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  1. Updates for 26 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

You've been tweeting us and commenting on Facebook all day about a Conservative Party report which suggests

Transport for London lost £22.3m in fares after giving free travel to people who live with its staff members. Get involved in the discussion on
Facebook and
Twitter. And, licensed taxi drivers have been protesting in Victoria over illegal minicabs.

Beth Rose will back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across London.

Travelling with fleas

BBC London News

Would you sit on a train like this?

Abellio Greater Anglia

Well, a rail operator has said £30m will be spent on cleaning its trains after claims of

"flea infested" seats and filthy travelling conditions. Find out more on
BBC London News at 18:30.

Dry night with light winds

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with clear spells at times, however winds will remain light so it will feel chilly in rural locations.

Minimum temperature: 8C (46F)

Thameslink programme bank holiday works

Network Rail has said it "appreciates passengers' patience" following the three-day closure of Cannon Street, Charing Cross, Waterloo East and part of London Bridge as part of engineering works for the £6.5bn Government-sponsored Thameslink Programme.

Signal engineers at work
Network Rail

A spokesman said: "Regular commuters will see that the former platforms 5 and 6 have been demolished, leaving room for the station construction team to move in and crack on, and the track has been dug up and repositioned, giving Charing Cross trains a different path through the station."

Toddler 'crushed between cars'

A three-year-old London boy is fighting for his life after being crushed between two cars while on a family holiday. The toddler was seriously injured when one of the cars rolled and trapped him between the vehicles in a private car park in Cornwall on Friday.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: "At around 18:00 police received a report from ambulance crew that they were treating the boy on the outskirts of Bodmin. The child is thought to have been crushed between two parked cars, one of which rolled, in a private car park in the Glynn area of Bodmin."

Squatters win first legal hurdle

Homeless people squatting in an empty historic building in Mayfair have won the first round of a legal battle with a landlord.

16 Grosvenor Street

A judge today agreed to adjourn a hearing at the

High Court giving the group occupying offices at 16 Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, time to take legal advice. Property firm
Quintain, which owns the lease to the building, had asked Mr Justice Henderson to grant them possession and order the squatters to leave.

Would-be martyr jailed

A young Muslim accused of trying to join Islamic State in Syria to fulfil his ambition of becoming a martyr has been found guilty.


Old Bailey heard Zakariya Ashiq, 20, left the UK in November on a bus from Victoria Bus Station and made his way via Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Bulgaria to Jordan. However, he failed to cross the border to reach his intended destination of Syria and flew back to Heathrow, where he was arrested.

Royal Parks gardeners down tools

Gardeners in central London Royal Parks have been on strike over changes to their pay system.

GMB union members protesting outside Downing Street

GMB members employed by OCS to maintain Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James's Park, The Green Park, Grosvenor Square, Downing Street and Brompton Cemetery in London downed their tools today.

Latest travel news

The A211 Main Road in Sidcup is closed and there is slow traffic in both directions around the Northcote Road junction, because of an accident.

TfL Traffic News also

tweets: A105 Green Lanes near Turnpike Lane Tube Station, southbound - the carriageway remains flooded.

A105 Green Lanes
Transport for London

For the latest travel news follow

@BBCTravelNews of visit the BBC travel news

Latest updates

Elaine Okyere

BBC London News

Our top stories on BBC London Live:

  • A former City trader is accused of acting in a "thoroughly dishonest and manipulative manner" in his alleged attempts to rig the Libor rates,
    a court hears
  • A teenager who had been missing for more than a week
    is found after walking into a police station
  • Streets around Victoria have been jammed by a taxi drivers' protesting over the illegal activity of some minicabs and taxis. Listen to Sir Peter Hendy from TfL on
    BBC London 94.9 from 18:00.

Five arrested after Croydon post office robbery

Five men have been arrested and cash and a firearm have been found after a robbery at a post office in south London, the

Met Police has said.

Post Office on High Street, Croydon

Flying Squad officers were called at 09:00 after a robbery at the Post Office on High Street, Croydon. Two people from the post office were taken hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A member of public, a man in his 60s, was also treated nearby for minor injuries by paramedics after an unmarked police car rolled back into a nearby market stall during the operation.

Missing pair found

A teenager who had been missing for more than a week

has been found after walking into a south-east London police station.

The 16-year-old climbed out of a window at a property in Sidcup, Bexley, on 16 May. Police started hunting for her after it was believed she was in the company of a 51-year-old man.

London Tree Week

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has marked London Tree Week by planting the final tree in the new Mandeville Place Orchard in the

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Boris Johnson and Paralympic swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate

Every year there are millions of visitors to 11,000 acres of green space run by the City of London Corporation, Claire Timms explored how the corporation hoped the week would

draw attention to some of the challenges it faces.

TfL Commissioner on air

BBC London 94.9

As London streets are jammed by a taxi drivers' protest over illegal minicabs and taxis, the Commissioner of Transport for London Sir Peter Hendy will be joining

BBC London 94.9's Eddie Nestor on Drivetime this evening at 18:00.

Taxi protest in Victoria

Met in asbestos probe at former training sites

Up to 30,000 police officers may have come into contact with toxic asbestos, the

Met Police has confirmed. Buildings which housed firearms training between 1980 and 2007 are being examined.

Asbestos was frequently used as a building material until 2000, when it was discovered the fibres released by it could cause serious and potentially-fatal health problems.

Ch Supt Mike Gallagher said: "Due to the time period in question and number of possible sites, we need to make contact with a large number of officers. This will include those who have left, retired, or transferred, so clearly this is a process which will take some time."

50 years of LAS

London Ambulance

tweets: Motorcycle Paramedic Richard is our face of this week to mark 50 years of the London Ambulance Service #LAS50

Paramedic Richard
London Ambulance Service

Newsnight interviews Chuka Umunna

Allegra Stratton

Political editor, Newsnight

tweets: Catch Newsnight tonight for first interview with @ChukaUmunna on why he is backing @leicesterliz for leader, + whether he'll ever run again

'No justification' for taxi demo

In response to cab drivers' claims

Transport for London is failing to tackle illegal touts, TfL has launched a campaign to crackdown on illegal activity by minicab and taxis.

TfL said in its first five evenings of 'Operation Neon' a total of 331 private hire drivers have been reported for failing to comply with regulations, including:

  • Eight drivers reported for plying for hire offences,
  • 30 drivers for parking on taxi ranks,
  • 73 tickets issued for parking offences,
  • About 600 vehicles were moved on from outside clubs and late night venues.
Taxi demonstration in Victoria street

TfL's Garrett Emmerson said: "There is absolutely no justification for this protest because we are already doing the very things they are calling for. Just like the previous protest on Oxford Street, it will achieve nothing other than to disrupt life and business in London."

TfL 'failing to tackle' touting

Speaking to

BBC London 94.9, Len Martin, chairman of the United Cabbies Group which is leading the taxi demonstration outside Transport for London's headquarters in Victoria, explained illegal touting was affecting all taxi and cab drivers.

He said: "If anybody goes out in the West End at night in London they can see the streets are full of touts. For the public safety touting is by far the biggest problem and it affects the black cabs ability to earn a living, it affects the legitimate private hire trade as well.

"The legitimate trade which obey the law and behave within the regulations are being severely undermined by the sheer amount of touting activity that's not being tackled by TfL."

Trader accused over Libor 'was greedy'

Mukul Chawla QC, acting for the prosecution at the first criminal trial linked to the

manipulation of a key interest rate, known as Libor, said: "This case is about the dishonest rigging of bank rates for profit.

Jurors at Southwark Crown Court heard that Tom Hayes told investigators: "The point is, you are greedy, you want every little bit of money you can possibly get... that's how you are judged, that's your performance metric."

Mr Hayes denies lying about the rates his bank was borrowing money at, thus affecting the calculation of the Libor rate.

'TfL killing our trade'

John Lyons

tweeted this picture of a protester outside TfL headquarters in Victoria Street.

Taxi protest in Victoria Street
John Lyons

Latest updates

Elaine Okyere

BBC London News

Our top stories so far on BBC London Live:

  • Former City trader accused of being dishonest and manipulative in his
    alleged attempts to rig Libor rates, a court hears.
  • The Conservatives at City Hall are
    calling for an end to a perk that entitles family and friends of Transport for London staff to free travel.
  • Taxi drivers have gathered outside Transport for London's headquarters in Victoria in protest at what they are calling TfL's failure to implement changes recommended by City Hall to tackle issues like illegal touting. For more listen to
    BBC London 94.9.

Taxi protest causes queues and delays

BBC Travel

The A302 Victoria Street in Westminster is closed with stationary traffic and long delays in both directions between the A202 Bressenden Place junction and Parliament Square, because of a licensed taxi drivers demonstration over unlicensed minicab touting.

Lambeth Bridge is also closed northbound to all traffic, apart from buses.

Taxi protest in Victoria Street
Bobby Griffiths

For the latest travel news follow

@BBCTravelNews of visit the BBC travel news

10-day strike 'longest' action

There have been 24 days of strikes since February over plans to privatise services but the

10-day walkout will be the longest period of action so far.

A National Gallery spokesman said: "The PCS opposes the introduction of a new roster for some visitor facing and security staff which would enable us to operate more flexibly.

"As a result of the PCS position, we are now appointing an external partner to manage these services. Affected staff will transfer across - there will be no job cuts and terms and conditions will be protected."

National Gallery 10-day strike starts

Staff at the National Gallery began a

10-day strike earlier over a long-running dispute over privatisation.

National Gallery

Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union walked out, hitting the school half-term holiday.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said the privatisation plan was "totally unnecessary and is damaging the well-earned reputation of the gallery".

State Opening of Parliament tomorrow

TfL Traffic News

tweets: State Opening of Parliament tomorrow - many road closures including Whitehall, Parliament Square and others.

Tfl Map

DLR staff to go on strike

Security staff and cleaners on London's Docklands Light Railway are to go on a 48-hour strike tomorrow in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Members of the

Rail, Maritime and Transport union employed by facilities company Interserve will walk out from 05.30 tomorrow after voting by 4-1 in favour of action.

RMT General secretary Mick Cash said: "Our members will be sending that message loud and clear over the next two days in a dispute which has ramifications for the entire outsourcing industry in the UK and its virulent anti-union stance."

Taxi protest

Alice Bhandhukravi

BBC London

tweets: Gridlocked and very noisy outside #TfL headquarters as black taxi drivers protest over unlicensed minicab touting

Taxi protest

Litvinenko suspect submits evidence

A suspect in the killing of

Alexander Litvinenko has submitted material to the inquiry at the Royal Courts of Justice in London into the former Russian spy's death in a bid to give evidence.

Dmitri Kovtun

Dmitri Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoi are suspected of murdering the 43-year-old, who died nearly three weeks after consuming tea laced with polonium-210 in London in November 2006.

The pair deny any involvement and remain in Russia, however, today an inquiry spokesman confirmed that "correspondence has been received from Mr Dmitri Kovtun which the inquiry chairman, Sir Robert Owen, is currently considering".

Big picture

Each day BBC News features a photograph sent in from across England - and today's is from Kate Taylor who captured this image of the towers of Canary Wharf. If you have a picture you'd like to share, find out how


Canary Wharf from Greenwich Park
Kate Taylor

Protest over south Kilburn HS2 vent plans

Residents, parents and children in south Kilburn are fighting against plans to have a controversial HS2 vent shaft installed outside a primary school, the

Kilburn Times says.

A protest outside St Mary's Catholic Primary School, in Canterbury Road, was held to force Brent Council to look at the impact of the disruption if proposals to build a 40-metre deep shaft alongside it go ahead.

MP and PM in wax

The finishing touches are being made to David Cameron's refreshed waxwork at

Madame Tussauds as Boris Johnson's waxwork looks on.

Boris Johnson and David Cameron waxworks

The real David Cameron has been meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of a week of efforts to renegotiate Britain's EU membership. Follow all the latest political news on

Politics Live.

Warm sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will be a dry afternoon, although with cloud increasing at times.

Despite this, there'll continue to be some pleasant and warm sunny spells to end the day.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F)

Premier League end of season review

Phil McNulty

Chief football writer

Chelsea won the Premier League with three games to spare, while Burnley, QPR and Hull were relegated into the Championship.

But which of those outcomes did I predict when I previewed the Premier League season in August?

Harry Kane, David De Gea, Nigel Pearson and Chelsea

Here, I go through each team and rate their performance, as well as my own...

On air

BBC London News

More than 8 million journeys on Transport for London services were taken for free last year by people who live with Transport for London staff, according to the Conservative Party. Our reporter Susannah Mendonça hears from TfL and the Conservatives.

Plus, the latest on strike action on the DLR and the National Gallery. Join Alex Bushill on

BBC London News from 13:40.

Micropub wins award

News Shopper


Crayford's first micropub is celebrating after being named Pub of the Year, reports the

News Shopper.

Bexley CAMRA has named The Penny Farthing in Waterside, Crayford, as its pub of the year for 2015 and another of the borough's micropubs, The Door Hinge in Welling, was runner-up.

From Crossrail to a nature reserve

Have you ever wondered what happens to the millions of tonnes of earth that's been excavated during the Crossrail project?

Much of it has been shipped to what will be one of the largest nature reserves in Europe, on Wallasea Island in Essex.

Crossrail tunnel

Watch how the BBC's Andrew Bomford followed the waste from the Crossrail construction site to the Thames Estuary.

MP backs bid to save cornershop

Efforts to save a Southfields cornershop have been backed by government minister Justine Greening, reports the

Wandsworth Guardian.

The MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields joined residents to protest against the possible closure of Sunny News in Wimbledon Park Road, the newspaper said. The freeholder has applied for permission to convert it for residential use.

Charlton restaurant fire 'under control'

London Fire Brigade

tweets: The #Charlton restaurant fire is now under control. Part of the ground & first floor was damaged by fire.

London Fire Brigade

Latest updates

Elaine Okyere

BBC London News

Our top stories so far on BBC London Live:

  • Transport for London
    lost £22.3m in fares after giving free travel to people who live with its staff members, according to the Conservative Party.
  • Former City trader is accused of acting in a "thoroughly dishonest and manipulative manner" in
    his alleged attempts to rig the Libor rates, a court hears.
  • Two people have been taken to hospital after the Flying Squad foiled a robbery this morning at a post office in Croydon town centre. For more listen to
    BBC London 94.9.