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  1. Updates from Wednesday 18 March 2015

Live Reporting

By Beth Rose

All times stated are UK

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  1. Have a good evening

    That's all for Local Live today. Duncan Smith will be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London. Have a good evening.

  2. Teatime bulletin

    BBC London News


    On the programme at 18:30 on BBC One: As he prepares to leave the army, Prince Harry announces his next challenge to help injured servicemen and women.

    And the man from Brixton who found rare maps from the battle of Waterloo in a book owned by his mother.

  3. Mist and fog

    There will be clear spells initially this evening but it will cloud over across most parts with mist and hill fog forming, especially over the North Downs.

    Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F).

  4. Caravans pitch up

    A convoy of caravans has pitched up in a Wimbledon recreation ground car park - one month after two groups were evicted from different car parks around the borough, reports the Wimbledon Guardian.

    Five caravans moved into Haydons Road Recreation Ground next to the children's playground yesterday, taking up all the parking space for recreation ground users.

  5. The Big Picture: Tape art

    Tape artist Max Zorn, who uses a scalpel and brown packing tape to create backlit artworks, is exhibiting his work as artist-in-residence at London's Sanderson hotel.

    Tape art

    Zorn said: "London has always been a European city of inspiration for my work, from the skyscrapers to the subjects of particular eras in time." This artwork is called Exposed.

  6. West Ham's Tomkins under the knife

    West Ham United defender James Tomkins has undergone surgery on a dislocated shoulder but should return to action before the end of the season.

    West Ham's James Tomkins

    The 25-year-old suffered the injury after falling awkwardly in training.

  7. Queuing traffic

    BBC London


    There is queuing traffic on the A5204 Goodge Street in Fitzrovia at the Charlotte Street junction due to roadworks and traffic is also queuing on the A12 southbound between Old Ford and the A102 Blackwall Tunnel junction.

  8. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 17:00 on BBC London 94.9: The Mayor of London will get more planning powers to build more homes in the capital and there'll be further investment in transport, particularly between Croydon and Brent Cross.

  9. Train delays at Euston

    BBC London


    London Midland trains are disrupted between Milton Keynes Central and London Euston and there are also delays on Virgin Trains between from Birmingham International, Manchester Piccadilly and Crewe into London Euston due to overhead wire problems.

  10. Man summoned to court over drone

    A man has been summoned to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court over allegations he flew a drone over London landmarks and at several football grounds during matches.

    Drone generic

    Nigel Wilson, 42, of Rockingham Grove, Bingham, is accused of 17 breaches of the Air Navigation Order and is due before the court on 16 April.

  11. Budget 2015: Satirical take

    Satirical artist Kaya Mar shows off his latest painting on Abingdon Green outside the Houses of Parliament following Chancellor George Osborne's Budget statement.

    Satirical artist Kaya Mar
  12. Wrestling 'pirate' arrested

    A man has been arrested accused of illegally uploading 3,000 wrestling and martial arts videos to "pirate" websites which have been downloaded two million times costing sports' rights holders millions of pounds in lost revenue.

    The 55-year-old was held in an early morning raid in Coalville, Leicestershire, in connection with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) material.

    City of London Police said the man is believed to be one of the internet's biggest illegal uploaders of WWE and UFC material.

  13. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 16:00 on BBC London 94.9: The chancellor George Osborne has delivered his final Budget of this parliament and he's announced more planning powers for London's mayor in a bid to build more homes in the capital.

  14. Stanford University 'arrives' in London

    Sean Coughlan

    Education correspondent

    California's Stanford University is set to start teaching in London from the autumn with the Stanford Ignite entrepreneurship course.

    Stanford campus

    It's not quite the all-American university experience as it will be run from an office block in Canary Wharf with some seminars done over the web, but it will provide any students with a certificate for the three-month course which has already been run in New York, Bangalore and Beijing.

  15. Sports and arts in Lambeth

    Lambeth Council tweets: Join us tonight 7pm, Myatts Field N. to discuss future of parks, libraries, archives, events, sports & arts #culture2020

  16. Budget 2015: As expected for London

    Tim Donovan

    Political Editor, BBC London

    Much of what was mentioned in his Budget about London was something he trailed before.

    The key things are giving the mayor more planning controls over river wharfs - about 50 of them - to try and speed up the development of houses.

    And a Public Land Commission, people are calling it a Doomsday Book, to try and identify exactly how much brownfield land there is around, again, to try and boost housing.

  17. Amy Winehouse film to be made

    BBC Newsbeat tweets: The director of Senna is making a film about Amy Winehouse

    Amy poster
  18. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 15:00 on BBC London 94.9: The Mayor of London will get more planning powers to build more homes in the capital and there'll be further investment in transport particularly between Croydon and Brent Cross.

  19. Hazy sunshine

    It will be mainly dry this afternoon with variable amounts of cloud and some hazy sunshine. It should feel pleasant out in the light winds.

    Top Temperature: 12C (54F).

  20. Red carpet: Game of Thrones

    The cast of the fantasy TV series Game of Thrones will be at the Tower of London tonight for the world premiere of the fifth series.

    Tywin Lannister stands in the Throne Room

    It's the first time the show, based on the books by George RR Martin, has premiered in Europe.

  21. Heathrow Express delays

    Heathrow Express tweets: Our train service is currently running with delays due to another operator's broken-down train - Sorry for this. #hexupdates

  22. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 14:00 in the capital on BBC London 94.9: The chancellor George Osborne has delivered his final Budget of this parliament and he's announced more planning powers for London's mayor in a bid to build more homes in the capital.

  23. Budget 2015: #Fact

    Between 12.30pm and 13.30 more than 65,000 people tweeted using the hashtag #budget2015

  24. Budget 2015: 'Don't believe it'

    There are no niceties from Ed Miliband as he launches an attack on George Osborne's budget by calling it a "Budget people won't believe".

    Ed Miliband

    Don't forget you can watch every update, comment and telling-off from the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons as it happens here, while I'll be providing you with the London take.

  25. Budget 2015: 'Comeback country'

    Beth Rose

    BBC News Online

    George Osborne has concluded his Budget by saying it was the budget for a "comeback country".

    Leader of the opposition Ed Miliband will be giving his rebuttal and opinions shortly, but what do you think? Let me know by tweeting @BBCLondonNews.

  26. Budget 2015: Orchestras set to benefit

    Beth Rose

    BBC News Online

    The creative industries are set to benefit with TV and film tax credits becoming more generous and there is to be a new tax credit for orchestras which could be good news for the capital's organisations.

  27. Budget 2015: Regeneration and new transport for London

    George Osborne has described London as the "global capital of the world" and said "we want it to grow stronger still".

    He said: "Today we confirm new investment in transport, regeneration from Brent Cross to Croydon, new powers for the mayor over skills and planning and new funding for the London Land Commission to help address the acute housing shortage in the capital.

    "For we don't pull the rest of the country up, by pulling London down. Instead we will build on London's success by building the Northern Powerhouse."

  28. Budget 2015: Armed service charities to get £75m

    George Osborne has announced £75m will be given to armed forces charities to help veterans of every regiment who fought in Afghanistan.

    He said the decision came, in part, following the Service of Commemoration held at St Paul's Cathedral last week and the consideration of how important the work of the armed services was.

  29. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 13:00 in the capital on BBC London 94.9: Two single mothers from London who were forced into temporary accommodation after suffering domestic violence have narrowly lost their legal challenge against the government's benefits cap.

  30. Budget 2015: Yorkshire beats London on jobs

    George Osborne has kicked off Budget 2015 by saying "Britain is walking tall again".

    Chancellor George Osborne

    He says employment is growing fastest in north-west England, with Yorkshire creating the most jobs in the last year - he made a point to say it was a departure from the usually assumed London-centric jobs boom.

  31. Commuters should 'get more compensation'

    Stay with us for coverage of the Budget along with our usual updates.

    BBC London transport correspondent Tom Edwards tweets: Labour MPs at @transportgovuk say passengers should get more compensation for London Bridge disruption. Minister looking at it.

  32. Budget 2015

    George Osborne is on his feet. After all the leaking and second-guessing, Budget 2015 is under way.

  33. Budget: Behind the scenes

    Chancellor George Osborne, chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and their treasury team leave 11 Downing Street before heading to the House of Commons to deliver the annual Budget statement.

    Treasury team
  34. Budget 2015

    Beth Rose

    BBC News Online

    There's only a few minutes until George Osborne unveils his Budget at 12:30, if you want a blow-by-blow account my colleagues are covering it here.

    But if you just want a few London titbits, stick with me.

  35. Delay in Ealing maternity services closure

    Health bosses in west London are expected to delay a decision about when Ealing hospital's maternity services are to close until after the general election.

    The unit was earmarked for closure two years ago, but it's now the second time the NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group has delayed telling people when it is to shut.

    The closure is part of controversial plans to reorganise health care across West London.

  36. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 12:00 in the capital on BBC London 94.9: The chancellor is preparing to deliver his final budget before the general election, having promised no gimmicks and no big giveaways.

  37. Royal visit for children's centre

    The Duchess of Cambridge is visiting a children's centre in Woolwich to learn about the work of a charity which helps parents struggling with issues like mental illness, bereavement and disability.

    She's taking part in a coffee morning at the Brookhill Centre and meeting some of the 29,000 families a year who are supported by Home Start and its network of 15,000 volunteers.

  38. Finaldi analysis

    Will Gompertz

    Arts editor

    Gabriele Finaldi will rejoin a National Gallery that is outwardly on reasonably good form, having presented critically-acclaimed exhibitions like the recent Late Rembrandt show, while also boasting high visitor numbers.

    He will start with the staff largely on his side, having won many friends in his previous stint at the gallery.

    The trick will be to keep them happy, while delivering more money-spinning blockbusters, without losing sight of the free-to-see collection displays.

  39. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 11:00 in the capital on BBC London 94.9: A group of London Labour MPs has met the transport secretary to challenge him to take action to sort out the delays and overcrowding at London Bridge.

  40. Boris will be 'empty chair'

    Boris Johnson is set to be an "empty-chair" at a pre-election debate in Uxbridge, having confirmed he will not attend, Get West London reports.

    Boris Johnson

    The London mayor, who hopes to become MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, will only take part in one of three hustings in his target constituency.

  41. Meeting to save disability charity

    A meeting is set to take place tonight in the battle to save the Waltham Forest Disability Resource Centre in Leytonstone which has operated since 1988.

    It may be forced to close when financial support from the council ends next month, the Waltham Forest Guardian reports.

  42. Budget: Behind the scenes

    A photographer adjusts a remote camera outside 11 Downing Street, London, before the annual Budget statement is delivered by Chancellor George Osborne.

    Budget photography
  43. Lee High Road collision

    Louise Pepper

    Journalist, BBC London

    There is congestion on the A20 on Lee High Road at Old Road due to an earlier collision.

    For the latest information go to our BBC London travel page or follow @BBCTravelAlert on Twitter.

  44. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story in the capital at 10:00 on BBC London 94.9: Scotland Yard is training taxi drivers and hotel staff how to spot when children may be being exploited and what to do about it.

  45. Man admits Tube 'prank' which left woman shorter

    A man has admitted his role in a "prank" that went wrong after Tube passenger Linda Soulsby was left 15% shorter after her back was fractured in the "joke" that went wrong.

    Frans Bekker

    RAF flight sergeant Frans Bekker, 50, from Cardiff, admitted endangering the safety of a person conveyed by railway after he tried to slide down an escalator handrail at Holborn station to prove to his friends he "could still move", but instead ploughed into three women.

    He will be sentenced at Westminster Magistrates' Court next month.

  46. Teacher killer's helpers jailed

    Two men have been jailed for helping one of the killers of a nursery teacher, after she was shot while out celebrating her 24th birthday.

    Sabrina Moss

    Sabrina Moss was killed when she was caught up in a gang turf war, in Kilburn, in August 2013.

    Reid Daniel, 24, and Mathew Bouzemada, 22, were found guilty of perverting the course of justice for destroying the getaway driver's phones. At the Old Bailey they were both sentenced to three years in prison.

  47. Eleven rescued from flats fire

    Eleven people, including five children and a baby, were rescued from a fire in flats above shops on Belgrave Road, Ilford, earlier.

    Ilford fire

    London Fire Brigade said it was called to the blaze at about 02:51 and helped rescue the occupants before they were taken to hospital. The fire was under control by about 05:00.

    Station manager Lee Ware said: "Control officers did a great job keeping them calm and giving them life saving instructions while we arrived. Understandably, they were terrified as smoke was entering the room they were sheltering in."

  48. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 09:00 in the capital on BBC London 94.9: Fire crews have rescued 11 people including a baby from flats in Ilford after a fire started in a shop below.

  49. What do you want in the budget?

    Vanessa Feltz

    Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    The Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his sixth budget later, just weeks ahead of the general election.

    What would you like to hear in it? You can listen live to BBC London 94.9 and contact the team with your thoughts on 020 7224 2000.

  50. Minister to be challenged over London Bridge

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will be challenged over delays and overcrowding at London Bridge station by London's Labour MPs later.

    Scene of overcrowding in January 2015

    New platforms and signalling at the station have caused travel disruption since January.

  51. Northern Line delays

    BBC London


    There are minor delays on the Northern Line due to a faulty train.

    For the latest information go to our BBC London travel page or follow @BBCTravelAlert on Twitter.

  52. Woman 'killed herself ahead of trial'

    A woman taken to court for allegedly making a false rape claim killed herself three days before her trial over fears she would not be believed, her inquest has heard.

    Eleanor de Freitas

    Eleanor de Freitas, 23, said she felt there was "no way out" after the Crown Prosecution Service charged her with perverting the course of justice.

    Ms De Freitas, 23, of Fulham, west London, was found dead in April 2014.

  53. No Greater Anglia service

    Louise Pepper

    Journalist, BBC London

    There is no service on Greater Anglia between Romford and Upminster due to a broken down train.

    For the latest information go to our BBC London travel page or follow @BBCTravelAlert on Twitter.

  54. Hazy sunshine

    BBC Weather


    It will be a dull start with mist and areas of locally dense fog which will lift during the morning. Otherwise it will be mainly dry with variable amounts of cloud and some hazy sunshine developing.

    Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

  55. Good morning

    Beth Rose

    BBC News Online

    I'm here bringing you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for London today.

    If you want to get in touch about a story, comment or photo then email or tweet @BBCLondonNews.