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  1. Updates on 17 June 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

Live Reporting

By Beth Rose and Chirag Trivedi

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    That's all for Local live today. Annie Flury will be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Cloudy evening, brighter tomorrow

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather, London

    It will be a rather cloudy evening with some patchy rain in places, particularly across Enfield and more northern areas.

    Kate Kinsella

    During the start of the night, the rain will ease and the skies will clear but it will stay mild for all areas before brightening tomorrow.

    Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

  3. Severe delays on Bakerloo Line

    BBC Travel

    There are severe delays on the Bakerloo Line due to earlier signal failure at Elephant And Castle. Tickets being accepted on local bus routes and London Overground services.

  4. Hasta la vista, London

    Andy Dangerfield

    BBC News Online

    Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger has been spotted on a Boris bike doing a bit of sight-seeing around the capital.

    Terminator actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was spotted on a Boris bike doing a bit of sight-seeing around the capital earlier.

    The actor's tour took in some of London's most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus and the Houses of Parliament. He posted short videos of his trip on social media sites Snapchat and Facebook.

    Of course the tour was good publicity for his latest film Terminator Genisys, but nevertheless surprised a few commuters on their way to work.

  5. Emergency services 'could share call-handling'

    BBC London 94.9

    Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe apologised for being late for his radio interview on BBC London 94.9 because he said he was having a meeting with London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade over the potential plans to share call-handling staff all in a bid to save money.

  6. Pregnant woman who lost baby in Peckham attack 'may have been targeted'

    BBC News


    A pregnant woman who lost her baby after she was pushed to the ground and kicked may have been deliberately targeted, say police.

    The 21-year-old, who was 32 weeks pregnant, was attacked by two men wearing crash helmets in Peckham, south London at around 20:00 on Monday.


    Investigating officer Det Ch Insp Robert Pack, says officers are investigating whether the woman was targeted by the assailants.

    "This was a truly abhorrent and vile attack on a heavily pregnant woman who has now, tragically, lost her baby."

  7. Severe travel incidents

    BBC Travel

    Three travel incidents have been flagged as "severe" by BBC Travel.

    • The A112 Hoe Street in Walthamstow is closed and there is very slow traffic in both directions at the Church Hill junction, because of an accident. Diversions are in operation - for bus routes 34, 97, 212, 215, 275, 357 and W11.
    • The A219 Putney Bridge is closed in both directions between the B306 Lower Richmond Road junction and the A308 New Kings Road junction, because of a police incident.
    • The A3212 Millbank in Westminster is closed and there are delays in both directions between Parliament Square and Lambeth Bridge, because of climate change a demonstration.
  8. London to have 'fewer police'

    BBC London 94.9

    Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has told BBC London 94.9 the city will see fewer officers policing the streets with future cuts.

    He says: 'We're proud of the fact that over the last three years we've saved £600m pounds... and we've stuck at 32,000 cops."

    But the next round of cuts "are going to be very tight and we're going to lose some officers. There are more savings to be made, we could be more efficient....but we will end up with less police."

  9. Lawrence duo 'may cheat justice now'

    Stephen Lawrence's killers might escape justice if their cold case were looked at today, due to a crisis in police forensics, a top scientist has warned.

    Stephen Lawrence

    Gary Dobson was jailed after forensic experts found a droplet of Mr Lawrence's blood on fibres in his coat.

    But a BBC London investigation has been told the number of forensic fibre experts has plummeted from 40 to six due to a drain in expertise.

    The Met said fibre forensics are less important in the era of DNA.

  10. Two injured men arrested over afternoon stabbing

    Two men who went to a north London hospital with a stab wound and head injury have been arrested in connection with the stabbing of a teenager in Camden yesterday afternoon.

    The 18-year-old was stabbed in the abdomen at about 16:00 on Adelaide Road and remains in hospital.

  11. Coming up on Drivetime

    BBC London 94.9 tweets: "On Drivetime with @Eds30 we'll be speaking to @metpoliceuk Commissioner Sir Bernard Howe from 5pm."

    Sir Bernard Hogan Howe
  12. Soldiers and Suffragettes

    Exhibition curator Anna Sparham inspects a display at the Museum of London Docklands ahead of the opening of its latest exhibition Soldiers and Suffragettes which opens on 25 June.

    Soldiers and Suffragettes

    The exhibition is in response to Christina Broom being considered the UK's first female press photographer, and will include a cross section of her work.

    It'll include suffragette processions, World War One soldiers, official photographs of the Household Division and key London events.

  13. Nigerian billionaire 'wants to buy Arsenal'

    BBC Sport

    Africa's richest businessman says he is planning a bid to buy Arsenal.

    Aliko Dangote

    Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote believes the building of an oil refinery in his homeland will give him the finance to secure a takeover.

    The 58-year-old, who has an estimated wealth of £11.5bn, says he has supported the Gunners since the 1980s.

  14. Attacker who targeted girl twice hunted by police

    Police are hunting a man who threatened and robbed a 15-year-old girl, before attacking her again a month later on the same stretch of Wandsworth path.

    The girl was walking between Windmill Road and Trinity Road after school on 13 November when a man jumped out of the bushes and threatened her with a knife, before demanding her mobile phone. He ran off when he was disturbed.


    On 1 December at about 17:00 the same man grabbed the girl from behind, held his gloved hand over her mouth and pushed her to the ground when she bit his finger. He hit her across the face, banging her head across the ground and her clothing was also cut from where a knife was used.

    The man is described as being 16-19-years-old and was wearing a black rain jacket, black hooded top and blue denim jeans. He wore a silver chain around his waist, smelt of cigarettes and spoke with a London accent.

  15. London is 12th most expensive city for expats

    London is the 12th most expensive city for expatriates working abroad to live in, according to a global survey by Mercer.


    Birmingham was placed 80th, Aberdeen was 82nd and Belfast came in at 127 in the annual report which weighs up the cost of living in 207 cities across the world, comparing the cost of more than 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing and entertainment.

    The costliest city for the third consecutive year was Luanda, the capital of Angola, due to the cost of imported goods and safe living conditions.

  16. Arts courses cut at college over funding

    Hackney Community College has confirmed three of its Art and Design courses will be scrapped from September 2015 - the BTEC levels 2 and 3 and the Foundation Diploma - due to funding cuts,

    The college's Principal Ian Ashman, told the Hackney Citizen, the college had to reduce its costs by £2.9m in the coming year because of the "unfair and disproportionate" funding cuts from central government.

    Hackney organisation Arts Emergency, which pairs children with artistic and academic mentors, said it would be offering any eligible students an Arts Emergency mentor.

  17. Resident briefings

    Richmond Council tweets: How will the Rugby World Cup affect you?

  18. Legal high fines proposed for Lambeth

    Lambeth Council is proposing issuing on the spot fines of £100 for people caught using legal highs or littering paraphernalia associated with them.

    Legal high canisters in Vauxhall

    Councillor Jane Edbrooke said: "Legal highs are linked to anti-social behaviour, drug dealing and particularly littering around South London night life hotspots such as Vauxhall and Clapham... we are proposing to use a Public Spaces Protection Order to protect local people's quality of life and get on top of this problem."

    Residents are being asked to offer their views on the plans, as the Public Spaces Protection Order will only go ahead if it receives positive feedback from local residents.

  19. Woman critical after attack

    A member of the public alerted police and officers administered first aid at the scene. The victim was then rushed to a south London hospital where she lost her baby.

    The woman remains in a critical condition in intensive care.

  20. 'Vile attack' on pregnant woman

    Talfourd Place

    Det Ch Insp Robert Pack said: "This was a truly abhorrent and vile attack on a heavily pregnant woman who has now, tragically, lost her baby.

    "The men who attacked her must have known the impact their actions would have when they kicked her repeatedly in the stomach.

    "It is sickening to think someone would deliberately target a pregnant woman in this way."

  21. Pregnant woman 'kicked and stamped'

    The 21-year-old woman was walking along Talfourd Place, in Peckham, at about 20:00 on Monday when she was approached by two men wearing motorbike crash helmets.

    Police say she was pushed to the ground by the men and continually kicked and stamped on her stomach.

  22. BreakingPregnant woman loses baby after attack

    A pregnant woman lost her baby after being kicked repeatedly in the stomach in Peckham on Monday, say police.

  23. TfL free travel passes 'investigated'

    Susana Mendonça

    BBC London 94.9 political reporter

    The mayor has confirmed Transport for London (TfL) is investigating whether free travel offered to people who live with Tfl staff is being properly allocated.

    Every TfL worker can currently nominate one person they live with to have a free travel pass, but there have been calls from the Conservative group on the London Assembly for the passes to be scrapped.

    Boris Johnson told Mayor's question time he was not in favour of scrapping the passes but said TfL had begun an audit of who has been allocated the free travel cards and he would "remove any that should not be in use".

  24. Hilton heir gets community service for flight disruption

    The younger brother of American socialite, Paris Hilton, has been sentenced to 750 hours community service and fined $5,000 by a judge in California, after he pleaded guilty to disrupting a flight between London and Los Angeles.

    Conrad Hilton

    Conrad Hilton, an heir to the Hilton hotel fortune, was accused of shouting profanities at passengers and threatening to kill the plane's crew.

  25. Sunny intervals expected

    It will be a cloudy start to the afternoon but sunny intervals should develop for many, giving a warm and rather humid feel. It will then become cloudier from the north later, with a little rain possible by evening across Watford.

    Top temperature: 26C (79F).

  26. Lunchtime bulletin

    BBC London News

    On the programme at 13:30 on BBC One: Are you one of the rail commuters failing to claim from a £56m pot set aside for delays?

    And we have a bird's eye view of Hyde Park to show what's in store for music fans here in the capital.

  27. City Cruises reacts to boat crash report

    City Cruises has responded to a Marine Accident Investigation Branch report which found its pleasure boat Millennium Time crashed due to a steering problem

    Damaged caused by crash

    City Cruises said it "regrets any incident involving its vessels as the safety of its passengers, crew and other vessels".

    However, it disputed there being issues with its steering system and said "all its vessels go through rigorous, and independent, safety checks" and the report's claims that the mate who was steering the boat at the time, did not hold a Boat Masters Licence was inaccurate and that "City Cruises would like to make it clear that the operation and helming of the boat was fully, and legally, compliant".

  28. The Terminator takes on Boris

    London Evening Standard


    The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, hired a Boris Bike and set off to do some London site-seeing this morning.

    According to the Evening Standard he aid a visit to Buckingham Palace, before navigated the roundabout at Piccadilly Circus, or "Piccadilly Square" as he referred to it, and cycled through Leicester Square and Regent Street. Did you spot him?

  29. Boris: 'We can't rattle peoples teacups'

    Susana Mendonça

    BBC London 94.9 political reporter

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said he is going to look into concerns that the night Tube set to be introduced in September will cause excessive noise and vibration for people living near stations like Baker Street.

    Tea cup

    Mr Johnson told Mayor's Question Time: "That is unacceptable and we will look at that... We are going to have a 24 hour Tube and we can't be rattling peoples teacups at 3 o'clock in the morning."

  30. Trial date set for Hatton Garden heist

    The nine men charged in connection with the Hatton Garden raid over Easter have had a provisional trial date set for 16 November.

    Hatton Garden drill hole

    Terry Perkins, 67, Daniel Jones, 58,, Hugh Doyle, 48, William Lincoln, 59, John Collins, 74, Brian Reader, 76, Paul Reader, 50, Carl Wood, 58, and John Harbinson, 42, are all charged with conspiracy to burgle.

    The nine men are due to formally enter pleas on 4 September.

  31. And she's off

    US First Lady Michelle Obama departs from Stansted Airport after a three day visit to England which included meeting Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince Harry and giving a rousing speech about education at Mulberry School for Girls in east London.

    Michelle Obama
  32. TfL should 'have greater rail role'

    Susana Mendonça

    BBC London 94.9 political reporter

    The Mayor of London says he is in favour of giving Transport for London (TfL) more of a role in suburban rail services so that customers can get the same access to refunds as Oyster card customers receive.

    Boris Johnson was responding to concerns from the Tory group at the London Assembly during Mayor's Question Time that more Londoners did not claim compensation for more than 3,000 train journeys that were late or cancelled. Assembly member Richard Tracey said only 15% of commuters eligible for compensation claimed it.

    Mr Johnson said: "The best way forward would be to give Tfl a role in some of these suburban rail services"

  33. Rail commuters 'fail to claim £56m in compensation'

    London's rail commuters are failing to claim £56m a year in compensation due to delayed trains according to the Conservatives on the London Assembly.

    London Bridge

    They claim the process is too difficult and they're calling on the Mayor to "encourage" train companies to make the process easier.

    The body representing rail operators, the Rail Delivery Group, say they've seen the number of claims rise by 12% over the past year.

  34. Concrete house listed

    A concrete house in Camden has been awarded listed status by Historic England.

    Camden House

    Brian Housden designed the house or his family and said he drew on influences from European modernism to the houses of the Dogon Tribe of Mali.

  35. Boris' housing response is 'hardly an answer'

    London Assembly Lib Dem member Stephen Knight, said to Boris Johnson during Mayor's Question Time "you promised you could build 39,000 homes on GLA (Greater London Authority) land" but said the actually figure comes to just over 1,000 since 2008.

    Mr Johnson replied: "Actually we've disposed of 94% of GLA land, much of that is since I became mayor and much of that is now being built on. If the figure of 1,000 is right, which I doubt very much, I'm sure it will rise very sharply....You only have to look out the window to see there's huge amount of construction going on."

    Mr Knight was less than impressed with the response, retorting with "saying they're in construction now is hardly an answer Mr Mayor".

  36. Boris admits Cycle superhighway defeat

    Susana Mendonça

    BBC London 94.9 political reporter

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson has told the London Assembly that only eight cycle superhighways will be complete before he leaves office.

    Boris Johnson

    Mr Johnson said he had hoped to build 12, but that will not happen as the developments have to be done in a way that maintains the viability of London.

    Liberal Democrat Caroline Pigeon accused the mayor of not achieving his manifesto pledge of tripling the number of cycle superhighways during Mayor's Question Time at City Hall.

  37. Picture perfect

    Beth Rose

    BBC News Online

    It may have been taken last night, but let's not let that get in the way of a good picture.

    Met Police on the Water tweet: The Marine Policing Unit do love a picture of Tower Bridge. Looking pretty special tonight.

    Tower Bridge
  38. Larkin honoured in Poets' Corner

    Philip Larkin is to be honoured with a memorial floor stone in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey.

    Philip Larkin

    The dedication will be unveiled on 2 December 2016, the 31st anniversary of Larkin's death.

    He will join the names of the country's best-loved poets including WH Auden, TS Eliot and William Wordsworth.

  39. Consultation for Old Oak Common redevelopment

    Plans for the redevelopment of a large part of Old Oak Common in west London have been unveiled.

    The 46-acre site, owned by the dealer Cargiant, will include 9,000 homes and is expected to create about 8,000 jobs.

    Consultation on the plans begins tomorrow at Cumberland House.

  40. Murray makes good start at Queen's

    BBC Sport

    Andy Murray made a winning start to his grass-court season with a straight-sets win over qualifier Yen-Hsun Lu at Queen's Club in West Kensington yesterday.

    Andy Murray

    The Briton won 6-4 7-5 at the Aegon Championships and will play Spain's Fernando Verdasco in round two.

  41. 55 Broadway re-development

    BBC London transport correspondent Tom Edwards tweets: Tfl given planning permission to redevelop 55 Broadway into flats, retail & offices. 23% affordable / social housing

  42. Foo Fighters cancel Wembley gig

    Rock group Foo Fighters have cancelled a number of gigs in the UK, and the rest of Europe - including the ones at Glastonbury and Wembley - after frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg during a concert in Sweden last week.

    Dave Grohl

    Grohl apologised saying that doctors had advised him to rest.

  43. What housing crisis?

    London Evening Standard


    A reminder that the struggle faced by many in finding a home they can afford is far away from some corners of the city.

    The Evening Standard reports a luxury penthouse in one of Mayfair's oldest streets has gone on the market for £30m complete with its own library, art gallery and a 136-page brochure.

    A mystery buyer is thought to have already been lined up for the three-bedroom Mellier suite, at 26 Albemarle Street.

  44. League One and League Two fixtures

    BBC Sport

    Fixtures for League One and Two have also been released this morning. Here's what you can expect from games involving London clubs on the first day of the season - 8 August.

    • Shrewsbury v Millwall
    • Wimbledon v Plymouth
    • Leyton Orient v Barnet
    • Portsmouth v Dagenham and Redbridge
  45. Boys in court over murder

    Two 16-year-old boys are due in court later accused of the murder of 18-year-old Stefan Appleton who died in Islington last Wednesday.

    Stefan Appleton

    The teenagers will appear at Highbury Corner Youth Court later.

  46. Education 'for every girl on this planet'

    Vanessa Feltz

    Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    We're talking about America's First Lady, Michelle Obama, on the programme this morning after she called for "every girl on this planet" to have an education, during a speech at Mulberry School For Girls in east London yesterday.

    Michelle Obama

    What do you think about her call for education? You can listen live on BBC London 94.9 and contact the team on 020 7224 2000.

  47. Football fixtures taster

    BBC Sport

    Football fixtures for next season - starting on 8 August - have just been released and here are a few clashes for that day to whet your appetite.

    • Arsenal v West Ham
    • Chelsea v Swansea
    • Brentford v Ipswich
    • Cardiff v Fulham
    • Charlton v QPR
  48. Premiership fixtures released

    BBC Sport

    Fixtures for the new 2015-16 football season have just been released with matches for the Premiership down to to League 2.

    Chelsea celebrate winning the Premier League
    Image caption: Chelsea won the Premier League by eight points in 2014-15

    But supporters of Scotland's 42 clubs must wait until Friday to find out what lies in store for them next season.

  49. Cryptic proposal

    The Times

    A lawyer from London chose an unusual place to make a marriage proposal - The Times crossword.

    Matthew Dick persuaded the paper to include clues and answers which would help him pop the question to his girlfriend, Delyth Hughes, on her birthday during a holiday in Cornwall.

    After completing the answers - and a 30 second pause - she reportedly said yes.

  50. Hackney shop fire 'accidental'

    The cause of a fire at a joinery shop in Hackney which took more than 70 firefighters to get it under control was accidental, London Fire Brigade has concluded following an investigation.

    Hackney Fire

    The blaze, which started at the joinery shop in Yorkton Street at lunchtime on Monday and took five hours to bring under control, saw a man in his 50s taken to hospital and treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

  51. Pleasure boat 'had problems'

    A pleasure boat involved in a crash that injured nine tourists had steering problems, says a report.

    Damaged caused by crash

    The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) says it was difficult to keep the vessel Millennium Time on a steady heading before it struck a tug on the River Thames in July 2014.

  52. Warm and rather humid

    BBC Weather

    It will be a cloudy start in places but sunny intervals should develop for many, giving a warm and rather humid feel.


    It will then become cloudier from the north later, with a little rain possible by evening across Watford.

    Maximum Temperature: 26C (79F)

  53. Broken down train between New Cross and London Bridge

    Louise Pepper

    Journalist, BBC London

    A broken down train between New Cross and London Bridge is causing disruption to Southeastern services.

    There is heavy traffic on the A11 westbound from Mile End to Aldgate due to road works.

    And there is queuing southbound on Tower Bridge due to the delays on Tower Bridge Road after overnight works.