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Summary

  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday
  2. Updates for Monday 23 March 2015

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  1. Good evening

    Beth Rose

    BBC News Online

    That's all for Local Live today on our new-look website. I'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London.

  2. Cloudy night

    It will be a mostly cloudy night with outbreaks of rain edging in from the northwest, with the odd heavy burst possible. Any outbreaks of rain will start to ease and clear eastwards towards dusk, but it will remain rather cloudy and mild.

    Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

  3. Christina Mackie artwork unveiled

    The Tate Modern has unveiled a three-part installation by artist Christina Mackie, created for the annual Tate Britain Commission 2015 which invites artists to make new work in response to the spaces of the Duveen Galleries in Tate Britain.

    Christina Mackie
  4. TfL receives applicants for property development

    Transport for London (TfL) has received more than 50 applications from property developers keen to form a partnership and develop 50 of its properties, helping to generate £3.4bn in non-fares revenue.

    South Kensington Station
    Image caption: South Kensington station is on the list as one property which could be redeveloped and leased out

    Over the next 10 years, TfL wants to capitalise on its property portfolio which it claims includes more developable sites in central London than anyone else, mainly in zones one and two, across 10m sq ft.

  5. On air

    BBC London News

    TV

    On the programme at 18:30 on BBC One: Hundreds are evacuated from their homes and businesses after a World War II bomb is discovered in Bermondsey.

    And fines for "idling" in the West End - Westminster Council is to charge motorists for keeping their engines running while stationary.

  6. 500 days to go

    Members of Team GB, including Paralympian Manni Sehmi, posed with Brazilian Ambassador to the UK Roberto Jaguaribe and UK Sport's Simon Morton earlier at the Embassy of Brazil in London to mark 500 Days until the Rio Olympics 2016.

    500 days to go
  7. London features in World Monopoly

    The Independent

    Monopoly maker Hasbro has announced the positions of major cities on the new World Edition board.

    London sits alongside Moscow and Tokyo in an orange slot while Lima, Peru, and Hong Kong, China replace the top spots normally occupied by Park Lane and Mayfair.

  8. 'We had to urgently leave the house'

    The London Fire Brigade are still attending a suspected unexploded WWII bomb on Henley Drive in Bermondsey.

    Local resident Ben Holland said: "Police came and knocked on my door at around 10:00 and they said I urgently had to leave the house. There wasn't even time to take the essentials.

    "Everyone congregated outside and was very shocked, some people were only in dressing gowns and police wouldn't even let us walk past the building site where the bomb was found.

    "The managing agents of the property then left a voicemail on my phone saying that we had to arrange alternative accommodation for the next 24 hours. I'm not sure where I'll go as I'm not allowed to even get my car."

  9. Carole King musical 'to be made into film'

    Beautiful, the Tony-winning and Olivier-nominated musical about the early life of Carole King (pictured), which made its West End debut last month, is to be turned into a film by Sony Pictures.

    Carole King

    Tom Hanks' Playtone production company will produce the movie, to be written, like the musical, by Douglas McGrath.

    Beautiful dramatises King's formative days as a songwriter and her gradual emergence as a solo artist.

  10. WWII bomb travel-related issues

    Here's the latest on how an unexploded WWII bomb is affecting tea-time traffic in the Bermondsey area.

    The A100 Tower Bridge in Bermondsey is closed causing severe delays southbound between the A1203 East Smithfield junction and the A200 Queen Elizabeth Street junction, after the unexploded bomb was found in The Grange.

    Diversions are in operation for bus routes 1, 42, 78, 188, C10 and RV1.

    The situation is also affecting the A2198 Long Lane at Borough Station, Grange Walk at The Grange, the A2206 Grange Road between Caledonian Market and The Grange and the A100 Tower Bridge Road between Bricklayers Arms and A200 Queen Elizabeth Street.

  11. Rare war paintings and drawings 'saved'

    Grants worth £300,000 have helped stop a large number of works by cartoonist and illustrator William Heath Robinson being sold and potentially broken up.

    Two cartoons by William Heath Robinson

    The collection, which includes many of his best-known WWI and WWII cartoons, was put up for sale in 2011 but the William Heath Robinson Trust has now bought the 410 drawings and paintings.

    The collection, which includes rare early sketches and advertising commissions, will be displayed at the new Heath Robinson Museum in Pinner when it opens in April 2016.

  12. Paramedic 'delayed treatment to get hair cut'

    An 85-year-old man, who collapsed from severe blood poisoning, was forced to wait for 20 minutes in the back of an ambulance with his wife while a paramedic went shopping in Marks and Spencer, a tribunal has heard.

    The Health and Care Professions Council also heard Dominic Colella delayed a patient with a head injury from being taken to hospital so he could have his hair cut.

    Mr Colella, who has since resigned from the London Ambulance Service, is facing two counts of misconduct, however, he failed to turn up to the hearing because he was working, the panel heard.

  13. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The lead story at 17:00 on BBC London 94.9: The DJ, Neil Fox, known to listeners as Dr Fox, has been charged with nine sex offences, including three allegedly involving girls under 16.

  14. Image of 'WWII bomb site'

    Josh Reinke tweets: @bbclondonnews This photo shows the building site where the Bomb in Bermondsey is and police personal at scene.

    Bermondsey WWII bomb site
  15. 'WWII bomb not expected to affect trains'

    Network Rail tweets: #LondonBridge Unexploded WW2 bomb near railway in #Bermondsey - not expected to affect trains, check @nationalrailenq before you travel.

  16. 'Well-rehearsed emergency plans'

    Southwark Council is providing rest centres for residents of the 1,200 properties which have been evacuated following the discovery of an unexploded WWII bomb in The Grange area.

    Leader of the council, Peter John said: We have well-rehearsed emergency plans in place and our first priority is to make sure residents are safe and cared for.

    "We would urge all evacuated residents to go along to one of our rest centres in Canada Water where we will be providing hot meals and tea and coffee to all affected."

  17. Man admits murder in triple knife attack

    A man has admitted murdering his estranged wife and carrying out a frenzied knife attack on two other women in July 2013.

    Keisha McKenzie and Desmond Brooks
    Image caption: Keisha McKenzie and Desmond Brooks

    Desmond Brooks, 42, pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing Keisha McKenzie, 28, the attempted murder of his new partner Joan Wade, then 46, and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Ms McKenzie's sister Saffron Yeboah-Simpson, who was 17 at the time.

    Judge Stephen Kramer remanded Brooks in custody at Broadmoor Hospital. He will be sentenced at the Old Bailey tomorrow.

  18. Boris would 'go for Clarkson's TG job'

    The Mayor of London held a question and answer session on Twitter earlier.

    Asa Bennett asked: @MayorofLondon #askboris Do you want Jeremy Clarkson back on #TopGear?

    Boris Johnson replied: am mega clarkson fan but if a vacancy wd def let my name go forward. #askboris @asabenn

  19. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The lead story at 16:00 on BBC London 94.9: The Magic FM DJ, Neil Fox - known to listeners as Dr Fox - has been charged with nine sex offences, including three allegedly involving girls under 16.

  20. 1,200 properties evacuated

    Southwark Council has said about 1,200 properties have been evacuated in the Grange area of Southwark after an unexploded WWII bomb was discovered by builders carrying out work.

    Residents from the Neckinger Estate, Vauban Estate, St Saviour's Estate south of Abbey Street, Aylwin Estate, Alscott Way and Curtis Way are not allowed to return to their homes and should go to Canada Water library or the Seven Islands Leisure Centre which have been set up as rest centres.

    Two schools have also been evacuated. Kintore Way has been evacuated and relocated to Spa School while Harris Academy Bermondsey have sent their students home.

  21. DJ charged

    The Magic FM presenter, known as Dr Fox, was arrested earlier this month and in December.

    The charges were announced after Fox attended Charing Cross police station in central London.

    Scotland Yard said the investigation was not part of its Operation Yewtree inquiry into Jimmy Savile and others.

  22. Tower of London joins Twitter

    Tower of London tweets: 1,000 years of history. 140 characters. Hello Twitter!

  23. Battersea Arts Centre gets £1m

    Battersea Arts Centre is set to get £1m in funding from the government to help with its redevelopment following a blaze which broke out in the Grade II-listed building earlier this month which destroyed most of the Grand Hall.

    Battersea Arts Centre

    Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid, said: "The Arts Centre are having to divert all their available resources into dealing with the aftermath" and said the money would go "towards the ongoing redevelopment work to help get this important south London venue back on track".

  24. DJ 'denies each and every allegation'

    Neil Fox

    Lawyers for DJ Neil Fox, who has been charged with nine sex offences involving six victims, today said he "categorically denies each and every allegation that has been made against him".

    The offences related to the three juveniles are alleged to have taken place between 1991 and 1996.

    The other three complainants were allegedly attacked by the radio presenter between 2003 and 2014.

  25. Kercher family in Knox extradition call

    Meredith Kercher

    The family of murdered student Meredith Kercher (pictured) wants Amanda Knox to be extradited from the US if her conviction is upheld in Italy on Wednesday, their lawyer has said.

    Ms Kercher, a 21-year-old student from Coulsdon, Surrey, was sexually assaulted and stabbed to death in her bedroom in 2007 while studying in Perugia, Italy.

    Her flatmate Knox, a student from Seattle, and Knox's then boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, spent four years in jail for the murder but were acquitted on appeal in 2011.

    Knox returned to the US before an appeal court threw out the acquittal and reinstated her and Sollecito's guilty verdicts last year.

  26. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    Our top story at 15:00:

    Police, fire crews and paramedics are at a building site in Grange Walk in Bermondsey, where a suspected unexploded WWII bomb has been discovered.

  27. BreakingDJ charged with sex offences

    BREAKING NEWS

    DJ Neil Fox, 53, of Fulham, has been charged with nine sex offences involving six victims, three of which were juveniles at the time of the alleged offences.

    He is due to appear on bail at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 16 April.

  28. 'Discworld' micropub set to open

    A former computer programmer is set to open a new micropub in Blackfen, Bexley named The Broken Drum after the tavern in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.

    Andy Wheeler has used his redundancy money to transform the disused nail bar in Westwood Lane into a tiny tavern which is set to open on 3 April, This Is Local London reports.

  29. Video: Licensed security guards 'working fraudulently'

    Thousands of licensed security guards could be working in the UK fraudulently after buying qualifications for cash, a BBC London investigation has found.

    Jobseekers must sit mandatory exams to get a Security Industry Authority card.

    Tony Bainbridge

    But undercover researchers infiltrated colleges happy to sit or forge exams for untrained students in return for money.

    With a fraudulently obtained SIA licence obtained through one of the colleges, the researcher got a job offer at a power station and an interview to guard Canary Wharf.

  30. The Russian massage

    Will Smale

    Business reporter, BBC News, Soccerex, Rio

    As leisure activities go, you would imagine that lying naked on a wooden table while two topless Russian men hit your back with bunches of oak leaves would only appeal to a very specialist group of enthusiasts.

    Ms Bobkova chatting to her business partner at Banya Number One, fellow Russian ex-pat Andrei Fomin

    But the "venik" massage was brought to London by Russian ex-pat Ksenia Bobkova who turned from starting up an investment company to running London's first banya.

  31. Photo shoot halted for 'WWII bomb'

    Photographer Jonathan Gregson tweets: I knew today's ad shoot was going too well. The whole team has just been evacuated from the studio due to the #WWII #bermondseybomb!

  32. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The lead story at 14:00 in the capital on BBC London 94.9: An unexploded Second World War bomb has been found in south London, causing road closures and traffic problems.

  33. Met releases 'bomb' information

    Scotland Yard has just realised some information on the unexploded WWII bomb found by builders in Bermondsey earlier this morning at The Grange in Southwark.

    In a press briefing it said: "At this early stage, the unexploded bomb is thought to be approximately 5ft long and 1000lbs in weight.

    "A cordon and a wider exclusion zone of 400 meters has been put in place as a precaution, whilst we deal with the incident."

  34. Heathrow pledges Scotland links

    Heathrow Airport has promised a review of airport charges to boost air links to Scotland if its expansion plans are approved.

    Heathrow

    The UK is set to expand its airport capacity to meet growing demand for air travel, meaning an extra runway will be built in the south-east of England.

    The Airports Commission, headed by Sir Howard Davies, is currently considering the three short-listed options - a new runway for Heathrow, a new runway for Gatwick, or the extension of an existing runway at Heathrow.

  35. Man dies in flat fire

    A man died in a fire at a house converted into flats on Vale Grove in Acton last night.

    London Fire Brigade said it was called to the blaze at about 22:52 and the body of the man was found in a ground floor flat.

    A further seven people managed to leave the building before the Brigade arrived, all uninjured.

  36. Lunchtime bulletin

    Katharine Carpenter

    Reporter and presenter

    Join me just after 13:30 on BBC One when we'll have the latest on the unexploded bomb that's been discovered on a building site in Bermondsey - it's caused traffic chaos in the area.

    And we'll be finding out why James Dyson is ploughing £12m into training female engineers.

  37. Ask Boris

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson is holding a question and answer session on Twitter.

    Netherland site Britblog asked: Whats your tip for a tourist in London who already visit the famous things (like the Eye and the Tower)? #askboris

    Boris replied: just hang out at the incredible olympic park or in the shade of one of our 20,000 new trees #askboris @Britblog_NL

  38. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The lead story in the capital at 13:00 on BBC London 94.9: An unexploded Second World War bomb has been found in south London, causing road closures and traffic problems.

  39. Chocl-art

    It can sometimes seem a shame to toss aside the colourful foil sweets come wrapped in.

    Joanna Tinker exhibition

    For artist Joanna Tinker it all got too much and she has created mini-artworks from chocolate wrappings which have gone on display at the Woolff Gallery on Charlotte Street.

  40. Ask Boris

    Boris Johnson tweets: Morning folks, I'll be answering your questions on Twitter today at 12:30pm. Please send in your questions using #askboris

  41. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The lead story at noon in the capital on BBC London 94.9: Westminster City Council has announced it is to start fining motorists who refuse to turn their engines off while their vehicles stationary.

  42. Everton beat QPR 2-1

    Aaron Lennon scored his first goal for Everton as they beat a spirited QPR side at Loftus Road 2-1.

    Aaron Lennon, Rob Green
  43. Emergency services deal with 'WWII bomb'

    London Fire Brigade and Scotland Yard continue to deal with a suspected unexploded WWII bomb in Bermondsey.

    Thanks to Reece Halkett who tweeted @BBCLondonNews this picture.

    Unexploded WWII bomb
  44. Carlisle admits two charges

    The former Leeds United player and former Professional Footballers' Association chairman, 35, admitted failing to provide a sample on December 20.

    Clarke Carlisle

    He also pleaded guilty to a charge of driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence on the same date, when police officers spotted a Mercedes travelling in an "erratic" manner.

    In the dock Carlisle still bared the facial scars from his December 22 suicide attempt which left him in a coma until mid-January.

  45. '400m cordon'

    London Fire Brigade tweets: The suspected WII bomb was found at building site on Grange Walk #Bermondsey. Police have put a 400M cordons in place

    Firefighters
  46. BreakingCarlisle pleads guilty to drink driving

    BREAKING NEWS

    Former Premier League footballer Clarke Carlisle has pleaded guilty at London's Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court to drink driving.

  47. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The lead story at 11:00 on BBC London 94.9: A BBC London investigation has found that qualifications needed for work in the security industry appear to have been sold fraudulently.

  48. 'Unexploded bomb' travel disruption

    TfL Traffic News tweets: Due to the police incident on Grange Walk at The Grange, Grange Rd is shut at Tower Bridge Rd. Tower Bridge is currently shut both ways.

  49. Harry Potter tour animal treatment to be 'reviewed'

    Owl at The Making of Harry Potter

    The welfare of animals at a Warner Bros Harry Potter studio tour is to be reviewed after concerns about their treatment.

    Animal rights campaigners Peta claimed they saw "frightened owls [in] tiny cages" when they visited the attraction in Leavesden, Hertfordshire.

    Warner Bros Studio Tour London said: "It is essential the welfare of the birds... is of the highest standard."

  50. BBC London opportunity

    BBC London Sport tweets: Did you, or someone you know, play for the original District Line Ladies FC? We'd like to hear from you. Get in touch!

  51. 'Unexploded WWII bomb'

    London Fire Brigade tweets: We're attending a believed [to be] unexploded WWII bomb on Henley Drive in #Bermondsey. Firefighters are assisting police.

    Map
  52. Protesters 'chase UKIP leader out of pub'

    Anti-UKIP protesters have invaded a pub in south London where party leader Nigel Farage was having lunch.

    Nigel Farage at the Queen's Head
    Image caption: Protesters confronted Nigel Farage at the Queen's Head pub in Downe, Kent

    Mr Farage was in the Queen's Head in Downe, with his wife and two younger children at the time.

    They said they chased the family out of the pub and jumped on the politician's car bonnet as he drove away. Mr Farage later branded them "scum".

  53. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The lead story at 10:00 in the capital on BBC London 94.9: A BBC London investigation has found thousands of licensed security guards could be working fraudulently after buying their qualifications.

  54. Man, 84, robbed for holiday money

    An 84-year-old man is in a serious condition after being knocked to the ground and robbed of the 4,000 euros he had exchanged at a shop in Oakwood, Enfield, on Saturday ahead of a holiday with his wife.

    Wades Hill

    Police said there was a strong indication he was targeted and followed by the suspect described as an eastern European man in his 20s.

  55. London Bridge 'may be busier'

    London Bridge tweets: Please be aware a protest is taking place outside the News Building this week. London Bridge station may be busier as a result.

  56. 'Inadequate' information on foreign criminals

    Criminals are slipping into Britain where they have gone on to murder because of "inadequate" information passed on to border police, a report by the Home Affairs Committee has warned.

    Alice Gross and Arnis Zalkans

    MPs say British police are being hampered in identifying and arresting foreign criminals because they are not being given up-to-date information and the Home Office IT system is not fit for purpose.

    They said the killing of Hanwell schoolgirl Alice Gross, who was murdered by Latvian Arnis Zalkalns, highlighted the danger of border failings and in another case, university professor Paul Kohler from Wimbledon was savagely beaten by a gang of Polish career criminals with a history of violent attacks in their native country.

  57. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The lead story at 09:00 in the capital on BBC London 94.9: Motorists in Westminster who sit in a stationary car with the engine running and refuse to turn it off are to be fined £20.

  58. 'Two fires a day' in high rise flats

    Fire chiefs have called for landlords to act after figures showed nearly two fires a day are reported in London's high rise flats.

    Tower Block
    Image caption: Six people died in a fire at Lakanal House in Camberwell, south-east London, in 2009

    London Fire Brigade (LFB) figures showed there were 684 fires in high rise flats in 2014.

  59. 'Idling' motorists face £20 fines

    Motorists in Westminster who sit in a stationary car with the engine running and refuse to turn it off are to be fined £20.

    The move reflects concerns from local residents and businesses about air quality, Westminster City Council said.

  60. Security guard fraud exposed

    Thousands of licensed security guards could be working in the UK fraudulently after buying qualifications for cash, a BBC investigation has found.

    Jobseekers must sit mandatory exams to get a Security Industry Authority card.

    Tony Bainbridge
    Image caption: Former respected airport security trainer and soldier Tony Bainbridge read out answers to an undercover researcher posing as a would-be bodyguard

    But undercover researchers infiltrated colleges happy to sit or forge exams for untrained students in return for money.

    With a fraudulently obtained SIA licence obtained through one of the colleges, the researcher got a job offer at a power station and an interview to guard Canary Wharf.

    You can watch more on this on Inside Out London on BBC One tonight at 19:30, and nationwide on the iPlayer for 30 days thereafter.

  61. M25 delays

    BBC Travel

    BBC Travel

    The M25 is heavy both ways towards J11 for Chertsey due to an earlier accident on the anti-clockwise side.

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

  62. Signalling problems

    Louise Pepper

    Journalist, BBC London

    Signalling problem at Sydenham has been causing 15 minute delays on Southern between London Bridge and East Croydon.

    And on the Overground there are minor delays between New Cross Gate and Crystal Palace and West Croydon.

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

  63. Frosty and sunny

    BBC Weather

    Latest

    It will be a frosty and sunny start to the day. However, cloud will thicken from the northwest and the odd spot of light rain will be possible later in the evening.

    Maximum temperature: 11C (52F)

  64. 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.