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  1. Updates from Wednesday 11 February

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  1. Station spotting

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

    In the meantime, if you're watching the London skies this evening at about 19:13 it may be possible to see the International Space Station.

  2. Dry and cloudy evening

    It will remain dry through the evening, with a good deal of cloud in most places. Some isolated mist patches may form in low-lying areas, but there is no frost or fog is expected.

    Minimum temperature: 3C (37F)

  3. New Royal Navy coin

    A £2 coin which commemorates the Royal Navy's efforts in World War One is to become the rarest coin in UK circulation, the Royal Mint has said.

    coin designed by military artist David Rowlands

    The Mint has issued 100 of the coins in partnership with visitor facilities on HMS Belfast in London. Some visitors to the shop of the restored warship may find one of the coins in their change.

  4. Johnson: Clinton 'wants more UK support' against Islamic State

    Hillary Clinton has told the London mayor that it is "very, very clear" the UK must do more to support the Kurds in the fight against Islamic State.

    Boris Johnson and Hilary Clinton

    Mr Johnson said after the 50-minute meeting: "Secretary Clinton was very, very clear that she thinks there should be more engagement, more support from the West, from the UK, in backing the Kurds, backing the Peshmerga against Isis." Boris Johnson is on a US tour to boost London businesses.

  5. Watch: The science behind cravings

    A new exhibition at London's Science Museum is exploring what influences our appetite and cravings.

    Exhibition Cravings: Can Your Food Control You?, at

    What your mother ate while pregnant can have an influence over taste and flavour preferences in babies. BBC Breakfast's Tim Muffett went to the Science Museum to find out more.

  6. Road congestion

    BBC London


    On the roads, there are delays on Devons Road in Bromley-by-Bow due to temporary traffic lights and emergency repairs at the Brickfield Road junction.

    There is also queuing traffic on A12 northbound between Lea Interchange in Leyton and Redbridge Roundabout in Wanstead. For more travel updates visit the BBC Travel London website.

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    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

  8. Allardyce: No coach 'more sophisticated'

    BBC Sport

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says "there is no coach more sophisticated" than him in the Premier League.

    Sam Allardyce

    Allardyce, 60, was speaking ahead of the Hammers game against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium. "I don't think there is any coach more sophisticated than me any more," said Allardyce. "That's not trying to criticise any other coaches.

  9. RMT boss 'cut off' during radio interview

    London Evening Standard


    A trade union boss was today cut off on live radio during an interview over a planned Tube strike, the Evening Standard reports.

    Steve Hedley, assistant general secretary to the RMT union, launched into a tirade after being asked about strike action in support of a driver who allegedly failed a breath test on LBC, the newspaper said.

  10. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The top stories in the capital at 17:00 on BBC London 94.9:

    • The Prime Minister has promised Hillingdon hospital will get "the attention it deserves" after a report by the Care Quality Commission criticised staffing levels and the state of the buildings.
  11. Meet the manager

    Docklands Light Railway tweets: KeolisAmey Docklands are holding a Meet the Manager session on 12 Feb @Shadwell, 1630-1830. Email your questions to

  12. Loneliness box

    Macmillan Cancer Support is launching an isolation box at Paddington train station, in central London, to highlight the problem of loneliness.

    Macmillan Cancer Support's isolation box at Paddington train station,

    The charity said the experiential box, which allows people outside to see in but the person inside cannot see out, aims to evoke the same feelings of loneliness and isolation many cancer patients experience after being diagnosed.

    Inside the "Not Alone" Isolation Box the stories of four cancer survivors will also be played.

  13. Man charged with wife's murder

    A 65-year-old man has been charged with the murder of his wife at their home in south-west London, the Met Police has said.

    Linda Mills, 60, was found at a property in Stanley Avenue, New Malden, on Monday. Raymond Mills, of Stanley Avenue, appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court and was remanded in custody.

  14. Goldsmith denies Swiss account

    Zac Goldsmith, Conservative MP for Richmond Park, has denied he ever had a Swiss bank account after claims in The Guardian he had held an account in the country with HSBC.

    Zac Goldsmith

    He said: "I have never had a Swiss bank account, and do not control any Swiss bank accounts. I have never sought or been given tax minimisation advice by HSBC, directly or indirectly. The media commentary around this is therefore wrong."

  15. Edgware fire under control

    London Fire Brigade tweets: Crews have got the fire on Watling Avenue in #Edgware under control. A shop and a flat above it were damaged.

  16. Adoption event

    Havering Council tweets: Adoption could change your life and your family - take that first step by coming to our info eve tonight 5.30pm

  17. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The top stories in the capital at 16:00 on BBC London 94.9:

    • London's buses will run a normal service on Friday and next Monday after the Unite union announced that it's postponing two strikes.
    • Heathrow's had a record-breaking start to the year with nearly 5.5 million passengers travelling through the airport last month.
  18. Eastenders actress trial

    Giving evidence at Bexley Magistrates' Court, the warden, Iyabo Adetokunbo, said she approached Ms Henry after she saw her drop a cigarette on the ground and asked for her details for a fixed penalty notice, but Eastenders actress Linda Henry hurled racial abuse at her outside a Jamie Oliver restaurant.

    Linda Henry

    "I was upset," she told the court. "We have a job to do. I was doing my job. She littered. I approached her. That really, really upset me. I can't describe how I felt."

  19. A trip to the moon screening

    A screening of the silent film, A Trip to the Moon, by Georges Méliè will be shown at the Hackney Picturehouse this evening.

    The night will start with a brief introduction to Radio Astronomy before the film screening and a selection of videos about the majestic beauty of the Cosmos. Doors open at 19:30 and tickets cost £9.00.

  20. TfL welcomes bus strike postponement

    Leon Daniels, TfL's Managing Director of Surface Transport, said: "We welcome the postponement of the strikes and are delighted that bus passengers will not be further inconvenienced. We continue to urge Unite and the bus companies to meet individually to resolve their differences."

    Bus drivers had been due take part in 24-hour strikes on Friday and next Monday.

  21. Post update

    The actress, of Kelvington Road, south-east London, has played feisty barmaid Shirley in EastEnders since 2006.

    Linda Henry in EastEnders

    She is also known for her role as Yvonne Atkins in the ITV drama Bad Girls between 1999 and 2003.

  22. Post update

    Ms Viney said: "(She) told her that throwing litter was a zero-tolerance offence in Greenwich Borough and the Crown say that Ms Valiris responded by saying 'do you know who I am? I'm Shirley'."

    The court heard that, having previously refused to hand over any personal details, Henry now gave the warden limited information, including what the litter officer suspected to be a false postcode.

  23. Post update

    The incident allegedly took place near Jamie's Italian in Greenwich, south-east London, on 14 September last year.

    Thea Viney, prosecuting, told Bexley Magistrates' Court that a black female warden and her black male colleague approached Henry and her partner after seeing them smoking in Nelson Road.

    She added that when the Greenwich Town Council wardens challenged the actress, who has been charged under her married name Valiris, she told them they had no "photographic evidence".

  24. EastEnders actress 'hurled race abuse'

    EastEnders actress Linda Henry told a community warden "Do you know who I am? I'm Shirley", before hurling racial abuse at her outside a Jamie Oliver restaurant, a court has heard.

    Linda Henry

    The 55-year-old, who plays Danny Dyer's on-screen mother, Shirley Carter, in the BBC One soap, is said to have launched into the tirade after being reprimanded for dropping a cigarette butt outside the premises.

    denies one count of using threatening or abusive words that were likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, and that the alleged offence was said to have been racially aggravated.

  25. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The top story in the capital at 15:00 on BBC London 94.9:

    Two 24 hour strikes planned by London bus workers on Friday and next Monday have been postponed, according to Unite.

  26. Concerns over Hillingdon Hospital

    The Royal College of Nursing said it was "deeply worried" to hear of one nurse having to look after 20 patients at once in the Hillingdon Hospitals Trust CQC report, reports Get West London.

  27. Lynda Bellingham memorial

    Well-wishers are gathering to remember the actress Lynda Bellingham who died in October.

    photo montage of actress Lynda Bellingham

    The actress, best known for her long-running role as a mother in the Oxo TV adverts, had been battling colon cancer. The memorial service is taking place at St Stephen's Church in London.

  28. Election fraud claims 'not personal vendetta'

    At the Election Court - part of the High Court - the four petitioners wants the result of the May 2014 mayoral election declared void and order a re-run.

    Mr Erlam said: "It's not a personal vendetta against Lutfur Rahman. It's about democracy. It is to be defended and fought for and it should not be taken for granted." Mr Rahman denies wrongdoing.

  29. Petitioners want Tower Hamlets election re-run

    The group of four voters, which include Angela Moffat Andy Erlam and Azmal Hussein, have mounted a challenge under the provisions the Representation Of The People Act.

    Angela Moffat, Andy Erlam and Azmal Hussein

    Lawyers for the group have made a series of allegations, including "personation" in postal voting and at polling stations, and ballot paper tampering.

  30. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The top story in the capital at 14:00 on BBC London 94.9:

    Two 24 hour strikes planned by London bus workers on Friday and next Monday have been postponed, according to Unite.

  31. TfL 'refutes' interference in bus strike dispute

    Leon Daniels, Transport for London's managing director of surface transport, "categorically refuted" Unite's claims, insisting the organisation had not asked bus companies to sign a confidentiality agreement.

    The Unite union had raised concerns that Transport for London had been "interfering" in the dispute in an "unlawful" manner.

  32. Up to '15,000 votes forged' in east London election

    As many as 15,000 votes may have been forged or affected by intimidation at a local election last May, a court has heard.

    Lutfur Rahman

    Former political adviser Andy Erlam is leading a group of four voters who have taken legal action against Lutfur Rahman, independent mayor of Tower Hamlets, east London, and leader of a party called Tower Hamlets First.

    Mr Erlam said his "guesstimate" was between 10,000 and 15,000 votes in the 2014 local council and mayor elections in Tower Hamlets had been forged or affected by intimidation.

  33. Post update

    Unite said they are seeking legal assurances from Transport for London (TfL) over claims the transport body had been interfering in the dispute in an unlawful manner.

    Bus queue

    In a statement, the union said it was requesting TfL's board members sign a neutrality statement vowing not to block talks aimed at resolving the dispute. Unite officer Wayne King said: "We call on the capital's bus operators to seize this window of opportunity and join us collectively in talks at Acas. There can be no excuses for them not to."

  34. Post update

    The Unite union said that, in "an act of goodwill", the strikes would not go ahead and called on the bus operators to take part in talks to resolve the dispute.

    Union members want an end to differences between firms that can see staff salaries differ from £17,000 to £25,000.

  35. Post update

    London bus drivers were due to walk out for 24 hours on 13 and 16 February in a row over pay differences.


    It would have been the latest action ins a series of strikes. The last one was held last Thursday.

  36. BreakingBus strike off


    Strikes planned by London bus workers on Friday and next Monday have been postponed, the Unite union has said.

  37. On air

    Louisa Preston

    Presenter, BBC London

    On BBC London News at 13:35, Boris Johnson is meeting Hillary Clinton in New York as he continues his tour of the United States.

    And we hear from the rich and famous trying to save a Grade II listed house in Twickenham designed by the artist JMW Turner.

  38. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The top stories in the capital at 13:00 on BBC London 94.9:

    • Anne Naysmith, who was knocked over in Chiswick High Road in the early hours of yesterday morning, was reportedly a homeless former concert pianist who was living in a car park.
    • The government's unveiling new driverless vehicles ahead of the start of trials on public roads in four locations from this summer, including one at Greenwich peninsular.
  39. Vote in Redbridge Youth Election

    Redbridge Council tweets: ‏Young people, you only have until tomorrow to vote in the Redbridge Youth Election.

  40. Man dies in Bromley crash

    A man has died after the Jaguar he was driving overturned and hit a tree in south London.

    Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash at Five Elms Road, Bromley, about 22:30 yesterday. The 24-year-old man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, has not been formally identified. It is not believed any other vehicles were involved.

  41. East End boxing

    BBC London 94.9


    The world of 1950s boxing in the gritty East End is explored in author Emily Bullock's new novel The Longest Fight. She will be joining Robert Elms on BBC London 94.9 from 13:00.

  42. Palmers Green care home 'inadequate'

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has told North London Asian Care it must make urgent improvements at its centre in Bowers Road, Palmers Green, or face further enforcement action.

    A report said overall care was inadequate at the north London home. During an unannounced inspection in November care agency inspectors found staff were failing to provide care which was safe, effective, caring and responsive to people's needs.

  43. Elvis at the O2

    From gold lame suits to his gold telephone, the Elvis at The O2: The Exhibition of His Life will chronicle the life of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

    Elvis At The O2 exhibition at The O2 Arena

    The exhibition will open on 31 August and will showcase over 300 artefacts direct from the Presley family's treasured Graceland Archives, some of which have never been exhibited outside of Graceland in Memphis.

  44. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The top stories in the capital at 12:00 on BBC London 94.9:

    • An elderly woman who was run over and killed by a lorry in west London was reportedly a homeless former concert pianist who was living in a car park.
    • A 24-year-old man's been killed after his X-Type Jaguar hit a tree and overturned in Bromley.
  45. Report fly-tipping

    Harrow Council tweets: Notice a flytip that needs clearing? Please report it to us via our website @ #SaveTimeDoItOnline

  46. Westminster Mile launch

    The third Bupa Westminster Mile will salute Steve Cram, who set the British record mile time of 3:46.32 in Oslo in 1985.

    The 2015 event is being launched today at Paddington Recreation Ground, but the Westminster Mile event will take place on on 24 May.

  47. Cancer: The 'evil genius'

    Fergus Walsh

    Medical correspondent

    "If you had to describe cancer I would say it's an evil genius."

    Sophie Armitage

    It's a vivid metaphor from Dr Udai Banerji, of the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden, for the challenge facing patients, scientists and clinicians. Over the past 18 months, I've been part of a Panorama team that has followed a group of remarkable cancer patients who are on clinical trials run jointly by the two organisations.

  48. Former concert pianist dies

    The Guardian

    A former concert pianist who for years lived in a battered old car on a west London street after falling on hard times has been killed in a road accident, reports The Guardian.

    Tributes have poured in for Anne Naysmith, from Chiswick, who died in a collision with a lorry. She was a promising pianist who once played at Wigmore Hall in central London. But in the late 1970s she ran into financial problems and suffered the heartbreak of a failed romance.

  49. Arsenal 2 Leicester 1

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport

    Arsenal moved into the Premier League top four with a win that left bottom club Leicester City five points adrift of safety.

    Laurent Koscielny scores

    Mesut Ozil whipped in a corner for Laurent Koscielny to tap in from close range and later saw a shot saved, allowing Theo Walcott to volley home.

    But the Foxes rallied as Andrej Kramaric scored a first goal in English football with a low second-half shot.

  50. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The top story in the capital at 11:00 on BBC London 94.9:

    Harriet Harman, the Labour MP for Camberwell and Peckham, has denied that the party's patronising women by sending a bright pink minibus out on tour.

  51. Car erupts in flames

    A blazing car caused chaos in Lewisham last night, reports the News Shopper. The paper said it is believed the vehicle erupted in flames in Brookmill Road at around 10pm last night and the road was closed off for an hour.

  52. Man 'turned away' from bridal shop

    Croydon Guardian


    A cross-dressing groom-to-be has accused a bridal shop of discrimination after it refused to let him try on dresses because he was a man, reports the Croydon Guardian.

    Sam Clayton, 21, told the south London newspaper he was turned away from Berketex Bride in Wellesley Road, Croydon, after staff allegedly told him: "We don't dress people like you." The shop has apologised for any upset caused, the paper said.

  53. Record passengers at Heathrow

    A total of 5.45 million passengers travelled through Heathrow Airport last month - the highest January total for the west London airport.

    Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport, London

    The figure was 1.3% up on January last year and was boosted by a 17.9% increase in traffic to Mexico. Heathrow handled 73.44 million passengers in the 12 months ending in January - a 1.3% rise on the previous 12 months.

  54. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The top headlines in the capital at 10:00 on BBC London 94.9:

    • The prospect of driverless cars on the streets of London will move a step forward today, as three new models are unveiled in Greenwich.
    • 12 months after a pensioner from Tooting died following a scuffle with burglars at his home, police are returning to the scene to appeal for information.
  55. Council denies job losses

    Claims that up to 400 jobs at Richmond Council could go as part of a merger of services with Wandsworth Council have been rubbished, reports Laura Proto in the Richmond and Twickenham Times.

    The two councils announced last month they would share a staffing arrangement from March 2017 in a move to save about £10m-a-year for each borough.

  56. The Mayor meets Vogue

    The Mayor of London Boris Johnson met American Vogue editor Anna Wintour on the third day of his trip to the US.

    Anna Wintour and Boris Johnson

    The pair were attending a reception and dinner in New York hosted by the British Fashion Council to celebrate the creative talent shared between New York and Britain ahead of New York fashion week next week.

  57. Election battlegrounds

    Tim Donovan

    Political Editor, BBC London

    You can preview the story of the coming election in London by focusing on just a fraction of the 73 constituencies in the capital.

    That's because the election is won and lost in marginal seats - those which are winnable, by the BBC's definition, through a swing of 5% in the vote. They are the close contests.

    Most but not all of the seats listed here are marginal. Nearly all are targets, identified by the parties as those they have to win to achieve their overall nationwide electoral dreams.

    Is your area one of them?

  58. Bakerloo line delays

    Bakerloo line tweets: Severe delays between Harrow & Wealdstone and Queen's Park while we fix a signal failure at Stonebridge Park. Good service on the rest.

  59. On air

    BBC London 94.9


    On BBC London 94.9, Vanessa Feltz is discussing the Labour party's new pink bus, which has been unveiled to attract female voters. Camberwell and Peckham MP Harriet Harman has called it eye-catching, but critics have called it patronising.

    What do you think? Get involved in the discussion by calling 0207 224 2000.

  60. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The top headline in the capital at 09:00 on BBC London 94.9:

    The Business Secretary Vince Cable says he disagrees with critics of driverless cars who say they're unsafe. He's heading to Greenwich, one of four places where autonomous vehicles will be tested on public roads later this year, to gauge public reaction.

  61. Wood Lane reopens

    The Met Police said they were called to reports of a suspicious vehicle on Wood Lane in west London at 07:32.

    Wood Lane

    Wood Lane was closed in both directions but @BBCTravelAlert has tweeted the road and White City Tube station have now reopened.

  62. Watch: Weather forecast

    What's in sort for the weather today? Watch the full weather forecast from Kate Kinsella on the BBC London Facebook page.

    Kate Kinsella
  63. Wood Lane closed

    BBC London


    The A219 Wood Lane in White City is currently closed in both directions between the South Africa Road junction and Shepherds Bush Green, because of a police incident.

    In Hornchurch, the A127 is slow into London between Hall Lane and Ardleigh Green Road. For the latest travel follow @BBCLondonNews on Twitter.

  64. Driverless cars in Greenwich

    Three driverless cars which will be tested from this summer on the streets of Greenwich will be unveiled by the government later.

    Driverless car

    The models will also be tried out in Milton Keynes, Coventry and Bristol to gauge public reaction.

  65. Delays on the roads

    BBC London


    The northbound Blackwall Tunnel has just reopened after a bus had broken down, and there are long delays on the approach.

    The South Circular is queuing westbound from the A20 in Eltham towards Catford, because of temporary traffic lights at Minard Road.

    For more information go to our travel page or on Twitter @BBCLondonNews

  66. District Line delays

    BBC London


    On the Underground there are minor delays on the District Line between Upminster and Tower Hill.

    For more travel updates visit the BBC Travel London website.

  67. Cloudy

    Another cloudy and dry morning but brightening up, possibly with some sunny spells this afternoon.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature 6C (43F).

  68. Post update

    Elaine Okyere

    BBC London News

    Morning - I'm bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    You can email me your comments about the stories of the day or send photos or tweet @BBCLondonNews.