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Summary

  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow
  2. Updates for Thursday 19 February 2015

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All times stated are UK

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  1. 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.

  2. Rainy and cloudy

    The rain will clear away, but it will remain cloudy, along with a few showers. The temperatures will stay above freezing.

    Minimum temperature: 5C (41F)

  3. On air

    BBC London News

    TV

    BBC London News at 18:30, will have the latest on the man prevented from boarding a Paris Metro train by Chelsea football fans chanting racist slogans. The man, who has been named as Souleymane S, said: "These people, these English fans... should be locked up."

    Also on the programme, reporter Yvonne Hall will be live in Victoria where a cyclist was killed in in a collision with a lorry.

  4. Southwark Park Road closed

    BBC London News

    TV

    On the roads, Southwark Park Road in Southwark closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B203 Dunton Road junction and the St James's Road junction, because of an accident.

    For the latest travel updates visit the BBC London travel website.

  5. 'Is this fair and safe for cyclists?'

    Cyclist Edward Pyne emailed london.locallive@bbc.co.uk expressing his sadness at the death of a cyclist in Victoria this morning. He wrote: "I'd never usually take a picture of such a sad event but the reason I have is to highlight something for all to see.

    Victoria Street

    "I've ridden down there a few times before and its an absolute death trap - crammed in with eight foot fences either side and nowhere to go - and construction vehicles arriving and leaving all day including rush hour. My question to Boris is this fair and safe for cyclists? Are you doing all you can do to ensure the safety of cyclists in London?"

  6. Union concern over 'cast off' trains

    Alex Moss

    BBC News

    Proposals to run old London Underground trains on routes in northern England would see travellers getting the south's "cast offs", a union has said.

    Refitted District Line carriages are being offered as an affordable way to replace ageing Pacer trains.

    One of the London Underground trains that is being refurbished

    The Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) said it did not want second hand trains on the northern network.

  7. Blur to play Hyde Park

    Blur are heading back to Hyde Park with their first album in more than a decade.

    Blur performing in 2012

    They'll headline the British Summer Time festival on 20 June. Speaking at a news conference, frontman Damon Albarn joked: "I love it because I can cycle to work".

  8. Formula E Championship in Battersea Park

    The London race of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship has received planning approval to be held within the grounds of Battersea Park.

    Artist impression proposed Formula E layout

    Wandsworth Council approved the London ePrix which will encompass two separate races on 27 and 28 June.

  9. Be careful who you swear at on a train

    BBC Trending

    What's popular and why

    "I was on my way into work on the Tube on Monday morning during rush hour. I stood to one side to let a lady get by, and ended up blocking a man momentarily. He shoved passed me, almost knocking me over, and shouted" said Matt Buckland.

    He saw the man again though - when he turned up for job interview....

    Tweet by recruiter Matt Buckland

    His tweet-by-tweet account of the scenario has now gone viral. He told BBC Trending: "It was totally awkward."

  10. The art of Chinese writing

    Duchess of Cornwall in London

    To celebrate the start of Chinese New Year, the Duchess of Cornwall has been shown the art of Chinese calligraphy during an official visit to Chinatown in central London.

  11. Police issue CCTV photo in Enfield baby death case

    Police investigating the death of a six-week-old baby boy have released a photo of a woman they want to speak to. The woman in the photo was seen at Tooting Broadway station, in south London, on Thursday 27 November at 20:40.

    woman at Tooting Broadway

    She was believed to have seen the baby before he died last November. The child was found in Russell Road, in the borough of Enfield, unconscious and unresponsive and was pronounced dead at hospital.

  12. Mayor set to give evidence

    A mayor accused of electoral fraud is due to start giving evidence at a special High Court hearing tomorrow.

    Lutfur Rahman

    Lawyers say Lutfur Rahman (pictured) - independent mayor of Tower Hamlets, east London, and leader of a party called Tower Hamlets First (THF) - is likely to spend two days answering questions at an Election Court trial in London.

    Four voters have taken legal action against Mr Rahman. They want Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey, who is sitting as a judge at the trial, to declare the result of the May 2014 mayoral election, which saw Mr Rahman elected for a second term, void and order a re-run.

    Mr Rahman denies wrongdoing.

  13. Visitor numbers drop at top London art galleries

    Will Gompertz

    Arts editor

    Two of London's most prestigious fine art galleries have seen UK visitor numbers fall significantly over the last five years, official figures show. A few days ago, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport sent out a press release stating: "Latest statistics for Government-sponsored museums show two million more visits were made than previous year."

    National Gallery

    But look beneath the surface and a slightly different picture emerges. In the case of The National Gallery and The Tate Galleries, UK visits have actually dropped by a conspicuous 20% since 2008/09.

  14. TfL on Drivetime with Eddie Nestor

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    On Drivetime with Eddie Nestor on BBC London 94.9, Leon Daniels, the managing director of surface transport at Transport for London, is now live on air talking about road safety after a cyclist was killed in a collision with a lorry in Victoria this morning.

  15. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    At 17:00 the top story on BBC London 94.9 is: A 19-year-old man from Camberwell has been found guilty of plotting to behead a British soldier.

    Brusthom Ziamani had been inspired by the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, in Woolwich, in 2013.

  16. Feedback

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

  17. Cause of Paddington deaths revealed

    A convicted rapist - who is believed to have killed his parents in a double murder - died of multiple injuries, a post mortem has found. Ashraf Amrani was found dead on the roof of a property on Westbourne Park Road, Paddington, on Friday.

    Westbourne Park Road, Paddington

    When police went to inform his family, the bodies of his parents Hassan and Zohra Amrani were found at their home in Landor House on the same street. Post-mortem examinations found the cause of death for Mr Amrani were lacerations incised wounds to the abdomen and Mrs Amrani was killed by a blunt force trauma to the head and strangulation injuries.

  18. Single staffing structure 'opportunities'

    The Wandsworth Guardian reports a single staffing structure between Richmond and Wandsworth councils would "open up new opportunities" for both boroughs, claims a new report.

  19. Child murder trial jury retires

    The jury in the trial of a mother and her lesbian lover accused of killing her daughter has retired to consider its verdicts at the Old Bailey.

    Polly Chowdhury (left) and Kiki Muddar

    Polly Chowdhury, 35, and Kiki Muddar, 43, are accused of murdering eight-year-old Ayesha Ali at their home in Chadwell Heath in August 2013. They both deny the charges.

  20. Ziamani case illustrates 'terror threat'

    Police have said 19-year-old Brusthom Ziamani, who was found guilty of preparing a terrorist act at the Old Bailey, showed how people can quickly develop extremist views when radicalised.

    Commander Richard Walton, from the Met Police's Counter Terrorism Command, said: "This case starkly illustrates one of the threats we currently face in the UK. Ziamani was an impressionable young man who became radicalised then rapidly developed an extremist, violent mindset. Over a series of months he ultimately developed a desire to carry out a terrorist attack on British soldiers."

  21. Chinatown dining

    Time Out London

    magazine

    Time Out has a guide to where to eat in Chinatown to celebrate Chinese New Year.

    Gerrard Street in China Town
  22. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    On BBC London 94.9 the top headlines at 16:00 include:

    • A 19-year-old from Camberwell has been found guilty of plotting to behead a British soldier.
    • A woman in her 30s has become the fourth cyclist and at least the 30th person this year to die on London's roads.
  23. Hampton Court Palace water works

    TfL Traffic News tweets: Thames Water works continue near Hampton Court Palace - due to end on Sunday. Queues on both Upper Sunbury Road and Hampton Court Way.

  24. Post update

    After the verdict was delivered, Ziamani's lawyer Naeem Mian told Judge Timothy Pontius: "Of course the sentence will be one of considerable length but nevertheless he is a young man who has no previous convictions at all."

    The court heard Ziamani had been inspired by the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in 2013, researched Army cadet base sites and boasted of a plot to "kill soldiers".

  25. Post update

    During the trial, jurors were told how Ziamani had "reverted" to Islam at the beginning of 2014 and was arrested after he had shown his ex-girlfriend weapons.

    Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Brusthom Ziamani,

    Ziamani had fallen in with members of al-Muhajiroun - an extremist organisation - after he was "kicked out" of home for converting to Islam in early 2014, the court was told.

    He attended the group's talks in the basement of a Halal sweet shop in Whitechapel, east London.

  26. BreakingZiamani guilty of beheading plot

    BREAKING NEWS

    Brusthom Ziamani, 19, has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of plotting to behead a British soldier after being inspired by the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

  27. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    Our top headlines at 15:00 include:

    The Queen has reopened Canada House in Central London after the building underwent redevelopment costing £130m.

    On arrival she was greeted by two Mounties sat on horses named George and Elizabeth - gifts to the monarch from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

  28. London workers most productive in UK, says ONS

    Jonty Bloom

    Business correspondent, BBC News

    The Office for National Statistics has produced a regional breakdown of productivity and it makes for interesting reading.

    The gap is huge, in Central London the average worker is producing 42% more every hour than the national average. In Cornwall they produce 28% less than the national average.

  29. Knife attack witness appeal

    Newham Recorder

    A wounded father and son, who were stabbed after chasing two suspected car thieves in Church Road, Manor Park, are appealing for help to bring their attacker to justice, reports the Newham Recorder.

  30. Terry wants longer Chelsea contract

    BBC Sport

    John Terry wants to extend his Chelsea playing career by another 12 months.

    John Terry

    The 34-year-old centre-back, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has made 656 appearances in 16 years for the Blues.

    "The club know my position," said the former England captain. "I want to stay. Hopefully my performances are showing that and they can keep me."

  31. Miliband's old school 'bought by HSBC'

    Labour leader Ed Miliband has told the Camden New Journal it was "just one of those things" that HSBC bank had once been able to buy half his former school.

    The newspaper said he was told the bank had acquired half of Haverstock School, in Chalk Farm, through its infrastructure investment company back in 2007.

  32. Queen reopens Canada House

    The Queen at Canada House

    The Queen arrived to officially reopen the newly refurbished Canada House near Trafalgar Square earlier greeted by some Mounties.

  33. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The top story in the capital at 14:00: A woman in her 30s has become the fourth cyclist and at least the 30th person this year to die on London's roads.

  34. The year of the sheep, goat or ram?

    The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have been visiting London's Chinatown to mark the start of Chinese New Year. The couple arrived to a fanfare of colour, drums and dancing dragons.

    Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Chinatown

    But is it the year of the sheep, ram, or goat? Watch this video to find out.

  35. Cyclist died near 2013 bike crash site

    London Assembly Green member Darren Johnson pointed out the site, where a woman died today after a collision with a lorry, was near where Katharine Giles was killed in a crash on her bike two years ago.

    He said: "We appear to have had zero action to address problems with construction lorries around this area."

  36. Baby Olivia Stanca dies after life support withdrawn

    A couple dropped a High Court battle over a decision to withdraw life support from their one-year-old daughter after accepting nothing more could be done, their lawyer said.

    Olivia, daughter of Maria and George Stanca, from Walthamstow, east London, died at Great Ormond Street Hospital overnight. She was born with cancer and developed complications from her treatment, said solicitor Anne-Marie Irwin.

  37. 'Worst traffic'

    Billy Reeves

    BBC London Travel

    There is very heavy congestion in central London at the moment - some of the worst I have ever seen.

    Billy Reeves and the travel camera

    Breesenden Place is shut for accident investigation work after a fatality this morning and combined with ongoing roadworks around Parliament Square, Stamford Street, Southampton Row and Pall Mall it is causing major problems around Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park Corner and the West End.

    For the latest travel updates follow @BBCTravelAlert on Twitter and listen to BBC London 94.9.

  38. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The top stories in the capital at 13:00:

    • A woman in her 30s has become the fourth cyclist this year to die on London's roads.
    • EastEnders will celebrate its 30th birthday tonight, after more than 5,000 episodes.
  39. NME awards

    Kasabian and singer-songwriter Jamie T were the big winners at last night's NME awards at the Brixton Academy in London.

    Kasabian

    The band were named best British band and also won best album for 48:13 and the best quote award, while Jamie T picked up best track, best video and music moment of the year.

  40. Kew Gardens talks tonight

    Kew Gardens is hosting an evening of activities, including drinks in a pop-up botanical gin bar and talks on how plants use colour and scent to attract their pollinators.

    Tickets are £12 for the event tonight which takes place in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

  41. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    On BBC London 94.9 Robert Elms is going to be joined by Joel Madden, the director of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel from 13:00.

    Judi Dench, left and Maggie Smith (right) pose with Director John Madden
  42. West Ham signs Nene

    BBC Sport

    West Ham have signed former Paris Saint-Germain forward Nene until the end of the season on a free transfer, subject to international clearance.

    Nene

    The Brazilian, Ligue 1's top scorer in 2011-12, was a free agent after leaving Qatari side Al-Gharafa in January. The 33-year-old forward said: "I am very excited and happy to be here."

  43. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The top stories in the capital at 12:00:

    • A woman in her 30s has become the fourth cyclist to die on London's roads this year. Campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists has called for the Met Police to focus on tipper trucks to improve safety.
    • A man who was prevented from boarding a Paris Metro train by Chelsea fans chanting racist slogans says he'll lodge an official complaint with the police.
  44. Chip pan safety tips

    London Fire Brigade are warning chip pans and deep fat fryers caused nearly one fire a day in the capital's homes last year. The Brigade has released some safety tips:

    • Think about replacing your chip pan with an electric fryer - they are safer to use.
    • If you have to use a chip pan never fill it more than a third full with oil or fat.
    • Take extra care if you've been drinking alcohol - it might be safer to eat a cold snack or get a takeaway than use your fryer.
    • Never leave the pan unattended with the heat on - not even for a few seconds.
    • Don't put chips in the pan if the oil has started smoking. Turn off the heat and leave the oil to cool down or it could catch fire.
  45. Gallipoli remembered

    BBC London 94.9's David Friend tweets: At @harrowschool for #Gallipoli100 recording for @lastpostproject @DCMS #WW1

    Harrow School
  46. Interfaith pilgrimage

    An Interfaith pilgrimage is taking place in central London following the recent terrorist attacks in France and Denmark.

    Pilgrimage flyer

    Participants will walk to the Regents Park Mosque, Central Synagogue and Westminster Abbey from 11.00-16.00. The event is organised by alumni from the Cambridge Coexist Leadership Programme.

  47. Highbury estate 'on lock down'

    An entire estate is on lock down for 48 hours in a bid to stop a group of motorbike yobs terrorising residents, reports the Islington Gazette.

    The newspaper said a dispersal order has been put into place people on the Highbury Quadrant Estate, off Catherall Road, Highbury, have been victimised by a gang of teenage hoodlums driving stolen mopeds, burning the bikes, taking drugs and breaking into homes.

  48. Wimbledon train delays

    South West Trains tweets: UPDATE #Wimbledon: Following a problem under investigation all lines now reopened. Trains may be delayed/cancelled http://ow.ly/Jjdll

  49. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    On BBC London 94.9 the top stories in the capital at 11:00:

    • A cyclist's been killed this morning in a collision with a tipper truck in central London.
    • The lawyer representing the parents of a baby girl from Walthamstow who went to court to fight a decision by doctors to withdraw her life support says they now accept there was nothing more that could be done for her.
  50. Police hunt landlord

    Police are hunting for a landlord accused of stealing a mobile phone from one of his tenants.

    Mohammed Kassim Adam

    On 9 January an arrest warrant was issued for 50-year-old Mohammed Kassim Adam, the landlord of the Beulah House Hotel in Croydon. Officers said he was aware a warrant had been issued, but had failed to hand himself in.

  51. Upside down parking

    BBC London's Ayshea Buksh tweets: @BBCLondonNews Be careful where you park! Artwork by sculptor @alex_chinneck @southbankcentre #upsidedowncar

    Sculpture at Southbank
  52. 'Anger' over swastika jewellery

    Ham & High

    Newspaper

    Members of the Jewish Community are angry that swastika jewellery is being sold by a Hampstead auction house, reports Ham & High.

    They say the gold and diamond swastika-shaped pendant is highly offensive and should be withdrawn from next Tuesday's sale at Hampstead Auctions, in Heath Street, the newspaper said.

  53. Leyton Orient defeat

    Murray Burnell

    BBC London 94.9

    Leyton Orient remain second bottom in League One after a 2-0 home defeat to Bradford last night.

    Bradford striker James Hanson

    The Os are still three points off safety, after failing to capitalise on Saturday's win at Chesterfield.

  54. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The top stories in the capital at 10:00

    • A woman in her 30s has become the fourth cyclist this year to die on London's roads.
    • The man prevented from boarding a Paris Metro train by Chelsea fans chanting racist slogans says he'll lodge an official complaint with the police.
  55. Burst pipe in Hillingdon

    A burst water main has been causing commuter mayhem in Hillingdon since the early hours of the morning, reports Get West London.

    The pipe on the A404 Pinner Road near Northwood Hills Tube station means the road is closed eastbound between Northwood Hills Circus and the Crossway junction, the newspaper said.

  56. Cyclist's bike 'crushed by wheels'

    Witnesses said the bicycle could be seen crushed under the second set of wheels of the Gordon Plant Hire truck.

    Victoria Street

    The woman is the fourth cyclist to be killed on London's roads this year. Carnel Jarca, a Big Issue seller, was stood opposite the crash when it happened, said: "I just heard this big sound, a crash, the sound of crushed metal."

  57. 'Fans should be locked up'

    London Evening Standard

    Newspaper

    The man who was recorded being racially abused by Chelsea fans in a Paris metro station has said they should be "found, punished" and "locked up".

    The Paris-born man told Le Parisien: "What was I meant to say to my children? That Dad was pushed and shoved in the Metro because he's black? That's hopeless."

  58. Domestic violence

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    File photo

    On BBC London 94.9 Nikki Bedi is in for Vanessa Feltz now and she is discussing domestic violence after a parliamentary watchdog said the government's flagship welfare scheme could leave women vulnerable to abuse.

    You can join the discussion by calling 020 7224 2000.

  59. Cyclist killed in Victoria Street

    A cyclist has died after being involved in a collision with a tipper truck in central London this morning.

    The Met Police and London Ambulance were called just before 08:00 to Victoria Street, near to Victoria Palace in Westminster, where they found an unresponsive woman in her 30s. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Local road closures are in place and motorists are being advised to find alternative routes.

  60. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    Our top story in the capital at 09:00:

    A baby girl from Walthamstow who was born with cancer has died after her parents accepted there was nothing more doctors could do for her.

  61. Queen to reopen Canada House

    The Queen is due to reopen the newly refurbished Canada House today.

    The building, which overlooks Trafalgar Square, is home to the Canadian High Commission and was first opened by the Queen's grandfather, George V, in 1925.

    It has been extensively remodelled to consolidate the Canadian high commission's diplomatic activities in the UK in one location. We'll publish some photos here later of the visit.

  62. QPR manager 'dream'

    Murray Burnell

    BBC London 94.9

    QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has told BBC London 94.9 he has not made any contact with Michael Laudrup over the managerial position at Loftus Road.

    Laudrup was reported to be the "dream candidate" referred to by Fernandes on social media.

  63. TV headlines

    BBC London News

    TV

    The BBC One London bulletin this morning includes:

    • Rail passengers in and around London tweeted train companies more than 400,000 times last year, to complain about delays cancellations and overcrowding.
    Katharine Carpenter
  64. Girl, 1, to have life support ended

    The parents of a one-year-old girl born with a tumour on her adrenal gland have agreed to the withdrawal of life support.

    Maria and George Stanca, from Walthamstow, lost their legal fight at the High Court.

  65. Line-side fire

    There's a good service on the Tube this morning apart from the Central line which has minor delays between Epping and Leytonstone.

    South West Trains tweets that a line-side fire has meant some trains have been cancelled this morning. Check which ones here.

  66. Rain later

    Alina Jenkins

    Weather Presenter

    There's been a sense of spring over the past few days. By comparison today is a different feel.

    Alina Jenkins

    Highs of 9C (48F). More detail here.

  67. Happy Chinese New Year!

    Elaine Okyere

    BBC London News

    Good morning. It's me bringing you live news, travel, sport and weather updates today. Email us your news or tweet @BBCLondonNews.

    If you're out and about London today and spot something worthy of a photograph (maybe in Chinatown!), why not email us and we may use it here.