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Tonight on BBC London News - millions of commuters face major
travel disruption as talks to avert a Tube strike breakdown.
Nightmare, absolute nightmare. It stinks, it is not good especially
with what is going on with Southern at the moment.
So where does this leave the Mayor's relationship with the tube unions?
Also tonight - a claim that people died after a computer meltdown
at the London Ambulance service on New Year's Day.
The people of London were failed on New Year's Eve.
They were watching their loved ones and their friends
suffering, waiting, not knowing if and when help is going to arrive.
They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace -
the security measures bringing about a change in tradition.
hoping for a giant killing - we speak to one of the FA Cup's
Good evening and welcome to the programme.
Millions of commuters face major travel disruption next week
after talks to avert a 24-hour Tube strike collapsed this afternoon.
Industrial action is due to start on Sunday and will pretty much
shut down all Zone 1 stations on Monday.
The ongoing row is over job cuts and the closure of ticket offices.
Here's our Transport Correspondent, Tom Edwards.
Arriving for talks, there was some optimism that this
long-running, acrimonious dispute could be resolved.
Is this about the unions showing the mayor who is boss?
Absolutely not, it is about having a safe London Underground
for the 4 million people that use it nearly every day.
This dispute goes back to the closure of the Tube ticket
offices under the previous mayor Boris Johnson in 2015.
The unions always hated the policy, saying it was unsafe,
But the closures happened and around 840 jobs went.
London Underground says it saves ?50 million annually.
Now under a new mayor, both sides agree more staff
are needed on the Tube but the sticking point is how many
And by three o'clock, talks had collapsed.
No agreement on extra station staff numbers.
Very disappointed to find London Underground were unable today
to put one additional job on the table that they
hadn't put on before. A miserable response
from them to a crisis across London Underground stations.
We are now in a total crisis situation, so there needs to be
something fairly drastic immediately as well as a longer-term solution
Tonight, commuters were disappointed.
From the last strikes, there were hours of delays.
It took like four hours when normally takes like half an hour.
These strikes are not good, especially with what has
The bad news for commuters is there is going to be considerable
disruption from Sunday at 6pm and all day Monday.
On Monday, all Tube stations in Zone 1 will be shut.
The Victoria and the Waterloo City lines won't run.
And there will be a severely reduced service on all other lines,
What we will be doing is adding 50 additional buses
What we will be doing is adding 150 additional buses
We are putting our travel ambassadors out into the stations
as well, to help to give people advice and our clear advice
to people is to make sure that they check before they travel
All sides concede a lack of staff on the Tube is a problem and this
strike is a blow to the new mayor who wanted better
It is also a blow to commuters who face wretched journeys next week.
Well, our Political Correspondent, Karl Mercer, joins me now.
Karl - a new year, a new Mayor but the same old story on the Tube.
And one that has haunted previous mares at City Hall as well. Sadiq
Khan spent a lot of his first eight months saying that he wanted to talk
to unions, that was how to avoid strikes. In February he told a
newspaper that he would be the mayor who delivered zero days of strikes
on the Tube. That clearly hasn't happened. They believe Transport for
London had offered a good deal on this. When I caught up with him
earlier, I put it to him, what would it mean if the strikes were to go
ahead. Will it be a sign of personal
failure if this strike did go ahead? You've put a lot of store by their
not being strikes on your watch. I think strikes are
a failure on all sides. If strikes take place and that
means trade unions, TFL, all of us have failed
in resolving this amicably. Acas are doing their bit
and the trade unions have been doing their bit to give them credit,
they have been talking. They have been speaking
on Wednesday, Thursday and today and we are going
to carry on talking. It can't be beyond our width
to resolve this amicably. We have heard since one of the
unions will be back talking tomorrow, the RMT will not be back
on the mayor has given us an updated statement saying the strikes are
unnecessary and he urges the unions to call it. He says it will cause
misery and disruption to millions of Londoners. It is not the end of the
dispute either, remember. All the latest on that as it happens.
And of course the Tube network isn't the only rail system
We are broadcasting a special debate about the ongoing rail
crisis with Southern - you'll be able to watch that
on Monday 9th January at 7.30pm here on BBC One.
Lots more to come including - the nightclub that was closed
after a number of drug-related deaths reopens with
A whistle-blower has claimed that people lost their lives as a result
of a computer failure at the London Ambulance Service.
BBC News can reveal that at least one 999 patient died
during the technical failure in the early hours
The service say staff were trained effectively in using a manual
back-up system and continued to prioritise patients
in the same way. Jon Ironmonger reports.
With an investigation under way into the technical meltdown
at the London Ambulance Service, one death is now being looked
at to see if the computer problems were a contributing factor.
The BBC has heard damning claims from a whistle-blower that the real
The people of London were failed on New Year's Eve.
They were watching their loved ones and their friends suffering,
waiting, not knowing if and when help
Do you think there is a chance that people might have died as a result
of this computer failure? Without a shadow of a doubt.
If you've had a cardiac arrest, we aim to get
you within eight minutes. It wouldn't have happened.
Shortly after midnight when the streets of London
were packed with people, the multi-million pound computer
system which logs emergencies and assigns ambulances, collapsed.
For five hours, control staff were forced to process hundreds
The service say they had been given effective training.
The BBC has seen leaked photographs of the internal staff Facebook page
which suggests that some employees felt under extreme pressure
on New Year's Day, one member questions why so many patients
had to suffer, while workers are described as being
in tears, shell-shocked, frustrated and angry.
Staff are trained to cope in the event of technical
difficulties and it is not the first time that the computer
But never before, we understand, for such a long period
We are very sorry to anyone who experienced delays during those
issues on New Year's Day, we are obviously taking
the matter very seriously. And to that end, we have
launched a full and comments extended investigation.
In 2015, the London Ambulance Service was placed
Since then, it has taken steps to improve.
The Care Quality Commission said it would follow up concerns
about control room problems during a planned
It's a British tradition which has become one of London's most popular
But the Changing of the Guard is to be 'changed' -
under new security measures brought in by the Met.
Frankie McCamley is at Buckingham Palace with more on this.
Police here say there is no evidence of a planned attack here. However,
they have decided to bring in extra security measures early because they
have been taking into account those planned terror attacks in Berlin and
Nice which were particularly targeted at large crowds of people.
The hope is, that this age-old tradition will continue to run as
smoothly as possible. It's one of London's
most popular ceremonies, dating back to the 17th century,
when the old guard responsible for protecting Buckingham Palace
and St James' Park formally hands over responsibilities
to the new soldiers on duty. Thousands of people come to see
the Changing of the Guard every single week but those crowds, paired
with the location of this ceremony at Buckingham Palace,
makes this a high-profile With a bomb attack in the '80s
by the IRA leaving 11 soldiers and seven horses dead,
with many more injured. And since, the recent attacks
in Europe have led to security Extra barriers are being put
in place, the roads around Buckingham Palace are to remain
closed throughout the ceremony and the days the Changing
of the Guard takes place It will make the area and that
event considerably safer. The intention of the police
in planning for this is to protect the public,
protect crowds that gather for this iconic occasion
and in creating distance, closing roads, stopping hostile
vehicles getting near the event will obviously make it safer
for everybody attending. It's also hoped the Changing
will make it easier for drivers It is very sad but it seems
like a sign of the times. Because here we are in London
and we are just as likely to have a terrorist attack
as anywhere else It surprises me that they want
to put it on the same day every week because that seems rather
predictable and I would have thought they would want to be a bit less
predictable than that. If you are going to put
more guards around it, you make people more
nervous around things. They would rather have more manpower
implemented on the place so that they can move
around between the crowd so that they can move around
between the crowd and check things. The main security measures are now
undergoing a three-month trial. If successful, they could become
a permanent fixture in the capital. Video footage of a teenager
being attacked in a Brixton takeaway The 18-year-old was stabbed
and whipped with a belt in Dallas Chicken on 2nd January
by three masked men. One man has been arrested,
but the Met are hoping this CCTV will help find
the four other suspects. A new victim of the Hatton Garden
burglary has come forward - claiming to have lost up
to ?7 million. The heist - over the Easter Bank
Holiday weekend of 2015 - is believed to be Britain's
biggest ever burglary. If this new claim is true - the sum
stolen would reach ?21 million. The six men convicted of taking part
in the heist were sentenced to between six and seven
years in prison. An explosion on a boat in south-east
London sparked a huge fire It took more than 80 fire fighters
to control the blaze which spread The former Royal Navy minesweeper
was being used as an arts venue, after being salvaged by a group
of friends almost 20 years ago. The cause of the fire
is under investigation. One of London's most famous
nightclubs is to re-open this evening after it was closed
because of safety concerns. Fabric in Islington was criticised
and had its licence taken away after a number
of drug-related deaths. Its owners say a raft of strict
new security measures Marc Ashdown's report
contains flashing images. Once voted the best club
in the world, the party The doors reopened for the first
time tonight after its forced closure last year following
the drug-related deaths Its owner says the past
year has been tough. I don't think there is any kind
of pleasure or relief that we have We are obviously delighted
we will be reopening but I don't think we will be looking back over
this particular chapter with any kind of fond memories,
let's just say that. Islington Council took away
the club's license in September, Fabric had been involved in six
drug-related deaths in four years. The drug culture was
prevalent in the old club These deaths, theae are real people
and this is a real family that has been devastated.
It is my job to protect people. An inquest this week heard how
18-year-old Jack Crosley died after smuggling drugs into the club
in his underwear. Today was just about understanding
what happened to Jack, how it happened and how we can avoid
it happening to anyone If Fabric shuts, there will be
another club opening up, another venue. There is a new scanning
system and there will be tougher security searches. Once inside the
club, there is better lighting, more CCTV and covert security staff will
be patrolling and anyone caught in possession of drugs, faces a
lifetime ban. 150,000 people signed a petition to save the club,
including top DJs and artists. This isn't only a club, if you look at
pop music today or pop culture, drugs are littered throughout the
entire culture. So the idea that dance music culture is to blame is
ridiculous. Extra police will be patrolling tonight for the grand
reopening. The club insist it will operate a zero tolerance policy. It
is up to customers to make sure it stays open.
From London stadium where it is West Ham against Manchester City tonight.
To Sutton united taking on AFC Wimbledon, we will be looking at the
FA Cup third round weekend. And after a couple of cold, crisp
mornings, it is out with the frost and in with the cloud
for the weekend. All this week we've been looking
ahead to the Government's crucial Brexit negotiations in March
and what they may Immigration and the free movement
of people from the EU will feature So - would it be damaging to London
if we saw the end of unlimited We'll be discussing that
in a moment, but first here are the views
of two London firms. We employ about 240 people and about
70% UK, 20% Europe and 10% rest of the world. My vote was to stay in
but I am quite excited and there are lots of good things happening as a
result of moving out. The reality is, any restrictions, we will
manage. We have got 60 million people in the UK and we can work
with them. We have 10% of our staff coming from either side of Europe so
we manage with them. So it is nothing to worry about, we will sort
it may be. We will sort it. I am Chris Williamson and we have a
people working in our architects in London, probably about 35 people
from the European Union. The biggest concern most people have is the
uncertainty and we need to know a bit more clarity about whether
people can stay and whether we are going to still be able to attract
the brightest and the best people, which is what we want to do. Andreas
moved over from Spain with his family and he came for an interview
and we offered him a job. He moved here in February. It is not a great
situation to be in. I know a lot of architects worried about the
investment, will it still flow into London and into the UK? A lot of
projects have been put on hold while people look at what might happen.
Let's get more on this now from an organisation
which represents London's business community - London First
You've published a report today on the challenges London is facing
in the run up to Brexit - what have you found?
I think our top point is whatever you think about Brexit in the long
term, whether it will be great or difficult, it is going to absolutely
create uncertainty for the next five or ten years. What we need to do is
double down and take the actions we can. What you might think of as the
no regret actions, we need to make sure we tell the world we will
remain a business and we need to invest in our infrastructure. We
have been saying we will remain open for business but in concrete terms,
what do you want to see? Our report says firstly, around immigration and
make sure we signal to the world that after Brexit, we will remain
open to the will's talent. We of course need to re-emphasise our own
efforts to train people in the country but we also need to be open
to global talent. The other thing we need to do is to keep the city
working by investing in the housing crisis and transport. Remaining open
to talent in policy terms, what policies do you want to see to
enable that to happen? We want to see a liberal visa regime. At the
moment, something like 80% of those people from the European Union who
are working in London and the rest of the country would not be eligible
for a visa. If we switch that off overnight, that would be a calamity
for our economy. We can find these talented people from a larger
market, the rest of the world? And that is great. As long as we have an
immigration regime allowing businesses across the country to the
other acts as the people it needs to generate the wealth of the country
as a whole, that will work. But nobody will disagree with you in a
way, everyone says we want an open system and the best people. I'm not
sure that is true. If you set arbitrary targets and the number of
people you will have Andrew Netto that off, that is not a system
allowing people to recruit who they need. We have run out of time but
thank you. Now there's a weekend of FA Cup
action to look forward to - it's the third round which is
when the Premier League teams join the competition and lower league
sides hope to cause a shock. First up is West Ham
who host Manchester City. Chris Slegg is at the London Stadium
for us ahead of tonight's kick-off. The first FA Cup action here at the
former Olympic stadium. The young mascots warming up. West Ham could
do with some FA Cup magic because the problems in the Premier League
all season. Manchester City, big spenders, they will be favourites.
But no reason why Slaven Bilic's hammers cannot go on an extended cup
run this year. Crystal Palace got to the final last season. Wigan beat
Manchester City in the final. This is the Premier League elite.
Tomorrow across the capital, there is a tie that uses FA Cup history.
AFC Wimbledon travel to Sutton united who caused one of the
greatest third-round shocks of all time.
Emotional scenes here at Gander Green Lane, Sutton.
Few among the 8,000 crowd present that day will ever forget non-league
For 18-year-old Kelly, it was particularly special.
27 years on, she is still moved by the memories.
So emotional because it was my brother Matt Hanlon
Just an incredible moment, one of those things you dream
about happening but never actually think it is going to.
Who was the chap you were with in the crowd that day?
He was my boyfriend James and today, he is my husband.
That is the romance of the FA Cup for you!
Also on the terraces that day, Geoff Martin, who has been
inspired to write his own FA Cup third-round song.
# Tell you about the day we beat Coventry!
The FA Cup history of Sutton United just goes before us and nobody
involved in this club will ever forget the achievements of the past
but now we are looking to build the achievements of the future.
This fixture also strikes a chord with aficionados of AFC
The re-formed club played their first ever fixture here -
a pre-season friendly in July 2002. They lost 4-0.
They will be hoping for a better result
on Saturday and of course, plenty has changed since that day.
In Round 2, the Dons came from 3-0 down with ten minutes
left to beat Curzon Ashton, and now want to do justice to the original
I know it probably doesn't carry all the way to the top any more
but it's massive to be able to know what might be round the corner
and Wimbledon obviously have their own history
but we desperately want to do well in the Cup.
Sutton caused a mini shock in Round 2 with a 96-minute winner,
seeing off League 2 Cheltenham, but which south London
team will be singing when they are winning tomorrow?
So much excitement about that time, also live on BBC London tomorrow,
digital radio, Millwall take on Bournemouth. Uncertainty about their
long-term future at the den, for Millwall. Tonight, West Ham against
Manchester City live on BBC One. Coverage starts at 7:30pm.
Now let's check on the weather with Ben Rich.
Chris had a job keeping warm there. It was freezing. He was modelling
the scars very nicely! Scars may not be so necessary over the weekend but
neither will sunglasses. We will lose the cold and crisp start to the
day and we will see more cloud spreading in. We will stick with
that cloudier theme as we go through the weekend.
It would be quite as cold. A lot of clout through today and some of that
actually no spreading its way southwards and eastwards across the
London area and bringing some outbreaks of rain. Fairly light and
patchy for the most part. A pretty soggy story if you are heading out
and about this Friday night. The temperatures, well below freezing.
Tomorrow morning we start off perhaps with some patchy rain but
that will clear quickly and are largely dry day. You have to squint
at the map to see much in the way of brightness. Some cloud will be quite
low and there could be some misty nuts on the hills. Double digit
temperatures. This is a selection of the FA Cup fixtures.
Largely dry and mild as the story for Saturday night. A lot of cloud,
some murkiness on the graphics, particularly over high ground but
temperatures again holding up. Sunday, it is more of the same. More
cloud and mist and murkiness and largely dry weather. Some breaks in
the cloud and perhaps some sunny spells. A change into the start of
next week. This weather fronts swinging southwards on Monday
bringing rain late in the day. Blustery winds with that as well.
For the weekend, largely cloudy and dry and not as cold as it has been.
Say goodbye to the frost from now. A terminally ill man has begun
a legal fight for the right Noel Conway, who's 67,
has motor neurone disease. The case will be the first
High Court challenge since MPs rejected an attempt to introduce
assisted dying in 2015. Donald Trump is being briefed by US
intelligence chiefs on their claims that Russia attempted to interfere
in the American presidential The President-elect has repeatedly
dismissed the allegation. Modern diesel cars produce more
than twice as much toxic emissions as a lorry or bus of the same age,
according to new analysis from the International Council
on Clean Transportation. I'll be back later during
the Ten O'clock News, but for now from everyone
on the team have a lovely evening. Panorama investigates
the deadly terrorist attack