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  1. Updates on Monday 8 February 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Tonight's weather: Rain dying out and winds easing

    BBC Weather

    The blustery showers will mostly die out by late evening, with some clear spells developing overnight. 

    Under these clear spells there is the chance of a frost, though most likely in sheltered spots, as despite the winds easing it will still be breezy. 

    Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).

  3. TV News: Bus explosions and drone eagles

    BBC London News

    There was panic yesterday when a bus was blown up for an action movie - now transport bosses have apologised and ordered a review.

    And using eagles to protect London: could birds of prey help prevent drones attacks? Join Alice Bhandhukravi on BBC One at 18:30.

  4. Deputy mayor for transport steps down

    Tom Edwards

    Transport Correspondent, BBC London

    Boris Johnson's deputy mayor for transport, Isabel Dedring, has announced she is stepping down to join consultancy Arup.

    Mr Johnson said she had been "the absolute lynchpin behind the vast improvement across every aspect of transport services in London over recent years".

  5. London Marathon co-founder John Disley dies, 87

    John Disley with Paula Radcliffe and Prince Harry
    Image caption: John Disley pictured in 2015 awarding Paula Radcliffe with a Lifetime Achievement Award

    London Marathon co-founder John Disley has died aged 87.

    Mr Disley passed away in hospital early this morning after a short illness, said a spokesman for London Marathon Events.

    He had remained an active member of the London Marathon family throughout its 35 years, even presenting Paula Radcliffe with her lifetime achievement award, named after Mr Disley, after her final appearance in last year’s race.

    A London Marathon statement said: "In tandem with the Marathon’s founding race director, Chris Brasher, John helped create from scratch the race that can proudly claim today to be the world’s greatest marathon. 

    Mr Disley, born in North Wales, was a distinguished athlete in his own right, claiming the bronze medal in the steeplechase at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki and setting five British records in the steeplechase, and four at two miles.

  6. Chinatown gears up for Chinese New Year

    Some shops have closed and colourful decorations abound as London's Chinatown prepares for Chinese New Year celebrations.

    Chinatown
    Chinatown
    Chinatown

    This coming Sunday will see the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in Europe as performers and people from the Chinese community celebrate the Year of the Monkey.  

  7. Travel disruption caused by Storm Imogen continues

    BBC Travel

    Bad weather is causing disruption to several routes and services tonight: 

    • QE2 bridge is closed, causing severe delays - diversion in operation through the Dartford Tunnel
    • no service on Thameslink between London Bridge and Brighton due to adverse weather conditions.  
    • delays and cancellations highly likely on Great Northern between Kings Cross and Welwyn Garden City, and between Kings Cross and Hertford North 
    • Charing Cross and Waterloo East stations are now open but disruption will continue for some time
    • Woolwich Ferry not operating  

    BBC Travel has the latest.

  8. Docklands bombing: How police hunted those responsible

    Aftermath of the bombing

    Next week marks the 20th anniversary of the Canary Wharf bomb.

    The explosion in the heart of London's Docklands marked the end of a 17-month ceasefire in IRA operations.

    Now, the man charged with catching those responsible has explained how the manhunt happened.

  9. Adele 'biggest global artist' of 2015

    Adele

    London-born singer Adele has been named the world's best-selling and most popular music artist of 2015, despite only releasing her latest album in November.

    It went on to become the fastest selling album in British history.  

    The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) awarded the singer its global artist of the year prize in recognition of her "simply phenomenal" success.

  10. TfL to review filming rules after bus explosion stunt

    Transport for London has told the BBC it will review its filming protocols with partners after a bus explosion as part of a movie stunt on Lambeth Bridge caused confusion and concern among some onlookers. 

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    Video caption: Bus explodes on Lambeth Bridge for film stunt

    Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s head of surface transport, said: “The explosion that took place was far larger than the film company had originally indicated.  

    "We apologise for the distress that this has caused and have launched a review of filming protocols with our partners.”  

    Video credit: London Fire Brigade

  11. Restraining order imposed on "fan" of presenter Alex Jones

    A "fan" who bombarded BBC presenter Alex Jones with tweets declaring he was in love with her has been barred from Broadcasting House

    Shane Goldsmith, 44, hounded Miss Jones, 38, for 17 months, sending her a string of public messages on Twitter and waited outside the BBC headquarters in Portland Place, London, for the host of The One Show numerous times to tell her he loved her. 

    Alex Jones

    Senior district judge Howard Riddle imposed a restraining order at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday banning Mr Goldsmith from having any contact with the Welsh TV star, her partner Charlie Thomson or her parents Alun and Mary Jones. 

    He is also barred from going to Broadcasting House or any other place Miss Jones works or lives. 

    Goldsmith, of no fixed abode, was formally cleared of a single charge of harassment between April 2014 to September 2015.

  12. Theresa May praises a Met commissioner under pressure

    Nick Beake

    Home affairs correspondent, BBC London

    At the start of his speech at today's police bravery awards, Sir Bernard referred to media speculation that Operation Midland - the investigation into an alleged paedophile ring involving establishment figures - had badly dented his chances of being given a longer extension.

    After receiving warm applause from the packed room, he said this was a "very special event - the first gathering of the appreciation society for the Daily Mail."

    He continued: "We won't be having another event."

    Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

    Sir Bernard - whose leadership has been questioned by a number of newspapers - then singled out a Daily Mail reporter in the room, telling him: "It's not your fault - but you're the only available target we've got."

    Home Secretary Theresa May - who will ultimately decide on Sir Bernard's future - was also at the awards.

    She steered clear of talk on the commissioner's future. She told the police officers in the room: "You're doing a wonderful job."

  13. Mayor backs Met Police commissioner at awards ceremony

    Nick Beake

    Home affairs correspondent, BBC London

    The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said he hopes Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe remains as Metropolitan Police Commissioner.

    Sir Bernard has faced growing calls to apologise over the way the force has handled allegations of historic sexual abuse against senior public figures.

    As he finished a speech at a police bravery awards ceremony in central London earlier, Mr Johnson said: "It's over and out from me as your Mayor very, very shortly as Sir Bernard was kindly pointing out, but I certainly hope it isn't over and out from him."

    Sir Bernard Hogan Howe

    Only a fortnight ago Boris Johnson recommended Sir Bernard's contract - which runs out in September - be extended by just one year. The commissioner had previously told BBC London he wanted at least an extra two years in the job.

    The mayor has been among those calling for the Met to apologise to Field Marshall Lord Bramall after he was told he'd face no further action over allegations of historic child abuse.

    Today the mayor struck a different note, praising the hundreds of Met officers at the ceremony for pursuing allegations of wrongdoing  "without fear or favour - towards anyone - no matter how powerful they may be", and that included arresting MPs.

  14. Heathrow decision 'due mid-July'

    Susana Mendonca

    BBC Radio London Political Reporter

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has told the Transport Committee he hopes a decision on whether to expand Heathrow would be made before the summer recess in July.

    He also defended David Cameron's "no ifs, not buts" promise not to expand Heathrow back in 2009. 

    Mr McLoughlin said the proposal Mr Cameron objected to in 2009 was a different proposal to the one recommended in the Davies review.

  15. Travel disruption continues in wake of Storm Imogen

    BBC Travel

    A number of rail services are experiencing delays and cancellations this evening as a result of the bad weather:

    • Thameslink services between London Bridge-Brighton have been cancelled (tickets accepted on Southern Trains)
    • Delays between London Bridge and Charing Cross as part of the roof at London Bridge station has blown off and is on the line
    • Great Western Railway are severely disrupted - tickets for today can be used to travel tomorrow.
    • Gatwick Express is running a revised service.

    More details on BBC London Travel or follow @BBCTravelAlert

  16. Hatton Garden heist mystery suspect 'ex-policeman'

    A mystery suspect in the multimillion-pound Hatton Garden raid is an ex-policeman, it has been claimed. 

    The thief known as was also the brains behind the £14 million heist, according to a letter written by fellow gang member Danny Jones to Sky News. 

    Last month the Metropolitan Police's Flying Squad issued an urgent public appeal for help in tracing Basil and the missing two thirds of the loot, which included gold, diamonds and sapphires.

    Image of 'Basil'

    In excerpts from the letter, Jones, 60, who is at Belmarsh Prison awaiting sentencing, wrote: "I can say that someone told me he (Basil) was an ex-policeman who got into security by the guy who introduced him to me. "

    Jones went on to say he did not know Basil's real identity, and if he did he would not tell as "it's not a done thing where I come from". Scotland Yard declined to comment on the claims.

  17. Heathrow decision delay not connected to mayoral election, says transport secretary

    Susana Mendonca

    BBC Radio London Political Reporter

    The Transport Secretary has insisted his decision to delay a decision on Heathrow expansion was nothing to do with the timing of the London mayoral election. 

    The Transport Select Committee is questioning Patrick McLoughlin on the issue this afternoon. 

    The government was supposed to say what it would do about airport expansion before the end of 2015 but announced in December it would push a decision back to summer of 2016.

    Patrick McLoughlin

    The Tory mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith is opposed to Heathrow expansion and had said he would resign as an MP in Richmond Park if Heathrow were given the go-ahead.

    Mr McLoughlin told the committee that the decision to delay, was taken because of environmental concerns and was nothing to do with the mayoral election...    

    Follow the committee in full.

  18. Watch: Westway could get separate cycle route

    London's A40 Westway could feature a segregated bike route according to detailed consultation plans for the capital's "cycle superhighways".

    What do people who use the road at the moment think of the idea? BBC London's Tom Edwards went to speak to drivers and cyclists.

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    Video caption: Views on the north-south cycleway

    Further details have also been released on existing plans for two cycle-superhighways approved in February last year - one running 18 miles from Barking to Acton and the other between King's Cross and Elephant and Castle.  

  19. Stabilisers off in the mayoral race

    Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan was on the Vauxhall Superhighway in south London this morning, where he was interviewed by the Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman about his plans for cycling in the capital.

    Sadiq Khan and Chris Boardman

    Today, Mayor Boris Johnson launched a consultation on the proposed north-south superhighway, building protected bike lanes on the A40 Westway flyover, between Swiss Cottage and the West End and between Farringdon and King’s Cross.