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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 3 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Duncan Smith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That's all for today's BBC Local Live.

    Rebecca Cafe is back tomorrow from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for London.

  2. Coming up

    Asad Ahmad

    Presenter, BBC London

    Join me this evening at 18:30 on BBC One when we'll look at the detail of the Autumn Statement made by the Chancellor today, analysing it's impact on London and the people who live and work here. But we'll also have something completely different.

    With four Oscars between them, we speak to a very famous actor and director-actor about their new film which gets its world premier in Leicester Square tonight.

  3. M4 congestion

    BBC London

    Travel

    Traffic is queuing and one lane is blocked on the M4 westbound between Junction 1, A4 (Chiswick Roundabout) and Junction 2, A4 (Brentford).

    Visit the BBC Travel website for more updates.

  4. A cold evening ahead

    This evening will be cloudy with outbreaks of slight rain, continuing overnight though with some brief clear spells possible.

    BBC weather forecast

    Cloud cover should keep temperatures above freezing, though it will still feel cold.

    The lowest temperature will be 3C (37F).

  5. Football tonight

    Phil Parry

    Journalist, BBC London Sport

    Tonight on BBC London 94.9 and Online: Full commentary of Chelsea v Tottenham. Plus regular updates from Arsenal and Southampton.

    All the build up from 19:00.

  6. Croatian play 3 Winters has female soul

    Vincent Dowd

    Arts reporter, BBC News

    A new play at the National Theatre is set against a background of decades of turbulence in Croatia.

    Playwright Stivicic says that when she started work on 3 Winters, memories of her own family in Croatia inspired parts of the fictional Kos family, whose success and sadnesses are the heart of her story.

  7. London can cope with climate change

    The Daily Telegraph

    As climate change is blamed for pushing temperatures up to what is expected to be their highest annual peak since records began, experts say London is well prepared to deal with the worst of it, The Daily Telegraph reports.

    Kerry Constabile, who leads work on cities and regions for the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's climate change team, said the city had "one of the most advanced climate adaptation plans in the world", reports the paper.

  8. Road congestion

    BBC London

    Travel

    The A219 Wood Lane in White City is closed and traffic is queuing northbound between the A40 Westway junction and the Du Cane Road junction owing to a burst water main and emergency repairs.

  9. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The headlines this hour include:

    • The mother of an autistic boy stabbed in the neck in an unprovoked attack has told BBC London 94.9 her son has now lost all his independence.
    • A London council is set to become the first in the country to limit basement developments.
  10. Teenagers celebrate their achievements

    Teenagers from across London joined one another at Wembley Stadium to celebrate the positive contributions they make to their communities in breaking down postcode prejudices, The Brent & Kilburn Times reports.

    The event, now in its second year, celebrated the achievements young people from disadvantaged communities have made through programmes centred on film and football.

  11. Coming up

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    On Drivetime from 17:00 with Eddie Nestor: Stamp duty will be cut for 98% of people who pay it, fuel duty frozen and air passenger duty for children under 12 will be abolished from next year.

    These are just some of the changes announced in the Autumn Statement.

    What do you think? Call 020 7224 2000.

  12. Croydon University Hospital A&E 'worse than expected'

    A new report has labelled Croydon University Hospital's A&E department as one of the worse in the country, reports The Croydon Advertiser.

    A Care Quality Commission report has Croydon fifth in the list of "worse than expected" areas, following responses to a series of questions on areas including waiting times, staffing and patient experience.

  13. Council defends £9m spent on communications and PR

    Tottenham & Wood Green Journal Newspaper

    Sports news correspondent, BBC London

    Haringey Council has defended an attack from the opposition Liberal Democrats for spending more than £9m on communications and PR over the past four years, the Tottenham & Wood Green Journal reports.

    Marketing spends, campaigns and salaries for staff at the council and its housing arm Homes for Haringey totalled £9,143,084 between 2010/11 and 2013/14, prompting calls from the Lib Dems to reduce the outlay.

  14. Korean War veterans memorial

    Alice Bhandhukravi

    Presenter/Reporter, BBC London

    tweets: Here it is, the long awaited memorial to the British veterans of the Korean War, honoured today in Whitehall

    War memorial
  15. Student protest

    Anna O'Neill

    Reporter, BBC London

    tweets: Students shout "cops off campus" and clap as they arrive at SOAS @BBCLondon949

    Protestors
  16. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The headlines this hour include:

    • The mother of an autistic boy stabbed in the neck in an unprovoked attack has told BBC London 94.9 her son has now lost all his independence
    • The fiancée of Lee Rigby - the soldier murdered near Woolwich Barracks last year - has said she is relieved and thankful that his killers have lost appeals against their sentences
  17. Road blocked

    @TfLTrafficNews

    tweets: A312 Hampton Road West eastbound at Canterbury Road, lane one(of two) blocked due to a collision. Approach with caution. Traffic flowing ok

  18. Student protests: No arrests made

    The police said the protest at Tavistock Square is described as "peaceful" and no arrests have been made.

    The protest is now reported to be over.

  19. Student protests: 'Handful' of people involved

    However a spokesman for Universities UK, the membership organisation for university heads, said there was only a "handful" of people in the reception area and people were coming and going as normal.

  20. Student protests: entrances barricaded

    Joe Inwood

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    There are around 40 students in the reception area of Universities UK offices in Tavistock Square and chairs have been used as a barricade at the entrance.

    Up to 20 police officers present and a noisy protest outside the building.

  21. Evening Standard's front page

    London Evening Standard

    Newspaper

    The Evening Standard front page this evening:

    Evening Standard front page
  22. Clock to get facelift

    A much-loved clock tower has been dismantled to undergo a makeover thanks to Lottery funding, reports Your Local Guardian.

    The Grade II listed Mitcham clock tower was built in 1898 to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and has stood in the town centre since 1990.

  23. News on the hour

    Matthew Schofield, Newsreader, BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The headlines on BBC London 94.9 this hour include:

    The mother of an autistic teenager stabbed in the neck in an unprovoked attack has told BBC London 94.9 of the moment police told her what had happened.

    Sixteen year old Eammon Finn was walking alone just a few streets from his home to the local youth club in Pimlico in June.

  24. Student protests

    Joe Inwood

    About 60 students are continuing their occupation of the Universities UK offices on Tavistock Square.

    Student protest

    They are opposed to what they call the "marketisation of higher education", and they have twice forced the doors of the central London building. About eight officers are now on the scene.

  25. Snooker club in search for members

    A snooker club that has been open for more than 70 years is looking for new members to keep it open for decades to come, the Times Series reports.

    Snooker balls

    The Edgware Constitutional Club, in Manor Park Crescent, Edgware, is opening its doors for new members to play snooker.

    Vice chairman of the club Terry Griffiths said: "We don't really understand why people aren't coming to play."

  26. Basement developments restricted after ruling

    Limits on the scale of basement developments in West London will come into force next year after the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea asked for greater powers to set guidelines for work that can be carried out.

    It means from January, no developments will be allowed under listed buildings and guidelines will restrict digs to a single storey. Construction management plans must also be submitted alongside planning applications.

  27. Polluted air

    Ham & High

    Newspaper

    Camden will have the second-highest number of residents in London exposed to deadly air pollution by the end of the decade, reports the Ham & High.

    A new report from campaign group Clean Air London has revealed Camden trails only Westminster in a list of London boroughs expected to have the highest number of people exposed to dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) by 2020.

  28. News on the Hour

    The headlines on BBC London 94.9 this hour include:

    The mother of an autistic teenager stabbed in the neck in an unprovoked attack has told BBC London 94.9 of the moment police told her what had happened.

    Sixteen year old Eammon Finn was walking alone just a few streets from his home to the local youth club in Pimlico in June.

  29. Many Londoners dismiss 'red flag' cancer signs

    Londoners are putting their lives at risk by dismissing cancer warning signs after more than half of people taking part in a survey by University College London said they'd experienced at least one 'red flag' cancer symptom in the previous three months.

    Cancer Research UK, which funded the study, said it was important to get any symptoms checked out by a GP.

  30. Mayor fights crime in the skies

    A spokesman for Boris Johnson has confirmed the Mayor of London attempted calm an abusive and apparently drunk passenger on a flight to London.

    Boris on a plane

    The spokesman said: "The mayor along with a number of other passengers and members of the cabin crew did make several attempts to calm the gentleman concerned but to no avail. We understand the gentlemen was restrained by the crew and detained by police on arrival at Heathrow."

  31. Showers peter out during the day

    There will be showery rain, chiefly to the south and east of London which will tend to peter-out during the day.

    The weather forecast

    Towards the end of the day most places will be dry.

    The top temperature will be 9C (48F).

  32. Coming up

    Alex Bushill

    BBC London News

    A man in his 30s has died after a wall collapsed on a construction site on the Isle of Dogs.

    And how the mayor was caught up in a mid-air drama as he tried to calm an abusive passenger on his flight back from Malaysia.

    All that and a full weather forecast at 13:30 on BBC One.

  33. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The headlines this hour include:

    • One of the two men found guilty of the murder of Fuselier Lee Rigby in Woolwich has lost his attempt to appeal against the conviction.
    • The mother of an autistic boy stabbed in the neck in an unprovoked attack has told BBC London 94.9 her son has now lost all his independence.
  34. Flight path changes challenged by MP

    An MP has taken the debate on flight path changes, that "will cause misery" for people living beneath it, to Parliament, The Is Local London reports.

    Under the proposal, most planes travelling to and from the airport would be installed with new navigation technology, enabling flights to use a narrower flight corridor over Leyton, Leytonstone and Wanstead.

    Mr Cryer put forward the early day motion in the House of Commons on Friday, which was the most popular motion of the morning, the paper states.

  35. Legal challenge against ban on heterosexual civil partnerships

    The Guardian

    London couple Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have launched a legal challenge against the ban on members of the opposite sex entering into civil partnerships - a development the prime minister, David Cameron, has condemned as likely to undermine the institution of marriage, reports The Guardian.

    Their test case is believed to be the first attempt in the British courts to make partnerships available to heterosexual people.

  36. Islington police top London stop and search figures

    Of 266 stops made by officers in September, 27.1% led to arrests - compared to 20.4% in Hackney and just 18.7% in Camden, reports the Islington Gazette.

    The rate is up from 18.3% in September 2013 when 469 searches were carried out, 203 more than the same month this year.

  37. Central Line not stopping at Tottenham Court Road for a year

    The Central Line will not be stopping at Tottenham Court Road station - one of the busiest stations on the London Underground - from 3 January - early December 2015, Transport for London has said as £1bn works on the station continues.

    Meanwhile the junction of Charing Cross Road by Centre Point has been opened to traffic and pedestrians again after closing in late 2010.

  38. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The headlines this hour include:

    • One of the two men found guilty of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich has been told he cannot appeal against his conviction.
    • A man in his 30s has died after a wall collapsed on a construction site on the Isle of Dogs.
  39. Women urged to avoid walking alone

    London Evening Standard

    Newspaper

    Police are urging women to avoid walking alone at night following a spate of sexual assaults in west London, the London evening Standard reports.

    There have been as many as four assaults on women in the last month across Chiswick and Ealing, believed to all have been committed by the same man.

  40. BreakingLee Rigby killer loses court appeal

    BREAKING NEWS

    Michael Adebolajo, found guilty of killing soldier Lee Rigby in London, loses appeal against conviction.

  41. Collapsed wall death

    The Metropolitan Police have informed the Health and Safety Executive after a man in his 30s died at a construction site on the Isle of Dogs.

    Emergency services were called just before 09:00 to Westferry Road. The man was pronounced dead 20 minutes later by a doctor from London's Air Ambulance.

  42. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The headlines this hour include:

    • A man in his 30s has died after a wall collapsed on a construction site on the Isle of Dogs.
    • More than 20,000 London bus drivers have started voting on whether to go on strike in a dispute over pay and conditions.
  43. Collapsed wall death

    London Ambulance Service have said: "Despite extensive efforts to resuscitate the patient, a man was pronounced dead at the scene by the doctor from London's Air Ambulance."

    The ambulance service said a single responder, an ambulance crew, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) a duty officer and London's Air Ambulance were all sent to the scene.

  44. Man dies after wall collapse

    A man has died at a construction site in Westferry Road in east London, the Metropolitan Police has said.

    The man, believed aged in his 30s, died at 09:20. Police say it is understood the man was injured after a wall collapsed at the scene.

  45. Delays following scaffolding collapse

    BBC London

    Travel

    The A1206 Westferry Road is closed in both directions owing to collapsed scaffolding between Cuba Street and Byng Street.

    The road has been closed since before 09:30 and the air ambulance has arrived at the scene.

  46. RSPB criticise online video showing how to shoot parakeets in London

    The Daily Telegraph

    The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is among critics of the video showing how to kill parakeets who have been stealing fruit in London suburbs, The Daily Telegraph reports.

    A parakeet

    The video, created by hunter James Marchington for the Fieldsports Channel, shows him shooting ring-necked parakeets after creating a fake bird to entice them.

  47. Thorton Heath High Street cash boost

    Croydon Guardian

    Newspaper

    Thornton Heath's high street is to receive a facelift after Croydon Council secured £3m funding from the Greater London Authority, reports the Croydon Guardian.

    Work will start next year on a series of improvements after the GLA's London Enterprise Panel approved a bid for the money.

  48. News on the hour

    Matthew Schofield, Newsreader, BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The headlines at 10:00

    • The two men who murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich are due to have their appeals heard by leading judges later.
    • The London Assembly is calling for more high quality paid internships for young people in order to improve social mobility.
  49. Hammers knock up another win

    West Ham's Kevin Nolan scored for the first time since February to help his side to 2-1 win at the Hawthorns, sending struggling West Brom to a fourth straight defeat.

    Kevin Nolan

    The victory strengthens West Ham's grip on fifth place in the Premier League.

  50. On Air

    Vanessa Feltz

    Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    I am talking about the Autumn Statement this morning- what would you like to hear from the chancellor?

    Call 0207 224 2000 to have your say.

    And we're also discussing the pros and cons of home births.

  51. Lee Rigby murderers to appeal sentences

    The two men responsible for the murder of fusilier Lee Rigby are due to appeal today.

    Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale

    Michael Adebolajo is making a renewed application for permission to appeal against his conviction and whole-life term while Michael Adebowale is challenging his 45-year minimum term.

  52. Heavy Traffic

    TfLTrafficNews tweets: Traffic is heavy and slow moving on B453 Neasden Lane (NW10) by Neasden LU station due to temporary traffic signals for Thames Water works.

  53. Christmas is coming: Door three

    If you started your morning without the joy of opening the door on an advent calendar, here is a virtual advent calendar door for you.

    Trafalgar Square

    The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree, a gift from the city of Oslo, is watched over by a lion. The tree lights will be officially turned on tomorrow.

  54. News on the hour

    Matthew Schofield, Newsreader, BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The headlines this hour include:

    • The two men who murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich are due to have their appeals heard by leading judges later.
    • A charity claims Londoners are putting their lives at risk by dismissing cancer warning signs.
  55. More time to question terror suspects

    Police have been given more time to question five terror suspects who were held as they tried to leave the UK at Dover port on Sunday.

    A further two men, aged 24 and 40, were arrested in east London early on Monday, and a 28-year-old man was held in Dover later that same day. All five are being held on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

  56. Villa ground Eagles

    Aston Villa ended their nine-match winless league run as they won at Crystal Palace to leave the Eagles two points above the relegation zone.

    Fraizer Campbell and Jores Okore

    Palace attempted 17 shots during last night's game; the most they have registered this season.

  57. Cold and raw day

    It will be a cold and raw day with a chilly north-easterly wind and showery rain, mainly to the south and east of London. Most places will have a dry end to the day.

    Maximum Temperature: 9C (48F).

  58. Two lanes blocked on M25

    Louise Pepper

    Journalist, BBC London

    Two lanes are blocked anti-clockwise on the M25 just after J28 A12 due to a broken down lorry which is causing severe delays back to J30 and J29.

    And there are queues for the Blackwall Tunnel northbound from Sun-in-the-Sands.

  59. Good Morning

    Duncan Smith

    BBC News Online

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

    You can also send your news, pictures and comments to london.locallive@bbc.co.uk or Tweet @BBCLondonNews.