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  1. Updates for Thursday 1 January 2015

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That's all from BBC Local Live today. Join Beth Rose tomorrow from 08:00 for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for London.

Rain overnight

Tonight will be cloudy for much of the night, with occasional light rain which will become heavier during the early hours before it clears to the east.

It will be windy, especially over The Chilterns and other high ground. Drier, clearer and colder conditions will then follow into the dawn period, and winds will also ease.

Lows of 6C (43F).

Cheaper rail tickets

Rail ticket

Rail passengers must be told if they can get cheaper tickets for their journeys,

following an agreement by rail companies.

Train operators across Britain have signed up to a code of practice designed to help travellers get the best deal possible from 1 April.

It follows a summit called by the rail minister, Claire Perry, last month.

Coming Up

BBC London News



BBC One at 18:20, a leading London Conservative has described the money spent on the 2012 Olympic Games legacy as "propping up white elephants". Plus, the New Year's Day parade thrills spectators.

McFarlane wants Grays win

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is only focused on picking three points up against local rivals Grays Athletic today, not the fact it is a derby fixture,

reports the Romford Recorder.

Parade royalty

These parade queens weren't on their phones...

People watch as a pink Cadillac carrying beauty queens drives past
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Victorian fight against filth

The Guardian

features a review of Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth by Lee Jackson. PD Smith writes that London blazed a trail in everything from building sewers to reducing air pollution.

Magna Carta 800 years on

A book published today by David Carpenter, professor of medieval history at King's College, London,

contains a new translation of Magna Carta, the touchstone of English liberties, and more than 500 pages of historical background and commentary.

Magna Carta
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Firms ordered to remove 'street clutter'

Ham & High


Camden Council is accused of "bullying" small businesses after ordering owners to remove essential advertising boards and newspaper delivery trolleys from the street just days before Christmas - branding them a "danger to mothers, the elderly and the disabled".

Whitechapel murder

Police have arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of murder after a 43-year-old man died in Whitechapel, east London, early this morning.

Sidney Street
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He was found shortly after 01:30 in Sidney Street, off Commercial Road, with a serious head injury. A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place today at Poplar Mortuary.

Parade disappointment

Donna Lee

tweeted us to say: Was disappointed with the parade even the parade queen didn't wave she was texting!!

A parade queen
Donna Lee

Actor Bernard Kay dies

Actor Bernard Kay has died aged 86 at his north London home, a friend has confirmed.

He was cast in various roles in Doctor Who during the 1960s and also appeared in Z-Cars, Coronation Street and Foyle's War. His most notable film role was as The Bolshevik in Dr Zhivago.

Parade closures

BBC Travel London

Travel reporter Billy Reeves says roads are expected to reopen following parade closures at 18:00. The first route will be Piccadilly.

Steam power

Ben Ando

BBC News

tweets: Mini steam engines at London New Years a Day Parade #lnydp

Mini steam engines

One-star London

The Independent

A "poorly lit hell hole" is a review of the National Gallery included in the

Independent's rundown of one star
TripAdvisor ratings for London.

Can you guess which attraction is "full of pictures of dead people"?

On this day

In 1772 the first travellers' cheques were introduced by the London Credit Exchange Company. They could be used in 90 cities.

In 1974, New Year's Day was celebrated as a national public holiday for the first time.

Happy 2015

The Varsity All American Cheerleaders performed to We Are One, Bounce, Shake it Off and Happy.

A cheerleader smiles as cheer teams gather
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Texan cheer

The Lake Highlands Wildcat Wranglers from Texas are among the performers in

today's parade.

The Wildcat Wranglers
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Gusty afternoon

Generally cloudy with strong winds. Gusts of 40 to 50 mph are possible over the Chilterns. Outbreaks of rain and drizzle are expected later in the day and it will feel relatively mild despite the wind.

Highs of 12C (54F).

Watch: Global fireworks

Compare London's display with those from Auckland, Pyongyang, Sydney, Moscow and Edinburgh.

Big Ben strikes midnight

Neighbours treated after fatal fire

Two pensioners died last night in a New Year's Eve house fire

despite neighbours' attempts to rescue them.

Around 20 firefighters went to the scene in Ashmead Road, Deptford, south-east London, at around 21.41 and managed control of the blaze little more than an hour later.

London Fire Brigade station manager Lee Sparks, who was at the scene, said: "Neighbours alerted the brigade when they saw smoke coming from the house.

"Two members of the public entered the house in an attempt to rescue the occupants but were unable to reach them. These two people were treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service."

In the papers


the Times says London's celebrations went "with a bang",
the Sun reports complaints that some of the 100,000 £10 tickets issued for the display were changing hands for up to £200 on ticket re-selling site StubHub.

Composite image showing the Times and Guardian front pages

Find a

round-up of today's stories here.

Congestion Charge

Josephine McDermott

BBC News Online

Don't forget the festive Congestion Charge holiday ends tonight.

Normal service resumes tomorrow from 07:00.

On air

BBC London News



BBC One at 13:00, the latest from the New Year's Day parade and a full weather report.

Football commentaries

The BBC London sports show at

14:00 will have these live commentaries:

  • Aston Villa v Crystal Palace - KO 15:00 on radio and online
  • West Ham v West Brom - KO 15:00 on DAB, through your TV and online
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - KO 17:30 on radio, DAB through your TV and online

Parade crowds

Ben Ando

BBC News

tweets: All agog. Crowds gathered in Trafalgar Square for the London New Years Day parade #lnydp

Parade crowds

First mobile call

Thirty years ago the first mobile phone call was made from Parliament Square.

Michael Harrison recalls the moment to BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones.

Michael Harrison
Lady Harrison

Arrest over PayPal thefts

A 22-year-old man has been arrested by police investigating funds being stolen from people's PayPal accounts.

The suspect, from Twickenham, south-west London, was held on suspicion of fraud by false representation and Computer Misuse Act offences.

He was arrested on Tuesday and then released on police bail to 10 March, the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit said.

Smooth operators

Westminster's head of waste management told BBC London 94.9 the cleanup operation had been "very, very smooth".

The cleanup on the embankment

Asked how the service is paid for, he said it comes from Westminster City Council's budget.

Buses diverted

Transport for London

tweets: Buses are on diversion and unable to serve Central London due to New Years Day parade. Please check with the driver before boarding.

'100 tons of waste'

Mr Stet said as well as up to 200,000 people, who went to the viewing areas, there were about a million people out in the West End last night. He said up to about 100 tons of waste had to be collected - "a significant level of waste".

People walking along Victoria Embankment

Ebola nurse

The Royal Free Hospital says there's been no significant change in

Pauline Cafferkey's condition and she remains as well as they can hope for at this stage.

The Scottish nurse is being treated for Ebola in a special isolation unit and has been sitting up in bed, talking and reading, doctors say.

Clean-up operation

Jarno Stet, in charge of the clean up for Westminster City Council, told

BBC London 94.9 it was a big challenge to get the streets cleaned in time for the parade later, despite the reduced crowds.

Litter on Victoria Embankment

Terror arrest

A 25-year-old woman from Haringey arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terror offences has been bailed by police until March.

She was arrested at Luton Airport yesterday morning.

Some platforms to close at Tottenham Court Road

Tube sign

Tube passengers are set to have their journeys disrupted for almost a year when

Central Line trains cease stopping at one of London's busiest stations.

From Saturday, Central Line trains will not stop at Tottenham Court Road.

Transport for London (TfL) has advised people to change at Oxford Circus or Holborn for alternative routes.

New Year wishes

Shortly after midnight, Prime Minister David Cameron

tweeted: "Happy New Year."

Opposition leader Ed Miliband

tweeted earlier in the day calling to "change the direction of our country in 2015".

Mayor of London Boris Johnson

tweeted: "London's dazzling fireworks were a wonderful way to welcome in the New Year. Thanks to all who made it such a safe & fun event."