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  1. Updates from Friday 28 November 2014

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  1. Have a good weekend

    That's all for Local Live today. Rebecca Cafe will be back on Monday at 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London.

  2. Eros 'wrapped up'

    The Eros statue in Piccadilly Circus has been encased by a box of giant Christmas presents for the festive season.


    The presents surrounding the Grade I Listed landmark will stay in place until 2 January.

  3. Foggy tonight, sunny tomorrow

    There will be some clear spells overnight, although a few mist or fog patches will form. It should stay mainly dry, although a few spots of rain are possible. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

    Looking ahead to tomorrow, Saturday will start dry and bright and any early low cloud, mist or fog will lift. The afternoon will see sunny spells and with just light winds it will feel mild.

    Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

  4. BBC London news

    Victoria Hollins

    Journalist, BBC London

    On the programme at 18:30 on BBC One: We're with Boris Johnson on a trip to the Far East where he's trying to attract foreign investors to London.

    Plus, we're live at the Olympic stadium where work has begun to build the new state of the art roof, before it becomes West Ham United's football ground. Also, we hear from the campaigners who say Soho is losing its history with the closure of Madame JoJos.

  5. Mother and four children escape fire

    A woman and four children from Ilford managed to escape their property before a fire ripped through the bedroom they were sleeping in last night.

    Property after fire

    The woman managed to get her children aged 7, 6, 4 and 3 months old, to safety and raised the alarm to three people upstairs.

    London Fire Brigade's Owen Neale said: "Today is being called Black Friday where people will be spending money on luxury things but I urge everyone who hasn't got one already to buy a smoke alarm for every level of your home. It could be the difference between life and death."

  6. England Rugby traffic warning


    Transport for London tweets: .@EnglandRugby v Australia at Twickenham tomorrow, kick off 2.30pm. Road and lane closures and increased pedestrian numbers in the area.

  7. Fury v Chisora

    Tyson Fury has vowed to prove his worth in the ring against Dereck Chisora tomorrow night.

    Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury

    The duo will go head to head at London's ExCel Arena in a WBO world title final eliminator to earn the right to fight IBF, WBA and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko.

  8. Paxman confirms mayoral approach

    Former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman has confirmed he was approached to become a Conservative candidate in London's mayoral election and had been invited to meet Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss the idea.

    Jeremy Paxman

    But he said he decided a week ago he would not enter the running to replace Boris Johnson in 2016 "for all the eclairs in Paris".

  9. Hamley's heads stateside

    London Evening Standard


    Hamleys, the world's oldest toy store, is planning to crack the US market for the first time in its 254-year history, according to the Evening Standard.

    The retailer, which currently has 49 stores around the world, is planning to open in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

  10. Why is it that colour?

    The Londonist solves the reasoning behind the red and green colouring of Westminster and Lambeth Bridges in this 60 second video.

  11. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 17:00 on BBC London 94.9: A former children's home worker who sexually abused six children at a home in Ealing more than 40 years ago has been jailed for eight years.

  12. Children's home worker jailed

    A former children's home worker has been sentenced to eight years in prison for child abuse committed in the 1970s.

    John Cowan
    Image caption: John Cowan

    John Cowan, 72, was found guilty at Harrow Crown Court of sexually abusing six children at a care home in Ealing.

  13. Chelsea pair make World listing

    Chelsea pair Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard have been named on the 15-man shortlist of midfielders for Fifa's 2014 World XI.

    They are joined by Manchester City's Yaya Toure, Mesut Ozil of Arsenal and Manchester United's Angel Di Maria.

  14. Daughter's burial dispute in court

    A divorced couple have staged a High Court fight after failing to agree on what should happen to the remains of their 24-year-old daughter, Ayesha Khan, of Upper Norwood, who died earlier this month from a brain tumour.

    Her mother Helen Fox, 45, wanted her to be cremated while her father Mohammed Khan, 50, wanted her to be buried. The judge ruled she should be cremated in the "desperately sad" case.

  15. Behind the scenes


    BBC London's sports reporter Sara Orchard tweets: The crane is in place to lift the first panel onto the roof if the Olympic stadium

    Olympic Park roof
  16. News on the hour

    The lead story at 16:00 on BBC London 94.9: Police in Lewisham have stabbed a dog to death after it attacked an officer carrying out a drugs search.

  17. Met officer stabs dog to death

    A dog has been stabbed to death by a Met police officer during a drugs search in Lewisham earlier this morning.

    A trainee detective constable, 39, was bitten by a dog which clamped its jaws onto his leg. "The dog was stabbed with a knife by an officer at the scene and has died as a result of its injuries," Scotland Yard said.

  18. London 'looking gorgeous'


    Scotland Yard's helicopter team tweets: #London you're looking gorgeous today!!

    Aerial view of London
  19. New recruits


    Scotland Yard's Barking and Dagenham officers tweet: General Salute!!! Commissioner now inspecting our very newest.

    New police recruits
  20. Landlord licences


    Brent Council tweets: Are you a Brent private landlord? You probably need a licence. Apply by 1 Jan 2015 or risk a hefty fine #prslicensing

  21. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Our top story this hour:

    Police in Lewisham stabbed a dog to death early this morning after it attacked an officer carrying out a drugs search.

  22. Appeal over paedophile 'mob attack'

    Scotland Yard is appealing for new leads in the "sadistic" six-year-old murder of convicted paedophile Andrew Cunningham.

    The 52-year-old was found naked and soaked in blood at his caravan in December 2008 after suffering multiple stab wounds and mutilation to his genitals.

    Cunningham, who was jailed in 2000 for unlawful sex with a 15-year-old girl, was reportedly the victim of a mob attack, which took place in an industrial estate in Wandsworth.

  23. Watch: Campbell's Ebola pop-up shop

    Supermodel Naomi Campbell has launched a pop-up shop in London to raise funds to help people in Ebola-hit countries.

    Naomi Campbell

    She's persuaded designers from Victoria Beckham, Christian Louboutin to Dolce and Gabbana to donate bespoke pieces.

  24. News on the hour

    The lead story at 14:00 on BBC London 94.9: Scotland Yard says a former children's home worker who's been jailed for eight years for historic sexual abuse could have abused many more victims who haven't yet come forward.

  25. Christmas fraud


    City of London Police tweet: During the Christmas period in 2013, reported losses from Online Shopping and Auction Fraud totalled over £9.5 million #12frauds

  26. Cloudy but dry

    The rest of the day will be cloudy but mainly dry, with some bright or sunny spells developing, followed by some clear spells after dusk. It will also be quite breezy throughout.

    Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

  27. New pictures of Crossrail

    New pictures of London's Crossrail project have been released as it hits the 60% completion mark.

  28. BBC London news

    Sonja Jessup

    Presenter, BBC London News

    On the programme at 13:30 on BBC One: We'll have the latest from the Mayor's visit to Singapore: Boris Johnson's been accused of sending out contradictory messages over immigration.

    And freedom of speech or intimidation? Health groups are calling for new laws to ban anti-abortion protests from taking place directly outside clinics.

  29. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 13:00 in the capital on BBC London 94.9: London Underground says there's "absolutely no basis" for a strike on the Northern Line which is set to go ahead on Monday after talks to try to avert it broke down.

  30. Watch: Woman update by pro-life supporters

    BBC Newsbeat

    Radio 1 and 1Xtra

    A 21-year-old talks about her experience of having an abortion at a London clinic and having to walk past pro-life campaigners before undergoing the procedure.

    She said the situation was "really upsetting" and made her "feel physically sick." It comes as the British Pregnancy Advisory Service calls for new legislation in England and Wales to ban anti-abortion protests from taking place within a certain distance of clinics.

  31. Attacked man 'wants to know why'

    A university lecturer who needed facial reconstruction surgery after he was savagely beaten at his home said he wanted to know why he was attacked.

    Paul Kohler

    Paul Kohler, 55, who attacked in Kings Road, Wimbledon on 11 August, told BBC London: "We need to find out why they did it."

  32. Machine gun arrests

    Four people have been arrested after a machine gun was recovered at a house on Tottenham Lane in Haringey, Scotland Yard has said.

    A loaded Mac 10 machine gun containing a magazine with approximately 30 rounds of ammunition was seized, along with a bag containing 25 additional rounds. The two men and two women were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to endanger life.

  33. Christmas light switch-off

    The Christmas lights on Oxford Street were switched off for five minutes at midnight to mark the start of Black Friday.

  34. Plebgate fallout 'totally unnecessary'

    A police officer who witnessed the so-called "Plebgate" row has said it was a "nonsense incident" that should not have cost Andrew Mitchell his job.

    Ian Richardson

    The Tory MP lost his High Court libel case yesterday after a judge ruled he probably had called officers "plebs". But Ian Richardson, who was on duty during the row, said the fall-out from the incident was "totally unnecessary".

  35. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    Our top story this hour in London: Scotland Yard says a former children's home worker, John Cowan, who's been jailed for eight years for historic sexual abuse could have abused many more victims who haven't yet come forward.

  36. Watch: Building the Olympic Stadium's roof

    The BBC has been allowed inside London's Olympic Stadium to film the construction of the arena's new roof which is part of £190m programme including the installation of new hospitality suites, toilets and turnstile areas.

    Up above steels which will support the new roof

    The stadium is scheduled to reopen next year to host 2015 Rugby World Cup games with West Ham United are set to move to the arena in 2016.

  37. Not 'for all the éclairs in Paris'


    The radio station BBC London 94.9 tweets: Jeremy Paxman: I wouldn't be London mayor "for all the eclairs in Paris" - but confirms he was approached to stand as Tory candidate in 2016.

  38. Fourth busiest day 'ever'


    Jason Killens, the operation director of London's Air Ambulance tweets: Yesterday was a very busy day for medics @Ldn_Ambulance. It was the 4th busiest day ever for calls that are immediately life threatened.

  39. Boris in the Far East

    London Mayor Boris Johnson is pictured being met by doorman Narajan at Raffles Hotel in Singapore before he addresseing the Singapore British Chamber of Commerce.

    London Mayor Boris Johnson with doorman Narajan

    Earlier, Mr Johnson met the Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong at Istana, the Presidential Palace as part of a six day tour of the far east.

  40. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 11:00 in the capital on BBC London 94.9: A chief constable's accused supermarkets of being unprepared for the crowds of shoppers hoping to grab a bargain on so-called Black Friday in London.

  41. Wine merchant conned out of £50k wine

    London Evening Standard


    A leading wine merchant has become the latest victim of wine fraud after being conned out of vintage bottles worth £50,000, according to the Evening Standard.

    Sebastian Woolf, who runs Woolf Sung in Covent Garden, says the fraudster pretended to be the chief executive of a City firm looking to buy wine for "wealthy individuals" for a party.

  42. Hunted man arrested over double murder

    A man hunted by police has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a couple whose bodies were found in their village home near Leatherhead.

    Viktoras Bruzas

    Viktoras Bruzas, 38, was detained by police as he drove a car through Oxshott. The bodies of Patrick and Gillian Kettyle, both in their 50s, were found at their home in Fetcham in the early hours of Thursday.

  43. Naked driver appeal

    Scotland Yard is appealing for information to trace a man who has been seen driving naked from the waist down in south-west London.

    He was spotted on the afternoon of 4 November acting suspiciously in a car in Hampton. On 16 November, police believe the same man pursued a woman in his car in the same area, forcing her to run away. The car was blue or silver in colour.

  44. Rocky Horror sequel set for London

    Shock Treatment
    Image caption: The 1981 film of Shock Treatment was called an "equal-sequel" but lacked most of Rocky Horror's original cast

    Richard O'Brien is to turn his flop sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show into a stage production in London.

    Shock Treatment, originally filmed in 1981, was a satire of celebrity, with Rocky Horror characters Brad and Janet trapped in a sinister TV game show.

  45. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story in the capital at 10:00 on BBC London 94.9: A Lithuanian builder from Walton-on-Thames is being questioned by detectives investigating a double murder near Leatherhead.

  46. Mayor calls for more devolved powers

    London Mayor Boris Johnson has added his name to a letter calling on Westminster to devolve more powers to regional government in England.

    It comes on the day a cross-party commission, set up in the wake of the Scottish referendum, recommended that Edinburgh should have sweeping new controls over tax.

  47. Spurs through after pitch invasion delays

    Tottenham secured their place in the Europa League knockout stage with victory over Partizan Belgrade, but their achievement was overshadowed by three first-half pitch intruders.

    Roberto Soldado
    Image caption: Roberto Soldado grapples with one of the pitch intruders

    The match was suspended by the referee for 10 minutes just before the break following the third incident.

  48. Talks planned to avert Tube strike fail

    Talks aimed at averting a strike by drivers on a London Underground (LU) line have broken up without agreement.

    Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union members on the Northern Line are due to walk out on Monday (1 December) in a row over the sacking of a colleague.

    RMT general secretary Mick Cash has dismissed the claim alcohol was involved in the dismissal. LU's chief operating officer Phil Hufton said: "There is no basis to take strike action."

  49. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 09:00: Police have been called to help control crowds of shoppers at supermarkets across the country overnight, including four in London.

  50. Hornchurch man writes anti-bullying novel

    The Romford Recorder has a fascinating interview with Aaron Kumar, 30, of Hornchurch, who written a novel, Having The Last Laugh, which is based on his own experiences, to coincide with Anti-Bullying Week.

  51. Mental health deaths as beds cut

    Seven mental health patients have killed themselves in England -with at least one in London- since 2012 after being told there were no hospital beds for them, the BBC learns.

    The investigation, by BBC News and Community Care, has also revealed an email a chief executive of a mental health trust wrote to NHS England in frustration this summer after one of her senior officials came to tell her that: "Yet again there were no mental health beds in London in either the NHS or private sector."

  52. Blackwall Tunnel queuing

    BBC London


    There is queuing northbound at the Blackwall Tunnel from the Sun in the Sands roundabout after an earlier breakdown had closed the crossing.

    For the latest travel news go to our travel page or on Twitter @BBCLondonTravel.

  53. Black Friday


    BBC London 94.9 reporter Richard Main tweets: Around 150 people currently queuing outside Asda on Edgware Road with more still arriving #BlackFriday

  54. Piccadilly Line delays

    Paul Murphy-Kasp

    Journalist, BBC London

    There are severe delays on the Piccadilly Line between Kings Cross St Pancras and Cockfosters after a signal failure at Wood Green. There are minor delays on the rest of the line.

    For the latest travel news go to our travel page or on Twitter @BBCLondonTravel.

  55. Cloudy start

    This morning will start off cloudy and dull, with some patchy rain or drizzle possible at times.

    It will then become mainly dry in the afternoon, with some bright or sunny spells developing, followed by some clear spells after dusk. It will also be quite breezy throughout. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

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    BBC News

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