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The Morning Headlines
15th December 2014

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Hostages held in Sydney cafe

An unknown number of hostages are being held in a cafe in Sydney, Australia.

Police have said there is “at least one” offender holding the hostages in the Lindt cafe. 

Armed police have surrounded the cafe which lies in the heart of the city's financial and shopping district.

A photo of hostages with their hands up was posted on Twitter by Australia's 7 News. Another photo shows hostages forced to stand at the cafe’s windows holding a black flag with Arabic writing on it. It is believed to show the Islamic creed. 

Three people were seen running from the Lindt cafe. Police have confirmed they were hostages. 

Nightclub owner stabbed to death, allegedly by own son

The owner of a central London nightclub and a restaurant has been stabbed to death. His son has been charged with his murder. 

The body of 70-year-old Dave West, who owns Abracadabra restaurant and HeyJo club , both in Mayfair, was found at a residential address near Piccadilly on Friday night.

The deceased's son, also called David West, was later charged with murder.

The 44-year-old will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court today.

London house prices fall £30,000 in a month

London house prices have fallen by more than £30,000 in a month. 

Figures released show a national decline in house prices as new sellers are less optimistic about what prices they can achieve. 

The average house price in Greater London is now £570,000. 

Boris bike scheme to expand

Transport for London have announced more than 1000 new docking points for Barclays Cycle Hire bikes will be rolled out across the capital.

Users will be able to hire bikes from new docking stations from early 2016.

Putney Bridge, Vauxhall and Tower Bridge have already been earmarked as sites to receive some of the new stations.

Metropolitan Police urge drivers to take extra caution this Christmas

The Met Police are urging road users to be extra careful on the roads this Christmas.

Police say it is common for road safety to be neglected during the festive season as people get caught up in the rush of Christmas shopping and socialising.

Officers will be stationed at key junctions across London to help educate all road users on road safety and enforce the law where necessary.

Tottenham win 2–1 over Swansea

Tottenham beat Swansea by two goals to one in their Premier League match last night.

The first goal of the match came from Spurs' Harry Kane after just four minutes. Swansea equalised just a few minutes into the second half. 

Christian Eriksen secured Tottenham's victory with his late goal in the 89th minute. 

Miss South Africa named Miss World

Miss South Africa has been crowned Miss World.

An estimated billion viewers watched 22-year-old Rolene Strauss win the pageant which took place in London's ExCeL centre last night. It was broadcast live on London Live.

London Live were joined by a former Miss UK and a former Miss England to discuss the relevance of Miss World in 2014.

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