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  1. Updates from London Live on Tuesday 2 February

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Updates for London have ended for the day but we'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

  2. How a boy from Eltham became the youngest person ever to swim the Channel

    At the age of 11, Tom Gregory, from Eltham, south-east London, became the youngest person ever to swim the English Channel.

    Tom Gregory

    When he was practising, most of the swimmers were from the council estates that surrounded the pool.

    "It was very earthy," he says today. "Almost all the kids were older. I was terrified."

  3. Coming up on air: how helpful will Sadiq Khan's housing proposals be?

    BBC London News

    Coming up on the early evening news at 18:30, BBC London's Tim Donovan will have more on Labour's London mayoral candidate promising help for people to get on the housing ladder. 

    Sadiq Khan said half of all new homes in the capital will be affordable if he wins. He also pledged to make it easier and cheaper to part-buy, part-rent a new home.

    But there are questions about just how many could be provided.

  4. Olivia de Havilland wins Oldie accolade

    Olivia de Havilland

    Gone With The Wind actress Olivia de Havilland has been honoured by satirical magazine The Oldie.

    The 99-year-old, who played Melanie Hamilton in the 1939 classic movie starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, was unable to travel from her home in France to collect her Oldie of the Year award in person at today's ceremony in London.

    But in a recorded message she said she was "utterly delighted" the judges deemed there was "sufficient snap in my celery" to win the accolade.

  5. Congestion in Fitzrovia due to a burst water main and delays out of Waterloo

    BBC Travel

    Bugsbys Way in Greenwich is closed between John Harrison Way and the A2203 Millennium Way after an accident. 

    And there is severe disruption in Fitzrovia due to a burst water main. The A5204 is closed in both directions between the Great Titchfield Street junction and the Wells Street junction. 

    On the trains, affecting several stations including Waterloo, the Great Northern Northbound service between Moorgate and Letchworth Garden City may experience delays due to a signalling problem. 

    Tickets are being accepted on Abellio Greater Anglia services. 

  6. Soft-rock legends ELO 'will wow Glastonbury' after Hyde Park success

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    The return of '70s soft-rock legends ELO was precipitated by a one-off BBC concert at Hyde Park two years ago. 


    The Hyde Park performance was the brainchild of Radio 2's head of music, Jeff Smith, who first saw the band at Wembley as a teenager.

    Quote Message: I can't think of anybody better to do Glastonbury. I think Jeff Lynne will wow the crowds like Dolly, and I think he'll have them singing along on that Sunday teatime. from Jeff Smith
    Jeff Smith
  7. Somerset House exhibition displays England's 'forgotten' public art collection

    Out There: Our Post-War Public Art at Somerset House, aims to celebrate England's national collection of public art, which the gallery says has been largely forgotten.

    Meat Porters 1959 by Ralph Brown

    Meat Porters 1959 by Ralph Brown is one of the pieces of art on display. The exhibition also includes work by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. 

  8. EasyJet founder enters discount food market with Park Royal store

    The founder of EasyJet, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, has entered the discount grocery market with the easyFoodstore in Park Royal, north west London. 

    It sells what it describes as a "limited and basic range" of items.

    Pasta, biscuits and beans are on the list of groceries for sale - initial produce does not include fresh meat, fruit or vegetables.

  9. Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has 'positive' talks about his future

    BBC Sport

    Chelsea defender Gary Cahill says he has held "positive" talks with interim manager Guus Hiddink and wants to remain at Stamford Bridge.

    Gary Cahill

    The 30-year-old England international joined Chelsea from Bolton in January 2012 and signed a new four-year contract last December.

    He has not started in the Premier League since 26 December, though.

  10. Camden has 'lowest percentage of people fully satisfied with their lives'

    The London Borough of Camden has the lowest percentage of people who are fully satisfied with their lives, at 16.7%, according to the Office for National Statistics. 

    Camden houses

    And the largest proportion of people rating their life satisfaction zero to four out of 10 is in Greenwich, at 9.22%. 

    Lambeth and Hackney were also in the bottom five areas for people feeling the highest contentment.  

  11. Boris Johnson Islington intervention as 'population is booming'

    In response to Islington Council's protest about London Mayor Boris Johnson's intervention in a property development - which it says threatens a historic graveyard - a spokesperson for City Hall says the capital's population is "booming".

    He says there is "critical need" to find new work space for the new jobs created in the city during the next 20 years. 

    Mr Johnson will consider "all of the planning issues" and any other concerns before making a decision, he adds. 

  12. 'Plebgate' row: Officer denies misleading account of Mitchell meeting

    A Met police officer has denied giving a misleading account of a meeting with MP Andrew Mitchell at the height of the so-called "plebgate" affair.

    Det Sgt Stuart Hinton

    Det Sgt Stuart Hinton is accused of gross misconduct over a radio interview in which he said Mr Mitchell should resign having failed at the meeting to fully explain the "plebgate" incident.

    The MP was accused of calling a police officer a "pleb",  for being refused to cycle through the main gates at Downing Street, which he denied.

  13. Mayor's intervention in property development threatens historic graveyard, council says

    London Mayor Boris Johnson has intervened to make the decision about a planned 11-storey building next to a 1660s graveyard, Islington Council says. 


    The move, involving four buildings, could cause "significant harm" to the Bunhill Fields graveyard on City Road, where the poet William Blake and writer Daniel Defoe are buried, says the council.

  14. 'Heart-wrenching' video explores a day in the life of a young carer in Hounslow

    Get West London

    A Hounslow schoolgirl experiences the challenges and rewards of looking after her disabled mum in this heart-rending video.  

  15. Review says rape case specialist units falling short

    The care provided to rape and sexual assault victims by dedicated Crown Prosecution Service units in England and Wales is falling "well short" of what is expected, inspectors say.


    HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate says the 13 offices set up more than a year ago are insufficiently resourced and staffed.

    Inspectors interviewed staff and examined cases handled by the CPS offices in several locations across England, including London, in 2014.