Browse content similar to 16/01/2017. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
Calling on a cash injection from the government...
The Mayor's warning over the Met's police budget.
If it is the case that the government does not give us the
complete money we need as a capital city, I'm
afraid it will lead to fewer police officers
The Government says the Met's the best funded
Rolf Harris is accused of sexually assaulting a blind woman,
Plus the Premiership clubs criticised over their access
With the Premier League, we're talking about the wealthiest
They've had years to make these adaptations and changes
to make disabled fans welcome and give enough space for them.
And hatching a plan for his latest artistic project.
We meet the man who lived in a wooden egg for a year.
Good evening and welcome to the programme with me Louisa Preston.
Policing in the capital will suffer if Scotland Yard doesn't
receive additional funding from the government.
That's the warning tonight from the Mayor, who claims Londoners
will not be as safe if the money's not made available.
The Home Office is currently working out what to award police forces
But Sadiq Khan fears that if City Hall doesn't receive
a sufficient settlement he won't be able to reach his target of 32,000
Our Political Correspondent Karl Mercer reports
Police cars used to come up this ramp once.
Police officers used to patrol outside.
And the building used to be the most famous in world policing.
Now just the local barber shop remains.
If you wanted a picture of how London's police has had
You need look no further than what was New Scotland Yard.
Sold for 370m pounds and soon to be luxury flats.
And today the mayor called on central government
If the government makes further cuts to our budget than that which we've
been already told about, we cannot keep to the target of 32,000
officers. If the government gives as less money than we should get, my
job of the maximum number of officers will be increasingly
difficult which will have an impact on safety.
At the moment it gets just half of that.
he needs more money from central government.
Particularly from a special fund that recognises
Mayors says London needs ?340M London gets ?170M
worries over new funding formula We have been here before.
Two years ago when Boris Johnson was mayor the govt planned
changes to the money given to police forces.
The response back then sounds similar to what's being said now.
It is going to be a challenge. It is an unfair way of funding which
doesn't take into account the extra challenges.
Conservatives on the London assembly said
the mayor could do more himself to keep officer numbers up.
He has already raised council tax to pay for officers.
They say he should have gone further.
He didn't need to make the cut for council tax. He could have made the
money go round further. How seriously should we take this
warning? It is the sort of thing we hear every time funding comes up.
It's the sort of thing we heard a couple of years ago. What is
different this time around. Last time, Boris Johnson was mayor. You
had a Conservative Home Secretary in Theresa May. Is the relationship
different now? Theresa May has been moved up to an elevated position.
You have a Labour mayor. All parties will say to central government,
London is a special case and needs extra funding. You need to fund what
goes on in the capital city. Why Silicon Roundabout has become
a victim of its own success. The startups now being forced
out by rising rents. A blind woman has told a court
that she was left "appalled" and "degraded" after allegedly
being indecently assaulted She is one of seven women,
who've accused Rolf Harris of indecent assault
spanning a 30-year period. Our Home Affairs
Correspondent Nick Beake Throughout this trial, Rolf Harris
is appearing via video link up because he is serving a prison
sentence for a series of indecent assaults. Today, the court heard an
interview that was recorded more than two years ago with an alleged
victim in this particular case, she recalled the events of some 40 years
ago at the Moorfields eye Hospital. She said that the entertainer came
out of nowhere and pounced on there and started to grope her. She said
he was like a hawk pouncing on his prey. She said that she could tell
it was him because of his unmistakable voice. The woman is
blind and disabled. The woman said she said, nobody touches me like
this, get off. To which she says Rolf Harris replied, well, you can't
see me. He said, apparently, don't be like that, I'm only being
friendly. The court heard that the woman remained in the room with Rolf
Harris during which time he tried to teach her how to play the
didgeridoo, which he carried with him. The woman was asked why she
waited before reporting this to the police. She said, quite frankly, she
didn't think she would be believed. She didn't want to be in this
position. He denies all the charges made against him. The trial
continues. British Airways says it will operate
all its long-haul services During a three-day cabin crew strike
starting on Thursday. But the airline says it
will cancel one per cent Meanwhile, unions and London
Underground met today in the hope Last
week's 24 hour tube strike crippled the network,
after workers walked out over the number of new jobs to be
reintroduced after cuts in 2015. The RMT union has warned of further
industrial action after sixth February if the two sides don't come
to an agreement. Pharmacists across London are
warning that they could be put out of business.
Chemists are often at the heart of a community, dispensing pills,
But the way they are funded is changing, that means that this
pharmacy near Harpenden in Hertfordshire is under threat.
We are just short of a mile away from the nearest other pharmacy.
We are subject to the full force of the cuts.
Now, that will leave the business non-viable.
Obviously, I won't sign a lease on the premises where I won't know
the business is not going to be able to pay its way.
We will close in the next few months.
It's a so-called modernisation that customers can't
Because, not only is it the pharmacy, they are friends.
You know, you build up a rapport with people.
Everything's going. We don't need the pharmacy to go.
If I were to have to go to Harpenden because this pharmacist had closed,
I would have to climb into my car and, like many people,
and bearing in mind that pharmacists serve something between eight
and 10,000 people in the locality, you'd then have lots of car journeys
The government says everyone should have access to a pharmacy
But that makes chemists in densely populated London even more at risk.
We're talking of a cut of 12% in pharmacy budgets,
just in the months December up to March 2017 and more cuts
Now, for a lot of pharmacies, that is a big hit.
What you are going to see ultimately, if the government
doesn't change course, could be large-scale
The full impact of the changes will be know until later
in the year but, by then, many chemists say they will already
And you can see more on that report on Inside Out London.
The new series starts tonight at 7.30 here on BBC One.
Premier League football clubs could be fined or even have points
deducted if they don't do more to improve access for disabled fans.
That's the conclusion reached in a new report,
which suggests that clubs, including Chelsea and Watford aren't going
to meet the deadline for new basic standards for accessibility.
Emma North is outside Stamford Bridge for us this evening.
Today's report adds to the voices calling for some of the most
successful names in football to get their act together. The culture,
media and sport committee said that some clubs are putting profit over
access. There is an August deadline for clubs to make sure that any
disabled fans can watch a match comfortably. Some clubs, like
Watford and Chelsea are not going to be able to meet the deadline.
Earlier we spoke to the disability
charity Scope to find out what it's like for some fans.
Well, at Scope we hear from disabled people all the time that, actually,
they have huge barriers in getting into football stadiums
If there are parents who want to go with their disabled children,
they are often told that they can't sit with their children.
Football is our national game and it should be open to everyone.
What will happen if the clubs don't improve access? The human rights
commission says it is prepared to sue clubs and even they could have
points docked. In the Premier League, where the wage bill topped
?200 billion, does a ?20,000 fine really do the job? So what are clubs
going to do? What is going to happen. Chelsea has said it will
fulfil the quotas within the next four years when it is building its
replacement stadium. A club like Watford is nowhere near fulfilling
the quota and doesn't appear to be planning to. They said. The.
This additional space would mean 700 able bodied supporters would be
displaced from seats they may well have cherished for Leeds. These
guidelines were made around 20 years ago. Who knows whether this will
drive people to change. New figures suggest that the area
known as Silicon roundabout has fallen out of favour and now
start-ups are shunning the area, pushed out by rising rents. This
start-up is happening in a front room. The gift buying service
couldn't afford to stay. It became trendy and the prices started going.
If it was possible to get somewhere for ?150 per month per desk, now it
is going up to 450. Silicon roundabout on Old Street was branded
the ultimate .com destination. Figures suggest that the number of
start-ups has fallen by 70%. From more than 10,000 to just over 3000.
Has Silicon roundabout had its day? Tech firms have flocked here and
demand for office space has outstripped supply. Rents have
soared and some people say it is a victim of its own success. Others
suggest it is a sign that business is booming. It's a reflection of the
fact that the digital industry which started around Old Street has grown
so much and how the digital industry in the sector is spreading to all of
Britain, not just London and one specific postcode. Figures suggest
small firms haven't moved far. Thousands of new businesses have
opened up around the corner on the city Road. Croydon Tech city is now
home to 1000 plus Tech start-ups and it is hoped that the former media
Centre at Stratford Olympic Park will become one of the biggest tech
hubs in the world. This business owner says it is a shame to leave
Silicon roundabout but hasn't matter where you are. It is nice to be in
the middle of all the buzz, events, and networking but you can really
make it work out of your own bedroom.
Still to come, why Piccadilly Circus's famous screen is being
switched off until the autumn. Imagine being told you're going to
lose your eyesight. Difficult enough for an adult to deal with. You cope
if you just nine years old? That's the prospect facing this schoolboy
from heart should force. And now his family fear his younger sister could
also have the same genetic condition.
Last year, he discovered that he suffers from a rare genetic
disorder which is slowly eroding his eyesight.
The disease affects my central vision.
Sometimes, when I'm reading, it puts dots there and blurriness.
And, over the years, it'll get worse.
He now has to wear sunglasses when he's outside and struggles
with everyday things like playing football.
The discovery of the disease came as a shock to his parents.
They have no idea what the condition was or that they were carriers
I had a discussion with Ethan about a bucket list of several
One thing he really wanted to do was go to Universal Studios.
So, we went to California for the summer holidays.
I just want him to have visual memories.
There's no telling how quickly Ethan's eyesight will degenerate.
There are also fears that his three-year old sister
These are the thoughts that keep me up at night.
I wake up in the morning and my heart breaks.
Thinking about Ethan, obviously, that he's got the condition
And having a life, being a parent of definitely one visually impaired
She hopes that advances in stem cell research
will restore her son's vision but, until then, she's determined for him
to see as much of the world as he can before it's too late.
For Ethan, the one place he loves more than anywhere
I like doing go-karting because it's fun for me to experience driving
because I won't be able to do driving when I'm older.
For a nine-year-old boy who is going blind, he's remarkably
I'm kind of, a bit scared about it in case I bump into stuff.
Volunteers working in an unusual toy shop are worried that it might
close. Don't be fooled by the Jolly surroundings, life in this toy shop
is tough. The owner struggles to pay the bills. I'm very happy with very
little for myself. So, when I have money in the till, I think what do I
want to spend it on most? As you can see, I'm still wearing my old
clothes. This Jersey, I've had for 15-20 years. She makes a hand to
mouth existence in this toy shop she has owned for many years. It may not
look like much outside but inside it's like collaborative of toys. She
started making them aged 15 and never stopped. Her speciality is
making dolls houses and miniature is. I hate selling my work so I
thought if I had a little shop, I could put it where all the people's
work I love. It's been a slow Christmas as the lure of Internet
shopping tykes hold. A building development threatens the future of
the shop. The shop is kept going by volunteers and regular customers.
It's dusty exterior doesn't tell you about the inside. When I came in, I
was thrilled. What do you not like about modern toy shops? The things
they have are so ugly. I think it's wonderful if children can have
beautiful things. What a fascinating little shop.
A home, a boat, a studio, a sculpture.
That's how the artist Stephen Turner has described this giant wooden egg.
It's on display at an exhibition in east London
along with the art he created while he was living inside it.
It's made of western red cedar and two skins
For a year, Stephen Turner lived and worked in this
And the six months to construct with an architect and boat
builder helping him realise his artistic vision.
It was great waking up in the morning inside this
The egg is divided into quite distinct compartments.
So, on my right, I have the shower area and loo.
As I went along, I made the chair and I made the bench.
There is no denying it is a striking piece of work but there
Well, I was given a fantastic opportunity to work somewhere
on some saltmarshes and I wanted the place I lived in to be symbolic
Since everything in nature comes from an egg, or if it's a plant,
from a seed, and they are kind of related to eggs
in terms of evolution, it's a perfect symbol for nature.
The egg is now on display as part of an exhibition in east London
which also features work Stephen created while living inside it,
like these mini eggs made from natural materials he found
So, what's next for the man who's lived in an egg,
as well as a sea fort, in the name of art?
I'm hatching a plan to create a four metre tall oyster shell sculpture.
Steven won't be living there but hopes his art
will continue to increase people's appreciation of nature.
The exhibition at Trinity Buoy wharf runs until the end of January.
It's been lighting up London for more than 100 years but this
The billboard lights have been switched off
Now, they have been turned off briefly in the past,
during Winston Churchill and Princess Diana's funerals
but this will be the longest period of time since World War II.
The first electrical advertisements appeared in 1908.
Midnight on Tuesday, August 14, 1945, before the Prime Minister had
finished his radio announcement that Japan had surrendered,
After the war, Piccadilly Circus was a popular place for Londoners
Soon after, it also became a tourist attraction and the lights have
moved with the times, starting with incandescent light
bulbs, moving on to neon, digital projectors,
This might not look like much but we're actually in the control
room behind the lights and the screens are made up
of thousands of these panels and when the work begins,
all of this will be replaced by one big-screen which will have more
It will be different because it will be one screen that
will be used flexibly, it will be interactive,
it will display a very high quality image.
The way that the advertisers are using the screen
The advertisers will have the ability to be very creative
When the work's completed, Piccadilly Circus will be
home to Europe's largest single digital screen.
For now, a temporary advertising banner will replace the lights and,
until October, the most luminous corner of the capital,
Let's get a check on the weather now with Wendy. It's been extremely wet.
I bet this was the picture you had outside the windows yesterday. I
refused to go out because it was so soggy. This morning, you can see it
was still pouring with rain. This great band dragging its way across
London and the Home Counties. Then, it all fizzled away. Just before
sunset, the skies were showing signs of clearing. That's the last
substantial rainfall we will see this week. This week, sunshine. It
is going to be feeling quite cold throughout because the weather is
coming in from the east. The near continent has highs tomorrow of
minus one. Not quite as chilly here but it is coming from that
direction. After midnight, I think we will see starry skies with light
winds which will lead to a frost tonight, most especially in the east
and south-east where temperatures could get as low as -1, two, or
three. A nippy start to the day. Crunchy underfoot. Then the day gets
going with light winds and beautiful sunshine. However, it is going to
stay feeling quite chilly. Temperatures not getting much higher
than three degrees. It will lead as to a pretty hard frost overnight
Interwetten stay. Wednesday, more beautiful sunshine. You will have to
wrap up warm to enjoyed. The certainty of that sunshine becomes
less as we go through the latter part of the week. More cloud
starting to swell around that high-pressure system. That's open to
some debate at the moment. Into the weekend, still a bit of cloud around
but the next two days, sunshine not rain. Who skies. Great news. Thank
you. An inquest into the attack on the
beach in Tunisia in June 2015 has been told that some of the fixings
might still be alive if local security forces had acted more
quickly. The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has warned policing in the
capital will suffer will the Scotland job doesn't receive
additional funding from the government. That's it for now. From