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  1. Updates from Friday 5 December 2014

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Good evening

That's all for the BBC London live page today. It returns with more news, sport, travel and weather updates on Monday at 08:00. Have a good weekend.

Cold and dry

It will be a cold, dry and mostly clear night across the capital. The chilly northwesterly breeze will eventually ease, which will allow it to become quite frosty.

Minimum temperature: -2C (28F).

War is Over

This week in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko One posed on the steps of the Apple building in north London, holding one of the posters they distributed to the world's major cities as part of a peace campaign protesting against the Vietnam War.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold a peace campaign poster
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Weekend engineering

On London Overground on Sunday there will be no service between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction until 12:30. Replacement buses operate between Canada Water and Clapham Junction. The first through trains are at 12:05 from Highbury & Islington and 12:32 from Clapham Junction.

Richmond deer

This picture of a deer in Richmond Park by Jaydeep Mistry has been

BBC England's Big Picture today.

Deer in Richmond Park
Jaydeep Mistry

If you'd like to see a photograph of yours used email

england@bbc.co.uk.

Christmas dinner burger

Fulham Gazette

reports a hotel in Shepherd's Bush is offering a £13.50 Christmas Dinner Burger. The hotel is in the former BBC offices in Richmond Way.

Guilty on two counts

Kerner was found guilty on two counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust. He was found not guilty on four counts of the same offence and two counts of sexual activity with a child.

Kerner, of Russett Close, Aylesford in Kent, has been granted bail until sentencing on 14 January.

Guilty teacher

Jurors heard religious studies teacher Kerner took a 16-year-old's virginity on a yoga mat in an empty room at Bexleyheath Academy the same week his wife miscarried their second child.

Bexleyheath Academy
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Trafalgar tree lit

Trafalgar Square's Norwegian spruce traditionally donated by the City of Oslo was lit up in a ceremony last night.

Trafalgar Square's tree
Westminster City Council

The tree has its own Twitter account,

@trafalgartree. "Norwegian, but my English is superb" says its profile.

BreakingBreaking news

Stuart Kerner, a married religious studies teacher at Bexleyheath Academy in south-east London, has been found guilty at Inner London Crown Court of having a sexual relationship with a teenage pupil.

News on the hour

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headlines this hour include:

  • A man who was stopped at Gatwick Airport on his way back from a terrorist training camp in Syria has been jailed for four year.
  • Average rail fares will go up by 2.2% next month, the lowest increase for five years.
  • A woman's been given a hospital order after admitting burying her newborn baby alive on Tooting Common.

Unanimous direction in teacher sex case

A jury has been told it can now return majority verdicts in the

trial of a teacher Stuart Kerner, 44, accused of having a sexual affair with a pupil.

Joanna Greenberg QC told the jury of six men and six women to continue to try to reach a unanimous decision but said she would now accept verdicts on which at least 10 of them agree.

Poisoner's gun handed in

A pistol reported to have belonged to notorious poisoner Dr Crippen has been handed to police in Devon and Cornwall as part of a gun amnesty.

Hawley Harvey Crippen was hanged at London's Pentonville Prison in 1910 for murdering his wife, Cora.

The pistol belonging to Dr Crippen
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Who owns London?

BBC Radio 4

Peter Day travels along the Thames and asks who owns the buildings he can see on

In Business on BBC Radio 4 iPlayer Radio.

Peter Day
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Peter investigates government owned sovereign wealth funds - who they are and what they're doing.

Train fire 'not suspicious'

British Transport Police has said the

fire at Denmark Hill captured by commuters on Wednesday evening is "not suspicious".

As for the cause, Southeastern said: "The train is still in the Grove Park depot being checked as is the section of the track. We don't yet know the outcome of the investigation."

News on the hour

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headlines this hour include:

  • Mashudur Choudhury who was stopped at Gatwick Airport on his way back from Syria has been jailed for four year.
  • Two British men who travelled to Syria to join an Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group have been jailed for nearly 13 years at Woolwich Crown Court.

'Thousands of 101 calls lost'

More than a million callers who tried to get through to the police 101 non-emergency phone service in the last year

were cut off or decided to abandon their efforts, the BBC has found.

The Met Police received 5,659,385 calls in the last year, but 117,117 were lost.

Hear Andrew Bomford's full report on BBC Radio 4's The World at One at 13:00.

Loan 'an affront'

The Greek prime minister has hit out at the British Museum's loan of one of the Elgin Marbles to Russia, calling it an "affront" to his country's people.

Empty-homes crackdown

Houses
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But Robert Jones, director of Property Investments UK, warned the

plans to fine or imprison owners of empty homes in Islington will not be easy to police.

He said: "There's a whole host of reasons why a property might be empty - not just overseas investors - it might be empty due to refurbishment or probate, it could be due to ill health."

Owners of empty homes in Islington could face jail

Owners of empty properties in a north London borough

could face fines, or even prison under new proposals.

Islington Council wants to halt the rise of new homes sold as investments and left empty - so-called "buy-to-leave" properties.

A third or more of homes in some new developments are "potentially vacant", according to the council.

News on the hour

Our top London story this hour:

Londoners have their last chance this weekend to have their say on plans to extend the Bakerloo line.

Fifty-year-old song to debut

A 90-year-old is to perform a Christmas song he penned half a century ago.

John Stanley Bishop, of Chingford Lane, Woodford Green, wrote The Legend of the Christmas Rose in 1962 after being inspired by a message in a Christmas card.

Barnaby Davis of the Epping Forest Guardian has the full story.

King Robbo inquest 'no foul play'

King Robbo graffiti
LDN Graffiti

Banksy's rival, King Robbo, was found in a pool of blood at the bottom of a flight of stairs in central London, an inquest has heard.

The father of three, whose real name is John Robertson, was placed in a medically induced coma in April 2011.

But a coroner found there was "no suggestion of foul play"

as first reported in the Camden New Journal.

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Rail fares

The Week

has a run-down of what you can buy for the same price as an anytime return rail fare from London to Manchester, including a one-way plane ticket from London to New York.

News on the hour

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Our top story this hour:

The first man in Britain to be convicted of preparing for acts of terrorism in Syria has been jailed for four years. Mashudur Choudhury, who's 31, was arrested at Gatwick Airport on his return.

Academy suspensions

Marc Ashdown reports three senior leaders at Cuckoo Hall Academy Trust, which runs five north London schools, have been suspended following allegations of gross misconduct.

The Chair says a full investigation's been launched and insists the allegations have nothing to do with the safety of pupils.

Marc Ashdown
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Baby buried alive

A mentally ill woman living rough in a city graveyard

has admitted burying her newborn baby alive.

Latvian Elita Amantova, 39, was living off berries and bread left out for the birds in Tooting, south-west London, before she gave birth to the child in 2012, the Old Bailey has heard.

Another Syria sentencing

Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed, both aged 22 and from Birmingham, have been sentenced to 12 years and eight months in prison for engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts.

Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Sarwar
West Midlands Police

They were arrested at Heathrow Airport in January on returning from Syria.

Accused teacher trial

A jury has begun a second day of deliberations in the trial of teacher Stuart Kerner, 44, accused of having a sexual affair with a pupil.

His alleged victim is a former student at Bexleyheath Academy in south-east London.

He denies the charges against him.

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headlines from Emma North this hour include:

  • Average rail fares will go up by 2.5% from January 2.
  • The detective who's led the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann for the past three-and-a-half years is retiring from the Met.

Syria sentencing

A man who became the first in Britain to be convicted of preparing for acts of terrorism in Syria

has been jailed for four years. Mashudur Choudhury was convicted earlier this year after leaving the UK to receive terrorism training.

Coming up

Sonja Jessup

Presenter, BBC London News

I'll have the

lunchtime news at 13:30 with:

  • Paramedics under pressure - we go out with the ambulance teams treating Londoners who've been drinking too much in the run up to Christmas. And the top academy chain in north London where three senior leaders have been suspended following allegations of gross misconduct.

Breastfeeding controversy

Downing Street has left no doubt that David Cameron disagrees with

Mr Farage's breastfeeding comments.

A Number 10 spokeswoman said: "It's for Mr Farage to explain his views.

"The Prime Minister shares the view of the NHS, which is that breast-feeding is completely natural and it's totally unacceptable for any women to be made to feel uncomfortable when breast-feeding in public."

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Robert Elms is paying tribute to Hounslow born Ian McLagan of London bands the Small Faces and the Faces today before 15:00. The keyboard player
died aged 69 this week.

Ian McLagan
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And it's Funky Friday from 14:30.

News on the hour

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headlines this hour include:

  • Rail season tickets will rise by no more than 2.5% in January and average fares will go up by 2.2%, the lowest increase for five years.
  • The detective who's led the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann for the past three-and-a-half years is retiring from the Met.