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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Updates for Tuesday 24 March 2015

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  1. Goodbye

    Beth Rose

    BBC News Online

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

  2. Freezing night

    It will become mainly dry this evening, with showers becoming just light and isolated. There is a chance of cloud lingering near eastern places like Dartford, but it will be colder and clearer further west.

    Minimum temperature: 0C (32F).

  3. On air

    BBC London News


    On the programme at 18:30 on BBC One: We have the latest on the World War Two bomb which has been disrupting life for residents in Bermondsey.

    Bermondsey bomb

    And the online retailer Amazon hits the West End as it enters an already crowded market selling theatre tickets for shows in the capital.

  4. Mackay fans line the streets

    Crowds lined the streets of Edinburgh earlier as the hearse carrying the coffin of former Tottenham legend Dave Mackay left Tyncastle Stadium for his funeral at the Mansfield Traquair Centre.

    Dave Mackay funeral

    The midfielder died in hospital earlier this month at the age of 80 after a long illness.

  5. Bermondsey bomb 'bravery'

    via Facebook

    Thanks to Jamie Shepherd who commented on the BBC London's Facebook page about the new pictures we've posted of the Bermondsey bomb and the Army personnel dealing with it.

    Bermondsey bomb

    Jamie said: "I was there last night delivering sand to the bomb squad for them to build a retaining wall around it, watched them work for a while 'brave' doesn't do them justice."

  6. Teenager shot in West Dulwich

    A 17-year-old boy is in a critical condition after being shot in the stomach in West Dulwich, Scotland Yard has said.

    South Croxted Road

    Police were called to South Croxted Road at about 15:03 after being alerted by the London Ambulance Service to a male suffering a gunshot wound.

    He is being treated in a south London hospital. South Croxted Road has been closed.

  7. 'Insufficient evidence'

    The IPCC's recommendations were prompted by there being insufficient evidence to conclude whether the firearms officer, known as V53, did - or did not - shout "armed police" before fatally shooting Mr Duggan.

  8. IPCC recommendations would 'provide evidence'

    IPCC deputy chair Rachel Cerfontyne said: "This death has had huge ramifications for the Tottenham community and beyond.

    Pamela and Mark Duggan
    Image caption: Pamela Duggan with her son Mark

    "This has meant all of those directly involved, the family and police officers have had to endure a huge amount of public scrutiny.

    "If implemented, my recommendations would not only shorten the investigative process, they would provide investigators with immediate, accurate and incontrovertible evidence, which would be of benefit to all."

  9. Recommendations after Duggan shooting

    Although armed officers involved in the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan have been cleared of any wrongdoing the IPCC made recommendations to Scotland Yard which include:

    • All radio communications taking place during undercover firearms operations should be recorded
    • Covert armed response vehicles should be fitted with in car data recording systems

    Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Patricia Gallan said: "The recommendations will now be carefully reviewed by both ourselves and the Association of Chief Police Officers."

  10. 'Do not underestimate the impact of his death'

    In response to the IPCC report Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Patricia Gallan said: "It may be almost four years since the death of Mark Duggan but I do not underestimate the impact his death still has on his family, the community and the officers involved.

    "And now the IPCC, having examined all of the evidence, have produced a report which says that the operation was appropriate in the circumstances and the IPCC found no wrongdoing or misconduct for any armed officer involved in the police operation.

    "These conclusions have not been made lightly and the IPCC have produced a very careful and full explanation of their findings."

  11. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 17:00 on BBC London 94.9: An investigation has concluded Mark Duggan was throwing a handgun away when he was shot and killed by police in Tottenham. Tune in for the latest.

  12. Duggan police face misconduct investigations

    The IPCC said it was "surprising" no police officers saw the gun leaving Mr Duggan's hand but found "no credible evidence" to suggest it was planted.

    Kevin Hutchinson-Foster denies providing Mr Duggan with a gun
    Image caption: Kevin Hutchinson-Foster

    It also said one officer was facing misconduct proceedings and a second had a case to answer for gross misconduct after they potentially failed to "act promptly" after Kevin Hutchinson-Foster, who supplied the gun, had used it six days earlier to pistol whip a man during a fight.

    The IPCC said even if police had responded it was "highly unlikely" the gun would have been taken off the streets before it was passed to Mark Duggan.

  13. Gun thrown away was 'most plausible explanation'

    Last year an inquest jury said Mr Duggan had been lawfully killed - but did not have a gun in his hand when he was shot.

    Mark Duggan

    The firearm was found behind railings in a grassed area 14 feet away.

    According to the IPCC the "most plausible explanation" is Mr Duggan was in the process of throwing the weapon away when a police officer fired two shots at him.

  14. BreakingDuggan was 'throwing handgun' when shot by police


    An investigation has concluded Mark Duggan was throwing a handgun away when he was shot and killed by police in Tottenham, north London.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission found the police operation targeting Mr Duggan was "appropriate".

    Mr Duggan was shot in August 2011 sparking riots across England.

  15. London First urges action on Crossrail 2

    David Leam, Infrastructure Director at London First, the business membership organisation leading the private sector campaign for Crossrail 2, said: "It took over 20 years to get Crossrail 1 agreed - we can't afford to wait that long again if we want London to be able to withstand the strain of a population growing by 100,000 a year.

    "As Crossrail 1 has shown, we have world class capability when it comes to these kinds of projects.

    "Crucially it has also shown that demands on the public purse can be kept to a minimum - only a third of the funds for Crossrail 1 came from central government. We need Crossrail 2, we have the skill to build it, and now it's time to get on with it."

  16. Crossrail 2 route 'safeguarded'

    The route for Crossrail 2 has been "safeguarded" by the Department for Transport, protecting it from potential redevelopment plans that could affect it being built while the precise details of the project continue to be reviewed.

    Crossrail 2 route

    Crossrail 2 will run through a tunnelled section from Wimbledon in the south to New Southgate and Tottenham Hale in the north. It will also serve some destinations in Surrey and Hertfordshire using the existing National Rail network.

  17. Lord donates £75k to Dambusters memorial

    Businessman and philanthropist Lord Ashcroft has stepped in to stop the sale of medals belonging to the last surviving Dambusters pilot.

    Les Munro

    Les Munro (pictured), 95, one of only two New Zealanders to have taken part in the 1943 raid, had planned to auction his decorations to pay towards the upkeep of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park.

    But Lord Ashcroft has donated £75,000 to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund in return for gifting his decorations and medals to a museum in his native New Zealand.

    The Museum of Transport and Technology in Auckland, where the medals will go on display, have also donated £10,000.

  18. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 16:00 in the capital on BBC London 94.9: HSBC is to relocate the head office of its UK retail bank to Birmingham in a move that will see around 1,000 jobs transferred from London.

  19. CPS: Brooks' victim 'utterly defenceless'

    Brixton man Desmond Brooks has been sentenced to 29 years in prison for the murder of his ex-wife, Keisha McKenzie, his ex-girlfriend Joan Wade and Ms McKenzie's sister Saffron Yeboah-Simpson who was 17 at the time.

    Desmond Brooks

    After sentencing Tim Thompson, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for London, said: "Brooks attacked Keisha as soon as she opened the door to him. She was utterly defenceless and had no chance to escape. His other two victims both made brave efforts to escape the attack which may have ultimately saved their lives.

    "Due to the overwhelming evidence in this case Brooks was left with no choice but to plead guilty. I hope that his sentence today brings some small comfort to the victims and their families."

  20. 'Stunning' that Tube upgrade 'considered good news'

    Responding to TfL's announcement the Circle, Metropolitan, District and Hammersmith & City lines are set to benefit from a £5.54bn upgrade, London Assembly Transport Spokesperson Val Shawcross said: "The idea that the Mayor thinks today's announcement is something to boast about is stunning.

    "Not only are these upgrades now expected to complete four years later than planned, the new contract comes after the Mayor and TfL wasted over £85m of taxpayer money on the disastrous failure of the previous Bombardier deal."

    In June 2011 Bombardier Transport was awarded the contract to replace and upgrade the signalling of the sub-surface railway on the four lines but TfL had to pay the company £80m to end the contract after it failed to deliver the work.

  21. £5.54bn investment for Tube lines

    The District, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Tube lines are set to benefit from a £5.54bn funding investment in a bid to improve the speed of the services, Transport for London has announced.

    Exterior shot of the Tube train

    TfL says Circle line trains will arrive every four minutes instead of 10 with trains on the other three lines arriving every two minutes helping to reduce delays by up to a third.

    The money will also include 191 new air-conditioned walk-through trains with the work set to be completed by 2022.

  22. Court house 'to be turned into members club'

    Two Swedish brothers who bought The Old Sessions House court house in Clerkenwell Green for £13.5m are planning to turn it into a "social gathering point" that includes a private members' club and a rooftop swimming pool according to the Islington Tribune.

  23. Chelsea's Costa to miss Euro qualifier

    BBC Sport

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa will miss Spain's Euro 2016 qualifier against Ukraine and a friendly with the Netherlands after picking up a hamstring injury during Chelsea's 3-2 win at Hull on Sunday.

    Diego Costa
  24. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    Our top story at 15:00:

    A man who stabbed his wife to death and seriously injured two other women has been jailed for life at the Old Bailey.

  25. Cheese toastie?

    The Independent

    First there was the Porridge Cafe in Shoreditch and then the Cereal Killer Cafe in Brick Lane and now a new cafe called The Melt Room is set to open in Soho serving only cheese toasties.

    According to The Independent you can order a variety of fillings....but the end result will always include cheese.

  26. Ambulances on stand-by

    Tactical Advisor at London Ambulance Service Chris Hawkswell tweets: #Bermondsey: Ambulances at the RVP whilst the Army work to make the bomb safe.

  27. City Police committee

    City of London Police tweet: We're inviting applications for an independent person to serve as a member of @CityPolice Committee. Interested?

  28. Hail and thunder expected

    There will be some sunshine around this afternoon, but scattered showers are set to develop and these could be heavy at times with some hail and thunder.

    Top temperature: 10C (50F).

  29. New pictures of Bermondsey bomb site

    Army photographer Rupert Frere has taken new images of the Bermondsey building site where the military is trying to deal with an unexploded WWII bomb.

    Bermondsey Bomb

    He said a protective wall had been erected around the bomb to try to protect the surrounding buildings.

    Bermondsey bomb
  30. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 14:00 on BBC London 94.9: Army engineers are continuing their efforts to diffuse a Second World War bomb discovered on a building site in Bermondsey yesterday.

  31. Disability centre hits back at council claims

    Waltham Forest Guardian

    The Waltham Forest Disability Resource Centre has hit back at Waltham Forest Council claims that it is missing targets ahead of it losing council funding from next month.

    The Waltham Forest Guardian reports that councillor Angie Bean, cabinet member for adult services, said the centre had been missing targets since 2011, but manager, Peri Stanley, told the paper it had "actually achieved 97.6% of its current attendance target".

  32. Lunchtime news

    Katharine Carpenter

    Reporter and presenter

    Join me just after 13:30 on BBC One when we'll have the latest on the Second World War bomb discovered in Bermondsey. Army engineers are still trying to diffuse it, two local primary schools remain closed and residents have been evacuated from houses nearby.

    Bermondsey bomb

    We'll also have news of a massive police operation in Bexley and Alina will be here with the weather.

  33. Years & Years announced for Big Weekend

    BBC Newsbeat

    Radio 1 and 1Xtra

    London group Years & Years and Catfish and the Bottlemen from Wales have been added to the line-up for Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich in May.

    Years & Years

    Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine are also performing at Europe's biggest free ticketed music event. The full line-up will be announced in April with 50,000 tickets available from next Tuesday.

  34. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 13:00 in the capital on BBC London 94.9: Bomb disposal experts are continuing to work on an unexploded WWII bomb found by construction workers in Bermondsey yesterday.

  35. BreakingMan sentenced to 29 years for triple knife attack


    A Brixton man has been jailed for life with a minimum of 29 years at the Old Bailey for carrying out a "ferocious" knife rampage.

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

    Yesterday Desmond Brooks, 42, of Redlands Way, pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his estranged wife 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.

  36. Night flights for Emirates cable car

    Transport for London tweets: From Saturday, with @EmiratesAirLDN 'Night Flights' you can ride until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays

    Cable car
  37. 'Corruption at heart' of Tower Hamlets

    Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, has been accused of having "corruption" at the "heart" of his administration by a lawyer representing four disgruntled voters who have accused him of electoral fraud.

    Lutfur Rahman

    Barrister Francis Hoar told the Election Court at the High Court accounts given by Mr Rahman were unlikely to be true unless sustained by other evidence.

    The four voters want Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey, to declare the result of the May 2014 mayoral election void and order a re-run but Mr Rahman denies any wrongdoing.

    Mr Mawrey is expected to deliver a ruling later in the year.

  38. Behind the scenes

    BBC London transport correspondent Tom Edwards tweets: Filming in London Underground Control Centre

    London Underground control room

    And a close up of the screens.

    London Underground control room
  39. Severe delays on Central Line

    Central Line tweets: Update: Service resumed with severe delays due to an earlier customer incident. Tickets valid on local buses and Abellio Greater Anglia.

  40. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at noon in the capital on BBC London 94.9: Bomb disposal experts are continuing to work on an unexploded second world war bomb found by construction workers in Bermondsey yesterday.

  41. Regenerating London 'very challenging'

    Labour cabinet member for housing at Hackney Council, Philip Glanville, has told BBC London 94.9 regenerating estates in the city can be "very challenging" with some residents "not happy about how long it takes".

    His comments come after Lord Adonis told the Financial Times London's council estates should be demolished and replaced with higher density mixed social and private housing.

    The former Labour cabinet minister said replacing some estates with social housing and homes for sale would increase the number of houses without needing extra funding.

  42. Cameron 'won't serve third term'

    David Cameron has said he won't serve a third term in office if he wins the coming election. The Prime Minister has told the BBC that if he's re-elected in May he would stay for a full second term, and then leave Downing Street at the end of the next parliament in 2020.

    David Cameron

    What are your thoughts on his announcement? You can listen live to BBC London 94.9 and contact the team on 020 7224 2000.

  43. Parliament 'trespasser' in court

    A man accused of climbing on to the roof of the Palace of Westminster has appeared at Southwark Crown Court.

    Braydon Anderson, 23, of Portland Place, Northampton, is charged with criminal damage and trespass on a protected site after allegedly causing £20,000 of damage by breaking a stained glass window, an ornamental crown and a CCTV camera.

    He was remanded in custody to next appear in court on 2 June.

    A security alert was sparked when a man was spotted on the roof of the Houses of Parliament on 7 March and engaged police in an eight-hour stand-off.

  44. RideLondon returns to capital

    The Prudential RideLondon event will return to the capital on 1-2 August this year with Mark Cavendish confirming he will compete in the RideLondon-Surrey Classic, it has just been announced.

    Cyclists ride past the Houses of Parliament in central London

    More than 95,000 riders are expected to take part in five events over the weekend including the 200km professional race starting from the Horse Guards Parade and the 100km London-Surrey ride starting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

    Mark Cavendish said: "After only two years, this race is already an event every rider wants to win and you can't beat racing in front of British crowds. After missing out in 2014 I was determined to ride in 2015."

  45. How to wrap a train

    Jeremy van den Bergh tweets: @HeathrowExpress unit 332014 being re-wrapped today.

    Wrapping Heathrow Express
  46. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 11:00 in the capital on BBC London 94.9: Bomb disposal experts are continuing to work on an unexploded second world war bomb found by construction workers in Bermondsey yesterday.

  47. London Oratory in High Court challenge

    Marc Ashdown

    BBC London News

    I'm at the High Court today as the London Oratory School, a Catholic boys' school, challenges the the Office of the Schools Adjudicator which ruled it broke the school admissions code 105 times.

    It was found to discriminate against pupils from poorer backgrounds, and favour parents who helped at church.

  48. Chelsea 'involved in most racist incidents'

    Chelsea Football Club's supporters have been involved in the most number of reported racist incidents as they travelled to and from matches on trains according to data from 24 police forces across the country gathered by the Press Association.

    Image of a man being pushed off the metro in Paris

    It follows the high profile case of a black man who was prevented from boarding a train in Paris by Blues fans as they sang a racist song. Five of them are due in court this week.

  49. Dawn raids after two-year investigation

    The Met said the 41 people arrested during dawn raids were arrested on suspicion of a range of offences including the supply of Class A drugs, conspiracy to supply firearms and fraud.

    South Area Commander Simon Letchford said more than 700 officers were involved in the dawn raids which was a culmination of a two-year investigation.

    The operation is ongoing and searches are continuing at a number of addresses, the force added.

  50. Bomb cordon update

    BBC London 94.9 reporter Richard Main tweets: The police cordon around the #BermondseyBomb now starts at junction of Dunton Rd & Southwark Park Rd @BBCTravelAlert

    Bermondsey Bomb cordon
  51. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    Our lead story at 10:00 on BBC London 94.9: The Mayor of London says it is just common sense for David Cameron to say if he's re-elected he would serve the full five years and then leave Number 10.

  52. Arrests in dawn raids

    Forty-one people have been arrested during dawn raids in south-east London earlier this morning, Scotland Yard has revealed.

    The aim of the raids was to dismantle criminal networks suspected of committing burglary, theft, fraud, motor vehicle crime, drug dealing, money laundering and violent crime.

    The 40 men and one woman were arrested during raids at 53 addresses in Bexley, Lewisham, Greenwich and Bromley.

  53. The size of the Bermondsey bomb

    British Army photographer Rupert Frere has taken a few images of the unexploded WWII bomb in Bermondsey which shows the sheer size of it.

    Bermondsey Bomb

    A cordon remains in place with residents from about 1,200 properties unable to return home.

    Bermondsey Bomb
  54. 'Annual' unexploded bomb

    London Fire Brigade tweets: We attend more than 1 unexploded bomb a year. Here's the latest on the WW2 #Bermondsey bomb

    Unexploded bomb stats
  55. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    Our lead story at 09:00 in the capital on BBC London 94.9: Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said it's just common sense for David Cameron to say if he's re-elected he would serve the full five years and then leave Number 10.

  56. Children stay home after bomb find

    Hundreds of children in south London have been told to stay at home today after an unexploded bomb was found near their schools.

    Police tape near the site of the bomb

    Two schools remain closed and hundreds of people were forced to spend the night in temporary accommodation after the World War II device was discovered on a building site in Bermondsey. Army engineers have resumed work this morning to make the it safe.

    Southwark Council said it has been doing everything it can to make sure people have shelter. Tower Bridge remains closed and a 200m cordon is in place.

  57. Roads closed and delays

    Louise Pepper

    Journalist, BBC London

    One lane is blocked eastbound on the Marylebone flyover due to a vehicle fire and an accident on the A40 eastbound at Perivale is adding to morning delays.

    Two lanes have been closed on the M25 anti-clockwise between J6 Godstone and J5 Sevenoaks following an accident and in Bermondsey, Grange Walk, Grange Road and Abbey Street are closed while the army and emergency services deal with the unexploded WW2 bomb.

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

  58. Six bailed over synagogue attack

    Six people arrested after a group forced its way into a synagogue in what police have described as an "anti-Semitic" incident have been bailed.

    Damage to the door of the synagogue

    Police said the group, all in their late teens, had just left a nearby party and tried to get into the synagogue in Stamford Hill, north London, at about 01:15 on Sunday.

  59. Sunshine and showers

    BBC Weather


    After a cloudy start and a few spots of rain, it will become increasingly sunny through the morning.

    The afternoon will start dry with some sunny spells, however scattered heavy showers are likely to develop through the afternoon, which could give hail and thunder.

    Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

  60. Good morning

    Beth Rose

    BBC News Online

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

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