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  1. Updates for Monday 23 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Josephine McDermott and Chirag Trivedi

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That's all for the live page today. Thanks for joining us.

    The service will return at 08:00 on Tuesday for more live updates. Travel updates continue with Fiona McKinnon @BBCTravelAlert.

  2. Coming Up

    BBC London News


    At 18:30 on BBC One:

    • "Too soft and scared" - a leading French lawyer claims the UK is failing to tackle the crime of FGM
    • The Crossrail worker has died after almost a ton of concrete collapsed on him in a tunnel
    • And we look at the role social media may have played in the radicalisation of three east London teens believed to be heading to Syria
  3. Watch: London Fashion Week

    London Fashion Week is underway with more than 250 designers showcasing their work. Look behind the scenes.

    Burberry collection modelled
  4. Murals vandalised

    Croydon Guardian


    reports vandals have destroyed week-old murals by the all women movement Femme Fierce intended to help make the St George's Walk area of Croydon an arts quarter.

  5. Developer's 'hypocrisy'

    Tim Donovan

    Political Editor, BBC London

    A Chinese billionaire who is building a 524ft (160m) tall luxury hotel has complained about a smaller block of flats being built next door because it would spoil the view.

    Wang Jianlin's company Dalian Wanda said a planned 242ft (74m) tall building on the New Covent Garden Market site could jeopardise plans for an opulent five-star hotel in Nine Elms near Vauxhall.

    Helen Monger, from the Friends of Vauxhall Park group called it "breathtaking hypocrisy".

    Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has refused to call in the plans.

  6. Bridge designs

    via Facebook

    On Facebook, we're asking what you think of some of the entries in a competition to find a design for a bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico in south-west London.

    One of the entries
    One of the entries

    Karran Torrance writes: Excellent. As a resident of Pimlico I do hope the new Thames Bridge is built!

  7. 'Bafflingly complex refunds'

    London Assembly Labour member Val Shawcross has criticised Boris Johnson's reversal in policy saying: "What Londoners need from the Mayor and his colleagues is a real solution not a political fig leaf which comes nowhere near resolving the problem Boris has created.

    "Instead what they have been left with is a bafflingly complex system of refunds, which will only benefit a tiny proportion of travellers."

  8. Fares change

    Andy Dangerfield

    BBC News Online

    Thousands of commuters are to receive refunds after London Mayor Boris Johnson reversed a policy on caps on transport fares.

    The mayor's office said:

    • Around 25,000 people were adversely affected by the removal of daily off-peak caps in Zones 4-6
    • Transport for London will provide automatic refunds to those who incur a higher fare than the former off-peak daily cap in outer London (Zones 4-6) twice or more in a week
    • Refunds, including for the period from 2 January, will commence in April and then be paid monthly
  9. Porn evidence at abuse trial

    Catholic priest Anthony McSweeney, 68, broke down in tears at his sex abuse trial as he recalled his gay and S&M pornography collection. He denies molesting three teenage boys at Grafton Close children's home in Hounslow, west London, between 1979 and 1981.

    But he admitted being shown a child sex porn film by his close friend, the care home manager John Stingemore, 72, (pictured below) who was found dead weeks before the beginning of his trial.

    John Stingemore

    Read up on previous evidence here.

  10. Social media work

    The Prime Minister added: "Given reports that one of the girls was following as many as 70 extremists online, this case underlines the importance of the work we're doing with social media companies."

  11. Missing Schoolgirls

    BBC News Channel

    Prime Minister David Cameron has told MPs that new arrangements are needed with airlines to ensure unaccompanied teenagers boarding flights to Turkey are questioned.

    David Cameron

    He said the missing Bethnal Green Academy girls appear to have been "radicalised and duped" by the "poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism while at home on the internet in their bedrooms".

  12. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • David Cameron says he's "horrified" by the way three schoolgirls from London appear to have been "radicalised and duped" in their bedrooms by Islamic extremists
  13. 22 mobiles stolen at gig

    Ham & High


    Reports a man is accused of pickpocketing 22 people at a gig at the Electric Ballroom in Camden where Indie band Cribs were performing.

  14. Labour responds to Rahman claims

    Following remarks in the High Court by Lutfur Rahman that the Labour Party bears the "hallmarks of institutional racism", a London Labour party spokesman said the allegation was "simply wrong and without any foundation whatsoever".

    He said the party had been "at the forefront of the fight for racial equality".

  15. 'Refused help before death'

    London Evening Standard


    reports an inquest has heard a man jumped to his death in Debenhams in Oxford Street after a psychiatric hospital refused to admit him.

  16. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • The headmaster of a school in east London has appealed for information about three of its pupils who ran away to Turkey during half-term amid fears they are on their way to Syria to join Islamic State.
  17. Selection a 'blunder'

    Broadcaster Mohammed Shafiq tweets: In a huge blunder bradford west Labour Party select Amina Ali of tower hamlets to face @georgegalloway over local candidates

  18. Craft beer increase

    The Irish Independent tweets: Craft beer demand rises - 30 new breweries open in London

  19. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • The school in east London, attended by three girls who are believed to be heading to join Islamic State in Syria, has said there's no evidence that they were radicalised there.
    • Both the Conservative Party and Labour have said the actions of two MPs at the centre of new "cash for access" claims warrant further investigation.
  20. Gender-abortion vote

    Today MPs will vote on whether to amend the serious crime bill to make abortion based on foetal gender a crime.

    Green London Assembly member Jenny Jones tweets: It's not illegal already?! MT@montie: Unborn girls aborted in Britain because they're girls. Time to make it illegal.

  21. Lutfur Rahman Labour claims

    Lutfur Rahman, independent mayor of Tower Hamlets, has told a special High Court hearing the Labour Party bears "hallmarks of institutional racism".

    The former council Labour leader said he was part of a "new generation of ethnic minority candidates" in the party and "always felt a degree of ambivalence" from colleagues in the hierarchy.

  22. Post update

    The inquest was told that when the concrete fell on Mr Tkacik, the area had not finished being sprayed with concrete, and that work had stopped only so the machine could be refilled.

    When Mr McGrath was asked if there were any rope or chains in front of the exclusion zone at the time of the accident, he replied: "There was not."

    No one is facing prosecution for the death, the officer confirmed. A report from the medical attendant who was at the scene stated that Mr Tkacik had died from "blunt force trauma to the head and chest".

  23. Post update

    Mr Tkacik, of Hackney Road, east London, had been working in the UK to earn money to send home to his family in Slovakia so he could pay for his daughter Esther to go to university, a statement from his wife Renata said.

    Rene Tkacik

    The jury was shown a digital reconstruction of the 80ft (24m) deep tunnel in Fisher Street in Holborn where Mr Tkacic was killed - which was so deep it took an emergency team six minutes to reach him from ground level.

  24. Crossrail worker crushed to death

    A "hugely experienced" construction worker was crushed to death when nearly a tonne of concrete collapsed on him in a tunnel, an inquest has heard.

    Rene Tkacik, 44, was working on a Crossrail site in central London on 7 March last year when the wet concrete poured down on him, after which he lay unconscious for 15 minutes before medical staff arrived, St Pancras Coroner's Court heard.

  25. More sunshine and showers

    The winds will strengthen this afternoon and some scattered showers will develop. Some of the showers could be heavy and wintry with hail and sleet mixed in, especially over high ground but There will be further sunny spells.

    Maximum Temperature: 7C (45F).

  26. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • The school in east London, attended by three girls who are believed to be heading to join Islamic State in Syria, has said there's no evidence that they were radicalised there.
  27. Westfield terrorism risk

    Following warnings about a terror threat to Western shopping centres, Westfield has issued a statement saying: "There is no evidence of an imminent threat to our shopping centres but as always Westfield Corporation will take every available step to keep our shopping centres safe for staff, retailers and customers.

    "Westfield Corporation's policy is to not publicly discuss security procedures, however our heads of security in the US and UK continue to coordinate their activities with police and government agencies."

  28. Fortune for fire brigade

    London Fire Brigade tweets: #Soho fire station was blessed yesterday during #ChineseNewYear celebrations. It will bring good luck & fortune.

    Chinese ceremony at Soho fire station
  29. Tottenham heroics

    Murray Burnell

    BBC London 94.9

    Harry Kane again provided the heroics for Tottenham as he equalised with the final kick of the game to prevent West Ham collecting a third successive win at White Hart Lane.

    Harry Kane

    It finished 2-2, but the Hammers were 2-0 up with 10 minutes to go.

  30. Lunchtime News

    Asad Ahmad

    Presenter, BBC London

    Join me at 13:35 on BBC One as we look at French criticism of the UK authorities for not following their lead and doing more to stamp out Female Genital Mutilation. We'll also have a sprinkling of Oscars and London Fashion Week for you to enjoy.

  31. News on the hour

    Will Shindler

    BBC London 94.9

    The headlines on BBC London 94.9 this hour include:

    • The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, is writing to the Prime Minister urging him to bar MPs from having second jobs.
    • Labour's Jack Straw and the Tory MP for Kensington Sir Malcolm Rifkind have both denied any wrongdoing after they were secretly filmed apparently offering their services to a private company in return for thousands of pounds.
  32. Post update

    In a media briefing the principal also said: "This situation follows an earlier disappearance of a student in December of last year.

    "The police spoke to that student's friends at the time and further to this, they indicated that there was no evidence that the girls were at risk of being radicalised or absconding.

    "The police have also confirmed that the families of the missing girls were unaware of their plans to leave the country."

    He added: "There is no evidence that radicalisation of the students took place at the academy."

  33. Academy principal makes statement

    Mark Keary says access to social media is "strictly regulated" at Bethnal Green Academy. He says students are unable to access Twitter or Facebook on academy computers.

    He adds from the increasing number of similar incidents it is clear it is "an international issue increasing in severity". He says the school is "constantly reviewing safeguarding procedures".

  34. Crossrail worker inquest

    Tom Edwards tweets: Legal team & family & campaigners ahead of inquest into death of worker Rene Tkacik

    Campaigners outside inquest
  35. BreakingRifkind suspended


    Sir Malcolm Rifkind has been suspended from the Conservative Party. He will also be subject to an investigation by a disciplinary committee of the party.

  36. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • It's been confirmed that one of the three schoolgirls from east London who flew to Turkey last week did use her older sister's passport to leave the country
    • Westfield, the company that owns shopping centres in Stratford and Shepherd's Bush, says it is not aware of any imminent threat but it will take every available step to keep them safe
  37. Londoner to oppose Galloway

    Labour has chosen Londoner Amina Ali to run against George Galloway as the party attempts to regain his Bradford West seat in the general election.

    Amina Ali

    The British-Somali mother-of-two was chosen from an all-woman shortlist of three today. Her party said the Tower Hamlets councillor was the "overwhelming choice" of members at a hustings held at the Bradford Hotel.

  38. Chelsea fan says sorry

    A former police officer has admitted being one of the Chelsea fans who was filmed preventing a black man from boarding a metro train in Paris last week.

    Man sought by police

    Richard Barklie, who's now a director with a human rights organisation, has apologised for the stress and trauma suffered by the man but his lawyers insist he didn't participate in the fans' racist chanting.

    Chelsea's barred five supporters from Stamford Bridge while it investigates the incident.

  39. Lutfur Rahman in court

    Marc Ashdown

    BBC London News

    At the election court, where Lutfur Rahman is accused of electoral fraud - He admits his party didn't follow the constitution in selecting candidates. "We didn't follow it by the letter, but followed it in spirit."

    Read more on previous days in court here.

  40. Killed Crossrail worker

    Transport correspondent Tom Edwards tweets: Photo released by family solicitor of Crossrail worker Rene Tkacik who died on the project.

    Rene Tkacik

    The 43-year-old Slovakian died after a piece of concrete fell on his head in March last year. The inquest into his death began this morning and is expected to last eight days.

  41. West Ham racism allegation

    The Guardian

    Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has contacted police after video footage surfaced of a group of apparent West Ham fans chanting an anti-Semitic song on the London Underground en route to the 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

  42. Rachel Johnson on air

    BBC London 94.9


    Following her article in The Times in which she says it is boring staying at home in "baby hell", writer Rachel Johnson admits to Vanessa when she returned to work she "would stare at the screen with tears trickling down my face".

  43. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • Scotland Yard says it's aware of and assessing a video containing threats to attack Oxford Street and London's two Westfield shopping centres.
    • British police have flown to Turkey as the search for three schoolgirls from east London continues although Scotland Yard won't say exactly what its officers are doing there.
    • The Kensington MP, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, says he'll use "all his strength" to fight allegations that he offered to use his position and contacts to benefit a private company in return for money
  44. Mayor will be 'like Gandalf'

    At Mayor's Question Time, challenged by Green assembly member Jenny Jones that he will not be in office to see the London Ultra Low Emission Zone in 2020, he quips: "I will be here in some form, like Gandalf. I will be more powerful than you can ever imagine."

  45. Red card appeal

    BBC Sport

    Chelsea are to appeal against the red card shown to Nemanja Matic against Burnley.

    The red card being issued
  46. Rahman at election court

    Josephine McDermott

    BBC News Online

    Reporter Marc Ashdown is at the High Court where executive mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman is giving evidence over accusations of electoral fraud by four petitioners. You can follow his tweets here and we will bring you updates.

  47. Watch: Mayor's Question Time

    You can watch London Mayor Boris Johnson facing questions from the London Assembly here.

  48. City Hall protest

    Mayor's Question Time is underway during which the final draft budget is to be approved.

    Robin Hawkes is one of the people protesting outside with the Save Earls Court campaign "to stop the demolition of 760 homes at West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estate".

  49. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    Matt Schofiled's headlines this hour include:

    • Bethnal Green Academy has reopened after the half term break, with the whereabouts of three of its pupils still unknown.
    • Scotland Yard says it's aware of a video containing threats to attack Oxford Street and London's two Westfield shopping centres.
    • The London actor Eddie Redmayne says he's a "lucky lucky man" after he won his first ever Oscar.
  50. RICS London Awards

    The RICS London Awards the shortlist for 2015 has been announced.

    The Cumberland Art Gallery, The Glass Mill Leisure Centre in Lewisham, Brent Civic Centre, Beefeater Gin Visitor Centre and HMS Belfast make up some of the projects competing across the capital. The RICS London Awards ceremony will be held on 30 April.

  51. Barry George protest

    A man who spent eight years in prison after he was wrongfully convicted of murdering the BBC presenter Jill Dando in 1999 has described the decision not to award him compensation as "a mockery of justice".

    Barry George

    Barry George and three other men are staging a protest this morning against changes to the rules governing compensation payouts in cases where there was a miscarriage of justice

  52. 'Have to be vigilant'

    BBC London 94.9


    Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Committee tells Vanessa having seen the terrorist atrocity in the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya, the authorities are "right to worry us by telling us" about threats to London shopping sites.

    "We have to be vigilant," he says. He adds: "We have always been a target."

  53. Search for missing schoolgirls

    British police officers are in Turkey as the search continues for three east London schoolgirls believed to be heading for Syria to join Islamic State militants.

    Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum
    Image caption: From left: Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum were studying for their GCSEs

    Shamima Begum, Amira Abase, both 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, flew to Turkey on Tuesday and their families have made appeals for them to come home.

    They were all studying for GCSEs at Bethnal Green Academy in London, which will reopen later after half-term.

  54. Conduct 'entirely proper'

    BBC Radio 4 Today

    Here's a bit more from Sir Malcolm Rifkind, MP for Kensington, when he appeared on Radio 4's Today programme earlier.

    He said: "Many ex-ministers, former chancellors, home secretaries, prime ministers, as well as other people, have served on advisory boards" and he insisted it was "entirely proper".

    Sir Malcolm Rifkind

    "This is something which Parliament has said is acceptable," he added, and there were "about 200" MPs who had business interests. Indeed, many members of the public did not want "full-time politicians".

  55. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour:

    • Two former Foreign Secretaries are being accused of apparently offering their services to a fictitious private company in return for payments of thousands of pounds.
    • British police officers are in Turkey as the search continues for three London schoolgirls who it's feared may be heading to Syria to join Islamic State fighters.
    • Scotland Yard says it's assessing a video which includes threats against London's two Westfield shopping centres and Oxford Street.
  56. 'Cash for access'

    Here's more on the accusations facing Former Foreign Secretaries Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind.

    The MPs have referred themselves to Parliament's standards watchdog after they were filmed apparently offering their services to a private company for money.

  57. M11 and M25 problems

    BBC London


    The M11 has queues southbound from M25 to A406.

    And the M25 is heavy anti-clockwise at J21 M1 to J16 M40, and clockwise J9 Leatherhead to J11 Chertsey due to earlier broken down vehicle.

    For more travel updates go to our travel page.

  58. Travel

    Louise Pepper

    Journalist, BBC London

    On South West Trains, a signalling problem at Wimbledon is causing delays and cancellations - it's expected to be ongoing throughout rush hour.

    For more travel updates follow @BBCTravelAlert.

  59. Arrest over hit-and-run

    A 26-year-old man has been arrested following a fail to stop collision in West Hendon on Sunday which saw a pedestrian killed.

    Police were called to the scene on the A5 in West Hendon, just before 06:00 GMT.

    The woman, who has not been named, was taken to a north London hospital where she was pronounced dead.

  60. On air

    BBC London News


    The headlines this morning include:

    • A leading lawyer, who's helping to lead the fight against Female Genital Mutilation in France, claims UK authorities are too frightened of causing offence which is why there hasn't been a single conviction against the crime here in 30 years
    • A former police officer from Northern Ireland has admitted being one of the Chelsea football fans who was filmed stopping a black man boarding a train in Paris last week
    • And Angels Costumiers in Hendon has helped the Grand Budapest Hotel win the Oscar for best Costume Design
  61. Sunshine and showers

    It will start cold and mainly dry with some sunshine. The winds will strengthen during the day with some scattered showers developing.

    Weather forecast

    Some of the showers could be heavy and wintry with some hail and sleet mixed in, especially over high ground.

  62. Post update

    Josephine McDermott

    BBC News Online

    Good 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.