Teenager rescued from River Thames after YouTube dare

Still from RNLI video footage The boy was rescued from the water on Sunday and treated by London Ambulance Service

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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.

Helmsman David Norman said: "Peer pressure can be a very powerful thing... it nearly cost a young man his life."

The boy was handed into the care of London Ambulance Service.

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 and tended to the boy.

Mr Norman said: "We learned afterwards that his mates had dared him to jump from Westminster Bridge.

"People just do not realise what the conditions of the River Thames can be like.

"It can be very cold - granted, not so much at this time of year - but the currents can be vicious."

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    18:00: Goodbye

    That's all for this week's BBC Local Live for London.

    Join Beth Rose from 08:00 on Monday where she'll have all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates. Have a great weekend.

    17:58: Cold and breezy

    It will be a cold and breezy night with some clear spells allowing frost and icy stretches.

    Some wintry showers are possible early tomorrow, with a risk of slight snow accumulations across The Chilterns by the morning.

    Lows of -2C (28F)

    17:55: Remembering Churchill
    Churchill wreath

    Earlier, the Churchill family threw a wreath into the Thames after the barge Havengore, which carried the body of the late former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, sailed up to the Houses of Parliament to retrace the route of his funeral 50 years ago.

    Churchill famously adopted the 'V for Victory' gesture during WWII.

    17:47: 'Losers', drunks and sport BBC London News TV

    Boris Johnson has been criticised for describing men who join religious extremist groups such as Islamic State as "losers" who are likely to be users of pornography.

    We'll also be looking at a scheme whereby drinkers in Croydon could be breathalysed to stop drunk people getting into pubs and club and why are an increasing number of young Londoners applying to go to university?

    Plus all the sport news ahead of a full weekend of action. Join us at 18:30 on BBC One.

    17:41: Drake set for Wireless

    This year's line-up for the Wireless Festival has been announced.

    After being forced to cancel last year due to illness, Canadian rapper Drake is set to headline this year's event in Finsbury Park.

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    Thanks to Annmarie Meredith for tweeting us pictures of the commemorations for Winston Churchill's funeral.

    Churchill commemoration

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    Four men who attacked and savagely beat a university lecturer in his home in Wimbledon have been jailed.

    Det Insp Daniel O'Sullivan, who led the investigation, tells us in our 17:00 bulletin, it was thanks to people coming forward with information that one of the men was found.

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    The breakthrough, after years of fundraising, was heralded as a major advance for trauma patients among the 5.5 million population of south-east London and Kent.

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    Join me for the 16:00 bulletin where I'll have the latest news for the capital.

    This includes four men being sentenced for a brutal aggravated burglary.

    I'll also have the latest on a police marksman pleading not guilty to murder, a report by King's College which found more than a third of children in England are obese or overweight and men who provide sperm so that lesbians can become pregnant should not be described as a "donor".

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    Winston Churchill's granddaughter and great grandson lay at wreath
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    QPR are "not close" to any signings before the transfer window closes on Monday, says boss Harry Redknapp.

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    Six hundred fully grown cannabis plans have been discovered in a raid in a building near Orpington.

    14:44: 'Vindicated by sentence' BBC News Channel
    Paul Kohler

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    "I take no pleasure in their deservedly long sentence - and it is a long sentence, and that's right and proper.

    "It will be difficult for them, as it should be, but I'm not going to sit here and jump up and down looking delighted about it."

    14:37: Showers with sunny spells

    One or two showers are likely this afternoon with sunny spells, then it should be mainly dry by evening. Winds will be brisk throughout.

    Lows of 6C (43F).

    14:32: Churchill's final journey recreated on Thames
    Recreation of Churchill's final journey 50 years ago

    Crowds gathered to remember Winston Churchill and watch a flotilla recreate his final journey on the River Thames.

    While the numbers today could not match those of 1965, people still lined the banks to reflect and acknowledge the nation's debt to its great wartime leader.

    Among them was Susan Potter, who grew up in London and was a girl when Churchill was Prime Minister. Now living in Australia, she said: "Churchill is so famous in my life. He wasn't perfect but we owe him a lot, even today."

    14:21: Filming in process

    If you head down to BBC Broadcasting House in Portland Place you may catch a glimpse of Hugh Bonnevillle filming the new series of W1A.

    Filming W1A
    14:11: Victim's court plea

    In his witness statement, Mr Kohler wanted to know why the men had targeted his home.

    Paul Kohler arrives at court with his wife Samantha MacArthur Paul Kohler arriving at court with his wife Samantha MacArthur

    In sentencing, the judge told the defendants: "This explanation would help them all but your mitigation did not help at all or was at odds with what others had said.

    "Without this explanation he understandably questions the true value of any remorse expressed."

    14:02: Victim 'repeatedly punched in the face'
    Paul Kohler Paul Kohler said the attack destroyed the calm of a family evening

    The four men burst in wearing scarves to conceal their identities and blue latex gloves.

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    Mr Kohler was pushed to the floor and Honc sat on him and repeatedly punched him in the face while another man kicked him in the head.

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    Two of the burglars went upstairs, pushed Ms MacArthur and covered her face, threatening to hurt her if she moved.

    13:56: News on the hour BBC London 94.9 Radio

    The BBC's Keith Doyle was in for court for the sentencing of four men jailed for attacking university lecturer Paul Kohler in Wimbledon.

    Hear his report on what happened in the 14:00 bulletin.

    13:48: Watch: Victim describes attack

    Days after he was attacked, Mr Kohler was interviewed by BBC London.

    He said: "It is phenomenally terrifying... you almost stand outside of it and look on as if it's some gangster movie."

    13:42: Previous convictions

    The court heard that, apart from Honc, all the other defendants have long criminal records in their home country, with 32 convictions between them.

    Pawel Honc, Mariusz Tomaszewski, Dawid Tychon and Oskar Pawlowicz Clockwise L-R: Pawel Honc, Mariusz Tomaszewski, Dawid Tychon and Oskar Pawlowicz

    Pawlowicz has also been convicted in the UK for a raft of offences including sexual assault and affray.

    13:36: 'Drugs and alcohol a factor in attack'

    Sentencing the men, Judge Susan Tapping said they had targeted Mr Kohler's house either because they had the expectation of finding items of "significant value" to steal or because they chose the wrong address to collect a debt.

    She said all the defendants had been under a combination of drugs and alcohol on the day of the attack.

    Paul Kohler

    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, last August.

    13:22: Jail sentences outlined

    The details of the burglars and their jail sentences are:

    • Pawel Honc, 24, of no fixed abode, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and aggravated burglary. He was sentenced to 19 years
    • Mariusz Tomaszewski, 32, of Crusoe Road, Mitcham, south London, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and aggravated burglary. He was also sentenced to 19 years
    • Oskar Pawlowicz, 30, of Pitcairn Road, Mitcham, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary. He was jailed for 13 years
    • Dawid Tychon, 29, of no fixed abode, also pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and was sentenced to 13 years
    13:14: Burglars jailed BREAKING NEWS

    Four Polish burglars who took part in a raid which left university lecturer Paul Kohler "savagely" beaten have been given sentences at Kingston Crown Court of up to 19 years.

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    I'll have the lunchtime news just after 13:30 on BBC One.

    This'll feature news that more pupils from London have applied to British Universities than ever before- and figures also show a record high in the number from disadvantaged backgrounds applying.

    12:57: News on the hour BBC London 94.9 Radio

    A gang of burglars who beat a university law professor until he was "utterly unrecognisable" will be sentenced this afternoon.

    Find out more in the 13:00 bulletin.

    12:44: Costa banned BBC Sport

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been banned for three matches after stamping on Liverpool's Emre Can.

    The Blues player will miss tomorrow's Premier League meeting with title rivals Manchester City at Stamford Bridge

    12:39: Qatari royals' home plan rejected

    BBC London 94.9's Anjana Gadgil tweets: The Regents Park villa where Qatari royals wanted a £200m palace. Westminster (council) said no

    Regents Park villa

    The Guardian reports that they wanted to knock two homes together to create a lavish palace with 17 bedrooms, 14 lounges, four dining rooms, a swimming pool, a cigar lounge, a cinema and a juice bar.

    12:30: Nuisance calls

    Redbridge police tweet: Several reports by the elderly stating that they have had calls from someone claiming to be a police officer asking for personal information.

    They add: "This caller is not part of the police, please do not provide any personal information over the phone."

    12:19: Watch: Churchill's funeral

    BBC Parliament is showing a repeat of its live transmission of Winston Churchill's funeral.

    Winston Churchill's funeral

    Held 50 years ago today, events are taking place throughout the day to remember the former war-time leader.

    12:09: Boris: Extremists are losers BBC Politics

    Boris Johnson has described men who join religious extremist groups such as Islamic State as "losers" who are likely to be users of pornography.

    The Mayor of London told The Sun those turning to violence had low self-esteem and were unsuccessful with women.

    He cited an MI5 report into extremism that had compiled psychological profiles of jihadists.

    11:57: News on the hour Will Shindler BBC London 94.9

    In the news at 12:00, I'll have all the news in London you need to know including a police marksman pleading not guilty to murder, the city's housing crisis and Winston Churchill is remembered - hear what his great grandson has to say about the events being held today across London.

    11:42: Your Dippy photos

    Yesterday we reported the Natural History Museum in London was to replace the plaster-cast model of a Diplodocus skeleton, known as 'Dippy', with a full skeleton of a blue whale in 2017.

    Dippy in the middle of a gala dinner, 2013. Photo by Robert Cato

    We asked you for some of your photos and stories of the most-famous dinosaur in Kensington and here they are.

    11:29: Weekend closures

    Are you starting to plan your weekend?

    If so, weekend engineering works might have an impact - Transport for London has now published what lines will be down tomorrow and Sunday.

    This includes the Central Line from West Ruislip to White City, and the Jubilee Line from Finchley Road to Waterloo.

    11:18: New vision for Ealing

    The first pictures of the vision for redevelopments in 9-42 The Broadway, Ealing, have been released and Get West London has published them.

    Plans include shops, homes and a pedestrian route to become a distinct part of the town centre.

    11:08: Costa contests 'stamp' charge

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa will contest the violent conduct charge he faces over an alleged stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can on Tuesday.

    Costa and Can clash after the alleged stamping incident

    The Spain international was charged by the Football Association on Wednesday over the incident.

    10:56: News on the hour BBC London 94.9 Radio

    Coming up at 11:00, a former police marksman pleads not guilty to the murder of robbery suspect Azelle Rodney.

    And a new study suggests migrant voters could have a decisive impact in several marginal seats at the general election in May.

    10:42: Have your say

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

    10:33: Babies and Bloomsbury

    The Foundling Museum in Camden has launched its latest exhibition: Sir Jacob Epstein: Babies and Bloomsbury.

    A visitor poses with Romilly John from 1907 at an exhibition titled Sir Jacob Epstein: Babies and Bloomsbury at the Foundling Museum

    It features a selection of the modernist portrait sculptors bronzes of babies and children.

    10:23: Chelsea to beat Man city Robbie Savage BBC football pundit

    I have said since before the season started that Chelsea are the best team in the Premier League and I expect them to prove it tomorrow..

    Jose Mourinho's side could be without their top scorer Diego Costa when they take on their nearest rivals Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

    But, even if Costa fails to overturn his charge of violent conduct and misses the game through suspension, I still expect Chelsea to win and extend their lead to eight points at the top of the table.

    10:12: On the frontline of London's NHS

    Frontline NHS staff in London are facing unprecedented pressure this winter, according to GP clinics and pharmacies in the capital.

    Cpmposite image

    In a series on London healthcare, BBC London political correspondent Karl Mercer has been spending time with healthcare workers on the frontline to see how they are coping with the strain.

    10:02: Marksman denies murder

    Anthony Long, a former specialist firearms officer at the Met Police appeared before Mr Justice Sweeney for a plea and case management hearing.

    Mr Rodney, 24, died after officers stopped the car he was travelling in with two other men in Edgware, north London.

    09:57: Marksman denies murder BREAKING NEWS

    The police firearms officer accused of murdering Azelle Rodney in 2005 has pleaded not guilty at Southwark Crown Court.

    The trial is due to start in a few months.

    09:53: News on the hour Will Shindler BBC London 94.9

    I'll be bringing you all the latest news for London in the 10:00 bulletin.

    This includes outcry over the housing provision in the city, Thameslink services resuming after a flooded tunnel saw many cancelled and a report claims a third of children in England are overweight or obese.

    09:46: Terrorism protection funding

    Scotland Yard's commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said millions of pounds of funding is needed to protect London from terrorism.

    The national counter-terror budget currently stands at £564m, with an additional £130m set to be distributed.

    09:40: 'I will drown that witch' At the Old Bailey

    The trial continues today of two women who are accused of murdering an eight-year-old girl.

    Yesterday, jurors heard an expletive-strewn phone call made by defendant Kiki Muddar, 41, in which she tells a friend she's going to kill her co-defendant's daughter Ayesha Ali.

    Polly Chowdhury (left) and Kiki Muddar (right) Polly Chowdhury (left) and Kiki Muddar (right)

    She is heard saying: "I will drown that witch. Seriously I'm going to kill her.

    "I'm going to (expletive) kill her and I'm going to go to prison tonight."

    Both Ms Muddar and Ayesha's mother Polly Chowdhury, 35, deny murder.

    09:30: BBC London Travel

    Tower Bridge lifts at 1245 today for the commemoration of Sir Winston Churchill's state funeral as the Havengore, the vessel which originally carried the coffin recreates its journey from Tower Pier to Festival Pier.

    09:22: Marksman in court

    The police marksmen who's accused of shooting dead robbery suspect Azelle Rodney in London 10 years ago will appear before Southwark Crown Court later.

    Azelle Rodney

    Anthony Long, an ex-specialist firearms officer with the Metropolitan Police, is expected to enter a plea.

    He's accused of killing Mr Rodney (pictured) in April 2005, after officers stopped the car he was travelling in with two other men in Edgware.

    09:10: Housing woes Vanessa Feltz Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    Three quarters of Londoners say they believe there is a housing crisis in their local area - that's much higher than the national figure of 46%.

    Tell me all about housing in your area from on BBC London 94.9. Call me now on 020 7224 2000 or text 81333, starting your message 'London'.

    08:59: News on the hour BBC London 94.9 Radio

    As three quarters of Londoners say they believe there is a housing crisis in the capital, Hackney MP explains why she will be going on a march to demand better housing.

    Hear that in our 09:00 bulletin.

    08:51: Weekend weather via Facebook

    Alina Jenkins has a more in-depth weather forecast over on BBC London's Facebook page.

    Alina Jenkins with the London weather forecast
    08:47: Fewer carriages on Thameslink trains BBC London Travel

    Thameslink trains have resumed between St Pancras and Farringdon but you may find fewer carriages than usual on quite a lot of trains.

    08:40: Royal Docks Road traffic BBC London Travel

    In Beckton the A1020 Royal Docks Road is down to one lane northbound at the Beckton roundabout over the A13 due to a broken down lorry, with delays for traffic heading towards the northbound North Circular.

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

    08:36: Churchill's funeral anniversary marked

    A series of events in London is set to mark the 50th anniversary of the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill today.

    Sir Winstone Churchill

    The boat which carried Sir Winston Churchill's coffin along the Thames will make the journey again and remembrance services will be held at the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

    08:28: Vehicle fire on Euston Road

    The Euston Road is blocked near King's Cross station due to a vehicle fire. Emergency services are on-scene and there are queues back to Regent's Park.

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

    08:19: South Eastern trains disruption BBC London Travel

    There is disruption on South Eastern trains via Ashford and Maidstone East because of a broken train. There are also delays via Higham and Gravesend following earlier signal problems.

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

    08:11: Thameslink services resume after flooding

    Thameslink services have resumed after leaks and a burst water main led to more than 1,000 trains being cancelled, Network Rail says.

    Clerkenwell tunnel

    The St Pancras to Farringdon track was closed at 21:00 on Wednesday to resolve the problems.

    08:05: Cold and cloudy

    Cold and rather cloudy start with a wintry mix of sleet or snow showers, turning mainly to rain during the morning.

    One or two showers for the afternoon with sunny spells, then mainly dry by evening. Brisk winds throughout.

    Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

    08:00: Good morning Rebecca Cafe BBC News

    Welcome to Friday. I'm bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    You can email me your comments about the stories of the day or send photos or tweet @BBCLondonNews.



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