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Summary

  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates for Wednesday 25 March 2015

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All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    Beth Rose

    BBC News Online

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

  2. Cold and breezy

    After a calm evening, tonight will be dry with clear spells but turning increasingly cloudy later on. It will feel cold and become breezy by dawn with outbreaks of rain pushing their way across London from the west.

    Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).

  3. Teatime bulletin

    BBC London News

    TV

    On the programme at 18:30 on BBC One: Motorists are warned of disruption as the biggest road building scheme in a generation gets underway.

    And five Chelsea fans, suspected of being involved in a racist incident on the Paris Metro, appear in court and say they will fight moves to ban them from attending future football matches.

  4. 'Graffiti gran' wins eviction reprieve

    A great grandmother who was threatened with eviction after breaching her tenancy by painting farmyard animals in the hallway of her Finsbury council block, has won a reprieve.

    Islington Council told the Islington Tribune that Jo White could stay at her flat providing she sought permission for any future artistic projects.

  5. 'Jigsaw puzzle' station structure completed

    The structure of the new Crossrail Custom House station in the Royal Docks has been completed in a year and a day.

    Crossrail Custom House station

    Described as a "giant jigzaw puzzle" the work involved transporting 825 station components from Sheffield and assembling them on site in London.

  6. MPs 'monitored by Scotland Yard during 1990s'

    Dominic Casciani

    Home affairs correspondent

    Peter Francis
    Image caption: Peter Francis: transformed his appearance as he went deep undercover

    A former undercover police officer has told BBC News that Scotland Yard kept intelligence files on MPs during the 1990s.

    The former Special Branch officer, Peter Francis, says he saw 10 files which he and others regularly updated.

    He says he personally gathered information on three MPs as part of his work infiltrating left-wing groups.

  7. Free play focuses on homelessness

    A play based on the real life experiences of homeless people is being performed at YMCA Surbiton tomorrow night.

    Try it for a Weekend

    Try it for a Weekend is about the traumas and difficulties of being homeless and how people can become dehumanized.

    It has been written with text generated from interviews with those living on the streets and will be performed for free by the Benchmark Theatre Company from 19.30, although a £3 donation is suggested.

  8. Renters 'lose out on £1.3m'

    Families in London who rent rather than buy their homes will be more than £1.3m worse off over their lifetime than those who can buy a home in their 20s according to the housing charity Shelter.

    The new study suggests there are worrying disparities between three emerging groups - "first time flyers", "first time triers" and "renting lifers".

  9. Dons manager to have hip op

    AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley is likely to miss Saturday's trip to Tranmere Rovers as he is due to have a hip operation tomorrow.

    Neal Ardley

    The 42-year-old said: "I need some bone shaved off and I have a tear around the hip joint which affects my left side. I can still take training, but the operation is more for my well-being."

  10. A23 Brixton Road closed

    BBC London

    Travel

    The A23 Brixton Road in Kennington is closed with queuing traffic in both directions between St Mark's Church and the South Island Place junction due to a fire at a restaurant.

    Diversions in operation for bus routes: 3, 59, 133, 159 and 415.

    It is also causing congestion on the A3 southbound to Kennington Station, on the A202 Harleyford Road to Beehive Traffic Lights and on the A3 northbound to Stockwell Station.

  11. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    Our lead story at 17:00 on BBC London 94.9: The consultants behind controversial plans to redevelop Euston Station as part of the HS2 high speed rail line have come under attack in Parliament.

  12. 'Racist' Chelsea supporters oppose football ban

    Five Chelsea supporters suspected of preventing a black man from boarding the Paris Metro ahead of the club's match against Paris St Germain last month, will fight applications to impose football banning orders on them, a court has heard.

    Image of a man being pushed off the metro in Paris

    Scotland Yard is applying for the orders. District Judge Mary Connolly told Waltham Forest Magistrates' Court they involved severe restrictions to civil liberties and were designed as a preventative to stop potential troublemakers from travelling to football matches.

    The French commuter, known as Souleymane S, said the incident "destroyed" him and had "traumatised" his children.

  13. Reaction to Clarkson decision

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    On drive time with Nikki Bedi: We'll have reaction to the BBC's decision not to renew Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson's contract and we're live at a community boxing gym in New Cross for a surprise visit from WBA champion boxer, David 'The Hayemaker' Haye.

    Jeremy Clarkson

    You can listen live to BBC London 94.9 and contact the team on 020 7224 2000.

  14. Woman found dead after property fire

    A woman was found dead following a fire at a property on Shrewsbury Road in Forest Gate, last night.

    More than 20 firefighters were called to the blaze at about 23:30. It was brought under control within the hour.

    Residents in neighbouring properties were also temporarily evacuated from their homes due to the smoke, but no one else was hurt.

  15. Carlisle 'no shame' over suicide

    BBC Sport

    Former QPR defender Clarke Carlisle has said he feels "no shame" about his suicide attempt in December when he was hit by a lorry.

    Clarke Carlisle

    The 35-year-old said: "People are delicate stepping around it - there's no shame invested in it for me. I attempted suicide because I was very unwell."

    On Monday, he pleaded guilty to drink driving and failing to provide a sample to police on 20 December, at London's Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court, and will be sentenced on 14 May.

  16. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    Our lead story at 16:00 on BBC London 94.9: An Italian court's ruling on whether to uphold the conviction of American Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend, for the killing of London student Meredith Kercher, has been put back until Friday.

  17. Fold-up bike championships to take place

    As part of the Prudential RideLondon festival of events, St James's Park will host the 10th Brompton World Championships on 1 August.

    People riding on Brompton bikes

    The event takes the form of a Le Mans style start as 575 smartly-dressed competitors from around the world dash to unfold their bikes before setting off on the 1.3-mile circuit.

    It starts on The Mall, takes in Horse Guards Parade and Buckingham Palace before finishing back on The Mall.

  18. Sergeant suspected over data breach

    Croydon Advertiser

    Newspaper

    A police sergeant has resigned following allegations he passed information from crime reports to a council officer, the Croydon Advertiser exclusively reports.

    Paul Potter is alleged to have passed information to Alan O'Brien, an antisocial behaviour enforcement officer.

    Mr Potter resigned from the Met but the Crown Prosecution Service will decide whether to bring criminal charges against him, while Croydon Council confirmed to the paper Mr O'Brien had been suspended pending an internal investigation into "data misuse".

  19. Owl cafe delayed after complaints

    A week-long owl café in Soho designed to "educate urbanites" about the plight of wild birds has been put back until April after organisers received a flood of animal cruelty complaints, London 24 reports.

  20. Ruling on Kercher murder conviction delayed

    Meredith Kercher

    An Italian court's ruling on whether to uphold the conviction of American Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend for the killing of British student Meredith Kercher (pictured) will likely be delayed until Friday, a judge said.

    Italy's highest court had been expected to reach its decision today but the prosecution's closing arguments were going more slowly than expected. The president of the panel of judges, Gennaro Marasca, told reporters before adjourning for lunch "Friday may be the day to conclude the hearing".

  21. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    Our top story at 15:00:

    An Italian court's ruling on whether to uphold the conviction of American Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend, for the killing of London student Meredith Kercher has been put back until Friday.

  22. 'World's healthiest' city

    NHS England London tweets: We've launched 13 transformational programmes 2help London become world's healthiest global city by 2020 #healthyLDN

  23. Design of the Year 2015

    A woman studies a wooden dyed mosaic seat, which is one of the 76 nominated projects for Design Of The Year 2015, ranging from furniture of the future to clothes and cars, on display at the Design Museum.

    Design of the Year 2015
  24. Paramedic 'shopped while patient waited'

    During the misconduct hearing of paramedic Dominic Colella the Health And Care Professions Council heard an 85-year-old man, who collapsed from severe blood poisoning, was forced to wait 20 minutes in an ambulance until Mr Colella returned from Marks and Spencer with two bags of shopping.

    And in a second incident he delayed a patient with a head injury from being taken to hospital so he could have his hair cut.

    Mr Colella admitted abandoning his colleagues and patients, but the panel said his failure to turn up to the hearing meant they could not know if he appreciated the seriousness of his actions and there was a "risk of repetition".

  25. 24-hour Tube pay talks resume

    Pay talks between London Underground (LU) and unions are to resume over the introduction of a new 24-hour Tube service in September on some lines at the weekend.

    Mind the Gap

    Unions are pressing for a four-day week for its members but LU's operating officer Nick Brown said: "The current economic climate means that there remains considerable pressure on our finances.

    "We have therefore begun, and will continue, discussions with our trade union colleagues on a new pay agreement, that is affordable, sustainable and fair."

  26. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The lead story at 14:00 in the capital on BBC London 94.9: The Metropolitan Police is facing a court bill of more than £400,000 over the "unlawful" tasering of an innocent businessman.

  27. Hazy sunshine

    Most places will hold onto the light winds and sunny skies this afternoon, with only limited amounts of cloud. However, the sunshine could turn hazier late in the day.

    Top temperature: 11C (52F).

  28. Paramedic guilty of misconduct

    A paramedic who abandoned his colleagues and patients to go shopping and have his hair cut while they waited in an ambulance has been found guilty of misconduct at a health tribunal.

    Dominic Colella twice "held his colleagues to ransom" by forcing them to wait until his return so seriously-ill patients could be driven to hospital, the Health And Care Professions Council heard.

    The panel has retired to consider what sanctions to impose against Colella.

  29. BBC London news

    Louisa Preston

    Journalist, BBC London

    On the programme just after 13:30 on BBC One: We'll hear more about the state catholic school attended by Nick Clegg's son which has launched a high court challenge after it was accused of discriminating against some pupils because of their background.

    And will a £4bn modernisation programme of London's roads keep the capital moving?

  30. Boris Johnson 'tweaks' Garden Bridge funding

    Tim Donovan

    Political Editor, BBC London

    Boris Johnson has said he won't release the £30m he's pledged to build the new Garden Bridge across the Thames until its upkeep is guaranteed from private funds.

    The bridge

    The mayor has toughened his stance after Labour accused him of misleading the public over the annual £3m maintenance cost when he claimed it wouldn't come from the taxpayer. It later emerged his officials had guaranteed to underwrite it, if the bridge's charitable trust failed to raise the money.

    The mayor told the London Assembly this morning he said that to speed the bridge through the planning process at Westminster Council.

  31. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    Our lead story at 13:00 on BBC London 94.9: The Metropolitan Police is facing a court bill of more than £400,000 over the "unlawful" tasering of innocent black businessman, Daniel Sylvester.

  32. Ally Pally chief on £18.8m Lottery funding

    Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of the Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust said: "Today marks a hugely positive and significant step in realising our aspirations to bring the Victorian Theatre and BBC Studios back to life and fulfil the potential of the Palace and its remarkable history."

  33. Final PMQs: London Bridge station

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Jim Dowd, the Labour MP for Lewisham West, is fed up with the "abysmal service" at London Bridge station.

    It's a "debacle", he says - and goes so far as to call for a compensation scheme.

    "The pressures are immense," David Cameron replies. "You cannot criticise this government for failing to invest in London's transport infrastructure." No word on compensation for commuters, though.

  34. Ally Pally secures £18.8m Lottery funding

    Alexandra Palace has been awarded £18.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund to transform it into a visitor attraction.

    Alexandra Palace

    The £28m regeneration will centre on the eastern end of the building, bringing its theatre and a former TV studio space back into use.

    A camera man filming
  35. Watch: Bermondsey bomb is detonated

    The unexploded WWII bomb found by builders in Bermondsey on Monday has been safely detonated on the Isle of Grain in Kent this morning, and we were there to film it.

    Bermondsey bomb detonated
  36. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    Our lead story at noon in the capital on BBC London 94.9: Italy's Supreme Court is due to decide today whether to uphold the convictions of the American student Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of the London student Meredith Kercher in 2007.

  37. Watch: Meredith Kercher murder case background

    Italy's highest court will rule on whether or not to uphold the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of Coulsdon student Meredith Kercher who was stabbed to death in Perugia in 2007.

    Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito

    The hearing follows eight years of convictions and acquittals, which the BBC's Gavin Lee rounds up and looks back on.

  38. Then and now

    BBC London's transport correspondent Tom Edwards spotted this while out about filming and tweeted: A Bike hire scheme with 2 sponsors (at the moment)

    Boris bikes
  39. 'City of dreams'

    City Hall has confirmed Roger Evans will take up the role of Deputy Mayor for London on 13 May following Victoria Borwick's decision to stand down and run for parliament in Kensington.

    Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "I'm delighted Roger has accepted this challenge. It's about representing the Mayoralty at hundreds of events and gatherings across every London Borough throughout the year, feeding back Londoners concerns and ideas, and communicating my vision for the greatest city on earth.

    Mr Evans said: "For so many people London is a city of opportunities - a city of dreams. There is nowhere else like London - it is a great privilege to play a part in leading our city."

  40. Roger Evans named Deputy Mayor of London

    The London Comms Agency tweets: .@MayorofLondon has announced @RogerEvansAM as the new Deputy Mayor for London, replacing Victoria Borwick #MQT

  41. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    Our lead story at 11:00 on BBC London 94.9: The hearing is underway in Italy on whether to uphold the convictions of American student Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of London student Meredith Kercher.

  42. Watch: Stop 'poor doors'

    via Facebook

    There are calls to ban so-called "poor doors" in upmarket blocks of flats.

    It follows weekly protests which have been held outside a new development in Aldgate which has an entrance for private tenants and side entrance for those in the affordable flats.

    Developers Redrow said separate entrances kept costs down for the affordable residents, but the Social Integration Commission, speaking here, said the practice should be stopped.

  43. Behind the scenes

    BBC London transport correspondent Tom Edwards tweets: Filming Traffic control centre as Tfl warn more disruption to roads over next 6 yrs & want drivers to change habits

    TfL control room
  44. Listen: Duggan gun report 'tells us nothing'

    BBC Radio 4 Today

    Mark Duggan's brother, Shaun Hall, has said his family will not accept the findings of the (IPCC) that Mr Duggan was probably throwing a handgun away when he was shot and killed by police in Tottenham, sparking the London riots in 2011.

    The IPCC found the police operation targeting Mr Duggan was "appropriate" but said two police officers who investigated an earlier incident involving the same weapon should be disciplined.

    Mr Duggan's brother Shaun Hall said: "We still want answers...This 500 page document that's been produced by the IPCC literally tells us nothing."

  45. Bermondsey bomb removed for detonation

    Beth Rose

    BBC News Online

    In case you were wondering what had happened to the Bermondsey bomb it was safely removed from the building site in Grange Walk last night.

    Bermondsey Bomb

    The 500lb (250kg) device was driven away safely under police and Army escort to a quarry in Kent to be detonated.

    Bermondsey Bomb
  46. Parents wait 3.5 years for autism diagnosis

    Parents in the UK are waiting up to three and a half years to receive a diagnosis that their child has autism, according to research by Goldsmiths University, University of London and City University and 84% of parents found the process of the diagnosis stressful.

    The Department of Health said it's trying to get children the help they need quickly, by linking together health, education and social care services.

  47. £4bn road improvement scheme under way

    A £4bn scheme scheme to improve London's roads is underway, Transport for London has said.

    Map of junctions
    Image caption: Some of the money will be spent on 33 junctions from Aldgate Gyratory to Woolwich Road

    The Road Modernisation Plan includes creating new cycle routes, safer junctions at Stockwell, Oval, Archway and Vauxhall Bridge and replacing more than 1,000 streets lights each year until 2020 with energy efficient LEDs.

    Leaflets will be delivered to residents and businesses who may be affected as the work continues. All the information is also available here.

  48. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    Our lead story at 10:00 on BBC London 94.9: The family of Mark Duggan - who's fatal shooting by police in Tottenham sparked the London riots - has criticised a report into his death from the police watchdog.

  49. Blackwall Tunnel partially closed

    TfL Traffic News tweets: Blackwall Tunnel northbound is closed to enable recovery of the broken down van- traffic queues are now to Sun in the Sands.

  50. Double murder: 'Heavy burden to carry'

    The mother of Lynne Weedon, Margaret Weedon, whose 16-year-old daughter was murdered in Hounslow 1975 six months after Eve Stratford, 22, was also killed, said "we have missed out on so much; she missed out on life, no relationship or marriage, no career or children or even just travelling the world.

    "I will make a mother's plea for anyone who can tell us some information about the person who took my daughter and Eve Stratford's lives to come forward."

    Det Ch Insp Noel McHugh said: "It's inconceivable the killer of Eve and Lynne has kept the perfect secret for 40 years. It's a heavy burden to carry and he must have let details slip over the years - maybe to a partner, a friend, even a cellmate - and I would appeal to anyone with information to contact us."

  51. Appeal over 1975 double murder

    Police investigating the double murder of a bunny girl and a teenager, which were linked by DNA, have launched a fresh appeal on the 40th anniversary of their deaths.

    Eve Stratford and Lynne Weedon
    Image caption: Eve Stratford and Lynne Weedon

    Eve Stratford, 22, who worked at London's Playboy club, was found with her throat slashed in her Leyton home on 18 March 1975. Six months later, Lynne Weedon, 16, was attacked and raped in an alleyway in Hounslow on 3 September - she died a week later.

    Investigating officer Det Ch Insp Noel McHugh said the suspect for both murders was likely to be in his 60s or 70s now and it is believed he would have been familiar with the Hounslow area.

  52. On this day

    In 1843 the Thames Tunnel, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, opened to pedestrians between Rotherhithe and Wapping in London.

  53. Man shot in Wanstead

    A 30-year-old man was shot in Wanstead overnight and remains in a critical condition in hospital.

    Draycot Road
    Image caption: Draycot Road

    Scotland Yard said it and London's Air Ambulance were alerted to the incident at about 04:40 and it was believed the man was shot in Draycot Road before making his way to the High Street.

  54. Rescue operation continues in Alps

    Vanessa Feltz

    Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    Rescuers in the French Alps have resumed their search for victims of the Germanwings crash after all 150 people on board are believed to have died. The Foreign Secretary has said it is likely there were some British nationals among them.

    Rescue helicopter at crash site

    Listen live to BBC London 94.9 as the recovery operation continues.

  55. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    Our lead story at 09:00 on BBC London 94.9: The family of Mark Duggan - who's fatal shooting by police in Tottenham sparked the London riots - has criticised a report into his death from the police watchdog.

  56. Problems on the roads

    Louise Pepper

    Journalist, BBC London

    There are reports of accident southbound between J4 Edgware and J2 Fiveways Corners.

    And in Wantstead, the High Street is closed between Nightingale Lane and Wellington Road due to an incident.

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

  57. Mayor's Question Time webcast

    The London Assembly will question Mayor Boris Johnson later about the procurement process for the Garden Bridge, devolution of City Hall and the chaos at London Bridge station as part of Mayor's Question Time.

    The bridge

    The Assembly gets 10 opportunities a year to hold the mayor to account and tomorrow's sessions can be watched here as part of a webcast here from 10:00.

  58. Court ruling due on Kercher verdict

    Italy's top court is to decide whether to uphold the convictions of American Amanda Knox and Italian Raffaele Sollecito for the 2007 murder of London student Meredith Kercher in Perugia.

    Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, June 2011 (composite image)

    The former lovers were convicted for the second time last year. The Court of Cassation must now choose whether to confirm the conviction or order a retrial.

  59. First Great Western signalling problem

    BBC Travel

    BBC Travel

    On First Great Western there is disruption between Paddington and Oxford due to a signalling problem.

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

  60. South West trains delays

    Louise Pepper

    Journalist, BBC London

    There are 15 minute delays on South West trains between Waterloo and Woking due to late finishing engineering work .

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

  61. Sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    Latest

    It will be a mostly dry day with a mixture of partly cloudy skies and sunny spells with light winds. There is a low risk of a light shower developing during the afternoon.

    Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

  62. 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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