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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Updates from Tuesday 6 January 2015

Live Reporting

By Elaine Okyere and Chirag Trivedi

All times stated are UK

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That's all from BBC Local Live for today. Elaine Okyere will be back on Wednesday from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across London.

Fine and clear evening

It will be a fine and clear night with light winds. Temperatures will drop quickly allowing widespread frost to develop by the early hours. A few mist patches may develop towards dawn.

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F)

New National Portrait Gallery director

The man behind Tate Modern's most popular exhibition of Henri Matisse's cut-out art is to take over at the

National Portrait Gallery.

A work on display at Matisse: Cut-Outs at Tate Modern

Dr Nicholas Cullinan, who currently works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, will take over at the London gallery later this year, succeeding Sandy Nairne who has been in charge since 2002. The 2014 Henri Matisse cut-outs show pulled in more than half a million visitors.

On air

Victoria Hollins

Presenter, BBC London

Tonight on

BBC London News from 18:30, as Croydon University Hospital is forced to declare an internal major incident because of the high number of people arriving in A&E. We'll hear from one patient with pneumonia who waited more than seven hours for treatment

Also on the programme, a strike has been called on London's buses next week. We'll be looking at union calls for a pay deal across all 18 bus providers.

Bus workers 'had enough of pay inequality'

Thousands of workers at 18 bus companies in London are to stage a one-day strike over pay. Members of the

Unite union will walk out on 13 January as part of a long-running campaign for a single agreement covering their pay, terms and conditions.

Bus sign

Unite said up to 27,000 bus drivers and other workers will take part in the action.

Wayne King, from Unite, said: "Strike action is not a step our members take lightly, but bus workers who keep London moving 24 hours a day, seven days a week, have had enough of pay inequality and unfair pay disparities."

Ebola nurse 'remains critical'

A British nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola after returning from Sierra Leone

remains in a critical condition, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Pauline Cafferkey

Pauline Cafferkey is being treated at London's Royal Free hospital.

Everton v West Ham coverage

BBC London 94.9


Tonight on the

BBC London 94.9 Sports Show with Murray Burnell there will be full commentary from the FA Cup third tie between Everton and West Ham.

The match kicks off at 19:45 and you can listen to the game on

BBC London 94.9 and the
BBC London website.

'Mansion tax' for Scottish nurses

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has pledged that a UK-wide "mansion tax" would allow a future Labour government to create 1,000 new nursing posts in Scotland.

Jim Murphy, Diane Abbott
Getty Images

Labour MP Diane Abbott has

accused Mr Murphy of trying to "buy" Scottish votes with money "expropriated" from London. Mr Murphy said most of the money raised by the tax would come from London and the south east of England.

Actor Adam Deacon arrested

Actor Adam Deacon, 31, from Bethnal Green, has been arrested for failing to appear at court yesterday.

The 31-year-old is

accused of posting abusive and threatening messages on social media relating to Doctor Who actor Noel Clarke, writer of Kidulthood and director of its sequel Adulthood. Mr Deacon appeared at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court earlier and has been bailed to reappear at the same court on Friday.

Firefighters taken to hospital after crash

Two firefighters have been taken to hospital after

a fire engine from Poplar fire station crashed into a building on Churchill Place in Canary Wharf.

Loindon Fire engine at Churchill Place
Brian Hambling

Another firefighter was treated at the scene of the collision and no other vehicles were involved. The fire engine was going to a reported fire on Churchill Place,

London Fire Brigade said. A fire engine from Shadwell attended the incident which was a false alarm.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 17:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Prime Minister David Cameron has told BBC London 94.9 there are clearly problems that need to be addressed as new figures show that accident and emergency waiting times in England are their worst for a decade.

Children's library plans

Friends of Barham Library have announced plans to open a children's reading room in a disused section of the closed branch, reports the

Kilburn Times.

Bakerloo line contractor

London Underground has announced its intention to award the £40m contract to design and build the Paddington link tunnel to Costain Skanska Joint Venture.

The tunnel will connect the new Crossrail station and the Bakerloo line platforms and is due to be completed by the end of 2018.

Tall ships to return in 2017


Royal Borough of Greenwich has announced the Tall Ships Festival will return to the Thames in 2017. The event will take place during the Easter weekend.

Preparations are made to sailing ships moored at Woolwich Arsenal Pier
Getty Images

Last year more than 50 tall ships

attended the Tall Ships Festival, lining the river's banks from 5- 9 September.

Bus workers to strike

Thousands of bus workers at 18 companies in London are to go strike on January 13 in a dispute over pay, the

Unite union has announced.

Muslim drag queen challenging stereotypes

Josephine McDermott

BBC News Online


gay Muslim man from west London who dresses up and performs as a woman in a nightclub says he faces regular death threats from fundamentalists.

Asif Quraishi

Asif Quraishi from Southall runs an Asian gay night in Ealing, west London, and is trying to change attitudes by challenging traditional values.

Missing man found

An 85-year-old man who went missing from Barnet has been found safe and well.

Police said John Booth was found in the Ealing area.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 16:00 on

BBC London 94.9 Croydon University Hospital has today declared an "internal major incident" as it struggles to cope with a large number of A&E patients. The hospital is one of the busiest in the capital.

Blackwall Tunnel delays

On the roads, one lane is blocked on A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach northbound in Greenwich at the A2203 Blackwall Lane junction, because of a broken down car. There is congestion and queuing to Woolwich Road Flyover

For the latest travel updates go to the

BBC Travel website.

Met has 'credible plans'

The Home Office has said that the Met Police has credible plans for dealing with the financial pressures it faces. The statement from Policing Minister Mike Penning came as the mayor's deputy for policing admitted there would be

"drastic cuts" to the Met Police's budget.

Policing Minister Mike Penning said: "In its PEEL assessment of the Metropolitan Police Service, HMIC found the force has a good track record for recognising emerging threats and retaining staff in critical posts, including in crime investigation.

"The proportion of police officers on the frontline is growing and HMIC said the MPS has credible plans for dealing with financial pressures."

PM: A&E times need to be addressed

BBC London 94.9


Speaking to

BBC London 94.9 presenter Eddie Nestor, the prime minister has said there are problems that need to be addressed in London hospitals to tackle A&E waiting times.

David Cameron

David Cameron said: "Croydon did get some money - we did put in an extra £700m into the NHS to cope with the pressures this winter and Croydon got £4.5m of that but clearly there are problems and issues that need to be addressed."

Hear the full interview on Drivetime on

BBC London 94.9 after 17:00.

Mill Hill Broadway train delays


tweets: All lines have reopened following a trespass incident at Mill Hill Broadway. Trains running through this station may be delayed.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 15:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Prime Minister David Cameron has told BBC London 94.9 there are clearly problems that need to be addressed as new figures show that Accident and Emergency waiting times in England are their worst for a decade.

'Drastic cuts' to police budge

Tim Donovan

Political Editor, BBC London

There will be

"drastic cuts" to the Metropolitan Police budget over the next few years, the mayor's deputy for policing has admitted.

Met Police officers

Stephen Greenhalgh said the cuts would make it difficult to maintain frontline officer numbers. The force has said it expected to have to make cuts of £800m to its £3.5bn budget over the next four years.

Croydon hospital steps down 'internal major incident'

Croydon University Hospital has said that it has stepped down its "internal major incident". Earlier the hospital put in place special measures due to a very high number of people in their A&E department who need to be admitted to hospital.

A spokesperson for

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust said: "To increase our capacity we have put in place a series of actions to help meet this increased demand. We plan for a busy winter every year and we have taken this step to make sure we can continue to care for people quickly and safely. At no point have we turned away blue-light ambulances."

Islamic education centre closes

The Siddeeq Academy, in Whitechapel, which provided support for parents who wished to educate their children at home,

has closed down.

Mizanur Rahman

The college has said its closure was not motivated by a lack of business or profit, but rather a "government witch-hunt targeting the Muslim community". Its director Mizanur Rahman was one of nine people arrested by the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command during a series of raids in September.

Man charged over flat fire deaths

A man has been charged with murder after the bodies of two men were found following a house fire in King's Cross.

Leandro Da Silva (L) and Othamane Majdouline
Met Police

Leandro Da Silva, 47, from Finsbury Park, north London, was found dead with Othamane Majdouline, 51, at his home in Stelfox House. Paul Martin O'Shea, 37, from Islington, has been charged with the murder and arson. He is due to appear at

Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on tomorrow.

London bridge not an 'infrastructure failure'

Dave Ward, from Network Rail added the overcrowding at London Bridge station yesterday evening was not caused by an infrastructure failure.

He said: "As a matter of urgency today we will be reviewing the operation of the station concourse as clearly not only did the overcrowding prevent the station operating in an efficient manner it led to circumstances that were unpleasant for passengers."

London Bridge station at 18:00 on 5 January
Liz Fenwick

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story at 14:00 on

BBC London 94.9: Prime Minister David Cameron has told BBC London 94.9 there are clearly problems that need to be addressed as new figures show that Accident and Emergency waiting times in England are their worst for a decade.

Croydon University Hospital has declared an "internal major incident" as it struggles to cope with a large number of A&E patients. The hospital is one of the busiest in the capital.

Missing man from north Finchley

Police are appealing for help in finding an 85-year-old man suffering from mild dementia and angina who has gone missing from North Finchley.

John Booth
Met Police

John Booth was last seen yesterday morning by staff at his care home when he left to go for a walk. He has not been seen or heard from since.

Officers are concerned for his safety and wellbeing.

Dad man identified

Police have formally identified a man who was found dead outside Waterloo station. Menelaos Aligizakis, 43, originally from Athens, Greece, was found with head injuries at a bus stop outside the train station at 02:45 on Saturday.

Mr Aligizakis was visiting the UK for Christmas and was due to return back to Greece in early January.

A 30-year-old man has been charged with his murder.

East-West Cycle Superhighway

BBC London's Transport Correspondent

tweets: My feeling on e/w cycle superhighway is it will go ahead but devil will be in the detail.
@MayorofLondon says details "within the month"

Sonja Jessup

Presenter, BBC London News

I'll have the

BBC London News at 1.30pm. On the programme we will have the latest update on new tests the Environment Secretary has ordered on a lake in Surrey close to where seven-year-old Zane Gbangbola died during last year's floods.

And we hear from one of the UK's first Muslim drag queens on dealing with death threats and abuse - and why he's determined to carry on.

Croydon hospital declares 'major incident'

Croydon Guardian


Croydon University Hospital has declared an 'internal major incident' because of the demand on the A&E department, the

Croydon Guardian has reported.

Croydon University Hospital

The south London newspaper said it is believed the hospital has admitted more patients than there are available beds.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The lead story on

BBC London 94.9 at 13:00: The government insists the NHS isn't in crisis after the latest figures on A&E waiting times showed the worst performance for a decade, but the health minister Norman Lamb has conceded that the system is under great pressure.

Man arrested over Harrow death

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 34-year-old woman died at a house in north London.

Officers were called to a property in Berrigde Green, Harrow, at 00:18 this morning to reports of a serious assault. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The 33-year-old man is being held at a north London police station.

Oxford Street pollution

London Evening Standard


Experts are warning that pollution in Oxford Street breached the legal limit for the whole of 2015 after just four days, the

Evening Standard reports.

Aerial view of Oxford Street
Jason Hawkes

On air

BBC London 94.9



BBC London 94.9, Robert Elms will be speaking to Ian Bull, a leader for Walk London weekends, as part of his Whose Londoner series.

He'll also have musician Jessica Sweetman on the programme ahead of her show at the Hippodrome Leicester Square on Thursday.