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  1. Updates on Wednesday 10 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Beth Rose

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    Beth Rose

    BBC News Online

    That's all for Local Live today. Duncan Smith will be back from 08:00 with the latest news, sport , travel and weather for London. Have a good evening.

  2. BBC London news

    BBC London News


    On the programme at 18:30 on BBC One: A new network of quiet cycle routes is set to open next year, but will they persuade reluctant cyclists onto two wheels?

    And a top police officer warns that a cyber attack on the city by Islamist terrorists is a "very real threat".

  3. Civil partnership becomes marriage

    Mary Portas and Melanie Rickey have converted their civil partnership into a marriage, at Westminster City Hall on the first day of the new regulation.

    Mary Portas and Melanie Rickey
  4. Congestion charge suspended

    The Congestion Charge will be suspended for a week over the Christmas period, Transport for London has confirmed.

    Congestion charge zone in London

    There will be no charge for driving in the Congestion Charging Zone From 25 December until 1 January 2015.

  5. Three-week deadline

    What can you achieve in three weeks at work?

    Alexandre Desplat

    BBC Arts reporter Vincent Down interviews film composer Alexandre Desplat, in between recording sessions at Abbey Road with the London Symphony Orchestra.

    The composer manages to score entire films in 21 days with his portfolio including The Imitation Game, The King's Speech and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

  6. Clear spells and ground frost

    There will be some good clear spells, but still the odd shower here and there. Winds will moderate sufficiently to give isolated areas of ground frost along the Lea Valley and in other sheltered areas by morning.

    Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F).

  7. Road closures and bus routes

    The A5 Burnt Oak Broadway is closed in both directions with very slow traffic in the area due to building fire between North Road and Oakleigh Avenue. Bus routes 32, 142, 204, 251 and 292 are being diverted.

    And Chelsea are at home in the Champions League tonight, which means a closure for Fulham Broadway before and after. Kick off is 19:45.

  8. Robshaw and Evans ruled out

    BBC Sport

    Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw and fly-half Nick Evans have been ruled out of the European Champions Cup match against Leinster in Dublin.

    Chris Robshaw
    Image caption: Chris Robshaw

    Robshaw, 28, is struggling with a shoulder injury and has been referred to a specialist while Evans, 34, has groin and back problems and went off after 11 minutes of Sunday's home win over Leinster.

  9. BBC theme park announced

    Rides based on BBC shows such as Top Gear and Doctor Who could form a central part of a £2bn theme park near Dartford, it has been announced.

    Paramount Pictures entertainment resort

    London Resort Company Holdings said it had signed a deal with BBC Worldwide to let it feature famous BBC programmes and characters at the entertainment resort which it is hoped will open in 2020.

  10. Londoners benefit from phone-vote money

    Nine Londoners are among those who have benefited from a share of £300,000 raised by phone voting on BBC One shows like The Voice.

    Jermaine Jackman on The Voice

    The money has been split between 32 choreographers, playwrights, directors and producers including London poet Jasmin Ann Cooray and dancer Antonio de la Fe.

  11. News on the hour

    The lead story at 17:00 on BBC London 94.9: A teenager has been sentenced to life in prison today after stabbing a rival to death in a park in Feltham.

  12. Murder arrest after man hands himself in

    A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Joseph Burke-Monerville after he handed himself into a police station, Scotland Yard has said.

    Joseph Burke-Monerville

    On Tuesday three men were arrested for the murder of the 19-year-old who was shot in the head in Clapton last year.

  13. Watch: Mourinho warns youth players must be used

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has warned the club must use its youth team players or face closing their academy programme.

    Jose Mourinho warns of Chelsea academy neglect

    Tonight he has named seven teenagers in his squad to face Sporting Lisbon, with England Under-19 midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek set to make his competitive debut.

  14. Police hunt 'ankle grabber'

    A man who threw himself to the floor at Euston station to grab women's ankles and cause them to fall over is being sought by police.

    Man sought by police

    The man grabbed three women's legs, causing two to fall over, at Euston station at about 21:30 on Saturday, 15 November as people returned from watching England v Slovenia. One woman who had sciatica and back pain required hospital treatment, British Transport Police said.

  15. News on the hour

    The lead story at 16:00 on BBC London 94.9: A gang led by Gambian diplomats who secretly imported nearly 30 tons of tobacco and then sold it from their London embassy, has been jailed for a total of 33 years.

  16. Frozen in Dagenham

    Families in Dagenham have turned their row of homes into a setting inspired by Disney hit film Frozen for Christmas - complete with figurines in the garden.

    Christmas lights

    Watch BBC London news later when Katharine Carpenter will be there for at 18:30 on BBC One.

  17. Pub fire


    London Fire Brigade tweets: As you can see the whole of the roof of the pub in Burnt Oak, #Edgware was destroyed. Thankfully no injuries.

    Burnt Oak pub
  18. 'Difficult scheme' praise

    Boris Johnson has announced that work will start in May on a £120m network of "quietways" for cyclists to ride through the city without using main roads.

    London Assembly Green Party Member Darren Johnson said: "Quietways have to be more than a network of new signs and publicity. The minimum Londoner's need from Quietways is a 20mph speed limit on all routes and funding to deal with all the dangerous junctions."

    He added: "I welcome the fact that the Mayor is now willing to fund the difficult schemes which he previously labelled as expensive and unpopular."

  19. News on the Hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at noon on BBC London 94.9: A London MP says he's received violent, anti-Jewish abuse, including death threats. Lee Scott, who represents Ilford North, said he has been targeted mainly by phone.

  20. Chelsea Ladies make signing

    Chelsea have further strengthened their squad by signing Doncaster Belles midfielder Millie Bright.

    Chelsea boss Emma Hayes and Eniola Aluko

    The 21-year-old was on the shortlist for the Women's Super League 2 Player of the Year award last season.

  21. 5 Seconds....too late

    5 Seconds of Summers' guitarist Michael Clifford could be away from the band for days to come after losing his passport before boarding a plane from New York to London.


    The other members Ashton Irwin, Luke Hemmings and Calum Hood flew without him and played a gig at the O2 Arena on Sunday night.

  22. Rainbow crossing for marriages

    A rainbow crossing has been rolled out in Trafalgar Square to mark the day same-sex couples can convert their civil partnerships into marriages following changes to legalisation.

    Rainbow crossing

    The Transport for London crossing will be in place near Nelson's Column until 19:00 with couples invited to have their pictures taken on it in celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender diversity.

  23. Police officer hit by van

    London Evening Standard


    Two men have been arrested and a police officer is being treated in hospital after he was hit by a van as he tried to stop a driver along Grove Vale in East Dulwich, the Evening Standard reports.

  24. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 14:00 on the capital on BBC London 94.9: A property tycoon who served three months in prison while he was fighting a bitter divorce case has died after falling on to railings in Marylebone.

  25. London's 'weatherbomb'


    BBC London 94.9 reporter Richard Main tweets: London is quite enjoying this #weatherbomb

    Regent's Street
  26. Top tweets for 2014

    Tweets by members of pop group One Direction - and about the World Cup - preoccupied UK Twitter users in 2014 with Harry Styles's tweet celebrating the band's fourth anniversary the most retweeted with 359,000 re-tweets.

    Harry Styles

    In terms of news, the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in March was the most talked event by UK users in 2014 which was followed by the Scottish independence vote and the inquest of Mark Duggan, who was shot by police in Tottenham in 2011.

  27. Pub fire


    London Fire Brigade tweets: We're currently dealing with a fire at a pub on Burnt Oak Broadway in #Edgware. Four fire engines & around 20 firefighters are at the scene.

  28. Sunny but cold

    The rest of the day will feel cold with strong winds. There will be lengthy spells of sunshine and many areas should remain dry, but a few isolated rain showers can't be ruled out for one or two places.

    Top temperature: 8C (46F).

  29. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 13:00 on BBC London 94.9: A nursing home on the London-Surrey border has been ordered to close down immediately after the Care Quality Commission said its 25 elderly residents were at significant risk of harm.

  30. Londoner preparing for X-factor final

    It's the final week on the X-Factor with Londoner Fleur East tipped to win on Sunday when the finalists perform at Wembley Arena.

    Fleur East

    Fleur from Walthamstow chats to Newsround about how she almost gave up after her audition and how she is feeling about the final.

  31. Weekend memories and plans

    Beth Rose

    BBC News Online

    It might only be Wednesday but I'm sure many of you are looking back fondly at the weekend just past or looking enthusiastically towards the next. If you've not yet made plans, the Londonist has a list of things to do this weekend.

  32. Cycle Quietways 'welcome but late'

    Boris Johnson has announced the first "quietways" - backstreet routes for cyclists - will open in May.


    London Assembly Labour Group's Val Shawcross said: "The Quietways will provide an excellent alternative for less confident cyclists as well as those who just want to avoid London's incredibly busy main routes.

    "It is disappointing though that it has taken 7 years for Boris Johnson to start putting in the quality cycling infrastructure we so badly need."

  33. Sexual health birthday

    @Burrell Street

    The sexual health clinic tweets: 2 years ago today we opened our doors. We are still London's only 7 day a week sexual health service. @GSTTnhs

  34. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at noon on BBC London 94.9: It's emerged that a man who died after falling from a fourth floor penthouse on to a set of railings in Marylebone on Monday was the property tycoon at the centre of one of Britain's most acrimonious divorce cases.

  35. When did die-ins become a protest?

    In the wake of the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, who were both shot by police, die-ins are being staged across America. But when did they become a form of protest?

    Man participates in a die-in

    BBC Magazine looks at the rise of the form which last year saw more than 1,000 cyclists staged a die-in in London to call for road safety.

  36. New pool could 'take years' for completion

    A proposed new £3.25m six-lane swimming pool is set to be approved for Redbridge in early January, although a public consultation could take more than two years to be completed, the Epping Forest Guardian reports.

  37. Good morning


    Rachel Bone tweets: Good morning from London Bridge!

    London Bridge
  38. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 11:00 on BBC London 94.9: It's emerged a man who died after falling from a fourth floor penthouse on to a set of railings in Marylebone on Monday was the property tycoon at the centre of one of Britain's most acrimonious divorce cases.

  39. Galatasaray 1-4 Arsenal

    Arsenal hammered Galatasaray last night but could not claim top spot in Group D as Borussia Dortmund avoided defeat in their final group game.

    Arsenal celebrate

    After facing criticism for their defeat at Stoke on Saturday, the Gunners responded with three goals inside 30 minutes, from Lukas Podolski and Aaron Ramsey who slotted a second and added a stunning left-footed 35-yard volley.

  40. Uber banned in Spain

    A judge has ordered taxi booking service Uber to stop operating in Spain, after ruling that the company's drivers didn't have official authorisation and were creating "unfair competition" in the industry.

    Uber app on mobile phone

    It is the latest blow for the San-Francisco based firm, which has faced strong opposition globally including from London's black cab drivers. On Monday, it was banned by officials in Delhi after a driver allegedly raped a female passenger.

  41. Divorce row property tycoon dies on railings

    Property tycoon Scot Young, who was sent to prison for failing to provide financial information to his wife ahead of a very public divorce trial, has died after reportedly falling onto railings in Montagu Square, Marylebone.

    Scot Young and Michelle Young

    Last November Mr Young's estranged wife Michelle was awarded £20m by the High Court but she called the payout "disgraceful" and insisted her former husband was worth "billions".

    Police said his death was not being treated as suspicious.

  42. Pooh drawing sells for £314k

    An ink drawing of Winnie the Pooh playing Poohsticks with Piglet and Christopher Robin has sold for £314,500 at a Sotheby's auction, three times its estimate.

    Winnie the Pooh illustration

    The London auction also featured items from history, English literature and illustrations.

  43. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 10:00 on BBC London 94.9: It's emerged that a man who died after falling from a fourth floor penthouse on to a set of railings in Marylebone on Monday was the property tycoon at the centre of one of Britain's most acrimonious divorce cases.

  44. 'Secret passages through London'

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson has confirmed that the first "quietways" for cyclists will open next May providing backstreet cycle routes as an alternative to busy main roads in the £120m scheme.

    Construction is set to start on the first two routes from central London to Greenwich and Hackney with about 24 routes due to be delivered or in progress by 2016.

    Mr Johnson, said: "If you would love to hop on a bike but feel intimidated by busier roads, these Quietway routes will be perfect, connecting parks, backstreets and waterways to create secret passages through London."

  45. 'I actually cried'

    BBC London 94.9


    Lee Scott, Tory MP for Illford North said his constituents are reporting to him a growing number of anti-Semitic incidents and that he has started taking precautions in his everyday life following a number of incidents.

    Lee Scott and Vanessa Feltz

    He said: "My surgery is by appointment now because I need to know who's coming. We check our cars every single morning, both my wife and myself.

    "Before the election I had a letter and something quite nasty left on the doorstep. You have to be careful. When I came home from that incident I actually cried. It actually made me think 'why?' Being Jewish in my religion, that's the end of it."

  46. Watch: Hawking film's London premiere

    World famous physicist Professor Stephen Hawking is to attend the London premiere of a new film about his life.

    Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking

    The Theory of Everything is based on a book by his first wife Jane Wilde Hawking and charts their life together after they met at Cambridge University in the early 1960s.

  47. On air

    BBC London 94.9


    Vanessa Feltz will be speaking to Lee Scott, Tory MP for Illford North, who says he's suffered five death threats and insults over his religion - Judaism.

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

  48. News on the hour

    BBC London 94.9


    The lead story at 09:00 in the capital on BBC London 94.9: A property tycoon who was at the centre of one of Britain's most acrimonious divorce cases has died after falling on to railings outside his home in Marylebone.

  49. Quiet-way cycle routes to 'open in May'

    The first of a new network of "quiet-ways" or backstreet cycle routes will open next year from Central London to Greenwich and Hackney with five more in the pipeline.

    Cyclist in Camden

    Boris Johnson is expected to announce later that they will open in May providing cyclists an alternative route to busy main roads.

  50. Teenage murder suspect bailed

    A 24-year-old woman arrested by policeinvestigating the murder of a 15-year-old boy in Tower Hamlets has been bailed.

    Police officers search an area where Joel Adesina was stabbed

    Joel Adesina died on 5 December from stab injuries to the abdomen after police found him on Bethnal Green Road. Two other men arrested on suspicion of murder remain in custody.

  51. Christmas delays

    Richard Westcott

    BBC Transport Correspondent

    Train travellers will once again face delays and cancellations because of engineering work on some of the biggest lines in and out of London over Christmas.

    Reading station

    Network Rail says the upgrades are part of a record-breaking £200m investment programme that begins after the last train runs on Christmas Eve.

  52. Post update

    Rail delays

    BBC London


    Services are suspended on Heathrow Connect and there is a revised service on Heathrow Connect because of a signalling problem at Acton Main Line.

    For travel updates on Twitter, follow @BBCTravelAlert

  53. Feeling cold

    It will be a cold feeling day with strong winds. There will be lengthy spells of sunshine and many areas should remain dry, but a few isolated rain showers can't be ruled out entirely for one or two places.

    Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).

  54. Good morning

    Beth Rose

    BBC News Online

    I'll be guiding you through BBC Local Live today, bringing you the latest news, travel, weather and sport from across London. Get in touch with your comments and photos by emailing