Two bailed in FGM probe after man and girl stopped at Heathrow

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A man and a woman have been bailed after being arrested in London for conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation (FGM).

Police stopped a 72-year-old Ugandan man who was travelling with an 11-year-old girl at Terminal 4 of Heathrow Airport on Friday morning.

They had arrived that morning on a flight from Kampala, Uganda.

A woman, 40, was arrested in Hackney, east London, on Saturday. Both have now been bailed pending further inquiries.

Specialist officers, who had concerns for the welfare of the girl - a UK national, arranged for her to be put into the care of social services.

The pair were arrested under Section 2 of FGM Act 2003 namely aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring a girl to carry out FGM on herself, Scotland Yard said.

A global conference - called the Girl Summit 2014 - was held in London earlier this week, where international politicians pledged to to eradicate FGM within a generation.

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    17:56: On air BBC London News TV

    On tonight's programme at 18:30, the head of the Met Police says he needs millions of pounds of extra funding to protect London from the threat of terrorism.

    Plus a war of words - now Thames Water blames Network Rail for the flooding at Farringdon as passengers endure a seventh day of disruption.

    Dippy the dinosaur

    And Asad Ahmad will be live at the Natural History Museum as it's been announced that Dippy the dinosaur's days in the Great Hall are numbered.

    17:53: Military museum backing

    Nearly 3,000 people have signed a petition calling for a military museum to remain in Woolwich, reports the News Shopper.

    Firepower, the Royal Artillery Museum, is set to leave Woolwich by 2017 and relocate to Salisbury Plan in Wiltshire.

    17:50: Sleet and snow risk early tomorrow

    Scattered snow showers will ease for a time during the evening, with clear, dry conditions developing and patchy ice developing on untreated surfaces.

    However, there is the chance of further heavy rain, sleet and snow showers during the early hours, with snow most likely over the North Downs and other high ground.

    Lows of -3C (27F).

    17:46: FGM campaigner honoured

    Campaigner and model Waris Dirie has been honoured for her work to help fight female genital mutilation.

    Waris Dirie

    A Somalian, Ms Dirie underwent FGM when she was five and fled from a forced marriage when she was 13 before moving to London.

    She collected the 2014 (Liberal International) LI Prize for Free at the Houses of Parliament and dedicated it to other women who are affected by the "brutal" act of FGM.

    17:38: Deal 'not dead yet' BBC Sport

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says a deal to sign Darren Fletcher from Manchester United is "not dead yet".

    Scotland captain Fletcher, 30, has been granted a free transfer to allow him to move to another club during the mid-season transfer window.

    17:33: Travel

    There are long delays on the A12 northbound in Wanstead at the Green Man roundabout because of an earlier broken down vehicle and accident. All lanes have reopened although there's congestion to the Gillender Street junction.

    For the latest travel, tune into Billy Reeves on BBC London 94.9 who will updates every 15 minutes.

    17:25: Solar power doubles
    Solar panels

    Solar power almost doubled in the last year, with 650,000 installations ranging from solar farms to panels on homes, figures showed.

    By the end of 2014 there was almost 5 gigawatts (5GW) of solar photovoltaic panels installed, up from 2.8GW at the end of 2013, the Department of Energy and Climate Change figures showed.

    Panels in London generate 65% as much energy as in Madrid, and the panels work more efficiently in cooler temperatures, said Paul Barwell of the Solar Trade Association.

    17:14: Flood-affected trains to return Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London

    Thameslink services are to resume through central London tomorrow.

    Some of Thameslink trains have been damaged by the water so there will be shorter trains and there still could be some cancellations.

    Network Rail said more than one million litres of water had been pumped from the tunnel since the water main burst last Friday.

    17:07: DIP-lo-DOH-cus?

    There's been a lot of talk today about dippy the Diplodocus, but how do you pronounce it?

    BBC Magazine finds out.

    16:56: News on the hour Will Shindler BBC London 94.9

    A full Thameslink train service will begin running again between St Pancras and Farringdon tomorrow morning following the flooding in a railway tunnel under Clerkenwell.

    Bob Collington, the wholesale water managing director for Thames Water, tells me in the 17:00 bulletin that the responsibility is not solely theirs.

    16:44: Will you miss them?

    The National Grid owns over 500 gas holders but now they are being removed. Sarah O'Carroll has been documenting them and visited more than 30 in London. Read more about these sentinels of the industrial age.

    Bethnal Green Gas Holders
    16:38: Missing data 'shocking news'

    More on the loss of information relating to the judge-led inquiry into the fatal police shooting of Azelle Rodney.

    His mother Susan Alexander said today it was "shocking news and very disappointing".

    16:29: Have your say

    BBC Local Live brings you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

    16:26: Dippy v blue whale

    BBC News tweets:

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    16:18: Analysis: Hammer attacker sentence increased Clive Coleman Legal correspondent, BBC News

    In court today the Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC argued that, although Philip Spence was convicted of attempted murder and not murder, he should receive a whole of life term.

    These sentences are normally reserved for the most heinous murderers - people who have murdered more than one person, or murdered for a second time, or murdered a child with a sexual or sadistic motive.

    There are some 50 people currently serving whole life terms. They include Rose West and Mark Bridger, who murdered five-year-old April Jones.

    16:10: Mayfair jewellers targeted in raid

    A jeweller to the royal household was today targeted by smash and grab raiders in a violent attack.

    William & Son, in London's exclusive Mayfair district, was targeted by thieves reportedly carrying metal baseball bats.

    Police examine jewellers in Mayfair

    The Met said it believed about eight suspects riding motorbikes attempted to rob the store at about 12:30. No arrests have been made.

    London Ambulance Service said took a man to hospital after he received a head injury.

    16:02: Mixed reviews for new Stoppard play
    Olivia Vinall as Hilary in The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard

    Tom Stoppard's new play The Hard Problem has opened at the National Theatre to mixed reviews.

    The play, which poses big questions about the nature of consciousness, is Stoppard's first at the NT since 2002.

    15:58: News on the hour BBC London 94.9 Radio

    Coming up at 16:00, eight suspects riding motorbikes attempted to rob a jewellery store in Mount Street, Mayfair this lunchtime.

    And a 65-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of the murder of Luke Jackson in Pimlico last month has been released without charge.

    Will Shindler will have more on both of these stories.

    15:45: Schoolchildren at proms

    Schoolchildren will perform their own work at this year's Proms.

    Two special concerts at the Royal Albert Hall will see pupils perform their own response to 10 pieces of classic music.

    15:37: What was dippy?

    As a campaign to save Dippy from being moved at the Natural History Museum gains support, here are some facts about the extinct animal:

    • It was one of the longest animals to have lived on Earth and may have reached over 30m and weighed around 15 tonnes
    • It had four large sturdy legs supporting a long neck and a long tail that could be flailed around like a whip
    • They lived in North America about 150 million years ago during the late Jurassic period
    15:28: Palace sign Mutch BBC Sport

    Crystal Palace have signed midfielder Jordon Mutch from Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

    The 23-year-old has agreed a four-and-a-half year deal at Palace to end his short stay at Loftus Road, having only joined Harry Redknapp's side in August 2014 from Cardiff City.

    15:19: Call the police

    No one has turned up to visit police officers at contact meetings in Leytonstone which were arranged after a police station controversially closed, it has emerged.

    This is Local London says officers were made available three times a week to consult with the public at the Tesco cafe after the closure of the station in Kirkdale Road in October.

    But at a community forum meeting last night concerns were raised about people being able to raise confidential issues in a public place.

    15:13: Murder arrest boys released

    Three 14-year-old boys and another aged 13 have been released without charge after they were arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Edmonton.

    Christopher John Barry

    Christopher John Barry, 53, was killed at his home in The Broadway, last month.

    Another 13-year-old boy has been charged and will appear at the Old Bailey on 6 March.

    15:04: Met taking data breach 'very seriously' Danny Shaw Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

    The Metropolitan Police, whose officers were involved in the Mark Duggan and Azelle Rodney cases, says it is taking the data breach "very seriously".

    The Met says it has "risk assessed" the material and taken "appropriate" steps, as well as offering its support to the Ministry of Justice investigation. But it is not conducting its own investigation.

    14:54: News on the hour BBC London 94.9 Radio

    Our top local news story this hour:

    A full Thameslink train service will begin running again between St Pancras and Farringdon tomorrow morning following the flooding in a railway tunnel under Clerkenwell.

    Around a 1,000 trains have been cancelled since last Friday.

    14:39: Semi-secret inquiry data 'lost' Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent, BBC News
    Azelle Rodney Azelle Rodney was shot six times in 2005

    Information from three of the UK's most sensitive semi-secret inquiries has gone missing after being put on discs sent in the post.

    The Ministry of Justice has confirmed the missing material relates to investigations which examined the roles of police in the death of three members of the public.

    Two inquiries relate to fatal police shootings of crime suspects in London - Mark Duggan and Azelle Rodney.

    The third relates to the 1997 murder of Robert Hamill in Northern ireland, which campaigners claim involved the collusion of police officers.

    In each inquiry there were witnesses, including police officers, who were given anonymity because of possible threats to their safety - but officials have refused to confirm whether any of the missing documents include personal information relating to these witnesses.

    14:23: Professor asks why he was attacked

    A professor, who was beaten badly by burglars, has asked the men why his family home in Wimbledon was targeted.

    In a witness statement, Paul Kohler said: "The pointless ferocity and utter senselessness endangered my family's peace of mind, my physical and our psychological well-being and risked fomenting issues within the wider community both in Wimbledon and beyond."

    Pawel Honc, 24, of no fixed abode, and Mariusz Tomaszewski, 32, of Crusoe Road, Mitcham, are being sentenced at Kingston Crown Court.

    14:13: Hotel hammer attacker's sentence increased Clive Coleman Legal correspondent, BBC News

    A man who bludgeoned three sisters with a claw hammer in a London hotel while their children slept alongside them has had his sentence increased to life with a minimum term of 27 years by the Court of Appeal.

    Philip Spence

    Philip Spence, 33, was convicted at Southwark Crown Court in October last year of three counts of attempted murder.

    He was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 18 years but that has been raised today.

    14:00: News on the hour BBC London 94.9 Radio

    Our top local story this hour:

    A man who smashed the skulls of three sisters with a claw hammer as they slept in a London hotel room has had his minimum term increased from 18 years to 27 years.

    13:44: Music exam

    Music promoters have been told they must sit an exam if they are to hold events in Croydon town centre, reports the Advertiser.

    Croydon police have introduced the requirement following an increase in violent offences and antisocial behaviour connected to the night time economy.

    13:31: Sunny with snow showers

    It will stay cold and breezy this afternoon with sunny spells and scattered sleet or snow showers, some of which may be heavy with hail also possible.

    Highs of 4C (39F).

    13:19: Lunchtime news BBC London News TV
    Flooded tunnel

    Coming up at 13:40, Tarah Welsh has the latest on the growing row between Network Rail and Thames Water over which is responsible for the flooded track at Farringdon.

    And the capital's police chief has been outlining how the force has reassessed its safety measures in the wake of the Paris terror attacks earlier this month.

    13:08: Gang 'enjoyed' beating professor

    A gang of Polish burglars seemed to enjoy "raining" down punches on a university professor as they raided his house, a court has heard.

    Paul Kohler, 55, suffered a fractured eye socket, a fracture to his left jawbone, a broken nose and bruising that left him "utterly unrecognisable" during the attack at his home in Wimbledon, south London in August last year.

    Paul Kohler after he was attacked

    Pawel Honc, 24, of no fixed abode, and Mariusz Tomaszewski, 32, of Crusoe Road, Mitcham, have admitted causing Mr Kohler grievous bodily harm with intent and aggravated burglary.

    12:58: News on the hour Will Shindler BBC London 94.9

    I'll be bringing you all the latest news for London in the 13:00 bulletin.

    I'll have the latest on the latest school table results, Thameslink flooding and problems with funding retirement.

    And find out what a 99-year-old WWII veteran is doing in Hyde Park.

    12:46: #Savedippy

    According to Trendsmap, #savedippy and dippy are trending on Twitter in London.

    It comes as a new Twitter account is set up as part of a campaign to keep Dippy the dinosaur in the main hall of the Natural History Museum.

    12:36: Robson to return BBC Sport
    Laura Robson

    Former British number one Laura Robson plans to return to the WTA Tour at the BNP Paribas Open in March after a year out with a wrist injury.

    The 21-year-old Londoner, who had surgery on her left wrist in April, is on the entry list for the tournament at Indian Wells, in southern California.

    12:27: Chocolate mice London Evening Standard Newspaper

    The flagship central London branch of Thorntons chocolate shop has been shut due to a suspected mouse infestation, says the Evening Standard.

    The chocolatier's Oxford Street branch was closed down by Westminster Council.

    12:19: Expensive nostalgia

    A Star Wars toy that cost £1.50 when it came out 35 years ago has sold at auction for £18,000.

    Star Wars toy

    The figure, of bounty hunter Boba Fett, was put up for action by Craig Stevens, from Croydon, who is a former chairman of the UK Star Wars Fan Club.

    12:08: Farringdon floods Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London

    It's horrendously embarrassing for Network Rail if the Farringdon flooding was down to them.

    Yesterday it wanted to give Thames Water a £1m bill after more than 1,000 trains have been cancelled because of the flooded track.

    However, Thames Water is not denying that burst water pipes caused the disruption Friday to Monday. Blame game.

    And corporate wrangling aside it's actually good news for Thameslink commuters - they have found the problem - a blocked pipe.

    11:56: News on the hour Anna Cookson Journalist, BBC London

    Coming up at 12:00, the chief executive of London Travelwatch tells me Thameslink passengers can be compensated too after a flooded track meant services were cancelled.

    Also in the bulletin, a woman pedestrian is in a critical condition in hospital after a crash in Stamford Hill this morning.

    11:44: Terror threat Nick Beake BBC News Correspondent

    Met Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says more parents are reporting fears about radicalised children since the attacks in Paris and the UK terror threat level being raised.

    He added parents, post Paris attacks, are now seeing the need to report their children if they're being radicalised.

    "It seems to have hit home," he said.

    11:35: Blocked tunnel cleared

    Thames Water says the flooded tunnel, which has caused more than 1,000 trains through Farringdon to be cancelled, has now been cleared.

    The pipe was full of silt and debris, and a grill which would have allowed the water to drain away was blocked solid so the water had nowhere to go.

    Drainage system in Farringdon

    Company director Bob Collington said: "We believe this problem was first identified as far back as 2007, and the problems with water on the track have been caused by a lack of maintenance on their part.

    "Our teams have done a fantastic job resolving this issue, and we will be presenting our findings to Network Rail as part of a full investigation into what has caused this terrible disruption to passengers."

    11:26: Crossrail 'feat of engineering'

    Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail's chief executive, said: "We are now on the final countdown to the big east/west breakthrough at Farringdon, which will link all of Crossrail's tunnels for the first time.

    "This is a phenomenal feat of civil engineering that London can be justifiably proud of. The next challenge is to implement railway systems across the route, keeping the project on time and within budget."

    11:17: Crossrail tunnels under City of London Claire Timms BBC News, London

    Workers on the £14.8bn Crossrail project have made their latest breakthrough by tunnelling under the City of London.

    The project's 1,000-tonne tunnel machine, named Elizabeth after the Queen, broke into the eastern end of Liverpool Street Crossrail station - 40 metres below the financial district.

    Elizabeth now has 750m to bore to reach the end of the line as part of Crossrail's longest tunnelling drive of 8.3km from Limmo Peninsula, near Canning Town, to Farringdon and is expected to be finished in the spring. More photos on our Facebook page.

    11:08: Horse trapped

    London Fire Brigade tweets: We're trying to rescue a horse which is up to it's neck in deep marsh water in #Erith. Large animal rescue equipment has been deployed.

    10:58: News on the hour BBC London 94.9 Radio

    On the 11:00 bulletin, trains are running to timetable on the Waterloo and City line at Waterloo despite a leak.

    The company say there are queues though and things are busier than normal.

    10:49: Where's Hugh? Kierra Liew BBC News

    Tweets: Spot Hugh 'Downton' Bonneville. Filming new W1A...?

    BBC filming
    10:42: 'We'll miss you Dippy!' via Facebook

    On BBC London's Facebook page, people have been commenting on the Natural History Museum's plans to swap Dippy the dinosaur for a blue whale.

    Sharon Phillips wrote: "Think it is a good idea because the blue whale is still (just) around at the moment in our seas. It will give them a proper idea of how huge it really is."

    While Natalia Contreras put: "Oh but kids love the dinosaur is such a wow factor to get in to the museum and see it, we are going to miss you Diplodocus".

    10:32: Whale replaces Dippy Sonja Jessup Presenter, BBC London News

    Tweets: Blue Whale as currently displayed.. Told there'll be phone app to appear like it's about to swallow visitors

    Blue Whale at Natural History Museum
    10:16: Doubts over striker Andy Rowley BBC London 94.9

    Chelsea could be without Diego Costa for their premier league clash against Manchester City on Saturday. The Spaniard has until 18:00 to respond to the violent conduct charges brought by the FA.

    10:03: Network Rail sends Thames Water 'multi-million pound bill'

    Network Rail has issued Thames Water with a "multi-million pound bill" after leaks and a burst water main led to more than 1,000 trains being cancelled.

    Cancellations started on Friday with accumulated delays to other services of more than 133 hours.

    The St Pancras to Farringdon track was closed at 21:00 last night with no trains "until at least the end of service" today to resolve the issue, it said.

    Have you been affected by the cancellations? Email us about the impact it is having on you at

    09:57: News on the hour BBC London 94.9 Radio

    A new scheme to stop so many women ending up in custody is coming to London.

    The idea is to give more support to women at the point of arrest, sentencing and release from prison.

    Find out more in the 10:00 bulletin.

    09:48: In the courts

    Later today, the Court of Appeal will consider increasing the sentence of a man who bludgeoned three sisters with a hammer while they slept in a London hotel.

    And a man is to be sentenced for severely beating a university lecturer during a burglary.

    09:42: Axe attack

    Two men are being hunted by police after a sustained axe attack in the street, reports the East London Guardian.

    Violence flared outside Tesco Express in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, following a dispute in a nearby betting shop.

    09:33: New defender Andy Rowley BBC London 94.9

    In transfer news Arsenal have confirmed that defender Gabriel Paulista has joined the club from Villa Real.

    Gabriel Paulista
    09:27: MP to be immortalised Camden New Journal

    Perhaps Camden's most famous council tenant, Frank Dobson, is set to be immortalised in the bricks and walls of the area's council housing stock.

    Camden New Journal said he was going to have a new block of flats named after him.

    09:16: Road reopens

    BBC London Travel tweets: Eltham A2 now open after collision e/bnd jct Sth Circ at Westhorne Avenue

    For the latest information go to our travel page or follow us on Twitter @BBCTravelAlert.

    09:08: Snow?

    Could it snow in your area in the next few days?

    Weather forecast

    Find out on BBC London's Facebook page which has a detailed forecast.

    08:58: News on the hour BBC London 94.9 Radio

    If you've been affected by the Thameslink problems, you may want to listen to the 09:00 bulletin as Scott Wilkins from Thames Water apologises.

    Up to 1,000 trains have been cancelled because of a burst water main.

    08:50: On air Vanessa Feltz Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    Just after 09:00 on BBC London 94.9, I'll be discussing the Thameslink delays which has seen more than 1,000 trains cancelled due to a burst water main.

    Have you been caught up in it? Let me know: call 0207 224 2000.

    08:48: Spurs to Wembley Andy Rowley BBC London 94.9

    Tottenham Hotspur are off to Wembley to face Chelsea in the Capital One Cup Final after a 2-2 draw against Sheffield United gave them a 3-2 aggregate win over the League One side.

    Tottenham's Christian Eriksen
    08:41: Feedback

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like your feedback about this service.

    08:31: All change at museum

    ... and a blue whale is moving in.

    computer graphic of the blue whale

    Read about what has filled the Natural History Museum's Hintze Hall over the years and listen to museum director Sir Michael Dixon explain the new change.

    08:28: Museum changes

    After 35 years, Dippy's going...

    08:18: TV headlines BBC London News TV
    Katharine Carpenter

    The top headlines this morning:

    • Commuters travelling through Farringdon on Thameslink services face yet another day of cancellations and delays
    • Bus workers are planning three more 24-hour strikes next month.
    • One of the Natural History Museum's most famous exhibits is being moved out of the main hall after 35 years.
    08:11: Thameslink problems continue

    There is continued disruption to Thameslink services with no trains running between London St Pancras International and Farringdon until at least the end of the day. It's because of a signalling problem caused by earlier flooding.

    08:05: Cold and breezy

    It will stay cold and breezy with sunny spells and scattered sleet and snow showers. The heaviest showers are expected in the afternoon.

    Weather today

    Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

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