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  1. Updates for Thursday 31 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Monday 4 January 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Updates for London have ended for the day (and for 2015).

    We'll be back on Monday 4 January 2016 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Happy New Year.

  2. New Year's Eve weather: Rain will clear as temperatures dip

    BBC Weather

    A narrow band of squally rain, perhaps locally thundery, will clear quickly eastwards early evening to leave a dry, clear and frosty night with light winds. 

    Rural areas such as around Hampstead Heath might just about see temperatures dip to freezing to give an air frost. 

    Minimum temperature: 1C (34F)

  3. John Still named as Daggers boss for third spell

    BBC Sport

    Dagenham and Redbridge have named John Still as their new manager - the third time he's been the Daggers' boss - having been in charge 1992 -1994 and 2004 - 2013.

    John Still

    That second spell saw the club win two promotions from the Football Conference to League One.

  4. Pigs and piglets rescued from dual carriageway

    About 40 pigs had to be rescued by the RSPCA after they were found straying onto the busy dual carriageway, the A21 in Bromley. 


    The road near Knockholt train station had to be closed while three inspectors rescued the piglets and adults yesterday.

    RSPCA inspector Anthony Pulfer said: “These pigs must have been so scared. Luckily none of them were hurt, but it took us most of the day to round them all up and take them to safety."

  5. Could you face the dragons in the business den?

    If you've got a business idea the third Harrow Business Den is being held for budding entrepreneurs and small businesses.

    Entrepreneurs will get to pitch their ideas to leading professionals in a bid to win a year’s business support including a cash prize for their business, mentoring, the chance to test their business in a trading environment, access to business training courses and publicity. 

    Applications are open from 4 January until midday 1 February.

  6. 'Don't drink and drown' on New Year's Eve

    The RNLI is warning Londoners not to "drink and drown this New Year's Eve" following a number of alcohol-related emergencies.

    Over the past few days Tower lifeboat station was called to rescue a missing fancy dress Santa Claus who was feared to have fallen in the water, three drunken girls who were sick after celebrating on a party boat and an intoxicated man walkingon the railway lines on the Hungerford footbridge. 

    RNLI poster

    Adam Robson from the RNLI said: "Slips, trips or falls can happen all too easily and expectantly, especially if you’ve been drinking.

    "If you fall in to the River Thames’ fast flowing water, even if you’re a strong swimmer, you’re at huge risk of extreme danger. Mix this with the consumption of alcohol and you’ve got yourself a perfect cocktail for a potentially serious life or death situation."

  7. Islington stab victim is named as Dr Jeroen Ensink

    A man who was stabbed to death in Hilldrop Crescent, N7 on 29 December has been identified as 41-year-old Dr Jeroen Ensink of Islington. 

    Dr Ensink was a senior lecturer in Public Health Engineering at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

    Professor Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: "We are deeply shocked and saddened by the death of Jeroen Ensink.

    "Jeroen was passionately committed to a simple cause: improving access to water and sanitation in countries where children continue to die needlessly due to the lack of these basic services. 

    "He joined the School nearly 10 years ago, and his career as a researcher and educator crossed many continents, living and working in Pakistan, India, Vietnam, Tanzania, Malawi, and collaborating with numerous universities and international agencies. 

    "At the time of his death, Jeroen was leading a large study in the Democratic Republic of Congo to understand how improvements in water supply could control and prevent cholera outbreaks. 

    "He was a natural educator and immensely popular with students in whom he invested much time and energy; he provided support and inspiration in equal measure and many of his students are now successful researchers and public health professionals in their own right. 

    "Jeroen will be greatly missed by all the staff and students who had the opportunity to know and work with him, and the legacy of his work will continue in Asia and Africa. Our deepest condolences go to his family and friends.” 

    Timchang Nandap, 22, has been charged with his murder and is due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court today.

  8. Recreating Victorian London for Sherlock

    The cast and crew of Sherlock: The Abominable Bride give away their secrets about how they took Sherlock back to Victorian times.  

    Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

      The new episode will be premièred on New Year's Day.   

    Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
  9. Sports commentaries for the first games of 2016

    BBC Radio London

    BBC Radio London has a host of commentaries on the first sporting weekend of 2016:

    New Year's Day

    17:15 - QPR V Hull City available on BBC Radio London (94.9) and BBC London digital radio


    2 January

    12:45 - West Ham v Liverpool. First half available on BBC Radio London digital radio and BBC London online with the second half also available on BBC Radio London.

    15:00 - Birmingham City v Brentford on BBC Radio London (94.9) and BBC Radio London digital radio

    West Ham

    3 January 

    13:30 - Crystal Palace v Chelsea on  BBC Radio London Digital radio and BBC London online

    16:00 - Everton v Tottenham on BBC Radio London Digital radio and BBC London online

  10. Royal Mint squatters ordered by judge to leave

    A group of anti-capitalist squatters have been ordered by the High Court to leave the former Royal Mint complex opposite the Tower of

    The 20-50 strong group said it had taken over one of the Grade II-listed buildings in the City of London property on December 28 in protest over Britain's homelessness problem. 

    But a judge ruled two companies who are the leaseholders were entitled to possession of the whole of the Royal Mint Court property "forthwith". 

    The judge had been told there were fears of the buildings being invaded by hundreds of more trespassers for a New Year's Eve rave, risking civil disturbance and a huge costs bill.

  11. Review: London's political year

    Susana Mendonca

    BBC Radio London Political Reporter

    It's been a political year that's kept us on our toes 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.

    I've cobbled together some of my own videos and photos from the political news trail in 2015... and a bit of pro stuff courtesy of BBC News.  

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  12. New Year, new line-up on BBC Radio London

    BBC Radio London

    Things are changing on the BBC Radio London line-up for 2016.

    Vanessa Feltz show

    And Robert Elms will be moving to the new time of 10:00. 

    For all the latest changes check out the new schedule

  13. Today is so last year as Tower Bridge wishes everyone Happy New Year

    The people running the Tower Bridge Twitter account jumped the gun a bit after accidentally wishing everyone a Happy New Year 24 hours early.

    It's disappeared now, but here's how the tweet did look. 

    Happy New Year message

    It was swiftly followed up with this. 

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  14. Behind the scenes: Security operation at South Bank fireworks

    Marc Ashdown

    I'm filming all the preparation taking place near Big Ben ahead of tonight's fireworks and the security is tight!  

    You can catch my report on BBC One at 18:50.

    Security at NYE fireworks
    Security at Big Ben
  15. Watch: Future of one of London's leading sexual health clinics under spotlight

    A public consultation has been launched to decide the future of one of London's leading sexual health clinics.

    The Margaret Pyke Centre faces closure because of cuts to the public health budget. 

    The Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust says closing the centre will cause the fewest number of redundancies. But supporters of the centre,  which sees 600 to 900 patients a week, say it should stay open because of its outstanding level of care.

    BBC London's Celestina Olulode spoke to Danielle Mercy of the Trust earlier: 

    Video content

    Video caption: The future of one of London's leading sexual health clinics is under the spotlight
  16. Watch: Matthew Bourne on receiving a knighthood

    Choreographer Matthew Bourne has been made a knight in the latest New Year's Honours.

    Edward Scissorhands

    Mr Bourne started his own dance company over 30 years ago having trained as a dancer and over the years has created productions including an all male Swan Lake and a version of Edward Scissorhands.

    He describes how he felt when he opened the letter telling him he was going to receive a knighthood in the New Year Honours list.