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  1. Updates for Friday 20 March 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates are back from 08:00 Monday

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By Duncan Smith and Jay Vydelingum

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That's all for Local Live in London this week. Bethany Rose will be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Have a good weekend.

  2. Tonight's weather

    BBC Weather


    Tonight will be dry with clear spells through the early evening.

    BBC weather forecast

    Cloud will thicken through the night with some spots of light rain possible, particularly after midnight.

    The temperature will drop to 7C (45F).

  3. Coming up on the evening news

    Victoria Hollins

    Journalist, BBC London

    On BBC One at 18:30: A teenager who idolised the killers of Lee Rigby and planned to behead a soldier has been jailed for 22 years. We'll have the latest.

    We hear from the family of a great grandmother, beaten so badly she needed reconstructive surgery. Zallu Hassan, 83, was found the morning after the attack in her home.

    And how was it for you? We have a round-up of the best pictures from the eclipse that didn't quite live up to Londoners' expectations.

  4. Emiliano Martinez and Lawrie Wilson join Rotherham on loan

    BBC Sport

    Rotherham have signed Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and Charlton defender Lawrie Wilson on loan until the end of the season.

    Emiliano Martinez

    Martinez (pictured), 22, has made six appearances for the Gunners this season, the most recent at Stoke in December.

    Wilson, 27, has played 27 games for the Addicks this term, but has not featured in their last three games.

  5. Croydon parking attendant punched unconscious

    Croydon Guardian


    A parking attendant was punched unconscious in an argument over a ticket in a car park, reports the Croydon Guardian.

    He was hit several times before collapsing and momentarily losing consciousness at about 18:00 on Monday. The assault happened after a dispute between the Croydon Council enforcement officer and a man who was issued with a parking ticket, the paper reports.

  6. Watch: A Life in Politics

    A former Speaker of the House of Commons has been looking back on her political career said the sexism she initially endured was from other women, mainly at selection hearings.


    Betty Boothroyd, who went on to become Labour MP for West Bromwich West and Speaker, admitted she would not have made a good minister.

  7. Plans for Mill Hill community hub approved

    The Times Series


    Plans for a new community hub in Mill Hill have been given the green light, the Times Series reports.

    Barnet Borough Council's assets, regeneration and growth committee have unanimously voted to use the site at 80 Daws Lane for a community project with the working title 'NW7 Hub'. Ideas include a cafe, space for arts and entertainment and multi-purpose rooms for hire. Proposals will go back to committee in June.

  8. Southall primary school in 'religious' eclipse view ban

    Pupils at a primary school were stopped from watching the solar eclipse due to "religious and cultural concerns".

    North Primary School

    North Primary School in Southall, London, told children they must stay inside to watch the event on TV screens.

    In a statement, head teacher Ivor Johnstone said he made the decision after he became aware of "religious and cultural concerns associated with viewing an eclipse directly".

  9. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • A teenager from south London has been jailed for 22 years for plotting to behead a British soldier.
    • Nearly half a million homes are to be given invisible ultra-violet paint - in a bid to dramatically reduce the number of burglaries across the capital.
  10. Jenkinson returns for the Hammers

    BBC Sport

    West Ham host a Sunderland side under the helm of new manager Dick Advocaat tomorrow evening.

    carl jenkinson

    The Hammers welcome back Carl Jenkinson (pictured), who was ineligible to face parent club Arsenal last week, while Carlton Cole is fit after a hamstring injury.

    Winston Reid is a major doubt with a similar problem, while James Tomkins and Enner Valencia remain sidelined.

  11. Watch: Met Chief grilled by School Reporters

    BBC News School Report

    As part of BBC School Report, pupils have been out with BBC camera crews, seeing what it is like to make the news.

    School report students and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

    Children from one north London school got the chance to put the head of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, on the spot and his answers were quite candid.

  12. M11 northbound closed

    BBC Travel

    BBC Travel

    tweets: M11 Northbound closed, xdnt, between J8 Stansted & J10 - 10 miles after J8. W/ stay closed late into this evening for investigation work {BR

  13. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • A teenager who said he was planning to behead a British soldier has been jailed for twenty two years by a judge at the Old Bailey
  14. Designer theatre

    Following the launch of the V&A's blockbuster Alexander McQueen exhibition, a new play is set to offer further insight into the life and work of the late British fashion designer.

    Stephen Wight and Alexander McQueen, pictured in 2005

    Set on a single night in London, McQueen is billed as "a journey into [his] visionary imagination and dark dream world" and will see Bluestone 42 actor Stephen Wight (left) in the title role.

    James Phillips' play will have its world premiere in May at London's St James theatre.

  15. Clarkson alludes to 'BBC sacking'

    A video has emerged of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson saying he has been "sacked" by the BBC.

    Jeremy Clarkson

    The host was speaking at a charity event in London, where he was auctioning what he described as his "last lap" on the Top Gear race track.

    "I don't know when I did my last ever lap of the track before the BBC sacked me," he said.

  16. News shopping centre for Croydon

    London Evening Standard


    The owners of Shoreditch shopping centre Boxpark have backed Croydon's regeneration plans by announcing designs for a pop-up mall in the town.


    The company behind the world's first pop-up shopping centre unveiled plans for a "modern Covent Garden" outside East Croydon station.

  17. Worst eclipse

    Chris Slegg

    BBC London, Sport

    tweets: Watching the eclipse on the roof of BBC Broadcasting House. Worst eclipse I've seen in my life.

    BBC staff
  18. Secret Cinema: Boss defends £75 ticket cost

    London Evening Standard


    The mastermind behind Secret Cinema's new Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back screening has defended the £75 ticket costs branded “out of this world” by filmgoers.

    Yoda and Skywalker

    Tickets went on sale this week for £75 - compared to £53.50 for last year's big Back to the Future event at the Olympic Park.

  19. Mouse infested takeaway with sewage seeping through hall closed

    The Guardian Series


    A mouse-infested Walthamstow take-away has been closed by the council after its filthy conditions were uncovered by inspectors, the Guardian Series reports.

    Eat Max at 46b Hoe Street was shut on 9 March after an inspection revealed a "catalogue of insanitary conditions".

    The shop was infested with mice, there was no hot water and the toilet was blocked causing sewage to leak into the passageway.

  20. Sunny spells this afternoon

    BBC Weather


    This afternoon there will be sunny periods in London with a cool breeze.

    Weather map

    It will remain dry with clear spells through early evening. More cloud will develop after midnight giving the odd spot of rain.

    The temperature will drop to 7C (45F).

  21. London's clouds block the eclipse

    People gather in the gloom in Parliament Square as they try, unsuccessfully, to get a glimpse of the solar eclipse over the Houses of Parliament.

    eclipse watchers in London

    Other parts of the country did have some better views though, which you can see here.

  22. Boy arrested over bus attack

    A 14-year-old boy has been arrested following an incident in which two teenage boys were forced to fight each other, and perform a sex act by another youth claiming to be carrying a knife.

    The boys were travelling on the top deck of a bus in Brixton last month when the suspect got on, threatened them and forced them to get off.

    The boy was arrested late yesterday evening. He remains in custody at a south London police station.

  23. Lulu's back in town

    Robert Elms

    Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    Coming up on the show... live music from @lulushouts which we recorded earlier. Here she is in full swing.

  24. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • A teenager from south London has been jailed for twenty two years for plotting to behead a British soldier.
    • Children at a primary school in Southall were banned from watching this morning's solar eclipse "for religious and cultural reasons".
  25. Man wins £39k over IVF baby deceit

    Jon Brain

    BBC News

    A woman who conned her former husband into believing he was the father of her IVF baby has been ordered to pay £39,000 in damages.

    The businesswoman, who can not be identified for legal reasons, carried out "six years of deception" on her ex-partner, the High Court heard.

    The Royal Courts of Justice in London

    The man said the boy, now nine, was five when she told him the truth.

    The lecturer had claimed the child was created without his knowledge with the use of sperm from a former boyfriend.

  26. Coming up

    Alex Bushill

    BBC London News

    This lunchtime on BBC One - nearly half a million homes are to be given invisible UV ink in a bid to dramatically reduce the number of burglaries across the capital. It is the largest rollout of its kind anywhere in the world.

    All that and a full weather forecast for the weekend at 13:40.

  27. A bright afternoon

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Weather, London

    A dry day becoming brighter through the afternoon.


    Sunny periods will last for the rest of the day afternoon but with a cool breeze affecting eastern areas.

  28. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • An arrest has been made following an incident in which two teenage boys were forced to fight each other, and perform a sex act by another youth claiming to be carrying a knife in Brixton.
  29. Tanks roll up

    Gareth Furby tweets: Tank rolls up outside BBC to ask for return of Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear.

  30. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • A teenager who planned to behead a British soldier has been jailed for 22 years by a judge at the Old Bailey.
  31. Arts centre fire in Southwark

    London Fire Brigade firefighters have tackled a fire in the basement of an arts centre on Union Street in Southwark, near to the brigade's headquarters.


    Twelve people left the building immediately after smoke was spotted. There were no injuries.

  32. Tube delays

    Victoria Line tweets: Minor delays between Seven Sisters and Walthamstow Central while we fix a signal problem at Highbury & Islington. Good service on the rest.

  33. Hodgson's England U21 fears for Tottenham's Kane

    BBC Sport

    England manager Roy Hodgson fears Tottenham's commercial interests could stop Harry Kane featuring at this year's European Under-21 Championship.

    The 26-goal striker may have to go to Australia with his club, jeopardising his England commitments this summer.

    Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane

    "Personally speaking, playing for England at Under-21 level at a tournament is more important than a friendly in Australia," Hodgson said.

    "This is a marketing game as far as I can understand."

    Kane has become one of Tottenham's big stars and was named in Hodgson's England squad for games against Lithuania and Italy.

  34. M25 delays

    BBC Travel

    BBC Travel

    tweets: #M25 i/s lane clsd clockwise at J14 Heathrow T4 due overturned car Delays back thru J13 Staines ps #roads

  35. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • The first near total eclipse since 1999 has been and gone - but it's been a disappointing morning for London's eclipse-watchers after the cloud prevented a decent view of the moon covering the sun.
  36. Cannabis farm found near primary school

    Croydon Guardian


    Police discovered a cannabis farm after raiding a house metres from a primary school in Thornton Heath, reports The Croydon Guardian.

    Officers found about 150 plants in two bedrooms after executing a drugs warrant in Northwood Road, near to David Livingstone Academy, on Tuesday.

    The paper understands officers had to break through two doors, including an internal steel store, to get access following a tip-off.

  37. Watching the eclipse

    Students from Saint Ursula's Covent Secondary School in Greenwich pose for a photograph wearing protective glasses at the Royal Observatory Greenwich this morning for this morning's eclipse.


    Did you see it? Send us your pictures via email or tweet @BBCLondonNews.

  38. Watching from the street

    BBC Weather


    tweets: We couldn't see the #Eclipse2015 in London but the team went outside anyway!

  39. Drones banned on Primrose Hill

    Ham & High


    They were at the top of thousands of children's Christmas lists, but families could now find themselves with a new toy left firmly in its box, reports the Ham & High.

    Over the past few weeks, signs reminding the public that Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones, are banned in the Royal Parks have popped up around entrances.

    The paper reports that the ban - "by order of the secretary of state" - comes as Londoners flock to the Royal Parks, including Primrose Hill and Regent's Park, to enjoy their new-found hobby.

  40. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • The first near total eclipse of the sun to be seen from the UK since 1999 is underway but thick cloud over London and much of the country has thwarted millions of people's hopes of watching it.
  41. Up on the roof

    Vanessa Feltz

    Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    On the roof at broadcast house looking for the solar eclipse:

  42. Watch: Clangers and the Solar Eclipse

    Tiny and Small Clanger find out about and enjoy a Solar Eclipse.


    1970's favourites The Clangers made their return to children's TV on Thursday, as part of CBeebies' Stargazing show.

  43. Best solar eclipse in years?

    Millions of people across the UK are witnessing the best solar eclipse in years.

    eclipse watchers

    Some in London have complained there is too much cloud cover in the capital, but these people were watching in the south of England.

    How was it for you? Send us your pictures via email or tweet @BBCLondonNews.

  44. Moon facts

    BBC Radio 4

    tweets: Everything you'd ever need to know about the moon: #eclipse #inourtime

  45. London's eclipse chances

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Weather, London

    What are the best chances in London of witnessing this morning's eclipse?

    ECLIPSE info

    You'll probably notice a darkening of the sky and a slight drop in temperature.

    But experts are warning people not to look directly at the Sun because it could cause serious harm.

    Watch the solar eclipse live here.

  46. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • A man from Camberwell who plotted to behead a British soldier, inspired by the men who killed Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, is due to be sentenced later.
  47. London is 'more homophobic' than the North

    The Independent

    London's reputation as the home of Britain's metropolitan liberal elite suffered a blow yesterday after research revealed that people living in the capital were least likely to accept a gay child, The Independent reports.

    A YouGov poll found that 13% of Londoners said they would not support their child if he or she were gay - far more than in the most accepting part of Britain, the North of England, where only 1% would refuse to back a gay son or daughter.

  48. Whipps Cross Hospital 'failed our grandfather'

    The family of a man treated at Whipps Cross University Hospital claim he was neglected, humiliated, starved and dehydrated.

    Alan Chittick, a former patient at Whipps Cross University Hospital

    Alan Chittick, 89, was admitted to hospital in December after a fall, but whilst there he lost weight and contracted the hospital superbug MRSA. He died on 9 March.

    The hospital in Leytonstone said it was investigating the complaints and would keep the family "fully informed of our findings and any actions that are required."

    The hospital is run by Barts NHS Trust, the country's largest NHS trust, and was placed in special measures because of regulators' concerns about its standards of care.

  49. Victoria Line delays

    BBC Travel

    BBC Travel

    The Victoria Line has minor delays with services suspended between Victoria and Brixton due to over-running engineering work.

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

  50. Solar eclipse in London

    People in London could witness the best solar eclipse in years later this morning. A path across the Earth's surface will be plunged into darkness as the Moon covers up the Sun.

    Solar eclipse (c) SPL

    The eclipse in the capital will take place at about at about 9.30am

  51. M25 blocked

    BBC Travel

    BBC Travel

    The M25 clockwise is blocked and there is queueing traffic due to broken down transit van between J5 and J6.

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

  52. Cloudy start, sunny later

    BBC Weather


    A dry day but with a good deal of cloud at first, gradually becoming brighter through the morning.

    Sunny periods for the afternoon but with a cool breeze.

    Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

  53. Good morning

    Duncan Smith

    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, comment or send a photo then email or tweet @BBCLondonNews.