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  1. Updates on 10 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Good evening

    That's all from BBC Local Live for today. We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across London.

  2. Dry and sunny evening

    BBC Weather

    It will stay mainly dry this evening with some hazy spells of sunshine.

    However, cloud will gradually thicken overnight and rain will spread in from the west of London during the early hours.

    Women in Hyde Park deckchairs

    Minimum temperature: 10C (50F)

  3. Coming up

    BBC London News

    From 18:30, BBC London News will be live in Hatton Garden, after Scotland Yard confirmed an alarm was activated at the safety deposit vault that was raided by thieves - but the force didn't respond.

    Plus, the programme will look at how a forgotten derelict dockyard on the River Lea has been transformed into a new public space.

  4. Delays near Blackwall Tunnel

    TfL Traffic News tweets: A broken down car is blocking lane 1 (of 2) on the A12 at the A13 towards the Blackwall Tunnel. Q's to the Old Ford Interchange.

  5. Catford man's pizza takeaway riddled with mice

    A pizza shop has been shut down after mice were found to be running amok in the establishment, reports the News Shopper.

    The local paper says the animals' droppings made their way into the pizza boxes.

  6. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Our top story today: A mother wept in court as one of the youngest children to plead guilty to murder was locked up at the Old Bailey for a minimum of 11 years.

    The 13-year-old boy, who can't be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to stabbing 53-year-old Christopher Barry twice in the chest, outside his home in Edmonton last December.

  7. Boxing champion will fight in London

    BBC Sport

    Kell Brook has announced he will defend his IBF world welterweight title against Frankie Gavin at the O2 Arena on 30 May.

    Kell Brook

    Brook, 28, successfully defended his IBF world welterweight title with a fourth-round victory over Romanian-born Jo Jo Dan in Sheffield on 28 March and had wanted to fight Amir Khan.

    But the Bolton boxer has opted to fight American Chris Algieri next.

  8. Barrister 'could have dodged £23k of rail fares'

    A barrister who avoided paying train tickets could have cost a rail company £23,000 a court has heard.

    Peter Barnett

    It is claimed Peter Barnett, 43, boarded trains at Haddenham and Thame Parkway without a ticket and used an Oyster card to "tap out" at Marylebone.

    Chiltern Railways claims it lost £23,000. Mr Barnett, who admits fraud, said it was £10,000 once leave was taken into consideration.

  9. Hunt for missing Hackney girl

    Police in Hackney are appealing for help to find a missing 15-year-old girl.

    Tatum Defreitas has been missing from her home in Forest Road since 16:00 on Thursday, when she left to visit a friend in Stoke Newington.

    She is described as a light-skinned black girl with shoulder-length black hair usually worn in a pony tail. She wears glasses and has links to the E14 area of Tower Hamlets.

  10. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Our top story today at 16:00: A 13-year-old boy who admitted murdering a London builder has been sentenced at the Old Bailey to at least 11 years' detention.

    The boy stabbed 53-year-old Christopher Barry last December after a row about access to a block of flats in Edmonton.

  11. Sherwood: 'I was a success'

    BBC Sport

    Tim Sherwood has insisted his time at Tottenham was a success, after he was dismissed by Spurs two days after leading them to a sixth-place finish last season.

    Tim Sherwood while managing Tottenham

    The 46-year-old said: "I knew it would be a tough job at Tottenham and it proved that. But I was very successful, both as a development coach and as a manager."

    Sherwood is preparing to take his Aston Villa side to White Hart Lane tomorrow.

  12. BreakingBoy, 13, detained for murdering builder


    A 13-year-old boy who admitted murdering a London builder has been detained for at least 11 years.

    The boy stabbed 53-year-old Christopher Barry last December after a row about access to a block of flats in Edmonton, North London, the Old Bailey was told.

  13. Harry Redknapp: Queen's Park Rangers 'bit of a soap opera'

    BBC Sport

    Former Queen's Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp says the club was a bit like a "soap opera" and adds he did not know who was on his side in the end.

    Harry Redknapp

    Redknapp quit as the team's manager, blaming imminent knee replacement surgery for his decision.

    The 67-year-old believes he would have kept it in the Premier League despite being second from bottom when he quit.

  14. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Our top story today: Scotland Yard has said police were alerted to an alarm at the scene of the Hatton Garden safety deposit raid over Easter.

    In a statement they said their Central Communications Command received an alert just after midnight on Good Friday by an alarm monitoring company, but it was decided no police response was needed.

  15. 'Despicable attack'

    Commenting after Lloyd Byfield was jailed for a hammer and knife attack on Leighann Duffy, Det Ch Insp Glen Lloyd said: "This was a despicable attack on a woman at home with a young child - a place where she was entitled to feel safe.

    "Byfield has shown callous and murderous intent by forcing his way in and then proceeding to inflict fatal injuries on Leighann Duffy in a pre-planned attack.

    "Byfield was motivated by jealousy as he had previously wished to pursue a relationship with Duffy. I can only hope today's sentence goes some small way to helping her family recover from what has been a horrendous ordeal."

  16. Hatton Garden alarm not responded to

    A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We are now investigating why this grade was applied to the call. This investigation is being carried out locally.

    Hatton Garden

    "It is too early to say if the handling of the call would have had an impact on the outcome of the incident."

  17. Hatton Garden alarm not responded to

    An intruder alarm that went off last Friday at scene of the Hatton Garden jewellery burglary was not responded to the the police, the Met has said.

    It said on 3 April at 00:21 a call was received at the Met's Central Communications Command from Southern Monitoring Alarm Company. The call stated that a confirmed intruder alarm had been activated at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd.

    The call was recorded and transferred to the police's computer aided despatch system. A grade was applied to the call that meant that no police response was deemed to be required.

  18. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Our top story today: A drug dealer who evaded deportation for years has been jailed for life, for murdering a woman in front of a six year old girl.

    Lloyd Byfield attacked twenty-six year-old Leighann Duffy with a claw hammer and knife in her flat in Walthamstow in London last September.

  19. Sylvester Stallone thanks police for film leak arrest

    Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone has thanked City of London Police for arresting a Halifax man suspected of leaking films on the internet.

    Sylvester Stallone

    Police say they believe the suspect was involved in obtaining high-quality films, either only available at the cinema or unfinished movies yet to be released, and then leaking them on to the internet.

    They say his actions are costing the industry millions of pounds.

  20. Tributes for dead cyclist Moira Gemmill

    Tributes have been paid to Moira Gemmill, a prominent figure in the London arts world who was killed yesterday near Millbank.

    Moira Gemmill

    Jonathan Marsden at the Royal Collection Trust where she worked, says she "had become both a good friend and a highly respected colleague, and we shall miss her very greatly."

    Martin Roth at the V&A, where she worked for 13 years, says: "We are devastated to hear of the tragic death of our much-loved and respected colleague."

  21. Warm afternoon with breezes later

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will continue to be fine and dry with plenty of sunshine, although this will be rather hazy at times.

    There will also be a more noticeable breeze towards the end of the day. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F)

  22. Former dock unlocks 26 miles of walkways and gardens

    BBC London News

    On air this lunchtime is a forgotten historic London dockyard, which was at the heart of Britain's manufacturing in the years following the Industrial Revolution.

    River Lea

    It is about to be opened up to the public, unlocking 26 miles of walkways and gardens alongside the River Lea.

  23. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Our top story today at 13:00: Police are trying to trace a man believed to have carried out two sexual assaults on teenage girls on buses in Romford.

    The first was in February after a 12 year-old got off a number 248 in Mawney Road; the second was in March, while a 17-year-old was waiting at a bus stop in Waterloo Road.

  24. Saracens' Burger banned for strike

    BBC Sport

    Saracens back-row Jacques Burger has been given a one-week ban for striking scrum-half Maxime Machenaud in their European Champions Cup quarter-final tie at Racing Metro.

    Saracens' Jacques Burger
  25. Appeals after bus sex assaults

    The Met Police is appealing for information after two reports of sexual assaults on buses in Havering, east London.

    Man behind sex assaults

    The first offence occurred on Tuesday 24 February at about 15:30 on Mawney Road, after both the suspect and 12-year-old female victim got off a route 248 bus travelling from Upminster.

    The second offence occurred on Thursday, 5 March at about 15:00 hours while the 17-year-old female victim was waiting at a bus stop on Waterloo Road.

  26. Being overweight 'cuts dementia risk'

    Being overweight cuts the risk of dementia research by Oxon Epidemiology and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has found after they studied two million people.


    Their analysis showed underweight people had a 39% greater risk of dementia compared with being a healthy weight, while those who were overweight had an 18% reduction in dementia and the obese had a 24% reduction.

    The researchers said they were surprised by the findings while dementia charities are advising people to continue not smoking, exercising and eating a balanced diet.

  27. Killer 'pursued a relationship' with victim

    Lloyd Byfield, the drug dealer handed a life sentence for murder today, stabbed his victim Leighann Duffy after pursuing a relationship with her.

    Lloyd Bayfield

    The killer smashed his way into her flat in Walthamstow, east London, and carried out the assault in front of a six-year-old child, who suffered minor injuries.

    Leighann Duffy
  28. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Our top story today: A drug dealer who smashed his way into a woman's home in Walthamstow and stabbed her in front of a child has been jailed for life for her murder, with a minimum of 26 years and six months.

    Lloyd Byfield had pursued a relationship with Leighann Duffy before he armed himself with a claw hammer and a knife for the attack last September.

  29. BreakingDrug dealer jailed for 26 years after stabbing


    Lloyd Byfield, a drug dealer, has been jailed for a minimum of 26 years and six months at the Old Bailey.

    He was sentenced for the murder of 26-year-old Leighann Duffy who was stabbed in her home in front of a young child.

  30. Where do most fires start in London?

    London Fire Brigade has put together a map showing where the most fires happen in the city.

    Map showing fires in London

    The map marks the year leading up to 15 February this year. Red areas indicate high, meaning the service attends the most incidents, orange is above average, yellow is average, blue is below average and purple is low or none.

  31. Call for tube barriers after man hit

    Ailsa McNab tweets: Horrific accident @ #Stockwell & unfortunately was on 1st carriage of tube involved. @MayorofLondon barriers needed please!! Praying for man hit.

    Neil Garner tweets: As a driver I see this kind of thing everyday. People behind the line but leaning over to pick up their bag. PLEASE be more careful.

    Martin Hovezak tweets: Went thru Stockwell a few mins after the accident - terrible - 19thC transport architecture like our tube is not fit for today's pressures.

  32. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Our top story is: London's one of three areas of the country where air pollution has been officially classed as high, on what's expected to be the warmest day of the year so far.

  33. Air ambulance flies away from Stockwell

    Tim Frisby tweets a picture of the London Air Ambulance flying away from Stockwell after the accident this morning.

    Helicopter flying away from Stockwell
  34. 'Awful scene'

    Felicia Marsh tweets: Saw the awful scene on the tube this morning passing Stockwell. I hope the chap is okay.

  35. Man 'leant over to get bag'

    Emily Shackleton tweets: Apparently the guy was hit by a tube at #Stockwell when he leant over to get his bag. Hope he will be okay.

  36. Tube hit man 'has head injuries'

    The air ambulance was called

    The London Ambulance Service says it treated the man for head injuries at the station and he was taken "as a priority" to King's College Hospital.

  37. Passenger hit by train

    A spokesman for British Transport Police said: "We were called to Stockwell London Underground station at 8.52am on Friday, 10 April, to reports of a person being struck by a train."

    They said the Met Police and London Ambulance Service also attended. "The incident is not being treated as suspicious at this time."

  38. BreakingPassenger is hit by a train

    A man has been hit by a train at Stockwell station. The man, in his 20s, is in a life-threatening condition, say British Transport Police.

    Scene at Stockwell station
  39. Lib Dems 'fought to keep rail fares down'

    BBC London

    General Election 2015

    In response to the Conservative pledge to freeze around half of all rail fares, the Liberal Democrats said they had fought in government to keep rail fares down while the Tories "repeatedly argued" for above-inflation increases.

    Labour called the pledge "unfunded, uncosted and... totally unbelievable". There is more reaction on the General Election live page.

  40. Tories pledge to freeze rail fares

    BBC London

    General Election 2015

    The Conservatives are promising a real-term freeze affecting about half of all rail fares if they win the election.

    First Great Western train

    Prime Minister David Cameron said the move would save an average rail commuter £400 between now and 2020.

  41. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Our top story is: Londoners with heart and lung conditions are being advised to limit physical exertion again today because of air pollution.

    The Ambulance Service says people training for the marathon may find their exercise tolerance is low.

  42. Boy, 13, to be sentenced for murder

    A 13-year-old boy who admitted murdering a builder after a row outside a block of flats will be sentenced at the Old Bailey later.

    Christopher John Barry

    The child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to stabbing Christopher John Barry, 53, in Edmonton, on 14 December.

  43. Trains not stopping at Stockwell

    Transport for London's Northern Line tweets: Stockwell station: Northern line trains are not stopping, northbound only due to a customer incident.

  44. Is it a hoot?

    Sitala Peek

    BBC News

    Hand-reared owls are going on display at a pop-up cafe in a former London art gallery.

    A selection of birds that were due to be on display at Annie the Owl pop-up cafe

    It's been a sell-out with demand far outstripping supply and more than 81,000 people entering a ticket ballot.

    But while it's in aid of owl conservation and is hoping to educate "London urbanites" I've been looking at how ethical it is.

  45. 'High' air pollution

    Government experts are warning that air pollution in London will reach uncomfortably high levels later today as it is set to become the warmest day of the year so far reaching highs of 21C (70F).

    Air pollution forecast for Friday

    The experts say it is down to a "perfect storm" of different pollutants including Saharan dust that has built-up.

  46. Ex-Met chief investigated over Lawrence inquiry

    Former Metropolitan Police chief Lord Stevens is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over information he gave in 1998 to the inquiry into the Met's handling of the Stephen Lawrence murder case.

    Lord Stevens - former Met police commissioner

    He was Deputy Commissioner of the Met from 1998 to 2000, while the Macpherson report - which found evidence of institutional racism within the force - was being compiled. Lord Stevens has previously denied any wrongdoing.

  47. Angel of St Pancras

    Pippa Stephens

    BBC News, London

    That's all from the Breakfast Show's election special from St Pancras.

    Before we return to bring you all the news, sport, travel and weather for London, here's a tweet from BBC London 94.9's Anjana Gadgil: Angel the St Pancras hawk @BBCLondon949 Election broadcast from St Pancras

  48. Thank you

    BBC London 94.9 tweets: Almost finished with our live Breakfast from @StPancrasInt - thanks for your contributions and retweets!

    BBC London 94.9 team
    Penny and Paul
  49. NHS privatisation

    BBC London 94.9

    Sidney Cordle at the Christian People's Alliance says: "We can have an enormous amount of influence - it is Christian values I think people want to stand up for."

    He says he wants to see more Christian values taught in schools.

    Rebecca Fox, National Health Action candidate for Camberwell & Peckham, says voters "fall on her with relief" when they hear she is against privatisation.

    She adds she is concerned about increasing privatisation in the NHS, as she says £30bn of the budget has gone to privatised contracts.

  50. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Our top story is: The former Met Police Commissioner Lord Stevens is being investigated by the police watchdog in connection with the murder of Stephen Lawrence in Eltham.

  51. Demon eyes

    BBC London 94.9

    About the Tony Blair demon eyes' poster in 1997, Mr Delaney says the Saatchi brothers "told him we had felt we run out of ammunition so decided to personalise it".

    Mr Delaney says it "completely backfired".

    Tony Blair demon eyes

    He says when politicians make the slogans personal it is a reflection the party is feeling rattled.

  52. Mad Men meets politics

    BBC London 94.9

    Sam Delaney, Journalist, former editor of Heat, talks to the show about advertising slogans throughout the ages.

    Labour poster

    He says when former prime minister Margaret Thatcher met the Saatchi brothers in 1979, for campaign which featured the Labour Isn't Working Poster, it was the "dawn of a new age".

  53. Consumerism 'taking over the planet'

    BBC London 94.9

    A woman from Tottenham tells the show she is against poverty and global warming, in favour of "a way of living not based on consumerism. I think it is taking over the planet".

    She says homes for children are important.

    Another Tottenham resident says: "I would change the value system of our life. Putting community and society first. Those are the things that are important."

  54. 'Take gender equality as a cause to the ballot box'

    BBC London 94.9

    Polly Trenow from the Fawcett Society says young women between 18 and 24 are much less likely to vote. She advises them to "take gender equality as a cause to the ballot box and vote with their heart there".

    Emily Pankhurst

    She says everyone is "really bored" of the bombastic political culture seen at Prime Minister's Questions and the media focus of the hair and clothes of politicians' wives.

    Part time work that is senior enough is a key issue, she adds, but says it is an issue for men and women.

  55. 'Throwing holy water on a vampire'

    Susana Mendonca

    BBC London 94.9 political reporter

    tweets: One young man said the young see voting talk as being like throwing holy water on a vampire. That's the challenge for politicians #GE2015

  56. Road closures

    Paul Murphy-Kasp

    Journalist, BBC London

    The A4200 Kingsway in Holborn remains closed in both directions between the A4 Aldwych junction and Holborn Station because of the underground fire last week. Buses are on diversion via Fleet Street, Fetter Lane and High Holborn and it is affecting traffic volume around the area.

    And one lane is closed and there is queuing traffic on the A2 in Falconwood before the Eltham Tunnel junction, because of a broken down vehicle. It's causing congestion back to to Dartford Heath.

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

  57. Severe delays on the Central Line

    BBC Travel

    There are severe delays on the Central Line due to earlier faulty train at Ruislip Gardens and earlier signal failure at Woodford.

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

  58. Young people can feel 'shut out'

    BBC London 94.9

    Author and broadcaster Rick Edwards says it is hard for young people to feel engaged in politics if they don't know the language, and they can feel shut out.

    He says: "Politicians chase the grey vote and younger people then feel less likely to vote. It is a spiral downwards."

    Older people have many more benefits, such as winter fuel allowance, he says, than young people who are having their tuition fees upped and housing benefit cut.

  59. If you don't vote you are 'off the radar'

    BBC London 94.9

    Kheron, a 23-year-old from Herne Hill, tells the Breakfast Show politics are unpopular with young people, many of whom look up to Russell Brand. But he warns: "If you are not voting, you are off the radar."

    Russell Brand

    He says if he was prime minister, he would help young people get into business and the creative arts, boost the living wage and have fewer zero hours contracts.

    "A lot of people's lives have changed because of the arts - it can be so therapeutic."

  60. 'Not just mothers' - Mumsnet

    BBC London 94.9

    Head of policy at Mumsnet Rowan Davies tells penny and Paul, her users "have a broad set of interests - they don't want to be addressed as just women or mothers" but as people.

    She says she doesn't think the parties are talking enough about affordable housing and that it can frustrate people when politicians don't talk about peoples' issues, rather push their line.

    Important issues are childcare costs, provision for children with special needs and cuts to legal aid, she adds.

  61. Plenty of sunshine

    BBC Weather

    It will be another fine, dry day with plenty of sunshine, though this will be rather hazy at times.

    It will become warm once again, but there will also be a more noticeable southerly breeze towards the end of the day.

    Top temperature: 21C (70F).

  62. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Our top story is: The former Met Police Commissioner Lord Stevens is being investigated by the police watchdog in connection with the murder of Stephen Lawrence in Eltham.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission is looking at his role in providing evidence to the Macpherson Inquiry in 1998.

  63. A million female votes?

    BBC London

    General Election 2015

    Political correspondent Susana Mendonca tells the show: "A million women didn't vote last time. It is quite clear a lot of the female voters are leaning towards the Labour candidates. This is an issue for the parties."

    Susana Mendonca

    Women tend to care more about things like the NHS, welfare and education and less about the economy and crime, she says.

    She adds women tend to be less supportive of UKIP and that she doesn't think "sanitary towels will swing it" for the party.

  64. 'Posh boys who went to posh schools'

    BBC London 94.9

    Dean and Michelle have a young family. Michelle tells the Penny and Paul: "I might vote for UKIP. It seems like everybody has an open door policy on - is it immigration? I don't really think about it too much.

    She says flexible working is important to her as she would like to go back to work but can't afford childcare.

    Dean says: "I don't find immigration a problem but I am going to vote for UKIP. It would be nice to see a change instead of having these posh boys who went to posh schools in charge all the time."

  65. Rent caps

    Anjana Gadgil

    BBC London News

    tweets: Charlotte and Holly, 24, from Croydon, feel strongly that rent caps should be brought in @bbclondon949 at St Pancras

    St Pancras
  66. 'Silver voters'

    BBC London

    General Election 2015

    Barry from Sutton tells the show: "It is wrong to try to differentiate between the old and the young [voters] - we all have the same issues.

    "It is really important to think about the people who have been adversely affected by the government policies, like bedroom tax."

    He says there are "appalling differences between ordinary working people" and the city's rich. "Like that £50m house in Chelsea advertised yesterday," he said.

  67. Affordable housing worries

    BBC London 94.9

    Robert Gordon-Clark, director at the London Communications Agency, tells the Breakfast Show the number one issue for voters in London is affordable housing - which has changed from schools five years ago.

    He says Londoners care less about issues such as the Trident, railways and non-dom status.

    The "Labour narrative in London is working well", he adds, as the party is polling 10 points ahead of the Conservatives.

  68. All systems go

    Susana Mendonca

    BBC London 94.9 political reporter

    tweets: All systems go for the @BBCLondon949 outside broadcasts at StPancras. I'll be talking about voter engagement #GE2015

    Breakfast Show
  69. Voters and voting

    In the Breakfast Show Penny and Paul will talk to experts, analysts and the public about voting, issues that voters care about and the polls.

    Penny and Paul
  70. Good morning

    Pippa Stephens

    BBC News, London

    Good morning, I'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London as well as the highlights from the BBC London 94.9's Breakfast Shows's election special from St Pancras this morning.

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