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  1. Updates for Wednesday 18 February 2015

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All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That's all for the live page today. Join Elaine Okyere tomorrow at 08:00 for all the latest, news, sport, travel and weather for London.

  2. 'Chilly and clear'

    This evening and overnight it will be chilly and clear at first, but cloud will build in from the north-west during the early hours.

    Minimum temperature: 1C (34F).

  3. Teatime news

    BBC London News

    TV

    Tonight on BBC London News: Tube workers are facing increasing abuse from angry passengers, according to new figures.

    And traditional manufacturing jobs in the capital may disappear all together in the next 50 years, the Green Party warns.

    Join Riz Lateef and the BBC London TV News team at 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Fresh strike for gallery workers

    National Gallery

    National Gallery workers are to stage a series of fresh strikes in a row over the privatisation of services.

    Members of the Public and Commercial Services union at the central London gallery will walk out for five days from 24 February, following a five-day stoppage earlier this month.

  5. Park keepers plans slammed

    Park users have slammed Harrow Council over plans to remove park keepers, the Harrow Times reports.

    Harrow Council announced park keepers will be laid off in changes to park maintenance to be made in the spring, the paper says.

  6. TV star sued by injured plumber

    A trainee plumber is suing an actor from the hit TV series Shameless over brain damage and partial blindness suffered in a row over a mobile phone.

    Elliott Tittensor
    Image caption: Elliott Tittensor's credits include Shameless and The Stone Roses-inspired film Spike Island

    Oliver Flint "suffered grave injuries" after being thrown from the bonnet of a BMW driven by Elliott Tittensor outside a McDonald's in Kentish Town, the High Court heard.

  7. Multi-faith London pilgrimage

    Leaders from Britain's major faiths are setting out on a pilgrimage across London tomorrow.

    Participants will meet in Regents Park where a time of reflection will be shared at Regents Park Mosque at 11:00, where before moving to the Central Synagogue in Great Portland Street and then Westminster Abbey.

  8. Fire breaks out on Elstree set

    A fire broke out on the set of EastEnders a few hours after the BBC soap broadcast "live inserts" as part of 30th anniversary celebrations.

    Fire on EastEnders set
    Image caption: Firefighters in Hertfordshire were called to the Albert Square set a few hours after a live broadcast

    Firefighters were called to the set in the BBC's Elstree studios in Hertfordshire just after 23:00 last night.

    The show is back again tonight at 20:00 on BBC One as we get ever nearer to finding out who killed Lucy Beale.

  9. Burst water main

    In Chelsea, Edith Grove southbound is closed causing queuing traffic because of a burst water main on the King's Road.

    For more travel updates, visit BBC London's travel website.

  10. Drivetime

    Scotland Yard, the FA and Chelsea football club have all said they will help French police investigate an alleged racist incident in Paris last night involving the club's fans.

    In a video posted online, the supporters appear to be chanting: "Chelsea we're racist, and that's the way we like it."

    Does this surprise you? How shocking was it? Join the discussion on BBC London 94.9 now.

  11. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    On the 17:00 bulletin: Scotland Yard detectives are to examine video footage of Chelsea fans apparently using racist chants and repeatedly pushing a black man off a train in the Paris Metro.

    Listen to BBC London 94.9.

  12. Baby life support withdrawn

    The parents of a one-year-old baby Olivia Stanca have agreed to the withdrawal of life support for their daughter at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London after a long battle to save her life ended up in the High Court.

  13. Feedback

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

  14. Stella artwork

    Royal Academy sculpture

    A visitor observes a seven metres tall and eight metres wide sculpture entitled "Inflated Star and Wooden Star" by American artist Frank Stella, at the Annenberg Courtyard of the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly.

  15. Grant for women's support project

    A south London project aiming to help women leave prostitution has been awarded £491,825 in National Lottery funding.

    Eaves Housing for Women (Eaves) is one of 12 projects across the capital sharing grants totalling almost £4.2m through the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme.

  16. Brent Cross plans submitted

    Plans for a £4.5bn regeneration project of Brent Cross Cricklewood have been submitted to Barnet Council, Brent & Kilburn Times reports.

  17. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    On the 16:00 bulletin: Labour's much criticised pink election bus arrived in Croydon this morning.

    Listen to BBC London 94.9 to find out more.

  18. Quiz the transport commissioner

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    Sir Peter Hendy with Eddie Nestor

    Sir Peter Hendy, Commissioner of Transport for London, will be coming on the Drivetime show from 18:00 to take your calls and emails on anything you wish to raise about London's transport system.

    Are you concerned about safety on the network? Want to know more about the recent vote by London Underground drivers to go on strike? Get in touch now.

    Email your questions now or call 0207 224 2000 from 18:00.

  19. Gypsy mourners apologise to neighbours

    A gypsy family has thanked neighbours for their understanding as hundreds of mourners descend on Ewell and worried pubs shut up shop, writes Alice Foster in the Epsom Guardian.

    The body of Sylvie Smith, a well loved member of the gypsy community, was taken home to Shire Court, Short Croft Road, Ewell, yesterday morning.

  20. Tube staff safety concern

    Assaults on Tube staff members have risen by 44% since 2009, figures have shown.

    Customers buying tickets at Queensway ticket office

    London Assembly member Val Shawcross highlighted the figures, saying changes including the closure of ticket offices and cuts in staff numbers would leave workers feeling "dangerously isolated".

  21. Refuse truck collides with pedestrian

    Police were called to a collision between a pedestrian and refuse truck on East Lane in Wembley earlier, Scotland Yard says.

    London Ambulance attended the scene, where a woman in her 20s was taken by LAS to west London hospital with potentially life threatening injuries.

  22. News on the hour

    Our top headlines at 15:00 include:

    A hearing to determine the future of a new stadium for Tottenham Hotspur has resumed today.

    The club plans to build a new 56,000-seater stadium on its existing ground. But a local business - Archway Sheet Metal works - claims it's being unlawfully forced to move, and has taken its appeal to the high court. A decision is expected tomorrow

  23. Prince Charles in east London

    Prince Charles

    Abbey Mills pumping station was an integral part of London's main sewerage system completed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette in 1865 as a solution to the Great Stink seven years earlier, when the smell from the River Thames overwhelmed MPs at Parliament.

    Wearing a hard hat, protective glasses and a high visibility jacket Prince Charles chatted to senior staff from the engineering project as he stood at the mouth of the vast tunnel that stretched ahead of them.

    When completed it will help prevent 16m tonnes of sewage and rainwater overflowing into the River Lee each year by transporting it to Beckton sewage treatment works.

  24. FA statement Paris Metro incident

    Following footage released appearing to show a black man being pushed off a Metro train by Chelsea fans, the FA has released a statement.

    "The FA, like the club, completely condemn such disgraceful behaviour which is a criminal offence and those responsible should face the strongest possible punishment," it said.

  25. Prince visits pumping station

    The Prince of Wales has been visiting the recently constructed Lee Tunnel to mark the 150th anniversary of London's sewer network at the Abbey Mills Pumping Station in east London.

    Prince Charles
  26. Man pushed 'because PSG fan'

    A Chelsea fan who was on the Metro train claims the supporters pushed the man off the carriage because he was a PSG fan rather than for the colour of his skin.

    Season-ticket holder Mitchell McCoy, 17, from Fulham, said: "People were saying it was because he was black. It's not true at all. I personally think it's because he was a PSG fan."

  27. Protest over Hampstead dams work

    Ham and High

    Newspaper

    Protesters are calling on Hampstead's parliamentary candidates to put the protection of Hampstead Heath at the top of their election pledges, the Ham and High reports.

    Around 20 people, armed with slogan banners, gathered at the Mixed Bathing Pond on Saturday as work got under way on the £22m ponds dam project.

  28. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    On the 14:00 bulletin: the jury has been sent out to consider its verdict in the trial of Brusthom Ziamani who denies planning to behead a British soldier, inspired by the men who murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

    Listen to BBC London 94.9.

  29. Lunchtime news

    BBC London News

    TV

    On the lunchtime bulletin: industrial businesses could disappear from the capital within the next 50 years, according to the Green Party.

    It is calling on the mayor to support the capital's manufacturing businesses.

    Tune in at 13:35 on BBC One.

  30. Five things learned at Parc des Princes

    BBC Sport

    "Thibaut Courtois is pure class" is one of five things BBC Sport says football fans learned from Chelsea's draw with Paris St-Germain.

    Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea

    What else did we learn?

  31. Assaults on Tube staff increase

    Labour has called for more protection for London Underground workers after figures showed a 44% increase in assaults on staff since 2009.

    Nick Brown, London Underground's chief operating officer, said: "Our staff and passengers have the right to work and travel without fear of threat or violence."

  32. Fine and dry afternoon

    It will be a fine and dry afternoon with some spells of sunshine. Cloud will increase from the northwest and south-westerly winds will freshen slightly.

    Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

  33. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    On the 12:00 bulletin: Scotland Yard says it is examining footage of last night's incident on the Paris Metro, where four or five Chelsea fans were filmed appearing to forcibly prevent a black man boarding a train and chanting "we're racist and that's the way we like it".

    Listen to BBC London 94.9.

  34. Elgin Marbles 'should stay in London'

    A survey of art world experts, by public relations firm Bell Pottinger Arts, found 60% in favour of the British Museum keeping the Elgin Marbles.

    Elgin Marbles

    The 2,500-year-old marbles were presented to the London institution almost 200 years ago after being removed from the Parthenon temple at the Acropolis by Lord Elgin - with the debate over whether they should be returned to Greece raging ever since.

  35. Met to examine Paris Metro footage

    After footage emerged which appears to show Chelsea football fans preventing a black man from boarding a Paris train, the Metropolitan Police said: "We are aware of footage currently on the internet allegedly involving Chelsea fans in Paris."

    The Met added it "takes offences such as this very seriously, no matter where they occur" and it would examine the footage "with a view to seeing if we can apply for football banning orders".

  36. Jury out in army terror plot trial

    A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a Camberwell teenager accused of hatching a plot to behead a British soldier inspired by the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

    Court sketch of Brusthom Ziamani

    Brusthom Ziamani, 19, was arrested in an east London street last August carrying a black flag, a knife and a hammer in a rucksack, having earlier researched the location of army cadet bases in south-east London, the Old Bailey heard.

  37. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    On the 11:00 bulletin: Labour says the closure of Tube ticket offices and the loss of hundreds of jobs will leave staff at some stations feeling "dangerously isolated".

    Listen to BBC London 94.9 to find out more.

  38. London estate agents fees 'reach £1.1bn'

    London Evening Standard

    Newspaper

    London's booming housing market saw the capital's estate agents earn a staggering £1.1bn in fees last year, the Evening Standard reports.

    In Olympic host borough Newham, estate agents' fees jumped almost 55%, from £11.3m to £17.6m, the paper says.

  39. Spurs stadium appeal

    Chris Slegg

    BBC London, Sport

    As day two of Archway Sheet Metal Works' appeal against the compulsory purchase order to allow Spurs to build their new stadium gets under way, Judge Mr Justice Dove says he plans to read out his judgement this Friday at 09:30.

    Artist impression of Tottenham's new stadium

    He jokes that last night he received an unsolicited text from a mini cab firm in Birmingham that still had his number telling him to make Tottenham "sweat".

    To laughter from the court the judge, an Aston Villa fan, explains he of course won't let this affect his judgement but says he thought he should point it out.

  40. Groups receive share of £35,000 grant

    Loughton Town Council selected 28 local organisations in the town to receive a share of a £35,000 grant following a Resources and General Services Committee meeting, the East London and West Essex Guardian Series reports.

    The largest grant was given to Epping Forest Citizens Advice Bureau, which received £8,000, the paper says.

  41. Danny Dyer - Tube announcer

    EastEnders actor Danny Dyer is going to be a London Underground announcer for the day, as part of the show's 30th anniversary celebrations.

    Danny Dyer

    The actor will be on the public address system at Bromley-by-Bow station.

  42. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    At 10:00, the top headline is: the chairman of football's anti-racism campaign Kick It Out has told BBC London 94.9 Chelsea must give their fans a "strong message" this weekend, following last night's incident on the Paris metro.

    Tune in to find out more.

  43. Watch: Bethlem Hospital museum

    Sculpture

    The Bethlem Royal Hospital in south London is the world's oldest psychiatric institution, treating patients for nearly eight centuries.

    Previously known as Bedlam, over the years the hospital has acquired a huge and significant collection of art and artefacts, much of it by patients.

    For years it has been stored in unsuitable temporary accommodation. Tomorrow a new £4m gallery and museum to show off the collection opens to the public.

  44. Black players 'need to make a stand'

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    Francis, who says he lives near the Chelsea football club in west London, told Nikki Bedi on BBC London 94.9: "Any time there's a Chelsea match, I hear snide remarks about black (people),"

    He suggests players from ethnic minorities "need to make a stand on the issue".

    Do you agree? Listen to the discussion on BBC London 94.9.

  45. Spurs stadium case to resume

    A hearing to determine the future of a new stadium for Tottenham Hotspur resumes today. One business claims it is being unlawfully forced to move under a compulsory purchase order, and has taken the matter to the High Court. Tottenham wants to build a 56,000-seater stadium on the site.

  46. Mugging charge

    A man has been charged with robbery after a 92-year-old was injured when £5 was stolen from him as he waited for a lift to his flat.

    Solomon Bygraves, 29 of no fixed address, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later.

  47. Chelsea draw

    Nick Godwin

    BBC London sports reporter

    Jose Mourinho praised the contributions of his goalkeeper and defenders in Chelsea's 1-all draw with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions' League.

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa

    Thibault Courtois made several fine saves while full-back Branislav Ivanovic scored the Blues' only goal.

  48. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    On the 09:00 bulletin: Chelsea Football Club says it'll do all it can to help the French police investigate video footage of a group of fans forcibly stopping a black man getting on a train in Paris while chanting "we're racist and that's the way we like it".

    Listen live to BBC London 94.9.

  49. Confronting racism

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    Nikki Bedi is in for Vanessa from 09:00. She'll be asking do we turn a blind eye to racism in social situations?

    Listen to the conversation on BBC London 94.9. and call 020 7224 2000 to take part.

  50. Chiswick High Road closed

    The Chiswick High Road is closed in both directions between the M4 and Burlington Road.

    Expect delays back to Kew Bridge. For more updates on Twitter, follow @BBCTravelAlert

  51. Tube delays

    There are severe delays on District Line between Edgware Road and Wimbledon due to signal failure at Southfields.

    Tickets being accepted on local buses and South West Trains services. For more travel updates, visit BBC London's travel website.

  52. Another fine day

    Alina Jenkins

    Weather Presenter

    After a frosty start, it'll be another fine day with sunny spells although a bit more cloud around this afternoon. Top temperatures of 10C (50F).

    Alina Jenkins

    More details here.

  53. Post update

    Andy Dangerfield

    BBC News Online

    Hello. I'll be bringing you live news, travel, sport and weather updates today until 18:00. Email us your news and pictures or tweet @BBCLondonNews.

    The main news this morning is that footage has emerged which appears to show Chelsea football fans preventing a black man from boarding a Paris train last night.