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  1. Updates for Thursday 25 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

Live Reporting

By Pippa Stephens and Chirag Trivedi

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 Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the area.  

  2. Rough sleeping in London: 'Winters definitely the worst'

    As the figures for rough sleeping in England increased by 30% betweem 2014 and 2015, BBC London's Ros Taylor spoke to Claire, who ran away from home in Peterhead in Scotland to London during the 1980s because of family problems, when she was 13. 

    She slept rough around the Strand for about two decades, with several stints in Holloway prison.

    "I made a few hoax bomb threats. I'm not proud of it. After the years in prison I became institutionalised. It was a way of getting off the streets - at least in prison you've got a bed.

    "The winters are definitely the worst, when it's raining."

  3. 'More than a quarter' of England's rough sleepers in London

    More than 3,500 people were sleeping rough on England's streets on any one night last year, 30% more than in 2014.

    Rough sleeper

    And more than a quarter of England's rough sleepers are in London. 

    Most of London's rough sleepers were in Westminster, with 55 in the borough of Brent and 48 in the City, according to the government.

  4. Travel: Bow to Green Man tunnel very slow due to accident

    BBC Travel

    On the roads this evening, Bow to Green Man Tunnel on the A12 outwards is very slow due to an accident near the tunnel. 

    The slip road from the Green Man Roundabout onto the eastbound A12 is closed, so there are major delays on the A12 heading out of town.    

    There is also slow traffic on M4 Eastbound between J4 A408 (Heathrow Spur / Uxbridge) and J3 A312 (Hayes) due to problems on the A312.  

  5. On air: C2C train company gives automatic compensation

    BBC London News

    Coming up on air at 18:30, BBC London's Emma North has more on the train company C2C, which operates services between London and Essex, is providing its passengers with automatic compensation - ending the need for endless form filling. 

    But as she reports, delays are only part of the problem - with many travellers complaining about overcrowding.

  6. Zac Goldsmith heckled at Age UK hustings

    Susana Mendonca

    BBC Radio London Political Reporter

    Conservative mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith was heckled earlier by the audience at an Age UK hustings for "not answering the question" after he told them housing tenants would not be moved out of their homes to make way for other developments. 

    Zac accused Labour of "false propaganda", making out that Tories are throwing people out of homes which he says isn't true. The audience jeered and the chairwoman had to intervene. 

    Kurban Haji

    I caught up with the heckler afterwards, Kurban Haji, a Tanzanian who has lived in London for more than 50 years.

    He told me he was fed up of candidates not answering properly and playing politics.

  7. Earliest memories of London

    The Londonist


    We had a bit of a nostalgic moment last week, talking about our earliest memories of London. For us, it's being on a train among the rooftops between London Bridge and Waterloo. We felt like we were in Mary Poppins.  

    We then asked you all on Facebook for your earliest memories, and you didn't disappoint. 

  8. England legend signs new Arsenal Ladies contract

    England's all-time record goal scorer Kelly Smith has signed a new contract with Arsenal Ladies.

    Kelly Smith

    The 37-year-old forward, who retired from international football in 2015, is in her third spell with the Women's Super League 1 club.

    Smith will combine playing with assisting Gunners manager Pedro Martinez Losa on the touchline.

  9. Edwin Mee sentenced for 13 sexual assaults

    Mee, a divorced father-of-five, was found guilty of 13 sexual assaults, two rapes and one count of assault by penetration involving nine victims. 

    He carried out a series of sex attacks on women aged from 15 to their early 20s in 2010 and 2011. 

  10. Judge tells guilty Army sergeant his sex attacks were a 'serious abuse of trust'

    Sentencing Edwin Mee, Judge McCreath said there no evidence mental health problems Mee developed during his military career "had bearing at all on the offences that have brought you before me". 

    He said: "The offences you committed were against nine young women, all of whom were seeking to join the Army. All came under your direct control as a recruitment officer. 

    "It was a situation of real and important trust. What you did to each one constituted a serious abuse of that trust."

  11. BreakingArmy sergeant based in Croydon jailed for 'dreadful abuse'

    An Army recruitment sergeant who served in Iraq and Afghanistan has been jailed for 11 and a half years for a string of sexual assaults on female recruits. 


    Edwin Mee, 46, was convicted of 16 offences including rape following a trial at London's Southwark Crown Court last year. 

    The Glasgow-born officer used his power to "abuse and bully" women as young as 15, mostly from abroad but based in Croydon, south London. 

    Judge Alistair McCreath told Mee he had acted in a way that was "demeaning" and "distressing" for the victims, including one woman who had been abused "dreadfully".

  12. 'Sobriety tags' trial to be rolled out across London

    A pilot tagging scheme to monitor the drinking of people who have broken the law will be extended across London after it was successful in 92% of cases, says the Home Office. 

    The tags monitor people whose crimes were influenced by alcohol. 

    They allow 24-hour monitoring of alcohol in a person's perspiration and if they drink, breaching their alcohol abstinence order, they can be returned to court for further sanctions.  

  13. Body confirmed as missing London woman

    Police in Scotland have confirmed that a body found in Edinburgh last month is that of a woman from London. 

    Saima Ahmed

    Saima Ahmed was reported missing from her home in Wembley, north-west London, on the 31 August. 

    The 36 year-old's death is currently being treated as unexplained. 

  14. Uxbridge Road westbound closed due to an accident, bus delays in Feltham

    BBC Travel

    The A312 Uxbridge Road westbound is closed due to accident at A314 Hounslow Road.

    On the M25 at Enfield/Potters Bar, there are accidents on both carriageways at J24/25.

    And bus routes 285, 490 and X26 are subject to delays and diversions as Hampton Road West, Feltham is closed westbound due to a road traffic collision. 

  15. Playwrights, footballers and a cookery writer to receive blue plaques

    Samuel Beckett

    Playwright Samuel Beckett, comedian Tommy Cooper and cookery writer Elizabeth David are among the people who will be awarded blue plaques this year, English Heritage has announced.

    Dancer Margot Fonteyn, singer Freddie Mercury, and Laurie Cunnigham - the first black footballer to play for England - will also be remembered by the scheme.

    Elizabeth David

    The blue plaque scheme is celebrating its 150th year having been originally started in 1866.

    English Heritage is to hold a series of special events to mark the anniversary.

    Tommy Cooper
  16. 'Fake Sheikh' denies misleading court

     An undercover reporter known as the "Fake Sheikh" has denied he misled a court during the collapsed drugs trial of pop star Tulisa Contostavlos.  

    Mazher Mahmood (right, wearing hood), the undercover reporter known as the "Fake Sheikh"

    Mazher Mahmood, 52, of Purley, south London, pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice at a hearing at the Old Bailey.

    His co-accused, Alan Smith, 66, a retired driver from Dereham, Norfolk, also pleaded not guilty to the charge.

    They will face a two week trial starting on 19 September.

    'Fake Sheikh' denies misleading court

    Mazher Mahmood (right, wearing hood), the undercover reporter known as the "Fake Sheikh"

    An undercover reporter known as the "Fake Sheikh" denies he misled a court during the collapsed drugs trial of pop star Tulisa Contostavlos.

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  17. Afternoon: weather: Cold but dry and bright

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be dry and bright, with good spells of sunshine developing. It will stay rather cold though, despite the sunshine. 

    Maximum Temperature: 6C (43F).

  18. On air: Inquest into the death of a baby girl who died in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

    BBC London News

    Coming up on air this lunchtime, BBC London's Paul Hawkins is live at Westminster Coroner's Court for the inquest into the death of a baby girl at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. 

    Emily Radavicius was given treatment immediately after her birth bud died the next day, when she was just a few hours old.