from £32 - £125 and hair straightness listed for between £70 to £185.00.

Student may have been 'confused completely'

During the inquest former French MP and cult expert Catherine Picard said Mr Duggan could have been under the "control" of the LaRouche organisation.

In a statement she said: "It should be noted that members of this organisation undergo significant psychological pressure and part of the psychological pressure is being subjected to repeated conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic discourse.

"The idea would be to try and confuse completely and then it's like an infantilisation of the person. Somebody who used to have the ability to reason would have felt completely overwhelmed."

Killed student 'seduced by cult'

A north London student found dead on a German motorway had been "seduced" by a right-wing "cult" hostile to his Jewish faith shortly before his death, an inquest has heard.

Jeremiah Duggan, 22, died in an apparent suicide after being hit by several cars near Wiesbaden in 2003 after attending a conference hosted by "extreme right wing" organisation LaRouche.

Jeremiah Duggan

Anthony Metzer QC, representing the family, said: "He was sucked in and revealed himself to the group to be a British Jew...and was then rejected by the movement who saw him as a spy and as a result actions may have been taken."

German police had said his death was a "suicide by means of a traffic accident" prior to the start of a fresh inquest this week.

Roadworks causing delays

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on the A3211 Lower Thames Street in both directions in the City Of London between Tower Hill and London Bridge due to roadworks.

Roadworks are also causing long delays on the A3212 Grosvenor Road eastbound in Pimlico from the Chelsea Embankment junction to Vauxhall Bridge.

Tube strike ballot 'disappointing'

The union

Aslef has announced its members are to
vote on strike action over the pay deal for Tube drivers set to run the new Night Tube.

But Nick Brown for

London Underground, said: "To suggest that we've closed down negotiations is completely untrue and it is extremely disappointing the co-ordinated response by the unions has been to announce their intention to ballot members.

"Talks have not broken down and we are committed to reaching an agreement that rewards our hardworking staff that is affordable, sustainable and fair."

Surprise in the Bear's Den

Mark Savage

Entertainment reporter

London folk trio Bear's Den are up against Hozier and Ben Howard for best song at the Ivor Novellos - and they're mystified.

Bear's Den

"No one is more surprised than us," they told me. "None of us were expecting it all. And when we found out the other nominees we were even more shocked.

"This is our first awards ceremony," the band went on. "We've been borrowing suits from people."

Tube strike impact

BBC London transport correspondent Tom Edwards

tweets: Point about ASLEF / RMT tube ballot is it covers nearly all drivers. Prob only a handful of tubes would run IF a #tubestrike.

'Horrific injuries' after rugby stadium fall

A rugby fan was airlifted to hospital after

falling from a second-floor balcony onto concrete at the Marriott London Sevens tournament at Twickenham on Saturday.

The man, thought to be in his 20s, sustained "horrific" injuries, the Richmond and Twickenham Times reports.

Royal aide released after murder sentence

Former royal aide to the Duchess of York jailed for stabbing her boyfriend to death when he refused to marry her is to be released from prison.

Jane Andrews and Thomas Cressman
PA/Met Police
Jane Andrews and Thomas Cressman

Jane Andrews was given a life sentence after being convicted of murdering wealthy businessman Thomas Cressman in 2001 at their home in Fulham. A decision on when Andrews will be released will be taken by the Ministry of Justice.

Bomber involved in 'deadly campaign'

The court heard cab driver Sardar, 38, from Wembley,

built bombs as part of a "deadly" campaign to kill Americans fighting in Iraq.

Anis Sardar
Julia Quenzler

The lethal contraptions were planted in or around the road west out of Baghdad in 2007.

BreakingBomb-maker guilty


North London bomb-maker Anis Abid Sardar, 38, has been found guilty at London's Woolwich Crown Court of building improvised explosive devices to kill American soldiers in Iraq.

Sardar, 38, of north London, denied murder, conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions.

Green councillor aims for Mayor race

Ham and High


Highgate councillor Sian Berry has

thrown her hat into the ring for the race to be the Green Party's candidate for the Mayor of London in 2016, the Ham and High reports.

She hopes to be selected as the Green's candidate for the second time, having run in the 2008 mayoral elections as well.

Strike plans

Earlier today the

TSSA announced it had called off planned action over the Bank Holiday weekend after receiving a new pay offer from
Network Rail.

For Londoners, though, the uncertainty goes on as the union

Aslef has announced its balloting Tube drivers in a row over pay for all-night services.

BreakingRMT also suspends strike



RMT has also suspended a planned rail strike at Network Rail over the Bank Holiday, the union's executive has announced.

Angry commuters send 500k tweets

Rail passengers have sent nearly 500,000 negative tweets to rail companies in the last 12 months, according to

Commute London.


The survey covered the 14 train companies operating services to the capital with

Abellio Greater Anglia receiving the most negative comments,
First Great Western came second followed by

The report analysed keywords in tweets, such as 'frustrated', 'angry' and 'too hot'.

80% of Tube drivers are with Aslef

Around 80% of all London Underground drivers are members of ASLEF, the train drivers' union.

The last time ASLEF took strike action on London Underground in a dispute over pay and conditions was 13 years ago in 2002.

Tube drivers 'entitled to family life'

Aslef's Finn Brennan said: "Our members are entitled to a family life and to some sort of work-life balance.

Tube train

"We aren't opposed to all night services but we want them introduced in a fair and sensible way which rewards staff for their hard work and the contribution they make to the success of the London Underground."

Tube drivers vote on strike

Aslef claims London Underground is trying to force through new rosters which would mean Tube drivers will have to work an unlimited number of weekend and night shifts for no extra pay.

It says it has been told that, unless drivers agree to the rosters, which include all night services on Friday and Saturday nights, they will be imposed and no pay offer will be made this year.

BreakingBreaking News


Tube drivers on London Underground are to be balloted for strikes in a row over pay for new all-night services, the Aslef union has announced.

Snakes and lightening

London Fire Brigade has been dealing with a variety of unusual incidents this week.

Yesterday afternoon they were called to a Norman Crescent property in Pinner which had been struck by lightening and required more than 20 firefighters to tackle the blaze which destroyed the roof.

Lightening strike

While in Selhurst an unattended bonfire spread from the garden to damage two homes on Princess Road. While at the scene fire crews saved two dogs and about 15 snakes.

Selhurst bonfire damage

Nobody was injured in either blaze

Oldfield thankful for support over son's death

Composer Mike Oldfield, famous for Tubular Bells, has thanked fans for their messages of support following the sudden death of his son Dougal.

Mike Oldfield
Mike Oldfield

The 33-year-old collapsed and died on Sunday while working as an editing assistant at a film production company in Soho.

A post-mortem examination confirmed he died of natural causes.

Awaiting RMT decision

Tom Edwards

Transport correspondent, London

The TSSA union's 3,000 workers has called off the

Bank Holiday national rail strike. But we are still awaiting the RMT union's decision. It has 16,000 workers.

'Sprawling metropolis'

Police helicopter team NPAS Redhill

tweet: Training over the sprawling metropolis. JM

NPAS Redhill

Lunchtime bulletin

BBC London News

On the bulletin just after 13:30 on

BBC One: Forty years ago motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel attempted to jump over 13 London buses at Wembley Stadium. But with 90,000 people looking on, he crashed - fracturing his pelvis and breaking his hand.

We meet some of the fans who watched the drama unfold.

And with a warm afternoon in prospect, we have have full weather forecast.

BreakingRail strike suspended


The TSSA rail union has suspended its planned Bank Holiday strike after receiving a new pay offer from Network Rail, it has announced.

Fine afternoon

BBC Weather

It will be a fine afternoon with variable amounts of cloud and long sunny spells. It will also feel warmer than yesterday with light to moderate westerly winds.

Top temperature: 20C (68F).