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  1. Updates from Tuesday 30 December 2014

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    That's all from BBC Local Live for today. Beth Rose will be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across London.

  2. Another freezing night

    Temperatures plunged below freezing in parts of the capital last night, like Bushy Park in Hampton, south-west London.

    Bushy Park, southwest London

    Tonight, it will be another dry and cool evening, with only patchy amounts of cloud. This will lead to a chilly night, with frost forming fairly on early in places and may see some fog patches develop in low-lying areas like the Lea Valley. Lows of -3C (27F).

  3. First aid teaching

    A pensioner has begun a campaign to get first aid on the national curriculum after his own teenage nephew was stabbed, reports the East London Advertiser.

  4. Shepherds Bush delays

    TfL Bus Alerts tweets: Buses in the Wood Lane and Shepherds Bush area are delayed up to forty minutes due to heavy traffic.

  5. Pictures of the year

    A sea of ceramic poppies laid in the moat of the Tower of London has made the BBC's Pictures of the Year.


    In total 888,246 flowers were planted with each one representing a British or Commonwealth military death in World War One.

  6. Murder convictions could be quashed

    Three men jailed for life for murder are to have their cases sent to the Court of Appeal after another man admitted wielding the murder weapon.

    Prabaskaran Kannan was stabbed to death in Tooting, south London, in 2007. Aziz Miah, Asif Kumbay and Kirush Nanthakumar were jailed in 2008 but Vabeesan Sivarajah, who was convicted with them, has said he held the knife.

  7. The cable car commuter

    The Daily Mail

    Who regularly commutes on the Emirates Air Line cable car? The Daily Mail says it has spoken to a man who has been using the cable car daily since it's opened.

    Emirates Air Line cable car
  8. New Year ferry suspension

    Woolwich Ferry services will be suspended for three-hour periods daily from 6 until 13 January as part of refurbishment works.

    Transport for London said the works, which started in October, will overhaul four loading bridges, which allow vehicles and pedestrians to get on and off the ferry.

  9. Are you happy?

    BBC London 94.9


    Does living in London make you happy? Well, a new survey has ranked the UK at 51, behind Fiji, Saudi Arabia, Kosovo and Palestine in world happiness.

    On Drivetime on BBC London 94.9 Chris Rogers wants to hear how happy you are. Get in touch by calling 020 7224 2000 or 81333 and start your message with "London".

  10. Police investigate escalator fall

    The Met has said inquiries are continuing into how a man fell from an escalator in the Peter Jones store in south-west London.

    Peter Jones in Sloane Square

    The man, believed to be in his 20s, received life-threatening injuries in the fall at lunchtime and was taken to hospital.

  11. Feedback

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

  12. Ultra Low Emission Zone consultation

    Time is running out for Londoners to give their opinions on plans for the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone in the capital.

    Transport for London (TfL) said the zone would reduce the number of people living in areas of poor air quality. The consultation runs until 9 January 2015 and is available online.

  13. Chelsea sunset

    Jeane McCallum took this picture of Chelsea Bridge earlier. Sunset was at 16:00 in the capital.

    Chelsea Bridge
  14. Ebola patient named

    A health worker who was diagnosed with Ebola after returning to Scotland from Sierra Leone has been named as Pauline Cafferkey.

    Pauline Cafferkey working is Sierra Leone

    Pauline Cafferkey, who flew to Glasgow via Casablanca and London Heathrow, was taken to a specialist treatment centre at the Royal Free Hospital in London. She spoke to the BBC before she went to Sierra Leone, as Tulip Mazumdar reports.

  15. Peter Jones closes after fall

    A department store in south-west London has closed early after a man suffered life-threatening injuries in an escalator fall.

    A spokesperson from John Lewis, which owns the store, said: "John Lewis can confirm that police were called to our Peter Jones shop at 13.05 this afternoon following a serious customer incident.

    "Police and London Ambulance service attended the scene and John Lewis continues to work with the relevant authorities. John Lewis has taken the decision to close Peter Jones early today, and will reopen tomorrow. "

  16. Man in department store fall

    A man, believed to be in his 20s, has been taken to hospital after falling from an escalator at a department store in south-west London, the Met Police said.

    Emergency services were called at about 13:00 to Peter Jones, in Sloane Square, Chelsea.

    London Ambulance said the man was suffering chest and head injuries. He was taken to St Mary's Hospital in Paddington with injuries which are believed to be life-threatening.

  17. Stop and Search figures

    The Metropolitan Police tweets: ‏Latest available figures show stop and search led to 415 weapons being taken off the streets of London during a six month period this year

  18. Ticket-only fireworks

    via Facebook


    The decision by Mayor Boris Johnson to make the traditional New Year's Eve fireworks on the Southbank a ticket-only event has not gone down well with all Londoners.

    On BBC London's Facebook page some have reacted angrily while others are more pragmatic.

    Keila Hawksmoor wrote: "We should all start heading back to Trafalgar for traditional NYE celebrations. Charging people for this is exploitative and indicative of the greed present in London and its governing bodies at present."

    Dami Agunbiade wrote: "Disgusting how people have to pay just to stand in the cold and see fireworks. I would rather ride the underground all night. The story is rubbish it's just companies just wanting to make extra profit for themselves. Selfish."

    While Sean Barlow wrote: "Let's just hope that there being no free NYE parties in Central London has the desired affect of keeping travel disruption and rowdiness to a minimum!"

  19. New Redbridge synagogue

    A new synagogue will be formed in the New Year to streamline the resources of two Redbridge synagogues located just two and a half miles apart, the Ilford Recorder reports.

  20. Fulham 0 - Brighton 2

    BBC Sport

    Fulham v Brighton

    Second-half goals from Adrian Colunga and Solly March gave Brighton their first win in eight games to lift them out of the Championship drop zone.

    It was also a first victory under caretaker manager Nathan Jones in his second game in charge as Fulham lost for the second time in four days.

  21. Man dies after Barnet collision

    A 60-year-old man has died after being hit by a car in north London.

    The Met Police were called to reports of a collision in Barnet Road near the junction with Hedgerow Lane, Barnet, yesterday at about 21:20. An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

  22. Listen now

    BBC London 94.9


    Chef Lorraine Pascale joins Robert Elms now to talk about her latest book, How To Be A Better Cook.

    Listen to the show on BBC London 94.9.

  23. New Year's Eve closures

    London Prepared tweets: Updated map of #LondonNYE road closures

    Map of London New Year's Eve road closures
  24. Battersea Power Station's 'steam' chimneys

    Two of Battersea Power Station's iconic chimneys look set to emanate steam, reminiscent of its industrial past, reports the Wandsworth Guardian.

    Battersea Power Station
  25. The funniest TripAdvisor reviews

    The Independent

    London was the most reviewed city in the world in 2014 on the online travel site TripAdvisor, reports the Independent - but not everyone was impressed.

    One London Eye customer wrote: "Did not enjoy the view - there's glass in the way".

  26. Car hits bridge in Tulse Hill

    National Rail tweets: #TulseHillTrains - Trains through Tulse Hill may be delayed by up to 10 minutes due to a vehicle striking a bridge in the area.

  27. On air

    Sonja Jessup

    Presenter, BBC London News

    Got a ticket for the New Year's Eve fireworks tomorrow night? If not, you're being told to stay away from the Embankment and Southbank. The tickets have been introduced this year over safety concerns, but it's angered some Londoners.

    And London scientists are desperate to raise thousands of pounds to prevent some of the rarest bones in the world from turning to dust. I'll have the lunchtime news from BBC London News at 13:15 today.

  28. Oscar winner Luise Rainer dies

    Actress Luise Rainer, who became the first winner of consecutive Oscars in the 1930s, has died at the age of 104, at her London home.

    The Great Ziegfeld movie poster
    Image caption: Glitzy biopic The Great Ziegfeld won Rainer her first Oscar

    The German-born star was named best actress in 1936 and 1937 - a feat achieved by only five actors in Academy Awards history to date. She scooped her first Academy Award for her performance in The Great Ziegfield.

  29. Rail chief rejects bonus

    BBC News Channel

    Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne has said he will not take his bonus, following recent major rail disruption.

    Mr Carne was in line for a maximum bonus of £34,000, or around 5% of his £675,000 annual salary.

    Overrunning Christmas engineering work led to the closure of London King's Cross station on Saturday, causing chaos for thousands of people.

  30. Zarate set for QPR loan

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce expects Mauro Zarate to move to QPR on loan in the January transfer window.

    Mauro Zarate

    Allardyce added the 27-year-old Argentina striker player was undergoing a medical today.

  31. Woman dies after Sutton crash

    A driver has been arrested after a 30-year-old woman died after being hit by a car in south-west London.

    The Met Police are appealing for witnesses of the collision on Middleton Road, in Sutton, on 26 December. The male driver was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and has been bailed.

  32. Good service on Jubilee Line

    The Jubilee line tweets: Apart from the upgrade works between Finchley Road and Waterloo, a good service has now resumed on the rest of the line.

  33. Missing pensioner in Croydon

    Officers are appealing for help in finding a 79-year-old woman who has been missing since yesterday.

    Yianni Stella

    Yianni Stella was last seen at 11:00 in the Thornton Heath area of Croydon. The Met Police said she is known to travel on buses and is often in Lambeth and central London. Anyone with information should call the police on 101.

  34. Arsenal station closed

    Piccadilly line tweets: Arsenal: full station closure to Tue 30 Dec while we replace damaged flooring. Pls use nearby Finsbury Pk / Holloway Rd for @piccadillyline

  35. New transport fares

    Fares on London Transport will increase on average by 2.5% on Friday (2 January).

    Customers will be able to purchase tickets, including Travelcards, at 2014 prices until Thursday (1 January). Part-time workers could also save money after a change to transport fares which will cut the maximum they can be charged on Oyster pay-as-you-go cards.

  36. MP Joyce in court

    Eric Joyce

    MP Eric Joyce is due to appear in court later on charges of assault and criminal damage.

    The 54-year-old MP for Falkirk faces two counts of common assault and one of criminal damage in relation to an alleged incident in Camden, north London, in October.

    He is due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court. Joyce, a former Army major, currently sits in the Commons as an independent.

  37. Tube delays apology

    London Underground has apologised for any inconvenience caused by delays on the Jubilee and Metropolitan line this morning.

    Jubilee line general manager John Doyle said: " A signal failure at Neasden this morning caused delays on the Jubilee line north of Finchley Park and a suspension of the Metropolitan line south of Wembley Park.

    "Our engineers fixed the problem as quickly as possible and services resumed at 08:00."

  38. Saturday rail service

    South West trains tweets: We are running a Saturday service Monday to Wednesday and Friday this week. Thursday is a Sunday service

  39. Racism probe officers 'avoid sack'

    Thousands of police officers have been accused of racism in the past five years but just a handful have been sacked, a BBC investigation has revealed.

    Though almost 800 complaints were upheld against officers in the UK since March 2010, only 20 were dismissed. Of those sacked, 10 came from the Metropolitan Police.

  40. Ebola case: 'No risk to public'

    BBC News Channel

    A health worker who was diagnosed with Ebola after returning to Scotland from Sierra Leone has been transferred to a specialist treatment centre at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

    Paul Cosford from Public Health England

    Speaking to the BBC, Paul Cosford from Public Health England said that the patient was not showing severe symptoms prior to diagnosis - so the case did not "put anyone in the public domain at any significant risk"

  41. Thatcher's Brixton riot fears revealed

    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's concerns about official responses to the 1981 Brixton riots have been made public for the first time.

    Police with riot shields in Brixton in 1981

    Lord Scarman led a five-month inquiry into the unrest in south London and a handwritten note by Mrs Thatcher on a summary of the report reads: "I'm afraid the report seems highly critical of the police."

  42. On air

    BBC London 94.9


    As 2014 draws to a close, Vanessa will discussing the current state of the economy - has it recovered from the recession?

    Jonathan Portes, the director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, will be on BBC London 94.9 after 09:00.

    Get involved in the discussion by calling 020 7224 2000 or 81333 and start your message with "London". You will be charged at your standard message rate.

  43. Tube engineering works

    BBC London


    Due to planned engineering works there are the following disruptions on the London Underground:

    • No Circle line between Edgware Road and Aldgate via Victoria
    • No District line between Embankment, Edgware Road and Wimbledon, Richmond, Ealing Common and Kensington Olympia
    • No Jubilee line between Finchley Road and Waterloo

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

  44. Ebola patient moved to London

    A health worker who was diagnosed with Ebola after returning to Scotland from Sierra Leone is being transferred to a specialist treatment centre in London.

    The patient being transferred from hospital in Glasgow
    Image caption: The female patient left hospital in Glasgow in the early hours of Tuesday

    The woman, who travelled to Glasgow via Casablanca and London Heathrow, is being taken to the Royal Free Hospital.

    She is understood to have been flown to RAF Northolt in a military plane after leaving Glasgow in a convoy.

  45. Chiltern Trains suspended

    BBC London


    Chiltern Trains are suspended between Aylesbury and Marylebone due to a signal failure.

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

  46. Tube signal failure

    BBC London


    There are severe delays on the Jubilee Line between Stanmore and Finchley Road because of a signal failure. That also means there is no Metropolitan Line between Wembley Park and Aldgate.

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

  47. Rotherhithe Tunnel closed

    BBC London


    The Rotherhithe Tunnel is closed because of an accident.

  48. Dry and cold

    It will be a generally dry day with sunny spells although there is likely to be a little more cloud around than on recent days. It will be another cold day with winds temperatures reaching just 5C (41F).

    Weather map

    Watch BBC London's video of today's weather forecast.

  49. Good morning

    Elaine Okyere

    BBC London News

    Welcome to today's Local Live page. I'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather until 18:00.

    You can email your comments or photos of yourself enjoying London during the holidays or tweet @BBCLondonNews.