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Police investigate a spate of anti-Semitic attacks


Holocaust survivors give their reaction to the rise in hate crimes.


that I really have no words to express it.


The Met says it is increasing patrols ahead


I am flying to Luxembourg but I have been told we are being transported


to Stansted by bus. After fog grounds hundreds


of flights, a warning of We'll bring you the latest as the


capital is issued with its highest Do you think the cost of restoring


the Houses of Parliament We reveal the findings


of a new poll. And capturing the memorable moments


of 2016, a new exhibition shows the year in images taken


by professional photographers. Good evening, welcome to programme


with me, Riz Lateef. "This won't be tolerated" -


the words of the Mayor of London about the rise in anti-Semitic crime


here in the capital. He was speaking at


a special ceremony ahead of It comes after a string


of hate crimes in North London Sadiq Khan has told BBC London


police are stepping up More from our Home Affairs


Correspondent, Nick Beake. Although seven decades may have


passed since the horror of the Holocaust, for some, the memories


are still vivid. Many, the pain is still raw. At City Hall, the


remembered the victims. But the Mayor is among those worried that


today in 2017, in this city, people are being targeted just because they


Jewish. This brick with a swastika emblem was hurled through the window


of a family in North West London this weekend, one of four


anti-Semitic attacks. We have zero tolerance towards hate crime. The


police are looking at CCTV footage, they are speaking to Jewish


communities to reassure them, we are taking this very seriously and we


will get to the bottom of it. On Friday afternoon the police


discovered anti-Semitic graffiti and one port of Edgware. Hours later, a


woman was -- one part. A woman was out. Down the road a few hours


later, a swastika was drawn on the window. One group which tries to


tackle Jewish hate crime thinks abuse online is going unpunished and


leading to more persecution on the streets. Today, social media is a


cauldron of which the current wave of anti-Semitic hatred is being


brewed. Social media has been wonderful in many respects, but it


has also given voice to many people who want to promote all manner of


anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. The Met say they have not seen the


evidence yet to prove these latest incidents are linked, but say it is


of huge concern the Jewish committee is being targeted in this way. But


anti-Semitic as well as Islamophobic incidents the increase. -- the


Jewish committee -- Jewish community forced back at City Hall, Mala


Tribich lit a memorial candle. As someone who escaped the Nazis in the


1940s, she is deeply saddened by this we can's events. It is like a


stab in my heart. Because I have seen a lot of anti-Semitism and I


have seen the result of it, people have witnessed the Holocaust. Also


this weekend, an advert on the tube for a film about Holocaust denial


was defaced. So far no one has been arrested over any of these


incidents. The capital's been issued


with its first "very high" pollution alert,


under a new system for warning It comes on the same day that London


was shrouded in fog, forcing the cancellation


of hundreds of flights. First, let's get the latest


on that pollution warning. Our Environment Correspondent,


Tom Edwards, is in Central London. Just how bad is it? Well, today we


got the very first mayoral a lot of very high levels of pollution, and


the reasons behind that are interesting because what we have got


at the moment is low wind levels, so it does not disperse the vehicle


emissions, but also we have got very high levels of domestic wood


burning, extremely unusual, and in a tweak to the Sadiq Khan said


everyone from the most vulnerable to the physically fit may need to


reduce physical exertion. -- to eat. He also implored people to use


public transport. He is trying to tackle pollution through policies


like the ultralow emissions zone, but campaigners are saying he is not


going far enough, he should do things like banning diesel


completely. Aside from pollution, fog has been causing problems as


well? Yes, lots of disruption at London's airports, Gatwick, London


city and Heathrow, hundreds of flights were cancelled today, the


bad news is that we might get more of the same tomorrow.


This was sitting up this morning as thick fog disrupted many flights. --


City Airport. Passengers were bussed to other airports to get flights. I


am flying to Luxembourg, my flight was at eight o'clock but I have been


told we are being transported to Stansted by bus. I suppose everyone


is in the same boat with beef fog outside, cannot be helped. I suppose


everyone is frustrated. Elliott Ward said it had to cancel flights as air


traffic controllers need to leave more space between planes. --


Peterborough said. The runway here, you might be able to make out a few


of the runway lights in the distance, it is now just after 11


o'clock in the morning and the fog is still bad. Thames Clippers could


not run at all first thing, this was the view from the DL are in East


London. This was Heathrow, which is that suffered thick fog. It had to


cancel 100 flights, but it percent in total. City Airport had to cancel


65, about 25%. At Gatwick, flights were also disrupted. One BBC


reporter was stuck on a plane for over two hours as passengers changed


their minds about going to Belfast. This flight is now two and a half


hours late and is still nowhere near to taking off. The problems started


with the fog, which delayed the flight by two hours, but then as


passengers decided they wanted to get off, presumably because it was


not worth making the journey, Gatwick seems to have fun they do


not have the staff to escort passengers back to the terminal, so


there are further delays, so more passengers want to get off the


plane, so there are further delays, and at the moment, no sign of


departing whatsoever. The weather improved during the afternoon,


allowing more flights, but more fog is forecast for tomorrow morning.


This could again cause problems in the capital's airports.


Coming up later... I will be live outside the Houses of


Parliament, which is in need of billions of pounds of urgent


repairs. But one in four voters say they do not think it is worth it,


they think they should be sold off or knocked down altogether.


Some news coming in, reports of an expulsion at a block of flats in


Hornchurch. Firefighters and the London Ambulance Service are


currently at the scene, we understand. Let's get more from our


reporter, who joins me now. What are we hearing? It is an evolving


situation, we are getting information through to us. We have


had a police statement and we know that there were called to a block of


flats in Hornchurch just after five o'clock after reports of an


explosion. There are London firefighters at the scene, with ten


appliances, also the London Ambulance Service, as well as police


officers. We do not yet know if anyone is injured, or watch the


situation on the ground is, we are still getting that information. At


this stage, officers have said it is too early to confirm the cause of


the explosion, with enquiries are under way. Residents are in the


process of being evacuated from the building, local road closure is in


peace, specifically the Aone to seven, because debris have been


blown on the road. -- the A127. Motorists are being asked to avoid


the area. We will have more in our late bulletin. An evolving


situation, thank you for that. Police have issued a warning to time


wasters after footage of a Bridge. The man posted a video online after


bringing traffic to a halt on the bridge. He has previously posted


clips of himself roofed topping and other famous locations across the


capital. Police are stepping up an appeal


for a man they want to speak to in connection to a sex attack


on a 12-year-old girl. They're hoping releasing this image


could help their investigation. It happened when the schoolgirl


was out jogging on Carshalton High Street


last October. More now on the inquests


into the deaths of 30 British people who were shot while on holiday


in Tunisia. Evidence about the victims has been


heard, including a couple Our reporter Emily Unia


is at the Royal Courts of Justice. What was said? A number of


eyewitness statements or read today, relating to all the events taking


place on the beach in front of the Imperial Marhaba Hotel at Sousse on


the morning of the 26th of June 20 15. There were a number of portraits


relating to individual victims so we heard about Janet and John, a


retired couple from Morden in South London, described as people who were


still very much in love with each other and whose home life revolved


around the simplest pleasures. We also heard a witness statement read


in the court from Anthony Miller, a man who was on the beach at the same


time as Janet and John, he had met in the previous year in the hotel


and they had become friends. He and his wife Julie became friendly with


them and they used to meet up. They would eat and drink together at the


hotel. On the morning of the 26th of June, Anthony Miller describes being


on a sun lounge next to his wife on the beach. He said he saw the


gunman, the -- he thought it was a policeman and he heard noises which


he thought were firecrackers. He then realised the noise was gunfire


and he rapidly decided that he and his wife needed to stay on the


beach, that they did not have time to run away. He pushed his wife onto


the sand, lay on top of her and told her to play dead. After the gunman


had gone, he saw that Janet and John Stocker had both been shot. He


realised there was nothing he could do for them. He said, they did not


stand a chance. Postmortems were confronted -- have confirmed that


they both died from gunshot wounds to the Palace. The inquest continues


for another six weeks. Now to the restoration


of the Houses of Parliament. Over the years, other than for bomb


damage during the Second World War, the buildings haven't been properly


renovated since they were But the cost of restoring the Palace


of Westminster is so high that apparently some people would rather


see it demolished or sold off. Let's join Sonja Jessup,


who can explain. Let's be clear, it is very unlikely


that we will see the Houses of Parliament demolished or sold off.


Those options are not on the table. What is on the table are these very


expensive plans for refurbishment. Some of which would involve all of


the MPs and peers moving out. Because of these costs, it seems to


have infuriated voters one in four have told researchers that they


would rather see this historic Palace of Westminster either sold


off or knocked down. Shrouded in a London fog today,


the Houses of Parliament providing Slightly spoiled, perhaps,


by scaffolding, and inside, crumbling stonework,


ageing electrics - parts of the Palace of Westminster


are in desperate need of repair. It will cost almost ?4 billion -


a price worth paying? A quarter of people asked said


they would rather it was I'm sure there are some people


who would quite like to put a match But it is interesting that the vast


majority of the public, more than 56%, in the same poll,


said we've got to do the work, we should do the simplest,


the swiftest and the most cost-effective way of doing that,


and I believe that is, we've all got to move out for six


years, get the work done as quickly And that is the recommendation


from the committee he serves on. MPs would move to a temporary


building at Richmond house, Actually demolishing the historic


Palace of Westminster is not an option being considered,


though the poll's findings may hint at those disillusioned


and angry with politics. There are others who believe


Parliament is worth preserving, The idea of pulling that down,


such a symbol of world democracy and world liberty,


is just unthinkable. Can you imagine the Americans


or the French thinking of pulling down their Congress,


their White House, or the French,


their National Assembly? It's an institution,


it's an icon of Britain. It's just such a historical place


to see, and a lot of tourists It is a lot of money,


but has anybody work out how much So, if you get rid of


all your iconic buildings, MPs have launched an


enquiry into the costs. They then face the tough job


of convincing the public. Now, there are other alternative


plans also being considered. One would not see all the MPs and peers


having to move out and tell, but they are then even more expensive.


Politicians find themselves in this very difficult position. On the one


hand, they are being told that Parliament faces a crisis if these


refurbishment are not carried out, on the other hand, they face huge


anger from taxpayers that they can keep the costs down. From


Westminster, thank you very much. Still to come, the voters which


defined 2016, join me at the exhibition celebrating the best of


Getty Images. Next, to the rising costs


of London's Olympic Stadium following its conversion


into West Ham's new home. Documents seen by this programme


suggest that the stadium's financial forecast appears to be running


millions of pounds behind schedule. Last week, Sadiq Khan laid out


the terms for his inquiry Mark Jordan is here from


BBC London's Inside Out programme. You have looked at this over many


months, but starting off with the original vision for the stadium. If


you take it from Ken Livingstone winning the Games to Boris Johnson


signing the deal with West Ham, there was an obsession, which was


that there would be legacy, you would not end up with a white


elephant stadium in East London, it would have a purpose and a use and


it would regenerate the area. That was the political obsession, but


what none of us knew is that the bill, after the Olympics, was going


to be ?320 million. A huge bill. That is what has been paid so far.


What have you learnt? We looked at the ten year spreadsheet that the


London Legacy development Corporation or working too, and they


were hoping there would be a prophet, but some things have


happened on the way, the retractable seating in the stadium, they put


that down for ?300,000 a year, it is ending up costing perhaps ?8


million. They have also looked at all sorts of other issues, the


naming of the stadium, they wanted to give it a name that could bring


in millions, still no sign of the sponsor, and add to that West Ham's


trouble with crowd violence last year, which does not make it any


more appealing. As far as I can see there is no end


to taxpayers' money being used to prop up this white elephant. They


have been given the stadium and a taxpayer is paying for it. The money


is mounting up, the losses are mounting up. I would not be


surprised if we get rid of a billion on that thing.


What is the Mayor looking to do? Where do you start looking? Do you


look at Ken Livingstone and Sebastian Coates, who wanted to


reduce it to athletics thing? That was their plan, then Boris Johnson


said, it should stay big and should have a premier football team in it.


Where do you lay the blame? The effect is that as we were building a


stadium that was good to be shrunk, we were also tried to do a deal to


keep it as it was. If you talk to anyone in the construction industry,


the one thing they will tell you is, if you want to avoid massive costs,


do not keep changing the plan. Politicians making decisions about


buildings is an interesting one. You know, there was a vision for what


the stadium was going to be, and that changed, and like all those


things, once you start messing around with stuff, you may have been


better off to knock it down and start again, and that is a big


decision to make, but sometimes, take the pain upfront, knock it down


and struck again, say you got it wrong and move on. It is when we try


and justify it and justify it and justify it, and the costs go up and


up and up. And from the London Legacy


development Corporation, they say that the long-term aim is for the


venue to generate a return to the taxpayer and not require ongoing


subsidy, unlike Boris Johnson three years ago, they are still not saying


when we will get that profit. It is not simple! Thanks very much.


And there's more on that story on Inside Out London,


35 years ago, this programme reported the murder


of 27-year-old artist Keith Church from Broxbourne in Hertfordshire.


Before his death, he studied art at Goldsmiths University


in South London and had produced many pieces.


Now, after decades, his family have decided to hold an exhibition


of his work for the very first time -


and where else but at Goldsmiths University.


His cousin and former BBC London correspondent, Kurt Barling,


has been for a look at his cousin's impressive work.


For Keith Church, the urge to paint started very young. When I went to


an opening before he joined the school, because incoming parents


were invited, there was lots of artwork about and I thought that I


hoped to see something of Keith's one day. So he then is in the school


the next year and I go to the opening, and Keith's art was on


show, and that is me at the kitchen sink! The painting alerted his art


teacher to his artistic talents. The exhibition is only possible because


his mother preserved his artistic legacy. Keith's mother was most


tragically and unexpectedly bequeathed a legacy from her son.


The way she was able to hold onto that beautifully and deliver the


aspiration and inspiration to another generation. As a family, we


decided it was time to bring Keith's work out of the private sphere and


into the public sphere, to join the great art families, so to speak.


Like all artists, he aspired to achieve something beyond himself,


something that would potentially even outlast him. In 1982, the


tragic turn of events that robbed us of his talents and presence meant


that too soon, his work would have lost him. I hope people like what


the sea. -- would outlast him. Then I am happy for them to see it.


From Brexit protests to red carpet premieres -


just a few of the many memorable images of last year.


Now some of the best have been captured in a new retrospective


Alice Bhandhukravi has been to take a look.


Few would deny that last was a memorable year, for its shocks and


losses as well as for its glories, and for the photographers at Getty


Images, whose job it is to document the world around us, 2016 proved


very rich indeed. They have been frantically busy, in some cases


stories have produced huge bodies of work that have been tremendously


compelling. In others they have had to work really hard to find a


defining image. Take this haunting picture of the five-year-old boy


that seemed to move the world to the plight of children living in Syria.


Yes, that image certainly awakened sensitivities at the time that


became -- and became very much a topic of discussion, the sort of


images that actually sparks wider discussion. There is also a stunning


depiction of the big events, from the theatrics of the American


election to the drama of the Olympics in Rio, and look at this


sports action photo. Gael Monfils at the Australian Open. There is


absolutely everything, the light is perfect, the shadow on the ground


separates the player from the ground, it is rare to get a player


diving these days like that in the men's game. Then there is this, from


the blitz in 1942 the same spot on Pall mall in 2016, all in one


picture. It is not easy to sum up that most US year, but the Getty


Gallery goes some way to showing the power of photography in uncertain


times. Now, we heard about the fog earlier,


let's get the latest check Thank you, yes, it did brighten up


in some places eventually, but you heard from Tom earlier, we have had


difficulty already with the foggy conditions. You can just about make


at Tower Bridge in the background. It came with a hard frost this


morning as well and I suspect it will be scenes like this we will be


seeing across London and the Home Counties again tomorrow. The Met


Office has issued a weather warning for fog until 11 o'clock tomorrow


morning, for some dense and freezing fog patches in places. It is a


little confiscated because we have some cloud. -- trumpeted. Underneath


the cloud you usually do not get much fog so it is the clear skies


were watching at the moment. It is most likely South West of London.


Then it will shift East as we go through the night. But even further


East, there could be 12 patches, so go carefully on the roads. And again


it is going to be a cold night with those of Hannes 5-6 in the


countryside. Another frosty start tomorrow and potentially another 41.


There could be problems at the airports, there will certainly be


difficult driving conditions. For most, the fog will lift and break


away and we will have some sunshine for a time in the afternoon. But if


you have been stuck in the fog, it might stick around for much of the


afternoon as well. Temperatures will briefly get to five or six Celsius.


More fog forming of a light into Wednesday but then it will change


slightly, there Willbeme Oort Cloud, fog lifting up, still a cold day on


Wednesday but hopefully after that we will not have so much of a


problem on Thursday with the fog at least but Thursday will be bitterly


cold. It might not suggest that with the temperature, and the sunshine,


but very dry air coming in from the South East which will make it feel


really quite raw. Thankfully, the numbers go up a little on Friday and


Saturday, there is a hint there will be something slightly more mild into


that we can. But watch out for that fog tomorrow morning.


The Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, has refused to tell


MPs whether an unarmed Trident missile veered off-course


towards the United States during a test last June.


On his first working day as American President,


Donald Trump met business leaders and promised to cut taxes and slash


There are porters of an explosion at a block of flats in Hornchurch.


Firefighters and the police are at the scene. The Mayor of London has


urged a zero tolerance approach to hate crimes. He said the city


remained inclusive, despite anti-Semitic incidents over the


weekend. Sadiq Khan has also issued the capital's first very high


pollution alert under a new system for warning people about poor air


quality. And the fog seems to be a big


talking point on our Facebook page. You can get plenty more on today's


stories on our website. That is it for now, I will be back later during


the ten o'clock News. Thank you for watching and enjoy your evening.


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