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Good evening and welcome
to BBC London News.
I'm Claudia-Liza Armah.
With hundreds of thousands
of people heading
into central London for this year's
New Year Eve firework celebrations,
the Met Police has confirmed
there will be additional
armed officers on patrol.
And it's not just Scotland Yard -
the London Ambulance Service
is also preparing for its busiest
night of the year.
Frankie McCamley reports.
Last year's fireworks display,
watched by thousands in the capital,
all lining the Thames to take
in the sights and sounds.
It's one of the biggest
events of the year,
with preparations well under way.
But with so many descending
on one area,
security needs to be stepped up.
What people see as they come
into the footprint, they will see
a effective search and secure
regime, they will see
physical barriers, they will see
uniformed police officers,
they will see visible uniformed
private security contractors.
What they won't see is
a number of covert resources
that are also working alongside us
to keep this event safe.
The Met says it is learnt lessons
this year following four major
terror incidents in the city.
are stepping things
up for the big event.
For London Ambulance Service,
New Year's Eve is the busiest
night of the year.
Dozens of extra staff are going to
be on shift in this call centre.
They're expecting to take
around 2000 extra calls.
Everybody likes to party
on New Year's Eve.
We've got some simple messages
for everybody who wants
to go out to party.
Go out and party safely.
Have a plan, have a bite
to eat before you go,
drink plenty of water,
have a few drinks by all means,
but drink in moderation.
We want you to get home safely,
we want you to be healthy,
we want you to have a great night,
not have a night that ends up
in the back of an ambulance
or an emergency department.
People are being urged
to stay vigilant
but, most importantly,
enjoy the show.
Frankie McCamley, BBC London News.
Heartbroken friends of a woman found
murdered in North
London have described her as a kind,
fun and life-loving person.
The body of Iuliana Tudos was found
in Finsbury Park on Wednesday.
Police believe the 22-year-old,
who was also known as Julie,
was murdered on Christmas Eve.
Ayshea Buksh reports.
She was getting ready
for a Christmas in London
with her friends.
22-year-old Iuliana Tudos was last
seen in Camden on Christmas Eve
after finishing her shift
at a local pub.
Two days later, she was
found murdered near her
home in Finsbury Park.
Much of the park has been closed off
to the public while police
forensics search for clues.
She left Camden, left her friends,
and we know that she got transport
to come back to this area,
and effectively she was going back
to gather some stuff to go back
to her friend's for Christmas Eve.
We know her last movement
was at 8:20 on Christmas Eve,
so the 24th, and she was seen
in the perimeter,
we know we've got last sighting
in the perimeter of this park.
She's been described by friends
as a kind and friendly young woman.
A postmortem today showed
she had a head injury
and had been stabbed in the stomach.
It's really important
that we identify anyone
who may have seen her.
It was a lively area,
the park is a busy park,
and indeed the perimeter has got
public houses and other trades,
shops who may just have seen her,
she may be a regular
in one of those shops.
So far, no arrests have been made,
and police say anyone with
any information should contact
them as soon as possible.
Ayshea Buksh, BBC London News.
That's it for now from me,
but let's find out
what the weather's up
to with Chris Fawkes.
The weather will be cloudy but mild
tomorrow, temperatures rising
through the night, and they are at
their lowest at the moment, but as
we go through the night, this band
of rain will be working in, and
temperatures, our buy our, will
steadily be rising. By the end of
the night, temperatures will be into
double figures, would you believe it
going to be a mild start. Today,
mild but breezy, cloud and misty
nurse over the Downs and the
children's. The rain is never too
far away, but it will return towards
evening time. A bit of rain clearing
away in the early part of the day,
then a brighter day coming up with a
bit of sunshine, still fairly strong
south-westerly winds and
temperatures of around 10-12d
Celsius. For the