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On the programme tonight, domestic violence against men is soaring.
Official figures show reported attacks are up by 80%. It escalated
into a full-scale bashing. There was nobody I could approach. I felt
trapped. What I needed was a safe space but because I'm a man, there
was nothing on offer. London doesn't have a single safe house for male
victims. The new cycling chief sets out his
plans to make our roads safer. What will happen when we leave the
European stage post Brexit? We assess a possible impact on the
arts. And prove that kindness exists in
the world. The Londoner reunited with a stranger who came to his
rescue at a train station. I don't think Tabitha realised how
much she did help me. She said anyone would have done the same.
People were trying to help but not in the way that she did.
Domestic violence is soaring in London, where men find
Official figures show an 80% rise in reported attacks,
with London being described as the worst place in the country
That's partly because there isn't a single safe house in the city
so you'd have to go to the Midlands or the south coast
It started with a slap and then escalated into a full-scale bashing.
This is sadly a familiar story but when we don't often hear from men.
Dan was just 25 when the violent abuse started from his partner.
There was nobody I could approach, even when my friends or people at
work would see my black eyes or my broken collarbone. Nobody felt
comfortable addressing it. What I needed was a space for a few days
but because I'm a man there was nothing on offer except advice. At
the very least there needs to be safe spaces for men in central
London. If councils provide full support, men will step forward to
take it. Dan is one of hundreds of men to suffer domestic abuse in
London. Last year, the UK's leading domestic violence charity received
over 3000 calls from men, a fifth of all its calls nationally. They
believe what is lacking our council run refuges for men in need. Men
have nowhere to go in London. Their options are to face homelessness or
carry on living with their abusive partner. BBC London has learned that
in 2012, the Met Police handled over 9000 reports from male victims of
domestic abuse. In 2015 this had risen to over 16,000. With the
number of male victims rising, we contacted all London borough is to
explore what they were doing to address the problem and see what
victim support services they provided. We found that 18 areas in
England and is to provide refuges for men. However, for the games in
London, we discovered there is not one single refuge available for male
victims of domestic abuse. Men are not always willing to go and get
help and sometimes that is part of the problem in tackling this issue.
The issue for men, when they are a victim, is that they feel a sense of
damaged pride, a fear of not being believed. Where do they go? How do
they get help? London is the worst place in the country to be a male
victim of domestic abuse. Men, just like women, need places to go if
they are victims of domestic violence. We view those spaces as an
automatic right for women. Why aren't they are right for men?
Domestic abuse catches people by surprise. That's why councils need
to make sure they have services available if men do suddenly need
them. Survivors such as Dan hope there experiences will influence
policymakers and refuges and safe spaces for men will be created
across the capital. If you've been affected
by any of these issues, you can speak to the Men's advice
line on 0808 801 0327. Getting London known
around the world for safe cycling was a pledge made
by Mayor Sadeeq Khan, which is why events over the past 10
days have come as such a blow. Three cyclists have been killed,
leading to campaigners Responsibility falls
heavily on the new Walking and Cycling Commissioner for London,
who Karl Mercer It s day four of Will Norman's
new job as London's Walking It won't be the last time he's
pictured on his bike. Ten months after Sadiq Khan came
to power, this is the man he wants If we can get more people walking,
more people cycling over the next few years, I see that
as a huge success. But he starts work the week
after three cyclists and two pedestrians were killed
on London's streets. At the weekend there were more
protests by campaigners. More demands that the Mayor
and City Hall do more. What happened last week
was an absolute tragedy. One cyclist getting injured,
one pedestrian getting injured is one too many but to have three
killed in one week and two pedestrians killed in the same week
is tragic and that's why my role We've got challenges and I'm
determined to make that happen. Cycling campaigners have welcomed
the appointment but say City Hall We are really excited
to have him here. We've seen a lot of fine
words from the new Mayor, and we have seen some
of the big changes coming in, but what we have not seen
is schemes come forward. The man who used to do Will Norman's
job when Boris Johnson was Mayor is sceptical about the Mayor's
promises of ?770 million All the talk of extra money means
nothing without the political will to actually spend it
on something meaningful. We have not seen any new schemes
at all proposed since Sadiq came to office and we've seen most
of our schemes have been inherited This roundabout in Westminster is
the most dangerous in the capital. It s being changed at
the moment to make it safer. And the new Cycling Commissioner
says more will follow. One of my jobs coming in,
it is day four at the moment, but it's looking at where
are the potential new schemes, We are ambitious, the budget
is there, a record-breaking budget for this agenda because Sadiq
recognises the importance of it. Ones he and the Mayor
will be judged on. Police and the Health
and Safety Executive have launched separate investigations in the death
of a tree surgeon who was killed 31 year-old Gregory Bulbuc was left
dangling from a rope Mr Bulbuc had a young
son and was a week away Hope turned to despair today
for hundreds of thousands The Aslef Union had agreed
a deal to end the dispute It's been a long term saga
and Marc Ashdown has been looking at the deals or no deals that
have been on the table. It is a simple enough question, who
should operate the doors on a train, the driver or the conductor? But
it's led to nearly a year of industrial strife. The first talks
between the RMT union and Southern took place just after the first
strike in April with confidence high it could be ended quickly but there
was no deal. More strikes followed in May and June. I think they really
need to sort it out. July brought some respite but by August another
five-day strike was underway. Back around the negotiating table, could
there be an end in sight? Southern put forward an 8-point plan with
certain sweetness and job guarantees. I understand. The RMT
claim the government intervened to block any agreement. Again hope
collapsed. No deal. Remember, remember the 7th of September.
Another strike, this time 48 hours. And in October relations soured
further. Southern changed tack. Managers put a take it or leave it
deal on the table for conductors. Accept a one-off payment and new
terms or face the sack. Would they agree? It wasn't to be. A three-day
strike followed. A second union now joined in. Aslef, representing train
drivers. Christmas promised some cheer. Aslef said it was hopeful a
deal could be reached. The RMT claimed it was banned from talks.
Negotiations quickly collapsed. No deal and the first all-out strike.
Drivers and conductors. For three days no trains ran on any of the
2242 Southern services, affecting thousands of passengers. I just want
it resolved. It led to protests and in January a six-day strike split
into two three-day walk outs. BBC London got all sides around the
table with podiums to try and thrash it out in a public debate. They are
refusing to come to a compromise. IMDb sorry for the inconvenience. At
the start of this month, Aslef struck a deal with Southern. Relief
all round. Great news. All the union had to do was get its members to
accept. Oh dear. At 1pm today, it was rejected. Yet again, no deal.
Aslef says it respects the decision and will keep working towards a
solution. Southern says it is saddened and hugely disappointed.
For passengers, this long-running dispute continues.
It's Thursday the 16th of February and you're watching BBC One.
This is what's still to come before seven o clock.
The British Museum as you probably haven't seen it before. The press
and fans waiting for Robert Paterson.
And we are on the road following wide Londoners are campaigning to
find the good Samaritan who helped him in his time of need.
The head of the Barbican arts Centre has warned the arts in London will
suffer unless teams are allowed to move freely around Europe after
Brexit. He says the sector depends on that freedom of movement,
although not everyone is convinced. Shakespeare's Richard III as you've
probably never seen it or heard it before. A German touring Theatre
company, whose artistic director has one big worry about the UK leaving
the European stage. I hope it is not a sign of, OK, this is the island,
we do our own culture and we have our own cultural identity, which has
got nothing to do with continental Europe. I hope this will not be a
result of Brexit. In the past year, the Barbican has played host to
artists and performances from nearly 40 countries. An international
outlook they accept has not been harmed by any short-term Brexit
impact like the falling pound. With the change in the currency, it is
more expensive for us to employ foreign actors and companies, on the
other hand it is an immense boost to the tourist trade in London because
it is cheaper for people to come here. We are seeing audiences are
very strong at the moment. But there is a big worry about talent. The
important thing from our point of view is that there is free movement
and free exchange between artists, musicians, actors, if a system was
put in place that was Labour intensive, time-consuming and
expensive, whereby people had to apply for visas to come and work
here, that would be a severe impediment to the possibility of
that cultural exchange. One thing of particular concern is whether any
new immigration arrangements for EU workers are going to include a
minimum salary requirement. As of April that is going to ?30,000 a
year for many non-EU workers. It is quite beyond the reach of many
people in the arts. Those who backed leave said they should not be any
harmful impact either culturally or practically. My party believed in a
points system and people therefore coming for the arts would be part of
the points system. They have a particular skill and they would come
here with that particular skill. Presumably in the end things work
out. Is there too much doom mongering? I think you have to allow
people to worry about the level of uncertainty that there is at the
moment. But, yes, I am confident it can be resolved. Our interest is
just making sure it is resolved in the right sort of way. In other
words, a call for clarity in a language all can understand as soon
as possible. European football's longest serving
manager, Arsen Wenger, is under increasing pressure to step down
after his side's 5-1 thrashing by Bayern Munich last night. Calls for
him to leave the club have been growing. But will he go? Is he
waiting to be pushed? A humiliating night for Arsenal,
beaten 5-1 by Bayern Munich. The Champions League run looks to be
over early again. Arsenal have been knocked out at the last 16 stage
plenty of times. Wenger always makes sure they get through the group but
then they failed to make an impression. Barring a huge comeback
in the second leg, it will be the same old story. It feels like we
have been standing here doing the same report for season after season
but Arsen Wenger always survives. The BBC understands there is no
prospect of him leaving the club before this summer at the earliest.
He has already been offered a new contract and that remains on the
table but the nature of last night's collapse means that even some of
those who have long defended him are now openly questioning whether it is
time for him to go. I wouldn't be at all surprised that with the amount
of headlines that are coming his way, that he will look at that and
say, two decades, which has been extraordinary growth at the club in
all sorts of ways, that he might just say, enough is enough. This
stadium wasn't even built when Wenger took over at Arsenal and most
of us didn't even have a basic mobile phone, let alone one where
every single football fan can record their opinions and broadcast them to
the rest of the world. Arsenal fan TV gives a voice to the fans who
have been at the games. Recently they've not had to search hard for
anti-man-macro sentiment. At the moment, it is probably about 80% of
fans who say they want him to leave. But if you turn that around and say,
do you want it to go now, should he be sacked, I think that would drop
down to about 30%. Most Arsenal fans don't want him sacked. They respect
what he has done. That did seem to sum up the mood in London today. Who
would we bring in? And which players would stay? Thank you for the
memories. You have done a great job. The first nine years were amazing.
But it's time for change now. He's been there a long time now. He's had
his good days. Last night felt like a defining defeat, one that perhaps
even Arsen Wenger card comeback from.
Chris, does this genuinely feel like we're approaching the end of an era?
It does feel like a shift in the debate. Even those close to him now,
people who have defended him, suggesting for his own good before
he tarnishes his legacy, it is time to step aside. Iain Wright who
played under Wenger in the early years said he spoke to Wenger
recently and he said he is approaching the end of his time at
Arsenal. Iain Wright took that to mean he is leaving in the summer.
Wenger has since said he was not intimating any of his future plans
but it has been a long time since Arsenal won a major prize. The 2004
Premier League title. Many now feel Arsenal need a new manager.
The newest member of what's being called the Brit Pack,
a group of young British actors who've made the move to Hollywood,
is at home in London for a special Night at the British Museum.
It's for the premiere of The Lost City of Z with the BAFTA
winner from Kingston-upon-Thames, Tom Holland.
Wendy Hurrell is on the red carpet, but first let's see
You are the Explorer? Give me your hand. I wish to find the lost city.
I will not know you when you return. I know this is a sacrifice for all
of us. We melt write a whole new chapter in history. It is there. And
we must find it. It is actually a true story set in
the turn of the 20th century about Percy Fawcett, a British explorer
who was obsessed with trying to find an ancient city deep in the Amazon
rainforest. One of the stars from the film is with me. Siena Miller,
how are you? You have done a few of these premiers in your time. I have
been doing it for a while now. Quite a venue. The British Museum. It is
one of my favourite places in London. I want to go and have a
snoop around. Have a little Google of the marbles and the Rosetta
Stone. The boys got to run around in the Amazon jungle. A blessing in
disguise or did you miss out on that adventure? I think it would have
been great but I also love the part I played in this. By all accounts,
it was not the easiest experience. Think of the mosquito bites. Charlie
got a spider in his ear that ate his eardrum or something. I read about
that. But she is not a stay at home wife, she is a feisty character. A
very strong, very contemporary, very brave woman. I think I love this
character more than anyone I've ever played. She was really struggling
against the confines of society that did not allow women to be women and
such a major compensation for all of us today but she was a suffragette,
a real pioneer. It was a treat to play her. Isn't that important to
you, that strong female character? Yes, it is. Of course. You play
Babel and you find qualities you are inspired by. We are distracted
because the man is here. How are you? We heard you coming. How was
filming in the Amazon? That must have been pretty hostile
environment. It was beautiful. You are not getting any of these
questions. You are missing all the jungle. It was beautiful. It was a
completely unique experience. Never going to happen again. I loved it.
Are you an intrepid type or a creature comforts type? Was it
difficult? A bit of both. I like to be interested with a few creature
comforts on me at all times. It was nice. It is such beautiful
countryside. It is inhospitable but also very beautiful and a fun place
to be. And what a place to have your premiere. The British Museum. Siena
said she is going to run away and have a look around. Maybe you could
go with her. Have a little snoop? I haven't been here since a sleepover
in school. That shows how cultured I am. It is a trip down memory lane
then. Thank you for joining us. It is out on the 24th of March.
What a great place for a premiere. If you get fed up with news always
being bad news then here's It all started last Friday
when Londoner Joe Tye was travelling But as he boarded his train,
he fell, breaking his ankle. Luckily, there was a good Samaritan
who came to his aid, but once Joe was in hospital
he realised he didn't know anything A week ago, Joe slipped getting onto
a chain -- train to London Waterloo. I am on the floor in agony and with
a twisted ankle. Didn't know what I broken but I heard a massive crunch.
I thought, oh dear, I'm in trouble. The 28-year-old had broken a number
of bones in his ankle. Then everybody standing over me and a
lovely young lady come up, very calm, very smiley, and she said,
hello, I can see you are in a lot of pain, can I offer you some
ibuprofen. He was taken to hospital where he received treatment but
after coming out he realised he had lost the woman who helped him's
contact details. He started an online campaign to track her down.
His post was shed thousands of times by the public trying to help. I
would just like to say thank you to everybody that has shared the post.
It meant he can travel today to meet her and say thank you in person for
the first time. So, Joe, how are you feeling? We are
going to go and meet Tabitha now. I feel excited. I feel a bit anxious.
The woman who helped him is Tabitha Roberts who lives in Surrey.
Somebody is there, strangers aren't scary, and it was something I
thought was very normal and ordinary. Tabitha is a hero, where
is her cape? I am really pleased. The pair now say they will be
staying in touch. Joe's ankle will take some time to heal.
More good Samaritan stories, that's what we want.
Now, let s check on the weather with Stav Danaos.
It was a bit of a chilly start a baguette it shipped to be a pleasant
day. Sunny spells, a little bit of cloud and it ended up being quite
mild. I will show you the radar picture because as we went through
the day clouds did bubble in the afternoon. We had a little bit of
light rain and drizzle pushing down from the north-west. That's how it
is looking overnight. Rather cloudy. There will be outbreaks of rain.
Quite a damp and murky night but at least pretty mild. Temperatures
around eight Celsius. We start tomorrow on a rather damp note, a
lot of cloud around. But tomorrow shaping up to be a cloudy day with
glimmers of brightness. It will be merry -- very mild for the time of
year. Through the afternoon we could see a few holes appearing in the
cloud but because we've got light winds it is not going to mix the
Iraq enough to make good holes in the cloud. We should be looking
around eight Celsius so above average. High pressure is dominating
the scene into the weekend across the south-east corner of the UK. Wet
and windy. But our patch will remain dry. Rather cloudy on Saturday.
Another mild one. Temperatures ten, 11, maybe 12 Celsius in the
brightest spots. A similar picture on Sunday. More in the way of cloud
to start off with and then sunny spells through the course of the
afternoon. Ten or 11 degrees. The outlook is for that mild weather to
continue into next week. Monday could be the warmest day of the next
few days. Just before we go this evening,
a brief reminder of the day's Hopes for an end to the long
running dispute on Southern Train drivers from the Aslef union
voted against a proposed deal which had been agreed between union
leaders and the rail company. Domestic violence is soaring in
London, where men are the victims. Official figures show an 80% rise
in reported attacks, with London described as the worst
place in the country That's the news from
BBC London for now. I'm back at 10.30pm with our
next update on BBC One. Until then, I hope you have
a very good evening.