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  1. Updates on Monday 8 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Beth Rose

All times stated are UK

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Beth Rose

BBC News Online

That's all for Local Live today. Rebecca Cafe will be here from 08:00 on Tuesday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Have a good evening.

Widespread frost

This evening and tonight any light showers and cloud will clear allowing a widespread frost to form, with the coldest temperatures likely in sheltered parts, such as Radlett.

Minimum temperature -2C (28F).

Coming up on TV

BBC London News


On the bulletin at 18:30 on

BBC One: A man goes on trial charged with murdering his partner and their toddler when he was asked to move out of their home.

Thames Water is fined for breaching safety rules four years after a 60-year-old was crushed to death.

And what does it take to be a modern day Jeeves? Meet the trainee butlers who could earn upwards of £100,000.

Delay due to gas main repairs

Paul Murphy-Kasp

Journalist, BBC London

There are still severe delays in both directions on Kilburn High Road because of gas main repairs near Belsize Road.

Liverani replaces Milanese at Orient

Former Italy international

Fabio Liverani has replaced Mauro Milanese as Leyton Orient manager after eight matches.

Fabio Liverani
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Fabio Liverani

Number voting is 'total disaster'

The number of voters in Westminster has dropped from 138,200 down to 127,541 - a loss of 10,659 - in the past year, according to the

city council and the electoral register.

In the Knightsbridge and Belgravia ward, the figure fell by 25%, which Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, leader of the Labour group, said was a "total disaster".

Heathrow Connect service suspended

Paul Murphy-Kasp

Journalist, BBC London

Following a major signal failure earlier, Heathrow Connect is suspended while Heathrow Express is running a half-hourly service.

Also on the trains, First Great Western services on all lines are either delayed or cancelled and Thameslink are still suffering residual delays after a broken down train this morning.

Band Aid 30

The video for Band Aid 30 was projected on to the Palace of Westminster last night to promote its CD release.

Band aid 30

Previously the charity single has only been available for download.

Note found on face

The Old Bailey heard in the weeks leading up to the "brutal attack" Mrs Forde had texted her sister saying: "I have to be very, very careful and pray for my safety each day and night."

Prosecutor Ed Brown QC told jurors a note had been found on the dead woman's face that read: "Valerie Forde you never stop playing derty ticks (sic) for many years on all people places and things you targets.

"Now the world must see the sudden destru..tions you creates in our families, our home and on yourself. Our fame in history. Roland."

Father 'slit baby's throat'

A man beat his ex-partner to death with a machete, hammer and screwdriver and slit his baby daughter's throat, the Old Bailey has heard.

Roland McKoy, 54, denies murdering Valerie Forde, 45, and 22-month-old Jahzara at their family home in Hackney on 31 March.

The court heard Mrs Forde had ended their 18-year relationship and set 31 March as the deadline for Mr McKoy to move out of the house.

Weekend memories and plans

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

It might only be Monday but I'm sure many of you are looking back fondly at the weekend just passed or looking enthusiastically towards the next.

If you've not yet made plans, the Londonist has a

list of things to do next weekend.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A man has been arrested on suspicion of the rape of a young woman who was attacked after she got off a night bus in east London.

Birthday exhibition

Artist Phillip King stands inside his sculpture Dunstable Reel as an exhibition of a selection of his work goes on display at the

Tate Britain to celebrate his 80th birthday.

Philip King

Air pollution 'dithering'

Air pollution is a "public health crisis" causing nearly as many deaths as smoking, according to a
report by the government, which suggests new schools, care homes and hospitals should be built far away from major roads.

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In response, London Assembly Green Party member Jenny Jones said: "The mayor's delays and dithering on combating air pollution in London means that even more people will die prematurely.

"Action must be focused around the thousand schools in London that are within 150 metres of a road carrying 10,000 vehicles per day and where children are disproportionately affected."

Teacher named in world finals

A London teacher has made the finals in an international competition to

find the world's best teacher, with a prize fund of £640,000 up for grabs.

Tom Bennett

Tom Bennett, (pictured) of

Jo Richardson Community School in Dagenham has made the top 50 finalists. The only other UK-based teacher shortlisted is Richard Spencer, of Middlesbrough College in Billingham.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 16:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A man has been arrested on suspicion of the rape of a young woman who was attacked after she got off a night bus in east London.

Heater warning ahead of strike

London Fire Brigade has warned people to be extra vigilant when using electric heaters after statistics show that more than 66% of fatal fires occur when clothing or furniture is too close.

The warning comes as members of the

Fire Brigades Union prepare to walk out for 24 hours at 09:00 tomorrow in a long-running dispute over pensions.

'No action' over MP 'using phone in car'

No action is to be taken by police against MP for Tooting Sadiq Khan following allegations that he used a mobile phone behind the wheel of his car.

Sadiq Khan

The Labour frontbencher was reported to the police by Conservative MP Justin Tomlinson in November after photographs which appeared to show him using his phone emerged. The

Met Police said there was "insufficient evidence to proceed".

New Harry Potter stories

Beth Rose

BBC News Online

It may be a tenuous London link (although Harry Potter did leave for Hogwarts and his magical life via King's Cross) but

JK Rowling has announced she'll be releasing 12 short stories from the wizarding world in the run-up to Christmas.

JK Rowling

The news came via email to fans of the Pottermore website and promises "wonderful writing by JK Rowling in Moments from Half-Blood Prince, shiny gold Galleons and even a new potion or two".

Four golds at Cycling World Cup

Olympic champion

Laura Trott claimed Great Britain's fourth gold of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup held in London over the weekend.

Laura Trott
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Trott finished 12 points clear of Belgium's Jolien D'Hoore in the women's omnium to add to her gold in the women's team pursuit. Britain also took gold in the men's team pursuit and men's madison.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 15:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A man's been arrested in connection with the rape of a young woman in Tower Hamlets last week.

Peggy Mitchell returns

Barbara Windsor will return to EastEnders as Peggy Mitchell for one of the soap's 30th anniversary specials next year.

Barbara Windsor

The actress - who left the show in 2010 - said she's "thrilled" to be playing a part in the anniversary celebrations which will include a 30-minute live episode in February.

On this day

In 1983 television cameras were allowed into the House of Lords for the first time so that discussions from its chamber could be broadcast live.

House of Lords

Peers voted 74 in favour with 24 against the motion. The move put considerable pressure on the House of Commons to follow suit.

Motorcyclist dies as driver arrested

A motorcyclist has died after colliding with a lorry at Dock Street near Tower Hill earlier this morning.

The driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving,

the Met said.

Thames tankers


The London Port Authority

tweets: Almost 800 large commercial ship calls on the #Thames Nov, incl +100 tankers, +200 freight ferries, 4 cruise ships

Tankers in the Thames
London Port Authority

Knife amnesty bin

A new

knife amnesty bin has been installed on Lockett Road, Wealdstone to provide "a safe and anonymous way of taking knives off the street", the Harrow Times reports.

The paper adds the new £3,500 bin will be emptied regularly and any knives melted down to create memorials for the victims of crime.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead London story at 14:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A man has been arrested in connection with the rape of a young woman in Tower Hamlets last week.

Christmas is coming: Door eight

If you started your morning without the joy of opening the door on an advent calendar, here is a virtual Christmas calendar door for you.


Jack Russell puppies play in wrapping paper at

Battersea Dogs Home.

Man arrested over rape

A man has been arrested in connection with the rape of a woman in Tower Hamlets who was attacked after getting off a night bus at 04:25 on Thursday in East India Dock Road.

The 27-year-old was arrested on Sunday,

Scotland Yard said.

Behind the scenes


BBC London 94.9 reporter Anna O'Neill

tweets: Prime Minister & Education Sec Nicky Morgan in the middle of a playground scrum
@HCACP #codingforkids


News on the hour

The lead story at 13:00 on

BBC London 94.9: A man has been arrested in connection with the rape of a young woman in Tower Hamlets last week.

BBC London news

Louisa Preston

Journalist, BBC London

On our lunchtime bulletin at 13:30 on

BBC One: Police are warning women to be on their guard after a series of sexual assaults in west London where four have been attacked in the last month.

And ever fancied being a butler? The modern equivalent of Carson in Downtown Abbey can earn more than a £100,000-a-year in London, but the role involves a lot more than just organising the staff.

Fairly chilly

The rest of today will be generally dry and sunny although it's likely to be fairly chilly due to a brisk north-westerly breeze.

Top Temperature: 6C (43F).

Nightclub turns Christmas grotto

London's biggest nightclub,

Studio 338, has been turned into a huge Christmas grotto with 30m of custom-made giant baubles and an indoor winter cabin with real smoking chimney, according to London 24 which has a whole
host of pictures.

Young writers' scheme

Young writers aged 17-20 in London have the opportunity to apply for a new mentoring scheme through YOUYOU Mentoring.

Adrian Lester

The ImAStoryTeller scheme, which involves celebrities including actor Adrian Lester, will see five writers selected to gain practical skills in the art of storytelling and to create short stories which will be published.

Applications close 15 January.

Heathrow Express cancels services


The social media team at Heathrow Express

tweets: As per Network Rails request we have had to cancel all services to and from Heathrow #hexupdates

According to BBC London's travel presenter Louise Pepper the only way to travel to Heathrow is via London Underground at the moment. Follow

@BBCTravelAlert for more.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story in the capital at noon on

BBC London 94.9: A lorry driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a motorcyclist was killed near Tower Bridge.

Pedestrian hit by lorry

A pedestrian has been flown to hospital with potentially life threatening injuries after being hit by a lorry in Islington.

Scotland Yard said it was called at about 09.15 to Clerkenwell Road at the Junction with St John's Street to a collision between a lorry and a female pedestrian. Road closures are in place.