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  1. Updates from Friday 2 January 2015

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Have a good weekend

Beth Rose

BBC News

That's all for Local Live this week. Join Elaine Okyere from 08:00 on Monday for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London. Have a good weekend.

Watch: Carers' creations

Some of London's young carers have seen their photographs and collages

featured at a special exhibition in Canary Wharf.

Collages of heads made by young carers

BBC London's Gareth Furby spoke to carers Lauren and Jordy as well as Nicky Goulder from the arts charity

Create which organised the showcase.

Cold night

This evening and tonight will remain dry with plenty of clear spells making it feel rather cold. Cloud will thicken overnight with outbreaks of rain arriving from the west.

Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).

'Relaxed' panto for Autistic audience

A special performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which has been

specially adapted for anyone with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, will be taking place in Chiswick.

The event on 9 January has been billed as a "relaxed pantomime" by Chiswick W4.

PJ Harvey to record album in public box

Award-winning musician PJ Harvey will record her ninth album in a box with one-way-mirrored glass at Somerset House as part of an art installation.

PJ Harvey

The star will spend

four weeks from 16 January - 14 February working with her band and production team in the box which people can pay up to £15 to watch.

Watch: Walking the Nile

Explorer Levison Wood is the first person to walk the length of the River Nile (4,258 miles/6,853km) and, during the ninth-month journey, he faced wildlife, armed robbers and arrest.

Levison wood
channel 4


former soldier, from London, described it as the hardest thing he had ever had to do and involved travelling through jungles, deserts and war zones.

Bus strike

TfL Bus Alerts

tweet: Twenty three routes may be delayed/cancelled due to industrial action on Monday 5th.
Check yr route here: #BusStrike

Hampton Court Palace celebrates 500 years

Events are set to take place at Hampton Court Palace this year to mark the 500th anniversary of the start of building it.

Hampton Court Palace

In 1515 Cardinal Wolsey began to build the Palace in south-west London which was taken over by Henry VIII in 1528.

Anniversary events will include garden parties, the showing of a 3D film projected on to the palace's south facade and a replica of a historic wine fountain will be switched on.

Council to inspect home-schooling

Westminster Council says it will be making annual visits to families who home-school their children.

There is no legal requirement for local authorities to monitor the quality of home-schooling but they can step in if they think parents are not providing a good enough education.

Ex-footballer Carlisle 'stable'

Former QPR player Clarke Carlisle is in a stable condition in hospital but faces a long road to recovery after colliding with a lorry near York on 23 December, according to a family statement.

Clarke Carlisle
Getty Images

The family praised staff at St James' Hospital in Leeds for their "fantastic and expert attention" and said it had "brought him from a critical condition to a stable and relatively comfortable one".

Charge in Whitechapel killing

A man has been charged with murder following a death in Whitechapel on New Year's Day.

Terry Hamer, 34, of Newbold Cottages, Sidney Street, has been charged with the murder of 43-year-old John Keenan also of Newbold Cottages. Mr Hamer is due before Thames Magistrates' Court tomorrow,

police said.

Smartphone addiction

BBC London 94.9


Simon Lederman is sitting in for Eddie Nestor on Drivetime and is talking about smartphone addiction. Do you have a teenager who spends too much time on their device? And could you cope without your phone?


You can

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

Queuing traffic

BBC London


There is queuing traffic on the A219 Wood Lane northbound in Shepherd's Bush, between Shepherd's Bush Empire and White City, and also congestion on the A5 Cricklewood Broadway northbound between the A407 Chichele Road junction and Staples Corner.

On the Tube, services are suspended on the District Line between Earls Court and Kensington Olympia due to engineering works.

Bomb scare in Sutton

This Is Local London reports British Transport Police were called to Sutton station earlier after it was

feared a discarded bag might be a bomb. It has since been declared safe.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 17:00 in the capital on

BBC London 94.9: Buckingham Palace has spoken out against allegations of impropriety involving Prince Andrew.

Artist pods to travel around England

Twelve artists have been chosen to

work in observatory-style studios which will travel across southern England.

The Observatory
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

The moveable structures which feature artist and publics workspaces have been designed by four architecture graduates from London.

Behind the scenes

BBC London sports reporter Chris Slegg

tweets: Liverpool fan and AFC Wimbledon striker Bayo Akinfenwa: "It's going to be an honour to play against them."

Bayo Akinfenwa

The Dons play Liverpool on Monday in the FA Cup.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9



lead story in the capital at 16:00: Rail fares in England and Wales have gone up by an average of 2.2% while Transport for London has increased fares on the Tube by an average of 2.5%.

Busy year for helicopter team

During 2014

Scotland Yard's helicopter team attended 8,182 incidents, assisted in the arrest of 1,686 suspects and located 169 missing people as well as passing 100,000 followers on Twitter.

Aerial view of London
Met Police

Inspector Richard Brandon, said: "Our work is very varied and 2014 was certainly that, we were part of the policing operation at the Nato conference in Wales.

"We were also extremely privileged to have had the most breathtaking views of the poppies during the major art installation at the Tower Of London."

Bone Idols

A small London museum has become home to the rarest skeleton in the world - the now-extinct quagga - as part of new preservation project Bone Idols.

The exhibition at the

Grant Museum of Zoology, which is part of University College London, on Gower Street has 38 other rare and unique animal skeletons the
Londonist reports.

Brentford's goalkeeper to retire

BBC Sport

Brentford goalkeeper

Richard Lee has confirmed he will retire from playing at the end of the season.

Richard Lee
Getty Images

The 32-year-old has been troubled by shoulder injuries since moving to Griffin Park in 2010 and has only made one appearance this season.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


Our top story at 15:00:

Rail fares across Britain have gone up by an average of 2.2% and, in London, Tfl have put up fares on the Tube by an average of 2.5%

Morris men dance for charity

Morris men raised more than £1,000 for charity by dancing on Boxing Day,

The Epsom Guardian reports.

Ewell St Mary's Morris Men passed through Ewell Village and performed a traditional midwinter folk play known as a mummers' play. The money will go to Epsom and Ewell Foodbank, Citizens Advice Bureau and Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which are all being supported by Epsom's mayor this year.

Family speak of attack in home

The Iqbal family, of Jutsums Lane, have told

the Romford Recorder about the harrowing attack which has left them scarred, telling how they stubbornly refused to let the men steal from them just because they had a "gun".

Man charged over 'Wenger confrontation'


man has been charged after allegedly confronting Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during the Gunners' 2-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year's Day.

Fan confronts Arsene Wenger

Luke Bryant, 25, from Lymington, Hampshire, is accused of going on to an area adjacent to the pitch contrary to the Football (Offences) Act 1991.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story in the capital at 14:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A plane bound for City Airport has had to divert to Southend and land with one engine after the other one caught fire during a flight from Jersey.

'Plumber' dies in New Cross flats

The News Shopper reports a man who died at a New Cross flat overnight was a plumber who was trying to unblock a sink when he

accidentally electrocuted himself on a washing machine.

BBC London News

Alex Bushill

BBC London News

On the programme at 13:30 on

BBC One: Transport
fares in the capital have risen by up to 2.5% and while the Mayor says it's a real terms freeze - others disagree.

And with the third round of the FA Cup this weekend we remember the south London football team that once won the cup in 1880. All that and a full weather forecast.

Rail commuter gets £1k compensation

A season ticket holder has photographed the

£1,090 worth of train delay compensation vouchers he received in 2014.

Greater Anglia vouchers
Tom Burridge

Tom Burridge, 31, who commutes from Colchester to Victoria, in west London, made 64 successful claims in 2014. Train operator

Abellio Greater Anglia and
Network Rail said performance on the line had "not been good enough".

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 13:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A man's died in a block of flats in New Cross which had to be evacuated last night because of fumes from a drain cleaning product.

Sunny afternoon

It will remain dry this afternoon with plenty of winter sunshine although it will be breezy and feel much colder than yesterday.

Top temperature: 10C (50F).

Christmas tree disposal

Redbridge Council

tweets: When it's time to throw out your real Christmas tree we'll collect it as part of your
Green Garden Waste collection

Tough football decisions

Victory in the FA Cup final at Wembley in May leaves one of the nicer problems a footballer faces - what to spend their win bonus on.

Yianni Charalambous
Yianni Charalambous

Sportshour spoke to London-based Yianni Charalambous, who specialises in

personalising and modifying cars, and whose clientele includes many a footballer.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at noon on

BBC London 94.9: The Essex fire brigade says a suspected fire in one of the engines on a plane bound for City Airport this morning could have been very serious.

City plane in emergency landing

A plane which was diverted from

London City Airport following a suspected fire on board has
landed safely at Southend.

No-one was injured on the

Blue Islands Airways flight from Jersey and the passengers are being bussed back to the airport.

Rail fare rises

Unions have criticised the 2.5% rail fare rises in England and Wales which comes into effect today, in an increase which continues to outstrip wage growth.

Here's a

snapshot of annual season ticket prices.

Fares increase


TUC said UK commuters spent more than twice as much of their salary as some passengers in Europe.

Fan arrested over Wenger confrontation


supporter has been arrested after confronting Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in his dugout during the Gunners' 2-0 defeat at Southampton.

Fan confronts Arsene Wenger

The 25-year-old man approached Wenger, 65, but was led away by stewards and detained by Hampshire Police.