BBC Local Live: Updates from London on Wednesday 25 September

    0800: Andy Dangerfield BBC News Online

    Good morning. I'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from London today for our BBC Local Live service.

    Email us at with your news and photos or tweet us @BBCLondonNews.

    TRAVEL 0806:

    On the roads, the A102 Blackwall Tunnel southern approach is closed northbound at the Woowich Road flyover following a vehicle fire near Blackwall Lane. Congestion is now back to the Sun in the Sands roundabout.

    On the M25, the inside lane is closed approaching junction 16 for the M40 with delays back through to Junction 15.

    Get up-to-date travel news on the BBC London travel page and on Twitter @BBCTravelAlert.

    WEATHER 0814:

    Cloudy and misty, with fog in places, particularly around the Thames Estuary. A few showers are likely in places too, especially at first but mostly dry.

    Many areas will tend to brighten up into the afternoon, and become warm in the sunshine with a maximum temperature of 22C (72F). Full five-day forecast.

    PHOTOS: THE 'UNSEEN PALACE' 0823: Andy Dangerfield BBC News Online

    I took a tour of Alexandra Palace's Victorian Theatre - which has been closed to the public for 65 years - and the original BBC studios where television history was made.

    Alexandra Palace's Victorian Theatre

    It is hoped the spaces, which are undergoing a £24m regeneration programme, will reopen in 2017.

    TRAVEL 0834:

    Eurostar and Southeastern train services between St Pancras International and Ashford International are running with delays of up to an hour following emergency engineering work.

    There are delays on Southern and First Capital Connect trains via Haywards Heath into London Bridge and Victoria following a signal problem at Wivelsfield. Get up-to-date travel news on the BBC London travel page and on Twitter @BBCTravelAlert.

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    BBC LONDON 94.9 0847: Vanessa Feltz Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    Waltham Forest has become the first council in the country to bring successful prosecutions for spitting in the street.

    Two men were found guilty at Thames Magistrates' Court after they didn't pay their original on the spot fines. Should other councils follow suit or is this over the top? Join me from 0900. or call 020 7224 2000 to take part.


    A BBC crew head underground to meet the people who tackle "fatbergs" and keep London's sewerage network flowing.

    Rob Smith

    Police investigating the fatal shooting of a teenager have made a fresh appeal for information.

    Kyle McDonald, 19, from Fulham, was shot on 18 September in Battersea in south London. He died from a single gunshot wound.


    London firefighters are among those in England and Wales due to strike for four hours from midday in a dispute over pensions.

    The London Fire Brigade will have fewer fire engines available which will be operated by a contractor.

    ON THIS DAY 0930:

    On 25 September 1660, London naval administrator and diarist Samuel Pepys drank his first cuppa, after reading that tea made the body "active and lusty".

    Samuel Pepys
    FIREFIGHTERS' STRIKE 0940: Andy Dangerfield BBC News Online

    London's firefighters are due to strike for four hours from midday in a dispute over pensions.

    On our Facebook page, Kevin Harris said: "Well done guys and girls I think that the British public are right behind you!!!"

    What do you think? Comment on Facebook.

    SPITTING 0956:

    Waltham Forest Council in north-east London has become the first local authority to bring a successful prosecution for spitting in the street.

    Two men lost their appeals on Friday against on-the-spot fines handed to them in February. Those caught spitting by council enforcement officers or police community support officers are issued with £80 fixed penalty charges.

    The council's deputy leader, Clyde Loakes, said the initiative, which several other councils are following with interest, was launched following demand from local residents.

    SPORT 1005:

    Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham beat Aston Villa 4-0 to go into the fourth round of the League Cup.

    Jermain Defoe

    Fulham won at home for the first time since April by defeating Everton 2-1 in the Capital One Cup.

    And Chelsea eased to a 2-0 victory over League One Swindon Town to secure a place in the fourth round.


    Waltham Forest council has become the first local authority to bring a successful prosecution for spitting in the street.

    The council's deputy leader Clyde Loakes told the Today programme people will be fined for spitting but "it has to be an observed act by our people".

    PARKING ZONE 1024:

    A new controlled parking zone is to be set up in an attempt to stop commuters leaving their cars on residential streets near Raynes Park station, in south-west London, This Is Local London reports.

    FEEDBACK 1034:

    We've introduced the BBC Local Live service to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London all in one place. Tell us what you think.

    GARY NUMAN 1044: Robert Elms Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    In case you missed it, here's @numanofficial talking about his new album, suffering from depression and flying planes

    Robert Elms and Gary Numan
    SPITTING 1050: Vanessa Feltz Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    On the news that Waltham Forest has become the first council to bring a successful prosecution for spitting in the street, Christopher texted to say: "Yes £80 fine. Also for groups of kids and adults their DNA should be collected for later use."

    Bri in London wrote: "Footballers spit all the time live on TV. Will they get fined too?"


    Police investigating inappropriate payments to public officials have arrested a Metropolitan Police staff member.

    The 55-year-old man and a woman, 48, were arrested at their home in Berkshire in the early hours of Monday and later released on bail until October.

    MARK DUGGAN INQUEST 1111: Danny Shaw Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

    We're hearing more from Acting Det Supt Mick Foote on the background to Operation Dibri, which was targeting Mark Duggan and gang members.

    The jury was told that police were called to the A&E department in March 2007 after Mark Duggan went there with a gunshot wound to his right foot. Mr Duggan refused to co-operate with police and discharged himself against medical advice.


    There are large queues and serious delays at Heathrow T5 after the entire baggage belt system broke down.

    The baggage belt was still broken across the entire terminal at 10:35.


    For his latest stage role, actor Henry Goodman has had to immerse himself in the history of Hitler.

    Henry Goodman as Arturo Ui

    The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is at the Duchess Theatre, London, until 7 December.

    BBC LONDON 94.9 1135:

    BBC London reporter Jason Rosam and producer Angela Davies have turned up wearing #TeamFeltz T-shirts to support Vanessa Feltz as she interviews Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood.

    BBC London reporter Jason Rosam and producer Angela Davies h

    A Heathrow Airport spokesperson said: "An IT problem earlier this morning prevented some passengers checking-in.

    "Our teams have now restored partial check-in for hold baggage and are working hard to restore full operations. We have additional staff in the terminal to help passengers."

    BBC LONDON 94.9 1154:

    BBC London 94.9 tweets: Now Vanessa's #Strictly partner @The_JamesJordan has arrived in the studio for a chat....@BBCStrictly #SCD.


    BBC London reporter Ayshea Buksh tweets: Only fire engine seen is this from @LondonFBU which keeps driving past playing Ring of Fire. #strike.

    Fire engine

    British Airways' passengers with check-in luggage have been unable to fly from Heathrow's Terminal 5 due to a computer problem.

    Passengers at T5
    HEATHROW T5 DELAYS 1214: Andy Dangerfield BBC Local Live

    BBC Local Live reader Aleksandra Saenko sent in this photo of the queues at Heathrow T5 following computer problems at the airport.

    Heathrow T5

    Are you affected? Email or tweet @BBCLondonNews.


    The Royal Academy of Arts has been preparing its new exhibition at The Keeper's House - which was built in the 1870s as a central London home for the Keeper of the Royal Academy.

    The Keeper's House

    The show will open to the public later this month, transforming facilities for academy visitors and supporters.

    MARK DUGGAN INQUEST 1237: Matt Prodger Home affairs correspondent

    Mark Duggan's mother Pamela Duggan sobbed as her QC read from her statement that she still waits for her son to walk through the door.

    She said: "No mother deserves to bury her child... Mark may not have been an angel but he should not have died the way he did."

    MARK DUGGAN INQUEST 1246: Matt Prodger Home affairs correspondent

    Pamela Duggan says she wants to know why her son was killed and not arrested. She hopes the inquest will answer that.


    BBC London arts correspondent Brenda Emmanus tweets: Collapsed Elephant at #AdrianVillarRojas new show. #SerpentineSacklerGallery. See our feature @BBCLondonNews

    Collapsed Elephant at #AdrianVillarRojas
    A&E CLOSURES 1301:

    Enfield Council said it is to mount a legal challenge over the closure of A&E and maternity units at Chase Farm Hospital, north London.

    BBC LONDON NEWS 1312: Alex Bushill BBC London News

    Join me on BBC One this lunchtime as two footballers from east London are arrested in an investigation into match fixing in Australia.

    Plus, how Waltham Forest is the first council in the country to successfully fine people who spit in the street. Now other authorities could follow its example. All that and a full weather forecast at 13:30.


    Mark Duggan "may not have been an angel" but he should not have been shot dead by police, his mother has said.

    Pamela and Mark Duggan

    Pamela Duggan sobbed as her statement was read at an inquest into her son's death.


    Two men arrested on Monday in connection with the death of PC Andrew Duncan following a collision in Sutton have been charged with offences unrelated to the incident.

    Layne Campbell Chambers, 19 Of Chesnut Close, Carshalton, and Danny Back, 23, of Crispin Crescent, Croydon, have been charged with possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and possession with intent to supply a controlled crack cocaine.


    You can read daily transcripts of proceedings from the inquest into Mark Duggan's death here.


    During last night's Villa-Spurs League Cup third round match, Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen pulled down the shorts of Villa striker Nicklas Helenius inside the penalty area.

    Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur hangs on to the shorts of Nicklas Helenius of Aston Villa

    The Danish forward, like a true professional, played on and got his shot away knowing his underwear was on show to the 22,975 at Villa Park.

    SPITTING 1410:

    Carl Dalemo in Holloway, north London, emailed BBC London over the successful prosecution of two men for spitting in the street in Waltham Forest.

    Mr Dalemo says: "Not being allowed to spit on the street worries me. Another unfreedom. Another step closer to a police state. What's next? No chewing gum, no smoking, no swearing, no shouting, no being homeless ...?

    "I run a lot. It's IMPOSSIBLE for me to run without spitting a few times. For a lot of people it's a necessary bodily function. To me littering and dog waste is a lot worse."

    SPITTING 1421:

    Dino Korah emailed: "It was joy to my ears to hear that a local government was successful in enforcing the anti-littering law!

    "Spitting is disrespectful, disgusting and unhygienic; it is about time the local governments acted sternly against those who do it in public spaces. Offenders must be fined and put to community service; cleaning the streets!"


    Following the removal of the Michael Jackson statue from outside Fulham FC, the club's communications director Sarah Brookes tweets: "And off he goes....shamon..."

     Michael Jackson statue

    Three former brokers from London-based ICAP have been charged as part of the investigation into alleged Libor manipulation, the US Justice Department announced.


    Enfield Council in north London has said it will seek a judicial review against the decision to close maternity and A&E units at Chase Farm Hospital.

    The local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group announced the labour ward will close in mid-November and the A&E will close on 9 December. The council said it was a "grave breach" of residents' expectations.

    BBC LONDON 94.9 1457:

    BBC London 94.9 tweets: Drive: Enfield to seek judicial review against closure of maternity and A&E at #ChaseFarm Hospital - what do u thinK?

    IN THE PAPERS 1506:

    An 11-year-old boy remains in a critical condition in hospital after he was hit by a car outside Barnet FC's stadium, reports the Barnet Times.

    The primary school student was struck by a grey Ford Focus near The Hive, in Camrose Avenue, Edgware, shortly before 1530 yesterday.


    Former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi has been banned for life by the country's cricket board for "indiscipline and misconduct".

    Lalit Modi Lalit Modi

    The decision was taken at a special meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the southern city of Chennai on Wednesday. Mr Modi, who lives in London, has always denied any wrongdoing.

    MARK DUGGAN INQUEST 1520: Danny Shaw Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

    A police briefing for firearms officers a day before shooting was told Mark Duggan had three guns and was trying to get another one.

    MARK DUGGAN INQUEST 1529: Danny Shaw Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

    Det Supt Fiona Mallon wrote note of what she was told about shooting. It said: "Duggan pulls gun as he gets out of cab"

    Mallon also wrote: "Apparently MD came towards officers firing" - after call from Mick Foote. She said her notes are correct. "I wrote it as I heard it," she said.


    An order trying to compel the BBC to reveal the source of video footage of the aftermath of Mark Duggan's death has been revoked.

    Mark Duggan with his mother Pamela Mark Duggan with his mother Pamela

    Judge Keith Cutler told jurors at the inquest into the police shooting his team had found "other ways" to get the information that they needed.

    NEW HS2 BOSS 1549:

    The under-fire £50bn HS2 high-speed rail project - which will fast link London with the Midlands and the North West - is to get a new chairman in the new year at an annual salary of £591,000.

    The new boss of HS2 Ltd is Network Rail's current chief executive Sir David Higgins who was also former chief executive of the UK's Olympic Delivery Authority.

    LONDON RENTS 1559:

    Private rents in London have risen at more than triple the pace of those in northern regions and the Midlands over the last year, official figures show.

    The value of rents paid in the capital rose by 1.9% in the 12 months to August, which was also around double the rate of increases seen elsewhere in southern England.

    Despite this, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said rental prices have grown at a faster pace in Scotland and Wales than in England as a whole over the last year.

    SPORT 1609:

    Championship leaders QPR have signed Uruguay striker Javier Chevanton on a short-term deal, subject to international clearance.

    Javier Chevanton Javier Chevanton

    The 33-year-old former Monaco and Sevilla player was a free agent after leaving Italian side Lecce last season.


    The Hammersmith & City line is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Paddington to Hammersmith branch next year.

    To mark the occasion TfL is asking customers and staff to share their experiences and anecdotes for a new book to commemorate the milestone.

    BILL BRYSON 1636:

    BBC London 94.9's Robert Elms tweets: DON'T MISS: Bill Bryson on flying planes and playing games; his new book #OneSummer is all about America in 1927

    Robert Elms with Bill Bryson

    Two men from east London have been charged over match-fixing allegations in Australia.

    Footballers Reiss Noel and Joe Woolley, who used to play for non-league team Hornchurch, are accused of helping to fix matches for Melbourne's Southern Stars team.

    HAVE YOUR SAY 1656:

    Tell us what you think of BBC Local Live. We'd like your feedback about this service.

    BBC LONDON 94.9 1709: David Friend Senior journalist, BBC London

    On Drivetime, with Jim Davis now - Enfield Council said it will seek a judicial review against the decision to close maternity and A&E units at Chase Farm Hospital. BBC London's political correspondent Karl Mercer will have the latest.

    And some London hospitals have been rated as having the worst standards of food in the country. We'll tell you which ones and what's being done to help.


    London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced he will be investing £550,000 to get London school children volunteering.

    The pilot was trialled in 12 schools over the last year and will now be taken to all schools across the capital.

    School pupil and elderly people

    At St Saviours' Primary School in Lambeth, the school decided to grow plants, decorate the pots, and give them to residents in neighbouring residential home Tudor Stacks.

    TRAVEL 1726:

    No incidents reported on the Tube but on the roads, there is queuing traffic on the M25 anticlockwise between J3 (M20 Swanley Interchange) and the A282 (Dartford River Crossing toll booths).

    Get the latest updates on the BBC London travel website or @BBCTravelAlert.

    BOND'S 'BAD HABITS' 1732:

    James Bond retains his "bad habits" in his latest literary outing, according to author William Boyd.

    Boyd's novel Solo, launched earlier at London's Dorchester hotel, is set in 1969 and sees Ian Fleming's spy sent on a mission to halt a civil war in West Africa.


    As the Radio Times magazine turns 90 this week, an exhibition at the Museum of London takes a look at its history.

    Radio Times Dalek cover
    FATBERG FIGHTERS 1743: Tom Heap BBC Radio 4's Costing the Earth

    Last month, a "fatberg" the size of a double-decker bus was found under the streets of south-west London. But what causes them and how are they tackled?


    Doreen Lawrence says she wonders what her son Stephen would have made of her elevation to the House of Lords.

    Doreen Lawrence

    Justice campaigner Mrs Lawrence, who is to be made a Labour peer, said her stomach is still "turning double somersaults" every time she thinks about her new role but added she wants to use it to change more lives.

    1755: Peter Cockroft Weather presenter, BBC London

    This evening and tonight it will be turning cloudy and misty later. Some showery rain at first, a few fog patches by dawn. A minimum temperature close to 15C (59F).

    Tomorrow will see a grey and damp start but brighter skies in the east should edge slowly westwards with most places seeing some sunshine by the end of the afternoon. Maximum temperature 20C (68F).

    1800: Andy Dangerfield BBC News Online

    That's all from London's BBC Local Live service for today. Josephine McDermott will be here tomorrow from 08:00 with news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the capital.


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