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  1. Updates on Tuesday 15 December 2015

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Sitala Peek

    BBC News, London

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    We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday to bring you more news, sport, travel and weather updates for London.

  2. Dame Tessa Jowel admits 'it hurt' to lose London mayoral bid

    BBC Radio London

    Dame Tessa Jowell has said in an exclusive interview that missing out on the race to be Mayor of London "hurt". 

    Dame Tess Jowell

    The Labour Party member told Eddie Nestor "of course it hurt, it still hurts me".

    You can listen to the full interview here

  3. Man admits stealing laptop as grieving parents attend funeral

    Franklyn Mathurin, 47, has pleaded guilty to burglary after he stole a laptop being used by a family during a funeral service to display photos of their six-year-old son.

    Mathurin, of no fixed abode, pretended to be a funeral guest at Pentecostal City Church in Scrubs Lane, Willesden, on 2 November and took the laptop while guests were attending the burial ceremony for Norris Tashan-Javan Martin, who died from a rare immune disease.

    Martin family

    The laptop, serial number 8CG42003G6, held all the families' photos of their son and has not been recovered.

    Norris's mother Pat Martin said: "That laptop has all of our memories of him, short of what we hold in our hearts. It doesn't mean anything to the person that's got the laptop. We just want the memories - please. If you don't want to be identified, just give it to someone to hand in."  

    Mathurin is due to be sentenced at Harrow Crown Court on 12 January.

  4. Severe delays continue between East Croydon and Purley

    BBC Travel

    Southern Trains customers are experiencing delays between East Croydon and Purley of up to 75 minutes owing to an earlier signal failure.

    There are no trains at all between Victoria and Horsham but tickets are being accepted by Southeastern, on the Tube and on London buses, as well as Gatwick Express and the Thameslink between Brighton and London Bridge.

    Between Brighton and Bedford tickets are also being accepted on East Midlands Trains, the Tube and buses.

    For the latest travel updates follow @BBCTravelAlert

  5. Man jailed for possessing terror-training material

    Press Association

    A gun-obsessed appliance engineer who claimed to be on the MI5 payroll has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for having a collection of terror training videos.

    Muslim convert Mustafa Abdullah, 34, of Binfield Road, Stockwell, south-west London, was stopped at Gatwick Airport last year as he returned from a trip to Syria. 

    Police examined his phone and computers and found gun instruction videos and audio files on guerilla warfare and combat equipment. 

    The Old Bailey jury found him guilty of 13 offences of possession of documents likely to be useful to a person preparing an act of terrorism. He was cleared of two other charges. 

  6. Someone has made a Tube map... from Quality Street sweets

    The brightly coloured wrappers lend themselves well to the different Tube lines, or so the guys at the Londonist think.

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  7. London house prices rising at 7% a year, says ONS

    House prices surged to another record high of £287,000 across the UK and hit the £300,000 mark in England for the first time on average in October, according to the Office for National Statistics.

    Sold boards

    The average price of a London home is now £531,000 - which represents a rise of 7.7% in the past 12 months.  

  8. Find out more about the Eritrean cafe that's become a TripAdvisor hit

    Shuwa Hagos and her sons changed their sandwich shop in Woolwich into a traditional Eritrean cafe in 2014.

    Within a few months the Blue Nile had become London's best restaurant on the website TripAdvisor. 

    BBC's Africa's Peter Okwoche went to test his taste buds.

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    Video caption: Eritrean cafe top ranked in London
  9. Devolution: Is this the future of healthcare?

    London's health devolution plans will lead to "better, more joined up healthcare in the capital", says the Chancellor.

    Making the announcement at Great Ormond Street Hospital earlier, he said it was "another crucial step in our devolution revolution and is the start of us handing over valuable healthcare power to local leaders in London."    

    Labour has previously voiced support for local control of health and social care budgets in Greater Manchester.  

  10. Litvinenko inquiry report to be published next month

    The report of the official inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko is to be published on 21 January. 

    The inquiry said its findings will be released in Parliament 48 hours after the report is delivered to Home Secretary Theresa May. 

    Mr Litvinenko, an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin, died after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium in a London hotel in 2006. 

    The inquiry, chaired by Sir Robert Owen, heard claims that the Russian president personally ordered the killing.  

  11. Latest headlines for London this lunch time: Science Museum crowds watch space launch and Hatton Garden accused held his silence to 'protect his friend'

    Sitala Peek

    BBC News, London

  12. London's weather: Mostly cloudy with rain moving north

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon a band of rain will move in from the southwest, becoming persistent and occasionally heavy this evening.

    Max temp: 11C (52F)

  13. 'Without her there's is a void' - mother of swing-crush girl says

    BBC London News

    The mother of a five-year-old whose daughter was crushed by a falling tree trunk while playing on a park swing in July, says she wants Tower Hamlets Council to be charged with corporate manslaughter.

    Vida Kwotuah said there was "a void" in her life without her daughter.  

    Alexia Walwenkaki

    Alexia Walenkaki's death is being investigated by police and the Health and Safety Executive.

    Tower Hamlets Council said it regularly checked and maintained all of its play equipment.  

    You can see that full report on BBC London's lunch time news from 13:30 on BBC One.

  14. Hatton Garden defendant maintained silence 'to protect his friend'

    Ben Ando

    BBC News

    Carl Wood was arrested at home on 19 May but refused to respond to any police questions.

    Explaining his behaviour, he told the court he had been advised by his solicitor not to say anything during questioning that might incriminate his friend.

    The prosecution asked: "Why didn't you just say: 'I wasn't there; I was at home?'"

    Mr Wood replied: "My legal advice had told me to make no reply."

  15. Defendant 'suspected his friend' of Hatton Garden burglary

    Ben Ando

    BBC News

    Mr Wood said despite being in daily telephone contact with his friend Daniel Jones, he had severed contact after news of the raid broke because he presumed his friend was busy.

    "I'd semi convinced myself Danny was involved and I didn't want to have anything to do with him, and I also assumed Danny was busy and didn't want to have any contact with me," Mr Wood, who is defending himself, told the court.

    The prosecution claims Carl Wood, 58, had planned the raid and went along on the first night the gang attempted to break into the vaults at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd.

    The Crown says he then lost his nerve and backed out of the enterprise on the second night. 

  16. Hatton Garden defendant told by perpetrator to 'keep watching the telly'

    Ben Ando

    BBC News

    One of the four men accused of being involved in the Hatton Garden jewel raid has told a court how a friend, who has already pleaded guilty to the burglary, rang him up before hand to tell him to watch the news.

    Carl Wood said he was hosting a family barbecue at home in Hertfordshire when his friend Daniel Jones called him to apologise for not being able to make the gathering.

    During that conversation Mr Jones, 58, of Enfield, said: "That thing I was talking about... just keep watching the telly," Woolwich Crown Court heard.

    Mr Wood said he spent the rest of the evening at home and denies plotting to burgle the safe deposit company or hide or handle the loot.