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  1. Updates on Wednesday 25 November 2015
  2. News, sport and travel resumes at 08:00

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Hannah Gelbart

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Updates for London have now ended for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

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Stabbed boy's mother in tearful appeal

The mother of a teenager stabbed to death in north London is calling on other mothers who might have information to tell the police.

Annette Gill pleaded: "Please, my son is 17. Oh God".

Annette Gill

Alex Bushill will bring you more from the family of murdered Gary Scott, known as GJ, on BBC London News at 18:30 on BBC One.

The mother of a teenager stabbed to death in north London calls on other mothers who might have information to tell the police.

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Weather: A dry, cloudy night ahead

BBC Weather

Any rain across the north and west of the region this evening will clear away this evening to give a mostly dry, breezy, but rather cloudy night.

Minimum temperature: 11C (52F)

Police investigate Cardiff college fraud allegations

Police have launched an investigation after BBC Wales exposed an alleged scam at a college in Cardiff, ministers have confirmed.

A reporter, posing as a student, was offered a loan at a private college using fake qualifications.

It prompted the suspension of payments to West London Vocational Training College and to its Cardiff students.

Kazi Shajahan

Terror case wife was 'not radical'

A woman accused of plotting a terrorist attack in London has never shown any sympathy with extremist causes, a court has heard.

Mohammed Rehman and Sana Ahmed Khan
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The Old Bailey heard family members of Sana Ahmed Khan did not approve of her relationship with Mohammed Rehman, 25.

The pair, both of Reading, are accused of buying ingredients for a home-made bomb, inspired by radical Islamist material online

Mr Rehman and his wife, 24, deny preparing acts of terrorism.

A woman accused of plotting a terrorist attack in London has never shown any sympathy with extremist causes, a court hears.

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Elephant and Castle roundabout to be removed

The Elephant and Castle roundabout will be removed and two-way traffic reintroduced from this Sunday.

A CGI image of the area after redevelopment

TfL said this is the "first key milestone in plans to make the area safer for all road users".

From 2012-2014, 90 people were injured in more than 80 collisions at the junction.

Other changes included in the £25m project include new pedestrian crossings, cycle routes, a new public space and a 20mph speed limit.

The image shows what TfL says the area will look like after the redevelopment.

Headlines: British terror suspect jailed in Kenya, and man 'pushed under train' at Kentish Town

Hannah Gelbart

BBC London News

A London man who's on trial in Kenya accused of plotting terrorist attacks has been jailed for nine years

A pregnant woman was brutally beaten and lost her unborn baby after her ex-boyfriend said he was "not ready to be a father", the Old Bailey has heard

And a man has been hit by a train on the London Underground after reportedly being pushed from the platform at Kentish Town.

Heathrow expansion plans 'would be defeated in courts'

Plans to expand Heathrow will be defeated in the courts, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has predicted.

A plane flies low over houses in Heathrow

Labour's official position is to support a third runway at the airport if noise and air pollution conditions are met. But Mr McDonnell, a west London MP, has always opposed expansion.

He warned that there would be an immediate legal challenge if the government recommended development at Heathrow and suggested that alternative airports should be considered instead.

"I think if the government does come forward we are going to be back into the mire of legal actions and I can't see the project being sustained," he said.

"Already air pollution in my constituency around Heathrow is above EU limits.”

Cable car 'made a surplus' last year

Slow traffic around Gants Hill and on the M25 at Heathrow

BBC Travel

The Gants Hill Roundabout is slow on all the approaches. The traffic lights were stuck on red, although they’re fixed it’ll take a while to get back to normal.

The cones have been shifted again around the Elephant & Castle upgrade works. It's slow on all the approaches to the Elephant & Castle Roundabout, especially the New Kent Rd.

Add the ongoing Cycle Superhighway works holding things up on Upper Thames Street, and you’re crawling on Southwark Bridge Road in both directions between A3 (Elephant And Castle) and A3211 Upper Thames Street.

There's also queueing traffic on the A308 Hampton Court Road in both directions near the A311 Church Street, congestion on Upper Sunbury Road to Percy Road, on A308 Hampton Court Road to A309 (Hampton Court Palace) and on A309 Hampton Court Way to B364 (Thames Ditton) because of roadworks.

And to top it off the M25 is heavy in both directions approaching J14 (Heathrow).

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Problems on trains to and from Heathrow

BBC Travel

There is a reduced service on the Heathrow Express between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport due to overhead line problems. Tickets being accepted on London Underground services. 

Trains are now running to Terminal 5 at 25 and 55 minutes past the hour.

London bound trains from Terminal 5 will run at 27 and 57 minutes past the hour. Heathrow Connect trains are also affected. They are terminating at Heathrow Central.

Passengers for Terminal 4 and 5 can use the transfer service from Heathrow Central.

Police release images after 'man pushed commuter under train'

Police have released pictures of a man they are searching for after a commuter was allegedly pushed under a train at Kentish Town station today.

CCTV images of man

British Transport Police say the man was at the station at the time.

He is clean shaven, aged 20 to 30, about 5ft 11in, stocky and has short hair.

CCTV images of man

Killed baby 'was conceived following death of victim's nephew'

Malorie Bantala and her ex-boyfriend Kevin Wilson, who is accused of attacking her, met in the summer of 2011 ahead of their first term at the University of Bedfordshire in Luton.

They had a sexual relationship but it fizzled out in the middle of their first year, although they remained friendly, the court heard.

The baby was conceived when they slept together again around 15 November 2014 following the death of Miss Bantala's nephew from sickle cell anaemia, the court heard.

Mr Wilson is on trial for beating her and killing her unborn baby as he was "not ready to be a dad", the court heard.

Pregnant woman ‘had been buying baby shower decorations when attacked’

On the day she was attacked, Malorie Bantala had been buying decorations online for a baby shower with a friend, the court heard.

As she arrived home at about 20:00, she heard "rustling in the bushes" outside and two males in crash helmets emerged.

Despite hiding his face behind a scarf, she recognised the taller of the two as her ex-boyfriend, the prosecution said.

She was knocked to the ground and Mr Wilson began stamping on her and kicking her belly with "vicious blows" as she curled up on the ground, her right hand protecting her unborn baby, the court heard.

Ex-boyfriend 'beat pregnant woman to kill unborn baby'

A heavily pregnant woman was beaten in the street by her ex-boyfriend, who was intent on killing their unborn baby boy, a court has heard.

Kevin Wilson on trial
Press Association

Marks & Spencer shop assistant Malorie Bantala, 22, refused Kevin Wilson's pleas not to go ahead with having the child so on the evening of 15 June, he allegedly took matters into his own hands and recruited a teenager to help.

Disguised in motorcycle helmets, the pair set upon Miss Bantala in the street near her Peckham home, deliberately targeting her stomach in a "cowardly and callous attack", jurors were told.

She was left with life-threatening injuries and her baby boy was delivered stillborn by emergency C-section at 32 weeks gestation.

Teaching assistant Mr Wilson, 22, and a 17-year-old youth who cannot be named for legal reasons, are on trial accused of causing grievous bodily harm to Miss Bantala and child destruction. They deny the charges.

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Politician calls for police to investigate college 'fraud'

Police should investigate allegations of fraud at a college after an undercover investigation by BBC Wales, a politician says.

Kazi Shajahan was covertly filmed saying students could "make any certificate" and they would not be challenged

A reporter, posing as a student, was offered a loan at a private college in Cardiff using fake qualifications.

It prompted Education Minister Huw Lewis to suspend payments to West London Vocational Training College and to its Cardiff students.

Madonna returns to scene of Brits fall

Madonna has put the painful memory of the Brit Awards behind her with a triumphant return to London's O2 arena.

Madonna on stage

The pop star accidentally stole the show at February's awards when she was pulled backwards down the stairs by a malfunctioning matador cape.

huge cheer rang around the arena on Tuesday when she performed the same routine without a hitch.

The show also included a surprise appearance from Graham Norton, who gyrated with the star on stage.

Mayor must act now for better London NHS resources, says Dr Onkar Sahota

Responding to Michael Mansfield QC's recommendation that further closures to A&E services in North WestLondon must be halted, Labour London Assembly Health Spokesperson Dr Onkar Sahota AM, said:

“Today’s recommendation is welcome but it shouldn’t come as a surprise to the government. It’s basic common sense that if you shut down A&E services neighbouring hospitals will take a hit. 

"This undoubtedly means extra pressure on staff and resources and a longer wait for patients needing urgent care.

“The Mayor needs to step up to the plate and launch a strong lobby for better resources for London’s NHS. We need that action to happen now. 

"Without it we’re facing a very tough Christmas as overstretched services struggle to cope with the heavier workload the holiday period is destined to bring.”

Morrissey wins Bad Sex in Fiction prize

Singer and debut novelist Morrissey has won this year's Bad Sex in Fiction award for his debut book, titled List of the Lost.


The judges said they were swayed by an "ecstatic scene" involving two of the lead characters.

The book contains the lines: "Eliza and Ezra rolled together into one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation, shouting and screaming."

Morrissey was unable to attend the ceremony due to touring commitments.