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  1. Updates from Friday 19 December 2014

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That's all from BBC Local Live for today. We will be back on Monday from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across London. Have a great weekend.

Chihuahua found in Santa sack

A Chihuahua dumped at a church in Hertfordshire in a Santa sack has been reunited with his London owner four months after he went missing.


The dog, called Eragon, was found by children attending a service at St Mary's Church, Hitchin, on Tuesday accompanied by a note asking, "please find me a lovely new home".

The RSPCA scanned his microchip and

found he belonged to Samantha Jones from Bowditch in south London.

Largely sunny

It will be a dry, clear and cold evening with mostly clear skies, just a few patches of cloud at times. Conditions will remain quite breezy overnight, especially over exposed locations such as the North Downs.

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

Teatime news

BBC London News


Tonight on BBC London: three teenagers have been jailed for what a judge has described as a "wicked and unnecessary" axe and knife attack on a local handyman.

And the safety row over a bike route where six cyclists have been killed over the past three years.

Join the

BBC London News team at 18:30 on BBC One.

New Era Estate

The New Era Estate in Hackney has been sold to Dolphin Living, part of the

Dolphin Square Foundation, an independent housing charity.

Residents and celebrity Russell Brand have campaigned in the past over fears rents would rise if the estate was sold.

BBC London Sports show

Pete Stevens

Sport editor, BBC London

On the BBC London Sports show this evening with Emma Jones we will have full commentary of the Championship match between Millwall and Bolton Wanderers.

You can listen to the game on

BBC London 94.9 fm kick off is 19:45.

Prince hails young job seekers

The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to young people helped by his

Prince's Trust during a visit to South Thames College, in Wandsworth,

Prince Charles

Prince Charles met 10 unemployed young people who have recently completed Team - a 12-week Prince's Trust programme which equips them with the confidence and skills they need to find jobs.

Romford dog injury record defended

Romford Recorder

The manager of Romford Greyhound Stadium has defended the track over claims it has the worst dog injury record in the country,

reports the Romford Recorder.

Swastikas drawn on school sign

London Evening Standard


Police have launched an investigation after swastikas were drawn on a primary school's sign in north London, the Evening Standard reports.

The Nazi symbols were seen at the entrance to a school in Stoke Newington, an area with a large Jewish population,

the paper says.

Man charged with Clapton murder

Shaheed Nowaz, 19, of no fixed address, has appeared at the Old Bailey charged with the murder of a man shot in Clapton.

Joseph Burke-Monerville

Joseph Burke-Monerville (pictured), 19, from Islington, was shot in Clapton, east London, on 16 February 2013.


BBC London 94.9


Today is affectionately known as Black Friday or even Mad Friday because it's the last Friday before Christmas - traditionally one of the busiest days of the year for alcohol related anti-social behaviour and violent crime.

Tune into

BBC London 94.9 to find out how emergency services are bracing themselves as thousands head out on the busiest party night of the year.

'Sister's death drove me on'

London Evening Standard


Lawrence Dallaglio

Lawrence Dallaglio has revealed to the

Evening Standard how his success in rugby was driven by his grief over the death of his sister, who drowned when he was only 16.

The former England captain lost his sister Francesca in the 1989 Marchioness disaster, when two boats collided in the Thames. Fifty-one people died.

Who said what?

As 2014 draws to a close, BBC Magazine has put together its first quiz of the year.

Today they're looking back at the more memorable utterances of 2014 -

but can you remember who said what?

On this day

In 1905 London County Council set up the first motorised ambulance service for traffic accident victims.

'Numerous questions' over garden bridge

Responding to news that a

garden bridge across the Thames has been approved by Boris Johnson, Liberal Democrat London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon said: "There can be no denying that numerous questions still remain over the long term maintenance funding of the bridge and who will ultimately be picking up the bill."

Brain's 'internal compass' found

The precise part of the brain

that gives people a sense of direction has been pinpointed by scientists.

Scientists have uncovered an area of the brain that may work as an internal compass

People with stronger nerve signals in their "internal compass" tended to be better navigators, Researchers at University College London said.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Three teenagers have been jailed at the Old Bailey for murdering a man with an axe in Hayes.

Full story in our 16:00 bulletin.

Fabric nightclub 'saved'

London Evening Standard


Nightclub Fabric has been saved from the threat of closure after bosses agreed to hire seven £300-a-night sniffer dogs to check clubbers for drugs,

the Evening Standard reports.

Top DJs including Chemical Brothers and Groove Armada joined a last-minute campaign to save the Farringdon venue.

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Andy Dangerfield

BBC News Online

BBC Local Live brings you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

Tell us what you think.

Duggan family loses court bid

Duggan family lawyers argued the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) was operating a policy of allowing officers to confer which was inconsistent with the stance of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Duggan family
Mark Duggan's mother Pamela (left) and aunt Carole

The Duggan challenge was launched after Pamela Duggan lost her High Court battle to overturn an inquest verdict that her son had been "lawfully killed" by an armed Metropolitan Police officer.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The family of Mark Duggan have lost a challenge over police procedures following fatal shootings by armed officers.

Full story at 15:00.

Another tax freeze for Hillingdon

Hillingdon residents are to benefit from a council tax freeze for the seventh successive year, the council leader announced at last night's cabinet meeting, reports

Christmases past and present

Andy Dangerfield

BBC News Online

Which London street boasted these Christmas lights in 1959?

Christmas lights
Getty Images

From balloons and horses to traditional crowns and stars, Christmas decorations in all shapes, sizes and colours have brightened up England's streets over the years.

Enjoy some examples of the past here.

Woman, 89, dies in collision

An 89-year-old female pedestrian died after being hit by a car on Lewisham Way earlier, Scotland Yard said.

At this early stage it is believed the accident involved a blue BMW, police said

BreakingBreaking News

Court of Appeal judges have rejected a challenge by the family of Mark Duggan over police procedures following fatal shootings by armed officers.

In January an inquest jury found Mr Duggan, 29, was lawfully killed in August 2011 in Tottenham, north London, despite being unarmed.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Emergency crews are expecting one of the busiest nights of the year as revellers make the most of the last Friday before Christmas.

For more listen live to BBC London 94.9.

Premiership wage cap

BBC Sport

Saracens have called for the Premiership wage cap to be abolished and say that they have the backing of six other top-flight teams.

Chris Ashton
Getty Images

Premiership clubs are restricted to spending £5m on player salaries,

with that rising to £5.5m next season.

East London bridge proposals

Chris McTighe emailed: "Surely priority must be given to at least two more bridges east of the Tower.

"These will take the pressure off the Dart crossing and Wapping."

What do you think? Email

Lunchtime news

BBC London News


On the lunchtime news: Three teenagers have been jailed at the Old Bailey for murdering another man with an axe. Paul Thrower, who was drunk at the time, died after two 18 year olds hacked at him and stabbed him ten times at a block of flats in Hayes in February.

Join the BBC London News team at 13:30 on BBC One.

On this day

In 1851, painter Joseph Turner died in his Chelsea house under the assumed name of Admiral Booth, where his demand for privacy was strictly enforced by his housekeeper.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Friends and colleagues have been paying tribute to a woman who was stabbed to death in Harrow following what police say was a dispute between next door neighbours, possibly over a parking space.

Listen to BBC London 94.9.

Teens jailed over axe killing

Three teenagers have been jailed at the

Old Bailey for their part in a axe and knife attack on Handyman Paul Thrower, who died at a block of flats in Hayes, west London, on 20 February.

The defendants
Josephine McDermott

Kiro Halliburton was found guilty of murder while Zakariya Subeir and Mahdi Osman, also 18, were found not guilty of murder but convicted of manslaughter.

Halliburton was jailed for a minimum of 16 years, Subeir to eight years in a young offenders' institution with an extended licence period of a further four years, and Osman to five-and-a-half years.

Cycle Superhighway upgrade

Responding to Transport for London's announcement on

strong public support for the Cycle Superhighway 2 upgrade, Labour London Assembly member Val Shawcross said: "It comes as no surprise that the vast majority of people support plans to make Cycle Superhighway 2 safer with greater segregation.

"Whilst the upgrade is entirely welcome the fact that CS2 is having to be entirely re-done shows just how wrong Boris Johnson got the scheme in the first place."

'Money ploughed into the project'

Responding to the

Mayor of London's approval for the Garden Bridge, Labour London Assembly's John Biggs said: "It's obvious that the Garden Bridge is primarily a tourist attraction not a transport scheme, as such you really have to wonder whether this TfL funding could not have been better spent.

"The mayor needs to be clear that no more taxpayer money will be ploughed into the project."

Homophobic abuse on Tube

British Transport Police officers are

appealing to the public to help identify a woman after a 23-year-old man was subjected to a prolonged homophobic verbal tirade by on the Tube.

Police want to identify this woman

"As the train approached Northwood, a woman opposite the man began shouting foul-mouthed homophobic abuse at him," PC Natalie Fairhurst said. "She followed the victim off the train, haranguing him all the way to the station exit."

East London 'priority' for bridges

Business group London First's David Leam responded to news that

a garden bridge across the Thames has been approved saying: "The short-term the Bridge's impact on jobs and growth in the city would be dwarfed by tunnels or bridges proposed at Silvertown and Gallions Reach in east London, on which progress has been painfully slow."

"We'd like to see the London mayor applying a similar bit of elbow grease to getting crossings built east of Tower Bridge. In terms of economic growth, those are the priorities. "

Murder in 'parking row'

A woman fatally stabbed in a north-west London street may have been attacked in a row over parking,

Scotland Yard said.

Alexandra Avenue, Harrow
Google Maps

Alison Morrison, 45, was attacked in Alexandra Avenue, Harrow, at about 07:45 yesterday and died four hours later in hospital.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


An open verdict's been recorded on a nurse who worked in the special care baby unit at Homerton Hospital, and whose mummified body was discovered in her flat.

Listen to BBC London 94.9.