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  1. Updates on Tuesday 15 March 2016.
  2. BBC London Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather

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By Chirag Trivedi

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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. Evening weather: Cloudy with chance of drizzle

    BBC Weather

    Many areas will start the night fairly cloudy and this may be thick enough in places to give some patchy drizzle for a time, particularly on higher ground such as Hampstead Heath. 

    Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F).

  3. Evening bulletin: Crossrail 2 given the green light and the country's 'most prolific burglar'

    BBC London News

    In this evening's 1830 TV News bulletin on BBC One, we look at the reaction to Chancellor George Osborne's announcement that he is giving the green light to Crossrail 2.

    And police ask for help in tracking down what could be the country's most prolific burglar.

  4. Zac Goldsmith talks about his plans for City Hall

    It's less than two months until Londoners chose their next Mayor. All this week we're speaking to the candidates vying for the top job at City Hall. 

    Conservative hopeful, Zac Goldsmith spoke with BBC London's  Political Editor Tim Donovan who asked him about how he'll meet his pledge to build 50,000 new homes a year.

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    Video caption: Zac Goldsmith talks about his plans for City Hall
  5. Sadiq Khan talks about what he would bring to City Hall

    BBC London is talking to five main London mayoral candidates this week. 

     The latest poll out today suggests Labour's Sadiq Khan is ahead. He sat down with our Political Editor Tim Donovan to talk about his housing plans.

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    Video caption: Sadiq Khan discusses his "Homes for Londoners" plan
  6. Cycle parking super-hub plans revealed

    Transport for London has released images of a cycle parking super-hub at Waterloo station.

    Artists impression of the cycle parking super hub

    It will open in 2018 with space for about 5,000 bikes.

    It is part of TfL’s plans to add tens of thousands of secure spaces across London to get more people cycling and help reduce the vast numbers of thefts.

    TfL also confirmed that building work has begun on two smaller cycle parking hubs at North Greenwich and Hounslow West, due to open this month.

    They will hold 350 and 190 bikes respectively and be covered by CCTV cameras.    

    Further hubs may be built at Abbey Wood, Romford, Tottenham Hale and Barking.

  7. Zac Goldsmith welcomes Crossrail 2 announcement

    Responding to the Treasury’s announcement on Crossrail 2, Zac Goldsmith said:

    "Today's announcement means London can not only keep moving but keep growing. 

    It's a significant step in my campaign to deliver Crossrail 2, but it shows how much is at stake in May."

    He added: "London is the greatest City on Earth - today's announcement could secure our success for the decades ahead."

  8. Sadiq Khan says Crosrail 2 only gives 'amber light at best'

    Labour’s Mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan criticised the government for failing to give Crossrail 2 the ‘green light’.

    “Ministers claim the green light has been given to Crossrail 2, but this is more like an amber light at best.

    “This is only half of the money that Lord Adonis says is needed.

     "This amount of money will help fund ongoing preliminary works, but hard-pressed commuters deserve something more concrete from the government if we are to get Crossrail 2 properly off the drawing board and construction started.”

  9. Chancellor to green light Crossrail 2 in Budget

    Crossrail 2 will be given the go-ahead in Wednesday's Budget.

    The Chancellor says the government will back the  project linking Surrey and Hertfordshire with central London.

    George Osborne says that despite difficult financial times, the rail link, which could transport up to 90,000 is a long term priority.

    Crossrail 2 map
  10. Support for new east London Thames crossing, says TfL

    East London could see two new river crossings at Gallions Reach and Belvedere by 2025, after support was indicated in a Transport for London(TfL) consultation.

    it showed 88% of people who responded support a new crossing at Gallions Reach, linking Thamesmead and Beckton, or at Belvedere, linking Belvedere to Rainham.  

    About 77% support new crossings at both locations, which would cater for public transport and road users and help secure London’s future success.

    TfL’s work has shown that both proposed crossings would provide significant benefits to local people and businesses and help support jobs and homes on both sides of the river. 

    TfL will continue to work with local boroughs and others to develop the plans for the crossings and will consider feedback from this consultation to help inform the next steps for the project.

  11. Met Police consultants 'among highest paid' in public sector

    The Labour group at the London Assembly say they are deeply concerned about Met Police spending.

    They have obtained figures showing that consultants working for Scotland Yard are paid some of the highest rates in the public sector.

    Scotland Yard sign

    Joanne McCartney, chair of the police and crime committee on the London Assembly said: "The 20 most expensive are being paid over £2.5m."

    "We know for example there's one temporary member of staff earning over 250,000 working on digital policing."

    The Labour group says money should be better spent. The Met are yet to respond.

  12. Booker prize-winning author Anita Brookner dies aged 87

    Anita Brookner won the Booker in 1984 for her novel Hotel du Lac, one of 25 books she wrote after a distinguished career as an art historian.

    According to a notice of her death in the Times, she died peacefully in her sleep on 10 March.  

    Anita Brookner

    The London-born author began writing fiction in her 50s and during World War Two her parents opened their London home to refugees escaping persecution by the Nazis.     

  13. Lunchtime TV bulletin: Zac Goldsmith interview and London worst for traffic congestion

    BBC London News

    On the lunchtime bulletin on BBC One at 13:30 we have an interview with Tory mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith.

    And we will be looking at why London is the worst city in Europe for congestion.

  14. 'Most prolific burglar' hunted for 10-year crime spree

     A thief described as the most prolific in the UK and "possibly in Europe", is being hunted by the Met Police.  

    CCTV still of suspect

    The man, who wears a distinctive fisherman's black hat, has been linked to up to 450 burglaries in southwest London since 2006.

    The Met say he targets properties in the Wimbledon area and is "the most prolific burglar in the UK".

    Three homes have been targeted in Wimbledon Village in the last two weeks.

  15. Afternoon weather: Cloudy with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    There will still be some cloud around this afternoon but there should also be some bright and sunny spells. It'll be feeling rather chilly though, especially in the north-easterly breeze. 

    Maximum Temperature: 13C (55F)

  16. 'Title race still wide' open Ranieri tells second placed Spurs and third placed Gunners

    BBC Sport

    Leicester's Claudio Ranieri has dismissed the suggestion the Premier League title race is a straight fight between his side and Tottenham.

    The Foxes are five points clear at the top with eight games left after beating Newcastle 1-0 on Monday.

    Claudio Ranieri

    Tottenham lie in second with Arsenal 11 points behind the leaders.

    Asked if only Leicester or Spurs could be champions, Ranieri said: "No, the race is open." He added: "We are fighting for Europe and then maybe with four or five matches left, maybe we are fighting for the Champions League."

  17. Man arrested on suspicion of murder

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following a stabbing in the Croydon area.

    Police were called to Thornton Heath High Street at 20:30 last night.

    The victim, thought to be 20, was found with a stab wound and died at the scene at 21:09. Police are trying to reach his next of kin.

    A suspect was arrested and remains in custody in a south London police station.

  18. Brains before brawn: Study sheds light on how T-Rex became king of the dinosaurs

    Victoria Gill

    Science reporter, BBC News

    Scientists say they have made a discovery which helps them understand how Tyrannosaurus Rex became one of the most fearsome dinosaurs to roam the earth

    Timurlengia, a newly identified species, found in Uzbekistan, is about the size of a horse and predates T-Rex by around 20 million years.

    Dr Hans-Dieter Sues from the Natural History Museum says this new dinosaur shows that Tyrannosaurs became intelligent before they grew larger: 

    Dinosaur diagram

    He said: "These predators became much smarter, much more advanced in terms of their sensory capacities before they attained a giant size that made them so famous with the public. 

    "We got an animal with a highly developed brain, these animals not only had keen hearing, they had exceptional eye sight and we know from T-Rex, T-Rex had an extremely keen sense of smell." 

  19. Have you seen this gunman caught on CCTV?

    A 20-year-old man, who was walking with two of his friends in Tulse Hill, has been shot in the upper thigh by a pillion passenger who got off his moped and chased the trio.

    The gunman got back on the moped and the rider drove off in the direction of Norwood at about 19:00 on Sunday 7 February.

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    Video caption: Shooting footage in Brixton

    The victim was treated in hospital and released the following day.

    Police said the moped driver was wearing a light coloured helmet and the gunman was wearing a black, full face helmet with white flashings and dark trousers with white stripes on the leg. If you have any information about the attack contact police or Crimestoppers anonymously.

  20. We want your thoughts on the budget - via your smartphone

    Want to share your views on the 2016 Budget?

    George Osborne will be making his Budget announcement on 16 March and this year we're giving you a chance to make your voice heard.

    Sounds interesting? Email your name and age to

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