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  1. Updates on 23 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Goodnight

    Sitala Peek

    BBC News

    It's been a busy day so that's it from me. I'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from London. Enjoy the evening sunshine.

  2. Staying dry and clear tonight

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dry and fine night with plenty of late sunshine to come.

    There's a chance of some mist or fog patches and it will turn rather cold with winds staying light.

    Min temp: 5C (41F)

  3. Proms to celebrate Sherlock Holmes and Ibiza dance nights

    BBC Arts

    This year's BBC Proms will celebrate the Ibiza dance scene, Sherlock Holmes and the Hubble space telescope.

    Marin Alsop

    They comprise 92 concerts mainly held in the Royal Albert Hall and start on 17 July and end on 12 September.

    Sir David Attenborough will narrate a prom to the music of his Life Story TV series and Marin Alsop will conduct the Last Night of the Proms.

  4. Tower Hamlets election mayor date

    Tower Hamlets councillor Peter Golds has told BBC London 94.9's Eddie Nestor the borugh's election to find a mayor will be Thursday 11 June.

  5. Tackling domestic abuse

    Hackney Gazette

    Deputy Turkish Consul Fatih Tetik and specialist domestic violence officers from the Turkish National Police spent three days with officers from Hackney's community safety unit to see how the Met brings domestic violence perpetrators to justice and safeguard victims.

  6. NHS worker ordered to repay £28,000 of embezzled cancer funds

    An NHS worker who diverted £642,000 worth of hospital funds meant for life saving cancer drugs has been ordered to repay just £28,737.

    Stacey Tipler,

    Stacey Tipler, 33, from Carshalton in Surrey, exploited her job in the accounts department of the Royal Marsden NHS Trust in 2011 to divert funds to help pay off her mortgage and indulge in designer shopping sprees.

    She was jailed for four years and a judge at Southwark Crown Court has today ordered her to repay £28,737 within six months or face another 18 months in prison.

  7. Fraudulent mayoral election had been 'two-horse race'

    Ten candidates stood for the 2014 mayoral election in Tower Hamlets but thanks to the transferable vote system it came down to a two-horse race between the Labour candidate John Biggs and the incumbent Tower Hamlets First candidate Lutfur Rahman, who was standing for a second term.

    Mr Rahman "played the race and religion card" and smeared his opponent John Biggs as a racist, the High Court ruling heard.

    On 10 June 2014 a petition was lodged against Mr Rahman's election campaign on the basis of corrupt and illegal practices. The election has since been voided.

  8. Eavis train named for Glastonbury Festival founder

    A train has been named after Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis to honour him for his contribution to the arts.

    Michael Eavis, founder of Glastonbury Festival

    Mr Eavis was at the naming ceremony in Paddington earlier.

  9. Council 'welcomes scrutiny of mayoral election'

    Tower Hamlets Council said it "welcomed" today's High Court ruling which cleared the council's returning officer John Williams and all council staff in relation to Lutfur Rahman's election fraud in 2014.

    It said the ruling was an acknowledgement that its electoral processes were both robust and "sound" and it would now organise an election for the new mayor of Tower Hamlets.

  10. Southeastern commuter trains 'like the Wild West'

    London Evening Standard


    London transport commissioner Sir Peter Hendy says the Southeastern train service to London Bridge is "like the Wild West."

    Peter Hendy

    His comments come after passengers suffered a fourth consecutive day of disruption on London's transport network with delays of up to 50 minutes being reported at London Bridge during morning rush hour following an earlier signalling failure.

    Mr Hendy said Network Rail couldn't fix London Bridge but Southeastern staff "who looked like the Gestapo" were still happy to fine people who made mistakes with their tickets, the Evening Standard reports.

    Southeastern said it was proud of its staff and the help they gave thousands of passengers every day.

  11. Catford man to Morris dance his way to Norwich

    Imagine Morris dancing about 116 miles (186km) wearing a doublet, hose and jester's hat?

    Rick Jones

    Rick Jones is going to attempt this feat from London to Norwich to recreate the journey undertaken by Shakespeare's clown in 1600.

    He is due to set off later on what is thought to be the Bard's birthday (and St George's Day, of course) and hopes to arrive in Norwich on 1 May.

  12. Politician John Biggs welcomes Rahman ruling

    The man defeated by disgraced mayor Lutfur Rahman in the Tower Hamlets election declared void by a High Court judge has said he "hopes to stand" in the re-run ballot.

    London Assembly politician John Biggs welcomed the judgment of an Election Court which has exonerated the Labour politician, following smears in the election campaign and in court hearings, that he was a "racist".

  13. Live from Tower Hamlets

    David Friend

    Senior journalist, BBC London

    BBC London 94.9's Drivetime show, with Eddie Nestor, will be live from Tower Hamlets from 17:00.

    Eddie Nestor

    We'll be getting reaction to the news the mayoral election in the borough has been declared void after Lutfur Rahman, was found guilty of corruption and illegal practices.

  14. Body found in River Lea

    Police investigating the disappearance of Ambrose Ball, 30, from Haringey, have found a body in the River Lea.

    Mr Ball was reported missing on 24 January and the body was discovered yesterday.

    Formal identification has yet to take place but his family has been informed.

  15. Woman 'vanished' into Fulham pavement hole

    A woman with a shopping trolley had to be rescued after she "disappeared" into a hole which had opened up in the pavement.

    Hole in pavement

    Emergency services were called when the woman vanished into a void outside a cafe on North End Road in Fulham, south-west London.

    Passersby said they heard a loud scream and saw the woman had stumbled into the 3ft-wide (1m) hole. The woman was taken to hospital but was not seriously injured.

  16. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Our top story at 15:00:

    The mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman has been found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices during last year's election in which he won a second term in office.

  17. Galloway on 2016 London mayor election

    Louise Martin

    Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Sky News has posted a video clip of George Galloway, who has represented Bradford West as MP, where he says: "I won't run for the London mayor if I am re-elected on the 7 May, if I'm not re-elected I will run, that's as clear an answer as I can possibly give you."

  18. Without the law 'we are lost'

    Pippa Stephens

    BBC News, London

    The judgment decreeing Rahman as guilty warns events of recent months have "starkly demonstrated what happens when those in authority are afraid to confront wrongdoing for fear of allegations of racism and Islamophobia".

    It adds: "Even in the multicultural society which is 21st century Britain, the law must be applied fairly and equally to everyone.

    "Otherwise we are lost."

  19. Electoral Commissioner' judgement in full

    Claire Timms

    BBC News, London

    Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey QC has shown himself to be tough and uncompromising in his ruling on Lutfur Rahman's electoral corruption. In his judgement (pdf) he said:

    QC quote
    • "Mr Rahman's election as mayor on 22 May 2014 was void - that is to say, it is as if it had never taken place. He has not lawfully been mayor since that date"
    • "The evidence laid before this court ... has disclosed an alarming state of affairs in Tower Hamlets"
    • "This is not the consequence of the racial and religious mix of the population, nor is it linked to any ascertainable pattern of social or other deprivation. It is the result of the ruthless ambition of one man"
    • When challenged about Mr Rahman being ordered to pay £250,000 trial costs, he said: "If the money isn't there, you will have to fight it out in an insolvency"
    • Tower Hamlets First was "never really a party but the alter ego of Lutfur Rahman"
  20. Pickles: we must 'stamp out culture of corruption' in Tower Hamlets

    Mr Pickles said ensuring a "free and fair" election is the "immediate priority of the commissioners".

    Eric Pickles

    He said he would ask the commissioners what further resources would help them "stamp out this culture of corruption in Tower Hamlets".

    "The commissioners' powers may need to be extended in the interim before any by-election," he added.

    The Met "also need to take steps to stop further corrupt practices", he said.

  21. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Our top story at 14:00:

    The mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman has been found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices during last year's election in which he won a second term in office. We have all the latest reaction.

  22. Pickles says Rahman judgment could mean extra powers

    Communities Secretary Eric Pickles says the Rahman ruling "vindicates our action to intervene".

    He says the judgment could mean extra powers being handed to commissioners.

    Mr Pickles says he is seeking reassurance that steps were being taken, including by the police, to make sure the general election was not impacted.

  23. "Fantastic result for democracy" say Rahman's challengers

    Andy Erlam, a spokesman for the four voters who challenged Lutfur Rahman's fraudulent electoral practices, said the decision to void the Tower Hamlets election result in 2014 was a "fantastic result for democracy."

    (Left to right) Angela Moffat, Andy Erlam and Azmal Hussein who challenged Lutfur Rahman's election result
    Image caption: Angela Moffat, Andy Erlam and Azmal Hussein are three of the four voters who challenged Lutfur Rahman's mayoral election result

    Lutfur Rahman, who won a second term as mayor in 2014 - has been found "personally" guilty of wrongdoing and "guilty by his agents" by the Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey at the High Court.

  24. Judge unmoved by "mind boggling" court cost appeal

    Mr Rahman's lawyer challenged the "mind-boggling" £250,000 court costs his client has been ordered to pay, but was given short shrift by the judge Richard Mawrey.

    "If the money isn't there, you will have to fight it out in an insolvency," Mr Mawrey said.

  25. Tower Hamlets First party 'shocked' by Rahman ruling

    Lutfur Rahman's party, Tower Hamlets First, said "today's judgment has come as a shock".

    It said Mr Rahman strongly denied any wrongdoing and had full confidence in the justice system.

    Lutfur Rahman

    A party spokesman said: "This result has been surprising to say the least.

    We are seeking further legal advice on the matter in relation to a judicial review."

  26. London mayor "glad justice has taken place"

    Sitala Peek

    BBC News

    Reacting to the Lutfur Rahman ruling, London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "I'm very glad that justice has taken its course and that a cloud has been lifted from Tower Hamlets.

    "It is vital now that we move on with new elections, and ensure that something like this can never happen again."

    The Electoral Court ruling has voided the results of the fraudulent Tower Hamlets mayoral election on 22 May 2014. That means it is "as if it had never happened."

    Mr Rahman is barred from standing as mayor again.

  27. Mayor 'lavished fools gold on Bangladeshi community'

    "The Bangladeshi community might have thought itself fortunate to have been the recipient of the mayor's lavish spending but in the end the benefits were small and temporary...It was fool's gold," the Electoral Court judgement of Lutfur Rahman states.

  28. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Our top story at 13:00:

    The mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman has been found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices during last year's election in which he won a second term in office.

  29. Tower Hamlets citizens 'are the real losers'

    The Election Court judgement states: "The real losers in this case are the citizens of Tower Hamlets and, in particular, the Bangladeshi community.

    Tower hamlets sign

    "Their natural and laudable sense of solidarity has been cynically perverted into a sense of isolation and victimhood, and their devotion to their religion has been manipulated - all for the aggrandisement of Mr Rahman.

    "The result has been to alienate them from the other communities in the borough and to create resentment in those other communities."

  30. Rahman 'likely to denounce ruling as racist and Islamophobic'

    The Electoral Court judgment states: "On past form it appears inevitable that Mr Rahman will denounce this judgment as yet another example of the racism and Islamophobia that have hounded him throughout his political life.

    It is nothing of the sort.

    Mr Rahman has made a successful career by ignoring or flouting the law and has relied on silencing his critics by accusations of racism and Islamophobia. But his critics have not been silenced and neither has this court."

  31. 'Dishonest' Rahman ordered to pay trial costs

    Ed Davey

    BBC London News

    The case put forward by Lutfur Rahman was "dishonest" and he told "a whole pack of lies", the High Court judge Richard Mawrey said.

    Mr Rahman has been ordered to pay the costs of the election court trial which comes to £250,000.

  32. Court's devastating judgement of 'corrupt' Tower Hamlets mayor

    Sitala Peek

    BBC News

    High Court judge Richard Mawrey has delivered a devastating judgement of the corrupt Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman.

    Corrupt Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman
    • He said Rahman was an "evasive and discursive witness whose evidence was untruthful on occasion"
    • Rahman ran a ruthless and dishonest campaign to discredit his rival John Biggs as a racist
    • "As well as playing the race card he was determined to play the religious card"
    • With regard to giving grants to Bengali groups, the Bengali-born mayor drove a coach and horses through election law and didn't care
  33. Rahman's lawyers said challengers 'exaggerated'

    Sitala Peek

    BBC News

    Mr Rahman claimed there was "little" if any evidence against him of wrongdoing.

    His lawyers said the four voters who challenged the mayoral election result in May 2014 had invented and exaggerated their claims.

    But a High Court judge found Mr Rahman guilty earlier and barred him from standing in the mayoral election which must now be re-run in Tower Hamlets.

  34. Rahman to be referred to Solicitors Regulation Authority

    Ed Davey

    BBC News

    Because he's a lawyer Lutfur Rahman will be referred to the Solicitors Regulation Authority after being found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices.

  35. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    The mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman has been found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices during last year's election in which he won a second term in office. That's the top story on BBC London 94.9 at midday.

  36. Voided election 'result of ruthless ambition of one man'

    Karl Mercer

    Political Correspondent, BBC London

    Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey says the "alarming state of affairs in Tower Hamlets.. is the result of the ruthless ambition of one man" - Lutfur Rahman.

  37. BreakingTower Hamlets mayoral election voided

    Karl Mercer

    Political Correspondent, BBC London

    Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman is guilty of a number of corrupt and illegal practices. The mayoral election is voided and will have to be re-run. Rahman is also banned from standing again.

    Lutfur Rahman
  38. BreakingTower Hamlets mayor guilty of corrupt practice

    Tower Hamlets independent mayor Lutfur Rahman is guilty of "corrupt practice", a High Court judge says.

  39. Rahman played 'race and religious card'

    Karl Mercer

    Political Correspondent, BBC London

    "As well as playing the race card he was determined to play the religious card," the election commissioner Richard Mawrey tells the High Court.

    Four voters have challenged the result of last year's election which saw Lutfur Rahman re-elected for a second term as mayor of Tower Hamlets.

  40. Mayor 'drove coach and horses through election law'

    Karl Mercer

    Political Correspondent, BBC London

    Election commissioner Richard Mawrey says Lutfur Rahman ran a "ruthless and dishonest" campaign to convince the electorate his rival John Biggs was a racist.

    Lutfur Rahman

    Mr Rahman drove a coach and horses through election law and didn't care, he continues.

    The party he set up -Tower Hamlets First - was "never really a party but the alter ego of Lutfur Rahman", Mr Mawrey says.

  41. Lutfur Rahman judgement

    Karl Mercer

    Political Correspondent, BBC London

    There's standing room only in court 38 for the High Court judgement into Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman, who is accused of electoral fraud relating to his re-election last year.

    The electoral commissioner Richard Mawrey describes Mr Rahman as an "evasive and discursive witness whose evidence was untruthful on occasion".

    The full judgement runs to 200 pages and is devastating so far for the mayor.

  42. Paula Radcliffe to enter marathon 'unfit but healthy'

    Three-time London Marathon winner Paula Radcliffe says she will enter this year's race "unfit", but healthy.

    Paula Radcliffe

    The 41-year-old, who set a world record time of two hours 15 minutes and 25 seconds in London in 2003, has been struggling with injuries this year.

  43. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    The mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, should learn shortly whether last year's election in which he won a second term in office will have to be re-run.

    Four voters claim the election was beset with fraud, which Mr Rahman denies. The High Court will decide later whether the result should be declared void. That's the top story on BBC London 94.9 at 11:00.

  44. Transport 'eighth or ninth' London voter priority

    Tom Edwards

    Transport correspondent, London

    Transport is the second highest household expenditure for Londoners, yet it's only ranked as the eight or ninth highest priority for voters in the capital. Find out why I think it's key in this election in my latest blog.

    Ticket office
  45. Network Rail "sorry for disruption"

    Network Rail says delays at London Bridge earlier were caused by the failure of signalling equipment which took one of three lines into London Bridge out of action for 30 minutes during morning rush hour.

    It said its engineers traced the fault "almost immediately" but congestion on the track led to delays on Southern services.

    A spokesman for Network Rail said: "We are sorry for the disruption."

  46. Hatton Garden theft Crimewatch appeal

    The Hatton Garden jewellery theft will feature in a Crimewatch appeal tonight.

    Hatton Garden

    Police are trying to contact the owners of 56 safety deposit boxes that were broken into during a raid on Hatton Garden Safe Deposit vault on 2 April.

    Scotland Yard detectives say they want to speak to six deposit box owners they have not made contact with yet.

  47. Crime figures show fall in robberies

    Robberies have fallen by 13% across England and Wales in the past 12 months, figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest.

    It's the lowest level since 2003 and is driven in large part by a fall in London where 44% of all the robberies were recorded.

  48. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    The mayor of Tower Hamlets, Luftur Rahman, should find out from the High Court today whether last year's election - in which he won a second term - will have to be re-run because of claims of electoral fraud that he denies.

    That's the top story on BBC London 94.9 at 10:00

  49. Dossier created on 'at risk IS London girls'

    A dossier has been compiled of teenage girls from London believed to be at risk of travelling to areas controlled by Islamic State groups.

    Mr Justice Hayden has grounded a number of young people in recent weeks after fears were raised by social workers and police in the wake of three girls from Bethnal Green Academy who are thought to have travelled to Syria to join IS.

    Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum
    Image caption: Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum left London for Syria in February

    The judge has been handed a 39-page document by Met Police officers in east London including a "running log" of intelligence on individual girls believed to be at risk.

  50. 'London Bridge Station - what's the point?'

    Passengers trying to get into London Bridge are reporting delays of up to 50 minutes to their journey.

    Catherine O'Shea tweeted: "London Bridge station what is the point in you? Could we just change your name to 'Seek Alternative Routes' and save us all some time."

    Someone else called Ellie writes : "Travelling into London Bridge every day is turning into daily torture."

    For the latest travel information follow @BBCTravelAlert or go to BBC London's travel page.

  51. RMT union casts doubt on weekend Tube plans

    Tube travellers have been hit with a fourth successive day of problems.

    The latest incident was a signal failure at Tower Hill which led to severe delays anti-clockwise on the Circle line and delays between Earl's Court and Westminster on the District line during morning rush hour.

    Mind the Gap

    Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union general secretary Mick Cash said: "The problems we have seen this week are a taster of what we can expect when the added pressure of continuous weekend running is thrown into the mix."

  52. Council sued over polling station access

    A London council is being sued for failing to ensure a polling station was accessible to people with disabilities.

    Adam Lotun

    In the first case of its kind in the UK, Adam Lotun, a wheelchair user, is claiming his human rights were breached because he could not vote last year.

    Mr Lotun said he could get no further than the front door because of a ramp and a drop to the floor inside. Kingston Council says work is under way to ensure its polling station is fully accessible on 7 May.

  53. Exercise v diet

    Vanessa Feltz

    Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    Join me now: a group of doctors, including London cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, claim physical activity has little role in tackling obesity.

    Call me now 020 7224 2000 and tell me what you think.

  54. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Our top story at 09:00: The mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, is due to learn later whether last year's election in which he won a second term in office will have to be re-run.

  55. Women becoming nuns hits 25-year high

    Theodora Hawksley

    The number of women becoming nuns has reached a 25-year high, the Catholic Church in England and Wales says.

    The BBC has spoken to Theodora Hawksley (pictured), 29, who was until recently a postdoctoral researcher in theology at the University of Edinburgh, but at the beginning of the year she decided to end her career as an academic, and begin her training to become a nun.

    She joined the Congregation of Jesus in January and is now living in their house in Willesden, north London, while taking the first steps towards making vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

  56. On this day

    In 1661 Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland was crowned king at Westminster Abbey and in 1775 Joseph Mallord William Turner, English landscape painter, was born in London.

    On the sporting front, in 1927 Cardiff City beat Arsenal 1-0 in the FA Cup Final to become the first club to take the cup out of England.

  57. Ruling due in electoral fraud case

    A mayor in London accused of electoral fraud is waiting for a verdict today following a High Court hearing.

    Lutfur Rahman

    Four voters have taken legal action against Lutfur Rahman, independent mayor of Tower Hamlets, east London.

    They asked Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey, who sat as a judge, to declare the result of the May 2014 mayoral election, which saw Mr Rahman elected for a second term, void and order a re-run.

    The group of four also wants Mr Rahman barred from holding office for a period.

  58. Lambs beaten to death and injured in park

    Newborn lambs have been beaten to death and injured in Bedfont Lakes Country Park nature reserve in Hounslow.

    One lamb was found dead in a tree and a second had to be put down because of the severity of its injuries, the Met Police said.

    Bedfont Lakes Country Park

    The attack happened sometime between 16:30 on Friday 10 April and 07:30 on Saturday 11 April.

    A spokesman for the park said: "We would like to thank everyone for their support and kind words over the past week as we have dealt with the distressing situation of losing some of our beautiful lambs and sheep. The remaining flock have been moved to a safer site."

  59. Road and Tube delays

    BBC Travel

    There is severe disruption on the A5 Edgware Road in Brent Cross as the road is closed. There is queuing traffic both ways at the Humber Road junction and diversions for buses 32 and 266 are in place.

    The Circle line is suspended anticlockwise due to a signal failure at Tower Hill, causing severe delays.

    On the District Line there are minor delays eastbound between Earls Court and Tower Hill after the Tower Hill signal failure.

  60. Brightening up and becoming warm

    BBC Weather

    Although many places will start cloudy and dull it will slowly brighten up during the morning. Most parts will then have a sunny afternoon and with light winds it will feel warm.

    Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

  61. Happy St George's Day

    Sitala Peek

    BBC News

    Good morning and welcome to Thursday. I'm here to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London.

    If you've got a story, photo or comment please email me, or tweet or post something on our Facebook page.