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  1. Updates for Christmas Eve 2015

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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 Tuesday 29 December with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Evening news: Christmas getaway, longing to go home for Christmas

    BBC London News

    OnBBC London Newsthis evening at 18:30 in a short bulletin, we will have the latest on the travel disruptions and how the roads, rail and airports coping with the Christmas getaway.

    We also meet 10-year-old Gabriella who has been at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for the past two months and is hoping, like 200 other children there, to go home.

  3. Tonight's weather: A chilly Christmas Eve

    BBC Weather

    Any lingering showers will soon die out tonight giving way to some good clear intervals. 

    It will feel chilly with perhaps a touch of frost in places.

    Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

  4. Christmas getaway: Delays at King's Cross and congestion on the M4

    BBC Travel

    There are delays of up to two hours out of King's Cross to the north of England and east coast of Scotland due to a broken down train between Grantham and Newark North Gate. 

    The disruption is affecting First Hull Trains, Grand Central Trains and Virgin Trains East Coast.

    On the roads, be prepared for delays as traffic is congested on the westbound M4 between Slough and Reading.

  5. Brentford boy thanks Met officers for saving his life

    A seven-year-old boy has met up with three Met Police officers who saved his life when he suffered a cardiac arrest at his home in Brentford, west London.

    Tami Akeju's parents dialed 999 on 25 April when his heart suddenly stopped. PC Darren Greenall and PC Ed Bengree responded and immediately began CPR, and were soon joined by Sergeant Allan Shields.     

    From left: Cynthia Akeju (Tami's mother), PC Darren Greenall, Tami Akeju, Sergeant Allan Shields, PC Ed Bengree

    Tami was given a shock from a defibrillator which was with a paramedic but the officers continued with chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and the boy's heart responded. 

    The child then underwent emergency surgery and is currently undergoing treatment at The Children's Trust after suffering brain damage as a result of the cardiac arrest.

    He greeted the officers saying: "Thank you for saving my life".

  6. Record gifts donated for London children in care

    The Metropolitan Police's annual appeal to the public to donate gifts for children in care has seen a record response with more than 11,360 gifts accumulated for vulnerable children.

    The force launched the Christmas Tree Gift appeal last month when Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe switched on the Christmas tree lights.

    Gifts at Met Police office

    Londoners were asked to take a tag from one of the trees in their boroughs, which had the age and gender of a child for which they could buy a gift.

    In addition to gifts more than £9,000 was also donated via the 'JustGiving' website.

    Gifts donated to Met Police's Christmas Tree appeal

    PC Rebecca Robinson, who organised the campaign, said the idea "seems to have captured the hearts of many people".

    "One lady left a comment that said because her daughter was no longer with us; she wanted to make a donation in her memory to help another child on Christmas day."

    Gifts donated to Met Police's Christmas Tree gift appeal

    Last year the Met Police officers hand delivered 6,840 gifts to care and foster homes, hospitals and refuges. The gift appeal began in 2012.

  7. Bolton, Fulham & Nottingham Forest given transfer embargoes

    BBC Sport

    Championship sides Bolton, Fulham and Nottingham Forest are under a transfer embargo for the rest of the seasonafter breaching Football League rules in 2014-15.

    Fulham and Forest both exceeded Financial Fair Play limits of permitted maximum losses of £6m for a season.

    Bolton failed to submit their required accounts and are unable make transfers until they comply with FFP obligations.

  8. Christmas dinner invite for care leavers

    Lemn Sissay
    Image caption: Lemn Sissay has written poetry and plays

    Young people who have spent part of their childhood in care are invited to special Christmas dinners by Manchester poet Lemn Sissay.

    The Christmas Day meals will take place in Manchester, Leeds and Londonafter Mr Sissay, who is Chancellor of Manchester University, raised £38,000.

    The poet, who was in a Wigan children's home from the age of 12 to 18, said he wanted to create happy memories.

    Christmas dinner invite for care leavers

    Lemn Sissay

    Young people who have spent part of their childhood in care are invited to special Christmas dinners by Manchester poet Lemn Sissay.

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  9. 'Fatberg' revealed in appeal over binning waste

    Thames Waterhas revealed images of a "monster fatberg" which was found in a sewer on Leather Lane, Clerkenwell in Holborn, over the weekend.

    Engineers have been working to reduce the mass of congealed fat, grease and non-flushable items like nappies to prevent the sewer from clogging and flooding.

    Congealed mass of fat in a sewer in Leather Lane

    Thames Water says it has removed 200,000 blockages from the capital's sewers over the past five years and are urging people to not pour leftover fat down their sinks but to cool it and bin the waste.

  10. Boxing Day matches: Premiere League commentaries

    BBC Radio London

    • Bournemouth v Crystal Palace - on BBC Radio London FM andOnlinefrom 15:00
    • Aston Villa v West Ham - on BBC Radio London Digital andOnlinefrom 15:00
    • Tottenham v Norwich City - onBBC Radio London Online from 15:00
  11. Boxing Day football: Brentford v Brighton

    BBC Radio London

    Our first Boxing Day commentary onBBC Radio Londonsport is the 13:00 kick off at Griffin Park, where Brentford play host to Brighton in the Championship (not available online).

  12. Crisis opens Christmas day centres

    Homeless charityCrisis has opened five Christmas day centresacross London for the festive period. 

    The centres will be open for 12 hours every day from 09:00 until 29 December and will provide facilities like dentistry, eyecare, work and learning advice, live music and entertainers.

    South East London Day Centre

    These centres at Westminster Kingsway College in north London, Kensington Aldridge Academy in west London, City of London Academy in south London, the City Academy in Hackney and the Deptford Campus of Lewisham College are in addition to residential facilities. 

    The charity is also providing mini buses to pick up people from designated points every day from 09:00 until 14:00.

  13. Listen: London's political year in review

    Susana Mendonca

    BBC Radio London Political Reporter

    It's been a fascinating year politically - from a General Election that defied the pundits, to the selection of the London Mayoral candidates and a London MP even became the Labour party leader.

    Here's flavour of the political stories we brought you here at BBC Radio London in 2015.

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    Video caption: London's political year
  14. Man charged with distributing terrorist publication

    A man has been charged with distributing a terrorist publication, Scotland Yard said. 

    Mohammed Alam, 31, from Croydon, was arrested at a business address in south London on Tuesday by officers from the Counter Terrorism Command.

    Armed officers were present when the arrest was made but no shots were fired. 

    Scotland Yard said he was charged under the Terrorism Act 2006 with distributing or circulating a terrorist publication. 

    He appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court this morning, where he was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on 8 January.

  15. On this day: London Coliseum opened

    London Coliseum

    The London Coliseum opened in St Martin's Lane in 1904. It was the first revolving stage in Britain.

    The home theatre of theEnglish National Operahas 2,358 seats.

  16. More than 400 presents donated at Wimbledon police station

    Wimbledon SW19 News

    Thanks to the generosity of families, businesses and local people in Merton, more than 400 presents and gifts for young people in care or living in vulnerable circumstances have beenhanded in at Wimbledon police station.  

  17. Watch: The childen spending Christmas in hospital

    This year around 200 children will have to spend Christmas day in Great Ormond Street Hospital.

    Ten-year-old Gabriella will be among them as she suffers from a very rare but complex condition that weakens her muscles. 

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    Video caption: Two hundred children will have to spend their Christmas at Great Ormond Street Hospital
  18. Afternoon weather: Heavy rain, sunshine later

    BBC Weather

    A band of heavy rain and strong winds will quickly spread eastwards this afternoon. 

    By mid-afternoon this rain will clear Romford, leaving behind long spells of sunshine and the odd shower. 

    Highs of 12C (54F).