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Now on BBC one it's time for the news where you are.

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Good evening, I'm Claudia-Liza Armah.

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One of the capital's top universities is reviewing

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its procedures for tackling anti-semitism, after a spike

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in reported incidents involving students across

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A number of concerns were raised after a week of anti-Israeli

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As Dan Freedman reports it's proving a difficult area

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When does a healthy campus debate turn into something more serious?

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At University College London they are wrestling with this issue

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as the contentious Israel apartheid week draws to a close,

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here and at dozens of academic institutions.

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We expect them to have robust policy and procedures in place

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to comply with the law, to investigate and swiftly address

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hate crime, including any anti-Semitic incidents

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Back in October, things got really out of hand here.

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The university's Friends of Israel group organised a talk

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from a former Israeli soldier, but didn't follow

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The university rejected their application, but changed their mind

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at the last moment on appeal, causing Palestinian supporters

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to accuse the University of double standards,

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Things got very heated, the police were called,

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but there were no arrests and no reports of serious violence.

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However, UCL's official report into the event found that:

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Anti-Semitism has been in the spotlight amid a reported 30%

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year on year increase in incidents nationally,

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and a doubling of incidents involving students or academics.

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One thing I have agreed is that we will review our procedure but also

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do a lot more sign posting, so that people who feel that there is a

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concern, that they know where to go. This is one-year-old

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Sophia Elia-Schenka. To look at she's like any other

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toddler, but she has a rare condition, where life expectancy

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in most cases is just two years. Her parents, from Loughton,

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are now desperately trying to raise money for her treatment and boost

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public awareness of the condition. Like most 18 month olds,

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Sofia loves to play with her toys and read her books,

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but for her these things aren't easy, because she has spinal

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muscular atrophy type one, So her muscles don't get messages

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from the motor neurons, so they don't know to work

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and therefore they waste away. Though few people will have

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heard of the condition, it is the most common inherited

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cause of death in infants. And in 95% of case, life expectancy

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is under two years old. Yet despite its severity,

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Sofia's parents Victoria and Gee have struggled to access

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the treatment and We went and we started talking

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to the NHS about getting it At that time she was already

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close to one-and-a-half. Victoria and Gee told us

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that the NHS said they weren't eligible for a wheelchair

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because they live up a very narrow flight of stairs,

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and there is nowhere here on the ground floor

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for an electric wheelchair It's the most difficult

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thing to have to watch your child struggling

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with the simplest of tasks. She can't turn a page

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of a book, she can't pick up We contacted their local NHS,

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who said they do offer a range of services for children with life

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limiting conditions, and Epping Forest Council claimed

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they are trying to help, in spite of a shortage

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of social housing. Any early cloud should clear,

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to make way for some sunshine. Cloud in the afternoon,

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but staying dry. Asad is here with BBC

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Breakfast in the morning. But from all of us here,

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have a good night. Good evening. For many places it was

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a fairly cloudy day on suspend but there was sunshine for western areas

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during the afternoon, and here are the clear skies at sunset in

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Northern Ireland. Thanks to weather watcher Robin for this picture,

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those clear skies have been making their way further east ward.

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Temperatures are dropping away, we have seen temperatures of freezing

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in parts of Northern Ireland. More cloud rolling in

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