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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 9 December
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Heathrow Express forced to change adverts after complaint, ASA says

    The Advertising Standards Authority says the Heathrow Express can no longer claim it runs every 15 minutes after a customer complained the frequency drops to once every 30 minutes later in the day.

    Heathrow Express

    Heathrow Express said the ongoing Crossrail engineering works were affecting the service, meaning three trains in each direction were cancelled after 22:00 from Monday to Thursday, leading to a half-hourly service at those times.   

  3. Tonight's weather: Windy, dry and mild

    BBC Weather

    It will be windy tonight with more cloud than yesterday, but also some brief clear spells. 

    The night is expected to be dry and mild with a minimum temperature of 9C (48F).

    London's weather
  4. Plane spotters take 'blind' test at Heathrow

    The decision on whether a new runway will be built at Heathrow is yet to be taken but people living in the area fear the move will make the noise from landing and take-offs worse.

    Video journalist Dougal Shaw visited a spot popular with plane spotters near Heathrow to test if they can guess the make and model of planes landing there, without seeing the aircrafts.

    Plane spotter
  5. Duke and Duchess help to raise millions for charity at City event

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge closed deals at the annual event for the global brokerage firm Icap to raise millions for charity.

    Celebrities, including Samantha Cameron, were cheered on by staff in fancy dress, including a couple of City brokers in shorts and high heels.

    The Duchess of Cambridge with trader Nigel Hagen
  6. Fall death inquest to look into past relationship

    A past relationship of a pregnant mother-of-two who fell to her death in north-west London last February will be examined by Westminster Coroner's Court, a pre-inquest hearing has heard.

    Georgina Drinkwater, 30, died after falling from Orpheus House building in Queens Park.

    Senior coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox said: "A past relationship of violence may have been a part of it." The inquest was adjourned until 5 April.

  7. BBC London News at 18:30: 32 alleged paedophiles identified at south London children's homes

    BBC London News

    Coming up this evening at 18:30, campaigners investigating decades of abuse in Shirley Oaks children's homes in south London say they have identified 32 alleged paedophiles.

    Also, documents obtained by the BBC show London mayor Boris Johnson rejected the chance to host the start of the Tour De France in September 2017.

    And, London has been in breach of EU safety limits on toxic gases released by diesel vehicles for the last five years.

  8. Watch: Proton Beam therapy centre is a 'game-changer for Londoners'

    "A game-changer for Londoners" is how the chief executive of University College London Hospitals has described the building of one of the country's first Proton Beam therapy centres.

    Until now, cancer patients who might benefit from the treatment have had to travel abroad. 

    But today a ceremony marked the start of work to build a facility in the capital, as Katharine Carpenter reports.

    Video content

    Video caption: Work starts on UK's first Proton Beam therapy centre
  9. In pictures: Tributes for Cynthia Payne

    Tributes have been paid to Cynthia Payne, Britain's best known madam, at her funeral in Streatham, south London. 

    Monty Python star Terry Jones, who directed a film inspired by her life, described her as "a lovely girl" who "lived life to the full".

    Cynthia Payne's funeral

    Payne, nicknamed Madame Cyn, hit the headlines when police raided her home during a sex party involving elderly men in 1978. She died last month, aged 82.

    Cynthia Payne
  10. Latest travel: Slow-moving traffic on M25

    BBC Travel

    Traffic on the M25 in Dartford is slow in both directions following an earlier accident on the anticlockwise and a breakdown on the clockwise route.

    Roadworks is causing queuing on A1202 Commercial Street southbound from A10 Shoreditch High Street and Great Eastern Street to A11 Whitechapel High Street.

    And there are delays of up to 40 minutes on Abellio Greater Anglia between Colchester and Liverpool Street due to a trespass incident. 

  11. Watch: Paralympic athlete has wheelchair stolen

    A paralympic medal hopeful has said he is ready to give up, after his customised wheelchair was vandalised.

    The damage to Richard Chiassaro's chair happened while it was stored at a sports centre at Harlow, and is so extensive it can't be repaired. 

    The athlete said he won't be able to get a new one until March - after most of the qualification events have taken place for the next Olympics.

    Video content

    Video caption: Paralympian says he is ready to give up, after his customised wheelchair was vandalised.
  12. Drivetime: a petition to ban Donald Trump from UK and depressing Christmas trees

    Eddie Nestor

    BBC Radio London, presenter

    Coming up on the show from 17:00, a petition calling for Donald Trump to be banned from entering the UK has gathered more than 200,000 signatures.

    And the Christmas tree outside Lewisham police station which has been nominated for Britain's Most Depressing Christmas tree.

  13. Lewisham Christmas tree is 'kettled'

    A Christmas tree in Lewisham, south-east London, has made it to the BBC's list of England's worst festive offerings.

    Rachel Hiley mocked the tree outside Lewisham police station on Twitter saying it appeared to have been kettled.  

    Christmas tree outside Lewisham police station
  14. Campaign video of Shirley Oaks residents launched

    The Shirley Oaks Survivors' Association (SOSA) launched a campaign video which included the testimonies of adults who were brought up in the 70 acre site near Croydon between the 1950s and 1980s.

    Former resident Raymond Stevenson said: "This video will enable victims to tell their story through a medium that cannot be tampered with or edited." 

  15. Shirley Oaks campaigners say paedophiles identified

    Tom Symonds

    Home Affairs Correspondent

    An investigation into decades of child sexual abuse and cruelty at the Shirley Oaks children's homes in south London has received allegations that 32 paedophiles were involved. 

    The Shirley Oaks Survivors' Association has compiled the accounts of dozens of former residents and says it will be making public a report next year. 

    Shirley Oaks sign

    Evidence will also be passed to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, chaired by Justice Lowell Goddard.  

  16. Death in false rape

    Eleanor De Freitas, 23, killed herself days before she was due to face trial for allegedly making a false rape claim.

    The 23-year-old had bipolar disorder and left notes saying she was frightened of going to court.

    Eleanor De Freitas

    Alexander Economou, who has been charged with harassing her father David De Freitas, will appear before Westminster Magistrates on 11 January.  

  17. Olympiakos 'fear factor' will help Arsenal, Wenger

    Arsene Wenger hopes his Arsenal side can capitalise on the "fear factor" against Olympiakos to make it through to theChampions League last 16.  

    The Gunners are in Greece today, needing to win 2-0, or by any margin if they score three or more goals in order to reach the next round.

    Arsene Wenger
  18. Busy year for London Underground

    There were 1.3 billion journeys on the Tube last year, rising by a third since 2001. 

    Commuters on a Tube train

    But 18 of the top 20 busiest days ever recorded were in 2015. 

    The top five busiest days were: 

    • 4 December 2015 - 4.821 million 
    • 27 November 2015 - 4.795 million
    • 9 October 2015 - 4.735 million
    • 28 November 2014 - 4.734 million
    • 29 October 2015 - 4.719 million