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Summary

  1. Updates from Tuesday 18 November 2014

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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  1. Have a good evening

    That's all for the BBC London live page today. Rebecca Cafe will be in the hot seat with all the latest news, travel, weather and sport for London from 08:00 tomorrow.

  2. Coming up

    BBC London News

    TV

    On BBC London News at 18:30, Fatima Khan, the mother of the Streatham surgeon who died in a Syrian prison, will tell Riz Lateef why she wants the case taken to the Hague.

    Fatima Khan

    And, the capital's first Gurkha and Nepalese cemetery is opened in west London as a thank you to the Gurhkas for their 200 years of military service.

  3. Showers will die away

    This evening and tonight, any showers will soon die away, leaving many places dry. There is a chance that some low cloud, mist and fog patches will form, especially through the Thames Valley from midnight. Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

  4. Mozart miniature auctioned

    A rare 1777 portrait miniature of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart given by the composer to his cousin Maria Anna Thekla Mozart, and capturing the 21-year-old at a key moment in his life, is estimated to sell for between £200,000-£300,000 at auction at Sotheby's in London.

    A rare portrait miniature of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  5. Million Mask appeal

    Police are trying to track down 12 people following disorder during the Million Mask march in central London on 5 November.

    Million Mask suspects

    If you recognise anyone, you can call the Public Order Command on 020 8246 0076 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  6. Julien Blanc hint

    Today in Parliament

    The Home Office minister James Brokenshire has given the Home Office's strongest hint yet that the controversial pick-up artist Julien Blanc is likely to be refused entry to the UK.

    Giving evidence to the Home Affairs Committee, Mr Brokenshire said: "I find his views utterly repugnant and his misogynistic perspective I think could promote an abusive view of relationships."

  7. Rotherhithe Tunnel traffic

    BBC London

    Travel

    A breakdown at the northbound Rotherhithe Tunnel has now been cleared, but slow traffic continues in both directions with delays back along Jamaica Roadd through Bermondsey.

    For more travel updates, visit BBC London's travel pages.

  8. 'Peak beard' reached?

    Ruth Adams, lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries at King's College London, debates how hipsters can be defined in light of an Australian academic warning we have reached "peak beard".

    Hipster Olympics
  9. Road delays

    BBC London

    Travel

    After an earlier accident earlier at St George's Circus, Waterloo Road and Westminster Bridge Road are both open.

    But now there's been an accident on nearby London Road with traffic down to one lane heading southbound towards Elephant and Castle, so delays continue through Waterloo. For more travel updates, visit BBC London's travel pages.

  10. Post update

    Tube Delays

    BBC London

    Travel

    There are miinor delays westbound on the District line from Dagenham East to Tower Hill because of an earlier broken down train.

    For more travel updates, visit BBC London's travel pages.

  11. Tech City courses

    A new Government-backed scheme will make courses on digital skills from Cambridge University available to everyone for free, according to the chairman of Tech City UK, a collection of start-up technology businesses based in east London.

  12. Crossrail phased launch planned

    Crossrail tunnelling drill

    All of 40 Crossrail stations will include step-free access by the time trains are running across the network from December 2019.

    Crossrail is to launch in stages from May 2018 as follows:

    • Heathrow to Paddington - May 2018
    • Paddington to Abbey Wood - December 2018
    • Paddington to Shenfield - May 2019
    • Full through service (including services to Reading) - December 2019
  13. News on the Hour

    Will Shindler

    BBC London 94.9

    Headlines this hour include:

    • A depressed mother who smothered three of her children then tried to kill herself at the family home in New Malden has been sent to a psychiatric hospital.
    • The Conservative Party in Tower Hamlets has complained to the police about remarks made by Ken Livingstone at a rally in support of the borough's mayor Lutfur Rahman.
  14. Christmas Scandi-style

    London Evening Standard

    Newspaper

    We can all learn how to enjoy the Yuletide season the Scandinavian way, according to the Evening Standard.

    Over the next few weeks there are various Scandinavian events on in the capital including, a cider lodge at the Southbank winter, on now, and Nordic Yulefest in Dalston from 6-21 December.

  15. Postcard teen raises £1,000

    A Highgate teenager has launched his first business selling postcards of Highgate Village scenes to raise money for the restoration of the historic Lauderdale House, says Ham and High.

    Roch Briscoe, 14, sold thousands of his postcards, called N6 cards, at a launch party at Lauderdale House in Highgate Hill on Saturday, raising £1,000 on the night, towards the £2.1m needed for the restoration.

  16. 'Mansion tax' and house prices

    London Evening Standard

    Newspaper

    Estate agents Savills has warned the fear of a "mansion tax" should Labour win the next General Election, could put a squeeze on London's housing market, according to the Evening Standard.

  17. Post update

    Fashion show coming to London

    The Victoria's Secret fashion show is coming to London for the first time on 2 December at Earl's Court, writes The Metro.

    Taylor Swift

    Performers at the show will include Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran.

  18. News on the hour

    Will Shindler

    BBC London 94.9

    Headlines this hour include:

    • A depressed mother who smothered three of her children then tried to kill herself at the family home in New Malden has been sent to a psychiatric hospital.
    • The Conservative Party in Tower Hamlets has complained to the police about remarks made by Ken Livingstone at a rally in support of the borough's mayor Lutfur Rahman.
    • A 16-year-old who admitted stabbing another boy to death in a row over the sale of a £90 bicycle has been given a life sentence
  19. Dagenham & Redbridge v Southport

    Dagenham & Redbridge will be without striker Ade Yusuff, who is cup-tied having appeared for Chatham Town earlier in the competition.

    Rhys Murphy and Jamie Cureton provide alternative options for the Daggers, in tonight's FA Cup first-round replay tonight, away to Southport.

  20. Walking on hot coals

    Walking on hot coals is being used as a tool to help young unemployed Londoners make their first step into the job market, says the Hounslow Chronicle.

    It is one of the bizarre tasks a group of 21 unemployed youths completed during a six-week course to boost their confidence, improve their skills and find a career.

  21. Bike row boy jailed

    A 16-year-old who admitted stabbing another boy to death in a row over the sale of a £90 bicycle has been handed a life sentence.

    Danny Drake

    Danny Drake knifed 17-year-old Alim Uddin seven times at a block of flats in Brixton, south London, on 4 May this year.

  22. South-east London favourites

    A bizarre poll by YouGov, designed to find out the favourite things of people from south-east London, has apparently found their favourite celebrity is Dustin Hoffman, while the most popular TV show is the National Lottery.

    The catch, though, is that the survey only contained 25 respondents, writes newsshopper.co.uk.

  23. Marylebone Road partially blocked

    BBC London

    Travel

    Marylebone Rd is partially blocked eastbound at Baker Street, because of a broken down Parcelforce truck, adding to queue's back over the Marylebone Flyover towards Paddington.

    For more travel updates visit BBC London's travel pages.

  24. King's Cross Fire tributes

    @LondonFire

    Floral tribute

    London Fire Brigade tweets: Fire crews from Euston & Soho, including Steve Bell who was at the Kings Cross fire laid flowers at a ceremony today.

  25. News on the hour

    Will Shindler

    BBC London 94.9

    The headlines this hour:

    • A depressed mother who smothered her three young disabled children and then tried to kill herself at their home in south-west London has been sentenced to a hospital order.
    • The Conservative Party in Tower Hamlets has complained to police about remarks made by Ken Livingstone at a rally in support of the borough's mayor Lutfur Rahman.
  26. Tell us what you think

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

  27. M4 safety concerns

    Safety concerns have been raised over proposals to turn part of the M4 into a "smart motorway".

    About 32 miles (51km) between London and Theale, Berkshire, would be widened in both directions to four lanes, using the hard shoulder.

  28. Love for London

    Josephine McDermott

    BBC News Online

    It seems the beautiful video of planes navigating London is giving you the feel-good factor this afternoon on Facebook.

    "Amazing," writes Patty Graybeal Hinten. "Fantastic," writes Azeez Ahmad and "How I love England!," writes Ninos Ishaia.

  29. Post update

    Financial Fair Play: Charlton criticise changes

    BBC Sport

    Charlton have criticised the changes to Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations which were recently agreed by Championship clubs.

    The Addicks were one of six clubs to vote against the alterations, which will allow larger losses from 2016-17.

    The rules allow losses to go beyond a £15m cap but not exceed £39m over three seasons (averaging £13m a season).

  30. Walthamstow cinema progress

    Pub company Antic has said it is looking forward to putting the former EMD cinema in Walthamstow "firmly back at the heart of Walthamstow". A statement said: "It has lain fallow long enough and thus we shall lose no time in moving things forward".

    The cinema

    The building has been owned by a church since 2003 but not gained planning permission.

  31. News on the hour

    Will Shindler

    BBC London 94.9

    The headlines this hour:

    • A depressed mother who smothered her three young disabled children and then tried to kill herself at their home in south-west London has been sentenced to a hospital order.
    • The Conservative Party in Tower Hamlets has complained to police about remarks made by Ken Livingstone at a rally in support of the borough's mayor Lutfur Rahman.
  32. Mother 'devoted' to care of children

    Judge Sweeney said: "In July 2011 you and your husband spent all the money that you had, and all the money that you could borrow, on the purchase and adaptation of a house in New Malden to cater for all the needs of the children.

    The family home

    "Your husband worked all hours to make the necessary money, and you devoted yourself entirely and ceaselessly to the care of the children."

  33. Clarence psychiatric history

    Judge Mr Justice Sweeney said psychiatrists deemed Tania Clarence to be suffering from a major depressive episode. He said there was a history of psychiatric illness in her family affecting her grandmother, who killed herself, and her mother who attempted to.

    Tania Clarence in court

    At university in South Africa she suffered a depressive episode that lasted for about two years. A year after marriage she suffered a second episode.

    Read his sentencing remarks in full.

  34. Sunny Spells

    The afternoon will see a mixture of sunny spells with perhaps one or two rain showers.

    Maximum Temperature: 11 C (52F).

  35. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    The top story this hour is:

    • A mother who killed three of her children at the family home in New Malden has been sent to a psychiatric hospital and told she won't be released until she's recovered from her mental illness.
  36. 'Neglect allegations unfounded'

    The solicitor also said Mr Clarence was assisting Kingston Borough Council in their review of the circumstance of the case but wanted to make clear that allegations of neglect had been "wholly unfounded".

  37. Elderly crossing sign

    via Facebook

    This morning Vanessa Feltz asked if the elderly crossing traffic warning sign should be banned for being discriminatory.

    Ann Marston writes: Well I walk with difficulty, use a walker or stick. I don't mind the sign not that anyone takes any notice if you are not safe on the pavements through mad cyclists. Why would motorists take notice any way?

  38. Clarence family statement

    BBC News Channel

    A solicitor for the Clarence family has said: "Her daily struggle eventually overwhelmed Tania's ability to cope with the enormity of the task she faced.

    The family's solicitor

    "Ultimately, her story of dedication and love became a story of despair and utter hopelessness."

  39. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    Matt Schofield's headlines this hour include:

    • A mother who killed three of her children at the family home in New Malden has been sent to a psychiatric hospital and told she won't be released until she's recovered from her mental illness.
    • The family of an orthopaedic surgeon from Streatham who died in a Syrian prison cell have told the BBC they plan to take their case to the International Criminal Court.
  40. Mother 'overwhelmed'

    Depressed Tania Clarence smothered three of her children who had Spinal Muscular Atrophy as they slept, before attempting suicide. Judge Mr Justice Sweeney said she had been "overwhelmed".

  41. Hospital order

    Tania Clarence has been handed a hospital order under section 37 of the Mental Health Act. This is a court order imposed instead of a prison sentence, if the offender is sufficiently mentally unwell at the time of sentencing to require hospitalisation.

  42. Tania Clarence 'previous good character'

    BBC News Channel

    Rebecca Williams reports the judge said Tania Clarence had a history of mental illness, was vulnerable at the time and was of previous good character.

    Rebecca Williams

    He said she will not be released from hospital until she is fully recovered.

  43. BreakingTania Clarence sentencing

    BREAKING NEWS

    Tania Clarence, the mother who killed her three disabled children at their home in south London, has been sentenced at the Old Bailey to a hospital order for her mental illness.

  44. Train delays

    There is disruption on South West Trains at London Bridge because of electrical supply problems. And Chiltern Railways trains are experiencing delays of up to 15 minutes between Stratford-upon-Avon and Marylebone because of signalling problems.

  45. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    Matt Schofield's top local story this hour:

    • Scotland Yard says it's taking steps to improve the quality and consistency of crime recording after a report found it doesn't record one in five offences reported by Londoners
  46. Tania Clarence sentencing

    The husband of Tania Clarence has arrived at the Old Bailey ahead of her sentencing for the killing of their three young disabled children.

    Gary Clarence
  47. Watch: Emptying moat

    The Tower of London moat filled with ceramic poppies moved the nation, but volunteers' handiwork removing them is now evident.

    A wheel barrow stands on the mud near the remaining ceramic poppies
  48. Comolli blasts Redknapp

    Former Tottenham director of football Damien Comolli has hit out at QPR boss Harry Redknapp, claiming that statistical data turned Gareth Bale into the world's most expensive player not Redknapp, says London24.com.

    Redknapp has claimed that directors of football are a waste of time but Comolli, has suggested Redknapp should stop taking the credit for other people's work.

  49. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    Matt Schofield's headlines this hour include:

    • The family of Abbas Khan, the orthopaedic surgeon from Streatham who died in a prison cell in Syria, say they plan to go to the International Criminal Court in a bid to find his killers and bring them to justice.
    • Tower Hamlets Council has until the end of today to appeal against the decision to send in government specialists to oversee the running of the council.
  50. 28 years on

    Clifford Thompson

    BBC London

    Then and now

    tweets: After the fire... the King's Cross Underground ticket hall, in 1987 and today. Photos directly above seat of fire.

  51. News diary

    We're expecting the sentencing of Tania Clarence later. The 43-year-old from New Malden admitted suffocating her three-year-old twin sons Ben and Max, and daughter Olivia, aged four, due to diminished responsibility.

  52. In the news

    London stories in today's nationals include:

    • The Times: A London rapper who posed with a severed head after joining IS militants was filmed ranting about police during 2011 London riots.
    • Daily Mail: Wandsworth Council is giving smokers who drop their cigarette butts high street shopping vouchers if they go on an anti-smoking course.
  53. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9

    Radio

    Matt Schofield's headlines this hour include:

    • Scotland Yard says it's taking steps to improve the quality and consistency of crime recording after a report found it doesn't record one in five offences reported by Londoners.
    • The family of Abbas Khan, the orthopaedic surgeon from Streatham who died in a prison cell in Syria, say they plan to go to the International Criminal Court in a bid to find his killers and bring them to justice.
  54. Paramedic 'grabbed by the throat'

    A paramedic was grabbed by the throat by a passer-by while attending to a patient in north London, the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust has said.

    In the fifth reported attack on ambulance crews in four days, the attacker challenged the paramedic about his parking before grabbing him.

  55. AFC Wimbledon V York City

    AFC Wimbledon will be without centre-back Andy Frampton, who has been sidelined since the initial tie with an ankle problem, in their FA Cup first-round replay tonight against York City.

    On-loan midfielder Frankie Sutherland is eligible to feature under the terms of his loan agreement with parent club Queens Park Rangers.

  56. Khan case 'must go to Hague'

    The family of a British surgeon killed in a Syrian prison have told the BBC they plan to take the case to the International Criminal Court.

    Abbas Khan

    Dr Abbas Khan, a 32-year-old father from south London, died on 16 December 2013 while in custody in Damascus.

    An inquest jury found he was unlawfully killed and did not commit suicide as the Syrian authorities claim.

  57. Traffic jams

    Louise Pepper

    Journalist, BBC London

    On the A406, there are queues on all approaches at Ealing Common because of traffic lights phasing badly.

    For the latest travel updates on Twitter, follow @BBCTravelAlert

  58. London Bridge delays

    Louise Pepper

    Journalist, BBC London

    There are delays and cancellations on Southern and Thameslink trains going into London Bridge because of electrical supply problems.

    For more travel updates, visit BBC London's travel pages.

  59. Cloudy day

    It will be a generally cloudy day with isolated showers at times. Some breaks in the cloud during the afternoon will allow for some sunny intervals. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

  60. Post update

    Josephine McDermott

    BBC News Online

    Good morning. Dayne Martin and I will be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the capital today for BBC Local Live.