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  1. Updates from Thursday 11 December 2014

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  1. Good evening

    Duncan Smith

    BBC News Online

    That's all for BBC Local Live London today. Beth Rose and I will be back tomorrow with more news, travel, sport and weather updates from 08:00.

  2. London's weather this evening

    Isolated blustery showers across London will soon give way to more prolonged rain during the evening, with some of this heavy.

    Strong winds will also increase, with gales developing in places and likely severe gales.

    The lowest temperature will be 5C (41F).

  3. Somebody new at London Zoo

    A baby gorilla from a critically-endangered gorilla species has been born at London Zoo.

    Mjukuu gorilla and baby

    Fifteen-year-old Western lowland gorilla Mjukuu gave birth early on Wednesday morning.

  4. Can Oxford Circus station cope?

    BBC London News


    With the countdown to Christmas underway in the West End, London Underground bosses are warning passengers to avoid Oxford Circus station at peak times.


    BBC London News will be live from Oxford Circus this evening at 18:30 on BBC One.

    What are your experiences? Get in touch and share your views, email

  5. Era ends as Randall's of Uxbridge closes

    Sir John Randall is to close the department store that has borne his family name since 1891, the Uxbridge Gazette reports.

    The Conservative Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP told the Gazette he will hold a final closing down sale in January then shut up the shop in Vine Street, Uxbridge, for good, so ending 123 years of unbroken trading.

  6. Jet returns to Heathrow after 'loud bang'

    A British Airways jumbo jet has landed safely after having had to turn back to Heathrow amid reports that residents on the flight path had heard " a loud bang".

    Kent Online reported that people in Sevenoaks in Kent had heard the bang and there were also reports that residents in Dunton Green and Biggin Hill had heard a noise.

  7. George Galloway attacker jailed

    A man who attacked the Respect MP George Galloway while calling him an "anti-semite little man" in a London street has been jailed for 16 months.

    George Galloway

    Drug addict Neil Masterson, 39, left the pro-Palestine MP for Bradford West with cuts and bruises to his head and ribs and requiring hospital treatment after the assault in Notting Hill in August.

  8. Accident causes delays

    BBC London


    The A404 Pinner Road in North Harrow is blocked and traffic is queuing at the Addison Way junction owing to an accident.

    A diversion is in place for bus routes 282 and H11.

    For travel updates on Twitter, follow @BBCTravelAlert and visit BBC London's travel website.

  9. Plague of mice in Parliament

    Mark D'Arcy

    Parliamentary correspondent

    Forget EU referenda or the Autumn Statement. The really titanic struggle being fought out in Westminster at the moment is over the future management of the Commons.

    Problems like blocked toilets, the refurbishment of the Commons gym and a plague of mice surfaced at the Governance Committee.

  10. Scientists make 'feel full' chemical

    Scientists have created a chemical that can be added to food to make people feel full.


    Initial tests showed it helped people to eat less and slow weight gain. The ingredient is a foul-tasting soluble powder, but the team, from Imperial College London and the University of Glasgow, are trying to incorporate it into bread and fruit smoothies.

  11. Spitting fines get a step closer

    Spitting on the streets of London could soon be punishable by an £80 fine after a key vote went in favour of the proposed crackdown.

    The transport and environment committee of umbrella group London Councils voted in favour of setting the penalties this afternoon.

    The Department for Communities and Local Government will now have to approve the by-law.

  12. Sport tonight

    BBC London 94.9


    Tonight, you'll be able to listen to the Europa League Group C tie between Besiktas and Tottenham Hotspur.

    The first half of the game will be available on BBC London Online with the second half also on BBC London 94.9.

  13. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • A man, arrested as part of an investigation into allegations of slavery, has been charged with false imprisonment, rape and child cruelty
    • A former milkman has been found guilty at Inner London Crown Court of murdering the schoolgirl Claire Tiltman
  14. Watch: Elvis items on show

    A telephone belonging to Elvis

    Graceland is famous as the home of Elvis Presley and is visited by millions each year, but now his fans in the UK can also get a glimpse of some of his most famous belongings.

    Hundreds of items of memorabilia including clothing and cars have been put on display at the O2 Arena.

  15. New fringe theatre on London barge opens

    A £160,000 theatre housed on a barge is to open in London, according to The Stage.

    The 50-seat Waterhouse Theatre operates on a canal boat that will travel across the waterways of London, and is to stage its first show while moored in Hackney today.

  16. Anyone lost a skull?

    Andy Dangerfield

    BBC News Online

    tweets: Lost Tube items: A small selection of objects stored @tfl lost property office

    Lost property
  17. Spurs respond to Chelsea's living wage promise

    A spokesman for Tottenham Hotspurs told BBC News:

    "The Club is a responsible employer and pays all of its full time staff the Living Wage.

    "The Club has also participated in positive discussions with all of its third party suppliers, including cleaning and catering contractors, and has a commitment from them to move towards paying their full time staff the Living Wage.

    "In respect of our caterers this has been achieved mid-contract. We shall continue to review as and when contracts are in a position to be renegotiated."

  18. Met take steps to halt police corruption

    BBC London 94.9


    There are changes taking place in the way allegations of police misconduct and corruption are dealt with in England and Wales.

    New Scotland Yard

    The Home Office is publishing plans which would end the automatic handling of complaints by forces themselves.

  19. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • A man, arrested by police investigating allegations of slavery, has been charged with false imprisonment, rape and child cruelty.
    • A man who set fire to a woman over a dispute, has been jailed at the Old Bailey today for 16 years for attempted murder.
  20. Chelsea adopts living wage

    Chelsea have become the first Premier League club to adopt the living wage.

    The Premier League leaders announced today they had been accredited by the Living Wage Foundation and, from January, will pay all directly employed members of staff the living wage as a minimum - currently £9.15 an hour in London or £7.85 an hour outside of the capital.

  21. Fees hike for council music lessons

    Subsidised fees for music lessons or clubs run by the Camden Music Service at schools across the borough are set to increase by about £2 next year to cope with budget pressures, reports the Ham & High.


    The music education service, which provides lessons, classes and bursaries for disadvantaged children, faces an annual £100,000 shortfall in its funding as a result of central government cuts.

  22. Berlin v London


    BBC Radio 4

    tweets: Which city has the best modern architecture? Here's a snapshot of Berlin v London #r4today

  23. Mitcham mum named London's top bus driver

    What makes a good bus driver? It's all about dedication and treating people with respect, according to Natasha Lambert, who has been named London's top bus driver - reports the Wimbledon Guardian.

    The Mitcham mum-of-two, whose dad was a bus driver and who used to be an assessor for the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), has been navigating 12 routes across the capital out of Go Ahead London's Colliers Wood depot since 2001.

  24. Top of the Lost

    Andy Dangerfield

    BBC News Online

    tweets: Leave something on the Tube? More items handed into @TfL lost property:

    Lost property
  25. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    Our top stories this hour:

    • A London man, arrested by police investigating allegations of slavery, has been charged with false imprisonment, rape and child cruelty
    • A man from BArking, who set fire to a woman over a dispute, has been jailed at the Old Bailey today for 16 years for attempted murder
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  27. Not a Schurrle thing

    London Evening Standard


    Andre Schurrle says he will not be leaving Chelsea next month.

    The 24-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular first team place, and started for the first time in five weeks against Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday night.

    "I can just laugh all the talk of leaving off. I am not going to change the club in the transfer window," Schurrle tells the London Evening Standard.

  28. Primary league tables: London performs well

    Local authorities in London have dominated the top of league tables showing the percentage of pupils attaining Level 4 in maths, reading and writing.


    Richmond upon Thames, Greenwich, Westminster, Camden and Kensington and Chelsea are all in the top ten.

  29. Metropolitan Line delays

    The Met Line tweets: Minor delays on the entire line due to an earlier fire alert at Wembley Park.

  30. Schools discover ethnic angle of WWI

    School children took a different angle on World War I as they looked into the past of ethnic minority soldiers, This Is Local London reports.

    Pupils at Walker Primary School, in Waterfall Road, Southgate, learnt about the wartime secrets of a members of the Gurkha Rifles who fought in northern France, Ypres, in Belgium, and Gallipoli, in Turkey, as part of a new project.

  31. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • A man, arrested by police investigating allegations of slavery, has been charged with false imprisonment, rape and child cruelty.
    • The Uk's first openly transgender parliamentary candidate has been selected to fight the Sutton and Cheam seat for Labour at next year's General Election.
  32. Television Centre to become 'an exclusive club'?

    London Evening Standard


    A £1bn redevelopment of the BBC's former television centre in west London that will turn the building into an exclusive Soho House members club with roof terrace and swimming pool, has been given the green light, reports the London Evening Standard.


    Revised plans for the scheme in White City, which also include 950 homes, offices and restaurants, were approved last night by Hammersmith and Fulham council.

  33. Coming up

    Katharine Carpenter

    Reporter and presenter

    Join me for the BBC London lunchtime news on BBC One at 13:30.

    We'll have the latest after the Royal College of Nursing warning that there aren't enough staff in London. It claims there's a critical shortage of nurses.

    And opening the Elvis archives - we take a tour of a new exhibition at the O2.

  34. Chance of rain this afternoon

    The skies over London will start clouding over through this afternoon with outbreaks of rain arriving from the west.

    Weather forecast

    The outbreaks of rain will continue this evening, turning heavier and more persistent overnight.

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

  35. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • The UK's first openly transgender parliamentary candidate has been selected to fight the Sutton and Cheam seat at next year's General Election.
    • More than 20 thousand mobile phones have been left on London's public transport network over the last year.
  36. Cats back in West End

    The Daily Telegraph

    After closing in 2002, following a record run of 21 years, Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical Cats is once again making a return to the West End stage - starring former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, The Daily Telegraph reports.

    The singer and dancer will star as Grizabella, famously portrayed by Elaine Paige whose performance of Memory from the show charted at number 6 the year Cats opened in 1981.

  37. Don't drink and walk

    New figures have indicated the extent of the danger posed by pedestrians under the influence of drink.


    UK-wide research suggests the Greater London area is the worst for pedestrian drunkenness. Road safety campaigners have urged people to give more thought to their journey home, even if they are walking.

  38. Fake raffle tickets scam

    A woman has reportedly been selling fake raffle tickets - claiming to be from Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice, according to This Is Local London.

    The hospice has issued a warning after receiving reports at 11:30 yesterday of a false female representative selling Winter Wonderland Raffle tickets on the charity's behalf.

  39. 'Critical' shortage of nurses

    London is facing a "critical" shortage of nurses, with more than 8,000 posts vacant, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

    About 14% of nursing posts in the capital are unfilled, up from 11% a year ago, the RCN said. Most London hospital trusts have increased the number of nursing posts, with 2,500 more jobs compared with 2013.

  40. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • An elderly man who was arrested by police investigating allegations of slavery has been charged with 25 offences including false imprisonment, indecent assault and rape.
    • Boris Johnson's congratulated Chelsea for becoming the first Premier League club to promise to pay all its staff the London living wage of £9.15 an hour.
  41. Road blocked


    BBC London


    tweets: #A20 Lee High Rd blocked s/bnd nr Dacre Pk due collision. Single alternate lane traffic Expect delays btw Lewisham & Lee Green ps #roads

  42. Teddy bears find new homes

    Andy Dangerfield

    BBC News Online

    Transport for London's Lost Property Office has donated new unclaimed children's toys to The Salvation Army, who will now work with Lewisham Council to distribute more than 200 toys to those who may otherwise have gone without this Christmas.

    Lost property

    The brand new toys, that went unclaimed for over three months, range from dolls, teddy bears and cars to board games and electronic gadgets.

  43. Lost on the Tube?

    Andy Dangerfield

    BBC News Online

    Ever left something on the Tube? Well you're not alone. The top five items left on London's Transport network in the past year were:

    1. Mobile phones - 20,309
    2. Travelcard wallets- 18,433
    3. Wallets - 11,580
    4. Keys - 10,790
    5. Rucksack s- 8,320

    Transport for London's Lost Property office released the figures for 2014, which has seen more lost items handed than any other year in the past 40 years.

  44. 'Die-in' discussion

    Vanessa Feltz

    Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    tweets: We're talking about the 'die-in' in Westfield yesterday,

  45. Oxford Street Revealed

    BBC iPlayer

    Find out what's involved in keeping London's Oxford Street running, following the police and the paramedics, in the shops and on the underground on episode three of Oxford Street Revealed.

    Oxford Street

    All previous episodes are are available on BBC iPlayer.

  46. Metropolitan Line delays

    The Met Line tweets: No service between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Aldgate and severe delays on the rest of the line due to a fire alert at Wembley Park.

  47. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • There are only 22 areas where no primary schools are failing to meet the government's target, 15 of them in London.
  48. Joseph Burke-Monerville shooting: Two men charged

    Two men have been charged with the murder of a teenager who was shot in the head in east London last year.

    Scott Andrews, 27, and Roshane Reid, 20, from Hackney, were charged with the murder of Joseph Burke-Monerville and two counts of attempted murder.

  49. QPR news conference

    BBC Sport

    QPR manager Redknapp on the rumours linking the club to signing veteran strikers in January: "We've not made an enquiry for Robbie Keane. I've not spoken to Jermain Defoe either. If we can get 1 or 2 players in that would be great. We certainly need a couple of additions in January."

  50. Joey Barton reveals death threat letter

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton has revealed he received a death threat while playing in France for Marseille.

    QPR player Joey Barton
    Image caption: Joey Barton said he received the letter while playing in France

    The 32-year-old posted a picture of a letter sent to him on Twitter which warned him to leave France at the end of the season or face a grisly end.

  51. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • A protest at a shopping centre in west London has resulted in 76 arrests.
    • Detectives investigating the fatal shooting of a teenager in east London have charged two people with murder.
  52. Minor delays

    The District Line tweets: Minor delays between Barking & Upminster and Edgware Road & Wimbledon due to an earlier signal failure. Good Service on the rest.

  53. Purley swimming pool to be shut down

    Croydon Guardian


    Purley's swimming pool is to be shut down, Croydon Council has announced, according to the Croydon Guardian.

    The pool, at Purley Leisure Centre, will close in April because the council said it can't afford the £781,000 cost of "a range of urgent maintenance issues" the paper reports.

  54. Harrier jet for sale

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is soon to announce the sale of the Harrier jump jet kept at the Surbiton air cadet headquarters, the Surrey Comet reveals.

    Theb Harrier GR3, which arrived back in the borough in 2005 and is believed to have seen service in the Falklands War, was put up for sale last month.

  55. Watch: London's weather

    via Facebook

    It will be windy and cold today with sunny spells and a few scattered showers. Later it will cloud over and outbreaks of rain will arrive from the west.

    London's weather forecast

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

  56. Watch: Frozen-inspired lights

    Families in Dagenham have turned their row of homes into a setting inspired by Disney hit film Frozen for Christmas.

    Katharine Carpenter reports

    The display, which has taken 28 days to complete, and uses 15,000 lights, is intended to raise money for a children's burns charity.

  57. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • There have been 76 arrests outside the Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd's Bush during a protest to show solidarity with Eric Garner following his death in New York.
  58. Rail disruption

    There will be possible disruption on Abellio Greater Anglia services between Liverpool Street and Stratford because of an earlier points failure.

    For travel updates on Twitter, follow @BBCTravelAlert

  59. London Bridge Congestion

    Southern Rail UK tweets: Signalling problem at #LondonBridge means that congestion is likely while trains wait for platforms to become available

  60. Police arrest 76 over London 'die-in'

    Police arrested 76 people who took part in a mass protest at Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd's Bush last night.

    Westfield protest
    Image caption: Some protesters held the peaceful "die-in" before being moved outside by police

    About 600 people gathered for the so-called "die-in" demonstration, which protesters said was to show solidarity with rallies in the US prompted by the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died during an arrest in New York in July.

  61. Sunny spells

    It will be windy with sunny spells and a few scattered showers through most of today, but during the afternoon cloud amounts will increase, with perhaps some light outbreaks of rain by early evening. Maximum temperature: 7C (45F).

  62. Good morning

    Duncan Smith

    BBC News Online

    I'll be guiding you through BBC Local Live today, bringing you the latest news, travel, weather and sport from across London. Get in touch with your comments and photos by emailing