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  1. Updates for Thursday 17 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather resumes at 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Watch: Homeless family's seven temporary homes in four years

    Coach driver Dhiresh Kara, his wife and three daughters have lived in seven different homes since being evicted from their privately rented property in 2011.

    Dhiresh Kara

    New figures released by the government suggest that in September 2015 there were 68,560 households in England living in temporary accommodation - a 13% rise on the previous year.

    Harrow council in London said it was doing the best job it could to "make sure these people have got a roof over their heads", adding that the situation "is destroying communities because people cannot put down roots".

  3. More than 103,000 children 'homeless at Christmas' in England

    The number of children spending Christmas in temporary accommodation in England has reached a seven-year high, the housing charity Shelter has said.

    New figures show there were 14,670 households accepted as homeless between July and September, the largest number since 2008.


    According to Shelter, more than 103,000 children will spend Christmas in B&Bs, hostels or temporary rented homes.

    Ministers said the figures were still half the 2003 and 2004 peak.

  4. Baby destruction trial: Defendants' actions 'Incomprehensibly evil'

    Kevin Wilson

    Malcolm McHaffie, CPS London Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "The incomprehensibly evil actions of these two defendants have cruelly snatched away the life of an unborn baby boy who was just weeks away from being brought into the world.

    "I would like to thank the victim for her courage in giving evidence against her attackers in this heart-breaking case."

    Kevin Wilson (pictured) and his 17-year-old accomplice will be sentenced in February.

  5. Margaret Thatcher auction in London raises £4.5m

    Margaret Thatcher
    Image caption: Margaret Thatcher and President Ronald Reagan pictured in 1988

    An auction and online sale selling clothes and artefacts from Margaret Thatcher's prime ministerial career has raised more than £4.5 million. 

    In a sale hailed as historic by auctioneers at Christie's in London, a collection of 185 items belonging to the Iron Lady that went under the hammer at the live sale smashed expected bids by thousands of pounds each. 

    The top selling lot was a model of an American bald eagle awarded to the former premier in 1984 with the message: "With best wishes from Ronald Reagan." 

    It was bought by an online buyer for £266,500 after it was expected to fetch a maximum bid of £8,000. 

  6. 'Serious questions' for Met over death of bailed rapist

    Scene of the murder in Paddington
    Image caption: The bodies of Hassan and Zohra Amrani were found on 14 February

    The Metropolitan Police face "serious questions" over the death of a convicted rapist who is believed to have killed his parents after being granted bail, the family's lawyer has said.

    The body of Ashraf Amrani, 30, was discovered on a first-floor roof in Westbourne Park Road, west London, on Friday 13 February. 

    His parents Hassan, 72, and 59-year-old Zohra were later found dead at their home in the same street when police went to inform them of their son's death. 

    At a pre-inquest review at Westminster Coroner's Court in London, assistant coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe said the "tragic incident" happened while Ashraf Amrani was out on licence after serving a prison sentence. 

    James Mehigan, representing Mr and Mrs Amrani's daughter Tofha, Ashraf's sister, told the hearing: "This is a sex offender, on the sex offender's register, on licence. He was accused of committing a relatively serious violent offence and admitted taking drugs, both in breach of his licence.

    "There are serious questions as to why he was not recalled (to prison) as well as why he was given bail."

    The hearing was adjourned for a further pre-inquest review on 11 February.

  7. Your response to anti-pee paint trial

    Josephine McDermott

    BBC News, London

    Anti-pee paint

    The anti-pee paint story has been in the most read section of the website.

    Monika, a duty manager at Nuffield Health, has to clean up the urine left in Bateman's Row, close to Old Street.

    She said: "It's not very nice. When I open it's the first thing I go check. People pee in the fire exit.

    "Sometimes there's sick too. I have to hose it down.

    "It smells particularly bad after the weekends."

    On hearing about the new paint, Monika laughed and said: "It's an interesting idea."

    But she said better lighting would also help.

  8. Podcast tells unsolved Daniel Morgan axe murder story

    Golden Lion
    Image caption: Mr Morgan was attacked shortly after drinking in this Sydenham pub on 10 March 1987

    A new crime podcast is hoping to shed light on the unsolved murder of a  private investigator.

    Daniel Morgan was found dead in a London pub car park in 1987.

    Despite five police investigations, nobody has been convicted of his murder.

    His brother Alastair Morgan has joined investigative journalist Peter Jukes to tell the story of his brother's murder in weekly episodes on Serial.

  9. Councils to get guaranteed budgets 'until 2020'

    Councils will be given guaranteed budgets for the "first time ever" for every year of the current Parliament until 2020, Communities Secretary Greg Clark has announced.

  10. London's Air Ambulance carol concert raises £10,000

    Asad Ahmad

    BBC  London presenter Asad Ahmad has taken part in the London’s Air Ambulance's annual Christmas Carol Service to help raise funds for the charity.

    In total £10,000 was donated during the celebration at St Andrew Holborn Church.

    The service was led by Fr Mark Young while Asad led the readings at the service alongside an ex patient and the charity’s Lead Paramedic, Sharon Mortimer.  

    Babington House School Choir and Singology shone throughout the night as they filled the historic medieval church with carols.

    London's Air Ambulance delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London.

  11. 'I will never get to watch him take his first steps'

    In a victim impact statement, Miss Bantala told how she hated being referred to as the victim when the "real victim" was her beloved son Joel. 

    She wrote: "Joel never got to meet me properly, never know how much I love him. 

    "I will never get to see him smile, watch him get his first tooth or to take his first steps.

    "I will never get to watch him at university or see him graduate. I will never get to be the mother of the groom.

    Quote Message: I love my son so much words cannot describe it. The moment Joel was taken from me I lost everything. from Malorie Bantala
    Malorie Bantala

    She said she would have brought her son up to be "100 times the man Kevin would ever be".  

  12. Latest travel: A40 westbound down to one lane

    BBC Radio London

    Travel presenter Billy Reeves says: On the A40 Westway westbound only one lane is  open past the scene of a serious accident near the Northern Roundabout."

  13. Pregnant ex-girlfriend 'lost six litres of blood' in attack

    Malorie Bantala
    Image caption: Malorie Bantala

    The attackers were caught on CCTV fleeing on the youth's scooter, running a red light in their haste to get back to the estate where Wilson lived, a mile and a half away in Bermondsey. 

    Family and neighbours ran to Miss Bantala's aid but the baby boy was already dead. 

    Miss Bantala immediately told police her child's father's was responsible, saying: "He doesn't want the baby." 

    She was driven by police to Kings College Hospital where she was treated for life-threatening internal bleeding.

    As well as losing six litres of blood, she had broken two fingers in the hand she had used to try to shield her unborn child.

  14. 'He continued to kick my stomach'

    Malorie Bantala, 22, told jurors: "I remember looking at him and then something clicked in my mind and I said 'It's Kevin'. He turned round and we made brief eye contact.

     "I didn't have time to think anything because by the time I knew it, I was on the floor. 

    "Kevin proceeded to kick my stomach, probably three or four times and then he stamped on my stomach twice. 

    "By then I had screamed 'Kevin' for him to stop but he continued to kick my stomach. They were harsh kicks."

     Afterwards, she said Wilson had glanced back as she shouted out to him: "Kevin, I'm going to kill you, watch!" 

    As the verdicts were returned by the jury of nine women and three men, Miss Bantala became tearful. 

    She jumped from the well of the court and screamed at Wilson: "I'm going kill you. You don't understand. I hate you. Drop dead." She then ran from the court in tears.

  15. Unborn baby killer facing life behind bars

    A young man is facing life behind bars after he was convicted of killing his unborn baby by kicking and stamping on his heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend after she refused to have an abortion. 

    Teaching assistant Kevin Wilson, 22, and a 17-year-old boy were found guilty at the Old Bailey of child destruction and causing grievous bodily harm to Malorie Bantala (pictured) on 15 June this year.

    Malorie Bantala

    Earlier that day, the eight months pregnant Marks & Spencer worker had been buying decorations for her baby shower, returning home to Peckham in south east London at around 20:00.

    As she approached, Wilson and his accomplice emerged from bushes outside her flat where they had lain in wait disguised in crash helmets. 

    They launched a vicious attack, targeting Miss Bantala's bump as she lay curled up on the ground, desperately trying to protect her unborn child with one hand. 

  16. Baby destruction trial: Ex-girlfriend attacked when she refused a termination

    Wilson's ex-girlfriend Malorie Bantala, 22, gave birth at 32 weeks to a stillborn boy following the assault in London in June this year.

    Kevin Wilson and a 17-year-old youth who cannot be named  attacked her when she refused a termination.

  17. BreakingMan guilty of killing unborn baby

    Kevin Wilson, 22, and a 17-year-old accomplice have been found guilty at the Old Bailey of killing his unborn baby in a savage attack on his ex-girlfriend.

  18. Listen - Shearer: Something drastic has happened at Chelsea

    BBC 5Live

    Chelsea have sacked manager Jose Mourinho seven months after he led them to the Premier League title.

    The 52-year-old Portuguese had been in his second spell at the club, taking charge in June 2013.

    Former England striker Alan Shearer said: “I have never known a capitulation like it – for them to go from champions to where they are now is just incredible."

    "Something drastic has happened at Chelsea over the summer."

    "Everyone’s been so poor it’s unbelieveable so from that point of view I’m not surprised," added the Match of the Day pundit.

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    Video caption: Former England striker Alan Shearer has his say on Mourinho's departure from Chelsea.