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  1. Updates from Wednesday 31 December 2014

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  1. Happy New Year!

    We've come to the end of Local Live for today and for 2014. Josephine McDermott will be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London.

    New Year's Eve fireworks

    Have a good evening, however you're celebrating, and Happy New Year!

  2. Chilly night

    This evening and tonight it will be rather chilly at first, especially in rural spots, however cloud will develop through the evening and overnight allowing temperatures to recover.

    A few light outbreaks of rain are also possible at times with a brisk south-westerly wind developing overnight.

    Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).

  3. On air

    Sonja Jessup

    Presenter, BBC London News

    I'll have the evening news at 18:20 on BBC One. How will London Ambulance Service cope tonight on their busiest night of the year? There are concerns as services are stretched close to breaking point. We'll be live from their headquarters in Waterloo.

  4. Public detain 'armed robber'

    Four members of the public chased and detained a man earlier today who has been arrested on suspicion of an armed back robbery in Station Square, Petts Wood.

    Bromley Borough commander, Ch Supt Chris Hafford, said: " I would like to praise the bravery of those who helped detain the man...and I will certainly be looking to get in touch with them to commend them."

  5. Behind the scenes

    Chris Slegg

    BBC London, Sport

    With 261 days left until the Rugby World Cup I met England 2015 CEO Debbie Jevans earlier.

    Chris Slegg interview

    You can catch my interview with her on BBC London News at 18:20 tonight.

  6. New Year's Day football

    BBC London 94.9

    The BBC London sports show from 14:00 will have these live commentaries tomorrow:

    • Aston Villa v Crystal Palace - KO 15:00 on radio and online
    • West Ham v West Brom - KO 15:00 on DAB, through your TV and Online
    • Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - KO 17:30 on radio, DAB through your TV and online
  7. Game-changer

    Phil Cartwright

    BBC Sport at Lakeside Country Club

    Hitting the World Championship's first nine-dart finish changed Paul Lim's life - he relives his historic Lakeside moment 25 years on after learning to play the game in a west London pub.

    Paul Lim
  8. The art to see in 2015

    Will Gompertz

    Arts editor

    After all that Christmas cheer and mince pies topped with lashings of double cream it is time for some art.

    Claude Monet, Poplars in the Sun, 1891

    Here's my pick of the exhibitions coming to the UK in 2015.

  9. Love or hate New Year's Eve?

    BBC London 94.9

    Chris Rogers is presenting Drivetime tonight and is talking about New Year's Eve - Love it? Hate it? Making plans? Hiding under the covers? - he wants to know how you're preparing to see in 2015.

    You can listen live on BBC London 94.9 and contact the team on 020 7224 2000.

  10. Honours in maths

    A man who runs free maths classes for primary age children in London has been recognised in the New Year Honours list with an MBE.

    Gbolahan Bright

    Gbolahan Bright has been running the Bright Academy maths clubs for the past 20 years and has taught about 500 children, 50 of whom gained their GCSE while still at primary school.

  11. Guess the striker

    Guess which striker has the best ratio of goals per Premier League game in 2014? Here's a picture of one of their goals.

    Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United

    Find out the answer here.

  12. Disruption and congestion

    BBC London


    A burst water main on the A5204 Wigmore Street in Marylebone is causing disruption and there is congestion from Battersea Bridge to the B305 Westbridge Road due to roadworks.

    Also, don't forgot there will be lots of road closures and changes to public transport services due to tonight's New Year's Eve celebrations. BBC Travel has the latest information.

  13. Crowd control

    Network Rail's London Victoria team tweets: A crowd control system will be in place from 11pm this evening for passengers wishing to access both the mainline and underground station

  14. Ebola patient given experimental drug

    Ebola patient Pauline Cafferkey is receiving an experimental anti-viral drug and blood from survivors of the disease, doctors at London's Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead have said.

    Dr Michael Jacobs said Ms Cafferkey was in isolation but was talking and reading and they would monitor her condition closely over the next week.

  15. Battersea Power Station chimney 'down'

    BBC Journalist Rob Corp tweets: This redevelopment of Battersea Power Station actually looks like it's happening. One of the chimneys down already.

    Battersea Power Station
  16. New Year's Eve fireworks in numbers

    • 85 organisations are involved in planning this year's London New Year's Eve fireworks
    • A crew of more than 300 will set the fireworks off
    • 3,000 stewards will be on hand
    • The display includes 12,000 fireworks
    • 50,000 projectiles will be fired from 5,500 cues
    • There are also 2,000 lighting cues
    • 100,000 people are expected to view the spectacle along the Thames
  17. Murder victim named

    A man who died following reports of an assault in a street in north-east London has been named by police.

    Yogesh Desai, 57, was found in Richmond Road, Ilford, with a stabbing injury at about 03:30 on 28 December.

    He was taken to an east London hospital where he died just before 08:00. A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place tomorrow.

    A 30-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail until February. He was initially arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

  18. NYE road closures

    Scotland Yard's event team tweets: Rd closures for the #londonfireworks will be starting. Visit: for more details #NYE2015

    Road closure map
  19. Taxi 'could cost £75' tonight

    Taxi firm Uber tells BBC London 94.9 a typical cab ride in London at 02:00 tomorrow could cost more than £75, with demand expected to be highest between 00.30 and 04.30.

  20. NYE advice

    London Ambulance Service tweets: Going out to celebrate #LondonNYE? Don't forget to plan your journey home + look after your friends More advice here

  21. Olympic officer receives honours

    A former chief superintendent with the British Transport Police, who oversaw policing for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has received the Queen's Police Medal for distinguished service in the New Year Honours.

    Dave Wildbore

    Dave Wildbore, 53, from Biggin Hill, was also involved in counter-terrorism operations and was operational commander for events including Trooping the Colour and the Tour de France in London during his career which spanned five decades.

  22. Woman dies in fire

    A woman died in a fire at a block of flats in south Croydon earlier this morning, London Fire Brigade said.

    More than 20 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze on Pampisford Road, which damaged a flat on the second floor. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

  23. Warmer afternoon

    The rest of today will become cloudier and breezier through the afternoon, although it will remain dry and feel less cold than recent days.

    Top temperature: 6C (43F).

  24. Final sunrise

    London's Port Authority tweets: Last #thames sunrise of 2014, as many people's preparations for #NYE2015 begin in earnest

    Thames sunrise

    The organisation added that tonight is expected to be it's busiest of the year.

  25. Lunchtime bulletin

    Sonja Jessup

    Presenter, BBC London News

    On the programme now on BBC One: London's emergency services are getting ready for a very busy night- we'll be ahead at all the New Year's Eve preparations.

    And how Brixton Prison's inmates have taken up bakery to help cut re-offending rates.

  26. Why Pardew would swap Newcastle for Palace

    Phil McNulty

    Chief football writer

    Alan Pardew leaving Newcastle United to take over as Crystal Palace manager may be seen by some - when placed in the context of scale, potential and Premier League placing - as a step down into a relegation fight.

    So why did Pardew finally feel it was time to end his loveless marriage with the Toon Army and what will await him at Palace after a reconciliation with the club where he distinguished himself as a player?

  27. Zarate 'not good enough for West Ham'

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce will let Argentina striker Mauro Zarate join QPR on loan because he "wasn't good enough" to play regularly at Upton Park.

    Mauro Zarate
    Image caption: Mauro Zarate has scored twice in eight appearances for West Ham since he joined from Velez Sarsfield
  28. Pilot: 'Just doing my job'

    A pilot praised for the way he landed a Virgin Atlantic jet at London's Gatwick Airport after discovering a problem with its landing gear has said "I was just doing my job".

    Virgin plane

    David Williams landed the Virgin Boeing 747 which was carrying 447 passengers and 15 crew on Monday.

    He had to circle over southern England for several hours dumping fuel before making a bumpy but safe landing just before 16:00.

  29. The first UK mobile phone call

    Mobile phone

    A VM1 phone from 1985, the first product sold by Vodafone, alongside a smartphone, on display at a store on Oxford Street in London to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first commercial mobile phone call in the UK.

  30. 'Forgotten' chapel to re-open

    A Victorian chapel tucked away in the historic Oxford House community centre in Bethnal Green is being reopened to the public for the first time in decades after being awarded money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the East London Advertiser reports.

  31. 'Busiest night of the year'

    London Ambulance Service has said it is preparing for its busiest night of the year and has issued a plea that people only call 999 for medical help as a last resort.

    London ambulance

    Last year it received more than 600 calls an hour compared to an average of about 250.

    The service will be assisted by 125 first aiders from St John Ambulance, which will be running 11 treatment centres in the capital.

  32. New Year's Eve with Jo Good

    Jo Good

    BBC London 94.9 presenter

    If you didn't get tickets to the fireworks display at the Southbank to see in 2015, why not join me for my New Year's Party on BBC London 94.9 from 22:00?

    As always I'll have great music and entertainment over four hours. See you then!

  33. Author criticises Apollo Theatre decision

    Ham & High

    Bestselling author Freya North has told the Ham & High the decision not to prosecute the Apollo Theatre after its roof collapsed mid-performance is "contradictory and pathetic".

    The writer and her 12-year-old son were treated for head injuries after the roof collapsed last December during a performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog in The Night-Time.

    Westminster Council concluded the collapse of the 113-year-old roof happened due to its age and degradation and as no code of practice existed for the inspection of the building, nobody could be held legally accountable.

  34. Honour for inventor

    Trevor Baylis receiving his OBE in 1997

    On being awarded CBE, Twickenham inventor Trevor Baylis said: "It was a great surprise. I got an OBE in 1997 and that was one of the best days of my life. I've been pushing hard to help other inventors because so many people get ripped off like a turkey or find they do not have the money to pay the lawyers to protect themselves."

  35. Tube engineering works

    BBC London


    Due to planned engineering works there are the following disruptions on the London Underground:

    • No Circle line between Edgware Road and Aldgate via Victoria
    • No District line between Embankment, Edgware Road and Wimbledon, Richmond, Ealing Common and Kensington Olympia
    • No Jubilee line between Finchley Road and Waterloo

    For the latest information go to our travel page or on Twitter @BBCTravelAlert.

  36. Attacked woman 'wants to help others'

    Newham Recorder

    A former drug addict who was doused in petrol and set alight by a drug dealer has told the Newham Recorder she has turned her life around and wants to set up a charity to help others.

    Dovile Krivickaite was attacked by Mohammed Kosar in October 2013 who left her for dead on a road in Forest Gate. Kosar was jailed for 16 years for attempted murder.

  37. Woolf honours criticism 'unfair'

    Criticism of the Damehood awarded to Fiona Woolf, who was forced to resign as chair of the Government's child sex abuse inquiry due to her links with the Westminster political establishment, is unfair, her predecessor has said.

    Fiona Woolf

    Lady Butler-Sloss said the criticism was "very unfair" as the honour was in recognition of her term as Lord Mayor of London and she was only the second woman to hold the position.

    She blamed the Home Office for failing to perform proper checks on Dame Fiona's links to former home secretary Lord Brittan.

  38. Man seriously ill after escalator fall

    A man remains in a life-threatening condition after falling from an escalator in a department store in south-west London.

    Sign on door

    Emergency services were called to Peter Jones in Sloane Square, Chelsea yesterday afternoon where a man believed to be in his 20s had fallen.

    Police said he had multiple injuries and that inquiries were under way to find out how it happened.

  39. Park transformation under way

    Work is under way on the final phase to transform a park in north-east London.

    Vicarage Lane Park in Seven Kings, Ilford, will be extended with new paths being laid. A group of residents called the Vicarage Lane Play Park are behind the project, which is due to be completed in January.

  40. Bus travel for NYE

    Transport for London's bus team tweets: From 1400 today buses may be affected due to New Years Eve preparations. Please check with the driver before boarding.

  41. Music boss gets New Year's Honour

    A young entrepreneur from Acton, who has worked with a host of top music stars, has joined many other Londoners in being recognised in the New Year Honours.

    Jamal Edwards

    Jamal Edwards, 24, the founder of SBTV, a broadcasting company that makes videos typically featuring rap and pop stars, has been appointed MBE.

  42. Severe delays for Metropolitan Line

    BBC London


    There are severe delays on the Metropolitan Line between Harrow-on-the-Hill to Uxbridge due to an earlier signal failure at Rayners Lane. There are minor delays on the rest of the line.

    For the latest information go to our travel page or follow us on Twitter @BBCTravelAlert.

  43. Cloudy and breezy


    It will be a settled but chilly morning with sunny spells and some fog patches. The fog will soon clear and the day will become gradually cloudier and breezier through the afternoon, though remaining dry, and feeling less cold than recent days.

    Maximum temperature: 7C (44F). Watch BBC London's weather forecast for New Year's Eve here.

  44. Good morning

    Beth Rose

    BBC News Online

    Welcome to today's Local Live page. I'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather until 18:00.

    You can email your comments or photos of yourself enjoying London during the holidays or tweet @BBCLondonNews.