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  1. Updates for 29 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Debabani Majumdar

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

    We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Join us then.

  2. Tonight's weather: Cloudy and windy, but mild

    BBC Weather

    It will become cloudier and windier tonight, with possible gales on high ground and the odd light rain or drizzle.

    London weather

    But it will stay mild, with a low temperature of 10C (50F).

  3. Evening news: Fatal house fire latest and special report on 75 years since Blitz

    BBC London News

    On BBC London News this evening, we will have more on the fatal house fire in Forest Gate that left a man dead on Christmas Day. Two people have been arrested.

    And a special ceremony was held outside St Paul's Cathedral to mark the 75th anniversary of one of the worst nights of the Blitz - which came to be known as the Second Great Fire of London.

    All this and more at 18:48.

  4. Travel: Tailbacks in Gypsy Corner and road blocked in Stoke Newington

    BBC Travel

    Perivale: All lanes open after earlier car fire on A40 Western Avenue between Hanger Lane and Alperton Lane. Tailbacks to Gypsy Corner will take some time to clear.

    Stoke Newington: Stoke Newington High Street northbound is partially blocked due to an accident at Brooke Road. Spitalfields: Great Eastern Street eastbound is closed and traffic is moving slowly due to emergency repairs at Shoreditch High Street. City: Lower Thames Street westbound is closed due to roadworks between Tower Bridge and Southwark Bridge.

  5. Transport for London's £148m funding for local projects

    Transport for London will spend £148m, funding a variety of transport projects in the capital's boroughs in 2016-17.

    Bank of England
    Image caption: The Bank junction will see wider footways and cycle routes

    The projects include:

    • City of London: £1.4m - including £200,000 to make Bank Junction safer, with widened footways and cycle routes
    • Westminster: £6.4m - including £1m to improve public spaces and create better cycling routes through the West End, including at Cambridge Circus and Villiers Street
    • Kensington and Chelsea: £2.1m - including £150,000 for pedestrian improvements at the junction of Old Brompton Road and Pelham Street
    • Camden: £4.9m to transform the area around Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street, improving public spaces, streets, walking and cycling
    • Islington: £2m - including £350,000 for road safety improvements, traffic calming measures and pedestrian crossings
    • Southwark: £4.1m - including £820,000 to improve safety at Camberwell, particularly for cyclists and pedestrians
  6. Terror couple 'very close to carrying out an attack'

    Following the verdicts at the Old Bailey, Susan Hemming, head of the Crown Prosecution Service's counter-terrorism division, says Mohammed Rehman and Sana Ahmed Khan had carried out "huge amounts of research" online. 

    "The pair had been very close to carrying out an attack, all they required was to purchase the chemicals to make a detonator.

    "There is little doubt that, had Rehman and Ahmed Khan not been stopped when they were, they would have attempted to carry out an act of terrorism in London."

  7. English Heritage to mark 1966 win, the Great Fire of London and Shakespeare's death

    English Heritage has revealed the landmark events that it will commemorate in London.

    A blue plaque at Bobby Moore's former home in Barking, east London will mark the 50th anniversary of England's 1966 World Cup win.

    Bobby Moore celebrating 1966 win
    Image caption: Bobby Moore celebrates England's 1966 World Cup win

    While the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death will be marked at The Globe Theatre in Southwark.

    The 1666 Great Fire of London which gutted the City will also be marked.

    The Globe Theatre
    Image caption: The Globe Theatre
  8. Firefighters called out 5,800 times over lost keys

    Firefighters were called out 5,798 times this year in response to people who were locked in or out of their homes.

    More than half of those calls were not what could be classed as an emergency, London Fire Brigade says.

    These call outs have cost taxpayers more than £9.5m over the last five years, the brigade adds.

  9. The City and East End hit by the Blitz

    On 29 December 1940, German bomber planes returned and turned the City of London and the East End into a burning pile.

    The first bombs were dropped at 18:15 and the raid was so fierce that a US war reporter cabled his office: "The second Great Fire of London has ­begun."

    Prime Minister Churchill called for St Paul's Cathedral to be saved at any cost.

    St Paul's cathedral after the bombing on 29 December 1940
    Image caption: St Paul's cathedral after the bombing on 29 December 1940

    Below is an image of the City and East End in the days after the Blitz resumed after a lull during Christmas.

    Effect of the Blitz on the City of London
    Image caption: Effect of the Blitz on the City of London
  10. More officers policing London on New Year's Eve

    Paul Murphy-Kasp

    BBC Radio London

    At least 6,000 Met Police officers will be patrolling London this New Year's Eve thanks to ongoing fears of a terror attack. 

    In central London, 3,000 officers, including firearms officers, will be looking after revellers.

    New Year's Eve fireworks

    Last year, 4,200 officers looked after the whole of London on New Year's Eve. 

    It comes as Austrian police warn capital cities across Europe they could be a target for terrorist attacks before the New Year, and Belgian police arrest two people suspected of planning attacks in Brussels on New Year's Eve.

  11. Drivetime: More police on patrol for New Year's Eve

    BBC Radio London

    On Drivetime this evening, we are talking about the decision to have 1,800 more police officers, including armed officers, on patrol on New Year's Eve across London compared to last year. 

    And why are so many Londoners moving out of the capital and buying homes?

    All that and more from 17:00.

  12. BreakingMan stabbed to death in Islington

    A man has been stabbed to death in Islington, north London.

    Hilldrop Crescent, Islington

    Officers were called to an address at Hilldrop Crescent (above) at about 13:30 and found the man in his 30s. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    A man has been arrested over the stabbing.

  13. Couple planned attack on 7/7 anniversary

    Mohammed Rehman, 25, and his wife Sana Ahmed Khan, 24, have been found guilty at the Old Bailey of planning a massive terror attack on London to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 bombings.  

    Mohammed Rehman and Sana Ahmed Khan

    The couple were found guilty of preparing an act of terrorism and Rehman was also convicted of possessing an article for terrorist purposes. 

    They will be sentenced on Wednesday.  

  14. 'Silent bomber' couple guilty of London terror attack plan

    Mohammed Rehman, 25, discussed targeting the London Underground and Westfield shopping centre on social media under the name "Silent Bomber".

    Chemicals for bomb making were found at his Reading home.

    Rehman and wife Sana Ahmed Khan, 24, were found guilty of preparing terrorist acts.

  15. London churches and their partnerships with professions

    Beth Rose

    BBC News Online, London

    The churches of London sit solid and unwavering, providing solace and support to their congregations, but four of them have a very particular relationship with some of their worshippers.

    Temple Church
    St Bride's Church

    How did these churches become the spiritual home of actors, brewers, lawyers and journalists?

  16. London's year in pictures

    2015 was a year when London forged ahead with its new 26-mile train tunnel but disagreement over a night Tube service prompted strikes and disruption.

    Crossrail's 26-mile tunnel

    It also marked 10 years since the 7/7 bombs that shook London.

    Composite image showing First Responders To The 7/7 London Bombings (Top L-R) Metropolitan Police Constable Elizabeth Kenworthy, Paramedic Craig Cassidy, Paramedic Eoin Stuart-Walker (Middle L-R) Police Sergeant Shane Joshua, Firefighter Cem Cam, Detective Sergeant Louise Rochester (Bottom row L-R) Gary Stevens, Access Manager for London Underground, PC Ashley Walker, Firefighter Stephen Hockin.

    And views about the capital from across the pond led to some bristling.

    Donald Trump