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  1. Updates from Wednesday 19 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Good evening

    That's all for the BBC London live page today.

    Josephine McDermott will be back in the hot seat with all the latest news, travel, weather and sport for London from 08:00 on Thursday.

  2. On air

    BBC London News


    On tonight's show: Nurses at Great Ormond Street are being made to work extra hours after an accounting blunder, the mayor is accused of planning to cut 90% of City Hall's budget on youth programmes and there's a big rise in Londoners who are at risk of losing their homes.

    Also, what's an eagle eyed view like over London? Find out on the show at 18:30 on BBC One.

  3. Cloudy overnight

    Staying mainly cloudy overnight, although some cloud breaks developing will allow mist or fog patches to develop which will likely be more widespread over areas like Hampstead Heath.

    Lows of 5C (41F).

  4. World Toilet Day

    London Fire Brigade says that it attends two incidents a day where people are trapped in a toilet or bathroom.

    "We'd like to wash our hands of these jobs," it tweets.

  5. Judges to order air quality clean-up

    The European Court of Justice has ruled judges must force ministers to clean up the air as soon as possible.

    Cyclist riding past cars

    Green Party London Assembly member Jenny Jones has called on the Mayor to urgently review his air pollution policies in light of the decision.

    She said the judgement was "great news for Londoners' health".

  6. Watch again: Mayor being quizzed

    If you missed the mayor's question time earlier today, you can catch up on what you missed here.

    Boris Johnson was quizzed on air pollution, Londoners being offered homes to buy before they're being marketed to overseas buyers and London paramedics - he says the ambulance service does not have enough and he has taken this up with the health secretary.

  7. McQueen's next film announced

    Oscar-winner Steve McQueen is planning a film about the life of American singer and actor Paul Robeson.

    Steve McQueen

    The Londoner, whose 12 Years A Slave won three Oscars including best picture, said he had been interested in the story since reading as a teenager about Robeson's support for the Welsh miners.

  8. Student protests

    Police have made a number of arrests during clashes with campaigners as thousands protested against spending cuts, tuition fees and student debt.

    The protest began peacefully when students gathered outside the University of London near Euston, before leaving to march through the capital shortly after noon.

    Student protests

    But after it reached the Houses of Parliament the atmosphere grew more hostile, and hundreds of police and riot officers were deployed in the area.

    Railings around Parliament Square were torn down while others let off flares in nearby streets.

  9. On air

    Eddie Nestor

    Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    On Drive, we'll have the latest on the student protests - one of the organisers of the protest will join me live.

    And we'll also be discussing a new government scheme which offers free counselling to parents to instil "basic concepts such as love, compassion and trust".

    Join me on BBC London 94.9 until 19:00.

  10. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    In the 17:00 bulletin: West Ham striker Carlton Cole has teamed up with London's Kings College University to try and raise awareness and funds for the Ebola crisis in west Africa.

    Carlton Cole

    Cole's mother is from Sierra Leone, one of three countries devastated by the virus.

    His Football Fighting Ebola challenge will ask people to video themselves performing a trick with a football before nominating someone else to take part.

  11. Teacher 'said affair was written in the stars'

    A school teacher who allegedly pursued a secret sex affair with a student told her it was meant to be, Inner London Crown Court has heard.

    Stuart Kerner, 44, denies two counts of sexual activity with a child and six counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust.

    In a video interview with the girl that was played to jurors, she said: "I felt special. But, I dunno, it wasn't really," she told a detective in the interview.

    "And admitting that does kind of hurt."

  12. Controversial 'pick-up artist' barred from UK

    Controversial US "pick-up artist" Julien Blanc has been barred from entering the UK by the Home Office.

    The self-styled "dating guru" holds seminars claiming to teach men how to attract women but his methods have been widely criticised as sexually abusive.

    His tour was due to start in London in February 2015.

  13. Daggers boss understands fans' frustration

    Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett say he can accept the frustration of supporters following a run of one win in 10 matches in all competitions.

    "Why would you be happy?

    "They want to put their anger towards someone and that is me as I pick the team. I have to get over it."

  14. Emma Thompson to be honoured

    Oscar winner Emma Thompson is to be honoured at the British Independent Film Awards which will be held at the Old Billingsgate next month.

    Emma Thompson
  15. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9


    In the 16:00 bulletin:

    Hundreds of staff at Great Ormond Street hospital are being asked to work extra hours for free after they were mistakenly paid for six-and-a-half hours' work.

  16. Armed forces' hope for Christmas single

    Sounds emitting from Westminster Abbey today come from the armed services as they are busy recording a single they hope will be Christmas number one.

    Members of the armed forces take a break from recording a Christmas single

    The song called 1914 - A Christmas Carol will raise money for forces charities.

  17. Petition over councillor's I'm A Celebrity tweets

    A petition has been set up for a west London councillor to step down after she made comments about I'm A Celebrity contestant Gemma Collins on Twitter.

    Harrow's Susan Hall made comments about the TV star's body size.

    The petition comes as ITV announce that the Only Way Is Essex star has left the show.

  18. 'Dr Babs'

    Reacting to being honoured with a doctorate by the University of East London, actor Barbara Windsor asks "why me?"

    "I do a job that I absolutely love - I've done it since I was 12 / 13 and it's wonderful."

    Barbara Windsor

    And on the 18:30 television news, you can find out what people shout at her in the street.

  19. Crossrail for bikes- accessible for disabled cyclists?

    One of the responders to the crossrail superhighway is a charity which represents disabled cyclists.

    Cycle superhighway design

    Wheels for Wellbeing's director Isabelle Clement tells the Brixton blog that: "In particular we must ensure that the cycle superhighways accommodate all types of cycles (trikes, handbikes, tandems, tag-alongs etc.), offer easy access on and off, and link seamlessly with other cycle routes and other modes of transport.

    "This is particularly important for those for whom the cycle is also a mobility aid, who are not able to walk their cycle."

  20. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    In the 15:00 bulletin:

    The vice president of the student union at London Metropolitan University says why she is taking part in a protest through London against tuition fees.

    And hundreds of staff at Great Ormond Street hospital are being asked to work extra hours for free after they were mistakenly paid for six-and-a-half hours' work.

  21. Motorcyclist jailed

    An uninsured motorcyclist who killed a 73-year-old grandmother whilst pulling a wheelie on a busy London High Street has been jailed at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

    Ahrrus Hussain

    The Met Police said Ahrrus Hussain, 28 was sentenced to four years, nine months after pleading guilty to causing the death by dangerous driving of Raxmo Sharif, in Leytonstone, in July of last year.

  22. PC accused of inventing "pleb" account

    Danny Shaw

    Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

    The policeman who claimed that the former Cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell swore at him and used the word "pleb" has been accused of inventing the account.

    Andrew Mitchell

    PC Toby Rowland said members of the public who witnessed what happened at the gates of Downing Street were "shocked" and he had to warn Mr Mitchell that he faced arrest if he swore again.

    James Price QC, representing Mr Mitchell in the High Court libel case, suggested the PC had made up the claims to justify having given the former chief whip the warning.

  23. Reaction to Tower poppies theft attempts

    Brigantian In Exhile tweets: Welcome to London. Nail it down or expect it to be pinched.

    While John Webb wrote: Erm...why not drive to lorries into the Tower of London grounds? They won't be stolen then, surely?

    Send us your views to @bbclondonnews.

  24. Sunny spells

    Staying rather cloudy this afternoon, but with a few bright or sunny intervals, especially towards Watford.

    London weather

    Highs of 11C (52F)

  25. In the papers

    Councillors have confirmed that new properties built as part of a £4m housing project will only be let to families on their housing register, reports Georgia Diebelius for the East London Guardian.

    The 23 new homes, which work began on last week, are scheduled to be erected in Waltham Abbey sites, Harveyfields, Roundhills and Fairways, by October 2015.

  26. Student protest march

    Anna O'Neill

    Reporter, BBC London

    Tweets: Smoke bombs set off at #studentprotest as protests chant 'power to the people'

    Student protest

    Anna is following the protest so keep checking her twitter feed for the latest.

  27. Student protest route

    The Met tweets: The Student March is currently taking place in central London today & are expected at Old Palace Yard at 1500hrs.

    Student march
  28. Paddington Bear concerns revealed

    So what were the film classifiers' concerns over Paddington Bear?

    According to BBC Newsbeat, the film was rated PG because of innuendos such as a a "man disguised as a woman is flirted with by another man" and a scene when the character gets inside a refrigerator.

  29. Thieves try to steal Tower poppies

    People have been trying to steal ceramic poppies during work to remove them from the Tower of London, the artist who created them says.

    Tower of London poppies

    Paul Cummins said thieves had been trying to take the poppies ever since they were installed.

  30. Nurses' pay to Carry On Star - BBC London's lunchtime news

    BBC London News


    Nurses at Great Ormond Street are being made to work extra hours after an accounting blunder.

    Hundreds of staff were paid for an extra six-and-a-half hours and are now being made to work extra or deduct the time from their annual holiday.

    And after a career starring in Carry On Films and Eastenders, Barbara Windsor has been recognised by the University of East London.

    Watch the bulletin on BBC One at 13:00.

  31. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    In the 13:00 bulletin: It's claimed accident and emergency services in north-west London are facing "unprecedented" demand from patients.

    That's according to the Harrow West Labour MP Gareth Thomas who complained about it during Prime Ministers Questions in the Commons this afternoon.

  32. Changes to cycle superhighway?

    Tom Edwards

    Transport correspondent, London

    There have been about 20,000 responses to a consultation on cycle superhighways, says the mayor.

    He says he understands people's concerns, and that he would not "support measures that lead to excessive paralysis of the traffic".

    It seems there will be some changes to the east / west cycle superhighway. I'm told plans will probably take a month.

    Get more on this from Tom's Twitter feed.

  33. 'Claims Met covered up boy's murder are grotesque'

    The Daily Telegraph

    The Deputy Prime Minister has described allegations Scotland Yard helped "cover up" the death of an eight-year-old boy at the hands of a Westminster paedophile ring as "grotesque", reports the Telegraph.

    BBC London's Guy Smith will be looking into the claims in the TV bulletin tonight at 18:30.

  34. Eagle cam captures London on film

    via Facebook

    Over the past week an Eagle has been been flying between some of London's best-known landmarks.

    'Eagle cam'

    The Imperial Eagle called Darchan has been brought all the way from the Alps to mark the 50th anniversary of the IUCN's Red List, which compiles the world's most threatened species.

    Have a look at he "eagle cam" footage on BBC London's Facebook page.

  35. In the papers

    Wimbledon Guardian reports that police have confirmed that a body which was found on Mitcham Common was a man in his 40s.

    Officers are not treating the death as suspicious.

  36. News on the hour

    Jason Rosam

    Journalist, BBC London

    In the 12:00 bulletin, I'll be bringing you the latest on the student protest - the National Union of Students is not supporting it because of safety concerns but Hannah Skethley, who's just finished her degree at UCL, says she'll still be taking part.

    And the BBC's legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman will explain what a legal challenge to what critics call the "bedroom tax" is all about.

  37. £100k wage

    A third of male workers in the City of London aspire to a wage of £100,000 according to a survey by job site Adzuna.

    FTSE sign

    Out of 1,000 people asked, they found that just 15% of women aspired to that wage.

  38. Teachers strike off

    The Haringey Independent says teachers look set to stop a strike following a "significant agreement" between head teachers and union representatives.

  39. Cuts debate

    In response to reports in the Guardian that say the mayor is considering cuts of 90% to youth and education projects, Labour members of the London Assembly say they may seem like "optional extras" but for many young people, they "make a world of difference".

    Labour Group Education Spokesperson, Jennette Arnold said: "Boris Johnson may be focused on his next job in Parliament but he has a duty to responsibly see out his term working for all Londoners.

    "These cuts however suggest more a policy of scorched earth, drastically cutting funding to important projects and leaving his successor to pick up the pieces."

  40. Paddington's 'sex references'

    The guidance on the Paddington Bear film has now been changed to warn that it has scenes of innuendo rather than mild sex references.

    Paddington Bear

    The change to the film, which is set primarily in London, was made following an approach from the film's distributor.

  41. Cuts debate

    Mayor Boris Johnson has responded to claims that he is considering the budget for young people by 90%.

    MayorWatch tweets that the mayor says the papers the Guardian is reporting on, have not even reached his desk and that his administration "is leading" the support of the youth, adding: "Whatever the outcome of the budget it will support young people."

    The mayor made the comments at City Hall where he has been answering questions from London Assembly members.

  42. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    In the 11:00 bulletin:

    • As students prepare to protest, the Institute of Economic Affairs says it is reasonable to ask students to pay for their tuition but they must get value for money
    • Performance data for around 5,000 surgeons is being published this morning as part of a drive to increase transparency
    • And a British nurse who's returned to Sierra Leone after recovering from Ebola says he's "frustrated" by what he sees as the "woefully slow" international response to the outbreak
  43. Star player

    BBC Sport

    Arsenal's Jack Wilshere was crowned man of the match at last night's Scotland v England friendly which ended 1-3.

    Jack Wilshere

    The midfielder created Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal with a brilliant pass and was prominent throughout in midfield.

  44. Immigration survey

    About a quarter of the population are happy with the current levels of immigration according to a report by British Future.

    They found that this "liberal minority" are more likely to be graduates and live in London or other big cities.

    The study found half of the population is anxious about immigration.

  45. District Line delays

    @districtline tweets: Update: No service between Turnham Green and Ealing Broadway. Minor delays on the rest of the line.

  46. Rape arrest

    A 26-year-old man arrested on suspicion of raping a 15-year-old girl in a park in south London has been bailed until later this month.

    Police have stepped up patrols around Grove Park in Carshalton after the attack on Saturday evening.

  47. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    As thousands of students are set to protest through London later over student fees, hear why Jenny Jones from the Green Party supports them in the 1000 bulletin.

    And a study has found mounted police officers boost public trust in the police. It found confidence increased by 10% after a month-long trial of neighbourhood officers on horseback in Lewisham.

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  49. Bankrupt footballer

    Former England and West Ham goalkeeper David James has had to auction his football memorabilia after he was declared bankrupt.

    David James

    James has more than 50 caps for England and also made more than 800 senior appearances at clubs which also include Liverpool, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Portsmouth, Watford, Bournemouth and Bristol City.

  50. In the papers

    The Guardian reports that London Mayor Boris Johnson may cut 90% of funding for schemes targeted at some of London's most vulnerable young people, under proposals drawn up by officials.

    Documents seen by the paper detail a schedule for the mayor to axe funds for mentoring, volunteering, supplementary schooling, healthy eating and services for young people excluded from schools.

  51. Victoria Station reopens

    London Fire Brigade have now left Victoria Station after the earlier fire alert, which was caused by a faulty chiller cabinet at Boots.

    Network Rail's warning of delays for at least another hour.

    Keep up-to-date with BBC Travel Alert. or on our travel page.

  52. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    In the 0900 bulletin:

    • Israel's prime minister has vowed to win what he calls the "battle for Jerusalem" after yesterday's attack on a synagogue
    • Thousands of students are expected to march through London later to protest against cuts and tuition fees
    • A fault with a chiller cabinet at a branch of Boots has led to disruption for thousands of commuters
  53. Teacher 'had affair with teenager'

    The trial is to continue today of a teacher who is said to have had a secret affair with a teenager.

    London Crown Court was told yesterday that Stuart Kerner, 44, had sex with the alleged victim, who was 15 at the time, in empty classrooms. a court has heard.

  54. On air

    Vanessa Feltz

    Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    On today's show, students from across the country are expected to take part in a march through London today to protest against tuition fees, debt and spending cuts.

    Do you support them? Let us know what you think: call 020 7224 2000

  55. Post update

    Station evacuated

    Louise Pepper

    Journalist, BBC London

    Victoria mainline station has been evacuated because of a fire alert.

  56. Mounted police

    Mounted police boost public trust, a report commissioned by the Association of Chief Police Officers has found.

    Mounted police

    They examined the reaction of members of the public when neighbourhood patrols by pairs of mounted police officers were trialled in three areas in Gloucestershire and London in March 2014.

  57. Tube delays

    Louise Pepper

    Journalist, BBC London

    A signal failure at Acton Town has caused suspension of parts of the District and Piccadilly lines.

    For more travel updates, visit BBC London's travel website.

  58. M25 congestion

    Louise Pepper

    Journalist, BBC London

    There are long delays on the M25, after two lanes were closed clockwise at Reigate Junction 8 because of a spillage following a lorry collision.

    For travel updates on Twitter, follow @BBCTravelAlert

  59. Post update

    Misty start

    After a misty start with some patchy fog, most parts will have a dry day with a few bright or sunny intervals. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

  60. Post update

    Rebecca Cafe

    BBC News

    Good morning. I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the capital today for BBC Local Live.