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  1. Updates from London on 9 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Rebecca Cafe

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all for today's BBC Local Live.

Join Beth Rose from 08:00 on Wednesday when she'll have the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for London.

Outbreaks of rain

It will be windy with outbreaks of rain this evening, but during the second half of the night drier and clearer weather will arrive.

The winds will ease slightly during the second half of the night, with some rural parts, such as Redhill, seeing a slight frost.

Lows of 1C (34F).

M25 closures

The Highways Agency say there will be lane closures on the M25 for "a few days" following a

major accident this morning near Waltham Abbey.

Empty M25
Stuart Woodward

A man, who it's believed was 39 and from Leicester, died in a collision involving four lorries and a car.

Francis Cluett, from the agency, told BBC Essex: "It won't be as it normally is tomorrow morning, unfortunately.

"It will still have a lane closed in each direction and there will be speed limits on tomorrow and we'll be working to repair the barrier as quickly as we can but it is going to take us a few days to do that."

On air

BBC London News



tonight's programme: Scotland Yard gets snapped up by Arab investors for £370m, why bricklayers are being hired from Portugal to fill a skills gap in the capital and two brothers who lost their parents in Sri Lanka 10 years ago in the Boxing Day Tsunami will be in the studio talking about how they are helping orphans there.

Buses delayed

TfL bus alerts

tweets: Buses in West London - especially the Earls Court, Gloucester Road and South Kensington areas - are delayed over an hour due to congestion.

See if your bus is delayed with

TfL's bus arrival board.

Victorian paintings go on show

A painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti called "Joan of Arc" has gone on show ahead of its auction.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti painting

It is part of a sale of

Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite British Impressionist art.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9



top stories this hour:

  • Essex police have described the site of a major crash on the M25 this morning as
    "a catastrophic scene of carnage"
  • A London Jewish MP says he's suffered five death threats in the last 12 months - and expects more as the general election approaches

Winter Wonderland cancelled

London Evening Standard


Hundreds of youngsters will miss out on meeting Santa and Disney princesses after a winter wonderland attraction was cancelled,

reports the Standard.

Ruislip Winter Wonderland, set to be hosted in India Gardens, in Northolt, north London, was forced to cancel seemingly following a disagreement with the landowners.

HS2 challenge fails

After the legal challenge over the proposed route for HS2 failed, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin made a plea for HS2 opponents, who have mounted over a score of legal challenges, to end their "fruitless" court cases.

"The courts have once again rejected a legal challenge against HS2 as they have done on repeated occasions."

Read the

full judgement.

Footballers get behind jumper campaign

And talking of Arsenal, their female counterparts have teamed up with Save The Children for their

Christmas jumper campaign.

Arsenal Ladies wearing Save The Children Chhristmas Jumpers
Save The Children

The charity's Christmas Jumper Day, which encourages people to wear Christmas jumpers and donate £2, takes place this Friday.

Galatasaray v Arsenal team news

BBC Sport

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has challenged his team to respond positively to Saturday's defeat at Stoke when they travel to face Galatasaray in the Champions League.

The Gunners have already qualified for the last 16 but a victory in Turkey on Tuesday could see them top Group D.

The team the

Frenchman is expected to field is: Szczesny, Debuchy, Chambers, Mertesacker, Bellerin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini, Ramsey, Campbell, Sanogo, Podolski.

News on the hour

BBC London News



top news this hour:

HQ sale reaction

On the future plans for the Met, Joanne McCartney, Labour London Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey says: "The deputy mayor has said that police numbers falling below the 31,000 level would be a 'doomsday scenario'.

The Commissioner's comments today suggest we are closer to doomsday than the mayor would like to admit."

'Triangle jobby' saved

"We're keeping the revolving triangle jobby so don't worry about that," Boris Johnson tell Alice Bhandhukravi on BBC London News.

New Scotland yard sign

Chelsea congestion

BBC London travel

tweets: Chelsea - Edith Grove (One-way) is closed southbound from Fulham Road to Kings Road following a collision. Queues back to Earl's Court (A4)

Uber banned in Spain

Private hire service Uber has been

banned from operating in Spain.

Drivers "lacked the administrative authorisation to carry out the job, and the activity they carry out constitutes unfair competition," the court services said in a statement after ruling on a lawsuit brought by taxi drivers.

The company has been in a long-running battle with London black cab drivers who staged a

mass protest against its services in June.

Rail delay frustration

Persistent rail delays of up to an hour on the commuter line between Reading and London Paddington are "not acceptable", the

rail minister Claire Perry has said.

Reading station

M25 partially reopens

Paul Murphy-Kasp

Journalist, BBC London

The M25 has partially reopened after being fully closed for over 12 hours following a fatal collision involving several vehicles.

The full closures have been lifted clockwise at Junction 25 (Enfield) and anticlockwise at Junction 27 (M11) but there are still lane closures both ways at the scene while repairs continue.

Keep up-to-date with

BBC London Travel.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The Mayor of London and the Met Commissioner have contradicted each other over whether London will be able to maintain current police officer numbers.

Boris Johnson says he'll keep the number at around the 32,000 mark but Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says while he's managed to maintain numbers despite having to make £600m of savings, that may not be possible in the future.

Hear this and more top London stories in the

15:00 bulletin.

Knife attack sentencing

The Croydon Advertiser

reports a social club boss has been sentenced to nearly 15 years for a "ferocious" knife attack on his business partner.

Longer late bulletins

BBC London's late evening TV news bulletins are to be extended in the run-up to the general election in May next year.

BBC London set

The slot at 22:25 - currently lasting at least seven-and-a-half minutes -

will be extended to 15 minutes.

CPS cleared over rape allegation case

Danny Shaw

Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

The DPP says the medical evidence provided to us

could not justify dropping such a serious case.

It added that evidence including text messages and CCTV footage that directly contradicted the account [of rape] Ms de Freitas gave to the police.

CPS cleared over rape allegation case

Eleanor de Freitas killed herself days before she was due to face court accused of making a false rape claim.

The 23-year-old, who had bipolar disorder, died in April after leaving notes saying she was scared of court.

Eleanor de Freitas
Family handout

Today, the director of Public Prosecutions said the "decision making in this case was correct and that it was made in accordance with our policies and guidance."

HS2 challenge fails

The latest legal challenge concerns the London-Birmingham Phase 1 section of the scheme.

Campaigners had accused the government of unlawfully failing to carry out a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) which might help to alleviate problems being caused by the flagship scheme for local people and businesses.

But three appeal judges today unanimously rejected the challenge.


Inquiry into prosecution of woman - who then killed herself - over alleged false rape claim clears CPS of blame.

Arrests over 2013 shooting

Police have arrested three men from Hackney on suspicion of murder, in connection with the

shooting of Joseph Burke-Monerville, 19, in Clapton, on 16 February last year.

Joseph Burke-Monerville


Campaigners have lost their latest legal battle over the government's high-speed rail project HS2.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9



headlines this hour include:

  • Essex police have described the site of a major crash on the M25 this morning as "a catastrophic scene of carnage" and warned the motorway may not reopen until at least 15:00.
  • The Mayor of London and the Met commissioner have contradicted each other over whether London will be able to maintain current police officer numbers.

Team lunch injury

BBC Sport

It's been revealed QPR defender Steven Caulker required hospital treatment after suffering a head injury at a team lunch on Sunday.

Caulker slipped over during the squad get-together, with the club denying newspaper allegations of an altercation.

Steven Caulker (left)
Getty Images

Ye Olde Tube Map

Josephine McDermott

BBC News Online

Going out for a drink in Leper House tonight, or perhaps Knottyng Hull?

Matt Brown at The Londonist has a map of what the Tube network would have looked like in the 11th Century.

Medieval Tube map

"Who now ventures to Tokyngton?", he asks.

M25 latest

BBC London


Two lanes are still closed and traffic is queuing following the
earlier fatal accident. The queues are on the M25 anticlockwise between junction 28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout) and junction 27, M11. The matrix sign is set to 40mph.

Foodbank misery

A man who was made redundant breaks down on air saying how hard it is for him to afford food.

Mike, 35, tells LBC: "I go days sometimes when I can't eat. I've got no telly. I've got a tiny little radio. To buy batteries for that is an extravagance for me. I've found myself looking in bins. It's so hard out there."

BBC London News

Alex Bushill

BBC London News

On the 13:30, City Hall says it's secured a major cash boost for policing in London after selling Scotland Yard HQ for £370m. The sale of the building in Victoria went well above the guide price.

And tailbacks for hours as part of the M25 is closed after a fatal accident. We have all the latest travel news, plus the weather.

Journalist cleared


tweets: Sun reporter Nick Parker
cleared in London court over misconduct but convicted of handling MP's stolen phone.

News on the hour

Will Shindler

BBC London 94.9


headlines this hour include:

  • The mayor and the Met Commissioner have contradicted each other over whether London will be able to maintain current police officer numbers.
  • New Scotland Yard has been sold to Middle Eastern investors for £370m.

TfL staff 'ambassadors'

London Underground's Chief Operating Officer Phil Hufton has responded to RMT's criticism about "ambassadors" operating the Tube on NYE.

"The Underground will be fully staffed this New Year's Eve with additional volunteer ambassadors made up of TfL and London Underground staff who usually work elsewhere in the organisation but are fully licensed and trained to help out on the network," he said.

Tower Hamlets stabbing

A 22-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder

in connection with the fatal stabbing of a teenage boy in a fight in east London.

Police officers search an area where Joel Adesina was stabbed

Joel Adesina, who was 15 and from Dagenham, was found stabbed in the abdomen on Bethnal Green Road, Tower Hamlets, at 23:00 GMT on Friday.