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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 24 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

Live Reporting

By Pippa Stephens

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for London have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the area.      

  2. Amy Winehouse's studio helping troubled young people in north London

    Amy Winehouse died nearly five years ago, but her name will still be part of the Brit Awards as she is nominated in the best solo female category, a prize she won in 2007.

    Amy Winehouse

    And as the music industry remembers her, an organisation set up in her name is helping vulnerable people on an industrial estate in north London.

  3. On air: The businesses forced out of Brixton

    BBC London News

    Coming up on air this evening: BBC London's Daniel Henry will be speaking to the businesses under Brixton arches which, after 40 years, will be evicted so Network Rail can redevelop the area.

    The move will displace tenants who fear they will be unable to return due to huge rent increases. 

  4. Severe delays around Blackwall Tunnel due to a broken-down lorry

    BBC Travel

    There are severe delays in east London after a broken-down lorry and oil spill earlier.

    The A12 has reopened southbound at Blackwall Tunnel but the traffic is disrupted to Wick Lane, on the A13 to Cannon Street Road and Prince Regent Lane.  

    And there is slow traffic on the A308 New King's Road eastbound in Fulham between the A217 Wandsworth Bridge Road junction and the A3220 Gunter Grove junction. 

  5. Sheltered-accommodation block for the blind to close

    A sheltered-accommodation block for blind people run by The Thomas Pocklington Trust is due to close.

     It's the third residential scheme that the charity has shut. We speak to the residents affected by the closure of Pocklington Court in Roehampton, south-west London, and ask the Deputy CEO of the charity, Keith Valentine, why they've made this decision and what will happen next.  

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    Video caption: Another Pocklington Trust home for blind people is due to shut. Why, and what's to come?
  6. Disability access signs on Crossrail's new Elizabeth Line map 'opposite way around'

    Muscular Dystrophy UK is calling for clarity on the new Crossrail Elizabeth Line map - as the symbols indicating where there is disabled access and where there is none are the wrong way around. 

    Chief executive of Muscular Dystrophy UK Robert Meadowcroft says the error was regrettable and would "not fill disabled passengers with confidence". 

    He adds: "Many disabled people remain deeply frustrated that on the brand new line, a huge investment for London, not all the stations will be fully accessible. 

    "I urge Crossrail to consider the issue of full accessibility again."

  7. Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey 'stable' after night in London hospital

    Scots nurse Pauline Cafferkey is in a "stable" condition in a London hospital after being admitted for a third time since contracting Ebola.  

    Pauline Cafferkey was taken to the Royal Free Hospital in London

    The 40-year-old from South Lanarkshire was flown south after being admitted to Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

    She was put on an RAF Hercules aircraft which took her to London where she was taken to the Royal Free Hospital.

    Ms Cafferkey was treated there twice in 2015 after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone the previous year.

  8. Trial for councillor over 'corner shop' tweet about Sadiq Khan

    A councillor accused of sending a "menacing" tweet aimed at London MP Labour and Labour's mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan,  is set to stand trial on 11 March after claiming the message was not grossly offensive. 

    Jim Buckley

    Jim Buckley was expelled by his local Conservative group in November after deleting a message which likened Mr Khan's constituency office in London to a corner shop. 

    Buckley, 60, spoke only to enter a plea of not guilty and confirm his personal details during a 10-minute hearing at Leamington Spa Magistrates' Court in Warwickshire. 

    Magistrates heard that Buckley, now an independent councillor for the Hillmorton ward of Rugby Borough Council, accepted posting a tweet in the Tooting area of London which read: "Your next London Mayor? You think his corner shop would be open on a Saturday?" 

     His solicitor, Mohammad Farooq, told the court: "My client accepts sending the tweet. However he would argue that there is a fine line between sending something which is insensitive and something which is grossly offensive." 

  9. Investigation to be launched after hole drilled in Tube tunnel roof

    An investigation will be launched after a hole was drilled in a tunnel over a Central Line train on Monday night, says London Underground (LU). 

    The contractors were thought to be working on an extension to the Westfield shopping centre in White City. 

    A piece of concrete was discovered on top of a train on Tuesday.

    LU says it will carry out a "full investigation into the cause of this issue alongside those involved". 

  10. Jury retires in case of carer accused of murdering her bedridden father

    A jury at the Old Bailey in the case of a carer accused of murdering her father has retired to consider its verdict.

    Claire Darbyshire, 36, allegedly suffocated 67-year-old Brian, who was bedridden with multiple sclerosis, at their home in Wykeham Green, Dagenham, on 2 September last year.

    She was found wandering around the cliff tops on the Kent coast the next evening, shivering and asking for help, the court heard.

    Ms Darbyshire denies murder, saying it was a suicide pact as her father's MS had become intolerable. 

  11. Controversy over Chelsea League Under-19 game against Valencia

    BBC Sport

    There was huge controversy in a Champions League Under-19 game between Valencia and Chelsea yesterday.

    The game went to a shootout, which Chelsea won. The only problem is one of Valencia's penalties crossed the line before rebounding out off a stanchion - but the referee thought it had hit the post and did not allow it.

    Valencia boss Gary Neville described it as "scandalous" and Chelsea said the ball "clearly crossed the line".

  12. After Arsenal's mishap, what are the worst sporting cameos ever?

    BBC Sport

    Last night, with Arsenal 1-0 down to Barcelona in the final 10 minutes, boss Arsene Wenger brought Mathieu Flamini on to shore up the Gunners midfield.

    Arsenal

    But 47 seconds later he conceded a penalty which Lionel Messi scored to put the tie almost beyond doubt.

    So we were wondering what are the worst sporting cameos ever?

    Let us know on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  13. Lunchtime TV news: Night Tube residential noise warning

    BBC London News

    Coming up on air this lunchtime, BBC London's Tom Edwards will have more on the warning from Transport for London (TfL) that the noise from the Night Tube could seriously affect residents living close to tracks and stations.

    The warning, which came from an internal review, has led to calls for TfL to repair noisy sections of the line before the service starts - but the organisation says it is confident residents won't be disturbed.