22 July 2014
The Tour has moved on but what is the legacy of the English stages of the Tour De France 2014 and, in these austere times, who paid for it and how?
Mayor of London Boris Johnson says plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", are not dead despite a commission looking into the UK's airport needs rejecting the idea.
Watford name former Brighton boss Oscar Garcia as their new head coach following the resignation of Beppe Sannino.
Councillor Amrit Mann, deputy leader for Hounslow Council, said: "Boris Island was a flight of fancy and now that it has been sunk, Heathrow won't have to close. But we want a better not bigger Heathrow, and a better deal for the people of Hounslow."
Medway Council leader Rodney Chambers said: "The cost to the taxpayer was never fully explained and it would have resulted in the mass destruction of habitat and wildlife that could never be replaced."
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Peter Nunn, 33, from Bristol, retweeted "menacing" posts threatening to rape Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy and branded her a "witch".
District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe found him guilty at the City of London Magistrates Court of sending indecent, obscene or menacing messages.
Peter Nunn has been found guilty of sending Labour MP Stella Creasy abusive messages after she backed a campaign to put Jane Austen on the £10 note.
Victoria line tweets: There will be minor delays on the line between 17:00 - 19:00. This is due to faulty track at Brixton and limited platform availability.
A garage in Hackney has been put on the market for £359,950, Hackney Gazette reports.
The 640 sq ft single-storey building is in Springdale Mews in Stoke Newington.
Prescription books used by the murderer Dr Hawley Crippen, who was hanged in Pentonville Prison in 1910 for the murder of his wife, have failed to sell at auction.
The two leather-bound ledgers from the time he ran the London office of Munyon Remedies were expected to sell for up to £5,000 at Mullocks auctioneers in Ludlow, but failed to meet the reserve.
Top London news on BBC London 94.9:
A firearms officer has been awarded more than £37,000 by an employment tribunal, after suffering race and sexual discrimination at the hands of the Metropolitan Police. Pc Carol Howard says she's been "bullied, harassed and victimised".
Following the tribunal's criticism of the Met Police PC Carol Howard said: "No amount of compensation will ever make up for the hurt and upset that I have been caused.
"I am glad that the tribunal recognised that this leak of information was a dirty trick by the Metropolitan Police aimed solely at deflecting criticism from itself while simultaneously seriously damaging my reputation."
Without naming the officer, a draft press release from the Met was altered to include more detail about her three arrests linked to a domestic dispute, the tribunal found.
West Ham have signed French midfielder Morgan Amalfitano from Marseille on a one-year deal.
The 29-year-old already has Premier League experience, having played at West Brom during the 2013-14 campaign while on a season-long loan.
Watford have named former Brighton boss Oscar Garcia as their new head coach following the resignation of Beppe Sannino.
Garcia, 41, led the Seagulls to the play-off semi-finals last year, but following their defeat by Derby he had his offer of resignation accepted.
A World War One warhorse has been awarded an "animal Victoria Cross" to mark the contribution of all animals that served with British forces.
The honorary PDSA Dickin Medal was posthumously given to equine hero Warrior at a ceremony at the Imperial War Museum in London. The medal was accepted by horse racing broadcaster Brough Scott, the grandson of Warrior's rider Gen Jack Seely.
The medal will be accepted by author and broadcaster Brough Scott MBE, grandson of Warrior's owner and rider General Jack Seely.
Mr Nunn denies sending a message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character by a public electronic network between 28 July and 5 August last year.
Top London headline on BBC London 94.9 this hour:
Mr Nunn, a part-time delivery driver from Bristol, told the City of London Magistrates' Court that this was not part of a "campaign of hatred" after the Labour politician backed a high-profile bid by feminist Caroline Criado-Perez to keep a woman other than the Queen on a British bank note.
He told the court he was "satirising" the Twitter backlash to the campaign and had no idea he was causing offence.
A 32-year-old motorcyclist has died in a collision with a van in Upminster, east London, yesterday afternoon, police said.
Officers were called to St Mary's Lane junction with Pike Lane and found the man with serious injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have spoken to the driver of the van and there have been no arrests.
A man has admitted sending a London Labour MP rape messages after she backed a campaign to put Jane Austen on a banknote - but dismissed it as "a joke".
Peter Nunn, 33, admitted retweeting messages threatening to sexually assault Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy and branding her a "witch" last summer.
London's Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson has announced his resignation, saying it was an "incredibly difficult" decision, having joined London Fire Brigade in 1979.
In a letter to the chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, he said: "I believe now is the right time for both the London Fire Brigade and me to make this change."
Mayor Boris Johnson said Mr Dobson has been an "exemplary Fire Commissioner leading London through difficult times".
Top London headlines on BBC London 94.9:
British travellers are getting better hotel deals abroad than at home, according to a poll by Hotels.com which conducted a survey of 115 cities across the world.
The average hotel room prices around the world rose by 4% in the first six months of 2014, but in London prices rose 9% to £127. London was the 23rd most-expensive destination in the city table which was headed by Monte Carlo, where hotel rates rose 21% to £223.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has called for "clarity and boldness" in finding a solution to London's airport capacity shortage, after his preferred option of a new hub in the Thames Estuary was rejected by the Airports Commission.
He told the BBC's Norman Smith that he felt the decision on which expansion option to pursue should be made by politicians, rather than civil servants.
Opera star Placido Domingo will close the iTunes festival at London's Roundhouse on 30 September.
He joins a line-up which includes Pharrell Williams, Kylie Minogue and Ed Sheeran along with fellow classical artist, Nicola Benedetti.
Bakerloo line tweets: No service btwn Piccadilly Circus and Elephant & Castle while we fix a signal failure at Lambeth North. Severe delays on rest of the line.
Coming up at 13:30: What next for Boris Johnson's dream of a Thames Estuary Airport? The Airports Commission has decided not to put the project on its shortlist - but the mayor says he will fight on with the plans.
And New Scotland Yard has gone on the property market with an asking price of a quarter of a billion pounds.
Central line tweets: No service between Marble Arch and Liverpool Street eastbound only. Severe delays on the rest of the line.
Senior councillors at Brent Council took part in the social media charity phenomenon Ice Bucket Challenge outside the Brent Civic Centre, London Evening Standard reports.
The video of the challenge was posted on YouTube with the group nominating secretary of state for local government, Eric Pickles, for the challenge.
Prescription books used by the murderer Dr Hawley Crippen are expected to be sold for about £5,000 at auction in Shropshire.
Dr Crippen was hanged in 1910 at Pentonville Prison for poisoning his wife Cora, whose dismembered body was found under the basement floor of their house.
The two leather-bound ledgers, which were seized by police and used in the prosecution case, cover a period from 1893 to 1896 when Dr Crippen ran the London office of Munyon Remedies.
Thanks for your comments on Facebook on the decision to reject a plan for an island airport in the Thames Estuary - backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Anthony Cummings said: This airport was always a non starter, now the studies should be stopped and new runway built elsewhere
But John McGeehan said: That's a shame, the location's ideal for London. Looks like Gatwick is going to get a new runway then!
The top London headlines at midday on BBC London 94.9:
An employment tribunal has criticised the Metropolitan Police for trying to "deflect" negative publicity by releasing details linked to the arrest of PC Carol Howard, a firearms officer who suffered race and sexual discrimination.
PC Howard received more than £37,000 after she was discriminated against for being a black woman by her boss in the Diplomatic Protection Group.
The tribunal said the officer has not received an apology and was called for the force's internal Fairness At Work scheme to be overhauled.
Thanks for your comments on Facebook on the teenager who had to be rescued after he accepted a dare to jump in the River Thames.
Mark Baird said: So if he was dared to put his head in the gas oven would he have done that too
Lali Wanjara said: Moron ... but thank God he survived & wont be stupid enough to do it again!
Bakerloo line tweets: Severe delays between Queens Park and Harrow & Wealdstone while we fix a signal failure at Stonebridge Park.
Nine ceremonial British Army garments and two silver Household Cavalry helmets have been stolen from a military supplier in Haringey, north London, on 18 August, police have said.
The combined value of these items exceed £60,000. The garments are worn by the senior army units when they undertake ceremonial roles, including Trooping the Colour at Horse Guard's Parade in London on the Queen's official birthday, and the State Opening of Parliament.
Sandro, 25, has agreed a three-year deal to link up again with manager Harry Redknapp, who signed him for Spurs from Internacional in 2010. Kranjcar, 30, returns to Loftus Road for a second successive season on loan.
Top London headlines on BBC London 94.9:
First Great Western trains are not running between West Ealing and Greenford in west London because of a signalling problem near Greenford, National Rail has said.
There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 11:00.
Scotland Yard, which has been the home of the Metropolitan Police Service moved from Whitehall Place to Great Scotland Yard in 1875, and then to the Norman Shaw building in 1890, before its current home in 1967.
The move to the Curtis Green Building marks a return to nearer its founding location.
The Met Police estate has up to 500 buildings, costing £203m a year to run. Since March 2013, 32 sites have been sold and 22 leaseholds terminated. Up to 200 buildings will be sold by 2016/17.
Car pick-up service Uber has been banned across Germany after a Frankfurt court ruled the firm lacked the necessary legal permits to operate under German law.
The ruling is a temporary injunction, Der Spiegel reported. The summary judgment follows the decision by London's transport authorities not to pursue a case against Uber in June this year.
The sale of the New Scotland Yard building is part of Mayor Boris Johnson's plan to reduce the force's estate by a third and saving £60m on annual running costs. About £125m has already been raised through the sale of 32 under-used and dilapidated buildings.
The mayor said: "Londoners have backed our drive to put bobbies before buildings and the long-awaited sale of New Scotland Yard building will allow us to boost frontline policing and keep officer numbers high."
The 1960s office block in the heart of Victoria, which has been the Metropolitan Police HQ since 1967, has been put on the market with a guide price of £250m.
The HQ will relocate to the Curtis Green Building on Victoria Embankment, which is owned by the Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime and been empty since late 2011.
The move will save the force over £6m a year in running costs and Westminster Council granted planning permission for the new site last month.
Top London news on BBC London 94.9:
tweets: New Scotland Yard officially up for sale. Offers in excess of £250m. A lot of interest in the site already apparently
From this weekend the Royal Mail will deliver parcels on Sundays within the M25 area.
As part of the trial customers will also be able to collect parcels from about 100 offices on a Sunday, with offices open for four hours from noon.
A 26-year-old woman is in a critical condition in hospital after being attacked at a residential property in Hatherley Road, Walthamstow, east London, yesterday afternoon.
Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found her suffering from stab wounds to her arm and neck. A six-year-old child at the address received treatment at the scene for a minor injury, police said.
The Barbican Centre has been criticised for planning to host an exhibition that has been branded racist by some critics.
Exhibition B by Brett Bailey features live performers including black men and women shackled and caged.
Reacting to the rejection of the Thames estuary airport London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "In one myopic stroke the Airports Commission has set the debate back by half a century.
"Gatwick is not a long term solution and Howard Davies must explain to the people of London how he can possibly envisage that an expansion of Heathrow, which would create unbelievable levels of noise, blight and pollution, is a better idea than a new airport to the east of London."
Top London headlines on BBC London 94.9:
Stating his reason behind rejecting the Thames estuary airport plan Sir Howard Davies said: "There are serious doubts about the delivery and operation of a very large hub airport in the estuary.
"The economic disruption would be huge and there are environmental hurdles which it may prove impossible, or very time-consuming to surmount." The least ambitious version of the island scheme would cost £70bn to £90bn, much more than other options, he said.
The Airports Commission has rejected a plan for an island airport in the Thames estuary. The idea had been strongly pushed by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
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A teenager was rescued from the Thames near Westminster after jumping into the river for a prank.
The 16-year-old, who was rescued by Tower RNLI, said he had been dared to jump in so his friends could upload video footage to YouTube. Tower RNLI said it was already on a call near Waterloo Bridge on Sunday when crew members heard radio traffic saying a person was in the water near Westminster.
There are minor delays on the Northern line, Bank branch - Camden Town to Kennington - after a train broke down at Euston.
The Victoria line also has delays following problems with a train at Brixton.
A plan for an island airport in the Thames estuary has been rejected by a commission looking into the UK's airport needs.
The proposal was dubbed Boris Island because of strong backing from Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who said the decision was "myopic" and had put back debate on the issue.
There will be varying amounts of cloud throughout today, but also some warm sunny spells once early mist and low cloud gradually lift and break.
Highs of 21C (70F).
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