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  1. Updates on Tuesday 8 December
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. BBC London News at 18:30: Business leaders say PM 'lacking leadership' over Heathrow and how police 'missed opportunities' to help man kept as a slave

    BBC London News

    Britain's leading business lobby group has accused the Prime Minister of lacking leadership over aviation expansion in the capital.

    A plane over Heathrow

    A decision over whether Heathrow is to get a third runway was promised before the end of the year. 

    But there's been growing speculation it will be pushed back several months - at least until after the mayoral election in May. 

    The boss of the CBI said further indecision could seriously harm the UK economy.

    Also, London's Metropolitan Police admits it "missed opportunities" to help a man who was held as a slave for more than two decades.

    Join us on BBC One at 18:30.

  3. Londoners pay highest rents, but splurge least on cigarettes and alcohol

    Clean living Londoners spend the least on cigarettes and alcohol in the the UK, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.


    The average spend per household is £3.20 per household per week, compared to an average weekly outgoing of £12.30 throughout the UK.

    Londoners spend three times more on rent per week (£96.20) than Northern Ireland (£28.70). 

    London rent costs per household are double those of anywhere else in the country. 

    People living in Northern Ireland spend the most on clothes and footwear (£35.90 per week), with Londoners coming second - spending £27.40 per week.

    Residents of the capital have the highest weekly household spend in the country at £616, compared to an average spend of £531 a week nationally.

  4. Syringes and sausages decorate Hirst Christmas tree in Mayfair

    A Christmas tree decorated with syringes, sausages and pill bottles has been put up outside The Connaught hotel in London.

    The Christmas tree decorated by Damien Hirst

    This Damien Hirst official designed tree is said to be inspired by the hope given by science and medicine.

  5. 'Dithering' on Heathrow expansion sends 'anti-business message', says business-backed campaign group

    A business-backed campaign has said the government's delay in coming to a decision over Heathrow's future sends an "anti-business message". 

    A plane taking off

    Let Britain Fly is a campaign group pushing to expand airport capacity in London and the South East to support jobs and growth.  

    Its director, Gavin Hayes, said: "The fact is that Heathrow is full: further dithering will only damage our manufacturers, our tourism industry and the ability of the capital to attract global companies."

    He said the business community was "exasperated" with the "lack of leadership" on this issue.

  6. Cat parcel ID: 'Ted should have got a passport'


    On Facebook, you're saying what you think about the cat that needed ID.

    Quote Message: Would have been fun to get Ted a pet passport from the vet's and take that to Royal Mail to pick up the parcel from Jo Hughes Facebook
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  7. Helicoter crash inquest: Jury retires to consider its verdict over deaths

    A jury has retired to consider its verdicts over the deaths of two men in a helicopter crash in central London.

    The scene of the helicopter crash

    Peter Barnes, 50, died when the helicopter he was piloting clipped a crane at The Tower, St George Wharf, Vauxhall, in January 2013. 

    Pedestrian Matthew Wood, 39, from Sutton, Surrey, was also killed as he walked to work. 

    Twelve other people on the ground were injured.

  8. Night Tube latest: Aslef union joins RMT in rejecting offer

    Plans for an all-night Tube service in London have suffered a fresh blow after Aslef union leaders rejected the latest pay and conditions offer. 

    The executive of the train drivers' union decided against accepting a proposed deal aimed at paving the way for the new service. 

    Last week the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) also rejected the offer by London Underground.

    The Night Tube was due to be launched in September but London Underground has failed to reach agreement with the unions on pay and conditions. 

  9. Security in London: Trump vs Johnson

    Our take on the battle of the blonds

    Donald Trump saying "Places in London are so radicalised police refuse to go there."
    Boris Johnson saying "The only reason I wouldn't go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump."
  10. Alleged getaway driver at Hatton Garden 'had double hip replacement and weak bladder'

    The alleged getaway driver at the Hatton Garden raid had a double hip replacement and a weak bladder, the court heard today.

    An image from the raid

    William "Bill" Lincoln was arrested in his black Audi A3 after being stopped by plain clothes officers in unmarked cars. 

    They pulled him out of the driver's seat after the front passenger side window was smashed open using a police baton. 

    Det Con Matthew Benedict told jurors he saw Mr Lincoln on the floor. 

    He said: "He was complaining of problems with his hips - said he had had a double hip replacement." 

     The court also heard that Mr Lincoln had a "weak bladder" and had to relieve himself on the side of the road before being taken to Wood Green police station. 

    Once at the police station he was not taken to the bathroom, despite asking several times, and wet himself, the court heard.

  11. Watch: Double-decker bus crashes in Sutton

    A double-decker bus lost control and collided with cars and trees in Sutton earlier today.

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    Video caption: Double-decker bus loses control and collides with cars and trees in Sutton.

    London Ambulance Service were called to the scene and treated the driver and two passengers in one of the cars and a passenger on the bus. Three people were taken to a south London hospital.

    Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

  12. Watch: The legacy of Philip Lawrence's murder

    It's 20 years since the headteacher Philip Lawrence was stabbed to death outside his school in west London. 

    He was protecting a pupil from a gang. Today his widow Frances said she wants him to be remembered as an inspirational figure who believed ''every child is capable of greatness''. 

    But the legacy of his murder reaches far beyond the school gates.

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    Video caption: Take a look at how the charity XLP's reaches out to at-risk young people.

    More on our 18:30 bulletin on BBC One.

  13. Tonight's weather: Dry and clear night

    BBC Weather

    Any showers will soon fade away this evening leaving a dry night with largely clear skies and lighter winds. 

    This will possibly allow a touch of frost to form in places, mainly sheltered rural boroughs such as Croydon and Hillingdon. 

    Lows of 4C (39F).

  14. Lord Lucan's death certicate decision to be taken in spring

    A decision on whether to grant a death certificate for Lord Lucan will be taken by a High Court judge in the spring.

    Lord Lucan

    The missing peer's only son, George Bingham, applied for his father's death certificate under the Presumption of Death Act which came into effect a year ago. 

    If his father is presumed dead he can inherit the title as 8th Earl. 

    Lord Lucan vanished after Sandra Rivett, nanny to his three children, was found murdered at the family home at 46 Lower Belgrave Street, central London, on 7 November 1974.

  15. Heathrow: Volkswagen scandal and air quality analysis

    And here's a reminder of the Volkswagen scandal Mr Goldsmith's alluding to. 

    • In September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that many VW cars being sold in America had a "defeat device" - or software - in diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested, changing the performance accordingly to improve results. The German car giant has since admitted cheating emissions tests in the US.  

    The implication is that air quality studies affecting whether Heathrow should be chosen to increase the UK's air capacity may now be inaccurate. 

    The BBC understands Mr Goldsmith is likely to say a further study on the environmental impact is needed.  

  16. Boris Johnson on Donald Trump: 'I wouldn't risk some parts of New York for risk of meeting Trump'

    The Mayor of London has added his voice to those condemning Donald Trump over his comments that "police are afraid for their lives" in "radicalised" London.

    Boris Johnson

    Boris Johnson said: "London has a proud history of tolerance and diversity and to suggest there are areas where police officers cannot go because of radicalisation is simply ridiculous. 

    "Crime has been falling steadily both in London and in New York - and the only reason I wouldn't go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.”

  17. Sadiq Khan says he wouldn't be allowed into Trump's America



    Earlier, Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan responded to Donald Trump's Muslim comments. 

    He said: "As a potential future Mayor of London I want to be able to visit and talk to other mayors in America and learn from what they’re doing.

    "If Trump has his way, I’d be stopped at US customs and turned back – alongside other Muslims wanting to go for holidays, work or family visits.”

  18. Trump claims police 'afraid' in London

    Donald Trump

    Claims by US presidential hopeful Donald Trumpthat parts of London are "so radicalised the police are afraid for their lives" have been attacked as outrageous and appalling by the Conservative and Labour candidates for London mayor.

    Conservative Zac Goldsmith said Mr Trump's position was "repellent". 

    Labour's Sadiq Khan said the billionaire "can't just be dismissed as a buffoon - his comments are outrageous, divisive and dangerous".  

    Trump claims police 'afraid' in London

    Armed British police officers maintain their usual patrol outside St Pancras international railway station in London, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.

    The prime minister joins the mayor of London in rejecting comments by US presidential hopeful Donald Trump that parts of London are "so radicalised the police are afraid for their lives".

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  19. Zac Goldsmith: 'Volkswagen car emissions scandal changed everything'

    BBC Politics

    More on Zac Goldsmith's position regarding Heathrow. He told journalists at a Westminster lunch he made his promise to quit if the third runway was approved to support Mr Cameron, but now regretted it.

    He said the case against Heathrow was clear but the Volkswagen car emissions scandal had "changed everything", meaning previous air quality calculations were invalid.