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  1. Updates from Friday 14 November 2014
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  1. Good evening

    That's all for Local live today. Josephine McDermott will be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London. Have a good weekend.

  2. Council criticised and giant potholes

    Alice Bhandhukravi

    Presenter, BBC London

    On BBC London News at 18:30 on BBC One: Criticism of Kingston Council after a report finds that a nanny beaten to death by her partner could have been saved, and major tailbacks for drivers in Surrey after a giant pothole opens up on the M25.

  3. Get your picture noticed

    This week we launched a new-look Local Live page and today we used this wonderful photo by Jason Hawkes of the London Eye as our banner, but we want a new picture every day to show off the capital.


    Have you taken a photo of your part of London which you think would be suitable? If so, email it in high resolution in either of these sizes 2048 x 1152 or 1680 x 945 to

  4. Power cuts 'destroying' businesses

    Shops in north Finchley hit with their 15th power cut in just seven months say it has cost them customers as well as thousands of pounds, the Times Series reports.

    More than 15 businesses in Ballards Lane and High Road have been affected by the cuts, with the latest lasting four hours earlier today.

  5. Live weekend sport

    BBC London 94.9


    Tomorrow, the BBC London 94.9 Sports Show with Phil Parry from 13:00 will have two full commentaries for you to listen to.

    On BBC London 94.9 you can hear the match between Gillingham and Leyton Orient and on BBC London digital radio, and through your TV, full coverage of the game between AFC Wimbledon and Dagenham and Redbridge. Both matches kick off at 1500.

    On Sunday it's Rugby Union on BBC London Online where you will be able to hear the Premiership match between Wasps and London Welsh. Kick off is at 15:15.

  6. Watch: Do sculptures objectify women?

    Will Gompertz

    Arts editor

    An exhibition featuring the work of the controversial artist Allen Jones RA is opening in the Royal Academy of Arts.

    Allen Jones RA sculpture

    One of the reasons why Mr Jones's art work is famous is because some have label it as morally repugnant in its objectification of women.

  7. National Grid works in Houndsditch

    National Grid's latest phase of the work to update gas piping is underway in Houndsditch, from Outwich Street to Aldgate High Street and is expected to be complete by the end of January.

    During this time Goring Street and St Mary's Axe will remain closed.

    Some parking bays along Houndsditch will also be suspended, this will happen in phases commencing at Outwich Street moving towards Aldgate.

  8. Video: Man tells of alleged abuse

    Police are investigating a "possible homicide" linked to what has been described as a paedophile ring involving powerful people in the 1970s and 1980s.

    Witness (concealed identity)

    The group is alleged to have included senior figures in public life, the military, politics and law enforcement.

  9. Man tasered during arrest

    Met police say they were called to a fight at 15:20 in Askew Road, Shepherds Bush, involving a man reported to be armed with a knife and a hammer.

    One man - who was armed with a knife - was arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. A Taser stun gun was used during the arrest.

    Another man was taken to hospital with a head injury.

  10. Guns and ammunition handed in

    Sixty-eight firearms and 1,000 rounds of ammunition have been handed in so far by Londoners at police stations across the capital during the Met's first firearms surrender in six years.

    It gives Londoners the chance to dispose of firearms or ammunition, by taking it to a local police station and handing it in.

    The amnesty runs until 23:00 on 23 November.

  11. On Air: Drivetime with Eddie Nestor

    BBC London 94.9


    Coming up shortly, staff at London's only NHS gambling clinic say they've seen a big increase in the number of people seeking their services.

    Eddie will be asking: Have we normalised gambling?

  12. Appeal identify man after bus assault

    Met police are appealing want to identify a man after bus passengers were assaulted in Hornchurch.

    CCTV footage

    A group of men boarded a route 165 bus on Hornchurch High Street and were challenged by the driver after they refused to pay on 31 August. The men assaulted two passengers who intervened.

    A 28-year-old man and a 19-year-old man were arrested and released on bail but police still want to identify a third man - who is pictured in CCTV footage.

  13. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • Police are investigating alleged murders linked to what's been described as a powerful paedophile ring - which included senior figures in public life in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
    • The Highways Agency has been carrying out emergency repairs on the M25 in Surrey after a section of the motorway collapsed following overnight road works and heavy rain.
  14. Police incident in west London

    Askew Road in Shepherd's Bush, west London, is now closed in both directions between the Goldhawk Road junction and The Vale junction because of a police incident. A diversion is in place for the 266 bus route.

  15. Road and rail disruption

    BBC London


    Westbury Avenue in Hornsey is closed northbound at Turnpike Lane Station owing to an accident.

    A diversion is in operation for bus routes 123, 217, 231 and 444.

    On the railways the is disruption on Southeastern service between Dartford and London Bridge owing to a broken down train at Barnehurst.

    For the latest travel news go to our travel page or on Twitter @BBCLondonAlert.

  16. Campaign for Underground line extension

    Campaigners fighting to get a Tube line extension built through their neighbourhood have set up a petition, the South London Press reports.

    The Peckham and Camberwell Tube (PACT) group is made up of residents, businesses and representatives from King's College Hospital in Denmark Hill and want promises from TfL and Boris Johnson that any extension to the Bakerloo line will go via Peckham and Camberwell.

  17. Dons submit Plough Lane application

    BBC Sport

    AFC Wimbledon have submitted a planning application to Merton Council for a new stadium at Plough Lane.

    Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium

    They propose building a 11,000-capacity stadium, which could be expanded to 20,000 at a later date, on the site of Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium.

  18. Harrow Observer to close

    Publisher Trinity Mirror has announced the closure of seven regional newspapers - including the Harrow Observer in west London - with the loss of more than 50 jobs.

    All three of the publisher's Berkshire titles are to close along with the Surrey Herald, Surrey Times and Woking Informer.

    The Harrow Observer was founded in 1855 as the Harrow Monthly Gazette and General Advertiser.

    Simon Edgley, managing director of Trinity Mirror Southern, called the closured a " bold digital-only publishing transformation".

  19. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • Police are investigating alleged murders linked to what is been described as a powerful paedophile ring, which included senior figures in public life in the late 1970s and early 1980s
    • A bench which became famous after appearing in the opening titles of the BBC sitcom Bottom has been reinstated in its original spot in Hammersmith as a memorial to Rik Mayall
  20. Turnpike Lane delays


    The Transport for London Traffic News team tweet: Turnpike Lane - A1080 Westbury Avenue is blocked eastbound at High Rd Wood Green (towards Lordship Lane), due to collision. Expect delays.

  21. Arise Sir Daniel

    Multiple Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis has been knighted by the Duke of Cambridge.

    Daniel Day-Lewis being knighted

    The 57-year-old Lincoln star, the only person to win an Academy Award for best actor three times, was honoured at Buckingham Palace for services to drama. He was raised in south London and has dual British and Irish citizenship.

  22. Mitzvah Day in north London

    Hundreds of organisations of various faiths in north London will take part in an annual Jewish day of good deeds on Sunday, The Times Series reports.

    Students, colleagues and religious groups will be offering their services for Mitzvah Day, which encourages people to do a good deed for others in the community.

  23. Flight path will create 'noise ghetto' fears

    A public meeting has been arranged to discuss flight path changes which critics say will create a "noise ghetto", The Waltham Forest Guardian reports.

    Under the current proposal, most planes travelling to and from London City Airport would be installed with new navigation technology, enabling flights to use a narrower flight corridor over Leyton, Leytonstone and Wanstead.

  24. Cannabis factory fires warning

    The number of cannabis factory fires have been steadily increasing in recent years, London Fire Brigade has warned.

    A cannabis factory

    Last year there were 25 fires in cannabis factories - around one every fortnight - often in top floors or lofts typically involving a tangle of lamps and heaters, destroying roofs and damaging neighbouring buildings.

  25. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    Our top story this hour: The BBC has learnt police are investigating alleged murders linked to what's been described as a powerful paedophile ring - which included senior figures in public life in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

    Scotland Yard says it is investigation is at an early stage.

  26. Historical abuse inquiry launched

    Police investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse are looking at information on "possible homicide".

    Scotland Yard said officers working on Operation Fairbank, which is looking into claims there was a paedophile ring with links to government, became aware of the claims in recent weeks.

  27. Mother 'killed children with nappy'

    A mother suffocated her three disabled children with a nappy because she "could not carry on", according to a letter to her nanny.

    Tania Clarence, 42, admitted killing her three-year-old twin sons Ben and Max, and daughter Olivia, aged four, due to diminished responsibility.

  28. Rik Mayall memorial bench unveiled


    Rik Mayall memorial

    Tweets: Fans and media gathering for the unveiling of Rik Mayall's commemorative 'Bottom' bench.

  29. A Dickens of a flat

    The Daily Mail

    The childhood home of Charles Dickens - situated just yards from a former workhouse thought to have inspired Oliver Twist - has gone on sale for £760,000, according to the Daily Mail.

    The second-floor London flat was lodged in by John and Elizabeth Dickens in 1815, when their talented son Charles was just three years old.

  30. Watch: UK Youth Parliament meets

    Members of the UK Youth Parliament are taking part in a House of Commons debate, chaired by Speaker John Bercow.

    UK Youth Parliament

    The 11 to 18-year-olds are debating and voting on five issues chosen by a ballot of 876,488 young people across the UK.

  31. Katie Holmes eyes London stage

    Actress Katie Holmes has revealed her ambition to act in the West End, reports the Evening Standard.

    The 35-year-old, who filmed in London last summer, said she now is keen to act on stage in the capital.

  32. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The top story this hour: Kingston Council, in west London, has apologised after a report found it failed to help a mother who was later murdered by her partner.

    Charito Cruz was beaten to death by her partner in front of her two-year old daughter.

  33. Woman murdered after council failed to help

    Nick Beake

    BBC News Correspondent

    An independent report has found "unacceptable levels of complacency" at a council which failed to help a woman who was later beaten to death.

    Charito Cruz

    Charito Cruz, 37, was bludgeoned with a hammer by her partner Muhammed Niazi, in front of her two-year-old daughter in September 2011.

  34. Historic abuse investigation


    The BBC News Home Affairs correspondent tweets: Met #Police investigating historical sex abuse claims from over 30 years ago say they're looking into allegations of "possible homicide"

  35. Fleet Street open


    Transport for London Traffic News tweets: In the City, Fleet Street has re-opened eastbound at Aldwych (earlier dangerous structure). Traffic is flowing well.

  36. Beatle's guitar on sale

    A guitar owned by Beatle John Lennon is expected to sell for more than £400,000 at auction.

    The Beatles rehearing

    The Gretsch 6120 model was played by Lennon when the band recorded Paperback Writer at London's famous Abbey Road studios in 1966.

    It is being sold by the late Beatle's cousin David Birch at a live auction at Le Meridien hotel in central London on 23 November.

  37. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • An officer has been sacked from the Metropolitan Police after supplying confidential information to a journalist.
    • Three lanes of the M25 have been closed because the surface subsided in the section where overnight road works were being carried out.
  38. Tania Clarence sentencing

    Tania Clarence smothered her twin boys with a nappy while they slept - the Old Bailey has heard.

    Gary Clarence and his two sons

    Mrs Clarence, 43, left the dock in tears after listening to a description of the day her three children were found dead.

    She is being sentenced for the manslaughter of Olivia, four, and twins Ben and Max, three, (pictured with their father) at their home in New Malden, south London, in April this year.

    All three children suffered from spinal muscular atrophy.

  39. London's download speeds criticised

    London has the lowest 4G upload and download speeds and the slowest 3G browsing speeds of the UK major cities but the fastest 4G web browsing speeds - according to Ofcom research.

    Woman on her mobile in a crowd

    Sean McKee, Director of Policy & Public Affairs at the London Chamber of Commerce, called the research a "wake-up call for the government".

    "London's poor performance in upload and download speeds is simply intolerable," he added.

  40. Fleet Street closed eastbound

    BBC London


    Fleet Street in the City Of London remains closed to both traffic and pedestrians eastbound between the Chancery Lane junction and the Fetter Lane junction, because of "a dangerous structure with falling debris".

    For the latest travel news go to our travel page or on Twitter @BBCLondonAlert.

  41. QPR charged by FA

    BBC Sport

    QPR have been charged by the Football Association with failing to control their players after a goal was controversially disallowed in their 2-2 draw at home to Manchester City.

    QPR players protest at Mike Dean's decision

    Charlie Austin's early strike was ruled out as City goalkeeper Joe Hart had taken two touches to clear his penalty box with a free-kick beforehand.

  42. Sports hall "an absolute tip"

    Camden Council has apologised to users of a leisure centre after a leak, that went unrepaired for more than three years, left a sports hall flooded and badminton players surrounded by buckets of water and dodging bits of crumbling ceiling, according to the Ham & High.

    Inaction at the council-owned Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, in Avenue Road, has seen the facility's main hall drenched in pools of water and, as one user said, looking like "an absolute tip".

  43. News on the hour

    The headlines this hours include:

    • Kingston Council has apologised after a report found it failed to help a mother who was later murdered by her partner
    • Some people living in parts of Chiswick say they are being forced to use wheelie bins without being consulted about them first
  44. Pub crawl 'on the state'

    The Docklands & East London Advertiser reports on Ray Gipson - a recognised 'geezer' - who has been given £2,000 to go on a big pub crawl around London's East End—on the taxpayer.

    The founder of Bow's Geezers' Club for pensioners has been awarded a Big Society Community First grant to research pub closures.

    His club is using the cash for a project with Tower Hamlets Archive at Mile End on the history of East End watering holes that have dried up and vanished, for an exhibition in the New Year.

  45. Watch: Friday's weather

    via Facebook

    The day has started with wind and heavy, persistent rain moving north east, with a risk of surface water flooding.

    The weather forecast

    Later it will become much drier with sunny spells developing, and winds becoming lighter. The top temperature will be 14C (57F).

  46. Fleet Street blocked


    The TfL traffic team tweets: Fleet Street is blocked eastbound at Chancery Lane, with the latter also closed - unstable building. Use other routes and expect delays.

  47. Metropolitan Line Delays


    London Underground's Metropolitan Line team tweets: Severe delays between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Aldgate while we fix a signal failure at Baker Street.

  48. More hours commuting

    via Facebook

    BBC London News is asking this morning: Has your commute changed much in recent years?

    Apparently Londoners are spending an extra 10 hours a year commuting than they were five years ago.

    Tasmania Mumta Rooprai writes: Long hours at work with added travel time....We end up spending a lot of life time away from home.

  49. Royal Variety recorded

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watched the Royal Variety Performance last night at the Palladium Theatre in London.

    The Duchess of Cambridge meets Shirley Bassey

    After the performance royal couple went backstage to meet the cast including Ed Sheeran and Dame Shirley Bassey.

  50. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • An independent report has criticised council services in Kingston for failing to help a mother who was later murdered by her partner
    • London Fire Brigade has warned of a growing number of fires at illegal cannabis factories
  51. Kingston Council criticised

    An independent report has criticised council services in Kingston for failing to help Charito Cruz, who was bludgeoned to death by her partner in September 2011 in front of her two-year-old daughter.

    Social workers ignored two requests from the NSPCC to visit the family home. The council has apologised and claims improvements have been made. Read more from the Kingston Guardian here.

  52. Poppy collection stolen

    A fish and chip shop owner is furious after a thief made off with the shop's Poppy Appeal collection box the day before Remembrance Sunday, The Croydon Advertiser reports.

    The box, full of funds which would have gone to the Royal British Legion, was grabbed from the counter of Danny's Fish and Chips in Old Coulsdon on Saturday at about 16:00.

    The shop's owner Danny Tevfik said he was especially upset given the poignancy of this year's centenary commemorations of World War One.

  53. Children in Need

    Some of the biggest names in music and entertainment are gathering for the annual BBC Children in Need Appeal Show extravaganza tonight.

    Strictly Come Dancing Panel

    The six-and-a-half hour extravaganza - including a Strictly Come Dancing special - will be broadcast on BBC One from the BBC's Elstree studios from 19:30.

    Children in Need provides grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged.

  54. Tower Pier Closed

    @TfLRiver : Tower Pier will be closed from approx 12:45-13:15 today whilst a gun salute is held at the Tower to celebrate HRH Prince of Wales' birthday.

  55. Has your commute changed?

    via Facebook

    BBC London News is asking this morning: Has your commute changed much in recent years?

    Apparently Londoners are spending an extra 10 hours a year commuting than they were five years ago.

    Kate Hennessy writes: Sounds about right. Mine is around 1 hour 20/30 mins one way (zone 6 to central London). Trains are far far busier than 5 years ago and prone to massive delays. The same train journey takes longer than it did 5 years ago (same line, same train), more people meaning more congestion at stops and a timetable with more time built into it (to try to pay less in fines the cynic in me says).

  56. Video: Unseen London

    Vault at Midland Bank, copyright Peter Dazeley

    It is one of the most photographed cities in the world, but one man has sought out the parts of London usually kept hidden.

    Peter Dazeley's book Unseen London shows the insides of popular tourist attractions such as Big Ben, as well as once glorious buildings like the Battersea Power Station.

    He spoke to the BBC about how he got his stunning images.

  57. Bin collections

    BBC London 94.9


    Coming up on Vanessa Feltz: residents in parts of Chiswick are refusing to accept new bins being delivered across the borough of Hounslow - saying they'll ruin the look of their streets.

    What do you think? You can listen live on BBC London 94.9 and contact the team on 020 7224 2000.

  58. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The headlines this hour include:

    • Police have been given more time to question four men arrested in London and High Wycombe.
    • Campaigners in Harrow say they will fight a bid to bring fracking to the borough
  59. M25 road collapse in heavy rain

    Three lanes of the M25 in Surrey have been closed after a section of the motorway collapsed in heavy rain.

    Surrey Police said many vehicles had been left with damaged tyres after the road surface near Leatherhead fell in at about 05:30.

  60. A13 accident

    An accident involving a lorry and a car on the A13 westbound at the A1011 Manor Road Canning Town has been causing severe delays. Check up on the situation on the roads here.

  61. Weather warning

    The Met Office is issuing a yellow weather warning for rain this morning, meaning 'be aware'. It says the public should be aware of the risk of disruption, chiefly from localised surface water flooding.

    Rainfall at 06:00
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    Duncan Smith

    BBC News Online

    Good morning, I'm bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London today for BBC Local Live.

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