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  1. Updates for Thursday 8 January 2015

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Good evening

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

Cloudy night

It will be a cloudy but dry evening with outbreaks of rain spreading across the capital by the early hours of tomorrow. It will become windy overnight, especially over high ground.

Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

Report into rail chaos to be published

An internal report into over running Christmas engineering work and which led to major disruption at three London stations is due to be published by

Network Rail on Monday.

Finsbury Park station
Steve Bird

King's Cross station was closed on 27 December while Finsbury Park station had to close temporarily because of overcrowding. Engineering work delays also meant there were no services between London Paddington and Reading. The Office of Rail Regulation

is also investigating the disruption.

On air

BBC London News



BBC London News at 18:30, we'll have the latest on the terrorist attack in Paris which has led to an increase in security measures in London.

Reporter Tarah Welsh will be live at the French Embassy where tributes are being paid to the 12 people killed in the attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo. Mustafa Field, from Faiths Forum for London, will be in the studio to talk about the impact of the attack on communities in the capital.

Could the Paris attack happen in London?

Dominic Casciani

Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

The UK has had more than its fair share of of terrorism-related attacks down the years - from the IRA through al-Qaeda to right-wing extremists.

A poster reads "Je suis Charlie"

The real question is how prepared can a city be for something like

the attack on Charlie Hebdo?

Increased security after Paris attack


British Transport Police (BTP) have said in light of the terrorist attack which killed 12 people at the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, they are deploying armed officers at St Pancras station.

In a statement, the BTP said: "The safety of rail passengers and staff is of paramount importance to us, and we want to provide a reassuring, visible armed presence to deter terrorism on the rail network. In light of the events in Paris, we have increased patrols at St Pancras, in order to maintain and provide enhanced visibility and reassurance to the public."

London to Brighton bike ride launch

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton has formally launched the

British Heart Foundation's fundraising event, the London to Brighton bike ride.

Pippa Middleton

Ms Middleton, who is an ambassador for the Foundation, will take part in the charity event on 21 June.

Calgary flight returns to Heathrow

British Airways has confirmed that Flight BA103 - bound for Calgary - made a "normal landing" at Heathrow after returning to the west London airport as a "precautionary measure".

Classic Car show


London Classic Car Show has kicked off at ExCeL in London's Docklands. The exhibition will feature the most valuable, rare and desirable classic cars in the world.

Documenting global issues

Phil Coomes

Picture editor

Here is the

work of 10 postgraduate students who have just completed the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course at the London College of Communication.

Image from the series Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt
Martin Alan Smith

Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt by Martin Alan Smith is a multimedia piece that explores conflict and its representation.

Wapping road delays

BBC London


On the roads, there are severe delays and one lane is blocked on the A1203 The Highway eastbound in Wapping at the Dellow Street junction, because of an accident.

Hurst Road in Sidcup is also blocked in both directions near to the Station Road junction, because of an accident involving a car and a motorbike. For latest up to date travel news visit the

BBC London Travel website.

Arrest over teen stabbing

Police investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy in east London

have arrested an eighth person. Joel Adesina, from Dagenham, was found stabbed on Bethnal Green Road, Tower Hamlets, at 23:00 on 5 December. The teenager died in hospital.

Police officers search an area where Joel Adesina was stabbed

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

On air

BBC London 94.9



BBC London 94.9's Drivetime show, Eddie Nestor is discussing the attack on the office of satirical magazine Chalie Hebdo in Paris, which killed 12 people.

Eddie will be speaking to a reporter from the TV station France 24 and a Paris resident.

Head for heights?


Thanks for you comments on the

BBC London Facebook page about
London's highest roof garden.

Roof garden

Siobhan Hillman

said: "OK, maybe it'll look better once the plants have had a while to grow and fill out a bit, but if you have to book 3 days in advance to visit, that's hardly a public space."

Rosstopher Duffster

said: "I work along here and love it... I wouldn't expect to travel all the way to the top of a building for a bit of green space anyway and up the road at Aldgate is going to be a pavement 'garden' of sorts anyway - eventually."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top local story this hour: A 20-year-old man's been arrested in Hackney on suspicion of murdering a 15-year-old boy in Bethnal Green, east London.

Southeastern Rail fares glitch

A fare glitch when ordering rail tickets online meant

some passengers could be overcharged. Sevenoaks Rail Travellers Association found some firms' websites had not updated their systems to take into account the changes to the routes for engineering works at the weekend, meaning travellers have to go to Victoria rather than London Bridge.

In a statement,

Southeastern Railway said it was aware of the issue and added: "In the meantime, we advise any passengers who have already booked tickets to travel during this period, and have paid the higher fare, to get in touch with our customer services team and we'll arrange a refund."

Mosque initiative to tackle crime

Newham Recorder Newspaper


Forest Gate's Minhaj-ul-Quran mosque is working with police to tackle domestic violence, reports the

Newham Recorder.

Chelsea midfielder joins Owls on loan

BBC Sport

Sheffield Wednesday have signed

Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker on a youth loan deal.

Lewis Baker
Getty Images

The 19-year-old, who has made one appearance for the Blues, could spend the rest of the season with the Championship side.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top local story this hour: The family of the British nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who's being treated at the Royal Free hospital in Hampstead after contracting Ebola, have said she could remain in a critical condition for "some time".

Ebola nurse 'could remain critical'

The British nurse, who is being treated in a London hospital after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone, could remain in

a critical condition for "some time", her family has said. Pauline Cafferkey is being treated at a London hospital.

Pauline Cafferkey

Her relatives said in a statement: "We would like to thank all our friends, family and the members of the public who have contacted us with support following Pauline's diagnosis with Ebola. We have been very touched by the kind words. Pauline continues to be in a critical condition at the Royal Free Hospital."

Calls for calm over moped death

Fears of serious unrest are growing in the aftermath of a teenager's death following a moped crash, which sparked a police probe, the

Islington Gazette has reported.

Met line service resumes

The Metropolitan line

tweets: Service has resumed with severe delays between Baker Street and Aldgate due to an earlier signal failure at Farringdon.

'Shoulder to shoulder with Paris'

Boris Johnson

‏tweets: My message from London to Paris

Note from the London mayor to the French
Mayor of London

Greenwich power station revamp

One of the oldest operational power stations in the world is set to have a new lease of life generating low carbon power for the Tube network.

Power station


1906 Greenwich Power Station, in south-east London, will be revamped the Mayor of London has said. The transformed power station will also provide heat for local homes and buildings.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top local story this hour: A 20-year-old man has been arrested in Hackney on suspicion of murdering a 15-year-old boy in Bethnal Green.

Senegal anger at Sakho withdrawal

BBC Sport

Diafra Sakho
Getty Images

Senegal officials hope to

prevent injured Diafra Sakho playing for West Ham during the three-week-long Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

Forward Sakho, 25, is out with a back injury, with a senior Senegal official accusing the Premier League side of a "lack of respect" over his withdrawal.

Greek art exhibition

A small bronze statuette of Ajax produced around 720-700BC

A small bronze statuette of Ajax produced around 720-700BC, goes on display at the British Museum in London, as part of the

Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art exhibition which begins in March.

Tesco pulls out of store plans

This Is Local London writes: After more than 12 years of stringing Dartford along, Tesco has decided it will not be building a store in Lowfield Street and has also pulled out of a Bexley development.

The retail giant is pulling out of the Lowfield Street scheme, despite having planning permission to build an 8,000sq m store and 34 one-bed and 73 two-bed flats.

Hammersmith and Fulham cut council tax

Hammersmith and Fulham's ruling Labour party voted to cut council tax by one per cent and to slash or abolish other charges, reports

Get West London.

Sound Of 2015

He was hand-picked to support the Rolling Stones in London's Hyde Park in 2013 and now

James Bay has come second in the BBC's Sound Of 2015.

James Bay
Record label

The 24-year-old was discovered after a fan uploaded a video of him performing in a Kentish Town pub.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top local story this hour: A 20-year-old man's been arrested in Hackney on suspicion of murdering a 15-year-old boy in Bethnal Green.

Charlie Hebdo massacre

The French flag is being flown at half mast at the French Embassy in Knightsbridge, central London in tribute to those killed in yesterday's

terrorist attack at Charlie Hebdo. Twelve people were killed at the office of the satirical magazine.

French flag is flown at half mast outside the French Embassy in London

Some Southern services cancelled

BBC London



‏tweets: Southern: The following London Bridge to WCroydon services won't run this eve, or remainder of this week: 16.36/17.06/17.38/18.06/18.36

Tube update

BBC London


Here is the latest update on the London Underground:

  • Severe delays on the Circle and Hammersmith and City line due to signal failure at Farringdon.
  • Service suspended on Metropolitan Line between Baker Street and Aldgate and minor delays on the rest of the line due to signal failure at Farringdon. Tickets being accepted on London Overground and Chiltern Railway services.
  • Minor delays on the Bakerloo Line due to earlier faulty train at Baker Street.
  • Minor delays on District Line due to earlier signal failure at Earls Court.
  • Minor delays on Piccadilly Line between Acton Town and Heathrow Airport, between Acton Town and Uxbridge and between Arnos Grove and Cockfosters due to an earlier signal failure at Earls Court.

For up to date travel news follow

@BBCTravelAlert on Twitter.

Bright and breezy

Cloud and rain will eventually clear early this afternoon to leave a bright and breezy end to the day with some late sunshine possible in some areas.

Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F).

Coming Up

BBC London News


In today's lunchtime bulletin at

1.30pm on BBC One, we will be in Cheshunt where local people have said they are "totally devastated" that Tesco is planning to close its headquarters in the town- threatening hundreds of jobs.

And we get the latest as the mayor is meeting transport bosses today - over the travel disruption faced by rail passengers at two major stations in the capital.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9

Our top local story this hour:

A 20-year-old man's been arrested in Hackney on suspicion of murdering a 15-year-old boy in Bethnal Green.

He's the eighth person to be questioned about the death of Joel Adesina, who was stabbed just over a month ago.

Teen stabbing review

The Directorate of Professional Standards is

reviewing "police contact" with a teenager who was stabbed to death in east London.

Homerton murder scene

Officers were called to Homerton High Street yesterday but the boy, believed to have been in his mid-teens, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Met Police said the matter had also been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

'Glorious drag queen of a building'

Andy Dangerfield

BBC News Online

Tom Sleigh, councillor for the City of London's Bishopsgate ward, says the new Walkie Talkie skyscraper is a "glorious drag queen of a building" with "shapely curves".

20 fenchurch street
jason hawkes

It is "bold and brash" and proof architecture can be "voluptuous and sexy", he says.

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