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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.