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  1. Updates for Wednesday 30 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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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. Road closures for New Year's Eve celebrations

    BBC Travel

    A heads up for road closures tomorrow for the New Year's Eve fireworks displays and celebrations in the capital. 

    From 14:00 all roads will be closed from Southwark Bridge to Buckingham Palace and Lambeth Bridge. Routes along the north side of the Thames will also be closed between the City and Buckingham Palace. 

    TfL New Year's Eve road closure map

    From 1700 roads around Waterloo will close.

    And from 20:00 everything from Hyde Park corner to Holborn to Southwark Bridge to Imperial War Museum to Vauxhall Bridge to Victoria will close.

    The roads will all re-open from 05:00 on 1 January.

  3. Tonight's weather: A wet start, before drying off

    BBC Weather

    It will be a wet start to the night, with further heavy bursts of rain in places. 

    Drier conditions will develop from around midnight, with just a couple of showers persisting throughout. 

    Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

  4. Bamford apologises for Crystal Palace 'terrible loan' claim

    BBC Sport

    Patrick Bamford has issued an apology after describing his loan spell at Crystal Palace as "terrible".

    Patrick Bamford

    The Chelsea striker, 22, revealed he was returning to Stamford Bridge following Palace's 0-0 draw with Swansea on Monday, apparently before he had told Eagles' manager Alan Pardew.

    "That was my last game for Palace. It has been terrible," he said.

  5. On air: Warnings over New Year's Eve firework crowds and seven are injured in a bus crash

    BBC London News

    On the programme at 18:45 on BBC One: Those without tickets to the New Year's Eve fireworks display are warned to avoid certain areas in central London where crowds will gather ahead of the celebrations. 

    And seven people are taken to hospital after a crash between a bus and a van in Leyton, east London.

  6. Murder arrests after man dies from blunt trauma in Greenwich flats

    A murder investigation has started after a man died at a storage facility within a block of flats in Jessups Close, Greenwich yesterday lunchtime. 

    A post-mortem examination revealed he died from blunt force trauma to the head and chest, the Met said.

    Two men, aged 45 and 46, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. 

  7. 'Missing woman' found safe and well

    A 27-year-old woman who we said police were looking for earlier today, after concerns were raised for her welfare, has been found safe and well.

    Lauren Argent was found earlier this afternoon, the Met said. 

  8. Man charged with murder after Islington death

    A man will appear in court tomorrow charged with murder following an incident in Islington.

    Timchang Nandap, 22, of Pett Street, Woolwich, has been charged with the murder of a man, aged in his 30s, following an incident in Hilldrop Crescent, yesterday.

    Mr Nandap will appear in custody at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court.

    A post mortem examination is scheduled to take place at Whittington Hospital mortuary at 09:30 tomorrow.

  9. UK house price growth picks up in December

    Average house prices grew strongly in December according to the latest survey from building society Nationwide.

    Prices rose 0.8% in the month compared with 0.1% in November.

    Overall in 2015 house prices rose by 4.5%, with the average price of a property in the UK now at £196,999.

    London remained the strongest performing region for the fifth year running, with average prices up 12% compared with a year ago, according to Nationwide.


    But it did not expect house prices in the capital to continue to see above average growth next year, pointing to the fact that property was becoming unaffordable for many in the city.

    Average prices in the London are now 50% above their pre-crisis peak in 2007, while in contrast property values in Northern Ireland remain 44% below their pre-crisis peak, despite rising by 6.5% in the last three months of the year.

  10. Circle, Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan and Overground lines partially suspended

    BBC Travel

    Circle Line: There is no service via King's Cross St Pancras between Hammersmith and Tower Hill due to engineering works.  

    Hammersmith and City Line: There is no service between Hammersmith and Aldgate East due to engineering works.

    Metropolitan Line: There is no service between Baker Street and Aldgate and reduced service on the rest of the line due to engineering works.  

    Northern Line: Tufnell Park station is closed due to lift replacement works.  

    London Overground: There is no service between Richmond and Willesden Junction due to engineering works.  

    For the latest, visit BBC Travel

  11. Thames Cable Car disrupted due to weather

    BBC Travel

    There is currently no service on the Thames Cable Car between Royal Docks and Greenwich Peninsula due to high winds.  

    For the latest, visit BBC Travel

  12. Man stabbed in Finchley in afternoon attack

    A man has been stabbed in Finchley this afternoon.

    Finchley High Road

    The man in his 50s was attacked at about 15:10 on Finchley High Road, near the junction with Huntingdon Road. He is in a critical condition. 

    Anyone with information is urged to contact Scotland Yard

  13. A3211 is closed with traffic queues on the A219

    BBC Travel

    The A3211 Lower Thames Street in City Of London is closed westbound between the A100 Tower Bridge junction and the A300 Southwark Bridge junction due to major Cycle Superhighways work. 

    Diversions are in place via Minories, Goodman's Yard, Mansell Street, Aldgate High Street, Fenchurch Street, Cannon Street and Queen Victoria Street.  

    And there is queueing traffic on the A219 Wood Lane Southbound between A40 Westway (White City) and A4020 Uxbridge Road (Shepherd's Bush Green) due to the amount of traffic in and around Westfield.

  14. Manchester City Women sign Chelsea Ladies' Marie Hourihan

    BBC Sport

    Marie Hourihan

    Manchester City Women have signed Chelsea Ladies' former England Under-23 goalkeeper Marie Hourihan.

    The 26-year-old, who helped Chelsea pip City to this year's WSL 1 title, had been with the club since July 2013.

    She started six matches for Chelsea this year as Sweden's Hedvig Lindahl became Chelsea's first-choice keeper.

  15. Listen: Oxford graduate turned down by London sperm bank over dyslexia

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    An Oxford graduate has been told by the London Sperm Bank that his sperm is not suitable because of his dyslexia.

    Software engineer, Fred Fisher said he was shocked by the decision and says he sees dyslexia as a gift.

    The private clinic's parent company, JD Healthcare, now says it's reviewing its policy and has denied the practice amounted to "eugenics".