24 June 2014
Big changes for cyclists are ahead, says the London Mayor's Cycling Commissioner.
An inquiry will be held into the death of the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko who died in London, the Home Secretary Theresa May is to announce.
A pair of 8ft (2.4m) boa constrictors were found near a children's play area in a park in East Ham.
Spurs midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is set to undergo a medical at Swansea ahead of a proposed swap deal for Ben Davies.
24 June 2014
Big changes for cyclists are ahead, says the London Mayor's Cycling Commissioner.
A pine tree planted in 2004 in memory of former Beatle George Harrison in a Los Angeles park has died after being infested by beetles.
Last year, a blue plaque was unveiled at 94 Baker Street, for Harrison and fellow Beatle, John Lennon, at the site of the now dissolved Apple Boutique clothing store.
The Guardian has captured some great photos of members of the Serpentine Swimming Club gathering for a morning swim in Serpentine lake in Hyde Park.
Two Camden entrepreneurs, who turned down a never-before-seen offer on BBC show Dragons' Den to instead appeal for funding from the online community, have seen their £20,000 target smashed in less than a day, reports the Ham & High.
A cyclist, who died following a collision in Merton, has been named as Laurent Patrick Cullinan (pictured), 25, of New Malden, Surrey.
The collision with a silver Honda Accord happened on Kingston Road, at about 00:45 on Saturday, the Met said.
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A 40-year-old cyclist died today following a serious collision in Richmond, Scotland Yard says.
Police were called just after 08:00 yesterday to reports of a dustcart in collision with a cyclist on the A316, Kew Foot Road, at the junction with St John's Grove, Richmond.
Thanks to Caroline, who has offered her take on the housing crisis in London:
1. sell social housing (80s on)
2. deregulate mortgages (mid 80s)
3. withdraw double tax relief (86)
4. create shorthold tenancies (88)
5. create personal pension schemes (88), then
6. fail to protect invested money, making
7. property look a safe haven
8. siphoned pension money inflates the housing market
9. undertax empty properties
10. find foreign scapegoats for homegrown problems
BBC London transport correspondent Tom Edwards tweets: Heat taking its toll at Parliament Square dustbowl
At 22:00 on 4 August, a service of Solemn Commemoration at Westminster Abbey will feature the gradual extinguishing of candles, with an oil lamp being extinguished at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 23:00, the exact time Britain joined the First World War.
Details of a national day of commemoration to mark the centenary of Britain's entry into the First World War have been released by the Government.
On Monday 4 August there will be events at Glasgow Cathedral, St Symphorien cemetery in Mons, Belgium, and at London's Westminster Abbey, says Culture Secretary Sajid Javid.
A special programme to celebrate Tony Blackburn's 50th year on the radio is to be broadcast on BBC London 94.9.
The broadcasting veteran will play his favourite music and talk to the people who have shared his life on air on Friday from 19:00.
London Fire brigade tweets: Around 20 firefighters are currently dealing with a grass fire on Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch. Four fire engines are at the scene.
As pressure to tackle London's housing crisis grows, a number of controversial views are being offered including, building on green belt and moving the elderly out of large houses if they live alone.
Jes comments: "Hmmm, attacking the green belt, the aged and removing the option to buy - sound very much like the wishes of the rich, property owners who wish to balance the situation more heavily in their favour.
"The way to do it is, as others have said, is to stop non-citizen purchase of properties and to insist that empty properties are returned to market via compulsory purchase."
The HMIC report said the 22% reduction in the overall MPS budget was greater than most other forces in England and Wales and it faced "a particular challenge because of the scale of the financial savings that must be made".
Deputy Commissioner, Craig Mackey, said: "We are delighted the HMIC has recognised the scale of the savings already made by the Met as well as the success we have had improving the quality and efficiency of the service we deliver.
"We are cutting crime, keeping officer numbers high and making sure they are increasing visible to the public.
The Met has been rated as "good" in all categories in Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary's (HMIC) report "Responding to austerity".
It examines how the MPS has responded to the reductions in its budget and accompanying demands for improvement in service quality.
A pair of 8ft (2.4m) boa constrictors were found near a children's play area in a park in East Ham, it has been revealed today.
A crowd of 40 people gathered around the snakes after they were spotted in Plashet Park on 13 July.
In the 2015 general election, political parties need to do more to woo ethnic minority voters says Trevor Phillips, a former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
In a Daily Politics film from south London, Eleanor Garnier spoke to Croydon BME (black and minority ethnic persons) forum chief Nero Ughwujabo and Prof Richard Webber from King's College London.
Sutton's schools are leading the way in their plans to be more green, reports the Sutton Guardian.
The borough has the highest sign-up rate to the Eco-Schools scheme in London and the seventh highest rate in the country.
As the 20th Century began, London-based commercial traveller John George Grant felt the division between the summer ball sports of tennis and cricket was pointless and perhaps a wasted opportunity for money-making.
So he invented a quick-moving hybrid version - "Vigoro".
A teenage mother who starved her four-month-old baby to death has been banned from entering Brent as part of her sentence, reports the Kilburn Times.
The 19-year-old, who has not been named for legal reasons, admitted the manslaughter of the child who died from severe acute malnutrition and dehydration last October.
Should we face the fact the golden age of home ownership might be over? This is one of five controversial solutions offered to London's housing crisis.
BBC website reader Brian Dorken commented: "The Berliners and the Parisians do it. Get rid of this constant indoctrination from an early age that one of the ways you show how successful you are is the size of house you own and how much it will be worth in 25 years time."
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The world could put a stop to female genital mutilation (FGM) within a generation, international leaders and campaigners are saying at an international conference held in London.
While it is hard to get a handle on the true scale, figures suggest at least 4,000 women and girls have been treated for FGM in London's hospitals since 2009.
Singer Cheryl Cole has celebrated her surprise wedding with a party for her Girls Aloud band mates, friends and family in central London.
The X Factor judge married French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini two weeks ago on the Caribbean island of Mustique.
A fine and very warm afternoon is expected, with light winds. Maximum temperature 25C (77F).
Calls have been made to rezone West Ham, Canning Town and four DLR station to increase the rate of regeneration in east London, reports Wharf.co.uk.
Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales said it would be unfair not to make the changes after Stratford was given the go-ahead to move from Zone 2 to 2/3 by 2016.
A triathlete has appealed for help on Twitter after the bike she rode to victory in an Ironman World Championship was stolen.
Chrissie Wellington, who won her fourth title in 2011, said it had "great sentimental value" and had been taken from an office in London.
St James' Church in West Hampstead has opened its doors as a Post Office.
It's believed to be the first full-time Post Office to open inside a church. Father Andrew Caine will be talking to Robert Elms about the unique service. Have you used it yet? Let us know.
Could building on some of London's green belt land solve the capital's housing shortage?
Ken Herbert, from Radlett, in Hertfordshire, emailed to say: "We cannot go on building, particularly in the south east, to meet the demands of an ever increasing population without destroying much that is special about this country."
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BBC website reader Ranfurly commented: "Control rents and test the consequences for 5 years. We actually don't now know to what extent this would hurt landlords. We need to know this to shape future policy."
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A flight with England divers including Tom Daley on board almost had to make an emergency landing in a river after developing an engine fire.
Daley and team-mates including Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch were returning to London from Shanghai yesterday after diving at the World Series.
New measures aimed at ending female genital mutilation within a generation will be announced at a global summit in London.
Speaking ahead of the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "This is illegal. It is wrong. There is no cultural issue about not intervening to protect these girls."
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Parents will face prosecution if they fail to stop their daughters undergoing female genital mutilation under new measures being announced.
Prime Minister David Cameron is unveiling a £1.4m prevention programme aimed at ending the practice at a global summit in London.
This week BBC London is looking at the capital's housing problems in our series Home Truths. We've asked some of London's housing experts what they think would help.
Today Patricia Brown, who is chair of the London Festival of Architecture, tells us her idea.
An inquiry will be held into the death of the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, Home Secretary Theresa May is expected to announce.
Mr Litvinenko, a former KGB officer, died in 2006 in a London hospital after he was allegedly poisoned with radio active polonium.
On water cannons, Mr Johnson says: "I don't want them to ever be used.
"They're not there to be part of the furniture of the streets."
When asked by Vanessa Feltz whether he intends to be an MP at the same time as being mayor, Boris Johnson said: "I've got to deliver the mandate I've been elected on."
London's mayor tells BBC London 94.9: "The future is zero carbon buses. "
"Electric double-decker buses are very expensive. We're working towards that," he adds.
Mr Johnson tells BBC London 94.9 a "New Tube for London" will be introduced on the Central, Waterloo & City, Bakerloo and Central lines.
He says it will be a "cool train with heat relief".
"As chairman of TfL I apologise to Londoners who are suffering from excessive heat," he added.
As a global summit begins, aimed at tackling the issue of forced marriage, BBC News has heard from a teenager whose parents made her marry a stranger.
The Girl Summit, which is being held in London today, also aims to end female genital mutilation within a generation.
The muggy weather has created ideal conditions for mosquitoes to feast on Londoners as they sleep or enjoy spending evenings outside, reports the Evening Standard.
Experts said the warm weather and high water table has caused a "perfect storm" for biting insects, which also includes horseflies and midges.
In 1844 the Rev William Spooner was born in London. He was an albino and suffered defective eyesight and it is thought that this caused some of his verbal confusions which were later dubbed "spoonerisms". These included "it is kisstomary to cuss the bride" and "you hissed my mystery lecture".
Police in London gave cautions for 29,560 offences last year, including for rape and violence, figures show.
Cautions were given in two cases of rape, for 284 other sexual offences and 1,356 for wounding. And 236 people were given cautions on more than five occasions.
Should we move old people to smaller flats? Or build over the green belt?
These are some of the more controversial solutions that have been suggested as BBC London looks at ways to tackle the capital's growing housing crisis. What do you think? Email us.
First Capital Connect and Southern has 30 minute delays after a vehicle hit a railway bridge at Tulse Hill in south London.
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On the M25 anti-clockwise there are long queues from before J28 for the A12 to J26 for Waltham Abbey following a collision after J26.
The problems are also causing lots of extra traffic on the M11 southbound from J6 to J4 and the Westbound North Circular from the M11 to Arnos Grove.
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Generally it will be a rather dull and misty start to today, with low cloud and perhaps some fog.
Sunny spells will gradually develop as the mist and low cloud lift through the morning, this will lead to a fine and very warm afternoon with highs of 25C (77F).
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