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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 23 December
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Christmas Eve

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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 Christmas Eve with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Tonight's weather: Cloudy night ahead

    BBC Weather

    This evening and tonight cloud will tend to increase through the evening with a few showers persisting through the night. 

    However, many places will remain dry. Winds will become southerly and strengthen, especially over higher ground such as the North Downs. 

    Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

  3. On air: An anti-terror hotline receives a peak in calls and the capital gets ready for Christmas

    BBC London News

    On the programme at 18:30 on BBC One: We're out and about in Covent Garden as the capital gets ready for Christmas.

    And we report on the Anti-Terrorism Hotline is receiving its highest ever number of calls.

  4. BBC London Christmas travel guide

    Festive train

    If you're heading off tonight or tomorrow for the Christmas and New Year break, make sure you check out BBC London's essential festive travel guide compiled by Paul Murphy-Kasp.

    Whether you're travelling by road, rail or bus  we've got it covered plus plenty of useful info regarding the Congestion Charge, the New Year's Eve fireworks display and the New Year's Day Parade.

  5. Baby girl born at Victoria Coach Station

    The parents of a baby girl have met the staff at Victoria Coach Station four months after they helped deliver her by Gate 11.

    Oluwatosin Kofoworola, 31, from Greenwich, unexpectedly went into labour at the station on 3 August.

    Oluwatosin and Peter Kofoworola with baby Victoria

    With no time to spare members of staff contacted paramedics and helped deliver the baby, aptly named Victoria. It is believed she is the first baby to be born at the station in its 85-year history. 

    Mrs Kofoworola said: “All of a sudden I started to feel waves of contractions. I just thought to myself – this just cannot be happening. The coach staff were absolutely amazing. It is going to be an amazing story to tell Victoria when she grows up how she came into the world – I just can’t wait”.

    Proud father Peter, 42, added: “I was ecstatic when coach station staff phoned up to tell me the happy news – confused at first but very happy."

    Victoria Kofoworola
  6. Hiddink tells squad to 'look at themselves in the mirror'

    BBC Sport

    Guus Hiddink has told his Chelsea squad to "look at themselves in the mirror" and be "ultra-critical".

    Guus Hiddink

    The Dutchman, a short-term replacement for sacked Jose Mourinho,also said he would have a "brief" chat with players who did not have the necessary desire.  

  7. Working on Christmas Day: The ravenmaster

    BBC London News

    While many of us will be enjoying the festive break at home with our families, for some Christmas Day will be like any other working day. 

    As part BBC London's series looking at unusual jobs in the capital, Sarah Harris went to meet the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London. 

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    Video caption: Raven master ar Tower of London
  8. Prop Adam Jones joins London Harlequins

    BBC Sport

    Former Wales and British and Irish Lions prop Adam Jones has signed a new contract with Harlequins.

    Adam Jones

    The 34-year-old, who earned 95 caps for Wales before quitting international rugby in January, joined Quins from Cardiff Blues during the summer.  

  9. Snoop Dogg and Christmas rabbits: The magazine digitisation project

    The BBC's Newsbeat team has pulled together some of the best Christmas covers to have graced our magazines.

    Snoop Dogg on the cover of Rolling Stone, 2006

    The Christmas specials are among a vast collection of 70,000 magazines about pop culture - dating back to 1910 - which are being sorted and digitised at the Hyman Archive in south London. 

    Mad magazine cover
    The New Yorker
  10. Superman and secret parties: A footballer's Christmas

    Jermaine Jenas

    Ex-Spurs & England midfielder on Football Focus

    Dressing up as Superman and parties behind the gaffer's back - I lift the lid on a footballer's festive season.

    Footballer's party

    Including the time the entire Tottenham team hired a private jet to get to Dublin, because Harry Redknapp said we couldn't have a Christmas party at home.   

  11. Severe traffic on the A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach

    BBC Travel

    The A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach in Greenwich is blocked and there is stationary traffic northbound at the A2203 Blackwall Lane junction, because of an accident.

    BBC Travel has classed this incident as severe.

  12. 'Hoverboard' using thief spared jail

    A teenager who used a "hoverboard" to enter a supermarket and steal a crate of Lucozade has been spared jail.

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    Video caption: A man using a 'hoverboard' steals a crate of drinks from a London shop

    Omaree Lindsay, 19, of Cecil Road, Croydon, rode into Co-Op in Streatham Road, Mitcham, on 6 September. 

    At Croydon Magistrates' Court he pleaded guilty to a number of offences including theft, failing to comply with a court order and driving a vehicle on the pavement and was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work. 

  13. PCs raise £5.5k for pensioner who had savings stolen

    Two police officers from Lambeth have raised more than £5,500 for an elderly man who had his life savings stolen by criminals posing as bogus police officers. 

    PC's Ben Ings and Simon Cracknell raised the money for Stan and presented him with a cheque at a specially-held 84th birthday party for him yesterday.

    Stan at Lambeth Police HQ with PC's Ben Ings and Simon Cracknell

    The Met said on 22 October at about 16:00 two men posing as police officers bullied their way inside his house and stole £8,000 - the money he was saving for his funeral. 

    Stan said: "I received a wonderful service and help in my time of need. I thank them for the human kindness they showed me in all contact - it was a wonderful tonic."

    E-fit of suspect
  14. Helping London's homeless at Christmas

    Press Association

    Homeless people in north London

    Homeless people from all over London are making use of the facilities at this year"s Crisis at Christmas centre at Haversack School in north London, which will be open over the Christmas period.  

  15. Justin Bieber and London NHS workers 'neck and neck' in chart race

    Justin Bieber and the Lewisham NHS Choir are almost neck-and-neck in the race for the Christmas Number One. 

    The Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir's single A Bridge Over You has almost closed the gap overnight and is now just 662 sales behind Bieber's Love Yourself. 

    Justin Bieber and NHS choir

    It's thought to be the closest Christmas Number One race since 2009, when Rage Against The Machine's single Killing In The Name was pitted against The X Factor winner Joe McElderry's The Climb. 

    Chief Executive of the Official Charts Company, said: "it really is too close to call" at the moment, but the result would be announced by 13:00 on Christmas Day.