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  1. Updates on Wednesday 24 December 2014

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Have a happy Christmas

That's all from BBC Local Live today. Join Claire Timms on Monday from 08:00 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Merry Christmas.

Stormy Stan reaches 1,000 call outs

One of the capital's longest-serving

RNLI crew members has become the first in London to have responded to more than 1,000 lifeboat emergency call-outs.

Stan Todd

Stan Todd, who is also known as Stormy Stan, has rescued 295 people and saved 47 lives during a career spanning 34 years. The full-time helmsman at London's Tower lifeboat station first joined Brighton RNLI as a volunteer in August 1980.

Christmas day travel

Here's the travel information for Christmas Day:

  • There will be no service on National Rail, London Underground, London Overground, Tramlink, DLR or London Bus Services
  • Heathrow Express will run a shuttle service between airport terminals only
  • From Christmas Day until 1 January inclusive, the Central London Congestion Charge will be suspended.

All the planned engineering works and closures over the holiday season are in the

BBC London Christmas and New Year Travel Information.

Lost property treasure trove

Andy Dangerfield

BBC News Online

Ever wondered what happened to that brolly you left on the District Line, the one you really needed when you got to the other end and found it was raining?

Mickey Mouse and Gorilla stuffed toys
Emma lynch/bbc news

It is probably in among the other 10,907 umbrellas lost in the past year which have ended up in

Transport for London's lost property office. See what other items - including a giant Mickey Mouse and gorilla costume - were left behind.

Westminster lifeboat rescue

A 40-year-old man has been rescued from Westminster Bridge by crew at a London lifeboat station.

Westminster Bridge

The Tower

RNLI lifeboat station crew were called out by the London Coastguard after reports of a man seen jumping from Westminster Bridge into the River Thames yesterday evening.

Wenger praises QPR's Austin

Arsene Wenger has praised Charlie Austin's "mental strength" and "tenacity" as Arsenal prepare to take on QPR on Boxing Day.

Charlie Austin
Tom Dulat

Austin, 25, was playing non-league football for Poole Town five years ago but scored 11 Premier League goals this season for QPR.

Never a Dahl moment

Neil Smith

Arts reporter, BBC News

Tortoises, Roald Dahl and the man behind Love Actually are just three of the ingredients in Esio Trot, a romantic comedy for BBC One starring Dustin Hoffman and Dame Judi Dench.

Dustin Hoffman and Dame Judi Dench in Esio Trot


what was it like filming with a group of "60 smelly tortoises" and what happened after hours when the camera stopped rolling?

Race registration to open

More than 25,000 people will pedalling from city to sea in 2015 as part of the

British Heart Foundation's London to Brighton Bike Ride.

Registration for the June race, which starts in Clapham Common and ends at the Brighton seafront, will open on 17 January.

Merry Christmas from us

Alice Bhandhukravi

Presenter, BBC London

More Christmas fun in our newsroom with colleagues Elvis on the left and Mark on the right.

BBC London staff

Not much chance of a white Christmas

Bad news for anyone who was hoping for a white Christmas - it looks like there won't be any snowfall overnight, but it will be fine and dry tomorrow with a touch of frost likely on the outskirts of the city.

Christams weather forecast

Get the latest forecast where you are.

Man critical after Lewisham shooting

A man is in a critical condition after being shot on the edge of Lewisham in the early hours of this morning, reports the

News Shopper.

Police were called to a residential address in Lovelinch Close to reports of a man suffering a gunshot injury.

Christmas candle warning

An unattended tea light candle is believed to have started a fire at a block of flats in south-east London.

Three people managed to escape from the ground-floor flat in Upper Norwood before the arrival of the

London Fire Brigade, who were called at 02:00. There were no reports of any injuries.

Appeal for stolen engagement ring worn by WW2 nurse

Andy Dangerfield

BBC News Online

A "very special" engagement ring

worn by a former nurse as she cared for victims of the Blitz in the World War Two has been stolen.

Engagement rings
Met police

It was taken during a burglary in Richmond, south-west London, and the daughter of its original owner, who died last year aged 95, is appealing for help getting it back.

Law separates newlyweds

A newly-married couple will spend their first Christmas on opposite sides of the world due to "cruel" visa laws, reports the

Islington Gazette.

Disabled John Sykes, 60, of Riversdene, Highbury, and his Canadian wife Sharon will be apart over the festive period - and the foreseeable future - because his benefits do not meet the financial requirement for a spousal visa.

Matic backs Chelsea for quadruple

BBC Sport

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic believes his side can

win an unprecedented quadruple this season.

Chelsea players celebrate a goal

No club has won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup in one season. The Blues though are in the Capital One Cup semi-finals, the last 16 of the Champions League and have yet to start their FA Cup campaign.

Heathrow Express changes

Heathrow Express

tweets: REMINDER: we're NOT running 4pm today to 11am Dec 27 due to engineering works

Airports busy for Christmas Eve

Britain's busiest airport, Heathrow, is expecting 87,782 departing and 77,719 arriving passengers to pass through the terminals

during the festive season. Travellers were treated to boiled sweets in turkey, sage and onion stuffing and Christmas pudding flavours.

Heathrow Airport at Christmas

Heathrow's Normand Boivin said: "With a huge number of passengers set to fly from Heathrow this Christmas, we are giving merry travellers a festive send-off as they embark on their holidays."

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story in the capital at 13:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Network Rail's defended its decision to disrupt five major rail lines into London after Christmas, saying it's one of the quietest times of year because most commuters do not travel.

'Questions' over killer's supervision

The mother of a man who was stabbed to death says there are questions about

why her son's killer was not better supervised by authorities.

Hussain Hussain
Leicestershire Police

Hussain Hussain, 20, was jailed for life for the murder of Antoin Akpom. The murder came weeks after Hussain was released from a young offenders institution and relocated from London to Leicester to escape gang violence.

Two squatters remain in building

A man and a woman, believed to be in their 20s, are on the balcony of a central London building which was occupied by squatters.

Police officers are speaking to the pair at Cavell House, in Charing Cross Road, after being asked by bailiffs to prevent a breach of the peace. Charring Cross Road was closed briefly, the police said.

Man dies after Lambeth crash

A 52-year-old man has died after being hit by a van in south east London.

Police officers were called to reports of a collision yesterday at 16:30 on Lambeth High Street, in Lambeth. The driver of the van was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, he has been bailed to a date in late March.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story in the capital at 12:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Most of the squatters occupying a former bank near Trafalgar Square since Saturday have been evicted.

Burton and Bonham Carter split

Hollywood film director Tim Burton and the British actress Helena Bonham Carter

have split up.

Director Tim Burton and actress Helena Bonham Carter

The couple, who never married, have two children but live in adjoining homes in London.

A spokesman said the pair had separated amicably earlier this year.

McQueen's Scottish heritage

Fashion designer Alexander McQueen's Scottish heritage is explored in a

new documentary.

Alexander McQueen with super models Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss

London-born McQueen was found dead at his home in the city in 2010. BBC Alba's McQueen of Scots looks at how his mother Joyce traced the family's roots back to the time of the last Jacobite rising.

Squatters evicted from building


The BBC London TV reporter

tweets: A group of 30 squatters who say they had occupied a vacant central London building for Christmas are being evicted.

Cavell House in Charing Cross Road

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story in the capital at 11:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Network Rail's defended its decision to disrupt five major rail lines into London after Christmas.

Victoria station Christmas closure

Victoria station

tweets: London Victoria Station will close at 10pm tonight after the last train departs. Please check before you travel.

Squatters take over building

Squatters have taken over one of London's most prestigious empty buildings, reports the

Evening Standard.

The group of at least 40, who dub themselves the Love Activists, today said they plan to open the four-storey former bank headquarters to the homeless on Christmas Day and serve free meals.

Hammersmith and City line delays

London Underground's Hammersmith and City line

tweets: No service btwn Moorgate and Barking eastbound & severe delays btwn Barking and Moorgate westbound while we fix a faulty train at Barking.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story in the capital at 10:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Scotland Yard's released details of a suspected parking rage incident in Hammersmith on Sunday, in which a 14-year-old girl suffered a fractured cheekbone.

Alternative Christmas message


Ebola survivor William Pooley will deliver Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message this year, it has been announced.

William Pooley

The 29-year-old nurse, who returned to work in Sierra Leone after recovering in London from the deadly virus, will call for a global solution to the epidemic. He will deliver his message from the Connaught Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

On air now

BBC London 94.9


On today's programme, Emma Barnett is in for Vanessa Feltz and she is talking about a new poll which says the majority of Londoners see themselves as healthy even though obesity levels in this country continue to rise.

Can you admit when you aren't being as healthy as you should? You can listen live on

BBC London 94.9 and contact the team on 020 7224 2000.

Teenage girl assaulted in row

A teenage girl has been left with a fractured cheekbone after she was assaulted in west London.

The victim's mother was trying to park her car on Blacks Road in Hammersmith at 13:30 on Sunday when a row broke out with two women in another vehicle.

During the argument, a 14-year-old girl was hit in the face by one of the suspects.

Police are appealing for any witnesses.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story in the capital at 09:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Thousands of engineers will begin work on several major rail lines in and out of London tonight, meaning passengers will face disruption over the weekend.

Yedlin gets work permit for Spurs

Tottenham have announced that Seattle Sounders defender

DeAndre Yedlin will join the club in January.

DeAndre Yedlin
Getty Images

The United States right-back, 21, signed a four-year contract with Spurs in August and has now been granted a work permit to enable him to play.

London Underground service

There's a good service on all London Undergound lines - but there are planned engineering works on the London Overground.

Planned engineering works image

For the full details visit the

BBC London travel information.

Cloudy and rainy start

It will be a cloudy start to the day with patchy rain, but this will clear leaving the rest of the morning dry with some sunshine. However, there will be a brisk breeze.

Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Check the forecast where you are.

A1 delays due to works

Louise Pepper

Journalist, BBC London

On the roads, there are delays on the A1 in Highgate in both directions because of water main works.

There's also currently only one Woolwich ferry service due to technical problems. For the latest travel updates visit the

BBC London travel website.

Good morning

Elaine Okyere

BBC London News

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