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11 July 2014 Last updated at 18:00

Five sought in hotel smash and grabDorchester Hotel

Officers investigating a smash and grab robbery at a central London hotel are looking for five more suspects

Tributes left in Oswald MeadMan denies mother and girl killing

A man denies murdering a mother and her toddler daughter in east London.

A teenager wearing a hooded topGang members 'left in rivals' areas'

The Metropolitan Police is facing allegations that it is putting gang members in danger by dropping them off in their rivals' territory.

Tom Edwards, Transport correspondent, London Article written by Tom Edwards Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London

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    Cloudy with patchy rain 17:57:

    It will be mostly cloudy this evening with some patchy rain or drizzle expected in places, with some mist at times. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

    On TV 17:54: BBC London News TV

    On the programme at 18:30, we look at the implications after Hackney University Technical College, the first of the governments' flagship University Technical Colleges in London, closes just two years after its launch.

    And, has Mayor Boris Johnson's dream of building an airport in the Thames Estuary finally been sunk? Four independent reports for the Airports Commission have raised serious questions about it and the mayor's aviation advisor Daniel Moylan will be live in the studio.

    Cocaine in bananas 17:50:

    Four men have been arrested in Lambeth and Kent, after 150kg of cocaine was found hidden in a consignment of bananas that arrived at Dover from Colombia yesterday.

    Drugs in banana consignment

    The drugs, which were seized from a warehouse at the Oast Park Trading Estate in Hartlip, Kent, had been "compressed and packed in plastic bananas concealed within the fruit", police said.

    Police believe the drugs have a wholesale value of about £7m, with the street value exceeding £25m. All four men remain in custody.

    Arsenal trial for Egypt international 17:47:

    Egypt international Ahmed Fathi is to undergo a trial at Arsenal, his Egyptian club Al Ahly have said.

    London Broncos assistant coach 17:42:

    London Broncos have appointed Sheffield Eagles forward Andrew Henderson as new assistant coach to Joey Grima.

    Andrew Henderson

    The 35-year-old hooker, who is also head of youth development for the Yorkshire club, will join the Broncos on a two-year deal in November.

    London Grand Prix? 17:37: Debabani Majumdar BBC London News

    Thanks for your comments on Facebook on whether there could be a potential F1 Grand Prix in London after the government announced it plans to change the law to allow motor racing on public roads.

    Mick O'Shea said: "The M25 is already purpose built for the event. Close it to regular traffic for a Sunday. Easy!"

    While Marc 'Elvis' Hampson said: "I worked on the Birmingham street race on radio communications back in the 80's was pretty good fun and great atmosphere."

    'Anecdotal information' 17:31:

    The Met said it had "not received any complaints referring to the anecdotal information provided" to the police watchdog alleging gang members were dropped off by police in their rivals' territory.

    It said it "would treat any such allegation seriously and investigates all complaints".

    Glee star in one-off gig 17:24:

    Kristin Chenoweth, best known to TV audiences for her roles in Glee and The West Wing, returns to the London stage tomorrow night with a one-off gig at The Royal Albert Hall.

    Kristin Chenoweth

    She spoke to BBC Breakfast about one of her most famous Broadway roles, as the good witch Glinda in Wicked.

    'Baby shaken by childminder' 17:19:

    A five-month-old baby girl suffered a brain injury when she was shaken by a childminder, the Family Division of the High Court has ruled after Ealing Council asked the judge to decide who had hurt the baby.

    She was taken to a hospital in Ealing after suffering convulsions.

    Ms Justice Russell concluded the childminder had shaken her during a "momentary loss of control". Although the child was well cared for by her parents, they and the childminder had lied to social workers and police, the judge said.

    Waterloo Station birthday 17:10:

    Waterloo Station turned 166 today. It is the UK's largest station, covering an area of 24.5 acres.

    The original station was opened on 11 July 1848 by the London and South Western Railway, and the Waterloo and City Tube line opened almost 50 years later in August 1898.

    Waterloo station A train leaving Waterloo station in January 1867

    The station was completely rebuilt between 1900 and 1922, and officially reopened in March 1922.

    Drivetime with Eddie Nestor 16:56: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    On Drivetime today, Hackney University Technical College, the first of the government's flagship university technical colleges in London is closing just two years after it launched.

    And, should weight loss surgery, like fitting gastric bands or gastric bypass, be available on the NHS for people with Type 2 diabetes?

    Gang members in 'rival territory' 16:48:

    The Met is facing allegations it is putting gang members in danger by dropping them off in their rivals' territory.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it had been told of "several occasions" this occurred after questioning a suspected gang member.

    The IPCC said it was told young people had been "dropped off (in their view, deliberately) in neighbouring housing estates or different parts of the city that are recognised as being the domain of rival gangs, thereby placing them at significant risk of being seriously hurt".

    Countdowns for crossings 16:35:

    Countdown signs for pedestrian crossings will rolled out to include around 10% of the capital's roads as part of a new safety action plan, Transport for London said.

    Pedestrian countdown timer outside Stratford Station Pedestrian countdown timer outside Stratford Station

    There are also plans to trial innovative collision detection software on buses this summer to reduce the number of collisions with cyclists and pedestrians. TfL is aiming to reduce by 40% the number of people killed or seriously injured on the capital's roads by 2020.

    London Grand Prix 'not cheap' 16:23:

    Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has warned a London Grand Prix remains a long shot after Prime Minister David Cameron said local authorities could be given the power to stage motor races on public roads.

    Mr Ecclestone said: "The news is good, but I don't know whether you'd have street racing because it's not cheap to put on something that's safe. Street racing is expensive. At least it's a good sign, a step in the right direction."

    Emimen concerts in Wembley 16:12:

    TfL Traffic News tweets: .@Eminem gigs at @wembleystadium today and tomorrow. Gates open at 5pm, ends at about 10.30pm. Expect traffic in the area at these times.

    VIDEO: Saving gaming arcades 15:58:

    Mark Starkey, an arcade industry veteran, has rebuilt an arcade from scratch in a remote industrial estate in Acton, west London, in an attempt to save video-gaming arcades from the onslaught of home game consoles.

    Arcade players

    It is called The Heart of Gaming - though regulars nickname it "The Hog".

    Funds for mental health projects 15:47:

    Lewisham Council is among the areas which have received a share of £5m from The Big Lottery Fund, through its HeadStart programme, to run pilot projects to tackle mental health issues among 10 to 14-year-olds.

    Grants of £500,000 have been awarded for projects in Lewisham, Middlesbrough, Cumbria, Blackpool, Knowsley, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Southampton, Kent and Cornwall.

    Windfall for green projects 15:37:

    More than 20 community projects which enhance energy efficiency or reduce fuel poverty in London, East Anglia and the South East have been awarded grants totalling £180,000 by the UK Power Networks Power of Giving Fund.

    In London the projects included Age UK, which got £9,800 for 12 events aimed at tackling fuel poverty, and Bio Regional which plans to create a community garden in Wallington, Sutton, with its £10,000 grant.

    Video: Digital Revolution 15:25:

    BBC Click is at London's Barbican for Digital Revolution, an immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and video games.

    A hand next to a virtual butterfly

    Spencer Kelly looks at one of the exhibits that lets you hold a virtual butterfly in your hand as you make a wish for the future.

    Funds for physio centre 15:13:

    A cycling club, Beckenham Rugby Cyclists, has launched a fundraising drive with charity Ordinary to Extraordinary to help raise funds for a new children's physiotherapy centre in south-east London.

    The club hopes to help the Freddie Farmer Foundation raise £250,000 for children with cerebral palsy and serious mobility problems. A property has been purchased in Bromley Common where a gym therapy room, a floor-based exercise room plus a reception, will be built.

    Putney Bridge closes for repairs 15:02:

    Putney Bridge will be closed to all vehicles for about three months from Monday for "essential repair work" to resolve the damage caused by water penetration.

    Putney Bridge

    Transport for London said pedestrians and can cross the bridge on foot and cyclists will have to dismount, but buses will terminate either side of the bridge. Due to the closure, additional traffic is expected across Kew Bridge, Chiswick Bridge, Hammersmith Bridge and around Clapham Junction.

    Going out this weekend? 14:52:
    Broadmoor Hospital sirens scrapped 14:45:

    A high-security psychiatric hospital wants to scrap its 62-year-old warning sirens in some surrounding towns, new plans have revealed.

    Broadmoor's gatehouse in 1977 - reproduced by permission of West London Mental Health NHS Trust/Berkshire Record Office Seven of Broadmoor's siren are to be scrapped

    West London Mental Health Trust, which runs Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire, wants to cut six of its 13 alarms, which alert residents to an escaped patient. The sirens, tested every Monday at 10:00, were last activated in 1993.

    West Hampstead tower block 14:35:

    Camden Council has unveiled plans to build a 14-storey housing block in West Hampstead as part of the redevelopment of the Liddell Road Industrial Estate, Ham & High reports.

    New homes, office space and a primary school will be built at the location. But the plans have been described as "shocking" and "bizarre" by local residents.

    'More ethnic officers for specialist roles' 14:25:

    One of Scotland Yard's most senior black detectives has urged the force to make greater efforts to recruit more ethnic minority officers into specialist squads.

    Det Chf Insp Howard Groves said he was "surprised and saddened" that in his 30 years' service the Met had not promoted more candidates to the key positions. Read the full interview in today's Evening Standard.

    Gloriana boathouse protest 14:15:

    Local children will protest next week against Richmond Council's plans to build a £1m boathouse for the royal barge Gloriana on Orleans Riverside Gardens in Twickenham.

    Proposed design Foster + Partners, which designed the Gherkin, has proposed a design for the boatyard

    Paul Bigley, from Friends of Orleans Riverside, said children will gather for a 'Picture Party' at the proposed site on Tuesday afternoon. Mr Bigley said the plans will "destroy an area of natural beauty and legally protected views" in addition to creating a deep canal next to a playground".

    Road racing rules relaxed 14:03:

    Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed the government will give local councils the power to stage motor races on public roads, including allowing speed limits to be lifted.

    "We're going to change the rules so that local councils are able to make the decision so you don't have to have a Private Members Bill through Parliament, which we think will be great news for British motorsport -- more races, more events, more money coming in to our country and more success for this extraordinary industry."

    Vince Cable 'gets cooking' 13:51:

    Business Secretary Vince Cable and Health Lottery owner Richard Desmond joined pupils at at Twickenham Academy in south-west London for a session of 'Lets Get Cooking'.

    Vince Cable (centre) and Richard Desmond (right) with students Kathleen Talbot (left) and Kriyasha Moodley

    The sessions aim to teach children practical skills and give them confidence to cook their food.

    First British TV film 13:40:

    The first film made specially for British television, A Dinner Date With Death, was shot at Marylebone Studios between July 11 and 14 in 1949.

    Fashion Week chance for teens 13:30:

    Talented teenagers from London and Manchester will showcase their clothing designs at London Fashion Week, as part of a charity initiative, to win a work placement in the industry.

    Fashion Futures, run by Hackney-based Fashion Awareness Direct, provides training, industry experience and opportunities for 16 to 19-year-olds. Experts selected 23 finalists from 130 aspirants, who will take part in a workshop at The University of East London.

    Lunchtime news 13:16: BBC London News TV

    On BBC London News from 13:30, one of the government's flagship University Technical Colleges in London is closing only two years after it opened, as just 29 pupils applied to join this September.

    And one of the busiest bridges in London, Putney Bridge, is closing for three months on Monday for £1.5m worth of repairs.

    Hackney mother-daughter murder 13:05:

    A father has denied killing his partner, 45-year-old Valerie Forde, and their 23-month-old daughter Real-Jahzarah McKoy in east London.

    The scene in Hackney where the mother and daughter were found The mother and daughter were found dead in their home in Hackney

    Appearing at the Old Bailey, Roland McKoy, 53, from Oswald's Mead, Hackney, pleaded not guilty to the murders. The mother and child were found dead at the home in Hackney in March this year.

    Volunteers mark WWI 12:55:

    St John Ambulance cadets joined with fellow uniformed groups to commemorate the work of volunteers in WWI, writes the Harrow Times.

    The young volunteers from Harrow joined others from across London at the Royal Hospital Chelsea memorial service to mark the start of the Great War 100 years ago.

    Motor races on London roads? 12:44:

    Prime Minister David Cameron is to make an announcement about changing the law to give local authorities the power to stage motor races on public roads.

    Racing veteran Martin Brundle driving a Jaguar along Regent Street In 2004, a motor racing event was held in Regent Street amid calls for a permanent Grand Prix

    A spokesperson for London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "The mayor is already backing the FIA Formula E championship race in Battersea Park next year and thinks Formula 1 itself is a fantastic event that any city would feel privileged to host."

    But "the question of air quality and noise impact would have to be looked at very carefully".

    Burberry revolt anticipated 12:26:

    Luxury fashion brand Burberry is facing a shareholder revolt at the company's annual general meeting in London.

    Up to a third of shareholders are thought to be unhappy about the pay package of Christopher Bailey, who took over as chief executive in May. Mr Bailey was granted an annual allowance of £440,000 on top of his £1.1m salary.

    Robert Elms show 12:13: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    Robert chats to Colin McKenzie, director of The House of Illustration - a new art gallery in King's Cross which showcases works of leading illustrators.

    And south London-born singer Maddy Carty will perform live in the studio from her new double A-side single 'Perfect Recipe' and 'Come And Get It'.

    Dock for Gloriana 12:04:

    Richmond Council has agreed to pay £1m towards building a boathouse and a dock for the royal barge Gloriana Twickenham, The Telegraph reports.

    The Gloriana The royal barge has carried the Commonwealth Queen's Baton as well as the 2012 Olympic flame

    But the plans have been met with some opposition with some residents claiming the riverside wooded parkland is enjoyed by local residents.

    School proms 11:52: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    Vanessa Feltz has been discussing school proms and how much it costs parents. We've had a range of reactions on Twitter and Facebook.

    Ruth McCain tweets: "6 yrs ago sons primary had prom with kids in limos and parents asked to dress kids smartly huge cost at state not affluent sch"

    Lisa Matthews said: "My friend is a head teacher and last year she had a request from a parent of a year 6 so age 11 child for their leavers party could she land a helicopter in the school grounds for her child and some friends to arrive at the party! The head said NO!!!!"

    Tell us your prom experiences.

    Car fire delays 11:41:

    BBC London Travel tweets: #M25 clockwise delays J29 A127 twds J31 A1306 due car fire ps #roads

    Dorchester raid items recovered 11:22:

    A "vast majority" of watches and jewellery pieces stolen during a smash and grab raid at London's exclusive Dorchester Hotel in the early hours of yesterday have been recovered, police said.

    Three of six people who arrived at the hotel targeted three display cabinets before fleeing on the waiting mopeds. Three men and a woman were arrested at an address in King's Cross yesterday in connection with the raid and police also seized three mopeds.

    Police are seeking another five people over the robbery.

    'Inadequate' rating 'a shock' 11:12: Ed Davey BBC London News

    Head teacher of Kobi Nazrul, in Whitechapel, Kamal Butt, said the "inadequate" rating in a snap inspection was "a shock".

    Kamal Butt

    He said: "If it's not good enough, it's not good enough - we will always strive to improve. The data shows we are on an upward trajectory. I would like to [continue at the school] - I will always do my best to serve this community."

    Feedback 11:02:

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    Iguana smugglers jailed 10:55:

    The 13 smuggled iguanas from the Bahamas were discovered in the baggage of Romanian nationals Angla-Alina Bita and Vitora-Oliva Bucsa in February at Heathrow's Terminal 5.

    Angla-Alina Bita (left) and Vitora-Oliva Bucsa Bita and Busca admitted smuggling

    The women, who pleaded guilty to smuggling the reptiles, were sentenced to 12 months imprisonment by Isleworth Crown Court in April.

    Smuggled iguanas return 10:42:

    Critically endangered iguanas, which were seized by Border Force Officials at Heathrow Terminal 5, earlier this year have been returned to their native island in the Bahamas.

    Iguanas seized at Heathrow airport

    In February, 13 San Salvador rock iguanas were found wrapped individually in socks and stuffed into suitcases. One of the reptiles died during the journey.

    The surviving iguanas have been flown to Nassau and to a government research station on the island of San Salvador. It is hoped they could be eventually returned to the wild.

    West London property searched 10:31:

    Officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command have searched a property in west London after a 22-year-old man was arrested at Luton Airport.

    On Wednesday, Bedfordshire Police stopped the man at Luton Airport before he boarded a flight to Istanbul. He was arrested on suspicion of being involved in the preparation of acts to commit terrorism. He remains in custody in south London.

    Egyptian statue sells for £16m 10:16:

    A 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue is sold for nearly £16m at Christie's of London, amid calls from the country's ambassador for it to be handed back to Egypt.

    Sekhemka statue
    Love and long service 10:09:

    A husband and wife who work together at St Helier hospital have been honoured for 80 years' of service to local healthcare, reports the Sutton Guardian.

    Alan and Polly Lutchman started working for Epsom and St Helier hospitals in 1973, the day after they moved to Carshalton Beeches, and have not looked back since.

    Troubled school 'inadequate' 09:58: Ed Davey BBC London News

    A primary school at the centre of fears about falling standards and alleged extremism has been rated as "inadequate" in a snap inspection.

    Kobi Nazrul School

    Kobi Nazrul, in Whitechapel, east London, saw a drop in the number of children achieving the required results in maths and English from 82% to 40%.

    Road part-blocked 09:49:

    TfL Traffic News tweets: A4 Strand is partly blocked eastbound near the Strand Palace Hotel (Burleigh Street) due to a collision. Traffic very slow on approach.

    Lights dimmed for Olivier 09:39:

    On this day in 1989, theatre lights were dimmed in London and around Britain as a mark of respect to Lord Olivier, who died in his sleep at the age of 82.

    Laurence Olivier
    Gastric bands on the NHS? 09:30: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    Vanessa Feltz is discussing if obese people with Type-2 diabetes should get gastric bands on the NHS? We have received lots of comments on @VanessaOnAir.

    Clive Bennett tweets: Lifestyle illnesses must be paid for by patient NOT NHS. Lifestyle illness diverting funds from crucial areas.

    Carol Dixon tweets: Why not? They treat heroin addicts, alcoholics, lung cancer sufferers who smoke-why not obese people?

    Sanchez signs for Arsenal 09:25:

    Chile international striker Alexis Sanchez has signed for Arsenal from Barcelona on a long-term contract for in the region of £35m.

    Pay-as-you-go driving 09:16:

    On the news that London is expected to miss the EU air quality standards before 2030, Green Party London Assembly Member Jenny Jones said: "The news about air pollution seems to get worse, not better.

    "This latest admission about the extent of the air pollution problem reinforces the case against more road building in London and for the introduction of pay as you go driving to bring down fares and reduce traffic."

    Air quality target 'missed' 09:06:

    London is among the UK's cities which are unlikely to meet EU air quality standards before 2030, according to the government.

    London skyline shrouded in smog

    EU member states were supposed to meet targets on pollutants from diesel cars and trucks by 2010. But the European Court of Justice heard that London, Leeds and Birmingham could still be above these goals in 2030.

    Thames airport 'risk' to taxpayer 09:00:

    An airport in the Thames Estuary would present a "considerable cost and risk to the taxpayer", according to reports published by the Airports Commission.

    An estuary airport on the Isle of Grain has been proposed by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

    VIDEO: Will Boris Johnson stand as MP? 08:52: Tim Donovan Political Editor, BBC London

    There has been renewed speculation that London mayor Boris Johnson will return to Westminster, when Sir John Randall's west London seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip becomes available after he steps down at the next election.


    I've spoken to shopkeeper Scott Balcony, Sir John's son Peter Randall, Hillingdon Conservative leader Councillor Ray Puddifoot, prospective Labour Party candidate Chris Summers, and Conservative MP Mark Field.

    Gastric bands on the NHS? 08:40: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    At a cost of up to £8,000 each, should obese people with Type-2 diabetes get gastric bands on the NHS?

    If you have Type-2 diabetes, how is it affecting your life? Join us on the Vanessa Feltz show from 09:00. Call the show on 020 7224 2000 or text 81333, starting your message 'London'.

    Arrests over Dorchester Hotel raid 08:30:

    Three men and a woman have been arrested following a second smash-and-grab raid at London's Dorchester Hotel.

    Third charge over stab murder 08:26:

    A third man has been charged after a 38-year-old was fatally stabbed in north-west London.

    A police cordon near the scene of a stabbing in Hendon

    Zydrunas Laurinavicius, a Lithuanian national, was found by police on Parson Street in Hendon, at its junction with Brent Street, on 3 July.

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    Busy roads for flower show 08:13:

    There are queues and heavier than usual traffic on the A13 westbound between Ferry Lane Interchange in Rainham and Beckton Roundabout in London.

    And as the Hampton Court Flower Show continues today, some busy traffic is expected later this morning on Hampton Court Road, Hampton Court Way and Esher High Street.

    More travel updates are available on BBC London's travel website or on Twitter @BBCTravelAlert.

    Cloudy and showery 08:05:

    It will be cloudy with some showery rain initially. It will start to become drier through the morning but cloud is likely to persist for many areas throughout the day.

    Maximum temperature: 20C (68F)

    08:00: Debabani Majumdar BBC London News

    Good morning, I'll be guiding you through BBC Local Live today, bringing you the latest news, travel, weather and sport from across London.

    Get in touch with your comments and photos by emailing




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