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That's all from the BBC News at One
- so it's goodbye from me -
Welcome to BBC London News.
I'm Charlotte Franks.
Ten years after the murder
of a Norwegian student in central
London, detectives are urging
the man wanted for her death
to return to the UK.
Martine Vik Magnussen, who was 23,
was attacked after a night out
with friends in 2008.
The only suspect in the case,
Farouk Abdulhak, fled
to the Yemen within hours
of Martine's disappearance.
Carrie Davis reports.
Laughing and smiling, recording a
message for her friend. This is
Martine Vik Magnussen, a Norwegian
business student. She was studying
in London when she was murdered ten
years ago. She had been partying at
a nightclub. She left with a
classmate, Farouk Abdulhak. This
CCTV footage shows them leaving
together. Her body was discovered
the day after in the basement of a
block of flats. She had been raped
and strangled. Her body had been
partially bubbled -- covered by
rubble. Mr Rabbo had left the
country the same day. He is believed
to be in Yemen. Although he protests
his innocence, he has refused to
return to the UK. Today Mairtin
O'Muilleoir's father spoke directly
Once my family -- once my
family has continued to suffer the
greatest loss in family can suffer,
I want you to know that we continue
to pursue justice for Mairtin
O'Muilleoir. We want you to know
that this case will never go away
until justice has prevailed.
Police have urged Farouk Abdulhak to
come forward. Ten years on, the
family of Martine Vik Magnussen
continue to fight for justice.
A vet with two practices
in West London has been accused
of helping a gang sell
thousands of illegally bred
sick and dying puppies,
to buyers who thought the animals
were home-reared and healthy.
Vet Daniel Doherty denies conspiring
with the gang by providing
even though he knew
buyers were being duped.
Yvonne Hall reports
from Isleworth Crown Court.
The RSPCA has brought the case
against Daniel Doherty at Isleworth
Crown Court. Barrister Hazel Stevens
said this morning the background to
the case involved a gang of eight
men and women importing puppies into
the UK, which had been illegally
bred mainly in Ireland and Eastern
Europe, and were often very sick.
The puppies were then advertised on
sites like commentary, pretending to
the public the animals were healthy
and had been homebred in the UK.
These puppies were often so sick
they died soon afterwards, and
complains to the RSPCA began to
mount. That Daniel Doherty, who runs
practices in Oxbridge and --
Oxbridge and Hillingdon, is accused
of helping the gang deceive the
public by providing vaccination
certificates for more than 4000
puppies. It is said he was paid
nearly £80,000. He denies conspiracy
to commit fraud. The trial is
expected to last three weeks.
Yvonne Hall reporting there.
A 14-year-old boy's
in hospital, after he was shot
near Seven Sisters station.
No-one's been arrested
following the incident just
after 11 o'clock last night.
Scotland Yard says the boy's
in a stable condition.
A group of squatters
who've taken over a building
in Xentral London are preparing
to go to court later,
to fight a possession order
from the landlord in a bid to stay.
The group, who have
named the office block
the Sofia Solidarity Centre,
claim the building has been empty
for several years, and they're
meeting a social need.
The Government says
it's investing £1 billion
to tackle rough sleeping.
are leading an investigation
into the "unexplained" death
of a Russian man in Kingston.
He is believed to be
businessman Nikolai Glushkov,
who claimed political asylum
in the UK after being
convicted of fraud.
The Metropolitan Police
said its specialist unit was looking
at his cause of death
"as a precaution".
A new research unit exploring why
some babies are born
prematurely, is being set up
at Imperial College London.
The scientists will be
in partnership with three
London hospitals -
Chelsea and Westminster,
St Mary's and Queen Charlotte -
where 5000 babies are born
prematurely every year.
Sarah Harris reports.
Sincerely appreciate every second
she can spend with her six-year-old
daughter. Before she was born, she
had gone through 16 miscarriages,
including a 20 week pregnancy. So
when her precious daughter came at
24 weeks, she feared she would die
Yes, that was my first
thought. It was a difficult
situation. I keep praying to God.
When the baby came out at 24 weeks,
there was torment in my head. I was
thinking, oh my God, is the baby
going to make it? It was really a
tough time for me.
babies are born nearly every year
across the capital. Many experienced
health problems and learning
difficulties. But now scientists
have secured funding to help find
out why and do something about it.
would say there are two reasons. One
is the leading expertise we have in
London. Secondly, there may be an
interplay between where a person
comes from, genetic factors, the
microbes that live in her body.
London is a perfect place to study
The work we are going to do
has come from finding is that there
is a link between the bacteria that
live in the reproductive tract, and
a risk of preterm birth. Not
everybody who has these normal --
abnormal bacteria goes into preterm
labour. The question is, why do some
people respond and others do not?
Piniella is thriving and happy
despite her early start. Researchers
want to make sure that becomes the
expected outcome for the majority of
premature babies across the capital.
The South Bank's famous
Under Croft skate park
is to be extended, after being
awarded hundreds of thousands
of pounds from City Hall.
Money will also be spent
on a new creative space
in the Southbank Centre,
which owns the area where skaters
have gathered for decades.
But the cash will only be
released - if campaigners
can match the £700,000
offered by the mayor.
South bank is one of the most iconic
spots in London. It is definitely
one of the most iconic skateboarding
spot in the world. It is one of the
oldest and most used in the world.
Built in 1967, and first used by
skaters in 1973. We have been
offered a match funding grant of
£700,000, which means we have to
raise £700,000 to be given the
ground. It is a real incentive to
get on board with the project, but
it does mean we have a lot more to
Now the weather with Kate Kinsella.
Now the weather with Kate Kinsella.
Good afternoon. It has been feeling
more like spring today. Quite a
chilly start this morning. A
beautiful Sunrise down on the River
Thames. A sunny day in all. Quite
hazy sunshine. I tired restricting
sunshine. A lovely afternoon. A
brisk south-easterly wind is
developing. A perfect afternoon
forgetting the washing on the line.
Temperatures remain unaffected. 15
Celsius. Overnight, clear at first
before cloud bruising from the
south-west. Heavy and persistent
rain. Wet and windy by dawn tomorrow
morning. Temperatures overnight
between six and eight Celsius. A wet
start to Thursday. The rain moving
north during the day. Showers in the
afternoon. A bit brighter later.
Temperatures not too bad for
Thursday at 13 Celsius. The next
couple of days remain reasonably
mild. As we head towards Friday, we
start to lose this milder air. But
gradually that this appears to be
replaced by colder air coming in on
quite a strong easterly wind. You
will notice perhaps some snow
showers are affecting some of us,
particularly towards the south of
London, maybe towards the North as
well. Not too many around but a
dramatic change in temperature as we
head into Saturday and Sunday. Two
Celsius by the time we get to
Sunday. The wind will make feel
That's about it from me.
will be here with our
6:30 evening programme.
But for now, from us all,
a very good afternoon.